Fathauer takes one-stroke lead at OHL Classic


Mon, Nov 16, 2015 - Page 19

Derek Fathauer on Saturday played bogey-free on his way to another six-under 66 that gave him a one-shot lead in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba and a chance to extend an unusual streak on the PGA Tour.

First-time winners have captured all five of the PGA Tour events at the start of the wraparound season.

Fathauer would love to make it six in a row.

“I’ve just got to have fun, play golf, play my game, and whatever happens will happen,” he said.

Fathauer was at 16-under 197 and led by one shot over Jason Bohn, who missed a 5-foot par putt on the final hole at El Camaleon Golf Club. Bohn took the lead on the par-five 13th hole with a 25-foot eagle putt right before the third round was halted for nearly 90 minutes because of storms in the area. Bohn had to scramble for pars late in his round and could not save the last one. He shot a 65.

Russell Knox, coming off his first win last week in Shanghai at the HSBC Champions, also made bogey on the last hole for a 65. He was at 13-under 200, along with Justin Leonard (67), Graeme McDowell (70) and PGA Tour rookie Harold Varner III, who made an 18-foot par putt on the last hole for a 68.

Bohn was the 54-hole leader at Mayakoba a year ago until closing with a 74.

Bohn has already come close twice this year. He finished one shot out of a playoff in the Frys.com Open, courtesy of a flubbed pitch. A week later in Las Vegas, he finished one shot off the lead.

McDowell was the 36-hole leader, except that did not last long. He took another double bogey on the par-four opening hole, and has now played it at five-over for the week. McDowell followed with a bogey and spent the rest of the round trying to catch up. A 12-foot birdie on the 17th allowed him to salvage a one-under 70.

He also hit a drive well right on the par-five 13th that led to a bogey.

Leonard appeared to be the one most affected by the storm delay. He was tied for the lead at 15-under after a birdie on the par-five 13th. When play resumed, he came up short of the green at the 14th, hit a nice chip-and-run to just outside 4 feet and missed the putt. On the par-three 15th, Leonard went left of the pin and down a slope and failed to save par. He was solid the rest of the way and still has a good chance.