Collins hits sizzling 60 to put him at 16-under at Utah Championship

Jul 12 2013 - 11:16pm


SANDY -- Chad Collins missed a chance for the fourth 59 in Tour history, parring the final six holes for an 11-under 60 on Friday in the Utah Championship.

The 34-year-old Collins missed a 15-foot uphill birdie putt on the par-4 ninth, his last hole in the second round at Willow Creek Country Club. He had an eagle and nine birdies on the first 12 holes and matched the tour nine-hole record with a 27.

"I kept hitting greens and kept making putts. I made a 50-footer on 14 (fifth hole of the day)," Collins said late Friday. "I was on the front and the pin was on the back left. That was probably 50 feet, 60 feet. I just played pretty solid all day."

Notah Begay III, Doug Dunakey and Jason Gore are the only players to shoot 59 in the history of the tour that started in 1990. Japan's Ryo Ishikawa has the lowest round on a major tour, shooting a 12-under 58 to win the 2010 Crowns on the Japan Tour. Al Geiberger, Chip Beck, David Duval, Paul Goydos and Stuart Appleby have shot 59 in PGA Tour play, and Annika Sorenstam has the lone 59 on the LPGA Tour.

Collins led the tournament at 16 under. He had a 66 on Thursday.

Early Friday, three players went out and tied the Utah Championship 18-hole record. Alex Cejka, Ashley Hall and Jamie Lovemark all shot 9-under 62s.

Then Collins teed off. Tied for second are Lovemark, Adam Hadwin and first-round co-leader Brian Prouty.

With Hall's 62 and Martin shooting a 63 Friday, both players are tied for fifth, four off Collins' record-setting pace. Joining the duo are Cejka, Kevin Foley and Peter Tomasulo, who shot a 62 of his own.

West Point's Clay Ogden is at 6-under after a second 68. The cut came at 6-under, the lowest number in tourney history. Sixty-three players will play the weekend.

* JOHNSON KEEPS SHARE OF LEAD AT JOHN DEERE CLASSIC: At Silvis, Ill., Zach Johnson has evolved into one of the most consistent players the John Deere Classic has ever seen.

Johnson put together another steady round Friday, maintaining a share of the lead despite standout efforts from rookie Patrick Reed and Lucas Glover.

Johnson, the defending champion, shot a 5-under 66 to join Reed and Glover atop the leaderboard at 12-under 130 following second-round play.

Reed shot a 63 in the morning session, just one year after missing the cut at TPC Deere Run -- and Glover finished a shot better at 9 under on Friday.

Australia's Matt Jones is a shot back at 11 under. Troy Matteson leads a pack at 10-under that includes Utahn Daniel Summerhays , while three-time winner Steve Stricker is among those contending at 9 under.

* ALLEN'S 63 GIVES HIM 5-SHOT LEAD AT US SENIOR OPEN: At Omaha, Neb., Michael Allen raised his arms and looked skyward.

The long, hard-breaking eagle putt that defined his round of 7-under 63 Friday had just finished its uphill journey to the back of the cup on the 14th hole.

His best round of the year put him at 10 under after the second round of the U.S. Senior Open and allowed him to break away from the pack for a five-stroke lead.

Rocco Mediate was Allen's closest pursuer after he shot a bogey-free, 3-under 67. Jeff Sluman also had a 67 and was another shot back.

Allen started the day sharing the lead with six other players. He birdied five of the first eight holes and went out in 30 in hot, breezy conditions at the Omaha Country Club.

* ELS, MICKELSON UPSTAGED AT SCOTTISH OPEN: At Inverness, Scotland, Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson endured frustrating second rounds at the Scottish Open as the tournament's headline acts were upstaged by some lesser-knowns on Friday.

Chris Doak, ranked No. 341, was the surprise leader at the halfway point of his home event after a second straight 66 left him on 12-under 132, while Matthew Southgate (64) was in a tie for second place with Ross Fisher (65), Peter Uihlein (66) and JB Hansen (65) a stroke back.

* MATTHEW SHOOTS A 64 FOR LEAD AT MANULIFE LPGA: At Waterloo, Ontario, Catriona Matthew shot a 64 Friday to take a three-stroke lead after the second round of the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic.


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