CHAMPION TOUR: Gil Morgan failed to break par but was satisfied with his round, considering the conditions in Kahuku, Hawaii.
Morgan held steady in the whipping wind, shooting an even-par 72 on Saturday to maintain a two-stroke lead after the second round of the Turtle Bay Championship.
“It was pretty wicked out there,” Morgan said.
The 61-year-old Morgan had a birdie and bogey on the each side of the wind-swept Palmer Course for a 36-hole total of 7-under 137 in the Champions Tour’s first-field event of the year.
Jim Thorpe (71), seeking his second win in three starts, and rookie Bernhard Langer (71) were 5 under.
Defending champion Fred Funk, coming off a win last week in the winners-only MasterCard Championship, shot his second straight 70 to match Morris Hatalsky (73) and rookies Phil Blackmar (72) and Fulton Allem (72) at 4 under.
The surf was up on Oahu’s North Shore. So were the breezes and scores.
“The hardest element to throw at a golfer is wind,” Funk said. “Wind is the biggest thing that creates the biggest problems because it makes us guess. It makes us think. You’ve got to create.”
The wind was so strong (30 mph gusts), Funk’s drive on No. 3 was about 70 yards shorter than last year, when he ran away with an 11-stroke victory.
There were 16 players in the 60s on a calm Friday. Don Pooley (69) was the only one on Saturday.
QATAR MASTERS: Sweden’s Johan Edfors shot a 3-under 69 to take a one-stroke lead over Scotland’s Andrew Coltart after the third round of the Qatar Masters at Doha, Qater. The 22-year-old Edfors had a 12-under 204 total. Coltart, the 1998 winner, shot a 65. Sweden’s Henrik Stenson (67) and South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel (69) were 10 under.
BARCLAYS: The first event in the FedEx Cup playoffs is moving to Ridgewood Country Club in New Jersey, leaving Westchester Country Club in New York without a PGA Tour event for the first time in 40 years.