Cologuard Classic - R2

O'Meara takes 1-shot lead into final round

March 01-03
Omni Tucson National,  Tucson, Arizona
$1,700,000

Round 1, Round 3


Mark O’Meara shot a 3-under 70 in breezy conditions Saturday to take the second-round lead in the Cologuard Classic, while former baseball star John Smoltz closed with a double bogey to drop 11 strokes back in his PGA Tour Champions debut.


The 62-year-old O’Meara finished with a bogey on the par-4 18th to take a 10-under 136 total into the final round on Omni Tucson National’s Catalina Course. He also bogeyed No. 18 on Friday in a 66 when he matched the tour record with eight straight birdies.

”The golf course is a lot more challenging today,” O’Meara said. ”There’s still a few good scores out there. We got five par 5s, so those are kind of gettable, but the finishing holes were playing pretty tough. Certainly the last hole’s a tough hole, making bogey there.”

O’Meara won both of his senior titles in 2010. He won 16 times on the PGA Tour, the last two in 1998 in the Masters and British Open.

”I got my work cut out for me,” O’Meara said. ”I’m going to have to go out there tomorrow and shoot a really good score to be able to hopefully win.”

Smoltz was tied for 56th at 1 over after rounds of 73 and 74. The 51-year-old Hall of Fame pitcher made the double bogey on the par-4 ninth. He got into the field on a sponsor exemption.

”Coming in here, felt like I could play under par and that I could play this golf course,” Smoltz said. ”One more day to prove that. I was under par both days all the way until the end. It’s much easier closing baseball games than it’s been closing out the golf tournament.”


Kirk Triplett (69), Scott McCarron (70) and Willie Wood (71) were a stroke behind O’Meara.

”It was a tough day,” McCarron said. ”The wind came up, about maybe about the sixth hole or something like that. Made it a little more difficult judging distance. I had a couple little shots I thought were pretty good that turned out not very good unfortunately with wind.”

First-round leader Kenny Perry had a double bogey on the par-5 17th in a 73 that dropped him into a tie for fifth at 8 under with defending champion Steve Stricker (72) and Darren Clarke (68).

Woody Austin had a 75, ending his streak of rounds at par of better at 37 – one short of the tour record shared by Jay Haas and Colin Montgomerie. Austin was tied for 42nd at 1 under.


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Mark O’Meara
-10
66
70
136
T2
Kirk Triplett
-9
68
69
137
T2
Scott McCarron
-9
67
70
137
T2
Willie Wood
-9
66
71
137
T5
Darren Clarke
-8
70
68
138
T5
Steve Stricker
-8
66
72
138
T5
Kenny Perry
-8
65
73
138
T8
Gibby Gilbert III
-7
71
68
139
T8
Lee Janzen
-7
73
66
139
T8
Brandt Jobe
-7
68
71
139
T11
Kevin Sutherland
-6
73
67
140
T11
Tom Lehman
-6
70
70
140
T13
David Toms
-5
71
70
141
T13
Dudley Hart
-5
71
70
141
T13
Joey Sindelar
-5
69
72
141
T13
Miguel Angel Jiménez
-5
66
75
141
T17
Olin Browne
-4
72
70
142
T17
David Berganio, Jr.
-4
71
71
142
T17
Scott Parel
-4
73
69
142
T17
Colin Montgomerie
-4
70
72
142
T17
Bob Estes
-4
74
68
142
T17
Loren Roberts
-4
70
72
142
T17
Billy Mayfair
-4
68
74
142
T17
Jeff Maggert
-4
66
76
142
T25
Wes Short, Jr.
-3
72
71
143
T25
Tim Petrovic
-3
72
71
143
T25
Kent Jones
-3
72
71
143
T25
Stephen Ames
-3
71
72
143
T25
Doug Garwood
-3
73
70
143
T25
Fran Quinn
-3
73
70
143
T25
Fred Couples
-3
73
70
143
T25
Jeff Hart
-3
69
74
143
T25
Tom Byrum
-3
68
75
143
T34
Mark Calcavecchia
-2
72
72
144
T34
Jesper Parnevik
-2
72
72
144
T34
Duffy Waldorf
-2
71
73
144
T34
Paul Broadhurst
-2
73
71
144
T34
Jerry Kelly
-2
70
74
144
T34
Cliff Kresge
-2
73
71
144
T34
Larry Mize
-2
74
70
144
T34
Tom Gillis
-2
76
68
144
T42
Jerry Smith
-1
72
73
145
T42
Tom Pernice Jr.
-1
72
73
145
T42
Bart Bryant
-1
71
74
145
T42
Robert Gamez
-1
73
72
145
T42
Jeff Sluman
-1
71
74
145
T42
Rocco Mediate
-1
73
72
145
T42
Woody Austin
-1
70
75
145
T42
John Riegger
-1
76
69
145
T50
Ken Tanigawa
E
72
74
146
T50
Hal Sutton
E
73
73
146
T50
Carlos Franco
E
70
76
146
T50
Dan Forsman
E
71
75
146
T50
José María Olazábal
E
75
71
146
T50
Gene Sauers
E
76
70
146
T56
Joe Durant
1
71
76
147
T56
John Smoltz
1
73
74
147
T56
Marco Dawson
1
70
77
147
T56
Michael Allen
1
74
73
147
T56
Steve Flesch
1
75
72
147
T56
Paul Goydos
1
76
71
147
T62
Greg Kraft
2
72
76
148
T62
David Frost
2
72
76
148
T62
Corey Pavin
2
73
75
148
T62
Billy Andrade
2
71
77
148
T62
Russ Cochran
2
70
78
148
T62
David McKenzie
2
77
71
148
T68
John Daly
3
72
77
149
T68
Scott Verplank
3
74
75
149
T68
Chris DiMarco
3
78
71
149
71
Scott Hoch
4
75
75
150
72
Tom Kite
5
73
78
151
T73
Skip Kendall
6
75
77
152
T73
Glen Day
6
76
76
152
T73
Sandy Lyle
6
77
75
152
76
Craig Kanada
7
77
76
153
WD
Retief Goosen
75
75
WD
Tommy Armour III
76
56
132