SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Nev. – Corridor of Fame pitcher John Smoltz eagled the par-5 18th gap Saturday to take a 2-point lead over Vinny Del Negro into the ultimate spherical of the American Century Championship.
“Eighteen is my worst gap,” Smoltz mentioned. “I’ve been within the fairway possibly a pair instances. It simply didn’t match my eye. I don’t get many eagles out right here. I really feel like I ought to. However that’s an awesome feeling to know when you may see the scoreboard, realizing that the putt places you within the lead. That was feeling to make that putt.”
Smoltz had a 26-point spherical at Edgewood Tahoe within the modified Stableford scoring occasion for a two-day whole of 51. Del Negro, a former NBA participant and coach, additionally scored 26 factors. In conventional scoring, Smoltz and Del Negro every shot 2-under 70.
“I make no bones about it. I need to win this event most likely greater than anyone,” Smoltz mentioned. “That’s most likely why I haven’t received it.”
Two-time winner Jack Wagner was third at 47 after a 23-point day. Former LPGA Tour star Annika Sorenstam was one other level again.
Two-time winner Tony Romo was fifth with 42 and defending champion Mardy Fish matched Stephen Curry at 39.
Mike Modano, tied with Smoltz for the first-round lead after an albatross on 18, had a seven-point second spherical to drop right into a tie for twelfth at 32 factors.
Charles Barkley was tied for 77th within the 88-player subject at minus-21. Al Michaels was final at minus-59.