Derek Lamely made the cut on the number, and he knew he needed a good round just to avoid Saturday’s 54-hole cut.
He got that – and more – when the PGA TOUR rookie went out in the second group of the day and fired a bogey-free 63. The round equaled Lamely’s career low, shot during his run to victory at the Puerto Rico Open presented by Banco Popular.
“It’s out there,” Lamely said. “Somebody could shoot in the 50s today. Somebody could definitely make a hole-in-one – there could be multiple holes-in-one at 18 today.
“I just knew we were going to have really good weather and good greens teeing off this morning. It’s been out there all week. Just a matter of whether you could make some putts or not.”
Lamely, who used just 27 putts on Saturday, said his round could have been lower, too.
“I left probably four putts right in the middle, short, so it could have been maybe four shots better,” Lamely said. “So it’s out there. I wouldn’t be surprised to see someone shoot 59, 58, 60. It’s out there.”
When Lamely finished, he was 9 under for the tournament and five strokes behind the overnight leader, Jeff Overton. Overton, who shot a 62 on Friday, wasn’t scheduled to tee off until 1:55 p.m. – nearly three hours later.
So how far is too far back to catch Overton?
“Hopefully, we’re going to find out,” Lamely said. “There’s just no telling. You can shoot 59 or 60 so you can pass a lot of people. You know you have to go out and play well. You have to be aggressive. It’s just a little different mindset so it’s fun.
“Every week’s fun. Some weeks are a little harder, some weeks are a little easier like this week. The course is just a little easier but it’s still hard. You just have to go out and play well and make birdies.” – Helen Ross