January 22 2011
There’s a new 59 watch with Derek Lamely 9 under through his first 13 holes. That’s what happens when you make three eagles -- one of which came on the par-4 first hole at La Quinta.
Meanwhile, at the top of the leaderboard is Gary Woodland, who bashed his way to a 65 Saturday to get to 24 under for the week.
Not surprisingly, Woodland, whose ball speed is north of 200 mph, is third in the field in driving distance. The reason he’s in the lead? He’s hit 86 percent of his greens in regulation, which is currently second-best in the field.
That old saying about driving for show and putting for dough? We’re seeing it with Woodland this week.