January 20 2011
If there’s one place a 64 isn’t likely to hold up, it’s the Bob Hope Classic, where birdies are in abundance. Enter Derek Lamely, who closed in 29 en route to a 9-under 63 on the Palmer Course on Wednesday.
Lamely, a nominee for Rookie of the Year in 2010 who won the Puerto Rico Open presented by Banco Popular, had seven birdies and two eagles (on the par-5 sixth and the par-5 11th) and took just 24 putts.
Last season might have been feast or famine for Lamely -- he made just 13 of 28 cuts and he still earned just under $1 million -- but he didn’t exactly come out of nowhere. En route to his win in Puerto Rico, Lamely closed with rounds of 63-66. A year earlier, he finished fourth on the Nationwide Tour money list.
And the Bob Hope Classic does have a history of first-time winners.