Prugh on top heading into final day in Mexico

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May 25, 2013

By Royce Thompson, Web.com Tour staff

LEON, Mexico –Weather again was a factor on day three at El Bosque Country Club. Play was suspended for the day due to darkness at the Mexico Championship presented by Banamex. Alex Prugh currently holds a one-stroke lead over Whee Kim. On Friday play was suspended because of lightning and high winds staying in the area. The second round was finished this morning with the cut coming at even-par 144 with 64 players playing the weekend.

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Prugh, who birdied eight and nine to get to 11-under par, felt the day had a strange feel to it and believes his miscues in the third-round are a result of the amount of golf he had to play .

“Today was a weird day,” he said. “It felt like I was on my feet for the last 14 hours because I have been. But I definitely felt a little fatigue out there and had some wayward tee shots that led to a few bogeys.”

The Washington native will need to be fresh in the morning. He will start his day from the greenside bunker, where he lays two, of the par-5 10th hole. He knows that shot could be pivotal in his attempt to get things going on his back nine of round three.

“Hopefully I can get fully rested and then come out and get up and down from out of that bunker on No. 10 for birdie,” he said. “I think that will definitely kick start the day.”

Kim feels the greens are softer now than in the practice rounds and is using his high ball flight to attack pins. Also, the 21-year-old seems to be unfazed by the stop and starts this week.

“Play has been suspended a few times in this tournament and it was a tough day for the players,” he said. “But I don’t really care about that, I’m focused on the three holes I have to play tomorrow morning.”

Currently in a share of third place are Mathew Goggin and Wes Roach at nine-under par.

Three players are currently three off the pace including Ariel Canete, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica NEC Series’ Order of Merit leader in 2012.

Sunday has the feel of a marathon with a lot of players still within reach of the leader as play resumes at 8 AM CT.

Third-Round Notes

-- Kevin Tway recorded a hole-in-one in his second round on the par-3 12th hole with an eight-iron from 162 yards.

-- For the first time in this tournaments history only one Mexican player will play the weekend. Jose de Jesus Rodriguez, shot 72-69 through the first two rounds of the tournament. El Camaron, which translates to “the shrimp”, is currently six-under for the tournament and does not feel any pressure to get more aggressive, he simply believes he needs to get the ball in the hole more to get into contention.

“I’ll try and play the same way I’ve played all week,” he said. “I’m just going to try and make some more putts tomorrow. I’m confident that if I get it figured out on the greens I will have a chance to win.”

Here is a breakdown of how many Mexican golfers have played the weekend in this tournament from year to year:

2013—1
2012—4
2011—8
2010—7
2009—7

Course statistics for the week:
  Front (36) Back (36) Total (72)
Round 1 36.266 37.021 72.287
Round 2 36.319 36.684 73.004
Four of the current top-10 money leaders are in the field this week:
Rank
Name Score (to par) Pos.
2 Benjamin Alvarado 70-74—144 (E)
T25
4 Kevin Kisner 69-76—145 (+1)
CUT
9 Mark Anderson 68-69—137 (-7)
T11
10 Tim Wilkinson 70-70--140 (-2) T25
There were 20 Mexico natives in the field this week. Here are their results:
Pos.     
Name Scores (to par)
(Has not completed Rd. 3) Jose de Jesus Rodriguez* 72-69—141 (-6)
CUT Armando Favela 71-74—145 (+1)
CUT Manuel Inman 
75-72—147 (+3)
CUT Efren Serna Jr. 74-74—148 (+4)
CUT Federico Garcia 
74-74—148 (+4)
CUT Jose Octavio Gonzalez 74-75—149 (+5)
CUT Oscar Serna  
78-72—150 (+6)
CUT Oscar Fraustro
72-78—150 (+6)
CUT Estanislao Guerrero 75-75—150 (+6)
CUT Juan Diego Fernandez 75-76—151 (+7)
CUT Mauricio Azcue 
73-79—152 (+8)
CUT Rosendo Castaneda  
73-79—152 (+8)
CUT Sebastian Vazquez
79-74—153 (+9)
CUT Santiago Quirarte
79-74—153 (+9)
CUT Andres Garcia
82-73—155 (+11)
CUT Mauricio Bercun 81-75—156 (+12)
CUT Antonio Serna 79-78—157 (+13)
CUT Alex Quiroz 83-74—157 (+13)
CUT Ismael Estrada 
82-77—159 (+15)
CUT Efren Serna 85-76—161 (+17)
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