Moving Day: Lehman's low round propels him to lead
June 09, 2018
By Bob McClellan, PGATOUR.COM
- June 09, 2018
- Lehman tied for the low-round of the day with six birdies on Saturday. (Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
At each event on PGA TOUR Champions we’ll be taking a look at who made the biggest move up the leaderboard on Saturday.
Bernhard Langer jumped to the first-round lead at the Principal Charity Classic in Des Moines behind a blistering 8-under 64 on Friday, but a deep and talented field tracked him down.
With conditions benign again, several players made huge moves up the leaderboard. The biggest movers were Michael Bradley and Fred Funk, who each rose 36 spots into a tie for 18th with 6-under 66s. Bradley had a bogey-free round; Funk, 61, was only 1 under at the turn but lit up the back nine with a 31.
Russ Cochran, 59, made the third-biggest move of the day, and it pushed him into the top 10. His 7-under 65 vaulted him 30 spots into a tie for ninth. The left-hander is seeking his third top 10 of the season. Cochran won the Principal Charity Classic in 2013, the first year it was held at Wakonda Club.
Cochran tied for low round of the day with another 59-year-old, Tom Lehman. With his daughter, Rachael, on the bag, Lehman recorded six birdies and an eagle before a bogey on No. 18 ended an otherwise perfect day and left him at 13 under for the tournament.
Still, it was enough for Lehman to move up three spots and into the lead. He will take a two -shot cushion into the final round. Langer, Glen Day, Woody Austin and Scott Parel are tied for second.
Lehman is looking for his first victory in 2018 to go with four top 10s. His last win came at the 2017 Cologuard Classic.
If Parel were to rally it would mark the third time in a row the Principal Charity Classic has produced a first-time winner on PGA TOUR Champions, after Scott McCarron in 2016 and Brandt Jobe last year.