Daily Wrap-up: Round 3, Mayakoba Golf Classic

February 25, 2012
Staff and wire reports

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico -- Daniel Summerhays shot a 4-under 67 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead over Chris Stroud in the Mayakoba Golf Classic.


Summerhays had a 12-under 201 total on the windy, seaside El Camaleon course. The 28-year-old former BYU player won the Nationwide Tour's 2007 Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational as an amateur for his biggest career victory.

"Tomorrow, I'm just going to try and do the same things I've been doing all week," Summerhays said. "I'm going to try and hit the driver really well again. My swing feels really good, so I'm picking out good targets. I'm judging the wind correctly and I'm managing it well. ... I'm really looking forward to the opportunity tomorrow to take the lead into the final round of a PGA TOUR event and see how I perform. "

Stroud had a 68. He and Summerhays are the only players with three rounds in the 60s on the Greg Norman-designed course.

"The wind is everything on this course," Stroud said. "The wind has a huge effect on every shot, into the greens, off the tees. You have a lot of elevated tee boxes into the wind and you better hit it really straight off the tee or you're going to be in the mangrove out there and trying to find your ball."

Marc Turnesa, Will Claxton and 53-year-old Michael Allen were four strokes back at 8 under. Allen shot 66, Turnesa 67 and Claxton 71.

Defending champion Johnson Wagner was 1 over after a 71. He won the Sony Open in Hawaii in January and tied for second the following week in the Humana Challenge.

Last year, Wagner beat Spencer Levin with a par on the first hole of a playoff.

About the leader
Daniel Summerhays (69-65-67-201, 12-under)
• Summerhays entered the third round tied for the lead but took solo control of the Mayakoba Golf Classic with a 4-under 67. He is two strokes ahead of Chris Stroud. This season, Summerhays is three for four in cuts made. His tie for 40th at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am two weeks ago is his best performance.
• This is his first 54-hole lead in a PGA TOUR event.
• He is one of two players in the field with his first three rounds in the 60s. Chris Stroud is the other.
• Summerhays has never won a tournament since turning professional. He won on the Nationwide Tour, capturing the 2007 Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational in Columbus, OH, as an amateur. He earned an invitation to the tournament by being a first-team All-American that year (at Brigham Young University) and edged Chad Collins and Chris Nallen by two strokes. The win gave Summerhays immediate access to the Nationwide Tour, and he turned professional a few days later. Summerhays did return to BYU to finish his course work and earned his business finance degree in 2008.
• His tie for 11th at the 2011 Bob Hope Classic remains his best finish in 33 previous PGA TOUR starts.
• Summerhays, who served a two-year Mormon mission to Santiago, Chile, is fluent in Spanish. His previous experience in Mexico came in 2010 when he was playing on the Nationwide Tour. That year, he tied for 30th at the Mexico Open.

Levin was even par after a 69.