Prugh shoots second-round 60, leads Ellie Mae Classic
August 11, 2018
By Alex Wood, PGATOUR.COM
- August 11, 2018
- Alex Prugh made seven straight birdies Friday at TPC Stonebrae, en route to a two-shot lead over Josh Teater. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
HAYWARD, Calif. -- University of Washington alum Alex Prugh shot a second-round 60 at the Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae, including seven consecutive birdies to begin his back nine, to take a two-shot lead over Josh Teater entering the weekend in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Prugh, a West Coast native, was on full ‘59 watch’ for a while.
After carding just two birdies on his front nine, the 33-year-old went on a heater after making the turn, carding seven straight birdies on Nos. 10-16 before settling for par on No. 17. Prugh went on to birdie the par-4 closing hole to card a back-nine 27, tying the lowest nine-hole score in Tour history, and finishing the day with a 10-under 60, his lowest career score in PGA TOUR-sanctioned competition.
“I actually didn’t drive the ball that well,” Prugh said when asked about his birdie streak. “I had one two-putt birdie, which was the drivable hole. That was probably my best drive of the day. Then I just hit wedge shots – I had a ton of 6- to 8-footers and just kind of lipped a couple in early and then the hole started getting a little bigger.”
The birdie streak was a career-best for Prugh, whose longest streak on the Web.com Tour sat at five heading into the week (occurring in 2009 and 2013). Friday’s performance is not surprising from the University of Washington alum, who has been riding a wave of momentum as of late.
After opening the season with fairly inconsistent play, Prugh picked up his first top-10 of the year at the Rust-Oleum Championship, where he fell short of the title in a playoff to finish the week in solo-second. The 33-year-old picked up another top-10 at the Pinnacle Bank Championship presented by Heartland Chevy Dealers in late July (T10), which he backed up with a T7 the following week in Missouri and a T17 at last week’s KC Golf Classic. The late-season surge has propelled Prugh to No. 24 on the Regular Season money list as he eyes a return to the PGA TOUR.
“My putter has been a little streaky here and there,” Prugh remarked of his summer play, “but when it’s on, it’s on. I’ve been making putts and fortunately whenever that happens it makes everything easier. I’ve always driven the ball really well and I keep it in play, and that’s basically what I’ve been doing – just keeping it in play and giving myself birdie opportunities when I need to.”