Saturday Update — PGA Tour – Zurich Classic of New Orleans — TPC Louisiana — Avondale, Louisiana —
Rain continues to headline the week at the PGA Tour’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans for second straight day.
Brian Stuard (12-under through two rounds) sleeps on the lead for the second straight night without hitting a shot Saturday in what should have been the third round.
It marks for a long Sunday – 36 holes for some players. We might even been in store for a Monday finish.
Jamie Lovemark, shooting for his maiden PGA Tour title, is 11-under through 36 holes and T-2 with Jhonattan Vegas. Lovemark was a 40-to-1 betting pick at Station Casino’s in Las Vegas coming into the week. He is 110th in the Official World Golf Rankings.
A host of players sit four back at 8-under including Daniel Berger, Charles Howell III, Byeong-Hun A
n, Chad Collins, Patrick Rodgers and Harold Varner III.
Berger, rookie of the year last year, is trending with three Top 11s recently including the Masters, Houston and Valspar. He logged in as a 22-1 selection, while CH3 was 35-1 and An was 40-1 at the sports book. Rodgers was an eye-opening super long shot at 90-1 odds.
The Collins and Stuard were “Field” picks at even money.
Certainly a long way to go with a 36-hole marathon planned for Sunday, which opens the door for players to make a run. World No. 1 Jason Day is part of a group at 7-under with such an opportunity.
Last year’s weekend featured Justin Rose, Day, Cameron Tringale and Boo Weekeley dueling down the stretch. Fast-forward a year, only Day has returned to contend with Rose missing the cut (72-72).
Other Golf News:
- Gerina Pillar (14-under) leads the LPGA Tour’s Volunteers of American Texas Shootout. Pillar is looking for her first victory. She has three runner-ups on her LPGA Tour resume. She leads a group of proven South Korean champs including M.J. Hur, Amy Yang and Sei Young Kim with one round to finish.
- Lucas Bjerregard and Felipe Aguilar (both 16-under) co-lead through 54 holes at the European Tour’s Volvo China Open at Topwin Golf & Country Club in Beijing. Nicholas Colsaerts is T-3 at 14-under.
- Tiger Woods, who has been seen hitting balls in public, is expected to return to action sometime in May. He is not on the list for the Wells Fargo Championship next week. The PGA Tour’s flagship event – THE PLAYERS – is next up followed by the AT&T Byron Nelson and then Colonial.
- John Daly, the two-time major champion, turned 50 years old earlier this week and is set to tee if upon the PGA Tour Champions beginning next week.