Saturday, October 22

3 Hole Outs Propel Justin Leonard at CMNH Classic

MISS GREEENS? NO BIG DEAL—if you’re Justin Leonard. On Saturday at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic Leonard had three hole outs in five holes en route to a 34. He went on to shoot a 2-under 70 and holds a share of the 54-hole lead with Kevin Chappell.

The first two chip-ins looked rather routine from the edge of the green. The second was a bladed wedge that rolled in like a putt. The last one was the masterpiece of the trio, a lofted wedge from well off the green that found the cup.

“The strength of my round was definitely from off the green,” Leonard said. “There are days when those things don’t go our way, and the round can get away from me.”

Leonard, whose last win came at the 2008 Stanford St. Jude Classic, could use a victory. But he is exempt for the 2012 season on the PGA Tour. After some confusion, that apparently got sorted out on Friday.

−The Armchair Golfer

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