Austin birdies final, up 1 at Champions’ Boeing


SNOQUALMIE, Wash. — Woody Austin birdied the par-5 18th on Saturday for a 4-under 68 and a one-stroke lead over Jim Furyk and Colin Montgomerie within the PGA Tour Champions’ Boeing Basic.

The 57-year-old Austin had three straight birdies on Nos. 13-15. He has 4 senior victories after additionally profitable 4 PGA Tour titles.

Austin took a 10-under 134 whole into the ultimate spherical at Snoqualmie Ridge.

“It is going to be enjoyable,” Austin stated. “I imply, that is all you ever ask for is a shot and I give myself a shot and I am going to see the way it goes. … I am all the time assured. I feel I can beat anyone on any given day.”

Furyk and Montgomerie, enjoying in the identical group, every shot 67.

The 51-year-old Furyk gained in his first two senior begins final yr and took the U.S. Senior Open final month in Nebraska.

The 58-year-old Montgomerie birdied the ultimate two holes. He gained the final of his seven senior titles in 2019.

“I loved enjoying with Jim Furyk, I need to admit,” Montgomerie stated. “A gentleman and somebody I’ve admired for a lot of, a few years since we first got here throughout Jim in ’97 at Valderrama on the Ryder Cup. I’ve all the time admired his sport and it is nice to play with him right here in America.”

Jerry Kelly (69) was two strokes again at 8 underneath with Brett Quigley (67), Tim Petrovic (67), Glen Day (68) and Billy Mayfair (70). Kelly gained the 2017 event.

Ernie Els, tied for first-round lead with Austin and Mayfair, had a 71 to fall right into a tie for ninth at 7 underneath with Stephen Ames (66) and Jesper Parnevik (69).

Brandt Jobe, the 2019 winner within the occasion that was canceled final yr due to the COVID-10 pandemic, was 1 over after a 75.

Two-time Boeing winner Bernhard Langer was 6 underneath after a 68.

Native favourite Fred Couples shot a 69 to get to three underneath.

“It was a bit higher,” {Couples} stated. “I hit just a few good photographs and I made just a few putts.”

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