Saturday, March 14, 2009
Sindelar holds one-shot lead
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. -- Joey Sindelar moved a step closer to his first Champions Tour victory, shooting a 2-under 70 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over Don Pooley in the AT&T Champions Classic.
The 50-year-old Sindelar, winless in 22 starts on the Champions Tour after winning seven times on the PGA Tour, had a 10-under 134 total on the Valencia Country Club course. After shooting a 63 on Sunday to tie for second in the Toshiba Classic at Newport Beach, he opened with a 64 on Friday.
"I'm pretty comfortable out there," Sindelar said. "I'm not trying to ignore it. I'll be excited on the first tee [Sunday] and in four hours I'll know the result. I'm looking forward to it."
Sindelar stretched his bogey-free streak to 42 holes before dropping a stroke on the par-4 fifth. He also bogeyed Nos. 8 and 10, but played the final seven holes in 4 under to top the leaderboard for the second straight day.
"I'm having a bit of a food fight with the front nine," Sindelar said. "It was a mess. Nothing to be proud of. I had much better ball-striking on the back nine."
Pooley shot a bogey-free 65, the best round of the day. He had only 25 putts.
"I was lost in my short game," Pooley said. "It's helped a lot. I've had very few bad days putting this year where last year I had very few good days."
Jay Haas (69) was two strokes back at 8 under, Steve Thomas (66) was 7 under, and Tim Simpson (69) and Bruce Lietzke (70) were another stroke behind.
Nick Price withdrew after the round. Price, 8 over through 36 holes, dropped an iron on his toe in his hotel room Thursday.