Saturday's golf: Cantlay, Schauffele take 5-shot lead at Zurich Classic

Allen Jordan
The Detroit News

Avondale, La. — Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele played the back nine in 8-under 28 and shot a 12-under 60 in best-ball play Saturday to shatter the Zurich Classic three-round record at 29 under and stretch their lead to five strokes.

Cantlay and Schauffele broke the 54-hole mark of 23 under. Jonas Blixt-Cameron Smith and Kevin Kisner-Scott Brown set the 72-hole mark of 27 under in 2017, the first-year of the team format at TPC Louisiana. The final round will be alternate shot.

Patrick Cantlay greets teammate Xander Schauffele, right, on the 18th green after completing their third round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament, Saturday, April 23, 2022, at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La.

Cantlay and Schauffele opened with a tournament-record 59 in best-ball play Thursday and had a 68 in alternate shot to maintain a one-stroke lead.

The South African tandem of Garrick Higgo and Branden Grace were second at 24 under after a 63. They bogeyed the par-4 12th.

Sam Burns, the local favorite who played at LSU, and Billy Horschel were 23 under after a 63. They bogeyed the difficult par-3 ninth hole, then shot a 5-under 31 on the back nine.

Australians Jason Day and Jason Scrivener (63) and Aaron Rai and David Lipsky (65) also were 23 under.

The father-son team of Jay and Bill Haas was 12 under after a 68. At 68 years, four months, 20 days, Jay Haas, making his 799th official start, is the oldest player to make a PGA Tour cut.

Cantlay and Schauffele, who trailed briefly during the round, made just one birdie in the first four holes. They eagled the par-5 seventh and began the back nine with four consecutive birdies.

After making par at the par-4 14th, Cantlay and Schauffele birdied the final four holes.

LPGA Tour

Nasa Hataoka took advantage of Jin Young Ko's late meltdown Saturday to take a four-stroke lead into the final round of the DIO Implant LA Open.

Tied for the lead with Hataoka after a birdie on the par-5 15th, the top-ranked Ko bogeyed the par-4 16th and made a quadruple-bogey 8 on the 17th after failing twice to get the ball out of the deep barranca.

Hataoka birdied the 16th and parred the final two holes for a 4-under 67 and 11-under 202 total at breezy Wilshire Country Club. The 23-year-old from Japan has five LPGA Tour victories, winning twice last season.

Nasa Hataoka tees off at the second hole during the third round of LPGA's DIO Implant LA Open golf tournament at Wilshire Country Club on Saturday, April 23, 2022, in Los Angeles.

Ko won in Singapore early last month for her 13th LPGA Tour title. She won five times last year.

Hatoaka had five birdies and a bogey Saturday in diminished wind.

Green had three birdies and a bogey playing in the final group with Hataoka and Ko.

Park had four birdies and a bogey.

The tournament is part of a two-week run in the Los Angeles area, with the Palos Verdes Championship next week.

PGA Champions Tour

Steven Alker moved into position for his second straight PGA Tour Champions victory Saturday, shooting a 5-under 66 in windy conditions to take a two-stroke lead in the ClubCorp Classic.

The winner three weeks ago in the Rapiscan Systems Classic in Mississippi, Alker played the four par-5 holes in 4 under with an eagle on No. 3 and birdies on 10 and 18. The 50-year-old New Zealander had an 8-under 134 total at Las Colinas Country Club.

“It was a little bit topsy-turvy actually,” Aljer said. “I struggled in the middle a little bit today, but my short game held me in there. Made some nice putts, good par saves.”

Alker won the TimberTech Championship in November for his first senior title. He has six top-five finishes in his last eight events, finishing second in the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship and season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship.

“I think it’s going to be windy again,” Alker said. “Just a lot of patience and just one at a time. The old adage, just stick with it. Obviously, I’m going to need a few under.”

First-round leader Jerry Kelly (70) and Lee Janzen (68) were tied for second. Finishing on the back nine, Janzen birdied Nos. 2 and 3 to get to 8 under, then bogeyed the fourth and sixth.

“We’ve seen the wind all week and it’s a challenge,” Janzen said. “The greens are pretty firm and fast, so you have to be very careful on where you put the ball. So I tried to be very careful about where I left the ball for two days. I knew it was going to be a battle, one shot at a time.

Tim Herron (65) was 5 under with Colin Montgomerie (68), Brett Quigley (68), Tim Petrovic (67), Woody Austin (70) and Scott Parel (70).

The first-year tournament features 50 celebrities playing alongside the pros. Alker played alongside former Dallas quarterback Tony Romo and former tennis player Mardy Fish.