Trahan keeps lead, closing in on first PGA victory
Published: Sunday, October 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, October 1, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
MADISON, Miss. - D.J. Trahan shook off a double bogey to maintain a two-stroke lead Saturday in the Southern Farm Bureau Classic, birdieing the final two holes for a 1-under 71 on the Annandale Golf Club course.
Trahan, who has led after all three rounds, had a 12-under 204 total after opening with rounds of 65 and 68. Two-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen (67) was second, and Daniel Chopra (68) and Brad Faxon (72) followed at 9 under.
Trahan, trying to win for the first time on the PGA Tour as well as lock up full playing privileges for next season, countered a bogey on the par-4 third hole with birdies on Nos. 5 and 7.
After a string of six pars, he dropped two strokes on the par-4 14th, but rallied to birdie the 17th and 18th.
Trahan, playing in his 65th PGA Tour event, is 142nd on the money list with $474,242, with the top 125 at the end of the season retaining their full tour cards. The winner's share of the $3 million purse is $540,000.
Janzen, who has made just seven cuts in 23 events, is playing on a one-time tour exemption based on his position in the top 50 on the career money list. He finished out of the top 125 last year for the first time since joining the tour in 1990.
Faxon, who chased Trahan most of the day, offset three birdies with three bogeys.
Faxon is trying to make up for a difficult season that has put him at 136th on the money list.
Making the top 125 is only a matter of pride for him, his victory in Hartford in '05 came with a two-year exemption.
Faxon is one of the tour's steadiest players and hasn't finished out of the top 90 since 1985, his third year as a pro.
Chris Riley (69) was 8 under, and 14 players followed at 7 under.
Andy Bean remained in position for his first Champions Tour victory, shooting a 2-under 70 to take a two-stroke lead into the final round of the Greater Hickory Classic.
Bean, who matched his senior best with an opening 63, had an 11-under 133 total on the Rock Barn Golf and Spa's Jones Course.
The 53-year-old Bean is in his fourth season on the 50-and-over tour after winning 11 times on the PGA Tour.
"It's funny - I really played quite well today except for two holes," said Bean, who tied for second in the 2004 Long Island event for his best senior finish. "I started off with a birdie and thought things would keep going from yesterday, and it was a while before I made a putt again.
"I didn't play that much different than yesterday. I just didn't make the putts. I need to play a little better than that tomorrow."
Two-time U.S. Senior Open champion Allen Doyle was second after a 66. Doyle, an 11-time Champions Tour winner, had six birdies in his bogey-free round.
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