Mark Calcavecchia shot a second-round 66 and will take a two-shot lead over Bernhard Langer into the final round of the Boca Raton Championship.
The 57-year old Floridian offset three bogeys with nine birdies en route to a two-day total of 14-under par at Broken Sound’s Old Course.
“Well, it was interesting, a lot of good things happened. Made a lot of birdies, made a lot of nice putts. I made three bogeys,” said Calcavecchia.
“Two of them I made, I hit great shots on the par 3s, 8 and 14. On 8 it buried in the front bunker, just needed a few more yards in the air, and 14 it just went over the green but it was a beautiful 4-iron.
“And then I missed a short putt on 15. But, you know, then I came back and birdied the last three, made a couple 30-footers on 16 and 17. It was a great finish, kind of really saved the day with that.
“I’m super happy. I’m playing well and I can’t wait for tomorrow.”
Langer, meanwhile, went bogey-free on the day, posting his second-straight 66 to move into the solo-two spot.
“I’m going to have to make birdies no matter what, because if Calc is playing the way he is playing, it’s going to be 20 under, something like that,” Langer, a Boca Raton resident who owns one win (2010) and six top 10s in this tournament.
“So I have my work cut out to shoot a low number. It may be a bit more windy so that could make it a little harder, but it’s not going to be match play from the get-go. Got to try and get off to a good start and hopefully catch Mark and then see what everybody else does.”
Two further back are Bart Bryant (64) and Jerry Smith (67) at 10 under.
Bryant will join Langer and Calcavecchia in Sunday’s final group (12:30 pm).
1 Mark Calcavecchia -14
2 Bernhard Langer -12
3 Jerry Smith -10
3 Bart Bryant -10
5 Michael Allen -9
5 Steve Flesch -9
5 Paul Broadhurst -9
8 Fred Funk -8
8 Rocco Mediate -8
10 Jesper Parnevik -7
10 Davis Toms -7
10 Kevin Sutherland -7
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At the par-3 8th hole Langer absolutely sticks it, leading to a tap-in birdie.
“Yeah, you know, obviously as good as he [Bernhard Langer] is, by a mile our best player, he’s not going to have a bad day. I’m not expecting him to shoot even as little as 2 or 3 under, I expect him to shoot 6 or 7 under. I’ve got to go out and I feel like I’ve got to shoot 6 or 7 under to beat him.”
– Mark Calcavecchia
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