Harrison Frazar didn't need a 59 to take the second-round lead in the Las Vegas Invitational. The way things are going, though, he may need one to win it.
On a day when Tommy Armour III flirted with golf's magic number, Frazar shot a 10-under 62 yesterday for a 36-hole total of 127 and a one-shot lead over Vijay Singh and Fred Couples with three rounds remaining in the 90-hole tournament.
"If you're going to shoot a 59, this is the time to do it," said Frazar, a former Texas star who remains winless in his second PGA Tour season.
Armour almost did, shooting a 12-under 60 in a round that was flawed only by a missed 2 1/2-foot par putt on his 14th hole at Las Vegas Country Club. At the time, he was thinking he might even go lower.
"It's nice. But I wish I would have shot 58," said Armour, who enters today's third round three strokes behind Frazar after adding the 60 to his opening round of 70. "If I knocked in the 2 1/2-footer and made one of two five-footers I missed, it's 58."
Three players have shot 59 in a PGA event and no one has shot 58. David Duval was the latest with a 59 when he did it in the final round of the Bob Hope Classic earlier this year. This tournament yielded a 59 to Chip Beck in 1991 on a course no longer used in the event.
Singh said he would expect to be in the lead with his score at this stage.
"In a normal tournament, when you're 16 under after two rounds, you're going to be far, far ahead," he said. "Out here, you just need to keep making birdies and not think about it."
EUROPEAN TOUR: Spaniard Sergio Garcia was knocked out of the World Match Play Championship in Virginia Water, England, after slipping on a crucial tee shot and angrily throwing his shoe into the startled crowd. A fan threw it back.
The shot on No. 15 hooked into the trees and Garcia went on to lose, 2 and 1, to South African Retief Goosen, who led by one hole after the first 18 and opened with a record 6-under 29 in the second round.
The 19-year-old Garcia was able to stay close with a 5-under 30, but the slip-up led to a two-hole deficit and ended up costing him the match.
"We're all humans and sometimes you do things you don't want to do," Garcia said. "If I miss a shot, I'm not going to get angry, but if I miss a shot because of something -- sometimes you get angry."
In other matches, Australian Craig Parry defeated British Open champion Paul Lawrie, 4 and 3, Ireland's Padraig Harrington beat Carlos Franco of Paraguay, 7 and 6, and American Notah Begay III won, 4 and 3, over two-time Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal, who was fighting the flu.
LPGA: Karrie Webb had four straight birdies on the way to an opening-round 66 and a one-stroke lead over Cindy Figg-Currier in the Tournament of Champions in Mobile, Ala.
"I didn't really think about it [the birdie streak] until the 10th," Webb said. "Then I gave myself a chance on the next hole and didn't make it. But the hole was definitely looking bigger by that point. It was good to see those go in because I had a lot of chances on the first six holes and none fell."