May 24, 2024
Canada’s Ames sits in 2nd entering final round of Mitsubishi Electric Classic | CBC Sports

Canada’s Ames sits in 2nd entering final round of Mitsubishi Electric Classic | CBC Sports

Englishman Paul Broadhurst fired a 5-under 67 on Saturday and holds a one-shot lead after two rounds of the Mitsubishi Electric Classic at Duluth, Ga.

Broadhurst, who is looking for his second straight victory, is at 10-under 134 after two trips around TPC Sugarloaf.

Canada’s Steven Ames is second after tying the course record with an 8-under 64.

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Vancouver’s Stephen Ames ties own tournament record as he aims to defend his Mitsubishi Classic title

Defending and two-time Mitsubishi Electric Classic champion Stephen Ames of Vancouver tied his own tournament record, shooting an 8-under 64 to sit in second place, one shot back of the lead heading into Sunday’s final round.

Steven Alker, who was a co-leader after the first round, is two shots back at 136. He shot 71 on Saturday.

Broadhurst shot four straight birdies on Holes 3 and 6 and later added two more. He had one bogey.

Broadhurst is certainly ready to make a run at a second straight victory.

“Absolutely, this is what we play for. I don’t enjoy finishing 30th every week, no one does,” Broadhurst said. “You want to get up there in contention and test yourself. It will be a test again tomorrow.”

‘Nice to be in this position again’

Ames is the defending champion and he happens to turn 60 on Sunday.

The Vancouver resident had four birdies on both the front and back nines while substantially improving on his opening-round 71.

“You know what, I was completely out of the picture yesterday,” Ames said. “A good day, started off nicely and I continued rolling it and hit some good putts, hit some good shots, the number added up to 64. That’s golf, you know. …

“You know what, golf, tomorrow’s golf, it’s another round of golf, we’ll see what happens. Nice to be in this position again, obviously.”

Alker carded five birdies but also was hurt by two bogeys and a double-bogey. One of his bogeys was on 18.

Five players are tied in fourth at 7-under 137.

Lee Janzen and South Korea’s K.J. Choi shot 69, Australia’s John Senden shot 70 while Shane Bertsch carded a 71 and Doug Barron had a 72.

Last week, Broadhurst notched a one-shot victory at the rain-shortened Invited Celebrity Classic at Irving, Texas, for his first title since 2018.

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