Wagner charges in Mexico

2011-02-27 21:11
Johnson Wagner (AFP)
Riviera Maya - American Johnson Wagner surged past overnight pacesetter Chris Stroud to take a one-shot lead in the third round of the Mayakoba Golf Classic on Saturday.

Four strokes behind at the start of an overcast and occasionally rainy day, Wagner fired a six-under-par 65 on the El Camaleon course at the resort of Playa del Carmen on the Riviera Maya.

In pursuit of his second PGA Tour victory, the 30-year-old recorded five birdies, one eagle and a lone bogey to post a 13-under total of 200.

Stroud was alone in second after carding a 70 with fellow Americans Bobby Gates (64) and Spencer Levin (67), plus Australian Jarrod Lyle (67), a further shot back at 11 under.

"I feel like I've been practising well," Wagner, who had missed the cut in his only two previous PGA Tour starts this year, told reporters.

"This week I just came into it wanting to be committed to what I'm doing and what I'm working on, and so far it's been phenomenal.

"It's nice to be back in this position. Hopefully this is what my career is going to look like for years to come."

Wagner, who won his maiden PGA Tour title at the 2008 Houston Open, covered the back nine in four-under 31 to take over at the top of the leaderboard.

"It just seemed like I had good birdie putt after good birdie putt on the back nine," he said. "They all didn't go in, but a lot of them did.

"(Tomorrow) I have to go out and make birdies and try to play the same kind of rounds that I've played the last two days. If I could go post a good number, I'd feel pretty good about it. Someone is going to have to play good to beat me." 



Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


30 of the world's greatest golfers will be heading to the Gary Player Country Club for this year's Nedbank Golf Challenge - now in its 35th year. For all the latest news, player profiles, hole-by-hole descriptions and past winners, be sure to check out Sport24's dedicated section.

Latest blogs

Which is your favourite event on the golfing calendar?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.