Bob Hope Round 4
BY Bruce Young | US PGA Tour | 2011 Bob Hope Classic | Round Four | 23 Jan 2011
Two relatively unknown but talented players lead the Bob Hope Classic in Palm Springs into the final 18 of 90 holes tomorrow, both players having finished the opening 72 holes over four different courses at a massive 24 under par.
American Gary Woodland and Venezuelan Jhonattan Vegas will have a two shot lead over Scot Martin Laird when the event returns to the Palmer Course at PGA West for the conclusion of the event. With neither of the leaders having won on the PGA Tour date however the event remains wide open for the 13 players currently within five shots of their lead.
Woodland regained his PGA Tour status via qualifying school last month after having unsuccessfully tried to play his way back via Medical Exemption in 2010. Vegas, on the other hand, is a rookie on the PGA Tour in 2011 having gained his card following a successful season on the Nationwide Tour last year.
Vegas stormed home in round four with birdies on his final five holes to join Woodland in the lead, a position they would hold for the remainder of day four.
Defending champion Bill Haas kept his hopes alive of a successful defence with a round of 62 at the Palmer Course to finish within three of the lead. 8 under par through 11 holes in today’s 4th round, Haas appeared as if he might join David Duval as a sub 60 shooter over this layout but a bogey at the 13th essentially put paid to any such hopes. Duval produced a round of 59 when winning the event in 1999.
The leading Australian is Greg Chalmers who played the more demanding Silver Rock layout today and recorded a round of 69 which was solid, but given the level of scoring in this event he lost ground. Chalmers is in 8th position at 20 under but only four from the lead.
There other Australians made the 72 hole cut. Steve Elkington is 28th, Matt Jones 38th and Jarrod Lyle 70th.