On a par-breaking binge that matched a 72-hole record set by Ben Hogan more than a half-century ago, Mark Calcavecchia shot a 64 Saturday to go 27-under for a 261 total in the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic at Indian Wells, Calif.
The record against par for four rounds is 27-under, established by Hogan in winning the 1945 Portland Invitational, and equaled by Mike Souchak in the 1955 Texas Open.
Both of them did it in 72-hole tournaments, however, and Calcavecchia, who has a three-shot lead over John Cook in the Hope, has one round remaining in the five-day event.
And, despite his tear over the four desert courses used for the tournament, Calcavecchia needs to shoot another 64 today to match the Hope record, Tom Kite’s 35-under in 1993. Kite shot a 62 the final day to set that mark, a tour standard for a 90-hole event.
John Daly, coming back strong from a 73 the second day, and Mark O’Meara each shot 66 and were seven strokes off Calcavecchia’s blazing pace. Former Pullman resident Kirk Triplett is tied for ninth at 271.
At Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Karrie Webb birdied three of the last five holes to shoot a 2-under-par 70 and share the lead with Michelle McGann at 6-under 138 heading into the final round of the HealthSouth Inaugural.
Clarkston’s Robin Walton is at 151. Tracy Hanson of Rathdrum, Idaho, missed the cut with a 154.
Hale Irwin birdied the final hole to move into a tie for the lead with Gil Morgan after two rounds of the 54-hole MasterCard Championship in Kailua-kona, Hawaii. Irwin, who had a 68 to go with his opening 73, and first-round leader Morgan, who had rounds of 72-69, reached the 36-hole mark at with 36-hole totals of 3-under 141.
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