PORT ST. LUCIE – Wyatt Worthington II made five consecutive birdies Monday to shoot a 6-under 66 and lead Event No. 2 of the PGA Tournament Series.
Worthington, who two years ago became the first African-American to win a PGA Tournament Series event, birdied the 10th through 14th holes on the Wanamaker Course at PGA Golf Club to take a one-shot advantage over Tim Puetz.
“I got off to a shaky start and was fortunate to find my rhythm on the back nine,” said Worthington, a PGA Teaching Professional at The Golf Depot of Central Park in Gahanna, Ohio. “I was happy with how I played in windy conditions.”
Puetz eagled the par-5 16th hole with a 6-iron to 15 feet and finished with four birdies and a bogey for the 67. The Stamford, Ct., resident didn’t miss a fairway and hit 16 greens. His best finish in a PGA Tournament Series event was second.
“I hit it really good and made some putts when I had the opportunity,” said Puetz, a PGA Professional at Siwanoy Country Club in Bronxville, N.Y. “It’s all about giving yourself a chance to win.”
Jeff Sorenson, who made a hole in one in Friday’s second round of Event No. 1, is alone in third place at 68.
Frank Esposito, who just missed earning his PGA Tour Champions card by one shot at last week’s q-school, is tied for fourth place with Scott Berliner, David Muttitt and Michael Shine with 69s.
The winner receives $5,000 after Tuesday’s final round.
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