Prugh up by one at Mexico Championship heading to final day

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Alex Prugh, the leader when night fell on the Mexico Championship, said fatigue at the end of his 14-hour day prevented him from building a bigger edge.
By news services

Series: Tour

Published: Sunday, May 26, 2013 | 12:48 a.m.

LEON, Mexico – Weather again was a factor on Saturday at the Mexico Championship on the Tour, and the third round was suspended by darkness before it was completed with Alex Prugh holding a one-stroke lead over Whee Kim. Play is set to resume at 8:00 a.m. CT on Sunday.

On Friday, play was suspended because of lightning and high winds staying in the area, and the second round finished Saturday morning with the cut coming at even-par 144 with 64 players playing the weekend.

Prugh, who birdied Nos. 8 and 9 Saturday afternoon to get to 11 under par, felt the day had a strange feel to it and believes his miscues in the third round are a result of the amount of golf he had to play.

“Today was a weird day,” he said. “It felt like I was on my feet for the last 14 hours because I have been. But I definitely felt a little fatigue out there and had some wayward tee shots that led to a few bogeys.”

The Washington native will need to be fresh on Sunday – he’ll start his day from the greenside bunker, where he lays two, on the par-5 10th hole. And he knows that shot could be pivotal in his attempt to get things going on his back nine of Round 3.

“Hopefully I can get fully rested and then come out and get up and down from out of that bunker on No. 10 for birdie,” he said. “I think that will definitely kickstart the day.”

Kim feels the greens are softer now than in the practice rounds and is using his high ball flight to attack pins. Also, the 21-year-old seems to be unfazed by the stop and starts this week.

“Play has been suspended a few times in this tournament and it was a tough day for the players,” he said. “But I don’t really care about that. I’m focused on the three holes I have to play tomorrow morning.”

Kevin Tway recorded a hole-in-one in his second round on the par-3 12th hole with an 8-iron from 162 yards.

For the first time in this tournament’s history only one Mexican player made the cut. Jose de Jesus Rodriguez shot 72-69 through the first two rounds of the tournament, and is 6 under. “The shrimp” (El Camaron), as he is nicknamed, doesn’t feel any pressure to get more aggressive, but he simply believes he needs to get the ball in the hole more to get into contention.

“I’ll try and play the same way I’ve played all week,” he said. “I’m just going to try and make some more putts tomorrow. I’m confident that if I get it figured out on the greens, I will have a chance to win.”