David Duval took out his two-iron on the 15th hole Saturday morning and hit the shot of the Nike Utah Classic so far.
The 15th hole stretches out over 538 yards, with pine trees on the right and the closest thing Provo has to a forest on the left. There's also a sand trap that guards the flag positioned in the upper right corner of the green.After a near perfect drive, Duval's second shot traveled 250 yards and stopped just two feet from the hole. Duval tapped in the eagle putt and rolled to a 7-under 65 to take control of the second round of the Nike Classic at Riverside Country Club in Provo.
Duval attributed much of his hot round to an improved putting game. "The last few weeks I haven't been putting very well," he said. "I got out a different putter on Wednesday. It's always been my favorite putter, I just haven't used it for awhile."
Duval's 65 on Saturday, combined with his 70 on Friday, gave him a two-day total of 135, one stroke better than Don Reese, who matched the 68 he shot Friday to post a 136.
The momentum Tom Scherrer gained Friday in posting a tournament-leading 65, was gone after Scherrer double bogeyed the first hole.
"I three-putted the first hole and got behind the eight ball right off. I just tried to stay patient," Scherrer said.
Scherrer settled down to shoot par for the day. He's now two strokes back at 137 along with Chris Perry, who fired a 68.
Gene Jones heads a group of seven players at 139, four shots back.
Jones climbed to 8-under after a birdie on No. 7 but fell off the pace after he bogeyed No's. 9, 10 and 11 to drop to 5-under-par.
Six other players are at 139: Tad Holloway, Rex Caldwell, Jerry Kelly, Lee Gardner, Lee Rinker and Tom Garner.
Sunday's final round begins at 8 a.m.
NIKE NOTES: To get a good idea of how much tougher Riverside is this year than in years past, five of the top six money winners on the tour this year missed the 1-over-par cut. . . . It was the first time in the five-year tournament the cut was over par. Last year the cut was 3-under-par. . . . Only three local golfers survived the cut. Ryan Rhees led the way with a 143. Jimmy Blair and Milan Swilor both shot a 144. . . . Duval and Reese are the final twosome scheduled to tee-off at 12:30 p.m.