Published May 03, 2016
Ridgedale, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Sandy Lyle and Ian Woosnam combined to shoot a 6-under 64 in the second round on Saturday and they took a 2-shot lead heading into the final round of the Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf.
The duo finished 36 holes at 13-under-par 111. Lyle, a 17-time European Tour winner, is seeking his first win on the Champions Tour. Woosnam is also looking for his first victory on the senior tour after winning 29 times on the European Tour.
"I think I played very little part in it today, sad to say, but Woosie's play was a huge rock. He always looked like he got the ball under control," Lyle said. "Very happy with 64 in the end after how we were doing for the first nine holes."
In the first two rounds, teams alternated between the Top of the Rock par-3 course and the par-70 Springs Course at Buffalo Ridge Golf Club. Sunday's final round will be played at Top of the Rock. Lyle and Woosnam were at Buffalo Ridge in round two.
First-round leaders John Cook and Joey Sindelar played at Top of the Rock and shot a 1-under 53. They are two shots back and tied for second at 11-under 113 alongside Cory Pavin and Duffy Waldorf (51), who also played the par-3 course.
All teams playing at Buffalo Ridge used best-ball, while the first nine holes at Top of The Rock were alternate shot and the second nine was also best-ball.
On a windy day when some groups had trouble shooting low rounds, Lyle and Woosnam used a big back nine to take the lead.
After making pars on the first four holes, Woosnam got the team into red figures with a birdie at the par-4 fifth. They gave that shot back two holes later with a bogey on No. 7, but Woosnam came back with another gain on eight.
Following four straight pars from nine, Lyle and Woosnam finished up on fire as they drained five birdies over their final six holes as they came from behind to take a 2-shot lead at the end of the day.
"Obviously very windy over here. We obviously didn't get off to a very good start at the beginning," said Woosnam. "We were playing pretty steady, but just couldn't make some putts ... We played really solid on the back nine, I think I made about four or five birdies on the back nine."
On the par-3 course, Cook and Sindelar made back-to-back birdies on five and six to go along with seven pars on the front side.
Still in the lead at the time, the duo made a mess of No. 15 and made double- bogey, which dropped them from the lead. A birdie at the last got one of those shots back and they ended the day two shots behind the leaders.
Pavin and Waldorf dropped a shot at the first before making birdies on four and six. Around the turn, they made two more gains on 10 and 12 before bogeying No. 13. A birdie on 16 got them to 11-under and they finished up with two pars.
NOTES: Lyle also won six times on the PGA Tour, including a British Open title in 1985 and a Masters win in 1988 ... Woosnam also won the Masters in 1991, his lone major title ... Cook and Sindelar have finished runner-up at this event twice (2010, 2012).