Frost maintains lead at Hualalai


Associated Press

KAUPULEHU-KONA — David Frost shot a 65 Saturday to hold a two-stroke lead on John Cook after the second round of the Mitsubishi Electric Championship.

Frost’s bogey-free round left him at 14-under-par 130 at Hualalai Golf Club in the season opener of the Champions Tour.

With winds gusting to 28 mph, scores were higher in the second round, but it barely bothered the 53-year-old South African. Despite having his first-round lead cut in half, he remained in front with five birdies on the back nine, where he needed just 12 putts.

Cook, the 2011 Mitsubishi winner, holed out for eagle from 114 yards on No. 18 to finish at 6-under 66.

“We all have to pay attention,” said Cook, who won each of his first five years on this tour before being shut out in 2012. “It’s early in the year. It’s not like it used to be where you kind of played your way in the first couple weeks.

“You better come here with your game intact if you want to have a chance because everybody else is. These scores, for the first week of the year on a tough day like this . those are pretty good scores being shot.”

Frost said the result of Cook’s clutch final shot is “sometimes good, sometimes bad” going into the final day.

“Obviously the bigger lead you can have the better,” Frost said. “With nine holes to go is where the action really starts tomorrow so you just want to put yourself in position with nine holes to go. Sometimes with a big lead you guide yourself around the golf course. When you don’t have a big lead you tend to play your natural game.”

Kirk Triplett, the 2012 Rookie of the Year, was third, another two strokes back after a 68. Fred Couples and 63-year-old Tom Kite both shot 69s and were at 205.

Two-time Mitsubishi champion Hale Irwin finished with a 68 to move into a tie for 11th.

Champions Tour

Mitsubishi Electric Championship

At Hualalai Golf Course

Kaupulehu-Kona

Purse: $1.8 million

Yardage: 7,107; par 72—144

Second round

David Frost 65-65—130

John Cook 66-66—132

Kirk Triplett 66-68—134

Fred Couples 66-69—135

Tom Kite 66-69—135

Bernhard Langer 68-68—136

Jay Haas 68-69—-137

Steve Elkington 68-69—137

Russ Cochran 67-70—137

Tom Lehman 66-71—137

Hale Irwin 70-68—138

Fred Funk 69-69—138

Willie Wood 66-72—138

Larry Nelson 69-70—139

Corey Pavin 68-71—139

Kenny Perry 67-72—139

Mark O’Meara 70-70—140

Loren Roberts 72-69—141

Mark Calcavecchia 71-70—141

Craig Stadler 70-71—141

Jeff Sluman 69-72—141

Joe Daley 69-72—141

John Huston 67-75—142

Mike Reid 73-70—143

Jay Don Blake 71-72—143

Mark Wiebe 70-73—143

Roger Chapman 70-73—143

Tom Watson 69-74—143

Curtis Strange 69-74—143

Bob Gilder 75-69—144

Olin Browne 73-71—144

Jim Thorpe 71-73—144

D.A. Weibring 71-73—144

Bruce Vaughan 73-72—145

Brad Faxon 69-76—145

Dan Forsman 73-73—146

Eduardo Romero 73-73—146

David Eger 71-75—146

Michael Allen 70-80—150

Ben Crenshaw 78-74—152

Tee times

10 A.M.

Michael Allen

Ben Crenshaw

10:10 A.M.

Eduardo Romero

David Eger

10:20 A.M.

Brad Faxon

Dan Forsman

10:30 A.M.

D.A. Weibring

Bruce Vaughan

10:40 A.M.

Olin Browne

Jim Thorpe

10:50 A.M.

Curtis Strange

Bob Gilder

11 A.M.

Roger Chapman

Tom Watson

11:10 A.M.

Jay Don Blake

Mark Wiebe

11:20 A.M.

John Huston

Mike Reid

11:30 A.M.

Jeff Sluman

Joe Daley

11:40 A.M.

Mark Calcavecchia

Craig Stadler

11:50 A.M.

Mark O’Meara

Loren Roberts

NOON

Corey Pavin

Kenny Perry

12:10 P.M.

Willie Wood

Larry Nelson

12:20 P.M.

Hale Irwin

Fred Funk

12:30 P.M.

Russ Cochran

Tom Lehman

12:40 P.M.

Jay Haas

Steve Elkington

12:50 P.M.

Tom Kite

Bernhard Langer

1 P.M.

Kirk Triplett

Fred Couples

1:10 P.M.

David Frost

John Cook

 

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