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Prugh leads Hope Classic

Spokane native up by 1 stroke

LA QUINTA, Calif. — Alex Prugh surged ahead when the sun finally came out at the Bob Hope Classic, shooting a 7-under 65 on the tough La Quinta course to take a one-stroke lead over Bubba Watson and Martin Flores.

With three remarkably consistent rounds in the five-round, four-course tournament, Prugh pulled ahead at 21-under 195 on Saturday. The 25-year-old PGA Tour rookie finished 72nd last week at the Sony Open.

Flores shot his second straight 65 to pull into a tie with second-round leader Watson (68), who rallied after a rough start on the Arnold Palmer Private course.

After rain washed play Thursday and threatened Friday, the players finally reveled in perfect Palm Springs scoring weather.

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