January 23, 2010 in Sports

Prugh leads Hope Classic

Spokane native up by 1 stroke
Associated Press
Matt York photo

Alex Prugh hits from a bunker on the 12th hold during the third round of the Bob Hope Classic PGA golf tournament on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, at La Quinta Country Club in La Quinta, Calif.
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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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