Higgins and Wallis share lead in Turkey
Lightning storms again struck the Titleist PGA Play-offs in Turkey, but a flash of inspiration helped defending champion Richard Wallis snatch a share of the lead with David Higgins, going into today’s last round.
Wallis, leader by one at the halfway stage after a morning second-round 68, holed a sensational shot from a greenside bunker on the sixth hole of the third round yesterday to get to eight under and level with Higgins.
It was the last decisive act of the day at the top of the leaderboard, with thunderstorms again forcing play at Antalya Golf Club’s PGA Sultan Course to be called off.
The result is the £15,000 tournament has been reduced to 54 holes, with the first day’s play also being lost to electric storms.
Earlier in the day, Wallis had completed a second-round 68 to lead by one from Waterville Links pro Higgins who couldn’t muster the form of his first round 66, instead settling for a rollercoaster 70.
Higgins identified a par putt on 14, during his second round, as his best shot of the day and he went on to birdie three of the last four holes.
“I was all over the place in my second round, I could not find my rhythm,” he explained.
“I’m pleased how I turned it round. It’s disappointing not to play 72 holes. Richard pipped me last year but, hopefully, I can get him back this year.”
Pádraig Harrington has re-signed with Wilson Golf in a multi-year deal. The 41-year-old Dubliner has been with the company since 1998 and said in a statement: “I’m delighted to have renewed my relationship with Wilson Golf and for us to continue our long association.”