LA QUINTA, Calif. – No. 17 Washington fired the low round of the day on Tuesday at the Prestige at PGA West, catapulting up the leaderboard into second place. The Dawgs finished with a round of 7-under 277 and now 5-under for the tournament, but 13 strokes off Stanford’s lead.
Oregon is currently third, three strokes back of the Huskies. The Dawgs were four shots better than the Cardinal, Ducks and LSU who tied for the second-best second round score.
Gerrit Chambers starred for the Huskies on his 23rd birthday on Tuesday. The senior shot a career-low tying 66 to finish 5-under. Chambers had it as low as 7-under after an eagle on 12 and a birdie on 14, but bogeyed 17 and 18. Still, Chambers is tied for ninth at 2-under for the week.
“G was the big story today,” said head coach Matt Thurmond. “It’s his birthday and he brought his best. He was hitting it terrible in the warm-up, but hit it close all day when it mattered.”
Also in the top-10 overall is Corey Pereira who finished Tuesday with a round of 1-under 70. Pereira is tied for fifth at 3-under for the week, six strokes back of Stanford’s Patrick Rodgers who leads the way at 9-under.
Continuing his steady play this spring was Chris Babcock, shooting a round of 1-under 70. Babcock is now tied for 15th at 1-under for the tournament.
Perhaps the Dawgs two most accomplished golfers, Cheng-Tsung Pan and Trevor Simsby finished the lineup by both shooting even par. Simsby is now tied for 21st in the tournament at 1-over, while Pan is tied for 37th at 3-over.
“We had all five scores at par or better,” said Thurmond. “You have to like that.”
The Dawgs will wrap up the Prestige at PGA West on Wednesday with the final. UW will be hoping to get hot and make things interesting with the Cardinal who have the big lead.
“We still haven’t made any putts or gotten hot,” said Thurmond. “Maybe we can get some momentum going tomorrow.”