Mallinger leads by 2 shots at Open

John Mallinger
John Mallinger ( Associated Press )

Saturday, October 13, 2012

SAN MARTIN, Calif. — John Mallinger remained in position for his first PGA Tour victory, shooting a 1-under 70 on Saturday in the Open to take a two-stroke lead into the final round.

The 33-year-old Mallinger had a 15-under 198 total at CordeValle after opening with a 66 and matching the course record with a 62 on Friday. He has finished second twice in his seven-year career on the tour, losing in a playoff to Bo Van Pelt in Milwaukee in 2009.

Sweden's Jonas Blixt was second after a 66, and Charles Howell III and Jason Kokrak were another stroke back at 12 under. Howell had a 66, and Kokrak shot 67.

Vijay Singh and Brazil's Alexandre Rocha were 11 under. They each shot 66. readers: We value your input and welcome your comments, but please be respectful in this forum.