Tom Pernice Jr. holds onto lead in iffy weather at Toshiba Classic in Newport Beach


NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — Tom Pernice Jr. remained patient in cool, rainy and breezy conditions Saturday and held on to a one-shot lead after two rounds of the Toshiba Classic.

Pernice shot a 1-under 70 with a sloppy bogey on the par-5 18th as the leaderboard began to bunch up at Newport Beach Country Club. Joe Durant, Scott McCarron and Vijay Singh were among the players who challenged Pernice throughout the afternoon, and 13 players were within four shots of the lead heading into the final round.

The 58-year-old Pernice, a five-time winner on the PGA Tour Champions, was at 8-under 134. Durant, a winner three weeks ago at the Chubb Classic, shot 66 and was one shot back alongside McCarron (68), who missed a par putt from about three feet on the par-4 14th as part of an up-and-down back nine.

Singh shot 68 and joined Scott Verplank (69) at 6 under.

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