Golf

Scott Dunlap grabs MGRC lead

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 Miguel Jimenez hits his putt on Hole #1 at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic at Fallen Oak, Saturday, Apr. 2, 2016.
TIM ISBELL/SUN HERALD Miguel Jimenez hits his putt on Hole #1 at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic at Fallen Oak, Saturday, Apr. 2, 2016.

BILOXI - Scott Dunlap described Saturday as a marathon after 18 holes, and he will take the 36-hole lead into Sunday's final round at 9-under in the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic at Fallen Oak Golf Club.

Jerry Smith sits in second place at 7-under while Miguel Angel Jimenez is third at 6-under. Four golfers are tied at 5-under, including 2014 champion Jeff Maggert.

Due to rain and lightning on Friday, two rounds were played on Saturday at Fallen Oak Golf Club.

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Dunlap, from Pittsburgh, played collegiately at the University of Florida. He has two Top 10 finishes this season. and one Champions Tour title since joining the tour.

"The later the day went, the wind died a little bit,'' Dunlap said. "The difference in the round is driving. If you get the ball in play, you have a chance here.''

Gates open at 8 a.m. Sunday, and the championship round is at 9 a.m. Parking is still in the public lot for everyone.

Smith, from Council Bluffs, Iowa, will be paired with Dunlap on Sunday. He has won once on the Champions Tour in Chicago.

"I had a great pairing. Rocco (Mediate) and Esteban (Toledo) are easy guys to play with,'' Smith said. "I made a lot of good short putts out there. I made only one bogey in the first two rounds. That's pretty darn good. I have to do a lot of the same (Sunday).''

Dunlap finished birdie-birdie to shoot a 6-under 66 in the windy first round, which was completed at 1:30 p.m.

"It was tough (in the morning) but I was hitting the ball well,'' Dunlap said. "I got the ball in the fairway. I did some damage on the downwind holes. I bogeyed No. 11 which was my only bogey (in the first round). ''

He capped the round with a wedge shot to the 18th green, and knocked down a 30-foot putt for the birdie.

Jimenez and Tommy Armour III were second at the end of the first round at 4-under. Armour dropped a stroke to par in Round 2 and is at 3-under.

"It was not easy, it was gusting,'' Jimenez said. "It's complicated with the wind. I'm always happy with underpar. The more underpar, the more happy.''

Poplarville's Glen Day moved into contention at 5-under, shooting 7-under for his second round. He was joined at 5-under by Steve Lowery.

"The second round was really good,'' Day said. "I didn't play good (in the morning), I putted horrible. This afternoon I worked on my putting just briefly before I went back out. I found something, I went with it, and it worked. I hit it well, and gave myself a lot of chances.''

Grant Waite recorded just the second hole-in-one in MGRC history when he aced the 187-yard No. 8 hole with an 8-iron. Nick Price made the first hole-in-one at the MGRC on hole no. 14 in 2014.

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