Bart Bryant closes with albatross for share of lead

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) Bart Bryant holed out with a 6-iron from 195 yards on the par-5 18th hole Saturday for the first double eagle on the Champions Tour since 2010, giving him a share of the second-round lead in the Allianz Championship.

Bryant had bogeyed four of his previous seven holes to fall off the pace before his second shot at No. 18 landed on the front of the green and rolled into the hole for his first career albatross.

Bryant finished with a 3-under 69 to join Paul Goydos, Tom Pernice Jr. and Canada's Rod Spittle atop the leaderboard at 9-under 135. Spittle had a 66, and Goydos and Pernice shot 69.

''I was going to hit a 5-iron, but I thought if I got the 6-iron high enough it would just clear the bunker,'' Bryant said. ''I never saw it go in. That sure made up for a lot of bad shots.''

Keith Fergus was the last player to make a double eagle on the 50-and-over tour, accomplishing the rare feat in the 2010 SAS Championship.

Reigning player of the year Bernhard Langer had a 70 to reach 7 under. He was tied for fifth with Olin Browne (67), Guy Boros (68) and Mark Brooks (69).

Twelve players were within three shots of the lead.

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