SAUCIER, Miss. — Corey Pavin birdied the first six holes in a blistering start Saturday in the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.
The rest of his day wasn’t as impressive, but the 53-year-old Pavin still walked off the 18th green with a smile on his face. He wasn’t about to complain about the 5-under 67 that put him in contention for his first Champions Tour victory of the season.
Instead, he focused on the six straight birdies as a good omen for the final round. Pavin has only made six straight birdies in a tournament one other time — at the PGA Tour’s 2006 U.S. Bank Championship — and he finished that weekend with a victory.
“It’s fun to do,” Pavin said. “That’s my longest string of birdies in a tournament ever. I got a little frisky on seven, trying to break my own record and I three-putted. But still, it was a good day and obviously a great start.”
Pavin joined Bernhard Langer, Roger Chapman and Joe Daley atop the second-round leaderboard. All four took advantage of Fallen Oak’s soft greens and ideal windless conditions to join a crowded leaderboard that features 14 players within three shots of the lead.
Some afternoon thunderstorms delayed the second round for more than an hour, but the rain couldn’t stop several players from posting low numbers. Pavin said he is preparing for a shootout on Sunday, though the forecast calls for a little more wind.
Malaysian Open: KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat led the Malaysian Open at 11 under when third-round play was suspended because of thunderstorms at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.
Kiradech completed only two holes in the third round before play was stopped for the day South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel, the 2011 Masters champion, was a stroke back, also after two holes.
Three-time major winner Padraig Harrington was tied for third at 9 under. He played four holes.
Third-ranked Luke Donald missed the cut, completing a second-round 73 on Saturday to finish at 3 over.
The tournament is sanctioned by the European and Asian tours.
LPGA: CARLSBAD, Calif. — Beatriz Recari drove the green on the 285-yard 16th hole to set up a 4-foot eagle putt and finished with a 3-under 69 on Saturday for a two-stroke lead in the Kia Classic.
Recari, the 25-year-old Spaniard who won her lone LPGA Tour title in 2010, had an 11-under 205 total at Aviara Golf Club.
Hall of Famer Karrie Webb was second after a 70. Winless since the 2011 Founders Cup in Phoenix, Webb dropped strokes with bogeys on Nos. 13 and 17.