PRO GOLF ROUNDUP: Albany's Broadaway four shots off lead on Nationwide Tour; Fowler, 21, leads PGA Memorial

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Albany native Josh Broadaway has struggled mightily this season on the Nationwide Tour.

But by Sunday, all that could be in his rearview mirror.

Broadaway, who has been on pro golf's lower-tier tour for five years now but has yet to win an event, was four shots off the lead at the Prince George's County Open after Friday's second round, putting together scores of 68 and 67 the last two days, respectively, to sit at 7-under --- just behind leader B.J. Stanten (11-under) --- in a tie for ninth place.

This season has been Broadaway's worst, thus far, since turning pro in 2006. He's made just three cuts -- including this week's -- in eight events he's entered and has earned only $12,398, which puts him 102nd on the Nationwide money list.

But this could be Broadaway's chance to finally break through. He dropped six birdies Friday, with only two bogeys, to finish with a 67 on the Par 71 University of Maryland golf course.

Broadaway's best career finish came in 2008 when he took third in the Miccosukee Championship in Miami.



DUBLIN, Ohio -- Rickie Fowler, the new kid in golf, gave himself a chance Friday to be the next kid to win on the PGA Tour.

The 21-year-old Fowler ran off three straight birdies late in his round for a 6-under 66 to tie the 36-hole record at the Memorial Tournament and take a three-shot lead over Justin Rose into the weekend at soggy Muirfield Village.

Fowler was at 13-under 131, matching the record set by Scott Hoch in 1987.

Youth has been all the rage on the PGA Tour over the last month, with Rory McIlroy winning at Quail Hollow two days before his 21st birthday, and Jason Day winning the Byron Nelson Championship two weeks ago at age 22.

Defending champion Tiger Woods was just inside the projected cut line when he started, and with his lackluster play on a course that can penalize errant shots, there was some question whether he would be around for all four rounds in his final event before the U.S. Open. Those questions didn't last long. He birdied three of the opening five holes, then ran off three straight birdies on his front nine to offset the few mistakes for a 69. He was at 3-under 141, 10 shots behind, but still playing.

Phil Mickelson, who has another chance to become No. 1 with a victory, was headed in that direction with a birdie-birdie-eagle stretch on the front nine, only to give it back by missing one par putt after another on the back nine. He closed with two straight birdies for a wild round of 71 that put him at 6-under 138, still in the game but seven shots behind.