Adam Long has one PGA Tour win, which came almost two years ago. He’s in position to win again this week, holding the lead with 18 holes to play.
Adam Long had a very solid end to the 2019-20 PGA Tour season. Now, he’s trying to add to his ever-improving resume, as he holds the 54-hole lead at the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship.
Long is beginning his third season on the PGA Tour and he continues to improve, seemingly, every week. In 2019, he started 27 events and made 11 cuts. He had a pair of top 10s, including his first, and to this point only, PGA Tour win, which came at the 2019 Desert Classic.
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Last season, Long played 25 times, making 18 cuts. He had three top 10s, including a pair of runner-up finishes. One of those was at the 3M Open and the other was in the Mayakoba Golf Classic.
Long narrowly missed the Tour Championship, coming in 31st place in the FedEx Cup standings. Still, that was a career-best finish for the graduate of Duke University.
At the U.S. Open earlier this month, Long had four solid days of golf. He shot 71-74-69-73 at Winged Foot, earning a tie for 13th in the process. That was his only start of the season until this week in the Dominican Republic.
Long’s week in Puntacana was going well, but not exceptional, through two rounds. He opened with a 2-under par 70 on Thursday and followed that with a 7-under par 65 on Friday. He was three shots behind Hudson Swafford prior to play on Saturday.
In that Saturday round, Long was outstanding almost from the very start. He parred the first hole, but birdied both the second and third holes to get to 2-under par quickly.
He would par four, five and six before a birdie on the par-5 seventh hole. That got him to 3-under par. Long parred the eighth hole, then birdied the ninth to close the front nine with a 4-under par 32.
On the back nine, Long’s hot play continued. In fact, it got even hotter. He birdied the 10th hole to get to 5-under, then parred the 11th.
At the 12th hole, Long started a birdie run that would eventually put him into the lead. He birdied the par-5 12th, the par-4 13th and the par-5 14th. Suddenly, he found himself at 8-under on his round and 17-under for the tournament.
Long closed his round with four straight pars to shoot an 8-under par 64. He holds a two-shot lead over Swafford with 18 holes to play. Long hopes his current hot streak will add a win on Sunday.