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Frost-Couples battle continues at Toshiba Classic

Frost remains in lead by one shot against Couples heading into final round of Toshiba Classic.

March 16, 2013|By Steve Virgen
  • David Frost waves to the fans after sinking his putt on the 15th hole during the second round of the Toshiba Classic on Saturday.
David Frost waves to the fans after sinking his putt on… (SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

NEWPORT BEACH — If the second round is any indication of what to expect from David Frost and Fred Couples on Sunday, then the final round at the 19th Toshiba Classic should be one to watch. Or as Frost said, "it will be a fun day."

Frost sank a 15-foot eagle putt on No. 18 to carry a one-shot lead against Couples, who has a strong backing from fans at Newport Beach Country Club.

"It was a day when Freddy and I battled it out," said Frost, a 10-time PGA Tour winner who's had six top-10 finishes in his past six events on the Champions Tour. "We were on top of the leaderboard all day."

Frost shot a 5-under-par 66 and is at 13 under par after two rounds. Couples also shot a 66. Jim Gallagher Jr., who needs a win to remain exempt on the Champions Tour, is in third at eight under after carding a 68.

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Couples, a 15-time PGA Tour winner highlighted by his 1992 Masters victory, just missed on a 35-foot putt for eagle on No. 18 and settled for a two-foot birdie putt, opening the door for Frost.

The 53-year-old South African usually responded well against Couples on Saturday. Each time Couples sank birdie putts on 10, 12 and 15, Frost followed with three birdies of his own.

"I know I'm going to see from him it's going to be good golf," said Couples, an eight-time winner on the Champions Tour, including here in 2010. "He's one ahead. I'm certainly not going to be able to shoot a 69 or 70 and win. I gotta shoot something very, very good, maybe like [Saturday]. He's going to play well and I think I will, too."

In addition to his eagle, Frost collected four birdies, three on the back nine, and one bogey.

Couples, 53, said he didn't play as well as his first round when he shot a 64. He had three birdies on the front nine, but the front also included two bogeys. He made up for it with four birdies on the back nine.

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