Alex Prugh's last name rhymes with "Who?"
It's a good question — and a good young player leading the Bob Hope Classic in La Quinta, Calif.
The 25-year-old rookie surged ahead when the sun finally came out Saturday, shooting a 7-under 65 on the tough La Quinta course to take a one-stroke lead over Bubba Watson and fellow PGA Tour rookie Martin Flores.
With his third straight remarkably consistent round in the five-round, four-course tournament, Prugh pulled ahead at 21-under 195. Yet if Prugh had any strong feelings after his second straight bogey-free round, the former University of Washington star wasn't letting on.
"I was almost bored with myself a little bit," Prugh said. "It's not a bad thing. I was hitting the driver very well, and I kept on hitting fairway after fairway.... Boring rounds are actually fine with me."
Prugh thinks the pro-am format keeps him away from any mental dangers that might otherwise arise from leading a PGA Tour tournament after three rounds. Perhaps helping amateurs with their game prevents him from overthinking his own.
Whatever the magic formula, Prugh is the first rookie to lead a round at the famed event since John Senden took the second-round lead in the 2002 tournament eventually won by Phil Mickelson.
"I'm just trying to entertain my amateur partners as well as I can, and hopefully they get their money's worth when they're out here," Prugh said.
Flores was every bit as impressive as Prugh, shooting the second straight 65 of his bogey-free tournament to pull into a tie with second-round leader Watson (68), who rallied after a slow start on the Arnold Palmer Private course.
Joe Ogilvie (68) was four strokes back at 17 under, Chad Collins (69), Tim Clark (67) and Bill Haas (66) were 16 under, and Mike Weir (67) was 15 under.
After rain washed out play Thursday and threatened Friday, the players finally reveled in perfect Palm Springs scoring weather. Amateurs, celebrities and pros alike were thrilled to see fewer fairway marshes and more sturdy greens, but two unheralded rookies made the biggest splashes by crowding around Watson, who's also seeking his first PGA Tour victory.
The long-hitting Watson was in prime position to pull away a bit after doing well on the two tougher courses during the rainy first two days, but he was 1 over after eight holes on the Palmer course Saturday before stringing together four birdies on the back nine.
Champions Tour — Tom Watson birdied six holes on the back nine for a 6-under 66 and a two-stroke lead over senior newcomer Fred Couples after the second round of the Champions Tour's season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Kaupulehu-Kona, Hawaii.
The 60-year-old Watson, coming off a win with Jack Nicklaus in the Champions Skins at Kaanapali, overcame a rocky start and finished with nine birdies and three bogeys for a 15-under 129 total.
European Tour — Martin Kaymer took a one-stroke lead at the Abu Dhabi Championship after shooting a third straight 5-under 67.
Kaymer was at 15-under 201 after the third round of the European Tour event at the 7,510-yard Abu Dhabi Golf Club course in the United Arab Emirates, where the German won the title in 2007 and finished second last year.
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and Ian Poulter of England were tied for second after both also shot 67s. Peter Hanson of Sweden was fourth at 199 after a 70.