Kenny Cook took the par-5 ninth hole with a routine two-putt par from 12 feet after Randal Lewis made a mess of the hole. His second shot found a fairway bunker and his third bounced into a front-greenside bunker. His fourth shot carried just beyond the green into the back fringe. From there, he lagged a 90-foot putt to within 4 feet, but he never had to play another stroke. Cook was in the front-greenside bunker in two and played a conservative recovery to 12 feet beyond the flagstick.
Lewis now leads, 1 up, after nine holes.
By the way, Cook's wife flew in for the final. She had competed in the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur at Bayville Golf Club in Virginia Beach, Va., this week. This missed the match-play cut on Monday and decided to make the trip to Houston to see her husband play for a national title.