Monday, October 22, 2018

J.J. Spaun, Beau Hossler tied for lead at Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

LAS VEGAS — Beau Hossler and J.J. Spaun shared the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open lead Saturday after another breezy day at TPC Summerlin.

Hossler birdied the par-4 15th and 18th holes for his bogey-free 5-under 66, the best round of the day in the difficult conditions. Spaun, the leader after the completion of the second round in the morning, bogeyed the par-3 17th and saved par with a 10-footer on the 18th for 73. They were at 9-under 204.

"It was one of those days you couldn’t get ahead of yourself at all," Hossler said. "As soon as you do that, you get yourself in trouble. I just tried to keep the ball on the fairway and keep it below the hole as much as possible and manage my game. To get out of there bogey-free is kind of a miracle, to be honest."

Spaun said he was "really uncomfortable" considering the conditions and the position he was in.

"I just was trying to get comfortable out there," Spaun said. "I kind of kept things together. Those last five holes were pretty brutal. So, to not really give too many shots back on those holes, it’s not so bad as it looks."

Hossler, 22, and Spaun, 27, are winless on the PGA Tour.

Tony Finau (69) was three strokes back.

"It was tough, but you’ve got to control your ball flight," Finau said. "The balls are flying all over the place, but mentally you’ve just got to try to stay in it and take one shot at a time."

Hossler got used to playing in the wind at the University of Texas.

"That was part of the reason why I went to Texas," Hossler said. "Coming from Southern California (Mission Viejo), you’re kind of in a bubble with perfect weather and no wind. So I was really struggling with that. … Certainly there were some windy days in Texas. So that experience has really helped me."

LPGA: Defending champion Shanshan Feng shot 9-under 63 to take a two-stroke lead after the second round of the Japan Classic in Ibaraki. Feng, one of seven first-round leaders, carded seven birdies and eagle to move to 15-under 129, two strokes ahead of Ai Suzuki (65). Charley Hull had six birdies and eagle for 64 that put her in a tie for third at 10 under with Min Young Lee (68).

PGA Europe: Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Shane Lowry took a two-stroke lead into the final round of the Turkish Airlines Open in Antalya. Kiradech started the third round five shots behind leader Nicolas Colsaerts, and Lowry was six shots back. But Colsaerts, who led by five at the turn, carded 2-over 73 and gave the field hope. Lowry shot 6-under 65 and Kiradech 66 to reach 14-under 199. Colsaerts was two behind, along with Justin Rose (64) and Padraig Harrington (64) in the first of three events that conclude the Race to Dubai.

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