Monday, August 20, 2018

Pampling keeps lead in PGA Tour's Shriners tournament

LAS VEGAS — Rod Pampling followed his opening 11-under 60 by shooting 68 Friday to keep the lead in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

The 47-year-old Australian rebounded from two early bogeys to get to 14-under 128 at TPC Summerlin. He won the last of his two PGA Tour titles in 2006 at Bay Hill.

Former Florida State standout Brooks Koepka (67) had two eagles and pulled within a stroke. He won the Phoenix Open last year for his first tour title and was 3-1 in the United States' Ryder Cup victory over Europe.

"The ball seems to be finding the hole once we get it on the green, so just get it on the green as quickly as possible," Koepka said.

Aaron Wise, the NCAA champion last season for Oregon, was two shots back at 12 under with four holes left when play was suspended because of darkness. Today, 19 players will need to finish their second round.

LPGA: Ariya Jutanugarn chipped in for birdie on the final hole for 6-under 66 and a share of the lead in the TOTO Japan Classic after one round in Ibaraki. Jutanugarn birdied six of the last 11 holes in a bogey-free round, holing out from 35 feet on the par-4 18th to join Soo-Yun Kang atop the leaderboard. The 20-year-old Thai star also chipped in on the par-4 10th. Kang, 40, birdied three of her final four holes.

Champions: Bernhard Langer shot 5-under 67 in his return from a left knee injury and Tom Byrum shot 65 to lead the Dominion Charity Classic in Richmond, Va. Langer, 59, missed the Charles Schwab Cup playoff opener last week after re-aggravating the injury at home doing routine spinning. The German star leads the 50-and-over tour with four victories, has wrapped up the money title with $2,697,459 and tops the Schwab Cup standings, 1,038,941 points ahead of Colin Montgomerie.

European: Thorbjorn Olesen shot a course-record 62 at the Turkish Airlines Open in Antalya, Turkey, the first of three events to determine who wins the Race to Dubai. He was at 15-under 127 after two rounds, six shots ahead of Adrian Otaegui (63) and Thongchai Jaidee (66).