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Gerina Piller leads LPGA's Texas Shootout

IRVING, Texas — Gerina Piller took a two-stroke lead Saturday in the LPGA Tour's Texas Shootout, putting her in position for a breakthrough victory in her home event.

Winless in 123 career starts, Piller, 31, shot bogey-free 4-under 67 to reach 14-under 199 at Las Colinas Country Club.

The long-hitting hero of last year's U.S. Solheim Cup win lives in Plano, about 20 miles from Las Colinas. She grew up in Roswell, N.M., and played in college at Texas-El Paso.

Piller is married to PGA Tour player Martin Piller. He watched her play Saturday after missing the cut in the Zurich Classic in Louisiana.

South Korean players held the next four spots on the leaderboard. Amy Yang (65) and Mi Jung Hur (66) were 12 under. Jenny Shin (65) and Sei Young Kim (68) were 10 under.

Piller kept the lead she had when the second round was suspended Friday. That round was completed Saturday, followed by the third.

Amateurs Cheyenne Knight and Karah Sanford were among the 53 players to advance to the final round in the event that features two cuts.

Knight, 19, an Alabama freshman, was 2 under after 72. Sanford, 14, a high school freshman from San Diego, was at par 213 after 71.

PGA: Brian Stuard completed his second straight bogey-free round to take a one-shot clubhouse lead in the waterlogged Zurich Classic, which had play suspended for a third straight day at Avondale, La. Stuard played just six holes Saturday, completing his second round with 4-under 68 to reach 12-under 132 at TPC Louisiana. Jamie Landmark and Jhonattan Vegas were one shot back. They finished the second round Friday.

Some players were able to begin the third round Saturday before thunderstorms swept through the area early in the afternoon, but the leaders didn't get to tee off. Play was called for the day after a wait of close to five hours.

Top-ranked Jason Day was five strokes behind Stuard after shooting 68 in the second round.

Rain delays interrupted two out of the first three days of the tournament. Play was halted Friday because of darkness. More rain was forecast for today, and a Monday finished seemed likely.

Gerina Piller leads LPGA's Texas Shootout 04/30/16 [Last modified: Saturday, April 30, 2016 8:56pm]
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