Friday, December 15, 2017
Golf

Steele leads PGA Tour event in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Brendan Steele completed an 8-under 64 in the morning and shot 70 in the second round in the afternoon for a three-stroke lead Friday in the Texas Open.

The 2011 winner at TPC San Antonio for his lone tour title, Steele was at 10-under 134. Play was suspended because of darkness with 13 players left on the course.

"It's my favorite place to come," Steele said. "I have good memories, good mojo. I like all the shots."

Scott Langley, Stuart Appleby and Charley Hoffman were tied for second. Langley shot 68, Appleby 70 and Hoffman 71. Appleby rallied after four-putting from 7 feet for a triple bogey on his opening hole.

"I was swatting at it — a golf ball got in the way," Appleby was able to joke. "I was doing like when Seve (Ballesteros) had a four-putt many years ago. I asked him, 'How did you have a four-putt?' He said "I miss. I miss. I miss. I make.' "

Patrick Reed (73) was 6 under along with Ricky Barnes (70), Jon Curran (68), Sung Kang (67), Spencer Levin (69), Peter Malnati (71), Ryan Palmer (70) and Mark Wilson (69).

"I feel like I hit a couple of loose shots," said Reed, who was born in San Antonio. "The game feels solid. Just the ball striking a little bit."

Branden Grace, the RBC Heritage winner last week, shot his second round 72 to make the cut on the number. Defending champ Jimmy Walker missed the cut with rounds of 75 and 77. Phil Mickelson also dropped out, shooting 77-71.

"I don't feel bad about the physical game, the ball coming off the blade," Mickelson said. "The swing is on plane. I need better mental focusing, seeing the shot before I step into it."

Former SMU star Bryson DeChambeau also missed the cut in his second pro start, shooting 74-73.

LPGA: Haru Nomura shot 2-under 70 at Lake Merced to take the second-round lead in the Swinging Skirts Classic at Daly, Calif. The 23-year-old Japanese player was at 9-under 135 for a three-stroke lead over South Koreans So Yeon Ryu (75), the first-round leader, and Na Yeon Choi (70), and Australia's Minjee Lee (65). Two-time defending champion Lydia Ko (70) was four strokes back at 5 under.

PARK OUT: Inbee Park said she is taking a month off because of a thumb injury, pushing back her Hall of Fame qualification. Park withdrew from the Swinging Skirts Classic because of a ligament injury in her left thumb. She hopes to return to play late next month. Park needs to make three more starts to reach 10 events this year and fulfill the 10-year tour membership requirement for Hall of Fame induction. She won five times, including two majors, last season and has 17 career tour victories.

CHAMPIONS: Bernhard Langer and Tom Lehman teamed to shoot 11-under 60 in better-ball play for the first-round lead in the Legends of Golf at Ridgedale, Mo. Langer and Lehman had 7-under 28 on the front nine on Buffalo Ridge's Springs Course and added four birdies on the back nine. They teamed to win the 2009 event in Georgia. Defending champs Billy Andrade and Joe Durant were three shots back along with the teams of Kenny Perry-Scott Hoch, Paul Goydos-Kevin Sutherland and Corey Pavin-Duffy Waldorf. Larry Nelson and Bruce Fleisher led the Legends Division for players 65 and older, shooting 9-under 45 on the par-3 Top of the Rock course. They played nine holes of modified alternate shot and nine of better ball. Jim Thorpe and Doug Tewell were second at 47. Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player were eighth at 53.

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