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Brett Stegmaier birdied the fi­nal hole for a 3-un­der-par 68 and a one-stroke lead in the Shriners Hos­pi­tals for Chil­dren Open in Las Ve­gas.

Mak­ing his fifth ca­reer PGA Tour start, Stegmaier re­bounded for a bo­gey on the par-3 17th with a 13-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th to reach 13-un­der 68. The 32year-old former Univer­sity of Florida player com­pleted a sec­ond-round 66 for a share of the lead.

Mor­gan Hoff­mann was sec­ond af­ter a 66. Af­ter mak­ing four birdies in a four-hole stretch, he hooked his drive on 18 into the desert rocks and ended up sav­ing bo­gey with a 10-foot putt. . . .

Ly­dia Ko took a four-stroke lead in the LPGA Tai­wan Cham­pi­onship in Taipei, putting the 18-year-old New Zealan­der in po­si­tion to re­gain the top spot in the world rank­ing.

Ko had four birdies in a five­hole stretch and closed with an­other birdie for a 5-un­der-par 67 in windy con­di­tions at rain­soaked Mi­ra­mar.

She would jump from sec­ond to first in the world with a vic­tory or sec­ond-place fin­ish Sun­day and also could take the top spot un­der other sce­nar­ios de­pend­ing on where top-ranked In­bee Park fin­ishes in the LPGA’s KB Financial Star Cham­pi­onship. Park, the win­ner last year at Mi­ra­mar, was tied for fourth Satur­day in the South Korean event. . . .

Den­mark’s Lu­cas Bjer­re­gaard shot a 6-un­der 63 for a share of the lead in the Euro­pean Tour’s Hong Kong Open with England’s Justin Rose.

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