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.