Rod Pampling leads by one shot at PGA Tour event in Las Vegas

Rod Pampling followed an opening 11-under-par 60 with a 68 on 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 in Las Vegas. He won the last of his two PGA Tour titles in 2006 at Bay Hill. 

“The hole looked really big yesterday,” Pampling said. “I started out today and I didn't think they'd cut them (the greens) early on. I changed ball markers, and I knew I was playing good, so I just kind of threw out a new vibe, and it started to work. I knew it wasn't bad, it's just like it happened, so just let it go. Corrected myself and played nice after that. 

Brooks Koepka had two eagles in a 67 to pull 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 shot back at 12 under with four holes left when play was suspended because of darkness. He eagled the par-five 13th and 16th on his front nine. 

Pampling bogeyed two of his first five holes, failing to get up-and-down from a greenside bunker on the par-four 11th and from the rough over the green on the par-three 14th. He rebounded with birdies on four of the next seven holes, birdied the par-four seventh, three-putted the par-three eighth for bogey and two-putted for a closing birdie on the par-five ninth. 

“You've just got to trust yourself that you're playing well,” Pampling said. “I knew I had been, not just yesterday, the form had been good before that. I was confident in myself. I didn't panic. You can easily panic out there, and you shoot 2, 3 over, and at the end of the day you're just scratching your head. I just relaxed. I knew it was good, so I let it come to me, and it thankfully did.” 

Koepka eagled the par-five ninth and 16th, and had five birdies and five bogeys — the last a three-putt from the fringe on the par-four 18th to drop out of the lead. 

“It was kind of sloppy at points, but I felt like I played pretty well,” Koepka said. “The putter was hot, but just got to clean a few things up.” 

Chez Reavie had the round of the day to make the cut, shooting a 61 after opening with a 76. He had six birdies in a seven-hole stretch that ended on the par-four 10th, added birdies on 13 and 15 and chipped in from 60 feet for eagle on 16. 

“The biggest challenge for me was just to mentally be in a position to even have a chance of playing well today,” Reavie said. “Fortunately, I was. I was positive and just said I was going to go try and shoot as low as I can and see what happens.” 

Chris Kirk was 11 under after a 66. “Kind of felt better and better as the day went on and was able to roll a few in there on the back nine,” he said. 

Keegan Bradley had a 65 to join James Hahn (66) and Pat Perez (66) at 10 under.

Defending champion Smylie Kaufman was at four under after a 67 along with 52-year-old Davis Love III, who shot a 70. 

Byrum leads Champions Tour event

Bernhard Langer shot a five-under 67 on Friday in his return from a left knee injury, and Tom Byrum had a 65 to take the lead in Dominion Charity Classic at Richmond, Va. 

Langer missed the PGA Tour Champions' playoff opener last week in California after re-aggravating the injury at home doing routine spinning. 

The 59-year-old German star leads the 50-and-over tour with four victories and has wrapped up the season money title with $2,697,459. He tops the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs standings, 1,038,941 points ahead of second-place Colin Montgomerie. 

Byrum birdied three of the final four holes on The Country Club of Virginia's James River Course. He had a one-stroke lead over Miguel Angel Jimenez

Jay Haas, Rocco Mediate and Scott McCarron matched Langer at 67. The 62-year-old Haas won a month ago in Newport Beach, California, to become the second-oldest winner in tour history. 

Jutanugarn shares LPGA Tour leadin Japan 

Ariya Jutanugarn chipped in for birdie on the final hole for a six-under 66 and a share of the lead in the TOTO Japan Classic, the LPGA Tour's first event in the Tokyo area since 1991. 

Jutanugarn birdied six of the last 11 holes in a bogey-free round at fan-packed Taiheiyo Club, holing out from 35 feet on the par-four 18th to join Soo-Yun Kang atop the first-round leaderboard. The 20-year-old Thai star also chipped in on the par-four 10th. 

She leads the LPGA Tour with five victories and has a 13-point lead over Lydia Ko in the player of the year standings, not that she's looking that far ahead. 

Kang birdied three of her final four holes. The 40-year-old South Korean player won the LPGA Tour's 2005 Safeway Classic and is now a regular on the Japan LPGA

Stacy Lewis and Jenny Shin shot 67. Lewis won the 2012 event at Kintetsu Kashikojima 

The top-ranked Ko had a 74, making two birdies and four bogeys. 

Olesen shoots course record at Turkish Airlines Open 

Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen shot a course-record nine-under 62 to take a six-stroke lead after the second round of the Turkish Airlines Open in Antalya. 

Adrian Otaegui had earlier shot a 63, but Olesen went one better to enter the weekend at 15-under 127 and open up the largest 36-hole lead on the European Tour this season. The 26-year-old Olesen had an eagle, eight birdies and a bogey at Regnum Carya Golf and Spa Resort. 

Otaegui and Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee (66) were tied for second. 

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