Friday’s roundup: Steele takes 3-shot lead in Texas Open

Associated Press

San Antonio — Brendan Steele completed an 8-under 64 in the morning and shot a 70 in the second round Friday to take a three-stroke lead in the Texas Open.

“You always want to keep going when you’re feeling good,” said Steele, who was 8 under through 13 holes Thursday when first-round play was stopped because of darkness. “The ball was going a long way in the afternoon. Really good conditions. … Come out this morning early and little bit colder and try to re-gather that momentum was a little bit different.”

The 2011 winner at TPC San Antonio for his lone tour title, Steele had a 10-under 134 total.

“I always feel good here,” Steele said. “I know the shots. The course sets up really well for me. Kind of plays into my strength, which is usually driving the ball.

“And so to see it play a little bit softer and with a little less wind, my eyes kind of lit up. It always plays so difficult, firm and fast and the winning score is just a handful under par usually. To see it soften up a little bit, I knew it was good.”

Play was suspended because of darkness with 13 players left on the course. The schedule was thrown off Thursday morning with a 3 1/2-hour rain delay.

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 in South Carolina, shot his second round 72 to make the cut on the number.

Defending champion 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.


At Daly City, California, Haru Nomura shot a 2-under 70 in windy conditions at Lake Merced to take the second-round lead in the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic.

The 23-year-old Japanese player had a 9-under 135 total for a three-stroke lead over South Koreans So Yeon Ryu and Na Yeon Choi and Australia’s Minjee Lee.

Nomura won the Australian Women’s Open in February, pulling away to beat top-ranked Lydia Ko by three strokes for her first LPGA Tour title.

Ko was four strokes back at 5 under after a 71. The two-time defending champion birdied three of the first three holes, but bogeyed two of the last four.

Ryu, the first-round leader after a tournament-record 63, bogeyed four of her first five holes in rain and wind and finished with a 75.

The 19-year-old Lee followed her opening 73 with a bogey-free 65 in calmer morning conditions. Lee won the Lotte Championship last week in Hawaii for her second LPGA Tour title. She took the 2012 U.S. Girls’ Junior at Lake Merced.

Choi had a 70.


At Ridgedale, Missouri, Bernhard Langer and Tom Lehman teamed to shoot an 11-under 60 in better-ball play to take the first-round lead in the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge.

Langer and Lehman had a 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 champions Billy Andrade and Joe Durant were three strokes 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 a 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.


At Shenzhen, China, South Korea’s Lee Soo-min shot a 7-under 65 to take a three-stroke lead during the rain-interrupted second round of the Shenzhen International.

Lee had a 13-under 131 on the Genzon course. Dutchman Joost Luiten was second after a 66. American Bubba Watson was 2 under for the tournament with 17 holes left when play was suspended for the day.