Las Vegas — Peter Uihlein birdied five of the last seven holes for a 5-under 66 and a two-stroke lead Friday in the Shriners Hospitals For Children Open.
Uihlein got to 13-under 129 at TPC Summerlin, a day after opening with a 63. Robert Streb and Whee Kim were tied for second, and Bryson DeChambeau, Abraham Ancer and Harold Varner were another stroke back.
“I think we still have 36 holes,” Uihlein said. “There is a lot of golf left. I’ve heard it could be windy tomorrow, so that could be challenging.”
Jordan Spieth had two late birdies in a 68 to get to 8 under in his season debut. Playing for the first time since the Ryder Cup, he making his first career start in a domestic fall event
Uihlein was even par for the round through 11 holes, making a bogey on the par-4 second and a birdie on the par-4 fourth. On the back nine, he birdied Nos. 12-14, 16 and 18.
“I just like it,” Uihlein said about the course. “There are a lot of holes that set up well for me. A lot of just good sightlines with some good bunker placements. My distance control with my irons has been very good this week, so I’ve been able to have a kind of more stress-free two days.”
The son of Acushnet/Titleist chairman and CEO Wally Uihlein, the 29-year-old former Oklahoma State player is winless on the PGA Tour. He won the 2010 U.S. Amateur, took the European Tour’s 2013 Madeira Islands Open and the Web.com Tour’s 2017 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship.
Kim shot 65, DeChambeau, Streb and Ancer 66, and Varner 67.
Cameron Champ had a 65 in the group with Spieth to also get to 8 under. Champ won the Sanderson Farms last week in Mississippi for his first tour title.
Rickie Fowler was 7 under after a 67.
“There were a few spots where I was able to take advantage and be aggressive, but you do have to, I guess, play smart at times,” Fowler said. “There are a few holes if you get out of position they can jump up and get you pretty quickly.”
So Yeon Ryu shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the Toto Japan Classic.
Nasa Hataoka of Japan and South Koreans Jiyai Shin and In-Kyung Kim were a stroke back after rounds of 66. Ten other players were within three shots of the lead in the 54-hole tournament at the Seta Golf Club.
Ryu had five birdies on the last eight holes to underline her quick start.
Mo Martin had a hole-in-one at No. 9, using a 5-wood on the 178-yard hole to finish with a 69, four shots off the lead.
The LPGA said the ace was the 26th of the season on the women’s tour.
The LPGA stop in Japan is the fourth of five consecutive tournaments across Asia.
Defending champion Justin Rose has a two-shot lead halfway through the Turkish Airlines Open after consecutive 6-under-par 65s.
Another Englishman, Tom Lewis, posted the low score so far of 63 to share second with Danny Willett (65) and 2016 champion Thorbjorn Olesen (67).
A shot behind them at 9 under overall were Adrian Otaegui, who was still bogey free after a 65, Sam Horsfield of England (67), Li Haotong of China (67), and Alexander Levy of France (66).