Rookie Stegmaeir leads second round in Las Vegas

Fri Oct 23, 2015 10:35pm EDT
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(Reuters) - PGA Tour rookie Brett Stegmaier vaulted into the lead when play was suspended in fading light late in the second round at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas on Friday.

On a day when Tony Finau made an albatross, Stegmaier upstaged his better-known rivals to pick up six shots in 15 holes at TPC Summerlin in the Nevada desert.

The 32-year-old from Connecticut, in only his fifth start on tour, was among 14 players unable to finish before darkness.

Stegmaeir, on 11-under, heads fellow Americans Chad Campbell (67), Morgan Hoffman (66) and Tyler Aldridge (68) by one stroke.

Aldridge, a journeyman who has played most of his competitive golf on satellite tours in the United States and Canada, nearly holed out with his second shot at the par-four 18th, tapping in from six inches for his third birdie in the final four holes.

He was delighted to be in contention for a maiden PGA Tour title after playing just one full season on the U.S. circuit, back in 2009.

"I'm very pleased," the 31-year-old told Golf Channel.

"I am hitting the ball well, putting well and things are going my way. It feels great (to be back on the PGA Tour).

"It's been a while and I've put a lot of hard work in. I'm just looking forward to what's to come."   Continued...

Brett Stegmaier tees off on hole number seven during the second round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin at TPC Summerlin. Joshua Dahl-USA TODAY Sports