Steele moves three ahead at weather-hit Texas Open
(Reuters) - Brendan Steele took advantage of relatively calm conditions at one of his favorite venues to earn a three-shot lead in the second round of the weather-disrupted Texas Open in San Antonio on Friday.
American Steele, the 2011 champion, mixed six birdies with two bogeys and a double at the par-four 15th to card two-under 70 on the rain-softened Oaks layout at TPC San Antonio.
In pursuit of his second career win on the PGA Tour, he posted a 10-under total of 134 to match the tournament's 36-hole low set by compatriot Ben Curtis in 2012.
Americans Scott Langley (68) and Charley Hoffman (71) shared second place on seven-under with Australian Stuart Appleby, who recovered from a nightmare start to shoot 70.
Appleby four-putted from seven feet at his first hole, the 10th, twice missing from two feet before finally holing out for a triple bogey.
Asked later to describe the horrid series of putts, the nine-times PGA Tour winner invoked the memory of the late Seve Ballesteros.
"When Seve had a four-putt many, many years ago, they asked him 'Seve, how did you have a four-putt,'" Appleby said.
"(Seve replied) 'I miss, I miss, I miss, I make'. I think that's how it was. I was swatting at it. There was a golf ball in the way."
Steele also had a stumble along the way with a double bogey at the 15th but was pleased overall with his performance. Continued...