Steele moves three ahead at weather-hit Texas Open

Fri Apr 22, 2016 10:43pm EDT
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(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...

Apr 22, 2016; San Antonio, TX, USA; Brendan Steele watches his drive on the 15th hole during the second round of the 2016 Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio - AT&T Oaks Course. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports