Pampling retains lead in Las Vegas

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Rod Pampling maintained his lead at the top of the leaderboard at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open after a round of 68 in Las Vegas.

Pampling had shot a stunning 11-under par round of 60 on the opening day and although he wasn’t able to follow that up with quite such a jaw-dropping 18, he at least consolidated his position as the front-runner, albeit his lead was cut to one shot by American Brooks Koepka.

The 47-year-old Australian – who last won a PGA Tour title in 2006 – rebounded from two early bogeys to take his total score to 14 under par, just ahead of USA Ryder Cup-winning member Koepka, whose round included two eagles.

"You've just got to trust yourself that you're playing well," Pampling said.

"I knew I had been, not just yesterday, the form had been good before that. I was confident in myself. I didn't panic.

“You can easily panic out there, and you shoot two, three over, and at the end of the day you're just scratching your head.

“I just relaxed. I knew it was good, so I let it come to me, and it thankfully did."

Chris Kirk lies in third spot on 11 under par, while Chez Reavie produced the best round of the day with a 61 to make the cut.

 

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