Brett Stegmaier grabbed the lead Friday in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in only his fifth career start on the PGA Tour. The 32-year-old former Florida player was 6-under for the round and 11-under overall with three holes left when second-round play was suspended because of darkness.
Nampa resident Tyler Aldridge (Boise State/Vallivue High), former UNLV player Chad Campbell and Morgan Hoffman are a stroke back going into Saturday. Aldridge birdied three of the last four holes for a 68, hitting a 134-yard shot to inches on the par-4 18th.
“Honestly, I was just playing a little right and had a little bit of a draw and landed right next to the hole,” he said. “I’ve been hitting it well all week. I was playing a little conservative, a little right of it, and the wind was off the right, and I just hit one in there close.”
Arriving at the course at 5:30 a.m., the Web.com Tour graduate completed a 64 in the morning for a share of the first-round lead.
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“I’m tired,” Aldridge said. “I’m going to go home, get some rest, and be ready for tomorrow.”