LAS VEGAS — Webb Simpson was far from comfortable with a four-stroke lead at TPC Summerlin.
“This is a golf course where guys can shoot, as we’ve seen this week, 8, 9, 10, 11 under,” Simpson said. “So, I have to go out with a mindset of attacking and trying to make birdies.”
Simpson maintained his four-shot advantage Saturday in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, with birdies on four of the last seven holes for a 4-under 67.
“I think the key tomorrow is to, No. 1, stay patient again in case I do get off to another slow start,” said Simpson.
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Making his first start since helping the U.S. win the Presidents Cup, the 2012 U.S. Open champion was 19 under overall. He opened with rounds of 64 and 63.
“The conditions were perfect,” Simpson said. “I knew guys were shooting low numbers. I felt like I was playing good enough. I just was shooting pretty bad — parred 9, dropped the shot at 11. So, it was frustrating. But my caddie just told me to stay patient and let the birdies come. And that’s what happened. I made some putts coming in.”
Chesson Hadley was second after a 67, birdieing the short par-4 15th and following with a hole-out for an eagle on the par-5 16th.
Jeff Overton was third at 14 under after a 68.
Jason Bohn had a 69 to reach 13 under, and Sean O’Hair shot a 63 to join first-round leader J.J. Henry, defending champion Ryan Moore (69) of Puyallup, William McGirt, Ryo Ishikawa and Russell Knox at 12 under.
Richard H. Lee, a former Husky, had a 67 for a 7-under 206 and is tied for 38th. Kevin Penner of Sammamish, playing his first PGA Tour event, had a 72 for a 5-under 208 and is tied for 50th.
• Bernhard Langer overcame a bad start to take a two-stroke lead after the second round of the Champions Tour’s Greater Hickory Classic in Conover, N.C. Langer bogeyed the first two holes, then made six birdies for a 4-under 66. The German star had a 10-under 130 total. Seattle’s Rick Fehr had a 68 for a 143 total and is tied for 63rd.
• Anna Nordqvist of Sweden shot a 2-under 70 to remain tied for the lead with Katherine Hull-Kirk of Australia after the second round of the KEB HanaBank Championship in Icheon, South Korea.
• Local West Australian golfer Brody Ninyette shot a 5-under 67 to take a one-shot lead after the third round of the Perth International.
• South Korea’s Kim Hyung-tae shot a 5-under 66 to take a four-shot lead in the Korea Open in Cheonan, South Korea, while sixth-ranked Rory McIlroy had a 75 to drop 10 strokes behind.
• Australia’s Scott Hend shot an 8-under 63 to take a four-stroke lead at 12-under 201 over South African star Ernie Els and Bangladesh’s Mohammad Siddikur in the Macau Open.