Peter Uihlein never led after any round on the PGA Tour in 58 starts until the first round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, and he enjoyed it so much he did it again in round two.
The 29-year-old Uihlein birdied five of the last seven holes to shoot 5-under-par 66 and increased his lead to two strokes over Robert Streb and Whee Kim of South Korea midway through the tournament at TPC Summerlin https://tpc.com/summerlin/ in Las Vegas.
“I don’t know, I just like the course; a lot of holes are just set up for my fade,” said Uihlein, who has never won on the PGA Tour but captured the 2013 Madeira Island Open on the European Tour and the 2017 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship on the Web.com Tour.
“The sightlines are good and my distance control has been very good. I hope to have two more stress-free days. I made a good par save at No. 6 and was pretty efficient after that. I gave myself a lot of chances and made some putts.”
Uihlein, who opened with a 63, made his only bogey on the second hole and recorded a 36-hole total of 13-under 129.
Streb posted a bogey-free 66, while Kim sank an eight-foot birdie putt on the last hole to cap a bogey-free 65.
Sixth-ranked Bryson DeChambeau of Clovis also shot 66 and is three shots back in a tie for third with Abraham Ancer (66) of Mexico and Harold Varner III (67), while Kevin Tway birdied four of the last six holes in yet another 66 and is three behind solo seventh.
Jordan Spieth totaled 68 and is five strokes down in a tie for ninth with Cameron Champ, winner of the Sanderson Farms Championship last week who had a 65, Danny Lee of New Zealand, who came in at 66, and Jose de Jesus Rodriguez of Mexico, who was still on the course at 8-under for the tournament and 4-under for the day when darkness halted play.
Ninth-ranked Rickie Fowler is tied for 12th after a 67 and defending champion Patrick Cantlay of Los Alamitos and UCLA shot 67 and is tied for 16th.
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