Lucas Glover leads the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open by one shot over Brooks Koepka and Rod Pampling through 54 holes at TPC Summerlin. Here’s where things stand heading into Sunday in Las Vegas.
Leaderboard: Glover (-15), Pampling (-14), Koepka (-14), Russell Henley (-13), Geoff Ogilvy (-13), Scott Piercy (-12), Harris English (-12), Adam Hanwin (-12), Charles Howell III (-12), Pat Perez (-12), James Hahn (-12)
What it means: Glover, the 2009 U.S. Open champion at Bethpage, hasn’t won on Tour since the 2011 Wells Fargo Championship. Hampered by injury and mired in a slump thereafter, Glover finished outside the top 125 in 2015 and has to go to the Web.com Finals to retain his status, which he did. The 46-year-old, who turns 47 next Saturday, rebounded with two top 10s last year and finished tied for fifth last week at the Sanderson Farms. In pursuit of his fourth PGA Tour victory, he’ll be chased on Sunday by Koepka, the 22nd ranked player in the world chasing his second win, and the 47-year-old Pampling, who got off to a blistering start with a first-round 60 and last won a decade ago. Henley and another U.S. Open champ, Ogilvy, lurk two behind, while six more sit three behind.
Round of the day: Henley vaulted 33 spots up the leaderboard with a bogey-free, 8-under 64, the lowest score of the day by two. He made five birdies going out and three more coming in to move into a tie for third through 54 holes.
Best of the rest: Glover turned a 6-under 65 thanks to five birdies, a bogey, and an eagle at the par-5 ninth, when he hit hit second shot from 209 yards to inside 9 feet.
Biggest disappointments: Keegan Bradley dropped 16 spots into a tie for 21st with an even-par 71. Bradley made the turn in even par and opened the back nine with a bogey and a double at 11 and 12 before rebounding with three birdies down the stretch. The 2011 PGA champion hasn’t won since 2012.
Shot of the day (and not of the day): Koepka took 3-wood off the tee at the drivable par-4 15th and hit his ball 307 yards to 18 feet from the hole for a two-putt birdie that got him within one of Glover. Another birdie at the par-5 16th tied him for the lead before he overcooked a hook at the par-3 17th and found the water, leading to a bogey-4 that has him one shot back heading into Sunday.