Steele opens three-shot lead in Texas Open


SAN ANTONIO - Brendan Steele completed an 8-under 64 in the morning and shot a 70 in the second round Friday to take a three-stroke lead in the Texas Open.

The 2011 winner at TPC San Antonio for his lone Tour title, Steele had a 10-under 134 total. Play was suspended because of darkness with 13 players left on the course.

''It's my favorite place to come,'' Steele said. ''I have good memories, good mojo. I like all the shots.''

Scott Langley, Stuart Appleby and Charley Hoffman were tied for second. Langley shot 68, Appleby 70, and Hoffman 71. Appleby rallied after four-putting from 7 feet for a triple bogey on his opening hole.

''I was swatting at it - a golf ball got in the way,'' Appleby was able to joke. ''I was doing like when Seve [Ballesteros] had a four-putt many years ago. I asked him, 'How did you have a four-putt?' He said ''I miss. I miss. I miss. I make.'''

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Patrick Reed (73) was 6 under along with Ricky Barnes (70), Jon Curran (68), Sung Kang (67), Spencer Levin (69), Peter Malnati (71), Ryan Palmer (70) and Mark Wilson (69).

''I feel like I hit a couple of loose shots,'' said Reed, who was born in San Antonio. ''The game feels solid. Just the ball striking a little bit.''

Branden Grace, the RBC Heritage winner last week in South Carolina, shot his second-round 72 to make the cut on the number.

Defending champion Jimmy Walker missed the cut with rounds of 75 and 77. Phil Mickelson also dropped out, shooting 77-71.

''I don't feel bad about the physical game, the ball coming off the blade,'' Mickelson said. ''The swing is on plane. I need better mental focusing, seeing the shot before I step into it.''

Former SMU star Bryson DeChambeau also missed the cut in his second pro start, shooting 74-73.