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Rod Pampling holds lead in Las Vegas golf

NZN 5/11/2016

Overnight leader Rod Pampling holds a one-shot advantage in the US PGA Tour event in Las Vegas after Aaron Wise's charge was halted by the light.

The 47-year-old Australian Pampling followed his course record on the first day with a three-under-par 68, giving him a score of 14 under and the clubhouse lead from American Brooks Koepka.

But Wise was seven under through 14 holes when bad light suspended play on the second day.

American Wise, starting on the back nine, had three birdies and two eagles in his first seven holes, and added another birdie on the second.

The 20-year-old will resume at 730am local time on Saturday (Sunday AEDT) when he will need to gain another two shots to take a share of the lead on 14 under par.

"The hole looked really big yesterday," Pampling said.

"I started out today and I didn't think they'd cut them (the greens) early on. I changed ball markers, and I knew I was playing good, so I just kind of threw out a new vibe, and it started to work. I knew it wasn't bad, it's just like it happened, so just let it go. Corrected myself and played nice after that."

Pampling, who won the last of his two PGA Tour titles in 2006 at Bay Hill, birdied two of his first three holes before two more gains sandwiched a bogey on the eighth.

He also dropped shots at the 11th and 14th but recovered with gains on the 15th and 17th.

Koepka would have joined him on 14 under par had he not bogeyed the 18th - one of five holes where the American dropped shots in a mixed bag of a round.

He eagled two of the par fives, the ninth and 16th, and recorded five birdies.

The day's best round was Chez Reavie's flawless 61, but his opening-day 76 leaves the American nine shots off the pace.

Victorious United States Ryder Cup captain Davis Love is a shot further back on four under, alongside fellow major winner Ernie Els.

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