(Reuters) – Chile’s Joaquin Niemann shook off his first bogey of the week to take a two-shot lead into the general spherical of the Greenbrier Vintage in West Virginia on Saturday.

The 20-year-old, in quest of to turn into the primary from his South American country to win a PGA event, shot a two-under 68 on an afternoon when taking part in prerequisites toughened to complete at 15-under 195.

“I believe it was once a actually just right spherical,” Niemann stated. “The pin places had been so much more difficult. They had been all just like the again of the golf green like on most sensible of a hill, so it was once tricky to get it shut.

“I simply go away a pair brief, however actually satisfied the way in which I performed.”

American citizens Richy Werenski (65), Nate Lashley (65) and Robby Shelton (70) had been tied for 2nd at 13 below at White Sulphur Springs.

Adam Lengthy (70) and Scottie Scheffler (71), the second one spherical co-leader with Niemann and Shelton, had been some other stroke again within the first event of the brand new PGA Excursion season.

Lashley, with an eagle on the 17th, had shared the lead with Niemann earlier than a bogey on the ultimate.

Kevin Chappell additionally had his troubles.

After changing into the 10th participant to damage 60 at the PGA Excursion with a 59 on Friday, the American soared to a three-over par 73 with 4 bogeys.

Niemann, in his 3rd season at the excursion, had performed 46 holes and not using a bogey.

However the streak ended after an errant tee shot on the 11th.

He rebounded with 5 pars and a birdie on the 17th earlier than ultimate with some other par that got here after a 49-minute climate extend.

“Two years in the past I used to be taking part in this identical tournament as an beginner, and I by no means concept I used to be going to be chief in two years,” stated Niemann, who first performed at White Sulphur Springs as an 18-year-old.

“I simply really feel like I am nearly a member right here. I similar to being out right here. All the time while you play on a direction that you realize already it is helping so much. Yeah, I believe that is the direction I’ve performed extra on excursion, so, yeah, is helping so much.”

(Reporting via Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina; Modifying via Daniel Wallis)

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