Stallings shoots into lead at Pebble Beach Invitational

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Scott Stallings shot an 8-under 64 on Thursday at Del Monte to take a two-stroke lead over William McGirt and Kirk Triplett in the Pebble Beach Invitational.

Stallings, the True South Classic winner in July for his second PGA Tour title, made eight birdie putts inside 10 feet in the unofficial event that features PGA, LPGA, Champions and Web.com tour players.

Stallings opened with a 76 last year, also at Del Monte, and ended up missing the cut.

McGirt, who had three top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour this season including tie for second in the Canadian Open, had a bogey-free 66 at Del Monte.

Triplett had a 66 Pebble Beach to top the 11 Champions Tour entrants. He won the 50-and-over tour's First Tee Open at Pebble Beach in July.

John Malinger, the 2010 Pebble Beach Invitational winner who also had three top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour this season, had a 67, also at Del Monte.

Champions Tour veteran Tom Purtzer was among five players at 68, with six others tied at 69, including 2011 U.S. Senior Open winner Olin Browne.

Annika Sorenstam, the Hall of Famer who retired from the LPGA Tour in 2008 and is playing in the event for the second in three years, shot a 70 at Del Monte — the lowest score among the seven female entrants.

Defending tournament champion Harrison Frazar withdrew from event because of an undisclosed injury.

The final round will be played at Pebble Beach. The winner will receive $60,000 from the $300,000 purse.

LPGA Titleholder

At Naples, Fla., Suzann Pettersen birdied two of her last three holes for a 6-under 66 and a share of the lead with So Yeon Ryu and Sun Young Yoo in the LPGA Tour's season-ending Titleholders.

Yoo had a five-shot lead until giving up three shots on the last two holes with a pair of three-putts, one of them a double bogey on the par-3 eighth when her tee shot went long and down a steep slope.

Hong Kong Open

At Hong Kong, Spain's Javier Colomo shot a 6-under 64 to take the first-round lead in the Hong Kong Open, leaving top-ranked defending champion Rory McIlroy nine strokes back.

McIlroy admitted to feeling lethargic after shooting a 73.


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