Steele and Bradley take lead at Shootout
Brendan Steele and Keegan Bradley moved into a one-stroke lead over Mark Calcavecchia and Nick Price at the Franklin Templeton Shootout in Naples, Florida.
The American duo shot a 10-under 62 in better-ball play Saturday while Calcavecchia and Price, trying to become the first Champions Tour duo to win the 12-team event, recorded a 63.
South African Rory Sabbatini and Venezuelan Jhonattan Vegas were two strokes back at 17 under after a 60, and Rickie Fowler and Colombia's Camilo Villegas were 16 under after a 63.
Nine teams were tied for the lead or within a stroke before Bradley and Steele birdied holes 7 to 10 to take a two-stroke advantage. They also birdied four of the last six holes, but Calcavecchia and Price made birdies on six of the final seven to draw within a stroke.
Jerry Kelly and Steve Stricker, the Wisconsin duo who won the event in 2009, were four strokes back at 15 under along with Kenny Perry and Scott Stallings. Kelly and Stricker had a 65, and Perry and Stallings shot a 62.
"Our goal was to have two people in on every hole, and not make stupid, aggressive plays, and just play the way we normally play, and we did," Bradley said.
"We had a lot of fun. We were making putts and birdies. It seems easy right now, and we're excited to play that scramble tomorrow."
Steele added: "We definitely thought that at some point we could kind of separate ourselves a little bit, maybe get that two- or three-shot advantage.
"We were two ahead for a while and wanted to push it to three or four. You'd always like it to be bigger, especially with those guys there. They've got so many shots and they're playing so good, they're tough."
The event will conclude on Sunday with a scramble round.