By PGATOUR.COM Staff
Kevin Stadler and Robert Karlsson shared the lead at 12 under when play was suspended for darkness at the OHL Classic at Maykoba.
Stadler shot an 8-under 63 in Friday's second round, while Karlsson carded a 67.
Rory Sabbatini and Chris Stroud are three shots back but had not completed their round when play was halted.
Three others are another stroke back.
Only 26 players completed the second round as weather has plagued the event with two stoppages on Thursday and another on Friday.
Play will resume at 7:45 a.m. ET on Saturday.
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- Kevin Stadler thought about skipping The McGladrey Classic.
But, as he put it, he had nothing else better to do this week. Said Stadler, "I've only played here once and it's a good ball-striker's track and I figured after next week we're about to have two months off, so might as well come give it a shot."
It turned out to be a pretty good decision.
Stadler will be looking for his first career PGA TOUR win Sunday at Sea Island, where he's just a shot off the lead after a 65 in the third round.
Though Stadler has a pair of top-30 finishes this season, including a tie for 19th at last month's CIMB Classic, he hasn't always been comfortable out here.
You wouldn't have known it Saturday. Stadler closed with four birdies over his final six holes for the best score of the day.
"It took me quite a while to kind of feel like I belonged out here and to just settle in," Stadler said. "I've been out here quite a while now and haven't had too many shots to win, but plenty of times around other tours and whatnot, so certainly looking forward to (Sunday)."
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
LAS VEGAS -- The Shriners Hospitals for Children Open has been a popular place for players to get their first PGA TOUR win. The tournament has produced 10 first-time winners in the past 20 years, including Jim Furyk (1995) and Tiger Woods (1996). Here's a look at five players seeking their first TOUR win this week. Who do you think is the best candidate to earn his first victory this week in Vegas? Leave your choice in the comments section below:
1. Graham DeLaet
Career starts: 81
2013 FedExCup rank: 8
DeLaet had his breakout season in 2013, posting his career-best finish at The Barclays (T-2) and finishing third two other times. He also played in his first Presidents Cup and qualified for his first TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. He was third on TOUR in greens in regulation in 2013 and first in total driving.
2. Brendon De Jonge
Career starts: 178
2013 FedExCup rank: 26
Like DeLaet, de Jonge played in the Presidents Cup and TOUR Championship. His best career finish (T-2) came at this event last year. That shouldn’t be a surprise. He led the TOUR in birdies in 2013 (399), and low scores are necessary in Las Vegas.
3. Hideki Matsuyama
Career starts: 12
2013 FedExCup rank: N/A
Matsuyama, who is playing his first season as a PGA TOUR member, started the season with a career-best third place finish at the Frys.com Open. He has finished in the top 25 in all seven of his TOUR starts as a professional.
4. Charlie Wi
Career starts: 208
2013 FedExCup rank: 123
Jimmy Walker’s win at last week’s Frys.com Open was the first of his TOUR career; it came in his 188th start. Wi is seeking his first victory after 208 starts. He’s won nine times worldwide, and has five runners-up in his TOUR career.
5. Kevin Stadler
Career starts: 233
2013 FedExCup rank: 33
Stadler almost qualified for his first Masters this year, but narrowly missed qualifying for the TOUR Championship. A victory this week would earn him his first trip to Augusta National, where his father, Craig, won the 1982 Masters. Kevin Stadler has won four times on the Web.com Tour and once on the European Tour. Like Walker and Wi, he has waited a long time for that first TOUR win.
NORTON, Mass. -- Obviously all eyes will be on the final trio off the tee as Sergio Garcia takes a two-stroke lead over Henrik Stenson and a three-stroke edge on Graham DeLaet into the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship.
But the three players paired together two groups ahead of the leaders -- Kevin Stadler, Ian Poulter and Marc Leishman -- also have visions of victory, as well as playing their way into next week's BMW Championship.
Stadler started the week ranked 75th in the FedExCup, one spot ahead of Leishman and two up Poulter. Right now, all three are projected to move into the top 70 who qualify but they need to continue to play well in the final round.
Stadler is 14 under after a 64 on Sunday while Poultter is one stroke behind and Leishman is in a big group at 12 under. The group tees off No. 1 at 11:10 a.m. ET.
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By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
NORTON, Mass. -- Some players become unnerved when they play with Tiger Woods.
On Sunday at TPC Boston during the third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, though, Kevin Stadler thrived.
Stadler birdied his last two holes for a 64 that was eight strokes better than the world No. 1 and left him at 14 under, five strokes behind Sergio Garia. The 64 was his third such score in his last seven rounds.
"For me it's easier to focus when there's a lot of people out there," Stadler said simply. "I don't know, I enjoyed it."
So did anyone in the huge gallery break the monotony of "Go, Tiger" and yell out any words of encouragement to Stadler?
"After a few beers," he said. "Somebody started yelling at me. It's kind of loud, you hear people yelling every few steps, but you don't pay much attention to it."
Stadler opened with a 64 at Liberty National last week but he didn't break par the rest of the way and ended up tying for 43rd. Consequently he came to the Deutsche Bank Championship ranked 75th in the FedExCup with only the top 70 advancing to next week's BMW Championship.
"If things go south, they go south, it's out of my control," Stadler said as he looked back on The Barclays. "I feel like I'm starting to play pretty good. Last Thursday it was really, really good ball striking, and that was just a touch off the rest of the week. But I played better than I scored the last couple of rounds last week and I'm still here."
Stadler is projected No. 40 in the FedExCup with one round to go. Not that he's looking at the standings or anything like that.
"When I'm done I will," he said.
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
NORTON, Mass. --The opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship had to feel like deja vu for Kevin Stadler.
A week ago, he opened with a 64 at The Barclays.
What did he shoot Friday at TPC Boston? You guessed it, only this one felt even better.
"It was the best round I had this year, in quite a few years, really," said Stadler, who is a stroke off the lead in the second FedExCup Playoffs event. "I kind of got in a groove with the putter. It was fun seeing the ball go in the hole."
Stadler hit 14 greens and took just 23 putts Friday, including 11 one-putts. He missed only one from inside 10 feet and made another five from outside that distance, including a 29-footer for birdie on No. 6 (his 15th hole of the day).
It was the first of four consecutive birdies to end the round for Stadler, who made a total of eight on the day.
"I wish I could say that's the norm, but it's the far from it," he said. "Usually (the putter) kind of holds me back. But it's been getting better."
Stadler came into the week 161st in strokes gained-putting, losing an average of .390 strokes per round to the field. Friday, he gained more than 4 strokes on it.
The turnaround couldn't have come at a better time, either.
Stadler came into the week 75th in the FedExCup standings. Only the top 70 after this week will advance to the BMW Championship in two weeks.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Some players slept. Others tweeted, talked or played video games.
But Kevin Stadler was just plain bored during the two delays that lasted nearly six hours and turned Thursday's first round of The Barclays into a marathon affair. Make that "extremely bored.
"I was sitting around doing nothing," Stadler said. "I spent the first part of the time looking for my car. The hotel lost my car last night. So was trying to track that down, and the rest of it I was just hanging out inside doing nothing."
When he actually got to play Liberty National between those suspensions, though, Stadler certainly wasn't blase -- firing a bogey-free 64 that left him with a one-stroke lead over Ryan Palmer, Henrik Stenson and Camilo Villegas.
The round was Stadler's lowest since he shot a 63 in the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open and it couldn't have come at a better time. Stadler came to The Barclays ranked 87th in the FedExCup and he needs a good performance to assure himself a spot in next week's Deutsche Bank Championship.
Only the top 84 entering The Barclays are projected to be safely into the field for the second Playoffs event.
By his own admission, Stadler has had a "pretty lousy summer, results-wise." He had two top-10s in his first 11 starts of the season but hasn't finished higher than 27th in the 11 he's played since April -- not to mention, he's missed his last two cuts.
"But (I) really started hitting the ball a lot better a couple weeks ago and was looking forward to playing some golf again here recently," Stadler said. "Felt like I was heading in the right direction, even though the results were not showing it and finally got something out of it today."
Indeed. He only missed one fairway and hit 14 of 18 greens in regulation. Stadler, who ranks 159th in strokes-gained putting this year, needed just 25 putts on Thursday, too.
Stadler got things going in the right direction Thursday when he made three straight birdies starting at the second hole. He made birdie putts of 10, 13 and 18 feet during that streak, then two-putted from 20 feet at the par-5 sixth and added a final birdie from 5 feet at No. 8 to turn in 31.
"I hit it really well this morning warming up, and hit a nice tee shot down the first and made a pretty simple par," Stadler recalled. "Good shot, good 4-ron on the second on the par 3 and made a nice putt.
"My putter was kind of hot and cold, and to see one go in there and I made another nice one on two, kind of put me at ease, I knew I was hitting the ball well and to see a couple putts match up well and go in, it was a good day."