October 18 2013
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
LAS VEGAS -- Kevin Penner is in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open on a sponsor exemption after an All-American career at nearby UNLV. He's going to make a paycheck in his first PGA TOUR event.
Penner shot 6-under 65 on Friday at TPC Summerlin to post 6-under 136. He was 2 over par after 12 holes in the first round after making double-bogey on his third hole of the tournament, but posted 71 after birdies at Nos. 13 and 15.
He was over par once again after starting Friday's round with a bogey at the 10th hole. He made birdies at Nos. 13 and 15-17 to make the turn in 3-under 33. He had four birdies and a bogey on his back nine, as well.
Penner, who turned pro earlier this year after completing his collegiate career with the Rebels, won the Nevada Open by five shots in December 2012. He shot 63-63-65 in that tournament.
Max Homa, who finished ninth at last week's Frys.com Open in his first PGA TOUR start as a professional, looked likely to make a second consecutive cut after shooting 69-70 in the first two rounds at TPC Summerlin. Last week's top-10 finish earned him a spot in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Homa, the 2013 NCAA individual champion, has broken par in all six PGA TOUR rounds as a pro, including five in the 60s.