Three-Way Tie after First Day at Sahalee Players Championship

Three players are tied for the lead after 36 holes played in the 21st Sahalee Players Championship, being held at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Wash.

Jay Hwang of Fullerton, Calif., Mark Anguiano of Whittier, Calif., and Byron Meth of San Diego each stand at 4-under par at the halfway point of the championship. Hwang, who will be a senior at UCLA, shot a 68 in the afternoon round to leap over 16 players to grab a share of the lead. The three players will be paired together in the final group of Tuesday's third round.

After two rounds, there are nine players in the field of 68 under par, and 20 players within five shots of the lead.

The championship is being contested over 72 holes of stroke play, with no cut.

Scottie Scheffler, the young phenom from Texas who finished tied for 22nd last month in the PGA Tour's HP Byron Nelson Championship and who is currently the No. 3-ranked amateur in the world, struggled with Sahalee's tree-lined fairways. Scheffler, the reigning U.S. Junior Amateur champion, is tied for 27th.

Bryson Dechambeau, ranked No. 10 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) and a senior-to-be at Southern Methodist University, arrived at Sahalee Sunday night after a long flight from London where he competed in the Palmer Cup. He shot even-par 72 in Monday's morning round, and was 3-under par in the afternoon round before jet lag and fatigue got to him and he finished with a 1-over 73. Dechambeau tied for second in last year's SPC, and is the reigning Trans-Mississippi champion.

One of the more impressive showings was by Charles Kern of Mercer Island, Wash., who shot rounds of 72-71 and is tied for eighth. Kern is a relative unknown, 2,376th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, but was the medalist in qualifying last week to get into the invitation-only championship. This is his first time playing the SPC. He will be a senior at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va.

Kern, whose family became members of Sahalee two years ago, had reached 3-under par in both of rounds today, but stumbled in the closing holes. "I guess I might have some advantage in knowing the course," he said. "I know where not to hit it. But, you still have to hit the shots, and I missed a few today."

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