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Seeing double? Vegas tops Vegas leaderboard

A Venezuelan rookie is leading the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital for Children Open with a name that couldn’t be more appropriate for the TPC Summerlin course in Nevada.

Yep, in Las Vegas it’s a man named Vegas who leads the way.

Jhonattan Vegas, a rookie 27-year-old from Maturín, Venezuela, shot a career-best 8-under-63 to tie with William McGirt at the top of the leaderboard.

Vegas had 10 birdies and two bogeys in the first of four Fall Series events.

McGirt, a rookie himself, made eight birdies in a bogey-free round.

"I feel like I'm hitting the ball absolutely great, which is something fun to do," Vegas said. "But the main thing was I made a lot of putts today.

"The two greens I missed today, I missed by probably half an inch. And just putting from the fringe I three-putted both times, which was kind of ironic. It's just golf. It is what it is. You have to stay positive, and the more positive you can be the better you'll be out there."

Australian Nathan Green, who led the pack until the final hour, is a stroke behind the pair.

"Just no mistakes, which was nice," Green said. "No bogeys, which was pretty unusual.”

“I didn't hit it overly close. It was just one of those steady rounds where I just managed to pick up; there's probably three or four sort of unexpected birdies out there."

Nick Watney, a two-time winner this year, was two strokes back at 65 along with Harrison Frazar.

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