STATELINE, Nev. (AP) — Two-time defending champion Mark Mulder took a three-point lead Saturday in the American Century Championship at Edgewood Tahoe.
The former major league pitcher shot a 3-under 69 — the first sub-70 round of the tournament — and had 48 points after two rounds in the modified Stableford event. Players get 10 points for double eagle, 8 for a hole-in-one, 6 for eagle, 3 for birdie, 1 for par, 0 for bogey and minus-2 for double bogey or higher.
“The last two years I was down five points both years going into that final round, so this is a little different,” Mulder said. “I’m going to go out there, try to make as many birdies as I possibly can and see what happens. That’s just the way I play. I’m just focusing from shot to shot. And if I hit a bad shot, I go find it and hit again.”
Fellow former pitcher Derek Lowe and former tennis player Mardy Fish were tied for second. Lowe, the first-round leader, was penalized for an illegal drop on No. 14 after hitting into a hazard. The mistake cost him two strokes and two points.
Chad Pfeifer, an Army veteran who lost…