Brendan Steele parred the first 14 holes Friday at the Barracuda in Reno before dropping an eight footer for his only birdie of the day. But at the par-5 18th, he followed a massive 374-yard drive by nestling his 210-yard approach within 12 feet of the pin, then sinking that putt for a 5-point eagle.

The native Idyllwilder goes into the weekend with 20 points, only four points -- that's two birdies -- off the lead.

B tees off Saturday at 2:35 p.m.

Jack Clark can be reached at jack@towncrier.com.

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