Fort Worth’s Piller leads Tour’s Digital Ally Open

Since this story was posted, Martin Piller won the Digital Ally Open on Sunday with a 26-under 258 total.

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Martin Piller shot a 5-under 66 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead in the Tour’s Digital Ally Open.

Piller had a 20-under 193 total at the Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate. He had five straight birdies on Nos. 9-13 and also birdied the 16th.

“Every week out here guys make a run and play well and you just have to do it every day,” Piller said. “Every day you have to play well and be as good as you can.”

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The 29-year-old Piller, married to LPGA Tour player Gerina Piller, won the Boise Open last month for his fourth tour title. He bogeyed the second hole and was 1 over through eight holes.

“I tried to stay conservative on the front nine and didn’t want to do any damage,” Piller said. “I was certainly more patient on the front. I was able to catch fire and get some putts to drop.”

Shane Bertsch, tied with Piller for the second-round lead, had a 68 to drop into a tie for second with Darrol Stiles.

Stiles had a 63, the best round of the day.

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“I had some really good numbers, so I could make good, aggressive swings all day,” Stiles said. “I wasn’t having to chip this or chip that or stand on something. I could just be comfortable and hit that club for the number.”