MLB.com-sponsored golfer leads PGA Tour event

MLB.com-sponsored golfer leads PGA Tour event

MLB.com-sponsored golfer leads PGA Tour event

PGA Tour rookie Shawn Stefani, the golfer sporting the MLB.com logo on his bag, is heading into Sunday with a one-shot lead in the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tenn.

Stefani, a 31-year-old from Houston, birdied four of the last five holes to retain the lead at the end of Saturday's third round at TPC Southwind. Stefani had a quadruple bogey on No. 11, but he had eight birdies in the third round for a 4-under 66, putting him alone in first place at 12-under for the tournament.

"It's who gets over it fastest and who moves on the fastest," Stefani said. "And to finish the way I did with three birdies on the last three was great. But I was just out there just playing the game and having fun. That's what I'm here for is to play the best I can and have fun with it, and I did that today."

In May, Stefani and MLB.com agreed to a sponsorship deal that puts the MLB.com logo on his bag as he plays the remainder of the year on the tour.

In his first season on the PGA Tour after winning twice on the Web.com Tour in 2012, Stefani's best performance thus far was a tie for seventh at the Tampa Bay Championship in March. He entered this week ranked No. 148 in FedEx points but could get a big boost Sunday with a winning performance.

Stefani leads Harris English by one stroke, and three others by three strokes. Phil Mickelson is four shots back.

In March, he had the lead after the first and second rounds at the Tampa Bay Championship before tying for seventh in his best finish yet.

"I'm much more prepared with my game than I was then, and I'm feeling a lot more comfortable with it," Stefani said. "It's been a tough year for me. I've stayed patient with it and tried to keep going and focusing on all the things I usually do. But it's tough."

John Schlegel is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.