Beau Hossler takes the second-round lead with 11-under-133
Beau Hossler shot into the lead on Day 2 at Houston Open with a four-under 68 round consisting five birdies after a tough start with a bogey on the par-4 first hole. Hossler added 65 in his first round taking his total to 11-under-133 for a shot lead over the opening round leader Sam Ryder, who is joined by Rickie Fowler, Abraham Ancer, and Nicholas Lindheim.
Hossler was tied for the second spot with a 65 on Thursday and after a bogey start, he never lost a shot for the rest of his round and even shot a beautiful wedge from 114 yards to inside 3 feet for a tough par save on the last hole. He is looking for his maiden PGA Tour victory and is hopeful of it.
“The reality is I’m 11 under par. More than likely 18 under is going to win the tournament unless the conditions are tough, so there’s a long way to go,” Hossler said. “It’s not like I can go shoot even par and win the tournament. But I’m looking forward to the challenge of the weekend.”
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Rickie Fowler was tied for the lead with Hossler before he hooked his drive into the water on the par- 4 18th where Hossler made a par to keep his solo lead, and Fowler ended up bogeying it.
Opening round leader, Sam Ryder and Rickie Fowler both posted rounds of four-under 68 and were joined by Abraham Ancer (included four consecutive birdies from 10th to 13th) and Nicholas Lindheim with impressive rounds of six-under 66 at 10-under-134.
Jordan Spieth has been struggling with his putter for long now but he muted his critics with his round of five-under 67, with only one blemish on his card on par-3 16th, where he missed a 3-footer.
“From where I was three days ago, my goal (is) accomplished for the week already,” Spieth said. “So at this point, anything else is icing on the cake. It was a round that could have been really special. But I don’t have to (shoot) 8 or 9 under. I feel like my game’s in form, and that’s really cool. I’m having a lot of fun out there.”
Spieth’s 67 moved him 18 spots up for a T-6th position on the board and joined by Paul Dunne, Bronson Burgoon, Kevin Tway, and Julian Suri at 9-under-135.
Julian Suri is fighting it out tough here after losing to Bubba Watson at the Dell Match Play. Suri’s only chances of making it to the Masters is a win at the Houston Open and currently, he is just two shots back from the leader.
Phil Mickelson shoots unfortunate triple-bogey
Phil Mickelson started his round from the 10th hole and was keeping it good until he made a triple-bogey on the par-4 18th, after finding the water twice.
Mickelson controlled his game with long putts making birdies and saving pars till the last for a 1-under-71 round, taking his score to 5-under-139 for a T-42nd on the board, an 18 spots loss from the opening round. He is joined by Aaron Baddeley, Lee Westwood, Nate Lashley, Tom Lovelady, Ben Crane, Jhonattan Vegas, Greg Chalmers, Jonathan Byrd, Joel Dahmen, Keegan Bradley, Sean O’Hair, Adam Schenk, Seamus Power, and Dawie van der Walt.
Shubhankar Sharma misses cut
Shubhankar Sharma was in tight waters with a 1-over-73 on Thursday and with the cut-line set at 3-under he had a lot of ground to cover.
Sharma started out good with a par on the first hole but got caught with a bogey on the second hole, he managed to birdie the next and add one more on the eight for a 35 on front nine. Sharma needed 33 or better on back nine to remain in the hunt but after posting birdies on 11th and 13th, he ended his round with a bogey on the 18th, posting another 35, taking his total for the day to 2-under-70 and 1-under-143.
Sharma is invited to the Masters and Valero Texas Open.