With officials teeing off threesomes on Saturday in order to get ahead of incoming weather at The Shell Houston Open on Saturday, 36 hole leader, Sergio Garcia will share the final group with Matt Kuchar who is one shot back, and Matt Jones who is four back. Garcia posted an early -7 under par 65 on Friday to take a four shot lead, but Matt Kuchar came back in the afternoon session to tie the -12 under score before a bogey at 18 left him one back.
Sergio followed his opening round 67 from Thursday with a bogey free 65 on Friday. He looked in control of his swing, and game as he hit 13 of 18 fairways on the day and had his putter in control picking up over three strokes putting. The 34 year-old Spaniard has had a nice spring, both on the European Tour where he is third in Race To Dubai points, and here in the US.
“I mean, obviously I feel good, but every week is different,” Garcia said. “First of all, we got to finish this week, and hopefully next week I’ll be feeling good (and) not too many things will be bothering me health-wise, and then just feel good on the course, hopefully play well and things happen.”
It was improbable hill to climb when he teed off, but starting the day four back, Matt Kuchar was able to play his normally steady game to make up three on the day. Kuchar fired a 67 in the second round, and after catching Garcia on 17, made his only bogey of the week on 18 to end his day one back.
Fed Ex Cup points leader, Jimmy Walker is tied with Matt Jones at -8 under par, and with another good round on Saturday could make a run in Houston. Part-timer, Steve Stricker is at -7 under par, and has a one-shot lead over a nice group of players at -6 under that includes Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler, and Luke Donald.
With the 36-hole coming at even par, defending champ, D.A. Points will not be playing on the weekend. He joins Jordan Spieth and a host of players who got caught looking at next weeks Masters, and not taking care of business in Houston.