Published: Sun, April 01, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Hossler, Poulter share lead at Houston Open

Hossler, Poulter share lead at Houston Open

He's not afraid of being on top, either, so he's one of the guys who's a strong contender this weekend.

Fowler kick-started his second round 68 in storming manner with four birdies from his second to sixth holes to race to 10-under par in cloudless conditions on a still rain-softened Golf Club of Houston course. Hatton lost to Hoffman 3 and 2 on Friday, setting up the playoff with Brendan since both had finished round-robin play with 2 wins and a loss. "You finish a round of golf and the press and everybody are telling you you're in the Masters, and then you get a text message 10 minutes before you tee off to correct everybody, to say 'oh, we've made a mistake, actually, no, that was wrong, you're not in'". "I was just really looking forward to just playing this week".

And both men made the ideal start, especially Harrington, who hit the ball beautifully, missing only three greens as he made five birdies in an immaculate 67 to lie just two shots behind early leaders Lucas Glover and Kevin Tway. He squared two bogey-5s at holes 3 and 11 (tee ball in the water), slightly outpaced by three birdies at 1, 8 and 13, all from inside of seven feet. Sam Ryder, Abraham Ancer and Nicholas Lindheim joined him at 10 under.

At the ANA Inspiration, the first major of the season, Jodi Ewart Shadoff shot a 67 to lie five off the clubhouse lead, set by South Korean Park Sung-Hyun.

"I didn't strike it very well but I putted phenomenal to stay in it", Mickelson said. "From this point anything else is icing on the cake", Spieth said. I feel nice standing over putts.

Phil Mickelson was at 8 under heading into the 18th until a triple-bogey derailed his round.

Hossler and Spieth are frequent practice partners since Hossler has settled in Dallas. "We weren't able to play together at Texas, but when I left they had a stud taking over". He was playing really well.

For Hossler, the Houston Open will be a tune-up for Augusta National only if he claims the $1.26 million winner's check on Sunday.

"So (with) a bit of patience, I opened my shoulders a bit on my putting stroke, started to visually see the right line and just started to role a few putts in. Sleep's always good for me", he said.

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