(Reuters) – Sam Burns used a quick begin and regular end to seize the early second-round clubhouse lead on the Houston Open on Friday, whereas Phil Mickelson was set to overlook the minimize in his closing begin earlier than subsequent week’s Masters.
Burns birdied three of his first 4 holes at Memorial Park Golf Course en path to a bogey-free five-under-par 65 that left him two pictures away from Australian Jason Day (68) and three forward of fellow American and first-round chief Brandt Snedeker (71).
“(My caddie) Travis did an ideal job all day simply attempting to place us in the appropriate spots and I believe we had been ready to try this for probably the most half,” mentioned Burns. “That is the difficult a part of this golf course, it takes loads of self-discipline round right here.
“You get out of place, you simply attempt to get it again to the place you may get it up and down or get it in a piece of the inexperienced the place you’ll be able to lag putt it. Thankfully early we bought some attractiveness and had been in a position to convert, so strong.”
Burns, who’s looking for his maiden PGA Tour win, birdied all three par-five holes at Memorial Park, together with on the sixteenth the place he drained a 12-foot putt earlier than closing his spherical with consecutive pars.
World primary Dustin Johnson, in his first occasion since testing constructive for COVID-19 in mid-October, was 5 pictures off the tempo after a four-under 66.
“I felt like I performed fairly properly yesterday, just a bit rusty,” mentioned Johnson. “However right this moment (I) did loads higher, hit loads of very nice iron pictures and felt like I managed my sport very properly, drove it properly, hit loads of high quality pictures, so more than happy with how I performed right this moment.”
5-times main champion Mickelson was properly exterior the projected minimize after a roller-coaster 73 that included a quintuple-bogey eight on the par-three ninth and a closing eagle on the par-four 18th the place he holed out from 193 yards.
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