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Oosthuizen, Davis lead after two days in Houston

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By Seth Kerr

GolfWRX Staff Writer

The rains stayed away on Friday for the completion of the first round and beginning of the second round at the Shell Houston Open.

Players took advantage of the softened conditions to go low at Redstone GC, including midsecond-round leaders Louie Oosthuizen and Brian Davis, who finished 11-under. Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey is tied for second with Phil Mickelson and three other players at 9-under.

Ernie Els is at 5-under and will have to go low over the weekend to secure a guaranteed spot in the Masters field. He has played every Masters since 1993. It’s a tall task for Els — the Shell is only one of four events Els has played in three or more times and not finished in the top-10.

Players who didn’t finish the second round will be back in the morning, and the cut will be made once all players finish Round 2. The current projected cut is 2-under par.

Charl Schwartzel will likely have more time to plan his Masters dinner after finishing with a two-day total of 1-under. Needing a birdie on the final hole, Schwartzel nearly holed out from the bunker . Sadly, Schwartzel will not be allowed to do the grilling at Augusta — although he has the time to prepare, he’ll have to leave it to the chefs.

“I haven’t heard what it’s like and I have no knowledge,” Schwartzel said about the Masters dinner. “So I said, well, I do that full?time at home, that’s something I would like to do. Obviously it’s a little different; it’s I think a shorter time period. They do it only in a couple hours. So they said that it would be nice if we can all just chat more instead of someone cooking and stuff.”

Phil Mickelson put together a solid 2- under second round after shooting 7-under to finish the first round. You have to wonder if Mickelson is peaking too soon. Mickelson seems like he gears up for a tournament, wins it, and then disappears until next time. If Mickelson were being honest you wonder if he would say he wants to win the Shell or just continue to work on his game heading into next week.

Play was suspended in the second round with 70 players left on the course. The second round will restart at 8:30 a.m.EST, with the third round starting shortly afterward.

In off the course news, Jesper Parnevik is out for the foreseeable future after nearly severing his right index finger in a boating accident.

“The doctor thinks that it will be good, but it can take a hell of a time,” Parnevik said. “I think that you cannot do so damn much without the right hand. It is quite important, not just in golf.”

NBC has third round coverage from 3-6 p.m. EST.

Click here for ongoing discussion of the Shell Houston Open in the “Tour Talk” forum.

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REPORT: Tiger Woods to play in the Genesis Open on Feb 15

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Last season, Tiger Woods withdrew from a press conference at the Genesis Open due to back spasms. This season, Woods will reportedly play in the 2018 Genesis Open at Riviera C.C. in Pacific Palisades, California from February 15-18.

By withdrawing from the 2017 Genesis Open — an event which his Tiger Woods Foundation hosts — Woods ensured that a promising comeback was not to be. At the start of 2017, Woods committed to play in the Farmers Insurance Open, the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, the Genesis Open and the Honda Classic… an aggressive schedule for Woods, who hadn’t played much competitive golf in the previous year due to back injuries and surgeries. Things didn’t go as planned, however, as Woods missed the cut at the Farmers, withdrew after an opening-round 77 in Dubai, and withdrew from the Genesis Open and the Honda.

Since then, Woods has had spinal fusion surgery, and he recently finished T9 at the 18-player 2017 Hero World Challenge. It was there he showed the golfing world — and probably himself, too — that he can still compete among the world’s best golfers when he’s healthy.

At the Hero World Challenge, Woods was consistently hitting 179 mph of ball speed off the tee with his driver, and despite some early concerns with the wedge, he showed prowess around and on the greens. He was yip-less, fast, healthy, and finished 8-under through four rounds. A Tiger Woods comeback seems more plausible now than it has in three years.

Woods will continue to test his game at the 2017 Genesis Open — a start that will come 26 years after competing as a 16-year-old amateur in the 1992 Nissan Open at Riviera. Much like 26 years ago, Woods comes to Riviera as a golfer who needs to prove himself… it’s just that this time around, he has 14 majors and 79 PGA Tour wins to his name.

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Thursday’s Photos from the 2017 PNC Father/Son Challenge

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 2017 PNC Father/Son Challenge at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Orlando, Florida.

The 20-team field includes some of the game’s legendary major champions, and their sons. Notable teams include John Daly/Little John Daly, Nick Faldo/Matthew Faldo, Tom Kite/David Kite, Bernhard Langer/Jason Langer, Greg Norman/Greg Norman Jr., Jack Nicklaus/Gary Nicklaus Jr., and Lee Trevino/Daniel Trevino.  The teams will compete in a scramble format over 36 holes to decide the winners of the Willie Park Trophy.

Last year, David Duval and his step-son Nick Karavites took home the trophy, and they are back in the field this year to defend.

Check out our photos below from this year’s event!

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Friday’s Photos from the 2017 QBE Shootout

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 2017 QBE Shootout at Tiburon G.C. in Naples, Florida. Formerly known as the Franklin Templeton Shootout, or the Shark Shootout, the unofficial event plays host to 24 of some of the world’s best golfers, competing in a two-person team competition. The format calls for 54 holes; first-round scramble, second-round modified alternate shot, and third-round fourball (or better ball).

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Here is a list of the teams:

  • Daniel Berger-Gary Woodland
  • Keegan Bradley-Brendan Steele
  • Kevin Chappell-Kevin Kisner
  • Jason Dufner-Billy Horschel
  • Harris English-Matt Kuchar
  • Tony Finau-Lexi Thompson
  • Brian Harman-Pat Perez
  • Russell Henley-Kyle Stanley
  • Charley-Hoffman-Zach Johnson
  • Shane Lowry-Graeme McDowell
  • Brandt Snedeker-Bubba Watson
  • Sean O’Hair-Steve Stricker

Last year, Harris English and Matt Kuchar took down the crown, finishing at 28-under par for the event. Of course, they’ll be playing together again this year as the defending champs.

Check out our photos from the 2017 QBE Shootout below!

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