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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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WATCH: Tiger Woods on Facebook Live with Bridgestone Golf

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Tiger Woods just appeared in a Bridgestone Golf Facebook Live video. While the audio isn’t the greatest (sounds like there’s some mowers rolling by), we’ve got to pass it along.

Check out the video below.

Woods initially discusses his wedges, before moving on to sharing some insights about how he hits his patented stinger–covering the ball, starting it farther right, and keeping his follow through short.

On his ball, the Bridgestone Tour B XS, which he presents as a softer ball well-suited to his swing, Woods says

“I need spin. I don’t spin the ball a lot. My swing has never produced a lot of spin. I’ve always been able to take spin off the golf ball–I grew up in an era where we played balata. What separated a lot of guys was the ability to take spin off the golf ball…to keep it below the tree line. There was a lot more movement in the golf ball.”

“My swing has naturally evolved. I’ve had different swings throughout the years, but each swing didn’t spin the ball a lot. So, when I get up to my long irons with a harder ball that most people would launch…I don’t. It falls out of the sky because it has so little spin.”

Woods mentioned that he hasn’t played Shinnecock since the course’s pre-U.S. Open makeover, but that he expects the course will be particularly difficult: an old-school U.S. Open with minimal graduated rough where it will be difficult to shoot under par.

Responding to comments, Woods sings Hazeltine’s praises and mentions he’d love to be able to wear shorts during PGA Tour events

“We play some of the hottest places on the planets and it would be nice to wear shorts…even with my little chicken legs,” Woods says.

Woods tells amateurs looking for more spin around the greens that they need a soft golf ball, mentioning that solid contact, maintaining loft, and allowing to club to do its job are key. Woods mentions that he has “a couple extra shots around the greens” thanks to the softness of his golf ball.”

We’ll next see the 14-time major champion in action at next week’s Memorial Tournament (which he discusses to wrap up the video).

 

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10 interesting photos from Tuesday at the Fort Worth Invitational

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GolfWRX is on the ground at Marvin Leonard’s famed pet project, Colonial Country Club, peeking into players bags and taking in the action on the driving range.

While you’ll want to take a trip through the buffet line, we’ve made you a plate of some of the tastiest morsels.

Absolutely savage new putter cover for Jon “Rahmbo” Rahm. Just killer.

Prettier than a new penny.

Spotted: Aldila Rogue Silver 130 MSI

Everything here is excellent. Just excellent.

More like Garsen Murray. Am I right?

If you were Aaron Wise standing over the winning putt at last week’s Byron Nelson, this is what it’d have looked like (of course, you’d have had a ball and the putter would be soled on the green, but you get the point…)

Abraham Ancer’s new Artisan wedges are simply incredible… All of this: Artisan star stellar stuff.

Rickie Fowler has gone grape.

You can’t fool me. You’re not Adam Hadwin, you’re a golf bag.

Is Patrick Cantlay considering a switch to a Cameron Napa?

Check out all our photos from the 2018 Forth Worth Invitational below.

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Tuesday’s Photos from the 2018 Fort Worth Invitational at Colonial

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 2018 Forth Worth Invitational at Colonial Country Club (par 70; 7,209 yards). The event has now been hosted here for 73 straight years.

Headlining the field this week are Jordan Spieth, who’s currently ranked No. 3 in the Official World Golf Rankings, Jon Rahm (No. 4), Justin Rose (No. 5) and Rickie Fowler (No. 6). Joining them are notables Webb Simpson, who’s coming off his win at The 2018 Players, as well as Wesley Bryan, Jason Dufner, Bryson DeChambeau, Jim Furyk, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Brooks Koepka, Louis Oosthuizen, Pat Perez, Adam Scott, Charl Schwartzel, Jimmy Walker, and last week’s champion, Aaron Wise.

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Last year, Kevin Kisner captured the second PGA Tour victory of his career after shooting a final-round, 4-under 66.

Check out our photos from the 2018 Forth Worth Invitational below.

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