Published: Sat, April 01, 2017
Sport | By Cecil Buchanan

Rickie Fowler throws first pitch at Houston Astros game


Overnight leader Rickie Fowler is clubhouse leader Kang's closest challenger, trailing by five shots at 11-under midway through his second round.

Lee Westwood, who was joint second with Spieth at Augusta 12 months ago, was guaranteed to have the weekend off after rounds of 77 and 74, with Open champion Henrik Stenson also seven over with three holes remaining.

Except, Fowler's stunning 64 here in the first round of the Shell Houston Open indicated that at least a portion of the Augusta spotlight should be reserved for this wildly popular 28-year-old.

Stewart Cink, Jhonattan Vegas, and Kyle Stanley are all right near the top of the leaderboard after they all shot a 6-under 66 Round one.

Half of the field in the tour's first major of the year was still on the course when play was suspended.

Fowler said several of his drives had collected mud on the damp fairways at the Golf Club of Houston, leading to some guesswork on approach shots, with the flight of the ball hard to predict.

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Rose found water at the fourth and ran-up a bogey-six, but he clawed back the shot with a superb approach to four feet at the next before the Englishman made five consecutive birdies from the ninth, including a sublime chip-in for a three at the 11th. "Part of my plan for the rest of the year is to play the week before the majors and doing something a little different than I have the past few years".

Kang carded seven birdies and an eagle at the Golf Club of Houston to add a flawless 63 to his opening 65 and set a new 36-hole tournament record on 16 under par.

"I felt like I got some good breaks with having mud on the same side as where the trouble was and that I could kind of keep it fairly conservative", Fowler said. "I've got to play very well obviously but we'll give it a go".

Other notable scores sees Adam Scott on four under, Jimmy Walker and Jordan Spieth on three under while Phil Mickelson is even par after his first round.

"No. First day just finish", Kang said.

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