Shell Houston Open. Sergio Surges Ahead. April 04 2014
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Sergio surged into the lead early on in the second round of the Shell Houston Open, shooting a -7 under par 65 that took him one shot clear of the field at -12 under par for the tournament. He said he feels like he is play nicely, he needed only 25 putts today;
"I do feel like I'm playing nicely, I feel very comfortable with my equipment. I feel comfortable with myself in and outside the golf course.”
Matt Kuchar is just one shot back of the leader, a second round -5 under par 67 saw him climb up the leaderboard, finishing the day at -11 under par.
Matt and Sergio have a history of rivalry that goes all the way back to their amateur days. The two battled it out in the quarterfinals of the 1998 U.S. Amateur as the reigning British and U.S. Amateur champions. Sergio won that time around, and Matt is still quite taken with the way Sergio is playing, even tho he will likely be a Ryder Cup foe later this year;
“He’s fun to watch swing a golf club, he’s been putting it really well for a couple years now, he’s switched over to the claw grip and really rolls it nicely.”
Matt Jones is one of four players tied in third spot, at -8 under par for the tournament, sharing that place with him are, Cameron Tringale, Shawn Stefani and Jimmy Walker.
Matt needs a victory here to qualify him for his first Masters, he missed a chance at the BMW;
“I had a chance on the last hole at BMW Championship, from 6 feet, and I hit a great putt that I thought was in, and it lipped out, and that was the difference between me finishing top 30 and not. But I had a good year, I can’t complain at all.”
The FedExCup points leader, Jimmy Walker, is happy that the putts are dropping in again;
“I feel like I’m hitting it good and my putts are going back in, so I’m looking forward to the weekend and seeing what happens.I think when you’re really playing well, you make a lot of putts. I just kind of went through a stretch where I wasn’t making a ton. I think that plays a lot into it.”
Local boy Shawn Stefani said it was nice to be playing golf in his home town;
“It’s just nice to come out here and play well at home.”
Phil Mickelson is excited to be in the mix for the week-end;
“I’m excited about the weekend because first of all I haven’t had many opportunities this year. I haven’t been in contention and I can feel my game start to get sharp.”
Padraig Harrington is one of the notables who are missing the cut, he was disappointed, but will watch on TV;
“The Masters is a great tournament. It’s worth watching. I’ll enjoy watching it. It’s disappointing to miss out.”
Padraig is joined in the going home crowd by, Charles Howell III, Jordan Spieth, Louis Oosthuizen, Trevor Immelman and Defending Champion D.A. Points.