Jeff Maggert and John Merrick are at the top, but 15 other golfers are within two shots of the lead.
Jeff Maggert talks about his love for Memphis after a first-round, 4-under 66 on Thursday.
Dry conditions greeted the field as play resumed on Saturday at the Shell Houston Open.
Four players on the course -- Jeff Maggert, James Driscoll, Carl Pettersson and Angel Cabrera -- restarted Saturday within three shots of co-leaders Louis Oosthuizen and Brian Davis, who finished Friday at 11 under.
Updates from the second round on Saturday morning:
12:30 p.m. ET: The second round is over, with the final cut at 2 under. The third round will begin at 12:45 p.m. ET. Round 3 tee times
11:30 a.m. ET: Jeff Maggert is officially the 36-hole leader. James Driscoll got to 11 under with a birdie on the par-5 eighth, but he parred the ninth to become the third person at 11 under. Updated tee times will be posted when available; the cut remains at 2 under.
10:45 a.m. ET: Nice bounceback for Keegan Bradley, who birdied the par-4 17th to get back to 9 under, three shots back. Carl Pettersson birdied the par-5 eighth to become the fourth player in double digits at 10 under.
10:30 a.m. ET: Jeff Maggert is the likely 36-hole lead after he wrapped up his second consecutive 66 on Saturday morning. Maggert actually got to 13 under, but he bogeyed the par-3 ninth for his first bogey of the week.
10:20 a.m. ET: Keegan Bradley bogeyed the tough par-3 16th to drop back to 8 under, five shots back. He still has to play the mammoth par-4 17th and 18th.
9:45 a.m. ET: Maggert is the sole leader at 12 under, and Keegan Bradley is making a run. Bradley reeled off three straight birdies to get within three shots of the lead.
By Melanie Hauser, PGATOUR.COM
HUMBLE, Texas – Lucky No. 24? Jeff Maggert would certainly like to think so.
After all, he’s a hometown-ish guy. He lives just a 20-mile drive north of the Redstone Course. He’s been playing Shell Houston Opens since he was fresh out of Texas A&M.
And there was that six-year stretch in the 1990s when he finished second three times at the old TPC at The Woodlands course.
“I had a lot of close calls when we played over at TPC Woodlands years ago,’’ he said after an opening 66. “Since we moved over here to Redstone, I haven't really had a chance to really make a scare of anything. Who knows. Twenty-two times is a charm maybe.”
Well, that’s 22 times as a PGA TOUR member. The 48-year-old played the SHO twice before he got his card. And about Redstone? He’s still finished in the top 7 three times since the tournament moved to Redstone in 2003.
Can you say wily veteran? Maggert was sidelined for five months last year following shoulder surgery but started 2012 fast with a T13 at the Sony Open and a fifth at the Humana Challenge and a solid week at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Then poof. Five missed cuts.
Now a 66? What did he find?
“I realize that's still a mystery,’’ he said. “I have no idea. I started out the year playing really well, had some great rounds and just struggled the last two months and just couldn't put a finger on anything.
“Ball striking was a little off, putting was lousy, short game wasn't very good, and, you know, I just tried to come in here with a kind of a fresh attitude. The greens are just fabulous this week, and I've tried to simplify things a little bit. You know, try not to think so much on the greens and see the putts and try to put them in the hole.”
Maggert took advantage of near-perfect conditions in the morning before the storms blew through.
“It was a fun day,’’ he said. “I was a little apprehensive the way I've been playing last two months, but I felt pretty good in my practice rounds and I felt the -- the greens are fantastic. I felt some confidence on the greens today, and I made a few putts early and kind of carried over for the rest of the day. Made a nice little putt from behind the green on 16 and nice one on 18 to kind of cap off a nice day.’’
And a great start to SHO No. 24.
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Q-school has plenty of pressure all on its own. Add in winds consistently in the 20-25 mph range -- with gusts as high as 50 -- and scoring has taken on a whole new meaning here in the second round. Case in point: As of this moment, only nine players have recorded rounds in the 60s. Seven more players failed to break 80, including Brendan Pappas, who shot 86 -- currently the highest score in the books Thursday.
As for the leaderboard, there’s still a long way to go here in the second of six rounds at PGA West. Matt Jones, however, was one of those players to break 70, carding a 68 on the Stadium Course to earn a share of the lead at 9 under. Harris English and Will Claxton are also 9 under, but they are still on the golf course.
Some other notable names in the top 25 on the leaderboard: Billy Hurley III, Vaughn Taylor, Jeff Maggert, Dean Wilson, Bob Estes, Troy Merritt, Adam Hadwin and Sam Saunders.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The hot hand in the afternoon wave is an unlikely one – Jeff Maggert.
The 47-year-old has made just five cuts in 17 starts this year on TOUR, most recently in early May at the Zurich Classic. But you wouldn’t know it from his play Friday on the Magnolia Course, where he’s 5 under through 10 holes (he started on No. 10) and 8 under for the tournament.
Justin Leonard and Bio Kim continue to lead at 12 under after shooting 63 and 65 in the morning and are the only players at double-digits under par.
In the afternoon’s marquee matchup, Webb Simpson is turning the tables a bit on Luke Donald. Donald, hoping to overtake Simpson atop the money list, played better by two shots Thursday but is 1 over on his second round with all pars and one bogey through eight holes. Simpson is 2 under for his round and has overtaken Donald on the leaderboard.
IRVING, Texas – Chris Kirk was disqualified after his second round Friday for signing an incorrect scorecard.
Kirk signed for a four on his last hole, but he actually had a five, as he had to take a penalty stroke when his tee shot found the water at the 18th.
Kirk shot a 5-over 75 Friday and was 3 over for the tournament, which is below the projected cut line.
Jeff Maggert had to withdraw after eight holes Friday because of a shoulder injury. Maggert opened with a 72 in the fist round and was 3 over on his Friday round.
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Before the horn blew Saturday afternoon, six players were fortunate to finish the third round. Of course they were only able to do so because they were well off the lead and had an early tee time.
Of those already in the clubhouse, Aussie Matt Jones had the best round, a 3-under 69, to jump 22 spots on the leaderboard and into a tie for 38th at the moment.
Zach Johnson also finished his round, shooting a second straight 70, while Scott Verplank and Carl Pettersson each shot 71.
Last year’s Kodak Challenge winner Troy Merritt shot 73, while Kevin Chappell, who got into the tournament when Jeff Maggert withdrew with an injury, struggled to an 80.