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March 31 2012

12:38 AM

Live updates: News, notes and more

By Melanie Hauser, PGATOUR.COM
HUMBLE, Texas  — The first round of the Shell Houston Open was completed and half the second round finished on Friday at Redstone Golf Club. Let us know what you think by leaving leaving your comments below.
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LIVE UPDATES (All times ET)
8:38 p.m. -- Play was suspended at 8:36 p.m. due to darkness with all 70 players in the second wave still on the course. The second round will resume at 8:30 a.m. ET Saturday.
7:44 p.m. --  Two players seemingly unfazed by the late tee times? Veterans Angel Cabrera and Jeff Maggert. Both of them are 9 under -- Maggert after seven holes, Cabrera after four.
7:15 p.m. -- The waiting game. Thursday's thunderstorms have pushed the schedule back so far that the final groups -- Brian Harman, Jim Herman and Miguel Angel Carballo and Jason Kokrak, Jeff Curl and Troy Kelly -- aren't due to tee off in the second round for 15 more minutes.
6:34 p.m. -- Another young face working his way up the leader board is Jonas Blixt. The Swede, who played collegiate golf at Florida State, is now 6-under for his second round, 8-under for the tournament. Blixt is coming off two missed cuts, his last at the Puerto Rico Open. His best finish this year is a tie for 22nd at the Farmers Insurance Open.
6:03 p.m.  -- Good company.  Fred Couples shot a second-round 73, but still made his 19th consecutive cut at the SHO to tie the legendary Jimmy Demaret for the tournament record. Couples is tied with Fred Haas Jr., Jay Haas, Tom Kite and Hal Sutton for the most top-25 finishes in tournament history with 12.
5:30 p.m.  -- If he doesn't make a birdie or two coming in, defending Masters champ Charl Schwartzel may get a little more practice time in Augusta. Although he shot 69 in the first round, he's now 3 over for the tournament with two holes to play. At plus-3, he's one shot above the projected cut.
4:51 p.m.  -- From the gotta-keep-humor-in-the-equation file:  @Keegan_bradley tweets -- 510 t time today with @Graeme_McDowell and @WestwoodLee. Great group. Hope I get a good twilight rate. #shellhoustonopen
4:39 p.m. ---  Rookie Harris English is nudging his way toward the first page of the leaderboard. English, who didn't even get to tee off Thursday because of the weather, birdied the final hole of his first round for an opening 69, then birdied three of the first six holes of his second round to get to 6 under.
4:06 p.m.  -- All eyes were on Ernie Els coming into the week. Els is among those players in the field who needs to win the SHO in order to be invited to play in next week's Masters. He's in contention, 4 under through his first 28 holes, which leaves him five shots behind current leader Brian Davis and four behind Phil Mickelson and Louis Oosthuizen. Els hasn't missed a Masters field since 1993.
3:28 p.m.  -- And, suddenly, its a four-way tie for the lead. Louis Oosthuizen birdied the eighth hole and Brian Davis birdied the first hole -- his 10th -- to move to 8 under and join Phil Mickelson and Greg Owen at the top.
3:20 p.m. -- Another major champion is making a run. Former British Open champ Louis Oosthuizen birdied two of his first four holes to get a 7 under and remains there after eight holes. Phil Mickelson shares the lead with Greg Owen at 8 under, while Oosthuizen is tied with Carl Pettersson and former Masters champions Fred Couples and Angel Cabrera at  7 under. Couples is playing with Mickelson. Cabrera will not tee off until 6:40.
2:50 p.m. -- Fred Couples, the 52-year-old who won on the Champions Tour on Sunday, is two shots off the pace. He's tied at 7 under, which was the first-round lead, with Tommy Gainey, John Huh and Louis Oosthuizen -- while Carl Pettersson and Angel Cabrera also at that number but waiting for tee times after 6 p.m. ET.
2:20 p.m. -- Phil Mickelson didn't have much time to grab a bite -- but he probably didn't want it. Not after gaining momentum as he finished off a 65 on Friday morning. So he's gone back out and birdied two of his first four holes at Redstone to gain a one-stroke advantage -- this time over Greg Owen, who is 2 under through 7.
1:15 p.m. -- Chris Couch and 2010 SHO champ Anthony Kim have withdrawn from the field with injuries. Kim, who hurt his shoulder, shot an opening 79; Couch shot 76.
1:08 p.m. -- More than 1.25 inches of rain fell on the Redstone course Thursday afternoon and muddy conditions have led officials to determine the second round will be played under lift-clean-and-place rules. There is a 30 percent chance of more scattered thunderstorms this afternoon.
12:40 p.m. -- Leave it to defending champion Phil Mickelson and former champion Fred Couples to take full advantage of the pristine greens. Mickelson opened with a 7-under 65 to share the clubhouse lead, while Couples shot 67.
12:25 p.m. – Don’t look now but PGA TOUR rookie John Huh is in contention again. He just finished off a round of 66 that included five birdies, an eagle and one bogey and left him one stroke behind the leaders. Huh won the Mayakoba Golf Classic in the fifth start of his career.
12:15 p.m. – Players who completed their rounds on Thursday before the downpour came have a long wait for their tee times in the second. Here’s what Bud Cauley tweeted: “T time is now 440 today. Time to fill the day… Maybe a workout, couple of lunches and some practice.”
11:42 a.m. – Former British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen is working on a low number. He’s 5 under through 15 holes, which puts him two behind the leaders, which now includes defending champion Phil Mickelson.
11:10 a.m. – Ernie Els has started relatively slowly but at least he’s moving in the right direction as he pursues the win that would give him the final invite to the Masters. He’s played 12 holes and is 2 under, trailing the leaders by five strokes.
10:42 a.m. – Defending champion Phil Mickelson made five birdies on the front nine and is now just two strokes off the lead. He’s in the featured group with Charl Schwartzel, who defends his Masters title next week, and local favorite Fred Couples. Click here to follow the group on ShotTracker.
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