Graham DeLaet now knows the "horrible horseshoe" at Colonial all too well. (Halleran/Getty Images)
By Fred Albers, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Graham DeLaet came to Fort Worth without any knowledge of the “horrible horseshoe.” He can now consider himself well-acquainted. On Friday, the Canadian bogeyed each hole in the difficult stretch comprising Nos. 3-4-5. DeLaet said he knew a little about this tournament’s history before arriving in Fort Worth but he can now tell some tales about Colonial’s toughest stretch. Outside of the horseshoe, DeLaet played well in hitting 12 of 14 fairways and 13 greens in the second round.
Leaderboard: Jordan Spieth was playing just fine until he snuck a peek at the leaderboard on the 16th hole. He was looking at a 15-foot birdie putt to go 9 under. Spieth missed that birdie, rolling it 5 feet past the cup and then missed the par putt to make bogey. It was a quick reality check for the 19-year-old. To Spieth’s credit, he immediately bounced back with a birdie on the 17th hole and stands 8 under. Spieth has given himself plenty of looks at birdie. He leads the tournament in proximity to the cup, averaging 22 feet on his approach shots.
Stealing: Jim Furyk says making birdie on the fifth hole is like stealing. He was a burglar on Friday, hitting a 264-yard drive, followed by a 211-yard approach to within 12 feet. Furyk converted the birdie and left the green with a smile on his face. He hit just four fairways in the opening round but discovered a flaw in his setup and made the correction during a practice session prior to play. Furyk opened his driver just a bit and hit 12 of 14 fairways in the second round.
Tree line: Josh Teater has no problem discerning the difference between his first and last nine. Teater, starting on No. 10, made the turn at 5 under, taking just 30 strokes. He then started missing fairways and it led to bogeys. Teater hit the trees at the third and again at the sixth, making bogey both times. He then finished with three-putt bogey at the eighth before a one-putt par at the ninth. Teater has played aggressively this week. With the bermuda rough on the sparse side, he has taken some bold lines off the tee and managed to hit 16 of 28 fairways while averaging 307.8 yards per drive. It’s OK to hit the ball into the rough, but hitting trees still leads to big numbers. You cannot play Colonial from inside the tree line.
Fred Albers is a course reporter for SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio. For more information on SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio, click here.