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REVIEW: Shell Houston Open – Round 2

3 April 2012

Due to the rain delay on Thursday, Round 2 of the Shell Houston Open started late Friday and while 70 players were still on the course, play was suspended 7:36pm due to darkness. There was still time for a number of players to complete their second rounds, including Phil Mickelson who finished 9 under in joint 4th with Gainey, Owens and Holmes.

Round 1 leaders, Cabrera and Pettersson dropped down the table finishing their rounds 8 under and 7 under respectively. When play stopped Friday their top spot had been taken by Brian Davis and South Africa’s own Louis Oosthuizen and were the overnight leaders with 11 under par!

Play continued Saturday morning and Texan local Jeff Maggert, aged 48, went one better than his tied second place in Round 1 and shot his second 66 to take him into the lead in his hometown with 12 under. Following a seemingly perfect shot on his second hole to draw level, Maggert then birdied both par 5s on the front nine to take the outright lead at 13 under. James Driscoll finished his round on Saturday morning, tying with Oosthuizen & Davis, now in second.

Ernie Els game saw little improvement; he shot another 69 finishing Round 2 in a group of 5 under. His hope of victory, and therefore entry into next week’s Masters, seemed to be fading, but with 2 rounds left to go he wasn’t giving up hope.

90 players made the 36-hole cut to continue into round 3; join us tomorrow to see how play panned out…