Kang shoots 63, sets Houston Open 36-hole record

Sung Kang tied the Golf Club of Houston course record on Friday with a second-round nine-under 63 that also broke the previous 36-hole scoring mark at the Houston Open. It was supposed to be 30, expect FedExCup frontrunner Dustin Johnson who made a decision to take a break after winning the Dell Technologies Match Play for his third consecutive time.

His six-stroke advantage heading into the weekend is the largest 36-hole lead on PGA TOUR this season, and the largest ever at the Houston Open.

Rahm has opened the year well, winning at Torrey Pines and sharing third at the WGC Mexico event before losing the Match Play final. Adam Scott, on a rare 2017 start, shot 68 which was one better than Jordan Spieth.

The Shell Houston Open took a bit of a back seat Friday when Tiger Woods announced he would not be playing in next week's Masters Tournament.

"It s not in my head", Kang said of that tantalizing possibility.

"I just keep grinding, keep playing well, and just do what I can do the next few days and just accept the result".

Kang needs a win in order to qualify for the Masters, but the Korean said he isn't focusing on that despite his strong opening round: "I don't know anything about the future, and whatever happens, happens".

Heavy rains on Wednesday that cancelled the popular Pro-Am left the Tournament Course softer than usual but not wet enough for the PGA Tour to enact a lift, clean and place option for balls hit into the fairways. Several players were troubled as they had to connect properly while avoiding the muddy waters but also not overplaying the speedy greens, which are grown so as imitate Augusta. "It was a nice front nine", Fowler said.

Vegas said the key to playing in conditions where mud may affect your shots is to keep a positive mentality. "You just hope not to screw it up".

"I really like where I'm at right now", said Fowler.

ANA Inspiration: Cristie Kerr, Caroline Masson and Karine Incher are tied for the lead at 5-under-par 67 at Rancho Mirage, California.

Half of the field in the LPGA Tour's first major of the year was still on the course when wild winds in the Coachella Valley forced an early halt to play. Michelle Wie and 17-year-old Eun Jeong Seong were among four players a stroke behind Icher; all had finished their rounds.

  • Rosalie Stanley