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Kang shoots 63, sets Houston Open 36-hole record

United States star Fowler fired a bogey-free eight-under par 64 to seize the lead in the final PGA tuneup event for next week's Masters, the first major championship of the year at Augusta National.

"I putted pretty good yesterday, putted really good today", said Kang, who needed 25 putts over his round.

Kang drained a 30-foot putt for eagle on his penultimate hole, the par-five eighth, to go along with seven birdies.

Like Kang, and numerous others in the field, Baddeley must win in Houston to secure a place at next week's Masters.

The 29-year-old, who entered the week ranked 202nd in the world, opened the second round one shot off the lead held by American Rickie Fowler.

Henrik Stenson, the reigning Open champion, and Lee Westwood will surely both be concerned after crashing out on five-over and, although, a awful forecast for the weekend here will have soothed their disappointment somewhat, as Rose pointed out, "they'd all rather have played well".

Youngster Cameron Smith shot an even-par round of 72, John Senden, Steven Bowditch and Greg Chalmers all shot two-over rounds of 74.

"I felt like I got some good breaks with having mud on the same side as where the trouble was and that I could kind of keep it fairly conservative", Fowler said.

The four-time PGA Tour victor - who heads to the Masters next week seeking his first Major - teed off on the back nine and opened with a birdie. They will complete their second round Saturday morning.

The 18-year-old Norda's big sister, 24-year-old Jessica, is in the hunt at 3-under 141.

Stewart Cink, Jhonattan Vegas and Kyle Stanley are a further shot back.

Durant made four birdies on the back nine in warm and sunny conditions to finish just ahead of defending tournament champion Miguel Angel Jimenez, Scott Hoch, Lee Janzen and Jay Haas, who are all tied for second after shooting a 67.

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. He's finished in the top 10 in two of four events, including a sixth-place finish at the Allianz Championship in February. Adam Scott, on a rare 2017 start, shot 68 which was one better than Jordan Spieth.

He was on pace for back-to-back victories at Augusta National previous year before a quadruple bogey at No. 12 in the final round sunk his chances.

He hasn't finished worse than 16th in a PGA Tour event so far this year, and it seems likely he will continue that trend in Texas.



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