Garnett leads by one in Texas

Rounds of 67 and 66 have given rookie Brice Garnett a one-shot lead at the halfway stage of the Crowne Plaza Invitational.

The American carded three birdies and an eagle and made just one bogey in Friday’s second round to take hit total to seven under par.

Garnett seems to save his best golf for the state of Texas, having achieved his first top-10 finish six weeks ago at the Shell Houston Open.

“For some reason, it’s just I’ve kind of adapted to Texas golf,” he told the PGA Tour website.

“Growing up back home in the spring and fall, it gets pretty windy as well. I kind of relish whenever the wind blows and (you have) kind of got to control your ball.”

Trailing Garnett by one stroke are fellow Americans Chris Stroud and Robert Streb.

Stroud’s eight-birdie 64 was one of the rounds of the day and came courtesy of a hot putter.

“Man, it sure is nice to make putts,” he said. “I was so relaxed out there. It was obviously a little luck.

“But the key is every putt I hit today, I hit really, really solid. I never really hit a bad putt.”

As many as seven players follow on five under par – still very much in contention – including South African Tim Clark, first-round leader Dustin Johnson and Englishman Brian Davis.

Johnson’s even-par 70 was not good enough to retain the lead, though he remains in the hunt.

“Just didn’t hole the putts,” he said. “Got a couple of bad kicks. Other than that, I played pretty solid again today.”