Beau Hossler takes Houston lead after Rickie Fowler error
Rookie Beau Hossler is the outright leader at the Houston Open after a slip-up from fellow contender Rickie Fowler.
Hossler shot a four under round of 68 on the second day of the tournament in Texas to move to 11 under overall and secure a one-shot advantage over fellow American Fowler.
It’s the same position that the 23-year-old enjoyed at Pebble Beach, in February, before he fell down the leaderboard and out of contention for a first PGA Tour win.
But Hossler put himself back in the fold to break his duck in Houston, despite bogeying his opening hole. However, he didn’t drop another shot – saving par on the 18th with a wedge to within three feet from 114 yards.
.@beauhossler opened the second round @HouOpen with a bogey on the first hole and finished the round four-under par (68), marking his lowest score to par when starting a round with a bogey or worse on @PGATOUR #ShotLink
— PGA TOUR Media (@PGATOURmedia) March 31, 2018
"The reality is I'm 11 under par. More than likely 18 under is going to win the tournament unless the conditions are tough, so there's a long way to go," Hossler said.
"It's not like I can go shoot even par and win the tournament. But I'm looking forward to the challenge of the weekend."
No fear. @RickieFowler in full attack mode.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 30, 2018
Fowler was level with Hossler, but then sent his drive into the water on the 18th before eventually finishing with a bogey. He is joined by Sam Ryder, Abraham Ancer and Nicholas Lindheim at 10 under.
Jordan Spieth remains in contention after a 67 left him two shots adrift of Hossler.
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