Round 2 of the Shell Houston Open started with Rickie Fowler up one shot on Sung Kang for the lead. Now, not so much.
The day belonged to Kang as he ran away with the Round 2 lead, shooting a 9-under 63, setting a new 36-hole record in the tournament by one shot (16-under 128).
After grabbing eight birdies on Thursday, he was even better on Friday with seven and even an eagle. He was also bogey-free, which would have tied him with Fowler on Thursday.
It’s clearly a moot point since Kang was on top of his putting game in Round 2.
The 29 year-old from South Korea putted his way to three birdies from over 20 feet away on the front nine. His eagle on No. 8 was from sub-30 feet. The laser-focused putting only continued on the back nine with a couple more from 20-plus.
For someone who’s been struggling on the greens this season, Kang was simply on fire.
“I putted pretty good [Thursday], but putted really good today,” he said. “The putter just kept making the putts and happened and happened and happened. It was a fun day.”
With a six-shot lead over Hudson Swafford after two rounds, Kang can qualify for The Masters if he hangs on to win. But he seems to be relaxed and focusing on the moment.
“It’s not in my head,” Kang said. “Whatever happens, happens.”
Sung Kang cards a bogey-free 63 and leads by 8 at the @ShellHouOpen.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 31, 2017
Last year’s champion Jim Herman will not play the weekend after missing the cut.
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