Bryce Molder birdied four of the last seven holes for a 6-under-par 66 and a one-stroke lead yesterday in the Houston Open, the final event before the Masters next week at Augusta National.
Molder had a 9-under 135 total on Redstone’s Tournament Course.
First-round co-leader Cameron Percy (69) and fellow PGA Tour (66) were tied for second, and Lee Westwood (68), Anthony Kim (69), Joe Ogilvie (67), and Kevin Stadler (70) were 7 under after another windy day.
Brookline’s James Driscoll (70) is in a group of four at 6 under.
Ernie Els, Fred Couples, and Phil Mickelson made the cut, but were far off the pace after failing to break par in the second round.
Els (74), trying to win his third straight start, and Couples (73) were even par, and Mickelson (76) was 1 over.
Lucas Glover’s second-round 68 included the first hole-in-one in the course’s five-year tour history. Glover used a 6-iron on the 199-yard 16th hole for the first ace in the Houston Open since 2005.
LPGA — Song-Hee Kim shot a 4-under 68 in the second round of the
Kim has top-10 finishes in all three events this year as she chases her first LPGA Tour victory. Her two-day total of 7-under 137 gave her a one-shot lead over majors winners Cristie Kerr (67), Karen Stupples (69), and Lorena Ochoa (70).
Karrie Webb (70), a two-time winner here, was two strokes back, tied with Stacy Lewis (68). Yani Tseng (71), the 2008 LPGA Championship winner, was tied at 140 with Suzann Pettersen (73).