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Mickelson chasing DeLaet at Shell Houston Open

Second Round Update — PGA Tour — Shell Houston Open — Golf Club of Houston — Humble, Texas — 

Canada’s Graham DeLaet leads the PGA Tour’s Shell Houston Open mid-way through round two  action.

DeLaet (10-under overall) is 5-under through 11 holes in his second round at The Golf Club of Houston. He is searching for his maiden PGA Tour triumph. At 69th in the Official World Golf Ranking, DeLaet was listed at 66-to-1 to win the title to start the week at www.ladbrokes.com.

DeLaet, who has two runner-ups in his career, sits one shot clear of J.B. Holmes and Shawn Stefani, who are both in the clubhouse at 9-under through 36 holes. Holmes has been challenge to win this spring with near misses including a one-shot set back to Dustin Johnson at the WGC-Cadillac Championship.

For Stefani, he finished alone in 5th place here last season.

Overnight leader Scott Piercy, who shot 63 Thursday, is struggling to bounce back. He is 4-over through five holes slipping back to T-22 at the moment.

Phil Mickelson just made birdie at end his front-nine action. He is 9-under and T-2 with nine holes to finish.

Keegan Bradley are part of a large group at 8-under and T-4. Defending champion Matt Jones (72-72) and U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer (70-74) are in danger of missing the weekend cut.

Other Golf news:

  • Sei Young Kim shot 65 her in second round to reach 7-under overall. She secured the overall lead at the moment at the LPGA Tour’s ANA Inspiration — the golf season’s first major championship.  Round two’s afternoon wave is just teeing off at Mission Hills. Na Yeon Choi and Charley Hull are both 2-under and T-10 after 18 holes and tee off shortly.
  • Morgan Pressel, who led overnight at Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage, California after opening with 67, shot 72 Friday. She is 5-under and two back at the moment.
  • Tiger Woods, a four-time winner of the Green Jacket at Augusta National, announced Friday he will be competing in the Masters next week. Woods last won the title in 2005. His last major was the 2008 U.S. Open. He has been idle for several weeks after a slow start to 2015 and has slipped to 104th in the world rankings.