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Spieth co-leads at Colonial, Rory chasing at BMW PGA Championship

Second Round Update — PGA Tour — Crowne Plaza Invitational — Colonial Country Club — Fort Worth, Texas — 

Jordan Spieth continued his hot streak in round one of the PGA Tour’s Crowne Plaza Invitational shooting 6-under-64 to create a log-jam at the top of the leader board.

The Masters champion and 21-year-old overnight co-leader was tied with Kevin Na, past champion Boo Weekley and Ryo Ishikawa at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. Ian Poulter was part of a group at T-5 and 5-under just a shot back.

Early on Friday in round two action, those four players are still tied for the lead as Spieth and Ishikawa are playing their front nines, while Weekley and Na tee off in the afternoon wave.

Charley Hoffman and Rory Sabbatini have made a move to within a shot of the lead.

For Na, he has been challenging all season beginning with a runner-up effort at the CIMB Classic last fall. He added Top 10s at THE PLAYERS, WGC-Cadillac Championship, Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill and a T-12 at the Masters. At 25th in the Official World Golf Ranking, the one-time PGA Tour winner entered the week as a 25-to-1 betting pick at www.ladbrokes.com.

Spieth, 2nd in the rankings, is looking for his third PGA Tour victory of the season. It’s easy to lose count since he also won the Hero World Challenge and in Australia all since last fall. For Weekley, he won this title in 2013 and finished third recently in New Orleans at the Zurich Classic. Boo came into the week listed at 66-1 odds to win this title.

Other Golf News:

  • Difficult pins and cold temperatures challenged players during round one of the 76th Senior PGA Championship in Indiana. Only Japan’s Massy Kuramoto managed a sub-par round in the opening day Thursday. Right now, Jean-Francois Remesy of France leads at the moment at 1-under overall. He is finished nine holes in round two. Defending champion Colin Montgomerie is T-2 at even par and plays in the afternoon wave Friday. Bernhard Langer, the overall betting favorite this week at 5 1/2-1 odds, is making an early move Friday to even par and T-2.
  • Italy’s Francesco Molinari (10-under) leads the European Tour’s BMW PGA Championship after rounds of 65-69 at Wentworth Club in England. Molinari has a two-shot advantage at the moment as several players are completing round two action. At 66th in the world rankings, the 32-year-old came into the tournament as a 25-1 betting selection.
  • World No. 1 Rory McIlroy, coming off victories in the WGC-Cadillac Match Play and Wells Fargo Championship, is battling this week in the BMW PGA Championship in round two. He shot 71 in the opening round and is currently even par and T-48 midway through his Friday round.
  • Patrick Reed clarified his situation from earlier this week. Reed withdrew from the BMW PGA Championship citing family reasons, but ended up in the PGA Tour event field in Texas. With a terminally ill member in the family, Reed decided to stay in America.