2014 Shell Houston Open: Sergio Garcia rolls into the 36-hole lead

Scott Halleran

It remains crowded at the top of the leaderboard, but Sergio Garcia is now on top, following an excellent second round.

With the Masters less than a week away, the question of best player without a major championship will be thrust back into discussion soon and as he has been for the better part of the last decade, Sergio Garcia will be a popular choice. If he continues to play as well as he has during the first two rounds of the Shell Houston Open, Garcia may not be in that discussion much longer. He shot a 7-under 65 on Friday to move to 12-under for the tournament and into the 36-hole lead.

Following a solid opening round, Garcia was even better on Friday. He finished the day bogey free while recording five birdies and an eagle. His eagle game on the par-5 13th hole, his fourth hole of the round. After a solid drive, Garcia hit arguably the best shot of the round, drilling a 282-yard approach to five feet. He sunk the easy putt to improve to 8-under. Garcia's game has been working well in all facets, something that could bode well heading into the weekend.

"I was able for most part of the day to drive the ball fairly well and my iron play was quite good and short game worked nicely again, so I'm very happy with that," Garcia said, via Reuters.

Garcia is on top through two rounds, but he'll need a solid final 36 holes if he's going to remain there. The leaderboard is loaded with some of the best players in the world. Matt Kuchar is 11-under after shooting a 67 on Friday, just one off the lead. Steve Stricker is tied for seventh at 7-under while Phil Mickelson is tied for ninth at 6-under. Mickelson wasn't able to match his opening round of 68, but played another solid round and doesn't appear to be dealing with any issues related to the muscle he pulled last week.

The tournament didn't go as well for a handful of notable names. Jordan Spieth -- arguably the top young player in the world -- missed the cut after shooting a 3-over 75. Louis Oosthuizen, Jonas Blixt and Ian Poulter are also headed home early. Poulter shot a 77 in the second round to finish at 3-over. On the bright side, he got into Augusta a couple days earlier than expected.

Here is a complete look at the leaderboard through 36 holes.

Place

Player

Score

1st Round

2nd Round

Total

1

Sergio Garcia

-12

67

65

132

2

Matt Kuchar

-11

66

67

133

T3

Matt Jones

-8

68

68

136

T3

Cameron Tringale

-8

68

68

136

T3

Shawn Stefani

-8

67

69

136

T3

Jimmy Walker

-8

71

65

136

T7

Steve Stricker

-7

68

69

137

T7

Ben Curtis

-7

67

70

137

T9

Ryan Palmer

-6

70

68

138

T9

Jason Gore

-6

67

71

138

T9

Jim Renner

-6

66

72

138

T9

Phil Mickelson

-6

68

70

138

T13

J.B. Holmes

-5

66

73

139

T13

Erik Compton

-5

66

73

139

T13

Bill Haas

-5

65

74

139

T13

Brice Garnett

-5

68

71

139

T13

Retief Goosen

-5

68

71

139

T18

Rickie Fowler

-4

70

70

140

T18

Chris Stroud

-4

68

72

140

T18

Justin Hicks

-4

67

73

140

T18

Nicholas Thompson

-4

71

69

140

T18

Martin Flores

-4

68

72

140

T18

Freddie Jacobson

-4

68

72

140

T18

Michael Thompson

-4

67

73

140

T18

Michael Putnam

-4

68

72

140

T18

Camilo Villegas

-4

67

73

140

T27

Andres Romero

-3

72

69

141

T27

Hunter Mahan

-3

69

72

141

T27

Rory McIlroy

-3

70

71

141

T27

Justin Leonard

-3

70

71

141

T27

Davis Love III

-3

68

73

141

T27

Charley Hoffman

-3

65

76

141

T27

Graham Delaet

-3

70

71

141

T27

Sean O'Hair

-3

69

72

141

T27

Jon Curran

-3

69

72

141

T27

Webb Simpson

-3

68

73

141

T27

Brian Gay

-3

71

70

141

T27

Angel Cabrera

-3

68

73

141

T27

Brian Harman

-3

70

71

141

T27

Kevin Kisner

-3

71

70

141

T41

David Toms

-2

71

71

142

T41

Jeff Overton

-2

73

69

142

T41

Jeff Maggert

-2

69

73

142

T41

Luke Donald

-2

71

71

142

T41

Charl Schwartzel

-2

67

75

142

T41

John Huh

-2

71

71

142

T41

Harrison Frazar

-2

71

71

142

T41

Jhonattan Vegas

-2

67

75

142

T41

Lee Westwood

-2

70

72

142

T41

Russell Henley

-2

73

69

142

T41

Chris Kirk

-2

68

74

142

T41

Jonathan Byrd

-2

68

74

142

T41

Stewart Cink

-2

67

75

142

T41

John Merrick

-2

74

68

142

T55

J.J. Henry

-1

72

71

143

T55

Carl Pettersson

-1

69

74

143

T55

Brendon Todd

-1

69

74

143

T55

Roberto Castro

-1

71

72

143

T55

Tommy Gainey

-1

71

72

143

T55

Stephen Ames

-1

72

71

143

T55

Greg Chalmers

-1

69

74

143

T55

Ricky Barnes

-1

70

73

143

T55

Kevin Chappell

-1

71

72

143

T55

Ryo Ishikawa

-1

69

74

143

T55

James Hahn

-1

71

72

143

T55

Keegan Bradley

-1

66

77

143

T55

Henrik Stenson

-1

71

72

143

T55

Kyle Stanley

-1

69

74

143

T55

Robert Garrigus

-1

74

69

143

T70

Tyrone van Aswegen

E

71

73

144

T70

John Rollins

E

68

76

144

T70

Ben Crane

E

70

74

144

T70

Hudson Swafford

E

70

74

144

T70

Brendon de Jonge

E

71

73

144

T70

Ernie Els

E

68

76

144

T70

Bubba Dickerson

E

74

70

144

T70

John Mallinger

E

72

72

144

Cut line

T78

Chad Collins

1

69

76

145

T78

Peter Hanson

1

71

74

145

T78

Sang-Moon Bae

1

72

73

145

T78

Charlie Wi

1

72

73

145

T78

Jordan Spieth

1

70

75

145

T78

Kevin Stadler

1

70

75

145

T78

D.A. Points

1

71

74

145

T78

Ben Martin

1

69

76

145

T78

Jim Herman

1

72

73

145

T78

Scott Langley

1

70

75

145

T78

Aaron Baddeley

1

72

73

145

T78

Joe Ogilvie

1

68

77

145

T78

Louis Oosthuizen

1

72

73

145

T78

Robert Allenby

1

70

75

145

T92

Matteo Manassero

2

69

77

146

T92

Kevin Streelman

2

73

73

146

T92

Paul Casey

2

73

73

146

T92

Jonas Blixt

2

75

71

146

T92

Stuart Appleby

2

73

73

146

T92

Martin Kaymer

2

71

75

146

T92

Y.E. Yang

2

72

74

146

T92

Richard Lee

2

73

73

146

T92

David Hearn

2

75

71

146

T92

David Lingmerth

2

69

77

146

T92

Heath Slocum

2

70

76

146

T92

Jason Kokrak

2

73

73

146

T92

Brendan Steele

2

69

77

146

T92

Josh Teater

2

72

74

146

T92

Lucas Glover

2

75

71

146

T92

Andrew Loupe

2

68

78

146

T92

Daniel Summerhays

2

72

74

146

T109

Peter Uihlein

3

69

78

147

T109

Derek Ernst

3

70

77

147

T109

Trevor Immelman

3

69

78

147

T109

Ian Poulter

3

70

77

147

T109

Mike Weir

3

71

76

147

T109

Ted Potter, Jr.

3

71

76

147

T109

D.H. Lee

3

69

78

147

T109

Andrew Putnam

3

75

72

147

T109

John Peterson

3

72

75

147

T109

Paul Goydos

3

69

78

147

T119

Ted Purdy

4

76

72

148

T119

Brian Stuard

4

72

76

148

T119

Padraig Harrington

4

69

79

148

T119

Scott Stallings

4

75

73

148

T119

Charlie Beljan

4

69

79

148

T124

Charles Howell III

5

72

77

149

T124

Luke Guthrie

5

75

74

149

T124

Morgan Hoffmann

5

73

76

149

T124

Steven Bowditch

5

71

78

149

T128

Johnson Wagner

6

75

75

150

T128

Bryce Molder

6

68

82

150

T128

Darren Clarke

6

75

75

150

T128

Geoff Ogilvy

6

76

74

150

T128

James Driscoll

6

74

76

150

T133

Robert Gates

7

73

78

151

T133

Brian Davis

7

74

77

151

T133

Tim Clark

7

72

79

151

T136

Troy Matteson

8

69

83

152

T136

Branden Grace

8

73

79

152

138

Scott Gardiner

10

74

80

154

T139

Jamie Lovemark

11

74

81

155

T139

Bo Van Pelt

11

75

80

155

141

Brad Lardon

15

78

81

159

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