Tracker: Garcia leads Kuchar by 1 in Houston

Sergio Garcia during the second round of the Shell Houston Open.

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PosNameTodayThruScore
1Sergio Garcia-9F-11
2Justin Rose-3F-8
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Sergio Garcia shot a morning-round, 7-under 65 to take an early four-shot lead Friday at the Shell Houston Open.

At the end of the day, though, Garcia led by just one shot at 12 under. That's because Matt Kuchar fired a 5-under 67 to move into second place.

Here's how it all unfolded during the second round at the Golf Club of Houston:

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Update No. 27: 6:55 p.m. EDT

Matt Kuchar misses his fifth green of the day and is unable to get up-and-down to save par at the par-4 18th. He bogeys for the first time today and finishes with a 5-under 67. At 11 under, he'll enter the weekend one shot back of Sergio Garcia.

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Update No. 26: 6:30 p.m. EDT

Matt Kuchar drains a 30-footer for birdie at the par-4 17th to join Sergio Garcia in the lead at 12 under.

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Update No. 25: 6:17 p.m. EDT

Matt Kuchar is now just one shot back of leader Sergio Garcia after birdieing the par-5 15th to move to 11 under.

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Update No. 24: 5:58 p.m. EDT

With four holes left, Henrik Stenson is on the projected cut line of 1 under. Also at 1 under with four to play is Russell Henley.

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Update No. 23: 5:38 p.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson used back-to-back birdies at Nos. 12-13 to move to 6 under overall. He's now six shots back of leader Sergio Garcia with four holes to play.

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Update No. 22: 5:13 p.m. EDT

Matt Kuchar drains a 22-footer for birdie at the par-4 12th to move to 10 under, two shots back of leader Sergio Garcia.

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Update No. 21: 5:03 p.m. EDT

The projected cut is 1 under right now. Here's a look at some notables who are near the cut line:

  • Peter Uihlein, 1 under (2 over thru 7)
  • Louis Oosthuizen, even (even thru 12)
  • Russell Henley, even (1 under thru 12)
  • Henrik Stenson, even (1 over thru 11)
  • Jordan Spieth, 1 over (3-over 75)

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Update No. 20: 4:49 p.m. EDT

After making a 5-footer for birdie at the par-4 10th hole, Matt Kuchar moves to 9 under overall and three shots back of leader Sergio Garcia.

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Update No. 19: 4:10 p.m. EDT

Matt Kuchar is 8 under, 2 under through eight holes today. He has two birdies, including one at the par-3 seventh where he made a 40-foot putt. Check out video of the birdie roll above (mobile readers can view it here).

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Update No. 18: 4 p.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson bounces back from his bogey at the seventh with a birdie at the par-5 eighth hole. He's now back to 5 under overall as he makes the turn.

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Update No. 17: 3:46 p.m. EDT

Earlier today, Sergio Garcia fired a 7-under 65 to move into the lead at 12 under. Check out video of his highlights above (mobile readers can view it here).

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Update No. 16: 3:36 p.m. EDT

A three-putt bogey at the par-3 seventh hole drops Phil Mickelson back to even par on his round and 4 under overall.

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Update No. 15: 3:03 p.m. EDT

Matt Kuchar makes a bit of a move with a birdie at the fourth hole to move to T-4 at 7 under, five back of leader Sergio Garcia. Kuchar, a Georgia Tech product, is looking for his first win of the season.

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Update No. 14: 2:41 p.m. EDT

Not a good day for defending champ D.A. Points, whose 2-over 74 drops him to 1 over – two shots outside the projected cut. Same for last week's winner in San Antonio, Steven Bowditch, who's 2 over through three holes to drop to 1 over for the tournament.

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Update No. 13: 2:16 p.m. EDT

Let's take a look at some of the players in this week's Shell Houston Open field who are among oddsmakers' favorites to win next week's Masters:

  • Rory McIlroy (8/1): T-35, 3 under after a 71
  • Phil Mickelson (15/1): T-23 at 4 under, even through 1 hole
  • Dustin Johnson (15/1): WD after opening-round 80
  • Henrik Stenson (20/1): T-70 at 1 under, even through 1
  • Matt Kuchar (20/1): T-6 at 6 under, even through 2
  • Jordan Spieth (25/1): T-101 at 1 over after a 75
  • Keegan Bradley (30/1): T-6 at 6 under, even through 2
  • Sergio Garcia (30/1): Leader, 12 under after a 68

(Also at 30/1 or better but not playing this week: Adam Scott, Jason Day, Bubba Watson, Justin Rose, Zach Johnson, Brandt Snedeker and Jason Dufner; click the link above for complete odds.)

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Update No. 12: 2:02 p.m. EDT

They say good things happen in threes, and that was leader Sergio Garcia's mantra today. On each nine of his bogey-free round, he gains against par came in three straight holes: birdie-eagle-birdie at Nos. 12-14, then birdies at Nos. 3-5. His 67 gets him to the clubhouse four shots ahead of Matt Jones (68), Shawn Stefani (3 under through 13) and Cameron Tringale (68).

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Update No. 11: 1:53 p.m. EDT

Three players have carded a 68 this morning: Matt Jones, Ryan Palmer and Cameron Tringale. But leader Sergio Garcia, playing the 18th, figures to eclipse that by about three shots as he's 7 under on the day's last hole.

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Update No. 10: 1:34 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy is now just 1 under through 17 holes today. He has two bogeys and no birdies in his last six holes, and has fallen back to 3 under.

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Update No. 9: 1:15 p.m. EDT

Sergio Garcia makes his third birdie in a row, at the par-4 fifth, and after a par at No. 6, he's 12 under with three to play and his lead is three shots over Shawn Stefani.

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Update No. 8: 12:52 p.m. EDT

Jordan Spieth has two bogeys and no birdies in 13 holes today. He's 2 over on his round and even par for the tournament. The projected cut right now? Well, it's 1 under, meaning Spieth has some work to do.

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Update No. 7: 12:36 p.m. EDT

Birdies at the par-4 third and par-5 fourth holes move Sergio Garcia to 11 under. He's now three shots clear of Shawn Stefani, Cameron Tringale and Matt Jones.

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Update No. 6: 12:12 p.m. EDT

After finding a fairway bunker and leaving his approach shot short of the green, Rory McIlroy can't get up-and-down to save par. The bogey drops him back to 4 under for the tournament, five shots back of Sergio Garcia, who has made six straight pars and is still 9 under overall.

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Update No. 5: 11:45 a.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy starts his back nine with a birdie at the par-4 first hole. That birdie, his third of the day, moves him to 5 under.

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Update No. 4: 11:22 a.m. EDT

A bogey at the par-3 14th drops Jim Renner back to 7 under, two shots behind leader Sergio Garcia. Renner has made just one cut in 10 starts this season on Tour (T-2, Pebble Beach), and he has four missed cut and a WD in his last five events.

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Update No. 3: 10:59 a.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy started his second round with two birdies in his first three holes. He's since made five straight pars and is 4 under overall.

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Update No. 2: 10:28 a.m. EDT

Sergio Garcia is 4 under through his first five holes, moving into the lead at 9 under. First-round leaders Charley Hoffman and Bill Haas are 8 under and 6 under, respectively. Haas is 1 over through five holes today.

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Update No. 1: 10 a.m. EDT

Before we get started tracking today, here's a look at how the first round played out on Thursday (mobile users can view the video here).

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Thursday's coverage

5 Things: Haas, Hoffman lead; Mickelson, Bradley bogey-free; more

Keegan Bradley, Matt Kuchar and J.B. Holmes grabbed the clubhouse lead early Thursday during the first round of the Shell Houston Open. But more red numbers were to be had later in the day at the Golf Club of Houston, including a pair of 7-under 65s, from Bill Haas and Charley Hoffman, who hold a share of the first-round lead. Here are 5 Things to know.

Tracker: B. Haas, C. Hoffman lead after first round in Houston

Bill Haas and Charley Hoffman grabbed a share of the first-round lead at the Shell Houston Open, but those weren't the only low numbers recorded Thursday at the Golf Club of Houston. Keegan Bradley and Matt Kuchar shot bogey-free 66s while Phil Mickelson was blemish-free in shooting a 68. Recap the highlights right here.

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Preview coverage

Expert picks: R. McIlroy a heavy favorite at Shell Houston Open

This week's Shell Houston Open features some of the game's elite, including Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Keegan Bradley. It could even have Phil Mickelson, depending on how his pulled muscle has healed. And our panel of experts have taken notice of the stars this week.

D.A. Points brings ancient Ping i5 irons to Houston

The divots that D.A. Points creates on the driving range are each about the size of a playing card and about a half-inch deep. After he has finished hitting a bag of balls, the grid of dirt that remains is testament to his consistency. The clubs that make those divots, his Ping i5 irons, helped the former University of Illinois star win last season's Shell Houston Open. What makes them unique is their age.

Notes: P. Mickelson's audible; D. Toms' slump; more

As always, there’s a story behind the story. In the case of Phil Mickelson missing the pro-am at the Shell Houston Open, for instance, well, no need to point fingers and make a case out of it. It’s the way the sponsors want it. In fact, it’s the way they had it last year, too. And another time before that. Sponsors reserve the right “to shift a player out of the pro-am for another sponsor function,” said a tournament director, and that’s the case with Mickelson at Houston.

PGA Tour players discuss pre-Masters no-shows

When you win the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the big prize is an audience with the man himself. The exorbitant check – this year being $1,116,000 – that comes with it is due in large part to the man who has spent the majority of his 84 years building the PGA Tour into what it is. So an inquiring mind can’t be blamed for wondering: What would have happened had Matt Every, after making the recent API his first win, thanked Palmer, then said: “Oh, and by the way, I’m withdrawing from next week’s tournament."

Change at the top defines first half of PGA Tour season

With Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson struggling, the 2013-14 PGA Tour season has not turned out like many observers would have thought. Woods has played in only three Tour events and has not been close to winning this year, while Mickelson, who withdrew with an injury during the third round of the Valero Texas Open, also has struggled. With only one more week before the Masters, the season’s first major championship, the two most important headliners in golf are questionable.

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