Tour Tracker: Crowne Plaza Invitational, Round 2

Dustin Johnson takes a one-shot lead into Friday's second round at the Crowne Plaza Invitational.
Dustin Johnson takes a one-shot lead into Friday's second round at the Crowne Plaza Invitational. ( Associated Press )

Friday, May 23, 2014

After a morning that saw few low rounds, the afternoon saw plenty of stars rise at the Crowne Plaza Invitational, including Dustin Johnson holding the lead at 5 under.

But Johnson has the likes of Hunter Mahan, Jordan Spieth, Harris English and Jason Dufner nipping at his heels.

Check out Friday's tee times and pairings here.

We'll keep you updated all day long as the field scrambles to try and make the cut at Colonial CC.

And off we go!

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Update #10: 5:20 p.m. EDT

Back-to-back birdies on Nos. 12 and 13 have Adam Scott back inside the cut line and at even par for the tournament.

Meanwhile, Matt Kuchar will need at least one birdie over his final three holes to make the weekend.

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Update #9: 4:05 p.m. EDT

Adam Scott is going the wrong way if he hopes to stick around for the weekend in Fort Worth, picking up his first bogey of the day at No. 9 and he is now 2 over, one worse than the current cut line.

Scott isn't alone in fighting to make the cut, as Matt Kuchar is also 1 over on his round and 3 over for the tournament.

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Update #8: 4 p.m. EDT

Tim Clark is the only player on the course within two shots of the lead, sitting just one back of Brice Garnett after a hot start.

Check out his early-round highlights:

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Update #7: 3:05 p.m. EDT

Adam Scott, who could lose his No. 1 ranking only days after earning it, has opened his round with five consecutive pars and is just inside the current cut line at 1 over.

Meanwhile, Tim Clark continues to show some signs of life, going 3 under through his first five holes to move to 6 under for the tournament, just one back of Brice Garnett.

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Update #6: 1:45 p.m. EDT

Dustin Johnson finished his round with a bogey and posts an even-par 70 to stay at 5 under, two shots back of Brice Garnett.

Chris Stroud is only one off the lead after a morning-best 64, using eight birdies and two bogeys to leap up the leaderboard into a share of second place.

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Update #5: 1 p.m. EDT

A closing bogey by Jordan Spieth leaves him with a 1-under 69 and is 4 under for the tournament, currently three shots off the lead.

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Update #4: 12:24 p.m. EDT

Brice Garnett has waded through the sea of stars at the top of the leaderboard to take the solo lead at 7 under, carding a 4-under 66 on Friday.

Dustin Johnson is just one shot back after a birdie on No. 6 moved him to 6 under for the tournament.

Jordan Spieth has fallen off pace a bit after grabbing the lead earlier in the round, with bogeys on Nos. 3 and 5 pushing him back to 4 under.

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Update #3: 11:18 a.m. EDT

Dustin Johnson picks up his second birdie of the round, this one coming at the par-5 first hole and he is now tied for the lead with Brice Garnett and Jordan Spieth.

Spieth bounced back from his bogey at No. 1 with a birdie at No. 2 to return to 6 under for the tournament.

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Update #2: 11:05 a.m. EDT

How quickly things can turn for the worse. Harris English was a shot off the lead when he stepped up to the 18th tee – his ninth hole of the day – but left four shots back after a triple-bogey 7.

Moments later, Jordan Spieth also makes a mess of the par-5 first hole, picking up a bogey and falling out of the lead.

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Update #1: 10:30 a.m. EDT

Jordan Spieth has birdied three of his last four holes – Nos. 14, 16-17 – to move to 6 under and take a one-shot advantage over the field. Spieth had six birdies and three bogeys on Thursday.

Meanwhile, among those at 5 under are overnight leader Dustin Johnson, who has five pars, a birdie and a bogey thus far on Friday. Harris English has also moved to within a shot of the lead behind back-to-back birdies on Nos. 12-13.

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Round 1 coverage

5 Things: Johnson leads; Mahan finds late trouble

On a day where only 41 of the 123-player field were in red figures, it was Dustin Johnson that used a bogey-free, five-birdie performance to take a one-shot lead at the Crowne Plaza Invitational on Thursday in Fort Worth, Texas.

Scott rebounds to save 71 at Colonial

Adam Scott struggled on his opening nine holes behind four bogeys but managed three birdies coming in to salvage a 1-over 71 at the Crowne Plaza Invitational.

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Pre-tournament coverage

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Notes: Dubuisson's injury; Woodland's surge; more

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Swing steadied, Todd seeks Texas two-step

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Tiger: Back pain no longer 'debilitating' after injury

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A. Scott ascends to No. 1, but staying will be tough

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Dufner to Mickelson to Snedeker, big names struggle

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