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Fowler, Spieth Finding Form Ahead Of Augusta

Rickie Fowler made a bogey at the last but will be pleased with his form through 36 holes at the Houston Open (Photo: Getty Images)
A final hole bogey will have done little to dampen Rickie Fowler’s confidence as he charged up the leaderboard at the Houston Open just a week ahead of the year’s first major.

Fowler and Jordan Spieth, two of the Masters favourites, both showed great form on day two at the Golf Club of Houston, Fowler within one of the lead heading to the weekend and Spieth two back.

Former standout amateur Beau Hossler leads the tournament at 11-under after rounds of 65-68 but on a course softened by pre-tournament rain low scoring sees a bunched leaderboard ahead of the weekend.

There are 42 players within five shots of the lead though none of the five Australians in the field are among their number.

Aaron Baddeley is the best of the Down Under campaigners at 5-under and T42, he and Greg Chalmersamong three Australians to survive the 36 hole cut.

Matt Jones added a 1-under 70 to an opening 72 to make the weekend on the number while Rod Pampling was unable to back up his opening 66  and signed for a 76 and Geoff Ogilvy had 75 to fall outside the top 100.

Phil Mickelson, whose 6-under front nine Thursday has many excited for his Masters prospectes, came back to the field with a hard-fought 71 to be alongside Baddeley and co at 5-under and T43.

Much of the day two talk, however, was focussed on Fowler and Spieth who both made moves though on opposite nines.

Fowler blistered the outward half with four birdies and added another at 13 to briefly join the lead before a poor drive at the last found water and led to a bogey.

Spieth was solid though unspectacular to be 2-under on his opening nine but caught fire on the inward journey with four birdies in five holes starting at the 10th.

A dropped shot at the 16th was his only blemish of the day though it did come after a missed short putt for par.

England’s Ian Poulter, desperately trying to qualify for next week’s Masters with a victory, posted the round of the day with a 64 t get within four of the lead while Sam Saunders jumped 59 places on the leaderboard with a 65 to be T11.

 

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