Hossler holds 1-shot lead in Houston

Hossler holds 1-shot lead in Houston

Javier Howell
April 1, 2018

It was a 17-year-old Hossler who put himself on the golfing world stage when he led during the second round of the 2012 U.S. Open.

The former star junior and Haskins Award victor opened in 65 at the Houston Open and returned a second-round 68 to move to 11 under and take a one-shot lead.

Poulter arrived in Houston clearly still agitated from "incorrect" information that had been relayed to him straight after last Saturday morning's quarter-final match in the WGC - Dell Techologies Match-Play championship in Austin.

"I was frustrated, not really with my play on Thursday but the result - it wasn't good".

Poulter was four shots off the lead going into day three but a second successive bogey-free round saw him make seven birdies and move to the top of the pile with 18 holes remaining.

Shubhankar Sharma had a disappointing opening outing at the Houston Open, as he shot one-over 73 on a day when the scoring was rather low here.

Six other players were another stroke back at 205 including Sweden's Henrik Stenson (69) with American Jordan Spieth (71) in a group on 10-under 206.

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"Maybe I was a bit angry on Thursday, maybe I was kind of forcing, trying to force my way into a tournament", Poulter said. "You played aggressively even if you did miss the fairway". Not that what they do will preclude me from picking them next week for the Masters, but they have an opportunity to instill a little confidence.

"The putter is continuing to warm up".

"This was excellent. I feel great things are coming". I've just opened my shoulders very slightly which made a difference yesterday and is continuing to help today.

No player has won a PGA Tour event after being in 123rd place or worse after the first round, but Poulter, who was tied for 123rd after 18 holes, is hopeful he can extend his fine run after playing his last 41 holes in 16 under. "I need to be aggressive". I'm going to do exactly the same tomorrow.

Greg Chalmers, Emiliano Grillo, Kevin Tway and Paul Dunne are in a four-way tie for third, two strokes behind the leaders.

He later learned that that information was wrong, just 10 minutes before he teed off in a semi-final with Kevin Kisner, which he duly lost.