Johnson among notables joining Nelson field

May, 7, 2014
Dustin Johnson headlines a list of late additions who will compete at TPC Four Seasons next week.

Johnson, the thirteenth-ranked player in the world and fifth in FedExCup points, has three top-20 finishes in four appearances at the HP Byron Nelson Championship.

Charl Schwartzel returns after coming in solo third in 2013. Fellow South African Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open Champion, is set to make his third consecutive Nelson appearance.

Ryan Moore, who, lost to Adam Scott on the third sudden-death playoff hole in the 2008 Nelson, is playing in his fourth Nelson. Snedeker, the 25th ranked player in the world, a six-time PGA TOUR champion and 2012 FedExCup Champion, will make his third appearance at the Nelson.

The field will be finalized Friday.

Dallas' Scottie Scheffler named AJGA Player of the Year

October, 29, 2013
Dallas' Scottie Scheffler was named the Rolex Junior Player of the Year, the American Junior Golf Association announced on Tuesday. Alison Lee of Valencia, Calif., also won the award.

Since 1978, the AJGA has recognized one girl and one boy who had outstanding seasons on the national junior circuit. Scheffler is the third Dallas native to win the award, joining current PGA Tour winners Hunter Mahan and Jordan Spieth.

Scheffler, 17, won the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship in July, moving him to the No. 1 spot in the Polo Golf Rankings, where he's remained since then. He was in the top-10 in all of his 2013 starts and is a three-time Rolex Junior All-American. He has committed verbally to play golf at the University of Texas, following a path similar to Spieth.

Scheffler has accepted a sponsor's exemption to play in the 2014 HP Byron Nelson Championship on the PGA Tour.

Highland Park golfer gets Nelson exemption

July, 31, 2013
Does the HP Byron Nelson Championship have another Jordan Spieth on its hands?

U.S. Junior Amateur champion Scottie Scheffler, a 17-year-old senior at Highland Park High School, has accepted a sponsor's exemption into the 2014 Nelson.

Like Spieth, a winner on the PGA Tour a few weeks ago and a two-time U.S. Junior Amateur champion who first played in the Nelson at age 16, Scheffler will get the chance to play in the event as a teenager. He also won the Class 4A state title for a second straight year in May and led Highland Park to a team title.

“Mr. Nelson always encouraged us to keep an eye out for young talent and reward them with opportunities like this,” Patton Chapman, chairman of the 2014 Nelson, said in a release. “Scheffler definitely fits this mold, and we’re looking forward to watching him compete at the highest level.”

Scheffler is No. 1 in the Polo Golf Rankings and has verbally committed to play at the University of Texas after he graduates (something else he has in common with Spieth).

The 2014 HP Byron Nelson Championship will be played May 12-18 at TPC Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas in Irving, Texas.

Spieth enjoys himself despite poor round

July, 20, 2013
Jordan Spieth created a stir last weekend by becoming the youngest PGA Tour winner in 82 years.

But he's smart enough to know there's plenty left to learn.

The 19-year-old hobbled to a 5-over 76 Saturday, hurt by bad bounces and worse decisions.

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"I wasn't patient, and that was the issue," he said. "Bad bounces are going to happen out here, but I could have shot three shots lower without even playing any different."

Despite being 6-over for the tournament, Spieth enjoyed himself, in part because he played alongside Northern Irishman and major winner Darren Clarke.

"He's obviously loved, and I can see why. Extremely nice guy, he's very selfless, he's rooting for me. It was cool," Spieth said.

Despite a full schedule since March and the pressures of being in contention the previous three weekends, Spieth said he didn't think fatigue was a factor in his performance here. That said, he wasn't unhappy about taking time off after the Open.

"Yeah," Spieth acknowledged, "I'm looking forward to it."

Spieth showed this potential in high school

July, 14, 2013
There weren't many signs on Sunday that Dallas' Jordan Spieth is still a teenager. Heck, there haven't been too many signs of that since he burst onto the PGA Tour as a 16-year-old amateur at the HP Byron Nelson Championship, his hometown tournament, a few years back.

Even then, I remember marveling at how you had to really pay attention to realize that the kid was, well, a kid. He didn't talk like someone who was merely happy to be playing with golfers that he idolized growing up. He said he wanted to win, and it didn't really come off as brash. Why? Because he had the game to back it up. And he wasn't saying it as if it was some pie-in-the-sky proclamation. He really believed it.

He made me a believer in that 2010 Nelson. There he was, within range of the leaders as he started the back nine, only to falter and end up tied for 16th. But it was the way he handled himself amid what should have been huge pressure that has me sitting here, more than three years later, surprised but not stunned that he's a PGA Tour champion.

The 19-year-old won the John Deere Classic on Sunday with some tremendous shots and a little luck, too. But it wasn't as if this came out of nowhere; he's been in contention several times this season. On Sunday, he holed a bunker shot that looked destined for the water on No. 18 just to make the playoff, and he admitted that the shot didn't have any spin. He just got lucky. He then watched as David Hearn missed about a 4-footer to win on the fourth playoff hole. Finally, Spieth struck. He hit a great approach shot as Hearn and Zach Johnson faltered. A tap-in par secured his victory. It's a big one for a bunch of reasons. He now has full status on the PGA Tour. He earned himself a spot in the British Open. And he's in the top 12 of the FedEx Cup rankings.

It was historic, too. He's the first teenager to win on the PGA Tour in 82 years. Yep. It's been that long. Ralph Guldahl in 1931 was the last one. Herbert Hoover was in the White House. The United States has gone through 13 presidents since then.

Spieth does look different three years after his debut. He's stronger physically. Maybe mentally, too, though I saw a tough-minded teenager as I walked just about every hole of his four rounds with him back in 2010. The loose golf shirt and not-quite-perfectly-fit pants have been replaced with an Under Armour logo and a fashion that makes him look like he belongs. Of course, his game is proof of that.

Spieth did something few expected when the season began, opting to play in a few early sponsors exemptions on the PGA Tour (after deciding to leave the University of Texas after his freshman year to turn pro). In doing so, he was electing to use some of his limited exemptions, instead of going to Q-school or teeing it up on the Tour to try to qualify for the PGA Tour either of those ways. It was risky in that if he didn't play well enough quickly enough, he was giving away chances to earn money and work his way up the money list.

But Spieth did play well. Instead of the minimum seven exemptions, Spieth was able to secure more because of how well he played. Even before that putt on the fifth playoff hole on Sunday, Spieth was on his way to earning enough to be in the top 125 on the money list on the PGA Tour and get his card for next season. Now, of course, he doesn't have to worry about any of that.

Does this win mean Spieth is the game's next great young player? Too soon to tell, but don't be fooled by his age. Back in 2010, I saw a young man who was not in awe of his surroundings despite thousands of classmates, friends and family watching him -- and before he had to get back to school to finish some tests. He was only a junior at Jesuit College Prep then, but he played and acted like he knew he belonged out there. He never had any doubts.

He didn't look like he had any on Sunday at the John Deere Classic, either. Spieth learned some lessons from being in contention at various points this season. He learned from his lone year of NCAA golf. He attacked the hole and birdied five of his final six holes, getting into the playoffs when Johnson bogeyed the 18th. Spieth knew he had a huge opportunity, and he took advantage of it, much like he did in Dallas three years ago.

It's a mature young man who boards that flight overseas to play in a tournament that he didn't even have time to pack for. It's a major. Just don't expect Spieth to be intimidated by any of it. He's not flying over there to simply see what the British Open is all about. He's going over there to win. I suspect major victories are in his future -- the near future.

Christi Cano wins Texas Women's Open

June, 21, 2013
Christi Cano of San Antonio shot an even-par 71 Thursday to win the Texas Women's Open by four strokes over amateur Haley Mills at Old American Golf Club in The Colony.

Cano had three birdies and three bogeys during Thursday's round to finish the two-day, 36-hole event at 3-under 139. She earned $2,500 for her first professional victory.

“I was able to stay patient and my caddie was able to help me stay in the game and move past any bad shots I had. I just trusted the clubs I chose, and it worked," Cano said. "The course was in excellent shape. ... We were very fortunate to play on this course.”

Mills, from Tyler, captured the low amateur award with a final round score of 4-over par 75 and 1-over par 143 tournament total.

Dallas' Allison Micheletti tied for third at 4-over.

Cano, Mills share first-round lead at TWO

June, 20, 2013
Christi Cano and amateur Haley Mills share the lead of the Texas Women's Open after shooting first-round 68s on Wednesday at the Old American Golf Club in The Colony.

Cano, of San Antonio, had four birdies and a bogey -- all on the back nine -- and Tyler's Mills had five birdies and two bogeys. Dallas' Allison Micheletti is one stroke back entering Thursday's final round.

Old American to host Texas Women's Open

June, 17, 2013
The Texas Women's Open will tee off along the shores of Lake Lewisville as the 36-hole stroke play event takes place at Old American Golf Club beginning Wednesday.

"With its design variety, Tour-level conditioning and variable wind conditions, Old American is ideally suited for high-caliber championship play,” NTPGA executive director Mark Harrison said in a statement. “We are excited about the test of golf it presents our players."

Jody Fleming of Melbourne, Australia, ran away with the 2012 event at The Lakes of Castle Hills with a 13-under par total, winning by five strokes.

Ryan Palmer on the U.S. Open

June, 14, 2013
Ryan Palmer joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett live from the U.S. Open to discuss the course, greens, weather and golf tradition.

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Lee Trevino on the U.S. Open

June, 13, 2013
Lee Trevino joins Galloway & Company to discuss about his experience at the U.S. Open in 1971, as well as his opinions about this year's U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club.

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Notebook: Corpening ties year's low round

May, 26, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas -- In a week of exceptional rounds by those with close ties to Colonial Country Club, Franklin Corpening’s 8-under 62 on Sunday morning might have been best of all.

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Scott Halleran/Getty ImagesFort Worth native Franklin Corpening on Sunday made nine birdies, only one bogey and exceptional saves on his final two holes.
The Fort Worth native and TCU product equaled this year’s Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial low round that, coincidently, came from Colonial member and Colleyville, Texas, resident Ryan Palmer on Thursday.

Corpening, 28, made nine birdies, only one bogey and exceptional saves on his final two holes. He was rewarded with a hero’s reception after sinking his final putt, a 16-footer for par.

"The feeling is unbelievable to have so many friends, family members and club members out here," he said. “It was just a blessing, the whole situation.”

His tee shot drifted well wide of the fairway on No. 18, with trees, a pond and a scoreboard between him and a pin cut on the left side of the green.

"I actually had a pretty good line to the green and didn’t hit it very good but got super lucky," Corpening said. The shot finished 20 yards short of the green, in front of a trap.

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After his chip shot, he allowed himself a peak at the scoreboard.

"I saw I was top 10 and said, 'Let’s just get this one for good old time sakes.' I hit a great putt and it went in."

Corpening finished in a four-way tie for 14th.

That old feeling: Crowne Plaza Invitational winner Boo Weekley admitted that giving up golf crossed his mind a lot in five winless campaigns.

But walking down the first fairway on Sunday, Weekley remembered what it felt like to be in contention in the final round.

"These butterflies feel good," Weekley said. "It felt good to have them again knowing that I have an opportunity to win this thing."

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Wedge malfunctions: Runner-up Matt Kuchar lamented that he couldn’t get close with wedge shots in Sunday’s closing round. Kuchar made only three birdies, and his final one came after Weekley had already locked up the title.

"I feel like those are clubs that I can‘t wait to get in my hands, and today I just didn‘t; wasn‘t tight enough with the wedges," Kuchar, who finished 13-under, said. “No. 11 and No. 15 come to mind. A couple of the front side. The first hole was one."

"It is a tough pill to swallow when you wind up one shot short of a victory here on a course that I really, really want to put my name on that Wall of Champions," he added. "But it is great to see Boo playing great again."

Downfalls at No. 15: A chunked chip shot at the par-4 15th led to a double-bogey and proved to be the downfall for Scott Stallings. He relinquished his lead on that hole and settled for a tie for fourth at 11-under.

"Believe it or not, the approach I hit on 15 was probably the best shot I hit today and just ended up about two yards too far with an awful lie," Stallings said. “I was right where the fairway and the first cut come together, kind of a bunch of grass behind my ball and just a tough shot straight downwind."

Stallings’ chip hit the lip of the bunker and dropped into the sand. He left his first bunker shot in the sand, as well, and walked off with a six.

Defending champion Zach Johnson, a two-time winner at Colonial, also made a slip up at No. 15, when he three-putted from 65 feet for his only bogey. Johnson finished 12-under for third place, the fifth consecutive time he’s finished in the top 10 at Colonial. Only Ben Hogan has had a better run.

"What I did today was give myself a number of opportunities," Johnson, who broke par for the 19th time in his past 20 Colonial rounds, said. “I like what this golf course demands. It requires every club in your bag, every shot in your bag."

Tough stretch: Hole Nos. 3, 4 and 5 at Colonial are nicknamed the "Horrible Horseshoe." All three played over par this week and, statistically, they are the three-hardest greens to hit in regulation:

--No. 3, a 483-yard, par 4 dogleg left, played at an average of 4.16 and ranked second for fewest greens hit in regulation at 50 percent.

--No. 4, a 247-yard par 3, played to a 3.11 average. Pros managed to land tee shots on the green at a 41 percent clip.

--No. 5, a 481-yard par 4 that is bounded on the right by the Trinity River, played to a 4.18 stroke average and was the third-toughest green to hit in regulation at 50.5 percent.

It’s in the hole: Texan Bobby Gates had a hole-in-one on the 194-yard, par-3 No. 13 with a 6-iron. It was the 29th hole-in-one in the 67-year history of the event. It was the only hole Gates played under par Sunday in shooting 77.

It was the 11th hole-in-one at No. 13, the most of any hole at Colonial. Two other par threes, No. 8 (194 yards) and No. 16 (192 yards), have been aced nine times in the event.

The remaining par 3, No. 4, has never yielded a hole-in-one in the tournament.

Driver woes: When Ryan Palmer shot a 62 on Thursday, he credited an aggressive strategy of using driver at almost every opportunity. The fact that three rounds later Palmer was still 8-under means the driver gets the blame.

"I’m disappointed with the way my driver let me down this weekend," Palmer said. "I had to hit more punch shots than I have since I’ve been a member here, and you can’t do that out here."

The resident of Colleyville, Texas, nevertheless moved up to a tie for 14th with a final-round 67.

Spieth cracks top 10: In his first shot at what should be many more Crowne Plaza Invitational visits, Dallas’ 19-year-old Jordan Spieth shot 67 and finished 10-under, in a four-way tie for seventh.

"I’m happy with the way I finished off -- two birdies in the last four holes," he said. "I was really, really striving to get a top-10 [finish]. I could have very well won this golf tournament."

Spieth and Corpening, playing this year as Champion’s Choices, earn automatic invitations to the 2014 Colonial because of their top-15 finishes.

Notes: Seven days after shooting a final-round 69 to win the HP Byron Nelson Championship, Sang-Moon Bae soared to a 77 on Sunday at Colonial and landed in a tie for 76th at 6-over. … John Huh of Lewisville, Texas, who tied for eighth last week at the Nelson, fired a final-round 65 and landed in a tie for 11th. … Colleyville, Texas, resident John Rollins closed with a 68 and tied for fourth at 11-under. … Dallas’ Martin Flores, playing again before a large group of hometown supporters, closed with a 71 and finished in a tie for 14th at 8-under.

Notebook: Local native Flores shoots 5-under in front of family, friends

May, 25, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Martin Flores grew up a golfing prodigy in Mansfield, Texas, yet doesn’t believe he ever attended the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial as a kid.

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Scott Halleran/Getty ImagesMansfield, Texas, native Martin Flores equaled the Crowne Plaza round of the day, a 5-under 65, with his friends and family watching.
“I was always practicing, trying to play out here,’’ the 31-year-old explained.

In front of family and friends on Saturday, Flores equaled the Crowne Plaza round of the day, a 5-under 65, and climbed into a tie for sixth at 9-under, two off the lead.

Matt Kuchar leads at 11-under. There is a four-way tie for second at 10-under.

“I think family and friends are two of the most important things in the world,’’ Flores said. “To be able to play in front of them and to be able to hang out with them for the week is something very, very special.’’

In previous Colonial appearances, Flores missed the cut in 2010 and finished in a tie for 26th last year.

Flores failed to find only two fairways in his third round.

“Putting the ball in position off the tee is critical out here,’’ he said. “It gave me the opportunity to go at some flags.

“Any time you shoot 65, I’m just happy to be where I’m at. I still have a lot of work to do. There are a lot of great players, and I’ve got to keep making birdies.’’

Flores will tee off in the third-to-last group at 12:45 p.m. CT Sunday, paired with Graham DeLaet.

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Rolling along: Tim Clark matched Flores for round of the day with a 65 and is tied for sixth at 9-under.

Clark on Tuesday declined to comment on the decision by golf’s governing bodies to outlaw the anchored putting stroke in 2016.

Following his brilliant third round, Clark denied using Tuesday’s ruling as extra incentive.

“I’m trying to just leave that behind me,’’ Clark said. “It’s been tough enough playing this year with that on my mind. At this point it is out of my hands. I’m just trying to focus on playing good golf.”

“Obviously, it is not a rule I’m in favor of,” he said. “I don’t think it makes any sense. There are so many different ways of putting. You are probably going to see some really weird and wonderful things coming out after this.’’

Popular spot: Hole No. 13 at Colonial is the place to be, especially on the weekend.

The par-3 over water -- playing shorter today at 160 yards -- has the feel of tournament unto itself. The hole is surrounded by skyboxes and the crowd can get raucous. Some fans make a day of it on the hole.

Lewisville, Texas, resident Chaz Page and three friends arrived at 10:30 a.m. CT, passing the time wagering on which golfer would land his tee shot closest to the pin.

“I was up $20 until it started raining,’’ Page said, his shirt still damp from a passing shower.

As to the allure of No. 13, Page said all the essentials are present: refreshments, restrooms and people watching. “This is my spot,’’ he said.

Rule violation: Jeff Overton was disqualified for use of a practice aid in the middle of his third round.

Tour rules official Mark Russell said during a wait between nines that Overton used the putting green as allowed. But because his round was underway, he was not allowed to use an alignment device, which he admitted to doing.

Overton was even par on his round and 4-under for the tournament when he was notified on No. 11.

Russell said one of the players asked a scoring official if Overton was allowed to use the device.

“I don’t think he was very happy,’’ Russell said. “But, you know, I would certainly expect that.’’

Spieth stumbles: With three birdies on his first five holes, Jordan Spieth reached 11-under in Round 3.

But the 19-year-old from Dallas played the final 13 holes in 4-over and finished with a 71. He dumped his tee shot into the water on No. 13 and walked off with a double-bogey. Spieth is tied for 14th at 7-under.

"I just made some mental errors -- just rookie mistakes that cost me four shots,'' Spieth said. "A couple of bad swings with some misjudging of the wind.''

He begins his fourth round at 11:45 a.m. CT, paired with Chris Kirk.

Notes: Fort Worth resident J.J. Henry, decked out in TCU colors, with purple pants and a white shirt, carded a 3-under 67 and joins Spieth at 7-under, tied for 14th. In 11 previous Colonial appearances, Henry did not finished higher than 22nd. … HP Byron Nelson champion Sang-Moon Bae is tied for 56th at 1-under. … Fort Worth native John Peterson made par on his first 11 holes before a roller-coaster finish of three birdies, two bogeys and a double-bogey on the way to a 71. Peterson is 4-under. … Quietly, Hunter Mahan of Colleyville, Texas, has made a steady leaderboard climb, carding a second 68 on Saturday. He’s in a tie for 24th at 5-under. … John Rollins, who also calls Colleyville home, closed out a 67 with birdies on No. 17 and 18. He’s 8-under, tied for fourth. … Tommy Gainey turned in Saturday's only bogey-free round.

Notebook: Spieth overcomes penalty

May, 24, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The golf maturation of Jordan Spieth continues. The 19-year-old from Dallas made two bogeys on Friday and followed them up with birdies in shooting a 3-under 67.

He’s at 8 under, two shots off the lead in his first crack at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

Spieth incurred a 1-stroke penalty on his sixth hole on Friday that might have ruffled even a seasoned Tour player.

His approach to the 406-yard par 4 landed only 20 feet from the pin but stopped precariously between spike marks.

Said Spieth: “It stayed where it was, so I just went to hit my putt. I took my practice strokes and saw it maybe kind of start to tilt. But it stopped again. So I put my putter down and the ball kind of fell down into the cleat mark. And my putter did not cause it to move. I know that for a fact it was going to move. If I had hit the putt two seconds earlier, it wouldn’t have done that. If I waited two seconds longer, I wouldn’t have grounded my putter."

A rules official was called over and the result was a 1-stroke penalty.
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Richard W. Rodriguez/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/Getty ImagesA strong Round 2 had 19-year-old Dallas native Jordan Spieth two shots back at the end of play Friday.

“I was more upset than I normally get," Spieth admitted.

But he followed the disappointment with a birdie at No. 7.

“That was the most important hole I’ve played all week. I wouldn’t say I get any more aggressive after a bogey. If anything, I probably play safer."

Spieth pierced the seventh fairway with a 3-wood and dropped a 9-iron a foot away for a kick-in birdie. He’s the leader in greens hit in regulation so far.

“I feel like off the tee I’m as solid as I’ve been and my irons are in distance control straight, and that’s what you need on these small greens," said Spieth.

Weather delays: Play was suspended twice because of the weather on Friday. There was a two-hour delay early in the afternoon and a final stoppage at 6:38 p.m.

Tournament leader Matt Kuchar (10 under) and 53 others have not finished their second round. Play is scheduled to resume at 7:15 a.m. on Saturday.

Fairways for Furyk: After hitting only four fairways in Thursday’s first round, Jim Furyk straightened out some things on the driving range before leaving the course, setting the stage for a 4-under 66 on Friday when he hit 12 of 14 fairways.

Furyk, 5 under for 36 holes, has four top-five finishes at Colonial but has never won here.

“It’s one of my favorites on Tour," Furyk said. “It’s changed over the years. It’s a lot greener now. They irrigate it a lot more. The scores are a touch lower, but it’s still a great golf course. You have to work the ball, and it’s tough to get the ball in the fairways. It’s not overly long, but it’s still got a little teeth to it."

Record setter: Josh Teater is 10 under on the back nine at Colonial after two rounds, the best since 1983. Overall, he’s 8 under, in a three-way tie for third.

“I’ve played the back nine great so far," Teater said. “I haven’t hit any trees or had any three-putts."

He couldn’t say the same about the front nine on Friday. Teater’s tee shots on No. 3 and No. 6 struck trees. He bogeyed both.

“If you don’t hit the fairway, you are going to have a fairway bunker or some trees to deal with," said Teater, who reached a tournament-best 11 under at one point. “I made bad swings with the driver and put me in a bad spot."

Horseshoed: Graham DeLaet wasn’t aware that the difficult Nos. 3, 4 and 5 at Colonial are known as the “Horrible Horseshoe." But after bogeying all three in his second round, the 31-year-old Canadian understands the nickname.

“It definitely got me today," DeLaet said.

Despite Horseshoe trouble, DeLaet shot 67, good enough for second place at 9 under when play was suspended.

Comeback story: Steve Flesch is transitioning from playing golf to talking about it on television.

But the 2004 Crowne Plaza champion showed on Friday he hasn’t forgotten his way around Colonial, equaling the day’s low round, a 64. He’s part of a four-way tie for fourth at 8 under.

Flesch was 0-for-12 in cuts last year while playing hurt.

“After a year like that, and missing the cut last week, you just never know," he said. “I know I have it in me. But until you actually do it and prove it to yourself, it is a tough hurdle.

“Believe me, today was a big day for me. If I would have come out and shot a couple over par and missed another cut, it would have been a tough rest of 2013."

Notes: The low score of 64 on Friday was shared by Chez Reavie, Justin Hicks, David Lingmerth and Flesch. … Friday withdraws: Patrick Cantlay (8 over) and D.H. Lee (12 over). … Boo Weekley reached 10 under before coming unhinged with a double-bogey on No. 5, his 14th hole, and two more bogeys on Nos. 7 and 8. He holed a 39-foot putt for par on his final hole. Among the area players in danger of missing the cut are Chad Campbell, Rory Sabbatini, Justin Leonard, Tag Ridings and Colt Knost.

Ryan Palmer, Graham DeLaet share lead at Colonial

May, 24, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Colleyville's Ryan Palmer and Canadian Graham DeLaet share a one stroke lead at 9-under in the second round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

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Palmer, part of the afternoon wave of starters, has 15 holes remaining.

Play was delayed for a little over two hours in the early afternoon by lightning.

Four golfers are tied at 8-under. Of that group, Dallas’ Jordan Spieth, Josh Teater and Steve Flesch have completed their rounds. Matt Kuchar has 12 holes remaining.

The projected cut line will eliminate scores of even par and higher. Area pros on the wrong side of the cut line include Justin Leonard and Colt Knost.

Colonial suspended due to lightning

May, 24, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Play in the second round of the 67th Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial was suspended at 12:18 this afternoon due to lightning. A few players in the morning wave have not yet finished their second round.

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Dallas teenager Jordan Spieth managed to complete his round and is one shot off the lead. The 19-year-old shot 67 today and is 8-under par.

Canadian Graham DeLaet currently leads at 9-under after a second-round 67.

Joining Spieth at 8-under is tour journeyman Steve Flesch, Josh Teater and overnight leader Ryan Palmer of Colleyville. Palmer was scheduled to begin his second round at 1:28 p.m. before the weather delay.

Flesch has three holes remaining in his second round.

Teater, a 34-year-old from Kentucky, reached 11-under 11 holes into his second round, but ran into tree trouble and bogeyed three of his last seven holes. Playing partner Boo Weekley got to 10-under, but went four over on his last five holes.