Golf: Kyle Reifers

W2W4: Round 2 at Colonial

May, 25, 2012
5/25/12
7:30
AM CT
FORT WORTH, Texas -- It's time for Round 2 at Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, so here are a few things to watch:

* There may be no one hotter in the world of golf than Jason Dufner. If you want to see him, get here early. He's one stroke off the lead and tees off at 7:43 a.m. off No. 10 with Matt Kuchar and Rickie Fowler. They're worth watching Friday.

* Kuchar currently has the longest consecutive non-cut streak (18), but he'll likely need to shoot under par today to make it. He's at 2-over right now. If the cut occurred after Round 1, it would have been at 1-over. Like any non-major, the Colonial is top-70s and ties that get to play the weekend.

* Scott Verplank withdrew, which allowed Kyle Reifers to get in the tournament as an alternate. He took advantage, shooting 65. He's one stroke back of the lead.

* Zach Johnson will try to keep his consecutive rounds in the 60s going at Colonial. He's up to 13 now and tees off 12:18 p.m. off No. 1 tee.

* It's cut day, so watch the guys who are hovering around that 1-over number. The course sets up for some late birdies for those that start at No. 1, so it could be very interesting.

* Harris English shot 60-63 at Gleneagles Country Club on Monday to qualify for the British Open and is clearly still feeling good. He's at 5-under and looking for his first PGA Tour win. The rookie tees off at 1:24 p.m. off No. 1.

Lack of practice makes perfect for Harris English

May, 24, 2012
5/24/12
6:57
PM CT
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Harris English is making a joke out of course preparation.

On Monday, without the benefit of a complete practice round at Gleneagles Country Club in Plano, English fired rounds of 60 and 63 for a four-stroke win in the British Open qualifier.

English used a similar game plan for Thursday’s opening round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial and the result was a 5-under 65, good enough for a tie for second with Tom Gillis, Jason Dufner and Kyle Reifers, one shot off the lead of Zach Johnson.

English revealed afterward that his introduction to Colonial was a nine-hole practice round Tuesday. He said he scoped out the second nine, walking it with a wedge and putter.

“My caddie has caddied in this event three times so he knew about the course and how to play it,’’ English said. “I felt we had a good game plan today and I’ll stick to playing aggressive.

“I think sometimes you can overdo looking at golf courses,’’ English added. “And I felt like the way it works for me is, I pick out the good areas to hit it and I don’t really look at the bad areas. I just hit shots off the tee to where I have a comfortable yardage in, and hit it to a place on the green where I can have a comfortable putt. It’s all about playing shots that you know you can play.’’

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