HUMBLE, Texas — Brian Davis, who is trying to earn an 11th-hour invitation into the Masters Tournament as a PGA Tour winner, shot 65 in his second round Friday for a share of the rain-delays Houston Open lead.
Davis is tied with Louis Oosthuizen (66 on Friday), who has no worries about teeing it up next week – or the near future – at Augusta National. Oosthuizen earned a five-year Masters exemption for winning the 2010 British Open.
Davis has five runner-up finishes in seven years on the tour, but he’s never won.
“Obviously, I’m well aware that I need to start winning,” Davis said. “It’s one of those things where you can’t force it. You’ve just got to keep putting yourself in position.”
The second round was suspended due to darkness at 7:36 p.m. with 70 players still on the course.
Davis and Oosthuizen are at 11-under for 36 holes.
Houston resident Jeff Maggert was at 10-under, but he had eight holes left to play in his second round. Defending champion Phil Mickelson (70), J.B. Holmes (67), Tommy Gainey (67), and Greg Owen (69) finished their second rounds and were two shots behind the leaders at 9-under.
Of the top seven players in the clubhouse, only Oosthuizen and Mickelson are in the Masters.
Three-time major champion Ernie Els, who also must win to qualify for next week’s Masters, was in the group at
5- under after a second-round 69.
A thunderstorm dumped 11/4 inches of rain Thursday, causing the backup. The players enjoyed sunny and calm conditions Friday, but the fairways were damp, and players were permitted to lift, clean and place.
Davis played a total of 32 holes on Friday, finishing a first-round 68 and then making seven birdies on his way to his best score of the year.
Oosthuizen is tinkering with his swing and gone back to the driver he used when he won at St. Andrews.
The 29-year-old South African hit 11 of 14 fairways off the tee in his second round.
“I hit it well at the Open in 2010, and I feel like I’m very close to hitting it like I did there,” Oosthuizen said. “Swing-wise, I feel confident.”