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Simp­son, Kis­ner, Lee and Scott up in front at Colo­nial

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LOS AN­GE­LES Rahm (69), Eng­land’s Paul Casey (66) and Amer­i­can Sean O’Hair (68) were tied for fifth at five­un­der 135.

North­ern Ire­land’s Graeme McDow­ell was alone in ninth, two shots adrift. Tony Finau shot a 65 and climbed into con­tention and into 10th place.

First-round co-leader Kelly Kraft stum­bled to a 73 and was tied for 12th in a pack of nine golfers that in­cluded Spi­eth, Ste­wart Cink (70) and Kevin Tway (70), all four strokes back.

Lee’s round fea­tured seven birdies and a bo­gey and was the low round of the day.

“I was hit­ting the ball very nicely,” said Lee, a Kiwi from Ro­torua on the North Is­land. “I had strong fin­ish, and that’s what I need to have car­ry­ing over the next cou­ple days.”

Kis­ner con­tin­ued his su­perb play this sea­son as his round in­cluded four birdies and a bo­gey on No 17.

Kis­ner’s only PGA Tour vic­tory came by an im­pres­sive six shots in 2015, but he has been knock­ing on the door with six run­ner-up fin­ishes in his ca­reer, in­clud­ing the 2017 Arnold Palmer In­vi­ta­tional.

Spi­eth, who started on the back nine, be­gan with bo­geys on three of his first five holes but turned it around with a birdie on the par­four 15th. He added four more birdies on the front nine and parred his fi­nal four holes.

Gar­cia, who earned his first USPGA Tour ti­tle at the Colo­nial in 2001, fol­lowed up a one-un­der 69 on Thurs­day with a sec­ond round four-un­der in his eighth ca­reer start at the event. AFP

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Kevin Kis­ner plays a shot at Colo­nial Coun­try Club in Fort Worth, Texas on Fri­day.

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