Humble, TX. - The rain has quit and the heat came out today in round two of the Shell Houston Open. In both the weather and the players.
Phil Mickelson led the way after round one was completed on Friday, due to the play being suspended for inclement weather on Thursday.
The reigning Shell champion began his second round at seven-under par. He would finish at nine-under and in a tie for third with Tommy 'Two Gloves' Gainey, Greg Owen, JB Holmes and Harris English.
Two players would go deep today in the hot conditions at Redstone Golf Course.
Brian Davis and Louis Oosthuizen would end their rounds tied atop the leader board at 11-under.
Davis, beginning his second round at four-under, started on the back nine this afternoon.
The Englishman got off birdying the par-four, 10th. Another birdie on No. 13 would get him to two-under on his round and six-under overall.
Four straight pars on the card would bring Davis to the finishing hole; his ninth, as the heat of the day began to peak.
This would also be where Davis would catch some fire as well.
Beginning on the 18th, he would go on to card three birdies in a row to get to nine-under par, and at the time. Into the lead.
He wasn't done for his round.
Pars on No.'s 3, 4 and 5 would keep him steady and near the top of the leader board until his closing four holes.
Davis was able to birdie two of his final four holes to card a second round of 65 and go to 11-under and into a tie for the lead.
"Yeah, it was a good day at the office today." Davis said after his round. "It was tougher this morning because we didn't have ball in hand to start the round and we had the rain yesterday."
"This morning was pretty tough. The ball was flying everywhere. Got the ball in hand this afternoon, you know, got a flag to go at. You'll see some low scores out there this afternoon. It's going to be a low scoring first couple of rounds."
Oosthuizen began his second round at five-under par, after an opening round, 66.
The South African and 2010 Open Champion began his second round with a birdie on No. 1.
His opening round was nothing exciting as his birdies came on No.'s 4 and 8, sandwiched between boring (kidding) pars.
His round caught fire and had the galleries buzzing on a three hole stretch on the back-nine.
After pars on No. 10 and 11, Oosthuizen would birdie his next three holes to quickly jump up the leader board, from eight-under par, to 11-under in a matter of just three holes.
"Yeah, it's a good spot to be in going into the weekend." Oosthuizen said after his second round, 66.
"I don't know if it will be leading, probably be close. But yeah, I played nicely. I hit my irons very well today, which was both rounds. Struggled a little bit off the tee."
"Now and then working on something. So, you know, hopefully I've got it spot on next week. But yeah, I'm happy. Putting well, giving myself the opportunities, which is good."
A clean card today for 'Oosty' as he is tied for the lead heading into the weekend.