Garnet leads while Scott improves
BY Bruce Young | US PGA Tour | 2014 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial | Round Two | 24 May 2014
PGA Tour rookie, Brice Garnett, is a surprise leader of the Crowne Plaza Colonial Invitational at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth in Texas, the 30 year old in this position for the first time on the PGA Tour.
The good news for Garnett is that he is leading, the bad news is that there is only eight shots between he and the cut line.
Garnett has missed only three cuts in 17 starts in season 2014 but has recorded just the one top ten, that coming at the Shell Houston Open when 10th. His status on the PGA Tour comes courtesy of a very good season on the Web.Com Tour in 2013 although he has yet to win on either Tour to date.
Garnet leads by one over Chris Stroud and Robert Streb with Dustin Johnson, Chad Campbell, Jimmy Walker, Tim Clark, Brian Davis, Bo Van Pelt and Australia’s Aaron Baddeley one shot further back.
Twenty two players are within four shots of the lead heading into the weekend.
Baddeley leads the Australians but Matt Jones and Marc Leishman are not far back, the pair tied in 17th position at 3 under and just four from the lead along with New Zealander Tim Wilkinson.
A top ten for Leishman this week will probably be good enough to see him inside the top 60 in the world by Monday and a earn him a start at the US Open.
Robert Allenby is 23rd, John Senden and Adam Scott are 36th and New Zealander Danny Lee 47th.
Scott is not only fighting for the title but he is also fighting to retain his number one position. Just six shots from the lead he is certainly not yet out of either calculation.
His biggest threat as far as the number one position in the world however might come from several thousand miles away in England where Henrik Stenson needs only a top six and for Scott to finish outside the top ten for the Swede to become the first ever Swedish number one.