Fort Worth - As Masters champion Jordan Spieth imploded late, Kevin Na
withstood tough, rainy conditions to hold a two-shot lead over Ian Poulter
after two rounds of the US PGA Tour's Crowne Plaza Invitational.
Spieth's North Texas homecoming took a turn for the worse on Friday as he
fell victim to Colonial Country Club's "Horrible Horseshoe" of holes
three, four and five.
The 21-year-old world number two teed off on 10 and had two birdies without
a bogey through his first 12 holes and topped the leaderboard at eight-under.
But a bogey at the par-three fourth was followed by a triple-bogey seven at
the par-four fifth, and Spieth dropped one more shot at the par-three eighth in
a three-over 73 that left him on three-under 137 - seven shots off Na's
10-under total of 130.
Na, who shared the overnight lead with Spieth, Boo Weekley and Japan's Ryo
Ishikawa, had five birdies before his only bogey of the day at his final hole
in a four-under 66.
That gave him a two-stroke cushion over England's Poulter, who had six
birdies in his three-under 67 for 132.
Weekley was alone in third after a 69 for 133, with George McNeill (69) and
Brian Harman (66) sharing fourth place on 134.
Spieth called his day "very disappointing".
"Just a couple of bad swings is all it was," said Spieth, whose
three-wood off the tee at the fifth sailed out of bounds to the right.
He ended up two-putting from 20 feet for the triple-bogey.
"That hole is hard," Spieth said.
Spieth played his last few holes in some heavy rain, struggling at times to
hang onto his irons.
"You know what? I should have done a better job of it," he said of
coping with the conditions.
With more severe weather forecast for Saturday afternoon, third-round tee
times have been moved up in hopes of getting the round completed before the
worst weather arrives.
Poulter heads into the weekend with perhaps something to prove.
The Englishman, who has never won a stroke-play event on the United States,
was voted along with Rickie Fowler the most "overrated" players on
the PGA Tour in an anonymous poll of players conducted by Sports Illustrated
Fowler responded by winning the Players Championship two weeks ago.
"He's taken care of his business. It's time for me to take care of
mine," Poulter said.
A win this week would also justify Poulter's decision to forego the European
Tour's flagship event at Wentworth this week.
That move sparked some criticism in Europe, although he'll be able to fulfil
his European Tour requirement regarding home tournaments at the new British
Masters in October.
Leading second-round scores on Friday in the US PGA Tour Crowne Plaza
Invitational at Colonial (USA unless noted, a-denotes amateur, par-70):
130 - Kevin Na 64-66
132 - Ian Poulter (ENG) 65-67
133 - Boo Weekley 64-69
134 - George McNeill 65-69, Brian Harman 68-66
135 - Adam Hadwin (CAN) 69-66, Charley Hoffman 66-69, Marc Leishman (AUS) 66-69, Danny Lee (NZL) 66-69, Vijay Singh (FIJ) 69-66
136 - Nick Taylor (CAN) 68-68, Brandt Snedeker 67-69, Shawn Stefani 67-69, Kevin Kisner 67-69
- Jerry Kelly 67-70, Rory Sabbatini (RSA) 67-70, Jordan Spieth 64-73,
Steve Stricker 67-70, Zac Blair 66-71, a-Yang Gunn (KOR) 67-70, Chris
Kirk 68-69, Brendon Todd 70-67, Ben Martin 66-71, Martin Laird (SCO)