• Sam Burns tagged a 65 onto an opening 68 to take the lead at the halfway stage of the Vivint Houston Open.
  • The American went bogey free for the second day running, en route to a 36 hole total of seven-under 133, and a two shot margin over the field.
  • Burns – who is still seeking a maiden TOUR title, a tie for third at the 2018 Sanderson Farms Championship his best career finish to date – is tracked by former World Number One, Jason Day and Carlos Ortiz, both players carding matching 68s.
  • Aussie Day is looking to break a winless streak stretching back to 2018 Wells Fargo Championship, while Mexico’s Ortiz is looking for a first win in 118th career start on TOUR.
  • Five players are tied for fourth on four-under par.
  • Top-ranked Dustin Johnson followed an opening 72 with a 66 to get to two-under in his return after a positive coronavirus test knocked him out of THE CJ CUP and ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP.



  • Phil Mickelson recorded his highest career score on a par-three – an eight on the par-three ninth – and his second-longest hole out for eagle on TOUR – a 193-year hole out on the par-four 18th. He missed the cut with rounds of 76-73.
  • Charl Schwartzel was the only player unable to complete the second round due to darkness. The South African will return to hit his second shot from off the green on the par-three ninth at 7.15am Saturday, needing at least a par to make the cut.


  • Satoshi Kodaira (JPN) 70-69 -1 – T21
  • Hideki Matsuyama (JPN) 70-70 – E – T26
  • C.T. Pan (TPE) 72-69 – +1 – T36
  • Sungjae Im (KOR) 74-69 – +3 – T60


It’s been very inconsistent, obviously, because I’m trying to change my swing a little bit just to try and help the back out. I guess I’m stuck in between patterns right now, what I want to feel, my body just won’t handle it and sometimes it just compensates elsewhere. That’s why it happened to my neck at CJ.

Jason Day

It takes a lot of discipline around here, you get out of position, you just try to get it back to where you can get it up-and-down or get it in a section of the green where you can lag putt it. Fortunately, early we got some good looks and I was able to convert, so solid.

Sam Burns