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    Finau surges to lead at weather-hit Houston Open

    LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Tony Finau matched his US PGA Tour career-low with an eight-under par 62 on Friday to take a four-shot lead at the weather-disrupted Houston Open.

    Finau, who started the day in a three-way tie for the lead with Alex Noren and Aaron Wise, closed his round at Memorial Park with three straight birdies, posting 10 birdies overall on the way to a 13-under par 36-hole total of 127.

    His nearest rival in the clubhouse when play was halted for the day was Patrick Rodgers, who carded a seven-under par 63 for nine-under 131.

    “It was really good,” Finau said of a round that featured a burst of four straight birdies from the seventh through the 10th.

    He had closed the first round with a birdie run, and said he carried that momentum into the second round.

    Tony Finau watches his tee shot on the 12th hole. PHOTO: AP

    “I finished five-under on my last nine yesterday and I just rolled that momentum right into today,” he said. “I thought I made a huge putt for par on number one, and then I was kind of off to the races.

    “I almost made a hole-in-one on number two and just kind of cruising from there. It was a really nice round of golf.”

    Tyson Alexander was in the clubhouse on eight-under after a second-straight 66. Noren was eight-under through 15 while Wise was six-under through 12. Noren will have a 40-foot eagle putt when play resumes.

    Finau and other early starters had relatively calm weather, and made the most of it on a course set up in expectation of inclement weather.

    “They set the tee boxes up to where we had to take advantage. We got the better wave,” Finau said. “Thirty-six holes is a lot of golf left, and it’s trickier to score with a north wind. But I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

    Rodgers’ round was highlighted by an eagle at the par-five third hole, where he landed his second shot within two feet.

    The American, in search of a first PGA Tour title, was in the hunt at Bermuda two weeks ago, where he finished tied for third.

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