Garnett leads at Colonial


PGA Colonial

PGA Tour rookie Brice Garnett opened with an eagle Friday on his way to a 4-under 66 and the second-round lead at Colonial.

At 7-under 133, Garnett had a one-stroke lead over Robert Streb (68) and Chris Stroud, who made five putts from more than 20 feet in a 64.

“I’m just keeping my head down and trying to make as many birdies as possible,” Garnett said. “I’m going to try to embrace it this weekend and have fun, and we’ll see where we stand come Sunday.”

Australian Adam Scott, playing as No. 1 in the world for the first time, had birdies on three of his last seven holes for a 68 to get to 1 under. He has made the cut in his last 34 U.S. PGA Tour events, the longest active streak.

“It’s not the worst (position), but tomorrow for me is the important day here this week,” he said. “For me to have a chance, I’m going to have to put it into gear and try to get within three or four (shots) to have a chance going into Sunday.”

Matt Kuchar, ranked No. 4 in the world, had a chance to move to the top with a victory, but he missed the cut by a stroke, shooting 72-70.

Garnett has only one top-10 finish in his 18 previous starts on the PGA Tour. This is the first time he has even been in the top 10 after the second or third round.

“I think each and every week the rookies feel more comfortable. I know I have,” Garnett said.

First-round leader Dustin Johnson (70) dropped into a seven-way tie for fourth at 5 under. That group also included Jimmy Walker (68), a three-time winner this season and No. 1 in the FedEx Cup standings.

Stroud made putts in the round that combined for just under 221 feet, the most on the PGA Tour since Brent Geiberger covered 240 feet during the first round at Booz Allen in 2006. He is using a new putter he picked up this week.