Couples shares lead in Houston Open

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

A charging Hank Kuehne set a course record with an 8-under 64 to join Mark Calcavecchia and Fred Couples for a share of the lead at 11-under 133 after two round

Couples shares lead in Houston Open

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A charging Hank Kuehne set a course record with an 8-under 64 to join Mark Calcavecchia and Fred Couples for a share of the lead at 11-under 133 after two rounds of the Houston Open. Kuehne, who didn't even merit a mention in the PGA Tour media guide this year, had a first-round 69 on Friday and was in the last group of the day to tee off Friday. Despite a course dried out by temperatures in the 80s and a breeze, he rolled into contention with five birdies on his front nine, then three more on the back side, shooting a tournament-best 64 as darkness fell. The 28-year-old is playing in only his 25th Tour event and 22nd since turning pro in 1999. Earlier this month Kuehne finished tied for third at the BellSouth Classic and the $208,000 check was easily his biggest payday. Couples opened with a 65 on Thursday to top the field by one stroke and had another solid day with a 4-under 68 that left him knotted with Calcavecchia, who shot 65 on Friday, and Kuehne at 133, one shot better than Jay Haas after 36 holes at the 7,508-yard Redstone Golf Club. Paul Stankowski, with a 66 on Friday, and defending champion Vijay Singh were another shot back at 9-under 135. David Toms, also with a second-round 66, was in a group at 8-under. (AP)

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