Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Na Takes Lead at Soggy Colonial

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Na Takes Lead at Soggy Colonial

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FORT WORTH, Texas * Kevin Na had gone 26 holes without a bogey at Colonial before his last tee shot Friday was swept away by flowing water after going into a rain-swollen drainage culvert.

Not even that could dampen Na's second round, which gave him the lead halfway through the soggy tournament.

Na took the penalty drop near the 17th fairway and hit a blind approach shot over bleachers to the back side of the 18th green. His two-putt from 20 feet wrapped up a 4-under 66.

"A good bogey," Na said.

At 10-under 130, he was two strokes ahead of Ian Poulter (67) and three up on 2013 Colonial winner Boo Weekley (69).

Na also made some long birdie putts. His 30-footer off the fringe at No. 14 came right after rolling in a 22-footer at the 13th, where he broke into a dance for the rowdy fans surrounding the par 3 situated on the edge of Hogan's Alley.

"I want to call it the Big Bird dance. ... It just came out. I wasn't really thinking about it," the 31-year-old Na said. "You know, the crowd has been very supportive. I felt like I was from Texas."

Masters champion Jordan Spieth, a real Texan, was alone in the lead without a bogey before losing four strokes in a two-hole span.

Spieth finished with a 73, nine strokes worse than the opening round 64 that had him in a four-way tie on top. He dropped seven strokes back at 3 under, in a crowded tie for 15th place.

"I had a goal in mind, and it was a higher score than (Thursday) given the conditions," said Spieth, the 21-year-old Dallas player playing consecutive weeks at home in North Texas. "I wanted no blemishes, and then we held that late through 12 holes."

There were periods of steady rain for the morning groups, but no delays. That was after Thursday's first round started three hours late following more than an inch of rain overnight.

With more inclement weather expected Saturday, including the possibility of severe storms in the afternoon, players in the third round will be grouped in threesomes instead of the normal twosomes and go off both tees Nos. …

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