Hewlett Packard Enterprise Houston Open R2

Martin Trainer takes lead as play suspended once again

Houston Open 2021 R2
November 11-14
Memorial Park Golf Course, Houston, Texas
$7,500,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4

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Martin Trainer fired a bogey-free 65 on Friday at the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Houston Open to take the lead ahead of an all-American top-13 at 10-under.


Houston Open 2021 R2

“Every course on Tour is firm and fast and difficult, but this week especially so. So it’s really tough just to make pars, and then I had a couple instances today where I was just trying to two-putt and, you know, they dropped in from long range. When that happens, not only do you know it’s your day, but
you’re thankful that you’re in that position.


Houston Open 2021 R2

Having completed the first round in the morning due to a long weather delay on Thursday, play was once again suspended due to darkness with many players still on the course.

Trainer won the Puerto Rico Open in his rookie year on the PGA Tour in 2019 but has only made nine cuts in seventy starts since.


Houston Open 2021 R2

“It is demoralizing when you keep missing cuts over and over again. On Tour obviously it’s tough to even compete and make a cut let alone, you know, get to the top of the leaderboard. It’s been tough at times for me the last couple years not playing well, but now that I figured out a little bit of ball-striking, dropped some putts, it really can turn around that quickly. So I’m just grateful that that’s happening to me this week and hopefully I’ll keep it going.

“Last week I hit the ball really well for the first time in a long time and I just didn’t putt very well. So I figured if I could somehow do both those at the same time, which to be fair, every single player says that every single week, but for me it had been such a long time coming that, you know, it really was a grind for a long time. So now to finally be able to put it together I think is, you know, it’s not easy, but you have to hope that this is the week.”


Houston Open 2021 R2

Kevin Tway played nine holes in the morning to complete his first round then closed with a 64 featuring two eagles and a single bogey to move into second place at 9-under followed by Jason Kokrak who was 6-under for the round when play was called with seven holes to play.

“You’re never going to complain about a 64 with a couple hole-outs,” said Tway. “I played very well, putted well. I’m a little tired now, but all in all a good day.

“The greens are big, so if you hit them, you’ve got some crazy putts, but as long as you can get semi close to the hole, they’re good surfaces, you can make some putts. It pays to be long and straight out here and if you’re in the fairway you can get at some holes. The greens are very good, so I enjoy it.”


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Houston Open 2021 R2

Adam Long went bogey-free for a 67 to reach 7-under followed by Kramer Hickok (67), Adam Schenk (64) and Scottie Scheffler who in fifth place at 6-under. Scheffler, who played six holes in the morning to complete his first round, shot the low round of the day and set a new course record with a 62.

“Yesterday I was playing out of the rough most of the time, so it was just nice getting the ball out there in play, give myself some opportunities,” said Scheffler. “This golf course can be pretty challenging from the bermuda rough and you’ve got to hit the ball in play. If you’re hitting it in the rough to elevated greens that you can’t hold just because you’re hitting knucklers out of the rough, so it was very important to get the ball in the fairway.”


Houston Open 2021 R2

Pos.
Player
To Par
Thru
R1
R2
1
Martin Trainer
-10
F*
65
65
2
Kevin Tway
-9
F
67
64
3
Jason Kokrak
-8
11
68
4
Adam Long
-7
F*
66
67
T5
Kramer Hickok
-6
F*
67
67
T5
Adam Schenk
-6
F
70
64
T5
Scottie Scheffler
-6
F
72
62
T8
Wyndham Clark
-5
F
66
69
T8
Max McGreevy
-5
F*
68
67
T8
Matthew NeSmith
-5
F
68
67
T8
Kelly Kraft
-5
16
68
T8
Keith Mitchell
-5
13
67
T8
Lanto Griffin
-5
11*
68
T14
Luke List
-4
F*
65
71
T14
Jhonattan Vegas
-4
F*
67
69
T14
Marc Leishman
-4
12*
65
T14
Matthew Wolff
-4
12*
68
T18
Sam Burns
-3
F
70
67
T18
Andrew Putnam
-3
F*
67
70
T20
Sungjae Im
-2
F
68
70
T20
Tom Hoge
-2
F
68
70
T20
J.J. Spaun
-2
F
72
66
T20
Russell Henley
-2
16*
65
T20
Talor Gooch
-2
14*
65
T20
Joel Dahmen
-2
13
70
T20
Patrick Reed
-2
13*
70
T20
Robert Streb
-2
11
68
T20
Greyson Sigg
-2
9
68
T20
Davis Riley
-2
9*
68
T30
Hank Lebioda
-1
F
67
72
T30
Aaron Wise
-1
F*
73
66
T30
Harry Higgs
-1
F*
71
68
T30
Cameron Tringale
-1
F
69
70
T30
Jim Herman
-1
F*
69
70
T30
Max Homa
-1
F
72
67
T30
Erik van Rooyen
-1
F*
69
70
T30
Chez Reavie
-1
F*
70
69
T30
Maverick McNealy
-1
F
71
68
T30
Scott Stallings
-1
16
71
T30
Alex Smalley
-1
14*
68
T30
Dylan Frittelli
-1
12
70
T30
Matthias Schwab
-1
9
70
T43
Mackenzie Hughes
Par
F
71
69
T43
Henrik Norlander
Par
F*
71
69
T43
Hudson Swafford
Par
F
70
70
T43
Cameron Smith
Par
F
71
69
T43
Stephan Jaeger
Par
F*
68
72
T43
Aaron Rai
Par
F
71
69
T43
Brice Garnett
Par
15
69
T43
Kevin Streelman
Par
15
71
T43
Nick Taylor
Par
13*
68
T43
Joaquin Niemann
Par
13
70
T43
Adam Scott
Par
12*
68
T43
Mito Pereira
Par
9
69
T43
Taylor Moore
Par
9
71
T43
Trey Mullinax
Par
9*
71
T57
Chris Stroud
+1
F*
74
67
T57
Jason Day
+1
F
67
74
T57
Brian Harman
+1
F
67
74
T57
Tyler Duncan
+1
F*
69
72
T57
Ryan Palmer
+1
F*
71
70
T57
Vincent Whaley
+1
F*
69
72
T57
Lee Hodges
+1
F*
69
72
T57
MJ Daffue
+1
F*
68
73
T57
Bronson Burgoon
+1
16
72
T57
Kyle Stanley
+1
16*
73
T57
Scott Piercy
+1
15
71
T57
Zach Johnson
+1
14
72
T57
Stewart Cink
+1
13
70
T57
Graeme McDowell
+1
12
68
T57
Tony Finau
+1
12*
69
T57
Sam Ryder
+1
10*
69
T57
Brian Stuard
+1
9
71
T57
Bill Haas
+1
9
71
T57
Denny McCarthy
+1
9
72
T57
Sahith Theegala
+1
9*
70
T77
Sangmoon Bae
+2
F
73
69
T77
Peter Malnati
+2
F
69
73
T77
Shane Lowry
+2
F*
69
73
T77
Russell Knox
+2
F
73
69
T77
James Hahn
+2
F
76
66
T77
Ian Poulter
+2
F*
71
71
T77
Tyler McCumber
+2
F*
68
74
T77
Paul Barjon
+2
F
74
68
T77
Jason Dufner
+2
16*
66
T77
Doc Redman
+2
15
73
T77
Peter Uihlein
+2
15*
70
T77
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
+2
15*
71
T77
Gary Woodland
+2
11
72
T77
Martin Laird
+2
11*
69
T77
Sepp Straka
+2
10*
70
T77
Ben Silverman
+2
9*
67
T93
Cam Davis
+3
F*
70
73
T93
Andrew Landry
+3
F*
71
72
T93
Brooks Koepka
+3
F
71
72
T93
Tyrrell Hatton
+3
F
75
68
T93
Sebastián Muñoz
+3
F*
73
70
T93
Nick Watney
+3
F*
73
70
T93
Shawn Stefani
+3
F*
70
73
T93
Dawie van der Walt
+3
F
70
73
T93
Chad Ramey
+3
F*
73
70
T93
Richy Werenski
+3
13*
70
T93
Brian Gay
+3
11*
69
T93
C.T. Pan
+3
11*
72
T93
Anirban Lahiri
+3
10*
72
T93
Joseph Bramlett
+3
9
71
T107
Roger Sloan
+4
F
70
74
T107
Jared Wolfe
+4
F
74
70
T107
Cameron Sisk (a)
+4
F
72
72
T107
Gilbert Mendez
+4
9
73
T107
Connor Arendell
+4
9*
71
T112
J.T. Poston
+5
F*
74
71
T112
Seamus Power
+5
F
75
70
T112
David Lipsky
+5
F
70
75
T112
Adam Svensson
+5
F*
73
72
T112
Chesson Hadley
+5
16*
70
T112
Brandon Hagy
+5
14*
71
T112
Francesco Molinari
+5
14
72
T112
Henrik Stenson
+5
13*
72
T112
John Huh
+5
12*
72
T112
Branden Grace
+5
11
74
T112
Danny Willett
+5
11
72
T112
Brandt Snedeker
+5
11*
74
T112
Nate Lashley
+5
11
72
T125
Pat Perez
+6
F*
70
76
T125
Jimmy Walker
+6
12
72
127
Taylor Pendrith
+7
10*
75
128
Rodolfo Cazaubòn
+9
F
72
77
129
Harold Varner III
+10
15
77
130
Lee Westwood
+12
16
70
131
Chase Koepka
+17
F*
77
80
W/D
Sung Kang
Par
74
42
* Player started on the back nine
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