Garnett (66) leads by 1 at Colonial


After a second-round 66 at Colonial, Brice Garnett is halfway home to his first PGA Tour title. Here's how things look after two days at the Crowne Plaza Invitational, where Garnett holds a one-shot lead:

Leaderboard: Brice Garnett (-7), Robert Streb (-6), Chris Stroud (-6), Dustin Johnson (-5), Jimmy Walker (-5), Bo Van Pelt (-5), Aaron Baddeley (-5), Tim Clark (-5)

What it means: Garnett posted a number early Friday afternoon, then watched as the rest of the field was unable to match it. He'll take a lead into the weekend on the PGA Tour for the first time, but the large collection of players two strokes back includes several proven winners.

Round of the day: Stroud lost in a playoff last year at the Travelers Championship, but moved into contention again with a 6-under 64. Stroud rode a hot putter during the second round, holing more than 220 feet worth of putts while carding a total of eight birdies. He'll begin the weekend one shot back, in search of his fourth top-10 finish this season - but first in the U.S., after good results in Malaysia, Mexico and Puerto Rico.

Best of the rest: Chris Kirk hasn't missed a cut this season, but that streak appeared very much in jeopardy after an opening 73. Kirk bounced back with a 6-under 64 in the second round, though, and will begin the third round four shots off the pace. A winner earlier this season at Sea Island, Kirk made six birdies without dropping a shot.

Biggest disappointment: Matt Kuchar has been one of the most consistent players on Tour this season, but the veteran was unable to get anything going this week at Colonial. Kuchar carded rounds of 72 and 70, and at 2 over he missed the cut by a single shot. It's just his second missed cut this season, having also missed the weekend at the Northern Trust Open.

Main storyline heading into Saturday: It remains to be seen how the players near the top will cope with their status on the leaderboard, as each of the top three players are in search of their first career win. With players like Johnson and Walker lurking just two shots back - two players who have combined for four wins this season - the leaders will certainly begin to feel some pressure during the third round.