Shell Houston Open 2013: Most Impressive Performances Through 1st 2 Rounds

Daine PavloskiAnalyst IIMarch 30, 2013

Steve Wheatcroft has gone from qualifier to front-runner this week through two rounds of play in Houston.
Steve Wheatcroft has gone from qualifier to front-runner this week through two rounds of play in Houston.Scott Halleran/Getty Images

The first two rounds of the 2013 Shell Houston Open have wrapped up, and they've been nothing short of interesting. Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy struggled through their first couple of rounds, and a fresh face sits atop the leaderboard through two. 

Before the third round commences on Saturday (tee times range from 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.), let's take a breath and recognize some of the most impressive performances through the first two rounds of play in Houston.


Steve Wheatcroft

Would you get a load of this guy? Wheatcroft qualified for the tournament on Monday and has certainly looked deserving through two rounds. 

Wheatcroft sits on top of the leaderboard after two rounds, a PGA first for him, after shooting an impressive 67 in both rounds. Wheatcroft only made the cut seven times in 2012 and has just five top-25 finishes in his PGA career. 

Wheatcroft has looked amazing in two rounds with a total of 10-under, including two straight rounds with zero bogeys. While he's never won a PGA Tour event, he's playing like he wants his first. 


Stewart Cink

Cink might not sit at the tippy-top of the scoreboard, but he's looked impressive on the links, especially in the second round.

In the first round Cink had a decent showing, but could only muster a 71 on his first 18 holes. Since then, he's moved up 39 spots on the leaderboard and is currently tied with Brian Davis for fourth place. 

Cink's second round was where he really shined. He knocked down six birdies in the round, including a stretch of three in a row on his fourth through sixth holes. 

Cink ended the second round with an impressive 66 and worked his way up almost 40 spots into the top five. Cink's knocked down some impressive shots and will need a few more to put himself in the position to win his seventh PGA Tour event. 


D.A. Points

D.A. has been on point through two rounds. He finished up a decent second round at one under par and now finds himself tied for second with Jason Kokrak. 

Points, unlike Cink, really impressed during his first round. Points put up an absolutely ridiculous 64 in his first 18 holes and led the field after the first round. 

Points couldn't recreate his amazing first round on Friday, but he still sits in the top three and could very well work his way back on top if he can channel a little bit of his first-round performance when the event picks up on Saturday.