Former Boise State golfer Graham DeLaet clubhouse leader at Colonial

The Canadian sits one shot behind Matt Kuchar, who will finish his second round today.


Graham DeLaet tees off on the sixth hole at Colonial on Friday. DeLaet's 3-under-par 67 gave him the lowest 36-hole score (9-under) when play was suspended.

LM OTERO — The Associated Press

FORT WORTH, Texas - Colonial's famed "horrible horseshoe" got the best of Graham DeLaet in Friday's second round.

But the former Boise State golfer remains in prime position to win his first PGA Tour event.

Matt Kuchar has a one-stroke lead over DeLaet, who shot a 67 in a morning round completed before a 2-hour, 10-minute delay just after noon because of lightning. DeLaet is at 9-under 131, while Kuchar is at 10-under through 15 holes of a bogey-free round.

DeLaet was 10-under after his third consecutive birdie, a 6-footer at the 373-yard second hole that was his shortest putt in that stretch. Then he arrived at the "horrible horseshoe" as the Nos. 3-5 holes are known because of their layout and the difficulty of the stretch - a 239-yard par 3 sandwiched by the two longest par 4s on the course.

"It definitely got me today," said DeLaet, who bogeyed all three holes.

But DeLaet finished strong with consecutive birdies to finish after he had come up just short of a 31-foot birdie at No. 7.

"Always nice, and kind of got myself right back in it," said DeLaet, who has never finished better than third on the PGA Tour in 69 events. "The main thing for me, I feel more comfortable now if I see my name on the leaderboard.

"A few years ago, if I was in 15th going into the weekend, I knew if I could just maintain that position that that would be a 'good check' kind of thing. My mindset now is beyond that. I want to try to win golf tournaments."

The 18 groups that didn't finish are scheduled to resume the second round at 6:15 a.m. Saturday, just more than 12 hours after coming off the course. Kuchar has an early wakeup call - and his ball already on the 16th green.

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