Golf: Eagle puts Blixt out front in Texas; Na shoots 62 to stay in the hunt with Finau

Jonas Blixt's 132-yard eagle was among the highlights of his bogey-free six-under 64 round before windy conditions hit Colonial Country Club.
Jonas Blixt's 132-yard eagle was among the highlights of his bogey-free six-under 64 round before windy conditions hit Colonial Country Club.PHOTO: REUTERS

TEXAS (Reuters) - Jonas Blixt soared into the lead with an eye-catching eagle at the 17th hole and held on for a one-stroke advantage over Kevin Na and Tony Finau after the second round of the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas on Friday.

Blixt's 132-yard eagle was among the highlights of his bogey-free six-under 64 round before windy conditions hit Colonial Country Club.

A closing par left the Swede on nine-under 131 and gave him the outright lead for the first time in 185 starts on the PGA Tour.

"I think I played pretty good this year," Blixt told reporters. "Obviously not had the good finishes yet." Four times this season he has entered the weekend in the top-10 but faltered.

"The test is going to be this weekend, if I can have a good weekend or not," he said.

Na (62) and first-round leader Finau (68) shared second at eight-under 132.

Playing in the morning like Blixt, Na started off with an eagle at the first and added six birdies in his blistering round.

"Yeah, I like this golf course," said Na, after his third 62 or lower at Colonial.

"Fits my game. You've got to take advantage of those weeks because there is not too many golf courses like this on tour anymore."

Finau finally provided some competition in the afternoon, despite increasing winds, with three birdies and a bogey in his last nine holes.

Slovakia's Rory Sabbatini (66) held fourth at six-under with former champion Jordan Spieth (70) in a group of five at five under.

Spieth, often missing fairways, wound up with five bogeys before collecting birdies on two of his final three holes. He also holed a 50-foot birdie putt at the 10th and a 46-footer two holes later.

"It was a grind," Spieth said. "I would like to think - I hope, I hope - and it felt like today was kind of the off day in a four rounds."

World No.3 Justin Rose, the defending champion, shot 67 to avoid the two-over cut by a stroke while Rickie Fowler (three over) and Bryson DeChambeau (four over) were not as fortunate.