Steve Wheatcroft 2nd Round Leader at Shell Houston Open

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After a second straight round of 67, Steve Wheatcroft leads after two rounds at the Shell Houston Open. You all know who he is, right? For those of you that might not be intimately familiar with Wheatcroft and his golf career, he is currently on the Tour, where he doesn’t even have full status. He was a Monday qualifier for the Shell Houston Open after not getting into the Tour’s Chitimacha Louisiana Open just last week.

The 35 year old Pennsylvania native has yet to card a bogey over his first two rounds at Redstone Golf Club and has shot five under par in each respective round. This could be a huge turning point in his career. To this point he only has one career win on the Tour and that came in 2011 at the Mid-Atlantic Championship. He shot 66-60-64-64 on his way to victory.

As of right now, Wheatcroft plans to try to qualify next week at the Valero Texas Open, unless of course, something happens this week that would require him not to have to have to bother qualifying.  He’s won just over $600,000 since turning pro in 2001, but if he wins this week he will take home a check for $1.08 million that could go a long way to paying for the wedding he has coming up in six months.

It’s unlikely that Wheatcroft will hold on to take home the victory this week, but I definitely hope he doesn’t completely implode and he ends up with a respectable finish. Who knows, he might just hold on to win, though. Stranger things have happened this year.

Carl Conrad is the Senior Golf Writer for Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.


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