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Qualifier Wheatcroft leads Houston as McIlroy barely makes cut

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Steve Wheatcroft runs off three straight birdies en route to a one-shot lead. (Getty Images)
Steve Wheatcroft runs off three straight birdies en route to a one-shot lead. (Getty Images)

HUMBLE, Texas -- Steve Wheatcroft hates going to Monday qualifiers. He was reminded Friday why they can be worth it.

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Wheatcroft ran off three straight birdies early in his round and kept bogeys off his card for a second straight 5-under 67. That gave him a one-shot lead over D.A. Points and Jason Kokrak going into the weekend at the Houston Open.

Rory McIlroy also will be around, but just barely. He two-putted from 85 feet on the fringe on his 17th hole for a birdie that gave him a 70. McIlroy made the cut on the number, though he goes into the weekend nine shots out of the lead.

Phil Mickelson recovered from a bad spot and also made the cut on the number.

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