Qualifier in the lead as McIlroy barely makes cut

Houston Open Golf

Steve Wheatcroft prepares to putt on the 15th hole during the first round of the Houston Open golf tournament, Thursday, March 28, 2013, in Humble, Texas.(AP Photo/Bob Levey)

Houston Open Golf

Rory Mcllroy reacts to a shot on the 12th hole the during the second round of the Houston Open golf tournament, Friday, March 29, 2013 in Humble, Texas. (AP Photo/Jon Eilts)

Houston Open Golf

Rory Mcllroy, of Northern Ireland, tees off on the 12th hole during the second round of the Houston Open golf tournament, Friday, March 29, 2013 in Humble, Texas. (AP Photo/Jon Eilts)

Houston Open Golf

Angel Cabrera putts on the third green during the second round of the Houston Open golf tournament on Friday, March 29, 2013, in Humble, Texas. (AP Photo/Jon Eilts)

Houston Open Golf

Steve Wheatcroft hits the ball on the 2nd hole during the second round of the Houston Open golf tournament, Friday, March 29, 2013 in Humble, Texas. (AP Photo/Jon Eilts)

Steve Wheatcroft ran off three straight birdies early in his round Friday and kept bogeys off his card for a second straight 5-under 67, giving 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.