TPC San Antonio was shrouded in fog during the opening round of the Valero Texas Open, causing a suspension in Play.
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At the time the horn blew Pat Perez and Danny Lee had completed their first rounds and sat at the top of the leaderboard of the Valero Texas Open. They both carded opening rounds of -4 under par 68. The fog kept temperatures in the 50s before it burned off and gave way to sun and readings in the 80s.
Pat spoke of the conflicting temperatures;
“This morning it was freezing, and I hit balls on the practice range in four layers of clothes. Now, I’m sweating.”
What is worrying, and noteworthy, is the form of Phil Mickleson, who shot a +5 over par 77 opening round, to fall nine strokes back of the lead. That horrible 77 was Phil’s highest score since he shot a 78 in August in the PGA Championship.
It seems Phil was as surprised as the rest of us;
“I had been playing real well at home, so to come out and play like this is disappointing, just didn’t feel quite sharp. I didn’t putt well, I had a couple of three-putts that hurt. Iron play wasn’t great. I didn’t drive it bad, until that last hole.”
In his previous two starts, Phil missed the cut in the Honda Classic, and then tied for 16th at Doral in the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship. This is not good preparation for The Masters, just two weeks away. Phil will play in the Houston Open before heading to Augusta National.
Looks like Phil will have plenty of time to practice, making the cut here is a long way off, currently T 135 out of a field of 144.