Valero Texas Texas Open, Opening Round, Every shoots 63

New course record

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Matt Every shoots a flawless round of 63 for a new course record at the opening round of the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio. Matt’s -9 under par round gives him a three shot lead over the field, with his nearest competitor, Hunter Haas three shots adrift after a solid round of 66. Matt was happy with his record round;

” No bogies is always good no matter what course. I didn’t even know what the course record was until I got done. I kind of kept going and got a few good breaks in the middle of the round to keep the momentum going and then added up to 9-under.  I mean it’s just one day. It is nice to get off to a great start but you can’t read too much into one day of golf out here. Everyone is so good. It’s a good start. That’s what it means.”

Hunter Haas said it was all down to his caddy;

I didn’t drive the ball that well but my irons kept me it in. I caught a good one and flushed it down there and the caddy today told me we’re down there this far, you better go for it. It’s nice to finish off a round like that. It’s been awhile. I’ve had a few good rounds this year and keep doing the rest of the week. It’s very nice. It’s nice to walk off 18 holes anytime without any bogies.”

Ben Curtis is a shot further back after A -5 under par round of 67, and said it was an easy round;

” Birdied No. 4, made like a 12-footer there. It was a good hole to get a birdie on. One of the tougher holes out here. Hit a great shot in there, especially being in the wind today, it played really long even though we had it teed up. Then 6, I birdied 6. I hit it in the trees on the left and just trying to get it on the front right of the green and I was only like a hundred yards to the front or something, 90 yards to the front. I was just trying to just get it up near the green somewhere and get up and down and hit it. It came out left right at the hole and it hit just over the bunker and trickled up to about six feet and I made that. Then the next hole I hit a 4-iron to about 20 feet, just straight up the hill and pretty easy straightforward putt and made that. Then 9, hit an 8-iron in there and maybe 15 feet, just left of the hole and, again, just a slight left to right break. Pretty easy putt.And then birdied 14, the par 5 on the back. Hit a sand wedge in there to eight feet, made the putt. Overall, pretty easy. I had maybe, let’s see ; 11 I had like a 3-footer for par. 13, I had maybe a 4-footer for par and other than that the rest were tap-ins so it made it quite easy on myself.”