Valero Texas Open. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the Valero Texas Open leaderboard after 36 holes at TPC San Antonio in the Lone Star State of Texas. Bud Cauley and Tony Finau share the limelight at the half way stage.

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Bud and Tony at -8 under par for the tournament.

Bud scrambled very well, getting up and down nine times in the first two rounds, and needed only 22 putts today, shooting  a bogey free -6 under par 66;

“I scrambled really well.” 

“I didn’t drive it poorly but, you know, just with the wind out there it was tough to get some of the iron shots close. When I did miss the green I was able to leave it in a relatively easy spot and get up and down which kind of kept my round going.”

“Just driving the ball well,”

“”You know, obviously last week there’s no faking it around there. You have to drive it well or you can’t play. I worked on that a lot the week before and I was able to do that last week and carried that over to these two rounds.”

“I got a lot out of my round today. I hit the ball really well yesterday and just kind of left some shots out there. Today was nice to scramble well and look forward to this weekend.”

Tony, -7 under par 65 today, is looking forward to the week-end;

“I feel good. I’ve hit a lot of good shots, have had a good season so far.”

”Look forward to the weekend.”

There are then four players on -7 under, Cameron Smith, -7 under 65 today, 51-year-old Bob Estes -3 under 69, Kevin Chappell, -4 under 68 and Robby Shelton who carded -3 under 69.

Luke Donald, who was second last week, and Ian Poulter both missed the cut, and with it Ian also lost his PGA Tour card;

“The most frustrating thing is that I can’t plan a schedule. So, I have to be ready to go any given Monday for an event.”

“Obviously, I will try to qualify for the U.S. Open and the Open Championship, but it’s just very, very frustrating.”

“It’s not like I’m going to go away and you’re never going to see me again. I’m playing next week with Geoff Ogilvy in New Orleans [at the Zurich Classic].”

Ollie Schniederjans -5 under 65 today, spent an hour in his hotel room last night, looking for a putting groove. Looks like he found it rolling one putt from 34 feet, and three putts between 15-20 feet, followed by two more putts from just outside 10 feet. He also managed to hole out from 10 feet from the fringe;

“I’ve been working really hard on my putting, awesome to see it pay off today.”

 

 

Valero Texas Open. Branden Grace Leads

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Branden Grace leads the Valero Texas Open after the first round at TPC San Antonio, in Texas.

Branden Grace hit 13 of 14 fairways and missed just four greens en route to a first-round 66 at the Valero Texas Open. (Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

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Branden opened his Valero Texas Open account with a first round -6 under par 66, to sit on top of the leaderboard, and is happy with his recent improvement;

“It started at Augusta, making the cut was big for me and progressed nicely over the weekend.”

“Obviously last week defending is pretty special and you get the positive vibes and the memories.”

“I feel my game is progressing in the right way.”

“Obviously it’s easier coming to places like this. It’s nice to make seven birdies. That’s the one round I was waiting for.”

Sharing second place, at -5 under par following their first rounds of 67 are; John Huh, Stewart Cink, Steven Alker, and Will McKenzie.

Will was playing well with a chewed up ball, until it did not save par for him;

“I was like, we’re going to use this ball all day, all nicked up.”

“The gnarliest ball ever. You know, it just loosed the round up.”

“I was kind of angry, so I put it to rest.”

 

 

 

 

Valero Texas Open. Charley is the Darlin of the Lone Star State

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Charley Hoffman is the darling of the Lone Star State winning the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio.

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Charley carded a final round -3 under par 69 to post a Valero Texas Open total of -12 under par. As he drained the birdie putt on the last hole Charley’s first words were;

“It’s about time.”

In interview, right after the winning putt, with Dotty Pepper, Charley explained his remark;

“Being in contention every Sunday and not closing the door, it’s just not me.”

“It’s nice to make that putt, that’s for sure.”

“I”m happy.”

He was pushed hard all the way by Patrick Reed, who also shot a last round -3 under par 69 for his second placed total of -11 under par.

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Patrick Reed reacts as his chip in attempt came up inches short for an Eagle on the last

Chad Collins captured third place with a final hole birdie, he too posted -3 under 69 last round, giving him a -10 under par total.

Valero Texas Open. Ricky Barnes Leads

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Ricky Barnes leads the Valero Texas Open going into the final round tomorrow at TPC San Antonio.

Ricky Barnes carded 7 birdies and 2 bogeys in his round Saturday afternoon at the Valero Texas Open. (Marianna Massey/Getty Images)

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Ricky carded a third round -5 under par 67 to top the Valero Texas Open leaderboard with a -11 under par total, and will take a one shot advantage going into the final round tomorrow.

Ricky is still searching for his first PGA Tour win, and has taken over the lead here from another  Wilson Staff Valero Texas Open player Brendan Steele, who is now in second place;

“I’d be lying if I would say it was a successful career being out here without a win.”

“A bad swing at the end, if you told me five under today, I would have taken it before the round.”

“It’s not a fluke being out here, I’ve been showing a lot lately. Just need to keep what I’m doing the last three days.”

“This is why you play the game, right? Come in on Sundays and have a chance to win.”

Brendan was really complimentary about Ricky’s game, but started today with a bogey himself;

“I played with Ricky last week, and his game is looking really good right now.”

“I didn’t hit many fairways today, kind of bad right out of the gate.”

“I was really struggling. I was able to make enough recovery shots to not make many mistakes and I was able to be patient enough and make a couple of birdies at the end.”

Charley Hoffman, -2 under 70 today, and Luke Donald, -4 under 68,  share third place at -9 under par

Luke, a former World number one is happy to be back in contention once again. a change of putter has made the difference;

“Sure feels good to be back in contention again and having chances to win.”

“I switched putters last week and obviously making more putts.”

Patrick Reed,  who was born in San Antonio, is in fifth spot at -8 under after a -2 under 70 third round.

Billy Horschel, -5 under 67 today,  and another Wilson Staff player, three-time Major winner Padraig Harrington -4 under 68,  Chad Collins – 5 under 67, Jon Curran -1 under 71, Martin Piller -1 under 71 and Nick Taylor, -6 under 66, are tied in sixth position at -7 under par.

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Valero Texas Open. Brendan Steele Has 1st Round Lead.

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Brendan Steele has the 1st round lead at the Valero Texas Open, at TPC San Antonio, as first round play was suspended for the day.

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Brendan has an unfinished first round, completing 13 holes, playing the course backwards, but had a -8 under par total to be at the top of the Valero Texas Open leaderboard, when play was halted due to darkness. There was a 3 1/2 hour delay because of morning rain.

Charley Hoffman holds second place with a completed first round of -6 under par 66.

Sharing third place are Stuart Appleby, and Peter Malnati, both with completed rounds of -5 under par 67’s.

Defending champion, and hometown boy, Jimmy Walker opened with a +3 over par,75. Last year in his hometown event Jimmy posted four rounds in under par to hold off Jordan Spieth in what was his last TOUR victory.

Valero Texas Open. Jimmy Walks It.

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Jimmy walks it all the way to the winners circle at the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio.

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Hometown boy Jimmy Walker lives just 35 minutes drive away from TPC San Antonio, and had his whole family our supporting him. He is the first 54 hole leader this season to go on and win a title on the PGA Tour.

A final round -2 under par 70 gave him a winning total of -11 under par, and a comfortable four shot victory;

“It doesn’t happen very often, winning in your home town.”

“The course wasn’t giving as much and it was hard to make pars.”

“I felt I was leaking a little bit of oil here, wasn’t putting very good and then finally smoothed out the putting stroke a little bit and got it back to where it was the past couple of days.” 

“All this keeps adding momentum and confidence, that’s what we’re out here to do.”

“I like Augusta, I’m going to take a look at it. I’m excited to go.”

 

 Longhorn Jordan Spieth finished in second place at -9 under par, he also had a last round -2 under par, and try as he might he could not catch the unflappable Jimmy.

PGA FedEx Cup Champion Billy Horschel was third on his own at -4 under after a final round -1 under par 71.

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Valero Texas Open. Jimmy Walker Leads

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Jimmy Walker leads the Valero Texas Open at the half-way stage at TPC San Antonio.

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Jimmy used a hot putter to put together a second round -5 under par 67 in the Valero Texas Open, and would dearly love to win at Home;

“I was just kind of around the hole, didn’t make anything, and then finally got one to go on six.”

“I hit a good iron shot, just got it on top of the ridge there on 7 and made that putt.”

“And that 12-footer I made for birdie on the par-5, 8th hole, that was a nice little finish.”

“I’ve been rolling it pretty good, I’ve been working hard on my putting at home and it was ready to go this week. It feels like the hard work is paying off.”

“A win anywhere means a lot, but being at home, you get to have parents, in-laws, friends, best friends, distant family.”

“It would be cool. It doesn’t put anymore pressure on you, I think. If anything you’ve got a nice support crew out there and you’ve got good vibes and good mojo, and I believe in all that stuff.”

“So I think positive energy is good. I think we’ll have a lot of that.”

Aaron Baddeley and Charlie Hoffman are still in touch, just one shot behind at -5 under par for the competition, sharing second place.

Kevin Na and Jordan Spieth are tied in fourth position with -4 under par totals.

Jordan said he would like to see the return of the wind

“I would like to see a little bit more wind than today on the weekend to have a chance to shoot a few under and make up some ground.”

 “Overall, I’m very pleased with today. I got a really good draw today, on top of yesterday, and took advantage.”

“It played about as easy as I think it can play today.”

“A couple of the holes were still in tough locations, but there should be some more gettable locations this weekend. But all in all, this was the day to take advantage.” 

“I’m in contention which is right where I want to be. I’m chasing Aaron and Jimmy, two really, really good players that aren’t going to give up the lead easily, so I’m going to have to bring my A-game.”