Valero Texas Open. Kevin Chappell Gets Maiden Win

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Kevin Chappell gets Maiden  PGA Tour win at the Valero Texas Open at TPC Antonio in Texas.

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Kevin sinks the winning putt

Kevin shot a final round -4 under par 68 to win the Valero Texas Open with a -12 under par total. He sunk an 8ft putt to claim his first ever PGA Tour win, exceptional putting on Sunday giving him the dream win.

Brooks Koepka claimed second place at -11 under par, with a great last round -7 under par 65.

Kevin Tway, -3 under 69 today, and Tony Finau, also -3 under 69, shared third place at -9 under par.

Valero Texas Open. Kevin Chappell Has The Lead.

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Kevin Chappell has the 54 hole lead at the Valero Texas Open in Texas.

Chappell grabs the lead at Valero

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Kevin carded a third round -1 under par 71 to claim the lead in the Valero Texas Open with a -8 under par tournament total, in strong winds that kept scores on the high side;

“It was about finding a rhythm,I knew when I found it, I could extend it. You can get it going on the finishing stretch.”

“I knew my game was in a good place, I had played some really good rounds of golf.”

Brandon Grace-2 under 70 today and John Huh, -1 under 71 share second place at -7 under par.

Brandon found the strong wings irritating;

“It was pretty irritating out there.”

“Pars out there are good. Just have to be patient.”

Bud Cauley and Tony Finau both signed for +2 over par 74 today, dropping them back into the huge tie for 6th place at -6 under par.

Tomorrow will be an exciting day, with lots of players in with a chance of victory,

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 Leads Suspended 2nd Round.

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Brendan Steele leads the suspended second round of the Valero Texas Open with a 36 hole tournament scoring record.

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Brendan carded a second round -2 under par 70 to top the Valero Texas Open at -10 under par, with a new tournament 36 hole scoring record of 134, when darkness halted play for the day.

The softer greens made approaches a little easier, and couple that with just 52 putts for the two rounds, equals success;

“To see it play a little bit softer and with a little less wind, my eyes kind of lit up.”

“It always plays so difficult, firm and fast and the winning score is just a handful under par, usually.”

“To see it soften up a little bit, I knew it was good.”

“I always lean on my driving, that’s kind of the best part of my game as a rule and out here it’s so demanding on every hole that the guys that spray it a bit are really in trouble and normally I drive it pretty straight and long so the combo is pretty good out here.”

“I definitely feel comfortable here, even other than the win, I’ve had a couple other good results here.”

“It’s always nice to come back to a place that you feel good at.”

Three players are tied in second place, at -7 under par for the tournament, Scott Langley, -4 under 68 today, Stuart Appleby, -2 under 70, and Charlie Hoffman with a -1 under par 71.

New professional on Tour, Bryson DeChambeau, missed the cut here at Valero, posting +3 over par for the two rounds, lets just hope that this is just a temporary blip. Actually yesterday I found out that I have been blocked from Bryson’s Twitter account, @b_dechambeau if you are in touch with Bryson on Twitter, perhaps you could ask him why @dragonputter has been blocked, I would like to know.