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In a statement released by the PGA TOUR, Jordan Spieth has officially accepted Special Temporary Membership.

In its entirety, the statement reads as follows: "Jordan Spieth has officially joined the PGA TOUR as a Special Temporary Member for the remainder of the 2013 season. With a T7 finish at the Tampa Bay Championship presented by EverBank, Jordan Spieth earned $148,893 for a total of $521,893 in four starts this season, surpassing the total earnings of the player that finished No. 150 on the 2012 money list ($474,295). He is eligible for unlimited sponsor exemptions in his attempt to earn his 2013-14 TOUR card through the Non-member Money List or Non-member FedExCup Points List. His top-10 finish at the Tampa Bay Championship also gives him an exemption into next week’s Shell Houston Open." It would have been news if Spieth turned it down, but it's nice to have the confirmation nonetheless.
Fri, Mar 22, 2013 05:31:00 PM

First-round leader and World No. 21 Branden Grace authored a 2-under-par 35-35=70 on Day 3 of the Valero Texas Open to post 7-under 209, up eight places to T2, one back of 54-hole leader Kevin Chappell.

The 28-year-old was the 18-hole leader (by one) with 66, slipping to T10 after an up-and-down 73. He began in a 7-way logjam on 5-under, three adrift of 36-hole co-leaders Bud Cauley and Tony Finau. The South African landed eight (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, recording 4.456 SG: Tee-to-Green, pacing the field in the latter with a cumulative 12.356. He outpaced bogey-5s at 6 and 15 (failed scrambles) with four birdies at 2, 7, 10 and 14, three from inside of five feet with a long of 13'4" at the par-3 seventh. The transplanted Floridian missed four birdie tries from inside of 15 feet, losing 0.105 strokes on-the-greens, and thru 54 holes is 73rd (of 76 players) in SG: Putting at -2.179.
Apr 22 - 6:16 PM

In the first threesome off No. 1 tee, World No. 91 Ryan Palmer tossed up a 4-under-par 33-35=68 on Moving Day at the Valero Texas Open to post 6-under 210, up 33 places on the live leaderboard to T3 and good for the early 54-hole clubhouse lead.

On a cool, blustery day at TPC San Antonio, the 40-year-old's 68 is currently 6.341 strokes better than the field average and that margin is likely to expand. This is his 15th VTO and owns three prior top 10s, including back-to-backs in the last two editions of T6/2015 and T4 last year (68-70-72-69). After opening in 74-68, the Texan began T36 on 2-under, six back of co-leaders Bud Cauley and Tony Finau. He landed nine (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, gaining 3.419 strokes tee-to-green. The Texas A&M alum squared a lone bogey-4 at 13, outpaced by five birdies at Nos. 5, 6 (from 56'1"), 8, 17 (15'5") and 18, walking off with a 9'6" birdie-4 for 1,667 putts per GIR and 3.003 SG: Putting. His season best and lone top 30 in eight events is T11 last week at the RBC Heritage.
Apr 22 - 4:10 PM

Bernd Wiesberger wobbled early but recovered to shoot a 3-under-par 35-34=69 in his third round at the Shenzhen International in China and will take a three-shot lead into Sunday's closer.

The Austrian sits at 15-under 201 after completing another strong lap of Genzon GC. That's three in front of South African Dylan Frittelli and four clear of David Lipsky, Dean Burmester, George Coetzee and Ross Fisher. Wiesberger had posted the 36-hole target of 12-under with a Friday 65 to lead by four overnight and the chasing pack, many who had to finish off their second rounds Saturday morning, couldn't close the gap. But Wiesberger stalled at the start of his third lap as five pars and a bogey in his first six holes allowed Frenchman Gregory Bourdy (who had a hole-in-one at No. 3) to surge past him. It didn't deter Wiesberger though and he circled birdies at 7 and 9 to get back in front and then built his lead again on the back nine. The 31-year-old went birdie-bogey-birdie from Nos. 13-15 and then drained a 12-footer at 17 for his 19th circle of the week. He's now in pole position to record a fourth European Tour win and first since the 2015 Open de France.
Apr 22 - 7:17 AM

With the low 18 of the week, a third-round 8-under-par 33-31=64, course horse Alexander Levy set the clubhouse target of 10-under 206 at the weather-delayed Shenzhen International in China; that's currently good enough for T4 and represents a leap of 32 spots on the live leaderboard. UPDATE Levy ended the day in T7, five back from 54-hole leader Bernd Wiesberger.

The Frenchman has course form of 4-25-1 at Genzon GC but had left himself eight shots off the first-round lead following an opening 74. Despite a 68 on his second lap, he started his third round 10 behind halfway pacesetter Bernd Wiesberger. The Frenchman needed something special and got it in a round featuring seven birdies and an eagle. It was a relatively quiet start for Levy as he traded a birdie with a bogey over the first three holes but his round took off with back-to-back gains at 5 and 6. He connected three red numbers from Nos. 9-11, added another birdie at 13 and then, for his final trick, produced an eagle-3 at 17. Right now, he's three behind Wiesberger, who has eight holes still to finish. Unless the leader really kicks clear, it looks as if Levy has given himself a shot at it in Sunday's final round.
Apr 22 - 4:42 AM

First-round leader Bubba Watson had to settle for a 2-under-par 34-36=70 in his delayed second round at the Shenzhen International in China, his 36-hole total of 8-under 136 leaving him four behind halfway leader Bernd Wiesberger. UPDATE Bubba added a R3 70 in the afternoon and will start R4 five back from Wiesberger.

That’s okay and still good enough for T2 but the American would have wanted to make further inroads in to Wiesberger’s overnight lead. Watson resumed early Saturday at 7-under having managed to play just five holes of round two but could only advance his score by a single shot over the remaining 13. He made his first gain of the day with a birdie at 7 but gave it straight back with a bogey-4 at 8. He quickly shook that off with back-to-back red numbers at 9 and 10 and looked ready to make a big finish with two par 5s still to come. However, the left-hander would make bogey-6 at 13 and had to settle for par at the 526-yard 17th. With nothing but pars to add to that he ended the morning four behind Wiesberger before setting off on his third round.
Apr 22 - 3:30 AM

World No. 15 Patrick Reed labored to a 5-over-par 38-39=77 in the second round of the Valero Texas Open and at 2-over 69-77=146, missed the cut by two shots.

A total of 76 players from a field of 156 made the cut of even-par 144. San Antonio native Reed was the top-ranked player in OWGR at TPC San Antonio and highest-up the bookmaker's food chain (28/1 outright) to depart early. This was his fourth appearance and his hope was a solo 2nd here last year would put the breaks on a lackluster season thus far, entering the week at 92nd in the FedExCup standings and one top 10 in 12 events. Instead, the 26-year-old misses his third straight cut for the first time since the 2014 season. Other notable early exits: 145- Curtis Luck (pro debut) ... 146- Ian Poulter (last start on Major Medical); Luke List; Chris Kirk; Rafael Campos ... 147- Billy Horschel ... 148- Luke Donald; 2-time champ Zach Johnson; Sam Saunders ... 149- Scott Piercy ... 150- Bryson DeChambeau ... 151- Keegan Bradley.
Apr 21 - 9:14 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, World No. 41 Kevin Chappell styled a 4-under-par 34-34=68 on Day 2 of the Valero Texas Open to post 7-under 137, up 16 places on the live leaderboard to T3, one adrift of 36-hole co-leaders Bud Cauley and Tony Finau.

This is the 30-year-old's eighth appearance and improves to 5-for-8 after an opening 69 (five birdies, two bogeys). He has two prior top-10 finishes, a T2 in 2011 and T4 last year (71-70-70-68). After finishing up the 2015 edition with an 81, the Californian has now put six straight in the red. He landed nine (of 14) fairways and 10 greens in regulation, recording 1.738 SG: Off-the-Tee, the current leader in the latter at 3.656. The UCLA product squared a lone bogey-5 at 12 (failed sand save), camouflaged with five birdies at 10, 11, 15, 3 and 5. His split included a 23-footer from the fringe for birdie-3 at 10, and 18-footer for birdie-3 at 15, and a 21-footer for birdie-2 at 3. Chappell arrived off a T7 two weeks ago at the Masters, his first top 10 this season among nine cashes in 12 starts.
Apr 21 - 8:10 PM

Tony Finau feasted on the Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio, firing a 7-under-par 33-32=65 in round two of the Valero Texas Open, grabbing a share of the 36-hole clubhouse lead on 8-under 136.

The big hitter found just five fairways today but didn't let that seep into his iron play, gaining 4.498 strokes approaching-the-green. A big chunk of that came at the par-4 11th where he holed out for eagle from 105 yards. It wasn't just great iron play that did the trick today, he also splashed in four putts from outside 10 feet, including a pair from outside 21 feet. Finau stood on the tee box of the par-5 18th needing a birdie to match the course record but instead sprayed his drive, leading to a bogey. The 27-year-old will enter the weekend in a share of the lead with Bud Cauley, the first time either of them will lead/co-lead a PGA TOUR lead at the midpoint. Finau will need to tidy up his accuracy off the tee, because there are big numbers lurking everywhere around TPC San Antonio.
Apr 21 - 7:44 PM

Overnight leader Branden Grace grinded out a 1-over-par 37-36=73 during round two of the Valero Texas Open, backpedaling out of the leader's circle to sit on 5-under 139, still good for a spot inside the top 10.

The South African put on a stripe show on day one, but left a few strokes out there with the putter. His flat stick didn't improve much today (missing three more putts from inside six feet) and his iron play saw a sharp decline, as well. Grace only set himself up with five birdie-or-better looks from inside 25 feet (versus 14 chances from inside 20 feet in R1). He lost 1.004 strokes approaching-the-green after gaining 4.536 strokes on day one. Despite the disappointing round today, the 28-year-old still sits in very good shape for the tournament overall.
Apr 21 - 7:12 PM

Making his tournament debut, World No. 122 Cameron Smith spun a week-low 7-under-par 31-34=65 in today's second round of the Valero Texas Open to reach 7-under 137, up 68 places on the live leaderboard to solo 2nd, one shy of 36-hole clubhouse leader Bud Cauley. UPDATE: With play completed, Smith is T3 and his 65 was matched by Tony Finau, who co-leads with Cauley.

Beginning off No. 10 tee, the 23-year-old landed 10 (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, gaining 5.474 strokes around-the-green, the current leader in the latter at 6.170. He kicked off with four pars and a lone bogey-6 at 14 (3-putt from 50'0"), but followed with a 3-birdie train on holes 15-17. The Aussie went back-to-back at Nos. 4 and 5, closing with eagle-3 at the eighth and walking off with birdie-3 at nine, capping with a 21-footer from the fringe. Of his seven par breakers, four were unconventional, highlighted by a hole-out eagle at the par-5 eighth from a greenside bunker 87'5" from the target.
Apr 21 - 1:34 PM

Bud Cauley blitzed the Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio with a bogey-free, 6-under-par 33-33=66 during round two, reaching the midpoint on 8-under 136, currently good for the title of clubhouse leader.

Cauley coasted to a three birdie, one bogey effort on day one, but lost 1.138 strokes putting to prevent any further scoring. Perhaps he spent some extra time on the practice greens because he flipped the script entirely today. It started on the opening hole when he splashed home a 12'10 par saver. He would add two more par savers from outside 11 feet before his day would be over, in addition to a pair of lengthy birdie putts from outside 13 feet, the longest coming from over 38 feet. Cauley walked off the course gaining 4.745 strokes putting today. If this lead holds by day's end, it will be the 27-year-old's first 36-hole lead on the PGA TOUR. Last week at the RBC Heritage he found himself T5 after two days before fading slightly to T9 come Sunday night.
Apr 21 - 1:18 PM




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