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Webb Simpson twirled an 8-under-par 33-30=63 in his second round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open to reach the midpoint in 15-under 127, good for outright possession of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

Suffice it to say, Simpson is thoroughly enjoying his first trip to TPC Summerlin since 2010. After Thursday's 17-GIR performance, he hit another 15 today and converted on nine of those chances, all for birdie. Four of the par breakers dropped in from outside 12 feet, including respective rolls from 19'8" and 33'9" at the 14th and fifth holes. He finally succumbed to his first bogey of the week, that a 6 at No. 16 where he had to punch out after a wayward drive, and then found the greenside pond with his third. Today's score matches his career-low on the PGA TOUR; it's the seventh time he's achieved it. He'll sleep on a four-strokes margin over five in pursuit.
Fri, Oct 18, 2013 03:24:00 PM

World No. 395 David Hearn navigated a 4-under-par 35-33=68 in the second round of the Valero Texas Open to post 6-under 138, up nine places on the live leaderboard to T3, three in arrears of clubhouse co-leaders Zach Johnson and Ryan Moore.

Playing this season in conditional status, the 38-year-old got in this week as an alternate. It's his seventh VTO, sixth at TPC San Antonio. Hearn's results in the Texas Hill Country are mixed (and alternating), missing cuts in 2011, 2013 and 2017, and finishing T11 in 2012 and T13 in 2016. The Wyoming alum checked in at 178th in the FedExCup standings with four made cuts on the season and one top 25 (T17, RSM). He's missed five cuts, including by 10 at last week's Heritage (81-71). The Canadian opened with a three-birdie, one-bogey 70 and carded five circles on Day 2 against a lone bogey-5 at hole 1. He gained 3.603 strokes on-the-green with 24 total putts, including two conversions from between 17 and 37 feet.
Apr 20 - 2:54 PM

Brooks Koepka plans to return from a long injury layoff, setting his eyes on next week's team event, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Koepka was last seen at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, finishing last in the field. A torn tendon in his left wrist was the culprit that caused the decline in play and forced him to the sidelines. According to Doug Ferguson of the AP, he also underwent a treatment that injected some bone marrow from his hip into the wrist. Koepka was in a soft cast for two months of that 15-week layoff. Easing into action, the defending U.S. Open champ will make his first appearance at next week's team event, choosing Marc Turnesa as his playing partner. Koepka made this a family affair last year, finishing T5 while tag-teaming with his brother, Chase.
Apr 20 - 2:52 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, past champ and World No. 101 Martin Laird styled a 7-under-par 30-35=65 in the second round of the Valero Texas Open to reach 6-under 138, up 61 spots on the live leaderboard to T3, three adrift of clubhouse co-leaders Zach Johnson and Ryan Moore.

The 2013 winner reeled off six birdies in his last nine holes, including five straight at 1-5, which ties a career best. In total, he racked up nine circles on 14 greens in regulation with 26 total putts, and matched the low round of the day thus far with Johnson. It's also a season low for the 35-year-old (35 rounds), eclipsing 67 (x3), most recently in R1 at last week's Heritage. On 10 (of 14) fairways, he gained 1.224 strokes off-the-tee and 2.048 approaching-the-green, and squared two bogeys at 12 (failed scramble) and 18 (3-putt from 25'9"). The Scottsdale resident kicked off with a four-birdie, five-bogey 73.
Apr 20 - 2:36 PM

Ryan Moore stayed in sharpshooter mode today as he twirled a second straight bogey-free round, this time signing for a 5-under-par 34-33=67 to claim a piece of the early 36-hole clubhouse lead on 9-under 135, joining Zach Johnson at the top.

Moore was never flirting with the course record today but he was on cruise control throughout the round. After splitting 13 (of 14) fairways in R1, he found 12 more fairways today. From there, he attacked to land 15 greens in regulation. His putter provided the final blow, draining five birdies, three from outside nine feet. If you're nitpicking, he did miss on a trio of chances in the 8-to-13 foot range but you can't expect to make them all. With a T18 and T8 in his last two visits, he clearly likes the layout here at TPC San Antonio. If this co-lead holds it will be his seventh career 36-hole lead/co-lead on TOUR. He has converted 2-of-6 into wins. Moore signed for one of just two bogey-free rounds on Thursday which goes to show just how impressive this is to be bogey-free through 36 holes.
Apr 20 - 2:16 PM

World No. 58 Zach Johnson bombarded the AT&T Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio, cruising to a 7-under-par 34-31=65 during the second round of the Valero Texas Open, staking a share of the 36-hole clubhouse lead alongside Ryan Moore (9-under 135).

Johnson was 3-over thru 11 holes to start his week, looking like a potential early trunk slam. Instead, he rattled off nine birdies and two eagles over his next 25 holes to vault his name to the top of the leaderboard. Only two of his conversions today came from outside nine feet which tells you how good his tee-to-green play was today. The highlight of his round came at the par-4 5th where he holed out from the greenside bunker for an untraditional eagle. He needed a birdie at the last to tie the course record but missed a short one to swallow his first bogey of the day. ZJ is a two-time winner at this event but neither came at TPC San Antonio. Playing his 18th round at the course, this beats his previous best by three shots (68, R2/2010). If this holds it will be his first 36-hole lead/co-lead since the 2015 Tournament of Champions.
Apr 20 - 2:08 PM

World No. 154 Chris Kirk painted a bogey-free, 6-under-par 34-32=66 in the second round of the Valero Texas Open for a 36-hole total of 5-under 139, up 60 places on the live leaderboard to T4, four back of clubhouse leader Zach Johnson, who shot 65.

This is the 32-year-old's fourth VTO with two prior top-15 finishes and one missed cut last year by two shots (75-71). His best is T8 in 2015 and also posted a T13 in 2016. The Georgia alum checked in this week 11-for-15 on the season with four top 25s and two top 10s. The most recent of any of those was 13th at Arnie's Invite three starts ago. Kirk opened with an up-and-down 73 (three birdies, four bogeys) but carded six circles on Day 2 on 12 greens in regulation for 2.402 SG: Putting at last glance. Five of his conversions were from inside of 11 feet and walked off with a birdie-bomb at the par-5 18th from 43'1" for 24 total putts.
Apr 20 - 1:54 PM

Starting the day in a share of 35th place, Ben Crane stepped on the gas to record a 6-under-par 35-31=66 during round two of the Valero Texas Open, good for a seat inside the top 5 on the live leaderboard at 6-under 138.

Crane kicked off on the back nine today and circled five birdies in his first eight holes. Highlights included a 13'7" splash at the 11th and a 24'5" birdie bomb at the 16th. A steady stream of scoring chances was key as five of his seven birdies came from inside six feet. After a birdie on his 10th hole of the day he sat at 6-under on the round and may have started to stare down the course record of 63. He traded a birdie and a bogey on his way into the clubhouse to settle for 66. This will be Crane's first time he positioned himself inside the top 10 after R2 since the 2017 St. Jude Classic, 10 months ago.
Apr 20 - 1:47 PM

Alvaro Quiros outpaced five bogeys with seven birdies in a wild ride around Royal Golf Dar Es Salam on day two of the Trophee Hassan II, his eventual 2-under-par 34-36=70 moving him into a one-shot lead over Andrew Dodt on 7-under 137. UPDATE- Quiros kept the lead throughout the day, as did Dodt his solo second.

Quiros had hit 12 of 14 fairways and 16 greens in regulation in an excellent opening 67 which gave him a share of the first-round lead with Bradley Dredge. His second lap today started in topsy-turvy style as he opened birdie-bogey-birdie-bogey-birdie-bogey. After posting his first par of the day at 16, the Spaniard added another red number at 17 but this time followed it with a circle rather than a square. Quiros made it three birdies on the spin with another gain at 1 but wobbled after that with dropped shots at 4 and 6 taking his bogey tally to five for the round. The rollercoaster continued with another birdie at 7 which put him a shot clear of Dodt and he closed with a pair of pars to complete an eventual day. So far so good for the seven-time European Tour winner, who won last May's Rocco Forte Open, although he'll have to watch that bogey count (six so far) on the weekend.
Apr 20 - 9:42 AM

Chris Stroud withdrew from the Valero Texas Open following a 7-over-par 39-40=79 during his opening round. There was no reason cited for why he called it quits.

The Lamar University product split 10 (of 14) fairways today but found just six greens in regulation (-2.804 strokes gained approach). One highlight of his round was a 78'11" hole out for birdie at the par-3 13th. It was his lone bogey of the day, not able to erase an eight-pack of bogeys. On the greens, he missed three putts from inside eight feet. There is no reason cited for the WD but this will go in the books as his 12th career mid-tournament WD (309 starts).
Apr 19 - 9:08 PM

Billy Horschel carried over his momentum from last week, building a bogey-free, 4-under-par 33-35=68 during the opening round of the Valero Texas Open, just one off the pacesetter Grayson Murray.

Arriving fresh off a T5 last week at the RBC Heritage, Horschel is not slowing down yet. Today, he put on a ball-striking clinic, pelting 15 greens which ranks 2nd to only Keegan Bradley at the moment. Horschel walked off the course gaining 2.050 strokes off-the-tee and another 1.597 strokes on approach. Coming down the stretch, the Florida Gator likely feels like he even left a few strokes out there, missing four birdie looks from the 9-to-14 foot range on the back nine. Last week's T5 was Horschel's first top 40 in his last nine starts but today's round suggests that he's ready to turn his season around and last week's T5 may not have been a one-week flash in the pan.
Apr 19 - 8:00 PM

Ryan Moore blitzed the AT&T Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio, walking off with a bogey-free, 4-under-par 34-34=68 during round one of the Valero Texas Open, placing him inside the top 5 on the live leaderboard.

Moore was a tactician off the tee today, splitting 13 (of 14) fairways to make his approach shots a bit more manageable. Battling with blustery conditions, he only landed 12 greens in regulation but that was plenty good today. In fact, he walked off the course gaining at least one stroke in all four sub-categories of strokes-gained stats. A very balanced attack. In Moore's two previous starts at this event he's collected top 20s but was outside the top 30 after R1 in both of those. With a fast start now under his belt, perhaps he can rattle off a new personal best at the Valero (T8, 2012).
Apr 19 - 7:46 PM




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