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Rickie Fowler added a 3-under-par 34-35=69 in his second round of The Open Championship to touch 6-under 138 at the midpoint, good for a share of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

It's all come together for the American. For the second straight day, Fowler converted five birdies against two bogeys. He's played the par 5s in bogey-free 5-under. Overall, he's split 17 (of 28) fairways and hit 27 greens in regulation. We have to expect more sterling form on the weekend.
Fri, Jul 18, 2014 01:36:00 PM

Jimmy Walker chased his opening 71 at the Valero Texas Open with a 5-under-par 34-33=67 to post 6-under 138, good for outright possession of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

He's halfway to the home win. Walker went 5-for-5 in scrambling today, but still squared a bogey when he three-jacked the green at the par-4 17th from inside 58 feet. It was merely a speed bump hidden among six birdies, four of which from 10 feet or longer. The highlights disappeared from 22'1" at the par-4 10th, where he opened his round, and 18'8" at the par-3 seventh, which was the second of three straight birdies coming home. In addition to sitting atop the leaderboard when he signed his card, the Texan led the field in greens in regulation (25) and strokes gained: putting (6.522 at last check).
Mar 27 - 2:01 PM

Danny Lee withdrew during his second round of the Valero Texas Open, citing vertigo.

Yikes. We see it a couple of times every season, but it's not often noticed on the scorecard as vividly as Lee's today. After missing the green long at the par-3 third hole -- his 12th of the round -- he pitched on to 7"7" and promptly four-putted for a triple bogey. He was 3-over on the day and 11-over for the tournament. This is his second WD during an event in 87 PGA TOUR starts. Lee had arrived in great form with top 20s to conclude the Florida Swing and positioned 42nd in the FedExCup standings.
Mar 27 - 1:46 PM

Francesco Molinari alerted his followers on Twitter that he has withdrawn from the Valero Texas Open due to a wrist injury.

The Italian wrote, "I'm sorry to say I had to pull out of the @valerotxopen after a wrist injury I sustained after a few holes yesterday." He was scheduled to go off the first tee at 12:20 p.m. CT. Molinari opened with a 9-over-par 39-42=81 in the morning wave. Since he started the week outside the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking -- he's currently 63rd -- his only conduit to qualify for the Masters is to win the Shell Houston Open. It's a possibility that he didn't rule out in a follow-up tweet: "I hope to get better soon and be able to play in Houston next week."
Mar 27 - 12:50 PM

Zac Blair withdrew from the Valero Texas Open during his second round due to a back injury.

The rookie parred the par-3 13th hole before calling it quits. He was 11-over-par through 13 on the day and 15-over through 31 holes. This is his first mid-tournament WD in 16 PGA TOUR starts. Blair arrived in San Antonio slotted 52nd in the FedExCup standings on the strength of one top 10 and another five top 25s. He's not a front-runner for Rookie of the Year, but he on the unofficial watch list.
Mar 27 - 11:58 AM

Rafael Cabrera-Bello authored a 3-under-par 34-35=69 to post the early clubhouse lead of 6-under 138 on day two of the Trophee Hassan II.

For now, that's a shot behind first-round leader Adrien Saddier, who was still over an hour away from starting his second round when Cabrera-Bello handed in his card. The Spaniard's second straight 69 means he's now broken 70 in five of his last six laps at Golf du Palais Royal. He was T5 last year. The 30-year-old started with a pair of birdies at 10 and 11 before adding another at 14. He suffered a disappointing bogey at the par-5 15th and then mixed two par breakers and a single dropped shot on his second nine. The 69 has moved him up 13 spots to tied second. The key to his success so far is obvious. Cabrera-Bello has split 22 (of 26) fairways and missed just five greens in regulation over the first 36 holes.
Mar 27 - 8:42 AM

Charley Hoffman crafted a bogey-free, 5-under-par 33-34=67 in his opening round of the Valero Texas Open and snared sole possession of the clubhouse lead.

The 72 golfers in the morning wave can only shake their heads at this. It was truly the tale of two first rounds today. No one in the early draw broke par. Hoffman split eight (of 14) fairways and went 7-for-7 in scrambling while circling seven birdies. His longest dropped in from just 11'1" at the par-4 ninth hole. His greatest challenge to save par was met at the par-4 fourth where he rolled in his longest conversion of the day (from 12'8"). At last check, he ranked third in strokes gained: tee-to-green (5.967) and first in strokes gained: putting (3.791).
Mar 26 - 8:12 PM

Phil Mickelson posted 2-under-par 35-35=70 in his opening round of the Valero Texas Open, coming to rest just two strokes off the clubhouse lead.

Mickelson always like to enter the Masters warm and competitively fresh. The bonus is when he plays well. So, he checked both boxes at TPC San Antonio today. He went 5-for-9 in birdie chances with a 15-footer at the par-4 fifth hole and a 10-footer at the par-4 17th. However, Mickelson garnered attention mostly due to the fact that the clubhead of his 8-iron came off on his second shot from a fairway bunker at the par-4 12th hole. (You can view the video at the link below.) He'd go on to bogey the hole.
Mar 26 - 7:56 PM

Aaron Baddeley hung up a 4-under-par 34-34=68 in today's opening round of the Valero Texas Open to assume outright possession of the clubhouse

OK. Great score and all that, but what he did at the 17th hole might be a once-in-a-lifetime experience if not less often. After pulling his tee ball at the drivable par 4, Badds was forced to swallow an unplayable lie. Now back at the tee and hitting his third, he promptly holed out from 336 yards for birdie. Remember, it's a par 4! It was his fifth birdie of the round that also featured measly conversions from 14 feet and 11'3" at the par-5 second and eighth holes, respectively. He hit 11 greens in regulation and dropped only one shot (at the par-3 seventh hole). The Aussie is 3-for-3 at TPC San Antonio with a T3 (2010) and T15 (2013), but he's logged only one top 30 all season, that a T17 in a home game in Phoenix.
Mar 26 - 6:55 PM

In a brief update at The Telegraph, James Corrigan reported that Graeme McDowell walked off TPC San Antonio today as a precaution given that the Masters begin in two weeks.

As we relayed earlier, G-Mac withdrew after only nine holes with a foot injury. Corrigan broadened the source of McDowell's pain to a "stress injury to his lower left leg." Given this setback, the major champion has scrapped plans of visiting Augusta National next week and plans to compete in next week's Shell Houston Open. He's played the Golf Club of Houston (former known as Redstone Golf Club's Tournament Course) twice in competition, but not since 2012 when he tied for 63rd place.
Mar 26 - 5:57 PM

Martin Kaymer blew up for a 10-over-par 39-43=82 in today's opening round of the Valero Texas Open.

Even the reigning U.S. Open champ couldn't handle the U.S. Open-like scoring conditions, or lack thereof. In what was his first competitive loop of TPC San Antonio, Kaymer found six (of 14) fairways and eight greens in regulation. He circled two birdies, but threw it in reverse to the tune of four bogeys, one double and a pair of triples. His 7 at the par-4 sixth was the result of a three-putt from 7'7". This is Kaymer's highest aggregate in 279 career rounds on the PGA TOUR. It's just the second time that he's failed to break 80.
Mar 26 - 2:58 PM

Colt Knost withdrew during his opening round of the Valero Texas Open due to a thumb injury.

The big fella walked off after striping his drive into the fairway at the par-4 ninth hole. He was 9-over-par through eight holes with three pars, three bogeys, one double and a quad. This is his third mid-tournament WD in 130 PGA TOUR starts. It also extends his drought to five starts without a payday. The Texan started the week slotted 64th in the FedExCup standings.
Mar 26 - 1:11 PM

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