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World No. 357 Richy Werenski carded a second straight 68 with a 4-under-par 34-34 effort to reach the three-quarter pole at the Valero Texas Open on 8-under 208, up four places on the live leaderboard to solo 9th, four back of 54-hole clubhouse leader Trey Mullinax.

This is the 26-year-old's second VTO after a missed cut by three last year (73-74). He checked in just 7-for-16 on the season with no top 25s and a best of T29 at the CareerBuilder nine starts ago. After opening with 72-68, the Georgia Tech alum began T13, one short of the overnight top 10. He landed 10 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, gaining 0.602 strokes off-the-tee. The Jupiter, Florida, resident squared a lone bogey-5 at 13, offset by five birdies at 6, 7, 12, 15 and 17, two from between 12 and 30 feet. He registered 1.643 putts per GIR and 1.760 SG: Putting with 28 total putts.
Apr 21 - 5:18 PM

World No. 112 Sean O'Hair finished birdie-birdie-eagle en route to a bogey-free, 7-under-par 33-32=65 in the third round of the Valero Texas Open, jumping 21 spots on the live leaderboard to T4 on 9-under 207, three adrift of 54-hole clubhouse leader Trey Mullinax.

After opening in 72-70, the Lubbock, Texas, native and resident began T25, three shy of the overnight top 10. He landed nine (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, gaining 2.121 strokes approaching-the-green and 3.669 tee-to-green. The 35-year-old carded six birdies at holes 4, 8, 9, 16 and 17, adding eagle-3 at 18 from 11'8". He recorded 1.667 putts per GIR and 2.352 SG: Putting with 27 total putts. This is his fourth VTO, first since a missed cut in 2015, and third at TPC San Antonio, cashing for the first time at this venue. O'Hair did debut a T58 in 2008 at La Cantera GC. His most recent (of four) TOUR titles in 344 events is the 2011 RBC Canadian Open 167 starts ago, where he came from three back with 2-under 68 and won in a playoff.
Apr 21 - 4:34 PM

World No. 306 Trey Mullinax hung up a course record at the AT&T Oaks Course on Moving Day at the Valero Texas Open, painting a 10-under-par 33-29=62 to post the 54-hole clubhouse lead on 12-under 204 and climbing 24 places on the day.

This is the ninth VTO since moving to TPC San Antonio in 2010. The previous course record was 63 (x2), most recently Martin Laird in R4/2013, which he rode to a 2-stroke win. Mullinax, playing this season on conditional status after finishing 137th in FedExCup points last year as a rookie, also records a new career low in his 124th round, previously 63 in R1 at the 2017 Puerto Rico Open. This is his second VTO (MC by five last year) and arrived off a T22 at the Corales four weeks ago and a career-best T8 at the Valspar as an open-qualifier. The 25-year-old began T25, seven back (74-68), and hit seven (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, gaining 4.184 tee-to-green. He squared a lone bogey-5 at 11, smothered by seven birdies and two eagle-3s, the first a hole-out at 14 from 95'2" away, adding a walk off from 16'1". The Alabama alum posted 1.308 putts per GIR and 4.897 SG: Putting with 22 total putts.
Apr 21 - 4:15 PM

Erik Van Rooyen ground out a 1-under-par 34-37=71 to hit the 54-hole point of the Trophee Hassan II at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in Rabat, Morocco in a four-way tie for second on 6-under 210, one swing behind leader Alvaro Quiros.

The South African shares second with compatriot Christiaan Bezuidenhout, plus Alexy Levy and Mikko Ilonen after a day of swings and roundabouts. He dropped a shot at the first hole but rebounded with three straight birdies at 2, 3 and 4. The back nine was a struggle. He squared 10 and 15, looking like slipping out of direct final round contention, but from 50 yards he secured the birdie at the last. He has four finished of T21 or better in seven starts this season with a best of second in the Joburg Open. The rookie is seeking a maiden win at this level.
Apr 21 - 12:53 PM

Alexander Levy sashayed his way into contention at the Trophee Hassan II at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in Rabat, Morocco; his third round 3-under-par 34-35=69 enough for 6-under 210, just one back of leader Alvaro Quiros in a tie for second with Mikko Ilonen, Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Erik Van Rooyen.

The French star is still eyeing the outside prospect of making an audacious run at a Ryder Cup spot at Le Golf National and victory Sunday would go some way towards that goal. He's also gun in China, next week's destination, so this makes either a fine or a great warm-up for that, depending on his final round performance. For most of the day he traveled only in one direction, ticking 3 and 7 on the front nine then 12 and 15 on the back as he tracked the pacesettters. But he squared the 17th and couldn't birdie the par-5 18th (indeed he's failed to do all week). But despite that he remains right in the hunt for a fifth ET win.
Apr 21 - 12:49 PM

Christiaan Bezuidenhout bounced back in style to strike a third round 4-under-par 35-33=68 in the Trophee Hassan II at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in Rabat, Morocco, good for 6-under 210 and T2 heading into the final round, one stroke back of leader Alvaro Quiros.

The South African shares second with Alex Levy, Mikko Ilonen and Erik Van Rooyen, and is in great shape to make a bid for a maiden European Tour victory. Yet when he made bogey at both the first and third holes it looked a distant prospect. But he rebounded to make three birdies in four holes (at 4, 6 and 7) and refused to let the momentum drift on the back nine. He circled 11 and 13 early on the return home, then added another at the 18th. He owns one top five finish on the European Tour, when T2 in the 2016 South African Open.
Apr 21 - 12:47 PM

Mikko Ilonen torched Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in Rabat, Morocco with a 6-under-par lap of to hit the 54-hole mark of the Trophee Hassan II on 6-under 210, just one swing back of the leader Alvaro Quiros in a four-way tie for second with Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Alex Levy and Erik van Rooyen.

The Finn opened his account with a bogey-5 but thereafter it was nothing but progress in a round that raised him over 20 spots up the leaderboard. Twice he made three birdies in four holes. On the front nine at 5, 7 and 8, then on the back nine at 11, 12 and 14. "I stayed really patient late in the round," he said. "Around 15 and 16 which are playing hard." He then circled 18 to confirm genuine interest in the Sunday title hunt. "I wasn't expecting to go low," he admitted. "Things started to roll and I like the layout." He finished T3 at this course in 2010 and is now 7-for-7 in Morocco with four top 20s and another at his beck and call.
Apr 21 - 12:46 PM

An 18th hole birdie allowed Alvaro Quiros to grab the solo 54-hole lead in the Trophee Hassan II at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in Rabat, Morocco; his level-par round of 36-36=72 giving him a total of 7-under 209 and a one shot advantage over Mikko Ilonen, Christian Bezuidenhout, Alex Levy and Erik Van Rooyen.

The Spaniard calmly two-putted that 54th hole having lashed two shots to the green of the 575-yard par-5 to smarten up a card that was hard working after the glory of the first two days. He made front nine errors at the first and seventh, making up for them in-between at the third and sixth. Five pars followed before he started the up and down mode again. There were dropped shots at 13 and 16, birdies at 15 and that last hole. He is 4-for-6 with 54-hole leads and 4-for-5 when they are of the solo kind. "It was a little like Russian Roulette," he said afterwards. "I hit many good shots and the ball ran out to funny places because of the pin positions. But they didn't move for me! Everyone else played them."
Apr 21 - 12:45 PM

World No. 10 Sergio Garcia sleepwalked to a even-par 38-34=72 in the second round of the Valero Texas Open and at 2-over 146, missed the cut by one shot.

A total of 80 pros from a field of 156 pros made the 36-hole cut of 1-over 145 so a second cut of low 70 and ties will take place after 54 holes. Garcia, the top-ranked OWGRer and pre-tourney fave outright (14/1), opened with an indifferent one-birdie, three-bogey 74 and cancelled three birdies with three bogeys on Day 2. His four total birdies ranked a dismal 121st and was 97th in SG: Putting (-0.797) and 98th in SG: Approach (-0.529). This was the transplanted Texan's 44th MC on TOUR in 329 events and misses consecutive cuts (Masters) for the first time since the 2004 Open and PGA Championships. Other notable early exits include: 146- Pat Perez; Luke List .. 147- Ryan Palmer; Kevin Na; Scott Piercy .. 148- J.B. Holmes; Adam Scott; Shubhankar Sharma .. 152 Jhonattan Vegas.
Apr 20 - 8:50 PM

Luke List arrived at the Valero Texas Open with some of the best form in the field but leaves with a sour taste in his mouth after rounds of 72-74=146 (+2) which places him one stroke outside of the cut line after 36 holes.

List was among the most popular plays in all fantasy formats this week. A large part of that was due to his torrid form entering the event. He had rattled off top 30s in eight straight stroke-play events. List had positioned himself T37 or better after 30 of his last 32 rounds before this week, avoiding any kind of cut sweats for the most part. That wasn't the case this week at TPC San Antonio. A small part of it was due to his tee-time draw, getting the short end of the stick by starting on Thursday morning. Looking at the top of the leaderboard, only three of the top 12 on the leaderboard came from his half of the draw. List walked off the property losing 5.454 strokes approaching-the-green and he lost another 2.194 strokes with the putter. He is not in the field for next week's team event.
Apr 20 - 8:48 PM

Chesson Hadley didn't light the lamp often but he did manage to keep a clean card, signing for a bogey-free, 1-under-par 35-36=71 during the second round of the Valero Texas Open, earning him a share of eighth place at the midpoint, sitting on 5-under 139.

Hadley split 11 (of 14) fairways and landed 15 greens in regulation but most of his chances were just outside of scoring range. He did miss a 6'3" birdie chance but the rest of his misses came from outside 10 feet. That included seven missed opportunities from the 11-to-20 foot range. A combination of low proximity and a cold putter held this round back. On the bright side, Hadley didn't try to push the envelope and settled for pars. On the week he has just one bogey and has gone 27 straight holes without a blemish. That should give the finger-snappin' Georgia Tech product plenty of confidence heading into the weekend.
Apr 20 - 8:25 PM

Making his professional debut, sponsor invite and World No. 1543 Joaquin Niemann navigated a 2-under-par 36-34=70 in the second round of the Valero Texas Open for a 36-hole tally of 2-under 142, up 10 places to T25 with play winding down.

The former No. 1-ranked amateur in the world chased an opening even-par 72 (three birdies, one bogey, one double bogey-6) with five circles against three squares on Day 2. He found nine (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, gaining 1.183 strokes off-the-tee but losing 0.676 around-the-green. Beginning off No. 10 tee, the 19-year-old squared bogeys at 13, 1 and 7 (failed scrambles), offset by birdies at 11, 14, 15, 8 and 9. His split included three conversions from between 19 and 44 feet, adding a 14-footer from the fringe at nine for a walk-off 3. The newly signed PING staffer recorded 1.636 putts per GIR and 1.152 SG: Putting with 27 total putts.
Apr 20 - 8:12 PM

Grayson Murray kept his name in the mix with a 3-under-par 33-36=69 during round two of the Valero Texas Open, arriving at the midpoint on 8-under 136, good for a share of third place.

The big hitter maintained a strong presence on the tee boxes, gaining 1.765 strokes off-the-tee in R2. Combined with his 2.877 strokes gained in round one, he currently ranks first in the field in the off-the-tee department. From there, he struggled to convert on the greens. Lowlights included a pair of missed putts from inside five-and-a-half feet. With strong driving and steady approach play, Murray should keep his name in the mix over the weekend. He will need to warm up the putter if he wants to truly contend.
Apr 20 - 8:04 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, World No. 114 Andrew Landry styled a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in the second round of the Valero Texas Open to reach 8-under 136, up four places to T3, one short of 36-hole co-leaders Zach Johnson and Ryan Moore.

This is the Texan's 13th start of the season and the third time he's been in the top 10 thru 36 holes. He was T6 at the RSM, eventually finishing T4, and led the CareerBuilder six starts ago (63-65), eventually finishing a career-best P2 to Jon Rahm (70-68). The second-year man hit seven (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, gaining 1.499 strokes approaching-the-green and 2.578 tee-to-green. He opened with bogey-5 at 10 but then played his final 17 holes in bogey-free 6-under, circling 11, 13, 17, 2, 5 and 8, two from between 13 and 16 feet. The Arkansas alum posted 1.571 putts per GIR and 2.451 SG: Putting with 27 total putts.
Apr 20 - 8:00 PM

PGA TOUR rookie and World No. 445 Denny McCarthy enjoyed a 5-under-par 34-33=67 in the second round of the Valero Texas Open for a 36-hole total of 5-under 139, up 29 spots on the live leaderboard to T6, four back of clubhouse co-leaders Zach Johnson and Ryan Moore. UPDATE: With R2 complete, McCarthy is T8.

The 25-year-old is making his tourney debut and checked in 160th in the FedExCup standings. He's just 4-for-11 on the season but has found some form of late, posting a career-best solo 4th at the opposite-field Corales and a T43 at the Houston Open on a top-10 exemption. The Virginia alum kicked off with a five-birdie, five-bogey 72 and circled four birdies on Day 2 along with an eagle-2 from 5'9" at the par-4 fifth after driving the green. On seven (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, he gained 1.640 strokes around-the-green and 2.429 on-the-green with 26 total putts. The Jupiter, Florida, resident's split included two conversions from between 14 and 18 feet and is currently 2nd in SG: Putting thru 36 holes (4.109).
Apr 20 - 3:27 PM



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