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Oliver Farr is 6-under-par 70-68=138 through two rounds of the Trophee Hassan II, good for a share of the 36-hole lead with three others.

The rookie from Wales celebrated his 27th birthday on Wednesday, so all that's missing is a celebratory gift. He's just 4-for-9 this season with no better than a T45 at the Africa Open. Yet, here he is contending in Morocco. Far has missed only three (of 26) fairways thus far; he landed 13 greens in regulation in each round. The precision paved the way for eight birdies against two bogeys, both at the par-4 18th hole. He finished 10th in earnings in what was his rookie season on the Challenge Tour in 2014.
Mar 27 - 4:54 PM

Richie Ramsay arrived at the break of the Trophee Hassan II in 6-under-par 72-66=138 and shares the lead entering the weekend.

Course history buffs are getting their latest example of why success at a venue has so much value to them. Today's loop of Golf du Palais Royal in Agadir, Morocco, was indicative of how comfortable Ramsay is on the track. He hit 16 greens in regulation and connected for six birdies, five of which on his opening nine. The Scot is 0-for-5 this season with four missed cuts and a withdrawal. It's a rapid departure from the form that yielded a successful 2014 during which he finished 43rd in the Race to Dubai.
Mar 27 - 4:41 PM

Chez Reavie completed 36 holes of the Valero Texas Open in 8-over-par 74-78=152 and will miss the cut.

Even with a cut line that will land several strokes over par today, the 33-year-old will not make the weekend. He split 16 (of 28) fairways but totaled just 14 greens in regulation and wiped away five birdies with eight bogeys, one double and a triple. He's now 2-for-9 on the season and hasn't cashed in six straight starts. This leaves him with 15 starts on his Major Medical Extension to earn $644,408 or 360.5 FedExCup points and retain status.
Mar 27 - 4:27 PM

Citing a back injury, Daniel Chopra walked off TPC San Antonio after finding a fairway bunker off the tee on the par-5 second hole.

He bogeyed the par-4 first, the only hole he completed today. Chopra was 9-over through 19 holes when he called it quits. He's the seventh to withdraw after beginning the event. It's his fifth mid-tournament WD in 258 PGA TOUR starts. This was just his second start this season. He qualified as a co-medalist at Monday's four-spotter.
Mar 27 - 3:25 PM

Phil Mickelson signed for an even-par 36-36=72 following his second round of the Valero Texas Open.

This was quintessential Lefty. He piped eight (of 14) fairways and hit 10 greens in regulation, circling four birdies along the way. The set featured a chip-in from nine yards away at the par-4 fourth. However, Mickelson also three-putted the green at the par-4 12th from 69'9" for bogey. He squared another bogey at the par-3 16th where his tee ball landed in the bunker inside the green. And he doubled the par-4 sixth after finding trouble well left of the fairway off the tee. However, at 2-under 142, he's positioned four strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead and poised to pounce on the weekend.
Mar 27 - 3:20 PM

Zach Johnson crafted a bogey-free, 1-under-par 36-35=71 in his second round of the Valero Texas Open.

At last check, his strokes gained: putting measured a predictable -1.191, but he'll take the spotless card every day. Johnson split eight (of 14) fairways and hit 11 greens in regulation. He converted but a lone birdie at the par-3 seventh hole. His biggest challenge to avert a dropped shot occurred at the par-4 15th where his escape from a greenside bunker came to rest on the fringe four yards away. At 2-under 142, he's only four strokes in arrears of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
Mar 27 - 3:14 PM

Billy Horschel carded a 2-under-par 35-35=70 in his second round of the Valero Texas Open, reaching the halfway point in 2-under 142, four strokes adrift of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

Horschel hit 14 greens in regulation and got up and down all four times, but still squared a pair of three-putt bogeys at Nos. 13 and 4. Elsewhere, he rolled in four birdies, the longest dropping from just inside 20 feet at the par-3 third. He might have mixed emotions despite being in the hunt as the 2014 FedExCup champ has split only eight 28 fairways this week. That's put pressure on his irons and short game, but he's surviving.
Mar 27 - 2:58 PM

Jordan Spieth cruised to a 3-under-par 35-34=69 in his second round of the Valero Texas Open, posting 4-under 140 at the midpoint, just two strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

He piped 10 (of 14) fairways and landed 13 greens in regulation en route to five birdies today. Spieth kept it close throughout, evidenced by the fact that his only conversion from outside nine feet measured just 10'8" for birdie at the par-4 first hole. The 21-year-old is gunning for victories in consecutive starts.
Mar 27 - 2:48 PM

Overnight leader Charley Hoffman settled for an even-par 33-39=72 in today's second round of the Valero Texas Open.

This might sting a bit given the scorable conditions at TPC San Antonio today. He went out in 3-under with four birdies, including conversions from 31'10" and 10'10" at the par-3 13th and par-5 18th holes, but Hoffman played his inward side in birdie-free 3-over with three bogeys. When he signed his card at 5-under 139 and just one stroke off the 36-hole clubhouse lead, he probably reminded himself that it's a marathon and not a sprint. Still, the latter half of today's effort played out more like his form of late rather than his repeated success on this track.
Mar 27 - 2:40 PM

Chris Kirk turned in a 1-under-par 37-34=71 for his second round of the Valero Texas Open.

It matches his opening-round aggregate, but Kirk penciled in only four pars today versus 13 on Thursday. This is because he went just 3-for-8 in scrambling for five bogeys but also picked off six birdies. He sunk as low as 2-over at one point today, but touched 1-under twice, and especially when it mattered the most. His birdies included a zero-putt seven-yarder at the par-4 fourth and a trio of conventional conversions from outside 13 feet. His longest measured 22'8" at the par-4 17th, but he also walked off with a birdie from 15'1" at the par-5 18th. Kirk sits just four strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
Mar 27 - 2:07 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

Brendan Steele spun a 4-under-par 32-36=68 in his second round of the Valero Texas Open to touch 2-under 132 at the break, four strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

He signed his card sitting three back, but Jimmy Walker has since taken it one lower. Steele striped 10 (of 14) fairways, hit 11 greens in regulation today and circled six birdies, thus maximizing on his opportunities. His most notable measured 11 feet and 17'8" at the par-5 second and par-4 sixth holes, respectively. It's an extension of form that he's exhibited most of the season. He also has some great memories of TPC San Antonio given it's the site of his only PGA TOUR victory (in 2011).
Mar 27 - 1:55 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

Kevin Na toured TPC San Antonio ins 4-under-par 34-34=68 in his second round of the Valero Texas Open to reach the midpoint in 4-under 140, one off the early 36-hole clubhouse lead.

After a sketchy opening round, Na's form of late took over today. He went 5-for-5 in scrambling and poured in five birdies, four of which from outside 11 feet. His longest ran 30'9" at the par-4 12th hole, but he also walked off with a birdie-3 from 17'2" at the par-4 ninth. It was a smart bounce-back after a three-putt bogey from just 13'5" at the par-5 eighth.
Mar 27 - 1:40 PM

George Coetzee endured a frustrating finish at the Trophee Hassan II when poised to take the halfway lead at Golf du Palais Royal.

The South African had to settle for an even-par 35-37=72 in Morocco on Friday after handing in a card littered with errors. That said, at 5-under 139 he's just one shot off joint clubhouse leaders Rafael Cabrera-Bello and Richard Green and on track to gain the win he needs to book himself a ticket to The Masters. His peaks-and-troughs round started with a birdie at the first but he dropped three shots with a double bogey-6 at the third and a bogey at the fourth. Coetzee rallied strongly with a run of four birdies in five holes to take the lead at 7-under but his hopes of kicking clear of the bunched pack were undone with bogeys at 14, 15 and 18. He squeezed in a birdie at 16 but cut a disappointed figure walking off the course. The recent Tshwane Open winner will need to sharpen up his iron play on the weekend after hitting just nine greens in regulation in round two.
Mar 27 - 1:40 PM



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