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Roberto Diaz turned on the birdie machine during the opening round of the Valero Texas Open, signing for a 3-under-par 36-33=69 to throw his name into contention on day one.

Diaz set up this round with steady striking, splitting 10 (of 14) fairways en route to 12 greens in regulation. That was good for +2.159 strokes approaching-the-green at the time he signed his card. His putter was up and down but highlights included a pair of birdie splashes from the 12-to-16 foot range. Diaz arrived with finishes of T33-MC-T32 over his last three starts, showing some signs of form. He is still searching for his first top 20 on the PGA TOUR so gamers shouldn't pencil him into a top finish just yet.
Apr 19 - 3:30 PM

Alvaro Quiros birdied the final two holes in a 5-under-par 33-34=67 to end round one of the Trophee Hassan II at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in Morocco tied at the top alongside Bradley Dredge.

Afternoon starter Quiros opened up with birdie-3 at the 1st hole and made another push with back-to-back circles at 5 and 6. He posted his next red number at 10 before wiping that out with his only square of the day at 14. But after Dredge had set the new clubhouse lead of 5-under, the Spaniard matched it with a pair of closing gains at 17 and 18. "I have to recognise that it was a great round of golf," he said. "The score is good but I will say that the level that I displayed today from tee to green, it's been unbelievable. I know that five under is a very good score but it looks like it's a little bit short for the game that I have displayed today." Quiros has missed four of his last five cuts and could only finish 145th on last season's Race to Dubai but he showed what he's still capable of by capturing the 2017 Rocco Forte Open in Italy, a result which secured his exemption again. He finished that tournament in a tie for fourth after the opening lap.
Apr 19 - 3:21 PM

Battling tough conditions on day one of the Valero Texas Open, Chesson Hadley manhandled the AT&T Oaks Course to the tune of a 4-under-par 33-35=68, placing him just one off the pace set by Grayson Murray.

For a string bean that calls himself the Wind Sock, some of Hadley's best career rounds have come in windy conditions. We can add another to his wind resume today as he circled five birdies while dropping just one shot. That came on a day where the morning wave averaged 73.83 strokes (5.83 shots more than Hadley). Strong short game was the name of the game today as he sank two putts from outside 13 feet and also holed out twice from just off the green (21'3" and 26'0"). Playing his 11th career round at TPC San Antonio, this goes in the books as his new personal best. That's saying a lot since he recorded a T4 here back in 2015 (71-72-71-71). Entering the week ranked 2nd on TOUR in strokes gained approach, Hadley should continue to give himself scoring chances this week. He should keep his name in the mix as long as he can avoid the big number.
Apr 19 - 3:18 PM

Jon Curran cruised to a 3-under-par 33-36=69 during the opening round of the Valero Texas Open, just two off the early pace set by Grayson Murray.

The 31-year-old Vandy product is 0-for-10 to start the season. That looks to be changing for the positive this week as he traded four birdies with one bogey on Thursday at TPC San Antonio's AT&T Oaks Course. That is currently 4.855 strokes better than the field average. The biggest weapon was his flat stick as he walked off the course gaining 3.228 strokes putting. The highlight was a 25'1" birdie bomb at the par-4 15th. This will be the first time Curran has positioned himself inside the top 45 after R1 since the 2017 Honda Classic. Given the difficult conditions, nothing is set in stone, but Curran is well on his way to earning his first PGA TOUR paycheck since the 2017 WM Phoenix Open, 14 months ago.
Apr 19 - 3:08 PM

Playing Royal Golf Dar Es Salam for the first time since finishing T24 there in 2001, Bradley Dredge posted a 5-under-par 35-32=67 to end round one of the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco tied for the lead with Alvaro Quiros.

The duo, who both started in the afternoon wave, are a shot clear of Oliver Fisher, Joakim Lagergren, Erik Van Rooyen, Lorenzo Gagli and Benjamin Rusch. Dredge started his day at the 10th and put up two early birdies at 11 and 12 before giving a shot back at the 16th. The Welshman sprinkled five birdies against a single bogey (4th) coming home, those gains coming at 1, 2, 5, 7 and 8. The final red number broke him out of a multi-way tie at the top although Quiros caught him soon after. Dredge is way down at 218th on the Race to Dubai having played just three tournaments after losing his playing privileges last season. This is the first time he's finished round one in the top 15 since June's Nordea Masters. He also took first-round leader honors at the 2017 Qatar Masters but fell away to finish T21. "I haven't played a great deal this year. I feel as though it's progressing quite well at the moment so I'm quite pleased the way it's trending, as a lot of guys say," Dredge said.
Apr 19 - 3:07 PM

Past champion Brendan Steele styled a 2-under-par 36-34=70 during the opening round of the Valero Texas Open, grabbing an early seat inside the top 10.

The 2011 Valero winner opened with a 3-under 69 during the year he donned the cowboy boots. He is just one shy of that number after today's round. Steele opened his day on the back nine and was dialed in from the start. On his outward nine alone he gave himself seven birdies looks from inside 18 feet. He converted on just one of those but he did add a bonus birdie at the par-4 15th where he holed out from 38'10". Steele's ball-striking cooled off on his inward nine but he managed to traded two more birdies with two bogeys. The Cali native likely feels like he left a few strokes out there today but he's still in a strong position on the leaderboard after day one.
Apr 19 - 2:46 PM

Andrew Landry is off to a strong start this week at the Valero Texas Open, twirling a 3-under-par 36-33=69 during round one, just two off the pacesetter Grayson Murray.

This round didn't look special to start, trading one birdie with two bogeys over the first 11 holes. Landry finished strong, though, circling birdies at 13, 14, 16, and 18 on his way into the clubhouse. The Texas native battled well against the tough, windy conditions today. Splitting nine (of 14) fairways, Landry found 13 greens in regulation before gaining 1.59 strokes putting. In his previous appearance here (2016), he posted a T51 finish.
Apr 19 - 2:27 PM

Grayson Murray had just one hiccup on his route to a 5-under-par 35-32=67 during round one of the Valero Texas Open, good for the early clubhouse lead as the afternoon wave takes to the course.

Battling blustery conditions on day one, Murray erased one double bogey with seven birdies today. Strong driving was the catalyst as he gained 2.874 strokes off-the-tee at the time he signed his card. From there, his short game also kicked in. Before his day was done he sprinkled in three putts from outside nine feet with the longest being a 21'11" birdie at the par-3 13th. Murray also holed out from 28'3" for birdie at the 11th. Given the tough conditions today, this is currently beating the field average by 6.903 strokes. If this lead holds then it would be Murray's first career first-round lead or co-lead on the PGA TOUR.
Apr 19 - 2:12 PM
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