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Valero Texas Open 2017

Round 3 - Kevin Chappell takes over lead

April 23, 2017

Kevin Chappell found his swing late and moved a step closer to his first PGA Tour win.

Chappell birdied three of his final five holes and finished with a 1-under 71 on Saturday, giving him a one-stroke lead after three rounds of the Valero Texas Open. He is 8-under through 54 holes. He was runnerup six years ago in the event and is ahead of first-round leader Branden Grace, who rallied with 2-under 70, and John Huh. After an eagle-birdie finish, Huh shot 71.

''It was about finding a rhythm,'' Chappell said. ''I knew when I found it, I could extend it. You can get it going on the finishing stretch.''

Ryan Palmer, a West Texas native who cut through winds as strong as 25 mph, had the round of the day with 4-under 68. He's joined at 6-under by second round co-leaders Bud Cauley (74) and Tony Finau (74), Sweden's Carl Pettersson (71), 2013 Texas Open champ Martin Laird (71), Kevin Tway (72) and Australian Cameron Smith (73).

Chappell tied for seventh with Rory McIlroy at the Masters this month, and he got his late charge going Saturday after leaving an eagle putt short at the par-5 14th. He tapped in to gain a stroke, and he made good two holes later with a 12-foot birdie. He chipped to two feet on the downwind, 318-yard 17th and had another tap-in birdie.

Chappell, 30, flirted with trouble on the 18th when his second shot rolled next to a brook, but he had enough room for a full swing and reached the green to set up a 2-putt par.

''I knew my game was in a good place,'' said Chappell, who took the week off after Augusta to celebrate the second birthday of his oldest son, Wyatt. ''I had played some really good rounds of golf.''

Grace lost his early tournament lead with a 2-over 73 in the second round. But the South African rallied Saturday and had a lead until a bogey at No. 15.

''It was pretty irritating out there,'' Grace said. ''Pars out there are good. Just have to be patient.''

Gusts that blew past 20 mph kept scores high - there were 14 scores below par Saturday. On Friday 49 rounds were under par, and 69 sub-par scores were recorded Thursday.

As notable as Palmer's round was in the windy conditions, it fits with the Texans' profile at this course. Since the tournament moved to TPC San Antonio's Greg Norman-designed Oaks Course seven years ago, Palmer's got three top-10 finishes including his best of a fourth-place tie last year.

''As hard as it was blowing today, and as exposed as this course can be, it made for a challenging day,'' he said. ''Fortunately, I've had success out here when it's blowing this way. I knew what to expect. I stayed patient and made a lot of putts.''

With the wind at his back, he drove the 318-yard 17th hole but was faced with a 93-foot eagle putt. He sank a 56-foot putt to birdie earlier at No. 6, so he 2-putted for the birdie at 17 and ran in another birdie at 18.

Palmer, originally from Amarillo, hasn't won since Hawaii in 2010.

''The bomb at No. 6 went in like it was a 2-footer,'' Palmer said. I felt like I could take it and run with it. You make a putt like that and it can get your momentum going.''

With these conditions, it didn't take long for the second-round leaders to back up. Cauley bogeyed the first hole, and his co-leader Finau parred until bogey at No. 7 and a double bogey on the next hole after he was chipping for birdie from right in front of the green.

Cauley later was penalized a stroke when he double-chipped at No. 12 - he hit the ball a second time on the follow through of his greenside chip. He putted from 13 feet to save bogey.

Round 2 - Bud Cauley & Tony Finau share halfway lead

April 22, 2017

Bud Cauley had to reach deep into his bag of tricks Friday to shoot a bogey-free 66 and seize a share of the lead at the halfway mark of the Texas Open.

Cauley, who is seeking his first win on the US PGA Tour, missed eight of 18 greens but managed to scramble each time and make par.

He tallied six birdies and 12 pars in blustery conditions to finish in a tie with fellow American Tony Finau at eight-under 136 at the TPC San Antonio. Finau shot a seven-under 65.

"It was windy out there so it was tough," said Cauley. "I knew I was going to miss some greens. But I was able to leave it in the right spot most of the time and save some shots out there.

"It seems like every hole is almost straight down or straight in so you know what you are getting.

"You just have to try and par the holes that are into the wind."

This is Cauley's 108th start on the Tour without a win and his first career co-lead or outright lead after 36 holes.

He can take comfort in the fact that four of the last six 36 hole leaders have gone on to win the Texas Open.

Finau had a roller-coaster ride Friday with eight birdies, one eagle and three bogeys.

He made an excellent read on a downward sloping putt for birdie on the 10th hole and then got up and down from 83 yards for another birdie on the par-five 14th, the easiest hole of the tournament."

"Yesterday I got behind the eight ball pretty fast," said Finau of his opening 71. "Today I was able to get off to a better start and you need that on this golf course."

Cameron Smith (65), Bob Estes (69), Kevin Chappell (68) and Robby Shelton (69) were one stroke back of the leaders and tied for third at 137.

John Huh (71), Kevin Tway (68) and Jonathan Randolph (70) are another shot back at 138.

Seven players, including Jimmy Walker (69), Martin Laird of Scotland (67) and first-round leader Brendan Grace of South Africa -- are at 139, three shots behind the leaders.

Round 1 - Branden Grace leads by a shot

April 21, 2017

South African Branden Grace had a 6-under 66 and leads by a stroke after the opening round of the Valero Texas Open on Thursday.

Grace had a season-best 11th-place finish last week in defense of his RBC Heritage title. He leads the 5-under 67s of Steven Alker, Stewart Cink, John Huh and Will MacKenzie at TPC San Antonio. Alker, a journeyman New Zealander who played in the final group of the day, birdied the final three holes.

There are 13 players packed two shots back at 4 under. That includes 2010 U.S. Open champion Graham McDowell and 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup member Brooks Koepka.

Two weeks ago, Grace was over par but still survived the cut at the Masters. He played the weekend in 3 under, and his best scorecard last week at Hilton Head was 68. The 66 on Thursday was his best round since Hawaii in January.

''That's the one round I was waiting for,'' Grace said. ''I've been shooting the 69s and 70s, but not getting that one low round. This is nice.''

His day took off with three consecutive birdies mid-round, including a 22-foot putt at the ninth after missing his only fairway of the day.

It almost wasn't as nice for McDowell, who's won twice on the PGA Tour since his U.S. Open title at Pebble Beach seven years ago.

''I made bogey at 11 from the middle of the fairway, (and) I ripped it down the middle of the 12th fairway right in the middle of a divot and duffed it out short of the green and made bogey there,'' he said.

''To recover after that with a great birdie at 13 and a nice up-and-down at 14 for birdie, it was nice to bounce back.''

Ian Poulter needs to at least make the cut to keep his PGA Tour card for the remainder of the season. That's in doubt now - no birdies until his 17th hole and a 75 has him well outside the top 100. He's playing on a major medical exemption granted after a foot injury caused him to miss most of last season, and he needs to earn $30,624 before the exemption ends this week.

Patrick Reed, who was born in San Antonio and was runner-up here a year ago, is three shots out of the lead after a 69. Ryan Moore, Reed's Ryder Cup teammate and who tied for ninth at Augusta this month, is another shot back with a 70.

Defending champ Charley Hoffman, co-leader at the halfway point at the Masters, shot 71 and sits just outside the top 50.

U.S. Amateur champion Curtis Luck of Australia opened his first round as a pro with three bogeys, but he holed a bunker shot from 75 yards for eagle later in his round to help him to a 1-over 73.

Scores

1 USA Kevin Chappell -8 18 -1 69 68 71 - 208
T2 RSA Branden Grace -7 18 -2 66 73 70 - 209
T2 USA John Huh -7 18 -1 67 71 71 - 209
T4 USA Bud Cauley -6 18 2 70 66 74 - 210
T4 AUS Cameron Smith -6 18 1 72 65 73 - 210
T4 SWE Carl Pettersson -6 18 -1 73 66 71 - 210
T4 USA Kevin Tway -6 18 Par 70 68 72 - 210
T4 SCO Martin Laird -6 18 -1 72 67 71 - 210
T4 USA Ryan Palmer -6 18 -4 74 68 68 - 210
T4 USA Tony Finau -6 18 2 71 65 74 - 210
11 USA Brian Gay -5 18 -1 68 72 71 - 211
T12 AUS Aaron Baddeley -4 18 1 69 70 73 - 212
T12 USA Bob Estes -4 18 3 68 69 75 - 212
T12 USA Brooks Koepka -4 18 -2 68 74 70 - 212
T12 COL Camilo Villegas -4 18 -3 73 70 69 - 212
T12 USA Jim Herman -4 18 -1 69 72 71 - 212
T12 CAN Nick Taylor -4 18 -1 69 72 71 - 212
T12 USA Robby Shelton -4 18 3 68 69 75 - 212
T19 VEN Jhonattan Vegas -3 18 1 69 71 73 - 213
T19 USA Jimmy Walker -3 18 2 70 69 74 - 213
T19 USA Jonathan Randolph -3 18 3 68 70 75 - 213
T19 AUS Matt Jones -3 18 -1 69 73 71 - 213
T19 USA Ryan Moore -3 18 1 70 70 73 - 213
T19 COL Sebastian Munoz -3 18 Par 70 71 72 - 213
T19 KOR Si-Woo Kim -3 18 -1 70 72 71 - 213
T19 KOR Sung-Hoon Kang -3 18 2 69 70 74 - 213
T27 USA J. T. Poston -2 18 -1 70 73 71 - 214
T27 USA Ollie Schniederjans -2 18 3 72 67 75 - 214
T27 USA Ryan Brehm -2 18 2 71 69 74 - 214
T27 USA Shawn Stefani -2 18 1 68 73 73 - 214
T31 AUS Cameron Percy -1 18 Par 70 73 72 - 215
T31 USA J. J. Henry -1 18 Par 72 71 72 - 215
T31 USA Jamie Lovemark -1 18 1 69 73 73 - 215
T31 USA Nicholas Lindheim -1 18 2 71 70 74 - 215
T35 USA Brandon Hagy Par 18 1 70 73 73 - 216
T35 USA Charley Hoffman Par 18 1 71 72 73 - 216
T35 AUS Geoff Ogilvy Par 18 1 69 74 73 - 216
T35 ESP Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano Par 18 3 73 68 75 - 216
T35 USA Harold Varner III Par 18 2 71 71 74 - 216
T35 USA Kevin Streelman Par 18 1 71 72 73 - 216
T35 JPN Ryo Ishikawa Par 18 1 71 72 73 - 216
T35 USA Stewart Cink Par 18 2 67 75 74 - 216
T35 USA Tom Hoge Par 18 4 68 72 76 - 216
T44 USA Billy Hurley III 1 18 2 72 71 74 - 217
T44 SWE Fredrik Jacobson 1 18 5 69 71 77 - 217
T44 USA Kyle Reifers 1 18 2 72 71 74 - 217
T44 USA Smylie Kaufman 1 18 1 70 74 73 - 217
T44 USA Tag Ridings 1 18 1 72 72 73 - 217
T44 USA Troy Merritt 1 18 4 72 69 76 - 217
T50 USA Andres Gonzales 2 18 2 70 74 74 - 218
T50 ENG Andrew Johnston 2 18 2 75 69 74 - 218
T50 USA Ben Crane 2 18 3 74 69 75 - 218
T50 USA Bryce Molder 2 18 4 68 74 76 - 218
T50 KOR Byeong-Hun An 2 18 4 73 69 76 - 218
T50 NIR Graeme McDowell 2 18 4 68 74 76 - 218
T50 USA Ricky Barnes 2 18 5 73 68 77 - 218
T50 IRL Seamus Power 2 18 2 72 72 74 - 218
T50 USA Wesley McClain 2 18 2 73 71 74 - 218
T59 USA Blayne Barber 3 18 4 70 73 76 - 219
T59 CAN Brad Fritsch 3 18 4 74 69 76 - 219
T59 USA Brendan Steele 3 18 6 70 71 78 - 219
T59 USA Dominic Bozzelli 3 18 4 72 71 76 - 219
T59 ARG Julian Etulain 3 18 3 71 73 75 - 219
T59 USA Justin Leonard 3 18 3 72 72 75 - 219
T59 USA Ken Duke 3 18 7 68 72 79 - 219
T59 USA Matt Kuchar 3 18 3 73 71 75 - 219
T59 USA Michael Thompson 3 18 7 70 70 79 - 219
68 USA Daniel Summerhays 4 18 4 72 72 76 - 220
T69 USA J. J. Spaun 5 18 9 73 67 81 - 221
T69 DEN Soren Kjeldsen 5 18 6 69 74 78 - 221
T69 USA Zack Sucher 5 18 5 71 73 77 - 221
T72 USA Andrew Loupe 6 18 9 72 69 81 - 222
T72 IND Anirban Lahiri 6 18 6 69 75 78 - 222
74 USA Jason Kokrak 7 18 7 72 72 79 - 223
75 CAN Adam Hadwin 8 18 10 70 72 82 - 224
76 NZL Steve Alker 12 18 13 67 76 85 - 228
CUT USA Chad Campbell 1 - Par 72 73 - - 145
CUT USA Chris Stroud 1 - Par 73 72 - - 145
CUT AUS Curtis Luck 1 - Par 73 72 - - 145
CUT AUS Greg Chalmers 1 - Par 75 70 - - 145
CUT ENG Greg Owen 1 - Par 71 74 - - 145
CUT AUS John Senden 1 - Par 73 72 - - 145
CUT USA Jordan Niebrugge 1 - Par 73 72 - - 145
CUT USA Max Homa 1 - Par 72 73 - - 145
CUT KOR Meen-Whee Kim 1 - Par 71 74 - - 145
CUT USA Nick Watney 1 - Par 74 71 - - 145
CUT USA Steve Marino 1 - Par 68 77 - - 145
CUT USA Steve Wheatcroft 1 - Par 70 75 - - 145
CUT NZL Tim Wilkinson 1 - Par 69 76 - - 145
CUT USA Will MacKenzie 1 - Par 67 78 - - 145
CUT USA Zac Blair 1 - Par 72 73 - - 145
CUT ARG Angel Cabrera 2 - Par 70 76 - - 146
CUT USA Casey Russell 2 - Par 77 69 - - 146
CUT USA Chad Collins 2 - Par 74 72 - - 146
CUT USA Chris Kirk 2 - Par 75 71 - - 146
CUT ENG Ian Poulter 2 - Par 75 71 - - 146
CUT USA Joel Dahmen 2 - Par 70 76 - - 146
CUT USA Luke List 2 - Par 68 78 - - 146
CUT USA Mark Anderson 2 - Par 75 71 - - 146
CUT USA Martin Flores 2 - Par 70 76 - - 146
CUT USA Patrick Reed 2 - Par 69 77 - - 146
CUT PRI Rafael Campos 2 - Par 71 75 - - 146
CUT RSA Retief Goosen 2 - Par 70 76 - - 146
CUT USA Robert Garrigus 2 - Par 74 72 - - 146
CUT USA Robert Streb 2 - Par 71 75 - - 146
CUT USA Ryan Armour 2 - Par 72 74 - - 146
CUT KOR Seung-Yul Noh 2 - Par 68 78 - - 146
CUT USA Xander Schauffele 2 - Par 75 71 - - 146
CUT USA Zach Cabra 2 - Par 72 74 - - 146
CUT USA Billy Horschel 3 - Par 73 74 - - 147
CUT USA Hunter Mahan 3 - Par 75 72 - - 147
CUT USA Richy Werenski 3 - Par 73 74 - - 147
CUT USA Ryan Blaum 3 - Par 72 75 - - 147
CUT USA Scott Stallings 3 - Par 71 76 - - 147
CUT USA Spencer Levin 3 - Par 73 74 - - 147
CUT RSA Tyrone van Aswegen 3 - Par 72 75 - - 147
CUT GER Alex Cejka 4 - Par 73 75 - - 148
CUT AUS Brett Drewitt 4 - Par 72 76 - - 148
CUT TPE Cheng Tsung Pan 4 - Par 73 75 - - 148
CUT USA D. A. Points 4 - Par 72 76 - - 148
CUT USA Jason Bohn 4 - Par 75 73 - - 148
CUT KOR K. J. Choi 4 - Par 71 77 - - 148
CUT USA Kelly Kraft 4 - Par 74 74 - - 148
CUT ENG Luke Donald 4 - Par 76 72 - - 148
CUT CAN Mackenzie Hughes 4 - Par 74 74 - - 148
CUT USA Sam Saunders 4 - Par 73 75 - - 148
CUT AUS Steven Bowditch 4 - Par 73 75 - - 148
CUT USA Will Wilcox 4 - Par 75 73 - - 148
CUT USA Zach Johnson 4 - Par 74 74 - - 148
CUT USA Brian Stuard 5 - Par 74 75 - - 149
CUT USA Cody Gribble 5 - Par 75 74 - - 149
CUT NZL Danny Lee 5 - Par 73 76 - - 149
CUT USA Scott Piercy 5 - Par 73 76 - - 149
CUT USA Trey Mullinax 5 - Par 75 74 - - 149
CUT USA Bryson DeChambeau 6 - Par 73 77 - - 150
CUT USA Matthew Every 6 - Par 78 72 - - 150
CUT KOR Michael Kim 6 - Par 79 71 - - 150
CUT RSA Rory Sabbatini 6 - Par 73 77 - - 150
CUT USA Brian Campbell 7 - Par 70 81 - - 151
CUT USA Johnson Wagner 7 - Par 76 75 - - 151
CUT USA Keegan Bradley 7 - Par 77 74 - - 151
CUT USA Morgan Hoffmann 7 - Par 70 81 - - 151
CUT USA Rick Lamb 7 - Par 75 76 - - 151
CUT USA Beau Hossler 8 - Par 75 77 - - 152
CUT USA Cameron Tringale 8 - Par 72 80 - - 152
CUT USA Peter Malnati 8 - Par 75 77 - - 152
CUT USA Brett Stegmaier 9 - Par 75 78 - - 153
CUT CAN David Hearn 9 - Par 76 77 - - 153
CUT USA John Peterson 9 - Par 75 78 - - 153
CUT USA Ted Purdy 10 - Par 79 75 - - 154
CUT USA Tyler Aldridge 10 - Par 73 81 - - 154
CUT USA Bobby Wyatt 11 - Par 77 78 - - 155
CUT USA Joshua Brock 11 - Par 76 79 - - 155
CUT USA Roberto Castro 11 - Par 76 79 - - 155
CUT ARG Miguel Carballo 18 - Par 82 80 - - 162
RET USA Ben Curtis -22 - 72 50 - - - 50

 





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