Friday, April 20, 2018

Scots trail after first round of Valero Texas Open

Martin Laid shot a one-over 73 and is tied 64th at the end of the first round of the Valero Texas Open at San Antonio.
Russell Knox had a 74 to bt T87.
American Grayson Murray leads by one with a 67.



2018 Valero Texas Open
(The 25th of 44 events in the US PGA TOUR Season)
San Antonio, TX                April 19-22, 2018                   FedExCup Points: 500   Purse: $6,200,000      
TPC San Antonio – AT&T Oaks Course                          Par/Yards: 36-36—72/7,435
                                             First-Round Notes – Thursday, April 19, 2018
Weather: Partly cloudy, with a high of 78. Wind E 15-25 mph, with gusts to 30 mph.
First-Round Leaderboard
Grayson Murray             67 (-5)
Matt Atkins                     68 (-4)
Keegan Bradley              68 (-4)
Chesson Hadley              68 (-4)
Billy Horschel                 68 (-4)
Ryan Moore                   68 (-4)
Asian players scores
Sangmoon Bae              71 (-1)
Si Woo Kim                    71 (-1)
Zecheng Dou                  71 (-1)
K.J. Choi                         73 (+1)
Anirban Lahiri                76 (+4)
Shubhankar Sharma      76 (+4)
Sung Kang                      76 (+4)
Xinjun Zhang                  77 (+5)
Grayson Murray
In his first start at the Valero Texas Open, Grayson Murray offset a double-bogey five at No. 7 with seven birdies, good for a 67.
Before this week, Murray’s best position after 18 holes on the PGA TOUR was T2 at the 2017 Wells Fargo Championship. He finished T63.
Murray, winner of the 2017 Barbasol Championship in his rookie year on the PGA TOUR, is making his 14th start of the 2017-18 season. He finished inside the top-10 at the Safeway Open (T9) and AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am (T8).
This week’s Valero Texas Open marks Murray’s fourth start in a US PGA TOUR event in the state of Texas: 2017 Houston Open (T55), 2017 AT&T Byron Nelson (T27) and 2018 Houston Open (T14).
Murray, a Greensboro, North Carolina native, hit nine of 14 fairways in regulation and 13 of 18 greens. He needed 26 putts to complete round one.
First-Round Lead Notes
Since 2000, there have been only two first-round leaders of the Valero Texas Open to hang on for the win. Justin Leonard claimed his fifth PGA TOUR win in 2000 after holding a share of the opening-round lead at LaCantera, and Robert Gamez achieved the feat in 2005.
This season, six of 23 first-round leaders/co-leaders have held on for the win, most recently being Brice Garnett at the Puntacana Resort & Club Championship.  
Billy Horschel
2014 FedExCup champion Billy Horschel, who opened with a 4-under 68, has had mixed success at the Valero Texas Open since 2013; 2013/T3, 2014/MC, 2015/3rd, 2016/T4 and 2017/MC.
Horschel is making his eighth start in the Valero Texas Open this week.
Horschel, a four-time winner on the PGA TOUR, is in search of his first win since the 2017 AT&T Byron Nelson in Dallas.
Horschel has made just five cuts in 11 starts this season, but comes to San Antonio this week after a T5 showing at last week’s RBC Heritage.
Chesson Hadley
Making his fourth start in the Valero Texas Open, Chesson Hadley made five birdies and one bogey to open with a 68. Hadley finished T56 in 2014, T4 in 2015 and missed the cut in 2016.
Hadley, who won twice on the Tour last year (LECOM Health Challenge, Albertsons Boise Open), made a strong return to the PGA TOUR this season. In his first three starts of the season, he finished no worse than fourth; T3/Safeway Open, 2nd/Sanderson Farms Championship and T4/Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. A fourth top-5 finish came at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in February (T5).
Hadley comes to this week’s Valero Texas Open on the heels of a T7 finish at last week’s RBC Heritage, his fifth top-10 showing of the season.
Matt Atkins
PGA TOUR rookie Matt Atkins, 27, made five birdies against one bogey to open with a 68.  
Atkins, who has made just two cuts in 10 starts this season, made his way onto the PGA TOUR by virtue of his 28th-place finish on the 2017 Tour priority list.
A native of Aston, Pennsylvania, Atkins won the 2017 El Bosque Mexico Championship on the Tour.



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