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April 20 2012

1:17 AM

Final update: Every leads by three

Matt Every’s course-record 63 staked him to a three-stroke lead over Hunter Haas after Thursday’s first round of the Valero Texas Open. Every made nine birdies in the first round and didn’t drop a shot to par. It was the third time he’d shot a 63 on the PGA TOUR – the last one came in the first round of the 2010 Waste Management Phoenix Open as Every went on to tie for eighth. Every set the tone for the day when he hit his first three approach shots inside 10 feet for birdies. He added birdies at Nos. 17 and 18 to make the turn in 31, then added birdies on the even-numbered holes on the front nine to pave his way to the 63. As well as he played on Thursday, though, Every knew better than to get too excited. “It’s just one day,” he said. “It is nice to get off to a great start but you can't read too much into one day of golf out here. Everyone is so good. It's a good start. That's what it means.” Haas also played a bogey-free round, capping things off with an eagle at the 18th hole when he hit a 3-wood from 217 yards to 5 feet. Ben Curtis was the low man in the afternoon wave, shooting a 67 in his first appearance at TPC San Antonio. Five players were tied at 68, including Fredrik Jacobson, who has finished second and fifth the two previous years the tournament was played at TPC San Antonio. Also at that number were Jason Gore, Troy Mattesson, Derek Lamely and Cameron Beckman, who makes his home in San Diego.
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