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April 5 2013

2:22 PM

Hoffman moves into contention

Whether it's the current course at TPC San Antonio or the former venue at LaCantera, Charley Hoffman almost always seems to play well at the Valero Texas Open.

He's certainly playing well through the first two rounds this week. His 5-under 67 in Friday's second round leaves him at 6 under and a share of the clubhouse lead midway through the day.

In seven previous starts in this event, Hoffman has finished T-13 or better six times. That includes a tie for second two years ago when he finished one stroke behind champion Brendan Steele.

In 30 career rounds in this event, Hoffman has shot par or better 25 times, including his 71-67 start this week.

Friday's 67 was his lowest score in 14 rounds at TPC San Antonio but not his lowest in this event. He shot a 63 in the third round at LaCantera in 2009, the last year the event was held at that course.

"I played good at LaCantera when it was there, and ever since it's moved here to TPC, I've played well also," Hoffman said after Friday's round. "Maybe it's something in San Antonio. I enjoy coming here. I like the Mexican food and I enjoy the area."

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