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The Tour Report

April 20 2012

9:20 PM

Round 2 updates from TPC San Antonio

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Second round play at the Valero Texas Open has been suspended due to darkness. Play will resume at 7:30 a.m. local time. MORE VALERO TEXAS OPEN: Leaderboard | Shot Tracker | Projected FedExCup points
SECOND ROUND UPDATES (all times ET) 9:20 p.m. -- Darkness has halted play at TPC San Antonio. The 22 players who hadn't completed their rounds before play was called will resume play at 7:30 a.m. local time (8:30 a.m. ET). Ben Curtis (-10) remains atop the leaderboard and the cut line is projected at 4 over. Currently, 83 players are at 4 over or better. 9:10 p.m. -- A couple players are making moves (read: avoiding damage) during a difficult afternoon at TPC San Antonio.  Collegiate phenom Jordan Spieth, a freshman at the university of Texas, is 1 under for his round, 2 over for the week, and has moved 49 spots up the ranks into a tie for 47th, well inside the projected cut line. Monday qualifier Frank Lickliter is 2 under for the day, 3 under on the week and has moved inside the top 10. Russell Knox, 1 under on the day and week, is the only other player on the course in red numbers for his second round. 8:28 p.m. -- The Featured Group has finished its second round and it looks like they'll bat .333 in cuts made. Matt Kuchar (+2) appears to be safe for the weekend. To call K.J. Choi a long shot at 6 over (currently tied for 94th) would be generous while January Player of the Month Johnson Wagner is 9 over. Choi is scheduled to play in next week's Zurich Classic of New Orleans. 7:45 p.m. -- The cut line at TPC San Antonio continues to rise. It's moved from 2 over to 4 over now as the afternoon has progressed. Defending champion Brendan Steele and Kris Blanks are among those at 3 under who are looking safe for the weekend. Finished at 4 over and right on the cut line are Ricky Barnes, Bobby Gates and Diego Velasquez. 7:11 p.m. --
How tough is TPC San Antonio playing this afternoon? Just four players currently on the course are in red numbers today. Russell Knox (-2/9), Brian Harman (-1/10), Kris Blanks (-1/16) and Matt Jones (-1/16) are the fortunate few. 6:40 p.m. – With the final group of the day still with 13 holes to play, the second round will not be completed on Friday. 6:34 p.m. – First-round leader Matt Every has suffered his first bogey of the week, at the par-4 sixth, and is now at 8 under for the tournament.  Also, the projected cut line is now at 3 over. 6:30 p.m. – Fredrik Jacobson, who’s had top-five finishes in the last three Valero Texas Opens, surprisingly is struggling on Friday. He just completed his first nine holes in 4 over, suffering a double bogey at the par-4 15th, and has fallen back to even par for the tournament. Click here to follow Jacobson 6:18 p.m. – Through his first eight holes, J.B. Holmes produced drives of 352 yards, 366 yards and 380 yards. The latter came at the 405-yard par-4 11th when Holmes landed in the greenside bunker. It’s the longest drive of the day. Holmes, however, is 6 over for the tournament and in danger of missing the cut unless he can rally on his final nine holes. Click here to follow Holmes. 6 p.m. – Checking in on two San Antonio residents …  Cameron Beckman is even par through his round as he nears the turn, and is 4 under for the tournament. That puts him well inside the cut line of 2 over. Unfortunately, Jimmy Walker can’t say the same. He’s 4 over on his round through nine holes and 10 over for the tournament. 5:45 p.m. – Diego Velasquez, playing on a sponsor’s exemption, isn’t projected to make the cut after finishing his two rounds at 4 over. But he will take home a consolation prize. During his second round earlier today, the Nationwide Tour regular made a hole-in-one at the 241-yard 13th. Click here for more on the Colombian native. 5:22 p.m. -- A total of 12 sub-70 rounds were carded during Friday's early wave. The big mover of the afternoon thus far is Kevin Stadler, who is 3 under through eight holes.  Stadler, who opened with a 5-over 77, projects right onto the new cut line at 2 over for the week.  If the line stays at 2 over, Briny Baird, Harrison Frazar, Will Claxton and Danny Lee (all  at 2-over 146) will qualify for weekend play. 4:55 p.m. -- Matt Every pars his opening hole as the afternoon's final groups make their way to the tee. The tournament course record holder, looking to build on Thursday's 9-under 63, is certainly one player to watch this afternoon. Some others in the late groups: Fredrik Jacobson, who has back-to-back top-5 finishes here, 2010 Vardon Trophy winner Matt Kuchar and Kelly Kraft, who is playing his first event as a pro. Click each player's name to follow him with Shot Tracker. 4:07 p.m. -- Second-round play at TPC San Antonio has resumed after nearly two hours of weather delays. A dozen groups still need to tee off their second rounds. Getting all 150 players through 36 holes today may prove difficult. Overnight leader Matt Every is now scheduled to tee off at 4:40 p.m. ET. 3:35 p.m. -- Play is now scheduled to resume at 4:05 p.m. ET. Should players return to the course at that time, the delay will total 1 hour and 50 minutes.   3:18 p.m. -- EDIT: Play will NOT resume at 3:45 p.m. ET. According to officials on site ( @PGATOURMedia on Twitter):  "Because of a re-developing weather system, play at the Valero Texas Open will NOT re-start at 2:45pm CT. No further word at this point." 3:12 p.m. --Report from the PGA TOUR media officials on site at the Valero Texas Open. Play is scheduled to resume at 3:45 p.m. ET, about a half hour from now. The resumption of play will take place 90 minutes after the initial stoppage. 2:50 p.m. -- Though he posted six consecutive pars to close out his round, Cameron Tringale carded a second-round 65 that leaves him at 7 under for the week, one back of clubhouse leader Ben Curtis. " I feel good, quick start and I played steady all day," he said. " Probably could have had a few more (birdies) on the backside.  Overall, very nice day." 2:22 p.m. -- Due to inclement weather in the area, second-round action at the Valero Texas Open has been suspended. 2:15 p.m. – Ben Curtis told SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio: “I’m playing really well. Doing everything solid.” In playing bogey-free golf, Curtis said he’s “made it pretty easy on myself” by staying out of trouble and needing just 23 putts in Friday’s round. 2:10 p.m. – Texas native Ryan Palmer wasn’t happy despite shooting 3-under 69. Starting his second round on the 10th tee, Palmer had four birdies on his first nine, but failed to post a birdie on his final nine, and ended his round with a bogey at the ninth hole. “Actually pretty frustrated,” Palmer told SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio. “Couldn’t get the birdies to fall on the back nine … Just haven’t been able to put two nines together this year.” 2:05 p.m. – From our ShotLink expert Alex Turnbull: Ben Curtis is bogey-free through two rounds this week.  It's the fourth time he's accomplished this feat in his career and the first time since the opening two rounds of the 2009 Travelers Championship. Four other players have gone bogey-free through their opening two rounds in 2012 – Jason Dufner (Transitions); Hunter Mahan (Shell Houston); Camilo Villegas (Humana Challenge); Thomas Bjorn (WGC-Cadillac). 1:57 p.m. – In shooting back-to-back 67s, Ben Curtis has shot 67 or better in consecutive rounds at the same tournament for the first time since the 2009 Travelers Championship, when he shot 66-65 on the weekend to finish tied for fourth. 1:55 p.m. – Ben Curtis is finished with his second consecutive bogey-free 67. That leaves him at 10 under for the tournament and the clubhouse leader, one stroke ahead of 18-hole leader Matt Every, who is still 55 minutes away from his second-round tee time. 1:45 p.m. – Scott Piercy said his 7-under 65 could’ve been even better, but he suffered “a ton” of lip-outs. “I don’t feel like I made anything today, to be honest,” Piercy told SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio’s Doug Bell. “I know the score doesn’t show that.” But he also said he got lucky during his round, hitting a couple of cart paths but getting good bounces. “This golf course can spin your head pretty quick,” he said. 1:30 p.m. – Nice bounce-back round for Scott Piercy, who followed his first-round 76 with a second-round 65. But he was disappointed on his last hole Friday when he missed a birdie putt from 7 feet. 1:20 p.m. – David Mathis told SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio’s Doug Bell that he’s remained patient this year despite making just 1 of his first 11 cuts. “You look at my results and think, man, he’s just playing awful,” Mathis said. “But that hasn’t been the case.” Mathis said he’s worked hard on his putting in the last month and that he’s starting to see the results. 12:59 p.m. – David Mathis entered this week having posted just two rounds in the 60s through his first 26 rounds of the year. Through the first two days at TPC San Antonio, he’s shot 69-67; at 8 under for the tournament, he will make the cut for just the second time this year. Click here for Mathis’ scorecard. 12:47 p.m. – A message on the scoreboards at TPC San Antonio is warning fans and players that inclement weather is approaching. But any delay is not expected to be lengthy, since the front is quick-moving. SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio’s Fred Albers said the rain is expected within the hour. 12:45 p.m. – Through Cameron Tringale’s first 13 holes, he has put nine 3s on his scorecard. He’s now 7 under on his round and 7 under for the tournament. With two par 5s still left in his round, Tringale has a chance to challenge the course record of 63 set on Thursday by Matt Every. Click here to follow the rest of Tringale’s round. 12:40 p.m. – In case you’re wondering, Ben Curtis has led or shared the 36-hole lead five times in his PGA TOUR career. The last time came at the 2010 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard, when he eventually finished sixth.  Check out this Friday highlight from Curtis’ second round . 12:30 p.m. – Ben Curtis now has the lead to himself after making a birdie at the par-3 third. That puts Curtis at 10 under for the tournament. Through his first 30 holes this week at TPC San Antonio, Curtis has yet to make a bogey or worse. 12:15 p.m. – The projected cut line is 1 over. Notables who are currently below the cut line include K.J. Choi, Johnson Wagner and celebrated Texas amateur Jordan Spieth. Those three have yet to tee off for the second round. Noon – Ben Curtis, who started his round on the back nine, has made the turn at 4 under for the day. That puts him at 9 under and into a tie with first-round leader Matt Every. Cameron Tringale and Brian Gay are the hottest players currently on the course – each is at 5 under for their rounds.
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