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Course record gives Every commanding lead in Texas

 
 

American golfer Matt Every blitz TPC San Antonio to set a new course record and grab a three shot lead after the first round of the Valero Texas Open.

Every shot a 9-under par bogey-free 63 to beat the course record of 64, set by Ryan Palmer and Scott Piercy in 2010, by a single shot.

“No bogies is always good no matter what course,” Every said. “I didn’t even know what the course record was until I got done.

“I kind of kept going and got a few good breaks in the middle of the round to keep the momentum going and then it added up to nine-under.”

Every got some luck on the 1st, the 10th hole of his round, when he pulled his approach shot to the green very badly.

“That was really lucky. I pulled it. I knew it was going to be no good and then it hit the rocks and kicked up right next to the green. (It is) one of the best breaks I’ve ever gotten and I’ve been on the other end of those. I’ll take it,” he said.

Hunter Haas is in the thick of things at the top of the leaderboard, as he was also bogey-free on the way to a 6-under 66 thanks to an eagle on the final hole of his round.

“I caught a good one and flushed it down there and the caddie today told me we’re down there this far, you better go for it,” said Haas.

“I was kind of in between clubs and I decided to hit just a little easy cut three-wood and just came off perfect. It’s nice to finish like that,” he added.

Ben Curtis was third after returning a 5-under 67, and also had an unblemished card at the end of his round.

Garth Mulroy is eight shots off the pace after shooting a solid 1-under 71 and Zimbabwean Brendon de Jonge is a shot behind him on level-par.

Pos Player Round Score
Valero Texas Open First Round Leaderboard
1 Matt Every 63 -9
2 Hunter Haas 66 -6
3 Ben Curtis 67 -5
4 Fredrik Jacobson 68 -4
Cameron Beckman 68 -4
Jason Gore 68 -4
Troy Matteson 68 -4
Derek Lamely 68 -4
9 Rich Beem 69 -3
David Mathis 69 -3
 


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