Valero Texas Open, Round 2

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Afternoon Delight

Texan Andrew Landry turned a few heads last week at Harbour Town before he faded on Sunday with 75. This week he’s off to another excellent start as he’s T1 in GIR and seventh in SG: putting. He’s only made three bogeys and should be full of confidence heading into the weekend.

3 Up

2013 champion Martin Laird fired 65 that included making birdies on half of the holes. It’s interesting to point out that this round isn’t his career best here. That would be 63 on Sunday to tie the course record en route to his victory in 2013. He did move up 59 spots to T5.

Alternate Ben Crane will send Alex Cejka a thank you card for WD so he could get into the field this week. His 66 jumped him 30 spots to T5 as he looks to improve on his T29 finish in 2016 and T40 last year.

Chris Kirk didn’t square any bogeys in his 66 and pro gamers shouldn’t be surprised. Of his last eight rounds over the last four years at The Oaks Course, six of them are red numbers. Kirk cashed for T8 in ’15 and T13 in ’16 before packing up early last year.

3 Down, but Not Out

Matt Kuchar, the fourth-most popular choice golfers in the PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf presented by SERVPRO, has only made three bogeys this week. The bad news is he’s only made four birdies and sits T41, eight shots off the lead. His streak of rounds in the 70’s here is now 10.

Brendan Steele (T48, E) will also have to correct a massive trend to help his investors this weekend. He hasn’t had a weekend round below 72 here in his last five trips.

Defending champ Kevin Chappell is also T48 (E) as a double in each round has derailed his momentum. He’s made four birdies each round and if he does that again tomorrow, minus the double, he’ll be in business. He was five-under on the weekend last year in his win and six-under the year before. Ding. Ding.

MC HOF:

Luke List was the most selected in the PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf presented by SERVPRO and second-most selected in PGA TOUR Fantasy One & Done presented by SERVPRO. His streak of nine events of T26 (stroke play) or better comes to a tough ending. It’s not Paul Casey’s streak of 29 last week but it still hurts.

Sergio Garcia will head home just up the street to Austin after also missing by a shot. He wasn’t sharp this week and it didn’t look like he’s spent much time here since being the player consultant on this design. Rookie gamers got a taste of how much that does NOT matter this week. I was surprised at how many were on him above after the Masters and new baby.

Study Hall

Friday’s scoring average was 72.052 versus 73.532 in Round 1. I’d suggest the set-up today helped as it was mentioned on television that it was barely playing 7,200 yards.

First round leader Grayson Murray (T3) and Laird (T5) co-lead the field with 13 birdies after 36 holes.

Kevin Na (70) and Chris Paisley (71) both had bogey-free rounds and both MC.

David Hearn posted 81-71 (MC) at RBC Heritage last week. He’s T5 this week after 70-68. Fantasy golf, eh?

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