Valero Texas Open - R1

Si Woo Kim takes 1-stroke lead in Texas

April 04-07
TPC San Antonio, Oaks Course
$7,500,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4


South Korea’s Si Woo Kim birdied five of his last eight holes on the way to a six-under par 66 and a one-stroke lead after the first round of the US PGA Tour Texas Open on Thursday.

Kim, who won the most recent of two US PGA titles at the 2017 Players Championship, had eight birdies total at on the Oaks course at TPC San Antonio where a crowded leaderboard saw Venezuela’s Jhonattan Vegas, Mexico’s Abraham Ancer and Americans J.T. Poston and Brian Stuard just a shot back.

Three-time major winner Jordan Spieth and fellow American Rickie Fowler were two adrift in a group that also included New Zealand’s Danny Lee, Mexico’s Roberto Diaz and Americans Ted Potter, Scott Stallings, Morgan Hoffman, Ryan Moore, Chris Stroud, Max Homa and Hank Lebioda.

Kim teed off on 10, and started to warm up with birdies at 14, 17 and 18.

After a bogey at the first, Kim birdied five of his next six holes — draining a 19-footer at the par-three third.

While he was dialed-in on the greens, Kim said solid iron play on his back nine was the key.

“That’s why I get closer to the pin,” the 23-year-old said.

Fowler, coming off a two-week break, was pleased to “shake off some rust” in the last tournament before the year’s first major, the Masters, tees off at Augusta National next week.

“Happy with where we’re at going into tomorrow, but also looking forward to the weekend with some work to do tomorrow as well as how I feel about the game going into next week,” said Fowler who had five birdies and a bogey in his 68.

“Really only one blemish, the tee shot on our 17th hole, number eight, but other than that, solid day of golf and some good work.”

Spieth is hoping for a confidence-boosting performance going into the Masters, with a best finish so far this year of tied for 35th.

The American, who said last week at the WGC-Match Play that he was going in the right direction, also had five birdies and a bogey in his 68.

“Stroke feels good,” Spieth said.

“Struggled a little with the swing to start, just didn’t hit a whole lot of fairways,” added the American, who hit just five of 14 fairways in regulation.

“There’s no rough out here right now unless you get outside of the primary rough, so you can hold greens from that rough but it’s very difficult to get it close to the hole locations to get more birdie chances,” Spieth said. “So certainly looking to ramp up those fairway numbers to give myself maybe more looks at potentially more birdies.”


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
Si-Woo Kim
KOR
-6
66
T2
J. T. Poston
USA
-5
67
T2
Abraham Ancer
USA
-5
67
T2
Brian Stuard
USA
-5
67
T2
Jhonattan Vegas
VEN
-5
67
T6
Rickie Fowler
USA
-4
68
T6
Ted Potter Jr.
USA
-4
68
T6
Scott Stallings
USA
-4
68
T6
Danny Lee
NZL
-4
68
T6
Morgan Hoffmann
USA
-4
68
T6
Ryan Moore
USA
-4
68
T6
Jordan Spieth
USA
-4
68
T6
Chris Stroud
USA
-4
68
T6
Max Homa
USA
-4
68
T6
Hank Lebioda
USA
-4
68
T6
Roberto Diaz
MEX
-4
68
T17
Rory Sabbatini
SVK
-3
69
T17
Matt Kuchar
USA
-3
69
T17
Seamus Power
IRL
-3
69
T17
Shawn Stefani
USA
-3
69
T17
Cameron Tringale
USA
-3
69
T17
Wyndham Clark
USA
-3
69
T17
Corey Conners
CAN
-3
69
T17
Nick Taylor
CAN
-3
69
T17
Graeme McDowell
NIR
-3
69
T17
J. B. Holmes
USA
-3
69
T17
Ryan Armour
USA
-3
69
T17
Josh Teater
USA
-3
69
T17
Beau Hossler
USA
-3
69
T17
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
-3
69
T17
Matt Jones
AUS
-3
69
T17
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
KOR
-3
69
T33
Jason Kokrak
USA
-2
70
T33
Vaughn Taylor
USA
-2
70
T33
Ryan Blaum
USA
-2
70
T33
Hunter Mahan
USA
-2
70
T33
Jim Herman
USA
-2
70
T33
Jimmy Walker
USA
-2
70
T33
Jim Furyk
USA
-2
70
T33
Mackenzie Hughes
CAN
-2
70
T33
Kyle Stanley
USA
-2
70
T33
Brendan Steele
USA
-2
70
T33
Joel Dahmen
USA
-2
70
T33
Jim Knous
USA
-2
70
T33
Haotong Li
CHN
-2
70
T33
Sung-Hoon Kang
KOR
-2
70
T33
Harold Varner III
USA
-2
70
T33
Ollie Schniederjans
USA
-2
70
T33
Adam Schenk
USA
-2
70
T33
Stephan Jaeger
GER
-2
70
T33
Julian Etulain
ARG
-2
70
T52
Brandon Harkins
USA
-1
71
T52
Scott Brown
USA
-1
71
T52
Charley Hoffman
USA
-1
71
T52
Aaron Baddeley
AUS
-1
71
T52
Ernie Els
RSA
-1
71
T52
Luke List
USA
-1
71
T52
Andrew Landry
USA
-1
71
T52
Brian Gay
USA
-1
71
T52
Jose de Jesus Rodriguez
MEX
-1
71
T52
Seth Reeves
USA
-1
71
T52
Carlos Ortiz
MEX
-1
71
T52
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
-1
71
T52
Kristoffer Ventura
-1
71
T52
Trey Mullinax
USA
-1
71
T52
Daniel Berger
USA
-1
71
T52
Adam Long
USA
-1
71
T52
Russell Henley
USA
-1
71
T52
Rod Pampling
AUS
-1
71
T52
Smylie Kaufman
USA
-1
71
T52
Peter Malnati
USA
-1
71
T52
Scottie Scheffler
USA
-1
71
T52
Zack Fischer
USA
-1
71
T74
Sam Saunders
USA
Par
72
T74
Richy Werenski
USA
Par
72
T74
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
Par
72
T74
Martin Kaymer
GER
Par
72
T74
Davis Love III
USA
Par
72
T74
Tony Finau
USA
Par
72
T74
Jonas Blixt
SWE
Par
72
T74
George McNeill
USA
Par
72
T74
Harris English
USA
Par
72
T74
Roberto Castro
USA
Par
72
T74
Sam Burns
USA
Par
72
T74
Kevin Streelman
USA
Par
72
T74
Scott Langley
USA
Par
72
T74
Bud Cauley
USA
Par
72
T74
Padraig Harrington
IRL
Par
72
T74
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
Par
72
T74
Andrew Putnam
USA
Par
72
T74
Tyler Duncan
USA
Par
72
T74
Brandon Hagy
USA
Par
72
T74
Lucas Glover
USA
Par
72
T74
Denny McCarthy
USA
Par
72
T74
Robert Streb
USA
Par
72
T74
Kramer Hickok
USA
Par
72
T74
Joost Luiten
NED
Par
72
T74
Roger Sloan
CAN
Par
72
T99
Sam Ryder
USA
1
73
T99
Justin Harding
RSA
1
73
T99
Martin Trainer
USA
1
73
T99
Alex Prugh
USA
1
73
T99
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
1
73
T99
Anders Albertson
USA
1
73
T99
Fabian Gomez
ARG
1
73
T99
Roland Thatcher
USA
1
73
T99
Sebastian Munoz
COL
1
73
T99
Kelly Kraft
USA
1
73
T99
Billy Horschel
USA
1
73
T99
Hudson Swafford
USA
1
73
T99
K. J. Choi
KOR
1
73
T99
Kevin Tway
USA
1
73
T99
Peter Uihlein
USA
1
73
T99
Tom Hoge
USA
1
73
T99
Rufus Brijalba
1
73
T99
Adam Svensson
CAN
1
73
T99
Sepp Straka
AUT
1
73
T99
Chase Wright
USA
1
73
T99
Curtis Luck
AUS
1
73
T120
Brian Harman
USA
2
74
T120
Austin Cook
USA
2
74
T120
John Senden
AUS
2
74
T120
Kenny Perry
USA
2
74
T120
J. J. Henry
USA
2
74
T120
Cameron Davis
AUS
2
74
T120
Chris Kirk
USA
2
74
T120
Luke Donald
ENG
2
74
T120
D. J. Trahan
USA
2
74
T120
Martin Laird
SCO
2
74
T120
Chip McDaniel
USA
2
74
T131
J. J. Spaun
USA
3
75
T131
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
3
75
T131
Chesson Hadley
USA
3
75
T131
Brady Schnell
USA
3
75
T131
Nick Watney
USA
3
75
T131
Cody Gribble
USA
3
75
T131
Ryan Palmer
USA
3
75
T138
Paul Barjon
4
76
T138
Kyle Jones
USA
4
76
T138
Fredrik Jacobson
SWE
4
76
T141
Jonathan Byrd
USA
5
77
T141
Benjamin Silverman
CAN
5
77
RET
D. A. Points
USA
Par
78
RET
Grayson Murray
USA
Par
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