Valero Texas Open - R2

Kim 4-shots clear in Texas

April 04-07
TPC San Antonio, Oaks Course
$7,500,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


South Korea’s Kim Si-woo fired a brilliant hole-in-one to surge into a four-shot lead at the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio on Friday.


The 23-year-old from Seoul, who had posted a six-under-par 66 to lead after Thursday’s first round, delivered another dazzling outing at TPC San Antonio’s AT&T Oaks Course to pull clear of a crowded field.

The highlight came on the 167-yard par-three 16th, when Kim uncorked a superb nine iron for only the second ace of his career.

That moment of magic helped turn a two-shot lead into a four-shot cushion, leaving Kim at 12 under with two to play. Two more pars completed a six-under-par 66 round.

Earlier Kim had bided his time, picking up two birdies on the front nine, with an 11ft birdie putt on the eighth putting him at two under for the day, eight under overall.

A 22ft birdie putt on the 12th took him to nine under, before a further birdie on the 14th left him on 10 under.

There was a minor wobble on the 15th when Kim twice found bunkers before recovering for par before his stunning ace on the 16th.

Kim will now look to hunt down his third victory on the PGA Tour following wins at the Wyndham Championship in 2016 and The Players Championship in 2017.

Attempting to thwart Kim’s hopes of pocketing the $1.35 million winner’s cheque are a chasing pack which includes Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler.


Spieth and Fowler are among six players tied for second at eight under, four shorts adrift of Kim.

Fowler had looked poised to grab a share of the lead after moving to nine under alongside Kim with five holes to play.

But back-to-back bogeys on the 15th and 16th sent him back into the pack before Kim stretched his lead with his hole-in-one.

Spieth meanwhile carded a second consecutive four-under-par 68 after a roller-coaster round which was blighted by three bogeys.

Spieth, teeing off on the back nine, carded two bogeys and a birdie in his opening three holes before adding three more birdies before the turn to move to two under for the day.

A bogey on his 10th hole of the day was followed by a birdie and five more pars. Then, on the par-five eighth, Spieth holed out from 113 yards for an eagle to move to eight under overall.

Joining Spieth and Fowler on eight under are South Korea’s Lee Kyoung-hoon, Canada’s Corey Conners and Americans Harold Varner III and Adam Schenk.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Si-Woo Kim
KOR
-12
66
66
132
T2
Corey Conners
CAN
-8
69
67
136
T2
Jordan Spieth
USA
-8
68
68
136
T2
Harold Varner III
USA
-8
70
66
136
T2
Adam Schenk
USA
-8
70
66
136
T2
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
KOR
-8
69
67
136
T2
Rickie Fowler
USA
-8
68
68
136
T8
Brian Stuard
USA
-7
67
70
137
T8
Josh Teater
USA
-7
69
68
137
T8
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
-7
69
68
137
T8
Matt Jones
AUS
-7
69
68
137
T8
Rory Sabbatini
SVK
-7
69
68
137
T8
Scott Stallings
USA
-7
68
69
137
T8
Jim Knous
USA
-7
70
67
137
T15
Ryan Moore
USA
-6
68
70
138
T15
Jhonattan Vegas
VEN
-6
67
71
138
T15
Graeme McDowell
NIR
-6
69
69
138
T15
Hank Lebioda
USA
-6
68
70
138
T15
Scott Brown
USA
-6
71
67
138
T20
Abraham Ancer
USA
-5
67
72
139
T20
Beau Hossler
USA
-5
69
70
139
T20
Peter Malnati
USA
-5
71
68
139
T20
Scottie Scheffler
USA
-5
71
68
139
T20
Roberto Diaz
MEX
-5
68
71
139
T20
Charley Hoffman
USA
-5
71
68
139
T20
Sam Ryder
USA
-5
73
66
139
T20
Jimmy Walker
USA
-5
70
69
139
T28
Haotong Li
CHN
-4
70
70
140
T28
Ryan Armour
USA
-4
69
71
140
T28
Zack Fischer
USA
-4
71
69
140
T28
Ernie Els
RSA
-4
71
69
140
T28
Matt Kuchar
USA
-4
69
71
140
T28
Kyle Stanley
USA
-4
70
70
140
T28
Danny Lee
NZL
-4
68
72
140
T28
Fabian Gomez
ARG
-4
73
67
140
T36
Kevin Streelman
USA
-3
72
69
141
T36
Nick Taylor
CAN
-3
69
72
141
T36
Ollie Schniederjans
USA
-3
70
71
141
T36
Curtis Luck
AUS
-3
73
68
141
T36
Joost Luiten
NED
-3
72
69
141
T36
Aaron Baddeley
AUS
-3
71
70
141
T36
Hunter Mahan
USA
-3
70
71
141
T36
Mackenzie Hughes
CAN
-3
70
71
141
T36
Ted Potter Jr.
USA
-3
68
73
141
T36
J. T. Poston
USA
-3
67
74
141
T36
Jose de Jesus Rodriguez
MEX
-3
71
70
141
T36
Sam Burns
USA
-3
72
69
141
T48
J. B. Holmes
USA
-2
69
73
142
T48
Andrew Putnam
USA
-2
72
70
142
T48
K. J. Choi
KOR
-2
73
69
142
T48
Lucas Glover
USA
-2
72
70
142
T48
Martin Laird
SCO
-2
74
68
142
T48
Robert Streb
USA
-2
72
70
142
T48
Max Homa
USA
-2
68
74
142
T48
Adam Svensson
CAN
-2
73
69
142
T48
Jim Furyk
USA
-2
70
72
142
T48
Jonas Blixt
SWE
-2
72
70
142
T48
Brendan Steele
USA
-2
70
72
142
T48
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
-2
73
69
142
T48
Wyndham Clark
USA
-2
69
73
142
T61
Trey Mullinax
USA
-1
71
72
143
T61
Morgan Hoffmann
USA
-1
68
75
143
T61
Padraig Harrington
IRL
-1
72
71
143
T61
Sung-Hoon Kang
KOR
-1
70
73
143
T61
Russell Henley
USA
-1
71
72
143
T61
Chip McDaniel
USA
-1
74
69
143
T61
Jason Kokrak
USA
-1
70
73
143
T61
Sam Saunders
USA
-1
72
71
143
T61
Vaughn Taylor
USA
-1
70
73
143
T61
Richy Werenski
USA
-1
72
71
143
T61
Martin Kaymer
GER
-1
72
71
143
T61
Martin Trainer
USA
-1
73
70
143
T61
Tony Finau
USA
-1
72
71
143
T61
Joel Dahmen
USA
-1
70
73
143
T61
Brian Gay
USA
-1
71
72
143
T61
Cameron Tringale
USA
-1
69
74
143
T61
Anders Albertson
USA
-1
73
70
143
T61
Kyle Jones
USA
-1
76
67
143
T61
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
-1
71
72
143
T61
Kristoffer Ventura
-1
71
72
143
CUT
Adam Long
USA
Par
71
73
144
CUT
Brandon Hagy
USA
Par
72
72
144
CUT
Brandon Harkins
USA
Par
71
73
144
CUT
Brian Harman
USA
Par
74
70
144
CUT
Bud Cauley
USA
Par
72
72
144
CUT
Chase Wright
USA
Par
73
71
144
CUT
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
Par
72
72
144
CUT
Chris Kirk
USA
Par
74
70
144
CUT
Chris Stroud
USA
Par
68
76
144
CUT
D. J. Trahan
USA
Par
74
70
144
CUT
Denny McCarthy
USA
Par
72
72
144
CUT
Kevin Tway
USA
Par
73
71
144
CUT
Kramer Hickok
USA
Par
72
72
144
CUT
Nick Watney
USA
Par
75
69
144
CUT
Roberto Castro
USA
Par
72
72
144
CUT
Ryan Blaum
USA
Par
70
74
144
CUT
Ryan Palmer
USA
Par
75
69
144
CUT
Sebastian Munoz
COL
Par
73
71
144
CUT
Sepp Straka
AUT
Par
73
71
144
CUT
Seth Reeves
USA
Par
71
73
144
CUT
Smylie Kaufman
USA
Par
71
73
144
CUT
Andrew Landry
USA
1
71
74
145
CUT
Cameron Davis
AUS
1
74
71
145
CUT
Carlos Ortiz
MEX
1
71
74
145
CUT
J. J. Henry
USA
1
74
71
145
CUT
Luke Donald
ENG
1
74
71
145
CUT
Paul Barjon
1
76
69
145
CUT
Peter Uihlein
USA
1
73
72
145
CUT
Shawn Stefani
USA
1
69
76
145
CUT
Stephan Jaeger
GER
1
70
75
145
CUT
Daniel Berger
USA
2
71
75
146
CUT
George McNeill
USA
2
72
74
146
CUT
J. J. Spaun
USA
2
75
71
146
CUT
Seamus Power
IRL
2
69
77
146
CUT
Brady Schnell
USA
3
75
72
147
CUT
Cody Gribble
USA
3
75
72
147
CUT
Fredrik Jacobson
SWE
3
76
71
147
CUT
Harris English
USA
3
72
75
147
CUT
Hudson Swafford
USA
3
73
74
147
CUT
John Senden
AUS
3
74
73
147
CUT
Kelly Kraft
USA
3
73
74
147
CUT
Rod Pampling
AUS
3
71
76
147
CUT
Roger Sloan
CAN
3
72
75
147
CUT
Tyler Duncan
USA
3
72
75
147
CUT
Jim Herman
USA
4
70
78
148
CUT
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
4
72
76
148
CUT
Justin Harding
RSA
4
73
75
148
CUT
Kenny Perry
USA
4
74
74
148
CUT
Scott Langley
USA
4
72
76
148
CUT
Alex Prugh
USA
5
73
76
149
CUT
Austin Cook
USA
5
74
75
149
CUT
Chesson Hadley
USA
5
75
74
149
CUT
Jonathan Byrd
USA
5
77
72
149
CUT
Rufus Brijalba
5
73
76
149
CUT
Tom Hoge
USA
5
73
76
149
CUT
Billy Horschel
USA
6
73
77
150
CUT
Davis Love III
USA
6
72
78
150
CUT
Luke List
USA
7
71
80
151
CUT
Benjamin Silverman
CAN
8
77
75
152
CUT
Roland Thatcher
USA
8
73
79
152
CUT
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
9
75
78
153
RET
D. A. Points
USA
Par
78
78
RET
Grayson Murray
USA
Par
0
RET
Julian Etulain
ARG
Par
70
70
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