Valero Texas Open - R3

Kim holds on to slim lead in Texas

April 04-07
TPC San Antonio, Oaks Course
$7,500,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


South Korea’s Si Woo Kim will take a slender one-shot advantage into the final round of the Valero Texas Open after a birdie on the 18th hole left him within sight of a wire-to-wire victory on Saturday.

Kim, who had started the day four shots clear, had gradually been reeled in by Canada’s Corey Conners as he struggled to adjust to steady rain and gusty winds at TPC San Antonio’s AT&T Oaks Course.


However the 23-year-old from Seoul steadied himself on the back nine, and delivered a birdie on the long par-five 18th to post a three-under-par 69 to move one shot clear of the field heading into Sunday’s final round at 15 under.

“It was a tough day, rain and wind early on,” said Kim. “But the weather got better and I played better. I felt a little bit of pressure but it feels great and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

Conners meanwhile put himself into contention after carding a six-under-par 66 which left him at 14 under after 54 holes.

Conners, who is yet to taste victory on the PGA Tour, could complete a remarkable week on Sunday if he is able to claim the his first title.

The 27-year-old is only playing in San Antonio this week after battling through qualifiers last Monday, winning a six-way playoff to book his place in the field.

A win on Sunday would leave Conners $1.35 million richer, and earn him a ticket to next week’s Masters in Augusta.

“I’ve managed my game really well, struck the ball really solidly, got myself out of trouble,” Conners said. “It’s a tricky golf course and ball striking is really important. I feel like I’ve been really solid with all of that.”

Conners and Kim spent most of the day locked in a duel for the lead.

Early on, Kim could only watch as the birdies dried up and Conners chipped away at his lead with five birdies and four pars over the front nine.


After opening with a bogey, Kim could only make two birdies before the turn to leave him locked with Conners down the stretch.

A birdie on the par-four 10th moved Kim to 14 under overall while Conners could only bogey.

Conners reeled off back-to-back birdies on the 11th and 12th to move to six under for the day, and although a bogey on the 15th threatened to check his progress, a birdie on the par-three 16th kept him at 14 under.

Kim, who had aced the par-three 16th on Friday, was left kicking himself after missing a short birdie putt which would have given him sole possession of the lead. However he recovered with a birdie on the 18th to ensure a slender advantage ahead of the final round.

Kim and Conners will have little margin for error on Sunday, however, with a crowded leaderboard lurking just off the pace.

Leading the chase behind is Charley Hoffman, who produced the best round of the week on Saturday with an eight-under-par 64, 13 under overall after 54 holes.

Three players are two shots behind Hoffman on 11 under — Venezuela’s Jhonattan Vegas, Lee Kyoung-hoon of South Korea and Scott Brown.

But there was disappointment for three-time major winner Jordan Spieth. Spieth endured a Jekyll and Hyde round, making two bogeys and two double bogeys over the front nine to reach the turn at six over for the day.

Spieth however shrugged off that disastrous start to make five birdies over the back nine including a birdie-birdie-birdie finish to claw his way back to seven under, eight off the pace.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Si-Woo Kim
KOR
-15
66
66
69
201
2
Corey Conners
CAN
-14
69
67
66
202
3
Charley Hoffman
USA
-13
71
68
64
203
T4
Scott Brown
USA
-11
71
67
67
205
T4
Jhonattan Vegas
VEN
-11
67
71
67
205
T4
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
KOR
-11
69
67
69
205
T7
Danny Lee
NZL
-10
68
72
66
206
T7
Adam Schenk
USA
-10
70
66
70
206
T9
Matt Kuchar
USA
-9
69
71
67
207
T9
Ryan Moore
USA
-9
68
70
69
207
T9
Brian Stuard
USA
-9
67
70
70
207
T12
Lucas Glover
USA
-8
72
70
66
208
T12
Jimmy Walker
USA
-8
70
69
69
208
T12
Hank Lebioda
USA
-8
68
70
70
208
T12
Jason Kokrak
USA
-8
70
73
65
208
T16
Jose de Jesus Rodriguez
MEX
-7
71
70
68
209
T16
Brendan Steele
USA
-7
70
72
67
209
T16
Scottie Scheffler
USA
-7
71
68
70
209
T16
Peter Malnati
USA
-7
71
68
70
209
T16
Rory Sabbatini
SVK
-7
69
68
72
209
T16
Rickie Fowler
USA
-7
68
68
73
209
T16
Harold Varner III
USA
-7
70
66
73
209
T16
Jordan Spieth
USA
-7
68
68
73
209
T24
Aaron Baddeley
AUS
-6
71
70
69
210
T24
Mackenzie Hughes
CAN
-6
70
71
69
210
T24
Kevin Streelman
USA
-6
72
69
69
210
T24
Ollie Schniederjans
USA
-6
70
71
69
210
T24
Andrew Putnam
USA
-6
72
70
68
210
T24
Fabian Gomez
ARG
-6
73
67
70
210
T24
Martin Laird
SCO
-6
74
68
68
210
T24
Max Homa
USA
-6
68
74
68
210
T24
Jim Furyk
USA
-6
70
72
68
210
T24
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
-6
73
69
68
210
T24
Beau Hossler
USA
-6
69
70
71
210
T24
Abraham Ancer
USA
-6
67
72
71
210
T24
Graeme McDowell
NIR
-6
69
69
72
210
T24
Scott Stallings
USA
-6
68
69
73
210
T24
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
-6
69
68
73
210
T24
Joel Dahmen
USA
-6
70
73
67
210
T40
Joost Luiten
NED
-5
72
69
70
211
T40
Jonas Blixt
SWE
-5
72
70
69
211
T40
Zack Fischer
USA
-5
71
69
71
211
T40
Jim Knous
USA
-5
70
67
74
211
T40
Matt Jones
AUS
-5
69
68
74
211
T40
Cameron Tringale
USA
-5
69
74
68
211
T46
Nick Taylor
CAN
-4
69
72
71
212
T46
Sam Ryder
USA
-4
73
66
73
212
T46
Wyndham Clark
USA
-4
69
73
70
212
T46
Richy Werenski
USA
-4
72
71
69
212
T46
Josh Teater
USA
-4
69
68
75
212
T46
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
-4
71
72
69
212
T52
Adam Svensson
CAN
-3
73
69
71
213
T52
Haotong Li
CHN
-3
70
70
73
213
T52
Russell Henley
USA
-3
71
72
70
213
T52
Martin Kaymer
GER
-3
72
71
70
213
T52
Tony Finau
USA
-3
72
71
70
213
T52
Kristoffer Ventura
-3
71
72
70
213
T58
Sam Burns
USA
-2
72
69
73
214
T58
K. J. Choi
KOR
-2
73
69
72
214
T58
Ernie Els
RSA
-2
71
69
74
214
T58
Kyle Stanley
USA
-2
70
70
74
214
T58
Roberto Diaz
MEX
-2
68
71
75
214
T58
Sung-Hoon Kang
KOR
-2
70
73
71
214
T58
Sam Saunders
USA
-2
72
71
71
214
T58
Kyle Jones
USA
-2
76
67
71
214
T66
J. T. Poston
USA
-1
67
74
74
215
T66
Robert Streb
USA
-1
72
70
73
215
T66
Ryan Armour
USA
-1
69
71
75
215
T66
Morgan Hoffmann
USA
-1
68
75
72
215
T66
Martin Trainer
USA
-1
73
70
72
215
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
MDF
Chip McDaniel
USA
Par
74
69
73
216
MDF
Hunter Mahan
USA
Par
70
71
75
216
MDF
J. B. Holmes
USA
Par
69
73
74
216
MDF
Padraig Harrington
IRL
Par
72
71
73
216
MDF
Vaughn Taylor
USA
Par
70
73
73
216
MDF
Trey Mullinax
USA
1
71
72
74
217
MDF
Anders Albertson
USA
3
73
70
76
219
MDF
Brian Gay
USA
3
71
72
76
219
MDF
Ted Potter Jr.
USA
3
68
73
78
219
MDF
Curtis Luck
AUS
6
73
68
81
222
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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