Valero Texas Open R1

Russell Knox takes opening lead at TPC San Antonio

Valero Texas 2022 R1

Mar 31 – April 03
TPC San Antonio (Oaks Course), San Antonio, Texas
$8,600,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4

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Russell Knox carded a flawless 7-under 65 on Thursday to take a one-shot lead in the Valero Texas Open.


Valero Texas 2022 R1

“It was a great day obviously,” said the Scotsman. “A little chilly this morning, but then as the round kind of got going, I mean, absolutely the most beautiful weather to play golf in.

“Obviously thrilled with the round. I took care of business off the tee, which was nice. Obviously this course, if you get offline, it can be very penal. So I drove the ball well, iron play was solid again and just a couple of those good luck moments starting the round kind of got my momentum nice. Chip-in there on 7, good up-and-down on 6, great up-and-down on 9, those were kind of the key parts that allowed me to kind of settle into the back nine and have some easier birdies.”


Valero Texas 2022 R1

Russell’s round including a run of four consecutive birdies from the 12th.

“No. 12, I hit a nice wedge shot in there and had a relatively short putt for birdie, made that. No. 13 was a huge bonus. I mean, it was 220-something today. I hit a hybrid. Wasn’t a perfect strike but ended up in beautiful position, probably, I don’t know, seven, eight feet away. Was able to birdie an extremely difficult par 3, which is always a bonus.

“Then had the par 5, which I made up-and-down from the bunker. Then 15 was a nice little bonus, too. Hit a beautiful drive down there, hit 6-iron just over the back and was able to get that in from 20-plus feet from the fringe. That was one of those kind of bonus birdies that you need when you’re going to have a good day.”


Valero Texas 2022 R1

Dane Rasmus Hojgaard looked set for the lead after six birdies and an eagle at the par-5 18th but his final drive at the 9th went left and he needed four more shots to finish leading to a double bogey and a 66.

England’s Aaron Rai shares fourth place at 5- under with Americans Matt Kuchar, Denny McCarthy and J.J. Spaun.


Valero Texas 2022 R1

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2Rasmus Hojgaard-666
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T3Denny McCarthy-567
T3J.J. Spaun-567
T3Aaron Rai-567
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T7Matt Jones-468
T7Brendon Todd-468
T7Brendan Steele-468
T7Peter Uihlein-468
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T7David Skinns-468
T7Henrik Norlander-468
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T18C.T. Pan-369
T18Si Woo Kim-369
T18Troy Merritt-369
T18John Huh-369
T18James Hahn-369
T18Matthias Schwab-369
T18Robert MacIntyre-369
T18Ben Martin-369
T18Jim Herman-369
T18Aaron Baddeley-369
T18Michael Gligic-369
T30Adam Hadwin-270
T30Chris Kirk-270
T30Seung-Yul Noh-270
T30Kramer Hickok-270
T30Gary Woodland-270
T30J.T. Poston-270
T30Tyler Duncan-270
T30Dylan Frittelli-270
T30Henrik Stenson-270
T30Martin Laird-270
T30Maverick McNealy-270
T30Vince Whaley-270
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T30Kevin Streelman-270
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T30Tony Finau-270
T30Scott Gutschewski-270
T30Richy Werenski-270
T30Charles Howell III-270
T30Patrick Rodgers-270
T30Richard Bland-270
T30Davis Riley-270
T53Robert Streb-171
T53William McGirt-171
T53Patton Kizzire-171
T53Jhonattan Vegas-171
T53Kevin Chappell-171
T53Ian Poulter-171
T53Chesson Hadley-171
T53Peter Malnati-171
T53Mito Pereira-171
T53Hudson Swafford-171
T53Lucas Glover-171
T53Nate Lashley-171
T53Luke Donald-171
T53Keegan Bradley-171
T53Brice Garnett-171
T53Austin Cook-171
T53Andrew Putnam-171
T53Stephan Jaeger-171
T53Dylan Wu-171
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T72Trey MullinaxPar72
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T72Zach JohnsonPar72
T72Cameron ChampPar72
T72Jared WolfePar72
T72Pat PerezPar72
T72Camilo VillegasPar72
T72Jake KevorkianPar72
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T89Dawie van der Walt+173
T104Bronson Burgoon+274
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T119K.H. Lee+375
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T119Curtis Thompson+375
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T129Brandon Hagy+476
T129Nick Hardy+476
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T133Takumi Kanaya+577
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T133Sahith Theegala+577
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T137David Lipsky+678
T137Jimmy Walker+678
T137Hank Lebioda+678
T137Guido Migliozzi+678
T137Ludvig Aberg (a)+678
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