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Jimmy Walker surges into Valero Texas open lead

Second Round — PGA Tour — Valero Texas Open — TPC San Antonio AT&T Course — San Antonio, Texas —

FedEx Cup standings leader Jimmy Walker posted a 5-under-68 in round two of the PGA Tour’s Valero Texas Open to take the 36-hole into the weekend.

After a windy opening round, scoring was a little improved in round two capped by Walker’s 67, which moved him to 6-under overall. He has a one-shot lead over Charley Hoffman (even on Friday) and Aaron Baddeley.

Jordan Spieth, coming off a victory two weeks ago in his last start, and Kevin Na are T-4 at 4-under. Spieth is the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 6 in the Official World Golf Ranking. A host of high-profile players including Hall of Fame member Phil Mickelson, Billy Horschel and Zach Johnson sit at T-7 at the moment and 2-under through two rounds.

Several players are finishing up round two play.

Spieth, Walker and Hoffman all have PGA Tour victories this season. The tour is still looking for its first repeat champion of the season.

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  • Four players are tied through 36 holes at 6-under at the European Tour’s Trophee Hassan II including Richie Ramsay. George Coetzee, Chris Wood and Pablo Larrazabal are a shot behind the leaders.
  • Morgan Pressel engineered an 8-under-64 round at the LPGA Tour’s Kia Classic to tie Mirim Lee at 10-under for the overall lead. Cristie Kerr and Alison Lee sit a shot out of the lead at the moment. Lydia Ko is 7-under with several holes to finish up her round. 
  • Only a handful of players broke par in the opening round in Texas with more than 30 players posting 80+ scores under windy conditions. Graeme McDowell withdrew after a front-nine 41 on Thursday. Sang Moon Bae also posted a WD. U.S. Open and Players champion Martin Kaymer missed the cut thanks to opening with 82.