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Charley Hoffman Takes Lead in Wind-Swept Texas Open

Last Updated on Friday, 27 March 2015 06:25 Friday, 27 March 2015 06:16

Charley HoffmanCanadian Press

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Tim Price/AP) — Charley Hoffman took advantage of calmer afternoon conditions to take the first-round lead in the wind-swept Texas Open, shooting a 5-under 67.

After wind gusts threatening 40 mph pummeled the morning starters, Hoffman faced steady 15 mph wind in the afternoon at TPC San Antonio. He had the lone bogey-free round, birdieing Nos. 2, 3, 9, 11 and 17.

The winner last year in Mexico at the start of the wraparound season, Hoffman has eight top-10 finishes in nine appearances in San Antonio. He was second in 2011 and third in 2013.

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Graeme McDowell Withdraws from Texas Open with Injury

Last Updated on Friday, 27 March 2015 06:16 Friday, 27 March 2015 06:04

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AP) — Graeme McDowell has withdrawn from the Texas Open after nine holes with a left ankle injury.

The 2010 U.S. Open winner from Northern Ireland told PGA Tour officials that his ankle had been giving him trouble for the past few weeks.

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Valero Texas Open Teams with Callaway Golf, Birdies for the Brave to Honor Two Local Wounded Heroes

Last Updated on Friday, 27 March 2015 05:19 Friday, 27 March 2015 05:06

altSAN ANTONIO, Texas — Two combat-wounded veterans were shown some greatly-deserved appreciation during the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio, when they had the opportunity to participate in Birdies for the Brave’s Callaway Warrior Club Fitting Program. One of more than 15 fittings scheduled to take place during TOUR tournaments in 2015 thanks to the generosity of Callaway Golf, the event provided the opportunity for these two American heroes to be fitted with their own custom set of Callaway Golf clubs, take a tour of the Callaway truck where clubs are fitted for TOUR players on-site, and participate in a mini lesson on the practice facility.

The experience proved to be extremely memorable for both participants – helping them escape from the memories of war and focus on the task at hand, according to Josh Stein, a double amputee and Purple Heart recipient from Spring Brach, TX.

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Jordan Spieth Right at Home in Texas Open

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 March 2015 06:50 Thursday, 26 March 2015 06:46

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Tim Price/AP) — Jordan Spieth has a couple of home games before the Masters.

“I enjoy being able to drive my own car to these tournaments,” said Spieth, the 21-year Texan who lives in suburban Dallas. “I get to see a lot of friends and family who I don’t get to see a lot of the year. And then, at the same time, get ready for the Masters on a challenging track.”

He will open play in the Texas Open and also is playing next week in the Houston Open.

“As a native Texan, I always like playing the Texas events,” Spieth said. “This event, in particular, gave me an exemption when I was in college. ... So, it’s a tournament that has helped launch my career and one that is close to my heart. I like being back here.”

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Els Gets a Tip and a Compliment to End Streak

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 07:44 Tuesday, 24 March 2015 20:09

Ernie ElsCanadian Press

ORLANDO, Florida (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Ernie Els showed up at Bay Hill having missed the cut in four consecutive tournaments, the longest such streak of his career since 1993 when he missed the cut at the Honda Classic, Bay Hill, The Players Championship and the Benson & Hedges Open in England.

The streak stopped at four. Els not only made the cut — he tied for 13th.

"My boys are giving me so much (grief)," Els said. "'You've got a nice job, weekends off.' I said to them, 'I'm not getting paid.'"

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