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Patrick Rodgers takes 3-shot lead into weekend at Texas Open

Patrick Rodgers takes 3-shot lead into weekend at Texas Open

SAN ANTONIO Patrick RodgersThe three-shot lead at ValeroTex Open remained intact as the field completed the second round in the weather-delayed third round on Saturday.

Rodgers was looking for his first PGA Tour win and first Masters appearance. He had played rounds of 66-67 for 11 under Friday, while the afternoon section of the field couldn’t finish due to darkness.

Corey ConnersThe 2019 Texas Open winner, Alicia, was 8-under after he shot rounds of 64-72 on Friday.

Roberto Diaz, Mexico’s national golfer, had already reached 8-under Saturday while playing the front nine at the TPC San Antonio Oaks Course. But a bogey on his par-5 8th put him in a tie for 7-under with the two-time Tour winner Michael Thompson, Harry Higgs Brendon Todd.

Clear skies will allow for the third round to be completed Saturday.

Thompson finished Friday with a 4-under 68. On Saturday, Diaz posted a score of 69, Higgs a score of 68, while Todd, a three-time Tour winner finished with a score of 67.

Rodgers stated Friday that he had always dreamed of winning in his 235th PGA Tour event. “I’m thrilled for the chance. It’s going go be a lot of fun in the next few days.”

Rodgers birdied the last five holes of his second round.

Notable names were included in the cut Matt Kuchar Padraig Harrington. Both were in the lead early, with 68 first-round scores. Play was halted on Thursday due to fog delays. Kuchar was 2-under 70 on Saturday. He is tied for seventh at halfway at 6-under. Harrington tied for seventh at 6-under on Saturday with a 73.

Rodgers, 30, was a star at Stanford College but is now winless in 234 events since he joined the PGA Tour in 2015.

Conners was the leader in the first round, but he made mistakes in the middle of his round and was relegated. Conners four-putted his seventh hole (the par-3 16th), which featured three attempts within 4ft. His tee shot from the 17th hole was sunk into the brush and he made bogey.

Others who made it were Jimmy Walker (-4), Luke Donald (-2), Rickie Fowler(-1) Former Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama (-2).

Fowler, in addition to Rodgers and others, is also required to win in San Antonio next week to be eligible for the Masters.