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Valero Texas Open: Camilo Villegas grabs early lead as Jordan Spieth makes encouraging start

Jordan Spieth three off the early lead as he seems for first worldwide victory since The Open in 2017; Camilo Villegas units tempo after opening-round 64 – Watch all through the week stay on Sky Sports Golf!

Last Updated: 02/04/21 1:51am

Camilo Villegas is a four-time winner on the PGA Tour but without a victory since 2014

Camilo Villegas is a four-time winner on the PGA Tour however with out a victory since 2014

Camilo Villegas opened up a two-shot lead on the opening spherical of the Valero Texas Open, the place Jordan Spieth made one other robust start in his newest bid for a return to the winner’s circle.

The Colombian recovered from an opening-hole bogey to fireside an eight-under 64 in calm situations at TPC San Antonio, placing him two forward closest challengers Sung Kang and Cameron Tringale.

Spieth sits an additional stroke again in tied-fourth alongside Hideki Matsuyama and Seung Yul Noh, nonetheless taking part in underneath a serious medical extension after two years of army service in his native Korea, whereas Scottie Scheffler is within the group sitting 4 off the tempo.

“Some days the hole is a little bit big and that was the case today,” Villegas mentioned. “I played really good, but I also got a couple nice breaks. Made a couple good par saves and overall it was very solid.”

Beginning on the again 9, Villegas did not stand up and down from off the tenth inexperienced to save lots of par however holed a birdie from off the placing floor on the subsequent after which picked up a shot on the par-five 14th.

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Villegas rolled in a 25-footer on the seventeenth and transformed from a number of toes nearer on the subsequent to succeed in the flip in 33, earlier than making his cost up the leaderboard with 4 straight birdies from the second.

The world No 314 was unable to capitalise on 10-foot birdie alternatives on the sixth and eighth to additional prolong his benefit, solely to double his lead by chipping in from off the ninth inexperienced – his remaining gap – for a ninth birdie of the spherical.

Jordan Spieth will be chasing a fourth major title at The Masters next week

Jordan Spieth shall be chasing a fourth main title at The Masters subsequent week

Kang birdied three of his final 4 holes to get to 6 underneath and set the clubhouse goal forward of Spieth, who had held the solo lead till he completed his opening-round 67 with a closing bogey.

“I certainly would have signed up for five under starting out,” Spieth mentioned. “Felt like I played some really nice golf on our front nine, the back nine, then just kind of got a little loose off the tee on our second nine.”

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Matt Wallace heads the British contingent after a three-under 69, whereas Rickie Fowler – one of many gamers needing a win this week to qualify for The Masters – struggled to an opening-round 76.

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