Harrington with strong begin as Villegas leads in Texas
Harrington with strong begin as Villegas leads in Texas : The Ryder cup captain had a strong begin in Texas carding a two beneath par first spherical.
Padraig Harrington got here into this week in combined kind having missed three cuts from his final eight tournaments. Since contacting covid his final two tournaments have steadily seen enchancment with a narrowly missed lower and a tied 56th end.
However, this week on the Valero Texas Open, the Dubliner has began properly with a gradual two beneath par. The first spherical of 70 leaves him simply inside the highest 20 at TPC San Antonio. Starting on the again 9, Harrington opened his account with a birdie on the eleventh.
His 118 yard wedge was caught inside three toes for his first birdie of the day. He adopted together with his first bogey on the thirteenth par 3 after a poor bunker shot resulted in a two putt. The 49 12 months previous was again beneath par after holing a difficult 12 footer on the sixteenth par 3.
On his again 9, Harrington made one other birdie on the second par 5 after two wayward photographs. A poor drive and a poor second shot left him a clumsy angle into the inexperienced.
He managed to get on the inexperienced 21 toes away, with a troublesome sloping putt, which he managed to transform.
Harrington adopted up with one other birdie on the par 3 third, making some actual momentum in powerful windy circumstances.
However, this was derailed after making a nasty bogey on the fifth, lacking a par putt inside three toes. The three time main winner fought again instantly with birdie on the sixth earlier than making a disappointing bogey on the ninth.
The two beneath par spherical offers Harrington platform going into the weekend.
Villegas leads the best way
Elsewhere it was Columbia’s Camillo Villegas that leads the pack after an impressive spherical of 64. Despite making bogey on his first gap, he managed to get well making 5 birdies in his opening twelve holes.
His blistering again 9 shot him into the lead by two after birding the 12th,13th,14th and 18th. The Columbian leads with Sung Kang and Cameron Tringale in second place on six beneath par.
Villegas is a 4 time PGA Tour winner, however hasn’t victorious since 2014. Speaking after the around the Columbian wasn’t getting forward of himself with equivalent to lengthy solution to go.
“I performed actually good, however I additionally received a pair good breaks, made a few good par saves, and total it was very strong.
But it’s solely Thursday, so we’ve simply received to maintain affected person, preserve doing what we’re doing and have enjoyable on the market.”
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