The weatherman stole some of the thunder on the second day of the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio. Due to inclement weather in the area, the second-round was temporarily suspended for an hour and 50 minutes. It ultimately lead to play being suspended for the day at 8:09 p.m. CST due to darkness. There were 25 players remaining on the course that will complete their second round today.
Ben Curtis went out early and continued where he left off on Thursday. He posted his second consecutive round of 67 and stands at 10 under par. Curtis has yet to make a bogey in 36 holes at the TPC San Antonio. “Hit a lot of good iron shots. Left them, for the most part, on the right level and made a few putts and it was a pretty easy Round 2,” Curtis said afterwards. “Every part of the game was good. I missed maybe three, four birdie putts that I should have made inside ten feet but other than that, I'm not going to complain.” Curtis credited his improved play to a change in his putting grip. “I just moved my right hand a little bit more on top of the club line and seemed to have worked. Last few years I think I've gotten more and more underneath the shaft and kind of gone back to the way I used to play.”
Despite hitting just eight of 14 fairways, David Mathis, a third year PGA TOUR member, tied his low-round of the year Friday with a bogey-free, 5-under 67. He’s two strokes back at 8-under. Mathis has struggled this season on the PGA TOUR, making just one cut in 11 starts (T25 Puerto Rico Open presented by see puertorico.com). His best finish on TOUR is a T8 at the 2011 Zurich Classic of New Orleans. In two previous starts at the Valero Texas Open (2009, 2011), the 1997 Campbell University grad has missed both cuts. First-round leader Matt Every struggled on Friday before play was suspended for the day. Through 16 holes, he was 2-over-over, 7-under for the tournament.
Cameron Tringale, who is making his 11th start of the season this week, is looking to claim back-to-back, Texas top-10 finishes. In his last start three weeks ago, he finished T8 at the Shell Houston Open. His only other top-10 finish of the year was a T4 at the Farmers Insurance Open in January, tying his best finish on TOUR (T4 2011 Greenbrier Classic).
In his third Valero Texas Open start, Hunter Haas shot a 2-over 74 in round two. He will head into the weekend 4-under. Prior to last year’s T15 finish at TPC San Antonio, Haas missed the cut in 2001 at LaCantera as a 24 year old. Following rounds of 73-74/+3, defending champion Brendan Steele seemingly still has a job for the weekend. Since 1960, only Arnold Palmer (1960-1962), Justin Leonard (2000, 2001) and Zach Johnson (2008, 2009) have successfully defended a Valero Texas Open title. Diego Velasquez made a hole-in-one on 13 with a 7-iron from 223 yards. Kyle Thompson withdrew during the second round with vertigo. Boo Weekley withdrew with an illness and John Merrick withdrew with a wrist injury.