Grace leads Texas Open by a shot after first round
SAN ANTONIO » South African Branden Grace had a 6-under 66 and leads by a stroke after the opening round of the Valero Texas Open on Thursday.
Grace had a season-best 11thplace finish last week in defense of his RBC Heritage title. He leads the 5-under 67s of Steven Alker, Stewart Cink, John Huh and Will MacKenzie at TPC San Antonio. Alker, a journeyman New Zealander who played in the final group of the day, birdied the final three holes.
There are 13 players packed two shots back at 4 under. WATSON LEADS SHENZHEN INTERNATIONAL » At Shenzhen, China, Bubba Watson fired a 6-under 66 in the first round to take a onestroke lead at the weather-delayed Shenzhen International.
Starting on the 10th hole, Watson bogeyed the 12th but bounced back with birdies on Nos. 13, 14 and 16 to turn in 34. A birdie at the first hole was then followed by an approach shot to eight feet on the par-5 second, setting up an eagle that sent Watson to the top of the leaderboard.