Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Two share lead at Texas

Co-leader Finau just missed record


Tony Finau arrived at the 18th tee with a chance at a course record, but his approach splashed in the water and his bogey dropped him into a second-round tie for the lead with Bud Cauley at the Valero Texas Open Friday in San Antonio.

A birdie at the par-5 final hole would have given Finau a share of the course record, but he settled for a 7-under 65 and is tied with Cauley at 8 under through 36 holes at TPC San Antonio.

Ian Poulter, Europe’s Ryder Cup star, missed the cut and lost his fully exempt status on the PGA Tour. He fell about $30,000 short of the required earnings to keep his status through a medical exemption because of a foot injury last year.

Cauley, a former NCAA standout at Alabama who has yet to win through six seasons as a pro, had a lead at the halfway point after his 66 in the morning. Cauley and Finau, winner last year at the Puerto Rico Open, both lead by one over Australian Cameron Smith, 23, Kevin Chappell, Robby Shelton and veteran 1994 Texas Open winner Bob Estes.

Smith shared low round with Finau at 65, Chappell shot 68, Shelton had a 69, and Estes, at 51, had a 69.

John Huh is 6 under after a 71, and he’s joined by Kevin Tway (68) and Jonathan Randolph (70). There are seven players at 5 under, including first-round leader Branden Grace (73) and former Texas Open champs Jimmy Walker (69) and Martin Laird (67).

Other tournament­s

Shenzhen Internatio­nal: Bernd Wiesberger of Austria fired a bogey-free 7-under 65 to lead by four shots when the second round was suspended due to storms in China. Wiesberger completed his first round in the morning after lightning Thyursday also halted play, and birdied the par-5 17th to get within one of the lead. He added another seven birdies in round two to get to 12 under overall. Overnight leader Bubba Watson was 1 under through five holes to reach 7 under.

Legends of Golf: The PGA Champions Tour event in Ridgedale, Mo., was was washed out. The first round will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday and the event will be reduced to 36 holes.

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