Monday 19 February 2018

Bud Cauley and Tony Finau lead at halfway point of Valero Texas Open

Tony Finau is the joint leader in Texas
Tony Finau is the joint leader in Texas

American pair Bud Cauley and Tony Finau share the lead at the halfway point of the Valero Texas Open.

Both men are tied on eight under as Cauley, who is chasing a first PGA Tour win, fired a six-under-par 66 while Finau went one better with a 65.

Cauley struck six birdies in his blemish-free round, but Finau's card was more erratic, with an eagle, eight birdies and three bogeys keeping the scorers busy.

Australian Cameron Smith, who matched Finau's 65 as the lowest score of the day, Bob Estes and Kevin Chappell lead the chasing pack on seven under.

Scotland's Martin Laird is three shots off the lead after his 67 moved him to five under but it was a disappointing day for Graeme McDowell as he shot a two-over-par 74 to fall back to six off the lead, having started his round two behind overnight leader Branden Grace.

There were some high-profile names to miss the cut as Zach Johnson and Luke Donald will not be returning for the weekend, while Ian Poulter's failure to beat the even par cut-off means he loses his PGA Tour card.

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