After two rounds at the Valero Texas Open, two players are tied for the lead at 8-under. Bud Cauley shot a 6-under 66 in Round 2 while Tony Finau was one stroke better with a 7-under 65.
Cauley had the cleaner day with six birdies, three coming in a row early on the front nine. With the wind howling, he went bogey-free, was 8 out of 8 scrambling, and successfully putted for more than 133 feet. Cauley flexed his skills on No. 2 in particular, sinking it from 39 feet for birdie.
“I played really well,” Cauley said about his round. “I probably even hit it a little better yesterday. I just didn’t quite convert on some of the putts and today I putted really well, which kept me going through most of the round.”
Finau had the edge in highlights. He did have three bogeys but made up for them with eight birdies and an eagle on No. 11. His bogeys were a bit curious because he was just rolling otherwise, coupling six of his birdies in pairs and another with his eagle. Finau would be in sole possession of the lead, but his putt for par from 24 feet on the 18th stopped about 2.5 feet short of the cup.
“I guess you could just call it one of those days,” Finau said about his day. “I got off to a nice start and made some putts, and I think you gotta do everything well on this golf course to play good. That was definitely the case today, drove it well, hit some good irons, and was able to capitalize with the putter.”
“Anytime you can hole out in a tournament is pretty cool,” he added about his eagle from 103 yards away.
Cameron Smith, Bob Estes, Kevin Chappell, and Robby Shelton all trail the leaders by just one shot. Ten other players are also in striking distance, off the lead by only three shots or less.
Branden Grace, who took the Round 1 lead after a 6-under 66 performance, had a rough second day. He shot a 1-over 73 with four bogeys and just three birdies.