Patrick Rodgers escapes the Valero Open

In general, when you finish with five birdies on the last six holes, you have a chance to improve your card. This evidence allowed Patrick Rodgers to take the lead and even to widen a certain gap at the head of the Valero Open, in Texas, the last warm-up lap of the PGA Tour before the high mass of Augusta. 66 Thursday, 67 Friday, the American (-11) does not allow himself to be disturbed by the pressure even if he has stalled for a long time during this second round (in the Par at the start of the 11).

The former amateur world No. 1 (2014) is three steps ahead of the competition, which is not completely finished with its second round, the night having raged in Texas: “It’s something I’ve always dreamed of. I am delighted to have this chance, to be in this position to win a PGA tournament. It’s going to be really fun the next two days. »

On an Open decidedly disturbed by the elements (fog Thursday), Patrick Rodgers is ahead of Corey Conners, in the lead after the first round (-8) but who lost his superb Friday (in the Par). His comeback was particularly complicated (bogeys at 13 and 17, double-bogey at 16): “I struggle a bit to explain what happened to me at the end. It’s sad and I wish I could pull myself together, but that’s the way it is. » However, he is already guaranteed to be in Augusta. The Mexican Roberto Diaz points at his side (-8) but has not finished his second round (8 holes to play). Thomas Detry (-6), Matt Kuchar (-6) or Chris Kirk (-5), to name just a few headliners, are in ambush.



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