2014 Valero Texas Open: Steven Bowditch leads by a stroke

Darren Carroll

A holed-out eagle helped Steven Bowditch take the 36-hole lead at the Texas Open.

Despite wrapping up his round with a double-bogey on his 18th hole, Steven Bowditch's 5-under 67 was good enough to put him in the lead through two rounds at the Valero Texas Open.

Bowditch, who opened the tournament ranked No. 155 in the FedExCup standings, got the round off to a good start. He birdied his second hole of the day, then followed that up with an eagle on his third hole of the day. Following a solid drive, he holed a wedge from 83-yards for the eagle. He finished his first nine in style, with back-to-back birdies before the turn. He went on to drop as low as 7-under for the round before giving two strokes back on his final hole. Even with the rough final hole, Bowditch moved to 8-under for the tournament, one stroke ahead of Chad Collins and Andrew Loupe.

Collins shot 30 spots up the leaderboard thanks to a 6-under round of 66. Loupe led after the first day, but dropped into a tie for second place with a 2-under 70. Cameron Beckman and Pat Perez sit at 5-under, rounding out the top five.

Phil Mickelson looked like he may not be long for the event after opening the tournament with a 5-over 77, but he rebounded on Friday. Mickelson carded a 2-under 70 in the second round, just sneaking on the right side of the cut line at 3-under. While Bowditch and others are playing for a spot in the Masters, Mickelson is attempting to get his game in order before heading to Augusta National. Friday was at least a solid step in that direction.

Like Mickelson, Billy Horschel also rebounded from a disastrous first round. He shot a 71 on Friday, nine strokes better than the 80 he shot to open the tournament. Despite the improvement, he was still 7-over and missed the cut. Here is a complete look at the leaderboard through two rounds.

Place

Player

Score

1st Round

2nd Round

Total

1

Steven Bowditch

-8

69

67

136

T2

Chad Collins

-7

71

66

137

T2

Andrew Loupe

-7

67

70

137

T4

Cameron Beckman

-5

69

70

139

T4

Pat Perez

-5

68

71

139

T6

Daniel Summerhays

-4

72

68

140

T6

Kevin Na

-4

70

70

140

T6

Freddie Jacobson

-4

70

70

140

T9

James Hahn

-3

71

70

141

T9

Trevor Immelman

-3

70

71

141

T9

Josh Teater

-3

71

70

141

T9

Will MacKenzie

-3

69

72

141

T9

Aaron Baddeley

-3

70

71

141

T9

Zach Johnson

-3

70

71

141

T9

Wes Roach

-3

75

66

141

T16

Brian Harman

-2

70

72

142

T16

Martin Flores

-2

71

71

142

T16

Jason Kokrak

-2

71

71

142

T16

Jerry Kelly

-2

71

71

142

T16

Chesson Hadley

-2

69

73

142

T16

Matt Kuchar

-2

70

72

142

T16

Justin Hicks

-2

69

73

142

T16

Fred Funk

-2

70

72

142

T16

Bo Van Pelt

-2

69

73

142

T25

Brian Davis

-1

71

72

143

T25

Geoff Ogilvy

-1

74

69

143

T25

Michael Putnam

-1

72

71

143

T25

Scott Gardiner

-1

74

69

143

T25

Ryan Palmer

-1

72

71

143

T25

William McGirt

-1

72

71

143

T25

Carl Pettersson

-1

70

73

143

T25

Brice Garnett

-1

70

73

143

T33

Russell Knox

E

74

70

144

T33

Scott Brown

E

70

74

144

T33

Brian Gay

E

73

71

144

T33

Camilo Villegas

E

71

73

144

T33

Robert Streb

E

72

72

144

T33

Tim Wilkinson

E

74

70

144

T33

Briny Baird

E

72

72

144

T33

Jim Furyk

E

70

74

144

T33

Alex Aragon

E

70

74

144

T33

Alex Prugh

E

71

73

144

T43

Cameron Tringale

1

71

74

145

T43

Stephen Ames

1

74

71

145

T43

Andres Romero

1

71

74

145

T43

Brendon de Jonge

1

73

72

145

T43

Justin Leonard

1

76

69

145

T43

Miguel Angel Carballo

1

69

76

145

T43

Troy Merritt

1

73

72

145

T43

Jamie Lovemark

1

73

72

145

T43

Jordan Spieth

1

75

70

145

T43

Michael Thompson

1

70

75

145

T43

John Senden

1

72

73

145

T43

Charley Hoffman

1

70

75

145

T43

Ben Curtis

1

70

75

145

T43

Troy Matteson

1

72

73

145

T43

Seung-yul Noh

1

69

76

145

T43

Brooks Koepka

1

71

74

145

T43

Branden Grace

1

72

73

145

T60

Jeff Maggert

2

72

74

146

T60

Johnson Wagner

2

73

73

146

T60

Luke Guthrie

2

74

72

146

T60

Andrew Svoboda

2

73

73

146

T60

John Peterson

2

74

72

146

T60

Charlie Beljan

2

70

76

146

T60

Greg Chalmers

2

73

73

146

T60

Charlie Wi

2

73

73

146

T60

Jim Herman

2

73

73

146

T69

Morgan Hoffmann

3

74

73

147

T69

Jimmy Walker

3

76

71

147

T69

Kevin Foley

3

74

73

147

T69

Joe Ogilvie

3

74

73

147

T69

Tyrone van Aswegen

3

71

76

147

T69

Richard Lee

3

72

75

147

T69

J.B. Holmes

3

72

75

147

T69

John Merrick

3

72

75

147

T69

Phil Mickelson

3

77

70

147

T69

Stuart Appleby

3

70

77

147

T69

Mike Weir

3

76

71

147

T69

Brendon Todd

3

71

76

147

T69

John Mallinger

3

74

73

147

T69

Bronson La'Cassie

3

74

73

147

Cut line +3

Cut

Sean O'Hair

4

74

74

148

Cut

Robert Allenby

4

75

73

148

Cut

Ernie Els

4

74

74

148

Cut

Harrison Frazar

4

73

75

148

Cut

John Rollins

4

71

77

148

Cut

Edward Loar

4

74

74

148

Cut

Hunter Brown

4

76

72

148

Cut

Nicolas Colsaerts

4

74

74

148

Cut

D.H. Lee

4

74

74

148

Cut

Nicholas Thompson

4

75

73

148

Cut

Mark Wilson

4

73

75

148

Cut

John Huh

4

76

72

148

Cut

Daniel Chopra

4

76

72

148

Cut

Jim Renner

4

70

78

148

Cut

Kyle Stanley

5

74

75

149

Cut

Woody Austin

5

74

75

149

Cut

Matt Bettencourt

5

73

76

149

Cut

Mike Miller

5

74

75

149

Cut

David Lingmerth

5

73

76

149

Cut

Padraig Harrington

5

76

73

149

Cut

Martin Laird

5

72

77

149

Cut

Ted Potter, Jr.

5

71

78

149

Cut

David Toms

5

76

73

149

Cut

Ben Crane

5

76

73

149

Cut

J.J. Henry

6

76

74

150

Cut

Bud Cauley

6

74

76

150

Cut

Brendan Steele

6

75

75

150

Cut

K.J. Choi

6

75

75

150

Cut

Ryo Ishikawa

6

74

76

150

Cut

Heath Slocum

6

70

80

150

Cut

Kevin Kisner

6

77

73

150

Cut

Derek Lamely

6

76

74

150

Cut

Jhonattan Vegas

7

78

73

151

Cut

Billy Horschel

7

80

71

151

Cut

Billy Hurley III

7

74

77

151

Cut

Benjamin Alvarado

7

74

77

151

Cut

Peter Uihlein

7

75

76

151

Cut

Danny Lee

7

68

83

151

Cut

Jason Bohn

8

76

76

152

Cut

Jay McLuen

8

74

78

152

Cut

Peter Malnati

8

75

77

152

Cut

Joe Durant

8

72

80

152

Cut

Mark Anderson

8

75

77

152

Cut

Lee Williams

8

74

78

152

Cut

Kevin Tway

8

74

78

152

Cut

Ben Martin

8

72

80

152

Cut

Retief Goosen

9

78

75

153

Cut

Kevin Chappell

9

74

79

153

Cut

Jeff Overton

9

76

77

153

Cut

Brad Fritsch

10

80

74

154

Cut

Will Wilcox

10

75

79

154

Cut

Robert Gates

11

80

75

155

Cut

Scott Verplank

11

76

79

155

Cut

Paul Goydos

12

77

79

156

Cut

Scott Langley

12

75

81

156

Cut

Hudson Swafford

12

76

80

156

Cut

David von Hoffman

17

84

77

161

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