Latest News

April 5, 2019

Second Round Notes

Weather: Mostly cloudy, with a high of 82. Wind ESE 10-15 mph.

36-hole cut: 80 players at 1-under 143 from a field of 144 professionals. With more than 78 players making the 36-hole cut, a 54-hole cut will take place (low 70 and ties).

Second-Round Leaderboard

1Si Woo Kim66-66—132(-12)
T2 Corey Conners69-67—136(-8)
T2Jordan Spieth68-68—136(-8)
T2Harold Varner III70-66—136(-8)
T2Adam Schenk70-66—136(-8)
T2Kyoung-Hoon Lee69-67—136(-8)
T2Rickie Fowler68-68—136(-8)

Things to Know

Si Woo Kim aced No. 16 en route to his second 36-hole lead/co-lead on the PGA TOUR; eyes the PGA TOUR’s first wire-to-wire win of the season

Kim’s four-stroke lead is the largest after 36 holes on TOUR this season

Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler headline a group of players in second place

Notable players to miss the cut: defending champion Andrew Landry (71-74), Billy Horschel, Davis Love III, Smylie Kaufman, Luke Donald

Second-Round Lead Notes

7Second-round leaders/co-leaders to win the Valero Texas Open (since 2000) (most recent: Jimmy Walker/2015)
12Second-round leaders/co-leaders to win in 2018-19 (most recent: Paul Casey/Valspar Championship)
9Score in relation to par of the 2018 second-round co-leaders (Zach Johnson, Ryan Moore)

Si Woo Kim (1st/66)

Entering the Week
23Age (June 28, 1995)
#61Official World Golf Ranking
116PGA TOUR starts
2PGA TOUR wins
13PGA TOUR starts in 2018-19
3PGA TOUR top-10s in 2018-19
3Starts at Valero Texas Open

At 12-under 132, tops the 36-hole record at the Valero Texas Open by two strokes (since the event moved to TPC San Antonio in 2010); previous mark held by Ben Curtis (2012) and Brendan Steele (2016)

Following second-consecutive 6-under 66, in search of the PGA TOUR’s first wire-to-wire win since Brandt Snedeker won the 2018 Wyndham Championship

Aced the par-3 16th hole with a 9-iron from 167 yards (only other ace on the PGA TOUR came at the 2016 Travelers Championship)

Two players have recorded aces en route to winning this season: J.B. Holmes (Genesis Open), Francesco Molinari (Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard)

Four-shot lead the largest 36-hole lead on TOUR since the 2018 U.S. Open (Dustin Johnson/4 strokes)

Now has the largest 36-hole lead this season; previous benchmark was 3 strokes (five players, most recently Justin Thomas at the Farmers Insurance Open)

Leads the field in Strokes Gained: Putting (5.847)

Takes his second 36-hole lead/co-lead on the PGA TOUR (2016 Wyndham Championship/won)

Making his fourth consecutive start at the Valero Texas Open: T45/2018, T22/2017, MC/2016

Season highlighted by three top-10 finishes: 3rd/Genesis Open, T4/AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, T10/CIMB Classic

In search of his third career PGA TOUR win and first since the 2017 PLAYERS Championship

Miscellaneous Notes

11-time PGA TOUR winner Jordan Spieth (T2) owns matching 4-under 68s in his fifth start at the Valero Texas Open (T41/2012, MC/2013, 10/2014, 2/2015); recorded two hole outs from off the green, one for eagle on the par-5 eighth hole (113 yards) and another for birdie on the par-4 11th hole (69’8”); in search of his first top-10 on the PGA TOUR since the 2018 Open Championship (T9)

Despite back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 15 and 16, Rickie Fowler (who made 127’ of putts Friday) posted a 68 to move to T2; seeking to become the first player to win the Valero Texas Open in his first start since Ben Curtis (2012)

Corey Conners fired a 5-under 67 to move to T2; hoping to become the first Monday Qualifier to win on the PGA TOUR since Arjun Atwal won the 2010 Wyndham Championship

Harold Varner III (T2) had six top-25 finishes in his first eight starts this season, but has three missed cuts, a T51 at The Honda Classic and T65 at the Valspar Championship in his last five starts

Adam Schenk (T2) had six birdies in a nine-hole stretch (Nos. 12, 14, 15, 17, 18, 2) for a 5-under 66, two shy of his career-low round on the PGA TOUR (64/2018 RBC Canadian Open/R1); marked his first score in the 60s in five rounds at TPC San Antonio/p>

Despite a bogey on his final hole (No. 9), Kyoung-Hoon Lee’s 5-under 67 moved him to T2; in 17 previous PGA TOUR starts, has one top-10 finish (T7/2019 The Honda Classic)

Graeme McDowell, winner of last week’s Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship, stands T15 as he seeks to become the first player since Bryson DeChambeau to win back-to-back weeks (2018 THE NORTHERN TRUST, 2018 Dell Technologies Championship); the last player to win back-to-back starts was Xander Schauffele (2018 World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions, 2019 Sentry Tournament of Champions)

Playing in the last group of the day, University of Texas graduate Dylan Frittelli’s eagle (6’10”) and Oklahoma State University graduate Kristoffer Ventura’s birdie (15’7”) helped both players make the cut on the number

Smylie Kaufman (71-73) missed the cut in his first start since withdrawing from last season’s A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier

Julian Etulain withdrew during the round with a wrist injury

Bogey-free rounds:

R1 (3): Ted Potter, Jr. (68), Graeme McDowell (69), Seamus Power (69)
R2 (5): Si Woo Kim (66), Matt Jones (68), Curtis Luck (68), Sam Burns (69), HaoTong Li (70)

Scoring Averages at TPC San Antonio:

RoundFront 9Back 9TotalCumulative
Hardest hole:R1: Par-4 fourth (4.245);
R2: Par-4 ninth (4.298)
Easiest hole:R1: Par-5 14th (4.643);
R2: Par-5 14th (4.617)


Valero Energy Corporation, through its subsidiaries, is an international manufacturer and marketer of transportation fuels and other petrochemical products. Valero, a Fortune 50 company based in San Antonio, Texas, with approximately 10,000 employees, is an independent petroleum refiner and ethanol producer, and its assets include 15 petroleum refineries with a combined throughput capacity of approximately 3.1 million barrels per day and 11 ethanol plants with a combined production capacity of 1.45 billion gallons per year. The petroleum refineries are located in the United States (“U.S.”), Canada, and the United Kingdom (“U.K.”), and the ethanol plants are located in the Mid-Continent region of the U.S. In addition, Valero owns the 2 percent general partner interest and a majority limited partner interest in the Partnership, a midstream master limited partnership. Valero sells its products in both the wholesale rack and bulk markets, and approximately, 7,400 outlets carry Valero’s brand names in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K., and Ireland. Please visit for more information.


The Valero Texas Open is the 6th oldest professional tournament in golf world-wide, the 3rd oldest on the PGA TOUR and the longest held in the same city. In 2012, the tournament celebrated its 90th anniversary.

Its list of champions includes some of the greatest names in golf history: Walter Hagen, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, Ben Crenshaw, Hale Irwin, Lee Trevino, Nick Price, Justin Leonard, Zach Johnson, Adam Scott, Jimmy Walker and 2018 champion Andrew Landry, to name a few.

Since Valero became title sponsor in 2002, the tournament has become a leader in charitable fundraising among PGA TOUR events. The Valero Texas Open together with the Benefit for Children eclipsed the $100 million mark in charitable giving in 2015, becoming the fourth PGA TOUR event to do so. Raising a record $12 million in 2018, the tournament has now contributed more than $138 million to hundreds of worthy charities.

Media Contacts

Stephanie Sage
Director of Marketing & Community Relations

210.345.3839 office

Lee Patterson
Media Director

704.553.4790 mobile