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Kim's Texas Open brilliance - but Jones again well placed

Matt Jones is building consistency in 2019 (Photo: Henry Peters)
When Korea’s Si Woo Kim stood on the 16th tee of round two of the Valero Texas Open he had already established a two-shot lead on the field at the TPC San Antonio but just a minute or so later he had extended that lead to four with a holed tee shot at the 167 yard par 3.

He would do well to save par at the 17th and then missed an opportunity to go further ahead at the 18th but his second consecutive round of 66 has the two time PGA Tour winner four ahead of six players at 8 under par, that group including Jordan Spieth and pre- tournament favourite, Rickie Fowler, amongst others.

Kim's already established and significant credentials on the PGA Tour include a victory at the 2017 Players Championship and while his most recent starts had not suggested a showing of this sort he opened with a round of 66 yesterday to lead by one and now has a considerable margin heading into the weekend.

With a best of 22nd in three previous starts in this event and not one round in the 60's in his eight previous rounds at the TPC San Antonio Kim has clearly found something with his game this week.

Jordan Spieth has not recorded a top ten on the PGA Tour since the Open Championship last year but this week, back on a golf course on which he finished runner-up the last time he played the event, he is within striking distance heading into the weekend.

Spieth, too, holed out from a lengthy distance his coming at the par 5 8th hole from 113 yards allowing him to be very much in the mix at the halfway stage.

Spieth's Texas origins along with his standing in the game ensure he is getting plenty of support this week and after relatively indifferent form over the last six months or so this is an encouraging performance ahead of the event that to a large extent has shaped his career in one way or another the Masters. 

Australia's Matt Jones has thrown out many signals of late that his game is close to its best and he has again shown that is the case with a round of 68 to be in a share of 8th place and just one shot behind the six-way tie for second.

Jones was bogey-free today and heads into the weekend well placed to improve on the consecutive top twenties he has recorded in his last two starts.

Texas, the week before the Masters, has been good to Jones in the past having won the Houston Open in 2014 to play his way into the Masters field the following week. It is perhaps drawing a long bow to suggest it might happen again but he has opened the door for that possibility.

Jones' fellow Australians, Curtis Luck and Aaron Baddeley, are tied in 36th place at 3 under and have safely made the weekend. 

 

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