Birdie run gives Walker lead in Texas Open
SAN ANTONIO — Jimmy Walker shot a 5-under 67 on Friday in the Texas Open to take a one-stroke lead in his hometown event.
Walker overtook first-round leader Charley Hoffman with three straight birdies late in his round and finished at 6-under 138 at TPC San Antonio. Walker won the Sony Open in Hawaii in January after winning three times and playing in the Ryder Cup last season.
Hoffman, 8 under at the turn, uncharacteristically let a good round get away on the Oaks Course with three bogeys on his second nine. He finished with a 72 to drop into a tie for second with Aaron Baddeley.
Hoffman has two top-three finishes in his previous four appearances at the Texas Open.
Baddeley had a 71.
Kevin Na, who infamously took 16 strokes on a par 4 in the event four years ago, had a 68 to join Texan Jordan Spieth at 4 under. The 21-year Spieth, coming off a playoff victory two weeks ago at Innisbrook, followed his opening 71 with a 69.
Phil Mickelson was tied for sixth at 2 under after a 72. FedEx Cup champion Billy Horschel (70), Zach Johnson (71), Chris Kirk (71) and 2011 winner Brendan Steele (68) also were 2 under.
LPGA KIA CLASSIC: At Carlsbad, Calif., Morgan Pressel matched the course record with an 8-under 64 for a share of the second-round lead in the Kia Classic with Mirim Lee.
Pressel had eight birdies in her bogey-free morning round at Aviara to match Lee at 10-under 134. The American won the last of her two LPGA Tour titles in 2008.
Lee, the first-round leader after a 65, had a 69. The 24-year-old South Korean player won LPGA Tour events last year in Michigan and China.
Top-ranked Lydia Ko was tied for ninth at 7 under after a 70, her 26th straight LPGA Tour round under par — three short of Annika Sorenstam's record set in 2004 — and 29th worldwide.
MISSISSIPPI GULF RESORT CLASSIC: At Saucier, Miss., Colin Montgomerie and Joe Durant shared the lead at 5-under 67 after the breezy first round of the Champions Tour's Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.
Montgomerie finished with a birdie on the par-4 ninth hole at Fallen Oak with 10-20 mph wind with stronger gusts. The Scot won the Senior PGA Championship and U.S. Senior Open last year.
Durant also closed with a birdie on No. 9.
Miguel Angel Jimenez closed with a double bogey for a 76. The Spaniard won the season-opening event in Hawaii in January for his second victory in three career Champions Tour starts.