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Friday's roundup: Walker surges to front in Texas

Associated Press

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.

After a 35-minute drive from his suburban home, Walker enjoyed a neighborly stroll at TPC San Antonio to reach 6-under 138. He won the Sony Open in Hawaii in January after winning three times last season.

Walker overtook first-round leader Charley Hoffman with three straight birdies late in his round.

"It's nice to have friends and family here," Walker said. "Good vibes and good mojo, and I believe in all that stuff. Positive energy is good."

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. Spieth, coming off a playoff victory two weeks ago at Innisbrook, followed his opening 71 with a 69.

Brian Stuard (Jackson) shot 75 but made the cut at 5-over 149. Justin Hicks (Grosse Ile) also shot 75, but missed at 10-over 154.

The gusts near 40 mph that blew Thursday morning continued to subside, though play started Friday with temperatures in the 40s.

The improved conditions packed the leaderboard with nine players within four strokes of Walker. That included Phil Mickelson, continuing to cram for the Masters less than two weeks off, at 2-under after a second-round 72. He was tied for sixth.

FedEx Cup champion Billy Horschel (70), Zach Johnson (71), Chris Kirk (71) and 2011 winner Brendan Steele (68) also were 2 under.

Mickelson got it to 4-under after hitting to 3 feet on the 174-yard third hole — his 12th of the day — and chipping in on No. 4.

But had a double bogey two holes later with a tee shot that put him thick in the trees to the left on the par 4, followed by a shot out of the woods across the fairway. He was still 54 yards away, and he left that approach short of the green and couldn't get up-and-down to save bogey.

Champions

Colin Mongomerie and Joe Durant shared the lead after shooting 5-under 67 after the first round of the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic in Saucier, Miss.

Montgomerie finished with a birdie on the par-4 ninth hole at Fallen Oak. He won the Senior PGA Championship and U.S. Senior Open last year. Durant also closed with a birdie on No. 9.

Gene Sauers, Kevin Sutherland, David Frost, Woody Austin and Brad Faxon shot 68.

LPGA

Morgan Pressel matched the course record with an 8-under 64 for a share of the second-round lead in the Kia Classic in Carlsbad, Calif., with Mirim Lee.

Pressel and Lee (69) are at 10-under 134.