Tony Finau, Bud Cauley tied for lead at Texas Open

Cauley, a former NCAA standout at Alabama who's yet to win through six seasons as a pro, shot a 66 in the morning.

A birdie at the par-5 final hole would have given Finau a share of the course record, but he settled for 7-under 65 and is tied with Cauley at 8-under 136 through 36 holes at TPC San Antonio.

Cauley picked up a shot at the 13th and added a fifth gain from eight feet at the 15th, before closing his blemish-free card with a close-range birdie at the par-five last.

"It was windy out there so it was tough", said Cauley. "I just didn't quite convert on some of the putts and today I putted really well, which kept me going through most of the round". I got up-and-down yesterday.

Tony Finau, Bud Cauley tied for lead at Texas Open

Finau had the edge in highlights. Cauley coasted to a three birdie, one bogey effort on day one, but lost 1.138 strokes putting to prevent any further scoring. Finau would be in sole possession of the lead, but his putt for par from 24 feet on the 18th stopped about 2.5 feet short of the cup. "That was definitely the case today, drove it well, hit some good irons, and was able to capitalize with the putter".

Chappell posted a second-round 68 to be level alongside Robby Shelton (69), Bob Estes (69) and Cameron Smith (65).

"Whenever you can hole out from the fairway it's always a good day", he said. Ten other players are also in striking distance, off the lead by only three shots or less.

McDowell started his round two behind overnight leader Branden Grace and looked well placed to set up a weekend push; however five bogeys - three in his last four holes - damaged his ambitions.

  • Carolyn Briggs