Published: Sun, April 07, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Canada's Corey Conners one shot back at Texas Open

Canada's Corey Conners one shot back at Texas Open

Si Woo Kim upstaged star draws Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth at the Valero Texas Open as he fired a second-round 66 including a hole-in-one.

Kim started Saturday's play with a four-stroke advantage but his quest for a wire-to-wire victory was put to the test by Canadian Corey Conners, who carded a six-under-par 66 to move to 14 under par.

A well-judged shot from a greenside bunker left Kim with a four-foot putt at the par-five 18th at TPC San Antonio, which he sank for a three-under-par 69 in conditions that started rainy before clearing up by the back nine.

A win on Sunday would leave Conners $1.35 million richer, and earn him a ticket to next week's Masters in Augusta.

Spieth said of his eagle: "I had a really good number, it looked good in the air and I thought it would be within 10 feet of the hole, but it was a bonus for it to drop". "I feel like I've been really solid with all of that".

"Other than one three-putt, it was kind of a bogey-free type round, putting myself in position on those approach shots to make par at worse", he told Golf Channel.

Early on, Kim could only watch as the birdies dried up and Conners chipped away at his lead with five birdies and four pars over the front nine.

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After Nabi completed his full quota of overs, his Afghanistan teammate Rashid Khan made life tough for the opposition batsmen. Bhuvneshwar's final over went for 19 runs with Pollard scoring two fours and a six, giving Mumbai something to bowl at.

The South Korean, chasing his first PGA Tour title since cruising to victory at The Players Championship nearly two years ago, picked up two birdies in a solid, outward 34 before rolling in a great putt from 22 feet at the 12th.

Taiwan's C.T. Pan carded an even-par 72 to take a share of 74th.

Scott Brown (67), Jhonattan Vegas (67) and Lee Kyoung-hoon fill out the top five and sit tied for fourth place at 11 under.

Kim was able to fire off a handful off birdies to get some strokes back and almost repeated a hole-in-one of the par-three 16th - he ultimately parred the hole.

But there was disappointment for three-time major victor Jordan Spieth.

Spieth did well to manage that, firing five birdies on the back nine to recover from an bad first half of his round.

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