Furr and Moore lead the Texas Houston Open

The PGA Tour golfers kick off another weekend appointment with the first round of the Texas Children’s Houston Open (prize money $9.1 million).

by Andrea Gussoni
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Furr and Moore lead the Texas Houston Open
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The PGA Tour golfers kick off another weekend appointment with the first round of the Texas Children’s Houston Open (prize money $9.1 million). The event, born in 1946, returns to the spring calendar after being part of the tournaments played in November for several years.

At the end of the first round, two golfers are tied for the lead.

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They are Taylor Moore and Wilson Furr. The pair of Americans finish the first round with a score of -6 (64 strokes) and hold a one-shot lead over fellow Americans Davis Riley, Joe Highsmith, and Scottie Scheffler.

The number one in the Official World Ranking is already in the upper part of the leaderboard in his preparation tournament for the Augusta Masters and will try to take control of the proceedings on the Texan course during the Italian evening.

The Memorial Park Municipal Golf Course in Houston, Texas, USA, with a par 70, offers a very tight leaderboard after the first round. In sixth place with a score of -4 are American Beau Hossler, Canadians Mackenzie Hughes and Adam Svensson, Englishman Aaron Rai, and Argentine Alejandro Tosti.

In eleventh place with -3 are Englishman Davis Skinns and Americans Chris Gotterup, Patrick Rodgers, Tom Whitney, Akshay Bhatia, and Max Greyserman. Scrolling down the leaderboard, we find Tony Finau in 35th place. The 34-year-old from Salt Lake City, winner of the previous edition, finishes his opening round with a relatively good -1 considering the tight competition.

On the other hand, irretrievably behind the leaders is Scottish Robert Macintyre, 124th with +4 alongside Americans Chesson Hadley and Will Zalatoris, among others. Tonight, the stage is set for the second round, leading us straight to Friday's cut.

In 2016, Moore transitioned to professional golf. During that year, he competed on the PGA Tour Canada, where he secured five top-10 finishes and clinched victory at the Staal Foundation Open. His impressive performance led to a third-place finish on the tour's order of merit, earning him promotion to the Korn Ferry Tour for the 2017 season.

Over the next four seasons on the Korn Ferry Tour, Moore faced challenges, including a period of incapacitation due to a collapsed lung, which sidelined him from competition for several months. However, in 2021, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic-extended 2020–21 season, Moore achieved a significant milestone by capturing his maiden victory on the Korn Ferry Tour at the Memorial Health Championship.

His strong performance throughout the season culminated in a fourth-place finish on the regular season points list, granting him a coveted PGA Tour card for the 2021–22 season. Moore's breakthrough on the PGA Tour came at the Valspar Championship in March 2023.

Overcoming a two-stroke deficit in the final round, he secured victory, edging out Adam Schenk by one stroke. This triumph marked Moore's inaugural win on the PGA Tour, solidifying his status as a competitive force on the professional golf circuit.

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