Leadership by Camilo Villegas, good start by Jordan Spieth and flop by Phil Mickelson. The Valero Texas Open golf tournament, PGA Tour tournament, in San Antonio (USA) begins with surprises and confirmations. With a test closed in 64 (-8) - 9 birdies and a bogey - the Colombian Villegas after the first lap leads the leaderboard with two shots ahead of South Korean Sun Kang and American Cameron Tringale, both second with 66 (-6 ).
While in 4 / a position (67, -5) the American Jordan Spieth, who plays at home (he was born in Dallas) and has not won since 2017 (The Open) but in 2021 he has already achieved three places in the Top 5. Same score for the Japanese Hideki Matsuyama and the South Korean Seung-Yul Noh.
While Scottie Scheffler, fresh from second place in the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, is 7 / o with 68 (-4) like Tom Hoge and Sebastian Munoz. Disappointed Phil Mickelson, only 139 / o (79, +7). On the TPC San Antonio course (The Oaks Course, par 72) the San Diego southpaw finished hole 18 (par 5) in 10 strokes equaling the highest score in a single "hole" on the PGA Tour.
Valero Texas Open, not only Phil Mickelson
Villegas, 39 years old from Medellin with 4 successes on the PGA Tour (the last arrived in 2014 at the Wyndham Championship), in Texas dreams of a feat to dedicate to Mia, her daughter who died of cancer in July 2020 at only 22 months.
In an event that offers not only a prize pool of 7,700,000 dollars (of which 1,386,000 will go to the winner), but also the last available pass (for those not already qualified) for The Masters (8-11 April in Georgia, USA).
Dustin Johnson, the number 1 in the world, will not go to the Olympic Games. There is a real risk of being faced with a situation in which not only Dustin Johnson, but also several other big names could sacrifice the five-circle event, which in terms of life in the golf circuit is still very young.
It remains to be seen whether the coming months will confirm this trend. In 2016, there were many who gave up fearing Zika: in addition to the DJ himself and Jordan Spieth in the USA, not all the Australian big names went to Rio, from Jason Day down, nor did Rory McIlroy (by the way, he declared his Olympic flag will be that of Ireland as such; on the circuit he plays for Northern Ireland as well as Graeme McDowell) and, for Italy, Francesco Molinari.