In San Antonio (USA) the Valero Texas Open, a PGA Tour golf tournament, gives its first verdicts. Halfway through the game with a partial of 69 (-3) out of a total of 135 (66 69, -9), the American Cameron Tringale is the new leader of the competition while Jordan Spieth (who plays at home, was born in Dallas) is 2 / or with 137 (-7) alongside the English Matt Wallace.
On the other hand, Colombian Camilo Villegas, in the lead after the first lap, slips to 8th position (140, -4). Same score for Matt Kuchar, fresh from 3rd place in the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in Austin.
Tony Finau out
Tony Finau comes out in Texas by surprise.
Thirteenth in the world ranking on the eve of the competition, where he was given among the favorites, the American with 147 (+3), was unable to overcome the cut. Nothing to do either for the British Danny Willett (147, +3), the Swedish Henrik Stenson (148, +4), Olympic runner-up at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Games, and Phil Mickelson (148, +4).
At the 297th presence Tringale chases his first career success on the top American circuit. The 33-year-old from Mission Viejo (California), who boasts two Top 10 appearances in ten Texas Open appearances, will have to defend himself from the attacks of Spieth who, in 2021, has already placed himself three times among the best five players and dreams of returning to the victory for the first time since 2017 (The Open).
Now on the TPC San Antonio course (The Oaks Course, par 72) there is anticipation for the "moving day" that will precede the final round. In an event that is giving away 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), the first male Major of 2021.
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.