South African Branden Grace had a six-under-par 66 and leads by a stroke after the opening round of the Valero Texas Open on Thursday in San Antonio.
Grace had a season-best 11th-place finish last week in defense of his RBC Heritage title. He leads the five-under 67s of Steven Alker, Stewart Cink, John Huh and Will MacKenzie at TPC San Antonio. Alker, a journeyman New Zealander who played in the final group of the day, birdied the final three holes.
There are 13 players packed two shots back at 4 under. That includes 2010 U.S. Open champion Graham McDowell and 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup member Brooks Koepka.
Two weeks ago, Grace was over par but still survived the cut at the...