Charley Hoffman takes first-round lead at Texas Open

Charley Hoffman
Charley Hoffman tees off at No. 8 during the first round of the Valero Texas Open on Thursday.
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Charley Hoffman took advantage of calmer afternoon conditions to take the first-round lead in the wind-swept Texas Open, shooting a five-under-par 67 on Thursday in San Antonio.

After wind gusts threatening 40 mph pummeled the morning starters, Hoffman faced steady 15 mph wind in the afternoon at TPC San Antonio. He had the lone bogey-free round, birdieing Nos. 2, 3, 9, 11 and 17.

The winner last year in Mexico at the start of the wraparound season, Hoffman has eight top-10 finishes in nine appearances in San Antonio. He was second in 2011 and third in 2013.

Aaron Baddeley was second after a 68. The Australian had a remarkable birdie on the par-four 17th when he snap-hooked his drive deep into thick woods, went back to the tee and holed out from 336 yards.


Max Homa had a 69, and Phil Mickelson and Ryan Palmer shot 70.

Mickelson, winless since the 2013 British Open, lost the clubhead off his eight-iron when it came flying off while he hit from a fairway bunker on the 12th hole.

With gusts reaching 38 mph early in the day, no one with a morning tee time managed to break par. Only Matt Kuchar and Cameron Percy matched it.

U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer had two triple bogeys in an 82.



Mirim Lee birdied all four par-five holes and finished with a bogey-free seven-under 65 to take the first-round lead in the Kia Classic in Carlsbard, Calif.

Lee took the outright lead with an 8-foot putt on the par-five fifth — her 14th hole in her afternoon round at Aviara — and hit a wedge to within three feet to set up her final birdie on the par-five eighth. The 24-year-old South Korean player won LPGA Tour events last year in Michigan and China.

Yani Tseng, winless in 70 starts since her victory in the 2012 event at nearby La Costa, had a 66. She finished with a four-foot birdie putt on the par-four 18th after hitting a 150-yard shot from near a fairway bunker with the ball well above her feet — and water to the right of the green.

Top-ranked Lydia Ko was two strokes back at 67 in the final event before the first major of the season, the ANA Inspiration next week in Rancho Mirage.

The 17-year-old New Zealander has 10 straight top-10 finishes and has broken par in her last 25 LPGA Tour rounds and 28 worldwide. She has two worldwide victories this year, winning the tour’s Women’s Australian Open and the Ladies European Tour’s New Zealand Women’s Open in consecutive weeks.

Hall of Famer Karrie Webb, Cristie Kerr and Lin Xiyu also shot 67.

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