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April 1, 2021

First Round Notes

Weather: Mostly sunny. High of 70. Wind ENE 10-20 mph.

First-Round Leaderboard

Camilo Villegas64(-8)
Sung Kang66(-6)
Cameron Tringale66(-6)
Jordan Spietd67(-5)
Seung-Yul Noh67(-5)
Hideki Matsuyama67(-5)

Things To Know

Camilo Villegas opens with 64 and holds two-stroke lead, his second 18-hole lead/co-lead of the season (T6/The RSM Classic)

Villegas holed out for birdie from 38 feet, 3 inches on his last hole of the round (No. 9)

Jordan Spieth records a 5-under 67, his lowest score in 19 rounds at the Valero Texas Open

Spieth has carded under-par scores in the first round of each of his last seven stroke-play events on TOUR

Seung-Yul Noh (T3) entered the week with 18 starts remaining on his Major Medical Extension to earn 297.425 FedExCup points

Phil Mickelson records a 10 at No. 18, tying the second-highest score on a hole of his PGA TOUR career

First-Round Lead Notes

0First-round leaders/co-leaders to win tde Valero Texas Open since it moved to TPC San Antonio in 2010 (most recent first-round leader to win tde event: Robert Gamez/2005)
5First-round leaders/co-leaders to win in 2020-21 (most recent: Matt Jones/The Honda Classic)

Camilo Villegas (1st/-8)

CategoryEntering the week
Age39 (January 7, 1982)
Starts at Valero Texas Open5
Wins at Valero Texas Open1
Top-10s at Valero Texas Open0
Career PGA TOUR starts338
Career PGA TOUR wins4
Career PGA TOUR top-10s40
PGA TOUR starts in 2020-2114
PGA TOUR wins in 2020-210
PGA TOUR top-10s in 2020-212

Holds a two-stroke lead, his second 18-hole lead/co-lead of the season; first: co-lead, The RSM Classic (finished T6)

13th career 18-hole lead/co-lead on TOUR; 2-for-12 to date converting to victory (wins: 2008 BMW Championship, 2014 Wyndham Championship)

Holed out for birdie from 38 feet, 3 inches on his last hole of the round (No. 9)

Major Medical Extension expired after The Honda Classic, where he finished T8; now eligible to play the remainder of the season out of the 126-150 category (32. 126-150 Prior Season's FedExCup Points List)

Enters the week at No. 118 in the FedExCup standings with two top-10s in 14 starts (T6/The RSM Classic, T8/The Honda Classic)

Four-time PGA TOUR winner: 2008 BMW Championship, 2008 TOUR Championship, 2010 The Honda Classic, 2014 Wyndham Championship.

Jordan Spieth (T4/-5)

5-under 67; lowest score in 19 career rounds at the event (previous: 68, three times; most recent: R2/2019)

Has opened seven consecutive stroke-play starts on TOUR with under-par first-round scores, his longest streak since he had eight straight between the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons

Last seven R1 scores on the PGA TOUR

TournamentR1 scoreFinish
2021 Valero Texas Open67 (-5)TBD
2021 THE PLAYERS Championship70 (-2)T48
2021 Arnold Palmer Invitational70 (-2)T4
2021 The Genesis Invitational68 (-3)T15
2021 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am65 (-7)T3
2021 Waste Management Phoenix Open67 (-4)T4
2021 Farmers Insurance Open69 (-3)MC

Made seven birdies, his 74th round on TOUR with seven or more birdies since the start of the 2012 season (most on the PGA TOUR in that span)

Most rounds with seven or more birdies on the PGA TOUR since start of 2012 season

Jordan Spieth 74
Justin Thomas71
Rory McIlroy67
Dustin Johnson67

Ninth career PGA TOUR start with a score of 4-under or better on his first nine holes of the first round; two wins in the previous eight instances

Results after opening-nine score of 4-under or better on the PGA TOUR

TournamentOpening nine scoreFinish
2021 Valero Texas Open-5TBD
2020 Travelers Championship-4T54
2019 the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide-4T7
2018 Travelers Championshipn-4T42
2017 BMW Championship-4T7
2017 Travelers Championship-4Won
2016 Vivint Houston Open-4T13
2015 The Open Championship-5T4
2015 Masters Tournament-4Won

Making sixth start in the event and has two prior top-10 finishes (10th/2014, 2nd/2015)

Four top-10 finishes in last six starts on TOUR: T4/Waste Management Phoenix Open, T3/AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, T4/Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard, T9/WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play (eliminated in Round of 16)

Additional Player Notes

Sung Kang (T2/-6) earned his lone PGA TOUR victory in the state of Texas (2019 AT&T Byron Nelson in Dallas)

Cameron Tringale (T2/-6) leads the field in Strokes Gained: Tee to Green (5.126); making 11th start at the event and has two prior top-10s (T5/2011, T8/2012)

Seung-Yul Noh (T4/-5) entered the week with 18 starts remaining on his Major Medical Extension to earn 297.425 FedExCup points; Noh took a break from the TOUR from the fall of 2017 until January 2020 for his mandatory two-year military commitment, required of all males in South Korea between the ages of 18 and 35

Hideki Matsuyama (T4/-5) is making his tournament debut

In his first round since a runner-up at last week’s WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Scottie Scheffler (T7) records a 4-under 68; Scheffler has made one prior start at the event, finishing T20 on a sponsor exemption in 2019

Phil Mickelson (T139/+7) records a 10 at No. 18, tying the second-highest score on a hole of his PGA TOUR career

Course Statistics:

RoundToughest HoleEasiest Hole
R1Par-4 1st (4.444)Par-5 14th (4.549)
Scoring Averages:

RoundFront 9Back 9TotalCumulative

Bogey-free rounds:

R1 (1): Kyle Stanley (71)


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