Top quote – Brooks Koepka
“Just had to go back to enjoying golf,” Koepka told the Golf Channel on the resurgence in his game lately. “It was hard to focus out there, but it helps when you’re playing well. You start hitting the ball, hit some shots, see some shots, and of course when the putts go in, it makes it a little easier.”
Best round – Branden Grace (66)
Grace had the lowest round on the day, with seven birdies and a bogey. The South African had an amazing 7.702 strokes gained tee-to-green on Thursday.
Ian Poulter watch – (75)
The Englishman needs a top-30 finish this week, or exactly $30,624, to keep his PGA Tour card for the season. Poulter had four bogeys and one birdie for a 3-over-par 75, and sits in a tie for 128th place.
Shot of the day – Ken Duke
Duke put some serious spin on this long bunker shot that rolled in for an eagle at the par-5 14th.
Toughest hole – No. 9
The ninth was the hardest hole Thursday at TPC San Antonio, yielding just 10 birdies from the 156-player field.
Stat of the day – Tiger Woods
Woods isn't playing the Texas Open, but he was the lead story Thursday, thanks to a recent back operation. He's now had more surgeries than top-20 finishes since 2014.
|April 2014||2015 Masters||T-17|
|Sept. 2015||2015 Quicken Loans||T-18|
|Oct. 2015||2015 Wyndham Cahmp.||T-10|
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