Cameron Tringale charges to Valero Texas Open lead

Cameron Tringale holds a two-shot lead at the midpoint of the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio.

Tringale has been in good form as he seeks his first career PGA Tour win.   -  AP - FILE PHOTO

Thanks to a run of five consecutive birdies Friday, Cameron Tringale holds a two-shot lead at the midpoint of the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio.

An up-and-down, 3-under-par 69 in the second round at TPC San Antonio's AT&T Oaks Course left Tringale at 9-under 135.

England's Matt Wallace, who shot 68 on Friday, and Jordan Spieth, who shot 70, are tied for second at 7 under.

Brandt Snedeker (second-round 67), Kyle Stanley (68), Kevin Stadler (68) and South Africa's Erik van Rooyen (68) share fourth place at 5 under.

 

First-round leader Camila Villegas of Colombia (76) fell into a tie for eighth at 4 under with Lucas Glover (67), Doc Redman (68), India's Anirban Lahiri (69), Brandon Hagy (70) and Matt Kuchar (70).

Tringale, 33, has been in good form as he seeks his first career PGA Tour win. He has five top-20 finishes in his past nine events, including a third-place result at the RSM Classic in November.

Starting on the back nine Friday, Tringale bogeyed each of his first two holes but bounced back to birdie Nos. 13-17.

"I just hit a lot of really good iron shots to those holes," he said of the birdie streak. "I think my furthest putt was 4 feet after (No.) 13, so just good approaches to the green. Still gotta roll those in, but was able to do it."

'Good day'

On the front nine, he had one birdie and bogey prior to closing birdie-bogey.

"My takeaway was that it was a good day," he said. "I made a lot of birdies and ... when I was in the fairway, I took advantage most of the time. Except for the last hole, I kept it in play and just had a lot of looks and a few went in."

Wallace's round featured two birdies on each nine and no bogeys.

"Whenever you go bogey-free, whatever golf course it is, it's nice, but especially here," Wallace said. "Wind's picking up now, greens are firming up. I drove it nice for the most part of the day and felt comfortable."

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Spieth started with birdies at Nos. 1 and 2. He fell back to even-par for the day with bogeys at Nos. 11 and 13 but recovered to birdie Nos. 14 and 15.

" thought 2 under was a good score today and certainly could have shot lower, but was able to climb back from a couple bogeys on the back nine," Spieth said. "It's kind of just stay in there, stay in there, stay in there and give yourself a chance come the back nine Sunday."

Phil Mickelson missed the cut by two strokes despite improving from a 7-over 79 on Thursday to a 3-under 69 on Friday. He took a 10 on the par-5 18th hole Thursday; if he had parred that hole, he would have comfortably made the cut.

Lahiri moves into top 10 with 69

India's Anirban Lahiri battled to a three-under 69 to move up to tied eighth after the second round of the Valero Texas Open, five shots behind leader Cameron Tringale.

After turning in 35 with a birdie on two, the former Asian No. 1 endured a rollercoaster back nine with three birdies, three bogeys and one eagle at TPC San Antonio for a two-day total of four-under 140 on Friday.

Lahiri holed a 20-foot eagle on 14 on his back nine but left the course with a bitter taste in his mouth following a closing birdie on the par-5, 18th hole when his second shot ended in a watery creek.

Still, his rise up the leaderboard will inject the confidence he needed in his game following a lean spell in 2021, where he has missed five cuts in seven starts.

"I've been working on my ball striking and it was nice to see it come together. I was happy that I made a lot of birdies, dropped a few but trying to keep a clean card over the weekend," said Lahiri.

He opted to skip last week's Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship to work hard at his game despite finishing T6 in the same event last September, which was his last top-10 on the TOUR.

The decision seems to be paying off.

"I feel like I'm moving in the right direction and it's progressing in a good way. I still need to stay on top of it and keep building on it," Lahiri said.

- PTI