Kim leads Texas Open after Spieth shoots 73

Corey Conners celebrates after wrapping up victory in the Valero Texas Open

Corey Conners celebrates after wrapping up victory in the Valero Texas Open

Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth, among only a handful of the big names using the Texas Open to tune-up for the Masters, both shot 68 on an unusually benign day in a typically windy location.

"At 16, I actually hit a great tee shot", Fowler said. "But the real reason is getting ready for next week, and I'm happy with 68".

KIm Si Woo of Korea plays his shot from the second tee during the third round of the 2019 Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio Oaks Course on April 6, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas.

Conners is the first Monday qualifier to win on the PGA Tour since Arjun Atwal in 2010
Conners is the first Monday qualifier to win on the PGA Tour since Arjun Atwal in 2010

"I saw the bounce, but I never see it go in", said the 23-year-old, who estimated he has made six or seven holes-in-one in all.

"It was a tough day, rain and wind early on", said Kim. This time I don't have the yips. "I've got some good experiences to draw off of and hopefully I can get over the edge".

Vegas, the Venezuelan who played collegiately less than two hours away at Texas, had four straight birdies on the back nine despite feeling the effects from a fever the previous night. "The last nine holes were better, but I felt a little bit of pressure". He was two back of Kim at 13 under. He collected a fifth birdie at the 17th to ease his displeasure.

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Danny Lee of New Zealand birdied four of the last five holes for a 66 and is five down in a tie for seventh with Adam Schenk, who wound up with a 70, while Matt Kuchar totaled 67 and is six strokes behind in a tie for ninth with Ryan Moore, who shot 69, and Brian Stuard, who came in at 70. "I'm going in the right direction and I think Augusta will enhance that".

The second round of the Valero Texas Open featured a hole-in-one from the very top of the leaderboard.

"A solid day of golf and some good work", Fowler said. This season he has finished second in the Sanderson Farms Championship and after Monday qualifying was third at the Sony Open. Just trying to hit my shot, just trying to hit my putt.

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"I actually look at today as progress", Spieth said. "But I kept the ball in between the beacons, and I was able to take advantage of the par-5s". Following a pair of top-five finishes at Pebble Beach and Los Angeles, his past three starts have included a missed cut and a tie for 56th.

Conners meanwhile put himself into contention after carding a six-under-par 66 which left him at 14 under after 54 holes. That approach went in the bunker and he bogeyed.

Kim flirted with the 16th hole on the second bounce on Saturday.

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But he has been out-of-sorts this year so was in an upbeat mood after his round. He hasn't won since the British Open in 2017.

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