Heavy winds saw a field of 142 golfers struggle mightily on cut day at the Valero Texas Open. The course only yielded four sub-70 rounds and the difference between leading the tournament and making the cut was only seven shots.
There are seven golfers tied for the lead at three-under, including Geoff Ogilvy and 17-year pro Rich Beem, who had yet to make a cut this season.
Defending champion Adam Scott shot a second round, 74, but still kept himself within one shot of the leaders due to the challenging course conditions.
Fan favorite and my 80-1 pick to win the tournament, Jhonattan Vegas shot a four-over, 76, but still finds himself just three shots behind the leaders. Even after just two birdies and six bogeys, he was able to stay out of real danger by minimizing his mistakes and staying out of Kevin Na territory.
Co-leader Geoff Ogilvy spoke about how tough the course was playing after he shot an even par-72:
"I definitely could have had quite a lot worse…The score is good if you hit really, really good shots, but as soon as you miss one there’s a potential disaster on every hole so I’m pretty happy with that score.“
I can’t disagree as Ogilvy came into the day two shots back. First round co-leaders J.J. Henry and Stewart Cink both shot 78 in the second round and fell to one-over for the tournament.
As we head into the weekend, Ogilvy is back atop the leaderboard and in great position to win his first tournament in the U.S. since the SBS Championship back in January 2010.