Mathias Gronberg led a Swedish charge at La Cantera as Justin Leonard maintained a share of his overnight lead in the Valero Texas Open today.
Leonard, who began the day in San Antonio as a co-leader with fellow American Paul Goydos at seven under par following a first-round 63 around the Resort Course at La Cantera, fired a two-under, second-round 68 to move to nine under at the halfway mark.
He was joined there by Gronberg – who had opened the day at four under and went one better today with a round of 65 to take a share of the clubhouse lead – and American Ted Purdy, who improved by three strokes with a 67.
Five days after Henrik Stenson won The Players Championship for Sweden at TPC Sawgrass, Fredrik Jacobson added to the Scandinavian momentum with a second-round 66, although a missed nine-foot birdie putt at the par-four 18th denied him a share of the lead and kept him at eight under, alongside American Kent Jones, who shot a 65, in a tie for second place.
Low round in the clubhouse was an eight-under 62 from JJ Henry that took the American to seven under, while a shot further adrift with his round already in the books was his compatriot Briny Baird, who had carded a 66.
Out on the course and at six under was Goydos, who bogeyed his opening hole, and Australia’s Aron Price, five under for the day after 16 holes.
Fellow Australian Marc Leishman and Texas native Jeff Maggert were yet to start their second rounds following opening 64s, while English duo Brian Davis and Greg Owen were also among the late starters having both posted 65s yesterday.
Defending champion Zach Johnson got to five under with a second-round 67, while former Open champion David Duval was heading towards making just his third cut of the year at five under after six holes.
The projected cut line was at one under and there was a trio of Swedes striving to get to that score and reach the weekend’s play.
Daniel Chopra was hoping for the field to move a big step backwards after a one-under 69 got him to level par while Richard S Johnson and Jesper Parnevik still had their fate in their own hands.
Johnson was one over after one hole with Parnevik two over after three.
Alex Cejka of Germany was hoping for a turnaround in form after he carried his final-round agony at TPC Sawgrass last week into La Cantera yesterday.
Cejka shot a last-day 79 at the Players to blow a five-shot overnight lead and he followed up with a 73 in Texas to leave him starting his round at three over and with plenty to do to survive the cut.