Cink and Henry lead Texas Open

Stewart Cink and JJ Henry shared the lead after the first round of the Valero Texas Open on Thursday.

Americans stalwarts Stewart Cink and JJ. Henry shared a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Texas Open on Thursday with bogey-free rounds of 5-under 67s.

But their performances came in under the radar as Kevin Na stole the show at the TPC San Antonio with his nightmare 16 shots at the nineth, his horror journey on that hole having already been recorded in our preceeding story.

That put them a shot ahead a group of five that included defending champion and last week’s Masters joint runner-up Adam Scott of Australia.
Venezuelan Jhonattan Vegas also shot a 68 along with the Americans Charley Hoffman, Vaughn Taylor and Kevin Chappell.

Henry, a 36-year-old Tour journeyman chasing his second PGA Tour win following his first victory in the Buick Championship in 2006, was clearl happy with his performance.

He said: “I feel confident in all aspects of my game. Fortunately on a golf course like this you’ve got to feel confident with the holes with a lot of slope and different undulating shots,” Henry told the media.

“It is definitely a ball striker’s golf course. Hopefully I can continue to hit it well and see what happens the next couple of days.”

Cink was not originally scheduled to play at the Oaks Course but after a disappointing Masters he decided to change his mind and just scraped in.

“I was really disappointed with missing the cut at the Masters and I didn’t really feel like I would go forward by taking another week off so decided to add this one and get right back to it instead of spending another week thinking about missing the cut,”Cink said.

“I’m glad I did that. I played well, played really well, actually,” he said.

Sweden’s Fredrik Jacobson and Scotland’s Martin Laird were the leading Europeans after level-par rounds of 72.

The Top 10 scorers

67 J J Henry, Stewart Cink

68 Charley Hoffman, Adam Scott (Aus), Vaughn Taylor, Kevin Chappell, Jhonattan Vegas

69 Brendan Steele, Geoff Ogilvy (Aus), Brandt Snedeker, Jim Herman, Troy Matteson, Kevin Streelman