Like for many of his peers, the 1st round of the PGA Tour’s Valero Texas Open was a grind for Kingston’s Matt McQuillan.
The 30 year-old ended his opening day at 74, 2 over par, to earn a share 75th place headed into round two. McQuillan managed to hit just nine greens in regulation and had a number of three putts, including one on the 18th hole. He was not alone however, many in the field struggled and fellow Canadians Stephen Ames and David Hearn each shot 74 as well with Saskatchewan’s Graham DeLaet ending the day one stroke better with a 73.
Leader Matt Every shot an amazing 63 at the TPC San Antonio (a course record) – what Graham DeLaet called the best round on tour this year.
McQuillan has an early tee time on Friday, 9:10 a.m. Central which should give him a little help. Smoother greens, lower winds, and the chance to beat out rain projected for Friday afternoon will provide some relief for McQuillan who is trying to make his first cut on the PGA Tour for 2012.
Matt will also have at least one fan in tow Friday – his sister Cortney flew down to San Antonio this week to check out her big brother in action. Let’s hope she proves to be a good luck charm for all the Canadians.