Goydos, Leonard share Texas Open lead

May 14, 2009 at 9:23 PM
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SAN ANTONIO, May 14 (UPI) -- Justin Leonard holed a 60-foot pitch for his final shot of the round Thursday, giving him a 7-under 63 and a share of the lead at the Texas Open.

Leonard, a two-time winner of this event, was tied with Paul Goydos at the end of the event's opening day -- one that produced low scoring at the LaCantera Resort course.

They had a one-shot lead over Jeff Maggert, Marc Leishman and Ted Purdy. Two-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen, current American Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin and former world No. 1 David Duval were among the large group at 66.

Duval, whose career went into a decline after he captured the 2001 British Open, turned in his lowest 18-hole score of the year. He had failed to break 70 in any of his previous 14 rounds and he will be trying to make the 36-hole cut for just the third time in 11 events this season.

Defending champion Zach Johnson fired a 68. Alex Cejka, who blew a fourth-round lead last Sunday at the Players Championship, opened with a 73.

Goydos, who lost the 2008 Players Championship to Sergio Garcia in a playoff, posted his score in the morning and it appeared it would hold up for the outright lead.

Leonard, however, played a bogey-free round and got to within one of the lead with a stretch of three birdies in four holes beginning at the 13th.

He pulled his second shot at the par-4 18th well wide of the green, but pitched the ball in the hole to move into the lead at the end of a round for the first time this year. His best finish this season has been a tie for fifth.

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