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2017 Valero Texas Open Update: Bud Cauley scrambles to early second-round lead

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Steve Habel, The Sports Xchange
Bud Cauley lines up a put on the 2nd green during the first round of the AT&T National at Congressional Country Club on June 27, 2013 in Bethesda, Maryland. File photo by Molly Riley/UPI
Bud Cauley lines up a put on the 2nd green during the first round of the AT&T National at Congressional Country Club on June 27, 2013 in Bethesda, Maryland. File photo by Molly Riley/UPI | License Photo

SAN ANTONIO -- Bud Cauley fired a 6-under-par 66 in the morning wave of the second round of the Valero Texas Open in Friday and was at 8-under 136 and one stroke up on Cameron Smith as the first half of the field was in the clubhouse.

Cauley, who has never won on the PGA Tour in 108 starts, carded six birdies and no bogeys in his second round after an opening-round 70 on Thursday. He missed eight of 18 greens in the second round but managed par each time, ranking at the top of the field in scrambling for the round.

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Smith shot 65 on Friday to move into second place, with the highlight of his round an eagle-birdie finish.

Among those who did not make the cut, which was projected to be at even-par 144, are Angel Cabrera of Argentina, Ian Poulter of England and Retief Goosen of South Africa (each at 146), Hunter Mahan and Billy Horschel (147), Jason Bohn, Luke Donald of England and Zach Johnson (148), Rory Sabbatini of South Africa and Bryson DeChambeau (150) and Keegan Bradley (151).

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