How it Happened: Horschel leads Valero Texas Open

Rory McIlroy during the second round of the 2013 Valero Texas Open.

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Despite play at the Masters beginning next week, there are plenty of big names in the field at the Valero Texas Open, but the two names atop the leaderboard after the first round are a bit unknown: Matt Bettencourt and Peter Tomasulo.

That changed Saturday, with Billy Horschel – he of the made-cut streak that has lasted for every tournament he's played this season – taking command after a second consecutive 68 moved him to 8 under, two ahead of Steven Bowditch, Charley Hoffman and Daniel Summerhays.

Another stroke back: Rory McIlroy, who closed a bogey-free back nine with three straight birdies to move to 5 under, a score matched by six others: K.J. Choi, Brendan de Jonge, Jim Furyk, Retief Goosen, Lee Janzen and Ben Kohles. Bettencourt andTomasulo posted 1-over 73s to finish 4 under along with Jason Gore.

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Here's how it all unfolded:

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Update #36: 7:31 p.m. EDT

Looking to extend his lead, Billy Horschel wedges his way into position for about a 12-foot birdie attempt after his tee ball had found the rough on the par-5 18th. He gets the putt to fall and ends his day two ahead of a trio at T-2.

Lee Janzen birdies the 17th to move to 5 under, one of seven golfers T-5. Marcel Siem, who won last week in Morocco, is 1 over with three holes to play in his attempt to stay above the cut line.

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Update #35: 7:16 p.m. EDT

Billy Horschel takes the lead outright with a birdie at No. 17, moving to 7 under and getting clear of Steven Bowditch, Charley Hoffman and Daniel Summerhays – and he'll have a chance to extend that lead at the par-5 finishing hole.

Around the cut line, Chad Campbell eagles No. 8 to pull within a stroke of making it with one hole to play. Ending his day at No. 9, his tee ball finds the rough. He then reaches the green and gives himself about a 12 footer for birdie to make the cut. But the putt runs past the hole – and he'll likely be left out of the weekend at 2 over.

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Update #34: 6:58 p.m. EDT

Billy Horschel pars the 15th, then fires a tee shot to about 8 feet at the par-3 16th – the birdie attempt runs past and he holds steady among four co-leaders at 6 under. Lee Janzen pulls to 4 under with a birdie at the 15th – he's 2 under on the back nine today after bogeys at Nos. 7 and 9 left him even for the round at the turn.

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Update #33: 6:48 p.m. EDT

Crushing his tee ball, Rory McIlroy puts himself in scoring position off the tee on No. 18 as he takes aim at the foursome of co-leaders at 6 under. From there he reaches the green, leaving about a 25-footer for eagle. That comes up short, however, and he settles for birdie. McIlroy finishes his round one shot back of the leaders.

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Update #32: 6:41 p.m. EDT

Billy Horschel moves into a share of the lead at 6 under with a birdie at No. 14. Since starting with two bogey in his first four holes, Horschel has carded only birdies and pars. He's tied with Steven Bowditch, Charley Hoffman and Daniel Summerhays.

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Update #31: 6:31 p.m. EDT

Two birdies in a row now for Rory McIlroy, who moves to 4 under and within two of the lead after carding a 3 at the par-4 17th. An eagle at the par-5 finishing hole could move him to co-leader status after two rounds, but for now he's in a foursome that's two back.

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Update #30: 6:17 p.m. EDT

A birdie putt of about 25 feet on the par-3 16th gets Rory McIlroy to 3 under – now just three shots behind the co-leaders. Contending this weekend would surely justify McIlroy's decision a week ago to change his schedule and play the final event before the Masters.

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Update #29: 6:11 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy pars again, staying at 2 under through 15 holes. He's well clear of the cut line, which stands at 1 over – but some notables around that score include John Huh (even through 15), Tag Ridings (1 over through 13), Jordan Spieth (2 over through 15) and Cameron Tringale (2 over through 17).

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Update #28: 5:58 p.m. EDT

At the par-5 14th, Rory McIlroy cards a par to keep pace – or so it would seem. But leaders Steven Bowditch, Charley Hoffman and Daniel Summerhays all birdied the hole, so you could say McIlroy fell back a stroke, comparatively.

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Update #27: 5:39 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy pars again at the par-3 13th – he's 1 under through his last four holes – and remains 2 under for the day and the tournament.

Martin Laird birdies at Nos. 2 and 3, getting him to 4 under and within two strokes of the lead with five holes to play after a par at No. 4.

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Update #26: 5:12 p.m. EDT

Billy Horschel takes aim at a share of the lead again, and his birdie attempt of about 10 feet slides past on the low side; he stays within one of the trio of co-leaders.

Rory McIlroy finds the rough off the No. 12 tee, then lands it in the center of the green. From about 25 feet, he two-putts to stay at 2 under.

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Update #25: 4:49 p.m. EDT

Billy Horschel hasn't missed a cut this season, and it doesn't figure to start this week – after a bogey at No. 4, his second of the day, he has rattled off three straight birdies to get to 1 under for the day, 5 under for the tournament, and followed that with a par. The co-leaders are in the clubhouse – Steven Bowditch, Charley Hoffman and Daniel Summerhays at 6 under.

A 3-wood off the No. 11 tee puts Rory McIlroy in the fairway, from where he fires a wedge to about six feet. He makes the putt to move to 2 under.

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Update #24: 4:30 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy gives one back before making the turn, going well left off the tee, hitting his second shot well right of the slim green and then failing to get up and down at No. 9. He falls back to 1 under. Both Matt Kuchar and Jordan Spieth par the 9th.

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Update #23: 4:04 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy is looking much better today, in complete control of his game thus far, including an easy two-putt birdie at the par-5 8th to move to 2 under for the tournament. He is slowly moving toward the leaders at 6 under.

Playing competitor Jordan Spieth fails to take advantage of a par 5 for the second time today, settling for a two-putt par to stay at even for the tournament.

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Update #22: 3:42 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy gives himself a birdie opportunity with his tee shot at the par-3 7th hole, keeping the ball on the front tier and leaving himself about 15 feet. He sinks the putt and moves back to 1 under for the tournament, good for T-30.

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Update #21: 3:35 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy returns to even par after a 4-footer misses and he taps in for a three-putt bogey on No. 5.

Jason Kokrak, coming off a ninth-place finish last week, opens his second round with a par – then goes eagle-birdie at Nos. 2-3 to move to 1 under for the tournament.

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Update #20: 3:18 p.m. EDT

Fascinating play by Steven Bowditch on his final hole of the day, as his second shot at the par-5 18th is hole high but wide right across a creek. His pitch attacks the pin and runs past. then pars with a two-putt.

Rory McIlroy gets aggressive at the 342-yard, par-4 5th, driving to within about 30 yards and in a front greenside bunker. He wedges on and two-putts for par as well.

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Update #19: 3:03 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy misses the green right on the par-4 4th hole, then chips to about 2 feet and converts the short par putt. Jason Gore nets back-to-back birdies at Nos. 15-16 to go 1 under for the day through seven holes, within two shots of the lead at 4 under.

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Update #18: 2:44 p.m. EDT

After his birdie, Rory McIlroy follows with a tee shot on the par-3 3rd to about 20 feet. He take a run at a second-straight birdie but the putt goes past the hole and he sinks the comebacker to stay at 1 under, good for T-30.

Steven Bowditch birdies No. 16 to tie for the lead at 6 under; he's 3 under for the day.

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Update #17: 2:25 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy takes advantage of the par-5 2nd with a birdie after a drive that found the fairway and nice third shot to put him in good position. He moves to 1 under, while both Matt Kuchar and Jordan Spieth pick up par on the 2nd hole after two-putts. The hole is 602 yards in length, so all had to lay up.

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Update #16: 2:16 p.m. EDT

Charley Hoffman has matched K.J. Choi's 5-under 67 to get into the clubhouse with a share of the lead at 6 under. Hoffman ended his round with two consecutive birdies and had six of them on the day.

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Update #15: 2:12 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy is on the course and opens his day with a par. McIlroy will need to stay steady today, as the current cut line is 1 over and McIlroy stands at even par of the tournament. Playing competitor Matt Kuchar (2 over) also pars, while Jordan Spieth (even) bogeys the opening hole.

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Update #14: 2:08 p.m. EDT

K.J. Choi cards a 5-under 67 for the round of the day thus far and has moved to within a shot of the lead. Choi went bogey-free and birdied three of his final holes to make a late Friday move.

Meanwhile, further down the leaderboard, Kevin Chappell posted a 3-under 69 to get himself firmly inside the cut line at even-par overall. Chappell had hovered near the lead on Thursday before falling apart late en route to a 3-over 75.

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Update #13: 1:54 p.m. EDT

Ian Poulter played his final nine holes on Friday at 3 over (he finished with a 3-over 75), including a double at the par-5 2nd and bogey at the par-5 8th. He still will make the cut at 1 over for the tournament. Charl Schwartzel is also at 1 over after a 1-over 73 on Friday.

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Update #12: 1:46 p.m. EDT

K.J. Choi has the round of the day going, going 4 under through 17 holes on Friday. Choi is bogey-free with birdies on Nos. 2, 10, 14 and 17.

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Update #11: 1:44 p.m. EDT

Jim Furyk closes his round with a bogey at the 9th hole to card a 2-under 70 and sit at 5 under for the tournament, one shot back of Daniel Summerhays, Steven Bowditch and Peter Tomasulo.

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Update #10: 1:18 p.m. EDT

With a closing bogey, Daniel Summerhays falls back into a five-way tie for the lead behind a 3-under 69 and 6 under overall.

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Update #9: 1:05 p.m. EDT

Once at 8 under overall and in front by two strokes, Matt Bettencourt finishes his round with four bogeys over his final six holes to fall back to 4 under behind a 1-over 73. Bettencourt was 3 under on his round through 12 holes.

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Update #8: 1:03 p.m. EDT

With three holes to play, Ian Poulter is 2 over on his round and even for the tournament, currently one better than the projected cut line. Charl Schwartzel is on the cut line at 1 over.

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Update #7: 12:57 p.m. EDT

With a birdie at the par-5 8th hole, Daniel Summerhays has taken the outright lead at 7 under. Summerhays started on the back nine, so he has one more hole to complete.

The logjam in second place is getting deeper, with Retief Goosen picking up birdies on four of his last six holes to move to 6 under with three others, including Jim Furyk.

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Update #6: 12:26 p.m. EDT

The rough stretch for Matt Bettencourt continues, as he bogeys the par-3 7th for his third bogey over the past four holes and is now one shot back of Jim Furyk and Peter Tomasulo.

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Update #5: 12:02 p.m. EDT

And just like that, we have a four-way tie for the lead, as Matt Bettencourt picks up back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 4 and 5 to drop back to 6 under, while Jim Furyk birdies Nos. 1 and 2 to move to 6 under. Peter Tomasulo (thru 5) and Daniel Summerhays (thru 13) are both at 6 under as well.

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Update #4: 11:26 a.m. EDT

Matt Bettencourt picks up his fourth birdie of the day, this one at the par-3 3rd hole to move to 8 under, two clear of Daniel Summerhays and Peter Tomasulo.

Jim Furyk has made the turn (he started on the back) and is at 4 under for the tournament, picking up a single birdie on the par-4 17th in his opening nine holes Friday.

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Update #3: 11:19 a.m. EDT

Bud Cauley has yet to record a par in his opening seven holes, picking up four birdies (three to start his round), a double (on No. 4) and just picked up back-to-back bogeys. That makes him even on the day and 1 under on the tournament, six back of leader Matt Bettencourt.

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Update #2: 11:07 a.m. EDT

Matt Bettencourt is not going away, adding a birdie at No. 1 (his 10th hole) to move to 7 under, now two shots clear of the field. A qualifier for the event, Bettencourt has had a dismal start to his season, missing all three cuts on the Web.com Tour and making one of two on the PGA Tour, with his only money finish a T-24 at the Puerto Rico Open. He had only one top-10 finish in 31 starts on the PGA Tour in 2012.

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Update #1: 10:33 a.m. EDT

Matt Bettencourt started his round with two birdies, followed by a bogey and is at 6 under, one clear of Harris English and Peter Tomasulo. The biggest mover thus far on Friday is Bud Cauley, who birdied his opening three holes and is now 4 under.

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Thursday coverage

TEE TIMES: Here are the first- and second-round tee times and pairings for the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio. Story.

TRACKER: Both playing in the afternoon wave, Matt Bettencourt and Peter Tomasulo fired 5-under 67s to lead four others by one shot in San Antonio. See how it happened.

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Pre-tournament coverage

TEE TIMES: Here are the first- and second-round tee times and pairings for the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio. Story.

PREDICTIONS: With the likes of Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter in the Valero Texas Open field, it is Fredrik Jacobson and Matt Kuchar that receive love from our panel. Story.

MASTERS NOTES: Qualifying year after year has proven difficult for many, as of what could be termed “serious” contenders for this year's Masters, only 17 of them teed it up at Augusta National in 2003. Story.

TOUR NOTES: The Dave Williams Golf Academy is referred to as "The Gateway to Success" - and it holds true, paying tribute to a coach who won the NCAA Championship 16 times. Story.

AMERICAN DOMINANCE: Jonas Blixt of Sweden is becoming a footnote in history — the last foreign-born player to win on the PGA Tour. Story.

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