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The Extremaduran once again displayed great golf but left three strokes in the second nine.

The greens slow down Campillo’s start in Houston

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Jorge Campillo. (© Golffile | Thos Caffrey)

Wilson Furr (-6), a rookie of the PGA Tour this season, has been the only one who has been able to catch up with Taylor Moore in the lead in the afternoon round of the Texas Children’s Houston Open. The 25-year-old golfer, trained at the University of Alabama, has handed in a card of 64 strokes, with five birdies and an eagle, and can now say that, at least once, he was the leader of a tournament on the American circuit. The highlight of his round came at hole 5, his second nine. He holed from the fairway, almost 110 meters from the hole. It was his third ‘2’ of the day and the start of a great finish, with a four-under par in five holes.

The other protagonist of the afternoon at Memorial Park in Houston was Davis Riley (-5), a 27-year-old player trained at the University of Alabama who is looking for a way to turn around a season that has really started off on the wrong foot, with six missed cuts in nine tournaments and a 52nd place in the Sentry as his best result. Last year he won the Zurich Classic.

Jorge Campillo (PAR) has had a good start in Houston, although the story of last week at the Valspar is somewhat repeated. The Extremaduran has displayed very good golf from tee to green, but the result seems short. He deserved more. Once again he missed being closer to the top 10 on the greens, especially in the second nine holes. He missed a clear birdie putt on the 10th of just over a meter and made two three-putts that resulted in two bogeys. Those three strokes make the difference between being on the verge of the top 10 or fighting just inside the cut.

It gives the impression that when everything fits in Jorge’s round, we will see a really low result, just as it was about to happen on the second day of the Valspar. This Friday he has a good opportunity. The intensity of the wind is going to increase as the hours go by, so he could take advantage of the circumstance considering that he plays in the morning.

The favourites who played in the afternoon found it hard to stand out. Wyndham Clark stayed at par and Tony Finau, the defending champion, has made the PAR.

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