Day 2 of my volunteering at the Valero Texas Open turned out to be quite uneventful, as the group I was paired with was way back when the day started and never made a real run up the leaderboard. In fact, the entire afternoon wave of players really got the short end of the stick.
I was assigned to the group of Camilo Villegas and Charles Howell III, a two some who started the day at 8-over and 7-over, respectively.
I was doing the same thing as I was doing on Thursday, walking with the group and reporting back to the TV production truck if one of the players got hot. Camilo shot a 33 on the front 9 and I thought he was going to get something going on the back 9 but with a bogey at 11 it really derailed a good round and he never got it going again, eventually missing the cut.
Charles Howell III on the other hand didn’t do anything all day long. He started the day off with a bogey on #1 and then played the rest of his front 9 grinding out 8 pars, which is not bad at TPC San Antonio on a day like this. The problem was he was 15 strokes off the lead and three off the cut line so pars weren’t helping his cause. Howell ended up shooting another 37 on the back 9 and ending the day at 9-over and missing the cut as well.
I think I was called-on only three times throughout the entire day from the TV truck and that was on the front 9 when Camilo hit some good shots. Other then that, it was a leisurely stroll on the golf course on a beautiful Friday afternoon.
The weekend is shaping up to be fantastic. Hometown favorite Jimmy Walker is leading the Valero Texas Open and will be playing with Charley Hoffman and Aaron Baddeley today in the final group. I won’t get paired with these guys as they will have the on-course announcer, Notah Begay most likely, walking with them.
Coverage starts on Golf Channel today at 12:00pm CST and switches over to NBC at 2:00pm. I will most likely be assigned to one of those early 11:00 am tee times. All-in-all, it was a great second round volunteering at the Valero Texas Open and I look forward to the weekend.
With Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Zach Johnson and Billy Horschel just a few shots back, it could turn into a shootout by Sunday.