Curtis finds form in Texas

Former Open champion Ben Curtis has taken control of the Valero Texas Open and is now the 9/4 outright favourite after a second successive round of 67 allowed him to open up a two-shot lead.

The 34-year-old capitalised on the calmer conditions early on to card another flawless round – becoming just the fourth player this year to post two bogey-free rounds after 36 holes.

Curtis, starting on the back nine, opened with a birdie blitz with four in his first seven holes and, although he picked up just one more shot, it was enough to secure a two-shot lead at the half-way stage.

“I’m playing really well,” Curtis told the official PGA Tour website.

“I’m doing everything sold. Today started getting tougher with the wind blowing later in the round. I was just trying to keep it simple.

“I hit a lot of close shots and made it pretty easy on myself.”

Cameron Tringale is the second favourite at 7/2 in the outright betting after a superb round of 65 saw him climb up to third place at seven-under-par, one behind David Mathis (10/1), who carded a solid 67.

First-round leader Matt Every (5/1) was unable to follow-up his course record of 63 on the opening day and was two-over-par before his second round was cut short due to the weather and bad light with two holes still to play.

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