SAN ANTONIO — Surprised to see Cameron Tringale’s title hovering across the high of the leaderboard by two days on the PGA Tour’s Valero Texas Open?
You shouldn’t be.
Tringale is off to his greatest begin in years, bouncing again from the horror of being disqualified from final summer time’s PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park when he signed for a score lower than what he actually made. That marked the second time he DQd from a PGA Championship — in 2014, a guilt-ridden Tringale called the PGA Tour a week later and disqualified himself after ending T-36 at Valhalla and incomes $53,000. He claimed to have missed a stroke when making an attempt to faucet in on the eleventh gap of the ultimate spherical.
But ever since final August’s fake pas, Tringale has been flying considerably underneath the radar within the course of. In 14 begins this season, the California native has made 11 cuts and completed within the high 25 on six completely different events, together with a third-place end at November’s RSM Classic and a T-7 on the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February.
And throughout Friday’s second spherical on the TPC San Antonio Oaks Course, Tringale confirmed simply how good his kind has been of late — following a pair of bogeys and a par by ripping off 5 straight birdies to seize the lead. It marked the fourth time he’s ever turned that trick, the final one coming on the aforementioned RSM Classic.
Tringale stated his approaches have been the important thing.
“I knew I made a nice birdie on 13, a tough par 3. But then 14 was a pretty easy, easy hole today. Then I just hit a lot of really good iron shots to those holes. I think my furthest putt was four feet after 13, so just good approaches to the green. Still gotta roll those in, but was able to do it,” he stated. “I was 2 over through two, so I was really just trying to get back into the round and get into the red numbers again. I think when those things start to happen, you’re just kind of focused on where you’re at.
“But then I looked back and I thought, wow, that was five in a row and I didn’t even birdie 18, which is probably the easiest of all of them.”
Tringale has loved success on the Valero earlier than — he had two high 10 finishes early in his profession (fifth in 2011 and eighth in 2012). He additionally joins Charley Hoffman and Jimmy Walker as the one gamers to have performed the occasion yearly for the final decade. Both Hoffman and Walker have Valero titles throughout that span. (Hoffman, for the file, shot a 66 on Friday to get to three underneath for the match.)
But Tringale is aware of he’s solely midway dwelling, and it’ll take stellar play over the ultimate two days to earn his second PGA Tour victory — a workforce win with Jason Day on the 2014 Franklin Templeton (now QBE) Shootout is his solely different one.
“My takeaway was that it was a good day. I made a lot of birdies and took advantage of when I was in the fairway, I took advantage most of the time. Except for the last hole, I kept it in play and just had a lot of looks and a few went in,” he stated. “I’d like to hit a few more fairways. My driver was just kind of leaking left, or not fading back. Hit a few extra drives tomorrow. But other than that, I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing.”