Aberg, Pereira starts Valero Texas Open

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

SAN ANTONIO – Ludvig Aberg and Mito Pereira opened play at the Valero Texas Open on Thursday at the TPC San Antonio Oaks Course.

Pereira shot a 1-under, 71 which has him tied for 53rd on the leaderboard, while Aberg finished with a 6-over, 78 in his third PGA Tour event. Pereira tees off at 7:52 am and Aberg at 9:31 am for their second round on Friday morning.

PGA Tour Live streaming coverage on ESPN + takes place from 7:30 am to 6 pm on Friday, while Golf Channel will carry live coverage from 3-6 pm

Aberg, who is playing with a sponsors exemption, finished third at the Valspar Collegiate on Tuesday in Florida before making the trip to San Antonio. He began his round with four pars before making a birdie on a par 5, 560-yard hole after a 342-yard drive to the left rough. Five straight pars followed before a run of four bogeys set him back. Aberg finished his day with a double bogey to put him in 138th overall.

A junior from Sweden, Aberg is currently at No. 3 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking and is playing in his third PGA Tour event. He also played at The RSM Classic and the Butterfield Bermuda Championship.

Pereira hit 12 of 18 greens in regulation during his first round at the Valero Texas Open where he finished by going bogey-birdie-bogey on his final three holes. He had four birdies on the first day of the tournament after finishing 27th by shooting 7-under at the Valspar Championship last week.

Pereira is a rookie on the PGA Tour after he earned wins at the BMW Charity Pro-Am, REX Hospital Open and Country Club de Bogota Championship on the Korn Ferry last season to secure a Three-Victory Promotion to the PGA Tour. Pereira finished his freshman season at Texas Tech (2014-15) with a 72.2 stroke average and earned Big 12 All-Tournament Team honors after shooting 9-under for eighth place at the tournament in Tulsa. He finished third at the Fortinet Championship in September for his best finish on Tour.

Russell Knox currently leads the Texas Open at 7-under, while Rasmus Hojgaard is at 6-under in front of a group of Matt Kuchar, Denny McCarthy, JJ Spaun and Aaron Rai who are all going into the second round of the tournament at 5 -under.

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