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Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Koepka can see off Texas Open rivals

Baddeley should also go well

Brooks Koepka returned to form at the Masters
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Second round
Sky Sports 4, 8pm

Branden Grace shot a first-round 66 to take the lead in the Texas Open yesterday and the South African ace is no bigger than 13-2 to land his second PGA Tour victory. 

Grace is one shot clear of a pack of four players featuring Will MacKenzie, Stewart Cink, John Hun and Steven Alker while there is a large group on four-under par so that price looks short enough heading into round two.

Brooks Koepka is part of the group which is two shots back and the powerful Florida man makes plenty of appeal at 12-1. He tees off alongside Adam Hadwin and Cody Gribble at 6.50pm and should be backed to make a Friday move.

Gribble has been struggling for form so this looks like a straight shootout between Koepka and Canadian ace Hadwin, who has been playing solid golf this season and earned his first US Tour victory at the Valspar Championship last month.

While Hadwin is an obvious threat, Koepka looks to be playing himself back into form after finishing 11th at the Masters. He's the class act in this threeball and looks worthy of support.

Aaron Baddeley also looks overpriced to beat Tony Finau and KJ Choi when they tee off at 7.10pm. The Aussie, who has a decent record at TPC San Antonio, opened up with a 69 and can follow up with another decent showing here. 

Finau made the cut on his only other Texas Open appearance but shot three disastrous rounds from four attempts while 2011 Players Championship winner Choi is a fading force who has missed the cut in seven of his last nine starts.

B Koepka
2pts 6-5 Betfred
A Baddeley
1pt 7-4 Sky Bet

Koepka looks to be playing himself back into form after finishing 11th at the Masters
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