Sooners seven back entering final round of Valero Texas Collegiate

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SAN ANTONIOLuke Kluver fired the lowest round of his Oklahoma career, signing for a 68 (-4) in round two of the Valero Texas Collegiate at TPC San Antonio on Sunday.

Kluver’s round led No. 7/10 Oklahoma (T4, +3), as the OU lineup was up and down all afternoon, carding a 294 (+6) and falling from T2 to T4 at the 54-hole, season-opening tournament. The Sooners will enter Monday’s final round seven strokes back of TCU, the tournament’s 36-hole leader.

“I was really pleased with my start today and it got me going early,” Kluver said. “My ball striking with my irons has been solid and allowed me to get after a few pins when the opportunity was there. I thought that yesterday’s round was tough for me and I was ready to go this morning because I knew that I could put together a solid round. I had a few bumps in the road today, especially after my start, but mentally I just stayed focused and plotted my away around the course.”

Kluver, who transferred to Oklahoma from the University of Kansas before last season, bested his previous low-round as a Sooner, a 69 at the Ben Hogan Collegiate last fall. The Norfolk, Neb., product used a birdie and an eagle to power his round and move into a tie for 18th.

Stephen Campbell Jr., who held the 18-hole lead after Saturday’s round, carded a 75 and moved into 10th. Drew Goodman signed for a 77 at the par-72 TPC San Antonio Oaks Course Sunday to share 35th with teammate Jake Holbrook, who posted a 76 in round two. Jase Summy rounded out the Oklahoma contingent with a 75 (+3) and sits in a tie for 45th.

Ben Lorenz, playing unattached from the lineup this weekend, carded an even-par 72 to move up the leaderboard and into a tie with Goodman and Holbrook for 35th.

OU will enter Monday’s final round seven shots back of the Horned Frogs, six strokes behind second-place Baylor and four back of No. 3 Vanderbilt, who occupies third on the leaderboard.

“Tomorrow we need to drive the ball better as team,” Kluver added. “We have had too many lost balls and sloppy decisions off the tee. If we find ourselves in the fairway, then we’ll have chances to go make birdies. We’ll be a motivated group in the morning and get ready to go make a move.”

Pairings for Monday’s final round will be available on Golfstat later. Live scoring is also available on Golfstat.


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