Matt Kuchar speaks during a press conference after finishing the first round of the Valero Texas Open golf tournament, Thursday, March 26, 2015, in San Antonio. Kuchar finished the day at even par. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
Darren Abate
March 26, 2015

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Charley Hoffman took advantage of calmer afternoon conditions to take the first-round lead in the wind-swept Texas Open, shooting a 5-under 67 on Thursday.

After wind gusts threatening 40 mph pummeled the morning starters, Hoffman faced steady 15 mph wind in the afternoon at TPC San Antonio. He had the lone bogey-free round, birdieing Nos. 2, 3, 9, 11 and 17.

The winner last year in Mexico at the start of the wraparound season, Hoffman has eight top-10 finishes in nine appearances in San Antonio.

Aaron Baddeley was second after a 68.

Max Homa had a 69, and Phil Mickelson and Ryan Palmer shot 70.

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