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Americans Henry and Cink grab narrow lead at Texas Open


Golfer J.J. Henry chips onto the 15th green during second round play of the Quail Hollow Championship PGA golf tournament at Quail Hollow Golf Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, April 30, 2010. REUTERS/Hans Deryk
Golfer J.J. Henry chips onto the 15th green during second round play of the Quail Hollow Championship PGA golf tournament at Quail Hollow Golf Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, April 30, 2010. REUTERS/Hans Deryk

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - Americans J.J. Henry and Stewart Cink shared a one stroke lead after the first round of the Texas Open on Thursday after each fired bogey-free rounds of 67.

Five players were a shot behind the leaders including last year's winner Australian Adam Scott, who is coming off a tie for second at the U.S. Masters on Sunday.

Venezuelan Jhonattan Vegas also shot a 68 along with the Americans Charley Hoffman, Vaughn Taylor and Kevin Chappell.

The 36-year-old Henry, chasing his second PGA Tour win following his triumph in the Buick Championship in 2006, said he was feeling upbeat about his game.

"I feel confident in all aspects of my game. Fortunately on a golf course like this you got to feel confident with the holes with a lot of slope and different undulating shots," Henry told reporters.

"It is definitely a ball striker's golf course. Hopefully I can continue to hit it well and see what happens the next couple of days."

Cink was not originally scheduled to play at the Oaks Course but after a disappointing Masters he made a late change of heart.

"I was really disappointed with missing the cut at the Masters and I didn't really feel like I would go forward by taking another week off so decided to add this one and get right back to it instead of thinking about missing the cut at a major for another week," said Cink.

"I'm glad I did that. I played well, played really well, actually," he said.

South-Korean born American Kevin Na had a nightmare on the par-four ninth hole where he got lost in the woods and went on to set a PGA Tour record by taking 16 strokes to finish the hole.

(Reporting by Simon Evans in Miami; Editing by Frank Pingue)

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