Ace propels Hubbard to second-round 65 at Frys


NAPA, Calif. – Mark Hubbard picked a pretty good way to kick off his first event as a PGA Tour member.

Hubbard aced the par-3 seventh hole at Silverado Resort & Spa during the second round of the Open, a shot that ultimately propelled him to a 7-under 65 in the second round. His score marked the lowest round of the tournament thus far, and it took him into a share of fourth place, two shots behind Martin Laird after 36 holes.

The 25-year-old used a 5-iron from 198 yards on No. 7, the highlight of a closing stretch in which he played his final six holes 5 under. Open: Articles, videos and photos

“I honestly was just happy to make a good swing on that hole and hit that green," he said. "I don’t do that a lot on that hole. It’s not one of my favorites. Now it is.”

Hubbard played at nearby San Jose State in college, and after graduating from the Tour last season, he had circled this event as a welcome opportunity to make his rookie debut in front of family and friends.

“If I could pick one tournament this fall season to win, it would be this one, just because I am a local boy,” he said. “It would be very, very cool with all the support out here to make a move the next two days.”