Hoffman grabs early lead at windy Valero

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Weather dominated the early storylines at the Valero Texas Open, where high winds blew more than two dozen players north of 80. When the dust settled in the opening round, it was Charley Hoffman holding a one-shot lead:

Leaderboard: Charley Hoffman (-5), Aaron Baddeley (-4), Phil Mickelson (-2), Ryan Palmer (-2), Jordan Spieth (-1), Jimmy Walker (-1), Zach Johnson (-1)

What it means: Hoffman won earlier this season in Mexico and is now in position to notch his sixth straight top-15 finish in San Antonio and ninth such finish at this event since 2006. Several big names are lurking, though, including Mickelson, who closed with a pair of birdies despite breaking his 8-iron on the 12th hole.

Round of the day: Part of the afternoon wave, Hoffman played through relatively easier conditions, as winds began to die down later in the day. After making the turn in 3-under 33, Hoffman birdied No. 11 and added another circle after nearly driving the green at No. 17, playing the AT&T Oaks Course without a dropped shot.

Best of the rest: Baddeley birdied his first two holes and made five birdies in total, including the most improbable birdie of the year (see below). The Aussie tied for third at this event back in 2010 and is in search of his first win since the 2011 Northern Trust Open.

Biggest disappointment: With winds gusting as high as 36 miles per hour, there was plenty of carnage from the morning wave, where no player was able to break par. Among the casualties was reigning U.S. Open champ Martin Kaymer, whose 10-over 82 was his highest score in 279 career rounds on Tour.

Main storyline heading into Friday: It will be interesting to see which players from the morning wave will be able to make a run at the leaders despite spotting them several shots based on weather conditions in the opening round. Among the handful of players under par, the player to watch is Spieth, who eyes his second win in as many starts.

Shot of the day: Baddeley sent his tee shot on the par-4 17th into a native area left of the green. He re-teed and holed his next shot from 336 yards for an unprecedented birdie.