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Points Leads Shell Houston Open

on 29 March 2013.

HUMBLE, Texas—D.A. Points got off to a red-hot start in the first round of the Shell Houston Open and rode an old, familiar putter to the top of the leader board.

Under near-perfect scoring conditions on the Tournament Course at Redstone Golf Club, Points started on the 10th hole and ripped off birdies on his first five holes. He made another birdie on his seventh hole and the turn at 6-under. He added three more birdies against a bogey to post 8-under 64.

Points, who broke through for his first PGA Tour victory at the 2011 Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, grabbed a trusty old friend back in his bag for the Shell Houston Open. Points put an original Ping Anser putter back in his bag, a flat stick that used to belong to his mom.

“I pulled it out of my mom’s bag when I was probably 11, 12 years old,” Points said. “I won a couple (Illinois) State Ams with it. When I turned pro, I was using it for a while, then I put it away and then brought it back.”

Cameron Tringale is one shot back after shooting a bogey-free 65. Tringale almost matched Points’ birdie barrage on the opening holes of the back nine. Tringale birdied Nos. 10, 11, 12 and 14. Only a par on the 13th kept him for sharing the overnight lead with Points.

“I hit the ball really well,” said Tringale, who finished in the top 10 in Houston last year. “I hit a lot of greens and had a lot of opportunities. I made the most of the ones when I was close.”

Veteran John Rollins posted the best afternoon round to share second place with Tringale. Rollins played the four par 5s at Redstone in 3-under. He posted a bogey-free 65.

Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera, who owns a home at Redstone, shot a bogey-free 6-under 66 to share fourth place with Jason Kokrak. Cabrera knocked his second shot in the water on the par-5 eighth hole, but managed to save par.

“When I’m in town, I get out on the course as much as I can,” said Cabrera, who won the 2007 U.S. Open and 2009 Masters. “I’m comfortable on this course.”

Jeff Overton, Brian Davis and Steve Wheatcroft are tied for sixth place at 5-under 67.

The second round begins Friday at 7:20 a.m. For complete results, click here.

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