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Andres Romero fired out of the gate en route to a 7-under-par 31-34=65 during round one of the Barbasol Championship, good for the early clubhouse lead as the afternoon wave gets started.

The Argentine had a close call at the 2007 Open Championship at Carnoustie (solo third). This week, he doesn't get a second crack at Carnoustie but instead he's back in the States playing in Kentucky. Opening his round with an 18-footer for birdie, he would add four more circles over the next five holes. His putter stalled during the middle of the round (misses from 11'11" 11'10", and 3'0"). Romero got back on track with three birds in his final three holes. Romero walked off the course gaining 1.734 strokes off-the-tee and another 3.441 strokes approaching-the-green. The 37-year-old got off to a fast start last week as well (T3 after R1 of the John Deere, finished T7). If this lead holds then it'd be his third career first-round lead or co-lead on the PGA TOUR (2013 Puerto Rico Open, finished T6; 2012 Reno-Tahoe Open, solo third).
Jul 19 - 1:45 PM

Tony Finau has finished tied 10th and 5th in the first two majors of 2018 and he's on course for another big week after starting the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie with a 4-under-par 34-33=67, a closing 25-footer for birdie hoisting him to T2 and just one behind leader Kevin Kisner.

Finau went hunting for red numbers today and came up with eight of them. His set included four on the front nine (1, 2, 6 and 9) against dropped shots at 3 and 7. And coming home he outpaced bogeys at 12 and 16 with circles at 13, 14, 15 and 18. The big-hitting American, who practised with some of his potential Ryder Cup colleagues at Le Golf National last week, hit 10 of the 15 fairways and found 14 greens. He took 29 putts. Finau also shot a first-round 67 on his Open debut at Troon in 2016 when finishing T18 while he was T27 at Royal Birkdale last year so he's made a bright start to his Open career.
Jul 19 - 10:39 AM

Kevin Kisner rode a hot putter in the first round of the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie, twirling a 5-under-par 34-32=66 to grab a one-shot lead clubhouse over Erik Van Rooyen.

The American hasn't managed a top 50 in his three Open starts but found a groove with the putter today, taking just 22 swishes. Kisner, who has just one top ten in 14 starts in the majors, fell over par after bogey at the 5th hole but wiped it out, and some, with eagle at the par-5 6th. He made another gain at 8 before surging into the lead by connecting a trio of birdies from Nos. 13-15. Three closing pars kept him out in front. Kisner split just 7 of 15 fairways today and only hit half the greens but said the putting surfaces were running faster than he expected and which helped him find good speed. He'd arrived in Scotland on a poor run of form with four MCs and two finishes outside the top 50 in his last six starts. Today's 66 beats his lowest Open 18-hole score by three (69 in R4 at Royal Birkdale last year).
Jul 19 - 8:15 AM

Erik Van Rooyen fired a 4-under-par 33-34=67 in round one of the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie, good enough for a two-shot clubhouse lead over Matthew Southgate on the first day.

Playing in the second group out this morning (06:46), the South African cashed in on the benign morning conditions at the Scottish links. He set the tone with a pair of opening birdies at 1 & 2 before adding another red number at the par-5 6th. The 28-year-old picked up further shots at 11 and 15 but swallowed a walk-off bogey, his only blemish, on the tough par-4 18th. Van Rooyen was the 36- and 54-hole leader in the Irish Open two weeks ago before finishing tied fourth and has a history of fast starts on the European Tour this season (he’s been in the top four after R1 five times). In his first ever round in a major, he piped 13 (of 15) fairways, hit 14 greens in regulation and took 29 putts. On the live leaderboard, he leads by a shot from Danny Willett, Patrick Cantlay, Kevin Kisner, Brandon Stone and Chesson Hadley.
Jul 19 - 6:28 AM

Grayson Murray remains sidelined with a shoulder injury, forcing him to miss out on the opportunity to defend his title at this week's Barbasol Championship.

We knew Murray was out of action due to injury but we weren't sure what the injury was until now. He clarified what's ailing him via social media, "Disappointed I won't have the chance to defend my title this week at the. @barbosalchampionship. Good luck to everyone in this years field! My shoulder is getting better every day so hope to be back on Tour in a couple of weeks." Murray is 100th in the FedExCup race so he could still return and attempt to go deep into the Playoffs. A more realistic scenario is that we only see Murray 1-to-3 more times before next fall. A setback is also possible meaning we wouldn't see him until next fall. Season-long gamers can cut bait unless they are in a league with extremely deep rosters.
Jul 17 - 6:02 PM

Jhonattan Vegas is dealing with passport and travel issues ahead of this week's Open Championship, putting him in doubt for even teeing it up at Carnoustie Golf Links.

Vegas provided an update via social media, "Everything seems to be against me to get my visa and make @TheOpen. First, @UPS mechanical problem and passport is running late and second, weather thru NYC and flight is delay. Probably need to find another flight." Gamers should keep a close eye on this situation and be ready to swap him out on weekly lineups. He missed the cut last year in his Open Championship debut.
Jul 17 - 3:42 PM

2016 Champion Golfer of the Year Henrik Stenson pulled out of the Scottish Open with injury but is planning to tee it up this week in the 147th Open at Carnoustie.

The 42-year-old has been the subject of speculation regarding his ability to play this week, one of his favorite tests of the year. The elbow problem stopped him having the pre-Open links test he prefers, but he was on the range Tuesday hitting balls alongside his coach Pete Cowan. The work they were doing was technically-based suggesting he is not favoring the arm and there were no outward signs of pain. Stenson did not talk after his session, but the Swedish press report that he has every intention of hitting the first tee on Thursday.
Jul 17 - 1:38 PM

Recently retired John Peterson is already back in action as he earned a seat into the Barbasol Championship following a pre-tournament withdraw from Jim Carter.

Peterson was playing on a medical extension that ended at The Greenbrier in his latest start. He fell just 0.585 FedExCup Points shy of securing conditional status. He was on the record that if he missed retaining his card then he would head back to Texas and go on with a career in real estate. However, this week's field went deep down the priority rankings after some pre-tournament WDs, Peterson got the nod and has a chance to pick up some Non-member FEC Points. With his medical extension expired, he is no longer just 0.585 FEC Points away from securing conditional status. Peterson could pick up another start with a top-10 finish this week, giving him a nice goal to shoot for. He could shoot for the Web.com Tour Finals if he does want to give his golf thing another shot.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jul 17 - 10:30 AM

Jordan Spieth is not playing up to his usual standards as he preps for Carnoustie Golf Links at this week's Open Championship.

The Texas Longhorn has gone six straight starts without a top 20 now. He's actually gained strokes over the field in five of those starts so he hasn't been a complete trainwreck but the Spieth we are used to doesn't go long without cracking a podium finish, let alone go six starts without a top 20. First, it was the putter that ailed him but he's gained strokes putting in each of the last three starts. However, his ball-striking happened to disappear at that same time. In Spieth's short career he typically rounds into form before hoisting the hardware. It's not out of the question for him to repeat this week but it would go against the trends he's established before winning his 11 other PGA TOUR events.
Source: TheOpen.com
Jul 16 - 9:56 PM

Playing out of the penultimate twosome, World No. 184 Harold Varner III back-pedaled with a 3-under-par 33-35=68 in the final round of the John Deere Classic, falling two spots to solo 6th on 18-under 266, nine in arrears of overnight leader and champion Michael Kim.

This was the East Carolina alum's second Deere and first cash after a missed cut last year by four. He improves to 15-for-24 on the season with four top 25s and three top 10s, second straight after a tied-career-best T5 at last week's Greenbrier as a 54-hole co-leader. After kicking off with 67-65-66, the Ohio native began in solo 4th, seven back. He found 11 (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, gaining 1.164 strokes on approach but losing 0.607 around-the-green. The Florida resident squared two bogeys at holes 7 (3-putt from 47'11") and 15, offset by five circles, all from inside of 11 feet. He posted a pedestrian 1.800 putts per GIR and -1.103 SG: Putting, needing 31 total putts. For the week, the 27-year-old tallied 23 birdies against five bogeys.
Jul 15 - 7:22 PM

Playing this season on Past Champion status, alternate and World No. 292 Andres Romero patched together a 2-under-par 35=34=69 in the final round of the John Deere Classic, dipping two spots to a season-best T7 on 16-under 268, 11 shy of overnight leader and champion Michael Kim.

The one-time TOUR winner in 208 events (2008 Zurich Classic) cashes his first check of the season in three starts and records his first top 10 since T5 at the 2016 Puerto Rico Open a little over 27 months ago. This was his seventh Deere, sixth cash and third top 25, second straight (T25/2017), and first top 10. After opening with 64-71-64, the Argentine began T5, eight back. Playing out of the third-to-last twosome, he hit 10 (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, gaining 0.718 strokes off-the-tee but losing ground approaching and around-the-green. The 37-year-old conjured three birdies against one bogey-5 at 4, recording 1.846 putts per GIR and -0.318 SG: Putting with 29 total putts. For the week, he tallied one eagle and 20 birdies against six bogeys.
Jul 15 - 7:08 PM

Making his tournament debut, PGA TOUR rookie and World No. 256 Sam Ryder authored a 5-under-par 34-32=66 in the final round of the John Deere Classic for a 72-hole tally of 19-under 265, up three spots into a career-best T2, eight short of overnight leader and champion Michael Kim, who shot 66.

This was the Stetson's alum's 23 career event, 22nd this season, and records his second top 10, supplanting a previous-best solo 5th at the Houston Open 10 starts ago. He's batting .500 on the season now with 11 cashes and 11 missed cuts with two top 25s. After opening in 66-66-67, the Floridian began T5, eight back. Playing out of the third-to-last twosome, he striped 13 (of 14) fairways and hit 15 greens in regulation, gaining 0.772 strokes off-the-tee and 0.882 on approach. The 28-year-old squared a lone bogey-5 at hole 9, outpaced by six circles, two from between 10 and 32 feet. He recorded 1.600 putts per GIR and 1.098 SG: Putting with 28 total putts. For the week, Ryder totaled one eagle and 23 birdies versus two bogeys and two doubles.
Jul 15 - 6:51 PM




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