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Padraig Harrington experienced a phenomenal day with his putter in his opening round of the Transitions Championship en route to a bogey-free, 10-under-par 31-30=61, establishing a new course record at the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort.

The Irishman served notice at Pebble Beach this year with a share of seventh place, but he had yet to back it up ... until today. Harrington split only six (of 13) fairways but he hit 14 greens and capitalized on 10 of those birdie opportunities. Five of his conversions measured over 10 feet, including respective rolls of 16'9", 25'7", 74'11" and 16'1" at the 10th, 12th, 17th and 18th holes. He took just 22 putts and circled five birdies on each side. The old course record of 62 was first set by Jeff Sluman in 2004, then matched by Mark Calcavecchia in 2007. Harrington finished T8 in his first appearance here in 2010. In his second round this week, he's scheduled to go off the 10th tee at 1:12 p.m. ET on Friday.
Thu, Mar 15, 2012 01:37:00 PM

World No. 8 Justin Thomas, a pre-tourney 16/1 outright, conjured up an even-par 36-34=70 in the second round of The Honda Classic and at 1-over 71-70=141, missed the cut by one shot.

A total of 70 players from a field of 144 made the cut of even-par 140. Thomas, winner in three of his first five starts this season, has now missed the cut in two of his last three, interrupted only by T39 at last week's Genesis Open. He opened with a four-birdie five-bogey showing, lowlighted by four straight squares on holes 13-16, and cancelled two birdies in R2 with double bogey-6 at the second. The 23-year-old ranked 115th in driving accuracy (14/28) and 109th in SG: Approach-the-Green (-1.723). Other notable departures include: 141- 2008 champ Ernie Els; Danny Willett; 2011 champ Rory Sabbatini; William McGirt .. 142- Thomas Pieters .. 143- Jason Bohn; Daniel Berger .. 144- Hudson Swafford .. 145- Russell Knox; two-time champ Padraig Harrington .. 146- Keegan Bradley; Jeff Overton .. 148- Patrick Rodgers .. 149- Brooks Koepka; 2013 champ Michael Thompson .. 150- 2010 champ Camilo Villegas.
Feb 24 - 6:55 PM

Wesley Bryan won the battle with PGA National's Champion Course, walking away with a 3-under-par 33-34=67 during the second round of The Honda Classic, giving him a share of the 36-hole clubhouse lead alongside Ryan Palmer.

The overnight co-leader showed no sign of sleeping on the lead, leading off round two with three straight birdies. He swallowed a bogey at the par-4 fourth and could have let the round get away from him at the par-4 eighth, but in true trick-shot fashion he pulled off a miracle recovery shot from the pine straw, in between the trees, to salvage par. Bryan would find tree trouble again at the 13th, but showed some smarts by just putting out and taking his medicine (bogey) instead of racking up a big number. This goes in the books as Bryan's second career lead/co-lead on the PGA TOUR. The first co-lead came at the 2016 John Deere Classic where he'd go on to finish T8 by week's end.
Feb 24 - 6:29 PM

World No. 7 and defending champ Adam Scott bobbed and weaved to a 1-under-par 33-36=69 in today's second round of The Honda Classic to post 3-under 137, currently up seven spots to T17 and six back of 36-hole co-leaders Ryan Palmer and Wesley Bryan.

The top-ranked player -- and pre-tourney fave outright -- was 5-under and T1 at the midpoint last year (70-65). He began his defense with a five-birdie three-bogey 68 on four (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation. The 36-year-old improved to seven fairways and 13 GIR, but dipped to 1.692 putts per GIR and -0.844 SG: Putting, taking 30 putts to get around. He was bogey-free 3-under thru 13 holes, but didn't record a par in his last five holes, carding bogey-birdie-double-bogey-birdie to finish. The Aussie's split on five birdies included three conversions from between 10 and 20 feet, highlighted by a walk-off 4 at the 18th from 10'9".
Feb 24 - 6:12 PM

Brendan Steele fought back from an early-week quintuple bogey to claw his way back above the cut line, firing a 5-under-par 33-32=65 in round two, reaching 2-under 138 after two days of play at The Honda Classic.

Steele opened on the back nine in round one and found himself at 6-over after passing through the Bear Trap. He circled a quintuple 9 at the par-4 14th after finding water three times. He rinsed another ball at the following hole to record a double bogey at the tricky par-3 15th. Since that rough patch, Steele circled 10 birdies and an eagle to offset a four-pack of bogeys. The 33-year-old showed tremendous resilience and is now safely through the cut line with a clean slate heading into the weekend. On the down side, Steele has signed just one red number in 12 weekend rounds at PGA National.
Feb 24 - 1:04 PM

Paul Waring held a one-shot lead after reaching 12-under through 12 holes of his second round when play was suspended due to bad light on day two of the Joburg Open at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club.

Thursday's early finish due to waterlogging and a delayed start today means this week's European Tour event continues to play catch up and irregular scoring updates on the ET's official website are only adding to gamers' frustration. Waring had posted a 65 on the tougher East course yesterday morning and continued oh the birdie trail with five more today on the West. His set included an opening pair and three straight from Nos. 9-11. A par at 12 left him at 12-under when play was called, a shot clear of clubhouse leader Darren Fichardt and Dean Burmester, who has three holes to finish off. Another South African, Jacques Kruyswijk, was a further stroke back on 10-under. The second round will resume at 7.00am Saturday.
Feb 24 - 1:03 PM

Beginning on No. 10 tee, World No. 88 Ryan Palmer styled a 5-under-par 31-34=65 in the second round of The Honda Classic, tying the low round of the day thus far with Brendan Steele and posting the early 36-hole clubhouse lead at 9-under 131. UPDATE: With play just about completed, Palmer co-leads with PGA TOUR rookie Wesley Bryan, one clear of Rickie Fowler.

With preferred lies in effect for a second straight lap, the 40-year-old began with bogey-5 at 10 (failed scramble) but rebounded for a three-birdie train on holes 13-15, kicking off the run with a 43-footer at the par-4 13th. He squared one more at the par-3 17th, three-putting from 43'5", but then played his final 10 holes in 4-under, circling Nos. 1, 3, 5 and 8, each from seven feet and in. The Texan found eight (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, currently pacing the field in SG: Tee-to-Green at 9.051. He's doing the majority of his work in that category, signing his card at 62nd in SG: Putting (0.591).
Feb 24 - 1:00 PM

Rickie Fowler torched PGA National's Champion Course in the second round of The Honda Classic, signing a 4-under-par 34-32=66 to arrive at the midpoint on 8-under 132, good for solo second on the early round two leaderboard.

Fowler is having déjà vu at PGA National, opening with twin 66s, just like last year. In the 2016 edition, he claimed the title of 36-hole leader with his 132 aggregate before posting 74-71 over the weekend to finish T6 come Sunday night. Today, the scoring start right away, splashing home a 23'11" birdie at the par-4 10th to build confidence. He would maintain a steady putter throughout the round, converting five more putts from outside six feet. Fowler continues to play well at PGA National and should remain in the thick of things over the weekend.
Feb 24 - 12:51 PM

Willy Wilcox opened his week at The Honda Classic with a 6-over-par 37-39=76 before withdrawing ahead of his second round tee time. No injury was cited at the time of the WD.

Wilcox missed the cut at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in his first of three starts on a medical extension. He's down to one start on that Minor Medical Extension after today's WD. Wilcox needs $41,049 or 55.399 FedExCup Points in his next PGA TOUR start to retain his TOUR card. The 30-year-old finished T5 on the Web.com Tour last week (Panama Claro Championship) so his game is not too far off. In his opening lap this week he circled one birdie but also swallowed three bogeys and a pair of doubles. Wilcox is very good at passing along information directly to his fans via Twitter so we will update if any more news pops up about a potential injury.
Feb 24 - 10:44 AM

Prior to his round two tee time, Matt Every has withdrawn from The Honda Classic. No injury was cited, but he was 14-over after day one.

If there was anytime for the Florida Gator to break out of his slump, you'd expect it to happen in his home state. This wasn't the week, though, as he swallowed seven bogeys, two doubles, and a triple in round one while taking on PGA National's Champion Course. This goes in the books as his 16th straight missed cut and gamers can continue to avoid Every until he shows any sign of form.
Feb 24 - 10:29 AM

Darren Fichardt posted a 6-under-par 31-35=66 in round two of the Joburg Open at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club in South Africa, good enough for the early 36-hole clubhouse lead of 11-under 132. UPDATE: Fichardt remained clubhouse leader at close of play Friday although Paul Waring topped the leaderboard on 12-under after 12.

The local man was one of 98 players who had to complete their opening rounds on Friday morning after play was suspended Thursday afternoon due to waterlogging. After a further delay, Fichardt finished off a bogey-free 66 on the par-71 West Course and then matched that score on the tougher, par-72 East. The 41-year-old kicked off with a five-foot birdie at No. 1 and then ticked 3, 4 and 6 before taking the lead on his own with an eagle-3 at 8. He made his first bogey of the week at 10 and, after seven pars, made his 24th hole of the day a birdie-4 to set the clubhouse target. That's currently a shot clear of compatriot Jacques Kruyswijk and two in front of defending champion Haydn Porteous. "I haven’t stumbled into this position," said Fichardt. "It’s been a lot of hard work and a lot of perseverance. I have been working hard the past seven weeks and I think it’s starting to pay off."
Feb 24 - 9:41 AM

Branden Grace withdrew from The Honda Classic following a birdie-free, 7-over-par 36-41=77 in round one. There was no injury cited the time of the WD. UPDATE: Grace alerted his fans via Twitter that he strained a muscle in his rotator cuff but expects to return next week.

The South African swallowed five bogeys and a double bogey without circling a single birdie in his navigation of PGA National's Champion Course. It was his third attempt at The Honda Classic, and he's now 1-for-3 with a T71 in 2013 still his best. There was no reason for the WD provided but we'll update if/when that information becomes available. Grace is currently committed to next week's WGC-Mexico Championship where gamers should be ready to jump back on board, unless an injury becomes apparent. UPDATE: Grace alerted his fans via Twitter that he strained a muscle in his rotator cuff but expects to return next week.
Feb 23 - 5:49 PM




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