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Anthony Kim carded a 3-under-par 32-37=69 in his opening round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, finishing three strokes off the clubhouse lead.

Anytime AK makes good news inside the ropes, it's noteworthy. And therein lies the disappointment. He's a mere 1-for-6 this year with a T42 at the Honda three weeks ago. At Bay Hill today, he hit 13 greens and suffered four bogeys but rattled off five birdies and aced the par-3 17th with a 5-iron from 200 yards.
Thu, Mar 22, 2012 03:20:00 PM

Lee Westwood toured Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club in bogey-free, 7-under-par 33-32=65 in the second round of the CIMB Classic.

The Brit opened with an even-par 72, so he needed to put it into high gear if he was going to make a run at the title. He opened birdie-birdie at Nos. 1 and 2, and then added a third at the par-3 eighth from short range. At the next par 3 -- the 226-yard 11th -- Westwood wielded a hybrid and holed the tee ball for an ace. (For the vid, click on the link below.) After waiting out the weather delay, he closed birdie-par-birdie and sits just three strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
Oct 31 - 4:19 AM

In the live telecast of the second round of the CIMB Classic, Golf Channel's Steve Sands said that Graham DeLaet's withdrawal after one hole in the opening round was due to a "bulging disc."

This is the first reported detail of DeLaet's back injury. He had surgery for a herniated disc on Jan. 3, 2010, and has dealt with mild aggravations since, but this week's WD was his first for the injury during a tournament in his career. Consider him an automatic question mark for next week's WGC-HSBC Champions. Warm, humid conditions similar to what the field is enduring in Kuala Lumpur do not aid a disc issue, so the weather is irrelevant to DeLaet's status moving forward.
Oct 31 - 2:00 AM

Matt Jones rebounded from an opening 81 at the CIMB Classic to shoot 3-under-par 33-36=69 in the second round.

The Aussie squared five bogeys on Thursday, but it was the quintuple bogey-10 that he incurred at the fifth hole that left the greatest mark. With no cut this week, he was able to free-wheel it today and picked off six birdies to help offset three bogeys. At 6-over 150, he's 16 strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead, but at least he's no longer flirting with DFL.
Oct 31 - 1:20 AM

Billy Hurley III tossed up another 5-under-par 67 in his second round of the CIMB Classic to post 10-under 134 at the midpoint, good for early possession of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

Hurley III didn't go bogey-free like Thursday, but he picked off seven birdies to help hide a double bogey-6 at the second hole today. Going off in the first threesome off the 10th tee, he poured in six of his par breakers on his outward side en route to 6-under 30. Stats aren't kept for this tournament, but success is evident anywhere where a golfer has just one blemish through two rounds.
Oct 31 - 12:38 AM

Rikard Karlberg spun a bogey-free, 7-under-par 31-34=65 in his opening round of the CIMB Classic to establish the overnight lead.

Conditions were ripe for scoring throughout his round. The Swede buried seven birdies, including five on his outward nine. He closed the round with birdies at 17 and 18. This isn't quite what most expected what with just one top 45 in his last four starts, but Karlberg shared fifth place at the Maybank Malaysian Open in April, so he not only has experience but success as well.
Oct 30 - 12:36 AM

Graham DeLaet withdrew from the CIMB Classic during his opening round due to a back injury.

The Canadian bogeyed the par-4 first hole and called it quits. It's his second mid-tournament WD in 107 PGA TOUR starts, but both occurred in his last seven (flu; 2014 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational). If he's able, he'll try again at next week's WGC-HSBC Champions.
Oct 29 - 11:43 PM

Bud Cauley is hoping to return to competition at the Puerto Rico Open on March 5-8.

Assuming his rehab from surgery for a torn labrum on his left shoulder (Sept. 12) goes smoothly, he's going to start hitting full shots in February. Cauley opened this season at the top of the Web.com Tour Finals category, but he won't be there come March. Two reshuffles will occur before then, so he'll be buried. He's probably snag a couple of sponsor exemptions for tournaments where his number won't qualify on merit, and he's certain to get a medical extension is he eventually needs it, but if he struggles early, he won't necessarily be eager to continue playing and burning up starts on a medical for 2015-16. That time will pass, so it's good to just know when we hope to see him again inside the ropes.
Oct 29 - 10:19 PM

Overnight co-leader Will MacKenzie closed out The McGladrey Classic with a 2-under-par 33-35=68 to post 14-under 266 and join the playoff to determine the champion.

Robert Streb and Brendon de Jonge finished before him, but only MacKenzie has won a PGA TOUR event before, twice in fact. He hit 17 greens in regulation and converted three birdies today, the longest from 15-and-a-half feet at the par-4 eighth hole. He couldn't avoid a miscue, however, three-putting from just inside 80 feet at the par-4 16th. Regardless of what happens in the playoff, MacKenzie will procure his first top 25 since late March. Golf Channel's Gary Koch said during today's telecast that MacKenzie sat back and enjoyed his early-season success in 2013-14. It seems that the realization has paid dividends, especially for gamers that remained faithful entering the new season. PLAYOFF UPDATE: MacKenzie missed the fairway at the par-4 18th hole and found a greenside bunker on approach. His escape was below average in that he was still away at 32'7". A long par try missed on the high side. The other two parred to eliminate MacKenzie.
Oct 26 - 5:10 PM

Brendon de Jonge defied his reputation in the final round of The McGladrey Classic with a bogey-free, 5-under-par 32-33=65 to reach 14-under 266 and sit on a share of the 72-hole clubhouse lead.

de Jonge should be proud of himself today. He's often the first to expect to fade when in contention on Sunday, but he opened birdie-birdie-birdie at Seaside to shake away the demons. The third birdie of that run dropped in from 19'11" at the par-3 third hole. He added birdies from 12'4" and 40'9" at Nos. 10 and 12, respectively, before parring the last six. de Jonge dealt with injury during the 2013-14 season and hadn't finished inside the top 30 in his last 10 starts, so go ahead and make a note that he's, indeed, a horse for this week's host track. PLAYOFF UPDATE: After a textbook par at the par-4 18th hole to extend the playoff, he landed his tee ball safely and pin-high on the green at the par-3 17th, albeit some distance from the cup. After watching eventual champ Robert Streb cover the flag stick, de Jonge's run at birdie burned the right edge. He settled for his second runner-up finish in 213 PGA TOUR starts, but this was his first playoff.
Oct 26 - 4:45 PM

Thanks to nine birdies en route to a 7-under-par 31-32=63 in his final round of The McGladrey Classic, Robert Streb will sit and wait to see if his 14-under 266 will hold up or at least get him into a playoff. PLAYOFF UPDATE: After a standard-issue par at the par-4 18th hole to eliminate Will MacKenzie, Streb flushed his tee ball at the par-3 17th and tapped in the straight putt from close range to defeat Brendon de Jonge.

Prior to the playoff, Streb hit 14 greens in regulation at Seaside today. Four of his birdies ran at least 10 feet, the highlight dropping from 33'3" at the par-3 17th. He also poured in a par save from 10'9" at 10, but he left a birdie try from just outside 21 feet at the par-4 18th in the jaws. He played in the 10th-to-last pairing. Incidentally, Tommy Gainey came out of the 16th-to-last twosome and won the McGladrey by one in 2012. Streb is the second consecutive first-time winner, doing so in his 49th PGA TOUR start. Today's breakthrough exempts him into the Masters, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and PGA Championship.
Oct 26 - 3:41 PM

David Toms enjoyed a 5-under-par 31-34=65 for his final round of The McGladrey Classic.

If Sea Island Resort has horses, there's probably one named after the Louisiana native. He's played in all five editions of the McGladrey and has a pair of top threes to show for it. He added to his list of accomplishments this week, but it was a rough going early. Toms went 0-for-10 in birdie chances in the opening round, but regrouped for a five-birdie 66 to make the cut. A bogey-free 67 on Saturday assured safety from the 54-hole cut, but he really turned on the jets today. Despite hitting only 12 greens in regulation, Toms squared one bogey and buried six birdies, four of which ranging 22-34 feet. He also holed out for birdie from off the front of the green 12 yards away at the par-5 15th. He even poured in a par save from 10'1" at the par-3 12th. At 9-under 271, the 47-year-old is the outright 72-hole clubhouse leader. At last check, his strokes gained: putting for the day measured 4.570.
Oct 26 - 2:05 PM




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