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Jason Day has committed to next week's Wells Fargo Championship.

Day has been out since withdrawing 25 holes into the Masters with an injury to his left ankle. In his only previous appearance at Quail Hollow, he tied for 22nd place in 2010.
Mon, Apr 23, 2012 04:59:00 PM

Francesco Laporta overcame an early wobble to shoot 2-under-par 35-35=70 and take a two shot lead into the weekend at the Trophée Hassan II.

Starting from the tenth tee the rookie endured a wild first nine that saw him post 5 birdies (on 10, 12, 15, 17 and 18) and yet only make the turn in 2-under 35 thanks to a bogey-5 on 13 and double bogey-6 on 14. A birdie on No. 2 and bogey on No. 8 saw him card a level par second nine that left him two clear of the field after 36 holes on 6-under 138, unprecedented heights for a player who has plied his trade mostly on the Sunshine and Challenge Tours. He did provide a hint last week, however, when only a third round 77 prevented him finishing higher than T4 on the Challenge Tour. This week, at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, he will seek not to repeat the mistake as he sits ahead of Jeunghun Wang, Borja Virto Astudillo and Jason Scrivener, who are all in a tie for second. He's thus far taken a mere 49 swishes of the putter.
May 6 - 1:52 PM

Andrew Loupe settled for a 1-under-par 35-36=71 during the second round of the Wells Fargo Championship, staking an early claim of the clubhouse lead at 8-under 136.

The LSU product really regressed on the greens today, after sinking seven putts from outside five feet, yesterday. In today's navigation of Quail Hollow Club, he rolled in just one putt from outside eight feet, it was a 17'5" birdie roll on the par-4 fourth hole. Loupe also missed a 4'6" par-saving attempt at the par-4 eighth, overall posting a -0.550 strokes gained putting number at the time he walked off the course. This was the fourth time in his career that he's led/co-led after the first round. Today's follow-up effort was not inspiring, but he's still in the clubhouse with the early lead, and he'll have two more rounds to push toward his first career PGA TOUR victory.
May 6 - 12:39 PM

Zac Blair self-reported a bent putter during the second round of the Wells Fargo Championship, disqualifying himself after 24 holes of play.

Blair's DQ was a mystery until he took to Twitter to announce the reasoning. He stated, "I let my emotions get the best of me today. Missed a putt on hole #5 and I hit my putter against my head, and proceeded to tap in for par. I noticed the putter on the next hole and went over to the official to let him know about the situation." When he says "I noticed the putter" he is referencing that the putter was bent after hitting it against his head. When he bent the putter, it became non-conforming, but he had already used the club by the time he noticed, leading the the DQ in this situation. Balir was 7-over-par at the time of his exit.
May 6 - 12:21 PM

J.J. Henry withdrew from the Wells Fargo Championship prior to his second round tee time, he was 3-over through 18 holes. For now, no injury has been cited as the reason for the WD.

Henry had an up-and-down opening round. He circled an eagle at the par-5 10th but also a double bogey on the par-4 14th hole. He sprinkled in five additional bogeys and two birdies, scribbling just nine pars. While his score does not look extreme, he only split four (of 14) fairways on the round. If any news about a potential injury pops up, we will make sure to pass along that information with an update.
May 6 - 11:17 AM

Steve Wheatcroft walked all over Quail Hollow Club on the way toward a 7-under-par 32-33=65 to grab a piece of the early lead at this week's Wells Fargo Championship.

Wheatcroft traded an opening birdie with a bogey at the par-3 second hole. The latter came after a missed 4'8" par-saving attempt. At that point, you may not have predicted a 7-under round was in the cards. Wheatcroft had different plans, as he holed out from 43 yards at the par-5 fifth hole to circle his first eagle of the round. His second would come five holes later as he landed his approach shot to six feet, for a relatively easy eagle roll. Wheatcroft rinsed his approach shot on the par-4 14th hole, swallowing his second bogey of the round. He bounced back with a birdie at the next hole and rolled in a 19'4" putt from the fringe on the par-3 17th hole, keeping his stake of the lead intact. Last week's T36 at the Zurich Classic was his best result of the season and his most recent top 30 came at last year's Quicken Loans National where he finished T11 (19 tournaments ago).
May 5 - 5:54 PM

Andrew Loupe torched Quail Hollow Club with a bogey-free, 7-under-par 31-34=65 to grab a share of the first-round lead at this week's Wells Fargo Championship.

The LSU product is known for his distance, but it was his short game that was clicking on all cylinders today. Loupe opened with a 12'5" birdie splash on the par-4 first hole and proceeded to roll in six more putts from outside five feet before making the turn. His last two birdie putts on the front nine totaled 63'3" (par-5 seventh and par-4 ninth holes). The flat stick wasn't done working yet, as he added two more birdie rolls coming in, both from outside 13 feet. Loupe walked off the course having gained 3.302 strokes with the putter and now he'll sleep on the co-lead with one of his playing partners, Steve Wheatcroft.
May 5 - 5:40 PM

Thomas Linard painted a 4-under-par 33-35=68 in round one of the Trophée Hassan II in Morocco, good enough for a share of the lead.

The Frenchman shares top spot with Aussie Jason Scrivener and Italian Francesco Laporta although he'll be disappointed not to hold the outright lead on his own after hitting 6-under with four holes to play. Linard arrived there via an eagle-3 at 12 along with birdies at 15, 16, 17, 2 and 4. His only blemish had come at 14 but he dropped another shot at 6 and then bogeyed 9 to fall back into a tie. Linard crafted one of the few afternoon rounds in the 60s at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam today after splitting 9 (of 14) fairways, hitting 11 greens in regulation and taking just 26 putts. His best result this season is T5 at November's Alfred Dunhill Championship while he ended a run of four missed cuts with T26 in the Open de Espana on his latest start.
May 5 - 1:23 PM

Rory Sabbatini withdrew from the Wells Fargo Championship prior to his round one tee time. Replacing him in the field is Martin Piller.

The South African had a trio of top 10s on his Quail Hollow resume, but also a six-pack of missed cuts. There was no reason or injury cited for this late, pre-tournament withdraw. Martin Piller jumps into his tee time slot today, and he will be making his Wells Fargo Championship tournament debut. Piller is 151st in the FedExCup standings, so any and all starts are crucial to the Web.com Tour graduate.
May 5 - 12:34 PM

Anirban Lahiri put on a lag-putting clinic today in route to a bogey-free, 6-under-par 33-33=66 during the opening round of this week's Wells Fargo Championship.

Lahiri gained 4.535 strokes with the flat stick today, but made just two putts from outside nine feet on the day. This is the model example of why the strokes gained metric trumps raw putting numbers. On five occasions Lahiri found himself on the green, sitting outside 40 feet from the hole, and lagged all of them to inside five feet. In addition he also had a 20-footer on the par-4 first hole that he lagged to six inches and a 28'11" putt on the par-4 ninth hole that he rolled to the same distance for another tap-in par. The greens were running very quick this morning (despite soft fairways) but Lahiri had no issues adapting as he made his course debut at Quail Hollow Club.
May 5 - 12:15 PM

Italian rookie Francesco Laporta took a share of the early clubhouse lead on day one of the Trophée Hassan II after hanging up a 4-under-par 35-33=68.

A walk-off birdie at 18 completed a back nine of 33 and took Laporta into a tie with Aussie Jason Scrivener. It looked to be a struggle early on for the 25-year-old after he swallowed bogeys at 2 and 3 but he turned at even par thanks to birdies at 5 and 9 before picking up another shot at 10 and draining an eagle-3 at 12. Laporta has had a difficult time since coming through Q-School last November, missing five of six cuts and finishing T76 in the Joburg Open. But he dropped a hint that his season might be turning when T4 in last week's second-tier Challenge de Madrid. However, this could all be smoke and mirrors as the man from Italy hit just 7 greens in regulation and took only 20 putts today. He was 8-for-11 in scrambling.
May 5 - 9:15 AM

Jason Scrivener hit just five fairways on his morning lap of Royal Golf Dar Es Salam but posted the early lead at the Trophée Hassan II with a 4-under-par 33-35=68.

With scoring tough in Morocco on Thursday, Scrivener limited the damage to just a single bogey at No. 13 thanks to 5-for-6 scrambling. He circled birdies at 2, 4, 11, 14 and 15 although failed to pick up shots on any of the par 5s so may feel he left some shots out there. Nevertheless, it was enough to put him on top of the leaderboard in just his second appearance in the event. The South African-born Aussie returned to the European Tour with T44 in the Volvo China Open last week after a five-week break so looks to be back up to speed again here. His best results this season are third at the Perth International and T12 in the South African Open which makes sense given his background.
May 5 - 9:06 AM




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