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Michael Putnam is listed in the published field of next week's Travelers Championship.

If he doesn't withdraw prior to his tee time in the first round, he'll be making his final start on a medical extension in the reshuffle category. To earn a promotion to the Major Medical category, Putnam needs to earn $269,766. He would secure that with a five-way share of third place worth $270,000 or a solo fourth that pays $288,000. Short of that, he would clinch conditional status for the remainder of the year by banking at least $13,543. That secondary goal would be reached with a three-way tie for 56th place or a solo 57th, both valued at $13,560. If he fails to achieve that, he will lose his PGA TOUR status.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Fri, Jun 15, 2012 06:58:00 PM

Playing the Seaside Course, World No. 59 Charles Howell III stalled out to an even-par 34-36=70 in the second round of The RSM Classic and at 1-under 71-70=141, missed the cut by two shots.

A total of 74 players (73 pros, one amateur) from a field of 155 pros and one amateur made the 36-hole cut of 3-under 139. Howell III, a pre-tourney 22/1 outright, was highest up the bookmaker's food chain to hit the road. He was 3-under on his lap thru 15 holes, safely inside the cut line, but played his final three holes in 3-over, eating double bogey-6 at 16, tee ball in the water, and a failed scramble at the par-3 17th. This is the 38-year-old's first MC of the season in five starts, arriving off three straight top 20s, highlighted by a season-best T4 at last week's OHL. Other early exits include: 140- Sean O'Hair; 2015 champ Robert Streb; Whee Kim; Ollie Schniederjans .. 141- Graeme McDowell; Bill Haas; Jason Kokrak .. 142- defender Mac Hughes; Danny Lee .. 143- Scott Brown .. 144- Jamie Lovemark; John Oda; Byeong Hun An; Patrick Rodgers; J.T. Poston .. 145- Si Woo Kim; Davis Love III .. 152- Andrew Johnston.
Nov 17 - 5:07 PM

Austin Cook will sleep on his first PGA TOUR lead following a bogey-free, 8-under-par 31-31=62 during round two of The RSM Classic, the lowest round of the week thus far on the Seaside Course, to vault him into sole possession of the 36-hole lead on 14-under 128.

The PGA TOUR rookie striped 13 (of 14) fairways during R1 and he split another 11 fairways today. That steady play off the tee has allowed him to go pin-hunting, pelting 33 greens in regulation, good for first in the field. Today, his strong iron play was good for 4.464 strokes gained on approach in addition to a trio of putts converted from outside 15 feet. The 26-year-old has yet to record a bogey this week. Playing his 14th event on the PGA TOUR, this will be his first time holding a lead after ANY round on the big stage. In 52 starts on the Web.com Tour he's led just once (R1 of the 2016 Rust-Oleum Championship). Cook has shown a ton of promise early in his career but this will be uncharted territory for the University of Arkansas product as he sleeps on a lead for the first time in his PGA TOUR career.
Nov 17 - 4:34 PM

Making the move over to Sea Island Golf Club's Seaside Course for round two of The RSM Classic, Brian Gay cruised to a 6-under-par 32-32=64, giving him the title of early clubhouse leader with a two-day tally of 13-under 129. UPDATE: He would later get passed up by rookie Austin Cook who posted at 14-under 128.

Gay made quick work of the Plantation Course on day one (7-under 65) but today's 6-under round is likely more impressive. On day one there were only two golfer's that record rounds of 5-under 65 at the Seaside Course (Nick Watney and Brice Garnett). Gay got the job done with his usual (tidy) ball-striking and then caught fire with the flat stick. The most notable was a 37'8" birdie bomb at the par-3 sixth but he also sank three more putts from outside 14 feet. That was good for +3.559 strokes gained putting at the time he signed his card. There are plenty of low scores out there today but if this lead holds up it will be the first 36-hole lead for Gay since the 2009 St. Jude Classic, and just fourth 36-hole lead/co-lead of his lengthy career. He's converted two of his three previous 36-hole leads into victories.
Nov 17 - 2:57 PM

Matthew Fitzpatrick cannot get enough of the Earth Course at the Jumeirah Golf Estates; he posted a second round of 5-under-par 35-32=67 to total 10-under 134 and claim the 36-hole lead at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

The Englishman completed a tenth consecutive under-par round on the Greg Norman design, a tenth circuit which has ended with him ranked inside the top ten and he now averages 68.20 per lap - a successful defense of his title is definitely on the cards. At No. 3 he rolled in a 30'0" par-breaker, negotiating a shoulder on the green with no fuss. He then reached the turn with a birdie-bogey duo at 7 and 8. The back nine saw more action, opening with a tick at ten. At 14 his 3-wood approach to the 626-yard par-5 chased up the green to kick-in range for eagle, at 15 his 18'0" birdie putt from off the green went in at pace, at 18 more red seemed unlikely but he drained from 20'0". He is one shot clear of Tyrrell Hatton with Julian Suri, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat T3 on 8-under. He's flying under the radar this week: "Everyone is focussed on the Race to Dubai," he said. "I've nothing to lose."
Nov 17 - 7:28 AM

Past champion Chris Kirk coasted to a bogey-free, 9-under-par 31-32=63 while facing Sea Island Golf Club’s Plantation Course during round one of The RSM Classic, breaking the course record while also giving him sole possession of the early clubhouse lead as play starts to wind down on Thursday afternoon.

Kirk hoisted the RSM trophy during the 2014 edition, back when the Seaside Course hosted by itself. The Georgia Bulldog clearly doesn't mind the Plantation Course being added to the rota as he just racked up seven birdies and a closing hole-out eagle while taking on the short, par-72 layout. Kirk pelted 14 greens in regulation today but it was his short game that separated him from the field. He needed just 23 swipes with the putter before his day was done. This is Kirk's lowest round recorded at the RSM and also eclipses Sung Kang's round of 64 last year to set the new course record at the Plantation Course. In addition to that, it is Kirk's lowest round since the 2017 OHL Classic at Mayakoba (R1; 8-under 63), which took place just over 12 months ago.
Nov 16 - 4:10 PM

Abraham Ancer lasted just over 15 holes before calling it quits at The RSM Classic, he was 2-over thru 15 at the time of WD. There was no reason cited at the time of the withdraw.

Ancer entered the week fresh off a career-best T9 at the OHL Classic. Today, he split eight (of 12) fairways and landed nine (of 15) greens in regulation. Ancer was opening this week at the Plantation Course at Sea Island Golf Club, the easier of the two-course rota, but he failed to take advantage of the scoring holes. First was the par-5 fourth hole where he swallowed a double bogey. Then, he settled for par at the eighth. Finally, he reached the third par 5 of his day and hit his tee shot into the native area. That is the final shot tracked for his round. There was no reason given for this WD, but we will update if that information becomes clear. Ancer started the fall in the fifth position on the Web.com Tour graduate reshuffle and he's set to fall at least five spots after this week when the first reshuffle takes place.
Nov 16 - 3:25 PM

Continuing a strong run of recent play, Jason Kokrak led off The RSM Classic with a bogey-free, 7-under-par 33-32=65 while taking on the Plantation Course at Sea Island Golf Club, placing him in an early share of the clubhouse lead.

The big hitter arrived with top 20s in three of his four starts this season and was T24 at the midpoint of his other start. Today, he took on the easier of the two layouts and took full advantage of the scoring opportunities. Kokrak pelted 17 greens in regulation and made sure he didn't waste his chances on the par 5s, circling birdies on 3-of-4. With a solid start under his belt, he can now put the driver away for most of round two as he takes on the Seaside Course next, a venue with just a pair of par 5s to manhandle. The Xavier product entered with a 4-for-5 record at this event with the clear highlight being a T10 during the 2014 edition.
Nov 16 - 3:00 PM

Sam Horsfield smashed an imperious 8-under-par 30-33=63 to win European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage on 27-under 401, fully eight swings clear of the field at Lumine Golf Club in Tarragona, Spain after six gruelling days of action.

In truth there were few doubts that the 21-year-old Englishman, who has lived in Florida since the age of five, would gain a card on the final day. Could he convert the win however? He demolished any fears on that score with seven birdies in the first 11 holes (at 2, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10 and 11) before adding another at the last for good measure. His long-term mentor Ian Poulter tweeted: "I'm extremely impressed just like I was seven years ago with this young man @hr59sam. @EuropeanTour School is a daunting week. Many congratulations to now being employed and I hope you enjoy the new job. May you have a long and successful career mate." Six players shared second, but none were ever seriously threatening Horsfield's primacy.
Source: Twitter
Nov 16 - 10:29 AM

Prior to his opening tee time, Luke Donald has withdrawn from the field at this week's RSM Classic, giving a spot to first alternate Mark Wilson. UPDATE: Donald updated his fans on social media, citing a scare with chest pains that forced him to WD. After a days worth of testing at the hospital he was given the all clear.

The Englishman did not cite a reason for WD but less than 24 hours ago he posted the following on his social media channels, "Last event of the year this week here in Sea Island at @TheRSMClassic - let’s make it a good one!" We will update if any further news comes out. Donald was coming off a T32 in his latest start (Shriners Hospitals for Children Open). UPDATE: Donald updated his fans on social media, citing a scare with chest pains that forced him to WD. After a days worth of testing at the hospital he was given the all clear.
Nov 16 - 10:13 AM

Justin Rose's quest to top the 2017 Race to Dubai was given a boost after his superb first round 6-under-par 35-31=66 in the DP World Tour Championship on the Earth Course at the Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai left him T2, just one swing behind the leader Patrick Reed.

The Englishman trails his compatriot Tommy Fleetwood in the seasonal rankings and now leads the projected re-rank, but is concentrating on the tournament first and foremost - and he did so impressively. Moreover it was achieved in front of Fleetwood who could only manage a 1-over 73 of his own. Rose began quietly with birdies at 2 and 7, plus a bogey at the ninth. The back nine was spectacular however. He ticked 10 and 11 for a fine start, but then holed a greenside bunker shot at the 14th for an eagle-3. He very nearly holed from 25'0" on the 17th, but the ball pulled up an inch short. No matter, he clipped a sand wedge to kick-in range on the final hole. "Really happy with that as a start," he said. "Can't rely on comebacks like the last two wins, so glad to be up there already. Do I look ahead? I'm trying to keep the scenarios out of my head."
Nov 16 - 7:51 AM

Matthew Fitzpatrick started his defense of the DP World Tour Championship title in bold fashion with a 5-under-par 33-34=67 first round on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai, two shots back of the clubhouse pacesetter Patrick Reed.

The Englishman is in a fine run of form, winning the European Masters in September and not ending a week outside the top 15 since. Yet during that run his opening lap has been nothing better than solid, with last week's 70 for T10 the closest to the lead. If he was going to change that, it is not surprising he should do so at this course: this is his ninth lap on it and he has never ended one of them outside the top ten. He opened with four straight pars and then threw three birdies in before the turn (at 5, 8 and 9). The back nine saw even more pars to begin with (seven) before he sprinted home with ticks at 17 and 18. The former thanks to draining a putt from 30'0".
Nov 16 - 7:13 AM




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