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Tiger Woods backed up his opening 69 at the U.S. Open with an even-par 70 to earn a share of the 36-hole clubhouse lead with Jim Furyk at 1-under 139.

Woods' ball-striking was in top-shelf form yet again today. He split 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens, leading the field in both splits for the round at the time he signed his card. Two of his three birdies today disappeared on par 3s -- the third and 13th holes -- while the other dropped in at the par-4 10th. They erased three consecutive bogeys beginning at No. 5.
Fri, Jun 15, 2012 09:20:00 PM

Past champ and World No. 5 Justin Rose is back at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and pairs up with World No. 15 Henrik Stenson again, the duo heading out at 12:57 PM local time in Round 1.

Rose and Stenson were pre-tourney 11/2 faves outright last year and promptly missed the cut. They're 8/1 faves this week. Rose, a winner here in 2015 as 54-hole co-leader, won his eighth TOUR title earlier this season at the WGC-HSBC Champions, ending a 49-start winless streak. Stenson was one of three runners-up to Rose. Both players arrive this week off top-12 finishes three weeks ago in their 13th Masters appearances, Rose a T12, and Stenson a T5, his first top 10 at Augusta National. Stenson, whose most recent of six TOUR titles came at the 2017 Wyndham, has three top-6 finishes in his last three starts. Rose has three top-12 finishes in his last four.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Apr 25 - 9:28 PM

Kevin Kisner returns to the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and pairs up again with Scott Brown, heading out in Round 1 at 1:23 PM local time.

The Aiken, South Carolina, resident's teamed up in last year's inaugural (team) edition and lost in a 4-hole, sudden-death playoff in an unscheduled Monday finish. They were T2 thru 54 holes, four back of leaders Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt, and fired a day- and week-tying-low 10-under 60 to force extra time. Kisner did most of the heavy lifting, including six straight birdies (on his own ball) at holes 2-7. The duo turned in 28, now two clear of Smith/Blixt. After a Brown birdie at 10 and a Kisner birdie at 11, they fell flat with six straight pars, now down one heading to the last. Smith birdied, seemingly for the win, but Kisner improbably pitched in from 94'6" away for eagle-3, his third hole out of the round. Similar to last year, Kisner enters this week in-form (7-28-2) while Brown does not (MC-MC-76/MDF-MC).
Source: PGATOUR.com
Apr 25 - 7:53 PM

Haotong Li knows how to conquer Topwin Golf & CC in Beijing and will seek to do so again in this week's Volvo China Open.

The Chinese player returns to the scene of his victory in 2016 and it might be the perfect spot for him to get his season back on track. His stunning final round defeat of Rory McIlroy earned him the Dubai Desert Classic, but after that he struggled somewhat although his Augusta National debut offered hope, opening with a 69 for T4 before ending the week T32 and a first top 50 since that Middle Eastern success. His form in the tournament has been transformed in recent years, from MC-MC-MC-T50 in his first four appearances to T6-1-T11 in the last three. In 2016 he closed the week out with a round of 64 for a three-shot win. He's 42nd for SG: Off the Tee (+0.491) this year.
Apr 24 - 11:42 AM

Alexander Levy returns to Topwin Golf & CC in Beijing to defend his Volvo China Open title with perfect current form.

There is no mystery as to why the Frenchman is favorite this week with the bookmakers. Not only is he a two-time champion in the tournament, including victory at Topwin last year when he opened with a 63, drifted for 36 holes and then burst back into life with a Sunday 67, but he is also generally clutch in China. He's not just 13-for-13 there, but he has ten top 30 finishes including six that are T8 or better. The recent form is no more or less impressive. Ahead of last week's Trophee Hassan II he had pegged three top seven finishes in four regular European Tour starts and confirmed that promise with victory in Morocco. A thrilling player to watch, he remains an outside bid for the Ryder Cup team and will eye this week as an opportunity for points.
Apr 24 - 5:06 AM

Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith teamed up to win the 2017 Zurich Classic of New Orleans and they return this week for another crack at TPC Louisiana.

This duo joined up through a connection with Cameron Smith's caddie who is also friends with Jonas Blixt. That chemistry led to some instant results as they signed for rounds of 67-62-68-64 before knocking out Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown in a playoff. Those two pairings were four shots clear of the closest competition. Perhaps finding form just in time for a title defense, Blixt enters off a season-best T14 at the RBC Heritage while Cameron Smith has already posted five top 10s on the season. Last year this duo battled through heavy winds and a lengthy rain delay. The forecast is looking calmer this year but they should still lean heavily on the fond memories from last year as they try to defend their crown.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Apr 23 - 4:37 PM

Luke Donald has announced a leave of absence while he deals with some back pain. There is no clear timeline for return at the moment.

Donald provided an updated to fans via Twitter, "Unfortunately after trying to play with some back pain the last few months, my team & I have decided it’s best for me to receive the recommended treatment & take the necessary time to recover." He would go on to add, "Gutted about this but I’m fully committed to getting back out onto the course ASAP." The Englishman is also dealing with the recent loss of his mother so it's all piling up at the worst possible time, it seems. The 40-year-old has lost strokes to the field in 17 of his last 20 starts on the PGA TOUR. Season-long gamers can cut ties if they were holding on hope for a revival year. Hopefully, this break will recharge the batteries and provide him with more chances to contend over the next few years. Some say '40 is the new 30' so don't count him out just yet.
Apr 23 - 12:23 PM

Victor Dubuisson had made just one appearance since the end of 2017 and it may be his only one this season if reports prove correct. Update: the French press carried a statement.

The Frenchman missed the cut two weeks ago in the Open de Espana, his first outing since the DP World Tour Championship, but then withdrew from the Trophee Hassan II. Exact news of his condition could not initially be verified, but the French press were aware that he is afflicted by vertigo and others from around the circuit had heard he was out for the season. The European Tour were not able to confirm such player news, but French paper L'Equipe reported he will be out for six months and quoted a statement on Friday: "My health is a priority. I hope to return to play on the Tour as soon as possible."
Source: L'Equipe
Apr 23 - 7:29 AM

Playing out of the final threesome, overnight co-leader and World No. 58 Zach Johnson labored to an even-par 36-36=72 in the final round of the Valero Texas Open, dropping four spots to a season-best solo 5th on 13-under 275, four in arrears of overnight co-leader and champion Andrew Landry, who shot 68.

The 42-year-old falls to 3-for-7 when leading/co-leading after 54 holes and 2-for-9 as a 36-hole leader/co-leader. He's now 6-for-8 at the VTO with five top 25s and four top 10s, first since T6 in 2014. After kicking off in 70-65-68, the 2008 and 2009 champ (at La Cantera GC) hit nine (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, losing 0.421 strokes off-the-tee but gaining 1.472 on approach. He went out in level-par, exchanging two birdies with two bogeys, and came home with the same tally, lowlighted by a walk-off bogey-6, dropping him out of a share of 4th-place. The Drake alum recorded 1.750 putts per GIR and -1.387 SG: Putting, needing 31 total putts. He improves to 12-for-12 on the season with seven top 25s and two top 10s, bettering a T8 at the RSM nine starts ago.
Apr 22 - 8:10 PM

Playing out of the penultimate threesome, past champ and World No. 88 Jimmy Walker hung up a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in the final round of the Valero Texas Open to conclude on 14-under 274 (71-69-67-67), up one place to a season-best solo 4th, three shy of overnight co-leader and champion Andrew Landry, who shot 68. UPDATE: This is Walker's first time connecting four sub-par rounds since the 2017 Genesis, 14 months and 25 starts ago, and his first top 5 since the 2016 Deutsche Bank (solo 3rd).

The 2015 winner tipped off that he was ready to contend again with a T20 in his last start at the Masters, finishing with three straight sub-par rounds. He was bogey-free 5-under thru 13 holes today, right in the mix, before two, sloppy bogeys at 14 and 15. The Boerne, Texas, resident did rebound for a birdie-birdie finish to post his seventh top 25 at the VTO, second straight, and third top 10. He hit eight (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, losing 1.071 strokes approaching and 0.036 tee-to-green. The 39-year-old outflanked the two bogeys with seven birdies, No. 1 for the week in total birdies with 24. He circled holes 2, 5, 8, 10, 11 (from 17'4"), 17 and 18, posting 1.455 putts per GIR and 5.161 SG: Putting with 23 total putts. The Baylor product is now 7-for-13 on the season with three top 25s and two top 10s, bettering a T8 at Pebble Beach six starts ago.
Apr 22 - 7:49 PM

Playing out of the penultimate threesome, World No. 112 Sean O'Hair tossed up a day-low, 6-under-par 32-34=66 in the final round of the Valero Texas Open to reach 15-under 273, up three spots to a season-best T2, two adrift of overnight co-leader and champion Andrew Landry, who shot 68.

The Lubbock, Texas, native and resident was chasing his fifth TOUR title in 345 events, first since the 2011 Canadian Open 167 starts ago, but settles for a seventh runner-up. It's his sixth runner-up since the win, one in each of the last four seasons. The 35-year-old improves to 8-for-12 on the season with three top 25s and two top 10s, bettering a T7 at Bay Hill three starts ago. This was his fourth VTO and second cash, joining a T58 on debut in 2008 (La Cantera GC). After opening in 72-70-65, O'Hair began T5, four back, and hit 10 (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, gaining 5.103 strokes tee-to-green. He squared two bogeys at 11 and 16, outpaced by eight birdies at 2, 5, 8, 9, 10, 14, 17 and 18, four from between 10 and 18 feet, walking off with a chip-in birdie-4 from 55 feet away. O'Hair posted 1.600 putts per GIR and 1.022 SG: Putting with 27 total putts.
Apr 22 - 7:10 PM

Playing this season on conditional status, World No. 306 Trey Mullinax handed in a 3-under-par 34-35=69 after the final round of the Valero Texas Open for a four-day total of 15-under 273, up one spot to a career-best T2, one back of champion and playing competitor Andrew Landry, who shot 68. UPDATE: Mullinax vaults 137 places to a career-best 169th in OWGR.

The 25-year-old, chasing his first TOUR title in 41 events, settles for a first top-3 finish. This was his second VTO after a missed cut last year by five (75-74). The Alabama alum improves to 7-for-10 on the season with four top 25s, third straight, and two top 10s, supplanting a previous-career-best T8 at the Valspar as an open-qualifier. After kicking off in 74-68 and career-low, course-record 62, he began in solo 3rd, one shy of co-leaders Landry and Zach Johnson. Mullinax hit nine (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, gaining 1.841 strokes off-the-tee and 2.249 approaching-the-green, but losing 0.860 around-the-green. He carded six birdies at holes 2, 4, 5, 8, 10 and 11, dropping shots at 3 (3-putt from 31'10"), 6 and 17, playing his final seven holes in birdie-less 1-over. The Alabama native took 28 total putts with 1.615 putts per GIR and -0.105 SG: Putting, No. 1 for the week in both of the latter at 1.563 and 7.990.
Apr 22 - 6:48 PM




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