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With a three-stroke victory at the Mizuno Open on the Japan Golf Tour, Brad Kennedy has qualified for next month's British Open.

The Aussie finished at 17-under-par 271 to secure his first title on the circuit. It's his first top 30 in eight starts anywhere this year. The top four on the leaderboard not already exempt into the British earned exemptions into the major. Toshinori Muto and Toru Taniguchi shared runner-up honors at 14-under 274. Taniguchi was already exempt into the British, so Muto gets the second of four berths. At 6-under 275, Koumei Oda placed solo fourth at the Mizuno for the third exemption. Ten golfers tied for fourth at 11-under 277 at JFE Setonaikai Golf Club in Okayama, forcing a tiebreaker for the final tee time at Royal Lytham & St. Annes. By virtue of having the highest world ranking of the lot, Hiroyuki Fujita (65th) rounded out the quartet of qualifiers.
Sun, Jun 24, 2012 11:47:00 AM

Making his first start at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, Japan's Hideto Tanihara fired a bogey-free 6-under-par 32-34=66 to take a share of the first-round lead with defending champion Tommy Fleetwood.

Fleetwood had held the lead after the morning session at Abu Dhabi GC but Tanihara came in late in the day to match the Englishman's 66. On a truly international leaderoard, the pair lead by a shot from Paraguay's Fabrizio Zanotti, Belgian Thomas Pieters, Austrian Bernd Wiesberger, England's Ross Fisher and Aussie Sam Brazel. Like Fleetwood, World No. 71 Tanihara played in last week's EurAsia Cup so perhaps had some added sharpness. He certainly showed that in round one with a pair of opening birdies at 12 and 13 along with two more at 15 and 17 to turn in 32. He added another par breaker at the par-5 2nd hole and a walk-off circle at the 9th gave him a share of top spot.
Jan 18 - 8:52 AM

Tommy Fleetwood's defense of his Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship title began in suitable style Thursday; he landed 18 greens in regulation on his way to grabbing the early clubhouse lead on 6-under-par 33-33=66 at Abu Dhabi GC, one clear of Fabrizio Zanotti.

Twelve months ago the Englishman found 66 of 72 putting surfaces in standard shots and he showed no sign of having lost that handy knack in round one. He opened and closed his first nine (the back) with birdie-4s at 10 and 18, posting birdie-3 at 13 in-between. On the front nine he completed the full set of long hole par breakers (at 2 and 8), with a further tick at the sixth. "I did what you need to do well on this course," he said. "Drove it well, hit good irons, don't be too greedy. Very stress-free for me. The rough is actually thick in places. It will catch you out." It is as if Fleetwood has discovered some magic formula on the Pete Harradine design. Through his first five visits he missed four cuts and broke par just twice in 12 circuits. In his last five rounds he has only once needed more than 67 swings and has never been outside the top six at the end of a round, something which is unlikely to change by day's end.
Jan 18 - 4:05 AM

Rory McIlroy's return from rest and recuperation was a smart one; he cruised to a bogey-free first round of 36-33=69 in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, three swings back of his playing partner, the defending champion and early pacesetter Tommy Fleetwood.

The Northern Irishman's fondness for Abu Dhabi GC has never been a cause for argument (he has finished T3 or better in six of his last seven appearances), but when a world class performer needs to take three months out of the game to soothe his body and mind then questions are inevitable. One shot is not nearly enough evidence, but as a starter a 320-yard biff down his first (the 10th) fairway was a good signal. One round won't answer all the questions either, but this was a fine beginning. The back (his first) nine was Faldo-like; nine pars. On the front nine he made his move at the third, dropping a 12'0" birdie opportunity. At the par-3 seventh his approach left him with no more than 3'0" for the red number and he took it. A birdie-4 followed at No. 8. "I stayed patient," he said. "I missed only one green. Gave myself a lot of chances. Could have been better, but I'm not that far away."
Jan 18 - 3:56 AM

Brandon Hagy has withdrawn ahead of this week's CareerBuilder Challenge, citing a wrist injury. Rick Lamb will take his place in the field.

The Cal-Berkeley product was a pre-tournament WD ahead of the Safeway Open but he returned to post a T18 at the Sanderson Farms Championship. After that, he went T41 and MC at the Shriners and OHL Classic. Gamers should continue to monitor the status of this injury, but he was a pre-tournament commitment so this likely isn't too serious. Hagy will likely be gutted to miss his second California event of the early season. He remains one of the top names to watch in terms of golfers that are ready to find the winner's circle.
Jan 17 - 7:33 PM

World No. 3 Jon Rahm is in La Quinta, California, for the CareerBuilder Challenge and kicks off on La Quinta CC at 8:40 am PST in Round 1, paired with Bubba Watson.

The 23-year-old is the top-ranked player in OWGR -- next-highest is No. 20 Brian Harman -- and the pre-tourney fave outright (8/1). This is his second CBC after T34 last year on 9-under 279 (71-66-70-72). The Arizona State alum owns one TOUR win in 37 career events (32 pro) and defends that title at next week's Farmers in La Jolla. He's bagged seven other top-3 finishes however, including solo 2nd in his last start at the Sentry TOC. The Spaniard has also won two times in 15 career starts on the European Tour, both in 2017, most recently the DP World Tour Championship nine weeks ago, which secured the European Tour Rookie of the Year award and a 3rd-place ranking in the final Race to Dubai standings. Rahm finished 5th in the FedExCup standings last season as a first-time member though not a rookie, and was one of three players to record top 10s in all four Playoffs events, joining Jordan Spieth and Justin Rose.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jan 17 - 5:19 PM

Sponsor invite and amateur Charles Reiter is at the CareerBuilder Challenge in La Quinta, California, for his PGA TOUR debut and is paired the first three rounds with Maverick McNealy, the former No. 1-ranked amateur in the world who made his pro debut at the Safeway Open back in October.

The Palm Desert High School senior, No. 1233 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, is setting a precedent at the CareerBuilder. He's the first-ever amateur to receive an exemption into the professional division of the tourney in the event's 59-year history. The 18-year-old is making his second start in a pro event after making the cut at the 2017 Emirates Australian Open eight weeks ago, where he finished T65 on 10-over 294 (75-69-75-75). Upon learning the news that he was in the tourney this week, Reiter, who has committed to the University of Southern California, said, "I couldn't believe it. I just want to thank Jeff Sanders (executive director of the CBC) for getting me in the event, in my hometown, my hometown tournament." Sanders had to get TOUR approval to give Reiter a spot in the 156-player professional field, which is a pro-am format for the first 54 holes.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jan 17 - 4:03 PM

Rory McIlroy arrived early at this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and he's determined to start 2018 with a bang following his winless 2017.

After over 100 days on the sidelines after shutting down his season with T63 at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in early October, McIlroy appears to have a fresh hunger for success. He's changed diet, vowed to play more events and also prepare better by turning up to events on Monday of tournament week. He's certainly talking a good game and past form at Abu Dhabi GC suggests he can walk the walk too. The Northern Irishman has finished outside the top three at this course just once in his last seven visits, four of those second places. Extending his form to other events in the United Arab Emirates, he's cracked the top 10 in each of his last 10 starts in the region. This looks a perfect venue for McIlroy to hit the ground running and begin his climb back to the top of the world rankings after slipping to his current position of 11th.
Jan 17 - 7:29 AM

Hudson Swafford reached 20-under 268 during last year's CareerBuilder Challenge en route to victory, returning this week for his first chance to defend a PGA TOUR title.

The Georgia Bulldog roared out of the gate with a 7-under 65 (La Quinta CC) on day one last year to find himself in a share of second place. He moved over to the Nicklaus Tournament Course and replicated the score to find himself alone at the top. Swafford had to fend off the charge from Adam Hadwin who fired a 59 on Saturday but Swafford's 20-under 268 was one stroke better than Hadwin come Sunday night. Swafford hit a rough patch following the win but he's rounding back into form with nine straight cuts made heading into this week. Gamers should not be afraid to reinvest in the big-hitting 30-year-old.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jan 16 - 11:58 AM

Justin Rose heads to the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship at Abu Dhabi GC looking to break his so-near-but-yet-so-far record in the region.

Rose has made just two previous visits to the course and tournament, enough to suggest that he likes it well enough to win, but only if he can keep one pesky round out of the log book. On debut in 2013 he started like a train, pegging 67-69-68 to lead by two with 18 holes to play; a final round 71 saw him fall one swing shy of the winning total. Two years later he stymied himself with an opening 73 before cutting through the field with two 69s and a Sunday 65 for T12. He might argue that he is due a win in the U.A.E. because he has four second placed finishes there and was last seen in the country leading after 54 holes before finishing T4 in the DP World Tour Championship. Two wins late in 2017 proved his summer hard work was pushing him in the right direction. Looks likely to be a threat.
Jan 16 - 10:25 AM

Dustin Johnson will make a second appearance in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship at Abu Dhabi GC, hoping to retain the form he closed last season's renewal with.

Twelve months ago Johnson made his tournament debut and could only muster a round one level-par 72. It left him T75 and eight swings back of the lead. A Friday 68 got him inside the cut line (T38), but he remained those eight shots back. Cue a weekend 64-68, a 12-under last 36-hole total which bettered by three anything the rest of the field could manage as he raced into a tie for second. Add it to his dominant eight-shot victory in the season-opening Tournament of Champions and you can understand why he is the bookmakers favorite. Possible chinks in the armour? Travel: he's had to get from Hawaii to the U.A.E. In this day and age, part of the job though. More realistically, perhaps, the field will remember how he blew his six shot 54-hole lead in the HSBC Champions. Flipside of that is that we've learned that whilst they might recall it, he's unlikely to.
Jan 16 - 5:35 AM

World No. 83 James Hahn, a pre-tourney 100/1 outright, painted a week-low 8-under-par 32-30=62 in the final round of the Sony Open in Hawaii to post 17-under 263 (67-69-65-62), and then lost to Patton Kizzire on the sixth hole of a two-man playoff, dropping to 2-1 in sudden death. UPDATE: Hahn jumps 24 spots to 59th in OWGR and 110 places to 18th in the FedExCup standings.

Making his 140th career TOUR start, the 36-year-old was looking for his third title, first since winning the 2016 Wells Fargo in a playoff 43 starts ago. His final-round heroics (nine birdies, one bogey) erased a seven-shot deficit at the start of the day, and tied his career low on TOUR, shot two times previous. This was the Scottsdale, Arizona, resident's sixth cash in six Sony's but first top 25. It's also his first top 25 of the season in four starts and his first career runner-up. On 11 (of 14) fairways and 17 greens in regulation, the UC-Berkely alum gained 6.171 strokes against the field, highlighted by seven birdies in an eight-hole stretch. In extra time, he missed his par-saver from 7'9" on the second playing of the par-3 17th, while Kizzire knocked in a par-saver from 2'4".
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