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Ted Potter Jr. spun a sizzling 6-under-par 31-33=64 in the final round of The Greenbrier Classic and outlasted Troy Kelly to claim his first PGA TOUR victory with a birdie on the third playoff hole.

The rookie was in the midst of safely securing his first top-10 finish, but an eagle from 28'11" on the par-5 17th and a birdie from 4'10" on his 72nd hole improved his position significantly. In all, he circled an eagle, five birdies and swallowed a lone bogey at the par-4 11th. While he only hit 12 GIR, he needed just 24 putts to a 1.50 average to navigate The Old White TPC in the finale. For the week, he ranked first in Strokes Gained-Putting and second in putting average en route to a 16-under 69-67-64-64=264 tally. After missing a 4'9" birdie putt to close out Kelly on the second playoff hole, Potter put the final nail in the coffin with a kick-in birdie from 4'2" on the next hole (par-3 18th). With this win he secures a spot in the British Open, PGA Championship and WGC-Bridgestone, but will first head to TPC Deere Run for the John Deere Championship.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Sun, Jul 8, 2012 05:49:00 PM

Padraig Harrington enjoyed a 4-under-par 32-34=66 in his second round of The Honda Classic.

Harrington buried seven birdies against three birdies, although he closed bogey-bogey at the par-4 eighth and ninth holes to bring the field back a bit. Overall, he split seven (of 14) fairways and hit 12 greens in regulation. Three of his birdies traveled longer than 10 feet. Needless to say, this is rarefied air for the three-time major champion. He hasn't logged a top 20 on the PGA TOUR since June of 2013. He started this week slotted 297th in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Feb 28 - 11:16 AM

Ian Poulter fashioned a 6-under-par 30-34=64 in his second round of The Honda Classic to post 5-under 135 at the break, one off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

Poulter's split-day loop of PGA National's Champion Course was a dandy. He split 10 (of 14) fairways and hit 12 greens in regulation. The Brit authored the shot of the tournament thus far with a hole-out for eagle from 116 yards at the par-4 fourth on Friday. He bracketed it with birdies at 3 and 5, the latter measuring 24'9". Poulter went on to add three birdies, including conversions from 13'4" and 24'2" at Nos. 14 and 17, respectively. His only blemish was a bogey-4 at the 15th hole. At last check, his strokes gained: tee-to-green split sat at an unthinkable 6.800 for the round.
Feb 28 - 10:33 AM

A birdie burst on the back nine thrust Wallie Coetsee into a two-shot lead after round three of the Joburg Open.

The South African carded a 2-under-par 37-33=70 at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington's East Course on Saturday to reach 14-under 201 with 18 holes to go. Coetsee started slowly with two bogeys and a birdie in his first 10 holes but made his move with a trio of par breakers at 11, 12 and 13. He gave a shot back at 16 but a closing birdie at 18 put him two in front of Steve Webster, Jacques Blaauw, David Howell and Tjaart Van Der Waart. He'll have no end of title rivals on Sunday as there's a nine-man group three shots back on 11-under. That bunch includes defending champion George Coetzee. The 42-year-old has won just twice on the Sunshine Tour so attempting to win a European Tour event will be a huge test.
Feb 28 - 9:30 AM

The second round of The Honda Classic restarted at 7:32 a.m. ET.

It's officially two minutes later than planned, but at least they're playing golf. Sixty-eight stranded at darkness returned to PGA National's Champion Course this morning, including defending champ Russell Henley, who was happy to walk in on Friday night. He's 4-over through six holes (and 7-over for the tournament) after squared a double bogey and two bogeys on his last three. He opens today on the par-4 eighth. Today's weather forecast is unkind to say the least. This morning's moderate breezes will be followed by thunderstorms that could contain heavy rain. In fact, the timing is such that it will be an upset if the second round is completed without delay.
Feb 28 - 7:39 AM

Brooks Koepka blistered PGA National's Champion Course for a 6-under-par 33-31=64 in his second round of The Honda Classic.

Playing partners Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson slammed their trunks today, but Koepka will play on at 2-over 142 thanks to today's 14-stroke improvement. He was outstanding, going 8-for-12 with eight birdies. Five of them traveled longer than 14 feet, including three from outside 21 feet. He even poured in a par save from 11'10" at the par-4 sixth. At last check, his strokes gained: putting measured 6.225 and he ranked second in the field through two rounds.
Feb 27 - 4:56 PM

At 7-over-par 73-74=147, Rory McIlroy will miss the cut at The Honda Classic.

Blame whatever you want, but playing partner Brooks Koepka crafted a 6-under 64 today. Rather, McIlroy just never gave himself a chance to make a run. He missed half of both his fairways and greens in regulation. That led to eight bogeys and two doubles, so the five birdies he holed were far too few to secure a tee time in the third round. This is his first MC anywhere since the Irish Open last June. It's his first MC on the PGA TOUR since the 2013 Open Championship and it's his first official MC in a non-major on TOUR since the 2012 Memorial. The world's top-ranked player will try again at next week's World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship where he'll be a favorite. In fact, given that he won't have to deal with the scheduling snafus at PGA National due to the inclement weather, today's failure may wind up as a net-positive over a two-week period.
Feb 27 - 4:45 PM

Dustin Johnson completed 36 holes of The Honda Classic in 12-over-par 77-75=152 and will miss the cut.

Consider that when DJ signed his card today, he ranked T2 with nine birdies (remembering that the late draw is just beginning its second round) but sat 138th on the leaderboard. Overall, he split 12 (of 28) fairways and hit only 19 greens in regulation. Where he couldn't capitalize on his scoring opportunities, Johnson swallowed six bogeys, six doubles and a triple. It's a disappointing way to open the Florida Swing, especially after a T4 and P2 in his last two starts, but it's a surprise given his record at PGA National where his only payday in three tries is a T46 in 2013. Expect a rebound at Trump National Doral next week where he tied for fourth on the overhauled track last year.
Feb 27 - 4:36 PM

Morgan Hoffmann withdrew from The Honda Classic prior to his second round.

Hoffmann opened with a tournament-high, 10-over-par 40-40=80. With play suspended due to lightning at the moment, and because he's in today's late draw, he'd likely only be prolonging an inevitable missed cut. This is his second mid-tournament WD in 65 career PGA TOUR starts. It drops him to 4-for-7 on the season. Hoffmann entered the week slotted 151st in the FedExCup standings, so he's failed to shiff the form that yielded a berth in the TOUR Championship in 2014.
Feb 27 - 12:03 PM

Using his opening 66 on the tougher East Course as a springboard, Wallie Coetsee jumped into the halfway lead at the Joburg Open.

The South African added a 6-under-par 33-32=65 on Royal Johannesburg & Kensington’s easier West layout to reach 12-under 131 at the midpoint. That put him one shot clear of the trio of early clubhouse leaders -- fellow home players Garth Mulroy and Tjaart Van Der Walt along with England's Simon Dyson. Coetsee (no relation to defending champion George Coetzee; note the different spelling) started his second round with a trio of birdies and added another at 6 before giving it back at the next. After seven pars he then burst into a tie for the lead with an eagle-3 at 15 before another birdie at 17 gave him sole possession of top spot. Having so far shot the joint low 18 of the week on the East Course, which is used for both weekend rounds, Coetsee must feel confident heading into the final 36 holes. That said, his performance so far is unexpected given that he's just 2-for-6 in this event and has never finished better than T49. The 42-year-old was T24 in last week's Sunshine Tour event.
Feb 27 - 8:25 AM

First-round leader Nic Henning couldn't keep his surprise Joburg Open challenge going on Friday. So much so that he now looks set to miss the cut.

Having failed to cash in 16 of his last 17 events and not managed a top 20 anywhere since 2010, the World No. 1555 stunned his rivals with a 9-under 62 on Royal Johannesburg & Kensington’s easier West Course on Thursday to assume sole possession of the day one lead. That now looks like a brief moment in the sun after he endured a 6-over-par 40-38=78 on the tougher East Course today to post 3-under 140. His unfortunate lap of the par 72 included six bogeys and a double bogey-6 at 13 against just two birdies. Henning had slipped from leader to T74 when he posted and that was one shot outside the cut line of 4-under.
Feb 27 - 7:07 AM

Simon Dyson toured the tougher East Course in 5-under-par 33-34=67 to be one of three early clubhouse leaders on day two of the Joburg Open.

The Englishman's impressive lap of Royal Johannesburg & Kensington's tougher track elevated him to 11-under 132 at the midpoint. He's currently tied at the top with home South African duo Garth Mulroy and Tjaart Van Der Walt. Dyson opened with a birdie and reeled off three on the spin at 6, 7 and 8. Another par breaker at 10 was wiped out at 12 with his only bogey of the day but he found a final birdie at 17 to assume the joint lead. Dyson's 67 followed on from his 65 at the easier West Course on Thursday. The final two rounds are played on the East so Dyson is in good shape having shown today that he can shoot low there.
Feb 27 - 5:42 AM




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