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Russell Henley picked up his second Web.com Tour win of the season in a playoff over B.J. Staten at the Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open Presented by Planters.

Henley started the round in fifth place, but posted a 5-under-par 30-35=65 to catch the 54-hole leader at 10-under 270 and force a playoff. Henley made a par on the first playoff hole, while Staten suffered a double-bogey six on his second attempt at playing the 18th hole to hand the trophy to Henley. Henley led the tournament in GIR, with 76.4 percent of his approaches finding the putting surface. Already ninth on the money list and destined for the PGA TOUR in 2013, he now has improved his status even further and virtually assured himself any start he wants prior to the first reshuffle of 2013.
Sun, Oct 21, 2012 05:37:00 PM

Daniel Berger returned on Friday morning to complete his first round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open in 6-under-par 30-35=65 and is one off the 18-hole lead.

Berger did most of his damage in the early stages of the round on Thursday, before darkness forced him to the clubhouse. He began his round on the 10th hole at TPC Scottsdale and claimed a kick-in birdie on the par-4 11th hole. He would then go on a rampage, capturing five consecutive birdies beginning with the par-5 13th and ending at the par-4 17th. The highlight of that run was a 21'8" birdie on the par-3 16th. The front nine, his back, featured a 10'10" birdie on the par-5 third hole and a bogey at the par-4 sixth. He scrambled to save pars on the eighth and ninth holes on Friday morning to complete his round. He will take a minute to gather himself before heading back out to start his second round at 9:00 a.m. MT.
Jan 30 - 10:36 AM

Sergio Garcia completed 36 holes of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in 2-over-par 75-71=146, missing the cut by four strokes.

Seventy-five golfers survived at 2-under 142 or lower, but Garcia couldn't secure his place on the weekend after failing to repair the damage of a destructive opening round. The writing was on the wall when he carded two bogeys and seven pars on the front nine. He suffered another bogey at 11 and although he posted an eagle and two birdies in the final six holes it was too little, too late. Other notables that failed to survive today's cut include: 143--2012 champ Rafael Cabrera-Bello; Robert Karlsson ... 144--2001 champ Thomas Björn; Darren Clarke; Thorbjørn Olesen ... 145--Marcel Siem; George Coetzee ... 147--1998 champ José Maria Olazábal ... 149--Simon Dyson; Matthew Fitzpatrick ... 155--Matteo Manassero
Jan 30 - 9:15 AM

Rory McIlroy birdied the final three holes in a sparkling 8-under-par 32-32=64 to reach 14-under and assume a one-shot lead at the halfway point of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

Teeing off in the afternoon, McIlroy was seven behind clubhouse leader Marc Warren but there was an air of inevitably that he'd reel him in. He did, thanks to a blemish-free card featuring eight birdies and no bogeys. The four-time major winner started fast with par breakers at the second, third and fifth and added two more at 10 and 11 to move two shots back. He missed several chances over the next few holes but pressed again at the finish and birdied 16, 17 and 18 to cruise past Warren and put himself in golden position to win this tournament for the second time. "That was good," said McIlroy. "Lovely to finish with three birdies and get into the lead going into the weekend. I feel like all aspects of my game are in good shape."
Jan 30 - 7:58 AM

Ryan Palmer spun a bogey-free 7-under-par 31-33=64 in the first round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open to establish a new lead number.

Palmer's lap around TPC Scottsdale featured five birdies and an eagle from 15 inches on the par-5 13th. His round began on the back nine, and he gathered three birdies in addition to the aforementioned eagle including an 18'10" effort on the raucous par-3 16th. While his pace slowed on the front, he did manage to add two birdies, including an 11'1" mid-ranger on the par-5 third, to go with seven pars. His trend entering this week was tasty, with a T17 at the Sony Open in Hawaii preceding a T10 in the Humana Challenge. Palmer is a three-time winner on the PGA TOUR, with his most recent coming at the 2010 Sony Open in Hawaii.
Jan 29 - 7:46 PM

Tiger Woods posted a 2-over-par 39-34=73 in the first round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale.

How one perceives Woods' opening round of 2015 will largely depend on perspective. He spent the better half of his front nine battling the chipping demons first manifested at his Hero World Challenge late in 2014. In fact, he was 4-over through four holes. A 13'4" birdie on the par-4 fifth was his lone bright spot on the front, to go with three bogeys and a double bogey. His back nine featured an eagle from seven inches on the par-5 13th and a two-putt birdie on the par-4 17th from 20'1". Several of his drives were extremely good on the back nine, and the putter didn't hurt him. The optimist will note that he played his last 14 holes in 2-under. How he progresses over his next 18 holes will, no doubt, be heavily scrutinized.
Jan 29 - 6:51 PM

Bernd Wiesberger has been a stud on the Gulf Swing and enjoys a one-shot lead at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic after an opening 8-under-par 33-31=64.

Building on finishes of tied sixth in Abu Dhabi and third in Qatar, Wiesberger kept his hot-streak going with a bogey-free round which included five straight birdies on the back nine. The Austrian made a sedate start before registering his first par breaker of the day at the sixth and adding another at nine to turn in 33. At that stage it looked as if he would finish day one nestled somewhere in the chasing pack but, after a four at the par-5 10th, he reeled off birdies at 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17 to burst into the lead. One of the European Tour's in-form players, expect him to stay a factor all week.
Jan 29 - 8:47 AM

Louis Oosthuizen has withdrawn from the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, according to TeamISM on Twitter.

The tweet from his management company said, "@Louis57TM has been forced to withdraw from #ODDC with a back problem." Unfortunately, it doesn't come as a surprise to see the South African troubled by injury again. The 2010 Open champion has been plagued by a series of ailments over the last couple of seasons and took a two-month break last year before returning at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland. His most recent start came in mid-December when he finished second at the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa.
Jan 29 - 5:42 AM

He needed a playoff this morning, but Andrew Loupe advanced to the Waste Management Phoenix Open via open qualifying.

Loupe has conditional status on the PGA TOUR this season, so this is a real bonus. He shot 5-under-par 35-32=67 at McCormick Ranch Golf Club's Pine Course in Scottsdale with six birdies against one bogey. The 24-year-old then outlasted PGA TOUR rookie Blayne Barber, eight-time PGA TOUR winner Lee Janzen and Andy Pope in a 4-for-1 playoff for the final of three berths. (The WMPO is the only open tournament with an open qualifier that doesn't reserve four spots.) Scott Harrington and Cory Renfrew shared medalist honors. Harrington turned in a 6-under 32-34=66 with an eagle, six birdies and two bogeys. Renfrew carded 6-under 31-35=66 with seven birdies and a bogey. The field for the WM Phoenix Open is now complete at 132.
Jan 27 - 12:22 PM

Tony Finau received one of the last two sponsor exemptions at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

The rookie was last man in the field on merit when it was released on Friday afternoon. He was bumped out due to four top 10s at the Humana Challenge that allowed Sung Joon Park, Steve Wheatcroft, Justin Thomas and Colt Knost to climb over in that order. Park effectively took Finau's place in the field on merit, leaving Finau at fourth alternate. The tournament then distributed the last two sponsor exemptions to Thomas and Finau. So, Wheatcroft and Knost and first and second alternate, respectively. If either or both don't get into the field of 132 at TPC Scottsdale, their top-10 exemptions will carry over to next week's Farmers Insurance Open, but they'd get into that field of 156 on merit anyway. This sort of thing happens at least once every two years, if not every two of three. As you'd expect, Finau is making his debut at the WMPO.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jan 26 - 11:18 AM

Sang-moon Bae is scheduled to compete in this week's Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Given that the tournament begins on Jan. 29 and extends past the 30-day grace period inside which the Military Manpower Administration [MMA] demanded that he return home to begin fulfilling his military obligation, Bae might seem to be a surprise entry into the field of 132 at TPC Scottsdale's newly renovated Stadium Course. However, as reported earlier in the month, Bae is allowed to remain abroad during the duration of his lawsuit that counters the MMA's claim that he isn't in need of an exemption to extend his travel visa. It's unknown as to how long the legal battle will last. Meanwhile, he's 2-for-2 at the WMPO, but hasn't cracked a top 45. A T51 at the Sony Open in Hawaii was his first payday outside the top 25 since THE PLAYERS last May.
Jan 25 - 8:53 PM

Bill Haas steadied a 5-under-par 33-34=67 at PGA West's Palmer Private to reach 22-under 266, securing his second victory at the Humana Challenge.

Haas got off to a shaky start, missing the green at the par-3 fourth that led to a bogey. He immediately bounced back with a 12'5" birdie roll on the par-4 fourth. The Wake Forest product added an eagle on the par-5 sixth and three more birdies along the way. Finally, he arrived on the 18th tee needing a par to win the tournament, but a poor drive resulted in an awkward lie just outside a fairway bunker. He recovered nicely and found himself two-putting for his sixth career PGA TOUR title. With this win, Haas secures his spot into the PGA Championship and World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.
Jan 25 - 6:55 PM




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