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In what was unfortunate and compelling theater, Charlie Beljan blistered the Palm Course for an 8-under-par 31-33=64 in his second round of the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic to establish the 36-hole lead at 12-under 132.

When it seemed that no one was going to hit double digits under par -- seven golfers shared the 36-hole clubhouse lead at 9-under 135 before Beljan finished -- the rookie not only set the bar three strokes lower, but he did so under the duress of obvious physical discomfort. Known for dealing with respiratory issues in the past, he plodded his way around the easier of the two tracks, picking up two eagles and six birdies before breaking down in tears as he entered the room to sign his scorecard. Beljan walked with his gaze planted a few feet in front of him and sat down whenever he could. On the 17th hole, when his caddie walked over to assist with a read, Beljan declined, insisting that the goal was merely to finish. He's 139th on the money list, so with this as his last opportunity to earn fully exempt status in 2013, you could understand his grit and determination. It was one of those live-television events from which you couldn't look away, and won't soon forget.
Fri, Nov 9, 2012 05:31:00 PM

Patrick Rodgers completed the regular season of the Web.com Tour ranked 24th on the money list, but will not be allowed to compete in the Web.com Tour Finals.

If that seems strange or even harsh, it's only because he's already fully exempt above the reshuffle on the PGA TOUR next season. See, Rodgers' non-member FedExCup points would have landed him inside the top 125 among non-members, so he knew that he was already golden before today's WinCo Foods Portland Open where he didn't compete. In the first two editions of the Web.com Tour Finals, fully exempt PGA TOUR members (which Rodgers already is) were allowed to play as a means to stay sharp, but a new provision prohibiting it was enacted this year. Meanwhile, only the top 75 in earnings on the circuit are still eligible for the Finals, so while 25 cards will still be distributed at the conclusion of the Web.com Tour Championship, only 49 golfers will be jostling for position in the opening reshuffle on the 2015-16 PGA TOUR.
Aug 31 - 12:09 AM

Harold Varner III closed out the Web.com Tour's WinCo Portland Foods Open with a 1-under-par 37-33=70 to post 2-under 282 for the tournament, and then waited out the duration until his effort was just enough to secure the final of 25 PGA TOUR cards for 2015-16.

Oddly enough, he started the day at T47 and finished there, but all that matters is that he clipped Rob Oppenheim by $943 for the coveted 25th spot on the money list. The 25-year-old will be a TOUR rookie next season. The other inside the top 25 (*=rookie): 1st--*Patton Kizzire ... 2nd--Martin Piller ... 3rd--*Dawie van der Walt ... 4th--Peter Malnati ... 5th--Dicky Pride ... 6th--*Smylie Kaufman ... 7th--Kelly Kraft ... 8th--Wes Roach ... 9th--Shane Bertsch ... 10th--Si Woo Kim ... 11th--*Abraham Ancer ... 12th--Jamie Lovemark ... 13th--*Michael Kim ... 14th--Tyler Aldridge ... 15th--D.H. Lee ... 16th--Miguel Angel Carballo ... 17th--Rod Pampling ... 18th--*Bronson Burgoon ... 19th--Steve Marino ... 20th--Darron Stiles ... 21st--*Andrew Landry ... 22nd--Sung Kang ... 23rd--*Lucas Lee ... 24th--Patrick Rodgers.
Aug 30 - 10:09 PM

With only the top 100 in the FedExCup rankings advancing to this week's Deutsche Bank Championship, Spencer Levin secured his spot with a 2-over-par 35-37=72 in the final round of The Barclays to tie for 16th place at 5-under 275.

Levin posted rounds of 65-71-67-72 to move from 115th in the FEC standings to 80th. Joining him in cracking the top 100 this week were PGA TOUR rookie Zac Blair (106 to 45), Mark Wilson (114 to 85), Luke Donald (119 to 87), Carlos Ortiz (112 to 83), Camilo Villegas (123 to 99), Jason Dufner (103 to 82) and Johnson Wagner (101 to 92). Hudson Swafford entered the week as the bubble boy at No. 100 and bumped to 93rd with a T50-finish. 17 players were eliminated from the Playoffs following The Barclays, most notably Adam Scott (94 to 106), Lee Westwood (110 to 109), Francesco Molinari, who was idle (99 to 111), and Nick Taylor (102 to 101). Taylor, the only rookie to win this season on TOUR, is in the running for Rookie of the Year, but his first-round exit may dampen his chances as six fellow rookies are moving on to the second round.
Aug 30 - 9:52 PM

Dicky Pride picked up the win at the WinCo Foods Portland Open with a 4-under-par 34-33=67 in the final round to finish three-strokes ahead of Tim Herron at 20-under 264.

With this victory, Pride moves from 40th to fifth on the Web.com Tour money list and earns a 2015-16 PGA TOUR card. His stroll around Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club's Witch Hollow Course included three birdies and an eagle to just one bogey. The flat stick was his saving grace, ranking T2 in putting average at 1.60 for the tournament. As amazing as it sounds, this is his first Web.com Tour win in 149 starts. His lone PGA TOUR win in 433 events came at the 1994 FedEx St. Jude Classic, so the Alabama product in the winner's circle truly is like spotting a unicorn.
Aug 30 - 9:30 PM

With his mettle tested, overnight leader Thomas Pieters closed out the D+D REAL Czech Masters with a 3-under-par 36-33=69 to post 20-under 268, good for a three-stroke victory, his first on the European Tour.

He opened with a birdie-4 on the first hole of Albatross Golf Resort in Prague. After a par at 2, he double-bogeyed the par-3 third. It would be his only miscue of the day as Pieters rallied for four more birdies, including a coronation-starting 3 at the last. "To be a European Tour winner is an amazing feeling right now," said the 23-year-old from Belgium. "I’m happy to have my family with me and I’m very proud of the way I played today, especially after that early double. I had some really good numbers coming in on the back nine so I could hit it full. On 18 I had a perfect number and I hit a good shot and good putt, which was a nice way to finish. ... I was very nervous coming down the stretch to be honest. That just goes away the more you are in contention, and I’m looking forward to doing it again." Sweden's Pelle Edberg finished alone in second place. England's Matt Fitzpatrick took outright third four swings back of Pieters.
Aug 30 - 8:09 PM

2013 FedExCup champion Henrik Stenson carded a 4-under-par 32-34=66 in the finale of The Barclays to conclude his fifth appearance at 13-under 267, good for solo second, but a distant six shots in arrears of champion Jason Day.

Stenson began his final frame at 9-under (T4) and two adrift of 54-hole, co-leaders Day and Sangmoon Bae. After opening in 68-66-67, he wrapped with a six-birdie against two-bogey effort, recording four rounds in the 60s for the first time in five appearances at the FEC opener. It's easily his best finish in the tournament, erasing a T38 in last year's edition at Ridgewood CC. The Swede squared bogey at the par-4 second after missing the green in regulation, one of just three missed greens on the loop. For the week, he ranked third in GIR (at 58/72), was a cumulative 12.244 in strokes gained: tee-to-green, second in the field, but 30th in strokes gained: putting, including a three-putt bogey at the par-5 16th, which ended his title chance. The 39-year-old circled six on the card in-between his two bogeys en route to his second runner-up finish of the season (Arnold Palmer) on just 13 starts. Additionally, he moves from 41st in the FEC standings to fourth.
Aug 30 - 7:03 PM

Overnight co-leader Jason Day roasted Plainfield Country Club with a bogey-free, 8-under-par 31-31=62 to conclude his eighth appearance at 19-under 261, the lowest 72-hole aggregate in the nine-year history of The Barclays in the FedExCup Playoffs format, and a six-shot victory over runner-up Henrik Stenson.

After opening in 68-68-63, Day began championship Sunday sharing the lead with playing partner Sangmoon Bae. On his round, he landed seven (of 14) fairways and peppered 16 greens in regulation, registering a sterling 1.500 putts per GIR and 3.830 in strokes gained: putting. The Aussie circled eight on the card in the finale, finishing the week with 21 birdies (T2 in that stat), an eagle, and first in the field with just four bogeys. His 62 matches the low round of the tournament and matches his career best as well. Day rode his 20th consecutive round of par-or-better to his sixth career title (168 starts), fourth this season, and third in his last four starts. It's also his second straight 54-hole lead/co-lead that he's converted, including his win at the PGA Championship in his last event. The 27-year-old takes over the FedExCup lead with the win, supplanting Jordan Spieth, who missed the cut.
Aug 30 - 6:14 PM

Brian Harman aced the 218-yard, par-3 14th with a hybrid club (see video link below), his second hole-in-one of the round, to move back to even-par on the day and even for the tournament, currently T46 on the live leaderboard.

Harman had registered a pedestrian 21 putts thru his first 14 holes, but it doesn't matter, after he became just the third player in PGA TOUR history to record two aces in the same round. The last time, Yusaku Miyazato at the 2006 Reno-Tahoe Open. The 28-year-old also aced the 183-yard, par-3 third. Interestingly enough, both chased bogey-5s, so the southpaw is definitely improving his bounce-back stat, where he ranks 160th on the PGA TOUR. Harman entered the week 69th in the FedExCup standings and projects 67th with play still in progress. He had zero aces in over 1,500 par 3s played on TOUR prior to today.
Aug 30 - 1:04 PM

Jason Day authored a 7-under-par 31-32=63 in the third round of The Barclays to reach the three-quarter pole at 11-under 199, good for share of the clubhouse lead with Sangmoon Bae. UPDATE: With play completed, Day shares a one-stroke lead with Bae heading into Sunday's final round.

Day had played 20 holes without a blemish prior to squaring bogey at the par-4 17th, the result of finding trouble off the tee. He started a new streak with a 10'6" sidewinder at the par-4 18th for his seventh par breaker of the round. The Aussie began Moving Day in a seven-way tie for eighth at 4-under, three adrift and playing with Bae five groups ahead of 36-hole leader Bubba Watson. On his loop, he landed eight (of 14) fairways, for a third consecutive round, and hit 15 greens in regulation, circling six birdies and an eagle-3 for 1.533 putts per GIR. The 27-year-old's 63 is his best at The Barclays in 30 career rounds, besting a 64 he shot in last year's edition (Ridgewood CC) where he finished tied runner-up after co-leading thru 54 holes.
Aug 29 - 5:27 PM

Sangmoon Bae authored a 7-under-par 30-33=63 in today's third round of The Barclays in Edison, New Jersey, to post 11-under 199, good for a share of the 54-hole clubhouse lead with Jason Day. UPDATE: With Saturday's play completed, Bae shares a one-stroke lead with Day heading into Sunday's finale.

Bae began his loop in a seven-way logjam at 4-under (T8) and three adrift. Facing a two-year military commitment back in his native South Korea, he circled nine on the card to camouflage two bogeys and shares the top spot in the clubhouse with playing partner Day. Bae penciled four in a bogey-free outward half, including a 19-footer at the par-4 seventh and a 26-footer at the par-4 fifth, respectively. After the break, he overshadowed two bogeys at Nos. 10 and 17 with five birdies, including three consecutive on 14-16. The 29-year-old capped his round with a walk-off 3 from 16'3" at the last. His 63 is a season low on 85 rounds and matches a career mark shot in the first round of the 2014 Sony Open. His three-day total of 21 birdies ranks first in the tournament at last check.
Aug 29 - 5:10 PM

PGA TOUR rookie Carlos Ortiz smoothed a bogey-free, 8-under-par 31-31=62 in today's third round of The Barclays to post 7-under 203, good for the early 54-hole clubhouse lead.

Ortiz began the day one better than the cut-line at 1-over (T50) and eight shots adrift of 36-hole leader Bubba Watson. With the lead pairing still an hour from heading out, Ortiz was putting the wraps on an eight-birdie loop of Plainfield CC, vaulting 49 places on the live leaderboard to tie the top spot. On his round, he split 11 (of 14) fairways and landed just 12 greens in regulation, but registered 4.880 in strokes gained: putting and 1.417 putts per GIR at the time he signed his card. The 24-year-old's set included six conversions from inside nine feet and was highlighted by a hole-out, birdie-4 from a green-side bunker at the 16th. His 62 is career best in 95 rounds, eclipsing a 65 he shot in the final round of the 2014-15 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
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