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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

Justin Rose smoothed a bogey-free 6-under-par 33-33=66 in the final round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to post 22-under 266 and set the clubhouse target.

Rose, a co-leader after 54 holes, sunk a dramatic birdie putt from 13'6" on the par-5 18th (his longest conversion on the round) to post the magic number. The 34-year-old concluded his loop with four straight, one-putt greens, including a 9'11" circle on the par-3 17th to set up the birdie-birdie finish. He split 12 (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation on the round requiring 26 putts. He went 4-for-4 in scrambling and had two other good par-breaker looks on Nos. 11 and 12, missing both from inside seven feet.
Apr 26 - 5:19 PM

Jason Day authored a 4-under-par 32-36=68 in the third round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to post 16-under 200 and co-leads after 54 holes.

Day, the 36-hole overnight leader, began the day with a one-shot lead over three players. At the conclusion of the round, he was able to maintain a share of the top spot. The 27-year-old found nine (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation en route to a five birdie, one bogey round. Four of his par breakers came on his outward nine including three straight on Nos. 5, 6 and 7, highlighted by a 27'3" drop at the sixth. After adding a 34-foot bomb for birdie on the par-3 14th, he dropped his lone shot on 15, failing to save par from 15 yards right of the hole.
Apr 26 - 12:40 PM

Justin Rose twirled a bogey-free 7-under-par 33-32=65 in today's third round of the Zurich Classic to post 16-under 200 and take possession of the clubhouse lead. UPDATE: Justin Rose ended up with a share of the 54-hole lead.

Rose, a Zurich brand ambassador, started round three at 9-under (T13) and three shots back of the 36-hole mark. He raced out of the gate with three birdies in his opening three holes. He cooled off, ending his front nine with six consecutive pars, scrambling successfully on Nos. 4 and 6 and missing a 4'7" birdie putt on the fifth. Back-to-back birdies on 10 and 11 jump started his round again but he had to scramble for pars three more times on 12, 13 and 16, ending with just 24 putts on the round.
Apr 26 - 11:50 AM

World No. 247 Ashun Wu became the first Chinese golfer to win a European Tour event on home soil as he captured the Volvo China Open by a shot.

Playing in the penultimate group, the 29-year-old carded a steady 1-under-par 36-35=71 in the closing round at Tomson Shanghai Pudong Golf Club to post 9-under 279. David Howell had a chance to beat it with a birdie at the par-5 18th but the Englishman made bogey after a three-putt from just off the green, handing Wu his place in the history books. The man from China birdied just twice on his final lap, from 15 feet at the fifth and six feet at the 10th. He dropped his only shot at the eighth after failing to escape from sand. "It’s a wonderful day today," said Wu, who was playing in only his 26th European Tour event. "Everyone knows it’s very tough today, I played very good today and I’ve enjoyed this week. It’s very special winning the China Open and it’s very exciting. I have many friends here, and they helped me a lot and pushed me to play well." He becomes the first Chinese player to win on the European Tour since W.C. Liang at the 2007 Singapore Masters.
Apr 26 - 5:09 AM

With a 1-under-par 33-38=71 in his third round of the Volvo China Open, defending champion Alexander Levy is one of four atop the leaderboard after 54 holes.

Levy tore off four consecutive birdies to open the day at Tomson Shanghai Pudong Golf Club, but he played the remainder in birdie-free 3-over and settled into a co-lead with Hao-Tong Li, Ashun Wu and first-round co-leader David Howell at 8-under 208. "It was the perfect start for me," the Frenchman said, "but after that I got a little bit nervous, because I haven’t played well for three months now so I haven’t been in this position for a while. It’s nice to be back at the top of the leaderboard, but I have to get used to it again. I’m just really happy to be playing some good golf again, that’s more important than me worrying about winning the trophy again. I’ll need to have a good round again tomorrow, but it’s not easy on this course because you can’t be too aggressive." He and the others own a four-shot cushion over another foursome, including Sweden's Magnus A. Carlsson, who carded a field-low 65.
Apr 25 - 2:21 PM

Despite a bogey-free, 4-under-par 34-34=68 in his second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Rickie Fowler missed the cut on the number.

It takes only one crooked number to lose in a shootout. To wit, Fowler penciled in a 6 at the par-3 17th hole in the opening round. He also bogeyed the par-5 second en route to an even-par 72 (that also included an eagle-3 and two birdies). This puts an end to a consecutive cuts made streak of 17, but he'll start anew with a guaranteed payday at next week's Match Play. Other notables that failed to survived today's cut include: 140--Harris English; Charles Howell III; Zac Blair; Will MacKenzie; Troy Merritt ... 141--Robert Streb; Jamie Donaldson; Bo Van Pelt ... 142--2007 champ Nick Watney; 2010 champ Jason Bohn ... 143--Brendan Steele ... 144--2008 champ Andres Romero; Martin Laird; Marc Warren ... 147--Scott Piercy ... 148--Tony Finau.
Apr 25 - 12:38 PM

At 3-under-par 69-72=141, Steve Stricker missed the cut at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans by two strokes.

It's a phrase not associated with Stricker in almost three years. This is his first MC in 37 starts (2012 PLAYERS). Twelve of his paydays during the streak occurred in events with no cut. He found only 14 (of 28) fairways and 24 greens in regulation at TPC Louisiana this week. Nine birdies weren't enough to offset six bogeys. We'll see him again in two weeks at THE PLAYERS since he failed to qualify for the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship for the first time since 2006.
Apr 25 - 11:34 AM

Jason Day hung up a bogey-free, 7-under-par 34-31=65 in his second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and posted 12-under 132 at the break, good for outright possession of the 36-hole lead.

No one is going to catch him, so Day will be the target beginning the third round late this morning at TPC Louisiana. He went 5-for-5 in scrambling and picked off seven birdies in the second round. The highlights stretch 24'1" and 33'11" at Nos. 9 and 15, respectively. The Aussie is proving that course history, or lack thereof, usually takes a back seat to current form among the elite. And remember, he'll be defending at next week's World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship, so he's on his way to being an even more popular selection in fantasy circles if he keeps playing like this.
Apr 25 - 10:13 AM

Justin Rose enjoyed a bogey-free, 6-under-par 33-33=66 in his second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Rose's success at TPC Louisiana is one of the reasons gamers hop aboard for the week. He fulfilled the faith with what goes in the books as his lowest of 26 competitive rounds of the course to get to 9-under 135 and sits three strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead. He hit 14 greens and rolled in six birdies, the longest from just 12'1" at the par-4 fifth hole. This personal low also extended his streak of red numbers at TPC Louisiana to 13 dating back to a second-round 67 in 2012.
Apr 25 - 10:05 AM

Marc Leishman returned to TPC Louisiana this morning to polish off a 9-under-par 32-31=63 in his second round of the Zurich Classic of Louisiana.

Leishman was laying 4 in front of the green at the par-5 18th hole when the horn sounded on Friday afternoon due to inclement weather. When play was called for the day, he had to return at 8:00 a.m. CT today to finish the hole and the round. Alas, the Aussie couldn't salvage par to tie the course record. But the bogey was barely a stain on an incredible round, especially when you consider where his focus was in recent weeks. Overall, Leishman hit 15 greens in regulation and converted 10 birdies. Half of the par breakers rolled 10-14 feet conventionally, but he also holed out from lies off the green from 18 yards at the par-3 ninth and six yards at the par-4 16th. At 7-under 137, he's just four swings adrift of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
Apr 25 - 9:12 AM

Bernd Wiesberger reached the midpoint of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in bogey-free, 7-under-par 69-68=137 and sits four strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

In the field on a foreign exemption, the Austrian has capitalized. He's split 10 (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation both rounds. After finding three birdies on Thursday, he rolled in four today, including respective conversions from 33'8" and 11'6" at the 17th and ninth holes. His appearance at TPC Louisiana could have been defined only as a tune-up for next week's Match Play and THE PLAYERS the week following, but he's making the most of it. His best finish in 12 previous starts on the PGA TOUR is a T15 at the 2014 PGA Championship.
Apr 24 - 4:40 PM




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