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At 13-under-par 68-63=131, Meen-Whee Kim owns a one-stroke lead after two rounds at the final stage of Q School.

The 20-year-old native of South Korea carded the low round on Thursday; he played PGA West's Stadium Course. In his last competition awarding World Ranking points, Kim won an event on the Korean Tour, outlasting Kevin Na in a playoff. (Paul Casey and Charlie Wi placed T3.) Meanwhile, back at Q School, Vaughn Taylor sits in second place at 12-under 132. Overnight leader Steve LeBrun chased his 64 with a 69 at the Nicklaus Tournament Course to settle at 133, good for a share of third place with Richard H. Lee. Notables in close pursuit of Kim include Robert Karlsson (134), Daniel Chopra (134), Morgan Hoffmann (134), Edward Loar (134), Kris Blanks (135) and Billy Horschel (135). Notables over par through 36 holes include: 145--Patrick Reed; Steve Flesch; Dean Wilson; Alex Cejka; Rafael Cabrera-Bello ... 146--Todd Hamilton; Kevin Kisner; Gavin Coles; Michael Putnam; Kelly Kraft ... 147--Jeff Klauk; Danny Lee ... 148--Skip Kendall ... 154--Scott Brown.
Thu, Nov 29, 2012 07:21:00 PM

Zach Johnson conjured up a 4-under-par 34-33=67 in the third round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open and joins the clubhouse lead at 10-under 203.

Johnson picked up two birdies on the front nine of TPC Scottsdale, beginning with a 10'2" effort on the par-4 opening hole and featuring a hole out from 24'11" on the par-4 sixth. He suffered his lone bogey of the day on the par-4 eighth hole. ZJ added three more birdies on the back, and they came in succession beginning with the par-5 13th. He will now watch to see if his score is good enough for the 54-hole lead.
Jan 31 - 5:15 PM

Francesco Molinari crafted a bogey-free 7-under-par 31-33=64 in the third round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open to reach the 54-hole mark at 8-under 205.

Molinari began his day on the 10th hole at TPC Scottsdale with a 10'11" birdie and tacked on another at the par-5 13th. He stepped on the tee at the raucous par-3 16th and calmly landed his pitching wedge from 133 yards just past the cup and spun the ball back into the hole for an ace. The crowd went wild, throwing what appeared to be hundreds of beer bottles onto the course. While things settled down at the 16th, relatively speaking, the Italian didn't take his foot off the gas. He birdied the 17th, third and fifth holes to finish off a great round.
Jan 31 - 4:25 PM

Brooks Koepka blitzed TPC Scottsdale for a bogey-free 7-under-par 34-30=64 in the third round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, and he joins Hideki Matsuyama in the clubhouse lead at 10-under 203.

Koepka is an emerging star, already winning on the European Tour and earning his 2014-15 full PGA TOUR status by virtue of his performance on sponsor exemptions last season. He was quiet early in his round, dropping a 16-footer for birdie on the par-4 fifth to go with eight pars on his outward nine. He went nuts on the back, starting with a 28'11" birdie on the par-4 10th and a 16'1" birdie on the par-4 11th. He added four more birdies on 13, 15, 16 and 17 to complete his masterpiece. He will try and check off one more box tomorrow, attempting to win on the PGA TOUR for the first time.
Jan 31 - 4:09 PM

Hideki Matsuyama heated up late in his third round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open to post a bogey-free 8-under-par 32-31=63 and is the first man in at 10-under 203.

Matsuyama was solid all day, circling three birdies on the front nine at TPC Scottsdale and tacking on five more on the back. In fact, he birdied five of his last six holes to finish his round. Highlights included a 10'7" birdie at the par-4 second, a 22'11" birdie at the par-4 eighth and a 16'10" birdie on the par-4 18th. He landed 16 GIR and had gained over five strokes tee-to-green and just over a stroke with the flat stick at the time of his posting. He looks to close out his second PGA TOUR win in Sunday's final round.
Jan 31 - 4:00 PM

Martin Laird's 5-under-par 33-33=66 in the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open handed him a two-stroke lead at 10-under 132.

He settled for a bogey on the 18th hole at TPC Scottsdale moments after the horn blew at 5:47 p.m. MT to suspend play for the day due to darkness. The remaining players on the course are scheduled to resume at 7:45 a.m. barring any issues with the weather. Laird's round was the lowest of a cold and soggy day, and it featured six birdies to just the lone bogey on the par-4 18th. His 18'9" birdie on the par-5 13th was probably the turning point of the round, as he followed that up with a par at 14 and three consecutive birdies. At the time of his posting, he ranked first in strokes gained: tee-to-green. Of the 15 players still on the course, none have a chance to catch him. He is assured of playing in the final group on Saturday.
Jan 30 - 8:03 PM

Tiger Woods suffered through the worst round of golf in his professional career, ultimately signing for a 12-over-par 44-38=82 in the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

When Woods wrote down a 44 on his first nine, the back nine at TPC Scottsdale, it tied a 44 on the back nine at Muirfield Village in the third round of the 2013 Memorial Tournament for the worst of his career. He then went to work on even bigger benchmarks. His previous worst professional round came in the 2002 Open Championship, swallowing a third-round 81 in horrible weather at Muirfield Golf Links. He had never failed to break 80 in a regular PGA TOUR event until today. At the time of his posting, his 13-over 155 placed him in last place with three strokes to spare. Today's colorful scorecard featured two birdies, seven pars, six bogeys, two double bogeys and a triple bogey on the par-5 15th. The problems were everywhere, but the glaring issue continues to be his short game. Simply put, this appears to be a new low point in the storied career of Tiger Woods.
Jan 30 - 2:35 PM

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

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