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Meen-Whee Kim reached the halfway point of the final stage of Q School in 18-under-par 68-63-67=198, good for a one-stroke lead over Robert Karlsson and two shots ahead of Edward Loar.

Kim also led after 36 holes in the six-round affair at PGA West. The top 25 not already eligible will earn PGA TOUR cards for 2013. The South Korean is eight strokes clear of the golfers just inside that bubble at 10-under 206. Karlsson was one of eight to card a field-low 65 in the third round. Other notables on the leaderboard include Vaughn Taylor (201), Billy Horschel (201), Kris Blanks (202), Kyle Reifers (202), Camilo Villegas (203), Heath Slocum (203), Ross Fisher (203) and Joseph Bramlett (204). Notables at even par or worse through 54 holes include: 216--Todd Hamilton; Peter Tomasulo; Alexander Noren ... 217--Jeff Klauk ... 218--Richard S. Johnson; Kelly Kraft; Todd Demsey; Derek Fathauer ... 219--Steve Flesch; Skip Kendall; Steve Allan ... 220--Alex Prugh; Dustin Garza ... 221--Chris Wilson ... 222--Paul Claxton ... 227--Scott Brown.
Fri, Nov 30, 2012 06:56:00 PM

World No. 10 Sergio Garcia readies for his third Valero Texas Open and arrives off a missed cut (by 10) at Augusta National GC on 15-over 159, the worst score ever by a defending champion at the Masters.

The Spaniard is the only player in the 156-man field that's in the top 20 in OWGR and is a 14/1 pre-tourney fave outright. This is his third VTO, second at the par-72 TPC San Antonio. He played the first edition in 2010 and finished T45 (73-68-73-73). The transplanted Texan's MC at the Masters ended a run of three straight top-10 finishes, including a T9 at the Match Play in Austin (3-1-0 record), where he won his group as a 7-seed and then lost 3-and-1 to 45-seed Kyle Stanley in the Round of 16. He hasn't won on TOUR since last year's Masters (26 starts ago), but does have two worldwide wins since, most recently at the Singapore Open 13 weeks ago. This is the 25th event of the season and just the 38-year-old's sixth start, third since his daughter was born 35 days ago. Three of his 10 TOUR titles have come in Texas, most recently the 2016 Bryon Nelson.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Apr 18 - 5:43 PM

Prior to the start of the event, Bob Estes has withdrawn from this week's Valero Texas Open. Rick Lamb will take his place in the field. UPDATE: Estes provided some insight via Twitter saying, "I’ve been fighting the pollen for the last two weeks and the pollen is winning. I probably shouldn’t have played last week but gave it a go."

Playing on a Major Medical, Estes has four starts remaining with 282.510 FedExCup Points (or $463,984) needed to fulfill the terms. There was no word on why he backed out this week but he does have a pinned tweet that says the Wells Fargo Championship and AT&T Byron Nelson will be next on his schedule.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Apr 18 - 2:04 PM

Arriving off a career-best T8 in his latest start, Abraham Ancer brings a snowball of momentum into this week's Valero Texas Open.

The San Antonio resident arrives with finishes of T16, T13, and T8 in his last three starts. There was no ShotLink at the Corales but he gained 4.7 strokes on approach at the Valspar and another 3.1 strokes at the Houston Open. With his iron game locked in, Ancer appears to be finally showcasing his potential on the big stage. After a disappointing 2016 rookie season, the Texas native went down to the Web.com Tour and rattled off seven top 10s in 24 starts to earn his way back. With local knowledge and current form on his side, Ancer should be a popular play in all weekly formats this week. His lone appearance at the Valero resulted in a T42 (2016).
Source: PGATOUR.com
Apr 18 - 11:32 AM

Prior to the start of the event, Alex Cejka has withdrawn from this week's Valero Texas Open. Zac Blair will take his spot in the field.

The 47-year-old continues to struggle with health on a week-to-week basis. He cited a thumb injury during a final-round WD at this year's Honda Classic. He also pulled out early ahead of the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship, last month. Cejka returned after that event but he missed the cut at the Houston Open. There is no word on what is ailing him this week but gamers can continue to avoid Cejka in all weekly formats, given his history with pre-tournament and mid-tournament WDs.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Apr 17 - 12:30 PM

Kevin Chappell broke through at last year's Valero Texas Open to secure his first PGA TOUR title and he returns this week for a chance to defend his crown at TPC San Antonio.

For the longest time, Chappell was near the top of most "best without a win" list. That all changed at this event last year as he opened with rounds of 69-68-71 to secure a solo 54-hole lead. He capped off his week with a 4-under 68 to hold off a charging Brooks Koepka. That's not the first taste of success here for Chappell, either. He was the 36-hole co-leader back in 2011 (finished T2) and also backdoored a T4 during the 2016 edition. Arriving fresh off back-to-back missed cuts, perhaps a return to this comfortable venue will kick his season back into gear.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Apr 17 - 11:45 AM

Paul Dunne is the hot horse going into this week's Trophee Hassan II in Morocco and he brings course form to the table too.

The Irishman headed to Spain last week after posting T5 at the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship and T8 at the Houston Open in back-to-back PGA TOUR starts. He rewarded gamers with a big title challenge, leading thru' 54 holes before finishing runner-up to home hero Jon Rahm. He's hit over 72% of greens in regulation in all three of those top tens while finishing in the top seven for Putting Average in both Houston and Madrid. As if that's not enough, Dunne was T16 on his course debut at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in 2016 and reached a play-off there last year before losing to Edoardo Molinari. He was still searching for his first win at the time but he put that right in October with victory at the British Masters in England. The 25-year-old is the deserved betting favorite this week and, with those strong converging trends, it will be a big surprise if he's not high on the leaderboard again.
Apr 17 - 6:12 AM

Joaquin Niemann will take his talents to the professional level as he makes his pro debut this week at the Valero Texas Open.

The Chilean has enjoyed a long reign at the top of the World Amateur Golf Rankings (48 weeks) but he's now ready to take the leap and tests his skills against the best in the world. He was waiting until after the Masters to make the move, but this decision will mean he forfeits amateur exemptions into this year's U.S. Open and Open Championship. Niemann will rely solely on Monday qualifying and/or sponsor exemptions for the time being. Niemann received a sponsor's invite to this week's event and he's also locked up starts at the Memorial and AT&T Byron Nelson. In three previous PGA TOUR appearances, he is 1-for-3 with a T29 at the 2017 Greenbrier Classic. Gamers looking for a sleeper in deeper fantasy formats may want to give the 19-year-old some consideration this week.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Apr 16 - 5:54 PM

Francesco Molinari will take a pass on this week's Valero Texas Open, citing a shoulder problem. He is expecting to return at the Wells Fargo Championship in a few weeks.

The Italian was up and down last week at Harbour Town, ultimately finishing in solo 49th. Responding to a fan on Twitter, Molinari (roughly translated from Italian) said, "Yes, I had a shoulder problem at Heritage and I preferred not to risk it. I'm very sorry I'm not in Texas, but I'll get back to Wells Fargo." This sounds like a very precautionary pre-tournament WD. Gamers should remove him from their weekly lineups but have no worries trotting him back out the next time he pegs it.
Apr 16 - 2:50 PM

World No. 91 Billy Horschel backed up with a 1-over-par 37-35-72 in the final round of the RBC Heritage, dipping one place to a season-best T5 on 10-under 274, two strokes short of a two-man playoff involving Si Woo Kim and eventual champ Satoshi Kodaira.

The 31-year-old hangs on for his first top 10 of the season in 11 events, bettering a T11 at the Sentry TOC, his only other finish inside the top 40. It's also his first top 10 since a T4 at the FedEx St. Jude last June, 21 starts and 10 months ago. This was the Florida alum's sixth RBC and second top 10, first since a T9 on debut in 2013. After opening with 66-69-67, he began T4, two back of leader Ian Poulter. Playing out of the penultimate threesome, the Floridian hit eight (of 14) fairways and conjured eight greens in regulation, losing 1.580 strokes approaching and 1.376 around-the-green. He carded three birdies at holes 1, 5 (from 15'5") and 14, outbalanced by two bogeys at 4 and 13 (1-putt from 27'4"), and double bogey-6 at 8 (second shot in the water). Horschel recorded 1.625 putts per GIR and 1.863 SG: Putting with 25 total putts.
Apr 15 - 4:59 PM

World No. 43 Webb Simpson fashioned a 3-under-par 34-34=68 in the final round of the RBC Heritage to wrap on 10-under 274, up seven places into a two-way T5, two swings shy of a two-man playoff involving Si Woo Kim and eventual champ Satoshi Kodaira.

The Wake Forest alum nabs his fourth top 10 of the season in 12 starts, three of those top 5s. He improves to 8-for-9 at the RBC with five top 25s and two top 10s, joining a playoff loss in 2013. After opening in 69-68-69, the North Carolinian began T12, six back of leader Ian Poulter. Playing out of the fifth-to-last threesome, he found 10 (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, gaining 2.390 strokes around-the-green and 4.153 tee-to-green. The 32-year-old squared a lone bogey-5 at 13 (3-putt from 21'7"), outpaced by three conventional birdies at 5, 9 and 16 (from 21'1"), adding birdie-4 at 15 from just off the green (15'7"). He posted 1.833 putts per GIR and -0.737 SG: Putting with 27 total putts. Simpson's main gaffe was a missed 4-footer for birdie at the par-5 second.
Apr 15 - 4:40 PM

Chasing his third PGA TOUR title in 87 events, World No. 51 Si Woo Kim pieced together an even-par 33-38=71 in the final round of the RBC Heritage to match Satoshi Kodaira on 12-under 272, and then lost on the third playoff hole, the par-3 17th, dropping his record to 0-2 in sudden death.

The duo matched par 4s on the first two playoff holes (18-18) before Japan's Kodaira dropped a 24'6" birdie and Kim missed his birdie try from 20'10" to extend. The South Korean, who also lost in extra time at the 2016 Barbasol, began T2, one back of leader and playing competitor Ian Poulter. He went out in 3-under, circling holes 2, 5 and 9, now the leader by one over Poulter, four clear of Kodaira, who was playing the 13th. The 22-year-old came home in birdie-less 3-over, squaring 12, 15 (3-putt from 46'11") and 17 (missed par-saver from 5'6"). He had a chance to win on the 72nd hole, but missed birdie from 6'4". Kim also missed birdie tries at 13 and 16 from inside of eight feet. All told, on 11 greens in regulation, he posted -2.932 SG: Putting with 29 total putts. This is his second top 15 at the RBC in two tries (T14/2016), and his season best among four top 10s in 15 starts, eclipsing a solo 3rd at the OHL Classic.
Apr 15 - 4:14 PM




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