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Spencer Levin is eyeing the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am to return to competition, but he may not play at all during the 2013 season.

In an interview with The Sacramento Bee, Levin's agent, Kevin Canning said that if his client isn't completely ready to go by Feb. 7, Levin might sit out the entire year due to the compressed schedule. Simply, with fewer tournaments, there's incentive to rest and heal and start 2013-14 anew with a medical extension. Levin, who is fully exempt for 2013, has been sidelined since having surgery to repair a detached ligament in his left thumb in early October. "He's able to play, Canning said, "and there's not a lot of discomfort, but (the thumb) is stiff and he's noticed a little weakness in it. He's flinching at impact and doesn't really trust it. Playing back-to-back (days) has been a problem, too." The obvious advice here is to wait it out.
Wed, Jan 9, 2013 11:02:00 AM

World No. 68 Jhonattan Vegas aced the 179-yard par-3 15th (video link below) en route to a season-low 6-under-par 32-32=64 in the final round of The Honda Classic to finish off his fifth appearance on 7-under 273, up 45 places on the live leaderboard to T5, and tying the low round of the week with three others.

This was the 32-year-old's 18th lap at PGA National and eclipses a previous-best 66 (x2). He carded those in rounds 2 and 3 of the 2014 edition, sandwiched between 70 and 74 for T12, a lone top 25 before today. After opening in 67-73-69, the Venezuelan began T50 on 1-under, 12 back of 54-hole leader Rickie Fowler and five off the overnight top 10. He striped 13 (of 14) fairways and pelted 15 greens in regulation, gaining 2.108 strokes off-the-tee, currently pacing the field in the latter with a cumulative 5.834. The Texas resident sandwiched a lone bogey-5 at 14 with birdie at the par-4 13th (from 16'3") and the ace. His other four circles came at Nos. 1, 3, 7 and 18. Vegas' 64 is a season best (in nine starts), nipping 65 (x2) and is an eighth straight cash, arriving off T15 at last week's Genesis Open. If the top 10 holds, it'll be his second, joining T10 at the OHL Classic.
Feb 26 - 2:51 PM

According to Golf Channel's Ryan Lavner, newly demoted World No. 2 Jason Day is out of next week's World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship with a double ear infection and flu.

This is bad news for the tournament's debut (formerly WGC-Cadillac) but timely news for gamers. The 29-year-old lost his No. 1-ranking with T64 at last week's weather-plagued Genesis Open, yielding to tournament winner Dustin Johnson. He was scheduled to make his seventh appearance in the second WGC event of the season, but had never finished inside the top 20 at Trump National Doral; and he's never played the first WGC event of the season (HSBC Champions). Expect to see the Aussie back Mar. 16th for the Arnold Palmer Invitational or Mar. 22nd at the WGC-Dell Match Play, where he's the defending champ in both.
Feb 26 - 10:26 AM

Stuart Manley will peg it up for the first time in an Open Championship later this year after booking his place at Royal Birkdale courtesy of T2 in the Joburg Open in South Africa after closing with a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in Sunday's third and final round.

The Welshman's 54-hole tally of 14-under 201 at the weather-disrupted event at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club was just a single swing behind winner Darren Fichardt. Manley jumped seven spots up the leaderboard today after carding seven birdies and a costly double bogey on his afternoon lap of a soggy East Course. After a birdie at 1, the West Florida University product ticked three straight at 5, 6 and 7 before adding another at 10. A first European Tour win beckoned at that point but he needed six swishes at the par-4 11th and and could only par the next five holes. However, birdies at 17 and 18 elevated him to T2 and secured one of the three spots on offer for this summer's Open Championship.
Feb 26 - 10:02 AM

England's Paul Waring eagled the opening hole on the way to a 3-under-par 34-35=69 in his third and final round at the Joburg Open, eventually finishing T2 on 14-under 201 and punching his ticket for July's Open Championship.

Securing a place at an Open close to his Merseyside home was a welcome consolation after the agony of seeing a birdie putt at 18 to force a play-off with Darren Fichardt catch the lip and spin out. It looked as if Waring would win it all today when starting the closing round of the rain-reduced 54 hole tournament with an eagle-3 at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club's East Course to move into the lead on his own. He added birdies at 5, 7 and 9 but his progress was checked with squares at 3 and 8. His title bid faltered on the back nine with five pars and a bogey at 12 in his opening six holes although a birdie-2 at 16 revived the 32-year-old's hopes until the frustration of 18 when his 8-foot birdie putt wouldn't drop. Waring finished T19 at Royal Birkdale on his last appearance at the Open Championship in 2008 so bank that info as he could be an interesting sleeper pick this summer on a course he knows well.
Feb 26 - 9:51 AM

Local man Darren Fichardt secured his fifth European Tour success after shooting a 4-under-par 34-34=68 in Sunday's closing third round at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club's East Course to finish at 15-under 200 and edge out British duo Paul Waring and Stuart Manley by a shot

As well as ending his four-year drought at this level, Fichardt also punches his ticket for this summer's Open Championship at Royal Birkdale (three spots were on offer here). With bad weather reducing the tournament to 54 holes, the South African started Sunday tied for the lead with Waring at 11-under. The duo were still locked together playing the last but Waring's birdie putt on the par-5 18th lipped out, allowing Fichardt to tap in from close range after he'd chipped up from just off the green. That completed a full set of red numbers on the long holes after he'd made his move on the front nine with birdie-4s on 1, 6 and 7. A circle on 12 built his lead to two but a bogey at 17 and birdies elsewhere meant he needed one more par breaker at 18 to get it done. He found it. Fichardt now gets the chance to peg it up in an Open Championship for the first time since 2010. He's never made the cut in his previous five.
Feb 26 - 9:40 AM

Sponsor invite and World No. 18 Tyrrell Hatton fashioned a 4-under-par 33-33=66 in the third round of The Honda Classic to reach 9-under 201, up five on the leaderboard to solo 2nd, four adrift of 54-hole leader Rickie Fowler.

The 25-year-old is a one-time winner on the European Tour in 91 career events, claiming the 2016 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship back in Oct. He's followed that with seven straight top 25s worldwide, four of those top 10s, including runner-up at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, finishing a career-high 4th in the Race to Dubai rankings. This is the Englishman's 12th career PGA TOUR start, with a best of T5 at last year's Open Championship. He began R3 in a four-way T7 on 5-under, four shy of 36-hole co-leaders Ryan Palmer and Wesley Bryan. Hatton squared bogeys at 6 and 17, but outpaced them with six birdies, including three straight at 12-14. He took 27 total wacks with the putter, but just 1.538 putts per GIR, currently pacing the field in the latter.
Feb 25 - 6:15 PM

World No. 14 Rickie Fowler painted a bogey-free 5-under-par 32-33=65 on Moving Day at The Honda Classic to post 13-under 197, good for four-shot lead over Tyrrell Hatton and six clear of five players who share third.

After opening in twin 66s, the 28-year-old began round 3 in solo 3rd, one back of 36-hole co-leaders Ryan Palmer and Wesley Bryan. Playing out of the penultimate twosome, he striped 10 (of 14) fairways and hit 11 greens in regulation, gaining 1.846 strokes off-the-tee and 2.977 SG: Tee-to-Green. The Jupiter, Florida, resident's five birdies came at Nos. 3, 7, 9, 16 and 18, posting 1.727 putts per GIR and 1.637 SG: Putting. Two of his conversions dropped from between 10 and 12 feet, adding a splash from 32'6" for birdie-2 at 7. Fowler is chasing his fourth TOUR title in 179 career events (174 pro), first since the 2015 Deutsche Bank 77 weeks (29 starts) ago. All three of his previous wins have been in come-from-behind fashion. He's 0-for-4 in his career as 54-hole leader, including two missteps last season (Wells Fargo, The Barclays).
Feb 25 - 5:58 PM

After making the cut on the number, sponsor invite and World No. 382 Brandon Hagy hung up a bogey-free 6-under-par 33-31=64 in today's third round of The Honda Classic to post 6-under 204, up 50 places on the live leaderboard to T5 and tying the low lap of the week with first-round co-leaders Cody Gribble and Wesley Bryan.

This is a new career low for the 25-year-old in his 19th career start, ninth as a member. His previous best was 66 two times, most recently at the 2015 AT&T Pebble Beach/R2. After kicking off his tourney debut in 67-73, the UC-Berkeley alum was the last player to make the cut, despite bogeying two of his final four holes in R2. He landed eight (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation, posting 1.615 putts per GIR, 3.756 SG: Putting and 26 putts total. The Web.com Tour grad circled six birdies, three from between seven and nine feet with a long of 20'2" at the par-4 12th.
Feb 25 - 12:46 PM

The Joburg Open at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club in South Africa has been reduced to 54 holes after another burst of bad weather Saturday; Darren Fichardt and Paul Waring will start the third and final round tied for the lead at 11-under 132.

After two days of disruptions, the second round was played to a finish Saturday morning with Waring completing a 68 to join Fichardt for the halfway lead. Li Haotong, Garrick Porteous, Andre De Decker, Magnus A. Carlsson and Garth Mulroy all made early progress in round three to hit 7-under but, after an initial suspension, rain, thunder and lightning meant play was called off early for the day with all those at 8-under or better yet to hit a shot in round three. Tournament director David Williams said: "The forecast for tomorrow is pretty good. I think we'll just have to wait and see how much damage is done today. We'll just keep our fingers crossed that we have a reasonably good evening, that we can restart tomorrow and get finished over three rounds." The third round will resume at 07:00 Sunday morning.
Feb 25 - 11:37 AM

Last year's joint runner-up Zander Lombard birdied the final four holes at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club's West Course to complete a 5-under-par 35-31=66 in round two of the Joburg Open but missed the cut by a shot after finishing at 3-under 140.

The damage was done in an opening 74 or, more specifically, in a three-hole car crash of triple bogey, par, double bogey from Nos. 3-5 on the East. From that point he played his next 31 holes in 8-under, a score which was actually good enough for T11 on the halfway leaderboard. In other words, Lombard's MC here needs an asterisk. Look out for him at next week's Tshwane Open where he was T7 last year after starting the final round in second spot. Other notables to miss the cut in Joburg this week included: 140- Oliver Fisher, Gary Stal ... 141- Alvaro Quiros, Justin Walters ... 142- Keith Horne, Eddie Pepperell, Rikard Karlberg, Jamie Donaldson ... 143- Trevor Immelman, YE Yang ... 145- David Howell ... 147- Jeev Milkha Singh ... 148- Darren Clarke.
Feb 25 - 4:23 AM

Paul Waring returned to Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club's West Course Saturday to complete a 4-under-par 33-34=67 in his delayed second round at the Joburg Open and finished joint halfway leader with local man Darren Fichardt. UPDATE: Further bad weather means the tournament has been reduced to 54 holes. Waring will start R3 Sunday morning.

Fichardt had set the target off 11-under 132 yesterday and Waring looked set to improve on that after sitting at 12-under through 12 when bad light caused Friday's suspension. But the Englishman signed for five pars and a walk-off bogey to fall back into a share. Waring and Fichardt lead by a shot from home South African duo Dean Burmester and Jacques Kruyswijk. It's a further stroke back to Pep Angles, first-round leader Paul Peterson, Stuart Manley, Aaron Rai, defending champion Haydn Porteous and Anton Karlsson. The field now plays both weekend rounds on the tougher East Course where Waring carded a 7-under 65 in round one. Having had an early alarm call to resume round two at 07.00 local time this morning, he'll be able to rest up before heading back out for the third round at 15:15.
Feb 25 - 3:52 AM




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