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Overnight co-leader James Hahn chased his opening 63 at the Humana Challenge with a 5-under-par 35-32=67 at La Quinta Country Club, reaching the midpoint with a share of the 36-hole clubhouse lead at 14-under 130.

Hahn started on the back today. He promptly birdied both par 5s (holes 11 and 13) before giving a stroke back at the par-4 16th hole. The rookie kept his card clean the rest of the way, however, and enjoyed a birdie-eagle-birdie run at holes 4-6, the last of which were par 5s. Before the 54-hole cut falls, he'll take his talents to PGA West's Nicklaus Private on Saturday.
Fri, Jan 18, 2013 05:48:00 PM

After withdrawing from this week's World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational for personal reasons, Dustin Johnson released a statement today announcing that he's taking a leave of absence from professional golf.

GolfChannel.com's Jason Sobel alerted his followers on Twitter of the news in real time, writing, "Breaking news from Dustin Johnson: 'I am taking a leave of absence from professional golf, effective immediately.'" Rex Hoggard later wrote the article for the website. It included the remainder of DJ's statement: "I will use this time to seek professional help for personal challenges I have faced. By committing the time and resources necessary to improve my mental health, physical well-being and emotional foundation, I am confident that I will be better equipped to fulfill my potential and become a consistent champion." Rumors of Johnson's decisions outside the ropes have chased him for years, so this could be one of those instances of where there's smoke, there's fire. Meanwhile, gamers are left with mouths agape.
Jul 31 - 4:07 PM

Tim Wilkinson opened the Barracuda Championship with 16 points, good for a share of the clubhouse lead.

The lefty shot 7-under-par 34-31=65 with nine birdies against two bogeys. He hit just 12 greens in regulation, so it would appear that he scored as low as realistically possible. However, one of his two bogeys occurred at the par-5 second hole, so he my feel like he stole one today. He arrived in Reno ranked 108th in the FedExCup standings.
Jul 31 - 4:03 PM

Geoff Ogilvy cruised to a bogey-free, 8-under-par 32-32=64 worth 16 points in his opening round of the Barracuda Championship.

It's still a little strange to accept that the 2006 U.S. Open champ and seven-time PGA TOUR winner needs to play in Reno to fuel his eight consecutive trip to the FedExCup Playoffs. However, at 151st in points, he's certainly thankful that the opportunity exists opposite the annual points and money grab in Akron for which he didn't qualify for the second straight season. Today, he split 13 (of 14) fairways, hit 16 greens in regulation and circled eight birdies, including on three of the four par 5s.
Jul 31 - 3:49 PM

Charl Schwartzel turned in a 5-under-par 34-31=65 for his opening round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, good for a share of the clubhouse lead.

The South African is chasing his first top 20 in what is his sixth start at Firestone. He split six (of 14) fairways and only 11 greens in regulation today, but limited the damage to a lone bogey-5 at the first hole. Elsewhere, he circled six birdies, five of which following the bogey on his inward nine. Three measured 10-17 feet. Schwartzel has been alternating solid play with forgettable results for nearly three months. Today's success extends the pattern as he's coming off a T43 in Canada.
Jul 31 - 2:23 PM

Ryan Moore fashioned a bogey-free, 5-under-par 34-31=65 in his opening round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational to assume outright possession of the clubhouse lead.

Moore has been red-hot of late, so he rewarded the faithful today despite no top 15s in three previous appearances at Firestone. He missed only two (of 14) fairways and went 4-for-4 in scrambling while picking off five birdies. The set featured rolls of 19'11" and 17'11" at Nos. 15 and 6, respectively. He added hole-outs from 12 yards from in front of the green at the par-3 fifth and from the rough five yards away at the par-4 eighth.
Jul 31 - 1:32 PM

Jason Kokrak fully intends to return to competition at next week's PGA Championship, Rotoworld has learned in an email from Kevin Canning of The Legacy Agency, Kokrak's management firm.

"Jason is playing next week," Canning wrote on Tuesday. "First week back. He hasn't walked 18 holes yet, but he has played a full round. He’s probably about 75 percent but he wasn't going to miss a major so we will see how it goes." Kokrak has been out of action since having surgery for a sport hernia. He last pegged it at THE PLAYERS where he missed the cut. Thanks to two top 10s and another six top 20s, he's still 73rd in the FedExCup standings. While he's perhaps not a wise fantasy investment at Valhalla, it's good news that he's far enough along in his recovery to give it a go.
Jul 30 - 9:29 PM

Jason Day continues to deal with an injury to his left thumb upon arrival at this week's World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.

All bets should be off the Aussie this week as he's forced to play through pain that has dogged him for months. He pieced together a T58 at The Open Championship, but was seen at least once cringing due to the discomfort after making contact in the rough. "I'm still trying to be able to practice fully," he said. "I'm getting in practice but not at 100 percent and it's just really really frustrating." While he stated that an MRI on Monday revealed improvement in the thumb, he's making a significant modification this week. "I am trying to change my grip quickly and it feels awful right now, so I'm not to sure how I'm going to go this week," Day added. "Normally I come in a lot more prepared, but it is what it is. When you have an injury you have to work around it. I'm just trying to see where the game is for next week. And try to work on the positioning of the hands to bring less pain."

Jason Dufner acknowledged to today that an MRI revealed two bulging discs in his neck, according to PGATOUR.com's Brian Wacker.

"It makes it pretty tough," Dufner said. "Lack of sleep, lack of motion, lack of strength, a lot of different issues when you're dealing with your neck." He added that the discomfort surfaced the week of the Masters. He won't need surgery and he was administered a shot on Monday to help relieve the pain. Obviously, this isn't good news, but at least gamers have time to adjust lineups accordingly for the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. He tied for fourth at Firestone last year before emerging with the title at the PGA Championship at Oak Hill the following week.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jul 30 - 5:38 PM

The PGA Championship added one dozen golfers to its field this week via special exemptions.

Once the automatic qualifiers were added on Sunday, the PGA of America typically exempts all of the top 100 in the Official World Golf Ranking. With Russell Knox (99th) and Fabrizio Zanotti (100th) getting berths, the season's final major is scheduled to become the first to host all of the top 100 in a single tournament. Withdrawals have precluded it from occurring before. Next, the following just outside the top 100 were granted entry: Danny Willett (102nd); Kevin Chappell (104th); Jason Kokrak (107th); Alexander Levy (108th); Kiradech Aphibarnrat (114th); Robert Karlsson (115th); Hideto Tanihara (117th); Stewart Cink (149th). Finally, two more openings were filled by the first two alternates outside the top 70 on the special money list that concluded in Canada: Scott Brown (71st) and Cameron Tringale (73rd). The last two spots in the field at Valhalla are reserved for the winners in Akron and Reno. Jerry Kelly and Pat Perez are alternates No. 1 and 2, respectively, at the PGA.
Source: PGA.com
Jul 29 - 1:51 PM

Matteo Manassero has accepted Special Temporary Membership on the PGA TOUR.

The 21-year-old qualified when he shared 19th place at The Open Championship. The 50.75 non-member FedExCup points he collected bumped him to 279.98 on the season. The target to qualify for STM is 278. He's made only eight starts, so he doesn't need the benefits of unlimited sponsor exemptions or starts. And he doesn't need STM to chase the top 125 in non-member FedExCup points or earnings for fully exempt status in 2014-15. The Wyndham Championship is the only remaining open before the FedExCup Playoffs for which he isn't eligible. So, the logical conclusion is that he accepted STM for the spot it affords in the Beyond 150 Reshuffle. STM provides some insurance of another potential start if he can't earn the full nut at the PGA Championship. If Manassero doesn't receive a sponsor or foreign exemption into the Wyndham, his number may be called on merit. The cutoff for the field of 156 at Sedgefield often lands near the end of the conditional status category and top of the Beyond 150.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jul 28 - 7:52 PM

Sebastian L. Saavedra turned in a bogey-free, 8-under-par 30-34=64 in today's open qualifier for the Barracuda Championiship at Hidden Valley Country Club in Reno, Nevada, to earn medalist honors and a berth into the tournament proper.

The 28-year-old Argentine missed the cut in his PGA TOUR debut six weeks ago at the Travelers Championship where he also four-spotted. Today's experience was arguably more memorable. After opening with a par at the par-4 10th, he birdied the par-4 11th, and then jarred his tee ball at the par-3 12th for an ace. He chased it with yet another birdie at the par-4 13th, and would go on to circle four more. Kevin Lucas also went bogey-free, but managed only six birdies for a share of runner-up honors at 6-under 32-34=66. He'll be making his first PGA TOUR start this week, as will Jesse Schutte, who carded 6-under 34-32=66 with an eagle (at the par-5 18th) and six birdies against two bogeys. Stuart L. Smith signed for a 6-under 32-34=66 (7 birdies, 1 bogey) today to secure his fourth TOUR appearance. He's yet to make a cut. The field at Montrêux Golf and Country Club is now complete at 132.
Jul 28 - 5:50 PM




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