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Brandt Snedeker opened his title defense of the Farmers Insurance Open with a bogey-free, 7-under-par 32-33=65 Torrey Pines North, good for sole possession of the clubhouse lead.

Sneds did what he needed to do on the more scorable track today. He started on the 10th hole and buried seven birdies, including on three of the four par 5s. His walk included four consecutive birdies beginning at No. 16e. En route to his playoff victory last year, he turned in a 64 on the North.
Thu, Jan 24, 2013 05:14:00 PM

Ian Poulter blitzed PGA National's Champion Course for a bogey-free 4-under-par 32-34=66 in the third round of The Honda Classic to take a three-stroke lead into the final round at 9-under 201.

The Englishman was flawless, circling four birdies and gathering 14 pars. The action started with a 24'5" birdie on the par-4 first hole, with a smaller highlight including a birdie from 10'2" on the par-3 seventh hole. While he has the reputation of a great putter, it's been the tee-to-green game that has carried him this week. He ranks first in strokes gained: tee-to-green and is third in greens in regulation. While he owns two PGA TOUR wins, he has never won a stroke play event on U.S. soil. He hopes to change that when the tournament concludes on Monday morning.
Mar 1 - 3:59 PM

Andy Sullivan authored a closing 6-under-par 32-34=66 to win the Joburg Open at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club by two shots.

Sullivan's Sunday surge gave him a second European Tour title in as many months on South African soil and also punched his ticket for this summer's Open Championship at St Andrews. The Englishman, who won last month's South African Open at nearby Glendower, took victory with 17-under 270 and came home two shots clear of Kevin Phelan, Jaco Van Zyl, Anthony Wall, David Howell and overnight leader Wallie Coetsee. Due to their higher world ranking, Wall and Howell claimed the other two spots for St Andrews. Sullivan made his move with five birdies in an outward 5-under 32 and, after a bogey at 11, kicked clear with further par breakers at 15 and 18 that proved decisive. "It's unbelievable," said Sullivan. "I never imagined it would happen again so quickly. Coming down the stretch me and my caddie were loving life again and enjoying it. It seems to be a theme, enjoying my golf and getting the right results at the moment."
Mar 1 - 9:48 AM

Graeme McDowell completed 36 holes of The Honda Classic in 5-over-par 74-71=145 and missed the cut on the number.

G-Mac walked off with birdie at the par-5 18th in his second round, but that chased a double bogey at the par-3 17th where he splashed his tee ball. For the week, he split 19 (of 28) fairways, but hit only 19 greens in regulation. He squared seven bogeys and two doubles to erased an eagle and four birdies. This is his first missed cut anywhere since the 2014 Masters and first MC in a non-major since the 2013 Barclays. Other notables that missed the cut that we haven't already covered include: 145--Justin Rose; Zach Johnson; Harris English; Chris Kirk; Will MacKenzie ... 146--Keegan Bradley; Billy Horschel; Retief Goosen; Ernie Els ... 147--Justin Thomas; Freddie Jacobson; Tony Finau; Francesco Molinari; Ángel Cabrera ... 148--Shawn Stefani; Victor Dubuisson; Thomas Björn ... 149--Carlos Ortiz; Erik Compton ... 150--Graham DeLaet ... 153--Sang-moon Bae; Charl Schwartzel.
Feb 28 - 12:49 PM

Padraig Harrington enjoyed a 4-under-par 32-34=66 in his second round of The Honda Classic.

Harrington buried seven birdies against three birdies, although he closed bogey-bogey at the par-4 eighth and ninth holes to bring the field back a bit. Overall, he split seven (of 14) fairways and hit 12 greens in regulation. Three of his birdies traveled longer than 10 feet. Needless to say, this is rarefied air for the three-time major champion. He hasn't logged a top 20 on the PGA TOUR since June of 2013. He started this week slotted 297th in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Feb 28 - 11:16 AM

Ian Poulter fashioned a 6-under-par 30-34=64 in his second round of The Honda Classic to post 5-under 135 at the break, one off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

Poulter's split-day loop of PGA National's Champion Course was a dandy. He split 10 (of 14) fairways and hit 12 greens in regulation. The Brit authored the shot of the tournament thus far with a hole-out for eagle from 116 yards at the par-4 fourth on Friday. He bracketed it with birdies at 3 and 5, the latter measuring 24'9". Poulter went on to add three birdies, including conversions from 13'4" and 24'2" at Nos. 14 and 17, respectively. His only blemish was a bogey-4 at the 15th hole. At last check, his strokes gained: tee-to-green split sat at an unthinkable 6.800 for the round.
Feb 28 - 10:33 AM

A birdie burst on the back nine thrust Wallie Coetsee into a two-shot lead after round three of the Joburg Open.

The South African carded a 2-under-par 37-33=70 at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington's East Course on Saturday to reach 14-under 201 with 18 holes to go. Coetsee started slowly with two bogeys and a birdie in his first 10 holes but made his move with a trio of par breakers at 11, 12 and 13. He gave a shot back at 16 but a closing birdie at 18 put him two in front of Steve Webster, Jacques Blaauw, David Howell and Tjaart Van Der Waart. He'll have no end of title rivals on Sunday as there's a nine-man group three shots back on 11-under. That bunch includes defending champion George Coetzee. The 42-year-old has won just twice on the Sunshine Tour so attempting to win a European Tour event will be a huge test.
Feb 28 - 9:30 AM

Brooks Koepka blistered PGA National's Champion Course for a 6-under-par 33-31=64 in his second round of The Honda Classic.

Playing partners Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson slammed their trunks today, but Koepka will play on at 2-over 142 thanks to today's 14-stroke improvement. He was outstanding, going 8-for-12 with eight birdies. Five of them traveled longer than 14 feet, including three from outside 21 feet. He even poured in a par save from 11'10" at the par-4 sixth. At last check, his strokes gained: putting measured 6.225 and he ranked second in the field through two rounds.
Feb 27 - 4:56 PM

At 7-over-par 73-74=147, Rory McIlroy will miss the cut at The Honda Classic.

Blame whatever you want, but playing partner Brooks Koepka crafted a 6-under 64 today. Rather, McIlroy just never gave himself a chance to make a run. He missed half of both his fairways and greens in regulation. That led to eight bogeys and two doubles, so the five birdies he holed were far too few to secure a tee time in the third round. This is his first MC anywhere since the Irish Open last June. It's his first MC on the PGA TOUR since the 2013 Open Championship and it's his first official MC in a non-major on TOUR since the 2012 Memorial. The world's top-ranked player will try again at next week's World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship where he'll be a favorite. In fact, given that he won't have to deal with the scheduling snafus at PGA National due to the inclement weather, today's failure may wind up as a net-positive over a two-week period.
Feb 27 - 4:45 PM

Dustin Johnson completed 36 holes of The Honda Classic in 12-over-par 77-75=152 and will miss the cut.

Consider that when DJ signed his card today, he ranked T2 with nine birdies (remembering that the late draw is just beginning its second round) but sat 138th on the leaderboard. Overall, he split 12 (of 28) fairways and hit only 19 greens in regulation. Where he couldn't capitalize on his scoring opportunities, Johnson swallowed six bogeys, six doubles and a triple. It's a disappointing way to open the Florida Swing, especially after a T4 and P2 in his last two starts, but it's a surprise given his record at PGA National where his only payday in three tries is a T46 in 2013. Expect a rebound at Trump National Doral next week where he tied for fourth on the overhauled track last year.
Feb 27 - 4:36 PM

Morgan Hoffmann withdrew from The Honda Classic prior to his second round.

Hoffmann opened with a tournament-high, 10-over-par 40-40=80. With play suspended due to lightning at the moment, and because he's in today's late draw, he'd likely only be prolonging an inevitable missed cut. This is his second mid-tournament WD in 65 career PGA TOUR starts. It drops him to 4-for-7 on the season. Hoffmann entered the week slotted 151st in the FedExCup standings, so he's failed to shiff the form that yielded a berth in the TOUR Championship in 2014.
Feb 27 - 12:03 PM

Using his opening 66 on the tougher East Course as a springboard, Wallie Coetsee jumped into the halfway lead at the Joburg Open.

The South African added a 6-under-par 33-32=65 on Royal Johannesburg & Kensington’s easier West layout to reach 12-under 131 at the midpoint. That put him one shot clear of the trio of early clubhouse leaders -- fellow home players Garth Mulroy and Tjaart Van Der Walt along with England's Simon Dyson. Coetsee (no relation to defending champion George Coetzee; note the different spelling) started his second round with a trio of birdies and added another at 6 before giving it back at the next. After seven pars he then burst into a tie for the lead with an eagle-3 at 15 before another birdie at 17 gave him sole possession of top spot. Having so far shot the joint low 18 of the week on the East Course, which is used for both weekend rounds, Coetsee must feel confident heading into the final 36 holes. That said, his performance so far is unexpected given that he's just 2-for-6 in this event and has never finished better than T49. The 42-year-old was T24 in last week's Sunshine Tour event.
Feb 27 - 8:25 AM




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