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Dustin Johnson completed 36 holes of the Northern Trust Open in 3-over-par 76-69=145 and will miss the cut.

DJ played in the late-early draw, but we waited him out to see if the freshening wind would provide an assist for him to backdoor his way into the weekend. No such luck. He hit only 20 greens in regulation this week, resulting in seven bogeys (all on Thursday) and two doubles (both today). Eight birdies, including six in the second round, weren't enough to prevent his second consecutive missed cut. It's the first time since the summer of 2009 that he's failed to cash in successive starts, although the first of that tandem was a result of a withdrawal due to a wrist injury at the Travelers Championship. The last time he officially missed two straight cuts was during the Fall Series of his rookie year in 2008.
Fri, Feb 15, 2013 08:51:00 PM

Rory McIlroy blew up for a 3-over-par 40-34=74 in his opening round of The Barclays.

And the walls came tumbling down. Anything McIlroy does right now will be hyper-analyzed, so be it, but he just had a rough day on a challenging golf course. He split just seven (of 14) fairways at Ridgewood, not indicative of his precision in recent weeks. However, he managed 12 greens in regulation, which is on par with many of the early contenders. Yet, the FedExCup points leader buried only two birdies and fanned on three tries inside 10 feet. He squared three bogeys and a double. Currently eight strokes off the clubhouse lead, McIlroy has no choice but to tighten the screws if he's going to win his fourth consecutive tournament.
Aug 21 - 1:37 PM

Charles Howell III became the third to share the clubhouse lead at The Barclays with a 5-under-par 32-34=66 in his opening round.

He split only half of the 14 fairways and hit 12 greens in regulation, but CH3 compensated with seven birdies, three of which from outside 10 feet. His longest dropped in from 23'1" at the par-3 second hole. In fact, he opened with three straight birdies and had four in his first five holes. Howell III has competed in every FedExCup Playoffs and has reached the finale twice. He opened this year's at 33rd in the standings, so we'll see quite a bit of him moving forward. He's the kind of talent whose fantasy value would probably be greater than his actual value if there was a measurement for such a comparison. Veteran gamers completely understand this phenomenon.
Aug 21 - 1:29 PM

Hunter Mahan spun a 5-under-par 33-33=66 in his opening round of The Barclays to earn a piece of the clubhouse lead.

Mahan's form is returning and just in time. He split 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 15 greens in regulation at Ridgewood Country Club today, trading one bogey for six birdies along the way. Three of his par breakers measured at least 11 feet, the longest dropping in from 17'4" at the par-4 first hole where he set the tone for the round. Mahan, of course, is the only golfer to compete in every Playoffs event since its inception in 2007, but at 62nd in points entering this year's, that streak is in jeopardy. Three more rounds like today's in Paramus, New Jersey, and the threat will be eliminated.
Aug 21 - 12:40 PM

Cameron Tringale posted a 5-under-par 33-33=66 in his opening round of The Barclays, good for the early clubhouse lead.

The narrative today will be that he somehow deserved today's round after turning himself in from what happened at Valhalla. Regardless of where you fall on that, the fact is that he executed time and again at Ridgewood today. Tringale, who arrived slotted 61st in FedExCup points, landed 12 greens in regulation and converted five times for birdie. Four of those par breakers measured between 11 and 18 feet. He also rolled in a birdie from the fringe nine yards away at 7 and saved par from 11'5" at 9. While he went 6-for-6 in scrambling, he three-jacked the green at the par-3 15th from just outside 43 feet.
Aug 21 - 12:31 PM

In a post-tournament interview at the PGA Championship on Aug. 10, Graeme McDowell laid out his schedule for the FedExCup Playoffs, which overlaps the timing of the scheduled birth of his first child.

We've known for months that G-Mac's wife was going to deliver in August, but the baby controls the schedule. For now, he's in the field at Ridgewood Country Club for The Barclays. "Boston week [Deutsche Bank Championship] we have the baby coming so I'm going to take Boston week off and then I'll be in Colorado [for the BMW Championship], hopefully in Atlanta [TOUR Championship] and hopefully Gleneagles [Ryder Cup], kind of the tentative schedule subject to change," he said at Valhalla 10 days ago. McDowell enters the Playoffs slotted 43rd in points. Assuming he skips the DBC, the pressure is on to make the cut at The Barclays. For example, Ken Duke opened the 2012 Playoffs as the 42-seed. He then went 0-for-2 to drop to 76th, so he didn't advance to the BMW. But back in 2009, Nathan Green started 41st, missed two cuts and dropped to only 65th. Regardless, expect a solid performance from the Ulsterman this week.
Aug 20 - 6:52 PM

Matt Kuchar declared himself healthy again in today's presser at The Barclays.

It turns out that the last champion at Ridgewood Country Club (in 2010) suffered discomfort in his back doing something with which many dads are familiar, albeit two days before the PGA Championship. "We were having a party at the house – a bunch of people over, a bunch of kids over," he said. "I was in charge of hooking up the Slip 'N Slide for the kids. Walked around, all of Target, all of Wal-Mart, couldn’t find one. Sat in the car for about an hour fighting traffic and when I got back, I thought, 'Boy, my back doesn’t feel very good right now.'" Kuchar withdrew from the major, but he's ready to go this week. "I feel like I’m 100 percent. It’s funny how little setbacks can feel so different to you."
Aug 19 - 3:22 PM

Steve Stricker is not planning to compete again until December, according to Gary D'Amato of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Stricker is one of three golfers eligible for the FedExCup Playoffs that isn't teeing it up at The Barclays. (Dustin Johnson is on personal leave while Jason Dufner is nursing bulging discs in his neck.) Stricker has been playing through a torn labrum in his left hip, but there's more to it. "Sounds like I've got a back and hip issue," Stricker told D'Amato in a text message. "Going to shut it down till December. Rest and rehab and then try to play and see how it goes." Stricker added that he's dealing with herniated discs in his neck and back. He's also known to have an elk hunting trip planned shortly, but he'll be at captain Tom Watson's side at the Ryder Cup in Scotland in five weeks.
Aug 19 - 12:15 AM

Gunn Yang defeated Corey Conners 2 and 1 in the championship match of the 114th U.S. Amateur Championship.

The match concluded when the duo exchanged pars at the par-3 17th hole on the Highlands Course at Atlanta Athletic Club. Yang had a look at a reasonably short birdie on the par-4 16th to end it, but lipped it out on the left side. At no point did he trail in the scheduled 36-hole finale. The 20-year-old sophomore at San Diego State University entered the week slotted No. 776 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. Among his victims was the world's top-ranked amateur, Ollie Schniederjans, who lost 1 down in the Round of 16. It was just a year ago that the native of South Korea had laser endoscopic spinal surgery. Included in the spoils of today's victory are exemptions into the first three majors of 2015 as long as he remains an amateur. Berths in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, RBC Heritage and Memorial are also traditionally extended.
Aug 17 - 7:31 PM

Martin Piller fired an 8-under-par 32-31=63 in the final round of the News Sentinel Open to win by two strokes at 22-under 262.

Piller's win came in wire-to-wire fashion, and moves him from 134th to 29th on the Web.com Tour money list. He circled seven birdies and an eagle to just one bogey on his lap around Fox Den CC for his third career win on the Web.com Tour. He landed 14 GIR, and the irons were the key to his week. He tied for sixth in GIR. He now has one more event in the regular season to move inside the top 25 on the money list for a 2014-15 PGA TOUR card. If he fails to accomplish that feat, he will have to successfully navigate the four tournaments in the Web.com Tour Finals.
Aug 17 - 6:34 PM

Camilo Villegas blitzed Sedgefield Country Club for a bogey-free, 7-under-par 29-34=63 in his final round of the Wyndham Championship to post 17-under 263, good for a one-stroke victory over Bill Haas and Freddie Jacobson.

Villegas came out swinging from the sixth-to-last pairing on Sunday, knocking off four birdies and an eagle on the opening nine holes. With the exception of his 46'8" birdie at the par-4 sixth, all of his circles occurred from inside nine feet. The ball-striking was exquisite as he split 11 (of 14) fairways and landed 15 greens in regulation. He also gained over two strokes with the putter in the finale. This is his fourth PGA TOUR title, but it's been over four years since his last (2010 Honda Classic). He skyrockets 68 spots in the FedExCup standings to 37th as the Playoffs commence on Thursday.
Aug 17 - 5:02 PM

Marc Warren parlayed his overnight share of the lead at the Made in Denmark into a two-stroke victory over fellow 54-hole co-leader Bradley Dredge.

Dredge also held a piece of the 18-hole lead an led outright at the midpoint, but closed with a 1-under-par 36-34=70 at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort in Aalborg. Warren turned in a 3-under 33-35=68 to post 9-under 275. This is the Scot's third European Tour victory and his first since 2007. England's Phillip Archer finished alone in third place five strokes back. One further back, Thomas Björn led his hosting countryman with a T4 at what was the first edition of the tournament.
Aug 17 - 12:52 PM




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