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John Merrick turned in a 2-under-par 34-35=69 in the final round of the Northern Trust Open and eventually bested Charlie Beljan with a par on the second hole of a playoff to earn his first PGA TOUR win.

Merrick took advantage of what Rivera Country Club gave him all day. He circled birdies at the easy par-5 first, the short par-4 10th and the par-5 11th to go with a chip-in birdie from seven yards on the par-4 seventh in regulation. He then navigated many landmines the rest of the way, bogeying just the par-4 third and par-4 13th holes to finish the week at 11-under 68-66-70-69=273. When the playoff began, he saved a par after a poor drive on the 18th and then took an iron off the tee on the par-4 10th for the second time today. He then wedged on to just inside 20 feet and calmly 2-putted for par. He then watched as Beljan just missed his 4'7" par attempt. This win gets him into the Masters, the WGC-Bridgestone and the PGA Championship. He also climbs 167 spots to 74th in the Official World Golf Ranking. The newly crowned champion will take a much-earned week off.
Sun, Feb 17, 2013 06:39:00 PM

World No. 102 Alexander Levy carded a closing 5-under-par 34-33=67 at the Volvo China Open to wipe out a seven-shot deficit on overnight leader Dylan Frittelli before winning a playoff after both had finished at 17-under 271.

On a dramatic final day at Topwin Golf & CC, the 2014 champ rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt at the first extra hole, the 18th, to deny long-time leader Frittelli his first European Tour win. For Levy, this was his fourth trophy in 115 starts, his first coming three years ago when this event was held at Genzon. The Frenchman took a while to launch his final-round move after opening with five pars, a birdie and a bogey. But he made back-to-back par breakers at 8 and 9, added another at 11 and also ticked 15. Frittelli's inward 38 opened the door and Levy birdied 18 to secure the playoff he would go on to win. The Ryder Cup takes place in his home country next year and it remains a big target. "It's a goal and a dream for me to play the Ryder Cup in France," he said. "I will do a lot of work to play the Ryder Cup and I will do my best to be part of the team."
Apr 30 - 5:36 AM

In an email statement to the PGA TOUR and distributed by PGA TOUR Communications, John Senden announced he is taking time away from the TOUR to attend to a family matter. Below is the full statement provided by his agent in Australia.

"Earlier this week I withdrew from the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to be with my wife Jackie and son Jacob while he battles some health issues. Our son is undertaking the biggest challenge of his life thus far having been diagnosed with a brain tumor. As a family, we appreciate the support and kindness that everyone has offered us at this difficult time. Together, we will stand strong to tackle this disease and look forward to the day when Jacob is cancer free. We are grateful for the outpouring of love we have experienced and ask that you keep Jacob in your prayers and hearts. I have no timeline for my return to the PGA TOUR at this stage."
Apr 29 - 7:37 PM

In Day 3 alternate-shot action at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Chez Reavie and Lucas Glover labored to a 4-over-par 39-37=76 and at 3-under 213, will not have a Sunday tee time.

With the team format, the 36-hole cut was low 35 teams and ties and a second cut of low 35 and ties if more than 40 teams made the first cut -- and 42 did. Glover had only missed two cuts at the Zurich in 11 tries (on his own) and had four top 10s. Reavie's had no luck in the event, missing five of seven cuts, including the last four straight and nothing better than T42 (2008 debut). The teammates fared well in alternate shot on Day 1 with 69, but their 68 in best ball in R2 was nearly three strokes worse than the field average. Things didn't improve on Day 3, cancelling three birdies with four bogeys and triple bogey-6 at the ninth, missing the 54-hole cut by three. Other early exits: 211- Martin Flores/Gonzalo Fdez-Castano; Ben Martin/Ben Crane ... 213- Ollie Schniederjans/Richy Werenski; Andrew Loupe/John Peterson ... 214- Mark Hubbard/Jonathan Randolph.
Apr 29 - 7:06 PM

Due to expected inclement weather, Sunday's final-round tee times at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans will be between 6:40 and 8:16 AM (CT) with foursomes off both sets of tees.

The format for Sunday's finale is four-ball (best ball). Defending champ Brian Stuard and teammate Chris Stroud will play out of the third-to-last grouping off No. 1 tee and will begin in solo 5th on 13-under 203, six in arrears to 54-hole leaders Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith. Stuard/Stroud chased an opening 68 (alternate shot) with 64 (best ball), and carved out a 1-under-par 35-36=71 in Round 3 (alternate shot). They squared a lone bogey-4 at 14 (failed scramble), offset by birdies at holes 7 and 16, both from between seven and eight feet, and both knocked home by Stroud. Clutch par saves by both occurred throughout the round with each taking turns brushing in matching 11'11" par-savers at the 17th and 18th.
Apr 29 - 6:43 PM

Overnight leaders Jonas Blixt and Web.com Tour grad Cameron Smith maintained their mastery of TPC Louisiana, smoothing a bogey-free 4-under-par 34-34=68 in today's third round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, extending their lead to four on 19-under 197.

After kicking off in 67 (alternate shot) and 62 (best ball), the pairing began with a 1-shot lead over playing competitors Patrick Reed and Patrick Cantlay, who shot 75. Their 68 is just the second blemish-free lap on Day 3, and remain bogey-free thru 54 holes. Smith converted a 2-putt birdie-4 at the second and Blixt went back-to-back with a 17'8" birdie roll at the par-3 third. Blixt missed birdie at the par-5 seventh (from 4'2") but redeemed himself at the par-4 15th, hitting the approach to 39 inches for a Smith conversion. The pairing reached the par-5 18th in three, with Smith providing the finishing touches, jamming in a 17-foot birdie-4. Despite gusty conditions, they played virtually stress-free golf yet again. The only par putt they had to make outside of three feet all round was a 4'0" come-backer at the seventh.
Apr 29 - 6:14 PM

First-round co-leaders Jordan Spieth and Ryan Palmer orchestrated a 2-under-par 35-35=70 in alternate-shot action on Day 3 of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to reach the three-quarter mark on 14-under 202, up one place to solo 4th, five back of 36- and 54-hole leaders Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith.

After opening in twin 66s, the Texans began on 12-under (T5), three back of Blixt/Smith. It was mixed fortunes in their second go at alternate shot, but managed to outpace two bogeys with four birdies. Their drops came at the par-5 second --Palmer whiffing a par-saver from 29 inches-- and bogey-5 at 13, the duo 3-putting from 4'6", each missing from less than five feet. Palmer, who had missed birdie at the fourth from 5'1", got the squad on the board with birdie-4 at seven and went back-to-back at eight, both from inside of 12 feet. It was Palmer again at the par-5 11th, circling 4 from 3'8", and Palmer again from 6'4" at the 16th. Spieth had a chance for one better (and his only birdie) at the par-5 18th, but he whiffed from 39 inches.
Apr 29 - 5:56 PM

Playing alternate shot in the third round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Charley Hoffman and past champ Nick Watney tacked on a 3-under-par 33-36=69 to post 15-under 201, up three places on the live leaderboard to T2, tying the clubhouse mark of Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown. UPDATE: With play completed, Hoffman/Watney are in a two-way T2, four back of 54-hole leaders Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith.

Both are native Californians and Las Vegas residents and their chemistry continued for a third day. Hoffman is having the better season while the 2007 winner Watney is battling on a Major Medical Extension. After opening in 67 (foursomes) and 65 (best ball), the team began in a six-way logjam on 12-under, three back of overnight leaders Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith. Hoffman kicked off with birdie-4 at the second while Watney carded their second birdie-4 at the seventh from 11'2". Watney went back-to-back at the par-4 eighth (from 8'10") and Hoffman rammed home a 20'1" par-saver at the ninth to turn 3-under. The duo took turns knocking in par-savers at 12 and 14 from between five and nine feet, before dropping their lone shot at the par-4 15th, Watney missing a par save from 39 inches. Hoffman saved at 16 from 6'2" and walked off with birdie-4 from 5'5".
Apr 29 - 5:31 PM

Playing alternate shot in today's third round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown hung up a 5-under-par 36-31=67 to reach 15-under 201, up 12 places on the live leaderboard to T2 and good for the 54-hole clubhouse lead. UPDATE: With play completed, Kisner/Brown are T2 and four back of 54-hole leaders Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith.

It was a tale of two nines for the Aiken, South Carolina, residents. They began with nine straight pars before Kisner broke the ice from 6'4" at the par-4 10th. He went back-to-back at the par-5 11th (from 5'0") and Brown joined in with birdie-3 at 13 (12'8"). Brown converted another 3 at the par-4 15th (5'9") and gave way to Kisner at 16, who dropped in yet another 3 at 16 (10'3"). The team's lone drop was bogey-4 at 17 (failed scramble) but bounced back with a 2-putt birdie at the par-5 18th. The duo began the day in a nine-way logjam on 10-under (T14) after opening with 70 (foursomes) and bogey-free 64 (four-balls).
Apr 29 - 4:49 PM

Playing alternate shot in the third round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, past champ Bubba Watson and J.B. Holmes fashioned a bogey-free 4-under-par 34-34=68 to reach 11-under 205, up 21 spots on the live leaderboard to T11 and tying the low round in the clubhouse. UPDATE: With play completed, Watson/Holmes are T8 and eight back, while Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown shot the low round with 67.

This is Watson's 10th Zurich, first since T15 in 2013, and was a playoff winner in 2011. Holmes is making his fourth appearance, first since 2014, and has gotten better each time (CUT/2009, T13/2012, T11/2014). They struggled to a 73 on Day 1 of alternate shot, but rebounded with 64 in Friday four-ball action. The momentum carried over into Day 3, with the duo circling four birdies at Nos. 7, 8, 13 and 18, walking off with a 4 at the par-5 18th from 7'1". Watson knocked in that one, and also birdie-3 at 13 from 7'0", while Holmes converted their first two for the good, both from inside eight feet as well. Watson, who entered the week ranked 192nd on TOUR in SG: Putting, kept the card clean with a 6'7" par-saver at the sixth, and an 11'11" par-saver at nine. Fifteen (of 42) teams have signed their cards so far with Watson and Holmes the only blemish-free lap.
Apr 29 - 3:16 PM

Dylan Frittelli scorched Topwin Golf & CC, carding a third round 8-under-par 32-32=64; his 54-hole total of 19-under 197 gives him a three-shot lead over Pablo Larrazabal at the Volvo China Open.

The South African is yet to win on the European Tour but he is 17-under through his last 36 holes in Beijing - a stunning stretch of golf that has split the field. Only Larrazabal in second has come close to equaling it; Alexander Levy, in solo third, is seven adrift of Frittelli on 12-under. The South African leader made four birdies on each nine. There were ticks at 4, 6, 7 and 8 on the front, then 11, 12, 15 and 18 on his return to the clubhouse. It was a commanding performance Saturday, giving him a first solo 54-hole lead on the European Tour; he had a share of the lead in the 2015 Australian PGA Championship, finishing T2. He also held a four shot lead in the Challenge Tour's 2013 Karnten Open and converted the win, but that effort will pale set against this victory should he prevail Sunday. T5 last week in the Shenzhen International he has not only maintained that form, but brutally improved on it thus far.
Apr 29 - 5:09 AM

Playing best ball in round two of the Zurich Classic, Tyrone Van Aswegen and Retief Goosen torched TPC Louisiana with a bogey-free, 12-under-par 30-30=60, soaring up to 11-under 133 after 36 holes, good for a spot inside the top 10.

The South African duo failed to get much started on day one while playing alternate shot, trading four birdies with two bogeys and a triple. It could have been a late-night range session or just a switch to the four-ball format that did the trick. Whatever it was, this team was clicking on all cylinders today. Highlights include seven birdie splashes from Goosen, four from outside 10 feet. Van Aswegen played the Robin role to Goosen's Batman, still managing to add three birdies in addition to an eagle (6'7") at the par-5 seventh. This goes in the books as the low round of the day and is the first score to finally beat the individual course record which is held by Ben Martin (62, R1 of 2014 edition). Unfortunately for the South Africans, they will have to flip the switch back to alternate-shot format in round three.
Apr 28 - 6:49 PM




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