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Charl Schwartzel was eliminated in the first round in the Jones Bracket of the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship by Russell Henley, who recorded a 1-up victory.

Thanks to a piping-hot slate in recent stroke-play competition, Schwartzel likely populated many a pick sheet this week, but it was Henley that didn't waver. After opening a 2-up lead with par-birdie, the PGA TOUR rookie didn't let go of the lead despite losing four holes later. He also picked up three wins, one with a biride and two with pars. He advances to face Jason Day in the second round. Due to the considerable delay due to inclement weather, the third round and quarterfinals are scheduled for Saturday. The semis, the championship and the consolation will be contested on Sunday.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Thu, Feb 21, 2013 04:50:00 PM

Local resident Brett Rumford completed his dominant week at the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth in Australia by beating Phachara Khongwatmai 2&1 in the final to claim his sixth European Tour title.

Playing at his home Lake Karrinyup course, Rumford had dominated the 54-hole stroke play portion of the tournament by finishing five shots clear of the field to secure top seeding for Sunday's match play section. As one of the eight seeds, Rumford had a bye in the first round and then overcame Hideto Tanihara (2&1), Wade Ormsby (2nd shootout hole) and Adam Bland (1 hole) on the way to the final. He started the six-hole championship match against Thai teenager Khongwatmai by putting his approach to three feet to earn a concession but lost the second after a poor drive. Rumford holed from 10 feet at 4 to go 1up and sealed victory with a superb tee-shot to two feet at 5. World No. 274 Rumford, who lost his card last year, will have an exemption until the end of the 2018 season after claiming his first win since the 2013 Volvo China Open. "It's amazing, particularly being a new format, the first winner of that," said the 39-year-old.
Feb 19 - 4:53 AM

The third round of the Genesis Open in Pacific Palisades, California, was suspended at 5:43 pm PST due to darkness, with a scheduled restart at 6:50 am Sunday.

The two-day second round was finally completed at 3:49 pm on Saturday. 71 players (70 pros, one amateur) survived the 36-hole cut and began the third round at 4:10 pm in threesomes off both sets of tees. Open-qualifier and PGA TOUR rookie J.T. Poston is in the penultimate threesome off No. 1 tee following a second-round 2-under-par 31-38=69 (four birdies, two bogeys) on 10 (of 14) fairways and 10 greens in regulation. He did not get his third frame underway on Saturday so he'll start the third round tomorrow morning in a three-way T4 on 7-under 135, two back of 36-hole leader Dustin Johnson.
Feb 18 - 8:48 PM

World No. 24 Brandt Snedeker pieced together an even-par 33-38=71 in the two-day second round of the Genesis Open but at 2-over 73-71=144, missed the 36-hole cut by two shots.

A total of 71 players (70 pros and one amateur) from a field of 143 pros and one amateur made the cut on even-par 142. Snedeker arrived for his seventh visit to Riviera CC off consecutive top-10 finishes, including a season-best solo 4th last week at the AT&T Pro-Am. He's had mixed fortunes at the Genesis however, offsetting a pair of top 20s now with four missed cuts and a 74th-place finish (of 75) on last visit in 2015. For the short week, the 36-year-old outbalanced six birdies with eight bogeys. Other notables with early exits include: 143- Tony Finau; Scott Piercy; Marc Leishman ... 144- Harris English; Ryan Moore ... 145- Billy Horschel ... 147- Francesco Molinari; Brooks Koepka; Kevin Chappell ... 148- Charl Schwartzel; Hideki Matsuyama; Kelly Kraft ... 148- Hudson Swafford.
Feb 18 - 7:23 PM

With lift, clean and place in effect, World No. 248 Cameron Tringale fired a bogey-free 7-under-par 32-32=64 in the two-day second round of the Genesis Open, tying the low round of the week and throwing 9-under 133 on the board, up 30 places to T2, one back of 36-hole leader Dustin Johnson.

The California native and resident improves to 7-for-7 at Riviera CC. He opened with a four-birdie two-bogey 69 and returned Saturday morning to circle seven birdies on 11 (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation. The 29-year-old gained 5.221 strokes tee-to-green and 2.395 strokes with the flat stick. He kicked off with a 3-birdie train on holes 3-5, 2-putted the par-4 10th for birdie, and went back-to-back with birdie-4 at 11. Tringale saved some of the best for last, dropping a 42-footer from the fringe for birdie at the par-4 15th and then holed out from 82 yards for a walk-off 3 at the par-4 18th.
Feb 18 - 6:50 PM

World No. 66 Pat Perez smoothed a 5-under-par 35-31=66 in the two-day second round of the Genesis Open to post 9-under 133, up six spots to T2, one back of 36-hole leader Dustin Johnson, who also shot 66.

The 40-year-old played the entirety of his second round on Saturday -- along with 58 others in the same boat -- and landed seven (of 14) fairways and just nine greens in regulation. He kicked off with a 2-putt birdie-4 at the first and eight pars later, squared 5 at the par-4 ninth for a second lap in a row. The Arizonian came to life on the inward half, circling five birdies at 11, 13, 14, 17 and 18, three conventional from between three and 17 feet, adding a 12-footer from the fringe for birdie-4 at 11 and pitching in for another birdie-4 at 17. All together, it equaled just 22 putts.
Feb 18 - 6:34 PM

World No. 3 Dustin Johnson hung up a bogey-free 5-under-par 33-33=66 in the two-day second round of the Genesis Open to reach the midpoint on 10-under 132, tying the low round of the day thus far with Kyle Stanley and Pat Perez, and assuming the 36-hole clubhouse lead by one over Perez. UPDATE: With play completed, Johnson leads by one over Perez and Cameron Tringale, who shot 64.

After kicking off with 66, the 32-year-old took all of Friday off along with 58 others. He returned on Saturday morning to hit eight (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, recording 2.850 SG: Tee-to-Green and 2.766 SG: Putting. The South Carolina native circled birdies at Nos. 1, and 4, the latter from 38'4", followed by 10 straight pars before canning a 35-footer for birdie-3 at 15. He ended his scoring with a tap-in 4 at 17 and a walk-off 3 at 18 from 20'3". This is his first lead this season after any round in his fifth start. Last season, Johnson led/co-led four times after 36 holes. He won two of those (U.S. Open, BMW Championship); and finished T6 (TOUR Championship) and runner-up at the RBC Canadian Open in the other two.
Feb 18 - 5:46 PM

World No. 70 Jhonattan Vegas tossed up a 3-under-par 31-37=68 in the two-day second round of the Genesis Open to post 7-under 135, up seven places to T1 and good for the early 36-hole clubhouse lead. UPDATE: With play completed, Vegas is T4, three shy of 36-hole leader Dustin Johnson.

The 32-year-old was 3-under thru 14 holes on Friday (four birdies, one bogey) when play was suspended, and returned Saturday morning to play his final four holes in all pars. Included in those were an 8-foot 11-inch comebacker for par the 17th and a 26'2" par-saver at the par-4 15th. In total, the two-time TOUR champ found seven (of 14) fairways and 10 greens in regulation, posting 1.800 putts per GIR and 2.755 SG: Putting at last check. His most recent win came at the 2016 RBC Canadian Open last July after gaining entry off a T4 at the opposite-field Barbasol Championship. Vegas overcame a 5-shot deficit at the RBC with 8-under 64 to win by 1, highlighted by a trip-birdie finish.
Feb 18 - 1:29 PM

World No. 5 Hideki Matsuyama will miss the cut after ballooning to a 9-over-par 40-40=80 in the two-day second round of the Genesis Open, his worst round on TOUR since 9-over 81 in R2 at the 2016 WGC-Cadillac Championship, where he was battling a hip flexor.

The 24-year-old arrived off a successful title defense two weeks ago at TPC Scottsdale, his second win of the season in six starts and seventh top 2 in his last nine worldwide events. Both of his laps this week were contested over two-day periods due to inclement weather. The FedExCup leader got 16 holes in R1 completed on Thursday, birdieing the par-3 16th before the suspension, and returned on Friday morning to go birdie-birdie for 3-under 68. After a quick turnaround, he got 15 holes of his second frame completed, and returned Saturday to finish bogey-bogey-bogey. Matsuyama entered the week 2nd on TOUR in scoring average (68.890) with 24 (of 25) rounds at par or better and 23 sub-par rounds. He had no birdies in R2 against nine bogeys on 4 (of 14) fairways and six greens in regulation, posting 2.167 putts per GIR and -3.822 SG Putting at last glance.
Feb 18 - 1:10 PM

Five (of 118) stranded during the second round of the Genesis Open on Friday -- due to severe weather -- did not return on Saturday morning to complete their respective rounds. At press time, there is no current information that any of these were due to injury.

Among the five are two-time and defending champ Bubba Watson, who was 5-over thru 16 holes, 8-over total. This was his sixth mid-tourney WD in 255 career events, first since the 2014 Arnold Palmer Invitational where he was a co-fave and WD after a first-round 11-over 83 (allergies). Watson's four starts this season read: WD (Genesis); CUT (WM Phoenix Open); T25 (of 32) at the no-cut SBS Tournament of Champions; T54 (of 78) at the no-cut WGC-HSBC Champions. The other four players who WD: Vaughn Taylor- 4-over thru 17, 3-over total; Steve Marino- 3-over thru 13, 3-over total; Shane Lowry- 4-over thru 16, 6-over total; Jinho Choi- 10-over thru 11, 15-over total.
Feb 18 - 12:27 PM

The scheduled 7:00 am PST resumption of Round 2 of the Genesis Open on Saturday has now been delayed until 9:00 am.

Media reports are saying the storm that hit Southern California on Friday was the worst since 1995. Whatever the case, it doesn't bode well for sports that are contested outside. Only 25 (of 143) were able to complete their respective second rounds on Friday. Of the 118 that didn't, 59 players have not even teed off yet. Zac Blair was one of the fortunate. He followed a 1-under 70 (four birdies, three bogeys) with 3-under-par 35-33=68 to reach 4-under 138, currently T10 on the leaderboard. The 26-year-old erased two bogeys with three birdies and an eagle-3, and will play more than two rounds at Riviera CC for the first time, missing cuts in 2016 and 2015. Exactly how many rounds is yet to be determined, but officials had earlier stated they expect to get 72 holes in by Sunday.
Feb 18 - 8:50 AM

With a 2-over-par 38-36=74, Thorbjørn Olesen put it in reverse in round three of the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth in Australia, dropping 29 spots down the leaderboard to T39 and missing out on the top 24 who will battle it out in Sunday's match play finale.

His eventual tally of 5-under 211 in the 54-hole stroke play section was three shots too many to make the playoff for the final five spots after 19 players had made it through automatically on 9-under. Olesen's disappointing Saturday included bogeys at 7, 9, 12 and 16, his only birdies coming at 11 and 15. Others notable names to exit at the 54-hole mark include: 209- Simon Khan ... 210- Richard Green ... 211- Robert Allenby ... 212- Ashun Wu, Mikko Korhonen, Curtis Luck ... 213- Peter Uihlein, Gregory Bourdy.
Feb 18 - 5:20 AM




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