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Louis Oosthuizen was ousted from the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship 3 and 2 by Robert Garrigus in the Hogan Bracket in the second round.

Oosthuizen didn't play poorly, he just ran into a buzz saw in Garrigus, who completed 15 holes in 6-under-par on the strength of eight birdies against two bogeys. The South African shot 3-under but won only two holes, with pars no less. They were all square through eight before Garrigus circled three unanswered wins the rest of the way. He eases into the third round where he will face Fredrik Jacobson. Oosthuizen was the last of the four top seeds to be defeated.
Fri, Feb 22, 2013 04:42:00 PM

Justin Thomas is one of nine players stranded on TPC Scottsdale due to darnkess at 5:45 p.m. MT during the first round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Those yet to complete play will return to the course at 8:00 a.m. on Friday. Thomas is 3-under-par through 16 holes, and four strokes off the lead, but must convert a 6'11" par putt on the par-4 17th to stay that way. Rain is expected throughout the day on Friday, so delays throughout the day are certainly possible.
Jan 29 - 7:59 PM

Ryan Palmer spun a bogey-free 7-under-par 31-33=64 in the first round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open to establish a new lead number.

Palmer's lap around TPC Scottsdale featured five birdies and an eagle from 15 inches on the par-5 13th. His round began on the back nine, and he gathered three birdies in addition to the aforementioned eagle including an 18'10" effort on the raucous par-3 16th. While his pace slowed on the front, he did manage to add two birdies, including an 11'1" mid-ranger on the par-5 third, to go with seven pars. His trend entering this week was tasty, with a T17 at the Sony Open in Hawaii preceding a T10 in the Humana Challenge. Palmer is a three-time winner on the PGA TOUR, with his most recent coming at the 2010 Sony Open in Hawaii.
Jan 29 - 7:46 PM

Tiger Woods posted a 2-over-par 39-34=73 in the first round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale.

How one perceives Woods' opening round of 2015 will largely depend on perspective. He spent the better half of his front nine battling the chipping demons first manifested at his Hero World Challenge late in 2014. In fact, he was 4-over through four holes. A 13'4" birdie on the par-4 fifth was his lone bright spot on the front, to go with three bogeys and a double bogey. His back nine featured an eagle from seven inches on the par-5 13th and a two-putt birdie on the par-4 17th from 20'1". Several of his drives were extremely good on the back nine, and the putter didn't hurt him. The optimist will note that he played his last 14 holes in 2-under. How he progresses over his next 18 holes will, no doubt, be heavily scrutinized.
Jan 29 - 6:51 PM

Bernd Wiesberger has been a stud on the Gulf Swing and enjoys a one-shot lead at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic after an opening 8-under-par 33-31=64.

Building on finishes of tied sixth in Abu Dhabi and third in Qatar, Wiesberger kept his hot-streak going with a bogey-free round which included five straight birdies on the back nine. The Austrian made a sedate start before registering his first par breaker of the day at the sixth and adding another at nine to turn in 33. At that stage it looked as if he would finish day one nestled somewhere in the chasing pack but, after a four at the par-5 10th, he reeled off birdies at 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17 to burst into the lead. One of the European Tour's in-form players, expect him to stay a factor all week.
Jan 29 - 8:47 AM

Louis Oosthuizen has withdrawn from the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, according to TeamISM on Twitter.

The tweet from his management company said, "@Louis57TM has been forced to withdraw from #ODDC with a back problem." Unfortunately, it doesn't come as a surprise to see the South African troubled by injury again. The 2010 Open champion has been plagued by a series of ailments over the last couple of seasons and took a two-month break last year before returning at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland. His most recent start came in mid-December when he finished second at the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa.
Jan 29 - 5:42 AM

He needed a playoff this morning, but Andrew Loupe advanced to the Waste Management Phoenix Open via open qualifying.

Loupe has conditional status on the PGA TOUR this season, so this is a real bonus. He shot 5-under-par 35-32=67 at McCormick Ranch Golf Club's Pine Course in Scottsdale with six birdies against one bogey. The 24-year-old then outlasted PGA TOUR rookie Blayne Barber, eight-time PGA TOUR winner Lee Janzen and Andy Pope in a 4-for-1 playoff for the final of three berths. (The WMPO is the only open tournament with an open qualifier that doesn't reserve four spots.) Scott Harrington and Cory Renfrew shared medalist honors. Harrington turned in a 6-under 32-34=66 with an eagle, six birdies and two bogeys. Renfrew carded 6-under 31-35=66 with seven birdies and a bogey. The field for the WM Phoenix Open is now complete at 132.
Jan 27 - 12:22 PM

Tony Finau received one of the last two sponsor exemptions at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

The rookie was last man in the field on merit when it was released on Friday afternoon. He was bumped out due to four top 10s at the Humana Challenge that allowed Sung Joon Park, Steve Wheatcroft, Justin Thomas and Colt Knost to climb over in that order. Park effectively took Finau's place in the field on merit, leaving Finau at fourth alternate. The tournament then distributed the last two sponsor exemptions to Thomas and Finau. So, Wheatcroft and Knost and first and second alternate, respectively. If either or both don't get into the field of 132 at TPC Scottsdale, their top-10 exemptions will carry over to next week's Farmers Insurance Open, but they'd get into that field of 156 on merit anyway. This sort of thing happens at least once every two years, if not every two of three. As you'd expect, Finau is making his debut at the WMPO.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jan 26 - 11:18 AM

Sang-moon Bae is scheduled to compete in this week's Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Given that the tournament begins on Jan. 29 and extends past the 30-day grace period inside which the Military Manpower Administration [MMA] demanded that he return home to begin fulfilling his military obligation, Bae might seem to be a surprise entry into the field of 132 at TPC Scottsdale's newly renovated Stadium Course. However, as reported earlier in the month, Bae is allowed to remain abroad during the duration of his lawsuit that counters the MMA's claim that he isn't in need of an exemption to extend his travel visa. It's unknown as to how long the legal battle will last. Meanwhile, he's 2-for-2 at the WMPO, but hasn't cracked a top 45. A T51 at the Sony Open in Hawaii was his first payday outside the top 25 since THE PLAYERS last May.
Jan 25 - 8:53 PM

Bill Haas steadied a 5-under-par 33-34=67 at PGA West's Palmer Private to reach 22-under 266, securing his second victory at the Humana Challenge.

Haas got off to a shaky start, missing the green at the par-3 fourth that led to a bogey. He immediately bounced back with a 12'5" birdie roll on the par-4 fourth. The Wake Forest product added an eagle on the par-5 sixth and three more birdies along the way. Finally, he arrived on the 18th tee needing a par to win the tournament, but a poor drive resulted in an awkward lie just outside a fairway bunker. He recovered nicely and found himself two-putting for his sixth career PGA TOUR title. With this win, Haas secures his spot into the PGA Championship and World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.
Jan 25 - 6:55 PM

Jason Dufner completed 54 holes of the Humana Challenge in 6-under-par 76-65-69=210, missing the cut by two strokes.

Seventy-two golfers survived at 8-under 208 or lower, so all will play the final round at PGA West's Palmer Private. Dufner had cashed in his last five trips to the desert dating back to 2007, but he hadn't returned since 2012. After a dreadful opened at La Quinta Country Club this week, he lit up both tracks at PGA West for a total of one eagle and 10 birdies against two bogeys, so he'll take some confidence into next week's stop at TPC Scottsdale where he missed the cut in his last visit in 2013. Other notables that failed to survive today's cut include: 209--Zach Johnson; Jerry Kelly; rookie Zac Blair ... 210--rookie Nick Taylor; Brandt Snedeker ... 211--Russell Knox ... 213--2011 champ Jhonattan Vegas; Steven Bowditch ... 214--2006 champ Chad Campbell; Luke Donald; Andres Gonzales ... 215--1996 champ Mark Brooks ... 216--2005 champ Justin Leonard ... 229--2003 champ Mike Weir.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jan 24 - 7:49 PM

Shawn Stefani torched PGA West's Nicklaus Private for a bogey-free, 9-under-par 32-31=63 in his third round of the Humana Challenge.

If not for an opening 75 at Palmer Private at PGA West, Stefani might be in the mix for his first PGA TOUR title this week. His 6-under 66 at La Quinta Country Club on Friday included a hole-in-one on the par-3 third hole, his 12th of the round. Today, he piped 12 (of 14) fairways and hit 17 greens in regulation en route to an eagle (at the par-5 16th) and seven birdies. The 63 goes in the books as his career low on TOUR; this is his 47th start. At 12-under 204, Stefani is in a 10-way tie for 24th place five strokes off the pace of the overnight quad-leaders.
Jan 24 - 7:11 PM




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