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Patrick Cantlay fired a final-round 5-under-par 33-33=66 to cash in on the potential he's flashed dating back to his amateur days in winning the Colombia Championship on the Web.com Tour.

He entered the day tied with Jim Renner and stepped on the eighth hole even par for his round. Cantlay rattled off a birdie-birdie-eagle run beginning on the eighth and added one more blow to the field with a birdie on the par-4 14th. He cruised to a four-stroke victory, with Renner the nearest competitor. Cantlay's win comes a week after he opened the season on the Web.com Tour with a T44 in Panama. It also virtually assures him a spot in the four-tournament race for a 2013-2014 PGA TOUR card, where he will be expected by many to walk away with PGA TOUR playing privileges for 2013-14.
Sun, Mar 3, 2013 05:08:00 PM

Mikko Ilonen traded birdies and bogeys in compiling a 3-under-par round of 34-34=68 which left him on 5-under 137 for the week and co-leading the 100th Open de France in the clubhouse after the morning wave completed their rounds.

The Finn is tied at the top alongside Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee after ticking 5 birdies and crossing 2 bogeys in his second round. When the morning starters had completed their laps of the course Ilonen was the only golfer to have signed for two sub-70 scores. It was a stunning effort Friday given that he found just 3 fairways from the tee, but the rest of his game was tidy enough to make up for this failing. His position of prominence is even more extraordinary when you consider that he has doubled his number of sub-70 rounds on the Albatros course (previously 2 in 26) and has never finished higher than T45 in 8 visits. He and Jaidee are 2 clear of the field.
Jul 1 - 8:41 AM

Camilo Villegas vaulted up the leaderboard with 14 points during the opening round of the Barracuda Championship, signing for a bogey-free, 6-under-par 30-35=65 to sit one point off the early pacesetter Martin Laird.

The Colombian opened the week outside the FedExCup Playoff bubble at 142nd in the standings. A good week would go a long way and he's off to a good start so far. Villegas split 10 (of 14) fairways and landed 13 greens in regulation. That steady ball-striking was crucial in keeping his card blemish-free, but it was the flat stick that yielded all the scoring. Villegas needed just 24 putts to make his way around Montrêux Golf and Country Club, converting three times from outside 11 feet. He also holed out from off the green (78 feet) for birdie at the par-4 fifth hole. This marks his seventh career round at Montrêux, and easily the best on his resume (69/R3 2013).
Jun 30 - 8:50 PM

Davis Love III withdrew from the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational following an 8-over-par 37-41=78 opening round. Update: Love III announced he will be out for the remainder of the season as he opts for hip surgery to repair a torn left hip labrum.

DL3 was making his first start at Firestone Country Club since 2009, entering the week with top 20s in 9-of-10 starts at this venue. He opened with back-to-back birdies and looked to be on his way to another strong finish. That is where the fun stopped as he split just two more fairways and found just two more greens in regulation over his final 16 holes. He lost 6.82 strokes tee-to-green, leading to six pars and 10 bogeys. The U.S. Ryder Cup Team captain has now withdrawn from two events this year and 11 total in his career. Love III is scheduled to undergo hip surgery on July 6th.
Jun 30 - 6:36 PM

Brendan Steele survived a five-pack of bogeys to collect 13 points during round one of the Barrcuda Championship, signing for a 4-under-par 37-31=68.

The course horse opened on the back nine with six birdies and one bogey to make the turn with 11 points. Steele carded three more bogeys on his inward nine but swallowed four straight bogeys, beginning at the par-3 third hole. The four-hole bogey train set him back four points but he remains T3 on the live leaderboard, just two points off the early leader Martin Laird. Steele entered the week with three top 10s in four appearances at Montrêux Golf and Country Club.
Jun 30 - 4:44 PM

Brooks Koepka has withdrawn from this week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational due to an ankle injury. He was 5-over through 13 at the time of the WD.

The Florida State product joins his fellow alum Daniel Berger as first-round WDs this week. Koepka opened with three bogeys and six pars before making the turn. The real damage was done at the par-4 13th hole as he found a fairway bunker off the tee, punched out to 141 yards and then three-putted from 41'11" for double bogey. Koepka entered the week with high expectations as he finished T6 here last year and arrived with three straight top 15s. He will now have a week off to recover before taking on Royal Troon Golf Club at the Open Championship.
Jun 30 - 3:44 PM

Martin Laird sliced through Montrêux Golf and Country Club with a 7-under-par 32-33=65 during the opening round of the Barracuda Championship, giving himself the early lead with 15 points.

Laird entered the week with three top 10s at this event in three tries, but just one since the move to Modified Stableford scoring in 2012. That latest finish was a T6 in 2014 and the Scot picked up right where he left off, circling eight birdies while swallowing just one bogey. Three of his birdie splashes came from 12-to-17 feet but his most notable putt was a 26-footer to save par at the par-4 fifth hole. Laird has now posted rounds of 66 or better in six of his nine competitive rounds at Montrêux G&CC. With this kind of course history, gamers should expect him to stick around near the top all week.
Jun 30 - 3:25 PM

William McGirt bombarded Firestone Country Club with a bogey-free, 6-under-par 31-33=64 during the first round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.

Making his tournament debut, McGirt put on a short-game clinic today. He holed out from a greenside bunker (24'4" at the par-3 15th), holed out from the fringe (14'1" at the par-4 17th), holed out from off the green at the last to save par (46'1"), and drained four putts from outside 18 feet. The longest was a 28'11" birdie bomb at the par-3 fifth hole. Overall, he walked off the course gaining 5.507 strokes on, and around, the green. It's extremely unlikely that we see him maintain this short-game play as the week progresses, but he's given himself a nice little head start on the field.
Jun 30 - 2:58 PM

Colt Knost torched Montrêux Golf and Country Club with a 6-under-par 34-32=66 to bag 13 points during the opening round of the Barracuda Championship.

Since the event moved to Modified Stableford scoring in 2012, all four winners have collected at least 10 points in their opening round. Today, Knost exceeded that with 13 points, using a balanced attack to circle seven birdies. He gained 3.89 strokes approaching-the-green but also sank six putts from outside six feet. Most notable was a 33'4" birdie bomb to kick off his round at the par-4 first hole. The SMU alum entered with a paltry 2-for-5 record at the event, but that included a T10 in last year's edition.
Jun 30 - 2:47 PM

Daniel Berger hit just one shot today at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational before calling it quits, citing a shoulder injury.

The Florida State product was set to make his debut at Firestone Country Club, but decided he couldn't play through the pain after his opening tee ball. Since this is a World Golf Championships event and he started the round, he will walk away with a last-place check of $50,500 although it does not count toward the official money ranking. This adds to an already shaky WGC resume, early in his career. He withdrew from this year's WGC-Dell Match Play after injuring his wrist on a stone wall when facing off against Phil Mickelson. A WD-rate of 50 percent in no-cut WGC events is far from ideal. In a tournament that guarantees four rounds of play, this one will sting for gamers.
Jun 30 - 11:50 AM

Boosted by a hole-in-one at the 210-yard 2nd, Lucas Bjerregaard fired a 5-under-par 32-34=66 to take a one-shot lead over Bernd Wiesberger, Thongchai Jaidee, Adrian Otaegui and Thomas Pieters after the opening round of the 100th Open de France.

The Dane drained his tee shot with a seven-iron to give his morning lap of Le Golf National a dramatic early boost and added circles at 3, 5 and 6 against a bogey at 4 to leap to 4-under with just a third of his round gone. Inevitably on such a tough course he quietened after that and splashed red at 10 and 14 before ending with three pars and a bogey at 16. Bjerregaard's big hitting certainly helped him today but 5-for-6 scrambling allowed him to make the most of it. He took just 26 putts. Gamers certainly didn't see this coming as he's 0-for-2 in this event having never broken 74 and had also missed four of his last five cuts on the European Tour. "It's a great start and I think that's what I've been needing these last few past weeks," he said. "I've been playing decent and seeing a lot of improvements. I just haven't really put any good rounds together."
Jun 30 - 7:54 AM

Shane Lowry makes his way back to Firestone Country Club in attempt to defend his throne at this week's World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.

Lowry found himself in a difficult situation this week. As the defending champion, it's almost an unwritten rule that you return to defend. However, his runner-up finish at the U.S. Open catapulted him up the European Tour Ryder Cup Rankings, currently 11th place. With the 100th Open de France giving up 2x Ryder Cup points, it would have been easy for Lowry to bail and head to Paris. Instead, he'll be collecting an easy paycheck this week and gets the opportunity to increase his position in the FedExCup standings (currently 75th). Lowry owns just four top 25s in 12 starts this season but gamers can just look at last year's leaderboard if they need a reminder of his upside this week.
Jun 28 - 3:58 PM




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