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Ryo Ishikawa spun a 6-under-par 33-33=66 in the third round of the Puerto Rico Open to reach the 54-hole mark at 12-under 204.

Included in his round was his first hole-in-one on the PGA TOUR, coming from a 6-iron on the eighth hole. That wasn't the only fireworks he set off, also finding an eagle on the par-5 15th before closing out his round with back-to-back birdies on the 17th and 18th. That he is in contention and sharing the clubhouse lead is not a surprise. He was runner-up at Trump International Golf Club-Puerto Rico last season.
Sat, Mar 9, 2013 01:52:00 PM

An MRI scan revealed bad news for Rory McIlroy's rib, leading to his withdraw from this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and leaves his short-term schedule up in the air.

McIlroy mentioned his rib injury last week when he was playing at the BMW South African Open. The fact that he injured his ribs early in the week and still finished second place in the event had many assuming this was a small tweak. The MRI scan revealed otherwise, showing a stress fracture in the ribs. In his full statement to the European Tour, McIlroy said, "In situations like this you simply have to listen to the experts and the team I have consulted have all advised me to rest until my rib has fully recovered." The Northern Irishman was really motivated to do well this week in Abu Dhabi as he continues his climb back toward World No. 1, but that journey will have to wait until the rib is healed. There is no timetable for his return at this time.
Jan 16 - 2:58 PM

World No. 16 Justin Rose twirled a 6-under-par 32-32=64 in the final round of the Sony Open in Hawaii for a four-day tally of 20-under 260, good for solo 2nd, seven adrift of overnight leader and champion Justin Thomas.

The 36-year-old fulfilled the new TOUR requirement to add a tourney that he hadn't played in the last four years, and he's glad he did. This was his fifth Sony, first since T13 in 2011, and supplants a previous-best T12 in 2010, where he also closed in 64. The Englishman, who was making his first start of the season, began R4 in a three-way T3 on 14-under, eight shy of playing competitor Thomas. He squared a lone bogey-4 at 11 (failed scramble), but silenced it with six conventional birdies at Nos. 3, 4, 8 (14'4"), 10, 16 and 18, adding a 47-footer from off the green at the par-4 15th (using the flat stick). For the week, Rose carded 25 birdies versus five bogeys and posted rounds of 66-64-66-64. It's his 10th runner-up in 288 career events, first since T2 at the 2015 TOUR Championship.
Jan 15 - 10:50 PM

First- second- and third-round leader Justin Thomas spun a 5-under-par 34-31=65 in today's final round of the Sony Open in Hawaii to finish off his third appearance on 27-under 253, good for a 7-shot win over Justin Rose, his fourth PGA TOUR title in his 74th career start (70 pro), and setting a new 72-hole aggregate scoring record on TOUR by one stroke.

The 23-year-old moved to a career-best 12th in OWGR with his 3-shot win last week at the SBS TOC, and bumps to No. 8 with his wire-to-wire masterpiece at Waialae CC -- the first player to complete the Aloha double since 2003 (Ernie Els). Along with his 3-shot win at the CIMB Classic (for back-to-back wins in Malaysia), this is his third win of the season in five starts and assumes the FedExCup lead. The Kentuckian, who led by 7 entering R4, opened the week with a hole-out eagle-2 en route to a course-record career-low 59 and chased with 64-65-65, setting or matching several records along the way. For the week, he tallied three eagles and 26 birdies versus five bogeys for 20.238 in SG: Total. Thomas has been tied or atop the leaderboard after each of the last seven rounds on TOUR.
Jan 15 - 10:26 PM

Top-ranked and pre-tourney fave Jordan Spieth painted a 7-under-par 33-30=63 in the final round of the Sony Open in Hawaii to wrap his second appearance (MC/2014) on 19-under 261, currently T2 on the leaderboard. UPDATE: With play completed, Spieth finished up six places in solo 3rd, eight shy of champion Justin Thomas.

The OWGR No. 5 closed out last week's defense on Maui -- his first start of the season -- with a bogey-free 8-under 65 to back-door a T3, and is up seven places on today's lap. He began the finale in solo 9th, 10 back of Thomas. The 23-year-old birdied three straight two times, on holes 1-3, and on 10-12, adding circles on 16 and 18. His lone dropped shot was a one-putt bogey-4 at the fourth from 17'9". For the week, the Texan circled 24 birdies versus five bogeys and posted rounds of 65-67-66-63. He was No. 1 in SG: Approach-the-Green at 10.362, but 53rd in SG: Putting (0.268), including 3.367 in R4, and 59th in SG: Around-the-Green (-1.239).
Jan 15 - 10:01 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, World No. 140 Chez Reavie twirled a career-tying-low 9-under-par 33-28=61 in the final round of the Sony Open in Hawaii to finish up his seventh appearance on 16-under 264, up 42 spots on the live leaderboard to T6 and good for the low round in the clubhouse. UPDATE: With play completed, Reavie's 61 was the low round of the day and finished in a two-way T8, 11 back of champion Justin Thomas.

This is the 35-year-old's third 61 on TOUR in 659 career rounds, second of the season. Ten weeks ago, he opened the Shriners with 5-over 76 before going 15 shots better in R2, eventually finishing T24. After opening in 67-67-69, the Arizona State product kicked off with birdies at 10 (from 22'1") and 11, went back-to-back at 14 and 15, and then aced the par-3 17th with a 6-iron from 197 yards (video link below). The Kansas native birdied the par-5 18th to turn 7-under and the 59 watch was on. He added another set of back-to-backs at 2 (26'4") and 3, to move to 9-under thru 12 holes, but a failed sand save led to bogey-5 at the sixth, derailing his momentum. Reavie, who arrived off a T4 (OHL Classic), wrapped with a 9'7" birdie at the par-5 ninth.
Jan 15 - 9:08 PM

Rory McIlroy couldn't break Graeme Storm's resolve despite an excellent final round 4-under-par 33-35=68; his total of 18-under 270 earned him a play-off but a bogey at the third extra hole cost him the BMW South African Open title at Glendower GC.

The good news: for the seventh time in eight seasonal starts the Northern Irishman has pegged a top three finish. The bad news: he still can't find the win. He'll be disappointed, but he may also reflect that his game appeared in strong fettle and he seemed to cope well with a back twinge. Starting the day three shots adrift of Storm he made quiet progress, eating into the leader's advantage, circling 1, 2 and 8. An imperious 6-iron to 20'0" at the par-five 15th earned another birdie, an up-and-down at the 15th a fifth, enough for him to assume a one shot lead. But his tee shot at the par-three 17th was errant and he couldn't escape the bunker at the first time of asking. He saved bogey, but could not find one at 18 in four attempts (once in regulation then in the play-off). Storm was strong and McIlroy's bogey on the third extra hole was decisive.
Jan 15 - 8:34 AM

Just weeks after thinking he had lost his European Tour card, Graeme Storm went head-to-head with Rory McIlroy and claimed the BMW South African Open on the third extra hole after shooting a final round 1-under-par 35-36=71 for 18-under 270 at Glendower GC.

The veteran Englishman secured just his second European Tour title, ten years after his first at the Open de France, in sensational style. He had entered the final day with a 3-shot advantage over McIlroy and although composed most of the day, making an early birdie at the 2nd, he appeared to become somewhat becalmed midway through the back nine when caught and passed by McIlroy. A bogey at 14, his first in 55 holes, was to blame, but he immediately made birdie at the 15th and a bogey for McIlroy at 17 left them tied on the final tee. If he was becalmed he now stood tall under huge pressure. They played 18 once in regulation play, and three times in extra holes, but eventually Storm's relentless pars did the trick when McIlroy slipped to bogey. "I'm in shock," he said afterwards. "A surreal week."
Jan 15 - 8:23 AM

World No. 16 Justin Rose tossed up a 4-under-par 35-31=66 in the third round of the Sony Open in Hawaii to reach 14-under 196, and will begin the final round eights shots in arrears to 54-hole leader Justin Thomas.

The 36-year-old was the first of three to post 14-under, so he'll play out of the final threesome on Sunday with Thomas and Zach Johnson, who's in solo 2nd on 15-under. He began the third round right where he finished it, in a three-way T3, but slipped one shot further back of Thomas after a one-bogey five-birdie showing. The Olympic Gold Medalist was sleepwalking thru the first nine, exchanging bogey-5 at the fifth (failed scramble) with birdie-3 at the eighth, but came home in blemish-free 4-under, adding birdies at 13 (from 28'5"), 14 (27'3"), 16 (17'8") and 18.
Jan 14 - 11:47 PM

Past champ and World No. 38 Zach Johnson chased a second-round 61 with a bogey-free 5-under-par 33-32=65 in today's third round of the Sony Open in Hawaii to reach 15-under 195, up one place to solo 2nd, seven in arrears to 54-hole leader Justin Thomas.

After opening in 69-61, the 2009 winner began the third frame in a three-way T3 on 10-under, seven adrift of Thomas. Playing out of the penultimate threesome, he recorded week bests of nine (of 14) fairways and 16 greens in regulation, circling five birdies, four from inside of nine feet with a long of 17'6" at the par-4 12th. The 40-year-old, who's win here was as a 54-hole leader, was steady throughout the round, never having to make a par putt from more than 40 inches. He's bogey-free 16-under for his last 38 holes.
Jan 14 - 11:29 PM

Chad Campbell cratered to a 4-over-par 35-39=74 in today's third round of the Sony Open in Hawaii and at 3-under 207, will not have a Sunday tee time.

A total of 82 players made the 36-hole cut of 3-under 137, 13 players T70 on the number, so a second cut of low 70 and ties was required after 54 holes. Campbell opened in 71-62, the latter a personal best at Waialae CC in his 49th career round, but was 12 shots worse in R3, circling just one birdie-2 against three bogeys and a double bogey-5. Joining Campbell on the bench for Sunday are: 207- Tag Ridings; 60-year-old Fred Funk; Ryan Blaum; Hyung-Sung Kim ... 209- Whee Kim ... 210- Cameron Percy; Brandon Hagy ... 211- Carl Pettersson.
Jan 14 - 11:12 PM

First- and second-round leader Justin Thomas smoothed a bogey-free 5-under-par 34-31=65 in the third round of the Sony Open in Hawaii to post 22-under 188, good for a 7-shot lead over 2009 winner Zach Johnson, and matching the low 54-hole score in PGA TOUR history.

The World No. 12's 54-hole aggregate breaks down to a course-record 59, 64, and today's 65, tying Steve Stricker's 54-hole tally at the 2010 John Deere Classic. He began the third frame leading playing competitor Gary Woodland by five on 17-under 123 -- a new 36-hole low on TOUR -- and was seven clear of three others that were tied 3rd. The 23-year-old opened with eight straight pars, including a 12'7" par-saver at the par-3 seventh, before breaking the ice with a 2-putt birdie at the par-5 ninth. He hit 14 greens in regulation for a third straight lap, adding circles on holes 10, 14, 16 and 18, each from inside of 14 feet. Thomas will be going for his third victory of the season in five starts and looking to become the first player since Ernie Els in 2003 to win the Hawaii double.
Jan 14 - 10:59 PM




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