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Tiger Woods extended his lead to four in the third round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship with a 5-under-par 33-34=67, pushing him to 18-under 198.

Woods began his round looking like an assassin, picking off birdies with ease on each of the first three holes. A loose approach to the par-4 fifth led to his first bogey, but he would rebound soon enough to add birdies at the par-5 eighth, par-5 10th and par-3 15th. His only other blemish came at the par-4 17th, when his tee shot didn't come out of a tree from the right of the fairway. Luckily for him, they were able to see and identify the ball, allowing him an unplayable lie at the spot of the tree rather than a trip back to the tee box. After adding a birdie dagger from 16'4" on the 18th hole, he will try and slam the door on his first win at Doral since 2007 in Sunday's final round.
Sat, Mar 9, 2013 05:56:00 PM

Rickie Fowler walked off a 6-under-par 35-30=65 in today's second round of the Quicken Loans National with three birdies to steal sole possession of the 36-hole clubhouse lead at 10-under 132.

The closing ace on Thursday was more dramatic, but he gets to claim both conclusions. Today at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, Fowler hit 15 greens in regulation and totaled seven birdies to hide a sloppy 6 at the par-5 eighth hole. All of his longest conversions yielded circles, measuring 37'7", 12'7" and 27'1" at the 13th, 16th and 18th holes, respectively. Both of his strokes-gained stats sat north of 2.300 for the round at last check, and he ranked inside the top 20 in both, proving that he's firing on all cylinders on the largely unknown track in Gainesville, Virginia. The 26-year-old will enter the weekend in pursuit of his third title worldwide in his last seven starts.
Jul 31 - 5:58 PM

Alex Noren did not commit to next week's World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.

Noren joins Rory McIlroy (ankle) and Chris Kirk (hand) among the eligible taking a pass. The Swede qualified when he won the Nordea Masters in early June, but he hasn't pegged it anywhere since missing the cut at the U.S. Open in what is his only start since the win. Noren also withdrew early from The Open Championship, but details as to why have not surfaced.
Jul 31 - 5:38 PM

Billy Hurley III added a 1-under-par 38-32=70 in today's second round of the Quicken Loans National to post 2-under 140 at the midpoint, low enough to make the cut.

Hurley III's ball-striking guided him to both red numbers at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club thus far. He split 10 (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation today en route to three birdies against two bogeys. His longest conversion ran 15'3" at the par-4 13th hole. In better news, BH3's father has been found. This is the entire press release from the Police Department in Leesburg, Virginia, where a missing person report was filed: "Willard (Bill) Hurley was located safe and sound this afternoon in Texas after a citizen recognized him from earlier media releases. The citizen contacted the local police department who responded to confirm his identity. Mr. Hurley left his residence in Leesburg on Sunday July 19, 2015 and was reported as missing by his family on Monday July 27, 2015. Mr. Hurley stated to our Detective that he is fine physically and is simply travelling. Mr. Hurley did not wish to reveal the reasons behind his departure."

Sam Walker posted a bogey-free 6-under-par 33-33=66 to share the halfway lead at the Madeira Islands Open – Portugal – BPI with Sweden's Pontus Widegren.

The duo share top spot on 11-under 133 and are a shot in front of first-round leader Antonio Hortal, who added a 71 to his opening 63. Walker was fast out of the gates with birdies at three of his opening four holes before staying steady in the strong winds with a run of 10 pars. He made another jump with a chip-in eagle-2 at 6 and added another birdie at 7 before completing a clean card with a pair of pars. The Englishman split only 8 (of 14) fairways at Clube de Golf do Santo da Serra on Friday but found 14 greens in regulation and was 4-for-4 in scrambling. Walker is a three-time Challenge Tour winner and clearly has a comfort level this week despite the tournament officially being classed as a full European Tour event. "It was tough out there," said the 37-year-old. "But if you played with the wind a little bit you’d create some chances and that's what I did. I play with a fade so I can use the wind to my advantage a little more than other people."
Jul 31 - 2:00 PM

Jimmy Walker found only four (of 14) fairways at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club on Friday, but he still authored an 8-under-par 31-32=63 in today's second round of the Quicken Loans National.

The diameter of a hole in golf is just 4¼ inches, but it had to look much bigger to Walker today. Despite his imprecision off the tee, he hit 16 greens in regulation, and then connected for an eagle and seven birdies. His eagle was a gift at the par-4 second hole where his drive found a fairway bunker. From that lie 112 yards out, the 36-year-old holed out for the 2. Meanwhile, five of his birdies disappeared from outside 10 feet, including a 10-yarder from the fringe at the par-4 12th. His longest conventional conversions ran 30'8" and 22'6" at Nos. 4 and 7, respectively. Walker also salvaged from just outside 10 feet at the par-3 11th. At 8-under 134, he's just one stroke off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
Jul 31 - 1:36 PM

Second seed Marc Warren of Scotland beat Fabrizio Zanotti 3&2 at Murcar Links GC on Friday to book his place in the last 16 of the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Matchplay.

In a match where neither man could ever open up daylight, the two players arrived at the 14th tee still all square after the Paraguayan had levelled their last-32 contest again at the 13th. But a par put Warren back in front, he went 2up with a birdie-3 at the 15th and the local favorite closed out his opponent with a winning par at the short 16th. Warren, who edged out England's Richard Bland by 1 hole in the opening round of the 64-man straight knockout tournament, will now play Nicolas Colsaerts (a 4&3 winner over Trevor Fisher, Jr.) for a place in the last eight. With top seed James Morrison losing to Johan Carlsson, Warren is now the highest seed left in.
Jul 31 - 1:14 PM

Tiger Woods has risen into a share of the 36-hole clubhouse lead at the Quicken Loans National with a 5-under-par 34-32=66 in today's second round.

With a 3-under 68 on Thursday, the 39-year-old tournament host is 8-under 134 at the midpoint. He opened the tournament with bogeys on three of his first four holes, but has since rattled in a field-high 12 (at the time he signed today's card). Today's set of six included conversions from 10'6", 19'10" and a fist-bumping-inducing 35'9" at Nos. 18, 4 and 8, respectively. Overall, Woods has striped 18 (of 28) fairways and landed 28 greens in regulation. With iron play the leading factor of success, at least early at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, it's no surprise that his aggregate 4.778 in strokes gained: tee-to-green is outpacing his aggregate 1.226 in strokes gained: putting. But above all of that, it's refreshing to see the former top-ranked golfer in the world capitalize on scorable conditions. His game will no doubt be tested on the weekend.
Jul 31 - 1:09 PM

Greg Owen chased his bogey-free 66 to open the Quicken Loans National with a bogey-free, 3-under-par 34-34=68 in today's second round.

He joined Pat Perez as a co-leader at the midpoint at 8-under 134. Owen was one of 13 golfers without a blemish on Thursday. Today, he went 3-for-3 in scrambling and circled three birdies, the gem measuring 29'11" at the par-5 eighth hole. At last check, he ranked third in the field in strokes gained: tee-to-green with an aggregate clip of 6.851, but owned a negative split in strokes gained: putting (-0.832). That's not too surprising on a course where few in the field had any experience on the greens at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club.
Jul 31 - 12:24 PM

Ryo Ishikawa authored a bogey-free, 8-under-par 30-33=63 in today's opening round of the Quicken Loans National, good for a share of the clubhouse lead with two-time Presidents Cup teammate Retief Goosen.

This was a round to remember in multiple ways for the 23-year-old from Japan. He missed four (of 14) fairways and four greens in regulation but connected six birdies beginning at the par-5 14th hole. The string featured conversions from 23 feet, 17'6" and 16'8" at Nos. 16, 17 and 18, respectively. After pars at the par-4 second and third holes, Ishikawa jarred his tee ball at the par-3 fourth with an 8-iron from 178 yards. (You can view the shot at the link below.) At last check, he ranked third in both strokes-gained stats. The ace is his second on the PGA TOUR. His first occurred on the par-3 eighth hole of Trump International Golf Club in the third round of the 2013 Puerto Rico Open.
Jul 30 - 4:17 PM

Rickie Fowler punctuated a 4-under-par 34-33=67 in today's opening round of the Quicken Loans National with a hole-in-one at the par-3 ninth hole.

He three-jacked the par-5 eighth hole for bogey, and then laced a 7-iron from 184 yards at the last for the ace. (You can view the shot at the link below.) Overall, Fowler hit 13 greens in regulation and added four birdies, the longest from 12'10" at the par-4 13th. He's four swings adrift of the clubhouse lead. Incidentally, today's 1 is his second in 141 PGA TOUR starts as a pro. The first occurred in the final round of the 2009 Frys.com Open at Grayhawk Golf Club. He holed his tee ball on the par-3 fifth from 211 yards that day and would eventually lose in a playoff to Troy Matteson. That's the same tournament in which Jamie Lovemark's approach on the first hole in the playoff landed in the water and hopped onto dry land. Lovemark went on to save par on the hole before also getting clipped by Matteson on the next hole.
Jul 30 - 3:23 PM

Antonio Hortal carded a 9-under-par 33-30=63 to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the rescheduled Madeira Islands Open – Portugal – BPI.

It's no surprise to see the Spaniard leading at Clube de Golf do Santo da Serra as he finished T3 in this event last year. Today, he started slowly with two pars and a bogey in his opening three holes but an eagle-3 at 7 along with birdies at 5 and 9 took him to the turn in 3-under. But it was on the back nine that the 26-year-old really came alive as he circled birdies at 10, 11, 13, 14, 16 and 17 to surge to the top of the leaderboard. He's one shot clear of fellow Spaniard Nacho Elvira and two in front of New Zealand's Ryan Fox and Frenchman Sebastien Gros. An eight-man group on 5-under -- that's four shots back -- includes Portugal's Ricardo Santos. Extreme weather conditions caused the cancellation of the original tournament in March.
Jul 30 - 3:09 PM




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