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Bill Haas nabbed the lead in the third round of the Shell Houston Open with a 5-under-par 34-33=67, boosting him to 11-under 205.

Haas circled seven birdies to just two bogeys in his third lap around Redstone, with three of those coming on par 3s. Among his highlights were five birdies dropping from outside of 10 feet, including a 37'6" bomb on the par-4 11th. He also stuffed his tee shot to 1'4" on the par-3 14th after a messy bogey on the par-5 13th. With four top 10s already under his belt in 2013, the only thing missing is a win. He will try and put a bow on his fifth TOUR title in the final round.
Sat, Mar 30, 2013 05:24:00 PM

Round one action of the Barbasol Championship was called for the day at 7:51 p.m. CT, with play set to resume at 7:40 a.m. on Friday morining. Prior to the horn sounding, Zac Blair grabbed a share of the clubhouse lead after signing a bogey-free, 6-under-par 31-34=65.

The cuplrit here was a 1 hour, 48 minute weather delay that took place just before 4:00 p.m. today. Blair wasn't dazzling anyone with his tee-to-green play, but his putter caught fire today. Throughout the round he sprinkled in seven putts from outside seven feet, including three par-savers from 7-to-11 feet. Blair walked off the course gaining 4.631 strokes putting. The BYU product has never posted a first-round lead or co-lead, so this would be a career first if this co-lead holds when players finish their rounds in the morning.
Jul 20 - 9:12 PM

Martin Flores feasted on Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Grand National in round one of the Barbasol Championship, firing a bogey-free, 6-under-par 32-33=65 to claim a share of the early lead alongside Cameron Tringale.

Flores was firing on all cylinders today, as he split 10 (of 14) fairways and setup nine scoring chances from inside 14 feet. He converted on six of them while also saving par from 10'5" at the ninth to maintain momentum. The University of Oklahoma product entered the week ranked 151st in the FedExCup race, in need of some points as the season starts to wind down. Flores has previously led/co-lead just once after 18 holes (2013 St. Jude Classic). He would fade to T47 by week's end, but the field is a bit thinner in Opelika, Alabama, so we should see Flores keep his name in the mix a bit longer this week.
Jul 20 - 4:16 PM

Cameron Tringale tore through Grand National’s Lake Course during round one of the Barbasol Championship, firing a 5-under-par 33-32=65 to grab an early share of the clubhouse lead as the afternoon wave takes to the course.

Tringale peppered 15 greens in regulation, but it wasn't steady striking all day. In fact, 10 of his approach shots landed outside the 30-foot zone. Still, he managed to gain 2.35 strokes approaching-the-green thanks to holes like the 17th where he stuck his 193-yard tee ball to just 2'11" for a tap-in birdie. That would be his seventh circle of the day, offsetting a lone bogey which came at the par-4 11th. On top of the quality (at times) ball-striking, he also sank a 58'8" biride bomb at the par-4 ninth. Tringale has two career first-round leads/co-leads in his career, with the latest coming at the 2012 Zurich Classic. The Georgia Tech product is still searching for his first TOUR win.
Jul 20 - 4:01 PM

Matt Kuchar coasted to a bogey-free, 5-under-par 29-36=65 during the opening round of The 146th Open, joining Brooks Koepka and Jordan Spieth as the leaders in the clubhouse.

Kuchar fired out of the gate with four birdies in his opening six holes. That included a hole-out birdie from just off the green (using the putter) at the par-4 sixth. He circled another at the ninth to make the turn at 5-under 29, but that's where the scoring stopped. Kuchar played par golf on his way into the clubhouse, failing to take advantage of both par 5s, but will still be very pleased with his opening-round effort. This will go in the books as his best opening round in a major championship. It's also the first time Kuchar has positioned himself inside the top 20 after R1 of The Open. If this co-lead holds, it will be Kuchar's eighth career first-round lead/co-lead, converting just one of them into wins (2014 RBC Heritage).
Jul 20 - 1:34 PM

U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka fired a 5-under-par 33-32=65 during the opening round of The 146th Open, staking a share of the early clubhouse lead alongside Jordan Spieth.

Playing in his first tournament since winning at Erin Hills just over a month ago, Koepka showed zero signs of rust. The big hitter split nine (of 14) fairways en route to nine greens in regulation. Koepka made the turn at 1-under 33 before blitzing the back nine. Most noticeable was a hole-out eagle from the greenside bunker at the par-5 17th. Great scrambling was the name of the game as he went 8-for-9 getting up-and-down today. Koepka is no stranger to fast starts at The Open, styling a 4-under 68 in 2014 to sit T3 after day one (he would go on to finish T67). That week appeared to be a good learning moment for Koepka who has since finished T21 or better in 10 of his last 11 major championship appearances.
Jul 20 - 10:05 AM

Jordan Spieth blitzed Royal Birkdale with a bogey-free, 5-under-par 31-34=65 during round one of The 146th Open, racing out to an early lead with the afternoon tee times just getting onto the course.

Spieth split just five (of 14) fairways but that stat is very misleading when you consider how many times he was sitting just off the fairway with very playable lies. From there, he dialed in with his irons, missing just three greens in regulation, currently T1 in the field for GIR percentage with the field averaging just over 9 GIRs. The real glue to this round was clutch putting as he saved par from knee-knocker range on multiple occasions. If this lead holds it will be his third first-round lead in a major (both coming at the Masters where he'd go on to win in 2015 and finish runner-up in 2016). His previous best opening lap at The Open was a 5-under 67 back in the 2015 edition where he sat T8 after day one and eventually fell one shot shy of the playoff. In six previous first-round leads/co-leads, Spieth has gone on to finish T2 or better in five of them with the worst finish being a T8 (2014 BMW Championship). Gamers should expect to see him around for the long haul.
Jul 20 - 9:42 AM

World No. 86 and 2018 Ryder Cup Team Captain Jim Furyk is in Opelika, Alabama, for his debut in the Barbasol Championship.

The 47-year-old is top-ranked in OWGR in the opposite-field event and second-dog on the bookmaker's food chain at a pre-tourney 16/1 outright. He's missing The Open for the first time since 1995, and it would've been his 87th major appearance. Instead, the Pennsylvania native is at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail as he seeks to improve on his FedExCup rankings, currently 147th. He's 8-for-15 on the season with two top 25s, including a T23 at the U.S. Open two starts ago, and has one top 10, a T6 at The RSM Classic back in November. The Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, resident ranks 111th on TOUR in SG: Tee-to-Green, 113th in greens in regulation (65.31 percent), and 81st in scoring average (70.871).
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jul 19 - 4:50 PM

Prior to the start of the event, Brandt Snedeker has withdrawn from The 146th Open, citing a rib issue. James Hahn will replace him in the field in what will be his third Open Championship appearance.

Snedeker alerted his followers via Twitter saying, "I had a rib issue pop up last week and it didn't respond to treatment as I had hoped." He would go on to praise Royal Birkdale, but will head back to the States to rest now. Snedeker suffered a hand injury just ahead of the Masters so his luck has not been the greatest this year when it comes to major prep. There is no timetable for his return, but if he made the trip all the way to England, his health must have been close to competition level.
Jul 19 - 10:34 AM

Henrik Stenson won an epic final-round duel with Phil Mickelson to win last year's Open Championship; he'll bid to win it again at Royal Birkdale this week.

There are some good historical pointers for the Swede. Padraig Harrington was DC when winning the last Open to be held at the Lancashire links in 2008. And in that very same Open, Stenson finished third after rounds of 76-72-70-71. Also runner-up at Muirfield in 2013, the 41-year-old owns four top threes in his last eight Open starts. Stenson last defended a title at this year's BMW International Open and finished T10 although, as with this week, it was a different course to the one he'd won on 12 months previous. Since then, his only start was T26 in last week's Scottish Open where he closed with a 68. He'll begin his title defense at 14:48 local Thursday alongside Jordan Spieth and Si-Woo Kim.
Source: TheOpen.com
Jul 19 - 7:01 AM

Jordan Spieth returns from a three-week layoff as the turns his attention toward Royal Birkdale at this week's Open Championship.

Spieth made a huge splash in his latest start, holing out from the greenside bunker to win the Travelers Championship on the first playoff hole. He's been dormant since, spending some time in Cabo instead of teeing it up at the John Deere Classic like he has a few times in the past. Surely, he feels great about the state of his game as he chose to rest after the big victory at TPC River Highlands. Spieth is 4-for-4 at The Open, including a T4 at the 2015 edition where he fell just one shot shy of the playoff. From a career perspective, the Texas Longhorn product has wins at the Masters and the U.S. Open (both coming in 2015) but still needs wins at The Open and the PGA Championship to knock out the career grand slam. Despite the lack of recent prep work, gamers should still consider Spieth an elite option in all formats this week.
Source: TheOpen.com
Jul 18 - 1:23 PM

Justin Rose came of age when finishing fourth at Royal Birkdale in the 1998 Open Championship; he returns to the Lancashire links this week looking to land a second major.

Amazingly, given all he's achieved in the game, that top four as a 17-year-old amateur remains his best Open finish in 15 starts in the tournament. The 36-year-old went closest to beating that mark when T6 at St. Andrews in 2015 while either side he cracked the top 25 at Hoylake in 2014 and again at Royal Troon last year. Rose, the 2013 U.S. Open winner, went desperately close to adding a second major title when losing out in a play-off to Sergio Garcia at the Masters in April while he warmed up for this week's links test with T4 in the Irish Open two weeks ago. Rose will have Louis Oosthuizen and Justin Thomas for company over the first two rounds, the trio heading out Thursday at 14:59 local.
Source: TheOpen.com
Jul 18 - 9:22 AM




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