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Benjamin Alvarado held on to win the inaugural Brasil Classic on the Tour by one stroke due in part to his 2-under-par 34-35=69 in the final round, finishing the week at 19-under 265.

Alvarado was tied for the lead when he stepped onto the par-5 17th tee. He would circle his third birdie of the day at that hole, then par the 18th to claim his first victory on the Tour. Dawie van der Walt finished alone in second place. It was Alvarado's 12th career start, with the majority of those coming over the last few years in South and Central America. A native of Chile, he kicked off this season with a T4 at the Chile Classic and followed that with a missed cut in Louisiana. Now that he is second on the Tour money list, we can expect to see plenty of him down the stretch as he looks to nab a 2013-2014 PGA TOUR card.
Sun, Apr 7, 2013 03:14:00 PM

Marc Leishman is included in the published field of next week's Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

This is great news. It implies that his wife is stable and recovering from her recent health scare. He hasn't played since missing the cut at Bay Hill and he hasn't cashed since a T51 at The Honda Classic. In his only previous appearance at TPC Louisiana, he missed the cut in 2009.
Apr 17 - 6:47 PM

Zach Johnson shot 6-over-par 73-75=148 at the RBC Heritage, missing the cut by six strokes.

Well, so much for that. He arrived with sparkling form punctuated by 68s on the weekend at Augusta National to share ninth place. This week in Hilton Head, Johnson split 21 (of 28) fairways but missed 19 greens in regulation. He circled only three birdies but gave back shots with seven bogeys and a double. Other notables that also have the weekend off include: 143--1999 champ Glen Day; Russell Henley; Rory Sabbatini ... 144--Tony Finau; Carlos Ortiz; Ernie Els; Marcel Siem ... 145--Cameron Tringale ... 146--Thongchai Jaidee ... 147--Chesson Hadley ... 148--Charles Howell III; John Huh.
Apr 17 - 6:37 PM

Brandt Snedeker rebounded from a 6-over-par 77 in his opening round of the RBC Heritage with a 7-under 33-31=64 in today's second round to post 1-under 141 and make the cut by one stroke.

Sneds passed the gut-check after missing the cut at last week's Masters. He found nine (of 14) fairways and went 6-for-6 in scrambling today while picking off seven birdies. Three of them ran 10-15 feet. At last check, Snedeker's strokes gained: putting read 3.749 for the day. Today's aggregate matches his season low at Monterey Peninsula Country Club's Shore Course in the opening round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am where he won by three strokes.
Apr 17 - 5:20 PM

Troy Merritt enjoyed a day for the ages en route to a 10-under-par 33-28=61 in today's second round of the RBC Heritage.

The course record is 61, so he shares that now. Merritt's previous low on the PGA TOUR was 64 (three times), so he shattered that. And at 12-under 130, he owns a four-stroke clubhouse lead at the midpoint. He even parred a par 5 (the fifth hole) today, too. Overall, the 29-year-old split nine (of 14) fairways and landed 14 greens in regulation. He connected nine times for birdies, three of which from 11-18 feet. At last check, he measured 5.327 in strokes gained: putting and 3.439 in strokes gained: putting for the round.
Apr 17 - 4:13 PM

Patrick Reed completed 36 holes of the RBC Heritage in 3-over-par 71-74=145 and will miss the cut.

He found only half of the 28 fairways and 19 greens in regulation at Harbour Town this week. Reed circled eight birdies, but he also incurred five bogeys and a trio of double bogey-6s. This ends his consecutive cuts made streak at 18, although eight of those starts didn't feature a cut. His last MC came at The Open Championship nine months ago. Regardless, he figures to be a force at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship in two weeks.
Apr 17 - 3:31 PM

In just another day at the office, 21-year-old Jordan Spieth blistered Harbour Town Golf Links for a bogey-free, 9-under-par 31-31=62 in today's second round of the RBC Heritage.

Spieth is proving how maturity, balance and a positive attitude can yield success. Of course, to be really good at something doesn't hurt. He split eight (of 14) fairways and went 4-for-4 in scrambling today. Spieth buried nine birdies, including a roll from 19'3" at the par-3 14th hole and a hole-out from 14 yards from in front of the green at the par-4 eighth. He went 16-for-16 from inside 13 feet. The aggregate equals his career low in 220 rounds as a professional on the PGA TOUR (final round, 2013 Deutsche Bank Championship). The course record at Harbour Town is 61 by David Frost in 1991. At 6-under 136, Spieth is just two strokes off Matt Kuchar's 36-hole clubhouse lead on Hilton Head Island.
Apr 17 - 1:13 PM

Peter Uihlein toured Genzon GC in 4-under-par 35-33=68 to move into top spot at the midpoint of the Shenzhen International.

The American birdied his final hole to reach 9-under 135 and overtake Kiradech Aphibarnrat by a shot. Uihlein, who revealed he switched coaches recently, did the bulk of his good work on the par 5s, circling birdies at all four. He added one further par breaker at 6 and swallowed his only bogey of the day at 15. The 25-year-old split 9 (of 14) fairways -- two more than in his opening round -- and found 13 greens in regulation. He's held the 36-hole lead on four previous occasions on the European Tour/Challenge Tour but gone backwards on the weekend each time, never finishing better than T8. The 2013 European Tour rookie of the year says he plans to keep it simple over the last two rounds. "I don't have much going on upstairs, just spacing out, doing my own thing and sticking to my own game plan," he said. "I don't really change it very often. It worked the first couple days so I’ll see how it goes from there."
Apr 17 - 5:22 AM

Jim Furyk signed for a bogey-free, even-par 35-36=71 in today's opening round of the RBC Heritage.

That's right. Eighteen pars. What's more, Furyk logged the only bogey-free card of the day. He piped half of the 14 fairways and went 10-for-10 in scrambling. His greatest challenge to avert a square occurred at the par-4 13th hole where he poured in his putt from 15'11" after splashing his second into a greenside bunker. He's five shots off the pace of overnight co-leaders Matt Every and Graeme McDowell. If there's a downside to Furyk's score, it's that it extends his drought without a red number to 10 rounds.
Apr 16 - 7:30 PM

Jordan Spieth settled for a 3-over-par 37-37=74 in today's opening round of the RBC Heritage.

Cut him some slack, will ya? After two days in New York City and nothing more than practice on the range at Harbour Town before he pierced the turf on the tee at the first hole, it's understandable that he'd fall off the pace. Spieth split six (of 14) fairways and landed only eight greens in regulation in windy conditions today. He found only one birdie, that a 4 at the 15th hole where he arrived 4-over on the round. Today's score ends a streak of 16 straight rounds under par. Afterwards, he told Golf Channel that it was an off-day but didn't make any excuses. He reiterated that at no time did he think about not playing despite last week's monumental success at Augusta National. Spieth signed his card positioned eight strokes off the pace of the overnight co-leaders.
Apr 16 - 6:52 PM

Graeme McDowell smoothed a 5-under-par 34-32=66 in his opening round of the RBC Heritage to earn a share of the clubhouse lead.

While there are a few threesomes still walking Harbour Town at the moment, G-Mac and Matt Every are likely to go in the books as overnight co-leaders. The Ulsterman proclaimed himself healthy for the Masters following a strained tendon in his left ankle, but missed the cut. He won the RBC two years ago, and it's a much flatter track, so this was a better test to see where he truly is in terms of wellness and form. He split 10 (of 14) fairways, hit 13 greens and chased a sloppy bogey from the fairway at the par-4 first hole with six birdies. Three of his conversions ranged outside 15 feet and he added a par save from just inside 12 feet at the par-3 14th, so it makes a lot of sense why he walked off leading the field of 132 in strokes gained: putting. At last check, his value sat at 2.831.
Apr 16 - 5:40 PM

Matt Every smoke-and-mirrored his way to a 5-under-par 34-32=66 in today's opening round of the RBC Heritage, good for outright possession of the clubhouse lead.

In two starts since defending his title at Bay Hill, Every has placed T35 (Valero) and missed the cut (Masters). Naturally, he went out and matched his season-low aggregate today, and did so by hitting only seven greens in regulation. We see this every once in a while at Harbour Town due to the small greens. Every squared but one bogey at the par-4 18th before making the turn. Elsewhere, he found six birdies, including consecutive hole-outs coming in. The first came courtesy of a 17-yarder from the fairway at the par-4 sixth. He chased it with a standard-issue chip-in from the rough seven yards away at the par-3 seventh. Success at this event is nothing new for him. He placed T8 in 2012 and T12 last year.
Apr 16 - 5:11 PM

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