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With a birdie on the ninth hole of sudden death, Raphaël Jacquelin defeated Max Kieffer at the Open de España at Parador de El Saler in Valencia, Spain.

The Frenchman was 1-for-7 in birdie opportunities in the playoff before converting the winning putt from medium distance behind and above the hole at the par-4 18th, the only hole used in sudden death. Kieffer, a 22-year-old rookie from Germany playing in just his 16th event on the European Tour, left his longer birdie try well short to open the door. They finished regulation in 5-under 283, as did Felipe Aguilar of Chile. After the threesome carded two pars to start the playoff, Jacquelin and Kieffer birdied the third time through. Kieffer's was the highlight as he rolled his attempt in from long distance from a lie off the green in the front right. Aguilar was eliminated when his chip failed to fall. Jacquelin and Kieffer then parred the hole five more times before Jacquelin's second birdie. The nine-hole playoff ties the all-time European Tour record. Jacquelin, who will turn 39 years of age on May 8, picks up his fourth career title on the circuit.
Sun, Apr 21, 2013 01:52:00 PM

In a brief update at The Telegraph, James Corrigan reported that Graeme McDowell walked off TPC San Antonio today as a precaution given that the Masters begin in two weeks.

As we relayed earlier, G-Mac withdrew after only nine holes with a foot injury. Corrigan broadened the source of McDowell's pain to a "stress injury to his lower left leg." Given this setback, the major champion has scrapped plans of visiting Augusta National next week and plans to compete in next week's Shell Houston Open. He's played the Golf Club of Houston (former known as Redstone Golf Club's Tournament Course) twice in competition, but not since 2012 when he tied for 63rd place.
Mar 26 - 5:57 PM

Martin Kaymer blew up for a 10-over-par 39-43=82 in today's opening round of the Valero Texas Open.

Even the reigning U.S. Open champ couldn't handle the U.S. Open-like scoring conditions, or lack thereof. In what was his first competitive loop of TPC San Antonio, Kaymer found six (of 14) fairways and eight greens in regulation. He circled two birdies, but threw it in reverse to the tune of four bogeys, one double and a pair of triples. His 7 at the par-4 sixth was the result of a three-putt from 7'7". This is Kaymer's highest aggregate in 279 career rounds on the PGA TOUR. It's just the second time that he's failed to break 80.
Mar 26 - 2:58 PM

Cameron Percy made the most of his late call to peg it at the Valero Texas Open with an even-par 38-34=72 in today's opening round, good for a share of the clubhouse lead.

As we state a few hours ago, he had everything to gain with today's gift. The Aussie split 11 (of 14) fairways and hit eight greens in regulation. While he squared four bogeys, Percy picked off two birdies and an eagle. The big bird dropped from 16'11" on the drivable, par-4 17th hole. It's not a secret that natives of Australia and Texans tend to be more popular investments in fantasy games, but even Percy has to be a bit surprised by today's success relative to how poorly his season has transpired.
Mar 26 - 2:39 PM

Matt Kuchar survived his opening round of the Valero Texas Open, signing for an even-par 36-36=72, good for sole possession of the clubhouse lead.

To give you an idea of just how good this score is in relation to the rest of the field of 144, at last check, Kuchar led in strokes gained at 6.585. Sustained winds of 20-30 mph have wreaked havoc on scorecards, but he illustrated why he's one of the best in it. With his low ball flight, he found eight (of 14) fairways. He hit only eight greens in regulation, but even that ranked T30 at last check. He alternated two birdies with two bogeys throughout the round, reaching 2-under on two occasions, but there's no way that he can complain about giving back shots today. For the record, his longest conversion dropped for par from 11-and-a-half feet at the par-4 17th hole. If the wind remains strong today, Kuchar may eventually coast to the 36-hole lead as well. Conditions are expected to improve on Friday when he'll play in the afternoon wave.
Mar 26 - 2:30 PM

Colt Knost withdrew during his opening round of the Valero Texas Open due to a thumb injury.

The big fella walked off after striping his drive into the fairway at the par-4 ninth hole. He was 9-over-par through eight holes with three pars, three bogeys, one double and a quad. This is his third mid-tournament WD in 130 PGA TOUR starts. It also extends his drought to five starts without a payday. The Texan started the week slotted 64th in the FedExCup standings.
Mar 26 - 1:11 PM

Sangmoon Bae withdrew from the Valero Texas Open during his opening round, citing a back injury.

Bae completed seven holes in 6-over-par with one birdie, three bogeys and two doubles. It's his fourth mid-tournament WD in 92 PGA TOUR starts and it's the latest disappointment since the PGA TOUR migrated east for the Florida Swing. He's now 2-for-5 since with no top 45s. However, thanks to his win at the Open and another three top 10s, the South Korean sat 10th in the FedExCup standings entering the week. Incidentally, nothing new on the lawsuit involving his expired travel visa has been reported for a couple of months.
Mar 26 - 12:10 PM

Graeme McDowell withdrew during his opening round of the Valero Texas Open due to a foot injury. UPDATE: Golf Channel reported later that the injury is in his left foot.

G-Mac started on the back side of TPC San Antonio and went out in birdie-free, 5-over-par 41 before calling it quits. He hit only four greens in regulation. This is just his second mid-tournament WD in 137 PGA TOUR starts. It drops him to 2-for-5 on the season. Despite a T3 at the WGC-HSBC Champions in the fall, he arrived at the VTO slotted 134th in the FedExCup standings.
Mar 26 - 12:00 PM

Adrien Saddier eagled the opening hole and never looked back as he set the new clubhouse target at the Trophee Hassan II with an opening 7-under 32-33=65.

The Frenchman flew out of the gates by chipping in for a three on the 530-yard par-5 opener and added birdies at 6, 7, 10, 15 and 18 in an impressive bogey-free lap of Golf du Palais Royal. He split 11 (of 13) fairways and was 5-for-5 in scrambling. When the 22-year-old handed in his card, he was two shots in front of George Coetzee and David Drysdale although the afternoon wave were still just getting going. Saddier, who lost his full playing privileges after finishing 127th on The Race to Dubai last year, has played just once on the European Tour in 2015, missing the cut in the Joburg Open at the beginning of March. Making today's hot start less of a surprise is the fact that he finished T25 on debut here last year. Saddier said: "I just have a little category on The European Tour so I will be focused on The Challenge Tour this year. I played last week in Madeira and although the tournament was cancelled I was playing well in the strong wind so I'm in good shape this week."
Mar 26 - 10:05 AM

With a 6-under-par 33-33=66 in today's open qualifier for the Valero Texas Open, Daniel Chopra shared medalist honors to earn a berth into the tournament proper.

Chopra covered a lone bogey with seven birdies at The Club at Comanche Trace in Kerrville, Texas, today. The success may evolve quickly into a be-careful-what-you-ask-for experience since he's 0-for-3 at TPC San Antonio with no red numbers in his last five loops. Nevertheless, it can't get much worse for the two-time PGA TOUR winner. He hasn't finished inside the top 35 on the circuit since 2012. Lance Lopez also carded a 6-under 33-33=66 but traded eight birdies with two bogeys. The former University of Texas Longhorn will be making his TOUR debut, as will Thomas Birdsey, who tied for third at the OQ. The Wake Forest Product (via Kansas State) signed for a bogey-free, 5-under 35-32=67 with five birdies. He then survived a 3-for-2 playoff with former TOUR member J.J. Killeen (5-under 35-32=67; 7 birdies, 2 bogeys). Ian Berrigan was eliminated in the playoff. The field of the VTO is now complete at 144.
Mar 23 - 11:28 PM

Matt Every fired a 6-under-par 33-33=66 in the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational to capture a one-stroke win over Henrik Stenson at 19-under 269.

The defending champion began his day with a bogey at the par-4 first, but circled six birdies over the next 10 holes at Bay Hill to thrust his name into the thick of contention. Three of those birdies were from longer than 12 feet, and two were better than 20 feet, so the flat stick propped him up at times. He ended his day with a seventh birdie, holing a putt from 16'10" to break out of a tie with Henrik Stenson, who was still on the course. In addition to the putter, Every's ball-striking was on point as well. Every split 11 of 14 fairways and landed 14 GIR. Stenson had a chance to catch him with a birdie on the par-3 17th and par-4 18th, but failed to convert. With this victory, the Florida Gator is exempt into the Masters, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and PGA Championship. He'll also have full status on the PGA TOUR through 2017-2018 by virtue of the new three-year exemption awarded the winner of the API.
Mar 22 - 5:39 PM

Dawie van der Walt spun a 6-under-par 31-34=65 in the final round of the Chile Classic to pick up the first Tour win of his career at 21-under 263.

van der Walt circled seven birdies to just one bogey on his final navigation of Club de Golf Mapocho. Five of the birdies and the lone bogey came on the front nine, with the final two birdies falling on the back. When he circled a birdie on the par-5 18th, he secured a two-stroke margin of victory over Erik Barnes. With this victory, van der Walt moves to fifth on the Tour money list. The top 25 at the end of the regular season earn a 2015-16 PGA TOUR card, so he is sitting pretty.
Mar 22 - 5:04 PM

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