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Ricky Barnes spun an 8-under-par 34-30=64 in his opening round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, good for a share of the course record and outright possession of the early clubhouse lead.

He went out in the first threesome off the first tee, so he couldn't have asked for a purer layout with ball in hand to turn a corner. Due to saturated turf, lift, clean and place is in play today, so Barnes' feat will get an asterisk. However, this is just his second sub-70 in his last 23 rounds. He's missed seven of nine cuts upon arrival. Today at TPC Louisiana, he split all 14 fairways and hit 15 greens in regulation. After an eagle from 11'9" at the par-5 second hole, he tacked on seven birdies, six of which on his last eight holes. His longest conversion of the day was just 12'9" at the fourth hole. Barnes' lone blemish was a bogey-5 at the sixth hole where he failed to get up and down from a lie just in front of the green. He's the seventh to sign for a 64 in the eight-year history of its role as host of this tournament.
Thu, Apr 25, 2013 12:52:00 PM

Charley Hoffman was among four golfers to gain entry into this week's World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship via the updated FedExCup standings.

The top 10 at the conclusion of The Honda Classic gained entry. Hoffman ranks sixth. He hasn't qualified for the WGC-Cadillac since 2011; he placed T24. Robert Streb (second in FedExCup points) will be making his debut at Trump National Doral, as will James Hahn (10th); that is, unless Hahn opts to stay close to home what with his first child due next week. Sang-moon Bae (fourth) will be making his second appearance after a solo 71st in 2012.
Mar 2 - 12:50 PM

With a par on the second playoff hole, Padraig Harrington clinched victory at The Honda Classic.

This was a gutty effort. Harrington squared one bogey and two doubles en route to an even-par, 38-32=70 in the final round. He also buried five birdies, including four in a row beginning at the par-4 11th hole. But his most important conversion was a birdie from 15'9" at the par-5 18th to recover from a 5 at the par-3 17th. He posted 6-under 274 to join Daniel Berger atop the leaderboard. After the duo traded pars at the par-5 18th to open sudden death, the Irishman stuffed his tee ball at the par-3 17th. Berger sprayed his into the water, and then failed to find the cup from the drop zone. Harrington played it safe and tapped his birdie try to with-in kick-in range. This is his sixth PGA TOUR title but first since the 2008 PGA Championship. It exempts him into the Masters, THE PLAYERS and the WGC-Bridgestone Invite. Oddly enough, this is the second straight week that the golfer slotted 297th in OWGR has won on TOUR. James Hahn took last week's Northern Trust, also in a playoff.
Mar 2 - 12:14 PM

Paul Casey settled for a 2-under-par 31-37=68 in his final round of The Honda Classic to post up at 5-under 275, one stroke off Daniel Berger's 72-hole clubhouse lead.

You had a feeling that when darkness suspended play on Sunday night, Casey would lose his touch on the greens. He opened the finale with a birdie from 12'2" at the par-4 first and added a par save from 13'1" at 3, another birdie from 12-and-a-half feet at 4 and yet another impressive conversion for par at 6, this time from 17'9". But the Brit played his inward nine in birdie-free 2-over with two bogeys. His only realistic shot dropping a putt missed for par from 6'7" at the par-4 11th. If there's a measure of solace, it's that he's connected strong weeks after a slow start to 2015. The burst has moved him to 45th in the latest edition of the Official World Golf Ranking from which the top 50 are exempt into this week's World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship. The Englishman was the only new entry in the top 50. He hasn't qualified for the invitation-only field since 2012.
Mar 2 - 10:32 AM

Daniel Berger raced home with a 6-under-par 32-32=64 in his final round of The Honda Classic to establish the new clubhouse lead at 6-under 274, but he'd go on to lose in sudden death to Padraig Harrington.

The rookie began the final round nine swings adrift of 54-hole leader Ian Poulter, but as is occasionally the case in an event in which golfers are not re-paired for the final round, someone breaks free. Berger split 11 (of 14) fairways and totaled 14 greens in regulation over his two-day finishing trot around PGA National. He erased a lone bogey at the par-4 sixth hole with seven birdies, including a marvelous pitch-in from a tight lie 21 yards away at the par-4 11th. He also finished birdie-birdie to punctuate the round. The 21-year-old area resident waited for some time before Harrington finally matched with a mid-range birdie on the final hole of regulation. They both parred the par-5 18th to begin the playoff. After Harrington flagged his tee ball at the par-3 17th, Berger rinsed his and failed to convert bogey with Harrington laying 1 inside. The Irishman two-putted for victory. Berger's career-best P2 is the third top 10 in his last four starts.
Mar 2 - 9:56 AM

Ian Poulter blitzed PGA National's Champion Course for a bogey-free 4-under-par 32-34=66 in the third round of The Honda Classic to take a three-stroke lead into the final round at 9-under 201.

The Englishman was flawless, circling four birdies and gathering 14 pars. The action started with a 24'5" birdie on the par-4 first hole, with a smaller highlight including a birdie from 10'2" on the par-3 seventh hole. While he has the reputation of a great putter, it's been the tee-to-green game that has carried him this week. He ranks first in strokes gained: tee-to-green and is third in greens in regulation. While he owns two PGA TOUR wins, he has never won a stroke play event on U.S. soil. He hopes to change that when the tournament concludes on Monday morning.
Mar 1 - 3:59 PM

Andy Sullivan authored a closing 6-under-par 32-34=66 to win the Joburg Open at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club by two shots.

Sullivan's Sunday surge gave him a second European Tour title in as many months on South African soil and also punched his ticket for this summer's Open Championship at St Andrews. The Englishman, who won last month's South African Open at nearby Glendower, took victory with 17-under 270 and came home two shots clear of Kevin Phelan, Jaco Van Zyl, Anthony Wall, David Howell and overnight leader Wallie Coetsee. Due to their higher world ranking, Wall and Howell claimed the other two spots for St Andrews. Sullivan made his move with five birdies in an outward 5-under 32 and, after a bogey at 11, kicked clear with further par breakers at 15 and 18 that proved decisive. "It's unbelievable," said Sullivan. "I never imagined it would happen again so quickly. Coming down the stretch me and my caddie were loving life again and enjoying it. It seems to be a theme, enjoying my golf and getting the right results at the moment."
Mar 1 - 9:48 AM

Graeme McDowell completed 36 holes of The Honda Classic in 5-over-par 74-71=145 and missed the cut on the number.

G-Mac walked off with birdie at the par-5 18th in his second round, but that chased a double bogey at the par-3 17th where he splashed his tee ball. For the week, he split 19 (of 28) fairways, but hit only 19 greens in regulation. He squared seven bogeys and two doubles to erased an eagle and four birdies. This is his first missed cut anywhere since the 2014 Masters and first MC in a non-major since the 2013 Barclays. Other notables that missed the cut that we haven't already covered include: 145--Justin Rose; Zach Johnson; Harris English; Chris Kirk; Will MacKenzie ... 146--Keegan Bradley; Billy Horschel; Retief Goosen; Ernie Els ... 147--Justin Thomas; Freddie Jacobson; Tony Finau; Francesco Molinari; Ángel Cabrera ... 148--Shawn Stefani; Victor Dubuisson; Thomas Björn ... 149--Carlos Ortiz; Erik Compton ... 150--Graham DeLaet ... 153--Sang-moon Bae; Charl Schwartzel.
Feb 28 - 12:49 PM

Padraig Harrington enjoyed a 4-under-par 32-34=66 in his second round of The Honda Classic.

Harrington buried seven birdies against three birdies, although he closed bogey-bogey at the par-4 eighth and ninth holes to bring the field back a bit. Overall, he split seven (of 14) fairways and hit 12 greens in regulation. Three of his birdies traveled longer than 10 feet. Needless to say, this is rarefied air for the three-time major champion. He hasn't logged a top 20 on the PGA TOUR since June of 2013. He started this week slotted 297th in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Feb 28 - 11:16 AM

Ian Poulter fashioned a 6-under-par 30-34=64 in his second round of The Honda Classic to post 5-under 135 at the break, one off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

Poulter's split-day loop of PGA National's Champion Course was a dandy. He split 10 (of 14) fairways and hit 12 greens in regulation. The Brit authored the shot of the tournament thus far with a hole-out for eagle from 116 yards at the par-4 fourth on Friday. He bracketed it with birdies at 3 and 5, the latter measuring 24'9". Poulter went on to add three birdies, including conversions from 13'4" and 24'2" at Nos. 14 and 17, respectively. His only blemish was a bogey-4 at the 15th hole. At last check, his strokes gained: tee-to-green split sat at an unthinkable 6.800 for the round.
Feb 28 - 10:33 AM

A birdie burst on the back nine thrust Wallie Coetsee into a two-shot lead after round three of the Joburg Open.

The South African carded a 2-under-par 37-33=70 at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington's East Course on Saturday to reach 14-under 201 with 18 holes to go. Coetsee started slowly with two bogeys and a birdie in his first 10 holes but made his move with a trio of par breakers at 11, 12 and 13. He gave a shot back at 16 but a closing birdie at 18 put him two in front of Steve Webster, Jacques Blaauw, David Howell and Tjaart Van Der Waart. He'll have no end of title rivals on Sunday as there's a nine-man group three shots back on 11-under. That bunch includes defending champion George Coetzee. The 42-year-old has won just twice on the Sunshine Tour so attempting to win a European Tour event will be a huge test.
Feb 28 - 9:30 AM

Brooks Koepka blistered PGA National's Champion Course for a 6-under-par 33-31=64 in his second round of The Honda Classic.

Playing partners Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson slammed their trunks today, but Koepka will play on at 2-over 142 thanks to today's 14-stroke improvement. He was outstanding, going 8-for-12 with eight birdies. Five of them traveled longer than 14 feet, including three from outside 21 feet. He even poured in a par save from 11'10" at the par-4 sixth. At last check, his strokes gained: putting measured 6.225 and he ranked second in the field through two rounds.
Feb 27 - 4:56 PM




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