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Overnight leader Ricky Barnes swallowed a 4-over-par 37-39=76 in his second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

As much that went right on Thursday, it all went wrong today. He failed to convert on all 14 birdie opportunities en route to a score 12 strokes higher than his lid-lifter. Barnes missed two chances inside nine feet in addition to squaring two bogeys and a double. At 4-under 140, he's already eight strokes back of the 36-hole lead.
Fri, Apr 26, 2013 07:24:00 PM

With a bogey-free, 7-under-par 33-32=65 in the final round of the BMW PGA Championship, Byeong-Hun An soared to his first victory on the European Tour and became the first from Asia to win this tournament.

The 23-year-old South Korean posted 21-under 267 to set the tournament record, six strokes clear of co-runners-up Thongchai Jaidee and Miguel Angel Jiménez. An hit 14 greens and needed only 22 putts en route to an eagle and five birdies today. The 3 at the par-5 12th was inches from an albatross. (You can view the shot here.) After sharing the overnight lead with Francesco Molinari, who led outright after 18 and 36 holes, the Italian opened the finale with a bogey-5 and drifted into sole possession of fifth place nine swings back after closing with 2-over 74. "I'm still really excited and over the moon right now," said the champ. "I wasn't expecting this. I didn't know that a win was this close. It came all of a sudden. I've been playing well all year but I never thought I would win this event." Included in the spoils, An is now exempt into the U.S. Open and The Open Championship.
May 24 - 1:27 PM

At even-par 210 (71-68-71), Louis Oosthuizen withdrew prior to today's final round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial due to a neck injury.

This is always the fear with gamers regarding Oosthuizen as he has had a history of reoccurring back and/or neck injuries that have forced withdrawals from tournaments. Some come in the form of mid-tournament WDs, as was the case today. This is his seventh in 91 PGA TOUR starts. Others, where he was in the published field but didn't start, as was the case earlier this year at The Honda Classic. Still others, where he withdraws his commitment to play the event, the latest example coming at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic back in January. If he's able, we'll see him again at this week's AT&T Byron Nelson Championship.
May 24 - 11:47 AM

Jason Dufner is part of the first group (with John Huh and 2004 Crowne Plaza Invitational champion Steve Flesch) that was scheduled to go off No. 10 tee at 7:00 a.m. CT, but due to inclement weather his start time has been delayed by two hours. UPDATE: Total delay time has now moved to three hours.

Dufner, twice a runner-up in this tournament, sits at 3-under 207 as he awaits the start of the final round. Sunday tee times were already moved up in anticipation of inclement weather, including separating the field into threesomes and utilizing both sets of tees. Without any additional delays, the final group is now scheduled to go out at 12:00 p.m. off No. 1 tee.
May 24 - 8:30 AM

First round co-leader Ryo Ishikawa responded with a 1-under-par 35-34=69 in today's third round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

As was the case with Saturday's third round, the threat of inclement weather remains for Sunday. As such, players will go off split tees beginning at 7:00 a.m. CT, including the 23-year-old Ishikawa, who goes to bed on a three-day aggregate of 3-under 207. The final group consisting of the 54-hole leader Kevin Na (11-under), Ian Poulter (10-under) and Charley Hoffman (9-under) is scheduled to go off on No. 1 at 9:00 a.m.
May 23 - 5:18 PM

Overnight leader Kevin Na conjured up a 1-under-par 35-34=69 in today's third round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial and his 11-under 199 is good for a one-stroke lead over Ian Poulter.

Na, who began the day with a two-shot lead, split nine (of 14) fairways and hit just nine greens in regulation, finishing with 25 putts. The 31-year-old scrambled successfully 7-of-9 times (including five of six on his inward half) adding a second square on the card at the par-4 15th. Today's round wasn't necessarily about the three birdies that Na managed (ranging from 6'11" to 16'11" on No. 3). It was more about his par putts (two in excess of six feet) and most importantly his 6'9" bogey "save" that disappeared on the par-4 fifth, minimizing the damage of a penalty stroke off the tee to just one dropped shot.
May 23 - 3:27 PM

Fort Worth native John Peterson backed up to a 3-over-par 36-37=73 in the third round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial and at 3-over 213 will not be teeing it up on Sunday.

Peterson, who grew up on Colonial Country Club, was one of 15 golfers at T66 after two rounds had been completed, so a second cut of low 70 and ties was required after 54 holes. Joining Peterson on the pine for Sunday: 212--Jarrod Lyle; Harrison Frazar; Steve Wheatcroft; Chad Collins; Patrick Rodgers ... 213--John Peterson ... 216--Kyle Reifers.
May 23 - 3:02 PM

Byeong-Hun An tacked on a 5-under-par 34-33=67 to Friday's 64 and is tied for the lead going into the final round of the BMW PGA Championship.

An made seven birdies in all and ended with a pair of par breakers to pull alongside Francesco Molinari at 14-under 202. The duo will head off on their final lap two shots clear of Thongchai Jaidee. An hit 15 greens in regulation (47 out of 54 this week) and split 9 (of 14) fairways. He was 2-for-3 in scrambling and took 27 putts. The young South Korean has posted an impressive six top 15s in his rookie season on the European Tour but hasn't entered a final round higher than T7 or nearer than five shots off the lead. In other words, this is his first legitimate shot at victory.
May 23 - 12:53 PM

Halfway leader Francesco Molinari threw in a 4-under-par 32-36=68 but now shares top spot with Byeong-Hun An going into the final round of the BMW PGA Championship.

For most of the day, the Italian's robotic tee-to-green play looked set to give him a clear advantage but he started missing fairways late in the round and finished with a bogey and four pars to end up at 14-under with An. The pair are two clear of Thongchai Jaidee. Molinari made birdies at 3, 7, 8, 12 and 13 to peak at 15-under but struggled coming in and couldn't cash in at Wentworth's pair of closing par 5s. He split 10 (of 14) fairways, hit 14 greens in regulation, was 3-for-4 in scrambling and took 29 putts.
May 23 - 12:38 PM

Boosted by a hole-in-one at the second, Miguel Angel Jiménez carded a 4-under-par 32-36=68 to move into solo fifth at the BMW PGA Championship.

This is becoming routine for the veteran Spaniard. Last week he matched Colin Montgomerie's record of nine by draining his tee shot at the 8th hole in round two of the Open de España. And now he has the European Tour's all-time mark for himself after a 10th ace, three of those coming this season. Jiménez followed his hole-in-one at the 154-yard second with a birdie at three and circled three more par breakers against two bogeys over the rest of his round. At 11-under 206, he's currently four shots behind leader Francesco Molinari.
May 23 - 12:13 PM

Tommy Fleetwood holed his second shot at the par-5 4th hole in the third round of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on Saturday.

That dramatic three-shot leap combined with an eagle-3 at the 12th helped the Englishman card a 7-under 31-34=65 and climb up to third place on 11-under 205. "It was 198 yards, 7 iron," Fleetwood told Sky Sports TV. "It was a perfect shot, exactly where I went to hit it." It goes down as the 92nd albatross on the European Tour and is the third in this event (you can watch it here). He hit 12 (of 14) fairways, found 15 greens in regulation and played the par 5s in 6-under.
May 23 - 11:28 AM

Try as he might but David Hearn survived the cut on the number at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

Hearn impressed with a 66 in the opener but blew up for a birdie-free, 5-over-par 35-40=75 in today's second round. He split 10 (of 14) fairways and went an astonishing 0-for-14 in scoring chances on Friday. Still sitting pretty despite one bogey on his first 17 holes, the Canadian rinsed his approach at the par-4 18th. He'd roll another back into the water when a chip failed to clear the bank facing the green. Eventually, Hearn coaxed in a 50-inch putt for quadruple bogey to post 1-over 141. As one of 15 tied for 66th place, a second cut of low 70 and ties will occur at the conclusion of 54 holes. With the threat of inclement weather on Saturday, players will go off split tees beginning at 7:00 a.m. CT. The final group is scheduled to begin on No. 1 at 9:10 a.m.




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