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Lucas Glover spun a 4-under-par 34-34=68 in his opening round of the Wells Fargo Championship, finishing one stroke back of the five golfers sharing the clubhouse lead.

Glover's baby isn't due until May 16, but the anticipation over when he splits town has reached a fever pitch. He acknowledged last week that he's tail lights when he gets the calls (i.e. his wife goes into labor). Until then, enjoy riding his back, which has been strong of late. Fresh off a T4 in New Orleans, he went 5-for-15 in birdie opportunities today, a set that included respective conversions from 15'4", 22'9" and 14'3" at the seventh, eighth and 15th holes. His lone bogey occurred at the par-4 ninth where he failed to get up and down from 61 yards out. He didn't do himself any favors by finding the left rough off the tee.
Thu, May 2, 2013 06:26:00 PM

Masters champion Danny Willett completed 36 holes of the 100th Open de France in 5-over-par 75-72=147, missing the cut by two shots.

This is the third time the Englishman has failed to cash since winning the green jacket and the second successive tournament he's gone home early following his MC at the BMW International Open in Germany last week. A 75 on day one put him behind the 8-ball and he couldn't do enough to repair the damage today. Class is permanent but, for now, gamers might want to tread with caution before rushing in to pick Willett. Other notables that failed to survive include: 146--YE Yang; Matt Fitzpatrick; Peter Hanson ... 147--Matteo Manassero; Richie Ramsay ... 148--Soomin Lee ... 149--James Morrison ... 150--Pablo Larrazabal ... 153--Graeme McDowell ... 154--Jamie Donaldson.
Jul 1 - 1:51 PM

Jeunghun Wang surged from T29 to T1 at the 100th Open de France after a 5-under-par 35-31=66 put him at 5-under 137 at the midpoint and in a tie for the lead alongside Rory McIlroy, Thongchai Jaidee, Mikko Ilonen and Brandon Stone.

Despite early birdies at 1 and 3, a bogey-6 at 9 looked to have put a halt to his momentum but he came on strong again on the back nine. Wang circled red at 10 and 12 before making another gain at 14 and then finishing off in style with a final birdie at 18. The key today was his strong iron play, the Korean hitting 16 greens in regulation, a rise of five despite hitting the same number of fairways (10) as in his opening 71. He took 29 putts for the second day running. The 20-year-old has to be given full respect this weekend given that he scored back-to-back European Tour wins at the Trophee Hassan II and AfrAsian Bank Mauritius Open. This is a step up but he's shown us he has plenty of bottle down the stretch.
Jul 1 - 12:48 PM

With birdies at three of his final four holes, Brandon Stone completed a 3-under-par 34-34=68 in Friday's second round and moved into a five-way tie for the lead after 36 holes of the 100th Open de France.

Following a 69 on day one, Stone struggled to get it going on today with 12 pars, a birdie and a bogey in his opening 14 holes. But he got under par for the round with a birdie at 6 and added further circles at 7 and 9 to finish at 5-under 137 and join Rory McIlroy, Mikko Ilonen, Thongchai Jaidee and Jeunghun Wang in T1. The young South African missed the cut at Le Golf National last year after shooting 72-77 but it's been a different story so far this week as he rides the confidence gained from a win and two second places in the first four months of 2016. So far this week he's 21-from-28 off the tee after splitting 11 fairways today while he hit 15 greens in regulation for the second day running. Stone, who took 29 putts on Friday, will play with McIlroy in round three.
Jul 1 - 12:17 PM

Rory McIlroy justified his star billing at the 100th Open de France by moving into a share of the halfway lead after hoisting up a 5-under-par 32-34=66 in round two.

For 17 holes, the Northern Irishman was faultless as he circled birdies at 3, 6, 7, 9, 13 and 15 to surge to the top of the leaderboard on his own. But he found water off the tee at 18 and the resultant bogey saw him slip back into a share of the lead on 5-under 137. He sits alongside Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee, Finland's Mikko Ilonen, South African Brandon Stone and Korean Jeunghun Wang. Today's 66 from McIlroy is the joint low round of the week so far and it was crafted by piping 9 (of 14) fairways, hitting 14 greens in regulation and taking 27 putts. He was 3-for-4 in scrambling today having been 3-for-7 in that same category on Thursday.
Jul 1 - 12:10 PM

Mikko Ilonen traded birdies and bogeys in compiling a 3-under-par round of 34-34=68 in Friday's second round which left him on 5-under 137 for the week and co-leading the 100th Open de France.

The Finn is tied at the top alongside Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee, Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, South Africa's Brandon Stone and Korean Jeunghun Wang after ticking 5 birdies and crossing 2 bogeys in round two. He's one of just two players to have broken 70 in both rounds. It was a stunning effort Friday given that he found just 3 fairways from the tee, but the rest of his game was tidy enough to make up for this failing. His position of prominence is even more extraordinary when you consider that he has doubled his number of sub-70 rounds on the Albatros course (previously 2 in 26) and has never finished higher than T45 in 8 visits.
Jul 1 - 8:41 AM

A putting masterclass saw Thongchai Jaidee grab a share of the lead in the 100th Open de France after a second round of 1-under-par 35-35=70.

The Thai veteran was runner-up at this event in 2014, then T10 12 months ago and is primed to contend yet again at the weekend. At 5-under 137, he's part of a five-way tie with Rory McIlroy, Mikko Ilonen, Brandon Stone and Jeunghun Wang. His first move of the day, having started on the 10th, was backwards, with bogey on 13, but he added red at 18 to turn in level par. He made 2 birdies and 2 bogeys on his return journey home. He hit just 10 greens in regulation and was a mere 4-for-8 in scrambling for par, but he needed just 26 swishes of the blade.
Jul 1 - 8:30 AM

Camilo Villegas vaulted up the leaderboard with 14 points during the opening round of the Barracuda Championship, signing for a bogey-free, 6-under-par 30-35=65 to sit one point off the early pacesetter Martin Laird.

The Colombian opened the week outside the FedExCup Playoff bubble at 142nd in the standings. A good week would go a long way and he's off to a good start so far. Villegas split 10 (of 14) fairways and landed 13 greens in regulation. That steady ball-striking was crucial in keeping his card blemish-free, but it was the flat stick that yielded all the scoring. Villegas needed just 24 putts to make his way around Montrêux Golf and Country Club, converting three times from outside 11 feet. He also holed out from off the green (78 feet) for birdie at the par-4 fifth hole. This marks his seventh career round at Montrêux, and easily the best on his resume (69/R3 2013).
Jun 30 - 8:50 PM

Davis Love III withdrew from the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational following an 8-over-par 37-41=78 opening round. Update: Love III announced he will be out for the remainder of the season as he opts for hip surgery to repair a torn left hip labrum.

DL3 was making his first start at Firestone Country Club since 2009, entering the week with top 20s in 9-of-10 starts at this venue. He opened with back-to-back birdies and looked to be on his way to another strong finish. That is where the fun stopped as he split just two more fairways and found just two more greens in regulation over his final 16 holes. He lost 6.82 strokes tee-to-green, leading to six pars and 10 bogeys. The U.S. Ryder Cup Team captain has now withdrawn from two events this year and 11 total in his career. Love III is scheduled to undergo hip surgery on July 6th.
Jun 30 - 6:36 PM

Brooks Koepka has withdrawn from this week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational due to an ankle injury. He was 5-over through 13 at the time of the WD.

The Florida State product joins his fellow alum Daniel Berger as first-round WDs this week. Koepka opened with three bogeys and six pars before making the turn. The real damage was done at the par-4 13th hole as he found a fairway bunker off the tee, punched out to 141 yards and then three-putted from 41'11" for double bogey. Koepka entered the week with high expectations as he finished T6 here last year and arrived with three straight top 15s. He will now have a week off to recover before taking on Royal Troon Golf Club at the Open Championship.
Jun 30 - 3:44 PM

Martin Laird sliced through Montrêux Golf and Country Club with a 7-under-par 32-33=65 during the opening round of the Barracuda Championship, giving himself the early lead with 15 points.

Laird entered the week with three top 10s at this event in three tries, but just one since the move to Modified Stableford scoring in 2012. That latest finish was a T6 in 2014 and the Scot picked up right where he left off, circling eight birdies while swallowing just one bogey. Three of his birdie splashes came from 12-to-17 feet but his most notable putt was a 26-footer to save par at the par-4 fifth hole. Laird has now posted rounds of 66 or better in six of his nine competitive rounds at Montrêux G&CC. With this kind of course history, gamers should expect him to stick around near the top all week.
Jun 30 - 3:25 PM

William McGirt bombarded Firestone Country Club with a bogey-free, 6-under-par 31-33=64 during the first round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.

Making his tournament debut, McGirt put on a short-game clinic today. He holed out from a greenside bunker (24'4" at the par-3 15th), holed out from the fringe (14'1" at the par-4 17th), holed out from off the green at the last to save par (46'1"), and drained four putts from outside 18 feet. The longest was a 28'11" birdie bomb at the par-3 fifth hole. Overall, he walked off the course gaining 5.507 strokes on, and around, the green. It's extremely unlikely that we see him maintain this short-game play as the week progresses, but he's given himself a nice little head start on the field.
Jun 30 - 2:58 PM




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