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Derek Ernst is the unlikely winner of the Wells Fargo Championship thanks to a 2-under-par 37-33=70 in the final round that included a birdie on the 72nd hole to force a playoff with David Lynn.

The rookie from UNLV was an afterthought for much of the day, not seeing red figures until he rattled home his third birdie of the round on the par-5 15th from 7'10". He stepped on the 18th tee trailing by one, then after finding the fairway he threw his approach 4'8" from the bottom of the cup and poured it in for a share of the lead at 8-under 280. He went back to the tee at the par-4 18th for the first playoff hole, splitting the fairway while Lynn's ball found the hazard. Lynn was able to play his ball, depositing it into a greenside bunker while Ernst found the green 13'3" from the hole. With Lynn continuing to make a mess of the hole, Ernst needed just two putts for his first win and managed his two-putt par. Not only is this Ernst's first PGA TOUR victory, it's the first time he's secured a top 40. This win gets him into this week's PLAYERS, the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the PGA Championship, but he's probably most excited about the two-year exemption.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Sun, May 5, 2013 02:21:00 PM

Adam Scott followed his opening 70 at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship with a 4-under-par 32-36=68 in today's second round to post 6-under 138 and assume outright possession of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

This was a great effort by the Aussie, who sandwiched consecutive bogeys on his inward nine with six birdies. Two of his par breakers ranged 12-16 feet, but his longest conversion disappeared for par from 21'3" at the par-4 11th hole. Scott also poured in a par save from just outside 10 feet at the par-4 second. Whatever technical transition he's made to the short putter had paid off. At last check, he ranked second in the field in strokes gained: putting with an aggregate clip of 5.764. And considering he's T4 in greens in regulation (27), he just might be the guy least likely to throw it in reverse on the weekend.
Mar 6 - 4:35 PM

Alex Cejka crafted a bogey-free, 5-under-par 34-33=67 in today's second round of the Puerto Rico Open to post 7-under 137 and assume outright possession of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

This was as good as it gets in tricky scoring conditions at Trump International Golf Club-Puerto Rico. Cejka split 10 (of 14) fairways and created 17 scoring opportunities. He buried five birdies, three of which on par 5s. He also walked off with birdie at the par-4 ninth. He's missed only seven GIR thus far and has just one bogey. Cejka is making his 287th career start on the PGA TOUR, but he's never won one.
Mar 6 - 3:40 PM

Andy Sullivan completed 36 holes of the Africa Open in 5-over-par 72-77=149 and missed the cut by six shots.

Don't feel too sorry for Sullivan. His win in the Joburg Open last week was his second European Tour victory in South Africa in two months and a smile has barely left his face. Needing a move today after an opening 72, he got on the wrong side of the risk-reward holes at East London GC and swallowed five bogeys and a double. Three birdies and an eagle-2 at 16 proved irrelevant. Other notables that missed the cut which fell at 1-under include: 144--Richie Ramsay; Raphaël Jacquelin ... 145--Oliver Fisher; George Coetzee ... 146--Richard Sterne; Michael Hoey ... 147--Tjaart Van Der Walt ... 148-- Grégory Bourdy ... 150--Chris Wood; Oliver Wilson ... 152--Peter Lawrie.
Mar 6 - 11:10 AM

In-form Byeong-Hun An posted two eagles and three birdies in a 7-under-par 33-32=65 to surge into the top 10 at the Africa Open.

The Korean is 5-for-5 on the European Tour this year and hasn't finished worse than T22. He's on track to keep that record going and perhaps delivering a first European Tour win after resuming normal service following his opening 73. An jumped to 6-under 138 via a bogey-free round at East London GC which started with a birdie at the first and continued with an eagle-3 at the third. Pars were his staple on Friday but he added birdies at 7 and 13 and took another leap with an eagle-2 at the short par-4 16th. He's currently five behind leader Matt Ford of England.
Mar 6 - 6:17 AM

Matt Ford posted the clubhouse lead of 11-under 133 at the Africa Open after touring East London GC in 6-under-par 34-32=66 on day two.

Ford, the joint first-round pacesetter with Kevin Phelan, took advantage of the calm morning conditions to paint his card with an eagle, six birdies, two bogeys and nine pars. The Englishman, who came through November's Q School at the 10th attempt, circled par breakers at 2, 3, 6 and 7 before swallowing a bogey at 9. Coming home, he birdied 10 and then holed out at the 12th for an eagle-2. Three clear at that stage, Ford traded a birdie and a bogey over the final six holes to complete an excellent opening 36 holes. So far he's split 25 (out of 30) fairways and hit 25 greens, missing just four today. Ahead of the afternoon wave starting their rounds, he's a shot clear of Spain's Eduardo De La Riva.
Mar 6 - 5:37 AM

J.B. Holmes thrashed Trump National Doral's Blue Monster Course for a bogey-free, 10-under-par 32-30=62 in his opening round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship.

Needless to say, he'll go to bed tonight with the outright lead and by four strokes to boot. Holmes split only seven (of 14) fairways, but he landed 15 greens in regulation to set up the brilliant round. While an eagle-3 at the 12th hole stands out -- he secured it with a tap-in after motoring his drive 376 yards off the tee and approach from 226 yards -- Holmes go to work elsewhere. He circled eight birdies, five of which from outside 11 feet including a pair from just outside 33 feet at Nos. 11 and 17. He also walked off in style, getting up and down from a greenside bunker at the par-3 ninth, pouring in the par save from 20-and-a-half feet. At last check, Holmes' strokes gained: tee-to-green clip measured 7.350. Remarkably, his score is just one off the course record set by Stephen Ames on the old, easier design in 2000.
Mar 5 - 5:36 PM

Thomas Björn withdrew during his opening round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, citing personal issues, according to Mark Cannizzaro on Twitter.

Björn splashed his tee ball at the par-3 ninth before calling it quits. He was birdie-free 3-over with three bogeys through eight holes. This is his third mid-tournament WD in 112 career PGA TOUR starts. The first two occurred during the 2005 season.
Mar 5 - 2:15 PM

Mark Hubbard assumed outright possession of the clubhouse lead at the Puerto Rico Open with a 4-under-par 35-33=68 in his opening round.

As a fan of golf, you have to be pleased by this effort. It was one week ago today that the rookie was disqualified from The Honda Classic after opening with a 4-over 74 because he failed to register. (For a detailed rundown of the events of that day, click on the link to Alex Miceli's report at Golfweek.com below.) It was only two weeks before that when Hubbard made news by proposing to his girlfriend alongside the 18th green at Pebble Beach. The newly betrothed 25-year-old made more news inside the ropes today at Trump International Golf Club-Puerto Rico by exchanging six birdies with two bogeys. Four of the par breakers disappeared on his last six holes.
Mar 5 - 12:43 PM

David Toms withdrew during his opening round of the Puerto Rico Open, citing a back injury

Toms started on the back side of Trump International Golf Club-Puerto Rico and submitted a 2-over-par 38 with two bogeys before calling it quits. He tied for fourth here last year, so expectations were elevated for a notable effort against this field this week. It's the 15th time in 579 PGA TOUR starts that the 47-year-old has withdrawn mid-tournament. He arrived on the island slotted 108th in the FedExCup standings.
Mar 5 - 10:07 AM

Matt Ford fired five birdies and kept a bogey off his card to share the first-round lead at the Africa Open with Kevin Phelan.

Playing in the afternoon wave, Ford compiled a 5-under-par 32-35=67 on his opening circuit of East London GC to match Phelan's morning target. The pair are a shot clear of a five-man bunch which includes last week's runner-up David Howell. The Englishman began with a run of five pars but then got hot with birdies at 15, 16 and 18. Further birdies at 6 and 7 moved him into joint first spot and he stayed there with a pair of closing pars. The key? Scrambling. He was 7-for-7 after hitting just 11 greens. Ford is 3-for-3 in South Africa this season so clearly enjoys this part of the European Tour schedule. He's making his debut in this event.
Mar 5 - 9:57 AM

Fresh off a T2 in the Joburg Open, Kevin Phelan is the early clubhouse leader at the Africa Open after a 5-under-par 34-33=67 on Thursday.

Phelan closed with a 66 to finish joint runner-up last week and continued his strong play at East London GC on day one. The Irishman started slowly with a bogey at 11 and four other pars before nailing back-to-back birdies at 15 and 16. He made another at the par-5 opening hole and reeled off three more at 5, 6 and 7 to jump to the top of the morning leaderboard. Phelan hit 16 greens in regulation. He missed the cut on his debut in this event last year although didn't do much wrong, shooting 69-70.
Mar 5 - 5:35 AM




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