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Graeme McDowell defeated Thongchai Jaidee 2 and 1 in the final of the Volvo World Match Play Championship.

The first-ever European Tour event in Bulgaria lived up to its hype both with scenic Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort in Kavarna and a deserving champion. Jaidee went 2 up after four holes and retained the lead through six. After McDowell picked off a birdie at the par-3 seventh to halve his deficit, he'd eventually draw even at 12. Wins at 14 and 15 followed as Jaidee began to stumble. Overall, G-Mac played 17 holes in bogey-free 3-under. Just four weeks removed from his title at Harbour Town, he climbed the ladder in this week's bracket with victories over Bo Van Pelt (1 up), Nicolas Colsaerts (2 and 1) and Branden Grace (3 and 2). McDowell is also the first native of Ireland or Northern Ireland to win this tournament that dates back to 1964.
Sun, May 19, 2013 10:49:00 AM

With inclement weather expected this afternoon in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, the final round of the RBC Heritage began at 7:30 a.m. ET

Tournament organizers sent threesomes off split tees with the leaders going off No. 1 at 9:30 a.m. Bill Haas went out in the first group off the first tee and carded a 2-under-par 33-36=69 to post 6-under 278. At last check, he sat T30 on the leaderboard. It was almost predictable, too. Since opening the season with a T22 at The McGladrey Classic, Haas has alternated finishes outside the top 45 with top 25s. He shared 12th place at last week's Masters, so this week's effort projects to break the drought without a top 45 every other week, but it's hardly impressive on its own.
Apr 19 - 12:07 PM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat beat Chinese teenager Li Hao-Tong in a playoff to secure a dramatic win at the inaugural Shenzhen International.

The Thai posted a closing even-par 37-35=72 at Genzon GC to match Li's clubhouse target of 12-under 276 before returning to 18 and sinking a lengthy birdie putt to seal victory. Aphibarnrat looked to have blown his chances after slipping from two in front at start of play to two behind walking off 16. But at 17 he drained an 18-foot effort for eagle to gain a share of the lead again before parring the last to get himself into a playoff. This is Aphibarnrat's second European Tour title and first since the 2013 Maybank Malaysian Open. He said: "Special thanks to my caddie, he was always pushing me. When we were two behind on the last two holes he said you have not lost, we have not signed the scorecard yet and he was completely right. I had a chance to win in 72 holes but the putt in the playoff is the best putt I have ever made in my life." Aphibarnrat split 12 (of 14) fairways on Sunday and hit 15 greens in regulation but a cold putter (he needed 34 swishes) almost cost him.
Apr 19 - 7:30 AM

Overnight leader Troy Merritt carded a 2-under-par 35-34=69 in his third round of the RBC Heritage to post 14-under 199, good for a three-stroke margin entering the final round.

Fresh off a course-record-tying 61, Merritt entered today as the 36-hole leader by four shots over Matt Kuchar and John Merrick. Paired with Kuchar (defending champion) in the final group, this was the first time that he's held the weekend lead in 85 PGA TOUR starts. If there were nerves, Merritt didn't show it early finding his first six greens in regulation and circling birdies on the par-5 second and the par-4 third holes. After a par save from short of the green on seven, the first sign of potential trouble came on the eighth when he rinsed his approach, eventually swallowing a one-putt double bogey-6. A bounce-back birdie on the ninth showed some moxie for the 29-year-old, his third circle on the round. Despite struggling off the tee on his homeward half, Merritt's iron play was steady. He missed only one green in regulation coming into the house. He added his fourth and final birdie of the day on the par-3 14th.
Apr 18 - 6:37 PM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat converted nine birdies in his third round of the Shenzhen International, but settled for a 4-under-par 32-36=68 to post 12-under 204, good for a two-stroke margin entering Sunday's finale.

Aphibarnrat played alongside 36-hole leader Peter Uihlein and promptly sent a message with birdies on the first three holes of Genzon Golf Club in Shenzhen. The 25-year-old Thai then traded three birdies with two bogeys before the turn. He kept it floored with birdies at 10, 11 and 13, but double-bogeyed the par-5 17th and squared a bogey-5 at the last. "First, I made three straight birdies to jump up at the top," he said. "I was still hitting the ball great on the back. Then I made a big mistake on last two holes, not the way to finish. ... I lost the focus on the short putt on 17. That is the big turn, the big key for me after Peter made birdie, and we swung three shots on that. That's a big move. But I made a mistake and I lost some concentration." Uihlein shot 1-under 35-36=71 and sits alone in second place to set up another pairing with the leader.
Apr 18 - 1:02 PM

Marc Leishman is included in the published field of next week's Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

This is great news. It implies that his wife is stable and recovering from her recent health scare. He hasn't played since missing the cut at Bay Hill and he hasn't cashed since a T51 at The Honda Classic. In his only previous appearance at TPC Louisiana, he missed the cut in 2009.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Apr 17 - 6:47 PM

Zach Johnson shot 6-over-par 73-75=148 at the RBC Heritage, missing the cut by six strokes.

Well, so much for that. He arrived with sparkling form punctuated by 68s on the weekend at Augusta National to share ninth place. This week in Hilton Head, Johnson split 21 (of 28) fairways but missed 19 greens in regulation. He circled only three birdies but gave back shots with seven bogeys and a double. Other notables that also have the weekend off include: 143--1999 champ Glen Day; Russell Henley; Rory Sabbatini ... 144--Tony Finau; Carlos Ortiz; Ernie Els; Marcel Siem ... 145--Cameron Tringale ... 146--Thongchai Jaidee ... 147--Chesson Hadley ... 148--Charles Howell III; John Huh.
Apr 17 - 6:37 PM

Brandt Snedeker rebounded from a 6-over-par 77 in his opening round of the RBC Heritage with a 7-under 33-31=64 in today's second round to post 1-under 141 and make the cut by one stroke.

Sneds passed the gut-check after missing the cut at last week's Masters. He found nine (of 14) fairways and went 6-for-6 in scrambling today while picking off seven birdies. Three of them ran 10-15 feet. At last check, Snedeker's strokes gained: putting read 3.749 for the day. Today's aggregate matches his season low at Monterey Peninsula Country Club's Shore Course in the opening round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am where he won by three strokes.
Apr 17 - 5:20 PM

Troy Merritt enjoyed a day for the ages en route to a 10-under-par 33-28=61 in today's second round of the RBC Heritage.

The course record is 61, so he shares that now. Merritt's previous low on the PGA TOUR was 64 (three times), so he shattered that. And at 12-under 130, he owns a four-stroke clubhouse lead at the midpoint. He even parred a par 5 (the fifth hole) today, too. Overall, the 29-year-old split nine (of 14) fairways and landed 14 greens in regulation. He connected nine times for birdies, three of which from 11-18 feet. At last check, he measured 5.327 in strokes gained: putting and 3.439 in strokes gained: putting for the round.
Apr 17 - 4:13 PM

Patrick Reed completed 36 holes of the RBC Heritage in 3-over-par 71-74=145 and will miss the cut.

He found only half of the 28 fairways and 19 greens in regulation at Harbour Town this week. Reed circled eight birdies, but he also incurred five bogeys and a trio of double bogey-6s. This ends his consecutive cuts made streak at 18, although eight of those starts didn't feature a cut. His last MC came at The Open Championship nine months ago. Regardless, he figures to be a force at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship in two weeks.
Apr 17 - 3:31 PM

In just another day at the office, 21-year-old Jordan Spieth blistered Harbour Town Golf Links for a bogey-free, 9-under-par 31-31=62 in today's second round of the RBC Heritage.

Spieth is proving how maturity, balance and a positive attitude can yield success. Of course, to be really good at something doesn't hurt. He split eight (of 14) fairways and went 4-for-4 in scrambling today. Spieth buried nine birdies, including a roll from 19'3" at the par-3 14th hole and a hole-out from 14 yards from in front of the green at the par-4 eighth. He went 16-for-16 from inside 13 feet. The aggregate equals his career low in 220 rounds as a professional on the PGA TOUR (final round, 2013 Deutsche Bank Championship). The course record at Harbour Town is 61 by David Frost in 1991. At 6-under 136, Spieth is just two strokes off Matt Kuchar's 36-hole clubhouse lead on Hilton Head Island.
Apr 17 - 1:13 PM

Peter Uihlein toured Genzon GC in 4-under-par 35-33=68 to move into top spot at the midpoint of the Shenzhen International.

The American birdied his final hole to reach 9-under 135 and overtake Kiradech Aphibarnrat by a shot. Uihlein, who revealed he switched coaches recently, did the bulk of his good work on the par 5s, circling birdies at all four. He added one further par breaker at 6 and swallowed his only bogey of the day at 15. The 25-year-old split 9 (of 14) fairways -- two more than in his opening round -- and found 13 greens in regulation. He's held the 36-hole lead on four previous occasions on the European Tour/Challenge Tour but gone backwards on the weekend each time, never finishing better than T8. The 2013 European Tour rookie of the year says he plans to keep it simple over the last two rounds. "I don't have much going on upstairs, just spacing out, doing my own thing and sticking to my own game plan," he said. "I don't really change it very often. It worked the first couple days so I’ll see how it goes from there."
Apr 17 - 5:22 AM




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