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Boo Weekley is in the thick of contention at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial after spinning a 4-under-par 33-33=66 in the third round.

Weekley had a busy day on the scorecard, with six birdies only partially blunted by two bogeys. The highlight of his round was his approach on the final hole, landing his wedge from 114 yards 2'9" to the cup. Should he emerge victorious, it would be his third PGA TOUR win and first at a venue other than Harbour Town.
Sat, May 25, 2013 05:47:00 PM

In four-ball action, first-round co-leaders Jordan Spieth and Ryan Palmer turned in a bogey-free 8-under-par 32-32=64 after today's final round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to conclude on 22-under 266, five adrift of a 2-team playoff involving 54-hole leaders Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith, and Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown that will commence on Monday morning.

After kicking off Day 1 with 6-under 66 (alternate shot), the Texans co-led, dipped to T5 with 66 (best ball), and began the finale five back of Blixt/Smith in solo 4th after 70 (alternate shot). That's where they eventually landed, in solo 4th, after circling eight birdies on Sunday. Palmer got on the board first with birdie-2 at three (from 17'11") and circled 4 at the seventh before Spieth birdied the par-4 eighth (6'4"). Palmer crashed in another 2 at the par-3 ninth from 21'2" and converted from 5'7" at the 11th for birdie-4. It was Palmer again at 13, brushing in an 8-footer for birdie-3 before Spieth completed their scoring with back-to-backs at 14 and 15, the former from the right fairway 27'11" away for birdie-2.
Apr 30 - 10:18 PM

In best-ball action in the final round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Kelly Kraft and Kevin Tway spun a bogey-free 11-under-par 31-30=61 for a 72-hole tally of 23-under 265, up three places to solo 3rd, four back of a 2-team playoff that will happen on Monday due to darkness.

For Tway, this was his second straight 3rd-place finish in as many weeks (T3/Valero), matching a career best (45th start). For Kraft, it's his second top 10 of the season in 16 starts, both top 3s (2nd, AT&T Pro-Am). After opening in 71 (alternate shot), 63 (best ball) and 70 (alternate), the 28-year-old's began T6 on 12-under, seven shy of 54-hole leaders Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith. Tway opened with birdie-4 at two, went back-to-back at three, and then ripped off a hat-trick on holes 5-7. Tway added his sixth birdie at the 11th before Kraft got going with a pitch-in birdie-3 at 13 and a 15-footer for birdie-2 at 14. It was Kraft again for a 3 at the 16th and then he finished his personal rally with a walk-off eagle-3 at the 18th from 22'3".
Apr 30 - 9:56 PM

In four-ball action, overnight leaders Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith authored a bogey-free 8-under-par 34-30=64 in the final round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to post 27-under 261, and will head to a 2-man playoff on Monday at 8:00 am CT with playing competitors Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown, with Kisner holing out for eagle at the 72nd hole to force extra time.

For a second year in a row, the Zurich is heading to a Monday playoff. After kicking off in 67-62-68, the Florida residents led two teams by four shots, including Kisner/Brown. They relinquished their lead after just four holes, opening with four straight pars, while Kisner/Brown birdied their first four, eventually carding eight straight. Blixt broke the ice with a 45'5" bomb for birdie-3 at five and Smith circled the par-5 seventh to turn 2-under, now two behind. Smith went on a 3-birdie run on holes 10-12, the latter from 33'11", and they took turns at 16 and 17, Smith knocking in a 5-footer at the par-3 17th to take a 1-shot lead to the par-5 18th. It was Smith again at the 72nd hole, pitching from 57 yards away to 18 inches for a tap-in 4 and a sure win, but Kisner did him one better, improbably pitching in from 94'6" away for eagle-3. Blixt/Smith are blemish-free thru 72 holes.
Apr 30 - 9:28 PM

In four-ball action in the final round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown painted a day-low bogey-free 12-under-par 28-32=60 to post 27-under 261, that aggregate matched moments later by playing competitors and overnight leaders Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith, resulting in a 2-team playoff which will take place on Monday morning at 8:00 am CT due to darkness.

After opening in 70-64-67, the Aiken, South Carolina, residents began T2 on 15-under, four back. It took them all of four holes to erase the deficit, opening with four straight birdies. Brown got them started with birdie-3 at the first, and Kisner kicked in with a hat-trick on holes 2-4. Kisner was far from done, connecting three more at 5-7 for six in a row on his own ball. Brown circled the eighth, the duo now 8-under thru eight before a par 3 at nine to turn in 28, now two clear of Blixt/Smith. Brown circled 3 at 10 and Kisner birdied 11, but the duo went flat with six straight pars. Brown saved their last par at 17 and they were one down coming to the par-5 18th. Smith stuck his third to 18 inches for birdie, meaning Kisner/Brown needed eagle to tie, and Kisner answered with a dramatic pitch in from 94'6" away.
Apr 30 - 9:08 PM

In four-ball action in the final round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, World No. 1460 Chase Koepka and older brother Brooks Koepka, the world's 19th-ranked player, styled a 10-under-par 28-34=62 to conclude on 19-under 269, up 14 spots to T5 with play still in progress. UPDATE: Two teams are heading to a Monday playoff but the Koepka's did finish T5, eight back of the sudden-death combatants.

Chase, 23, was making his PGA TOUR debut. The top 5 teams and ties (10 players and ties) total, earn an exemption into next week's Wells Fargo (if not already exempt), which would be big for Chase. Brooks, three years older, was making his 75th career TOUR start. After opening in 69 (alternate shot), 65 (best ball) and 73 (alternate), the duo began on 9-under (T19), 10 adrift of 54-hole leaders Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith. With lift, clean and place in effect, they began off No. 10 tee and were sleepwalking on 1-over thru six holes, carding five pars and a bogey-6 at 11. Brooks got things rolling with a hat-trick of birdies at 16-18 and extended the run to five straight on holes 1 and 2. Brooks rang up another at 4 with Chase getting on board with birdie-3 at 5. Brooks circled 6 and 8 while Chase pitched in for eagle-3 at seven (from 50'8" away) to complete their scoring.
Apr 30 - 7:59 PM

After some deep digging by Brian Gay, the PGA TOUR reviewed the FedExCup point distrubtion and ruled that Ian Poulter and Brian Gay now have fully-exempt status for the remainder of the season.

Poulter shared the press release via Twitter that included, "Brian Gay and Ian Poulter, on Major Medical Extensions who under the old FedExCup points system would have been over the threshold needed to retain fully-exempt status for the rest of the year." That is a brief nugget, but the explanation requires full context which is provided on the Twitter link above. Long story short, the distribution curve for FedExCup events was dramatically changed year-over-year, particularly for finishes in the 30th to 50th range, making it an uphill task for any golfers on a Major Medical this season. Poulter and Gay are now exempt for the season and also exempt into THE PLAYERS in two weeks. In addition to Gay and Poulter, this recalculation will also apply to anyone else currently on a MME.
Apr 30 - 12:19 PM

Due to a dangerous weather situation, the final round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans was suspended at 10:03 am CT with players being removed from the course. UPDATE: Restart scheduled for 4:30 pm unless additional inclement weather occurs.

Tournament officials had pro-actively moved R4 tee times forward to a 6:40 am start off both sets of tees. All 36 teams are on the course with the duo of Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly making a nice move in four-ball action. The Wisconsinites were bogey-free 5-under thru 11 holes, 15 under total, and moved up the board to T6 when the horn sounded. When play resumes, the 50-somethings will be at the par-4 12th with Stricker on the green in regulation looking at a 24'4" birdie try.
Apr 30 - 11:21 AM

World No. 102 Alexander Levy carded a closing 5-under-par 34-33=67 at the Volvo China Open to wipe out a seven-shot deficit on overnight leader Dylan Frittelli before winning a playoff after both had finished at 17-under 271.

On a dramatic final day at Topwin Golf & CC, the 2014 champ rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt at the first extra hole, the 18th, to deny long-time leader Frittelli his first European Tour win. For Levy, this was his fourth trophy in 115 starts, his first coming three years ago when this event was held at Genzon. The Frenchman took a while to launch his final-round move after opening with five pars, a birdie and a bogey. But he made back-to-back par breakers at 8 and 9, added another at 11 and also ticked 15. Frittelli's inward 38 opened the door and Levy birdied 18 to secure the playoff he would go on to win. The Ryder Cup takes place in his home country next year and it remains a big target. "It's a goal and a dream for me to play the Ryder Cup in France," he said. "I will do a lot of work to play the Ryder Cup and I will do my best to be part of the team."
Apr 30 - 5:36 AM

In an email statement to the PGA TOUR and distributed by PGA TOUR Communications, John Senden announced he is taking time away from the TOUR to attend to a family matter. Below is the full statement provided by his agent in Australia.

"Earlier this week I withdrew from the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to be with my wife Jackie and son Jacob while he battles some health issues. Our son is undertaking the biggest challenge of his life thus far having been diagnosed with a brain tumor. As a family, we appreciate the support and kindness that everyone has offered us at this difficult time. Together, we will stand strong to tackle this disease and look forward to the day when Jacob is cancer free. We are grateful for the outpouring of love we have experienced and ask that you keep Jacob in your prayers and hearts. I have no timeline for my return to the PGA TOUR at this stage."
Apr 29 - 7:37 PM

In Day 3 alternate-shot action at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Chez Reavie and Lucas Glover labored to a 4-over-par 39-37=76 and at 3-under 213, missed the secondary 54-hole cut by three.

With the 80-team format, the 36-hole cut was low 35 teams and ties and, a second cut of low 35 and ties after 54 holes if more than 40 teams made the first cut. Forty-two teams survived the first cut (7-under 137), triggering the second cut, which fell on 6-under 210 and sent six teams packing. Glover had played all 72 in nine of 11 tries at the Zurich (on his own) and had four top 10s. Reavie's had no luck in NOLA, missing five of seven cuts, including the last four straight, with a best of T42 (2008 debut). The duo fared well in alternate shot on Day 1 with 69, but their 68 in best ball (R2) was nearly three strokes worse than the field average. Things didn't improve on Day 3, cancelling three birdies with four bogeys and triple bogey-6 at the ninth. Other teams w/o a Sunday tee time: 211- Martin Flores/Gonzalo Fdez-Castano; Ben Martin/Ben Crane ... 213- Ollie Schniederjans/Richy Werenski; Andrew Loupe/John Peterson ... 214- Mark Hubbard/Jonathan Randolph.
Apr 29 - 7:06 PM

Due to expected inclement weather, Sunday's final-round tee times at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans will be between 6:40 and 8:16 AM (CT) with foursomes off both sets of tees.

The format for Sunday's finale is four-ball (best ball). Defending champ Brian Stuard and teammate Chris Stroud will play out of the third-to-last grouping off No. 1 tee and will begin in solo 5th on 13-under 203, six in arrears to 54-hole leaders Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith. Stuard/Stroud chased an opening 68 (alternate shot) with 64 (best ball), and carved out a 1-under-par 35-36=71 in Round 3 (alternate shot). They squared a lone bogey-4 at 14 (failed scramble), offset by birdies at holes 7 and 16, both from between seven and eight feet, and both knocked home by Stroud. Clutch par saves by both occurred throughout the round with each taking turns brushing in matching 11'11" par-savers at the 17th and 18th.
Apr 29 - 6:43 PM




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