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At 10-under-par 63-72-73-69=277, Rod Perry recorded a three-stroke victory at the PGA Professional National Championship at Sunriver (Ore.) Resort.

Sunriver's par-72 Crosswater Club and par-71 Meadows Course co-hosted the annual contest between PGA professionals. Perry opened bogey-free in his only round at Meadows and made it stand. As the medalist, he earns six exemptions on the 2013-14 PGA TOUR. He'll also lead 20 into Oak Hill for the PGA Championship in August. The other qualifiers are as follows (*former PGA TOUR member): 280--Ryan Polzin ... 282--Jeff Sorenson ... 283--*Mike Small; *Chip Sullivan; *JC Anderson; Mark Sheftic ... 285--*Bob Sowards ... 286--*Sonny Skinner; Mark Brown; Kirk Hanefeld; David McNabb; David Muttitt ... 287--Stuart Smith; Jeff Martin; Lee Rhind; Caine Fitzgerald ... 288--Rob Labritz; Bob Gaus; Danny Balin. The trio at 1-over 288 survived a six-man playoff with Jason Schmuhl, Corey Prugh and Chris Black. Labritz holed out from the fairway for birdie on the second playoff hole to qualify for the major.
Wed, Jun 26, 2013 08:36:00 PM

World No. 54 Zach Johnson, who arrived off a T12 at the U.S. Open, painted a 7-under-par 33-30=63 in the first round of the Travelers Championship, good for the clubhouse lead out of the morning wave. If this lead holds up, it'll be his 10th 18-hole lead/co-led in 378 events, previously 1-for-9 converting (2012 Crowne Plaza Invitational).

The 42-year-old ties his season low in 58 rounds (Sony Open/R1). At the Sony, he was a first-round co-leader, eventually finishing T14 (63-67-71-67). This is his 13th Travelers with five prior top 25s among nine cashes and two top 10s, including a best of T3 on debut in 2004. The Drake alum also matched his best at TPC River Highlands (in 43 rounds), shot in R2 in 2005 (finished T42). On 11 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, he gained 2.454 strokes approaching and 1.632 around-the-green. The Iowa native squared a lone bogey-5 at 17 (3-putt from 24'3"), camouflaged by eight birdies, including six straight at 11-16. His split featured four conversions from between 15 and 33 feet, holed out from 73'9" away at 5 for birdie-2, and hit his third to the par-4 18th from 109 yards out to 12 inches for a par save. Johnson posted 1.714 putts per GIR and 1.310 SG: Putting with 27 total putts.
Jun 21 - 1:26 PM

World No. 618 Peter Malnati twirled a 6-under-par 35-29=64 in the first round of the Travelers Championship, currently solo 2nd and one shy of early clubhouse leader Zach Johnson.

This is a new career low for the 31-year-old in his 101st event and 278th round, previously 65 seven times. It's his fourth Travelers with a best of T75/MDF last year, which included a previous-best 68/R2. The Missouri alum landed nine (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, gaining 1.800 strokes off-the-tee and 2.289 around-the-green. He squared a lone bogey-5 at hole 7, outflanked by five birdies at 4, 11, 13, 16 and 17, two from between 17 and 27 feet. The Indiana native holed out from a greenside bunker at 11 for birdie-2 and also carded an eagle-2 at 15 from 3'9" after driving the green. He registered 1.714 putts per GIR and 0.855 SG: Putting with 28 total putts.
Jun 21 - 12:55 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, two-time Web.com Tour grad and World No. 304 Matt Jones enjoyed a bogey-free, 5-under-par 34-31=65 in the first round of the Travelers Championship, currently T4 on the leaderboard and one short of morning-wave clubhouse-leader Peter Malnati.

This is the ASU alum's 16th start of the season and 45th round, matching a season-best 65/R2 at the Byron Nelson three starts ago en route to a season-best T13. He's 3-for-7 at the Travelers with one top 25, a T13 in 2010 (65-67-68-70). The 38-year-old, who missed the cut at the U.S. Open, found 12 (of 14) fairways and 16 greens in regulation, gaining 1.843 strokes off-the-tee and 1.036 approaching-the-green. He circled three birdies at 11 (from 16'3"), 14 and 6, adding eagle-3 at 13 from 9'10". The Aussie recorded 1.750 putts per GIR and 1.292 SG: Putting, needing 30 total putts.
Jun 21 - 12:38 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, World No. 88 Beau Hossler smoothed a bogey-free, 5-under-par 33-32=65 in the first round of the Travelers Championship, currently T3 on the leaderboard and one short of early clubhouse leader Peter Malnati.

The first-time member though not a rookie striped 12 (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation, gaining 1.581 strokes off-the-tee and 0.871 around-the-green. He carded five birdies at 13, 14, 18, 1 and 6, two from between 12 and 27 feet. The California native missed three birdie tries from inside of nine feet, but did can three par-savers in the 6-to-7 range, posting 1.714 putts per GIR and 1.873 SG: Putting with 28 total putts. This is the 23-year-old's first start since T44 three weeks ago at the Memorial. It's his second Travelers after T53 last year (66-69-72-71).
Jun 21 - 12:25 PM

Sébastian Gros set the new clubhouse target playing early in the afternoon wave of the first round of the BMW International Open at Golf Club Gut Larchenhof, his 4-under-par 32-36=68 leaving him alone at the top, one clear of Aaron Rai and Henric Sturehed on the live leaderboard. UPDATE: At the end of play Gros remained clear, but Jorge Campillo had joined Rai and Sturehed in T2.

But for a late bogey at the 16th the Frenchman might have been settling down for his dinner with a two shot advantage, but he'll remain very content with his first day's work in Germany. His front nine, especially, was electric as he ticked the first, third, eight and ninth. He added a fifth par breaker at 15, but was to make that error immediately afterwards. Currently 104th on the Race to Dubai he needs a good week having made just one top 20 (T12 Open de Espana) since the end of last July. He did hint at this form, however, when T2 at halfway in the BMW PGA Championship. He owns one previous first round lead, which was shared, after a 67 in the 2016 Nordea Masters. There are plenty to finish the round so he may be caught, but conditions are blustery.
Jun 21 - 11:45 AM

Henric Sturehed's 3-under-par 33-36=69 saw him join Aaron Rai at the top of the live leaderboard as the morning wave completed their rounds on the opening day of the BMW International Open at Golf Club Gut Larchenhof.

The Swede's first visit to the Jack Nicklaus design in Pulheim, Germany and he's quickly taken to it, although it was a wildly swinging day which left his scorecard all sorts of colours. He opened with red at the first and third, before taking a step backwards due to blue at the fourth. The response was swift: more red at five and eight. The first move of the back nine was in reverse, thanks to blue at 12, but an eagle-3 at the 13th earned a splash of yellow. A final par-breaker followed at the 15th, but he closed with bogeys at 16 and 18. Having opened the season with seven missed cuts, he's on track to make it four weekends on the run (discounting a withdrawal in the Rocco Forte Open). He and Rai lead by one from five players in the clubhouse on 2-under.
Jun 21 - 8:10 AM

Aaron Rai crafted a 3-under-par 34-35=69 which set the pace in round one of the BMW International Open at Golf Club Gut Larchenhof in Pulheim, Germany.

The Englishman's lap left him in a share of first with Sweden's Henric Sturehed as he took lunch on the opening day and most of his progress was made on the front nine. He made birdies at the third, seventh and ninth holes, with the latter two covering a bogey in-between at the eighth. On the way home he added eight pars and a third birdie-4 of the day at the 519-yard par-5 15th. On a solid run of 9-for-11 and 93rd on the Race to Dubai he is still looking for his first seasonal top five. Should he remain in a tie for the lead come the end of play it will replicate his 18-hole T1 in the Qatar Masters (he finished T19); he was also T3 in the Open de Espana after the first round (T12). He and Sturehed lead by one from five players in the clubhouse on 2-under.
Jun 21 - 8:02 AM

Two-time champ Bubba Watson makes his way to Cromwell, Connecticut, for a 12th appearance at this week's Travelers Championship.

The big-hitting lefty missed the cut in his 2006 Travelers debut and also missed the cut last year. All nine of his other starts have produced top-40 finishes with six of those doubling as top 15s and two of those being wins. The 2010 victory was his first PGA TOUR title which is why he returns every year and said he'll remain to do so unless injuries prevent him from playing. Currently ranked 10th in the FedExCup standings and seventh in Ryder Cup Points, this week provides a good opportunity to pick up some extra insurance points in terms of helping him reach East Lake as well as Le Golf National.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jun 20 - 5:40 PM

World No. 1 amateur Doug Ghim will remove that (a) tag from his name as he preps for his professional debut at this week's Travelers Championship.

The Texas product joined fellow Longhorn Jordan Spieth for a practice round today. Not a bad practice partner, learning from the defending champ here at TPC River Highlands. Ghim earned medalist honors three times during his senior season. That was strong enough to move him into the No. 1 spot on the World Amateur Golf Rankings and also earn him the 2018 Ben Hogan Award, an honor that has recently been won by Maverick McNealy, Jon Rahm, Patrick Cantlay, Peter Uihlein, and Rickie Fowler, to name a few. With that kind of pedigree, the sky is the limit for this 22-year-old. Ghim made his PGA TOUR debut earlier this year with a T50 at the Masters and then missed the cut last week at the U.S. Open (playing both as an amateur). Gamers can take the wait-and-see approach but they should be ready to invest in long-term (and weekly) leagues at the first sign of success.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jun 19 - 10:06 PM

After a scintillating Sunday at Shinnecock Hills Tommy Fleetwood tees it up in the BMW International Open at Golf Club Gut Larchenhof in Pulheim, Germany this week.

The Englishman arrives fresh from equalling the lowest final round in US Open history and, moreover, he did it when he knew it was looking like a title-tilting effort. That leads us to wonder how he will react? Will he fly high or feel something of an emotional slump? To throw further mud in the water he has his father on the bag rather than best friend Ian Finnis. That said, he was T6 here 12 months ago having been fourth at Erin Hills so it wouldn't need much more. And Niclas Fasth and Ernie Els have both won this event a week after contending the second major of the season. A poor course record (MC-T33-MC) but he had that ahead of wins in Abu Dhabi and Paris last year. Might be worth noting his first ET win was at Gleneagles, on a Jack Nicklaus design, as this week's track is.
Jun 19 - 9:37 AM

Brooks Koepka has been given a pass on the Wednesday pro-am but he remains committed to the field for this week's Travelers Championship.

Golfers are obligated to show up for their pro-am duties but the PGA TOUR has given Koepka a pass to allow him to celebrate his U.S. Open victory, reported by George Savaricas of Golf Channel. Koepka won't get much pre-tournament prep this week but he does have a T51 and T9 already on his Travelers resume. Come off a grueling week where he battled Shinnecock Hills, taking on TPC River Highlands will likely be like taking the donut off a baseball bat. Gamers can still play the mental fatigue narrative if they'd like, but we should fully expect to see him give it a go this week in Cromwell, Connecticut.
Jun 19 - 9:19 AM




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