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Roberto Castro spun a 5-under-par 34-32=66 in his opening round of the AT&T National to assume sole possession of the clubhouse lead.

You'll recall when Castro zipped out to the 18-hole lead at THE PLAYERS with a 63 only to chase it with a 78 in the second round. Time will well if history repeats itself at Congressional. He went 6-for-7 in scrambling today and buried a field-tying-high six birdies, five of which disappearing from outside 14 feet. The set including conventional conversions from 35'10" and 27'2" at the 12th and first holes, respectively. He also chipped in from the greenside rough for birdie at 5 and poured in par save from 10'6" at No. 3. At the time he signed his card, he led the field in strokes gained-putting with a clip north of 4.925.
Thu, Jun 27, 2013 04:26:00 PM

Rookie of the Year Jon Rahm claimed the 2017 DP World Tour Championship with a magnificent final round of 5-under-par 34-33=67, setting a 19-under total of 269 which none of the last four players on the course, including pre-round leader Justin Rose, could match.

For the entire front nine Rose maintained his lead of the tournament, but as he reached the home straight of the Race to Dubai he made errors and Rahm emerged from the pack to take advantage. He had made three birdies in the first ten holes to allow that opportunity, at 3, 7 and 10, the latter from 8'0". He drained another from the same distance at 14 for birdie, missed one of a similar distance for a par-breaker at 15, knocked a third of that length in for a red number at the 16th to take the lead. He could only make par at the long 18th hole, but it was enough; he had bettered the target set by the runners-up Shane Lowry and Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Rose and Dylan Frittelli failed to match it. It crowns a superb rookie season for him on the European circuit and makes a mockery of those who doubted him being elected Rookie of the Year. "To play this well in my first year," he said. "I am very honored and very proud."
Nov 19 - 7:41 AM

First-round leader and past champ Chris Kirk fashioned a 6-under-par 32-32=64 in the third round of The RSM Classic to post 15-under 197, up one spot to solo 2nd, three adrift of 54-hole leader Austin Cook.

After kicking off in 63-70, the Georgia alum began T3 on 9-under, five shy of 36-hole leader Cook. Playing out of the penultimate threesome, he hit nine (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, losing 0.553 strokes off-the-tee but gaining 3.132 approaching-the-green. The 32-year-old squared a lone bogey-5 at hole 9, offset by seven circles at 3, 4, 6, 8, 11, 12 and 17, two from between 18 and 30 feet. He recorded 1.533 putts per GIR and 1.972 SG: Putting with 27 total putts. This is the World No. 188's first time in the top 10 thru 54 holes since T8 at the 2017 CareerBuilder back in January, where he finished T21 after 2-over 74.
Nov 18 - 4:59 PM

Making his tournament debut, overnight leader and PGA TOUR rookie Austin Cook spun a 4-under-par 31-35=66 in the third round of The RSM Classic to reach 18-under 194, good for a three-shot lead over first-round leader Chris Kirk.

This is the University of Arkansas alum's first 54-hole lead/co-lead in his 14th career TOUR start. His best finish thus far is T6 at the 2015 Barbasol as a non-member and the 599th-ranked player in OWGR. After kicking off in 66-62, the 26-year-old led by one over Brian Gay, who shot 69 today and dropped to solo 3rd, four back. He found 12 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, gaining 0.713 strokes off-the-tee and 0.637 around-the-green. The World No. 302, who was blemish-free thru 36 holes, squared a lone bogey-5 at 14 (3-putt from 83'8"), camouflaged by five circles at 1, 2 (from 14'3"), 7, 9 and 15. He registered 1.786 putts per GIR and 0.588 SG: Putting with 29 total putts.
Nov 18 - 4:45 PM

World No. 164 J.J. Spaun smoothed a bogey-free 8-under-par 30-32=62 on Moving Day at The RSM Classic, vaulting 29 spots to solo 4th on 13-under 199, good for the low round in the clubhouse and matching the low round of the week with Austin Cook (R2). UPDATE: With play completed, Spaun is solo 4th, five back of 54-hole leader Cook, and his 62 remained the low round of the day.

The 27-year-old will (most likely) not be leading at the end of the day, currently five back of the leader on the course Cook. He did put himself into contention once again, and posts a new career low in his 109th career lap, previously 63 in R4 at the 2017 Wyndham. The SDSU alum opened in 67-70 and found 12 (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation on Day 3. He circled eight, highlighted by four straight at holes 5-9, recording 3.577 SG: Tee-to-Green and 2.830 SG: Putting with 26 total putts. The Californian's split included four conversions from between 13 and 21 feet.
Nov 18 - 3:20 PM

World No. 42 Webb Simpson, a pre-tourney 22/1 outright, withdrew prior to the third round of The RSM Classic. UPDATE: From his Twitter account, Simpson posted, "I WD due to my Dad being sick and living his last days. Thanks for all the support."

The Wake Forest alum, a playoff loser here in 2011, was scheduled to go off No. 1 tee at 10:45 am ET with Bubba Watson and Jim Herman. After opening his sixth appearance in 67-68, he was T12 on 7-under 135, seven short of 36-hole leader Austin Cook. This is the 32-year-old's second mid-tourney WD in his 239th career event, first since the 2009 Children's Miracle Network Classic during his rookie season. At press time, no reason has been published as to the reason for the WD.
Nov 18 - 10:42 AM

Justin Rose heads into the final round of the 2017 European Tour season with two titles still within his grasp; he leads the DP World Tour Championship by one stroke, from Jon Rahm and Dylan Frittelli, on 15-under 201 after a third round of 7-under-par 33-32=65.

The Englishman was disappointed with his second lap of the Earth Course at Jumeirah, specifically his putting, and was seen working late into the night on the practice green, and then returned early to resume before his round. It helped. He ticked 1, 3 and 7 on the front nine to take the solo lead and then maintained the pace on the back nine to withstand a cavalry charge. He made a hat-trick of par breakers from the 12th, with the middle one earned by a chip-and-putt. At 16 he drained a 25-footer for his final birdie. He wanted another at the last, but his approach found water and he had to hole a knee-knocker for par and that one shot lead. "So much fun out there," he said. "But a one shot lead with a pack behind me like that, it's not much. Feeling better with the putter. That five footer for par at the last broke 18 inches so that's a big boost. A big opportunity tomorrow to win the Race to Dubai, that's how I view it. Just go for it."
Nov 18 - 8:01 AM

Playing the Seaside Course, World No. 59 Charles Howell III stalled out to an even-par 34-36=70 in the second round of The RSM Classic and at 1-under 71-70=141, missed the cut by two shots.

A total of 74 players (73 pros, one amateur) from a field of 155 pros and one amateur made the 36-hole cut of 3-under 139. Howell III, a pre-tourney 22/1 outright, was highest up the bookmaker's food chain to hit the road. He was 3-under on his lap thru 15 holes, safely inside the cut line, but played his final three holes in 3-over, eating double bogey-6 at 16, tee ball in the water, and a failed scramble at the par-3 17th. This is the 38-year-old's first MC of the season in five starts, arriving off three straight top 20s, highlighted by a season-best T4 at last week's OHL. Other early exits include: 140- Sean O'Hair; 2015 champ Robert Streb; Whee Kim; Ollie Schniederjans .. 141- Graeme McDowell; Bill Haas; Jason Kokrak .. 142- defender Mac Hughes; Danny Lee .. 143- Scott Brown .. 144- Jamie Lovemark; John Oda; Byeong Hun An; Patrick Rodgers; J.T. Poston .. 145- Si Woo Kim; Davis Love III .. 152- Andrew Johnston.
Nov 17 - 5:07 PM

Austin Cook will sleep on his first PGA TOUR lead following a bogey-free, 8-under-par 31-31=62 during round two of The RSM Classic, the lowest round of the week thus far on the Seaside Course, to vault him into sole possession of the 36-hole lead on 14-under 128.

The PGA TOUR rookie striped 13 (of 14) fairways during R1 and he split another 11 fairways today. That steady play off the tee has allowed him to go pin-hunting, pelting 33 greens in regulation, good for first in the field. Today, his strong iron play was good for 4.464 strokes gained on approach in addition to a trio of putts converted from outside 15 feet. The 26-year-old has yet to record a bogey this week. Playing his 14th event on the PGA TOUR, this will be his first time holding a lead after ANY round on the big stage. In 52 starts on the Web.com Tour he's led just once (R1 of the 2016 Rust-Oleum Championship). Cook has shown a ton of promise early in his career but this will be uncharted territory for the University of Arkansas product as he sleeps on a lead for the first time in his PGA TOUR career.
Nov 17 - 4:34 PM

Making the move over to Sea Island Golf Club's Seaside Course for round two of The RSM Classic, Brian Gay cruised to a 6-under-par 32-32=64, giving him the title of early clubhouse leader with a two-day tally of 13-under 129. UPDATE: He would later get passed up by rookie Austin Cook who posted at 14-under 128.

Gay made quick work of the Plantation Course on day one (7-under 65) but today's 6-under round is likely more impressive. On day one there were only two golfer's that record rounds of 5-under 65 at the Seaside Course (Nick Watney and Brice Garnett). Gay got the job done with his usual (tidy) ball-striking and then caught fire with the flat stick. The most notable was a 37'8" birdie bomb at the par-3 sixth but he also sank three more putts from outside 14 feet. That was good for +3.559 strokes gained putting at the time he signed his card. There are plenty of low scores out there today but if this lead holds up it will be the first 36-hole lead for Gay since the 2009 St. Jude Classic, and just fourth 36-hole lead/co-lead of his lengthy career. He's converted two of his three previous 36-hole leads into victories.
Nov 17 - 2:57 PM

Matthew Fitzpatrick cannot get enough of the Earth Course at the Jumeirah Golf Estates; he posted a second round of 5-under-par 35-32=67 to total 10-under 134 and claim the 36-hole lead at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

The Englishman completed a tenth consecutive under-par round on the Greg Norman design, a tenth circuit which has ended with him ranked inside the top ten and he now averages 68.20 per lap - a successful defense of his title is definitely on the cards. At No. 3 he rolled in a 30'0" par-breaker, negotiating a shoulder on the green with no fuss. He then reached the turn with a birdie-bogey duo at 7 and 8. The back nine saw more action, opening with a tick at ten. At 14 his 3-wood approach to the 626-yard par-5 chased up the green to kick-in range for eagle, at 15 his 18'0" birdie putt from off the green went in at pace, at 18 more red seemed unlikely but he drained from 20'0". He is one shot clear of Tyrrell Hatton with Julian Suri, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat T3 on 8-under. He's flying under the radar this week: "Everyone is focussed on the Race to Dubai," he said. "I've nothing to lose."
Nov 17 - 7:28 AM

Past champion Chris Kirk coasted to a bogey-free, 9-under-par 31-32=63 while facing Sea Island Golf Club’s Plantation Course during round one of The RSM Classic, breaking the course record while also giving him sole possession of the early clubhouse lead as play starts to wind down on Thursday afternoon.

Kirk hoisted the RSM trophy during the 2014 edition, back when the Seaside Course hosted by itself. The Georgia Bulldog clearly doesn't mind the Plantation Course being added to the rota as he just racked up seven birdies and a closing hole-out eagle while taking on the short, par-72 layout. Kirk pelted 14 greens in regulation today but it was his short game that separated him from the field. He needed just 23 swipes with the putter before his day was done. This is Kirk's lowest round recorded at the RSM and also eclipses Sung Kang's round of 64 last year to set the new course record at the Plantation Course. In addition to that, it is Kirk's lowest round since the 2017 OHL Classic at Mayakoba (R1; 8-under 63), which took place just over 12 months ago.
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