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In what will go down as one of the feel-good stories of the year, Paul Casey emerged with a three-stroke victory at The Irish Open.

The Englishman has been dogged by injuries on top of a divorce since his last title at the 2011 Volvo Golf Champions. After starting the final round at Carton House Golf Club in Kildare four strokes adrift of 54-hole leader Joost Luiten, Casey put his stamp on this tournament with a long-range eagle-3 at the 72nd hole to post 14-under 68-72-67-67=274. Luiten closed with a 74 to share runner-up honors with Robert Rock (71--277). In addition to today's emotional triumph -- Casey's 12th on the European Tour -- the soon-to-be 36-year-old (July 21) has earned an exemption into the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational in August. He'll also slide just inside the top 100 of the Official World Golf Ranking when the next edition is revealed.
Sun, Jun 30, 2013 12:21:00 PM

Darren Fichardt made it a pair of South Africans at the head of the field on day one of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in England, matching the earlier clubhouse total of Dean Burmester with a bogey-free 6-under-par 32-34=66.

Fichardt has missed his last seven cuts in this event and failed to shoot lower than 71 since he posted T8 here 14 years ago. He produced his best ever lap of the West Course thanks to six birdies and 12 pars. The veteran, who won on the South African Sunshine Tour in March, birdied the fourth hole and did the bulk of his scoring around the turn thanks to red numbers at 7, 8, 10 and 12. Another gain at 17 was his third birdie on the par 5s but he couldn't complete the set on the 521-yard closer so finished tied with Burmester. The duo are a shot clear of English pair Richard Bland and Matt Fitzpatrick but whether they'll stay there remains to be seen with the afternoon players making plenty of early birdies.
May 24 - 9:18 AM

Boosted by a hole-out eagle at the 447-yard 15th, Dean Burmester produced an amazing late charge to post an opening 6-under-par 35-31=66 and take a one-shot lead over home duo Matt Fitzpatrick and Richard Bland in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, England.

The big-hitting South African made a sticky start with a bogey and four pars over his first five holes. Despite a birdie at 6, a run of pars meant he wasn't any sort of threat to the lead walking off the 11th green. But he got his day moving with back-to-back red numbers at 12 and 13 and delivered a sudden jolt to his card by draining his approach at the 15th. Riding that momentum, the World No. 125 added circles at 16 and 18 to secure the clubhouse lead on his own. Burmester was T9 on his debut in this event last year when closing with a 65 so he knows how to go low on the West Course.
May 24 - 8:57 AM

World No. 40 Matt Fitzpatrick pieced together a 5-under-par 32-35=67 in round one of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, matching the early target of fellow Englishman Richard Bland.

Fitzpatrick didn't break 70 in his first seven laps of the West Course but he's now 11-under for his last two rounds there after following his closing 66 last year with today's 67. He burst out of the gate with three birdies in his opening four holes and played par golf to the turn. After another par at 10, Fitzpatrick holed from 12 feet for birdie at 11 and rode a good bounce from the trees at 12 to sink an 18-footer for another red number. He missed a short one for par at 15, his only bogey of the day, but hit back with a final par breaker on the 17th.
May 24 - 8:48 AM

With birdies at three of his final four holes, local man Richard Bland completed a 5-under-par 34-33=67 and set the clubhouse target in round one of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in England.

Right now, that makes him T1 with compatriot Matt Fitzpatrick, who still has four to complete. Playing in the third group out this morning, it was a fairly quiet start for the World No. 372 as he traded a circle at 4 with a square at 6. But that dropped shot was the only blemish on his card and he surged up the board with red numbers at 8, 11, 15, 17 and 18. The 67 represents his lowest lap in 29 career rounds at Wentworth. It's also his lowest 18 since January. He arrived at his home event having missed eight of his last nine cuts so this has rather come out of the blue. That said, he did post T5 at this event way back in 2006 and also added T19 in 2013. Explaining his slump, Bland revealed: "My brother got very seriously ill in December and was in a coma for nearly a month after Christmas. He's still recovering, he's here today which is great, it's great to see him walking round."
May 24 - 7:20 AM

World No. 6 Rickie Fowler, a pre-tourney 18/1 outright, contests his sixth Fort Worth Invitational, first since a missed cut in 2014, and heads out in Round 1 at 7:55 am CT with Jon Rahm and Bryson DeChambeau.

The Oklahoma State product played the event five straight years between 2010-14 but hasn't returned since the MC (by 14 shots) after rounds of 80-75. Overall, he's 4-for-5 with two top 25s and one top 10, a T5 in 2012, with a scoring average on the par-70 layout of 69.89. The 29-year-old is 8-for-11 on the season with six top 25s and three top 10s, all top 4s, highlighed by a pair of runner-up finishes at the OHL and the Masters. He checks in off a MC (by two) at THE PLAYERS, his second MC in his last three appearances after a P1 in 2015. Fowler's most recent (of four) TOUR titles is the 2017 Honda, 16 months, 1 week and 29 starts ago. He's led/co-led three times this season after any round, including 36-hole co-leader at the OHL, and 36-hole co-leader and 54-hole leader at the Phoenix Open. Fowler is 0-for-8 when leading/co-leading after 36 holes and 1-for-6 from the three-quarter pole.
Source: PGATOUR.com
May 23 - 5:56 PM

Rory McIlroy has the curious record of a win and three missed cuts in his last four starts in the European Tour's flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship; he'll look to find the winning way at Wentworth again this week.

This is the Northern Irishman's first appearance in the event since he missed the cut when defending in 2015. In the build-up last month he described his relationship with Wentworth as "weird" but McIlroy made more positive noises after a practice round when he saw the course for the first time since last year's revamp. "I like the golf course. I think they have made some great changes. It's definitely in the best shape that I've ever seen it in before," he noted in his press conference. It's a tricky call on McIlroy for gamers this week. His course form couldn't be more extreme while he missed the cut at Sawgrass last time after a top five at Augusta National two starts earlier. He was runner-up at the British Masters in October, 2017 on his last start on English soil.
May 23 - 2:54 PM

Jon Rahm flirted with the winner's circle during his 2017 debut at the Fort Worth Invitational and he returns this week for another crack at Colonial Country Club.

Rahm bookended his Colonial debut with 4-under 66s with rounds of 69-70 in between. That was plenty good for a debut, but fell one shy of the eventual winner, Kevin Kisner. The big-hitting Spaniard doesn't seem like an ideal fit on paper since Colonial doesn't offer a lot of reward for hitting drives over 300 yards. However, Rahm compared the test to some of his favorite courses back home. "You have to hit a lot of irons off the tee in Valderrama and it’s precision golf. You have to keep it in the fairway and hit those tiny greens." While that's what the course calls off, Rahm is on the record saying that he will be pulling driver on nearly every hole here. At 12/1, Rahm only sits behind Jordan Spieth in the betting markets and he'll remain a popular pick across all fantasy formats. Rahm has just one top 10 over his last eight starts (PGA TOUR) which is a bit below his lofty standards.
Source: PGATOUR.com
May 23 - 12:42 PM

Kevin Kisner connected on his second PGA TOUR victory during last year's Fort Worth Invitational and he returns this week for another crack at Colonial Country Club.

The Georgia Bulldog was positioned at T7-T1-T4 during last year's event before firing a closing 4-under 66 to earn top honors, beating out three others that finished at 9-under 271. Kisner gained a remarkable 4.13 strokes around-the-green over the course of the week including 3.43 strokes in the third round alone, buoyed by a pair of hole outs. It seemed to be a different area of the game carrying him each day as he gained 4.19 strokes putting in R1 and 2.84 strokes on approach in R2. He's a natural fit for this classic design and he left breadcrumbs before his win (T5 in 2015 and T10 in 2016). The only downside is that Kisner arrives in poor form. Before his win last year, Kisner averaged 3 strokes gained tee-to-green in his five lead-up starts. This year he is averaging -1.2 strokes gained tee-to-green, over his last five starts. This looks like a classic case of course history versus form. The poor form makes him a risky option but the course history makes him a high-upside play.
Source: PGATOUR.com
May 22 - 11:39 AM

Alex Noren will defend his BMW PGA Championship on the West Course at Wentworth in Virginia Water, England this week.

The brilliant 62 the Swede blasted in last year's final round not only blew the field away (he was T21 and seven swings back after 54 holes) it also smashed his previous best score on the West Course by five. Nor had he played only a few rounds; he'd made 36 circuits before then. He's a consistent 8-for-11 on the track and last year was the third in a row he has featured in the top ten at some point during the week. He makes his European Tour debut this season (WGC and majors excepted) having impressed on the PGA. In fact this calendar year he boasts seven finishes of T21 or better and shot 66-69-77-66 last time out in THE PLAYERS to bounce back from missed cuts in the Masters and Wells Fargo Championship.
May 22 - 5:55 AM

World No. 43 Charl Schwartzel has removed his name from the field at this week's Fort Worth Invitational. First alternate David Hearn will take his spot in the field.

Schwartzel has recorded back-to-back top 10s as well as a solo 3rd in the start before that when he was paired with Louis Oosthuizen at the team event. Something clicked for Schwartzel during that Zurich Classic team event as he arrived that week with nothing better than T28 on the season (10 starts). Given his recent run of good play, gamers shouldn't be too concerned about a pre-tournament WD but we will update if any injury news pops up. The South African's recent hot streak has moved him up to 61st in the FedExCup race.
May 21 - 4:27 PM

Making his tournament debut, PGA TOUR rookie and World No. 168 Keith Mitchell hung up a bogey-free, 8-under-par 30-33=63 in the final round of the AT&T Byron Nelson to finish up on 19-under 265, up four spots to T3, four adrift of overnight co-leader and champion Aaron Wise, who shot bogey-free 65. UPDATE: Mitchell jumps 34 places to 134th in OWGR and 22 spots to 57th in the FedExCup standings, both career highs

The 63 is the Georgia alum's career low in 63 rounds and rode it to his second career top-3 finish, second this season in 18 starts (2nd, Corales). For the week, he tallied one eagle and 20 birdies against three bogeys and ranked No. 1 in SG: Off-the-Tee (4.831). After opening with 65-68-69, the 26-year-old began T7, six back. Playing out of the third-to-last threesome, he landed 13 (of 14) fairways and 17 greens in regulation, gaining 0.940 strokes off-the-tee and 2.555 on approach. The Tennessee native circled six birdies at holes 1, 4, 5, 8, 15 and 16, four from between 10 and 24 feet, adding eagle-3 at 7 from 25'0". He recorded 1.647 putts per GIR and 1.661 SG: Putting with 29 total putts.
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