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Peter Hedblom shot 3-over-par 71-74=145 at Local Final Qualifying at North Berwick in Scotland, finishing eight strokes outside the playoff for the final two berths into The Open Championship.

Hedblom had open qualified for the U.S. Open and placed T65 at Merion. He's competed in eight Open Championships since 1990, including a T7 at Royal Lytham & St. Annes in 1996. Jimmy Mullen carded a pair of 3-under 68s today to take medalist honors. The 475th-ranked amateur in the world erased one bogey with four birdies in each round. George Murray (5-under 73-64=137) and Gareth Wright (5-under 69-68=137) outlasted David Higgins (5-under 70-67=137) in a playoff because Higgins was assessed a two-stroke penalty for having 15 clubs in his bag. He added on after regulation thinking his day was done, and then forgot about it. Murray's nightcap ended with an eagle-2 at the 18th hole.
Source: TheOpen.com
Tue, Jul 2, 2013 04:10:00 PM

George Coetzee alerted his followers on Instagram today that he's out until late fall after suffering a broken ankle.

The South African posted a picture of himself sitting in a wheelchair outside a hospital. His left ankle is wrapped and he's giving a thumbs-up. In part, he wrote the following in the caption: "So broke my ankle! 8-12 weeks depending on how it goes! ... well had a little fall in the waves! Thought it was just a brutal twist it ended up snapping clean through!" He's 18th in the Race to Dubai standings. The Final Series begin in Turkey on Oct. 29, which is eight weeks from now, so he's doubtful to return then. The season-ending DP World Tour Championship will be contested three weeks later on Nov. 19-22. Coetzee is also 65th in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Sep 5 - 12:26 PM

With a 4-under-par 33-34=67 in Saturday's third round, Lee Slattery moved into a two-shot lead after 54 holes of the M2M Russian Open.

Play was delayed by one hour and 35 minutes due to heavy rain at Skolkovo on Saturday morning but the extra wait didn't affect Slattery's momentum as he added to earlier rounds of 66 and 67 to settle at 13-under 200. That's two swings ahead of Craig Lee and Tano Goya and three in front of defending champion David Horsey. Halfway leader Bradley slipped four off the pace after a disappointing 1-over 72. Slattery's only wobble in round three came via a double bogey-5 at 11 but that was quickly wiped out by birdies at two of the next three holes. His tally of six par breakers included birdies at each of the four par 5s. The Englishman, whose only European Tour victory came in the 2011 Madrid Masters, split 10 (of 13) fairways on Saturday and hit 13 greens in regulation. He was 4-for-5 in scrambling.
Sep 5 - 12:24 PM

Chris Kirk opened his title defense of the Deutsche Bank Championship in 3-over-par 37-37=74.

There was little redeeming about this round of golf. He split 11 (of 14) fairways but found only 10 greens in regulation. What's more, Kirk failed to connect for even one par breaker, instead dropping three shots with bogeys, including on his first two holes (Nos. 10 and 11). Overall, he fanned on three tries inside nine feet. He's 39th in the FedExCup standings, so the 30-year-old will get at least five more rounds to make a run at qualifying for the finale. If he misses the cut at the DBC, he's guaranteed 72 holes at the no-cut BMW Championship in two weeks.
Sep 4 - 7:27 PM

Henrik Stenson went 8-for-11 in scoring opportunities in his opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship and scored 4-under-par 34-33=67.

The Swede circled eight birdies, most in the field. His only notable conversion measured 20 feet at the par-4 17th where he circled his last birdie. He went just 3-for-7 in scrambling with four bogeys, which left just six holes where he penciled in par, including on two of the three par 5s at TPC Boston. After the final ball fell today, Stenson led the field in putts per greens in regulation at a tidy 1.364. He's only two shots off Brendon de Jonge's overnight lead. Last week's solo second at Plainfield vaulted the 39-year-old to fourth in the FedExCup standings. It's a position he'd at least like to retain by the time the TOUR Championship rolls around since anyone inside the top five can win the FedExCup with a victory at East Lake.
Sep 4 - 7:15 PM

Brendon de Jonge spun a 6-under-par 32-33=65 for his opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, good for outright possession of the clubhouse lead.

At last check, he was two shots clear of everyone else in the clubhouse and three in front of anyone still on the course, so the Zimbabwean will likely go in the books as the first-round leader. Yet, when you review his scorecard, it might be tough to process. He split only four (of 14) fairways and hit 11 greens in regulation, but de Jonge limited the damage to a lone bogey at the par-3 third hole and covered it with seven birdies. Six of the par breakers traveled longer than 11 feet. The longest of the conventional measured 28 feet at the par-4 first, but he also holed out from off the green 17 yards away at the par-4 10th where he began the round and obviously set the tone for the day. He also poured in a par save from 19'11" at 14. At last check, he ranked third in the field in strokes gained: putting at 3.893. The 35-year-old hasn't logged a top 35 in 10 consecutive starts, so today's success qualifies as a surprise, but he's 56th in the FedExCup standings.
Sep 4 - 5:45 PM

Jordan Spieth's struggles continued in the opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship after which he signed for a 4-over-par 39-36=75.

He penciled only six pars at TPC Boston today. That gives you a pretty good idea of his haphazard experience. Spieth rallied for four birdies on 11 greens in regulation, including connections from 28'11", 16'1" and 11'6" at the 15th, first and second holes, respectively, but he failed to get up and down even one time en route to seven bogeys. He added an eighth bogey with a three-putt from just outside 50 feet at the par-4 14th hole. So, the likely Player of the Year has opened the FedExCup Playoffs with no better than a 73 in three rounds. He'll wake up on Saturday in jeopardy of missing consecutive cuts for the first time on the PGA TOUR. This week's DBC is his 81st and 73rd as a professional.
Sep 4 - 3:40 PM

Padraig Harrington alerted his followers on Twitter today that he's going to be out of commission for several months with a knee injury.

The Irishman wrote, "I've had my MRI on my injure right knee. I've a tear in the meniscus. 3 months of managing it in the gym and then a winter op." He didn't specify how long he expects to be sidelined after surgery, but at 44 years of age, it'll probably be a little longer than if he were in his prime. Harrington finished the PGA TOUR season at 103rd in the FedExCup standings. He fully exempt through 2016-17 for winning The Honda Classic this past winter. He's currently 124th in the Race to Dubai standings, but that's only relevant to explain why he won't be missing anything on the European Tour while he recovers.
Sep 4 - 10:32 AM

Bradley Dredge compiled a 5-under-par 32-34=66 in his second round at the M2M Russian Open and holds the halfway lead of 10-under 132.

That's a stroke clear of Lee Slattery and two shots in front of first-round leader Daniel Gaunt. Dredge took a different route to his second straight 66 at Skolkovo Golf Club. After hitting 15 greens in regulation in round one, he found just 11 in the right number on Friday but was a perfect 7-for-7 in scrambling to keep a bogey off his card. He started fast with birdies at 10, 12 and 13 and circled another at the par-5 18th to turn in 32. He quietened on the second nine with eight pars and a single birdie at 5. Dredge has made just one bogey over his first 36 holes but if he keeps putting this much pressure on his short game, he'll face a big challenge to hold his lead over the weekend. The most recent of his two European Tour wins came way back in 2006 so his loss of the winning habit is another factor to overcome.
Sep 4 - 6:30 AM

In a brief report filed by GolfChannel.com's Rex Hoggard on Aug. 29, it's anticipated that Sergio Garcia will return to competition at the BMW Championship on Sept. 17-20.

Hoggard cited Garcia's agent, Carlos Rodríguez, as the source. The golfer started the FedExCup Playoffs slotted 31st in points. He sat out The Barclays and slid to 43rd. He's not competing in this week's Deutsche Bank Championship, but will remain inside the top 70 to advance to the third leg at Conway Farms where he placed T18 in 2013. It behooves the Spaniard to play if for no other reason than it will mark his 15th start on the PGA TOUR this season, so he'll be fulfilling the membership requirement without the need of a dispensation for the Open de España in May. The TOUR has granted waivers for homeland events to golfers who can claim another tour as a home circuit.
Sep 3 - 10:10 PM

Bubba Watson sat out today's pro-am for the Deutsche Bank Championship due to a sore back.

Just as Jason Day (back) and Dustin Johnson (illness) withdrew from last week's pro-am for The Barclays, the lefty will take his turn concerning gamers about his ability to peg it at TPC Boston for Friday's first round. While Day (win) and DJ (T9) thrived at Plainfield, each issue must be approached individually, but investors can find relief in knowing that Watson is expected to play the DBC. He's scheduled to go off the 10th tee at 9:30 a.m. ET. Of course, nothing replaces the peace of mind of being prepared in the case of an 11th-hour WD.
Sep 3 - 5:51 PM

Scott Jamieson hung up a 6-under-par 34-31=65 in his opening round at the M2M Russian Open at Skolkovo Golf Club, good enough for a share of the day one lead alongside New Zealand's Daniel Gaunt.

The duo are a shot clear of Lee Slattery and Bradley Dredge while an eight-man group at 4-under includes defending champion David Horsey. Taking advantage of his early tee time, the Scot circled birdies at 10 and 13 on his opening nine and reeled off four on the spin after making the turn. Only one of his gains came on the four par 5s so he'll feel there's more in the tank over the next three days. Jamieson paved the way for his bogey-free lap by splitting 12 (of 13) fairways while he hit 13 greens in regulation. He had 5-for-5 scrambling stats and was also a perfect 4-for-4 from sand. The 31-year-old was solo third when this event was staged at Tseleevo last year so the switch to a new venue has made no difference. In fact, he was also sixth in a Challenge Tour event in his only other start in Russia so he clearly relishes his trips to this part of the globe.
Sep 3 - 7:22 AM




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