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Troy Matteson enjoyed a 7-under-par 31-33=64 in his second round of the John Deere Classic.

The veteran has cashed eight times this season but arrived in the Quad Cities just 171st in FedExCup points since only one of those paydays went for a top 40, but he knows all too well that it takes only one week to turn a year around. After starting par-par today at TPC Deere Run, Matteson jarred his tee ball from 132 yards at the par-3 third hole for a hole-in-one. He chased it with six birdies, four of which from outside 11 feet. Two of those were zero-putt four-yarders from just off the greens at Nos. 10 and 18. He reached the halfway point of the tournament in 10-under 132, two strokes adrift of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
Fri, Jul 12, 2013 01:22:00 PM

Joël Stalter finds himself in rarefied air after posting a superb second round of 4-under-par 35-33=68 to hit the halfway mark of the BMW International Open on 9-under 135 and holding a share of the lead with Joakim Lagergren.

The Frenchman has never held the lead (or shared it) on the European Tour, but then he has never, either, opened a Tour event with two sub-70 laps. Clearly he has taken to the challenge at Golfclub Munchen Eichenried, but he is also riding a little wave of form, having qualified for the U.S. Open and opened the Lyoness Open with a 68 for T5. He'll need to maintain the pace over the weekend, however. On Friday there were three front nine birdies at 1, 4 and 6, with dropped shots at 3 and 5. On the back nine there were three red numbers in four holes at 13, 15 and 16. He'll play Saturday with fellow non-winner Joakim Lagergren, hunted down by Henrik Stenson and Sergio Garcia, who are a shot back.
Jun 23 - 1:16 PM

After an opening 1-over 71, sponsor invite and World No. 511 Stuart Appleby withdrew prior to Round 2 of the Travelers Championship citing a back injury.

The 46-year-old made 23 starts last season, 20 of those on a Major Medical Extension (back) and didn't meet the terms. He wound up 143rd in the FedExCup standings so plays this season on conditional status. This was the Aussie's 11th start of the season, fifth on a sponsor exemption, and second mid-tourney WD, checking out after a first-round 76 at the Shriners, also on a sponsor invite. Overall, it's his eight career mid-tourney WD in 531 career starts. Appleby entered this week 242nd in the FedExCup standings.
Jun 23 - 12:31 PM

Defending champion Henrik Stenson pieced together a 3-under-par 35-34=69 in his second round at the BMW International in Germany, nudging up four spots to T2 and, at 8-under 136, just one back from fellow Swede Joakim Lagergren.

Stenson has missed five of his last eight worldwide cuts, the latest at the U.S. Open last week, but during that poor run he did post T3 in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. And his play so far this week suggests another title push. Although he won this event at Gut Larchenhof last year, the Open champ has also tasted victory at this week's course, Golfclub München Eichenried, back in 2006 while he was also runner-up here in 2015. Stenson has made just two bogeys through 36 holes, his sole blemish today coming at No. 13 after he'd started par-birdie-par. He got back under par for the day with a birdie at 18 and found further circles at 1 and 8 to put himself in great position for a weekend title defense.
Jun 23 - 9:19 AM

Joakim Lagergren landed eight birdies in a second-round 6-under-par 32-34=66 at the BMW International in Germany, vaulting 26 spots up the live leaderboard to first place with the morning wave virtually complete.

At 9-under 135, the Swede is a shot in front of compatriot Henrik Stenson and England's Richard Bland. Lagergren started his big move at Golfclub München Eichenried with a first birdie of the day at 11 and added another at 13 before giving it back with a bogey-5 at 14. However, he would finish his opening nine by connecting red circles on Nos. 16-18 to turn in 32. Coming home, he traded a birdie with a bogey at 4 and 5 but then assumed top spot on the leaderboard with gains at 7 and 9. Today's score matches the 66 he posted in round one here in 2013 before slipping all the way back to 74th. He'd arrived in Germany having gone into a slump (four missed cuts and no top 40 from seven starts) since finishing runner-up in the Qatar Masters followed by T23 in February's Dubai Desert Classic.
Jun 23 - 8:30 AM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, World No. 424 Brett Stegmaier circled seven birdies in a nine-hole span en route to a 6-under-par 34-30=64 on Day 1 of the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut, to sit T2, one back of leader Jordan Spieth.

This is the Connecticut native's fourth appearance and he's yet to play more than 36 holes, missing cuts in 2016 (by 10) after rounds of 72-77, as well as 2010 and 2006, the latter his professional debut. It's his 21st start of the season, posting one top 25 among just seven made cuts (T21, RSM Classic). The University of Florida product was also T2 after 18 holes at the Genesis back in February, eventually finishing T39 (66-75-68-72). He found nine (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, posting 2.659 SG: Tee-to-Green. Stegmaier offset a walk-off bogey-5 at nine with seven birdies, including four straight at holes 13-16, 18, 1 and 3, four from between 10 and 16 feet, recording 1.500 putts per GIR and 3.371 SG: Putting.
Jun 22 - 7:02 PM

World No. 282 Johnson Wagner spun a season-low 6-under-par 31-33=64 in the first round of the Travelers Championship to sit T2, one shy of leader Jordan Spieth.

This is the 37-year-old's 11th Travelers with one prior top 25, a T17 in 2011 where he was T2 thru 36 holes (65-63) fading after rounds of 71-69. He's making his 20th start of the season, entering 140th in the FedExCup standings, and this ties his highest position on the leaderboard after any round. The Virginia Tech product was T2 after Rounds 2 and 3 at the season-opening Safeway, eventually finishing a season-best T3, which is his lone top 10 of the season. He squared a lone bogey-5 at five, offset by seven birdies at Nos. 1, 3, 4, 6, 9, 10 and 18, five from between 10 and 20 feet, kicking off with a pitch-in 3 at the first from 69'3" away. The Texas native hit nine (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, posting 1.500 putts per GIR and 4.750 SG: Putting, currently No. 1 in the latter. His previous low this season was 65/R1 in Napa, though he did shoot 64 two times while teamed with Brian Harman at the Zurich.
Jun 22 - 6:44 PM

Making his tournament debut, World No. 6 Jordan Spieth twirled a season-tying-low 7-under-par 31-32=63 in the first round of the Travelers Championship, good a one-shot lead over Johnson Wagner and Brett Stegmaier.

This is Spieth's sixth career 18-hole lead/co-lead in 120 career events (112 pro). He's 1-for-5 converting those, winning the 2015 Masters (wire-to-wire). It's the 23-year-old's second 18-hole lead/co-lead this season in 16 starts, joining the Zurich Classic, where he (and teammate Ryan Palmer) were T1 after Day 1, eventually finishing solo 4th. He chased the Zurich with two missed cuts, T2 in his DEAN & DELUCA title defense, T13 at the Memorial, and T35 at the U.S. Open (73-71-76-69). The Texan found eight (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, gaining 3.059 strokes approaching-the-green and 5.233 tee-to-green. He squared a lone bogey-5 at nine (failed sand save), silenced by eight birdies at Nos. 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, 13, 14 and 18, posting 1.533 putts per GIR and 1.827 SG: Putting. Spieth's split featured four from between eight and 23 feet, needing 27 total putts. The 63 matches a season low which he'd shot two prior times, most recently at the WGC-Mexico/R3.
Jun 22 - 6:21 PM

Wade Ormsby caressed a magnificent 8-under-par 30-34=64 to claim the round one lead in the BMW International Open at Golfclub Munchen Eichenried, one clear of Thomas Detry.

Coming off three missed cuts, the Australian revealed in his post-round Sky Sports interview that he was uncomfortable with his ball-striking and arrived at the course early for a lesson with his coach. It is something, he added, "that is unusual for me." Perhaps that should change because he was electric on the back nine (his first), ticking 11, 12 and 13 in a row before closing with three more birdies in four holes at 15, 16 and 18. Becalmed for five holes on the front nine, he closed the round out with more red at the two front nine par-5s, 6 and 9. It’s only the second round one lead of his career. The previous came at the 2015 KLM Open when he carded an opening 61.
Jun 22 - 1:04 PM

Sergio Garcia usually shines the week after the U.S. Open and did so again today after opening his bid for victory at the BMW International Open in Germany with a 6-under-par 33-33=66, good enough for T2 in the clubhouse with the morning wave finishing up.

That's just one swing behind leader Thomas Detry of Belgium. The last four times Garcia has played the week after the year's second major, he's made the top seven on three occasions (5-25-2-7 his full results) and he's on course for another good post-U.S. Open week after making it look easy at Golfclub München Eichenried today. A former runner-up at this venue (2011), Garcia set out from the 10th and registered his first birdie at No. 11. He picked off further red numbers at 16 and 18 before adding a second nine of 33 coming home. That was thanks to birdies at 5, 6 and 8. So far so good for the Masters winner and a first title since his Augusta National triumph is now very much on the cards.
Jun 22 - 7:39 AM

Thomas Detry torched Golfclub München Eichenried for a 7-under-par 32-33=65 in round one of the BMW International Open in Germany, good enough for a one-shot clubhouse lead over Sergio Garcia and Joost Luiten.

They say many good rounds start with a bogey (although who are 'they' and is it really the case?) and the young Belgian's morning lap opened with a square after taking five swishes at the par-4 1st. But after that, it was tale of birdies and one dramatic eagle for the rookie. Detry recovered from his opening bogey with back-to-back circles at 2 and 3 and made further gains with red numbers at 5, 6 and 9. His second nine featured seven pars but he hoisted himself to 7-under with a pair of deuces at 12 and 13, the latter for eagle after he holed out with his second shot. This is the best first-round score (by two strokes) of his brief European Tour career.
Jun 22 - 7:30 AM

World No. 79 and 2018 Ryder Cup Team Captain Jim Furyk returns for his sixth Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands, site of his historic Sunday 58 to close out last year's edition, posting the mother of all back-door top 10s, climbing 65 places on the leaderboard to T5.

Furyk was one of 18 players last year to make the cut on the number, chasing an opening 3-over 73 with bogey-free 66, saving par from 7'0" at the ninth (his final hole) to make the weekend. He was over-par again in R3 (72), beginning R4 in the third group of the morning, 5 hours and 19 minutes before the final pairing was scheduled out. In his 23rd season on TOUR and 1,959th career round, Furyk pelted all 18 greens, carding one hole-out eagle-2 and 10 birdies, including a personal best seven straight, en route to besting the field average in R4 by 10.658 strokes. He became the first player to shoot 58 on TOUR and the first to record two sub-60 laps. The 47-year-old checks in this week 137th in the FedExCup and off a T23 at the U.S. Open, which was the best finish of 11 U.S. Open champs that were at Erin Hills, and ended a streak of six straight missed cuts on TOUR.
Source: PGATOUR.com
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