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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

Overnight leader Hideki Matsuyama labored to a 1-over-par 34-39=73 in the final round of the 18th Hero World Challenge but at 18-under 270, hung on for a two-shot victory over playing competitor Henrik Stenson, who carded a 68 with three birdies and one eagle-3 against a lone bogey and finished solo second here for a second straight time (2015) and is his second straight runner-up to Matsuyama (2017 WGC-HSBC Champions).

The World No. 6, a pre-tourney 15/2 outright, was a 36-hole co-leader and the 54-hole leader by seven over Stenson and Dustin Johnson. This is his third straight worldwide win, fourth in his last five starts, and while an unofficial TOUR event, does collect 46.00 world-ranking points. The 24-year-old circled a pair of birdie-4s on a bogey-free first half to lead by six at the turn, but came home in birdie-less 3-over to make things interesting until the end, securing the win with an up-and-down par at the 18th. For the week, he totaled two eagles and 22 birdies versus four bogeys and two doubles and was 15-under on the par 5s. Matt Kuchar, Rickie Fowler and 36-hole co-leader and odds-fave Dustin Johnson finished in a three-way T3 on 13-under 275, five adrift.
Dec 4 - 4:20 PM

Brandon Stone cruised to a stunning seven-shot victory in the Alfred Dunhill Championship, carding a final round 5-under-par 34-33=67 which overpowered the Leopard Creek Country Club specialist Charl Schwartzel, as he totalled 22-under 266 in Malelane.

This was a potentially career-altering performance, as the 23-year-old responded in spectacular style to a final round challenge from the four-time course winner, and 2011 Masters champion, Charl Schwartzel. Stone had started the round with a three shot advantage, however Schwartzel's made three early birdies which Stone couldn't initially respond to. But he was unfazed, circling 6 and 7, although squaring 8. On the back nine he raced away from the field, notching back-to-back birdies at 10-11 and 13-14, before ending bogey-birdie when the deal was done. In some ways it's a case of history repeating itself. Last year he won the Sunshine Tour's Cape Town Open, then soon after earned a first European Tour victory on home soil. Last week he was second on the Cape, and now he starts 2017 as he began 2016, with a ET win. He is the fifth straight winner of this event to claim the title by at least four shots. Ultimately the distant runner-up was Richard Sterne.
Dec 4 - 7:30 AM

Harold Varner III became the first American to win the Australian PGA Championship since Hale Irwin in 1978 after shooting a closing 7-under-par 32-33=65 at RACV Royal Pines Resort to post 19-under 269 and secure victory by two shots.

Varner III almost ended that drought last year when losing this event in a play-off but it was a different story this time as he came from two behind at start of play to deny Andrew Dodt a wire-to-wire victory. Dodt's bogey-free 69 gave him second spot, with pre-tourney favorite Adam Scott a further two shots back in third. After a birdie at 4, Varner tied the lead with a 15-foot circle at 7 and a kick-in birdie at 8 saw him hit the front. He kept the red coming with further gains at 10, 12 and 13 but bogeys at 11 and 14 allowed Dodt to battle back into a tie. Varner wouldn't be denied though and two more birdies at 15 and 17 saw him through to his first pro victory. "That was pretty awesome, I had a lot of fun out there today," said the World No. 184. "I’m now a much better, more mature player than I was 12 months ago and this win is big for me. Winning is hard, I don’t care where you tee it up, so to get it done feels great."
Dec 4 - 2:43 AM

Overnight co-leader Hideki Matsuyama fashioned a 7-under-par 32-33=65 in the third round of the Hero World Challenge to reach the three-quarter pole on 19-under 197, good for the low round of the day and a seven-shot lead over Henrik Stenson, who carded a 66, and overnight co-leader Dustin Johnson, who doubled the 18th for a 72.

The World No. 6 began the third frame co-leading with Johnson on 12-under after opening his third appearance in 65-67. He squared bogeys on holes 8 and 16 but overshadowed them with seven birdies and a hole-out eagle-2 at the seventh. Among the 24-year-old's seven birdies where four birdie-4s on the five par 5s, moving to 13-under for the week on the par 5s alone. The highlight of his lap was the eagle on the drivable par-4 seventh --video link below -- where he chose to layup off the tee and then jarred home a one-bounce eagle from 86 yards away. Matsuyama is going for his fourth win in his last five worldwide starts, opening the run with a three-shot win at the Japan Open and winning the WGC-HSBC and the Taiheiyo Masters by seven shots each.
Dec 3 - 5:07 PM

Brandon Stone authored a third-round 6-under-par 31-35=66 in the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek on Saturday, extending his one-shot overnight lead to three with 18 holes to play.

Stone made his European Tour breakthrough when winning last year's South African Open and he's in golden position to cash in again at a home-soil event. He posted 17-under 199 today after a lap featuring seven birdies and a lone bogey took him three clear of defending champion Charl Schwartzel, compatriot Keith Horne and England's Chris Hanson. Stone set the tone with an opening par breaker and a six-footer for birdie at 4 sparked further gains at 5 and 6. He built his lead by starting the back nine with three birdies against a bogey at 12 and finished with five straight pars, including a 25-foot save at 16, to stay in command. "I played some good golf the whole day," said the 23-year-old. "I holed some putts, hit some good shots, got a really, really lucky break on the last there but all of those missed putts for the last three days just cashed in there."
Dec 3 - 10:32 AM

Andrew Dodt stood firm when challenged in the third round to card 2-under-par 34-36=70 and take a two shot lead into the final day of the Australian PGA Championship on 14-under 202 at RAVC Royal Pines Resort.

The Australian dialled his approach at the par-four 1st to 6'0" and drained the putt to waste little time in extending his advantage over the chasing pack to three, but a bogey at No. 7, and birdies for others, drew the gap down to just one. No matter, Dodt replied with back-to-back birdies at 8 and 9 (the third time he has done so this week). The back nine witnessed two more red numbers at 12 and 16, but dropped shots at 11 and 18 as he chases a third European Tour title. He leads by two from Ashley Hall and Harold Varner III, with Adam Scott and John Senden four adrift. "My wins have been from behind so this position is new to me," he said. "I’m really trying to embrace it and enjoy my time out there on the course. The first three rounds are irrelevant now. There are a lot of solid players, world class players behind me, so I’ve got to keep the foot down tomorrow and keep playing the way I’m playing."
Dec 3 - 3:26 AM

Hideki Matsuyama fired a 5-under-par 34-33=67 during the second round of the Hero World Challenge, posting a halftime score of 12-under 132 to grab a share of the 36-hole lead with Dustin Johnson.

Matsuyama arrived with a co-last-place finish on his Albany record, but he also entered with the best form in the entire field, winning three of his last four individual starts worldwide. The 24-year-old has maintained that stellar form through two days of play in the Bahamas, trading 13 birdies and an eagle with just one bogey and one double bogey. Both of the blemishes have come on par 3s but he's played the par 5s at 9-under to make up the difference. Going from last-to-first in one year at this course would be quite the feat, but there are still 36 holes to play and with five par 5s on the layout, he can't afford to take his foot off the gas now.
Dec 2 - 4:50 PM

Tiger Woods looked to be in full form today, styling a bogey-free, 7-under-par 33-32=65 during round two of the Hero World Challenge, raising seven spots up to T10 on the live leaderboard with play still in progress.

Woods looked good in his opening round, but a double-par-double finish ruined the sparkle of the round. That placed him in 17th place (of 18) after day one. With Justin Rose withdrawing before the round, Woods went out solo today and completed his round in just under three hours. He found 15 greens in regulation, but he really kept the momentum rolling with key par-savers throughout the round, making good use of the Scotty Cameron that is back in his bag. At 898th in the Official World Golf Rankings, the 40-year-old will be skyrocketing up the rankings if this round is any indication of the Woods we will see in 2017. This blemish-free navigation of Albany will have his stock symbol pointing upwards regardless of how he finishes out the week.
Dec 2 - 2:32 PM

With an eagle-3 at Leopard Creek's 18th hole, local man Brandon Stone completed a 6-under-par 33-33=66 in round two of the Alfred Dunhill Championship and jumped into a one-shot lead after 36 holes.

That big finish saw Stone land at 11-under 133 and took the young South African one in front of defending champion Charl Schwartzel and England's Chris Hanson. It's a further stroke back to compatriots George Coetzee and Keith Horne so home players occupy four of the top five slots. Stone kicked off his afternoon lap with a pair of opening birdies and wiped out a bogey at 4 with a circle at 6. He made further gains at 10 and 12 and didn't let a bogey-6 at 13 disrupt his concentration. Instead, Stone birdied 15 and then produced his grandstand finish at 18. One concern going into the weekend is a back problem. "I woke up this morning and the back was feeling a little bit sore. During the course of the day it progressively got worse and then I had to hit one out of the deep jungle on the right of number eight and really tweaked it. I got some really good physio with my trainer on the ninth. I got the back sorted for a few holes there and it held its nerve for the back nine."
Dec 2 - 11:38 AM

Scheduled to go off at 11:12 a.m. ET with Tiger Woods, Justin Rose has instead backed out of this week's Hero World Challenge due to a back injury.

Rose posted a 2-over-par 36-38=74 during the opening round to find himself in last place of the 18-man field. He was 10 stokes off the early pace set by J.B. Holmes. The Englishman was returning from an eight-week absence, a planned leave to rest and recover from this very issue. There is no word on the severity of the injury, but this does put in question his availability for next week's UBS Hong Kong Open where he is set to play the role of defending champion.
Dec 2 - 9:17 AM

Andrew Dodt fired a superb 5-under-par 33-34=67 to take a two shot advantage into the weekend at the Australian PGA Championship; his 12-under 132 total leads Ashley Hall with Ryan Fox and Adam Scott four back after 36 holes.

Dodt, a New South Wales native who is making his debut on the Royal Pines layout, was a winner of the 2014 Queensland Open so may have fond memories of the region. He ticked red three times on both nines: at 3, 8 and 9 going out, then 14, 15 and 17 on returning to the clubhouse. His only error came at the final hole, where he made a bogey-5. "The first nine holes were really solid," he said, "and then the back nine was as good as it gets, really. I hit a lot of fairways, a lot of greens and holed some putts. I'll take it one shot at a time, one hole at a time. I'm really happy with where I'm at mentally, I've just got to keep doing what I'm doing." Earlier this year he led the Mauritius Open by three at halfway, only to card a disastrous 77-76 over the closing 36 holes, falling back to T5 in the process. He'll be hoping to use that experience positively rather than let it loom over his shoulder.
Dec 2 - 4:05 AM




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