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Ian Poulter blitzed Muirfield Golf Links for a 4-under-par 34-33=67 in the final round of The Open Championship and finished his week in a share of third at 1-over 285.

Poulter was plodding along with a birdie and a bogey over his first eight holes, then morphed into his Ryder Cup persona and rattled off an eagle at the par-5 ninth and birdies at 10, 11 and 12. He would give one back with a bogey on the par-3 16th, then failed to birdie the par-5 17th before securing a par at 18. While his run wasn't enough to pick up the Claret Jug, it does earn him a spot into the 2014 Masters. Joining him with a ticket to Augusta National by virtue of a top-four finish are Phil Mickelson, Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott and Lee Westwood.
Sun, Jul 21, 2013 11:05:00 AM

Brooks Koepka roared late in the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open to post a bogey-free 5-under-par 33-33=66 and claim his first PGA TOUR victory.

Koepka's 15-under 269 total was one better than a trio of chasers. While each of his three birdies were from close range, the deciding factor in the tournament was an eagle on the par-5 15th from just off the green. He used the putter to pour in a 50'6" attempt from just short of the surface. He had near misses on the par-4 14th and 18th holes from long range, just burning the edge with pure putts. Koepka landed 16 greens in regulation on the day, allowing him to operate without much stress. He ends the week fourth in strokes gained: tee-to-green at 9.537. With his breakthrough title on TOUR, he qualifies for THE PLAYERS. He was already in the majors by virtue of his elite play on the European Tour.
Feb 1 - 5:59 PM

Mathew Goggin captured the Panama Claro Championship with his bogey-free 3-under-par 33-34=67, topping Harold Varner III by four strokes at 11-under 269.

Goggin is proving to be quite the course horse at Panama Golf Club. He was also the winner there back in 2011. While this was just the first Web.com Tour event of the year, it sets him up to make a serious run at a PGA TOUR card for 2015-16. With only 21 regular season events and 25 cards handed out before the Finals, the odds are certainly in his favor in terms of making it back to the big stage.
Feb 1 - 4:53 PM

Rory McIlroy was never threatened in the final round and cruised to a three-shot victory in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic with a closing 2-under-par 35-35=70.

McIlroy eased his way to a winning total of 22-under 266 by playing mainly conservative golf. He didn't aim at the flags, hit 16 greens in regulation and denied the chasing pack any sniff of victory. Four shots clear at start of play, the Northern Irishman birdied the third but, with none of his closest rivals getting in a blow, even a bogey at seven didn't cause any ripples of panic. McIlroy calmly birdied the first of the two back-nine par fives -- 10 and 13 -- and closed out victory with five straight pars. His win here in 2009 was his first as a pro; this latest victory gives him a 10th European Tour triumph from 145 starts. It also ends a run of four second places in five worldwide starts and extends his lead at the top of the world rankings. McIlroy, whose 22-under matched the tournament's lowest winning total in relation to par, said, "I did what I needed to do today. I didn’t play quite as well as the first three days but I played a solid round of golf."
Feb 1 - 7:51 AM

Rory McIlroy stepped on throats in his third round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic with a bogey-free, 6-under-par 30-36=66.

McIlroy split only four (of 14) fairways and needed to go 5-for-5 in scrambling, but he did. He also picked off six birdies, five of which on his first eight holes. Since concluding his opening round with a bogey-5 at the ninth hole, he's played 36 consecutive in bogey-free 14-under. At 20-under 196, he enters the final round at Emirates Golf Club with a four-stroke cushion of Morten Ørum Madsen. Lee Westwood sits along in third six swings adrift of his fellow Ryder Cupper. Now, before you assume that McIlroy is a shoe-in to take the trophy, consider that Charl Schwartzel surrendered a five-shot advantage at this juncture in South Africa three weeks ago and Martin Kaymer coughed up a six-swing margin after 54 holes the following week in Abu Dhabi. Neither won. McIlroy hasn't yet, either.
Feb 1 - 12:20 AM

Martin Laird totes a three-stroke lead into the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open following his 3-under-par 34-34=68 in the third round.

Laird completed 54 holes at TPC Scottsdale in 13-under 200. Of his six birdies, two were of the memorable variety. He drained a 15'4" putt for a three on the par-4 ninth, and two holes later he holed out from 46'10" for another. While he did suffer three bogeys, it could have been a little worse. He converted a 25'9" bogey from off the green on the par-4 fifth hole and ended his day with a 8'9" par on 18. The Scot ranks second in strokes gained: tee-to-green and leads the field with a 1.594putting average. Already a winner on three occasions on the PGA TOUR, he will try and hold off a pack of players in Sunday's final round. There are three players in a tie for second at 10-under, and three more at 9-under.
Jan 31 - 5:47 PM

Francesco Molinari crafted a bogey-free 7-under-par 31-33=64 in the third round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open to reach the 54-hole mark at 8-under 205.

Molinari began his day on the 10th hole at TPC Scottsdale with a 10'11" birdie and tacked on another at the par-5 13th. He stepped on the tee at the raucous par-3 16th and calmly landed his pitching wedge from 133 yards just past the cup and spun the ball back into the hole for an ace. The crowd went wild, throwing what appeared to be hundreds of beer cans onto the course. While things settled down at the hole, relatively speaking, the Italian didn't take his foot off the gas. He birdied the 17th, third and fifth holes to finish off a great round.
Jan 31 - 4:25 PM

Martin Laird's 5-under-par 33-33=66 in the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open handed him a two-stroke lead at 10-under 132.

He settled for a bogey on the 18th hole at TPC Scottsdale moments after the horn blew at 5:47 p.m. MT to suspend play for the day due to darkness. The remaining players on the course are scheduled to resume at 7:45 a.m. barring any issues with the weather. Laird's round was the lowest of a cold and soggy day, and it featured six birdies to just the lone bogey on the par-4 18th. His 18'9" birdie on the par-5 13th was probably the turning point of the round, as he followed that up with a par at 14 and three consecutive birdies. At the time of his posting, he ranked first in strokes gained: tee-to-green. Of the 15 players still on the course, none have a chance to catch him. He is assured of playing in the final group on Saturday.
Jan 30 - 8:03 PM

Tiger Woods suffered through the worst round of golf in his professional career, ultimately signing for a 12-over-par 44-38=82 in the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

When Woods wrote down a 44 on his first nine, the back nine at TPC Scottsdale, it tied a 44 on the back nine at Muirfield Village in the third round of the 2013 Memorial Tournament for the worst of his career. He then went to work on even bigger benchmarks. His previous worst professional round came in the 2002 Open Championship, swallowing a third-round 81 in horrible weather at Muirfield Golf Links. He had never failed to break 80 in a regular PGA TOUR event until today. At the time of his posting, his 13-over 155 placed him in last place with three strokes to spare. Today's colorful scorecard featured two birdies, seven pars, six bogeys, two double bogeys and a triple bogey on the par-5 15th. The problems were everywhere, but the glaring issue continues to be his short game. Simply put, this appears to be a new low point in the storied career of Tiger Woods.
Jan 30 - 2:35 PM

Sergio Garcia completed 36 holes of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in 2-over-par 75-71=146, missing the cut by four strokes.

Seventy-five golfers survived at 2-under 142 or lower, but Garcia couldn't secure his place on the weekend after failing to repair the damage of a destructive opening round. The writing was on the wall when he carded two bogeys and seven pars on the front nine. He suffered another bogey at 11 and although he posted an eagle and two birdies in the final six holes it was too little, too late. Other notables that failed to survive today's cut include: 143--2012 champ Rafael Cabrera-Bello; Robert Karlsson ... 144--2001 champ Thomas Björn; Darren Clarke; Thorbjørn Olesen ... 145--Marcel Siem; George Coetzee ... 147--1998 champ José Maria Olazábal ... 149--Simon Dyson; Matthew Fitzpatrick ... 155--Matteo Manassero
Jan 30 - 9:15 AM

Rory McIlroy birdied the final three holes in a sparkling 8-under-par 32-32=64 to reach 14-under and assume a one-shot lead at the halfway point of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

Teeing off in the afternoon, McIlroy was seven behind clubhouse leader Marc Warren but there was an air of inevitably that he'd reel him in. He did, thanks to a blemish-free card featuring eight birdies and no bogeys. The four-time major winner started fast with par breakers at the second, third and fifth and added two more at 10 and 11 to move two shots back. He missed several chances over the next few holes but pressed again at the finish and birdied 16, 17 and 18 to cruise past Warren and put himself in golden position to win this tournament for the second time. "That was good," said McIlroy. "Lovely to finish with three birdies and get into the lead going into the weekend. I feel like all aspects of my game are in good shape."
Jan 30 - 7:58 AM

Ryan Palmer spun a bogey-free 7-under-par 31-33=64 in the first round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open to establish a new lead number.

Palmer's lap around TPC Scottsdale featured five birdies and an eagle from 15 inches on the par-5 13th. His round began on the back nine, and he gathered three birdies in addition to the aforementioned eagle including an 18'10" effort on the raucous par-3 16th. While his pace slowed on the front, he did manage to add two birdies, including an 11'1" mid-ranger on the par-5 third, to go with seven pars. His trend entering this week was tasty, with a T17 at the Sony Open in Hawaii preceding a T10 in the Humana Challenge. Palmer is a three-time winner on the PGA TOUR, with his most recent coming at the 2010 Sony Open in Hawaii.
Jan 29 - 7:46 PM




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