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Tiger Woods authored a bogey-free, 4-under-par 32-35=67 in his opening round of The Barclays.

The FedExCup points leader split 10 (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation at Liberty National en route to four birdies, the longest of which measuring just 9'9" at the par-3 fourth hole. His only blemish was a fanned birdie putt from four feet at the par-5 13th, but he responded with three consecutive birdies beginning at 14. Woods is three strokes off the clubhouse lead, a welcome position given a mild concern over his stiff neck and back that reduced his practice on Wednesday.
Thu, Aug 22, 2013 07:26:00 PM

Bernd Wiesberger has been a stud on the Gulf Swing and enjoys a one-shot lead at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic after an opening 8-under-par 33-31=64.

Building on finishes of tied sixth in Abu Dhabi and third in Qatar, Wiesberger kept his hot-streak going with a bogey-free round which included five straight birdies on the back nine. The Austrian made a sedate start before registering his first par breaker of the day at the sixth and adding another at nine to turn in 33. At that stage it looked as if he would finish day one nestled somewhere in the chasing pack but, after a four at the par-5 10th, he reeled off birdies at 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17 to burst into the lead. One of the European Tour's in-form players, expect him to stay a factor all week.
Jan 29 - 8:47 AM

Louis Oosthuizen has withdrawn from the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, according to TeamISM on Twitter.

The tweet from his management company said, "@Louis57TM has been forced to withdraw from #ODDC with a back problem." Unfortunately, it doesn't come as a surprise to see the South African troubled by injury again. The 2010 Open champion has been plagued by a series of ailments over the last couple of seasons and took a two-month break last year before returning at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland. His most recent start came in mid-December when he finished second at the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa.
Jan 29 - 5:42 AM

Erik Compton's appearance at this week's Waste Management Phoenix Open is in question due to discomfort in his foot, according to Golf Channel's Rich Lerner on Twitter.

Lerner tweeted the following: "Erik Compton is a go for Feherty tonight, iffy for round one tomorrow with painful gout in his right foot. He will be a game time decision." Compton is scheduled to go off the first tee at TPC Scottsdale's Stadium Course at 11:58 a.m. local time (Mountain Standard). Steve Wheatcroft is first alternate and coming off a T2 at the Humana Challenge.
Jan 28 - 6:14 PM

He needed a playoff this morning, but Andrew Loupe advanced to the Waste Management Phoenix Open via open qualifying.

Loupe has conditional status on the PGA TOUR this season, so this is a real bonus. He shot 5-under-par 35-32=67 at McCormick Ranch Golf Club's Pine Course in Scottsdale with six birdies against one bogey. The 24-year-old then outlasted PGA TOUR rookie Blayne Barber, eight-time PGA TOUR winner Lee Janzen and Andy Pope in a 4-for-1 playoff for the final of three berths. (The WMPO is the only open tournament with an open qualifier that doesn't reserve four spots.) Scott Harrington and Cory Renfrew shared medalist honors. Harrington turned in a 6-under 32-34=66 with an eagle, six birdies and two bogeys. Renfrew carded 6-under 31-35=66 with seven birdies and a bogey. The field for the WM Phoenix Open is now complete at 132.
Jan 27 - 12:22 PM

Tony Finau received one of the last two sponsor exemptions at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

The rookie was last man in the field on merit when it was released on Friday afternoon. He was bumped out due to four top 10s at the Humana Challenge that allowed Sung Joon Park, Steve Wheatcroft, Justin Thomas and Colt Knost to climb over in that order. Park effectively took Finau's place in the field on merit, leaving Finau at fourth alternate. The tournament then distributed the last two sponsor exemptions to Thomas and Finau. So, Wheatcroft and Knost and first and second alternate, respectively. If either or both don't get into the field of 132 at TPC Scottsdale, their top-10 exemptions will carry over to next week's Farmers Insurance Open, but they'd get into that field of 156 on merit anyway. This sort of thing happens at least once every two years, if not every two of three. As you'd expect, Finau is making his debut at the WMPO.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jan 26 - 11:18 AM

Sang-moon Bae is scheduled to compete in this week's Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Given that the tournament begins on Jan. 29 and extends past the 30-day grace period inside which the Military Manpower Administration [MMA] demanded that he return home to begin fulfilling his military obligation, Bae might seem to be a surprise entry into the field of 132 at TPC Scottsdale's newly renovated Stadium Course. However, as reported earlier in the month, Bae is allowed to remain abroad during the duration of his lawsuit that counters the MMA's claim that he isn't in need of an exemption to extend his travel visa. It's unknown as to how long the legal battle will last. Meanwhile, he's 2-for-2 at the WMPO, but hasn't cracked a top 45. A T51 at the Sony Open in Hawaii was his first payday outside the top 25 since THE PLAYERS last May.
Jan 25 - 8:53 PM

Bill Haas steadied a 5-under-par 33-34=67 at PGA West's Palmer Private to reach 22-under 266, securing his second victory at the Humana Challenge.

Haas got off to a shaky start, missing the green at the par-3 fourth that led to a bogey. He immediately bounced back with a 12'5" birdie roll on the par-4 fourth. The Wake Forest product added an eagle on the par-5 sixth and three more birdies along the way. Finally, he arrived on the 18th tee needing a par to win the tournament, but a poor drive resulted in an awkward lie just outside a fairway bunker. He recovered nicely and found himself two-putting for his sixth career PGA TOUR title. With this win, Haas secures his spot into the PGA Championship and World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.
Jan 25 - 6:55 PM

Jason Dufner completed 54 holes of the Humana Challenge in 6-under-par 76-65-69=210, missing the cut by two strokes.

Seventy-two golfers survived at 8-under 208 or lower, so all will play the final round at PGA West's Palmer Private. Dufner had cashed in his last five trips to the desert dating back to 2007, but he hadn't returned since 2012. After a dreadful opened at La Quinta Country Club this week, he lit up both tracks at PGA West for a total of one eagle and 10 birdies against two bogeys, so he'll take some confidence into next week's stop at TPC Scottsdale where he missed the cut in his last visit in 2013. Other notables that failed to survive today's cut include: 209--Zach Johnson; Jerry Kelly; rookie Zac Blair ... 210--rookie Nick Taylor; Brandt Snedeker ... 211--Russell Knox ... 213--2011 champ Jhonattan Vegas; Steven Bowditch ... 214--2006 champ Chad Campbell; Luke Donald; Andres Gonzales ... 215--1996 champ Mark Brooks ... 216--2005 champ Justin Leonard ... 229--2003 champ Mike Weir.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jan 24 - 7:49 PM

Shawn Stefani torched PGA West's Nicklaus Private for a bogey-free, 9-under-par 32-31=63 in his third round of the Humana Challenge.

If not for an opening 75 at Palmer Private at PGA West, Stefani might be in the mix for his first PGA TOUR title this week. His 6-under 66 at La Quinta Country Club on Friday included a hole-in-one on the par-3 third hole, his 12th of the round. Today, he piped 12 (of 14) fairways and hit 17 greens in regulation en route to an eagle (at the par-5 16th) and seven birdies. The 63 goes in the books as his career low on TOUR; this is his 47th start. At 12-under 204, Stefani is in a 10-way tie for 24th place five strokes off the pace of the overnight quad-leaders.
Jan 24 - 7:11 PM

Michael Putnam bends but doesn't break with a 3-under-par 35-34=69 at La Quinta Country Club to grab a share of the 54-hole clubhouse lead at 17-under 199.

Putnam found just 12 greens in regulation on the day but minimized the damage to just one bogey. Three of his last four Humana rounds have now been signed for 67 or better. Given the logjam at the top, Putnam will need another sub-68 if he wants to contend for his first PGA TOUR title.
Jan 24 - 6:55 PM

Justin Thomas spun a 4-under-par 34-34=68 at PGA West's Palmer Private, grabbing a share of the current 54-hole clubhouse lead at 17-under 199.

The youngster out of the University of Alabama continues to impress during his rookie season. He found 13 greens in regulation on the day, converting six into birdies. Thomas is in great position for a third top 10 of the season and a chance to grab his first PGA TOUR title. Gamers should continue to back him while the iron is hot.
Jan 24 - 5:54 PM




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