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Webb Simpson chased his opening 67 at The Barclays with a 5-under-par 35-31=66 in his second round to reach the midpoint in 9-under 133, good for outright possession of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

Simpson has been feelin' it. He's hit only 24 greens in regulation (11 in the second round) but he's circled 12 birdies, tops in the field at the time he signed his card. Five among his set of seven in his second trot around Liberty National found the cup from outside 11 feet, including a pair of 18-footers at holes 1 and 2 and a 10-yard pitch-in from the greenside rough at 4.
Fri, Aug 23, 2013 03:50:00 PM

Making his first start of the calendar year, Hall of Famer and two-time champ Phil Mickelson labored to a 2-over-par 38-36=74 on the Stadium Course and at 4-under 70-68-74=212, missed the cut at the CareerBuilder Challenge by four shots.

A total of 77 players made the scheduled 54-hole cut of 8-under 208. Mickelson, winner here in 2002 and 2004, misses the cut at the CBC for the third time in 15 appearances, first since 1994. At a pre-tourney 22/1 outright, he was tied-highest-up the bookmaker's food chain to exit early, joining 2014 champ Patrick Reed. This was the 47-year-old's third start of season after opening with T3 at the Safeway and T15 at the WGC-HSBC, both back in October. For the week, he totaled 15 birdies against nine bogeys and one double. Other notable early exits include: 209- Chris Kirk; C.T. Pan; Maverick McNealy .. 210 J.J. Spaun; Brandt Snedeker .. 211- two-time champ Bill Haas; Reed .. 212- Brian Stuard; 2006 champ Chad Campbell .. 213- Bubba Watson; Ryan Armour .. 214- Luke List .. 215- Martin Laird; Charles Reither (a) .. 216- Jimmy Walker.
Jan 20 - 7:53 PM

Playing La Quinta CC, three-time Web.com Tour grad and World No. 305 Martin Piller orchestrated a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in the third round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to reach 18-under 198, up two spots into a two-way T2 with fellow Texan Andrew Landry, one shy of 54-hole leader Austin Cook.

After kicking off with 64-67, the 32-year-old began T4 on 13-under, three back of 36-hole leader Landry. He hit 10 (of 14) fairways and 10 greens in regulation, registering a tidy 1.300 putts per GIR with 23 total putts. The Texas A&M alum squared two bogey-5s at 14 and 16, camouflaged by seven circles at 10, 11, 15, 17 and a turkey at 5-7. This is his 55th career TOUR start and he's vying for his first TOUR title. Piller tied his career best with T4 three starts ago at the OHL Classic.
Jan 20 - 7:19 PM

Playing the Stadium Course, overnight leader and World No. 184 Andrew Landry tacked on a bogey-free 2-under-par 35-35=70 in the third round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to post 18-under 198, down one place to T2, one back of 54-hole leader and fellow Arkansas alum Austin Cook.

After opening in career-low 63 and 65, both rounds bogey-free, the 30-year-old is the only player blemish-free thru 54 holes. He began the day with a one-shot lead over pre-tourney fave Jon Rahm, five clear of Cook, who shot 64 at La Quinta CC. Beginning off No. 10 tee, the Texan found nine (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, gaining 1.711 strokes approaching-the-green and 0.924 around-the-green. He circled two birdies at 17 and 2, both from inside of eight feet, recording 1.818 putts per GIR with 26 total putts. Landry is chasing his first TOUR title in his 26th career start.
Jan 20 - 7:07 PM

Making his tournament debut and playing La Quinta CC, World No. 118 and PGA TOUR rookie Austin Cook twirled an 8-under-par 30-34=64 in the third round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to reach 19-under 197, up nine places to the top of the leaderboard and good for a one-shot lead over 36-hole leader Andrew Landry and Martin Piller.

This is the 26-year-old's second 54-hole lead/co-lead in 17 career events. He was the 54-hole leader by three at the RSM back in November and shot 3-under 67 to win by four over J.J. Spaun. After opening this week with 63-70, the Arkansas alum began T10 on 11-under, five back of Landry. He landed 10 (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, posting a stellar 1.385 putts per GIR with 22 total putts. The Web.com Tour grad squared a lone bogey-5 at 10, smothered by seven circles at 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12 and 15, adding a hole-out eagle-3 at 6. He concluded his lap with three up-and-down par saves, finishing on a high note with a curling mid-range par-saver at the par-4 18th.
Jan 20 - 6:53 PM

Playing the Stadium Course, first-round leader and top-ranked Jon Rahm backed up with a 2-under-par 34-36=70 in the third round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, dipping two spots on the live leaderboard to T4 on 17-under 199, two short of 54-hole clubhouse leader Austin Cook.

After kicking off in career-low 62 and 67, the World No. 3 began solo 2nd on 15-under, one back of 36-hole leader Andrew Landry. He mustered five (of 14) fairways and nine greens in regulation, gaining 1.193 strokes approaching-the-green but losing 0.302 around-the-green. The 23-year-old squared four bogeys at holes 4, 13, 15 and 17, all failed scrambles, overshadowed by six circles at 5, 6, 8, 10, 11 and 16, three from between 10 and 18 feet and two of those 2-putt versions. He posted 1.556 putts per GIR and 0.500 SG: Putting with 26 total putts. The 23-year-old's one TOUR title came at the 2017 Farmers -- next week's event -- where he came from three back with 7-under 65 to win by three.
Jan 20 - 6:35 PM

World No. 239 Jonathan Randolph withdrew prior to the start of the third round of the CareerBuilder Challenge.

After opening 71-74 (NT-SC), the 29-year-old was 1-over total, seven short of the (early) projected cut line, which is a scheduled 54-hole cut. This is his second career mid-tourney WD in 58 career events, second this season in six starts. The Mississippi native and resident WD from the Shriners three starts ago during R2, citing a shoulder injury. He was 1-over thru eight holes, 4-over total when he called it quits in Las Vegas. As of press time, no reason has been cited for this week's WD. Randolph is in the published field at next week's Farmers but gamers should proceed with caution.
Jan 20 - 11:49 AM

Rory McIlroy stepped up his title bid at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, piecing together a 7-under-par 33-32=65 in round three to reach 16-under 200 through 54 holes, just one back from joint-leaders Thomas Pieters and Ross Fisher.

McIlroy may have suffered his first bogey of the week, a dropped shot at the par-3 15th after missing the green, but he sprinkled eight birdies around it, including two to close with as he came home in 32 for the second day running. After breaking par on just two of the par 5s over the first 36 holes, the Northern Irishman completed a full set of circles today with birdies at 2, 8, 10 and 18. He also picked up shots at 5, 12, 14 and 17. "It was good," said McIlroy. "I feel like I played similar again. I probably scored a bit better. Short game was needed at times. But I putted really well. Hit the ball very well. So all in all, yeah, it was another great round and another really good confidence builder." After four second places in this event, the 28-year-old is now favorite with the bookmakers to go on and take victory tomorrow.
Jan 20 - 8:13 AM

Halfway leader Thomas Pieters compiled a bogey-free 32-35=67 in his third round at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, ending the day tied for the lead with England's Ross Fisher on 17-under 199 and one clear of Rory McIlroy.

Pieters, who took the lead with a Friday 65, continued his birdie assault on Abu Dhabi GC's front nine today, ticking 2, 3, 6 and 8 to reach the turn with his one-shot lead still intact. But he found life a little more difficult coming home and managed just one more par breaker, a 3 at the 16th. The big-hitting Belgian looked set to lose his lead on 18 after a loose tee-shot but he got up and down from sand to assure himself of a place in Sunday's final two-ball. "Played pretty well," said Pieters. "Didn't really make any putts on the back nine. Started out really nicely. A lot of really good shots and then finished poorly. That was a terrible last hole, managed to make a 5, which was nice." Blustery conditions are forecast for Sunday's closer, prompting Pieters to add: "Go to the range and hit some low shots because it's going to be really windy tomorrow."
Jan 20 - 8:01 AM

With a two-putt birdie at 18, Ross Fisher completed a third-round 7-under-par 32-33=65 to move into a tie for top spot with Thomas Pieters on 17-under 199 after 54 holes of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

The pair are a shot clear of a charging Rory McIlroy, with Matt Fitzpatrick and defending champion Tommy Fleetwood a further stroke in arrears. Taking advantage of the easy conditions again, Fisher flew from the gates with three birdies in his first holes and replied to a lone bogey of the day at 5 with gains at 6 and 8. On the back nine, the World No. 31 added red numbers at 11 and 14 before finding the par-5 closer in two and signing off with an eighth birdie of the day. The 37-year-old will head into the final round looking for his first European Tour win since the 2014 Tshwane Open. Looking to Sunday's closer, Fisher noted: "Yeah, I've heard it's going to be quite windy. I'm hoping the Tour officials will see what the forecast is, set the course up tough, but fair. Looking forward to the challenge and see what happens."
Jan 20 - 7:52 AM

Playing the Nicklaus Tournament Course, two-time Web.com Tour grad and World No. 184 Andrew Landry polished a bogey-free 7-under-par 34-31=65 in the second round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to reach 16-under 128, up one place on the day and the 36-hole leader by one over 18-hole leader Jon Rahm, who shot 67.

Making his 26th career start, this is the 30-year-old's first 36-hole lead/co-lead and his third lead/co-lead after any round, second this season. He was a first-round leader at the opposite-field Sanderson Farms five starts ago, eventually finishing T59. The Arkansas alum hit 10 (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, posting 1.667 putts per GIR with 28 total putts. He carded seven birdies at holes 1, 7, 11-13, 15 and 16, all conventional with two of those 2-putt versions. The Texan, who opened with a career-low 63 (La Quinta CC), is blemish-free thru 36 holes and moves to the Stadium Course for R3.
Jan 19 - 7:24 PM

Russell Knox coasted to a bogey-free, 8-under-par 31-33=64 during the second round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, remaining blemish-free on the week while moving him into a share of 10th place on 11-under 133 at the midpoint.

The Scot played his second round at the Nicklaus Tournament Course and got straight to work with a three-hole birdie train that started at the par-4 second hole. He would add five more circles before his day would be over, all while keeping a clean card. It was orchestrated by smooth striking as he pelted 17 greens in regulation after hitting 13 at La Quinta CC in R1. Knox arrived fresh off a top 10 at the Sony Open where he holed out three times (+4.6 strokes around-the-green). He's taking a more traditional route this week and he now finds himself in contention heading into Saturday's round where he will face off with Pete Dye's Stadium Course.
Jan 19 - 7:23 PM




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