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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

Overnight co-leader Kevin Na backed up his opening 64 at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial with a 4-under-par 34-32=66 to post 10-under 130, good for outright possession of the 36-hole lead.

At the time he signed his card, he owned a two-stroke lead over Ian Poulter, who was in the opposite draw. The American split nine (of 14) fairways, hit 14 greens and lassoed five birdies, including a 10-yarder from just off the putting surface at the par-4 14th hole. His longest conventional conversions measured 25'5" and 22'4" at Nos. 10 and 13, respectively. Once again, however, Na bogeyed the par-4 18th. It's the site of his only two dropped shots this week. The 31-year-old will enter the weekend in pursuit of his second PGA TOUR victory. This is his 288th start.
May 22 - 5:48 PM

World No. 1 Rory McIlroy won't be around for the weekend at the European Tour's flagship event after carding a 6-over-par 36-42=78 at the BMW PGA Championship on Friday.

Should we be totally surprised? The Northern Irishman has had a gruelling schedule both on and off the course recently and there was nothing in the tank at Wentworth today. He hit only nine greens in regulation, was just 3-for-9 in scrambling and finished at 5-over 149 which looks set to be four swings too many. Lacklustre turned to completely out of synch after the turn as he dropped five shots between the 10th and the 16th following a series of loose swings to give himself no chance of making the cut. A birdie at 17 stopped the rot but a messy bogey at 18 put an end to his misery. This is McIlroy's first missed cut on the European Tour since his home Irish Open last June, the event he heads to next. He told Sky Sports straight after his round, "Disappointing, obviously, but it's a weekend off which I probably need and I can get ready for next week."
May 22 - 12:52 PM

Francesco Molinari added a 3-under-par 35-34=69 to his opening 65 to post the halfway lead of 10-under 134 at the BMW PGA Championship.

The Italian wobbled early in Friday's second round at Wentworth but finished with a pair of birdies to maintain his two-shot lead over the field. Molinari was bogey free in round one but made two in the first three holes today before clawing them back with par breakers at 4 and 6. After seven straight pars he produced a late spurt by circling birdies at 14, 17 and 18 to get to double digits under par, two clear of Argentine Emiliano Grillo. Last week's Open de España runner-up split 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation. He's missed just five all week.
May 22 - 7:56 AM

With a bogey-free, 6-under-par 32-32=64 in his opening round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, Jordan Spieth shares the overnight lead with Kevin Na, Boo Weekley and Ryo Ishikawa.

Spieth walked off with a zero-putt six-yarder for birdie at the par-4 18th hole. Prior to it, he buried five birdies, four of which from outside 11 feet. That set included conversions from 24'10" at the par-5 first hole and 22'2" at the par-4 10th. Overall, the 21-year-old found seven (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation. Both of his strokes-gained split resided north of 2.615 at last check. This is a personal low in nine rounds of competition at Colonial.
May 21 - 9:20 PM

Ryo Ishikawa spun a bogey-free, 6-under-par 32-32=64 in his opening round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, finishing with a share of the clubhouse lead.

The Bashful Prince joins Kevin Na and Boo Weekley atop the leaderboard, but Ishikawa was the first to emerge out of the afternoon wave at Colonial Country Club. He found only six (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, but navigated the course without a blemish while connecting for six birdies. The set featured three from outside 10 feet, including a walk-off 3 from 29'1" at the par-4 ninth hole. Ishikawa also holed out for birdie from off the green seven yards away at the par-4 17th. This is his lowest aggregate since a second-round 62 at the Wyndham Championship nine months ago.
May 21 - 8:28 PM

Boo Weekley crafted a bogey-free, 6-under-par 32-32=64 in his opening round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, good for a share of the clubhouse lead with Kevin Na.

The 2013 champ rolled his rock today. He found 10 (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation en route to six birdies, five of which from outside 12 feet. Weekley's longest taped 24'6" and 25'11" at the 14th and fourth holes, respectively. He also saved par from 14'10" at the par-3 13th to retain a clean card. At last check, the 41-year-old led the field in strokes gained: putting at 5.875. In his post-round interview on Golf Channel, Weekley acknowledged that he woke up on Wednesday with a stiff back. We should all play golf so well at less than 100 percent.
May 21 - 4:43 PM

Kevin Na fashioned a 6-under-par 33-31=64 in today's opening round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial to snare sole possession of the clubhouse lead.

Na has been playing exceptionally well in stroke-play event of late, so it's no surprise that he found a low one with preferred lies in play today. He converted birdies on half of his scoring opportunities, including rolls from 21'8" and 18 feet at the 11th and second holes, respectively. His only miscue occurred at the par-4 18th where he squared a bogey after landing his approach in a greenside bunker. This is his lowest aggregate since he closed out regulation with the same at last year's Memorial before losing in a playoff.
May 21 - 3:49 PM

Francesco Molinari posted a 7-under-par 33-32=65 to move into a two-shot lead after the opening round of the BMW PGA Championship in England.

Playing in the tougher afternoon conditions, the London-based Italian shot seven birdies and kept a bogey off his card to leapfrog Robert Karlsson at the top. Molinari is something of a course specialist at Wentworth having made the top 10 in each of the last three years and today's score matches the 65 he shot in round three when T7 last year. The Ryder Cup star also came into the event on the back of a second place in last week's Open de España so it's hardly a surprise to see him leading the way.
May 21 - 12:33 PM

Padraig Harrington withdrew from the BMW PGA Championship early in round one after failing to shake off a shoulder injury.

Following a bogey at the first and a par at the second, the Irishman felt he couldn't go on and shook hands with playing partners Shane Lowry and Branden Grace. The three-time major winner had earlier pulled out of yesterday's Pro-Am after suffering discomfort in his left shoulder on Tuesday night following a gym session. Harrington was hopeful he'd be okay, telling the Irish Examiner on Wednesday, "Working on the principle I’ve never pulled out of an event injured, I believe I’ll make it. I’m an optimist. I was doing a gym exercise and it was a little bit unstable, there was a little bit of a niggle but I kept on doing it. I hit shots after the gym yesterday and it stiffened during the night and I struggled to sleep with it. I got up this morning and it’s what most people would call ‘a frozen shoulder’." We'll await a further update.
May 21 - 9:50 AM

Patrick Reed is committed to competing in this week's Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

Reed had originally planned on playing this week's BMW PGA Championship and next week's Irish Open on the European Tour where he has membership. However, due to the health of a family member, he's remaining stateside for now. "I am really looking forward to playing on the European Tour this year which makes me even more disappointed to withdraw from Wentworth and the Irish Open," he said in a statement. "We will not be able to travel overseas at this time." Reed then relayed the following to Golf Channel's Tim Rosaforte in a text: "We have a family member who has been battling cancer and is now in hospice, and they say only has a few days if that left. So we don’t feel comfortable leaving the country at this time, and wanted to be able to go down and see him before he passes to say our goodbyes."
May 19 - 8:29 PM

Webb Simpson back-pedaled to an even-par 37-35=72 in the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship for a 72-hole aggregate of 14-under 274 total, good for a two-way tie for second with Patrick Rodgers.

The duo landed a distant seven strokes adrift of champion Rory McIlroy. Simpson, who plays out of Quail Hollow, began the day in solo second and four shots back of McIlroy. The club member would have had to get off to a solid start to have any hope of chasing down the Northern Irishman. The Charlotte, North Carolina, resident missed five of his first six greens in regulation and would save par on just three, squaring bogeys on the opener, the par-3 third and inexplicably squaring a double bogey-5 on No. 6, where he three-putted from 51 inches. On the round, the 29-year-old piped 10 (of 14) fairways but hit just 10 GIR. On the bright side, his T2 is a season-best finish on TOUR as well as a career-best in seven starts in the tournament.
May 17 - 6:39 PM




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