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Matt Kuchar lit up Conway Farms Golf Club for a blemish-free 10-under-par 30-31=61 in the third round of the BMW Championship and reaches the 54-hole mark at 5-under 208.

It's amazing to think that Jim Furyk's 59 was challenged so quickly, but Kuchar put together a flawless lap around Conway Farms that included birdies on his first two and final three holes. Of his 10 birdies, only three of them were from outside 10 feet. It was one of those rounds where the irons and flat stick behaved in perfect harmony. He landed 16 GIR and gained over two strokes with the putter. He will now relax and wait to see if he will be anywhere near the lead heading to the finale. He trails the overnight leaders, yet to tee off, by six strokes.
Sat, Sep 14, 2013 12:42:00 PM

In four-ball action, overnight leaders Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith authored a bogey-free 8-under-par 34-30=64 in the final round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to post 27-under 261, and will head to a 2-man playoff on Monday at 9:00 am CT with playing competitors Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown, with Kisner holing out for eagle at the 72nd hole to force extra time.

For a second year in a row, the Zurich is heading to a Monday playoff. After kicking off in 67-62-68, the Florida residents led two teams by four shots, including Kisner/Brown. They relinquished their lead after just four holes, opening with four straight pars, while Kisner/Brown birdied their first four, eventually carding eight straight. Blixt broke the ice with a 45'5" bomb for birdie-3 at five and Smith circled the par-5 seventh to turn 2-under, now two behind. Smith went on a 3-birdie run on holes 10-12, the latter from 33'11", and they took turns at 16 and 17, Smith knocking in a 5-footer at the par-3 17th to take a 1-shot lead to the par-5 18th. It was Smith again at the 72nd hole, pitching from 57 yards away to 18 inches for a tap-in 4 and a sure win, but Kisner did him one better, improbably pitching in from 94'6" away for eagle-3.
Apr 30 - 9:28 PM

In four-ball action in the final round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown painted a bogey-free 12-under-par 28-32=60 to post 27-under 261, that aggregate matched moments later by playing competitors and overnight leaders Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith, resulting in a 2-team playoff which will take place on Monday morning at 9:00 am CT due to darkness.

After opening in 70-64-67, the Aiken, South Carolina, residents began T2 on 15-under, four back. It took them all of four holes to erase the deficit, opening with four straight birdies. Brown got them started with birdie-3 at the first, and Kisner kicked in with a hat-trick on holes 2-4. Kisner was far from done, connecting three more at 5-7 for six in a row on his own ball. Brown circled the eighth, the duo now 8-under thru eight before a par 3 at nine to turn in 28, now two clear of Blixt/Smith. Brown circled 3 at 10 and Kisner birdied 11, but the duo went flat with six straight pars. Brown saved their last par at 17 and they were one down coming to the par-5 18th. Smith stuck his third to 18 inches for birdie, meaning Kisner/Brown needed eagle to tie, and Kisner answered with a dramatic pitch in from 94'6" away.
Apr 30 - 9:08 PM

In four-ball action in the final round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, World No. 1460 Chase Koepka and older brother Brooks Koepka, the world's 19th-ranked player, styled a 10-under-par 28-34=62 to conclude on 19-under 269, up 14 spots to T5 with play still in progress. UPDATE: Two teams are heading to a Monday playoff but the Koepka's did finish T5, eight back of the sudden-death combatants.

Chase, 23, was making his PGA TOUR debut. The top 5 teams and ties (10 players and ties) total, earn an exemption into next week's Wells Fargo (if not already exempt), which would be big for Chase. Brooks, three years older, was making his 75th career TOUR start. After opening in 69 (alternate shot), 65 (best ball) and 73 (alternate), the duo began on 9-under (T19), 10 adrift of 54-hole leaders Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith. With lift, clean and place in effect, they began off No. 10 tee and were sleepwalking on 1-over thru six holes, carding five pars and a bogey-6 at 11. Brooks got things rolling with a hat-trick of birdies at 16-18 and extended the run to five straight on holes 1 and 2. Brooks rang up another at 4 with Chase getting on board with birdie-3 at 5. Brooks circled 6 and 8 while Chase pitched in for eagle-3 at seven (from 50'8" away) to complete their scoring.
Apr 30 - 7:59 PM

After some deep digging by Brian Gay, the PGA TOUR reviewed the FedExCup point distrubtion and ruled that Ian Poulter and Brian Gay now have fully-exempt status for the remainder of the season.

Poulter shared the press release via Twitter that included, "Brian Gay and Ian Poulter, on Major Medical Extensions who under the old FedExCup points system would have been over the threshold needed to retain fully-exempt status for the rest of the year." That is a brief nugget, but the explanation requires full context which is provided on the Twitter link above. Long story short, the distribution curve for FedExCup events was dramatically changed year-over-year, particularly for finishes in the 30th to 50th range, making it an uphill task for any golfers on a Major Medical this season. Poulter and Gay are now exempt for the season and also exempt into THE PLAYERS in two weeks. In addition to Gay and Poulter, this recalculation will also apply to anyone else currently on a MME.
Apr 30 - 12:19 PM

Due to a dangerous weather situation, the final round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans was suspended at 10:03 am CT with players being removed from the course. UPDATE: Restart scheduled for 4:30 pm unless additional inclement weather occurs.

Tournament officials had pro-actively moved R4 tee times forward to a 6:40 am start off both sets of tees. All 36 teams are on the course with the duo of Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly making a nice move in four-ball action. The Wisconsinites were bogey-free 5-under thru 11 holes, 15 under total, and moved up the board to T6 when the horn sounded. When play resumes, the 50-somethings will be at the par-4 12th with Stricker on the green in regulation looking at a 24'4" birdie try.
Apr 30 - 11:21 AM

World No. 102 Alexander Levy carded a closing 5-under-par 34-33=67 at the Volvo China Open to wipe out a seven-shot deficit on overnight leader Dylan Frittelli before winning a playoff after both had finished at 17-under 271.

On a dramatic final day at Topwin Golf & CC, the 2014 champ rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt at the first extra hole, the 18th, to deny long-time leader Frittelli his first European Tour win. For Levy, this was his fourth trophy in 115 starts, his first coming three years ago when this event was held at Genzon. The Frenchman took a while to launch his final-round move after opening with five pars, a birdie and a bogey. But he made back-to-back par breakers at 8 and 9, added another at 11 and also ticked 15. Frittelli's inward 38 opened the door and Levy birdied 18 to secure the playoff he would go on to win. The Ryder Cup takes place in his home country next year and it remains a big target. "It's a goal and a dream for me to play the Ryder Cup in France," he said. "I will do a lot of work to play the Ryder Cup and I will do my best to be part of the team."
Apr 30 - 5:36 AM

In an email statement to the PGA TOUR and distributed by PGA TOUR Communications, John Senden announced he is taking time away from the TOUR to attend to a family matter. Below is the full statement provided by his agent in Australia.

"Earlier this week I withdrew from the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to be with my wife Jackie and son Jacob while he battles some health issues. Our son is undertaking the biggest challenge of his life thus far having been diagnosed with a brain tumor. As a family, we appreciate the support and kindness that everyone has offered us at this difficult time. Together, we will stand strong to tackle this disease and look forward to the day when Jacob is cancer free. We are grateful for the outpouring of love we have experienced and ask that you keep Jacob in your prayers and hearts. I have no timeline for my return to the PGA TOUR at this stage."
Apr 29 - 7:37 PM

In Day 3 alternate-shot action at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Chez Reavie and Lucas Glover labored to a 4-over-par 39-37=76 and at 3-under 213, missed the secondary 54-hole cut by three.

With the 80-team format, the 36-hole cut was low 35 teams and ties and, a second cut of low 35 and ties after 54 holes if more than 40 teams made the first cut. Forty-two teams survived the first cut (7-under 137), triggering the second cut, which fell on 6-under 210 and sent six teams packing. Glover had played all 72 in nine of 11 tries at the Zurich (on his own) and had four top 10s. Reavie's had no luck in NOLA, missing five of seven cuts, including the last four straight, with a best of T42 (2008 debut). The duo fared well in alternate shot on Day 1 with 69, but their 68 in best ball (R2) was nearly three strokes worse than the field average. Things didn't improve on Day 3, cancelling three birdies with four bogeys and triple bogey-6 at the ninth. Other teams w/o a Sunday tee time: 211- Martin Flores/Gonzalo Fdez-Castano; Ben Martin/Ben Crane ... 213- Ollie Schniederjans/Richy Werenski; Andrew Loupe/John Peterson ... 214- Mark Hubbard/Jonathan Randolph.
Apr 29 - 7:06 PM

Due to expected inclement weather, Sunday's final-round tee times at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans will be between 6:40 and 8:16 AM (CT) with foursomes off both sets of tees.

The format for Sunday's finale is four-ball (best ball). Defending champ Brian Stuard and teammate Chris Stroud will play out of the third-to-last grouping off No. 1 tee and will begin in solo 5th on 13-under 203, six in arrears to 54-hole leaders Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith. Stuard/Stroud chased an opening 68 (alternate shot) with 64 (best ball), and carved out a 1-under-par 35-36=71 in Round 3 (alternate shot). They squared a lone bogey-4 at 14 (failed scramble), offset by birdies at holes 7 and 16, both from between seven and eight feet, and both knocked home by Stroud. Clutch par saves by both occurred throughout the round with each taking turns brushing in matching 11'11" par-savers at the 17th and 18th.
Apr 29 - 6:43 PM

Overnight leaders Jonas Blixt and Web.com Tour grad Cameron Smith maintained their mastery of TPC Louisiana, smoothing a bogey-free 4-under-par 34-34=68 in today's third round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, extending their lead to four on 19-under 197.

After kicking off in 67 (alternate shot) and 62 (best ball), the pairing began with a 1-shot lead over playing competitors Patrick Reed and Patrick Cantlay, who shot 75. Their 68 is just the second blemish-free lap on Day 3, and remain bogey-free thru 54 holes. Smith converted a 2-putt birdie-4 at the second and Blixt went back-to-back with a 17'8" birdie roll at the par-3 third. Blixt missed birdie at the par-5 seventh (from 4'2") but redeemed himself at the par-4 15th, hitting the approach to 39 inches for a Smith conversion. The pairing reached the par-5 18th in three, with Smith providing the finishing touches, jamming in a 17-foot birdie-4. Despite gusty conditions, they played virtually stress-free golf yet again. The only par putt they had to make outside of three feet all round was a 4'0" come-backer at the seventh.
Apr 29 - 6:14 PM

First-round co-leaders Jordan Spieth and Ryan Palmer orchestrated a 2-under-par 35-35=70 in alternate-shot action on Day 3 of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to reach the three-quarter mark on 14-under 202, up one place to solo 4th, five back of 36- and 54-hole leaders Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith.

After opening in twin 66s, the Texans began on 12-under (T5), three back of Blixt/Smith. It was mixed fortunes in their second go at alternate shot, but managed to outpace two bogeys with four birdies. Their drops came at the par-5 second --Palmer whiffing a par-saver from 29 inches-- and bogey-5 at 13, the duo 3-putting from 4'6", each missing from less than five feet. Palmer, who had missed birdie at the fourth from 5'1", got the squad on the board with birdie-4 at seven and went back-to-back at eight, both from inside of 12 feet. It was Palmer again at the par-5 11th, circling 4 from 3'8", and Palmer again from 6'4" at the 16th. Spieth had a chance for one better (and his only birdie) at the par-5 18th, but he whiffed from 39 inches.
Apr 29 - 5:56 PM




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