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Billy Horschel stole the clubhouse lead with a 4-under-par 34-32=66 in his opening round of the TOUR Championship.

He missed only one green in regulation and bogeyed that hole (No. 7), but Horschel picked off five birdies in what was his first competitive loop of East Lake Golf Club. Included in the set were conversions from 14'9" and 10'4" at the 11th and 14th holes, respectively.
Thu, Sep 19, 2013 04:15:00 PM

Pablo Larrazábal continued his stellar play on the short holes and signed for a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in his second round at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

At 9-under 135 through 36 holes, the Spaniard is T3 on the live board and just two behind halfway leader Rafa-Cabrera Bello. He traded six birdies against a single bogey today, his gains coming at 12, 15, 17, 1, 4 and 7. That set included circles on all four par 3s. Larrazábal won this event in 2014, the third of his four European Tour victories, and so far he's following the same path to victory. He explained: "Three years ago, I made a seven under par on the par threes on the first two days, and I did the same thing the last couple rounds. It's something special. After a winter that I didn't take any holidays, I've been working very hard and to play as good as I did, I'm very proud. My iron play has been superb. I'm holing a few putts, so very happy. The only thing I'm being a little bit rusty with is my short game." If he can tidy that aspect up, the 33-year-old will be a dangerman this weekend.
Jan 20 - 4:54 AM

With three closing birdies, Rafa-Cabrera-Bello completed a 6-under-par 32-34=66 in round two of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and set the 36-hole clubhouse target of 11-under 133.

That's currently two clear of compatriot Pablo Larrazabal and Korean Jeunghun Wang, who both carded 67s on the second morning at Abu Dhabi GC. Starting at 10, RCB opened with a pair of pars before his round took flight with red circles at 12, 13, 15 and 16. RCB went a little flat with seven pars and a bogey at 6 but turned a good day into an excellent one with birdies at 7, 8 and 9. Cabrera-Bello, who had three '2's on his card today, has held the halfway lead in six of his last 49 worldwide starts but failed to convert any of them. He also topped the leaderboard through 36 holes of this event in 2014, eventually settling for T4. We'd love to give you stats on his round today but the European Tour continues not to provide any. We've asked but no reply.
Jan 20 - 4:18 AM

Taking on the difficult Stadium Course at PGA WEST, Dominic Bozzelli fired a career-low, bogey-free, 8-under-par 32-32=64 during round one of the CareerBuilder Challenge, claiming his spot as the clubhouse leader after 18 holes.

The PGA TOUR rookie is making his sixth career start, and this is easily the best so far, eclipsing his previous best of 69 (posted 3x). What makes this round even more impressive is the course it took place at. The Stadium Course is playing the role of host this week, but it's also the toughest task on the three-track rota. The Web.com Tour grad opened on the back nine with back-to-back birdies, first from 8'5" at the 10th and then stretching it out to 17'10" at the 11th. The putter stayed hot as Bozzelli would add four more putts from the 7-to-14 foot range before the round was over. The 25-year-old is now in uncharted territory as he's never been inside the top 25 after any round on the PGA TOUR, let alone hold the lead.
Jan 19 - 6:50 PM

Hudson Swafford maintained his recent trend of starting fast on Thursday, firing a 7-under-par 31-34=65 at La Quinta Country Club to open his week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

The Georgia Bulldog raced out to a career-low, 8-under 62 at last week's Sony Open before fading to T13 by Sunday. It was the 10th time he's found himself inside the top 10 after day one (third time this season) but he's failed to turn any of those fast starts into top 10s come Sunday night. Perhaps the 11th time is the charm as Swafford currently finds himself in a three-way tie for the early clubhouse lead here in La Quinta, California and will surely end up inside the top 10 by day's end. He circled eight birdies on the day and his lone bogey came at the par-3 12th where he found a greenside bunker with his tee ball. Swafford entered the week with 18 straight cuts made which is fourth on TOUR behind only Adam Scott, Daniel Berger, and Jason Day.
Jan 19 - 5:50 PM

Patton Kizzire connected on a bogey-free, 7-under-par 32-33=65 while taking on the Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course at PGA WEST in round one of the CareerBuilder Challenge, finding himself in an early share of the lead with play still in progress.

Kizzire arrived on the heels of three straight missed cuts but the holiday break provided a nice spot to rest and forget about the poor form. That's exactly what he did as he came out firing on the back nine with three straight birdies to open his round and never looked back. It wasn't as easy as the scorecard makes it look, though, as he needed to get up-and-down five times to remain blemish-free. In 36 career starts, Kizzire has six career top 10s to his name but is still in search of the maiden win. With playing winding down on the day, he currently finds himself tied at the top with Harold Varner III.
Jan 19 - 5:18 PM

Harold Varner III raced out to an early lead at the CareerBuilder Challenge, torching La Quinta Country Club to the tune of a 7-under-par 31-34=65 in round one.

HV3 is making his second start since a big international win at the Australian PGA Championship (December 4th). He missed the cut at last week's Sony Open to shake off the holiday rust. The rust looks fully removed today as he peppered La Quinta CC with six birdies and an eagle, offset by a single bogey at the par-4 17th. The East Carolina product found 16 greens in regulation today, alleviating a lot of stress on the flat stick. Play is still in progress across the three-course rota, but if Varner III holds onto his early lead it will be his first lead (after any round) on the PGA TOUR.
Jan 19 - 4:37 PM

Henrik Stenson lit up the first morning of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship with a sparkling opening lap of 8-under-par 30-34=64, finishing the day two clear of Martin Kaymer, Oliver Fisher, Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Marc Warren.

In 11 previous starts at the Abu Dhabi GC the Swede's first round score has been a real indictaor of his week's intentions: five times he has been in the top five after 18 holes and four times he contended. Meanwhile whenever he struggles early on, it stays that way all week. Moreover in 36 previous rounds he has bettered 64 just the once, a third round 62 on debut in 2006; yet more evidence that he's hit 2017 running. In fact it was his opening nine (the back nine) which witnessed most of the drama. He made birdie at the 10th before adding a hat-trick of red from the 12th thanks to a stunning approach to 13 which left him 3'0" and a chip-in at the 14th. He closed the stretch with back-to-back par breakers at 17 and 18 before a becalmed stretch through the heart of the front nine. Yet he ticked the 7th and made it eight birdies for the day with a 6'0" conversion on the 9th. I'm delighted with that score. I think I scored a bit better than what I played," he said.
Jan 19 - 4:06 AM

Returning from two sports hernia surgeries, Phil Mickelson officially gives his infamous thumbs up ahead of this week's CareerBuilder Challenge.

Mickelson has been committed to the field but left his definitive commitment in question until now. George Savaricas of Golf Channel reported via Twitter saying, "Phil Mickelson WILL make his 2017 debut @ CB Challenge according to a source, a bit "rusty" but feels good enough to give it a go." Lefty had two surgeries over the holiday break, so a little rust should be expected as he plays his way back into form. At the same time, this has always been an event that is kind to Mickelson as he ranks second on the Career Money List at the CB Challenge, buoyed by a pair of wins (2002, 2004) and just two missed cuts in 13 tries.
Jan 18 - 11:55 AM

Henrik Stenson has won the other two European Tour events held in the United Arab Emirates and will try to complete the set at this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

The Open champion landed the Dubai Desert Classic in 2007 and won the DP World Tour Championship in both 2013 and 2014. It all makes sense given that he made Dubai his home for 10 years. The Swede has gone close to winning in Abu Dhabi on several occasions, finishing runner-up in both 2006 and 2008 before finishing third last year. However, before gamers invest, it's worth noting that Stenson endured a sustained run of poor form in this event between 2009 and 2015 when he missed four cuts and didn't manage a single top 20. He put that down to rust. As for his well-being ahead of this week's event? He told europeantour.com: "It's a bit of a soft start for me in terms of practice, but the game feels pretty good. So I hope we can carry on from where I left it last year, and we'll just see if it's been conserved well enough over Christmas."
Jan 18 - 7:19 AM

Jason Dufner pulled off some magic from the rocks en route to victory at the 2016 CareerBuilder Challenge and returns this week for a chance to defend his title while taking on the same trio of courses.

Dufner cruised out to 23-under 193 through three rounds here last year. He entered the finale with a two-shot cushion before cooling off with a 2-under 70. He looked to have the trophy in sight all day but things got really interesting when he overshot the green on the par-3 17th to find his ball in the rocks surrounding the green. For the viewers at home, it appeared to be a bogey at best. Instead he gauged the lie perfectly and nearly holed out his chip, walking away with a tap-in par that had to feel like a birdie at the time. He finished the day in a share of first with David Lingmerth and outlasted him in a playoff to secure his fourth career win. Last year's win was his first top 10 at this event, but it was also the first year with the current course rota. Expecting another win this week may be foolish but a steady top 25 could certainly be in the cards.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jan 17 - 9:18 AM

Rickie Fowler jets into the United Arab Emirates this week to contest the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and make his first defence of a European Tour title.

Fowler's debut Euro Tour win came in the 2015 Scottish Open but he chose not to contest that event in 2016. He'll certainly hope to make a better job of defending than he's managed on the PGA TOUR. Fowler has attempted it three times but missed the cut twice (2013 Wells Fargo, 2016 Players Championship) and finished T46 in a limited field at last year's Deutsche Bank Championship. Victory in this event last year elevated the Californian to fourth in the world rankings but he returns at 14th having not managed to win since his one-shot victory over Thomas Pieters in Abu Dhabi 12 months ago. Fowler should have won the 2016 Waste Management Phoenix Open but at least that near-miss last February was a reminder that he enjoys desert golf. With Rory McIlroy withdrawing with a bad back, the 28-year-old is third favorite behind compatriot Dustin Johnson and Open champ Henrik Stenson in the betting this week.
Jan 17 - 9:02 AM




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