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George McNeill takes control of the clubhouse at the Frys.com Open with a third-round 9-under-par 31-31=62, tying the course record just like Jimmy Walker did in the group immediately ahead of him.

McNeill netted 10 birdies to just one bogey on his tour of CordeValle Golf Club, landing 16 GIR and gaining three strokes with the putter. More important is his improvement to 13-under 200 for the tournament. Regardless of whether or not his clubhouse lead holds up, he will have a legitimate look at landing his third PGA TOUR title on Sunday.
Sat, Oct 12, 2013 06:33:00 PM

Jim Furyk added a 2-under-par 34-35=69 in his second round of The Barclays to reach 7-under 135 at the halfway point, good for a share of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

He's on an incredible stretch at one of the most challenging times of the season. Dating back to his closing 67 at the U.S. Open, today's is Furyk's 18th round under par in his last 19. That stretch includes red numbers in all four at The Open Championship, RBC Canadian Open and WGC-Bridgestone. The only exception was a third-round 72 at Valhalla two weeks ago. Today at Ridgewood, he split 10 (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation en route to four birdies against two bogeys. Two of his birdies ranged 10-14 feet. Both of his bogeys were three-putts.
Aug 22 - 1:17 PM

Brendon Todd chased his opening 66 at The Barclays with a 2-under-par 35-34=69 in the second round to post 7-under 135, good for a piece of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

For the second straight day, Todd hit only 11 greens in regulation, but today's damage was limited to a double bogey at the par-4 seventh. Elsewhere he picked off four birdies, the longest courtesy of a zero-putt 14-yarder at the par-4 12th hole. At the time he signed his card, he ranked T84 in GIR but second in birdies (11) through 36 holes. While he managed his misses before the cut, it's a pace that he can't be expected to maintain on the weekend on this course with field.
Aug 22 - 1:09 PM

Kevin Chappell crafted a bogey-free, 4-under-par 32-35=67 in his second round of The Barclays to post 7-under 135 at the break, good for sole possession of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

Seeing that he went out in the second threesome off the first hole at Ridgewood today, his advantage won't hold, but today's effort lays the foundation for a big weekend. He went 5-for-5 in scrambling and circled four birdies, none of which on the trio of par 5s. Chappell's longest conversion measured 18'4" for birdie at the par-3 second, but he didn't miss inside 10 feet all day. Like many in the field of 122, the fourth-year PGA TOUR member is still chasing his first PGA TOUR victory.
Aug 22 - 12:09 PM

Tim Clark withdrew during his second round of The Barclays due to an elbow injury.

Clark opened on the first hole at Ridgewood Country Club this morning and reached the turn in 5-over-par 40. Added to his opening 76 during which he went 0-for-9 in birdie opportunities, he completed 27 holes in 10-over. Clark started the FedExCup Playoffs slotted 29th in points, so he'll advance to next week's Deutsche Bank Championship. Because the stop outside Boston is scheduled to begin on Friday, the South African will get an additional day to rest and recover. Unfortunately, he's quite familiar with having elbow issues (and surgery).
Aug 22 - 11:41 AM

Bo Van Pelt smoked Ridgewood Country Club for a bogey-free, 6-under-par 32-33=65 in his opening round of The Barclays, good for outright possession of the overnight lead.

BVP sends seven with 66s into the annals as first-round also-rans. He split 10 (of 14) fairways and created 15 opportunities to break par. Quite simply, he performed early and late. He opened birdie-birdie-birdie on the front side, the longest conversion of that set measuring 22'9" at the par-3 second. He then strung together 12 consecutive pars, culminating with a save from 11'6" at the par-3 15th. After landing his second 16 yards from the cup at the par-5 17th, he then holed the chip that curled right to left with perfect speed. Van Pelt has everything to gain this week as he began the FedExCup Playoffs slotted 104th in points. Barring an absolute meltdown on Friday at Ridgewood, he'll be this close to punching his ticket into next week's second leg outside Boston.
Aug 21 - 6:08 PM

Rory McIlroy blew up for a 3-over-par 40-34=74 in his opening round of The Barclays.

And the walls came tumbling down. Anything McIlroy does right now will be hyper-analyzed, so be it, but he just had a rough day on a challenging golf course. He split just seven (of 14) fairways at Ridgewood, not indicative of his precision in recent weeks. However, he managed 12 greens in regulation, which is on par with many of the early contenders. Yet, the FedExCup points leader buried only two birdies and fanned on three tries inside 10 feet. He squared three bogeys and a double. Currently eight strokes off the clubhouse lead, McIlroy has no choice but to tighten the screws if he's going to win his fourth consecutive tournament.
Aug 21 - 1:37 PM

In a post-tournament interview at the PGA Championship on Aug. 10, Graeme McDowell laid out his schedule for the FedExCup Playoffs, which overlaps the timing of the scheduled birth of his first child.

We've known for months that G-Mac's wife was going to deliver in August, but the baby controls the schedule. For now, he's in the field at Ridgewood Country Club for The Barclays. "Boston week [Deutsche Bank Championship] we have the baby coming so I'm going to take Boston week off and then I'll be in Colorado [for the BMW Championship], hopefully in Atlanta [TOUR Championship] and hopefully Gleneagles [Ryder Cup], kind of the tentative schedule subject to change," he said at Valhalla 10 days ago. McDowell enters the Playoffs slotted 43rd in points. Assuming he skips the DBC, the pressure is on to make the cut at The Barclays. For example, Ken Duke opened the 2012 Playoffs as the 42-seed. He then went 0-for-2 to drop to 76th, so he didn't advance to the BMW. But back in 2009, Nathan Green started 41st, missed two cuts and dropped to only 65th. Regardless, expect a solid performance from the Ulsterman this week.
Aug 20 - 6:52 PM

Matt Kuchar declared himself healthy again in today's presser at The Barclays.

It turns out that the last champion at Ridgewood Country Club (in 2010) suffered discomfort in his back doing something with which many dads are familiar, albeit two days before the PGA Championship. "We were having a party at the house – a bunch of people over, a bunch of kids over," he said. "I was in charge of hooking up the Slip 'N Slide for the kids. Walked around, all of Target, all of Wal-Mart, couldn’t find one. Sat in the car for about an hour fighting traffic and when I got back, I thought, 'Boy, my back doesn’t feel very good right now.'" Kuchar withdrew from the major, but he's ready to go this week. "I feel like I’m 100 percent. It’s funny how little setbacks can feel so different to you."
Aug 19 - 3:22 PM

Steve Stricker is not planning to compete again until December, according to Gary D'Amato of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Stricker is one of three golfers eligible for the FedExCup Playoffs that isn't teeing it up at The Barclays. (Dustin Johnson is on personal leave while Jason Dufner is nursing bulging discs in his neck.) Stricker has been playing through a torn labrum in his left hip, but there's more to it. "Sounds like I've got a back and hip issue," Stricker told D'Amato in a text message. "Going to shut it down till December. Rest and rehab and then try to play and see how it goes." Stricker added that he's dealing with herniated discs in his neck and back. He's also known to have an elk hunting trip planned shortly, but he'll be at captain Tom Watson's side at the Ryder Cup in Scotland in five weeks.
Aug 19 - 12:15 AM

Gunn Yang defeated Corey Conners 2 and 1 in the championship match of the 114th U.S. Amateur Championship.

The match concluded when the duo exchanged pars at the par-3 17th hole on the Highlands Course at Atlanta Athletic Club. Yang had a look at a reasonably short birdie on the par-4 16th to end it, but lipped it out on the left side. At no point did he trail in the scheduled 36-hole finale. The 20-year-old sophomore at San Diego State University entered the week slotted No. 776 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. Among his victims was the world's top-ranked amateur, Ollie Schniederjans, who lost 1 down in the Round of 16. It was just a year ago that the native of South Korea had laser endoscopic spinal surgery. Included in the spoils of today's victory are exemptions into the first three majors of 2015 as long as he remains an amateur. Berths in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, RBC Heritage and Memorial are also traditionally extended.
Aug 17 - 7:31 PM

Martin Piller fired an 8-under-par 32-31=63 in the final round of the News Sentinel Open to win by two strokes at 22-under 262.

Piller's win came in wire-to-wire fashion, and moves him from 134th to 29th on the Web.com Tour money list. He circled seven birdies and an eagle to just one bogey on his lap around Fox Den CC for his third career win on the Web.com Tour. He landed 14 GIR, and the irons were the key to his week. He tied for sixth in GIR. He now has one more event in the regular season to move inside the top 25 on the money list for a 2014-15 PGA TOUR card. If he fails to accomplish that feat, he will have to successfully navigate the four tournaments in the Web.com Tour Finals.
Aug 17 - 6:34 PM




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