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Daisuke Maruyama cruised to a three-stroke victory at the weather-shortened Bridgestone Open on the Japan Golf Tour.

The loyal readers among you know that events on the JGTO don't resonate for fantasy gamers unless there's a special exemption involved. Indeed, with his victory in this tournament, the former PGA TOUR member receives an exemption into the 2014 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. He completed 54 holes at Sodegaura Country Club (in Chiba) in 10-under-par 68-67-68=203. I.J. Jang took solo second.
Sun, Oct 27, 2013 06:12:00 AM

Thomas Björn withdrew during his opening round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, citing personal issues, according to Mark Cannizzaro on Twitter.

Björn splashed his tee ball at the par-3 ninth before calling it quits. He was birdie-free 3-over with three bogeys through eight holes. This is his third mid-tournament WD in 112 career PGA TOUR starts. The first two occurred during the 2005 season.
Mar 5 - 2:15 PM

Mark Hubbard assumed outright possession of the clubhouse lead at the Puerto Rico Open with a 4-under-par 35-33=68 in his opening round.

As a fan of golf, you have to be pleased by this effort. It was one week ago today that the rookie was disqualified from The Honda Classic after opening with a 4-over 74 because he failed to register. (For a detailed rundown of the events of that day, click on the link to Alex Miceli's report at below.) It was only two weeks before that when Hubbard made news by proposing to his girlfriend alongside the 18th green at Pebble Beach. The newly betrothed 25-year-old made more news inside the ropes today at Trump International Golf Club-Puerto Rico by exchanging six birdies with two bogeys. Four of the par breakers disappeared on his last six holes.
Mar 5 - 12:43 PM

David Toms withdrew during his opening round of the Puerto Rico Open, citing a back injury

Toms started on the back side of Trump International Golf Club-Puerto Rico and submitted a 2-over-par 38 with two bogeys before calling it quits. He tied for fourth here last year, so expectations were elevated for a notable effort against this field this week. It's the 15th time in 579 PGA TOUR starts that the 47-year-old has withdrawn mid-tournament. He arrived on the island slotted 108th in the FedExCup standings.
Mar 5 - 10:07 AM

Matt Ford fired five birdies and kept a bogey off his card to share the first-round lead at the Africa Open with Kevin Phelan.

Playing in the afternoon wave, Ford compiled a 5-under-par 32-35=67 on his opening circuit of East London GC to match Phelan's morning target. The pair are a shot clear of a five-man bunch which includes last week's runner-up David Howell. The Englishman began with a run of five pars but then got hot with birdies at 15, 16 and 18. Further birdies at 6 and 7 moved him into joint first spot and he stayed there with a pair of closing pars. The key? Scrambling. He was 7-for-7 after hitting just 11 greens. Ford is 3-for-3 in South Africa this season so clearly enjoys this part of the European Tour schedule. He's making his debut in this event.
Mar 5 - 9:57 AM

Fresh off a T2 in the Joburg Open, Kevin Phelan is the early clubhouse leader at the Africa Open after a 5-under-par 34-33=67 on Thursday.

Phelan closed with a 66 to finish joint runner-up last week and continued his strong play at East London GC on day one. The Irishman started slowly with a bogey at 11 and four other pars before nailing back-to-back birdies at 15 and 16. He made another at the par-5 opening hole and reeled off three more at 5, 6 and 7 to jump to the top of the morning leaderboard. Phelan hit 16 greens in regulation. He missed the cut on his debut in this event last year although didn't do much wrong, shooting 69-70.
Mar 5 - 5:35 AM

It's not often that the World No. 297 is the subject of extra scrutiny but Steve Webster finds himself in that position this week.

In a statistical quirk that may never be matched, the last two winners on the PGA TOUR had both been ranked 297th ahead of their victories. James Hahn held that position before landing the Northern Trust Open in California and Padraig Harrington made it an unlikely double for the 297 club by lifting the trophy in last week's Honda Classic. Webster holds that ranking after the latest update and isn't without a chance of making 297 the magic number for the third week running when he takes on a weak field in the Africa Open at East London. The Englishman was T12 in Qatar in January and showed up strongly in last week's Joburg Open when T2 with a round to go before finishing T18.
Mar 3 - 7:13 PM

Derek Tolan turned in a 5-under-par 32-35=67 at Dorado Beach Golf Club's Sugarcane Course in Dorado, Puerto Rico, in today's open qualifier for the Puerto Rico Open to secure a berth into the tournament proper.

Tolan reeled off four consecutive birdies beginning at the par-4 second hole. He traded an eagle and a birdie with two bogeys coming home to place T3 with Tyler Dunlap (32-35=67; 7 birdies, 2 bogeys). Tolan is 2-for-4 in PGA TOUR starts. The better of his two paydays (T32) occurred in Puerto Rico in 2012. Dunlap played collegiately at Texas A&M; he'll be making his PGA TOUR debut this week. Alex Kang and Anthony Paolucci co-medaled at the four-spotter. Kang posted 6-under 32-34=66 with an eagle, five birdies and one bogey. Paolucci got around in 6-under 33-33=66 with seven birdies and a bogey. Kang, who will be making his first PGA TOUR start, finished 41st in earnings on the PGA TOUR Canada in 2013; he slipped to 104th last year. Paolucci is no stranger to avid fans. The former junior standout and USC Trojan turned pro in 2014. He tied for 29th at the 2011 Farmers Insurance Open. The field at Trump International GC-Puerto Rico is now complete at 132.
Mar 2 - 3:18 PM

As suspected, James Hahn has decided not to compete in this week's World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, according to's Will Gray on Twitter.

Gray alerted his followers by writing, "Tour officials confirmed that while @JamesHahnPGA got into Doral via top 10 in FedEx Cup standings, he is opting not to play." Hahn's wife is due with their first child next week. They live in the Bay Area, so it's hardly convenient to make a trip to Miami and take it one day at a time.
Mar 2 - 2:16 PM

Charley Hoffman was among four golfers to gain entry into this week's World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship via the updated FedExCup standings.

The top 10 at the conclusion of The Honda Classic gained entry. Hoffman ranks sixth. He hasn't qualified for the WGC-Cadillac since 2011; he placed T24. Robert Streb (second in FedExCup points) will be making his debut at Trump National Doral, as will James Hahn (10th); that is, unless Hahn opts to stay close to home what with his first child due next week. Sang-moon Bae (fourth) will be making his second appearance after a solo 71st in 2012.
Mar 2 - 12:50 PM

With a par on the second playoff hole, Padraig Harrington clinched victory at The Honda Classic.

This was a gutty effort. Harrington squared one bogey and two doubles en route to an even-par, 38-32=70 in the final round. He also buried five birdies, including four in a row beginning at the par-4 11th hole. But his most important conversion was a birdie from 15'9" at the par-5 18th to recover from a 5 at the par-3 17th. He posted 6-under 274 to join Daniel Berger atop the leaderboard. After the duo traded pars at the par-5 18th to open sudden death, the Irishman stuffed his tee ball at the par-3 17th. Berger sprayed his into the water, and then failed to find the cup from the drop zone. Harrington played it safe and tapped his birdie try to with-in kick-in range. This is his sixth PGA TOUR title but first since the 2008 PGA Championship. It exempts him into the Masters, THE PLAYERS and the WGC-Bridgestone Invite. Oddly enough, this is the second straight week that the golfer slotted 297th in OWGR has won on TOUR. James Hahn took last week's Northern Trust, also in a playoff.
Mar 2 - 12:14 PM

Paul Casey settled for a 2-under-par 31-37=68 in his final round of The Honda Classic to post up at 5-under 275, one stroke off Daniel Berger's 72-hole clubhouse lead.

You had a feeling that when darkness suspended play on Sunday night, Casey would lose his touch on the greens. He opened the finale with a birdie from 12'2" at the par-4 first and added a par save from 13'1" at 3, another birdie from 12-and-a-half feet at 4 and yet another impressive conversion for par at 6, this time from 17'9". But the Brit played his inward nine in birdie-free 2-over with two bogeys. His only realistic shot dropping a putt missed for par from 6'7" at the par-4 11th. If there's a measure of solace, it's that he's connected strong weeks after a slow start to 2015. The burst has moved him to 45th in the latest edition of the Official World Golf Ranking from which the top 50 are exempt into this week's World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship. The Englishman was the only new entry in the top 50. He hasn't qualified for the invitation-only field since 2012.
Mar 2 - 10:32 AM

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