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Joost Luiten has been removed from the published field of this week's World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions.

The information out of China has filtered out in trickles, but he's also been replaced in the tee times that were released on Tuesday. This was complemented by the previously unconfirmed rumblings that the scheduled six, not the originally published five, Chinese golfers were, indeed, set to compete. (Ming-jie Huang of China has filled Luiten's vacancy.) In addition, in the morning hours (U.S. time), the Dutchman wrote the following on Twitter: "Shoulder is getting better every day! I hope I will make turkey! Thanks for al [sic] the nice support messages!" He's referring to next week's Turkish Airlines Open and not dinner, although we can't rule it out.
Wed, Oct 30, 2013 02:15:00 AM

George Coetzee tops the betting for this week's Tshwane Open in South Africa and it's not hard to see why; he won the event two years ago and has been a member at Pretoria CC since the age of 10.

The South African put all that acquired knowledge to the best possible use in 2015 when shooting 67-66-69-65 to finish at 14-under and score a one-shot win over compatriot Jacques Blaauw. Defending last year, he managed T14. Coetzee loves a home game and has scored two of his three European Tour wins in South Africa. The other came in Mauritius, a short flight from the SA coastline. He seeks another 'W' on the back of a fast-finishing T7 in last week's weather-hit Joburg Open where he carded a 65 in the third and final round to leave us wondering what he might have achieved if it had gone all four. Coetzee was also T7 in the Dubai Desert Classic so that strong combination of current and course form makes him the obvious favorite with the bookies.
Feb 28 - 5:59 AM

Roberto Diaz will tee it up in his home country as he prepares for this week's World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship at Club de Golf Chapultepec.

World No. 472 cracked the field through the Official World Golf Ranking, securing the spot reserved for the highest-ranked golfer from Mexico. The next in line was Rodolfo Cazaubon at No. 510. Diaz currently calls the Web.com home, sitting in 5th on the money list early on in the season. The highlight is a playoff loss at the Colombia Championship, but he's also picked up another pair of top 20s. While his current status is on the WCT, his experience at this week's venue came on the PGA TOUR Latinoamerica, finishing T36 in 2014 when Chapultepec GC hosted the Mexico Open. Diaz has home cooking on his side and arrives in good form, making him a very appealing (but still risky) DFS sleeper.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Feb 27 - 6:55 PM

Sponsor invite and World No. 18 Tyrrell Hatton carved out a 2-over-par 38-34=72 in today's final round of The Honda Classic to wrap his tourney debut on 7-under 273, down two places into a six-way T4, five adrift of playing competitor and champion Rickie Fowler.

This was the 25-year-old's 12th career PGA TOUR event (11 pro) and third top 10, nipping a previous-best T5 at the 2016 Open Championship, where he was T13 thru 54 holes. After opening in 68-67-66, he began in solo 2nd on 9-under, four back of Fowler. The Englishman wobbled at the beginning, squaring three bogeys in his first seven holes and turning birdie-less 3-over. He finally got on the board with birdie-3 at 10, from 22'11" away in the left intermediate, before exchanging bogey-5 at 13 with a final birdie at the par-4 14th from 15'1". Hatton, a one-time winner on the European Tour in 91 career events, had a chance for one better, but missed birdie at 17 from 38 inches. Besides the new career mark on the U.S.-based circuit, he racked up his eighth straight top 25 worldwide, dating back to his win at the Dunhill Links in October.
Feb 26 - 7:28 PM

World No. 41 Gary Woodland handed in a 1-under-par 34-35=69 after the final round of The Honda Classic for a four-day tally of 8-under 272, up one spot to joint second, four shy of 54-hole leader and would-be-champ Rickie Fowler, and his eighth career runner-up in 182 events, second this season.

This was the 32-year-old's fifth Honda, second top 25 and second top 10 (T6/2011). After beginning 71-66-66, he kicked off in a five-way T3 on 7-under, six back of Fowler. Playing out of the third-to-last twosome, the Kansas alum striped 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation, gaining 2.439 strokes tee-to-green but just 0.006 approaching-the-green. He played his first half in 1-under, outpacing bogey-5 at nine (failed scramble) with birdies at Nos. 1 and 3, trimming Fowler's lead to two. Woodland circled the 11th from 16'3" and climbed within one after birdie-3 at 13, but stalled out from there, finishing with a 3-putt bogey at 17 (from 21'6") and a walk-off 6 at the par-5 18th after putting his second into the drink. For the week, he carded one eagle and 16 birdies against six bogeys and two doubles. It's his fifth top 25 this season in eight starts, fourth top 10, and second runner-up, joining solo 2nd at the OHL Classic in Nov., where he was the 54-hole leader
Feb 26 - 7:02 PM

World No. 394 Morgan Hoffmann styled a 2-under-par 35-33=68 in today's final round of The Honda Classic for a 72-hole tally of 8-under 272, up six places to a career-best T2, four back of champion and fellow Oklahoma State product Rickie Fowler.

This was the Jupiter, Florida, resident's 120th career start (119 pro) and supplants a pair of third-place finishes (T3, 2016 John Deere Classic; 3rd, 2014 BMW Championship). It's his fifth cash in 11 starts on the season, first inside the top 50 (T50, Sanderson Farms), and his first finish in the top 60 at PGA National after a T61 last year (75-65-72-75). After opening in 68-67-69, the 27-year-old began in a 12-way logjam on 6-under (T8), seven shy of 54-hole leader Fowler. He found seven (of 14) fairways and 10 greens in regulation, erasing a lone bogey-5 at six (failed scramble) with two conventional birdies at 11 and 12, from 24'5" and 35'6", respectively, adding a 42-yard hole out for birdie-3 at eight. For the week, the New Jersey native carded 18 birdies versus five bogeys, one double and one triple, and was the ONLY player to put all four in the 60s.
Feb 26 - 6:38 PM

Overnight leader and World No. 14 Rickie Fowler submitted a 1-over-par 37-34=71 after the final round of The Honda Classic to finish off his eighth appearance on 12-under 268, good for a 4-shot win over runners-up Morgan Hoffmann and Gary Woodland and his fourth PGA TOUR title in 179 career events (174 pro), first since the 2015 Deutsche Bank Championship 77 weeks (and 29 starts) ago.

After kicking off in 66-66-65, the Jupiter, Florida, resident began with a 4-shot lead over playing competitor Tyrrell Hatton, five clear of five players, including Woodland. He conjured seven (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, losing 2.086 strokes tee-to-green but gaining 2.929 with the flat stick. The 28-year-old went out in 2-over, outbalancing birdies at Nos. 3 and 8 (from 30 feet), with bogeys at 4 and 9, and double bogey-6 at six (tee ball in the water), trimming his margin to two. He got back in the red with circles at 12 (38'5"), 13 (23'2") and 16, before ending with a pair of bogeys. This is the Oklahoma State product's fifth top 25 and third top 10 at PGA National, eclipsing a previous-best T6 last year where he led by one at the midpoint. He improves to 1-for-5 as 54-hole leader/co-leader and bags his third top 10 of the season in four starts, joining a T6 at the WGC-HSBC and T4 in his last start three weeks ago at the Phoenix Open.
Feb 26 - 6:14 PM

First- and second-round co-leader and PGA TOUR rookie Wesley Bryan patched together an even-par 34-36=70 in today's final round of The Honda Classic to wrap his tourney debut on 7-under 273 (64-67-72-70), down one spot to T4 with play winding down.

The 26-year-old was making his 14th career start, 10th as a member, and arrived off a career-best T4 at last week's weather-plagued Genesis Open. He's right on that after erasing three birdies with one bogey and a double bogey-6 at 16, rinsing his second to the par 4. The World No. 96 mustered just six (of 14) fairways and nine greens in regulation, losing 1.040 strokes approaching-the-green, but gaining 1.418 with the flat stick. For the week, he tallied 17 birdies against six bogeys and two doubles en route to his second top 25 and second top 10 in his maiden campaign -- and a possible second straight top-5 finish.
Feb 26 - 5:43 PM

World No. 68 Jhonattan Vegas aced the 179-yard par-3 15th (video link below) en route to a season-low 6-under-par 32-32=64 in the final round of The Honda Classic to finish off his fifth appearance on 7-under 273, up 46 places on the live leaderboard to T4, and tying the low round of the week with three others. UPDATE: With play completed, Vegas finished in a season-best six-way T4, five shy of champion Rickie Fowler.

This was the 32-year-old's 18th lap at PGA Nat'l and eclipses a previous-best 66 (x2). He carded those in rounds 2 and 3 in 2014, sandwiched between 70 and 74 for T12, a lone top 25 before today. After making the cut on the number (67-73), the Venezuelan tacked on 69 to begin T50, 12 back of 54-hole leader Rickie Fowler and five off the overnight top 10. He striped 13 (of 14) fairways and pelted 15 greens in regulation, gaining 2.143 strokes off-the-tee, currently pacing the field in the latter with a cumulative 5.881. The Texas resident sandwiched a lone bogey-5 at 14 with birdie at 13 and the ace, adding four more circles. Vegas' 64 is a season best (in nine starts), nipping 65 (x2), and cashes for an eighth straight time. This is his third top-15 finish and second top 10, joining T10 at the OHL Classic.
Feb 26 - 2:51 PM

According to Golf Channel's Ryan Lavner, newly demoted World No. 2 Jason Day is out of next week's World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship with a double ear infection and flu.

This is bad news for the tournament's debut (formerly WGC-Cadillac) but timely news for gamers. The 29-year-old lost his No. 1-ranking with T64 at last week's weather-plagued Genesis Open, yielding to tournament winner Dustin Johnson. He was scheduled to make his seventh appearance in the second WGC event of the season, but had never finished inside the top 20 at Trump National Doral; and he's never played the first WGC event of the season (HSBC Champions). Expect to see the Aussie back Mar. 16th for the Arnold Palmer Invitational or Mar. 22nd at the WGC-Dell Match Play, where he's the defending champ in both.
Feb 26 - 10:26 AM

Stuart Manley will peg it up for the first time in an Open Championship later this year after booking his place at Royal Birkdale courtesy of T2 in the Joburg Open in South Africa after closing with a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in Sunday's third and final round.

The Welshman's 54-hole tally of 14-under 201 at the weather-disrupted event at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club was just a single swing behind winner Darren Fichardt. Manley jumped seven spots up the leaderboard today after carding seven birdies and a costly double bogey on his afternoon lap of a soggy East Course. After a birdie at 1, the West Florida University product ticked three straight at 5, 6 and 7 before adding another at 10. A first European Tour win beckoned at that point but he needed six swishes at the par-4 11th and and could only par the next five holes. However, birdies at 17 and 18 elevated him to T2 and secured one of the three spots on offer for this summer's Open Championship.
Feb 26 - 10:02 AM

England's Paul Waring eagled the opening hole on the way to a 3-under-par 34-35=69 in his third and final round at the Joburg Open, eventually finishing T2 on 14-under 201 and punching his ticket for July's Open Championship.

Securing a place at an Open close to his Merseyside home was a welcome consolation after the agony of seeing a birdie putt at 18 to force a play-off with Darren Fichardt catch the lip and spin out. It looked as if Waring would win it all today when starting the closing round of the rain-reduced 54 hole tournament with an eagle-3 at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club's East Course to move into the lead on his own. He added birdies at 5, 7 and 9 but his progress was checked with squares at 3 and 8. His title bid faltered on the back nine with five pars and a bogey at 12 in his opening six holes although a birdie-2 at 16 revived the 32-year-old's hopes until the frustration of 18 when his 8-foot birdie putt wouldn't drop. Waring finished T19 at Royal Birkdale on his last appearance at the Open Championship in 2008 so bank that info as he could be an interesting sleeper pick this summer on a course he knows well.
Feb 26 - 9:51 AM




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