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Seung-yul Noh buried nine birdies en route to a 5-under-par 34-31=65 for his opening round of The McGladrey Classic.

Noh started the new season 1-for-2 with a T57 at the Shriners, so he didn't parlay his strong form from the Web.com Tour Finals into a fast start on the 2013-14 PGA TOUR. Perhaps all he needed was a trot around the Seaside Course at Sea Island. He hit 14 greens in regulation and sustained two bogeys and a double to finish two strokes back of the clubhouse co-leaders. Five of his birdies dropped in from outside 11 feet. The most notable conventional conversions measured 43'3" and 32'8" at the 12th and 17th holes, respectively, but he also jarred a bunker shot from 15 yards out at No. 8 for his final birdie of the round. At the time he signed his card, his strokes gained-putting split sat north of 3.685, good for second-best in the field.
Thu, Nov 7, 2013 02:58:00 PM

World No. 78 Ian Poulter paraded through Royal Birkdale during round one of The 146th Open, walking off with a 3-under-par 32-35=67 to his credit, grabbing the early title of clubhouse lead as the afternoon tee times get underway.

The Englishman split nine (of 14) fairways en route to 10 greens in regulation. It was his brilliant short game that glued this round together. That short game helped keep the round stress-free and is the main reason he needed just 25 putts to make his way around Royal Birkdale. Poulter traded four birdies with just one bogey before his day was done. This goes in the books as the Englishman's best opening round in a major, previously posting a 4-under 68 in R1 of the 2010 Masters (T10) and 3-under 68 in R1 of the 2014 PGA Championship (T58). Playing in tougher conditions back in 2008, Poulter opened with a 2-over 72 to sit T15 after day one, grinding his way to a runner-up finish by week's end. Playing in those brutal 2008 conditions may help him tomorrow as the weather forecast looks quite dreadful.
Jul 20 - 8:11 AM

World No. 86 and 2018 Ryder Cup Team Captain Jim Furyk is in Opelika, Alabama, for his debut in the Barbasol Championship.

The 47-year-old is top-ranked in OWGR in the opposite-field event and second-dog on the bookmaker's food chain at a pre-tourney 16/1 outright. He's missing The Open for the first time since 1995, and it would've been his 87th major appearance. Instead, the Pennsylvania native is at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail as he seeks to improve on his FedExCup rankings, currently 147th. He's 8-for-15 on the season with two top 25s, including a T23 at the U.S. Open two starts ago, and has one top 10, a T6 at The RSM Classic back in November. The Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, resident ranks 111th on TOUR in SG: Tee-to-Green, 113th in greens in regulation (65.31 percent), and 81st in scoring average (70.871).
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jul 19 - 4:50 PM

Prior to the start of the event, Brandt Snedeker has withdrawn from The 146th Open, citing a rib issue. James Hahn will replace him in the field in what will be his third Open Championship appearance.

Snedeker alerted his followers via Twitter saying, "I had a rib issue pop up last week and it didn't respond to treatment as I had hoped." He would go on to praise Royal Birkdale, but will head back to the States to rest now. Snedeker suffered a hand injury just ahead of the Masters so his luck has not been the greatest this year when it comes to major prep. There is no timetable for his return, but if he made the trip all the way to England, his health must have been close to competition level.
Jul 19 - 10:34 AM

Henrik Stenson won an epic final-round duel with Phil Mickelson to win last year's Open Championship; he'll bid to win it again at Royal Birkdale this week.

There are some good historical pointers for the Swede. Padraig Harrington was DC when winning the last Open to be held at the Lancashire links in 2008. And in that very same Open, Stenson finished third after rounds of 76-72-70-71. Also runner-up at Muirfield in 2013, the 41-year-old owns four top threes in his last eight Open starts. Stenson last defended a title at this year's BMW International Open and finished T10 although, as with this week, it was a different course to the one he'd won on 12 months previous. Since then, his only start was T26 in last week's Scottish Open where he closed with a 68. He'll begin his title defense at 14:48 local Thursday alongside Jordan Spieth and Si-Woo Kim.
Source: TheOpen.com
Jul 19 - 7:01 AM

Jordan Spieth returns from a three-week layoff as the turns his attention toward Royal Birkdale at this week's Open Championship.

Spieth made a huge splash in his latest start, holing out from the greenside bunker to win the Travelers Championship on the first playoff hole. He's been dormant since, spending some time in Cabo instead of teeing it up at the John Deere Classic like he has a few times in the past. Surely, he feels great about the state of his game as he chose to rest after the big victory at TPC River Highlands. Spieth is 4-for-4 at The Open, including a T4 at the 2015 edition where he fell just one shot shy of the playoff. From a career perspective, the Texas Longhorn product has wins at the Masters and the U.S. Open (both coming in 2015) but still needs wins at The Open and the PGA Championship to knock out the career grand slam. Despite the lack of recent prep work, gamers should still consider Spieth an elite option in all formats this week.
Source: TheOpen.com
Jul 18 - 1:23 PM

Justin Rose came of age when finishing fourth at Royal Birkdale in the 1998 Open Championship; he returns to the Lancashire links this week looking to land a second major.

Amazingly, given all he's achieved in the game, that top four as a 17-year-old amateur remains his best Open finish in 15 starts in the tournament. The 36-year-old went closest to beating that mark when T6 at St. Andrews in 2015 while either side he cracked the top 25 at Hoylake in 2014 and again at Royal Troon last year. Rose, the 2013 U.S. Open winner, went desperately close to adding a second major title when losing out in a play-off to Sergio Garcia at the Masters in April while he warmed up for this week's links test with T4 in the Irish Open two weeks ago. Rose will have Louis Oosthuizen and Justin Thomas for company over the first two rounds, the trio heading out Thursday at 14:59 local.
Source: TheOpen.com
Jul 18 - 9:22 AM

Rory McIlroy fluffed his lines in both his linksland dress rehearsals, can he pull a great performance from nowhere when he enters the greatest stage – The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport?

Great players are great because of their ability to create brilliance from nothing, but none of them ever want to be in that position, and, unfortunately for the Northern Irishman, he is. He appears undecided on a putter, has fretted about his driving, and worried about his wedges; he’s missed the cut at Portstewart and Dundonald Links; he also failed to make the weekend in the U.S. Open; is there anything positive? Well, not really. His record on links as a pro includes seven visits to St Andrews which have reaped six top eight finishes (two Opens, five Dunhill Links Championships). But elsewhere? 12 starts, three top tens (including winning the 2014 Open so let’s not quibble too much), but eight finishes of T25 or worse. He needs to find magic and remind himself that he was T5 last year with the worst of the weather.
Source: TheOpen.com
Jul 18 - 5:36 AM

Second- and third-round leader Patrick Rodgers dropped to a season-best solo 2nd at the John Deere Classic with a final-round 1-under-par 36-34=70 and a four-day total of 17-under 267, finishing one stroke shy of champion Bryson DeChambeau, who nipped him with 65, including an inward 30.

This duo was paired the first two laps and were 1, 2 at the midpoint. Rodgers, who opened 65-64, took a two-shot lead with a R3 68. He was chasing his first TOUR title in his 78th career start, but settles for his second runner-up, joining T2 at the 2015 Wells Fargo 113 weeks ago. On 10 (of 14) fairways and 15 GIR, the 25-year-old went out in 1-over, outpacing birdie-4 at No. 2 with bogeys at 3 (3-putt from 45'1") and 5, now T3 at the turn, one adrift. He got back on track with circles at 10, 12, 13 (from 28'4") and 15 (21'2"), but retreated one at 14 and trouble off the tee at 17 led to bogey-6, having to chip his third from the green due to the angle, and missing the par-saver from 8'2". Needing birdie at the last to force extra time, he missed the fairway and the green, and the birdie pitch. This is his second top 25 at the JDC in six tries, first top 10, and his sixth top 25 of the season in 23 starts, third top 10, eclipsing T4 at the Farmers.
Jul 16 - 7:00 PM

Beginning the final round four shots back, World No. 144 Bryson DeChambeau, a pre-tourney 40/1 outright, fired a 6-under-par 35-30=65 to win the John Deere Classic by one shot over 54-hole leader Patrick Rodgers, claiming his first TOUR title in his 40th career start (35 pro), and securing the final spot in this coming week's Open Championship.

The first-time member though not a rookie's winning total was 18-under 266, posting rounds of 66-65-70-65. Playing out of the fourth-to-last twosome, he went out in even-par, exchanging bogey-5 at four (3-putt from 26'2") with birdie-3 at eight from 11'3". The SMU product stormed home in blemish-free 6-under, circling three sets of back-to-backs at Nos. 10, 11, 13, 14, 17 and 18, three from between 10 and 16 feet, including the would-be winner at the last from 14'1". He found nine (of 14) fairways and pelted 17 greens in regulation, gaining 3.070 strokes approaching-the-green and 4.104 tee-to-green. The 23-year-old, who missed the cut as an amateur here in 2015, recorded 1.706 putts per GIR and 0.307 SG: Putting, needing 30 total putts. This was his fourth top 25 of the season in 25 starts, third straight, and second top 10, eclipsing a then-career-best T2 at the opposite-field Puerto Rico Open (as 36-hole co-leader) 16 weeks and 13 starts ago.
Jul 16 - 6:27 PM

Making his tournament debut, PGA TOUR rookie and World No. 440 Rick Lamb twirled a 5-under-par 33-33=66 in the final round of the John Deere Classic to finish up on 16-under 268, up five places to T3 with play winding down. UPDATE: With play completed, Lamb finished T3, two shy of champion Bryson DeChambeau, who shot 65.

Some movement on the leaderboard is still possible but the South Bend, Indiana, native records his first top 10 in his 15th career start, all this season. His previous best and lone top 25 was T17 at the Travelers two starts ago on a sponsor invite. After opening in 69-70 and career- and week-tying-low 63, the Tennessee alum began T11 on 8-under, five back of 54-hole leader Patrick Rodgers. He found nine (of 14) fairways and mustered 11 greens in regulation, gaining 0.743 strokes off-the-tee, currently No. 1 in SG: OTT with a cumulative 5.641. The 26-year-old squared a lone bogey-5 at nine (failed sand save), camouflaged by four birdies at Nos. 8, 14, 16 (from 16'10") and 17, adding eagle-3 at 2 from 18'3". He posted a tidy 1.545 putts per GIR and 3.276 SG: Putting, taking 26 total putts.
Jul 16 - 5:45 PM

Past champ and World No. 596 Jonathan Byrd styled a 4-under-par 33-34=67 in the final round of the John Deere Clasic to conclude on 15-under 269, up three spots to T5 with play still in progress. UPDATE: With play completed, Byrd finished T5, three shy of champion Bryson DeChambeau.

This was the 39-year-old's 13th Deere, fifth top 25 and third top 10, first since his win in 2007. That win was his third (of five) TOUR titles, last winning at the 2011 Hyundai TOC 120 starts ago. It was the Clemson alum's sixth start of the season, second top 25 (T21, RSM Classic) and first top 10, and first top 10 since T3 at the 2014 Barracuda Championship 35 months ago. After kicking off in 70-65-67, the South Carolina native began T8 on 11-under, five back. He hit 11 (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, gaining 1.341 strokes approaching-the-green. Byrd squared a lone bogey-5 at five, offset with five birdies at Nos. 4, 6, 8, 12 and 17, two from between 12 and 14 feet, adding a 32-footer at the 12th. He registered 1.733 putts per GIR and 0.998 SG: Putting, needing 30 total putts.
Jul 16 - 5:21 PM




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