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With a perfect roll for a birdie at the 72nd hole of the Emirates Australian Open, Rory McIlroy clipped Adam Scott by one stroke.

Scott wasn't just gunning for the outright wire-to-wire title at Royal Sydney Golf Club, he was chasing history after winning the first two legs of the PGA Tour of Australasia's Triple Crown. Instead, lackluster putting and a closing 1-under-par 35-36=71 swung the door open for the Ulsterman who has been in dire need of some success before turning the page on 2013. Playing in the final pairing with the Aussie, McIlroy blazed home in a bogey-free, 6-under 32-34=66 with an eagle and four birdies. It was good for the field co-low in the finale. He posted 18-under 270. Scott's approach to the final green sailed long before McIlroy tucked his to about 15 feet. Scott's chip on ran to the front of the green from where he'd settle for a lag two-putt for bogey. It forced McIlroy to sink the dagger for his first victory since the DP World Tour Championship just over 12 months ago. He is now officially exempt into the 2014 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.
Sun, Dec 1, 2013 12:40:00 AM

World No. 14 Rickie Fowler painted a bogey-free 5-under-par 32-33=65 on Moving Day at The Honda Classic to post 13-under 197, good for four-shot lead over Tyrrell Hatton and six clear of five players who share third.

After opening in twin 66s, the 28-year-old began round 3 in solo 3rd, one back of 36-hole co-leaders Ryan Palmer and Wesley Bryan. Playing out of the penultimate twosome, he striped 10 (of 14) fairways and hit 11 greens in regulation, gaining 1.846 strokes off-the-tee and 2.977 SG: Tee-to-Green. The Jupiter, Florida, resident's five birdies came at Nos. 3, 7, 9, 16 and 18, posting 1.727 putts per GIR and 1.637 SG: Putting. Two of his conversions dropped from between 10 and 12 feet, adding a splash from 32'6" for birdie-2 at 7. Fowler is chasing his fourth TOUR title in 179 career events (174 pro), first since the 2015 Deutsche Bank. All three of his previous wins have been in come-from-behind fashion. He's 0-for-3 in his career as 54-hole leader, including two missteps last season (Wells Fargo, The Barclays).
Feb 25 - 5:58 PM

After making the cut on the number, sponsor invite and World No. 382 Brandon Hagy hung up a bogey-free 6-under-par 33-31=64 in today's third round of The Honda Classic to post 6-under 204, up 50 places on the live leaderboard to T5 and tying the low lap of the week with first-round co-leaders Cody Gribble and Wesley Bryan.

This is a new career low for the 25-year-old in his 19th career start, ninth as a member. His previous best was 66 two times, most recently at the 2015 AT&T Pebble Beach/R2. After kicking off his tourney debut in 67-73, the UC-Berkeley alum was the last player to make the cut, despite bogeying two of his final four holes in R2. He landed eight (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation, posting 1.615 putts per GIR, 3.756 SG: Putting and 26 putts total. The Web.com Tour grad circled six birdies, three from between seven and nine feet with a long of 20'2" at the par-4 12th.
Feb 25 - 12:46 PM

The Joburg Open at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club in South Africa has been reduced to 54 holes after another burst of bad weather Saturday; Darren Fichardt and Paul Waring will start the third and final round tied for the lead at 11-under 132.

After two days of disruptions, the second round was played to a finish Saturday morning with Waring completing a 68 to join Fichardt for the halfway lead. Li Haotong, Garrick Porteous, Andre De Decker, Magnus A. Carlsson and Garth Mulroy all made early progress in round three to hit 7-under but, after an initial suspension, rain, thunder and lightning meant play was called off early for the day with all those at 8-under or better yet to hit a shot in round three. Tournament director David Williams said: "The forecast for tomorrow is pretty good. I think we'll just have to wait and see how much damage is done today. We'll just keep our fingers crossed that we have a reasonably good evening, that we can restart tomorrow and get finished over three rounds." The third round will resume at 07:00 Sunday morning.
Feb 25 - 11:37 AM

Last year's joint runner-up Zander Lombard birdied the final four holes at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club's West Course to complete a 5-under-par 35-31=66 in round two of the Joburg Open but missed the cut by a shot after finishing at 3-under 140.

The damage was done in an opening 74 or, more specifically, in a three-hole car crash of triple bogey, par, double bogey from Nos. 3-5 on the East. From that point he played his next 31 holes in 8-under, a score which was actually good enough for T11 on the halfway leaderboard. In other words, Lombard's MC here needs an asterisk. Look out for him at next week's Tshwane Open where he was T7 last year after starting the final round in second spot. Other notables to miss the cut in Joburg this week included: 140- Oliver Fisher, Gary Stal ... 141- Alvaro Quiros, Justin Walters ... 142- Keith Horne, Eddie Pepperell, Rikard Karlberg, Jamie Donaldson ... 143- Trevor Immelman, YE Yang ... 145- David Howell ... 147- Jeev Milkha Singh ... 148- Darren Clarke.
Feb 25 - 4:23 AM

Paul Waring returned to Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club's West Course Saturday to complete a 4-under-par 33-34=67 in his delayed second round at the Joburg Open and finished joint halfway leader with local man Darren Fichardt. UPDATE: Further bad weather means the tournament has been reduced to 54 holes. Waring will start R3 Sunday morning.

Fichardt had set the target off 11-under 132 yesterday and Waring looked set to improve on that after sitting at 12-under through 12 when bad light caused Friday's suspension. But the Englishman signed for five pars and a walk-off bogey to fall back into a share. Waring and Fichardt lead by a shot from home South African duo Dean Burmester and Jacques Kruyswijk. It's a further stroke back to Pep Angles, first-round leader Paul Peterson, Stuart Manley, Aaron Rai, defending champion Haydn Porteous and Anton Karlsson. The field now plays both weekend rounds on the tougher East Course where Waring carded a 7-under 65 in round one. Having had an early alarm call to resume round two at 07.00 local time this morning, he'll be able to rest up before heading back out for the third round at 15:15.
Feb 25 - 3:52 AM

World No. 8 Justin Thomas, a pre-tourney 16/1 outright, conjured up an even-par 36-34=70 in the second round of The Honda Classic and at 1-over 71-70=141, missed the cut by one shot.

A total of 70 players from a field of 144 made the cut of even-par 140. Thomas, winner in three of his first five starts this season, has now missed the cut in two of his last three, interrupted only by T39 at last week's Genesis Open. He opened with a four-birdie five-bogey showing, lowlighted by four straight squares on holes 13-16, and cancelled two birdies in R2 with double bogey-6 at the second. The 23-year-old ranked 115th in driving accuracy (14/28) and 109th in SG: Approach-the-Green (-1.723). Other notable departures include: 141- 2008 champ Ernie Els; Danny Willett; 2011 champ Rory Sabbatini; William McGirt .. 142- Thomas Pieters .. 143- Jason Bohn; Daniel Berger .. 144- Hudson Swafford .. 145- Russell Knox; two-time champ Padraig Harrington .. 146- Keegan Bradley; Jeff Overton .. 148- Patrick Rodgers .. 149- Brooks Koepka; 2013 champ Michael Thompson .. 150- 2010 champ Camilo Villegas.
Feb 24 - 6:55 PM

Wesley Bryan won the battle with PGA National's Champion Course, walking away with a 3-under-par 33-34=67 during the second round of The Honda Classic, giving him a share of the 36-hole clubhouse lead alongside Ryan Palmer. UPDATE: This is his second career 36-hole lead/co-lead, joining the 2016 John Deere Classic, where he finished T8 (66-64-70-70).

The overnight co-leader showed no sign of sleeping on the lead, leading off round two with three straight birdies. He swallowed a bogey at the par-4 fourth and could have let the round get away from him at the par-4 eighth, but in true trick-shot fashion he pulled off a miracle recovery shot from the pine straw, in between the trees, to salvage par. Bryan would find tree trouble again at the 13th, but showed some smarts by just putting out and taking his medicine (bogey) instead of racking up a big number. This goes in the books as Bryan's second career lead/co-lead on the PGA TOUR. The first co-lead came at the 2016 John Deere Classic where he'd go on to finish T8 by week's end.
Feb 24 - 6:29 PM

World No. 7 and defending champ Adam Scott bobbed and weaved to a 1-under-par 33-36=69 in today's second round of The Honda Classic to post 3-under 137, currently up seven spots to T17 and six back of 36-hole co-leaders Ryan Palmer and Wesley Bryan.

The top-ranked player -- and pre-tourney fave outright -- was 5-under and T1 at the midpoint last year (70-65). He began his defense with a five-birdie three-bogey 68 on four (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation. The 36-year-old improved to seven fairways and 13 GIR, but dipped to 1.692 putts per GIR and -0.844 SG: Putting, taking 30 putts to get around. He was bogey-free 3-under thru 13 holes, but didn't record a par in his last five holes, carding bogey-birdie-double-bogey-birdie to finish. The Aussie's split on five birdies included three conversions from between 10 and 20 feet, highlighted by a walk-off 4 at the 18th from 10'9".
Feb 24 - 6:12 PM

Brendan Steele fought back from an early-week quintuple bogey to claw his way back above the cut line, firing a 5-under-par 33-32=65 in round two, reaching 2-under 138 after two days of play at The Honda Classic.

Steele opened on the back nine in round one and found himself at 6-over after passing through the Bear Trap. He circled a quintuple 9 at the par-4 14th after finding water three times. He rinsed another ball at the following hole to record a double bogey at the tricky par-3 15th. Since that rough patch, Steele circled 10 birdies and an eagle to offset a four-pack of bogeys. The 33-year-old showed tremendous resilience and is now safely through the cut line with a clean slate heading into the weekend. On the down side, Steele has signed just one red number in 12 weekend rounds at PGA National.
Feb 24 - 1:04 PM

Paul Waring held a one-shot lead after reaching 12-under through 12 holes of his second round when play was suspended due to bad light on day two of the Joburg Open at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club.

Thursday's early finish due to waterlogging and a delayed start today means this week's European Tour event continues to play catch up and irregular scoring updates on the ET's official website are only adding to gamers' frustration. Waring had posted a 65 on the tougher East course yesterday morning and continued oh the birdie trail with five more today on the West. His set included an opening pair and three straight from Nos. 9-11. A par at 12 left him at 12-under when play was called, a shot clear of clubhouse leader Darren Fichardt and Dean Burmester, who has three holes to finish off. Another South African, Jacques Kruyswijk, was a further stroke back on 10-under. The second round will resume at 7.00am Saturday.
Feb 24 - 1:03 PM

Beginning on No. 10 tee, World No. 88 Ryan Palmer styled a 5-under-par 31-34=65 in the second round of The Honda Classic, tying the low round of the day thus far with Brendan Steele and posting the early 36-hole clubhouse lead at 9-under 131. UPDATE: With play completed, Palmer co-leads with PGA TOUR rookie Wesley Bryan, his fifth career 36-hole lead/co-lead (2-for-4), first since the 2014 Dell Technologies Championship (formerly Deutsche Bank), where he finished T16 (63-71-71-71).

With preferred lies in effect for a second straight lap, the 40-year-old began with bogey-5 at 10 (failed scramble) but rebounded for a three-birdie train on holes 13-15, kicking off the run with a 43-footer at the par-4 13th. He squared one more at the par-3 17th, three-putting from 43'5", but then played his final 10 holes in 4-under, circling Nos. 1, 3, 5 and 8, each from seven feet and in. The Texan found eight (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, currently pacing the field in SG: Tee-to-Green at 9.051. He's doing the majority of his work in that category, signing his card at 62nd in SG: Putting (0.591).
Feb 24 - 1:00 PM




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