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Phil Mickelson is not listed in the published field of next week's Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

It would have been news if he committed since the left-hander hasn't made the trip to Kapalua since 2001. After pocketing his first title in The Open Championship in 2013, all arrows are pointing toward the U.S. Open at Pinehurst in June where he'll be gunning for the career grand slam. Meanwhile, he's chosen to kick off 2014 in Abu Dhabi on Jan. 16-19. The European Tour stop, where Mickelson tied for 37th in his only previous appearance in 2011, is played concurrently against the Humana Challenge, site of his first start in each year since. Lefty has spoken quite a bit about curtailing his scheduling next year, but gamers shouldn't allow the rhetoric to influence his fantasy value. In fact, any reduction in playing time may result in an increase in positive performance, à la Steve Stricker.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Fri, Dec 27, 2013 07:18:00 PM

Kevin Kisner spun a bogey-free 7-under-par 32-32=64 in the final round of the RBC Heritage to post 18-under 266, and then lost on the second playoff hole to Jim Furyk.

The 31-year-old came oh-so-close to becoming the first South Carolinian to win the tournament in its 47-year history. Kisner came to the 18th hole needing birdie to force a playoff and he delivered, calmly sinking a 6'8" putt to go to extra time. He buried a mid-range birdie on the same green on the first hole of the playoff, but his try for birdie on the par-3 17th never threatened, thus opening the door for Furyk to take the title. Kisner entered the final round three shots off the overnight lead. To show he meant business, he eagled the par-5 second, holing out from eight yards right of the hole. He added another chip-in for birdie on the par-5 fifth and followed with his first actual birdie putt of the round on the par-4 sixth. Kisner stagnated in the middle of the round with pars on Nos. 7-13, but circled back-to-back birdies on Nos. 14 and 15 to set the stage for his clutch birdie on the last. His consolation is a career-best finish on the PGA TOUR.
Apr 19 - 3:25 PM

With a birdie on the second playoff hole, Jim Furyk emerged with victory at the RBC Heritage.

This was Furyk's day, and it was a long time coming. He closed out the tournament with nine birdies en route to an-under-par 30-33=63 to post 18-under 266. Kevin Kisner would later match to force the playoff. After the duo traded birdies at the par-4 18th hole to open the playoff, Kisner missed his birdie try from about 20 feet at the par-3 17th. Furyk then converted from about 12 feet for birdie and the title. It's his second victory at Harbour Town (2010) and 17th on the PGA TOUR but first since the TOUR Championship later that season. He started the finale placed T5 and four shots back of the overnight lead. On the day, he striped 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 16 greens in regulation, requiring 26 putts. Furyk dropped only one shot with a three-putt bogey. Furyk's set included four birdies from outside 13 feet, culminating with a bomb from 48'2" at the par-4 eighth as he closed out his outward nine with four consecutive birdies.
Apr 19 - 2:09 PM

With inclement weather expected this afternoon in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, the final round of the RBC Heritage began at 7:30 a.m. ET

Tournament organizers sent threesomes off split tees with the leaders going off No. 1 at 9:30 a.m. Bill Haas went out in the first group off the first tee and carded a 2-under-par 33-36=69 to post 6-under 278. At last check, he sat T30 on the leaderboard. It was almost predictable, too. Since opening the season with a T22 at The McGladrey Classic, Haas has alternated finishes outside the top 45 with top 25s. He shared 12th place at last week's Masters, so this week's effort projects to break the drought without a top 45 every other week, but it's hardly impressive on its own.
Apr 19 - 12:07 PM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat beat Chinese teenager Li Hao-Tong in a playoff to secure a dramatic win at the inaugural Shenzhen International.

The Thai posted a closing even-par 37-35=72 at Genzon GC to match Li's clubhouse target of 12-under 276 before returning to 18 and sinking a lengthy birdie putt to seal victory. Aphibarnrat looked to have blown his chances after slipping from two in front at start of play to two behind walking off 16. But at 17 he drained an 18-foot effort for eagle to gain a share of the lead again before parring the last to get himself into a playoff. This is Aphibarnrat's second European Tour title and first since the 2013 Maybank Malaysian Open. He said: "Special thanks to my caddie, he was always pushing me. When we were two behind on the last two holes he said you have not lost, we have not signed the scorecard yet and he was completely right. I had a chance to win in 72 holes but the putt in the playoff is the best putt I have ever made in my life." Aphibarnrat split 12 (of 14) fairways on Sunday and hit 15 greens in regulation but a cold putter (he needed 34 swishes) almost cost him.
Apr 19 - 7:30 AM

Overnight leader Troy Merritt carded a 2-under-par 35-34=69 in his third round of the RBC Heritage to post 14-under 199, good for a three-stroke margin entering the final round.

Fresh off a course-record-tying 61, Merritt entered today as the 36-hole leader by four shots over Matt Kuchar and John Merrick. Paired with Kuchar (defending champion) in the final group, this was the first time that he's held the weekend lead in 85 PGA TOUR starts. If there were nerves, Merritt didn't show it early finding his first six greens in regulation and circling birdies on the par-5 second and the par-4 third holes. After a par save from short of the green on seven, the first sign of potential trouble came on the eighth when he rinsed his approach, eventually swallowing a one-putt double bogey-6. A bounce-back birdie on the ninth showed some moxie for the 29-year-old, his third circle on the round. Despite struggling off the tee on his homeward half, Merritt's iron play was steady. He missed only one green in regulation coming into the house. He added his fourth and final birdie of the day on the par-3 14th.
Apr 18 - 6:37 PM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat converted nine birdies in his third round of the Shenzhen International, but settled for a 4-under-par 32-36=68 to post 12-under 204, good for a two-stroke margin entering Sunday's finale.

Aphibarnrat played alongside 36-hole leader Peter Uihlein and promptly sent a message with birdies on the first three holes of Genzon Golf Club in Shenzhen. The 25-year-old Thai then traded three birdies with two bogeys before the turn. He kept it floored with birdies at 10, 11 and 13, but double-bogeyed the par-5 17th and squared a bogey-5 at the last. "First, I made three straight birdies to jump up at the top," he said. "I was still hitting the ball great on the back. Then I made a big mistake on last two holes, not the way to finish. ... I lost the focus on the short putt on 17. That is the big turn, the big key for me after Peter made birdie, and we swung three shots on that. That's a big move. But I made a mistake and I lost some concentration." Uihlein shot 1-under 35-36=71 and sits alone in second place to set up another pairing with the leader.
Apr 18 - 1:02 PM

Marc Leishman is included in the published field of next week's Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

This is great news. It implies that his wife is stable and recovering from her recent health scare. He hasn't played since missing the cut at Bay Hill and he hasn't cashed since a T51 at The Honda Classic. In his only previous appearance at TPC Louisiana, he missed the cut in 2009.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Apr 17 - 6:47 PM

Zach Johnson shot 6-over-par 73-75=148 at the RBC Heritage, missing the cut by six strokes.

Well, so much for that. He arrived with sparkling form punctuated by 68s on the weekend at Augusta National to share ninth place. This week in Hilton Head, Johnson split 21 (of 28) fairways but missed 19 greens in regulation. He circled only three birdies but gave back shots with seven bogeys and a double. Other notables that also have the weekend off include: 143--1999 champ Glen Day; Russell Henley; Rory Sabbatini ... 144--Tony Finau; Carlos Ortiz; Ernie Els; Marcel Siem ... 145--Cameron Tringale ... 146--Thongchai Jaidee ... 147--Chesson Hadley ... 148--Charles Howell III; John Huh.
Apr 17 - 6:37 PM

Brandt Snedeker rebounded from a 6-over-par 77 in his opening round of the RBC Heritage with a 7-under 33-31=64 in today's second round to post 1-under 141 and make the cut by one stroke.

Sneds passed the gut-check after missing the cut at last week's Masters. He found nine (of 14) fairways and went 6-for-6 in scrambling today while picking off seven birdies. Three of them ran 10-15 feet. At last check, Snedeker's strokes gained: putting read 3.749 for the day. Today's aggregate matches his season low at Monterey Peninsula Country Club's Shore Course in the opening round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am where he won by three strokes.
Apr 17 - 5:20 PM

Troy Merritt enjoyed a day for the ages en route to a 10-under-par 33-28=61 in today's second round of the RBC Heritage.

The course record is 61, so he shares that now. Merritt's previous low on the PGA TOUR was 64 (three times), so he shattered that. And at 12-under 130, he owns a four-stroke clubhouse lead at the midpoint. He even parred a par 5 (the fifth hole) today, too. Overall, the 29-year-old split nine (of 14) fairways and landed 14 greens in regulation. He connected nine times for birdies, three of which from 11-18 feet. At last check, he measured 5.327 in strokes gained: putting and 3.439 in strokes gained: putting for the round.
Apr 17 - 4:13 PM

Patrick Reed completed 36 holes of the RBC Heritage in 3-over-par 71-74=145 and will miss the cut.

He found only half of the 28 fairways and 19 greens in regulation at Harbour Town this week. Reed circled eight birdies, but he also incurred five bogeys and a trio of double bogey-6s. This ends his consecutive cuts made streak at 18, although eight of those starts didn't feature a cut. His last MC came at The Open Championship nine months ago. Regardless, he figures to be a force at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship in two weeks.
Apr 17 - 3:31 PM




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