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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

Tommy Fleetwood confirmed victory in the 2017 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship with a sensational approach to the 72nd hole; his 17-under-par 271 left him one shot clear of Dustin Johnson and Pablo Larrazabal after he carded a final round 5-under 36-31=67.

The Englishman claimed his second European Tour victory on his 162nd start, coming after an ever-improving run since early August which has seen him go 13-for-13 with ten top 25 finishes; the win tops it all very nicely. On the front nine the result had looked unlikely, however, as he made a bogey at the 3rd and waited until the 8th to get it back. But he made a superb move early in the back nine, chipping in for eagle-3 at the 10th and draining another par breaker from 8'0" at 11. That sent him to the top of the leaderboard. He pressed home with a 6'0" birdie at 16 and, after pulling his drive at the last, he hit that magnificent 3-wood from the first cut onto the green and two-putted for birdie. It was a classy win, during which his long-term quality ball-striking was finally backed up with solid putting; it also confounded his previous form at the Abu Dhabi GC, where he was 1-for-5.
Jan 22 - 7:44 AM

World No. 85 Jamie Lovemark, a pre-tourney 28/1 outright, ballooned to a 5-over-par 36-41=77 in today's third round of the CareerBuilder Challenge and at 3-over 219, missed the scheduled 54-hole cut by eight shots.

A total of 77 players from a field of 156 pros made the cut on 5-under 211. Lovemark was a popular play this week, entering off back-to-back top-10 finishes, including a T4 last week on Oahu, and was T6 here last year. The 28-year-old, two days shy of his birthday (Jan. 23rd), posted rounds of 72-70 and carded three birdies against three bogeys, a double bogey-5 and a triple bogey-6 in the third round. Other notable early exits include: 212- Harold Varner III; Graham DeLaet ... 213- Zach Johnson ... 215- Ryan Palmer; Russell Henley; Emiliano Grillo; Brandon Stone; William McGirt ... 216- Kevin Streelman ... 217- Charley Hoffman ... 218- Cameron Smith ... 221- John Huh.
Jan 21 - 7:57 PM

Playing the Nicklaus Tournament Course, TOUR rookie Dominic Bozzelli pieced together a 3-under-par 35-34=69 in today's third round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to reach 16-under 200, currently solo 2nd and one shy of 54-hole leader Adam Hadwin, who shot 59.

The World No. 321 was the first-round leader with a career-low 64, adding a 67 to begin R3 in a two-way T2, one shy of 36-hole leader Hudson Swafford. Beginning off No. 10 tee, he raced out with birdies at 10, 11 and 13 before squaring bogey-5 at 18, his first blemish of the week. The Auburn alum tacked on a birdie at the par-4 second but stalled out the rest of the way with seven straight pars. He mustered seven (of 14) fairways but hit 14 greens in regulation, posting 1.714 putts per GIR.
Jan 21 - 6:13 PM

Playing La Quinta Country Club, World No. 196 Adam Hadwin fired a career-low bogey-free 13-under-par 29-30=59 in the third round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to post 17-under 199, up 48 places on the live leaderboard and good for the 54-hole clubhouse lead. UPDATE: With play completed, Hadwin leads by one over TOUR rookie Dominic Bozzelli and will be vying for his first TOUR victory in his 73rd career start.

The Canadian is just the eighth player (ninth time) to shoot a sub-60 and just the fourth to accomplish it on a par-72 layout. It's easily a career best in his 240th career round, brushing aside 63 at the 2015 Shriners/R4. The 29-year-old was T3 here last year thru 54 holes (66-66-64) but closed in even-par 72 for T6. He began today's third frame T49 on 4-under (71-69) and peppered 12 (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, recording a stellar 1.267 putts per GIR and just 21 total putts. The Louisville alum circled 13 birdies, matching the TOUR's all-time record with Chip Beck (1991 Shriners). He connected six straight circles on Nos. 2-7, and five straight at 11-15, adding birdie-3s at 9 and 17. Hadwin got up-and-down for a par 4 at the last to join the record books.
Jan 21 - 5:56 PM

Playing the Stadium Course, overnight leader Hudson Swafford backed up with a 1-under-par 33-38=71 in the third round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to post 15-under 201, down two spots to T3 with play still in progress. UPDATE: With play completed, Swafford is in a four-way T3, two back of 54-hole leader Adam Hadwin, and will play out of the final threesome in R4.

After opening in twin 65s, the World No. 204 began the third frame with a 1-shot lead over first-round leader and TOUR rookie Dominic Bozzelli. It was his first 36-hole lead/co-lead in his 93rd career start (92 pro) and second lead after ANY round (co-led 2015 OHL/R1; finished T51). The Georgia Bulldog alum sandwiched bogey-6 at the fifth (second shot into the water) with a 26-footer for birdie at the par-4 third and then three straight birdies at 6-8, each from inside of 10 feet. He circled the par-5 11th (from 7'1") but then doubled the par-5 16th, taking five shots to get down from a greenside bunker. Swafford squared bogey-4 at 17 (failed scramble) to complete his scoring and finished with just 12 greens in regulation and lost 1.798 strokes around-the-green.
Jan 21 - 4:53 PM

Due to expected inclement weather, final-round tee times for the CareerBuilder Challenge on Sunday will be approximately 7:30 - 9:30 am (PT) with an anticipated finish of 2:30 pm.

The scheduled 54-hole cut will take place at the conclusion of Saturday's play. Playing La Quinta CC, World No. 82 Anirban Lahiri fired a bogey-free 8-under-par 30-34=64 in today's third round to chase opening laps of 69-72. He circled eight birdies on 11 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation and is up 56 places on the live leaderboard to T13. Playing his 136th career round, Lahiri's 64 ties a career low which he shot in R1 here last year.
Jan 21 - 4:34 PM

Tyrell Hatton fired his way to the head of the field Saturday with a 4-under-par 36-32=68 which earned him the 54-hole lead in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on 13-under 203, one swing clear of Dustin Johnson, Pablo Larrazabal, Martin Kaymer, Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Tommy Fleetwood.

The Englishman is beginning 2017 exactly as he ended 2016 – by contending a title in the United Arab Emirates. And whilst he came up one shot short of forcing Matt Fitzpatrick to a play-off in the DP World Tour Championship, he will have the chance to claim a second European Tour title on Sunday, albeit on a very bunched leaderboard at the Abu Dhabi GC. For seven holes of his third round it was refusing to happen, as he carded six pars and a bogey at the 4th. But a birdie-4 at the 8th saw him turn in level-par and he accelerated for home. He ticked 11, 13 and made it three in four with a 12’0" birdie putt at 14. He completed the job with a tap-in par breaker at the final hole. He’s held just one 54-hole lead on Tour, when three clear of the field at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. He converted in style that week, tomorrow will be a tougher examination: there are 15 players within three shots of his lead.
Jan 21 - 7:58 AM

Battling La Quinta Country Club, overnight leader Dominic Bozzelli coasted to a bogey-free, 5-under-par 33-34=67 during round two of the CareerBuilder Challenge, reaching 13-under 131 to find himself one off the pacesetter Hudson Swafford.

The PGA TOUR rookie showed no sign of nerves, despite holding his first lead on TOUR after day one. The Auburn product split just six (of 14) fairways and landed just 11 greens in regulation, but he remained composed while finding a way to maintain a clean card by day's end. The highlight of the round came at the par-4 10th where Bozzelli chipped in for birdie from just off the green. The 25-year-old is still bogey-free at the midpoint, and he'll turn his attention toward the Nicklaus Tournament Course on Saturday.
Jan 20 - 4:58 PM

Brendan Steele fired the low round of the day while taking on the Nicklaus Tournament Course in round two of the CareerBuilder Challenge, signing for a bogey-free, 8-under-par 32-32=64 to reach 12-under 132 on the week, placing him two strokes off the pace set by Hudson Swafford.

The SoCal native is taking full advantage of his local knowledge of the California desert. Steele was firing from the get-go, rolling in back-to-back birdies at the 10th and 11th to open his round. Tee-to-green, he didn't impress with just 12 greens in regulation, but his putting was superb to help him go 6-for-6 scrambling. Steele needed just 21 putts to make his way around the Nicklaus Tournament Course, a nine-putt improvement day-over-day. Perhaps adding to his confidence this week, Steele already has a win in California this season (Safeway Open). He had to battle the rain that week, as well. This round goes in the books as his lowest round of the new campaign, previously posting a 65 in R4 of that previously mentioned Safeway Open win.
Jan 20 - 4:44 PM

Hudson Swafford torched the Nicklaus Tournament Course with a bogey-free, 7-under-par 33-32=65 during round two of the CareerBuilder Challenge, staking his claim as early 36-hole clubhouse leader on 14-under 130.

Swafford entered the week with 18 cuts made in a row. The streak appears to be safe, even though the cut won't come until the end of the third round this week. Swafford traded eight birdies with one bogey in his opening round at La Quinta Country Club and today he splashed home seven more birdies while maintaining a clean card throughout. His main weapon has been the aerial attack, finding 16 greens in regulation today (31/36, 1st in the field on the week). The 29-year-old has three career top 10s, but all of them came from off the pace. If Swafford can maintain his lead by day's end, it will be his first 36-hole lead on the PGA TOUR. The only other co-lead (any round) on the PGA TOUR came during R1 of the OHL Classic in 2014, in which he finished T51 by the end of the week. On Saturday he'll go to battle with the toughest track on the three-course rota, the Stadium Course at PGA WEST.
Jan 20 - 4:20 PM

Last year's runner-up Thomas Pieters could only add an even-par 38-34=72 to his opening 73, closing the week out at 1-over 143 and missing the cut at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship by three strokes.

Two bogeys in his opening three holes today left him a mountain to climb and birdies at 2 and 8 were too little, too late. Other notables that will join Pieters and get the weekend off include: 143- Stephen Gallacher ... 144- Chris Wood, Alexander Levy, Matt Fitzpatrick ... 145- James Morrison ... 146- Thongchai Jaidee, Scott Hend, Nicolas Colsaerts ... 147- Paul Lawrie ... 150 Danny Willett.
Jan 20 - 9:46 AM




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