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In his first appearance at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, Michael Thompson enjoyed a 7-under-par 33-33=66 in his opening round, good for outright possession of the clubhouse lead.

It just goes to show that we never know how a guy will score at any time. This is Thompson's lowest number in relation to par since he closed out a solo fourth at the 2011 Travelers Championship with an 8-under 62. He landed 16 greens in regulation at Kapalua today and poured in eight birdies. The set featured rolls of 10 feet and 17'10" at the sixth and 11th holes, respectively, but his longest conversion measured 35'5" at No. 7, where he got up and down for par from the rough short and right of the putting surface.
Fri, Jan 3, 2014 08:29:00 PM

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

First-round leader Henrik Stenson had to settle for a 1-under-par 34-37=71 on day two of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, dropping four spots on the leaderboard to T5 and three behind new pacesetter Martin Kaymer.

Not the day the Swede wanted after his sparkling 64 yesterday but at 9-under 135 he's still in strong position to win this tournament for the first time. For the second day running, Stenson played Abu Dhabi GC's front nine in 2-under 34 and those birdies at 1, 4 and 8 against a bogey at 3 took him to 10-under. The difference came from 10-18 as he needed seven more swings than Thursday. The Open champ started it with what he called "soft bogeys" at 10 and 11 and couldn't find a spark after that, scribbling in six straight pars. Stenson did at least end on a good note with an up and down for birdie at 18 so he'll hope this was his slow day.
Jan 20 - 7:59 AM

With a walk-off birdie in Friday's second round, three-time winner Martin Kaymer finished off a 6-under-par 35-31=66 to post 12-under 132 and take a one-shot lead over Rafa Cabrera-Bello at the halfway point of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Paul Dunne, Tommy Fleetwood and Kiradech Aphibarnrat are a further shot back. Here we go again. The German has an extraordinary record in this tournament with wins in 2008, 2009 and 2011, second in 2009 and T3 in 2015 when inexplicably letting a 10-shot lead slip in the final round. After a 66 on day one, Kaymer's bid to kick on stalled at first as he opened with six pars and a bogey at 6 over his opening seven holes. But a 20ft eagle putt at 8 was a momentum changer and he powered into the lead with red circles at 10, 11, 13, 14, 16 and 18. That included a chip-in at 14 and a monster putt on 16. The only negative during that hot-streak was a three-putt bogey at 12. This is the fourth time Kaymer has topped the 36-hole leaderboard in Abu Dhabi. He converted two of those. "I struck the ball with better quality today. I just enjoyed playing my favorite course," the double major winner said later. "I'm not 100% happy yet, because there are a few things here and there."
Jan 20 - 7:34 AM

Pablo Larrazábal continued his stellar play on the short holes and signed for a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in his second round at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

At 9-under 135 through 36 holes, the Spaniard is T3 and just three behind halfway leader Martin Kaymer. He traded six birdies against a single bogey today, his gains coming at 12, 15, 17, 1, 4 and 7. That set included circles on all four par 3s. Larrazábal won this event in 2014, the third of his four European Tour victories, and so far he's following the same path to victory. He explained: "Three years ago, I made a seven under par on the par threes on the first two days, and I did the same thing the last couple rounds. It's something special. After a winter that I didn't take any holidays, I've been working very hard and to play as good as I did, I'm very proud. My iron play has been superb. I'm holing a few putts, so very happy. The only thing I'm being a little bit rusty with is my short game." If he can tidy that aspect up, the 33-year-old will be a dangerman this weekend.
Jan 20 - 4:54 AM

Taking on the difficult Stadium Course at PGA WEST, Dominic Bozzelli fired a career-low, bogey-free, 8-under-par 32-32=64 during round one of the CareerBuilder Challenge, claiming his spot as the clubhouse leader after 18 holes.

The PGA TOUR rookie is making his sixth career start, and this is easily the best so far, eclipsing his previous best of 69 (posted 3x). What makes this round even more impressive is the course it took place at. The Stadium Course is playing the role of host this week, but it's also the toughest task on the three-track rota. The Web.com Tour grad opened on the back nine with back-to-back birdies, first from 8'5" at the 10th and then stretching it out to 17'10" at the 11th. The putter stayed hot as Bozzelli would add four more putts from the 7-to-14 foot range before the round was over. The 25-year-old is now in uncharted territory as he's never been inside the top 25 after any round on the PGA TOUR, let alone hold the lead.
Jan 19 - 6:50 PM

Hudson Swafford maintained his recent trend of starting fast on Thursday, firing a 7-under-par 31-34=65 at La Quinta Country Club to open his week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

The Georgia Bulldog raced out to a career-low, 8-under 62 at last week's Sony Open before fading to T13 by Sunday. It was the 10th time he's found himself inside the top 10 after day one (third time this season) but he's failed to turn any of those fast starts into top 10s come Sunday night. Perhaps the 11th time is the charm as Swafford currently finds himself in a three-way tie for the early clubhouse lead here in La Quinta, California and will surely end up inside the top 10 by day's end. He circled eight birdies on the day and his lone bogey came at the par-3 12th where he found a greenside bunker with his tee ball. Swafford entered the week with 18 straight cuts made which is fourth on TOUR behind only Adam Scott, Daniel Berger, and Jason Day.
Jan 19 - 5:50 PM

Patton Kizzire connected on a bogey-free, 7-under-par 32-33=65 while taking on the Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course at PGA WEST in round one of the CareerBuilder Challenge, finding himself in an early share of the lead with play still in progress.

Kizzire arrived on the heels of three straight missed cuts but the holiday break provided a nice spot to rest and forget about the poor form. That's exactly what he did as he came out firing on the back nine with three straight birdies to open his round and never looked back. It wasn't as easy as the scorecard makes it look, though, as he needed to get up-and-down five times to remain blemish-free. In 36 career starts, Kizzire has six career top 10s to his name but is still in search of the maiden win. With playing winding down on the day, he currently finds himself tied at the top with Harold Varner III.
Jan 19 - 5:18 PM

Harold Varner III raced out to an early lead at the CareerBuilder Challenge, torching La Quinta Country Club to the tune of a 7-under-par 31-34=65 in round one.

HV3 is making his second start since a big international win at the Australian PGA Championship (December 4th). He missed the cut at last week's Sony Open to shake off the holiday rust. The rust looks fully removed today as he peppered La Quinta CC with six birdies and an eagle, offset by a single bogey at the par-4 17th. The East Carolina product found 16 greens in regulation today, alleviating a lot of stress on the flat stick. Play is still in progress across the three-course rota, but if Varner III holds onto his early lead it will be his first lead (after any round) on the PGA TOUR.
Jan 19 - 4:37 PM




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