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A costly mistake late in the second round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions forced Billy Horschel to sign for a 1-under-par 34-38=72.

Horschel was 4-under through 14 holes on the Plantation Course, with five birdies and a lone bogey spread across his round. Then, after finding the fairway on the par-5 15th, he pulled his second shot into a hazard left. While examining his ball, it moved, resulting in a penalty. He ended up writing down a double-bogey seven on the 15th, then bogeyed the par-4 16th with a three putt from 18'6" while on tilt. After finishing with back-to-back pars, he enters the third round at 2-under 144.
Sat, Jan 4, 2014 04:43:00 PM

PGA TOUR rookie Carlos Ortiz smoothed a bogey-free, 8-under-par 31-31=62 in today's third round of The Barclays to post 7-under 203, good for the early 54-hole clubhouse lead.

Ortiz began the day one better than the cut-line at 1-over (T50) and eight shots adrift of 36-hole leader Bubba Watson. With the lead pairing still an hour from heading out, Ortiz was putting the wraps on an eight-birdie loop of Plainfield CC, vaulting 49 places on the live leaderboard to tie the top spot. On his round, he split 11 (of 14) fairways and landed just 12 greens in regulation, but registered 4.880 in strokes gained: putting and 1.417 putts per GIR at the time he signed his card. The 24-year-old's set included six conversions from inside nine feet and was highlighted by a hole-out, birdie-4 from a green-side bunker at the 16th. His 62 is career best in 95 rounds, eclipsing a 65 he shot in the final round of the 2014-15 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
Aug 29 - 1:26 PM

Thomas Pieters hung up a 7-under-par 31-34=65 in round three of the D+D REAL Czech Masters and holds a one-shot lead over Pelle Edberg after 54 holes.

And yet his margin could have been wider. At the 11th hole, Pieters struck his second shot from the rough but then discovered he'd played the wrong ball. That incurred a two-shot penalty and turned a par into a double bogey-6. He responded with three birdies in his next five holes and meant he didn't waste a golden start which saw him bag an eagle-3 at the opening holes and add birdies at 2, 8, 9 and 10. The 65 took him to 17-under 199, one clear of Edberg and four in front of Thorbjorn Olesen in third. Matt Fitzpatrick and Robert Dinwiddie (both -12) are the only other players double digits under par so Pieters is in great position to land his first European Tour title. The 23-year-old, who hit 17 greens in regulation in round three, said, "The 11th hurts a little bit because it is my mistake. It could have been a lower one but I’m still really happy with the way I played. I need to stay patient tomorrow."
Aug 29 - 12:57 PM

Sergio Garcia is not among the commitments to next week's Deutsche Bank Championship.

This is interesting. He's already sitting out The Barclays, but the expectation was for him to return at TPC Boston on Sept. 4. Now, even though the commitment deadline was today at 5:00 p.m. ET, the field won't be set officially until the conclusion of play at Plainfield Country Club this weekend, so perhaps Garcia pops up when the published field is updated on Monday, just don't bet on it. He's 31st in the FedExCup standings, but the only other time he's sat out the first two legs was in 2010 when he started the Playoffs slotted 101st and took two months off for personal reasons. The Spaniard also took a pass on the DBC in 2012 and 2014 before resuming his schedule at the BMW Championship both times. He's advanced to East Lake in each of the last three years. If he commits to the field of 70 at this year's BMW (Sept. 17-20), he'll have some confidence in knowing that he tied for 18th the first time Conway Farms hosted in 2013.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Aug 28 - 9:16 PM

At 5-over-par 72-73=145, Brooks Koepka missed the cut at The Barclays by three strokes.

It's his first MC in 10 starts. He striped only six (of 14) fairways in each round but manufactured 12 scoring opportunities in both strolls around Plainfield Country Club. Alas, Koepka connected for only one eagle and three birdies while dropping 10 shots with eight bogeys and a double. Other notables who missed the cut include: 143--Brandt Snedeker; Rickie Fowler; Gary Woodland; Will Wilcox ... 144--Chris Kirk; Brendon de Jonge; Adam Scott ... 145--Brendan Steele; Nick Watney ... 147--Keegan Bradley; Daniel Berger; Scott Brown; Jonas Blixt ... 148--Marc Leishman; Boo Weekley ... 149--defending champion Hunter Mahan; Davis Love III ... 150--David Lingmerth; Ryan Moore ... 152--Ian Poulter ... 153--Billy Horschel.
Aug 28 - 7:53 PM

FedExCup points leader Jordan Spieth completed 36 holes of The Barclays in 7-over-par 74-73=147, missing the cut by five strokes.

Oh, the shock and the awe. While this ends his consecutive cuts made streak at eight, five others had longer stretches entering the week. In a phrase, Plainfield Country Club won this battle. Spieth split 17 (of 28) fairways but landed only 21 of the massive greens in regulation. His aggregate stroke gained: putting measured 1.202, but he registered a strokes gained: tee-to-green clip of -6.235. While he has his first unplanned weekend off since THE PLAYERS, the added insult is that Rory McIlroy will return to the top spot in the Official World Golf Ranking in the next update. Granted, it's an irrelevant fact in our world, but nonetheless a narrative tonight. Both golfers are expected to compete in next week's Deutsche Bank Championship, which is scheduled to begin on Friday, Sept. 4.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Aug 28 - 7:17 PM

Overnight quad-leader Bubba Watson connected from 12'3" at the par-4 18th hole at Plainfield Country Club in today's second round of The Barclays to touch 2-under-par 34-34=68 and post 7-under 133 at the midpoint, good for outright possession of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

The lefty found only four (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation today, but he limited the damage to two bogeys while holing four birdies. The conversion at the last was his longest, but he also poured one in from 10'3" at the par-4 15th hole. At last check, Watson led the field in distance off the tee (332.9 yards) and strokes gained: tee-to-green (8.182). However, he's missed 17 of 28 fairways, thus proving that bomb-and-gouge still works like a charm on a short track with challenging rough.
Aug 28 - 5:52 PM

Matt Fitzpatrick tacked on a 5-under-par 35-32=67 to his opening 66 and shares the lead after two rounds of the D+D REAL Czech Masters in Prague.

Fitzpatrick is tied at the top on 11-under 133 with Sweden's Pelle Edberg, the pair a shot clear of Belgian Thomas Pieters. The young Englishman's Friday lap of Albatross featured three birdies along with an eagle-3 at the 12th and, for the second day running, he was bogey free. So far this week, Fitzpatrick has split 24 (of 28) fairways, hit 32 greens out of 36 and is 4-for-4 in scrambling. He'll go into the weekend in great position to secure his first European Tour win. "It was very consistent today," he said. "I played nicely and hit a lot of greens again which is always important to keep making pars and then take your chances when you have them. I got a bit frustrated in the middle of the round when I wasn’t holing any putts; I missed a few chances but picked it up on the back nine."
Aug 28 - 1:01 PM

Curtis Thompson lit up Witch Hollow at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club for a bogey-free, 9-under-par 31-31=62 in today's opening round of the WinCo Foods Portland Open, good for a two-stroke lead entering Friday's second round.

Arguably best known as brother to Nicholas and Lexi, Curtis is navigating his rookie year on the Web.com Tour. After posting top 15s in two of his first three starts, he drifted to 85th on the money list to start August. But he's rallied for three straight paydays, including top 15s in his last two, to rise to 68th in earnings. Today's brilliant effort broke the old course record by one stroke; it was established by five others in last year's inaugural edition. The 22-year-old from Florida split 10 (of 13) fairways, hit 16 greens in regulation and connected for a field-tying-high nine birdies today. Canada's Adam Svensson opened with a bogey-free, 7-under 64 and sits alone in second place. Money leader Patton Kizzire is among five golfers at T3, three swings in arrears of Thompson.
Aug 27 - 11:05 PM

After withdrawing from today's Barclays on his ninth hole, Erik Compton has circled the Frys.com Open on Oct. 15-18 to return to competition.

The season-opening stop at Silverado is the next PGA TOUR event for golfers who don't advance to next week's Deutsche Bank. Compton was already facing a tall task of surviving as the 122-seed at Plainfield. In addition to gout that flared on Friday and into Saturday last week, he informed that he was also dealing with a respiratory infection upon arrival in New Jersey. "You're fine one night and you wake up and feel like your foot is broken," he said, referring to last week's recurring malady due to the combination of medication he takes. "I've been in bed throughout the weekend. Monday I went to the doctor. And on top of that, I got an upper respiratory infection. I should have just stayed home, but I tried to wing it." He took some heat for not withdrawing during the second round last week since the 36-hole cut fell right on the top 70, but for every suspect WD, there's a guy like Compton who epitomizes the TOUR's provision to give his best effort.
Aug 27 - 9:18 PM

Tony Finau blitzed Plainfield Country Club for eight birdies en route to a 5-under-par 34-31=65 in today's opening round of The Barclays, good for a share of the clubhouse lead.

He's the first of the foursome atop the leaderboard who played in the afternoon wave. After opening on the back side birdie-birdie-birdie, Finau then bogeyed the next three holes to return to even. However, he played the remainder in bogey-free 5-under. His longest conversion of the loop measured jut 14 feet at the par-4 18th hole, the middle of another string of three consecutive birdies. He hit 12 greens on the round and led the field in putts per GIR (1.417) at last check. The rookie entered his Playoffs debut as the 39-seed and on the short list for Rookie of the Year honors. With five top 10s and another 10 top 25s thus far, he's deserving.
Aug 27 - 5:29 PM

Camilo Villegas crafted a 5-under-par 34-31=65 in today's opening round of The Barclays, finishing with a share of the clubhouse lead with Bubba Watson and Spencer Levin.

Villegas is one of three to qualify for the Playoffs without the benefit of a top 10. (John Peterson and John Huh are the others.) The Colombian placed no better than 16th at The Honda Classic, which is also his best result since winning the 2014 Wyndham Championship. He's fresh off a T26 in his title defense at Sedgefield. Today at Plainfield Country Club, Villegas went 6-for-13 in scoring chances with six birdies, including a conversion from 15'5" at the par-4 seventh hole. His only miscue occurred at the par-4 eighth where he settled for bogey, but he thwarted another with a par save from 19'10" at the par-4 fifth. At last check, the 33-year-old ranked inside the top 10 in both strokes-gained stats on the day.
Aug 27 - 2:43 PM




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