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D.H. Lee converted an eagle at the par-5 18th hole on the North Course at Torrey Pines in his second round of the Farmers Insurance Open to survive the cut on the number.

After opening with a 1-over 73 on the South Course, Lee was 1-over through 17 holes as he stood on the tee at No. 18. The 3 clinched his second payday in four starts this season (T70, McGladrey). The PGA TOUR sophomore was one of 18 to reach the halfway point tied for 66th place, so because more than 78 golfers made the cut, another cut of low 70 and ties will occur after 54 holes are complete.
Fri, Jan 24, 2014 08:26:00 PM

Matt Kuchar coasted to a bogey-free, 5-under-par 29-36=65 during the opening round of The 146th Open, joining Brooks Koepka and Jordan Spieth as the leaders in the clubhouse.

Kuchar fired out of the gate with four birdies in his opening six holes. That included a hole-out birdie from just off the green (using the putter) at the par-4 sixth. He circled another at the ninth to make the turn at 5-under 29, but that's where the scoring stopped. Kuchar played par golf on his way into the clubhouse, failing to take advantage of both par 5s, but will still be very pleased with his opening-round effort. This will go in the books as his best opening round in a major championship. It's also the first time Kuchar has positioned himself inside the top 20 after R1 of The Open. If this co-lead holds, it will be Kuchar's eighth career first-round lead/co-lead, converting just one of them into wins (2014 RBC Heritage).
Jul 20 - 1:34 PM

U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka fired a 5-under-par 33-32=65 during the opening round of The 146th Open, staking a share of the early clubhouse lead alongside Jordan Spieth.

Playing in his first tournament since winning at Erin Hills just over a month ago, Koepka showed zero signs of rust. The big hitter split nine (of 14) fairways en route to nine greens in regulation. Koepka made the turn at 1-under 33 before blitzing the back nine. Most noticeable was a hole-out eagle from the greenside bunker at the par-5 17th. Great scrambling was the name of the game as he went 8-for-9 getting up-and-down today. Koepka is no stranger to fast starts at The Open, styling a 4-under 68 in 2014 to sit T3 after day one (he would go on to finish T67). That week appeared to be a good learning moment for Koepka who has since finished T21 or better in 10 of his last 11 major championship appearances.
Jul 20 - 10:05 AM

Jordan Spieth blitzed Royal Birkdale with a bogey-free, 5-under-par 31-34=65 during round one of The 146th Open, racing out to an early lead with the afternoon tee times just getting onto the course.

Spieth split just five (of 14) fairways but that stat is very misleading when you consider how many times he was sitting just off the fairway with very playable lies. From there, he dialed in with his irons, missing just three greens in regulation, currently T1 in the field for GIR percentage with the field averaging just over 9 GIRs. The real glue to this round was clutch putting as he saved par from knee-knocker range on multiple occasions. If this lead holds it will be his third first-round lead in a major (both coming at the Masters where he'd go on to win in 2015 and finish runner-up in 2016). His previous best opening lap at The Open was a 5-under 67 back in the 2015 edition where he sat T8 after day one and eventually fell one shot shy of the playoff. In six previous first-round leads/co-leads, Spieth has gone on to finish T2 or better in five of them with the worst finish being a T8 (2014 BMW Championship). Gamers should expect to see him around for the long haul.
Jul 20 - 9:42 AM

World No. 86 and 2018 Ryder Cup Team Captain Jim Furyk is in Opelika, Alabama, for his debut in the Barbasol Championship.

The 47-year-old is top-ranked in OWGR in the opposite-field event and second-dog on the bookmaker's food chain at a pre-tourney 16/1 outright. He's missing The Open for the first time since 1995, and it would've been his 87th major appearance. Instead, the Pennsylvania native is at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail as he seeks to improve on his FedExCup rankings, currently 147th. He's 8-for-15 on the season with two top 25s, including a T23 at the U.S. Open two starts ago, and has one top 10, a T6 at The RSM Classic back in November. The Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, resident ranks 111th on TOUR in SG: Tee-to-Green, 113th in greens in regulation (65.31 percent), and 81st in scoring average (70.871).
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jul 19 - 4:50 PM

Prior to the start of the event, Brandt Snedeker has withdrawn from The 146th Open, citing a rib issue. James Hahn will replace him in the field in what will be his third Open Championship appearance.

Snedeker alerted his followers via Twitter saying, "I had a rib issue pop up last week and it didn't respond to treatment as I had hoped." He would go on to praise Royal Birkdale, but will head back to the States to rest now. Snedeker suffered a hand injury just ahead of the Masters so his luck has not been the greatest this year when it comes to major prep. There is no timetable for his return, but if he made the trip all the way to England, his health must have been close to competition level.
Jul 19 - 10:34 AM

Henrik Stenson won an epic final-round duel with Phil Mickelson to win last year's Open Championship; he'll bid to win it again at Royal Birkdale this week.

There are some good historical pointers for the Swede. Padraig Harrington was DC when winning the last Open to be held at the Lancashire links in 2008. And in that very same Open, Stenson finished third after rounds of 76-72-70-71. Also runner-up at Muirfield in 2013, the 41-year-old owns four top threes in his last eight Open starts. Stenson last defended a title at this year's BMW International Open and finished T10 although, as with this week, it was a different course to the one he'd won on 12 months previous. Since then, his only start was T26 in last week's Scottish Open where he closed with a 68. He'll begin his title defense at 14:48 local Thursday alongside Jordan Spieth and Si-Woo Kim.
Source: TheOpen.com
Jul 19 - 7:01 AM

Jordan Spieth returns from a three-week layoff as the turns his attention toward Royal Birkdale at this week's Open Championship.

Spieth made a huge splash in his latest start, holing out from the greenside bunker to win the Travelers Championship on the first playoff hole. He's been dormant since, spending some time in Cabo instead of teeing it up at the John Deere Classic like he has a few times in the past. Surely, he feels great about the state of his game as he chose to rest after the big victory at TPC River Highlands. Spieth is 4-for-4 at The Open, including a T4 at the 2015 edition where he fell just one shot shy of the playoff. From a career perspective, the Texas Longhorn product has wins at the Masters and the U.S. Open (both coming in 2015) but still needs wins at The Open and the PGA Championship to knock out the career grand slam. Despite the lack of recent prep work, gamers should still consider Spieth an elite option in all formats this week.
Source: TheOpen.com
Jul 18 - 1:23 PM

Justin Rose came of age when finishing fourth at Royal Birkdale in the 1998 Open Championship; he returns to the Lancashire links this week looking to land a second major.

Amazingly, given all he's achieved in the game, that top four as a 17-year-old amateur remains his best Open finish in 15 starts in the tournament. The 36-year-old went closest to beating that mark when T6 at St. Andrews in 2015 while either side he cracked the top 25 at Hoylake in 2014 and again at Royal Troon last year. Rose, the 2013 U.S. Open winner, went desperately close to adding a second major title when losing out in a play-off to Sergio Garcia at the Masters in April while he warmed up for this week's links test with T4 in the Irish Open two weeks ago. Rose will have Louis Oosthuizen and Justin Thomas for company over the first two rounds, the trio heading out Thursday at 14:59 local.
Source: TheOpen.com
Jul 18 - 9:22 AM

Rory McIlroy fluffed his lines in both his linksland dress rehearsals, can he pull a great performance from nowhere when he enters the greatest stage – The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport?

Great players are great because of their ability to create brilliance from nothing, but none of them ever want to be in that position, and, unfortunately for the Northern Irishman, he is. He appears undecided on a putter, has fretted about his driving, and worried about his wedges; he’s missed the cut at Portstewart and Dundonald Links; he also failed to make the weekend in the U.S. Open; is there anything positive? Well, not really. His record on links as a pro includes seven visits to St Andrews which have reaped six top eight finishes (two Opens, five Dunhill Links Championships). But elsewhere? 12 starts, three top tens (including winning the 2014 Open so let’s not quibble too much), but eight finishes of T25 or worse. He needs to find magic and remind himself that he was T5 last year with the worst of the weather.
Source: TheOpen.com
Jul 18 - 5:36 AM

Second- and third-round leader Patrick Rodgers dropped to a season-best solo 2nd at the John Deere Classic with a final-round 1-under-par 36-34=70 and a four-day total of 17-under 267, finishing one stroke shy of champion Bryson DeChambeau, who nipped him with 65, including an inward 30.

This duo was paired the first two laps and were 1, 2 at the midpoint. Rodgers, who opened 65-64, took a two-shot lead with a R3 68. He was chasing his first TOUR title in his 78th career start, but settles for his second runner-up, joining T2 at the 2015 Wells Fargo 113 weeks ago. On 10 (of 14) fairways and 15 GIR, the 25-year-old went out in 1-over, outpacing birdie-4 at No. 2 with bogeys at 3 (3-putt from 45'1") and 5, now T3 at the turn, one adrift. He got back on track with circles at 10, 12, 13 (from 28'4") and 15 (21'2"), but retreated one at 14 and trouble off the tee at 17 led to bogey-6, having to chip his third from the green due to the angle, and missing the par-saver from 8'2". Needing birdie at the last to force extra time, he missed the fairway and the green, and the birdie pitch. This is his second top 25 at the JDC in six tries, first top 10, and his sixth top 25 of the season in 23 starts, third top 10, eclipsing T4 at the Farmers.
Jul 16 - 7:00 PM

Beginning the final round four shots back, World No. 144 Bryson DeChambeau, a pre-tourney 40/1 outright, fired a 6-under-par 35-30=65 to win the John Deere Classic by one shot over 54-hole leader Patrick Rodgers, claiming his first TOUR title in his 40th career start (35 pro), and securing the final spot in this coming week's Open Championship.

The first-time member though not a rookie's winning total was 18-under 266, posting rounds of 66-65-70-65. Playing out of the fourth-to-last twosome, he went out in even-par, exchanging bogey-5 at four (3-putt from 26'2") with birdie-3 at eight from 11'3". The SMU product stormed home in blemish-free 6-under, circling three sets of back-to-backs at Nos. 10, 11, 13, 14, 17 and 18, three from between 10 and 16 feet, including the would-be winner at the last from 14'1". He found nine (of 14) fairways and pelted 17 greens in regulation, gaining 3.070 strokes approaching-the-green and 4.104 tee-to-green. The 23-year-old, who missed the cut as an amateur here in 2015, recorded 1.706 putts per GIR and 0.307 SG: Putting, needing 30 total putts. This was his fourth top 25 of the season in 25 starts, third straight, and second top 10, eclipsing a then-career-best T2 at the opposite-field Puerto Rico Open (as 36-hole co-leader) 16 weeks and 13 starts ago.
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