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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

Austin Cook blitzed the Nicklaus Tournament Course in round one of the CareerBuilder Challenge, carding a bogey-free, 9-under 63 to find himself one off the torrid pace set by Jon Rahm.

The PGA TOUR rookie fired out of the gate with four birdies and an eagle over his first seven holes. That included a hole-out birdie from the rough at the par-4 second hole. He slowed his pace, but not by much, adding four more birdies before his day was done. Cook's clean card was all set up by steady driving, splitting all 14 fairways today. After an easy navigation today, Cook will head to the Stadium Course for round two, a course that is playing nearly two strokes harder than the Nick Tourney Course, at the moment. Remarkably, this isn't a career low for Cook as he fired an 8-under 62 during R2 of his victory at this season's RSM Clasic.
Jan 18 - 6:21 PM

Taking on The Stadium Course at PGA WEST in round one of the CareerBuilder Challenge, Nick Watney coasted to a bogey-free, 7-under-par 32-33=65 to put himself in a great position as he preps for the easiest two courses over the next two days.

Making his eighth appearance at this event, Watney was a perfect 5-for-5 with all top 35s before the course rotation changed in 2016. After back-to-back missed cuts, he appears to have these courses figured out now. Taking on the toughest test (Stadium Course), Watney kept a clean card while circling seven birdies at the Pete Dye design. A hot putter was the biggest asset today, rolling in six putts from the 8-to-13 foot range. Watney also holed out from 41'6" for birdie at the par-4 14th hole. Still trying to regain form after his 2016 injury, the California native is one to watch closely to see if he can piece together three more good rounds.
Jan 18 - 6:01 PM

Andrew Landry cruised through La Quinta Country Club in round one of the CareerBuilder Challenge, styling a bogey-free, 9-under-par 34-29=63 to vault himself inside the top 5 on the early leaderboard.

Playing his second full season on the PGA TOUR, Landry is looking to cash in on some course knowledge. His first time at the CareerBuilder (2016) he posted rounds of 70-69-70 to miss the cut. Today was much different as he circled eight birdies and also added a bonus, hole-out eagle at the par-4 14th. La Quinta CC was playing very easy today (-3.49 RTP at the moment) but so was the Nicklaus Tournament Course (-3.32 RTP) which is where Landry will tee it up on Friday. The 30-year-old has an up-and-down season going with a pair of top 10s in six starts, but all other four landing outside the top 55. After this opening round, he could be eyeing down a third top 10 by week's end.
Jan 18 - 5:16 PM

Odds-favorite Jon Rahm fired out of the gate with a bogey-free, 10-under-par 30-32=62 while playing at La Quinta Country Club during round one of the CareerBuilder Challenge, good for the early clubhouse lead with play still in progress.

Rahm finished T34 here last year in his debut, failing to take advantage of the par 5s. That was not the case today as he converted on an eagle from inside 10 feet on the first par 5 he looked at, then circled birdies on the remaining three par 5s. With calm conditions in Palm Springs, this was about as easy as it gets out here on the PGA TOUR. Rahm splattered 15 greens in regulation today and will head to the Nicklaus Tournament Course on Friday. If this lead holds by day's end it will be the Spaniard's third career first-round lead or co-lead. He's gone on to finish T3 in both of those previous FRLs (2016 National, 2017 WGC-Mexico).
Jan 18 - 5:01 PM

Making his first start at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, Japan's Hideto Tanihara fired a bogey-free 6-under-par 32-34=66 to take a share of the first-round lead with defending champion Tommy Fleetwood.

Fleetwood had held the lead after the morning session at Abu Dhabi GC but Tanihara came in late in the day to match the Englishman's 66. On a truly international leaderoard, the pair lead by a shot from Paraguay's Fabrizio Zanotti, Belgian Thomas Pieters, Austrian Bernd Wiesberger, England's Ross Fisher and Aussie Sam Brazel. Like Fleetwood, World No. 71 Tanihara played in last week's EurAsia Cup so perhaps had some added sharpness. He certainly showed that in round one with a pair of opening birdies at 12 and 13 along with two more at 15 and 17 to turn in 32. He added another par breaker at the par-5 2nd hole and a walk-off circle at the 9th gave him a share of top spot. "Didn't hit fairways so much but I'm thinking more about playing smart golf and making good putts," said Tanihara later.
Jan 18 - 8:52 AM

Tommy Fleetwood's defense of his Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship title began in suitable style Thursday; he landed 18 greens in regulation on his way to grabbing the early clubhouse lead on 6-under-par 33-33=66 at Abu Dhabi GC. UPDATE: Fleetwood finished R1 tied for the lead with Hideto Tanihara and a shot clear of five others.

Twelve months ago the Englishman found 66 of 72 putting surfaces in standard shots and he showed no sign of having lost that handy knack in round one. He opened and closed his first nine (the back) with birdie-4s at 10 and 18, posting birdie-3 at 13 in-between. On the front nine he completed the full set of long hole par breakers (at 2 and 8), with a further tick at the sixth. "I did what you need to do well on this course," he said. "Drove it well, hit good irons, don't be too greedy. Very stress-free for me. The rough is actually thick in places. It will catch you out." It is as if Fleetwood has discovered some magic formula on the Pete Harradine design. Through his first five visits he missed four cuts and broke par just twice in 12 circuits. In his last five rounds he has only once needed more than 67 swings and has never been outside the top six at the end of a round, something which is unlikely to change by day's end.
Jan 18 - 4:05 AM

Rory McIlroy's return from rest and recuperation was a smart one; he cruised to a bogey-free first round of 36-33=69 in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, three swings back of his playing partner, the defending champion and early pacesetter Tommy Fleetwood. UPDATE McIlroy ended R1 in T17, still just three back.

The Northern Irishman's fondness for Abu Dhabi GC has never been a cause for argument (he has finished T3 or better in six of his last seven appearances), but when a world class performer needs to take three months out of the game to soothe his body and mind then questions are inevitable. One shot is not nearly enough evidence, but as a starter a 320-yard biff down his first (the 10th) fairway was a good signal. One round won't answer all the questions either, but this was a fine beginning. The back (his first) nine was Faldo-like; nine pars. On the front nine he made his move at the third, dropping a 12'0" birdie opportunity. At the par-3 seventh his approach left him with no more than 3'0" for the red number and he took it. A birdie-4 followed at No. 8. "I stayed patient," he said. "I missed only one green. Gave myself a lot of chances. Could have been better, but I'm not that far away."
Jan 18 - 3:56 AM

Brandon Hagy has withdrawn ahead of this week's CareerBuilder Challenge, citing a wrist injury. Rick Lamb will take his place in the field.

The Cal-Berkeley product was a pre-tournament WD ahead of the Safeway Open but he returned to post a T18 at the Sanderson Farms Championship. After that, he went T41 and MC at the Shriners and OHL Classic. Gamers should continue to monitor the status of this injury, but he was a pre-tournament commitment so this likely isn't too serious. Hagy will likely be gutted to miss his second California event of the early season. He remains one of the top names to watch in terms of golfers that are ready to find the winner's circle.
Jan 17 - 7:33 PM

World No. 3 Jon Rahm is in La Quinta, California, for the CareerBuilder Challenge and kicks off on La Quinta CC at 8:40 am PST in Round 1, paired with Bubba Watson.

The 23-year-old is the top-ranked player in OWGR -- next-highest is No. 20 Brian Harman -- and the pre-tourney fave outright (8/1). This is his second CBC after T34 last year on 9-under 279 (71-66-70-72). The Arizona State alum owns one TOUR win in 37 career events (32 pro) and defends that title at next week's Farmers in La Jolla. He's bagged seven other top-3 finishes however, including solo 2nd in his last start at the Sentry TOC. The Spaniard has also won two times in 15 career starts on the European Tour, both in 2017, most recently the DP World Tour Championship nine weeks ago, which secured the European Tour Rookie of the Year award and a 3rd-place ranking in the final Race to Dubai standings. Rahm finished 5th in the FedExCup standings last season as a first-time member though not a rookie, and was one of three players to record top 10s in all four Playoffs events, joining Jordan Spieth and Justin Rose.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jan 17 - 5:19 PM

Sponsor invite and amateur Charles Reiter is at the CareerBuilder Challenge in La Quinta, California, for his PGA TOUR debut and is paired the first three rounds with Maverick McNealy, the former No. 1-ranked amateur in the world who made his pro debut at the Safeway Open back in October.

The Palm Desert High School senior, No. 1233 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, is setting a precedent at the CareerBuilder. He's the first-ever amateur to receive an exemption into the professional division of the tourney in the event's 59-year history. The 18-year-old is making his second start in a pro event after making the cut at the 2017 Emirates Australian Open eight weeks ago, where he finished T65 on 10-over 294 (75-69-75-75). Upon learning the news that he was in the tourney this week, Reiter, who has committed to the University of Southern California, said, "I couldn't believe it. I just want to thank Jeff Sanders (executive director of the CBC) for getting me in the event, in my hometown, my hometown tournament." Sanders had to get TOUR approval to give Reiter a spot in the 156-player professional field, which is a pro-am format for the first 54 holes.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jan 17 - 4:03 PM

Rory McIlroy arrived early at this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and he's determined to start 2018 with a bang following his winless 2017.

After over 100 days on the sidelines after shutting down his season with T63 at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in early October, McIlroy appears to have a fresh hunger for success. He's changed diet, vowed to play more events and also prepare better by turning up to events on Monday of tournament week. He's certainly talking a good game and past form at Abu Dhabi GC suggests he can walk the walk too. The Northern Irishman has finished outside the top three at this course just once in his last seven visits, four of those second places. Extending his form to other events in the United Arab Emirates, he's cracked the top 10 in each of his last 10 starts in the region. This looks a perfect venue for McIlroy to hit the ground running and begin his climb back to the top of the world rankings after slipping to his current position of 11th.
Jan 17 - 7:29 AM




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