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Bubba Watson smashed his way to an 8-under-par 31-33=64 in the opening round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, good for a share of the overnight lead with Y.E. Yang.

This is the left-hander's second consecutive 64 at TPC Scottsdale. He polished off last year's solo 15th with it and he's never gone deeper in 27 career rounds. Today's was a clinic in ball-striking. He split 11 (of 14) fairways, averaged 340.5 yards on the pair of measured drives and hit 17 greens in regulation. That set up eight birdies, which co-leads the field. Three of the conversions found the cup from 13-19 feet. His only bogey occurred at the only hole where he failed to stand over a chance to break par, settling for a bogey-5 at No. 11.
Thu, Jan 30, 2014 07:35:00 PM

Making his tournament debut, PGA TOUR rookie and World No. 280 Rick Lamb sleepwalked to an even-par 36-35=71 in the third round of the Barbasol Championship and at 2-under 211, will not have a Sunday tee time, missing the secondary 54-hole cut by one shot.

A total of 83 players made the 36-hole cut (2-under 140) so a second cut of low 70 and ties took place after 54 holes. Lamb, a pre-tourney 50/1 outright, arrived off a career-best T3 at last week's John Deere. He opened with 67-73, one of 16 players to survive the cut on the number, and headed to the exit after a three-birdie three-bogey effort on eight (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation. Joining the 26-year-old on the bench for Sunday: 211- Craig Barlow; Chris Smith; Andres Gonzales ... 212- Carl Pettersson; Bobby Wyatt; Stuart Appleby; Jonathan Randolph ... 213- Shaun Micheel ... 215- Andrew Loupe ... 216- Rich Berberian, Jr.
Jul 22 - 7:58 PM

Making his tournament debut, PGA TOUR rookie and World No. 156 Grayson Murray crafted a 7-under-par 32-32=64 in the third round of the Barbasol Championship for a 54-hole total of 18-under 195, one adrift of leader Scott Stallings.

After opening in 67-64, the 23-year-old began T2 and now sits solo 2nd. Playing out of the final twosome, he hit 12 (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, gaining 2.020 strokes off-the-tee, No. 1 in SG: OTT with a cumulative 5.075. The Arizona State product squared a lone bogey-4 at eight, overshadowed by eight birdies at Nos. 1, 4, 5, 9, 12, 14, 15 and 17, posting 1.467 putts per GIR and 2.192 SG: Putting. His split included three from between 11 and 16 feet, and seven from greater than seven feet. The North Carolinian is chasing his first TOUR title in his 25th career start (24 pro). He has just one top 10 so far, a T8 at the opposite-field Sanderson Farms 38 weeks ago as 36-hole leader (67-65-72-71).
Jul 22 - 7:33 PM

World No. 258 Scott Stalling fired a career-low 11-under-par 29-31=60 on Moving Day at the Barbasol Championship to reach 19-under 194, up nine places to the top of the leaderboard, and matching the tournament and course record with second-round leader Chad Collins and Jhonattan Vegas (2016). UPDATE: With play completed, Stallings leads Grayson Murray by one.

This is the 32-year-old's 179th career TOUR start and if the lead holds up, his third 54-hole lead/co-lead. He was the 54-hole leader at the 2013 Humana Challenge (66-65-63), closing with 2-under 70 for T4, and the 54-hole leader at the 2012 True South Classic, closing in 4-under 68 to win his second (of three) TOUR titles. The Tennessee Tech alum's other two wins at the 2011 Greenbrier and the 2014 Farmers were both come-from-behind. After opening his second Barbasol (MC/2016) in 69-65, he found 10 (of 14) fairways and pelted all 18 greens in regulation, posting 3.222 SG: Approach-the-Green. The Massachusetts native squared a lone bogey-4 at six (3-putt from 61'5"), camouflaged by 10 birdies and eagle-3 at five from 17'9". His birdie split included six from between 10 and 17 feet, recording 4.758 SG: Putting. Stallings' previous-best lap on TOUR was 63 two times, most recently at the above-mentioned 2013 Humana.
Jul 22 - 6:50 PM

Sponsor invite and amateur Sam Burns fired his second straight 66 at the Barbasol Championship, signing for a third-round 5-under-par 31-35 effort and a 54-hole tally of 13-under 200, up four places to T6 with play still in progress.

The 20-year-old, one day shy of his 21st b-day (July 23rd), is making his fourth career TOUR start, first since a MC at last year's U.S. Open. He entered his Barbasol debut a cumulative 38-over-par in those six previous rounds, also MC'ing the 2015 FedEx St. Jude and the 2015 Valero Texas Open. This week, the former LSU golfer (of two years) has kicked off in 68-66-66, including a six-birdie one-bogey showing on Moving Day in Opelika, Alabama. The recent NCAA Division I Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award winner landed nine (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, posting 1.571 putts per GIR and 2.316 SG: Tee-to-Green. Scheduled to turn pro this fall after the Walker Cup in September, he entered the week as the 21st-ranked player in the World Amateur Golf Ranking.
Jul 22 - 6:02 PM

Matt Kuchar did his best to keep the pressure on Jordan Spieth atop the Open Championship leaderboard Saturday, hoisting up a third-round 4-under-par 31-35=66 to finish 54 holes at 8-under 202, three back from the leader and in solo second.

That's an excellent day's work from the Ryder Cup star and yet he'll feel some pain after a twist on Royal Birkdale's 18. With Kuchar around eight feet away for birdie and Spieth just off the green, the gap looked set to close to one. Instead Spieth holed, Kuchar caught the lip and the margin was three, one more than it had been at start of play. Kuchar poured in seven birdies today (2, 3, 5, 7, 14, 15 and 17) but his score was kept in check by a bogey at 4 and a double at 16 after finding sand off the tee. The 39-year-old piped seven of 14 fairways, hit 12 greens in regulation and took 28 putts. Kuch will get another shot at Spieth in Sunday's final pairing and perhaps will be helped by the fact that it's a further three shots back to those in tied third.
Jul 22 - 2:55 PM

Overnight leader Jordan Spieth kept his foot on the gas with a bogey-free, 5-under-par 31-34=65, becoming the only golfer in the field to reach double digits under par, entering the final round on 11-under 199, three clear of Matt Kuchar and six clear from the rest of the pack.

On a day with prime scoring conditions, Spieth remained calm and stuck to the game plan. He managed his misses brilliantly, as usual, and converted on all the knee-knocking putts. This is the second blemish-free round recorded by Spieth this week (R1) with just four bogeys to his name thru 54 holes. The Texas Longhorn is in familiar territory, as this will be his 14th time leading/co-leading after 54 holes, the fifth time in a major championship. He's converted 8-of-13 previous 54-hole leads/co-leads, including eight of his last nine. The lone exception being the 2016 Masters. Adding to the comfort level, Spieth will maintain his playing partner, Matt Kuchar, as they both take aim at their first Claret Jug.
Jul 22 - 2:52 PM

Austin Connelly bombarded Royal Birkdale with a 4-under-par 32-34=66 during round three of The 146th Open, heading to the finale inside the top 5 on 5-under 205.

The young Canadian started the day in a share of sixth place. Making his debut in a major championship, a regression wouldn't have shocked anyone. Instead, he opened with a birdie and then one-hopped an eagle on his approach at the par-4 second. The rest is history as he traded two bogeys with a birdie before closing strong with circles at the 17th and 18th. The 20-year-old needed just 24 putts today with just 78 swipes of the flat stick taken for the entire week. Connelly turned pro early on the advice from Jordan Spieth (good friends as they share the same swing coach, Cameron McCormick), and now he has the chance to chase him down on Sunday, or at least make an attempt.
Jul 22 - 2:37 PM

Branden Grace become the first golfer to shoot 62 in a major championship, firing a bogey-free, 8-under-par 29-33=62 during round three of The 146th Open, soaring up to T2 on the live leaderboard while the final five groups had yet to even tee off for the day. Grace sits at 4-under 206 after three days at Royal Birkdale.

Playing on a wet and receptive course without much wind in the air, scoring conditions were ripe today. Grace still deserves all the credit in the world, it's not like this is the first round in a major championship where Mother Nature has opened the door for scoring. The South African took full advantage as he pelted 16 greens today, the same amount as rounds one and two, combined. From there he drained eight birdies. Remarkably this could have gone even lower, as he took 28 swipes with the putter, missing on a quite few from mid-range, ones you might expect to drop during a career round. This beats Grace's best round in a major (64, R3 of the 2015 PGA Championship) and also beats his career-best round on the PGA TOUR (63, R1 of 2016 WGC-HSBC Champions). With four top 5s already on his major championship resume, he will now try to clear his emotional palate and make a Sunday run at his first major title.
Jul 22 - 10:25 AM

World No. 250 Matt Jones labored to a 1-over-par 38-34-72 in the second round of the Barbasol Championship and at 1-under 69-72=141, missed the cut by one shot.

A total of 83 players (82 pros, one amateur) made the cut of 2-under 140 so a second cut of low 70 and ties will take place after 54 holes. Jones, a pre-tourney 40/1 outright, was highest up the bookmaker's food chain to MC. After an opening five-birdie three-bogey 69, he outpaced three circles with four squares in R2 on just five (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, posting a dismal 2.000 putts per GIR and -1.686 SG: Putting. The 37-year-old, playing this season on conditional status after finishing 126th in the FedExCup standings, was 138th in the standings entering this week. Other notable early exits include: 141- Brian Stuard; Ryan Brehm ... 144- Brian Campbell ... 145- Dominic Bozzelli; Dru Love ... 147- Ryo Ishikawa.
Jul 21 - 8:41 PM

After rounds of 73-77=150 (+10), Phil Mickelson has missed the cut at The 146th Open, with 77 golfers (76 pros, 1 amateur) set to play the weekend after recording scores of 5-over 145 or better.

Playing in his first major since parting ways with long-time caddie Jim "Bones" Mackay, Mickelson opened his week with a birdie-free round. Switching up the game plan, Lefty put his driver back in the bag for round two. It looked like a good move after circling a birdie at the opening par-4 first. However, an errant tee shot led to a triple bogey at he par-4 third hole and he let the round slip away as the conditions toughened. This goes in the books as his first early exit of the season (17th start). Other notables to miss the cut include: 146- Padraig Harrington (2008 champ at Royal Birkdale), Si Woo Kim; 147- Francesco Molinari, Justin Thomas, Russell Knox, Robert Streb (8-over in last six holes); 148- Brian Harman, Kevin Chappell, Patrick Reed, Kyle Stanley, Ryan Moore, Byeong Hun An; 149- Bill Haas, Emiliano Grillo, Charles Howell III; 150- Shane Lowry 152- Louis Oosthuizen, 153- Brendan Steele, Bryson DeChambeau.
Jul 21 - 4:31 PM

Overnight co-leader Jordan Spieth grinded out a 1-under-par 35-34=69 during round two of The 146th Open, separating from the field to grab the 36-hole lead on 6-under 134, two shots clear from his closest competitor.

For a second straight day, Spieth split just five (of 14) fairways, but didn't put himself too far out of position. Struggling with his iron yardages at time, he landed just eight greens in regulation, leaning heavily on his short game. He was Signature Spieth, in that regard. The highlight came at the par-4 10th where he overshot the green but then chipped in to save par and keep the momentum rolling. His tee-to-green highlight would come five holes later when he mishit his approach at the par-5 15th but still managed to get the ball on the green. From there, he sank his eagle putt to capitalize on the lucky kick. Spieth is in familiar territory as this will be his 10th career lead/co-lead thru 36 holes. He's converted five of those into victories. As for major championships, it's the fourth time he's led after R2 (winning 2-of-3), but the first time he's been inside the top 10 after R2 at this event.
Jul 21 - 3:10 PM




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