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The second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open was suspended for darkness at 6:05 p.m. MT.

Scattered clouds allowed for a few more minutes of golf today versus Thursday's blanket overhead. Four golfers will return to TPC Scottsdale at 7:45 a.m. on Saturday to complete the round. This include Joe Ogilvie, who will be standing over a birdie attempt from 5'7" at the par-4 ninth hole, his last of the round. He's currently one stroke below the cut line, so the putt will need to fall for him to advance to survive.
Fri, Jan 31, 2014 08:31:00 PM

Charley Hoffman crafted a bogey-free, 5-under-par 33-34=67 in his opening round of the Valero Texas Open and snared sole possession of the clubhouse lead.

The 72 golfers in the morning wave can only shake their heads at this. It was truly the tale of two first rounds today. No one in the early draw broke par. Hoffman split eight (of 14) fairways and went 7-for-7 in scrambling while circling seven birdies. His longest dropped in from just 11'1" at the par-4 ninth hole. His greatest challenge to save par was met at the par-4 fourth where he rolled in his longest conversion of the day (from 12'8"). At last check, he ranked third in strokes gained: tee-to-green (5.967) and first in strokes gained: putting (3.791).
Mar 26 - 8:12 PM

Aaron Baddeley hung up a 4-under-par 34-34=68 in today's opening round of the Valero Texas Open to assume outright possession of the clubhouse

OK. Great score and all that, but what he did at the 17th hole might be a once-in-a-lifetime experience if not less often. After pulling his tee ball at the drivable par 4, Badds was forced to swallow an unplayable lie. Now back at the tee and hitting his third, he promptly holed out from 336 yards for birdie. Remember, it's a par 4! It was his fifth birdie of the round that also featured measly conversions from 14 feet and 11'3" at the par-5 second and eighth holes, respectively. He hit 11 greens in regulation and dropped only one shot (at the par-3 seventh hole). The Aussie is 3-for-3 at TPC San Antonio with a T3 (2010) and T15 (2013), but he's logged only one top 30 all season, that a T17 in a home game in Phoenix.
Mar 26 - 6:55 PM

In a brief update at The Telegraph, James Corrigan reported that Graeme McDowell walked off TPC San Antonio today as a precaution given that the Masters begin in two weeks.

As we relayed earlier, G-Mac withdrew after only nine holes with a foot injury. Corrigan broadened the source of McDowell's pain to a "stress injury to his lower left leg." Given this setback, the major champion has scrapped plans of visiting Augusta National next week and plans to compete in next week's Shell Houston Open. He's played the Golf Club of Houston (former known as Redstone Golf Club's Tournament Course) twice in competition, but not since 2012 when he tied for 63rd place.
Mar 26 - 5:57 PM

Martin Kaymer blew up for a 10-over-par 39-43=82 in today's opening round of the Valero Texas Open.

Even the reigning U.S. Open champ couldn't handle the U.S. Open-like scoring conditions, or lack thereof. In what was his first competitive loop of TPC San Antonio, Kaymer found six (of 14) fairways and eight greens in regulation. He circled two birdies, but threw it in reverse to the tune of four bogeys, one double and a pair of triples. His 7 at the par-4 sixth was the result of a three-putt from 7'7". This is Kaymer's highest aggregate in 279 career rounds on the PGA TOUR. It's just the second time that he's failed to break 80.
Mar 26 - 2:58 PM

Colt Knost withdrew during his opening round of the Valero Texas Open due to a thumb injury.

The big fella walked off after striping his drive into the fairway at the par-4 ninth hole. He was 9-over-par through eight holes with three pars, three bogeys, one double and a quad. This is his third mid-tournament WD in 130 PGA TOUR starts. It also extends his drought to five starts without a payday. The Texan started the week slotted 64th in the FedExCup standings.
Mar 26 - 1:11 PM

Sangmoon Bae withdrew from the Valero Texas Open during his opening round, citing a back injury.

Bae completed seven holes in 6-over-par with one birdie, three bogeys and two doubles. It's his fourth mid-tournament WD in 92 PGA TOUR starts and it's the latest disappointment since the PGA TOUR migrated east for the Florida Swing. He's now 2-for-5 since with no top 45s. However, thanks to his win at the Frys.com Open and another three top 10s, the South Korean sat 10th in the FedExCup standings entering the week. Incidentally, nothing new on the lawsuit involving his expired travel visa has been reported for a couple of months.
Mar 26 - 12:10 PM

Graeme McDowell withdrew during his opening round of the Valero Texas Open due to a foot injury. UPDATE: Golf Channel reported later that the injury is in his left foot.

G-Mac started on the back side of TPC San Antonio and went out in birdie-free, 5-over-par 41 before calling it quits. He hit only four greens in regulation. This is just his second mid-tournament WD in 137 PGA TOUR starts. It drops him to 2-for-5 on the season. Despite a T3 at the WGC-HSBC Champions in the fall, he arrived at the VTO slotted 134th in the FedExCup standings.
Mar 26 - 12:00 PM

Adrien Saddier eagled the opening hole and never looked back as he set the new clubhouse target at the Trophee Hassan II with an opening 7-under 32-33=65.

The Frenchman flew out of the gates by chipping in for a three on the 530-yard par-5 opener and added birdies at 6, 7, 10, 15 and 18 in an impressive bogey-free lap of Golf du Palais Royal. He split 11 (of 13) fairways and was 5-for-5 in scrambling. When the 22-year-old handed in his card, he was two shots in front of George Coetzee and David Drysdale although the afternoon wave were still just getting going. Saddier, who lost his full playing privileges after finishing 127th on The Race to Dubai last year, has played just once on the European Tour in 2015, missing the cut in the Joburg Open at the beginning of March. Making today's hot start less of a surprise is the fact that he finished T25 on debut here last year. Saddier said: "I just have a little category on The European Tour so I will be focused on The Challenge Tour this year. I played last week in Madeira and although the tournament was cancelled I was playing well in the strong wind so I'm in good shape this week."
Mar 26 - 10:05 AM

With a 6-under-par 33-33=66 in today's open qualifier for the Valero Texas Open, Daniel Chopra shared medalist honors to earn a berth into the tournament proper.

Chopra covered a lone bogey with seven birdies at The Club at Comanche Trace in Kerrville, Texas, today. The success may evolve quickly into a be-careful-what-you-ask-for experience since he's 0-for-3 at TPC San Antonio with no red numbers in his last five loops. Nevertheless, it can't get much worse for the two-time PGA TOUR winner. He hasn't finished inside the top 35 on the circuit since 2012. Lance Lopez also carded a 6-under 33-33=66 but traded eight birdies with two bogeys. The former University of Texas Longhorn will be making his TOUR debut, as will Thomas Birdsey, who tied for third at the OQ. The Wake Forest Product (via Kansas State) signed for a bogey-free, 5-under 35-32=67 with five birdies. He then survived a 3-for-2 playoff with former TOUR member J.J. Killeen (5-under 35-32=67; 7 birdies, 2 bogeys). Ian Berrigan was eliminated in the playoff. The field of the VTO is now complete at 144.
Mar 23 - 11:28 PM

Matt Every fired a 6-under-par 33-33=66 in the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational to capture a one-stroke win over Henrik Stenson at 19-under 269.

The defending champion began his day with a bogey at the par-4 first, but circled six birdies over the next 10 holes at Bay Hill to thrust his name into the thick of contention. Three of those birdies were from longer than 12 feet, and two were better than 20 feet, so the flat stick propped him up at times. He ended his day with a seventh birdie, holing a putt from 16'10" to break out of a tie with Henrik Stenson, who was still on the course. In addition to the putter, Every's ball-striking was on point as well. Every split 11 of 14 fairways and landed 14 GIR. Stenson had a chance to catch him with a birdie on the par-3 17th and par-4 18th, but failed to convert. With this victory, the Florida Gator is exempt into the Masters, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and PGA Championship. He'll also have full status on the PGA TOUR through 2017-2018 by virtue of the new three-year exemption awarded the winner of the API.
Mar 22 - 5:39 PM

Dawie van der Walt spun a 6-under-par 31-34=65 in the final round of the Chile Classic to pick up the first Web.com Tour win of his career at 21-under 263.

van der Walt circled seven birdies to just one bogey on his final navigation of Club de Golf Mapocho. Five of the birdies and the lone bogey came on the front nine, with the final two birdies falling on the back. When he circled a birdie on the par-5 18th, he secured a two-stroke margin of victory over Erik Barnes. With this victory, van der Walt moves to fifth on the Web.com Tour money list. The top 25 at the end of the regular season earn a 2015-16 PGA TOUR card, so he is sitting pretty.
Mar 22 - 5:04 PM




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