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With a second straight charge on the back nine at Emirates Golf Club, Stephen Gallacher successfully defending his title at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

The Scot slept on a two-stroke margin over Rory McIlroy. Gallacher opened bogey-bogey today and added bogeys at 6 and 8 to turn in 4-over-par 39. He regrouped with four birdies coming in for an even-par 72 to post 16-under 272, one clear of runner-up Emiliano Grillo of Argentina. En route to taking the lead on Saturday, Gallacher came home in 9-under 28 with an eagle and seven birdies. "I never really played the front nine that well all week," he said. "I don't know, [Sunday] was a carbon copy of yesterday apart from I holed a couple of putts for par and got a bit lucky yesterday but today I was in bushes and trees and stuff. I just kept saying to myself, ‘stay patient’. I played the back nine well and no one was really running away with it at the time." McIlroy closed with 74 to share ninth place. This is Gallacher's third European Tour title. It exempts him into the WGC-Bridgestone Invite and should boost him into the top 40 of the Official World Golf Ranking.
Sun, Feb 2, 2014 10:11:00 AM

Tyrell Hatton tied the lowest ever score in tournament play at Royal County Down to share the clubhouse lead with five others at the midpoint of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

Hatton's 5-under-par 31-35=66 in Friday's second round matched a mark set back in 1939 although this is the first time the Irish Open has been held at the iconic Northern Irish links since then. The Englishman burst out of the blocks with an eagle-3 at the first followed by birdies at two and three and reached the turn in 31. He circled three birdies against two bogeys coming home to finish at 3-under 139 and join Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Søren Kjeldsen, Chris Wood, Richie Ramsay and Bernd Wiesberger in a tie for the lead. Hatton's tee-to-green numbers were excellent given the tough conditions as he split 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation. With the cut falling at 5-over and just eight shots separating the field, the 23-year-old can expect challengers to come at him from all angles on Saturday but it's so far, so good as he seeks a first European Tour victory.
May 29 - 6:11 PM

Rafa Cabrera-Bello joined the lead with a 3-under-par 34-34=68 at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open on Friday and achieved something no other player has managed so far.

A total of 306 rounds have been played over the first two days in often brutal conditions at Royal County Down but RCB owns the only-bogey free lap after hitting 15 greens in regulation and going 3-for-3 in scrambling. Outstanding. The Spaniard grafted for 14 pars and a birdie at the third over his first 15 holes and then produced a mini spurt late on with par breakers at 16 and 18 to make it a six-way tie for the lead at 3-under 138 alongside Tyrrell Hatton, Søren Kjeldsen, Chris Wood, Richie Ramsay and Bernd Wiesberger.
May 29 - 6:00 PM

Ángel Cabrera withdrew from the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship prior to his second round.

The Argentine was scheduled to go off the 10th tee at 3:40 p.m. CT. He opened with 4-over-par 37-37=74 with three birdies and seven bogeys. This is his seventh mid-tournament WD in 238 PGA TOUR starts; it's his second in his last four. His last occurred at THE PLAYERS due to a back injury. If an explanation is released for today's decision, we will relay it to you. Cabrera started the week slotted 152nd in the FedExCup standings, but he's fully exempt through next season.
May 29 - 5:14 PM

Gary Woodland had himself a day at TPC Four Seasons, signing for a 6-under-par 31-32=63 following his second round.

Woodland needed something special today to get to the weekend. He opened with a 2-over 72 that included one bogey, one double and one triple. He found it early and often on Friday. Starting on the par-4 10th, Woodland would snipe his first of five birdies on the par-4 11th. But the highlight occurred on the modified par-3 14th where he holed out from the tee box (in the fairway) from 104 yards. It's his first ace in 463 rounds on the PGA TOUR. (You can view the shot for yourself at the link below.) He reached the midpoint in 4-under 135 and sits four swings off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
May 29 - 5:09 PM

Jordan Spieth twirled a 5-under-par 33-31=64 in today's second round of the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship.

The hometown favorite connected for seven birdies at TPC Four Seasons today. That set included a tap-in at the modified par-3 14th hole. He also swallowed two bogey-5s, but still signed for his lowest aggregate of 18 competitive rounds at TPC Four Seasons. Prior to today, Spieth hadn't scored better than 67, so even with the adjustment to overall par today, it was his best round. At 6-under 133, the 21-year-old is just three strokes in arrears of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
May 29 - 5:00 PM

Jon Curran chased his opening 67 at the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship with a 6-under-par 29-34=63 in today's second round to post 9-under 130 at the break, good for early possession of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

No need to adjust your device as overall par today is 69. As we relayed earlier, the 14th hole is being played as a 104-yard par 3. It's a 406-yard par 4 on the scorecard but unplayable conditions in the fairway precluded its traditional setup. It's also precluded the access to data beyond scoring, such as fairways hit, greens in regulation and measurements of all shots. But we do know that Curran buried eight birdies at TPC Four Seasons today, including a 2 at No. 14. He also squared a pair of bogey-5s on his inward nine.
May 29 - 4:14 PM

Rory McIlroy followed his atrocious, opening 80 at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open with an even-par 34-37=71 in today's second round and will miss the cut.

After squaring nine bogeys on Thursday, McIlroy's only hiccup today was a double bogey-6 at the 15th hole. He had buried birdies at Nos. 7 and 12, so it merely wiped away a red number. He's in the books at 9-over 151, four shots outside the cut line. McIlroy is a first-time host of this tournament, so you can't rule out that distractions related to the learning curve of how to juggle those duties with his game impeded progress. The Irish Open concluded five consecutive weeks of competition on two continents with two victories, so he may have merely run of out gas. We'll see the world's top-ranked next in three weeks at the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay.
May 29 - 1:16 PM

Retief Goosen withdrew from the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship prior to the second round, citing a neck injury.

Goosen was slated to go off the first tee at 10:30 a.m. CT, which is three hours later than originally planned due to the overnight rain and subsequent delay due to unplayable conditions. He opened with a 7-over-par 37-40=77 during which he went 0-for-10 in scoring chances and squared seven bogeys. This is his fifth mid-tournament WD in 279 PGA TOUR starts. If he's able, he'll try again at next week's Memorial.
May 29 - 11:28 AM

Due to unplayable conditions, the second round of the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship began at 10:00 a.m. CT.

Four-and-a-half inches of rain fell overnight, so the three threesomes went off split tees three hours later than scheduled. This includes John Rollins on No. 10. The local resident shot 7-over-par 40-37=77 in the opener. While the tournament is underway, the par-4 14th hole has been modified. On the scorecard, it's 406 yards, but an unplayable fairway has forced officials to reduce it to 104 yards. It will still be a par 4, no doubt to maintain ease in record-keeping. UPDATE: Because of the significant change, the hole will be played as a par 3 today, giving TPC Four Seasons an overall par of 69. Lift, clean and place is in effect in closely mown areas only.
May 29 - 11:23 AM

Richie Ramsay authored a 4-under-par 33-34=67 to assume joint ownership of the clubhouse lead at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

He's tied at the top on 3-under 139 with Bernd Wiesberger after equalling the Austrian's low 18 of the week. Ramsay had the chance to take the lead on his own but bogeyed his final hole of the day, the 9th, after failing to get up and down from a greenside bunker. Before that, the Scot had won his battle with Royal County Down and the changeable Irish weather by circling birdies at 12, 13, 16, 1 and 4. So far, he's 11-for-15 in scrambling over the first 36 holes so a hot short game is serving him well. Having grown up playing links golf in Aberdeen, Ramsay's strong showing so far should come as no surprise.
May 29 - 8:53 AM

Bernd Wiesberger roared into contention at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open after posting the clubhouse lead of 3-under 139 with a 4-under-par 31-36=67.

The Austrian's morning lap at Royal County Down saw him eclipse Padraig Harrington's target by a shot although he's currently one behind Scot Richie Ramsay, who is still out on the course. Wiesberger's 67 is the best round of the week so far and was built on a surge at 16, 17 and 18 which he played in 4-under after two birdies and an eagle-3. He found the going tougher on his second nine but a birdie at the 9th, his final hole, made him the leader in the clubhouse. The two-time European Tour winner split 10 (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation.
May 29 - 8:23 AM




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