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Taking advantage of his position in the first threesome off the first tee on the Eisenhower Course at Industry Hills Golf Club in City of Industry, Calif., on Monday morning, Jason Gore turned in a 7-under-par 31-34=65 in the open qualifier for the Northern Trust Open, good for medalist honors and a berth into the tournament proper.

Gore opened birdie-birdie and added an eagle-3 at the eighth hole and four birdies to absorb a lone bogey at the par-3 15th hole. He survived the four-spotter for the Frys.com Open to begin the season, and then parlayed it into a T26. He hasn't competed anywhere since. Jason Allred took runner-up honors in the OQ. The former PGA TOUR member went off in the first group off the 10th tee and carded a 6-under 32-34=66 with an eagle, six birdies and two bogeys. He hasn't played in an event on the circuit since the 2010 U.S. Open. The final two tee times at Riviera on Thursday went to Aaron Goldberg (4-under 32-36=68; 6 birdies, 1 double bogey) and former PGA TOUR member Bubba Dickerson (4-under 33-35=68; 6 birdies, 2 bogeys). The duo outlasted Lee Janzen and Michael Letzig in a playoff. The field of the Northern Trust Open is now complete at 144.
Tue, Feb 11, 2014 12:41:00 PM

Hudson Swafford maintained his recent trend of starting fast on Thursday, firing a 7-under-par 31-34=65 at La Quinta Country Club to open his week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

The Georgia Bulldog raced out to a career-low, 8-under 62 at last week's Sony Open before fading to T13 by Sunday. It was the 10th time he's found himself inside the top 10 after day one (third time this season) but he's failed to turn any of those fast starts into top 10s come Sunday night. Perhaps the 11th time is the charm as Swafford currently finds himself in a three-way tie for the early clubhouse lead here in La Quinta, California and will surely end up inside the top 10 by day's end. He circled eight birdies on the day and his lone bogey came at the par-3 12th where he found a greenside bunker with his tee ball. Swafford entered the week with 18 straight cuts made which is fourth on TOUR behind only Adam Scott, Daniel Berger, and Jason Day.
Jan 19 - 5:50 PM

Patton Kizzire connected on a bogey-free, 7-under-par 32-33=65 while taking on the Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course at PGA WEST in round one of the CareerBuilder Challenge, finding himself in an early share of the lead with play still in progress.

Kizzire arrived on the heels of three straight missed cuts but the holiday break provided a nice spot to rest and forget about the poor form. That's exactly what he did as he came out firing on the back nine with three straight birdies to open his round and never looked back. It wasn't as easy as the scorecard makes it look, though, as he needed to get up-and-down five times to remain blemish-free. In 36 career starts, Kizzire has six career top 10s to his name but is still in search of the maiden win. With playing winding down on the day, he currently finds himself tied at the top with Harold Varner III.
Jan 19 - 5:18 PM

Harold Varner III raced out to an early lead at the CareerBuilder Challenge, torching La Quinta Country Club to the tune of a 7-under-par 31-34=65 in round one.

HV3 is making his second start since a big international win at the Australian PGA Championship (December 4th). He missed the cut at last week's Sony Open to shake off the holiday rust. The rust looks fully removed today as he peppered La Quinta CC with six birdies and an eagle, offset by a single bogey at the par-4 17th. The East Carolina product found 16 greens in regulation today, alleviating a lot of stress on the flat stick. Play is still in progress across the three-course rota, but if Varner III holds onto his early lead it will be his first lead (after any round) on the PGA TOUR.
Jan 19 - 4:37 PM

Henrik Stenson lit up the first morning of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship with a sparkling opening lap of 8-under-par 30-34=64, finishing the day two clear of Martin Kaymer, Oliver Fisher, Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Marc Warren.

In 11 previous starts at the Abu Dhabi GC the Swede's first round score has been a real indictaor of his week's intentions: five times he has been in the top five after 18 holes and four times he contended. Meanwhile whenever he struggles early on, it stays that way all week. Moreover in 36 previous rounds he has bettered 64 just the once, a third round 62 on debut in 2006; yet more evidence that he's hit 2017 running. In fact it was his opening nine (the back nine) which witnessed most of the drama. He made birdie at the 10th before adding a hat-trick of red from the 12th thanks to a stunning approach to 13 which left him 3'0" and a chip-in at the 14th. He closed the stretch with back-to-back par breakers at 17 and 18 before a becalmed stretch through the heart of the front nine. Yet he ticked the 7th and made it eight birdies for the day with a 6'0" conversion on the 9th. I'm delighted with that score. I think I scored a bit better than what I played," he said.
Jan 19 - 4:06 AM

Returning from two sports hernia surgeries, Phil Mickelson officially gives his infamous thumbs up ahead of this week's CareerBuilder Challenge.

Mickelson has been committed to the field but left his definitive commitment in question until now. George Savaricas of Golf Channel reported via Twitter saying, "Phil Mickelson WILL make his 2017 debut @ CB Challenge according to a source, a bit "rusty" but feels good enough to give it a go." Lefty had two surgeries over the holiday break, so a little rust should be expected as he plays his way back into form. At the same time, this has always been an event that is kind to Mickelson as he ranks second on the Career Money List at the CB Challenge, buoyed by a pair of wins (2002, 2004) and just two missed cuts in 13 tries.
Jan 18 - 11:55 AM

Henrik Stenson has won the other two European Tour events held in the United Arab Emirates and will try to complete the set at this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

The Open champion landed the Dubai Desert Classic in 2007 and won the DP World Tour Championship in both 2013 and 2014. It all makes sense given that he made Dubai his home for 10 years. The Swede has gone close to winning in Abu Dhabi on several occasions, finishing runner-up in both 2006 and 2008 before finishing third last year. However, before gamers invest, it's worth noting that Stenson endured a sustained run of poor form in this event between 2009 and 2015 when he missed four cuts and didn't manage a single top 20. He put that down to rust. As for his well-being ahead of this week's event? He told europeantour.com: "It's a bit of a soft start for me in terms of practice, but the game feels pretty good. So I hope we can carry on from where I left it last year, and we'll just see if it's been conserved well enough over Christmas."
Jan 18 - 7:19 AM

Jason Dufner pulled off some magic from the rocks en route to victory at the 2016 CareerBuilder Challenge and returns this week for a chance to defend his title while taking on the same trio of courses.

Dufner cruised out to 23-under 193 through three rounds here last year. He entered the finale with a two-shot cushion before cooling off with a 2-under 70. He looked to have the trophy in sight all day but things got really interesting when he overshot the green on the par-3 17th to find his ball in the rocks surrounding the green. For the viewers at home, it appeared to be a bogey at best. Instead he gauged the lie perfectly and nearly holed out his chip, walking away with a tap-in par that had to feel like a birdie at the time. He finished the day in a share of first with David Lingmerth and outlasted him in a playoff to secure his fourth career win. Last year's win was his first top 10 at this event, but it was also the first year with the current course rota. Expecting another win this week may be foolish but a steady top 25 could certainly be in the cards.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jan 17 - 9:18 AM

Rickie Fowler jets into the United Arab Emirates this week to contest the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and make his first defence of a European Tour title.

Fowler's debut Euro Tour win came in the 2015 Scottish Open but he chose not to contest that event in 2016. He'll certainly hope to make a better job of defending than he's managed on the PGA TOUR. Fowler has attempted it three times but missed the cut twice (2013 Wells Fargo, 2016 Players Championship) and finished T46 in a limited field at last year's Deutsche Bank Championship. Victory in this event last year elevated the Californian to fourth in the world rankings but he returns at 14th having not managed to win since his one-shot victory over Thomas Pieters in Abu Dhabi 12 months ago. Fowler should have won the 2016 Waste Management Phoenix Open but at least that near-miss last February was a reminder that he enjoys desert golf. With Rory McIlroy withdrawing with a bad back, the 28-year-old is third favorite behind compatriot Dustin Johnson and Open champ Henrik Stenson in the betting this week.
Jan 17 - 9:02 AM

Dustin Johnson will make his first appearance on the European Tour's Middle East schedule when he tees it up at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship this week.

It's not been unknown for the World No. 3 to play regular Euro Tour stops (i.e. excluding The Open), but it's rarely heralded big results. There have been six top 20s, but he has struggled with the carefree atmosphere of the Dunhill Links Championship and missed the cut in the 2015 Hong Kong Open. His best result is T4 in the 2011 Ballantine's Championship. There are grounds to expect more this week however. Firstly it's widely acknowledged that last season saw a step up in class, with the U.S. Open victory proving it. Secondly the field, although now lacking Rory McIlroy, is strong and tournament history points to the invited stars choosing to be competitive rather than ornamental. Opened 2017 with T6 in the Tournament of Champions.
Jan 17 - 5:42 AM

An MRI scan revealed bad news for Rory McIlroy's rib, leading to his withdraw from this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and leaves his short-term schedule up in the air.

McIlroy mentioned a back injury last week when he was playing at the BMW South African Open. The fact that he injured his back early in the week and still finished second place in the event had many assuming this was a small tweak. The MRI scan revealed otherwise, showing the injury was actually a stress fracture in his ribs. In his full statement to the European Tour, McIlroy said, "In situations like this you simply have to listen to the experts and the team I have consulted have all advised me to rest until my rib has fully recovered." The Northern Irishman was really motivated to do well this week in Abu Dhabi as he continues his climb back toward World No. 1, but that journey will have to wait until the rib is healed. There is no timetable for his return at this time.
Jan 16 - 2:58 PM

World No. 16 Justin Rose twirled a 6-under-par 32-32=64 in the final round of the Sony Open in Hawaii for a four-day tally of 20-under 260, good for solo 2nd, seven adrift of overnight leader and champion Justin Thomas.

The 36-year-old fulfilled the new TOUR requirement to add a tourney that he hadn't played in the last four years, and he's glad he did. This was his fifth Sony, first since T13 in 2011, and supplants a previous-best T12 in 2010, where he also closed in 64. The Englishman, who was making his first start of the season, began R4 in a three-way T3 on 14-under, eight shy of playing competitor Thomas. He squared a lone bogey-4 at 11 (failed scramble), but silenced it with six conventional birdies at Nos. 3, 4, 8 (14'4"), 10, 16 and 18, adding a 47-footer from off the green at the par-4 15th (using the flat stick). For the week, Rose carded 25 birdies versus five bogeys and posted rounds of 66-64-66-64. It's his 10th runner-up in 288 career events, first since T2 at the 2015 TOUR Championship.
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