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Robert Garrigus opened the Northern Trust Open with a 4-under-par 34-33=67, good for very early possession of the clubhouse lead.

Garrigus went out in the first threesome off the first tee at Riviera Country Club today. He promptly bogeyed the par-5 first hole where it took him two whacks to escape a greenside bunker. He squared two more bogeys but picked off seven birdies to compensate, including four straight beginning at No. 8. The set of par breakers included conversions from 16'4" and 10'10" at the ninth and 18th holes, respectively, but the highlight was a 14-yard hole-out from just off the green at 3.
Thu, Feb 13, 2014 02:28:00 PM

Scott Stallings will have his tonsils removed and undergo surgery for a deviated septum on Tuesday.

The 30-year-old is currently waiting out a 90-day suspension for violating the PGA TOUR's anti-doping policy. Tuesday's surgery is expected to remedy complications for which he took DHEA, which is on the banned list. "Right now, my health is my No. 1 priority," he said. "I should be down for about a week, but I’ll be ready to go in October. I just want to get healthy." Stallings' suspension will conclude in time for him to compete in the season-opening Frys.com Open on Oct. 15-18. He's fully exempt through 2015-16.
Jul 28 - 1:31 AM

Patrick Rodgers has crashed the field of this week's Quicken Loans National.

Rodgers was given a sponsor exemption to compete. It'll be the 15th start of the season for the PGA TOUR rookie with Special Temporary Membership. He'd rank 122nd in the FedExCup standings among members. He's also 17th on the Web.com Tour money list. If he finishes inside the top 125 with non-member FedExCup points on the PGA TOUR and inside the top 25 in earnings on the Web.com Tour, Rodgers will be fully exempt via the format on the PGA TOUR next season and one less card will be available at the Web.com Tour Finals. If he achieves the double, he'll be the first since the new qualifying process was created. It's also relevant to add that all golfers who are already fully exempt for the following season on the PGA TOUR are no longer allowed to participate in the Web.com Tour Finals.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jul 27 - 1:23 PM

Gary Woodland is one of 15 golfers to qualify for next week's World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational via the latest update of the Official World Golf Ranking.

The top 50 from both the edition that was released today and next week's will gain entry into the limited-field, no-cut affair at Firestone Country Club's South Course in Akron, Ohio, on Aug. 6-9. Woodland is 34th; he'll be making his third appearance. The other 14 qualifiers are as follows (with current OWGR): Adam Scott (11th); Louis Oosthuizen (13th); Hideki Matsuyama (15th); Marc Leishman (28th); Kevin Na (31st); Ryan Palmer (32nd); Kevin Kisner (35th); Thongchai Jaidee (38th); Charl Schwartzel (41st); Charley Hoffman (T42); Francesco Molinari (44th); Brendon Todd (45th); Shane Lowry (48th); Russell Henley (49th). The winner of this week's Quicken Loans National will also climb into the field is not already eligible.
Jul 27 - 11:27 AM

Overnight leader David Hearn settled for an even-par 35-37=72 in the finale of the RBC Canadian Open to conclude at 15-under 273, good for solo third and two shots back of champion Jason Day.

Hearn began his final round at 15-under and a two-stroke advantage over Day and playing partner Bubba Watson. Looking to become the first Canadian to win the RBC in 61 years (Pat Fletcher/1954), he opened birdie-birdie despite wildly missing his first two fairways. The storybook beginning ended abruptly with bogey on the third after missing the fairway for a third consecutive hole. After pars on Nos. 4-6, Hearn lost the lead (to Day) after squaring his second bogey on seven. The 36-year-old had three legit chances to respond on Nos. 8, 10 and 11, each from inside 15 feet, but missed them all. He exchanged one last birdie (at 13) with a third bogey at 12 to play his last seven holes in even, opening the door for Day. Hearn landed just seven (of 14) fairways, hit 12 greens in regulation, and after leading the field in strokes gained: putting thru three rounds, ended with a -0.705 on Sunday. His consolation is a career-best finish in 13 Canadian Opens, brushing aside a T20 in 2006.
Jul 26 - 6:33 PM

RBC Ambassador Jason Day hung up a 4-under-par 34-34=68 in the final round of the RBC Canadian Open to conclude his third appearance in the tournament at 17-under 271, good for a one-shot victory over Bubba Watson.

Day began his final frame at 13-under and two shots back of 54-hole leader David Hearn. After birdie at the par-5 second, a missed birdie on the third from 5'1", and a conversion on the fifth from 8'4", the Australian pulled to within one of Hearn. Day circled another on seven from 7'8", pushing his total to 16-under and the outright lead. It was short-lived, however, as he squared consecutive bogeys at eight and nine. After six consecutive pars on Nos. 10-15, the 27-year-old tied the lead with birdie at 16 and took sole possession with birdie on 17 from outside 11 feet. Day took it to the bank by drilling his sixth birdie of the day on the last from 21'10" for the dramatic birdie-birdie-birdie finish. This is his fourth PGA TOUR title in 165 career events and second of the season on 14 starts (Farmers Insurance Open).
Jul 26 - 5:59 PM

Overnight co-leader Danny Willett closed out the Omega European Masters with a bogey-free, 5-under-par 33-32=65 to post 17-under 263, good for a one-stroke victory over fellow Englishman and overnight co-leader Matt Fitzpatrick.

Willett hit 15 greens in regulation at Crans-sur-Sierre Country Club in Crans Montana, Switzerland, today. His five birdies were outmatched by Fitzpatrick's six, but the younger Brit squared two bogeys en route to what is a career-best finish in his burgeoning European Tour career. Playing alongside each other in today's finale, Willett birdied the par-3 13th, and then both closed birdie-birdie-par-par-par. It's the champ's second victory this season and third in his career. "It was a great day," Willett said. "Matt was snapping at my heels all day, so I’m delighted to get the job done. I kept really calm all day, and just waited for the chances to come. ... But it probably made it a bit easier to be honest, because it meant I could not lose concentration even for a minute. With a bigger lead you can take your foot off the gas a little bit, but today I knew I had to keep attacking and committing fully to shots, and luckily enough it turned out well in the end."
Jul 26 - 12:36 PM

Scott Piercy stalled out to a 1-over-par 36-37=73 in the third round of the RBC Canadian Open and at 1-under 215 will not be a part of the Sunday festivities in Oakville, Ontario.

The 2012 RBC champ and last week's winner at the Barbasol Championship was one of 20 players to make the cut on the number and share 72nd place. As such, a second cut of low 70 professionals and ties was required after 54 holes. Joining Piercy with early exits: 215--Jon Curran; Blair Hamilton (a); J.B. Holmes; Lucas Glover; Austin Connelly (a) ... 216--Seung-Yul Noh; Ryo Ishikawa ... 217--Ryan Ruffels (a); Jonathan Randolph; Steven Alker ... 218--Marcelo Rozo ... 221--Blayne Barber.
Jul 25 - 6:26 PM

Canadian David Hearn tacked on a 4-under-par 32-36=68 in the third round of the RBC Canadian Open and his 54-hole aggregate of 15-under 201 is good for a two-shot margin over Bubba Watson and Jason Day.

Hearn began the day in a two-way tie for third (11-under) and three shots back. On his round, he found the short grass just six (of 14) times and hit 12 greens in regulation, registering 1.583 putts per GIR, currently No. 1 in that stat thru three rounds. Hearn entered the third round first in strokes gained: putting and at last check remained in that position with a cumulative 9.434. Playing in the penultimate pairing, the Canuck circled birdies at Nos. 2, 7 (from 23'11") and 8 to turn in 3-under. He added par breakers on 15 and 16 before squaring his lone bogey at the 17th. The 36-year-old is playing in his 13th RBC posting a personal-best T20 in 2006. His season-best (25 starts) was T2 at The Greenbrier Classic. Hearn is in the pole position to become the first Canadian to win this tournament since Pat Fletcher in 1954.
Jul 25 - 6:21 PM

Camilo Villegas crafted a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in the third round of the RBC Canadian Open and is the 54-hole clubhouse leader at 11-under 205.

Villegas began Moving Day at 6-under (T22) and eights shots back of 36-hole leader Chad Campbell. On his round, he circled five birdies to overshadow two bogeys and added an eagle-3 at the finisher to post the clubhouse mark. The 33-year-old's stats show 10 (of 14) fairways, 14 greens in regulation, and at last check, a cumulative 8.364 in strokes gained: tee-to-green. Villegas' loop of Glen Abbey on Saturday ended in 5-under, and he played the four par 5s in 5-under, circling birdies at Nos. 2, 13, 16 and adding the aforementioned eagle on 18 from just over five feet. His only conversion from outside of six feet came from 24'6" at the par-4 eighth. The Colombian entered the week 138th in the FedExCup standings with a season-best T16 (The Honda Classic) on 20 starts. His career-best at the RBC (10 starts) is T5 in 2006.
Jul 25 - 4:24 PM

Overnight leader Danny Willett had to settle for a 1-over-par 36-35=71 in round three of the Omega European Masters in Switzerland but still has a share of top spot.

Trying to follow up Friday's 62 at Crans-sur-Sierre, Willett looked out of sorts early on and started bogey-birdie-bogey-double bogey to drop back to 9-under. He recovered with birdies at 6 and 9 but gave those shots back again with back-to-back bogeys at 10 and 11. The Englishman had one final trick up his sleeve, however, and eagled the par-5 15th to tie clubhouse leader Matt Fitzpatrick on 12-under 198. The pair are two clear of Frenchman Raphael Jacquelin and three in front of defending champion David Lipsky. Y.E. Yang and fellow Korean Seuk-hyun Baek are now four back after carding matching 4-over 74s. Willett, who finished T6 in last week's Open Championship, will be chasing a third European Tour win on Sunday and his second of this wraparound season. He said after his 71, "It wasn’t the best of days, and the round could’ve got away from me early doors. So it was good to hang tough and finish off the round quite nicely. Hopefully that’s my one bad round out the way."
Jul 25 - 12:02 PM

Matt Fitzpatrick hung up a 6-under-par 34-30=64 to join Danny Willett atop the leaderboard after round three of the Omega European Masters in Switzerland.

The rookie's lap of the mountain course at Crans-sur-Sierre was the low 18 of the day and moved him up 14 spots to T1. Fitzpatrick circled three birdies against two bogeys on the front nine but made his move on the back with par breakers at 10, 13, 14, 15 and 17. That inward 30 put him level with fellow Englishman Willett on 12-under 198 and two in front of Frenchman Raphael Jacquelin. Fitzpatrick, who opened with rounds of 69 and 65, split 10 (of 13) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation. He took 26 putts. The former U.S. Amateur champion was T3 in the Lyoness Open last month and will go into Sunday with a great chance to secure his first European Tour win.
Jul 25 - 11:48 AM




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