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Ernie Els eliminated Justin Rose in 20 holes in the Player Bracket in today's second round of the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship.

Once again, Els illustrates why the average golfer would probably have more fun competing in match play than keeping an aggregate score. After yesterday's bloodbath, he outbalanced just two birdies in regulation with five bogeys, yet traded four wins with Rose, who circled each of his with pars. Both birdied the par-4 first the second time through before Els authored a magnificent up and down from a challenging lie outside a greenside bunker at the par-5 second (20th). Rose blasted out from the bunker but settled for par to The Big Easy's birdie. Els is the last man into the third round where he'll face Jason Dufner. It's the first time since 2009 and just the second time in his last 11 appearances that the Hall of Famer has played this deep into the tournament.
Thu, Feb 20, 2014 07:08:00 PM

Ryo Ishikawa authored a bogey-free, 8-under-par 30-33=63 in today's opening round of the Quicken Loans National, good for a share of the clubhouse lead with two-time Presidents Cup teammate Retief Goosen.

This was a round to remember in multiple ways for the 23-year-old from Japan. He missed four (of 14) fairways and four greens in regulation but connected six birdies beginning at the par-5 14th hole. The string featured conversions from 23 feet, 17'6" and 16'8" at Nos. 16, 17 and 18, respectively. After pars at the par-4 second and third holes, Ishikawa jarred his tee ball at the par-3 fourth with an 8-iron from 178 yards. (You can view the shot at the link below.) At last check, he ranked third in both strokes-gained stats. The ace is his second on the PGA TOUR. His first occurred on the par-3 eighth hole of Trump International Golf Club in the third round of the 2013 Puerto Rico Open.
Jul 30 - 4:17 PM

Rickie Fowler punctuated a 4-under-par 34-33=67 in today's opening round of the Quicken Loans National with a hole-in-one at the par-3 ninth hole.

He three-jacked the par-5 eighth hole for bogey, and then laced a 7-iron from 184 yards at the last for the ace. (You can view the shot at the link below.) Overall, Fowler hit 13 greens in regulation and added four birdies, the longest from 12'10" at the par-4 13th. He's four swings adrift of the clubhouse lead. Incidentally, today's 1 is his second in 141 PGA TOUR starts as a pro. The first occurred in the final round of the 2009 Frys.com Open at Grayhawk Golf Club. He holed his tee ball on the par-3 fifth from 211 yards that day and would eventually lose in a playoff to Troy Matteson. That's the same tournament in which Jamie Lovemark's approach on the first hole in the playoff landed in the water and hopped onto dry land. Lovemark went on to save par on the hole before also getting clipped by Matteson on the next hole.
Jul 30 - 3:23 PM

Antonio Hortal carded a 9-under-par 33-30=63 to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the rescheduled Madeira Islands Open – Portugal – BPI.

It's no surprise to see the Spaniard leading at Clube de Golf do Santo da Serra as he finished T3 in this event last year. Today, he started slowly with two pars and a bogey in his opening three holes but an eagle-3 at 7 along with birdies at 5 and 9 took him to the turn in 3-under. But it was on the back nine that the 26-year-old really came alive as he circled birdies at 10, 11, 13, 14, 16 and 17 to surge to the top of the leaderboard. He's one shot clear of fellow Spaniard Nacho Elvira and two in front of New Zealand's Ryan Fox and Frenchman Sebastien Gros. An eight-man group on 5-under -- that's four shots back -- includes Portugal's Ricardo Santos. Extreme weather conditions caused the cancellation of the original tournament in March.
Jul 30 - 3:09 PM

Retief Goosen spun a bogey-free, 8-under-par 32-31=63 in today's opening round of the Quicken Loans National to establish outright possession of the clubhouse lead.

The South African was stranded in the fairway at the par-4 18th when play was suspended for inclement weather at 12:50 p.m. ET. He parred the hole after the restart at 2:27 p.m.. Overall, Goosen split 10 (of 14) fairways and missed only one green in regulation en route to his lowest aggregate on the PGA TOUR since he signed for the same following the third round of the 2012 RBC Canadian Open at Hamilton Golf & Country Club. Three of today's eight birdies found the cup from outside 10 feet, the longest taping off at 30'3" at the par-5 eighth hole.
Jul 30 - 2:45 PM

Steve Wheatcroft hung up a bogey-free, 6-under-par 33-32=65 for his opening round of the Quicken Loans National, good for sole possession of the clubhouse lead.

His lead won't hold, but it lays the latest brick in his quest to snipe his first victory on the PGA TOUR. This is his 104th start. Wheatcroft hit only 11 greens in regulation, but he wrangled three birdies on each nine. His most impressive rolled nearly 33 feet for a 3 at the second hole. His closest brush with bogey occurred at the par-4 17th where he pulled his approach well left of the green but eventually coaxed a par try in from 16'6". At last check, Wheatcroft ranked third in the field in strokes gained: putting with a clip of 3.415. Incidentally, lift, clean and place is in effect due to the threat of today's inclement weather.
Jul 30 - 12:46 PM

Richie Ramsay produced a superb fightback to beat India's Shiv Kapur by 1 hole in the opening round of the inaugural Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Matchplay.

Despite holding the course record at Murcar Links GC and growing up near the Aberdeen venue, Ramsay found himself three down to Kapur after losing the 4th, 5th and 7th. But the Scot clawed his way back into the match with winning birdies at the 8th and 11th before making it all square with a par at the 14th. After trading pars at the 15th and 16th, Ramsay edged in front for the first time with a birdie at the 17th and closed out victory with a 20-footer for another at the par-4 18th after Kapur had fired his approach to eight feet. The Aberdeen native, who will take on Italy's Edoardo Molinari (a 5&4 winner over Magnus A Carlsson) in the last 32, said, "The most pleasing thing is playing well under pressure. There is no better feeling."
Jul 30 - 12:08 PM

As a result of recently breaking his hand, Chris Kirk will not compete in next week's World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.

This was expected when Kirk proclaimed on Twitter on July 15 that he was "unlikely" to peg it at both Firestone next week and Whistling Straits for the PGA Championship on Aug. 13-16. He's 23rd in the FedExCup standings.
Jul 29 - 11:07 AM

Rory McIlroy made official today that he will not return to competition at next week's World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational where he is the defending champion.

He's still on the mend from rupturing a ligament in his left ankle. "Unfortunately, I will not be defending my World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational title," he said McIlroy. "Best of luck to all the competitors, and I look forward to returning to Firestone in 2016." The PGA Championship is the week after, so don't hold your breath for him to defend that title, either. He has no reason to rush his recovery.
Jul 29 - 11:03 AM

In his press conference today for the Quicken Loans National, Billy Hurley III announced that the whereabouts of his father, Willard, are unknown.

The following is an excerpt courtesy of USATODAY.com. Hurley III said, "Last Sunday, nine days ago, my dad took some clothes, he took some cash, he got in his truck and drove away and no one has heard from him since. So he’s been gone about nine days, I guess. No one really knows why. It’s complete speculation as to why he left. He’s been married to my mom for 30-plus years. You know, they still live in the house that I grew up in in Leesburg and I’m just hoping that there’s a story that maybe he goes to PGATOUR.com to check my tee time or check my score and sees this and understands that dad, we love you and we want you to come home." Hurley III is scheduled to go off the 10th tee at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club at 7:37 a.m. ET. He's outside the top 130 in both FedExCup points and earnings, so the timing of this emotional turmoil is terrible as it concerns his objective to retain status on the PGA TOUR, but he's still planning on competing.
Jul 28 - 2:36 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




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