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The World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship has taken on 12 more golfers via the latest Official World Golf Ranking.

The top 50 in both the updated OWGR and next week's edition will gain entry into the limited-field, no-cut event at the revamped Trump National Doral on March 6-9. Every year, there's at least one golfer for whom it's a little hard to believe hasn't already qualified. McIlroy sits eighth in the OGWR but finished outside the top 30 in FedExCup points and outside the top 20 in the Race to Dubai in 2013. Those are the two likely conduits for him to gain entry otherwise. The other 11 now eligible: Bubba Watson (14th in the OWGR), Jimmy Walker (25th), Louis Oosthuizen (33rd), Ryan Moore (34th), Harris English (36th), Rickie Fowler (38th), Miguel Angel Jiménez (41st), Patrick Reed (44th), Jonas Blixt (47th), Chris Kirk (48th) and Martin Kaymer (50th).
Sun, Feb 23, 2014 10:12:00 PM

In-form Lucas Bjerregaard thrashed a bogey-free 7-under-par 31-34=65 in the first round of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in England, opening up a one-shot lead over Dean Burmester and Darren Fichardt.

It's a further shot back to Rory McIlroy and English trio Matthew Fitzpatrick, Sam Horsfield and Richard Bland. Here's one for #Teamcurrentform. Bjerregaard came into the event after T5 in the Rocco Forte Open and T6 at the China Open. Contrast that with his course form which shows three missed cuts out of three with his last four rounds over the West Course reading 82, 73, 76, 74. He made a mockery of those numbers today with a string of birdies spread across his afternoon lap. Going out, the Dane birdied 2, 4, 7 and 9 to turn in 31. Further gains at 12 and 16 took him level with the two South Africans in T1 and he secured the solo lead with a walk-off birdie. It's the second tournament in a row he's ended Thursday as the first-round leader having shared top spot with Ryan Evans after an opening 65 at the Rocco Forte Open.
May 24 - 2:51 PM

Andrew Putnam turned on the scoring machine in round one of the Fort Worth Invitational, signing for a 6-under-par 33-31=64 to place himself one off the early leader Charley Hoffman.

Putnam was flirting with flagsticks all day, gaining 4.073 strokes approaching-the-green en route to 15 greens in regulation. That helped set up five scoring chances from inside seven feet while he also knocked in three birdies from the 10-to-18 foot range. Putnam has gained strokes on approach in 10 of his last 13 ShotLink events so this round shouldn't be too shocking for gamers or fans that have been following the Pepperdine product closely. This will go in the record books as his new personal best on the PGA TOUR (excluding the 10-under 62 in team competition). He's previously posted 65 three times, with two of them coming in Texas. There must be something about the Lone Star State that suits this 29-year-old.
May 24 - 2:49 PM

Jhonattan Vegas was slow out of the gate but rallied late to rack up a 6-under-par 30-34=64 during the opening round of the Fort Worth Invitational, one off the early pacesetter Charley Hoffman.

Vegas started his round on the back nine and eased into it with two birdies and one bogey before making the turn. From there, he picked off birdies on five of his next seven holes including a four-hole train from 4 thru 7. Only one of his birdie conversions came from outside nine feet (16'2" at the 7th), showing this was very much a product of great iron and wedge play. He walked into the scorer's tent gaining 2.298 strokes approaching-the-green. Making his fourth appearance at Colonial, Vegas is previously just 1-for-3 and this round will eclipse his previous-low round here by four strokes.
May 24 - 2:31 PM

Emiliano Grillo pieced together a 6-under-par 32-32=64 during the opening round of the Fort Worth Invitational, placing him just one off the torrid pace set by Charley Hoffman.

The Argentine was middle-of-the-road in terms of tee-to-green play today, but his putter caught fire to rocket him up the leaderboard. Grillo started his day by missing an 8'1" birdie chance but he didn't let many more opportunities slip past him. By day's end, he splashed home six putts from outside nine feet with the longest coming from just inside 24 feet. Grillo walked off the course gaining 4.289 strokes putting. The 25-year-old entered with a 2-for-2 record here at Colonial CC, finishing T55 in his debut and returning last year to improve with a T24. Gamers shouldn't expect his putter to stay this hot but his ball-striking has room for improvement as the week progresses.
May 24 - 2:20 PM

Charley Hoffman blitzed Colonial Country Club en route to a bogey-free, 7-under-par 31-32=63 during round one of the Fort Worth Invitational, good for the early clubhouse lead with play still in progress.

Hoffman put on a ball-striking clinic today, striping 11 (of 14) fairways on his way toward 16 greens in regulation. That stellar striking set up eight scoring chances from inside 16 feet, converting on six of them in addition to a 24'3" birdie bomb at the par-4 seventh. Playing his 36th round at Colonial, this eclipses his previous best by two shots (65 in R3/2009 and R1/2006). If this number holds then it'll be Hoffman's seventh career first-round lead/co-lead, first since the 2017 Masters. Unfortunately, he's only converted one of those early leads into a top 10 (T7, 2013 Travelers).
May 24 - 1:57 PM

Steve Stricker looked doubtful to even finish the round before rallying his way to a 5-under-par 31-34=65, good for an early seat inside the top 5 at the Fort Worth Invitational.

Stricker opened his day on the back nine and swallowed bogeys at 10 and 13. He was seen grimacing and grabbing his back but a 12'8" birdie splash at the par-4 15th turned his day around. He added two more circles before adding a big bird at the par-5 first hole. It wasn't of the traditional variety as he needed to hole out from the greenside bunker (55 feet) to land his eagle. The 51-year-old steadied his way into the clubhouse where he'll now surely get his back looked at before returning to Colonial Country Club, tomorrow afternoon. Stricker is a past champion here (2009) and arrived with an overall record of 9 cuts made to just 2 missed cuts.
May 24 - 1:43 PM

Ben Martin steadied a bogey-free, 4-under-par 33-33=66 during round one of the Fort Worth Invitational, throwing his name into early contention.

Finishing outside the top 40 in seven straight starts, Martin hasn't been flying out of the gate lately. That changed today as he scrambled his way to the top of the leaderboard, getting up-and-down on seven occasions today. The most notable was a 12'3" par-saver at the third. It was mostly steady striking and around-the-green play until his putter finally contributed with a 23'11" birdie blast at the closing, par-4 18th. Martin will need to tidy up the driving if he wants to hang around all week (7-of-14 fairways) but he has to be very pleased with the results today. Martin has been outside the top 20 after R1 in all of his starts since the 2017 Barracuda Championship, last August.
May 24 - 1:14 PM

Rory McIlroy won the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on the only other occasion he broke 70 on his opening lap; he'll hope history repeats after firing a 5-under-par 34-33=67 in round one to sit just a shot back from clubhouse leaders Dean Burmester and Darren Fichardt. UPDATE McIlroy ended R1 in T4, two shots behind Lucas Bjerregaard.

The Northern Irishman has a very mixed history at the West Course, surrounding his win in 2014 with missed cuts in 2012, 2013 and 2015. This is his first start at the classic, tree-lined English track in three years but it proved a happy return as he outpaced two bogeys with seven birdies. McIlroy dropped shots at 3 and 9 on his outward nine but recorded three circles (4, 6 and 8) between those hiccups. He continued to make hay on the even-numbered holes, coming home with gains at 10, 12, 14 and 16 before the sequence ended at the last where he had to settle for par. Still, that's an excellent start from the pre-tournament favorite and he's in great shape to kick on in Friday morning's second round.
May 24 - 1:08 PM

Darren Fichardt made it a pair of South Africans at the head of the field on day one of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in England, matching the earlier clubhouse total of Dean Burmester with a bogey-free 6-under-par 32-34=66. UPDATE Fichardt ended R1 in T2, one shot behind Lucas Bjerregaard.

Fichardt has missed his last seven cuts in this event and failed to shoot lower than 71 since he posted T8 here 14 years ago. He produced his best ever lap of the West Course thanks to six birdies and 12 pars. The veteran, who won on the South African Sunshine Tour in March, birdied the fourth hole and did the bulk of his scoring around the turn thanks to red numbers at 7, 8, 10 and 12. Another gain at 17 was his third birdie on the par 5s but he couldn't complete the set on the 521-yard closer so finished tied with Burmester. The duo are a shot clear of English pair Richard Bland and Matt Fitzpatrick but whether they'll stay there remains to be seen with the afternoon players making plenty of early birdies.
May 24 - 9:18 AM

Boosted by a hole-out eagle at the 447-yard 15th, Dean Burmester produced an amazing late charge to post an opening 6-under-par 35-31=66 and take a one-shot lead over home duo Matt Fitzpatrick and Richard Bland in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, England. UPDATE Burmester finished the day in T2, one shot behind Lucas Bjerregaard.

The big-hitting South African made a sticky start with a bogey and four pars over his first five holes. Despite a birdie at 6, a run of pars meant he wasn't any sort of threat to the lead walking off the 11th green. But he got his day moving with back-to-back red numbers at 12 and 13 and delivered a sudden jolt to his card by draining his approach at the 15th. Riding that momentum, the World No. 125 added circles at 16 and 18 to secure the clubhouse lead on his own. Burmester was T9 on his debut in this event last year when closing with a 65 so he knows how to go low on the West Course.
May 24 - 8:57 AM

World No. 6 Rickie Fowler, a pre-tourney 18/1 outright, contests his sixth Fort Worth Invitational, first since a missed cut in 2014, and heads out in Round 1 at 7:55 am CT with Jon Rahm and Bryson DeChambeau.

The Oklahoma State product played the event five straight years between 2010-14 but hasn't returned since the MC (by 14 shots) after rounds of 80-75. Overall, he's 4-for-5 with two top 25s and one top 10, a T5 in 2012, with a scoring average on the par-70 layout of 69.89. The 29-year-old is 8-for-11 on the season with six top 25s and three top 10s, all top 4s, highlighed by a pair of runner-up finishes at the OHL and the Masters. He checks in off a MC (by two) at THE PLAYERS, his second MC in his last three appearances after a P1 in 2015. Fowler's most recent (of four) TOUR titles is the 2017 Honda, 16 months, 1 week and 29 starts ago. He's led/co-led three times this season after any round, including 36-hole co-leader at the OHL, and 36-hole co-leader and 54-hole leader at the Phoenix Open. Fowler is 0-for-8 when leading/co-leading after 36 holes and 1-for-6 from the three-quarter pole.
Source: PGATOUR.com
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