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Brian Gay has withdrawn from this week's Honda Classic.

His caddie, Kip Henley, alerted followers on Twitter Tuesday morning that Gay wasn't going to compete, writing, "BG is not playing Honda." Nothing is official until the PGA TOUR says so, so there's value in today's early announcement. UPDATE: Henley confirmed to Rotoworld that Gay is dealing with "neck pain." It's not the first time that the touring pro has suffered from it, but it explains this week's decision to rest.
Wed, Feb 26, 2014 11:20:00 AM

Harris English fashioned a 6-under-par 33-31=64 in the third round of the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational to post 10-under 200, up 12 places to T3 and a season best in his 60th round.

Play is still in progress but the 26-year-old is the clubhouse leader in birdies thru 54 holes with 18. He circled six and five, respectively, in his first two laps en route to 67-69, but removed some of the luster with five bogeys and a double bogey-5. The Georgian limited the damage in the third frame to a lone bogey at the par-3 fourth, three-putting from 53'4", and more than erased it with seven birdies on 17 greens in regulation. His split featured three from between 13 and 17 feet with a long of 42'2" on the par-4 12th. English had a chance for one better but missed from 5'2" at the 18th.
May 28 - 5:51 PM

Matt Kuchar twirled a bogey-free 7-under-par 29-34=63 in today's third round of the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational to reach 7-under 203, up 33 on the live leaderboard to T11 and good for the low round of the week.

For a second day in a row, the 37-year-old arrived at the par-4 ninth (his last) with a stellar round going. He was bogey-free 6-under yesterday and ate a triple bogey-7 to knock the gloss off it. The Florida native was blemish-free 7-under upon arrival to the ninth today, and managed a routine two-putt par. He went out in 1-under 34, circling a single birdie at the par-5 11th (from 15'4"), but went nuts after the break with six birdies over his first seven holes, including four straight on holes 4-7 -- highlighted by a long of the day dropping from 21'5" at the par-4 fifth. Kuchar's 63 is a season best in his 53rd round and a tourney best in his 33rd round.
May 28 - 5:29 PM

Scott Hend endured a rollercoaster ride in round three, but ended the day with an imperious eagle on the last which left him alone at the top of the leaderboard after a 1-over-par 36-37=73, good enough for a 54-hole total of 9-under 207.

The two-time European Tour winner experienced frustration, tree difficulties and a confrontation with the gallery (on 14) before the final hole drama allowed him to recover some poise. And yet after 11 holes it had all seemed so serene thanks to 9 pars, one bogey on 7 and a birdie on 11. It gave him a 2-shot lead and he duly smashed his drive on the par-5 12th 331-yards down the fairway. However he failed to make birdie, found his drive at the next stuck close to a tree and barely moved it with his second. It led to bogey, the first of three on the bounce, and he approached the last hole one behind the lead. But for the second day running he notched eagle, this time sending a majestic 160-yard 8-iron approach to 3 feet and dropping the putt with minimum fuss. He heads into the final round one ahead of Tyrell Hatton and two clear of Lee Westwood and YE Yang. "Obviously it's a big one," he said after the round, "but right now it's just another tournament. What will be will
May 28 - 12:49 PM

A total of 70 players made the cut on 1-over 141 at the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational but at 2-over 68-74=142, Kevin Chappell was not among them.

Chappell posted his 142 aggregate out of the morning wave on Friday, while the entire PM wave was stranded due to darkness. The projected cut at that time was 1-over 141. Sixty (of 61) PMers returned on Saturday and the projected held true so the 29-year-old's birdie-less 4-over 74 in R2 sealed his fate earlier than he may have thought. This is his fifth MC of the season in 16 starts and first since the Houston Open. Other notables with early exits include: 142- Chez Reavie; Jerry Kelly ... 143- 2013 champ Boo Weekley; Jim Furyk; Bryson DeChambeau; Freddie Jacobson ... 144- Will Wilcox; Keegan Bradley; Louis Oosthuizen ... 145- John Senden ... 147- Patton Kizzire; Stewart Cink ... 148- Smylie Kaufman ... 150- Ian Poulter.
May 28 - 12:35 PM

Sponsor invite Martin Piller continued his onslaught of Colonial Country Club twirling a 4-under-par 33-33=66 in the two-day second round of the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational to post 8-under 132, good for a share of the 36-hole lead with Webb Simpson.

Simpson posted his aggregate yesterday while Piller returned on Saturday morning to put his on the board. He was 1-under thru six holes, 5-under total when play was suspended on Friday due to darkness. The Dallas native and resident circled the ninth and the 10th after the restart, the latter a bomb from 44'4", but got so excited he canceled them out with a double bogey-7 at 11. He righted the ship from there, with further birdies at Nos. 13, 15 and 18, walking-off with a 19-inch gimme after hitting his approach from 122 yards stiff.
May 28 - 11:59 AM

Kyle Reifers authored a 3-under-par 31-36=67 in the two-day second round of the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational to post 7-under 133, up two into a four-way T3, one back of 36-hole leaders Webb Simpson and Martin Piller.

The 32-year-old was even-par thru seven holes (beginning off the back nine), and 4-under total when play was suspended on Friday due to darkness. He returned on Saturday morning and immediately squared a bogey-5 on the 17th (failed scramble) to turn birdie-less 1-over. The Ohio native rebounded for four birdies and a bogey-free inward 31, circling Nos. 2, 4, 7 and 8, three from four feet and in with a long of 26'9" at the par-3 fourth.
May 28 - 11:38 AM

Ryan Palmer orchestrated a 3-under-par 34-33=67 in the weather-delayed second round of the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational to reach the halfway point on 7-under 133, one back of 36-hole clubhouse leader Webb Simpson.

Simpson posted his aggregate yesterday, while Palmer returned on Saturday morning to post his number, up two on the live leaderboard into a four-way T2. He was 1-under thru eight holes (beginning off the back nine) and 5-under total when play was suspended on Friday due to darkness. The 39-year-old ended Friday's play on a sour note, with his first bogey of the round at the 17th, but erased that with birdie-3 from 15'11" at the 18th to turn 2-under. He chased with a hole-out eagle at the par-5 first from 53'5" away and nearly holed-out for eagle-2 on the second, with his approach from 65 yards ending just one inch from the cup for a kick-in birdie. Palmer stalled out from there however, erasing birdie at the eighth with bogey-5s on Nos. 3 (three-putt), 5 and 9, the latter two on failed scrambles.
May 28 - 11:05 AM

One (of 61) who were stranded due to darkness in Friday's second round of the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational did not return on Saturday morning to complete their respective rounds.

At press time, Fabian Gomez is the only player who did not return. He was 5-over thru 10 holes and 8-over total. With eight holes remaining and the projected cut at 1-over 141, the 37-year-old chose to call it a day. This is his second mid-tournament WD in 96 career starts and first since the 2013 RBC Heritage. The Argentine ranks 22nd in the FedExCup standings and arrived for his third DDI off a T74 (of 76) at THE PLAYERS. There is no current information indicating his WD was due to injury. Gomez is in the published field at next week's Memorial where he posted a T69/2013 in his only appearance.
May 28 - 8:52 AM

Bryce Molder completed 15 holes at 3-under-par, to reach 9-under on the week, before darkness suspended play for the day. He will return to the course Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m. CT to close out the second round of the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational. UPDATE: R2 resumed as scheduled at 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

Molder started the day atop the leaderboard and showed no signs of letting up today. He circled birdies in five of his first eight holes to extend his aggregate to 11-under. The first two birdies come on putts from outside 11 feet, but the final birdie was the big whopper, holing out from the greenside bunker on the par-3 eighth hole. His fire got extinguished on the back nine, particularly on the par-4 12th hole where he took four shots just to reach the green and then two-putted from 4'6" to swallow a double-bogey, his first blemish of the week. The Georgia Tech alum currently ranks first in strokes gained tee to green this week and will now sleep on a one-stroke lead before returning tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. to close out the second round.
May 27 - 9:42 PM

Jordan Spieth made a splash during round two of the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational, signing a 4-under-par 31-35=66 to reach the midpoint at 7-under 133, just one stroke off the current clubhouse leader Webb Simpson.

Unlike day one when Spieth opened with a birdie bomb, he three-jacked his opening hole this time around, swallowing a bogey at the par-4 10th hole to kick things off. He bounced back with birdies in two of the next three holes to get his round back to red numbers. The Texas Longhorn missed the backstop by inches at the par-3 16th hole, leaving himself a near impossible putt, leading to a second three-putt of the round. Spieth picked up steam as he made the turn, though, circling birdies in four of his next five holes. A missed 17'2" putt at the par-4 third hole being the only thing that unchained the potential 5-hole birdie train. This goes in the books as the low round of the day, as well. Unlike last week, the Dallas native's ball-striking looks to be in top-shape as he's split 16 (of 28) fairways and landed 28 greens in regulation through two rounds.
May 27 - 7:33 PM

Webb Simpson kept his foot on the gas pedal with a 3-under-par 34-33=67 during round two of the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational, grabbing an early claim of the clubhouse lead at 8-under 132.

The Wake Forest product split seven (of 14) fairways and landed 11 greens in regulation en route to a four birdie, one bogey effort. His lone blemish came at the par-4 seventh hole as he whiffed on a 4'6" par-saving attempt. On the flip side, he splashed in four putts from outside nine feet, so the new Matt Kuchar method of putting seems to be working out for Simpson who arrived this week ranked 184th in strokes gained putting. He's currently 18th in the field in that regard. The elite ball-striker should continue to give himself birdie chances over the weekend, so it will be intriguing to see if his new putting stroke holds up under more pressure as the week progresses.
May 27 - 7:14 PM




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