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Rory McIlroy blistered PGA National for a bogey-free, 7-under-par 33-30=63 in his opening round of The Honda Classic, good for sole possession of the clubhouse lead.

Anytime any golfer is on the rebound, there's always doubt as to when that expected turning point will occur. While he played well on the European Tour's Desert Swing, McIlroy hadn't competed in an official stroke-play event on U.S. soil since the BMW Championship in September. He split 10 (of 14) fairways and went 4-for-4 in scrambling today while picking off seven birdies along the way. He lassoed 4s on both of the par 5s, but the more notable conversions dropped in at the second, 11th and 17th holes from 26'10", 45'6" and 12'4", respectively. McIlroy also kept his card clean with a par save from 10'9" at 9. This is his lowest round on the PGA TOUR since an opening 63 at the 2010 Open Championship. He infamously chased it with an 80 in the second round, but conditions at PGA National tomorrow won't mimic what he faced that fateful day at St. Andrews.
Thu, Feb 27, 2014 05:17:00 PM

Tommy Fleetwood sashayed into contention at the BMW PGA Championship on Wentworth's West Course, his second round 6-under-par 32-34=66 earning him a 36-hole total of 8-under 136 and solo third on the live leaderboard, four swings behind leader Rory McIlroy.

A first sub-70 effort on Fridays at Wentworth for the Englishman and potentially just his second top 20 in seven attempts. He is also on course to better his career-best effort of T6 in 2015. His front nine was flawless with birdies at the second, fourth and sixth. Coming home he gained a shot at the 13th, gave it back at the 15th, then raced home with a hat-trick of par-breakers. He had chipped-in with exquisite skill on the 13th, but when he did so again, at 16, it was outrageous luck; the ball was running fast, hit the pin, dropped. He was more straightforward on 17 (from 5'0") and on 18 (with a superb approach and two-putt).
May 25 - 1:06 PM

Chris Stroud played 24 holes at this week's Fort Worth Invitational before withdrawing due to a knee injury. He was 2-over-par at the time of his WD.

The Texan steadied a 1-under-par 35-34=69 during round one. It was a ho-hum round that featured 15 pars, gaining 2.268 strokes putting around the green. He returned this morning and started his second round on the back nine. Stroud got plenty of action in the sand today, finding six bunkers in six holes played, swallowing three bogeys to reach 2-over on the week. He was still well within reach of the cut line which currently sits at Even par. Stroud also withdrew during round two of the Valero Texas Open last month, so it's possible this has been nagging him for some time. He hasn't posted a top 25 since the limited-field Tournament of Champions in January (T11). Gamers should steer clear until he shows any signs of regained form. This is his 13th career mid-tournament WD.
May 25 - 10:40 AM

Rory McIlroy blitzed Wentworth's West Course for a bogey-free 7-under-par 32-33=65 in round two of the BMW PGA Championship in England, his 36-hole total of 12-under 132 currently good enough for a four-shot lead on the live leaderboard.

Two behind at start of play, McIlroy suffered early frustration as he missed birdies putts inside ten feet at each of the first three holes. But he got the circle count going with a gain at 4 and added further red numbers at 7 and 9 to turn in 32. He kept his foot on the gas by ticking 12 and 13, holed for birdie-2 at 14 and made it four birdies on the spin by draining a 30-footer at 15. With par 5s to come at 17 and 18 he was looking at building a huge lead but the 2014 champion here couldn't cash in further. Today's 65 matches his lowest lap at Wentworth, set back in 2009 when he posted T5. It's also his first bogey-free round in 26 attempts at the West Course. With conditions soft, McIlroy looks to be in his element and he'll be hard to stop on the weekend.
May 25 - 7:52 AM

Satoshi Kodaira accomplished a rare feat on his way around Colonial Country Club, leaving the course with a 4-under-par 30-36=66 to his credit, four off the pace set by Kevin Na.

Kodaira started his afternoon on the 10th tee and started with five pars and a pair of bogeys. His round took a big upswing from there, circling a birdie at the par-4 17th and then adding a huge highlight at the par-5 first. After a 324-yard drive, he holed out from 234 yards for a rare albatross. There have been just 15 of these over the last five seasons and only one this season before today. Kodaira backed it up with a 27'1" birdie splash at the next hole. He'd tack on three more birdies before a disappointing double at the last. He missed a 5'2" putt on that closing one, one of three putts that he missed from inside seven feet today. A recent winner at Harbour Town Golf Links, Kodaira is establishing himself as having an eye for classical design.
May 24 - 6:57 PM

Beau Hossler caught fire on day one of the Fort Worth Invitational, tossing together a bogey-free, 6-under-par 31-33=64, placing him just two off the pacesetter Kevin Na.

The Texas transplant signed for rounds of 72-76 in his Colonial debut last year, leading to a missed cut. He's fully healthy this year and his improvement continues to show. Today, he striped 12 (of 14) fairways on his way toward 15 greens in regulation. His highlight on the greens came at the par-4 third hole where he drained a 52'1" birdie bomb. Hossler would also add another long-distance conversion from just outside 36 feet (par-3 13th). This round will match his previous low on the PGA TOUR (the fourth time he's posted a round of 64). The 23-year-old has three career top 10s on his resume but he's still searching for his first victory.
May 24 - 6:47 PM

Kevin Na was firing on all cylinders en route to a bogey-free, 8-under-par 30-32=62 during round one of the Fort Worth Invitational, staking his claim as the clubhouse leader.

Na didn't impress with traditional metrics (9 Fairways, 11 GIR) but he gained 2.267 strokes around-the-green and another 3.282 strokes putting. Starting on the back nine, he opened his day with five pars before turning up the heat. On the greens he dropped in notable putts from 24'7" and 46'6" at the 17th and 2nd holes, respectively. Right after the turn, he stiffed his 252-yard approach to 2'1" for a tap-in eagle at the par-5 first. Na walked off with another highlight, holing out from 92'3" at the closing, par-4 ninth. Making his 12th start at Colonial, this beats his previous-low round which was a 7-under 63 in R1 of the 2007 edition. If this lead holds then it'll be his sixth career first-round lead/co-lead with the 2016 Wyndham being the most recent. Two of those previous leads came here at Colonial and all five were shared with at least one other golfer. He's converted 4-of-5 into top 10s.
May 24 - 5:54 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 two off the early leader Kevin Na.

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

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

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. UPDATE: Hoffman would later gets pass in the afternoon by Kevin Na who fired an 8-under 62.

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 10 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




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