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Patrick Rodgers announced today that he will turn professional following the conclusion of his junior year at Stanford University this spring.

Rodgers is a two-time All-American and currently sits No. 1 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. "I want to formally announce that my intention for the future is to turn professional at the end of this season," he said. "I came to this decision with a clear understanding of the impact it might have and had countless conversations with my parents and coach weighing the options and ensuring I made the best decision." In his only appearance on the PGA TOUR in 2013, he tied for 15th at the John Deere Classic. Expect him to lasso a handful of sponsor exemptions and don't rule out a burst on the Web.com Tour and potential qualification for the Web.com Tour Finals.
Mon, Mar 3, 2014 01:20:00 PM

Last year's runner-up Thomas Pieters could only add an even-par 38-34=72 to his opening 73, closing the week out at 1-over 143 and missing the cut at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship by three strokes.

Two bogeys in his opening three holes today left him a mountain to climb and birdies at 2 and 8 were too little, too late. Other notables that will join Pieters and get the weekend off include: 143- Stephen Gallacher ... 144- Chris Wood, Alexander Levy, Matt Fitzpatrick ... 145- James Morrison ... 146- Thongchai Jaidee, Scott Hend, Nicolas Colsaerts ... 147- Paul Lawrie ... 150 Danny Willett.
Jan 20 - 9:46 AM

First-round leader Henrik Stenson had to settle for a 1-under-par 34-37=71 on day two of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, dropping four spots on the leaderboard to T5 and three behind new pacesetter Martin Kaymer.

Not the day the Swede wanted after his sparkling 64 yesterday but at 9-under 135 he's still in strong position to win this tournament for the first time. For the second day running, Stenson played Abu Dhabi GC's front nine in 2-under 34 and those birdies at 1, 4 and 8 against a bogey at 3 took him to 10-under. The difference came from 10-18 as he needed seven more swings than Thursday. The Open champ started it with what he called "soft bogeys" at 10 and 11 and couldn't find a spark after that, scribbling in six straight pars. Stenson did at least end on a good note with an up and down for birdie at 18 so he'll hope this was his slow day.
Jan 20 - 7:59 AM

With a walk-off birdie in Friday's second round, three-time winner Martin Kaymer finished off a 6-under-par 35-31=66 to post 12-under 132 and take a one-shot lead over Rafa Cabrera-Bello at the halfway point of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Paul Dunne, Tommy Fleetwood and Kiradech Aphibarnrat are a further shot back. Here we go again. The German has an extraordinary record in this tournament with wins in 2008, 2009 and 2011, second in 2009 and T3 in 2015 when inexplicably letting a 10-shot lead slip in the final round. After a 66 on day one, Kaymer's bid to kick on stalled at first as he opened with six pars and a bogey at 6 over his opening seven holes. But a 20ft eagle putt at 8 was a momentum changer and he powered into the lead with red circles at 10, 11, 13, 14, 16 and 18. That included a chip-in at 14 and a monster putt on 16. The only negative during that hot-streak was a three-putt bogey at 12. This is the fourth time Kaymer has topped the 36-hole leaderboard in Abu Dhabi. He converted two of those. "I struck the ball with better quality today. I just enjoyed playing my favorite course," the double major winner said later. "I'm not 100% happy yet, because there are a few things here and there."
Jan 20 - 7:34 AM

Pablo Larrazábal continued his stellar play on the short holes and signed for a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in his second round at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

At 9-under 135 through 36 holes, the Spaniard is T3 and just three behind halfway leader Martin Kaymer. He traded six birdies against a single bogey today, his gains coming at 12, 15, 17, 1, 4 and 7. That set included circles on all four par 3s. Larrazábal won this event in 2014, the third of his four European Tour victories, and so far he's following the same path to victory. He explained: "Three years ago, I made a seven under par on the par threes on the first two days, and I did the same thing the last couple rounds. It's something special. After a winter that I didn't take any holidays, I've been working very hard and to play as good as I did, I'm very proud. My iron play has been superb. I'm holing a few putts, so very happy. The only thing I'm being a little bit rusty with is my short game." If he can tidy that aspect up, the 33-year-old will be a dangerman this weekend.
Jan 20 - 4:54 AM

Taking on the difficult Stadium Course at PGA WEST, Dominic Bozzelli fired a career-low, bogey-free, 8-under-par 32-32=64 during round one of the CareerBuilder Challenge, claiming his spot as the clubhouse leader after 18 holes.

The PGA TOUR rookie is making his sixth career start, and this is easily the best so far, eclipsing his previous best of 69 (posted 3x). What makes this round even more impressive is the course it took place at. The Stadium Course is playing the role of host this week, but it's also the toughest task on the three-track rota. The Web.com Tour grad opened on the back nine with back-to-back birdies, first from 8'5" at the 10th and then stretching it out to 17'10" at the 11th. The putter stayed hot as Bozzelli would add four more putts from the 7-to-14 foot range before the round was over. The 25-year-old is now in uncharted territory as he's never been inside the top 25 after any round on the PGA TOUR, let alone hold the lead.
Jan 19 - 6:50 PM

Hudson Swafford maintained his recent trend of starting fast on Thursday, firing a 7-under-par 31-34=65 at La Quinta Country Club to open his week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

The Georgia Bulldog raced out to a career-low, 8-under 62 at last week's Sony Open before fading to T13 by Sunday. It was the 10th time he's found himself inside the top 10 after day one (third time this season) but he's failed to turn any of those fast starts into top 10s come Sunday night. Perhaps the 11th time is the charm as Swafford currently finds himself in a three-way tie for the early clubhouse lead here in La Quinta, California and will surely end up inside the top 10 by day's end. He circled eight birdies on the day and his lone bogey came at the par-3 12th where he found a greenside bunker with his tee ball. Swafford entered the week with 18 straight cuts made which is fourth on TOUR behind only Adam Scott, Daniel Berger, and Jason Day.
Jan 19 - 5:50 PM

Patton Kizzire connected on a bogey-free, 7-under-par 32-33=65 while taking on the Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course at PGA WEST in round one of the CareerBuilder Challenge, finding himself in an early share of the lead with play still in progress.

Kizzire arrived on the heels of three straight missed cuts but the holiday break provided a nice spot to rest and forget about the poor form. That's exactly what he did as he came out firing on the back nine with three straight birdies to open his round and never looked back. It wasn't as easy as the scorecard makes it look, though, as he needed to get up-and-down five times to remain blemish-free. In 36 career starts, Kizzire has six career top 10s to his name but is still in search of the maiden win. With playing winding down on the day, he currently finds himself tied at the top with Harold Varner III.
Jan 19 - 5:18 PM

Harold Varner III raced out to an early lead at the CareerBuilder Challenge, torching La Quinta Country Club to the tune of a 7-under-par 31-34=65 in round one.

HV3 is making his second start since a big international win at the Australian PGA Championship (December 4th). He missed the cut at last week's Sony Open to shake off the holiday rust. The rust looks fully removed today as he peppered La Quinta CC with six birdies and an eagle, offset by a single bogey at the par-4 17th. The East Carolina product found 16 greens in regulation today, alleviating a lot of stress on the flat stick. Play is still in progress across the three-course rota, but if Varner III holds onto his early lead it will be his first lead (after any round) on the PGA TOUR.
Jan 19 - 4:37 PM

Henrik Stenson lit up the first morning of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship with a sparkling opening lap of 8-under-par 30-34=64, finishing the day two clear of Martin Kaymer, Oliver Fisher, Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Marc Warren.

In 11 previous starts at the Abu Dhabi GC the Swede's first round score has been a real indictaor of his week's intentions: five times he has been in the top five after 18 holes and four times he contended. Meanwhile whenever he struggles early on, it stays that way all week. Moreover in 36 previous rounds he has bettered 64 just the once, a third round 62 on debut in 2006; yet more evidence that he's hit 2017 running. In fact it was his opening nine (the back nine) which witnessed most of the drama. He made birdie at the 10th before adding a hat-trick of red from the 12th thanks to a stunning approach to 13 which left him 3'0" and a chip-in at the 14th. He closed the stretch with back-to-back par breakers at 17 and 18 before a becalmed stretch through the heart of the front nine. Yet he ticked the 7th and made it eight birdies for the day with a 6'0" conversion on the 9th. I'm delighted with that score. I think I scored a bit better than what I played," he said.
Jan 19 - 4:06 AM

Returning from two sports hernia surgeries, Phil Mickelson officially gives his infamous thumbs up ahead of this week's CareerBuilder Challenge.

Mickelson has been committed to the field but left his definitive commitment in question until now. George Savaricas of Golf Channel reported via Twitter saying, "Phil Mickelson WILL make his 2017 debut @ CB Challenge according to a source, a bit "rusty" but feels good enough to give it a go." Lefty had two surgeries over the holiday break, so a little rust should be expected as he plays his way back into form. At the same time, this has always been an event that is kind to Mickelson as he ranks second on the Career Money List at the CB Challenge, buoyed by a pair of wins (2002, 2004) and just two missed cuts in 13 tries.
Jan 18 - 11:55 AM

Henrik Stenson has won the other two European Tour events held in the United Arab Emirates and will try to complete the set at this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

The Open champion landed the Dubai Desert Classic in 2007 and won the DP World Tour Championship in both 2013 and 2014. It all makes sense given that he made Dubai his home for 10 years. The Swede has gone close to winning in Abu Dhabi on several occasions, finishing runner-up in both 2006 and 2008 before finishing third last year. However, before gamers invest, it's worth noting that Stenson endured a sustained run of poor form in this event between 2009 and 2015 when he missed four cuts and didn't manage a single top 20. He put that down to rust. As for his well-being ahead of this week's event? He told europeantour.com: "It's a bit of a soft start for me in terms of practice, but the game feels pretty good. So I hope we can carry on from where I left it last year, and we'll just see if it's been conserved well enough over Christmas."
Jan 18 - 7:19 AM




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