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In response to a question on Twitter today, Bob Estes provided some insight as to when he hopes to return to competition.

Estes has been sidelined since the fall with an impingement in his left shoulder. He spoke briefly about the injury -- hey, it's Twitter -- and answered the query about his plan to resume competition, Estes wrote, "It's better. Hopefully late April or early May." The Zurich Classic of New Orleans is scheduled for April 24-27, so we'll hold our breath until then.
Tue, Mar 11, 2014 08:28:00 PM

Joost Luiten jumped out of the pack with five birdies in his final seven holes to post a 5-under-par 35-31=66 in round one of the Andalucia Valderrama Masters in Spain and share the early clubhouse lead with tournament host Sergio Garcia.

While Garcia's record at the par 71 is unsurpassed, Luiten also has some notable history at Valderrama having finished fifth (2010) and solo second (2016) in last year's Open de Espana held there. Today's lap of the former Ryder Cup venue was his best by three shots although for 11 holes there was no hint of him breaking his previous mark. The Dutchman picked up an early shot at 12 having started at 10 but it was pars the rest of the way until he bogeyed No. 2. But from even par after 11 holes, Luiten took flight with red circles at 3, 4, 6, 7 and 8 to shoot 66, a score matched shortly after by local hero Garcia. That's one in front of England's Robert Rock.
Oct 19 - 8:31 AM

Tournament host Sergio Garcia birdied all four par 3s in a 5-under-par 32-34=66 in round one of the Andalucia Valderrama Masters, good enough for a piece of the clubhouse lead with Joost Luiten after the morning session.

Garcia set the tone with an opening circle and then put his first pair of 2s on the card with gains at 12 and 15. Another birdie at 18 secured the local hero an outward 32 before he swallowed his first bogey of the day at the par 71's opening hole. The Spaniard responded by ticking the par-3 3rd and par-5 4th and completed his set of deuces at the 149-yard 6th. That took him to six-under but a dropped shot at 17 put him back into a tie with Luiten, who had posted his 66 in the previous group. The pair have a one-shot lead over Robert Rock. Garcia was the ultimate course horse this week after posting 10 top 10s in his previous 11 appearances at Valderrama.
Oct 19 - 8:03 AM

FedExCup Champion and 2017 Player of the Year Justin Thomas tore through The Club at Nine Bridges to the tune of a 9-under-par 34-29=63 during round one of the inaugural CJ CUP, racing out to an early three-shot lead over the field.

Thomas opened his week on the back nine and swallowed a bogey on the par-4 10th. He turned on the scoring machine from there as he rattled off two eagles and four birdies in a seven-hole stretch, starting with an eagle at the par-5 12th. That included a hole-out birdie from the greenside bunker at the 13th and another hole out for birdie at the 16th (chip from just off the green). He then belted a drive at the 18th to give himself a wedge into the par-5 18th island green. Thomas cruised home from there with a comfortable 2-under 34 on his way into the clubhouse. After the round, Thomas said he is playing on Empty right now and is looking forward to the time off after this week. The youngster may be ready to hang it up for the year, but he's certainly not mailing anything in this week, looking to earn another game ball for his father's trophy wall.
Oct 19 - 3:38 AM

Sergio Garcia has plenty on his plate at this week's Andalucia Valderrama Masters but incredible course form at his home venue suggests a title challenge is likely.

In 11 appearances at the course, the Spaniard has 10 top 10s, including a victory in 2011. No wonder he describes it in glowing terms. "This is my favorite golf course ever and it’s the kind of golf course that even though it’s not long, it challenges you," he told europeantour.com. "It’s tight and it’s always asking you to hit good shots, all kinds of shots. They are small greens so your iron play has to be spot on and if you miss the greens it’s tricky. It’s just a great, solid golf course." The tournament is hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation and, as well as his off-course activities, he's also trying to close the gap on Tommy Fleetwood. The margin is substantial but second-placed Sergio has the chance to narrow it with Fleetwood sitting this one out. The Masters champion was only T30 in Italy but Valderrama is far more suited to his talents.
Oct 18 - 7:12 AM

Sung Kang heads home to Jeju Island, South Korea, for this week's inaugural CJ CUP at NINE BRIDGES.

Kang threw his name into the mix last week in Malaysia (CIMB Classic), finishing in a share of third place by week's end. It was the third podium finish of his PGA TOUR career, his second in the last seven months. The late-blooming 30-year-old is still searching for his first PGA TOUR victory. This week presents a good opportunity as Kang grew up on Jeju Island so he should be quite comfortable with the culture and climate of the area. Adding to his appeal, both of his career wins as a pro golfer have come in Korea. Gamers should certainly give a long look to Kang this week, in all formats.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Oct 17 - 1:43 PM

Jon Rahm will return to Valderrama as one of the main stars of the Andalucia Valderrama Masters, just a few years after he walked the fairways in awe of his heroes.

Back when the European Tour season ended at Valderrama with the Volvo Masters it was often noted that the track had much in common with Wentworth. It was an observation based on players doing well at both. But this week there is another possibility. English golfers who attended Wentworth as kids seem to be inspired playing there in May; might the same be true for Rahm, whose family always flew down here for him to watch the stars, this October? He's played course in amateur events and as prep this summer (in July). It's tightness might be a problem, but then again he played Colonial very well this year and has topped the Greens in Regulation stats in two of his last three starts. The dream scenario is a Rahm-Garcia Sunday shootout and it's not fanciful.
Oct 17 - 6:51 AM

Patrick Cantlay was one of five early-week withdraws from this week's CJ CUP at Nine Bridges field, delaying the start of his sophomore campaign for at least one more week.

In limited starts, Cantlay cruised to a 13-for-13 record in his rookie season, making it all the way to East Lake in the process. It was a long time coming after missing more than two years worth of action due to injuries and tragedy. There was no reason given for this pre-tournament WD, but a long flight wrecking havoc on the back can't be ruled out. For the time being, Cantlay is still listed on the WGC-HSBC Champions player profile page, suggesting he could still make his season debut next week in China. Joining Cantlay as early-week WDs in Korea are Jason Dufner, Russell Knox, Mackenzie Hughes, and Ernie Els. Gamers should remove them all from their weekly lineups.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Oct 16 - 10:31 AM

A final round bogey-free 8-under-par 31-32=63 was not quite enough to see Ross Fisher end his victory drought, as he settled for T2 at 20-under 264 in the Italian Open.

Fisher and playing partner Marcus Fraser lit up Golf Club Milano Sunday, the Englishman carding six birdies in the opening 10 holes to climb a jam-packed leaderboard. He made his second two of the round at the par-three 12th hole to move to 19-under before a sand-save birdie at the par-five 14th but then missed four birdie putts coming home. It still looked as though the former Ryder Cup player would earn a playoff but his total was ultimately one shy of Tyrrell Hatton, who Fisher had finished runner-up to one week earlier in Scotland. It’s now three and a half years since the last of five European Tour wins for Fisher, who would’ve looked to improve on an 0-5 playoff record had Hatton not finished off in style to beat him once again. Still, Fisher is now fourth in the Race To Dubai heading towards the end of the season.
Oct 15 - 12:24 PM

Tyrrell Hatton became the first player to win successive European Tour events this season as he shot a 6-under-par 35-30=65 to win the Italian Open by a single shot at 21-under 263.

For the second Sunday running, Ross Fisher made the big move to post 20-under, a total matched by Kiradech Aphibarnrat, but Hatton’s closing birdie to cap a sensational back nine saw him edge both players by a stroke. It had looked set to be a frustrating final round for the Englishman as he lost ground with a 1-under front-nine, but he caught fire with an approach to six feet at 12 which prompted a run of four birdies on the spin. After a narrow miss at 16 and a good two-putt at the penultimate hole, Hatton found the heart of the 18th green to leave a 20-foot birdie putt which he converted for a dramatic conclusion to the Rolex Series event. Victory puts him in a strong position to make his Ryder Cup debut next year and from 33rd place in the Race To Dubai two weeks ago, he’s now inside the top five.
Oct 15 - 12:21 PM

World No. 98 Keegan Bradley styled a bogey-free 5-under-par 33-34=67 in the final round of the CIMB Classic to reach 20-under 268, up two places to solo 2nd, four short of overnight leader and champion Pat Perez.

This was the 31-year-old's fourth CIMB, third top 10 and second straight after solo 6th last year (as 18-hole co-leader). It's his fifth runner-up finish in 185 career events and his best result on TOUR since runner-up at the 2014 Arnold Palmer Invitational 97 starts ago. After opening in 65-71-65, the St. Johns alum began T4 on 15-under, six shy of Perez. Playing out of the penultimate threesome, he piped all 14 fairways and landed 16 greens in regulation, circling three birdies at Nos. 3, 10 and 12, adding eagle-3 at 5. The Vermont native, who opened the season with a missed cut at the Safeway, rebounded from a back-nine 1-over 37 in R2 (two birdies, three bogeys) to play his final 36 holes blemish-free.
Oct 15 - 7:30 AM

Second- and third-round leader and World No. 31 Pat Perez authored a 3-under-par 33-36=69 in the final round of the CIMB Classic to post 24-under 264, good for a four-shot victory over runner-up Keegan Bradley, who shot 67 out of the penultimate threesome. UPDATE: Perez jumps 11 places to a career-high 20th in OWGR.

The 41-year-old, a pre-tourney 50/1 outright, bags his third PGA TOUR title in 403 career events. This was the eighth CIMB and Perez' fifth visit, fourth as an official TOUR event, with a previous-best 9th in 2012 (unofficial). After kicking off in 66-65, the Arizonian led by one, extending to a four-shot lead after a R3 64. Playing out of the final threesome, he hit 11 (of 14) fairways and 16 greens in regulation, camouflaging a lone bogey-5 at six with four circles at holes 2-4 and 8, the latter would complete his scoring. Perez went 182 starts between wins No. 1 and 2 (2017, OHL Classic), and took just 24 more to add a third. Playing competitors Xander Schauffele (72) and Sung Kang (71) finished T3, seven in arrears.
Oct 15 - 7:07 AM




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