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Robert Garrigus smoothed a 5-under-par 33-33=66 in his second round of the Valspar Championship to post 7-under 135 at the midpoint, good for outright possession of the overnight lead.

After burying birdies on each of the four par 5s on Thursday, Garrigus did the same today and added birdies at the par-4 ninth (from 16'6") and par-3 15th (27'4"). He's limited the damage to three birdies through 36 holes and led by three strokes when he signed today's card. His strokes gained-putting split sat north of 2.265 at the time. For a guy that has the firepower to overwhelm courses and fields tee to green, he becomes dangerous when the putts start dropping.
Fri, Mar 14, 2014 06:45:00 PM

First-round co-leader and World No. 41 Tony Finau fashioned a 2-under-par 35-34=69 in the final round of the Genesis Open for a 72-hole tally of 10-under 274, up one place into a season-tying-best T2, two in arrears of overnight leader and champion Bubba Watson, who shot 69.

The 28-year-old had little success at the Genesis coming in, cashing a T56 on debut in 2015 and missing the cuts in 2016 and 2017. This is his second career runner-up in 99 career TOUR events, joining a solo 2nd at the 2018 Safeway in Napa. The Utahan improves to 7-for-8 on the season with five top 25s and three top 10s, all in California. He also recorded a T6 two starts ago in San Diego. After opening in 66-71-68, Finau began T3, two back. Playing out of the penultimate threesome, he mustered four (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation, gaining 3.081 strokes approaching-the-green. The one-time TOUR winner squared a lone bogey-5 at hole 7 (3-putt from 47'4"), outpaced by three circles at 3 (from 26'11"), 11 and 17. He recorded 2.000 putts per GIR and -1.230 SG: Putting, needing 31 total putts.
Feb 18 - 7:33 PM

World No. 95 Kevin Na authored a 2-under-par 34-35=69 in the final round of the Genesis Open to post 10-under 274, up one place into a season-best T2, two adrift of overnight leader and champion Bubba Watson.

The 34-year-old improves to 9-for-15 at the Genesis with five top 25s and four top 10s, second straight, and third top 5. His best is solo 3rd in 2011 and finished T4 last year, and has now put eight straight in the red at Riviera CC. After kicking off in 68-70-67, the Las Vegas resident began T3, two back of Watson. Playing out of the penultimate threesome, he hit 11 (of 14) fairways and nine greens in regulation, gaining 0.612 strokes around-the-green, No. 1 in the latter with a cumulative 5.803. The one-time TOUR winner squared three bogey-5s at holes 7, 12 and 13, outflanked by five birdies at 1, 9, 10, 11 and 17, all from inside of eight feet. He posted 1.556 putts per GIR and 1.469 SG: Putting with 24 total putts. This is Na's ninth runner-up in 359 career TOUR events, first since T2 at the 2016 Shriners. He improves to 7-for-8 on the season with two top 25s (two straight) and one top 10.
Feb 18 - 7:18 PM

Overnight leader and World No. 117 Bubba Watson tossed up a 2-under-par 36-33=69 in the Sunday's final round at Riviera Country Club to reach 12-under 272, good for a two-shot win over Kevin Na and first-round co-leader Tony Finau, and his third Genesis Open title in 12 appearances.

The 39-year-old, a pre-tourney 50/1 outright, claims his 10th PGA TOUR title in 279 career events, first since here in 2016 42 starts and 104 weeks ago. Overall, he improves to 7-for-12 at the Genesis with seven top 25s and three top 10s, all wins. After opening in 68-70-65, the Floridian began with a one-shot lead over 18- and 36-hole co-leader Patrick Cantlay. He hit nine (of 14) fairways and nine greens in regulation, losing 2.402 strokes approaching-the-green but gaining 1.194 off-the-tee and 1.738 around-the-green. The Georgia alum squared three bogeys at holes 3, 6, and 9, silenced by five circles at 1, 8, 11, 14 and 17, highlighted by a hole-out birdie-2 at 14 from a greenside bunker. He posted 1.778 putts per GIR and 1.852 SG: Putting with 26 total putts. Watson is now 5-for-6 on the season and his previous-best was T35 last week at the AT&T Pro-Am. It's his first top 10 on TOUR since T10 at THE NORTHERN TRUST (first FEC Playoffs event) last season.
Feb 18 - 6:51 PM

Two-time past champion and World No. 35 Phil Mickelson navigated a 3-under-par 33-35=68 in the final round of the Genesis Open for a 72-hole total of 8-under 276, up seven places on the live leaderboard to T6, one swing short of clubhouse leader Scott Stallings. UPDATE: With play completed, Mickelson finished T6, four adrift of overnight leader and eventual champion Bubba Watson.

The Hall of Famer improves to 13-for-17 at Riviera CC with eight top 25s and five top 10s, first since T2 in 2012. He's now 6-for-7 on the season with five top 25s and four top 10s, three straight. After kicking off with 70-71-67, the Californian began T13 on 5-under, one shy of the overnight top 10. He hit seven (of 14) fairways and nine greens in regulation, gaining 0.942 strokes approaching-the-green and 2.504 around-the-green. The 47-year-old squared three bogeys at holes 4, 15 and 16, offset by six circles at 1, 5, 6, 10, 12 and 17, four conventional and adding two chip-in varieties at 10 and 12. He posted 1.556 putts per GIR and -0.139 SG: Putting with 24 total putts. This is the first time the ASU alum has recorded three straight top 10s on TOUR since 2009.
Feb 18 - 6:04 PM

Joost Luiten slammed the door shut on his rivals, carding an assured final round of 4-under-par 35-33=68 to total 16-under 272 and win the inaugural NBO Oman Open at Al Mouj Golf in Muscat, two clear of Chris Wood.

A sixth European Tour title for the Dutchman and the first he has won outside September since June 2013. He completed it in clinical fashion, starting the day in a tie for the lead with Matthew Southgate and Julien Guerrier, neither of whom have won at this level and were rarely in contention on Sunday. Instead Luiten and his good friend Chris Wood jockeyed for the top spot. Early in the round the shorter man made three quick birdies at 2, 3 and 4, the latter from kick-in range to take top spot alone. Wood's birdies, plus back-to-back bogeys from Luiten at 7 and 8, changed their roles. But more red came at 12 and 13 for the eventual winner and when he converted a par breaker from 20'0" on the 16th shortly before Wood's bogey at 17 the destiny of the trophy was assured. "This is why you play golf, to hold trophies," he said. "I need another couple to make the Ryder Cup team."
Feb 18 - 7:21 AM

Overnight co-leader and World No. 39 Patrick Cantlay navigated a 2-under-par 36-33=69 in the third round of the Genesis Open to post 9-under 204, dipping one place to solo 2nd, one swing shy of 54-hole leader and two-time past champion Bubba Watson, who shot 65.

The UCLA product is going for his second TOUR win in 47 career events (39 pro), second this season in six starts. He won the 2018 Shriners four starts ago, where he came from four back with 4-under 67, eventually winning in a 3-man playoff. After kicking off in 66-69, the 25-year-old co-led after each of the first two rounds. He hit eight (of 14) fairways and 10 greens in regulation, No. 1 in GIR at 75.93 percent (41/54). The Long Beach, California, native squared two bogey-5s at holes 2 and 8, outpaced by four circles at 1, 10, 11 and 18 (from 10'8"), capping with a walk-off 3 from 54'3". He posted 1.600 putts per GIR and 3.288 SG: Putting with 26 total putts. Cantlay will play out of the final threesome on Sunday with Watson and Cameron Smith.
Feb 17 - 7:29 PM

Two-time past champion and World No. 117 Bubba Watson smoothed a 6-under-par 30-35=65 in the third round of the Genesis Open to reach 10-under 203, up five spots to the top of leaderboard and good for a one-shot lead over Patrick Cantlay. UPDATE: Watson will play out of the final threesome on Sunday with Cantlay and Cameron Smith.

The 2014 and 2016 winner is making his 279th career start. His most recent (of nine) TOUR titles came here in 2016 (42 starts ago), where he was the 54-hole leader by one, shot 3-under 68 and won by one. This is the Floridian's 11th career 54-hole lead/co-lead, first since the 2016 Genesis, and is 3-for-10 converting, two for his last three. When he won here in 2016, he bumped two places to 4th in OWGR, so the drop since has been precipitous. After opening with 68-70, he began T6, three back of a 36-hole co-leaders Cantlay and Graeme McDowell. The Georgia alum squared a lone bogey-5 at 15, smothered by four conventional circles at 7, 9, 10 and 17, adding a chip-in birdie-3 at 6 (from 44'11" away) and a kick-in eagle-3 at 1 from 18 inches. He posted 1.545 putts per GIR and 1.587 SG: Putting with 24 total putts.
Feb 17 - 7:08 PM

World No. 58 Cameron Smith tossed up a bogey-free 33-32=65 in the third round of the Genesis Open to post 8-under 205, up 13 spots on the live leaderboard to T2 and good for the 54-hole clubhouse lead. UPDATE: With play completed, Smith is T3, two shy of 54-hole leader Bubba Watson, and will be in the final threesome on Sunday with Watson and Patrick Cantlay.

This was the Aussie's 11th lap at Riviera CC and is a new personal best, eclipsing 68 in R2. Last year, he opened with trip-69s and 72 for T28, his best thus far in two prior visits (T63/2016). After opening with 72 and bogey-free 68, the 24-year-old began T15, five shy of 36-hole co-leaders Patrick Cantlay and Graeme McDowell. He hit seven (of 14) fairways and nine greens in regulation, gaining 1.921 strokes around-the-green and 2.445 tee-to-green. The Jacksonville, Florida, resident, who's blemish-free over his last 38 holes, carded four birdies at holes 2, 6, 14 and 17, three from between eight and 22 feet, adding eagle-3 at 11 from 9'1". He posted 1.444 putts per GIR and 3.160 SG: Putting with just 22 total putts. Smith's one TOUR win is the 2017 Zurich (teamed w/ Jonas Blixt), and his best individually is 3rd at the 2018 CJ CUP five starts ago.
Feb 17 - 6:23 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, defending champ and World No. 1 Dustin Johnson fired a bogey-free 7-under-par 29-35=64 on Moving Day at the Genesis Open, vaulting 46 places on the live leaderboard to T7 on 6-under 207, and good for the low round of the week thus far. UPDATE: With play completed, Johnson is T8, four in arrears of 54-hole leader Bubba Watson.

This was the 33-year-old's 39th career lap at Riviera CC and ties a personal best. He shot 64 two times previous, including a R3 64 last year after being the 36-hole leader by one. That 64 built him a 5-shot lead at the three-quarter pole, eventually cruising to a 5-shot victory with a closing 71. After opening with 74 and 69, the Coastal Carolina product began T53 on 1-over, one inside the cut line and four short of the overnight top 10. He landed eight (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, gaining 1.765 strokes off-the-tee and 5.372 tee-to-green. The 17-time TOUR winner went out in 1-under, circling birdie-4 at 11, and then caught fire, ticking four more birdies at 3, 4 (hole-out from 32'1"), 6 and 7, and adding eagle-3 at 1 from 11'7" (fringe). He posted 1.538 putts per GIR and 1.075 SG: Putting with 24 total putts.
Feb 17 - 5:28 PM

World No. 14 Marc Leishman finished birdie-birdie on Friday at Riviera Country Club but otherwise labored to a 2-over-par 38-35=73 in the second round of the Genesis Open and at 5-over 74-73=147, missed the cut by three shots.

At total of 76 pros from a field of 143 pros and one amateur made the cut of 2-over 144, 13, T64 on the number. Leishman, a pre-tourney 33/1 outright, was highest-up the bookmaker's food chain to bow out as well as the highest in OWGR. His early exit is a first of the season in seven starts and ends his consecutive cuts made streak at nine, last missing a cut at THE NORTHERN TRUST last August (first FedExCup Playoffs event). For the short week, the 3-time TOUR winner outbalanced seven birdies with 10 bogeys and a double, and lost 5.731 strokes on-the-greens. Other notable trunk slams include: 145- Ollie Schniederjans; Kyle Stanley; Keegan Bradley .. 146- Francesco Molinari; Jimmy Walker .. 147- Beau Hossler .. 148- Ted Potter, Jr.; Tiger Woods; Shane Lowry .. 149- Brian Gay .. 151- Daniel Berger.
Feb 17 - 11:18 AM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, sponsor invite and World No. 206 Sam Saunders orchestrated a 2-under-par 32-37=69 in the two-day second round of the Genesis Open to reach 6-under 136, currently T3, which is where he began Round 2, and one back of 36-hole co-leaders Patrick Cantlay and Graeme McDowell.

In the Clemson product's Genesis debut last year -- also on a sponsor exemption -- he was the first-round leader with a then-career-low 64 before tumbling to T49 (77-73-68). After opening this week in 67, he was 3-under thru 15 holes on Friday when play was suspended (darkness), and returned on Saturday morning to card two pars and a walk-off bogey-5 at nine following an errant tee shot. On eight (of 14) fairways and 10 greens in regulation, the 3-time Web.com Tour grad offset two squares and a double with six birdies, currently T1 in total birdies thru 36 holes with 11. He'll play out of the penultimate threesome in R3 with Tony Finau and Bubba Watson.
Feb 17 - 11:01 AM




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