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mySanAntonio.com reported that Phil Mickelson is expected to be announced on Wednesday as an entry into next week's Valero Texas Open.

The tournament's Facebook page alluded to a "HUGE ... player announcement" in the morning. Mickelson hasn't pegged it in the VTO since his debut in 1992 when he was a rookie on the PGA TOUR. The event has since shifted host sites twice, more recently to TPC San Antonio in 2010. Mickelson is sitting out this week's stop at Bay Hill for the first time since 2009. He hasn't played since sharing 16th place at Doral on March 9. The Hall of Famer made no secret that he'd toy with his schedule this year, perhaps even curtailing it overall, but this report suggests that he'll play three consecutive weeks culminating with the Masters. He's 6-for-7 on the season, but has yet to crack a top 10 while also dealing with lower back pain.
Wed, Mar 19, 2014 12:54:00 AM

The second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open was suspended due to darkness at 5:47 p.m. MT.

Pat Perez was one of 15 players yet to complete their round, and is currently 2-under-par on his round and 3-under for the tournament. Those players yet to finish will be back in position Saturday morning at 7:45 a.m. to complete their second round. Third-round tee times will be between approximately 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in threesomes off split tees (scheduled).
Jan 30 - 8:21 PM

Martin Laird's 5-under-par 33-33=66 in the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open handed him a two-stroke lead at 10-under 132.

He settled for a bogey on the 18th hole at TPC Scottsdale moments after the horn blew at 5:47 p.m. MT to suspend play for the day due to darkness. The remaining players on the course are scheduled to resume at 7:45 a.m. barring any issues with the weather. Laird's round was the lowest of a cold and soggy day, and it featured six birdies to just the lone bogey on the par-4 18th. His 18'9" birdie on the par-5 13th was probably the turning point of the round, as he followed that up with a par at 14 and three consecutive birdies. At the time of his posting, he ranked first in strokes gained: tee-to-green. Of the 15 players still on the course, none have a chance to catch him. He is assured of playing in the final group on Saturday.
Jan 30 - 8:03 PM

Tiger Woods suffered through the worst round of golf in his professional career, ultimately signing for a 12-over-par 44-38=82 in the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

When Woods wrote down a 44 on his first nine, the back nine at TPC Scottsdale, it tied a 44 on the back nine at Muirfield Village in the third round of the 2013 Memorial Tournament for the worst of his career. He then went to work on even bigger benchmarks. His previous worst professional round came in the 2002 Open Championship, swallowing a third-round 81 in horrible weather at Muirfield Golf Links. He had never failed to break 80 in a regular PGA TOUR event until today. At the time of his posting, his 13-over 155 placed him in last place with three strokes to spare. Today's colorful scorecard featured two birdies, seven pars, six bogeys, two double bogeys and a triple bogey on the par-5 15th. The problems were everywhere, but the glaring issue continues to be his short game. Simply put, this appears to be a new low point in the storied career of Tiger Woods.
Jan 30 - 2:35 PM

Sergio Garcia completed 36 holes of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in 2-over-par 75-71=146, missing the cut by four strokes.

Seventy-five golfers survived at 2-under 142 or lower, but Garcia couldn't secure his place on the weekend after failing to repair the damage of a destructive opening round. The writing was on the wall when he carded two bogeys and seven pars on the front nine. He suffered another bogey at 11 and although he posted an eagle and two birdies in the final six holes it was too little, too late. Other notables that failed to survive today's cut include: 143--2012 champ Rafael Cabrera-Bello; Robert Karlsson ... 144--2001 champ Thomas Björn; Darren Clarke; Thorbjørn Olesen ... 145--Marcel Siem; George Coetzee ... 147--1998 champ José Maria Olazábal ... 149--Simon Dyson; Matthew Fitzpatrick ... 155--Matteo Manassero
Jan 30 - 9:15 AM

Rory McIlroy birdied the final three holes in a sparkling 8-under-par 32-32=64 to reach 14-under and assume a one-shot lead at the halfway point of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

Teeing off in the afternoon, McIlroy was seven behind clubhouse leader Marc Warren but there was an air of inevitably that he'd reel him in. He did, thanks to a blemish-free card featuring eight birdies and no bogeys. The four-time major winner started fast with par breakers at the second, third and fifth and added two more at 10 and 11 to move two shots back. He missed several chances over the next few holes but pressed again at the finish and birdied 16, 17 and 18 to cruise past Warren and put himself in golden position to win this tournament for the second time. "That was good," said McIlroy. "Lovely to finish with three birdies and get into the lead going into the weekend. I feel like all aspects of my game are in good shape."
Jan 30 - 7:58 AM

Ryan Palmer spun a bogey-free 7-under-par 31-33=64 in the first round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open to establish a new lead number.

Palmer's lap around TPC Scottsdale featured five birdies and an eagle from 15 inches on the par-5 13th. His round began on the back nine, and he gathered three birdies in addition to the aforementioned eagle including an 18'10" effort on the raucous par-3 16th. While his pace slowed on the front, he did manage to add two birdies, including an 11'1" mid-ranger on the par-5 third, to go with seven pars. His trend entering this week was tasty, with a T17 at the Sony Open in Hawaii preceding a T10 in the Humana Challenge. Palmer is a three-time winner on the PGA TOUR, with his most recent coming at the 2010 Sony Open in Hawaii.
Jan 29 - 7:46 PM

Tiger Woods posted a 2-over-par 39-34=73 in the first round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale.

How one perceives Woods' opening round of 2015 will largely depend on perspective. He spent the better half of his front nine battling the chipping demons first manifested at his Hero World Challenge late in 2014. In fact, he was 4-over through four holes. A 13'4" birdie on the par-4 fifth was his lone bright spot on the front, to go with three bogeys and a double bogey. His back nine featured an eagle from seven inches on the par-5 13th and a two-putt birdie on the par-4 17th from 20'1". Several of his drives were extremely good on the back nine, and the putter didn't hurt him. The optimist will note that he played his last 14 holes in 2-under. How he progresses over his next 18 holes will, no doubt, be heavily scrutinized.
Jan 29 - 6:51 PM

Bernd Wiesberger has been a stud on the Gulf Swing and enjoys a one-shot lead at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic after an opening 8-under-par 33-31=64.

Building on finishes of tied sixth in Abu Dhabi and third in Qatar, Wiesberger kept his hot-streak going with a bogey-free round which included five straight birdies on the back nine. The Austrian made a sedate start before registering his first par breaker of the day at the sixth and adding another at nine to turn in 33. At that stage it looked as if he would finish day one nestled somewhere in the chasing pack but, after a four at the par-5 10th, he reeled off birdies at 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17 to burst into the lead. One of the European Tour's in-form players, expect him to stay a factor all week.
Jan 29 - 8:47 AM

Louis Oosthuizen has withdrawn from the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, according to TeamISM on Twitter.

The tweet from his management company said, "@Louis57TM has been forced to withdraw from #ODDC with a back problem." Unfortunately, it doesn't come as a surprise to see the South African troubled by injury again. The 2010 Open champion has been plagued by a series of ailments over the last couple of seasons and took a two-month break last year before returning at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland. His most recent start came in mid-December when he finished second at the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa.
Jan 29 - 5:42 AM

He needed a playoff this morning, but Andrew Loupe advanced to the Waste Management Phoenix Open via open qualifying.

Loupe has conditional status on the PGA TOUR this season, so this is a real bonus. He shot 5-under-par 35-32=67 at McCormick Ranch Golf Club's Pine Course in Scottsdale with six birdies against one bogey. The 24-year-old then outlasted PGA TOUR rookie Blayne Barber, eight-time PGA TOUR winner Lee Janzen and Andy Pope in a 4-for-1 playoff for the final of three berths. (The WMPO is the only open tournament with an open qualifier that doesn't reserve four spots.) Scott Harrington and Cory Renfrew shared medalist honors. Harrington turned in a 6-under 32-34=66 with an eagle, six birdies and two bogeys. Renfrew carded 6-under 31-35=66 with seven birdies and a bogey. The field for the WM Phoenix Open is now complete at 132.
Jan 27 - 12:22 PM

Tony Finau received one of the last two sponsor exemptions at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

The rookie was last man in the field on merit when it was released on Friday afternoon. He was bumped out due to four top 10s at the Humana Challenge that allowed Sung Joon Park, Steve Wheatcroft, Justin Thomas and Colt Knost to climb over in that order. Park effectively took Finau's place in the field on merit, leaving Finau at fourth alternate. The tournament then distributed the last two sponsor exemptions to Thomas and Finau. So, Wheatcroft and Knost and first and second alternate, respectively. If either or both don't get into the field of 132 at TPC Scottsdale, their top-10 exemptions will carry over to next week's Farmers Insurance Open, but they'd get into that field of 156 on merit anyway. This sort of thing happens at least once every two years, if not every two of three. As you'd expect, Finau is making his debut at the WMPO.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jan 26 - 11:18 AM




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