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Morgan Hoffmann withdrew from the Valero Texas Open after making the cut on the number at 3-over-par 74-73=147.

Hoffmann was scheduled to tee off at 10:40 a.m. CT alongside Charlie Wi and Jim Herman. Hoffmann alerted his followers on Twitter that he came down with a case of food poisoning: "Pumped to make the cut but threw up all night and morning from severe food poisoning- in some really bad pain.. I'll be ready for next week."
Source: PGATOUR.com
Sat, Mar 29, 2014 11:42:00 AM

Hudson Swafford reached 20-under 268 during last year's CareerBuilder Challenge en route to victory, returning this week for his first chance to defend a PGA TOUR title.

The Georgia Bulldog roared out of the gate with a 7-under 65 (La Quinta CC) on day one last year to find himself in a share of second place. He moved over to the Nicklaus Tournament Course and replicated the score to find himself alone at the top. Swafford had to fend off the charge from Adam Hadwin who fired a 59 on Saturday but Swafford's 20-under 268 was one stroke better than Hadwin come Sunday night. Swafford hit a rough patch following the win but he's rounding back into form with nine straight cuts made heading into this week. Gamers should not be afraid to reinvest in the big-hitting 30-year-old.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jan 16 - 11:58 AM

Justin Rose heads to the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship at Abu Dhabi GC looking to break his so-near-but-yet-so-far record in the region.

Rose has made just two previous visits to the course and tournament, enough to suggest that he likes it well enough to win, but only if he can keep one pesky round out of the log book. On debut in 2013 he started like a train, pegging 67-69-68 to lead by two with 18 holes to play; a final round 71 saw him fall one swing shy of the winning total. Two years later he stymied himself with an opening 73 before cutting through the field with two 69s and a Sunday 65 for T12. He might argue that he is due a win in the U.A.E. because he has four second placed finishes there and was last seen in the country leading after 54 holes before finishing T4 in the DP World Tour Championship. Two wins late in 2017 proved his summer hard work was pushing him in the right direction. Looks likely to be a threat.
Jan 16 - 10:25 AM

Dustin Johnson will make a second appearance in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship at Abu Dhabi GC, hoping to retain the form he closed last season's renewal with.

Twelve months ago Johnson made his tournament debut and could only muster a round one level-par 72. It left him T75 and eight swings back of the lead. A Friday 68 got him inside the cut line (T38), but he remained those eight shots back. Cue a weekend 64-68, a 12-under last 36-hole total which bettered by three anything the rest of the field could manage as he raced into a tie for second. Add it to his dominant eight-shot victory in the season-opening Tournament of Champions and you can understand why he is the bookmakers favorite. Possible chinks in the armour? Travel: he's had to get from Hawaii to the U.A.E. In this day and age, part of the job though. More realistically, perhaps, the field will remember how he blew his six shot 54-hole lead in the HSBC Champions. Flipside of that is that we've learned that whilst they might recall it, he's unlikely to.
Jan 16 - 5:35 AM

World No. 83 James Hahn, a pre-tourney 100/1 outright, painted a week-low 8-under-par 32-30=62 in the final round of the Sony Open in Hawaii to post 17-under 263 (67-69-65-62), and then lost to Patton Kizzire on the sixth hole of a two-man playoff, dropping to 2-1 in sudden death. UPDATE: Hahn jumps 24 spots to 59th in OWGR and 110 places to 18th in the FedExCup standings.

Making his 140th career TOUR start, the 36-year-old was looking for his third title, first since winning the 2016 Wells Fargo in a playoff 43 starts ago. His final-round heroics (nine birdies, one bogey) erased a seven-shot deficit at the start of the day, and tied his career low on TOUR, shot two times previous. This was the Scottsdale, Arizona, resident's sixth cash in six Sony's but first top 25. It's also his first top 25 of the season in four starts and his first career runner-up. On 11 (of 14) fairways and 17 greens in regulation, the UC-Berkely alum gained 6.171 strokes against the field, highlighted by seven birdies in an eight-hole stretch. In extra time, he missed his par-saver from 7'9" on the second playing of the par-3 17th, while Kizzire knocked in a par-saver from 2'4".
Jan 14 - 11:31 PM

World No. 105 Patton Kizzire, a pre-tourney 66/1 outright, fashioned a 2-under-par 35-33=68 in the final round of the Sony Open in Hawaii to tie James Hahn on 17-under 263, and then defeated him with an up-and-down par at the par-3 17th in a tournament-record six-hole playoff, improving to 1-0 in sudden death. UPDATE: Kizzire leaps 51 spots to a career-high 54th in OWGR and is back atop the FedExCup standings for a third time this season.

This was the 31-year-old's second Sony (CUT/2016) and wins for the second time this season in seven events. His maiden win at the OHL came just three starts ago, where he led or co-led after each round, and quickly adds his second title in 66 career starts. In extra time, the duo battled to a draw through four playings of the par-5 18th and two visits to the 17th, with Kizzire knocking in a 28-inch par-saver after Hahn lipped his par-saver from 7'9". After opening in 67-64-64, Kizzire began T2, one back of 54-hole leader Tom Hoge. He conjured five (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, gaining 2.160 strokes on approach. The Auburn alum opened with nine straight pars before a pitch-in eagle 2 at 10 from 55 yards away. He added birdie-2 at 11 (13'3") before a lone bogey-5 at 13. The Sea Island, Georgia, resident posted 1.727 putts per GIR and -0.717 SG: Putting with 27 total putts. He's the first multiple winner on TOUR this season.
Jan 14 - 11:14 PM

Second-round leader and World No. 23 Brian Harman back-pedaled with an even-par 35-35=70 in the final round of the Sony Open in Hawaii for a 72-hole total of 15-under 265, down two spots into a three-way T4, two swings short of a two-man playoff involving James Hahn and playing competitor Patton Kizzire.

The 30-year-old posts his fifth straight top 10 to open the season, fourth top 5 and third consecutive, but does drop to 0-for-3 when the 36-hole leader/co-leader. It's his sixth cash at the Sony in seven tries, fourth top 25 and first top 10, supplanting a pair of T13s in 2015 and 2016. After kicking off in 64-63-68, the Georgia alum began T2 (with Kizzire), one shy of 54-hole leader Tom Hoge. Playing out of the final threesome, he hit 11 (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, losing 1.604 strokes around-the-green. The Georgian ate double bogey-6 at No. 6, turned level after eagle-3 at 9 (from 17'8"), and then traded bogey-5s at 13 (3-putt from 52'10") and 16 with birdies at 12 and 18 (7'2"). He posted 1.867 putts per GIR and -0.959 SG: Putting, needing 32 total putts.
Jan 14 - 9:52 PM

Overnight leader and World No. 392 Tom Hoge patched together an even-par 34-36=70 in the final round of the Sony Open in Hawaii, dropping two places to a career-best solo 3rd on 16-under 264, one shot short of a two-man playoff involving James Hahn and eventual champ Patton Kizzire. UPDATE: Hoge leapfrogs 178 places to 214th in OWGR and 37 spots to 19th in the FedExCup standings, both career highs.

The 28-year-old, vying for his first TOUR title in 76 career events, drops to 0-for-1 when the 54-hole leader/co-leader. His previous best was T4 at the 2017 Barracuda and posts his second top 10 of the season in six starts (T7, Shriners). This was the North Dakota resident's third Sony and first time completing 72 holes, brushing aside a T71/MDF on debut in 2015. After opening in 65-65-64, he began with a one-shot lead over Kizzire, seven clear of Hahn. The TCU alum went out in 1-under, outpacing bogey-4 at No. 8 with circles at 2 and 9, increasing his lead to two at the break. He added another circle at 12 (from 21'8"), but then ate double bogey-6 at 16 after trouble getting out of a greenside bunker. Hoge missed a 9'1" birdie try at the last to join the playoff. He hit 12 (of 14) fairways and 16 GIR, losing 2.150 strokes around-the-green, which was last in the field in R4. Hoge posted 1.813 putts per GIR and -0.433 SG: Putting with 33 total putts.
Jan 14 - 9:31 PM

Chris Paisley completed victory in the BMW South African Open thanks to a remarkably assured bogey-free final lap of 6-under-par 33-33=66, completing a total of 21-under 267 for the week at Glendower Golf Club, three better than second placed Branden Grace could manage.

Twelve months ago this event was won by an Englishman from the north-east who had just squeaked his card the previous season. What Graeme Storm achieved, Chris Paisley has now replicated - and how. The 54-hole leader by one, he made birdies at 2 and 4 and yet was joined at the top when playing partner Branden Grace opened birdie-eagle. Conventional wisdom demanded that Grace's quality would overpower Paisley's maiden status. But the Englishman drained a 12'0" left-to-righter at the seventh which took him three clear because Grace had made double bogey on the previous hole. Paisley added more red at 10, 13 and 15 (the latter greeted with a fist pump) to earn a four-shot edge. Grace got one nearer, but Paisley stood firm, commentator Tony Johnstone saying: "He looks like he's won 20 times rather than never." The triumph came on his 122nd European Tour start and he'll not be scrambling for a card this October.
Jan 14 - 9:20 AM

World No. 105 Patton Kizzire fired a 6-under-par 33-31=64 in the third round of the Sony Open in Hawaii for a 54-hole tally of 15-under 195, up five spots to T2, one back of leader Tom Hoge, who also shot 64.

After opening in 67-64, the 31-year-old began T7, four back of 36-hole leader Brian Harman. Playing out of the third-to-last threesome, he ate double bogey-6 at hole 1 (tee ball OB) but then played his final 17 holes in blemish-free 8-under. On 10 (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, the Auburn alum circled eight, including five straight at holes 6-10, posting 2.121 SG: Putting, No. 1 in SGP with a cumulative 7.562. He lost 0.972 strokes off-the-tee but gained 3.050 approaching-the-green and 2.287 tee-to-green. All of the Sea Island, Georgia, resident's par breakers dropped from inside of 11 feet, taking 26 total putts. He was No. 1 in proximity to hole in R3 at 21'4". Kizzire's one win was the 2018 OHL as 54-hole leader.
Jan 13 - 11:22 PM

Overnight leader and World No. 23 Brian Harman tacked on a 2-under-par 34-34=68 in the third round of the Sony Open in Hawaii, dropping one place to T2 on 15-under 195, one back of 54-hole leader Tom Hoge, who shot 64.

After kicking off in 64-63, the 30-year-old began with a three-shot lead over five players, including Hoge. Playing out of the final threesome, he hit eight (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, gaining 0.456 strokes off-the-tee but losing 0.295 approaching-the-green. The Georgia alum squared a lone bogey-4 at 11, outpaced by three circles at 5, 10 and 16, each from between six and 19 feet. He posted 1.769 putts per GIR and 0.171 SG: Putting with 29 total putts. The Georgian will play out of the final threesome in R4 with Hoge and Patton Kizzire. He has two wins, one as 54-hole leader (2014 John Deere) and one come from behind (2017 Wells Fargo).
Jan 13 - 11:10 PM

World No. 392 Tom Hoge, a pre-tourney 200/1 outright, twirled a bogey-free 6-under-par 32-32=64 in the third round of the Sony Open in Hawaii to reach 16-under 194, up one spot to the top of the leaderboard, one clear of Patton Kizzire and 36-hole leader Brian Harman.

Making his 76th career start, this is the 28-year-old's sixth career lead/co-lead after any round but his first after 54 holes. It's the fifth time that he's been in the top 10 thru 54 holes with a T4 at the 2017 Barracuda last August his career best (T5 thru 54 holes). After opening in twin 65s, the TCU alum began T2, three shy of Harman. Playing out of the penultimate threesome, he hit six (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, gaining 2.212 strokes approaching-the-green and 2.711 tee-to-green, No. 1 in both of the latter stats thru three rounds at 6.893 and 10.461, respectively. The North Carolina native circled six at holes 2, 6, 9, 10, 17 and 18, three from between 14 and 41 feet, with a long of 40'3" at the par-3 17th. He registered 1.667 putts per GIR and 1.682 SG: Putting with 28 total putts.
Jan 13 - 10:59 PM




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