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Phil Mickelson ran up his opening round of the 78th Masters to 4-over-par 39-37=76.

Remember when he squared a triple bogey on the par-3 fourth hole in the final round of the 2012 edition? He closed with a 72 that day to finish T3, two strokes outside the playoff won by fellow left-hander Bubba Watson. That 6 was also Mickelson's second triple of the week (10th hole, first round). Well, if he's going to be wearing his fourth green jacket this coming Sunday, it's not going to be because of today's effort. He hit 12 greens in regulation but totaled 32 putts. His round included a 7 at the par-4 seventh hole where his third stroke -- a chip from the fringe -- ran through the green; he'd eventually three-putt from mid-range. He penciled in another 7 at the par-5 15th where he rinsed his third. The only highlight of the walk occurred at the par-4 10th where he dropped in a long-distance left-to-righter, eliciting a standing ovation from the gallery, at least from those not already on their feet. Mickelson goes in the books eight strokes off the overnight lead.
Thu, Apr 10, 2014 08:26:00 PM

Jacques Kruyswijk returned to Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club's West Course Friday morning to finish off a bogey-free 8-under-par 33-30=63 and end the delayed opening round in solo second, just a single swing behind leader Paul Peterson.

A waterlogged course had caused play to be suspended early Thursday afternoon and further rain delayed the restart until 0930 local time this morning. When the action finally resumed, Kruyswijk finished off a back nine score of just 30 by making eagle-3 at No. 15 along with birdies at 10, 14 and 17. He'd picked up shots at 2, 5 and 6 on his front nine yesterday. The 24-year-old is playing this event for the third time and posted T31 last year. He won the Sunshine Tour's Cape Town Open in November and currently sits at 273 in the OWGR. Next up, he'll take on the tougher East Course where just six of the top 18 on the final R1 leaderboard played their first rounds.
Feb 24 - 4:02 AM

Branden Grace withdrew from The Honda Classic following a birdie-free, 7-over-par 36-41=77 in round one. There was no injury cited the time of the WD. UPDATE: Grace alerted his fans via Twitter that he strained a muscle in his rotator cuff but expects to return next week.

The South African swallowed five bogeys and a double bogey without circling a single birdie in his navigation of PGA National's Champion Course. It was his third attempt at The Honda Classic, and he's now 1-for-3 with a T71 in 2013 still his best. There was no reason for the WD provided but we'll update if/when that information becomes available. Grace is currently committed to next week's WGC-Mexico Championship where gamers should be ready to jump back on board, unless an injury becomes apparent. UPDATE: Grace alerted his fans via Twitter that he strained a muscle in his rotator cuff but expects to return next week.
Feb 23 - 5:49 PM

Wesley Bryan tore through PGA National’s Champion Course in round one of The Honda Classic, piecing together a 6-under-par 30-34=64 to grab a share of the early clubhouse lead with Cody Gribble.

The 2016 Web.com Tour Player of the Year is making his tournament debut, but did not arrive without course knowledge. Bryan finished T9 at the 2015 Web.com Tour Q-School event held at PGA National. He opened on the back nine today and circled two birdies before the turn to offset his lone bogey which came at the par-4 14th after missing a 5'1" par-saving attempt. After the turn, Bryan leaned heavily on the flat stick, splashing home three putts from 9-to-14 feet, leading to a five-birdie inward nine. If Bryan can hold onto his current co-lead, it will go in the books as his second-career lead/co-lead after any round (co-led after R2 of the 2016 John Deere Classic en route to a T8).
Feb 23 - 1:38 PM

Cameron Percy withdrew during round one of The Honda Classic, he was 2-over thru 11 at the time of his WD. No injury news has been provided at this point.

The Aussie opened on the back nine with a bogey at the par-4 10th. He traded a bogey at the 17th with a birdie at the 18th before making the turn at a respectable 1-over 36. Percy swallowed a third bogey at the par-4 second after finding trouble in the fairway bunker and called it quits after his tee shot on the following hole. The Web.com Tour grad was making his second appearance at The Honda Classic, first since a T71 in his 2013 debut. There was no injury cited at the time of the WD, but we will pass along that information if/when it becomes available.
Feb 23 - 1:03 PM

Making his debut at The Honda Classic, Cody Gribble pieced together a 6-under-par 31-33=64, grabbing the early clubhouse lead on day one.

The lefty arrived on the heels of four straight missed cuts, but you'd never know it by watching today's round. He split 10 (of 14) fairways en route to hitting all 18 greens in regulation. He is the first player in Honda history to land all 18 greens. Gribble walked off the course gaining 4.202 strokes approaching-the-green. His putter was not quiet, either, as he roped in six putts from 9'9" or longer, including a pair from just under 28 feet. If the clubhouse lead holds on by day's end, it will be his second lead after any round on TOUR, with the previous being after R4 of his victory at the Sanderson Farms Championship last fall.
Feb 23 - 12:31 PM

Ben Crane caught fire with the flat stick en route to a 4-under-par 35-31=66 during round one of The Honda Classic, finding himself inside the top 5 on the AM leaderboard.

PGA National's Champion Course can be a real challenge, but it's much easier when you're making putts from everywhere. That's exactly what Crane did in round one. He opened on the back nine and dropped in five putts from outside nine feet. That was all before making the turn, converting two more putts from 9-to-11 feet on his way into the clubhouse. The big whopper was a 32'5" splash for birdie at the par-3 15th. Overall, Crane walked off the course gaining 5.107 strokes putting. The 40-year-old is no stranger to success around here, posting a T12 in 2008 and solo third in 2009. It's unlikely he can maintain this torrid putting pace but it's given him a nice head start on the field.
Feb 23 - 12:22 PM

Scott Stallings twirled a 3-under-par 36-37=67 during his opening navigation of PGA National's Champion Course at the Honda Classic, circling a hole-in-one at the par-3 15th along the way.

Stallings arrived in good form, posting a solo eighth at the CareerBuilder Challenge and a T14 at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am over his last three starts. He kept that momentum rolling today, posting his second-lowest score at PGA National's Champion Course (4-under 66, R2 of 2013 edition). The clear highlight of the round came at the 15th where he holed his tee shot at the 179-yard par 3. It will go in the books as his third-career ace on the PGA TOUR (2016 Valero Texas Open and 2011 Transitions Championship). Making his fourth appearance at the Honda Classic, Stallings is still looking for his first top 25 here, and is well on his way after a solid opening round.
Feb 23 - 12:08 PM

Tim Wilkinson had a short week at the Honda Classic, withdrawing after 12 holes, citing a back injury.

The Kiwi was making his sixth appearance at this event, posting a 4-for-5 record with a WD in 2010 (food poisoning). This time around he opened with a double bogey, adding another double at the par-3 fifth, and also sprinkled regular bogeys at Nos. 3, 10, and 11. That placed him at 7-over thru 12 holes and he called it quits from there. Wilkinson arrived with five straight cuts made, so gamers shouldn't lose interest, long-term, over this one bad outing.
Feb 23 - 10:29 AM

Paul Peterson blitzed Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club's West Course for a bogey-free 9-under-par 31-31=62 in round one of the Joburg Open on Thursday, good enough for a two-shot clubhouse lead before play was called off early due to heavy rain.

The American made the big breakthrough on the European Tour with victory at last summer's D+D REAL Czech Masters after a 64-67 weekend finish. He went two lower than that Saturday round after pouring in four birdies in his final five holes (14, 15, 16 and 18) today. The left-hander was already 5-under by that point having started fast with circles at 1, 2, 5, 6 and 9 on his outward half. He leads by two from English duo Paul Waring and Aaron Rai although 103 players still have to complete their rounds and George Coetzee (-5 after 13) and Adilson Da Silva (-5 after 12) could still reel him in. Peterson withdrew after a 77 in his opener at this event last year but the straight-hitting 28-year-old has been in decent form with T29 in Malaysia and T28 at the Qatar Masters on his last two starts. "I feel like I've been playing really well the last few weeks and I feel like a round like this has been building," said Peterson, who will play the tougher East Course in round two.
Feb 23 - 6:29 AM

Prior to the start of the event, Steve Marino has withdrawn from this week's Honda Classic, opening a spot for first alternate Andres Gonzales.

Marino was one of the five golfers last week who failed to return on Saturday morning to finish up their second round. It was assumed to be weather-related at the time, but perhaps there was a bigger issue for Marino. Prior to last week's WD, the 36-year-old had missed the cut in five of his previous six starts. Gamers can avoid Marino until he shows some form.
Feb 22 - 4:08 PM

Justin Thomas will get a few home-cooked meals ahead of this week's Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

The Jupiter resident rocketed out of the gates this season with three wins in his first five starts. He's cooled a bit with a missed cut at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and T39 at last week's Genesis Open. The big hitter will look to get back in the winner's circle on a layout where he's already found success. After a missed cut in his 2015 debut, he returned to post four rounds under-par en route to a T3 finish. Over the last six years, only four others have accomplished the same feat of four red numbers (Rory McIlroy/2012; Tom Gillis/2012; Ryan Palmer/2014; Sergio Garcia/2014). Gamers should give Thomas a very strong look this week, in all formats.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Feb 22 - 2:45 PM




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