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Carlos Ortiz finished off his second Web.com Tour win of 2014 with a final-round 4-under-par 33-35=68 in the El Bosque Mexico Open.

Ortiz bagged seven birdies to just three bogeys in his final navigation of El Bosque GC, ending the tournament at 13-under 275. He entered this week second on the Web.com Tour money list, and has wrestled that spot away from Alex Cejka with this title. Next on his list will be the battlefield promotion straight to the PGA TOUR that comes with three wins in one season. Considering his first win was just two starts ago at the Panama Claro Championship, he's putting off some serious heat.
Sun, Apr 13, 2014 07:19:00 PM

Steven Bowditch rebounded for an even-par 36-36=72 in today's second round of the Valero Texas Open to post 8-under 152, but missed the cut by two strokes.

He got caught up in the unfavorable half of the draw at TPC San Antonio this week. As today's score indicates, Bowditch's game was much tighter. He hit 11 greens in regulation and exchanged two birdies with two bogeys. Alas, it's merely the latest in a string of disappointing results. In his last seven starts, he's cashed just once for a T62 at Bay Hill. Other notables to miss today's cut include: 151--three-time champ Justin Leonard; James Hahn; Russell Knox ... 152--Daniel Berger ... 153--2012 champ Ben Curtis; Scott Stallings; Charles Howell III; Andres Gonzales; Jason Dufner ... 154--Nick Watney; Sean O'Hair ... 155--2006 champ Eric Axley ... 157--Justin Thomas ... 158--Brendon de Jonge; Kiradech Aphibarnrat ... 162--Martin Kaymer.
Mar 27 - 8:41 PM

Rotoworld has learned that Patrick Cantlay has his eyes on a return to PGA TOUR-sanctioned competition this spring.

Cantlay, who turned 23 on March 17, has been bothered by a recurring back injury stemming from a fractured L5 vertebra nearly two years ago. He hasn't played since finishing 76th (of 76) that played 72 holes of the OHL Classic of Mayakoba in the fall. His representative from Excel Sports Management, Andrew Kipper, wrote the following in an email to Rotoworld: "Patrick has continued to receive treatment and is beginning to feel better and stronger. The goal is to return to the TOUR later this Spring." The golfer still has rookie eligibility on the PGA TOUR. More importantly, he still has 10 starts on a medical extension in the reshuffle category to collected $624,746 or 389.150 FedExCup points and earn a promotion to the Major Medical category. Given his time away, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Cantlay rehab on the Web.com Tour, but that is not a requirement.
Mar 27 - 6:33 PM

Graeme McDowell is not included in the published field of next week's Shell Houston Open.

It was questionable anyway, so our focus shifts to the Masters the following week. Yes, he'll be rested, but he could be competitively rusty if not hesitant to go all out given the injury to his lower left leg. While G-Mac has a pair of top 20s at Augusta National, he's also missed five cuts in the tournament, including the last two editions. Therefore, he probably doesn't warrant an investment until the RBC Heritage the following week if at all.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Mar 27 - 6:07 PM

Jimmy Walker chased his opening 71 at the Valero Texas Open with a 5-under-par 34-33=67 to post 6-under 138, good for outright possession of the 36-hole clubhouse lead. UPDATE: His aggregate held up. Walker enters the weekend with a one-stroke lead over Aaron Baddeley and Charley Hoffman.

He's halfway to the home win. Walker went 5-for-5 in scrambling today, but still squared a bogey when he three-jacked the green at the par-4 17th from inside 58 feet. It was merely a speed bump hidden among six birdies, four of which from 10 feet or longer. The highlights disappeared from 22'1" at the par-4 10th, where he opened his round, and 18'8" at the par-3 seventh, which was the second of three straight birdies coming home. In addition to sitting atop the leaderboard when he signed his card, the Texan led the field in greens in regulation (25) and strokes gained: putting (6.522 at last check).
Mar 27 - 2:01 PM

Danny Lee withdrew during his second round of the Valero Texas Open, citing vertigo.

Yikes. We see it a couple of times every season, but it's not often noticed on the scorecard as vividly as Lee's today. After missing the green long at the par-3 third hole -- his 12th of the round -- he pitched on to 7"7" and promptly four-putted for a triple bogey. He was 3-over on the day and 11-over for the tournament. This is his second WD during an event in 87 PGA TOUR starts. Lee had arrived in great form with top 20s to conclude the Florida Swing and positioned 42nd in the FedExCup standings. UPDATE: He's committed to next week's Shell Houston Open where he hasn't competed since his debut in 2012 (T36).
Mar 27 - 1:46 PM

Francesco Molinari alerted his followers on Twitter that he has withdrawn from the Valero Texas Open due to a wrist injury.

The Italian wrote, "I'm sorry to say I had to pull out of the @valerotxopen after a wrist injury I sustained after a few holes yesterday." He was scheduled to go off the first tee at 12:20 p.m. CT. Molinari opened with a 9-over-par 39-42=81 in the morning wave. Since he started the week outside the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking -- he's currently 63rd -- his only conduit to qualify for the Masters is to win the Shell Houston Open. It's a possibility that he didn't rule out in a follow-up tweet: "I hope to get better soon and be able to play in Houston next week."
Mar 27 - 12:50 PM

Zac Blair withdrew from the Valero Texas Open during his second round due to a back injury.

The rookie parred the par-3 13th hole before calling it quits. He was 11-over-par through 13 on the day and 15-over through 31 holes. This is his first mid-tournament WD in 16 PGA TOUR starts. Blair arrived in San Antonio slotted 52nd in the FedExCup standings on the strength of one top 10 and another five top 25s. He's not a front-runner for Rookie of the Year, but he on the unofficial watch list. UPDATE: If he's able, he'll peg it in next week's Shell Houston Open.
Mar 27 - 11:58 AM

Rafael Cabrera-Bello authored a 3-under-par 34-35=69 to post the early clubhouse lead of 6-under 138 on day two of the Trophee Hassan II.

For now, that's a shot behind first-round leader Adrien Saddier, who was still over an hour away from starting his second round when Cabrera-Bello handed in his card. The Spaniard's second straight 69 means he's now broken 70 in five of his last six laps at Golf du Palais Royal. He was T5 last year. The 30-year-old started with a pair of birdies at 10 and 11 before adding another at 14. He suffered a disappointing bogey at the par-5 15th and then mixed two par breakers and a single dropped shot on his second nine. The 69 has moved him up 13 spots to tied second. The key to his success so far is obvious. Cabrera-Bello has split 22 (of 26) fairways and missed just five greens in regulation over the first 36 holes.
Mar 27 - 8:42 AM

Charley Hoffman crafted a bogey-free, 5-under-par 33-34=67 in his opening round of the Valero Texas Open and snared sole possession of the clubhouse lead.

The 72 golfers in the morning wave can only shake their heads at this. It was truly the tale of two first rounds today. No one in the early draw broke par. Hoffman split eight (of 14) fairways and went 7-for-7 in scrambling while circling seven birdies. His longest dropped in from just 11'1" at the par-4 ninth hole. His greatest challenge to save par was met at the par-4 fourth where he rolled in his longest conversion of the day (from 12'8"). At last check, he ranked third in strokes gained: tee-to-green (5.967) and first in strokes gained: putting (3.791).
Mar 26 - 8:12 PM

Phil Mickelson posted 2-under-par 35-35=70 in his opening round of the Valero Texas Open, coming to rest just two strokes off the clubhouse lead.

Mickelson always like to enter the Masters warm and competitively fresh. The bonus is when he plays well. So, he checked both boxes at TPC San Antonio today. He went 5-for-9 in birdie chances with a 15-footer at the par-4 fifth hole and a 10-footer at the par-4 17th. However, Mickelson garnered attention mostly due to the fact that the clubhead of his 8-iron came off on his second shot from a fairway bunker at the par-4 12th hole. (You can view the video at the link below.) He'd go on to bogey the hole.
Mar 26 - 7:56 PM

Aaron Baddeley hung up a 4-under-par 34-34=68 in today's opening round of the Valero Texas Open to assume outright possession of the clubhouse

OK. Great score and all that, but what he did at the 17th hole might be a once-in-a-lifetime experience if not less often. After pulling his tee ball at the drivable par 4, Badds was forced to swallow an unplayable lie. Now back at the tee and hitting his third, he promptly holed out from 336 yards for birdie. Remember, it's a par 4! It was his fifth birdie of the round that also featured measly conversions from 14 feet and 11'3" at the par-5 second and eighth holes, respectively. He hit 11 greens in regulation and dropped only one shot (at the par-3 seventh hole). The Aussie is 3-for-3 at TPC San Antonio with a T3 (2010) and T15 (2013), but he's logged only one top 30 all season, that a T17 in a home game in Phoenix.
Mar 26 - 6:55 PM




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