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Michael Thompson crafted a bogey-free, 3-under-par 34-35=69 in his second round of the Wells Fargo Championship.

Bogey-free golf at Quail Hollow is impressive no matter how executed, but Thompson hit only nine greens in regulation. A round like this is rarely without a notable par save. To wit, after missing the green just left and a bit short at the par-4 12th, he'd eventually pour in a putt from 19'11" for a 4. All of his other 17 conversions measured less than eight feet, including three birdies. At 4-under 140, he's five strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
Fri, May 2, 2014 01:53:00 PM

Julia Suri fired an impressive bogey-free 5-under-par 32-35=67 in round two of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters but his 36-hole total of 3-under 141 was a shot outside the cut line.

The American had much work to do after his opening 74 at Doha GC and nearly played himself into the weekend after a round featuring five birdies and 13 pars. Four of those came on his opening nine, meaning he needed another two coming home but Suri could only find one more and four closing pars meant the axe fell. Make a mental note for future starts, though, that he can score well on this course. Others to miss the cut of 4-under 140 included: 141- Jordan Smith, Shubhankar Sharma, Matthew Southgate ... 142- Thorbjorn Olesen, Richie Ramsay ... 143- Jeunghun Wang (defending champion).
Feb 23 - 9:44 AM

With a trio of closing birdies, Adrian Otaegui completed a 6-under-par 34-32=66 in round two of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, his halfway total of 11-under 133 giving him the clubhouse lead.

That beats the previous mark of 10-under and, with the day coming to a close, the Spaniard has a one-shot advantage over Erik Van Rooyen, Eddie Pepperell and Gregory Havret. Building on his opening 67, Otaegui started out with a birdie at Doha GC's opening hole and banked another red number at the 7th. The World No. 148 opened his back nine with circles at 10 and 11 before dropping his first and only shot of the week so far at the par-3 13th. That left him at 8-under but he stormed to the top of the leaderboard with gains at 16, 17 and 18. The 25-year-old has disappointing course form of MC-68-MC but was T5 after 54 holes of last week's Oman Open, eventually finishing T12, so had some confidence coming in.
Feb 23 - 8:22 AM

Erik Van Rooyen tacked on a 6-under-par 33-33=66 to his opening 68 to reach 10-under 134 after 36 holes of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, good enough for a one-shot lead in the clubhouse over Sean Crocker and Oliver Fisher with the morning wave now complete.

South Africans have an excellent record at Doha GC and gamers who played that angle, based on the wind and grainy greens, are being rewarded so far by Van Rooyen after his impressive play to the midpoint. He couldn't find any fireworks early after trading a starting circle at 10 with a square at 13 but surged up the board by connecting four birdies from the 16th to the 1st. He made another gain at 3 and secured the outright lead with a walk-off birdie at 9. Van Rooyen was runner-up at his home Joburg Open before the Festive break and now has the chance to go one better and secure his first European Tour success. The University of Minnesota product sits 27th on this year's Race to Dubai.
Feb 23 - 4:57 AM

Sean Crocker made eagle at two of his final three holes to give what appeared to be a modest second round at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters a dramatic late lift, the 4-under-par 37-31=68 ensuring him the clubhouse lead of 9-under 135.

Wow! What a finish. The American carded a bogey-free 67 on day one at Doha GC and set out with a birdie today. All looked good until he lost his way with bogeys at 6, 7 and 12 against just a single red number at 10. On the 14th tee, he sat over par for the day but a birdie there lit the fire and then he took just two blows on the short 281-yard par-4 16th and followed it with a walk-off eagle at the 539-yard closer. The 21-year-old is turning heads on the European Tour this year after two top sevens and a T16 from his six starts on this year's Race to Dubai. He has no official status on the European Tour and played his first four events of the season on invites.
Feb 23 - 4:40 AM

Adam Schenk handed in one (of just two) bogey-free rounds today, styling a 1-under-par 34-35=69 during day one of The Honda Classic, placing him three off the early pace set by Alex Noren and Webb Simpson.

The PGA TOUR rookie battled with windy conditions today but may have gotten the tiniest of advantages today. The wind the seemed to die down at the very end of the day and Schenk went off in the final group of the day. For Schenk is was all about steady play on the tee box, striping nine (of 14) fairways to gain 1.93 strokes off-the-tee. The Purdue product played patient golf from there and it finally paid off with a 6'7" birdie conversion at the par-4 eight hole (his 17th hole of the round). Schenk joins Daniel Berger as the only golfers to record bogey-free rounds today. Currently 12th on the leaderboard, this will be the first time Schenk has positioned himself inside the top 15 after any round on the PGA TOUR.
Feb 22 - 6:42 PM

Webb Simpson soared up the leaderboard during round one of The Honda Classic, cruising to a 4-under-par 32-34=66, good for a share of the clubhouse lead alongside Alex Noren.

Simpson was steady in his tee-to-green game, splitting nine (of 14) fairways en route to 11 greens in regulation. It was his flat stick that really did the heavy lifting today, though. Simpson didn't miss any bunnies but he also converted four putts from outside 11 feet, two of them coming from 21+ feet. The Wake Forest product appears to be glad to be back on bermuda greens as he walked off the course gaining 3.694 strokes putting. This will go in the books as Simpson's seventh career first-round lead/co-lead with the latest coming at the 2015 Sony Open. Entering the week he was just 1-for-3 at PGA National but this is his first appearance since the 2011 edition.
Feb 22 - 5:11 PM

Bud Cauley swallowed a 10-over-par 40-40=80 during round one of The Honda Classic and shortly after he withdrew from the event. He cited a wrist injury as the culprit.

Cauley circled a birdie at the par-4 first hole but that was the lone bright spot of the day. There wasn't one aspect of the game that kept him down, losing strokes to the field in all four sub-categories including -3.033 strokes gained putting. Cauley has two previous mid-tourney WDs on his resume but this is the first since his return from shoulder surgery in 2014. We will update if any injury news pops up. UPDATE: Cauley shared an update with his social media followers saying, "wrist starting [started] hurting me yesterday, gave it a go but it's still hurting. going to get it looked at... hope to be healthy for Tampa."
Feb 22 - 4:52 PM

Danny Lee cited family reasons as the cause of his mid-round withdraw during day one of The Honda Classic. He was 7-over thru 15 holes at the time of his WD.

Lee started his scoring with a birdie at the par-5 third but it was all downhill from there. He plummeted to 7-over thru 15 holes before calling it quits. The television broadcast gave word that Lee cited family reasons for the cause of this WD but there is no further information at this time. He entered the week with just two top 50s in nine starts since returning from a back injury at the CIMB Classic. This will go in the books as Lee's ninth career mid-tournament WD (also has two DQs) in 177 starts.
Feb 22 - 3:45 PM

Martin Kaymer has withdrawn from The Honda Classic following a 5-over-par 36-39=75 during round one, citing a wrist injury.

The German entered the week fresh off a T53 in his Genesis Open debut. At the Honda he was returning to an event where he finished T4 last year. It wasn't meant to be this week, though, as he traded five bogeys and a double with just two birdies. His typically strong ball-striking was absent today as he lost 1.809 strokes off-the-tee and another 2.037 strokes approaching-the-green. Kaymer's last missed cut on the PGA TOUR had previously come at the 2016 Valspar Championship so this was a big blow to gamers who were relying on a cut made this week. There is no word on the severity of this wrist injury but he's not qualified for next week's WGC-Mexico Championship so the earliest we'd see him again would be at the Valspar Championship. This was Kaymer's first mid-tournament WD in 118 career PGA TOUR starts.
Feb 22 - 2:17 PM

Tiger Woods looked good en route to an even-par 36-34=70 during round one of The Honda Classic, placing him four strokes off the early pace set by Alex Noren.

Woods is coming off a missed cut at the Genesis Open but he looked much better today. Courtesy of PGA TOUR's Sean Martin, Woods split just 1-of-5 fairways when using driver today but was 6-for-9 otherwise. We should expect him to straighten out the big stick eventually, but for now, these less-than-driver courses should suit the Big Cat much better than big ballparks like Torrey Pines or Riviera. Woods' big blemish came at the par-5 seventh where he recorded a double but bounced back nicely with a birdie at the fourth. This round is currently beating the field average by 2.48 strokes. Today is a very solid sign of his 2018 potential, but we'll need to see him piece together two or three consecutive good rounds before we start to crown him.
Feb 22 - 1:36 PM

Alex Noren won the battle with The Bear Trap and escaped his opening round with a 4-under-par 31-35=66, good for sole possession of the early Honda Classic lead, with the afternoon wave just getting their day started.

The Swede entered on the heels of three straight top 25s since arriving in the States and he's not showing any signs of slowing down in Florida. The Bear Trap is playing 1.54 strokes over par at the moment but Noren played it at 1-under for the day. Noren put on a ball-striking clinic today, gaining 2.290 strokes on approach while battling heavy winds in Palm Beach Gardens. Most notable was his 186-yard approach at the par-4 sixth which he stuck to inside four feet for a tap-in birdie. In fact, all but one of his birdie conversions came from inside 10 feet (he did also add a 14'4" par-saver). The lone exception was a 32'9" birdie bomb at the par-4 second. Making his 39th career PGA TOUR start, Noren is now in line for his first career first-round lead on this circuit, if this holds by day's end.
Feb 22 - 1:12 PM




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