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Troy Merritt submitted a 3-under-par 33-34=67 for his opening round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic.

Needing some fortune sooner than later, Merritt was the beneficiary of it today. He hit only 10 greens in regulation, but he buried eight birdies, six of which from outside 10 feet. The longest measured 25'1" at the par-3 11th hole. He also rattled in a par save from 10'2" at the par-4 second. While he squared three bogeys and concluded his tour of TPC Southwind with a double-bogey 6 at 18, he was perfect from inside 12 feet and sits one stroke off the clubhouse lead. At last check, his strokes gained-putting for the round sat at 4.743.
Thu, Jun 5, 2014 06:28:00 PM

Rob Oppenheim had the highlight of the day during round one of the Zurich Classic, while him and his teammate Nate Lashley also managed a bogey-free, 8-under-par 31-33=64 to place themselves just four off the early pace.

This pairing settled for a par at the par-5 11th but still managed to play the par 5s at 5-under today. A large chunk of that came at the par-5 seventh where Oppenheim holed out from 262 yards for a rare albatross. Lashley didn't just sit on the sidelines and watch as he also contributed four birdies himself. Neither golfer played last year during the inaugural team edition of the Zurich Classic. Lashley is making his tournament debut while Oppenheim has a T64 (2016) on his TPC Louisiana resume. Both golfers currently sit outside the top 160 in the FedExCup race so a big week would go a long way towards securing future status.
Apr 26 - 9:13 PM

Xinjun Zhang and Zecheng Dou joined forces to card a bogey-free, 12-under-par 30-30=60 during the opening round of the Zurich Classic, good for a share of the 18-hole lead alongside Chez Reavie and Lucas Glover.

These golfers both made news last fall when they became the first two Chinese-born golfers to earn PGA TOUR cards, both graduating from the Web.com Tour. Now they are trying to one-up those accomplishments and hot putting was the key. Zhang did most of the long-distance work, converting five birdies from outside 11 feet today, including a 27'6" birdie bomb at the par-4 fifth hole. Dou also added three circles from outside 11 feet, including a 30'11" bomb to walk-off in style. Neither golfer has led after any round on the PGA TOUR so this will be a new experience for both of them. Next up in round two, the format will switch to Foursomes (alternate shot).
Apr 26 - 8:23 PM

Last year's runner-up finishers, Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown, tossed together a 10-under-par 30-32=62 during the opening round of the Zurich Classic, giving them an early share of third place on the leaderboard.

Playing the Four-Ball format today, this squad circled nine birdies and an eagle to erase a lone bogey. Last year in they recorded rounds of 64 and 60 during Four-Ball, so this falls right in the middle of those scores. The fireworks started early today as Kisner drained a 19'8" birdie at the par-4 first before Scott Brown set up (and converted) on an 11'2" eagle look at the par-5 second hole. The rest of the round was mostly steady ball-striking. These Aiken, South Carolina, residents have a long history of playing well together and should continue to contend throughout the week here at TPC Louisiana.
Apr 26 - 8:13 PM

Ball-striking specialists Chez Reavie and Lucas Glover pieced together a bogey-free, 12-under-par 31-29=60 during the opening round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, good for sole possession of the lead as the morning wave comes to an end.

Both golfers entered the week ranked outside the top 115 in strokes gained putting, but today's Four-Ball format relieved some of the pressure on the greens and it showed in a big way. Before their day was done, this team rattled home nine putts from outside 10 feet, including five from outside 19 feet. With alternate shot on the docket tomorrow, these golfers won't have the same stress-free nature on the greens but today's round surely will have added to their confidence tank. Given their elite ball-striking reputations, this team is now in prime position to contend over the weekend here in NOLA.
Apr 26 - 2:53 PM

Tiger Woods has thrown his name into the field for next week's Wells Fargo Championship, his first time playing the event since 2012.

Woods theme of the season is "reps" and this event gives him a nice warmup opportunity before THE PLAYERS. The 42-year-old started his career at Quail Hollow with finishes of T3-T11-WIN-4th before missing the cut in 2010 and 2012. The course will call for plenty of drivers which will at least give Woods some tournament practice with that club that has been wayward for him, most of the season. He currently ranks 35th in driving distance but just 202nd in driving accuracy. With four top 15s in six visits to the course, Woods should be strongly considered in all fantasy formats next week.
Apr 26 - 2:18 PM

Tony Finau and Daniel Summerhays combined to post a bogey-free, 10-under-par 32-30=62 during round one of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Playing Four-Ball (best ball) on day one, this duo circled birdies on all four of the par 5s and picked up five birdies on the par 4s. Finau is still not 100 percent healed from his ankle injury but recently said "he's real close" on an Instagram video that showed him working with the Utah Jazz training staff. These Utah natives have a long history together, with Summerhays' brother (Boyd) even acting as Finau's coach. Their chemistry could help them remain in the mix this week. A top-heavy finish would mean a lot more for Summerhays this week as he's playing the season on conditional status after finishing 131st in the FedExCup standings last year.
Apr 26 - 2:08 PM

Martin Piller has withdrawn just ahead of this week's Zurich Classic of New Orleans. First alternate Denny McCarthy will take his place and play alongside Joel Dahmen.

Piller entered the week on baby watch. This early WD means that his wife, LPGA pro Gerina, might be going into labor. This won't come as a surprise to anyone that has been monitoring the Texan all year and certainly won't be a surprise to his partner, Joel Dahmen. When Dahmen asked him to play, Piller warned him that the date was awfully close to when Gerina was due. Piller's wife gave him the go ahead to return at the Wells Fargo Championship but Piller's plans are to wait until the AT&T Byron Nelson, giving him some time to enjoy his new title of dad.
Apr 26 - 9:01 AM

Daxing Jin confounded previous poor form on the European Tour to dazzle the home fans with an 8-under-par 32-32=64 and grab the clubhouse lead after the morning wave completed in the Volvo China Open at Topwin Golf & CC in Beijing.

In seven previous starts at this level Jin had only once made the weekend, in 2012 BMW Masters. More importantly in 16 laps he had never gone sub-70 and only once beaten par. He averaged 73.00 per circuit of Topwin in the China Open and yet blew the stats out of the water. On the front nine he ticked 10, 12, 14 and 18. On the back he started with more birdies at 1 and 7 before the coup de grace: eagle-3 at the eighth which grabbed the solo pacesetting role. The 25-year-old World No. 1426 maybe little known at the highest level, but did complete two top ten finishes on the PGA Tour: China in March. He held a one shot lead over Matt Wallace as he took lunch.
Apr 26 - 3:54 AM

Past champ and World No. 5 Justin Rose is back at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and pairs up with World No. 15 Henrik Stenson again, the duo heading out at 12:57 PM local time in Round 1.

Rose and Stenson were pre-tourney 11/2 faves outright last year and promptly missed the cut. They're 8/1 faves this week. Rose, a winner here in 2015 as 54-hole co-leader, won his eighth TOUR title earlier this season at the WGC-HSBC Champions, ending a 49-start winless streak. Stenson was one of three runners-up to Rose. Both players arrive this week off top-12 finishes three weeks ago in their 13th Masters appearances, Rose a T12, and Stenson a T5, his first top 10 at Augusta National. Stenson, whose most recent of six TOUR titles came at the 2017 Wyndham, has three top-6 finishes in his last three starts. Rose has three top-12 finishes in his last four.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Apr 25 - 9:28 PM

Kevin Kisner returns to the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and pairs up again with Scott Brown, heading out in Round 1 at 1:23 PM local time.

The Aiken, South Carolina, resident's teamed up in last year's inaugural (team) edition and lost in a 4-hole, sudden-death playoff in an unscheduled Monday finish. They were T2 thru 54 holes, four back of leaders Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt, and fired a day- and week-tying-low 10-under 60 to force extra time. Kisner did most of the heavy lifting, including six straight birdies (on his own ball) at holes 2-7. The duo turned in 28, now two clear of Smith/Blixt. After a Brown birdie at 10 and a Kisner birdie at 11, they fell flat with six straight pars, now down one heading to the last. Smith birdied, seemingly for the win, but Kisner improbably pitched in from 94'6" away for eagle-3, his third hole out of the round. Similar to last year, Kisner enters this week in-form (7-28-2) while Brown does not (MC-MC-76/MDF-MC).
Source: PGATOUR.com
Apr 25 - 7:53 PM

Haotong Li knows how to conquer Topwin Golf & CC in Beijing and will seek to do so again in this week's Volvo China Open.

The Chinese player returns to the scene of his victory in 2016 and it might be the perfect spot for him to get his season back on track. His stunning final round defeat of Rory McIlroy earned him the Dubai Desert Classic, but after that he struggled somewhat although his Augusta National debut offered hope, opening with a 69 for T4 before ending the week T32 and a first top 50 since that Middle Eastern success. His form in the tournament has been transformed in recent years, from MC-MC-MC-T50 in his first four appearances to T6-1-T11 in the last three. In 2016 he closed the week out with a round of 64 for a three-shot win. He's 42nd for SG: Off the Tee (+0.491) this year.
Apr 24 - 11:42 AM




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