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Stuart Appleby enjoyed a 5-under-par 33-32=65 for his opening round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic.

The Aussie was already in our crosshairs this week since he called it quits before his second round of the Memorial with a back injury, but he has our attention for a different reason today. Returning to TPC Southwind early this morning, Appleby put the finishing touches on a splendid lid-lifter with a birdie-3 at the ninth hole. That chased a hole-in-one at the par-3 eighth where he wielded a 7-iron from 157 yards. Elsewhere, he traded four birdies with two bogeys. Two of those complementary par breakers measured between 11 and 13 feet. This matches his lowest aggregate of the season established four times previously. He's two strokes off the clubhouse lead.
Fri, Jun 6, 2014 08:51:00 AM

The third round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans was abandoned at 4:40 p.m. CT due to inclement weather and will resume at 7:00 a.m. Monday, with the tournament being reduced to 54 holes.

The Zurich is nearing snake-bit territory with six of the last seven rounds either delayed or suspended due to bad weather. They mustered but 1 hour and 15 minutes of third-round play on Saturday before the horn sounded at 1:15 p.m. CT. Five hours 42 minutes later, play was nixed for the evening. Thirty-four of 82 players that made the 36-hole cut didn't get out of the starting blocks. Play resumed as scheduled at 7:30 a.m. Sunday and was suspended slightly more than two hours later. All 82 were able to get underway at least, with 36-hole leader Brian Stuard sharing the top spot with 18-hole co-leader Jhonattan Vegas, both on 13-under total thru five holes. The tournament needs about a 4-hour window on Monday to get 54 holes completed so the results can be official.
May 1 - 5:51 PM

The third round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans was suspended at 10:09 a.m. CT due to inclement weather with players being removed from the course.UPDATE: Tournament Director Steve Carman was interviewed by CBS at 3:20 p.m. link below and said officials are concentrating on a 54-hole finish now.

For the sixth time in four days, tournament officials have been forced to halt the action. Three for darkness and now three for inclement weather. Similar to Thursday and Saturday, this delay looks to be a lengthy one. All 82 players that survived the 36-hole cut were on the course, with Scott Stallings among those that are the furthest along. He's bogey-free 6-under on the round thru 14 holes and 10-under total, up 33 places on the leaderboard to T5. When play resumes, the 31-year-old will be hitting his second to the par-4 15th from 220 yards away in the right rough. Preferred lies are in effect for R3 in closely mown areas.
May 1 - 11:24 AM

Cheered on by partisan local crowds, Hao Tong Li fired a superb bogey-free round of 8-under-par 32-32=64 to win the Volvo China Open on 22-under 266, three strokes clear of runner-up Felipe Aguilar at TopwinGolf & CC.

Twelve months ago Li was in contention for this title only to add a poor final round which ruined his challenge. This year he made no mistake, overcoming a two shot deficit as he steamed the course and the field to set a target none could get close to. He ticked birdies four times on the front nine, and four times again on the back nine in a scintillating display; his flawless round was the joint lowest score of the day. It was also a neat reversal of his form around the world in 2016, and especially last week in Shenzhen. "The start of this year has given me a lot of hard times," he said. "Even though I worked hard I still played badly, especially last week. I worked hard there and couldn't control my ball." That changed in Beijing and the win which resulted will change his golfing life.
May 1 - 4:01 AM

The third round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans has been suspended with players due back in position at 7:30 a.m. CT Sunday. UPDATE: The third round resumed at 7:30 a.m. Sunday as scheduled.

Inclement weather postponed play at 1:15 p.m. today. Forty-two of 82 players that survived the 36-hole cut completed at least one hole of the third round. Not among them is Steve Wheatcroft, who was scheduled in the fourth-to-last threesome off No. 1 tee at 1:40 p.m. He's on 7-under 69-68=137, five back of 36-hole leader Brian Stuard, joining Stuard and last year's runner-up Cameron Tringale as the only players bogey-free thru 36 holes. The 38-year-old is playing his fifth Zurich with a best of T12 last year where after opening in even-par 72, closed with 66-69-65, 16-under for his final 54 holes. Coincidentally, the third round of last year's edition was also suspended for the day on Saturday following a weather delay of 5 hours and 43 minutes.
Apr 30 - 7:04 PM

Due to inclement weather, the third round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans was suspended at 1:15 p.m. CT with players being removed from the course.

The already weather-plagued edition got 1 hour and 15 minutes of third-round play in before the horn sounded. With 82 players making the 36-hole cut and previous delays/suspensions, the field was split into threesomes off both sets of tees. Patrick Rodgers is in the third-to-last group off No. 1 and was about 35 minutes shy of getting underway when play was nixed. He's making his tourney debut this week along with 27 others and sits in a six-way T4 on 8-under 67-69=136, four back of 36-hole leader Brian Stuard.
Apr 30 - 2:32 PM

Defending champ and Zurich Ambassador Justin Rose sleepwalked to an even-par 34-38=72 in the second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and at even-par 144, missed the cut by two strokes.

A total of 82 players made the 36-hole cut on 2-under 142 so a second cut of low 70 and ties will come after 54 holes. Rose opened his defense with a two-birdie two-bogey 72 that included a bogey-6 on 11, ending his blemish-free streak in NOLA at 76 holes. He began his second frame on No. 10 and went out in birdie-less 2-over 38, squaring back-to-backs on 12 and 13. The 35-year-old got on the board with birdie at the par-5 second but gave it back with bogey-4 at the third. Birdies at 7 and 8 completed his scoring. Joining Rose with early exits include: 143- Luke List; Sean O'Hair; K.J. Choi; Boo Weekley ... 144- 2009 champ Jerry Kelly; Keegan Bradley ... 146- John Huh; Martin Piller ... 147- Chez Reavie; 2010 champ Jason Bohn; Ricky Barnes ... 149- 2008 champ Andres Romero; Hunter Mahan and Smylie Kaufman.
Apr 30 - 12:46 PM

Chad Collins twirled a bogey-free 8-under-par 33-31=64 in the two-day second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to reach the halfway point on 8-under 136, good for the low lap in round two and tying the low round of the week with Brian Stuard and Jhonattan Vegas from R1.

Collins opened his seventh Zurich with a two-birdie two-bogey 72 and entered off a career-best solo third last week at TPC San Antonio. He began his second frame on No. 10 and was 5-under thru nine holes when play was suspended due to darkness. The 37-year-old returned Saturday morning and toured his inward half in 3-under 33, adding further birdies on holes 4, 5 and 7. In total, he circled eight on the card, including a pair of 16-footers on 14 and 18, highlighted by a 24-footer at the par-5 fifth. Collins is up 76 places on the leaderboard to T4, four adrift of 36-hole leader Stuard.
Apr 30 - 11:47 AM

First-round co-leader Brian Stuard tacked on a bogey-free 4-under-par 32-36=68 in the two-day second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to reach the midpoint on 12-under 132, good for sole possession of the 36-hole lead.

Second-round play is still in progress but it's doubtful anyone will catch Stuard, who's leading by one over Jamie Lovemark and 18-hole co-leader Jhonattan Vegas, who were both in the house on Friday. The 513th-ranked player in the world was 2-under thru 12 holes, 10-under total, when play was suspended due to darkness yesterday. He returned on Saturday to play his final six holes in 2-under circling back-to-backs on holes 7 and 8 from 14'4" and 10'5", respectively, and remains bogey-free thru 36 holes. In total, the 33-year-old circled four on the card -- penciling birdies on 1 and 2 on Friday -- on 12 greens in regulation, and at last glance, is pacing the field in strokes gained: putting at 7.842, including 1.454 in R2.
Apr 30 - 10:40 AM

Daniel Berger spun a 7-under-par 30-35=65 in the two-day second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to post 8-under 136, up 59 places on the live leaderboard to T4, three back of 36-hole co-leaders Jamie Lovemark and Jhonattan Vegas. UPDATE: With play completed, Berger trails 36-hole leader Brian Stuard by four.

Berger was one of 76 to get stranded on Friday. Prior to the horn ending play due to darkness, he got 13 holes in the books, including a first-nine 30 that featured an eagle-birdie-birdie run on holes 7-9. The Floridian parred 10-13 and was 6-under on the round and 7-under total at the suspension. He returned Saturday morning and played his final five holes in 1-under to post the low round in the clubhouse. In total, the second-year man carded seven par breakers -- six birds and one eagle-3 -- against a lone bogey at the par-3 17th and at last check, posted 5.208 strokes gained: tee-to-green.
Apr 30 - 10:07 AM

Halfway leader Felipe Aguilar posted a 5-under-par 32-35=67 on day three of the Volvo China Open but now shares first place with Denmark's Lucas Bjerregaard on 16-under 200.

On a truly international leaderboard, the Chilean and the Dane enjoy a two-shot over Sweden's Alex Noren, England's Tyrrell Hatton, Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts and home player Hao Tong Li. On a day of low scoring at Topwin Golf & CC, Aguilar started fast and circled birdies at 1, 4, 5 and 8 to turn in 32 before picking up another shot at 11. He quietened after that with a bogey at 13 and five pars but a walk-off birdie at 18 pulled him alongside Bjerregaard. After hitting all 18 greens in regulation yesterday, Aguilar found 15 in the right number today after piping 10 (of 14) fairways. He'll be seeking a third European Tour victory on Sunday following previous wins at the Indonesian Open in 2008 and The Championship at Laguna National in 2014. Both those were in Asia so it's a part of the world where he clearly thrives.
Apr 30 - 6:28 AM

Lucas Bjerregaard torched Topwin Golf & CC for a 7-under-par 33-32=65 in Saturday's third round and joined halfway leader Felipe Aguilar at the top of the Volvo China Open leaderboard with 18 holes to play.

For the second lap running, the Dane went bogey free and he's dropped just a single shot through his first 54 holes. Bjerregaard gave his round dramatic impetus by holing his second shot for an eagle-2 at the 483-yard par-4 4th hole and went to the turn in 33 after a birdie at 8. He circled further red at 11, 12, 16 and 18 on the back nine to arrive at 16-under 200 and share top spot with Aguilar. The pair are two in front of Alex Noren, Tyrrell Hatton, Hao Tong Li and Niocolas Colsaerts. For the third day running, Bjerregaard hit just 8 (of 14) fairways but so far this week he's missed just seven greens in regulation and is a perfect 7-for-7 in scrambling. The 24-year-old, who has three top fives in his last six starts in China, will be seeking a first European Tour title on Sunday.
Apr 30 - 6:12 AM




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