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Hunter Mahan and Jamie Donaldson were penalized two strokes each for hitting the other's golf ball on approach at the par-4 18th hole in the second round of the U.S. Open.

The short story is that Mahan's caddie, John Wood, misidentified his boss' ball. Both balls were marked similarly and everyone involved was fooled by the bounce of Mahan's tee ball. It wasn't until Donaldson went to mark his ball on the green that the error was realized. In addition to the penalty, Mahan and Donaldson retreated to the original spots of their tee balls and finished the hole. Both signed for a 6. Wood's gaffe is likely to cost him a payday as Mahan reached the midpoint in 6-over-par 74-72=146. The current cut line is 4-over 144. While aggravating, it's no sweat off the Englishman's back as he posted 11-over 70-81=151. Granted, they each had nine holes remaining after the saga, but neither mounted a charge. "I still can’t grasp what happened; it doesn’t make any sense to me," Wood said. "You’re out here for 17 years, every day, and you know where the ball goes."
Fri, Jun 13, 2014 03:59:00 PM

After withdrawing from today's Barclays on his ninth hole, Erik Compton has circled the Frys.com Open on Oct. 15-18 to return to competition.

The season-opening stop at Silverado is the next PGA TOUR event for golfers who don't advance to next week's Deutsche Bank. Compton was already facing a tall task of surviving as the 122-seed at Plainfield. In addition to gout that flared on Friday and into Saturday last week, he informed that he was also dealing with a respiratory infection upon arrival in New Jersey. "You're fine one night and you wake up and feel like your foot is broken," he said, referring to last week's recurring malady due to the combination of medication he takes. "I've been in bed throughout the weekend. Monday I went to the doctor. And on top of that, I got an upper respiratory infection. I should have just stayed home, but I tried to wing it." He took some heat for not withdrawing during the second round last week since the 36-hole cut fell right on the top 70, but for every suspect WD, there's a guy like Compton who epitomizes the TOUR's provision to give his best effort.
Aug 27 - 9:18 PM

Tony Finau blitzed Plainfield Country Club for eight birdies en route to a 5-under-par 34-31=65 in today's opening round of The Barclays, good for a share of the clubhouse lead.

He's the first of the foursome atop the leaderboard who played in the afternoon wave. After opening on the back side birdie-birdie-birdie, Finau then bogeyed the next three holes to return to even. However, he played the remainder in bogey-free 5-under. His longest conversion of the loop measured jut 14 feet at the par-4 18th hole, the middle of another string of three consecutive birdies. He hit 12 greens on the round and led the field in putts per GIR (1.417) at last check. The rookie entered his Playoffs debut as the 39-seed and on the short list for Rookie of the Year honors. With five top 10s and another 10 top 25s thus far, he's deserving.
Aug 27 - 5:29 PM

Camilo Villegas crafted a 5-under-par 34-31=65 in today's opening round of The Barclays, finishing with a share of the clubhouse lead with Bubba Watson and Spencer Levin.

Villegas is one of three to qualify for the Playoffs without the benefit of a top 10. (John Peterson and John Huh are the others.) The Colombian placed no better than 16th at The Honda Classic, which is also his best result since winning the 2014 Wyndham Championship. He's fresh off a T26 in his title defense at Sedgefield. Today at Plainfield Country Club, Villegas went 6-for-13 in scoring chances with six birdies, including a conversion from 15'5" at the par-4 seventh hole. His only miscue occurred at the par-4 eighth where he settled for bogey, but he thwarted another with a par save from 19'10" at the par-4 fifth. At last check, the 33-year-old ranked inside the top 10 in both strokes-gained stats on the day.
Aug 27 - 2:43 PM

Spencer Levin enjoyed a 5-under-par 30-35=65 in today's opening round of The Barclays and shares the clubhouse lead.

Levin strode into town having tied for 18th at the Wyndham Championship. It was his best finish since a T11 at the Farmers over six months ago. Riding that momentum, he navigated Plainfield Country Club to the tune of 11 (of 14) fairways hit and 14 greens in regulation. Levin circled six birdies, three of which from outside 11 feet, the longest measuring 29'10" at the par-3 third hole. He'd drop a shot at the par-3 14th but escaped with par after his 16-footer fell for a 4 at No. 13. He's winless in 173 PGA TOUR starts, and Camilo Villegas (2008 BMW Championship) is the only golfer to record his breakthrough title in the Playoffs, but Levin is positioned where he needs to be to make a run at joining the Colombian in the club.
Aug 27 - 2:30 PM

Eduardo De La Riva holed his approach for an eagle-2 at the par-4 18th to share the lead after round one of the D+D REAL Czech Masters with a 7-under-par 34-31=65.

The Spaniard is tied at the top with Italian youngster Renato Paratore, the pair enjoying a one-shot lead over Sam Hutsby, Matt Fitzpatrick, Pelle Edberg and Thomas Pieters. De La Riva bogeyed No. 2 but bounced back with birdies at 4, 6, 9, 10, 11 and 12. The 33-year-old, who split 12 (of 14) fairways and hit 16 greens in regulation, then reeled off five straight pars before his dramatic eagle at the last. "It is very good to finish with a two on a par four, especially on this 18th hole which is very difficult," he said. "I didn’t have to take a putt on the 18th, so it is a very good finish. It is perfection. Today I putted well and the long and short game were good too."
Aug 27 - 1:58 PM

Bubba Watson fashioned a 5-under-par 31-34=65 in today's opening round of The Barclays and owns sole possession of the clubhouse lead.

Positioned third in the FedExCup standings, the lefty is a lock to make his sixth appearance at East Lake, so the objective ratchets up to winning the whole enchilada. He wasted no time in getting after it at Plainfield Country Club today, rolling in birdies on his first two holes, the latter from 13'4" at the par-3 11th. Watson added five birdies, including conversions from 12'4" and 20'4" at Nos. 18 and 3, respectively, to reach bogey-free 7-under through 13 holes, but he limped in with two bogeys, including a three-putt from 73-and-a-half feet at the par-4 ninth.
Aug 27 - 1:35 PM

Chris Kirk settled for a 6-over-par 38-38=76 in today's opening round of The Barclays.

You figured he'd struggle in his first round since breaking his right hand on July 10, but even this was disappointing. Consider that Kirk hit 12 greens in regulation and failed to save par on the other six holes where he squared four bogeys and two doubles. What's more, he opened the trot around Plainfield Country Club with a three-jack bogey from 64'5" at the par-4 first hole. He did connect twice from 10-13 feet, once for par (third hole) and once for birdie (15th), but the only redeeming quality to today's effort is that he's back inside the ropes. At 29th in the FedExCup standings, he'll get three starts to position himself for a spot in the finale.
Aug 27 - 1:22 PM

Dustin Johnson withdrew during today's pro-am at The Barclays due to an illness.

First JD, now DJ. This statement was issued by Johnson's management firm to explain why its client was also scratched. "Unfortunately, Dustin was forced to withdraw from The Barclays Pro-Am this morning due to illness. He has been battling severe chest congestion since the middle of last week, ‎which has led to sleepless nights and fatigue. After playing seven holes today, it became evident that he needed to leave the course and get as much rest as possible before tomorrow's opening round. He is now under a doctor's care, in hopes of a speedy recovery. Needless to say, he is doing everything possible to be ready for the important weeks ahead." Johnson won The Barclays when it was last contested at Plainfield Country Club in 2011. An illness is always better than an injury to gamers, but given how long he's been battling this and the fact that he's seventh in the FedExCup standings, consider him a risky option in all formats.
Aug 26 - 3:02 PM

Jason Day withdrew from today's pro-am at The Barclays, due to a sore back suffered on Tuesday evening.

The tournament issued a press release. Here it is in its entirety: "'Jason tweaked his back moving an item under his motor coach last night. This is a precautionary withdrawal for a long-standing disc issue,' said Cornel Driessen, Day's physiotherapist and trainer. Day, ranked No. 2 in the FedExCup standings, is resting today with the goal of playing The Barclays. He has an 8:26 a.m. (ET) tee time on Thursday with Jordan Spieth and Bubba Watson. Day is replaced in the pro-am by Brendan Steele." Slotted second in the FedExCup standings, the Aussie will advance to the Playoffs finale, so he doesn't need to risk it if he's not 100 percent. With a deep field assembled at Plainfield Country Club this week, it's advised to consider other strong options if they're available to you.
Aug 26 - 2:50 PM

Austin Connelly announced that he's forgoing college and turning professional for this week's stop on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada.

Connelly was slated to be entering his freshman year at the University of Arkansas, but will instead embark on what should be a can't-miss career as a touring professional. The 18-year-old is expected to compete in the Great Waterway Classic in Bath, Ontario come Thursday, and then another two events in Canada in September. He's hired Lagardère Unlimited as his management firm. "Turning pro has definitely been a goal of mine for a long time," he said. "I want to play the PGA TOUR and be the No. 1 player in the world. As I've been going through this process, I had a really solid team behind me. ... I determined that this is the route I want to take. My game is ready. I'm playing some really good golf; just need to stay patient." After his foray up north, he'll going to give Web.com Tour Q School a spin this fall.
Aug 24 - 7:35 PM

Defending champion Jamie Donaldson has withdrawn from this week's Czech Masters.

The 39-year-old has been bothered by a back injury. It forced him to withdraw during his last start at the PGA Championship. He isn't scheduled to peg it in the near future on the European Tour. That can change at any time, of course, but at 49th in the Race to Dubai standings, the Ryder Cup hero isn't on the radar to threaten last year's finish of fourth in the R2D. If there's a bright side, he'll be fully exempt on the PGA TOUR in 2015-16 for finishing inside the top 125 on the money list and might be returning as a bargain in salary games.
Aug 24 - 3:47 PM




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