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Tony Finau lit up Victoria National Golf Club to the tune of an 8-under-par 30-34=64 in the second round of the United Leasing Championship and leads by two at the half-way point.

Finau's day started with a bang, to say the least. He followed an eagle at the par-5 10th hole with an ace on the par-3 11th, putting him 4-under through two holes. He would go on to add eight birdies, but suffered four bogeys along the way, two of which on par 5s, oddly enough. His 9-under 135 places him two strokes clear of a trio of players tied for second place. Finau began his professional career as a bit of a long-driving side show when he was still a teenager, but is slowly developing into a complete player with his sights set on a 2014-15 PGA TOUR card.
Fri, Jun 27, 2014 09:08:00 PM

Following an opening round 3-over-par 35-39=74, Henrik Stenson has withdrawn from The Barclays, citing a knee injury.

The Swede split just eight (of 14) fairways in round one en route to 11 greens in regulation. Very low numbers, especially by his lofty standards. The real cuplrit was the flat stick though, missing four putts from inside seven feet, losing 1.891 strokes putting on the day. Entering the week ranked 14th in the FedExCup race, he will be able to return next week at TPC Boston, if his knee is up to the task. This is the same knee (right knee) that required surgery last December.
Aug 25 - 5:45 PM

Martin Laird torched the Black Course at Bethpage State Park en route to a bogey-free, 5-under-par 32-34=66 during his opening round of The Barclays, grabbing an early share of the clubhouse lead with Patrick Reed.

The Scot split just five (of 14) fairways but gained 2.61 strokes approaching-the-green to still manage 15 greens in regulation. While the iron-play was on point, he still needed plenty of clutch putting to maintain a clean card. On the day he splashed in five putts from outside seven feet and also holed a 22'2" birdie from the fringe at the par-3 third. Laird missed the cut at the 2009 U.S. Open in his Bethpage Black debut and returned with a measly T71 at the 2012 Barclays. He's off to a much better start this time around, but he'll need to hit more than five fairways per round if he wants to keep his name in the mix.
Aug 25 - 1:46 PM

Tom Lewis had the European Tour's first ever 59 in his sights before stumbling late in a 9-under-par 28-34=62 in the Made in Denmark tournament, a lap which gave him a share of the lead with Joakim Lagergren and Thomas Pieters.

After sinking a 35-foot putt for eagle at his 13th hole (No. 4) to reach 12-under on the par 71 at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort, the young Englishman just needed to par in to rewrite history. With a par 5 to come, the deck looked stacked in his favor but he missed a 5ft par putt at 5 and dropped further shots at 8 and 9 to see his dream go up in smoke. There had been 18 previous 60s by 17 different players (Darren Clarke had done it twice) before today but, once more, the European Tour's impregnable barrier couldn't be breached. Lewis, who lost his card last year, had put himself in position with a sensational run of seven birdies in his first eight holes and he came within inches of another at 9 which would have matched the European Tour nine-hole record of 27. He threw in three more circles at 1, 2 and 3 before the eagle at 4 but it wasn't to be. Still, the 62 was good enough for a three-way tie at the top, the trio ending the day a shot in front of Bradley Dredge.
Aug 25 - 1:27 PM

Patrick Reed kept a clean card en route to a bogey-free, 5-under-par 31-35=66 during the opening round of The Barclays, giving him the early clubhouse lead.

The 26-year-old missed just four greens on the day, but did most of his damage with the flat stick. He opened on the back nine and saved par from 21'8" at the par-4 11th. His lag putting was great as his other eight holed putts before making the turn came from inside four feet. From there, he really stretched out the distance, splashing home four putts from outside 10 feet, including a 16'7" eagle splash at the par-5 fourth hole. Reed walked off the course gaining 3.48 strokes putting. Reed entered the week ranked eighth in the Ryder Cup standings, so his motivation to contend goes deeper than just wanting to make a deep run into the FedExCup Playoffs.
Aug 25 - 1:19 PM

Scott Jamieson signed for that rarest of birds when draining his second shot for albatross at the par-5 4th hole in a 6-under-par 32-33=65 in round one of the Made In Denmark tournament.

The Scot produced his magic moment with a 3-iron from 233 yards to give dramatic impetus to a round which had started with three straight pars. It was the first ever albatross at the Made in Denmark and third on the European Tour this season, following those of Lee Slattery (Indian Open) and Scott Hend (Shenzhen International). That was the obvious showreel moment but Jamieson parlayed it into a 6-under opener with further birdies at 6, 11 and 17 to land just three behind the clubhouse lead of Joakim Lagergren and Thomas Pieters. Right now, he's T5 on the live leaderboard.
Aug 25 - 1:09 PM

Brett Stegmaier opened his week at The Barclays with four bogeys and two doubles before calling it quits, withdrawing after nine holes. UPDATE: Following the WD, Stegmaier cited a left-wrist injury as the culprit.

Bethpage Black got the best of Stegmaier today, who was making his debut in the FedExCup Playoffs. The Florida Gator opened on the back nine and found just one (of seven) fairways which is the recipe for disaster at Bethpage State Park's Black Course. Stegmaier landed in three bunkers along the way. The 33-year-old entered the week ranked 101st in the FedExCup standings, so this will conclude his 2015-16 season. UPDATE: Following the WD, Stegmaier cited a left-wrist injury as the culprit.
Aug 25 - 12:06 PM

Joakim Lagergren scorched the Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort to post 9-under-par 31-31=62 and share the clubhouse lead after round one of the Made in Denmark tournament.

The Swede, who is currently 128th in the Race to Dubai having posted no top ten finished since opening the season with T4 in the Alfred Dunhill Championship, was in sensational form as he scooted his lap of the Aalborg track bogey-free and needing just 24 putts. Starting from the tenth tee he opened his red number account with four in five at 12, 13, 15 and 16 before bettering that on the front nine with five in seven at 2, 3, 4, 6 and 8. He shares first spot with Thomas Pieters and Tom Lewis and this is his second 18 hole lead on the European Tour. His first experience was a four-way lead in the 2015 Indian Open when he ended the week T3.
Aug 25 - 7:36 AM

Thomas Pieters blasted a magnificent course record-equalling 9-under-par 30-32=62 to share the clubhouse lead after the first round of the Made in Denmark tournament at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort.

The Belgian, who was solo fourth in the Olympics and then solo second last week in the D+D Real Czech Masters, is desperate to make the Ryder Cup team and completed his sizzling round in the company of the man who can grant him that honour, European captain Darren Clarke. If the ability to make birdies is any guide then the 24-year-old must have impressed his playing partner as he made no fewer than 10 of them in his opening lap. There were braces of birdies on his first nine (the back nine) at 10 and 11, 14 and 15, then 17 and 18, alongside one bogey at 16. Another four red numbers in six holes from the first saw him complete the 62 which left him tied for the clubhouse lead with Joakim Lagergren and Tom Lewis and primed to demand Hazeltine inclusion if he can complete the win.
Aug 25 - 7:26 AM

Prior to the start of the event, Alex Cejka has withdrawn from this week's Barclays, citing a pinched nerve as the reason.

The German has been battling injuries all year. He withdrew mid-event with a neck injury at the Waste Management Phoenix Open as well as the Shell Houston Open. Sandwiched in-between those, he also battled a hand injury ahead of his title defense at the Puerto Rico Open. After a T21 at the Olympic Golf Competition in Rio two weeks ago, he backed out of last week's Wyndham Championship prior to the start of the event. At 59th in the FedExCup standings, he will have a chance to tee it up at TPC Boston next week, if his health cooperates. Since we are in the Playoffs, he will not be replaced in the field, which now sits at 120 golfers instead of the 125 max.
Aug 24 - 11:11 AM

Rory McIlroy arrives at Bethpage State Park ranked just 36th in the FedExCup standings as he preps for a run in the Playoffs, starting with this week's Barclays.

The Northern Irishman is 11-for-14 on the season, with just one podium finish, a T3 at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. That is a bit misleading, though, as he's finished 12th or better in 8-of-14 starts. This week he'll take on the Black Course at Bethpage State Park for the third time in competition. His debut came at the 2009 U.S. Open when he finished T10. Three years later he settled for a T24 at the 2012 Barclays. During that 2012 edition he ranked first in strokes gained tee-to-green, but dead-last of all 75 golfers that made the cut in terms of strokes gained putting, losing 7.267 strokes on the week. If he could have putted to field average that week he would have finished in second place at 8-under. The flat stick will be the big question mark this week, but he certainly sets up well tee-to-green for this 7,468-yard Tillinghast Design.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Aug 23 - 1:33 PM

World No. 1 Jason Day hoisted the hardware at the 2015 Barclays played at Plainfield Country Club and makes his way to Bethpage State Park this week for a chance to defend his title.

The Aussie lapped the field last year, tying the tournament record of 19-under-par 261 (68-68-63-62). He cleared second place, Henrik Stenson, by six strokes. This year he'll head to the Black Course at Bethpage State Park for his second look at the venue. Back in 2012 when Bethpage last hosted, he finished T24. The Aussie posted three red numbers but got derailed by a disappointing 6-over 77 on Moving Day. The big hiccup that round came at the par-5 13th when he swallowed a triple-bogey 8. This time around he arrives ranked first in the FedExCup (and in the Official World Golf Rankings). The 28-year-old remains a top-tier selection anytime he tees it up.
Source: PGATOUR.com
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