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James Driscoll withdrew from the RBC Canadian Open prior to his second round.

Driscoll was slated to go off the 10th tee at 8:20 a.m. local time. He opened with 8-over-par 38-40=78 with one birdie, seven bogeys and a double. He hit only nine greens in regulation. This is the first time in 237 PGA TOUR starts that he's withdrawn during a tournament. (Three were as an amateur.) If an explanation is released, we will relay it to you.
Fri, Jul 25, 2014 10:42:00 AM

Russell Knox signed for a 2-under-par 35-33=68 following his second round of The Honda Classic and established the 36-hole clubhouse lead at 3-under 137.

Imagine that. A Scot playing well in unfavorable weather. Knox split 11 (of 14) fairways and went 7-for-8 in scrambling to support three birdies. His longest conversion dropped from just inside 22 feet at the par-4 11th hole. He has to feel fortunate to have been placed in the late-early draw this week. Even though conditions were worse during his opening round, he navigated PGA National in 1-under 69. Now, he's in the house as the early-late has no idea when it will complete 36 holes. The final tee times today are 5:20 p.m. and the weather forecast is worse on Saturday than it was today when two delays totaled three hours and 44 minutes.
Feb 27 - 3:34 PM

Morgan Hoffmann withdrew from The Honda Classic prior to his second round.

Hoffmann opened with a tournament-high, 10-over-par 40-40=80. With play suspended due to lightning at the moment, and because he's in today's late draw, he'd likely only be prolonging an inevitable missed cut. This is his second mid-tournament WD in 65 career PGA TOUR starts. It drops him to 4-for-7 on the season. Hoffmann entered the week slotted 151st in the FedExCup standings, so he's failed to shiff the form that yielded a berth in the TOUR Championship in 2014.
Feb 27 - 12:03 PM

Using his opening 66 on the tougher East Course as a springboard, Wallie Coetsee jumped into the halfway lead at the Joburg Open.

The South African added a 6-under-par 33-32=65 on Royal Johannesburg & Kensington’s easier West layout to reach 12-under 131 at the midpoint. That put him one shot clear of the trio of early clubhouse leaders -- fellow home players Garth Mulroy and Tjaart Van Der Walt along with England's Simon Dyson. Coetsee (no relation to defending champion George Coetzee; note the different spelling) started his second round with a trio of birdies and added another at 6 before giving it back at the next. After seven pars he then burst into a tie for the lead with an eagle-3 at 15 before another birdie at 17 gave him sole possession of top spot. Having so far shot the joint low 18 of the week on the East Course, which is used for both weekend rounds, Coetsee must feel confident heading into the final 36 holes. That said, his performance so far is unexpected given that he's just 2-for-6 in this event and has never finished better than T49. The 42-year-old was T24 in last week's Sunshine Tour event.
Feb 27 - 8:25 AM

First-round leader Nic Henning couldn't keep his surprise Joburg Open challenge going on Friday. So much so that he now looks set to miss the cut.

Having failed to cash in 16 of his last 17 events and not managed a top 20 anywhere since 2010, the World No. 1555 stunned his rivals with a 9-under 62 on Royal Johannesburg & Kensington’s easier West Course on Thursday to assume sole possession of the day one lead. That now looks like a brief moment in the sun after he endured a 6-over-par 40-38=78 on the tougher East Course today to post 3-under 140. His unfortunate lap of the par 72 included six bogeys and a double bogey-6 at 13 against just two birdies. Henning had slipped from leader to T74 when he posted and that was one shot outside the cut line of 4-under.
Feb 27 - 7:07 AM

Simon Dyson toured the tougher East Course in 5-under-par 33-34=67 to be one of three early clubhouse leaders on day two of the Joburg Open.

The Englishman's impressive lap of Royal Johannesburg & Kensington's tougher track elevated him to 11-under 132 at the midpoint. He's currently tied at the top with home South African duo Garth Mulroy and Tjaart Van Der Walt. Dyson opened with a birdie and reeled off three on the spin at 6, 7 and 8. Another par breaker at 10 was wiped out at 12 with his only bogey of the day but he found a final birdie at 17 to assume the joint lead. Dyson's 67 followed on from his 65 at the easier West Course on Thursday. The final two rounds are played on the East so Dyson is in good shape having shown today that he can shoot low there.
Feb 27 - 5:42 AM

Chris Stroud withdrew from The Honda Classic following his opening round.

Stroud turned in a 10-over-par 41-39=80 before calling it quits. He erased one birdie (from 23-and-a-half feet at the par-4 first hole, his 10th of the round) with five bogeys and three doubles. It's his tenth withdrawal in 226 career PGA TOUR starts. It also ends six consecutive paydays at PGA National. Today's aggregate is his highest since a second-round 81 at the 2012 PGA Championship. If an explanation is released for today's decision, we will relay it to you.
Feb 26 - 3:54 PM

Jim Herman turned in a bogey-free, 5-under-par 33-32=65 for his opening round of The Honda Classic to assume sole possession of the clubhouse lead.

The Web.com Tour Finals grad was one of the five bounced from the field when the second reshuffle of the season occurred after last week's Northern Trust Open, so perhaps he's connected with a little motivation given that midseason plight. He went 4-for-4 in scrambling at PGA National today, a slate protected with a zero-putt five-yarder for par at the par-4 11th hole. His longest of five birdies traveled 34'8" at the par-4 16th.
Feb 26 - 1:54 PM

Mark Hubbard was disqualified from The Honda Classic after his opening round because he didn't register for the tournament.

Details on this procedure are likely to be shared later, but the rookie was a late entrant when Louis Oosthuizen withdrew this morning. Hubbard went out and shot 4-over-par 37-37=74 with three birdies, four bogeys and a triple (at par-4 sixth hole) before the decision was handed down. While he has a little fantasy value, it's a real blow to his potential to put up a payday. Of course, he had nothing to lose anyway given the late call to play, but it's a lesson learned nonetheless.
Feb 26 - 1:05 PM

Andrew Svoboda has been removed from the published field of this week's Honda Classic.

Svoboda was scheduled to go off the first hole at PGA National's Champion Course at 11:55 a.m. ET. He was a late WD prior to his lid-lifter of the Humana Challenge five weeks ago, but he's played thrice since. He cashed in all three with a T17 at the WM Phoenix Open as the highlight. Svoboda sits 72nd in the FedExCup standings, so he can afford this week off. It'll give him the opportunity to attend his induction into the Athletics Hall of Fame at St. John's University on Saturday morning.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Feb 26 - 10:42 AM

Mike Weir withdrew from The Honda Classic during his opening round.

His right elbow just wasn't ready. The lefty sprayed his tee ball at the par-4 11th well left of the fairway before calling it quits. He was 6-over-par through 10 holes with one birdie, three bogeys and two doubles. Golf writer Lorne Rubenstein was walking with Weir, who told Rubenstein, "I'm not going to hit another ball until I get this figured out. ... "I can't swing the way I want to. I like to have a cup in my right wrist, and I can't do that." There is no timetable for recovery and treatment. While all of this happened this morning, Weir would need to make a significant turnaround to warrant our attention in any format in the future.
Feb 26 - 10:33 AM

World No. 1555 Nic Henning is the surprise name at the top of the Joburg Open leaderboard after day one following a 9-under-par 29-33=62.

The South African took advantage of his only round at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington's easier West Course to grab a one-shot lead over Belgian Thomas Pieters and compatriots Titch Moore and Tjaart Van Der Walt. He now has three rounds at the tougher par 72 East to try and show that this wasn't a flash in the pan. To say his 62 came out of the blue is an understatement. Henning has missed 16 of his last 17 cuts worldwide -- or 41 of the last 47 if you want even more evidence of long-term decline - and hasn't managed a top 20 since 2010. Henning's outward 29, which featured five birdies and an eagle, was the lowest front nine on the European Tour this season and he added further par breakers at 15 and 16 to take sole possession of the lead.
Feb 26 - 10:26 AM




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