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Nick Watney came roaring out of the gate at the Barracuda Championship with a bogey-free, 9-under-par 32-31=63 worth 18 points.

He played like the odds-on favorite that he is today. Watney hit 14 greens and converted nine birdies, including on each of the four par 5s. His one-round total matches Jonathan Byrd's tournament record. En route to a T2 last year, Byrd spun an 8-under 64 that featured an eagle and seven birdies against one bogey. Unlike most on site at Montrêux, Watney is already exempt into next week's PGA Championship and his status on the PGA TOUR is locked up for the next two seasons, so he's playing for a spot in the FedExCup Playoffs. He started the week just 124th in points.
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 08:46:00 PM

One week after strep throat forced him out of the Quicken Loans National, Jason Gore is back in action and charging up the leaderboard during round two of the Barracuda Championship, collecting 14 points with a bogey-free, 7-under-par 34-31=65 to reach the midpoint at 18 points.

Gore opened his week with three bogeys and seven pars over his first 10 holes. Since then, he's 10-under-par over his last 26 holes, climbing from -3 to +18 in the Modified Stableford scoring format. Gore's game was clicking on all cylinders today, as he walked off the course gaining at least one stroke over the field in every strokes gained sub-category. He split 12 (of 14) fairways, landed 13 greens in regulation, and drained four putts from outside six feet. The Pepperdine alum is making his eight appearance at this event, with a previous best being a T8 in 2008. This goes in the books as the low round of the day so far and also matches his career-low round at Montrêux Golf and Country Club as he closed last year's edition with a 65 en route to a T15 finish.
Jul 1 - 4:02 PM

Lucas Lee lasted 28 holes at the Barracuda Championship, playing them at 5-over-par before withdrawing from the event. No injury has been cited at the time.

The Brazilian lost one point in the opening round, playing under the Modified Stableford system. He traded three bogeys with just one birdie. Today, he opened on the back nine and circled a pair of birdies in his first six holes. From here he carded bogey-bogey-bogey-double before the WD. The PGA TOUR rookie is no stranger to these mid-tournament WDs as this goes in the books as his second this season, in 12 starts. In addition, he withdrew mid-event on four occasions last year on the Web.com Tour. We will be sure to pass along any injury updates when/if they surface.
Jul 1 - 3:25 PM

Greg Chalmers rallied for a 4-under-par 36-32=68 and 10 points in the second round of the Barracuda Championship for a two-day tally of 24 points, up one place on the live leaderboard and good for the early 36-hole clubhouse lead.

The 42-year-old is making his 386th career start on TOUR and just his seventh of the season on conditional status. He's still searching for his first career TOUR title but thru two days in Reno, the Aussie is making a serious bid to erase the goose egg. Chalmers was 1-over on his lap thru 10 holes (0 points), overshadowing birdie at the ninth with bogeys on 7 and 10, but circled five birdies over his final eight holes, dropping 16-footers at 11 and 14, and capping with a 9'9" walk-off 4 at the par-5 18th. The Texas resident striped 11 (of 14) fairways and mustered 10 greens in regulation, losing -2.214 strokes approaching the green, but posted a stellar 4.962 in SG: Putting and 1.400 putts per GIR.
Jul 1 - 3:22 PM

Masters champion Danny Willett completed 36 holes of the 100th Open de France in 5-over-par 75-72=147, missing the cut by two shots.

This is the third time the Englishman has failed to cash since winning the green jacket and the second successive tournament he's gone home early following his MC at the BMW International Open in Germany last week. A 75 on day one put him behind the 8-ball and he couldn't do enough to repair the damage today. Class is permanent but, for now, gamers might want to tread with caution before rushing in to pick Willett. Other notables that failed to survive include: 146--YE Yang; Matt Fitzpatrick; Peter Hanson ... 147--Matteo Manassero; Richie Ramsay ... 148--Soomin Lee ... 149--James Morrison ... 150--Pablo Larrazabal ... 153--Graeme McDowell ... 154--Jamie Donaldson.
Jul 1 - 1:51 PM

Jeunghun Wang surged from T29 to T1 at the 100th Open de France after a 5-under-par 35-31=66 put him at 5-under 137 at the midpoint and in a tie for the lead alongside Rory McIlroy, Thongchai Jaidee, Mikko Ilonen and Brandon Stone.

Despite early birdies at 1 and 3, a bogey-6 at 9 looked to have put a halt to his momentum but he came on strong again on the back nine. Wang circled red at 10 and 12 before making another gain at 14 and then finishing off in style with a final birdie at 18. The key today was his strong iron play, the Korean hitting 16 greens in regulation, a rise of five despite hitting the same number of fairways (10) as in his opening 71. He took 29 putts for the second day running. The 20-year-old has to be given full respect this weekend given that he scored back-to-back European Tour wins at the Trophee Hassan II and AfrAsian Bank Mauritius Open. This is a step up but he's shown us he has plenty of bottle down the stretch.
Jul 1 - 12:48 PM

With birdies at three of his final four holes, Brandon Stone completed a 3-under-par 34-34=68 in Friday's second round and moved into a five-way tie for the lead after 36 holes of the 100th Open de France.

Following a 69 on day one, Stone struggled to get it going on today with 12 pars, a birdie and a bogey in his opening 14 holes. But he got under par for the round with a birdie at 6 and added further circles at 7 and 9 to finish at 5-under 137 and join Rory McIlroy, Mikko Ilonen, Thongchai Jaidee and Jeunghun Wang in T1. The young South African missed the cut at Le Golf National last year after shooting 72-77 but it's been a different story so far this week as he rides the confidence gained from a win and two second places in the first four months of 2016. So far this week he's 21-from-28 off the tee after splitting 11 fairways today while he hit 15 greens in regulation for the second day running. Stone, who took 29 putts on Friday, will play with McIlroy in round three.
Jul 1 - 12:17 PM

Rory McIlroy justified his star billing at the 100th Open de France by moving into a share of the halfway lead after hoisting up a 5-under-par 32-34=66 in round two.

For 17 holes, the Northern Irishman was faultless as he circled birdies at 3, 6, 7, 9, 13 and 15 to surge to the top of the leaderboard on his own. But he found water off the tee at 18 and the resultant bogey saw him slip back into a share of the lead on 5-under 137. He sits alongside Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee, Finland's Mikko Ilonen, South African Brandon Stone and Korean Jeunghun Wang. Today's 66 from McIlroy is the joint low round of the week so far and it was crafted by piping 9 (of 14) fairways, hitting 14 greens in regulation and taking 27 putts. He was 3-for-4 in scrambling today having been 3-for-7 in that same category on Thursday.
Jul 1 - 12:10 PM

Mikko Ilonen traded birdies and bogeys in compiling a 3-under-par round of 34-34=68 in Friday's second round which left him on 5-under 137 for the week and co-leading the 100th Open de France.

The Finn is tied at the top alongside Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee, Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, South Africa's Brandon Stone and Korean Jeunghun Wang after ticking 5 birdies and crossing 2 bogeys in round two. He's one of just two players to have broken 70 in both rounds. It was a stunning effort Friday given that he found just 3 fairways from the tee, but the rest of his game was tidy enough to make up for this failing. His position of prominence is even more extraordinary when you consider that he has doubled his number of sub-70 rounds on the Albatros course (previously 2 in 26) and has never finished higher than T45 in 8 visits.
Jul 1 - 8:41 AM

A putting masterclass saw Thongchai Jaidee grab a share of the lead in the 100th Open de France after a second round of 1-under-par 35-35=70.

The Thai veteran was runner-up at this event in 2014, then T10 12 months ago and is primed to contend yet again at the weekend. At 5-under 137, he's part of a five-way tie with Rory McIlroy, Mikko Ilonen, Brandon Stone and Jeunghun Wang. His first move of the day, having started on the 10th, was backwards, with bogey on 13, but he added red at 18 to turn in level par. He made 2 birdies and 2 bogeys on his return journey home. He hit just 10 greens in regulation and was a mere 4-for-8 in scrambling for par, but he needed just 26 swishes of the blade.
Jul 1 - 8:30 AM

Camilo Villegas vaulted up the leaderboard with 14 points during the opening round of the Barracuda Championship, signing for a bogey-free, 6-under-par 30-35=65 to sit one point off the early pacesetter Martin Laird.

The Colombian opened the week outside the FedExCup Playoff bubble at 142nd in the standings. A good week would go a long way and he's off to a good start so far. Villegas split 10 (of 14) fairways and landed 13 greens in regulation. That steady ball-striking was crucial in keeping his card blemish-free, but it was the flat stick that yielded all the scoring. Villegas needed just 24 putts to make his way around Montrêux Golf and Country Club, converting three times from outside 11 feet. He also holed out from off the green (78 feet) for birdie at the par-4 fifth hole. This marks his seventh career round at Montrêux, and easily the best on his resume (69/R3 2013).
Jun 30 - 8:50 PM

Davis Love III withdrew from the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational following an 8-over-par 37-41=78 opening round. Update: Love III announced he will be out for the remainder of the season as he opts for hip surgery to repair a torn left hip labrum.

DL3 was making his first start at Firestone Country Club since 2009, entering the week with top 20s in 9-of-10 starts at this venue. He opened with back-to-back birdies and looked to be on his way to another strong finish. That is where the fun stopped as he split just two more fairways and found just two more greens in regulation over his final 16 holes. He lost 6.82 strokes tee-to-green, leading to six pars and 10 bogeys. The U.S. Ryder Cup Team captain has now withdrawn from two events this year and 11 total in his career. Love III is scheduled to undergo hip surgery on July 6th.
Jun 30 - 6:36 PM




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