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Sergio Garcia authored a putting display in his second round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational en route to a bogey-free, 9-under-par 34-27=61.

Today's performance was as much of a culmination of an extended series of brilliant efforts as any. To say that he was in the zone is not hyperbole. Garcia split only seven (of 14) fairways, but he landed 14 greens in regulation and converted on nine of those looks, all for birdie, including each of his last seven holes. Five of his par breakers measured longer than 13 feet, the highlight dropping in from 25'5" at the par-4 17th hole. His only birdie going out occurred at the par-5 second hole. He one-putted the last 11 holes and took only 23 putts on the day totaling 133'10". At last check, his strokes gained-putting for day read 4.558. Garcia equaled the course record last submitted by Tiger Woods in 2013 and established a career low in PGA TOUR- and European Tour-sanctioned competition. Best of all, the Spaniard is the 36-hole clubhouse leader at 11-under 129.
Fri, Aug 1, 2014 06:19:00 PM

Patrick Reed and playing partner Patrick Cantlay blitzed TPC Louisiana with a bogey-free, 10-under-par 31-31=62 during the second round of the Zurich Classic, placing them one stroke shy of clubhouse leaders Jonas Blixt & Cameron Smith.

Reed arrived this week with a career four-ball record of 4-1-0. There was no opposing team today, but the Texan remained strong in this format. As a team they circled 10 birdies today, with Reed contributing six of those, including a 19'6" splash at the par-4 fifth hole. Cantlay's most notable contribution came in the form of a 22'3" birdie bomb at the par-4 15th. Reed arrived with missed cuts in his last three starts, but birdies are flying off the shelf this week. This duo should thrive again on Sunday, but tomorrow will be a tough test as they head back to alternate shot for round three.
Apr 28 - 2:42 PM

Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith maintained a clean card for the week by firing a bogey-free, 10-under-par 30-32=62 during round two of the Zurich Classic, staking their claim as the 36-hole clubhouse leaders on 15-under 129.

This duo opened the day just one stroke off the overnight co-leaders, firing a 5-under 67 while playing alternate shot. Today, the format moved to four-ball, and the pairing continued to shine. They started on the 10th tee and picked up four birdies before the turn, all coming on putts from 7-to-14 feet. After the turn, the fireworks started. Smith splashed home a 31'1" eagle putt on the par-5 second hole and five holes later Blixt would add a second eagle, this time from 27'2". It was a balanced effort as they each carded four of the team's eight total parbreakers. In addition to the scoring, Smith added a crucial 10'3" par saver at the third hole. That helped them maintain a clean card for the round, as well as the entire week. Having a 36-hole lead will be a new experience for the young Aussie who has been inside the top 10 just once after R2 in his PGA TOUR career. Blixt has one 36-hole co-lead (2012 Shriners), finishing solo third that week.
Apr 28 - 1:22 PM

Pablo Larrazábal maintained his recent stunning levels of golf to card a second round 6-under-par 33-33=66 which earned him the halfway lead in the Volvo China Open at Topwin Golf & CC on 14-under 130, three clear of Alexander Levy and Dylan Frittelli.

For most of Friday it was a continuation of the wonderful game the Spaniard has been displaying for the last week in China. He opened with four pars before ticking 5, 6 and 8 prior to the turn. He made mincemeat of the 317-yard par-4 11th, with an eagle-2, and followed it with a birdie-4 at the 12th. Another par breaker followed at 15 to open up a gap of four at the top. An 8'0" par saver at the short 16th meant he had played 81 holes without a bogey (carrying on from last week's Shenzhen International), but he finally squared a hole at 17. When he failed to get up-and-down for birdie at the par-5 18th his lead remained at three. This is his third solo lead at halfway and fifth including shares; he is 1-for-5 at converting the win. His 130 36-hole total equals the tournament low.
Apr 28 - 6:16 AM

Dylan Frittelli torched Topwin Golf & CC for a bogey-free 9-under-par 30-33=63 in Friday’s second round at the Volvo China Open, posting 11-under 133 and surging into a three-shot clubhouse lead over compatriot George Coetzee.

The South African had mixed four birdies with two bogeys in his opening lap of 70 but cashed in on his morning tee-time in Beijing today to leap from T26 to first spot. Frittelli started fast, opening with a red number at 10 and pouring in eagle-2 at the short 290-yard par-4 11th. After settling with three pars, he splashed three more birdies at 15, 17 and 18 to turn in just 30 blows. The World No. 123 kept the momentum going with further gains at 3, 6 and 8 coming home. The 26-year-old has marked gamers’ cards in recent months with a run of four top 20s in his last five worldwide starts including T5 in last week’s event in China, the Shenzhen International. Frittelli graduated from the Challenge Tour last year and currently slots in at 57th on the Race to Dubai. His best European Tour finish is T2 in 2015’s Australian PGA Championship.
Apr 28 - 5:05 AM

Texas natives Jordan Spieth and Ryan Palmer tag-teamed TPC Louisiana in round one of the Zurich Classic, walking off the course with a bogey-free, 6-under-par 34-32=66 to grab a share of the early lead in Avondale, Louisiana.

It was steady ball-striking that allowed them team to rack up six birdies today, but it was great scrambling that glued this round together. Particularly on the back nine where they saved par from 8'3", 11'0", and 6'3" to maintain a clean card instead of dropping a shot or two. Spieth also added a bonus birdie when he holed out a 36-yard chip at the par-3 14th. Given their ability to rack up birdies in bunches, gamers probably expected this team to shine in the four-ball format which will take place tomorrow as well as Sunday, but they proved today that alternate shot suits them just fine. They will enter round two with a share of the lead with Ryan Ruffels & Kyle Stanley.
Apr 27 - 6:27 PM

Playing alternate shot on day one of the Zurich Classic, Kyle Stanley and Ryan Ruffels blitzed TPC Louisiana with a 6-under-par 33-33=66 to claim the early title of clubhouse leaders.

This duo opened their week on the 10th tee and rattled off four straight birdies to start the day. They settled for a 13'5" par saver at the par-3 14th, but added four more circles on the homeward nine. This team arrived with lofty expectations, tee-to-green, but their flat sticks would be the wildcard. They showed up in a big way today, converting six putts from outside eight feet on the day (three apiece). Ball-striking was still the main asset as they gave themselves 13 birdie looks from inside 25 feet today. Playing without any TOUR status, the 18-year-old Ruffels would love to maintain this momentum all week, while Stanley is still searching for his second career TOUR win, failing to reach the winner's circle since the 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open. Perhaps two extra set of eyes will help him on the greens this week.
Apr 27 - 2:50 PM

Playing foursomes on day one of the Zurich Classic, K.J. Choi and Charlie Wi coasted to a 5-under-par 33-34=67 to stake their claim as early clubhouse leaders with play still in progress. UPDATE: Kyle Stanley & Ryan Ruffels would later post a 6-under 66 to surpass Choi & Wi.

The South Korean tandem opened their week on the 10th tee and rattled off five pars and a bogey before rounding into gear. From there, they pieced together a four-hole birdie train that went through the turn and included three putts converted from outside 18 feet, two of them knocked in by Choi. Putting was the story of the day for this duo who walked off the course with seven putts splashed in from outside nine feet, six of those from outside 13 feet. Arriving without much form this week, they are leaning on course knowledge as they both have a podium finish to their credit at TPC Louisiana in 15 previous combined trips to the Pete Dye design.
Apr 27 - 1:39 PM

China specialist Alexander Levy thrashed a nine-under-par 33-30=63 to set the clubhouse target early in round one of the Volvo China Open at Topwin Golf & CC.

The Frenchman was a winner of the China Open in 2014 and in total has five top ten finished in 11 visits to the country. Just last week a round one 74 in the Shenzhen International couldn't stop him finishing T8 as he added 68-64-69; with a smart start this week he might easily add a second China Open title. Opening on the back nine he ticked 13, 15 and 17 before blitzing the front nine. He splashed red across 2, 3, 4 and 5 then closed out with back-to-back birdies at 8 and 9. It is the third time he has carded 63 in China, but his career-low in the country remains the 62 he made in round two of his win in 2014. He lunched holding a one shot lead over Spain's Pablo Larrazabal who was three ahead of Peter Hanson and Jame Morrison in third. No less than 19 players carded 3-under or better on a day of low scoring.
Apr 27 - 3:06 AM

World No. 6 Henrik Stenson makes his tourney debut at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and is teamed with 2015 champ and World No. 8 Justin Rose.

The power-packed couple checks in as the pre-tourney faves outright (11/2) but heading in polar opposite directions. The Swede arrives 72nd in FedExCup points with two top 10s in six starts, but off three straight missed cuts -- the first time that's happened to him since 2011 -- most recently by two at the Masters (77-75). Rose arrives 9th in FEC points with four top 10s in eight starts, all doubling as top 5s, including solo second at the Sony and P2 at the Masters. Both are 4-timer Ryder Cuppers, major champions, went 1-2 at the 2016 Rio Games, and are multiple participants on various National Teams. Rose is 8-for-11 in NOLA with four top 10s, highlighted by the win in 2015 (as 54-hole co-leader), his most recent of seven TOUR titles. Stenson is a 5-time TOUR winner, most recently at the 2016 Open Championship.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Apr 26 - 4:54 PM

Bernd Wiesberger will be looking to complete a Chinese double when he tees it up in the Volvo China Open at Topwin Golf & CC this week.

Prior to last week Wiesberger’s record in China was incredibly consistent, but the big week was lacking. He’d made 11 starts, always played the weekend, but never actually found the top ten. He made up for that with victory in the Shenzhen International. You could argue that logbook is much like his career and it was definitely like his last 10 starts: all cuts made, eight finishes of T7 or better, finally he got the win. If his finish of T28 on this course last year puts gamers off it maybe should not because he posted 65 and 69 to lie T2 after 36 holes. His weekend was obviously a bit off, but he can clearly play the track and his confidence must be sky high.
Apr 25 - 12:13 PM

Chase Koepka readies for his first start on the PGA TOUR, playing alongside his brother at this week's Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

World No. 1460 is getting his first crack at the big stage thanks to an invite from his big brother, Brooks. The University of South Florida product won four times during his college days, and now spends most of his time overseas. Across stroke-play events on the European Tour and Challenge Tour, the younger Koepka is just 2-for-8 so it's been a slow start to his professional career. The pedigree is there and this brother tandem will know each other's games better than any other team in the field this week, making them a very intriguing team to watch. With official money, FedExCup Points, and winning exemptions up for grabs this week, this could be a career-changing week for the 23-year-old.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Apr 25 - 12:04 PM




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