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Ben Crane withdrew prior to his second round of the 96th PGA Championship, citing "back issues."

Well, he withdrew before his third round at last week's WGC-Bridgestone with a back injury, so if they are not related, it's quite a coincidence. Crane was scheduled to go off the 10th tee at 10:15 a.m. ET today. He opened with a 3-over-par 74 without a par breaker. With today's result, his win in Memphis remains the only top 30 in his last 18 starts. He entered this week slotted 56th in the FedExCup standings.
Fri, Aug 8, 2014 09:46:00 AM

With a bogey-free, 6-under-par 32-32=64 in his opening round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, Jordan Spieth shares the overnight lead with Kevin Na, Boo Weekley and Ryo Ishikawa.

Spieth walked off with a zero-putt six-yarder for birdie at the par-4 18th hole. Prior to it, he buried five birdies, four of which from outside 11 feet. That set included conversions from 24'10" at the par-5 first hole and 22'2" at the par-4 10th. Overall, the 21-year-old found seven (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation. Both of his strokes-gained split resided north of 2.615 at last check. This is a personal low in nine rounds of competition at Colonial.
May 21 - 9:20 PM

Ryo Ishikawa spun a bogey-free, 6-under-par 32-32=64 in his opening round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, finishing with a share of the clubhouse lead.

The Bashful Prince joins Kevin Na and Boo Weekley atop the leaderboard, but Ishikawa was the first to emerge out of the afternoon wave at Colonial Country Club. He found only six (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, but navigated the course without a blemish while connecting for six birdies. The set featured three from outside 10 feet, including a walk-off 3 from 29'1" at the par-4 ninth hole. Ishikawa also holed out for birdie from off the green seven yards away at the par-4 17th. This is his lowest aggregate since a second-round 62 at the Wyndham Championship nine months ago.
May 21 - 8:28 PM

Boo Weekley crafted a bogey-free, 6-under-par 32-32=64 in his opening round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, good for a share of the clubhouse lead with Kevin Na.

The 2013 champ rolled his rock today. He found 10 (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation en route to six birdies, five of which from outside 12 feet. Weekley's longest taped 24'6" and 25'11" at the 14th and fourth holes, respectively. He also saved par from 14'10" at the par-3 13th to retain a clean card. At last check, the 41-year-old led the field in strokes gained: putting at 5.875. In his post-round interview on Golf Channel, Weekley acknowledged that he woke up on Wednesday with a stiff back. We should all play golf so well at less than 100 percent.
May 21 - 4:43 PM

Kevin Na fashioned a 6-under-par 33-31=64 in today's opening round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial to snare sole possession of the clubhouse lead.

Na has been playing exceptionally well in stroke-play event of late, so it's no surprise that he found a low one with preferred lies in play today. He converted birdies on half of his scoring opportunities, including rolls from 21'8" and 18 feet at the 11th and second holes, respectively. His only miscue occurred at the par-4 18th where he squared a bogey after landing his approach in a greenside bunker. This is his lowest aggregate since he closed out regulation with the same at last year's Memorial before losing in a playoff.
May 21 - 3:49 PM

Francesco Molinari posted a 7-under-par 33-32=65 to move into a two-shot lead after the opening round of the BMW PGA Championship in England.

Playing in the tougher afternoon conditions, the London-based Italian shot seven birdies and kept a bogey off his card to leapfrog Robert Karlsson at the top. Molinari is something of a course specialist at Wentworth having made the top 10 in each of the last three years and today's score matches the 65 he shot in round three when T7 last year. The Ryder Cup star also came into the event on the back of a second place in last week's Open de España so it's hardly a surprise to see him leading the way.
May 21 - 12:33 PM

Padraig Harrington withdrew from the BMW PGA Championship early in round one after failing to shake off a shoulder injury.

Following a bogey at the first and a par at the second, the Irishman felt he couldn't go on and shook hands with playing partners Shane Lowry and Branden Grace. The three-time major winner had earlier pulled out of yesterday's Pro-Am after suffering discomfort in his left shoulder on Tuesday night following a gym session. Harrington was hopeful he'd be okay, telling the Irish Examiner on Wednesday, "Working on the principle I’ve never pulled out of an event injured, I believe I’ll make it. I’m an optimist. I was doing a gym exercise and it was a little bit unstable, there was a little bit of a niggle but I kept on doing it. I hit shots after the gym yesterday and it stiffened during the night and I struggled to sleep with it. I got up this morning and it’s what most people would call ‘a frozen shoulder’." We'll await a further update.
May 21 - 9:50 AM

Patrick Reed is committed to competing in this week's Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

Reed had originally planned on playing this week's BMW PGA Championship and next week's Irish Open on the European Tour where he has membership. However, due to the health of a family member, he's remaining stateside for now. "I am really looking forward to playing on the European Tour this year which makes me even more disappointed to withdraw from Wentworth and the Irish Open," he said in a statement. "We will not be able to travel overseas at this time." Reed then relayed the following to Golf Channel's Tim Rosaforte in a text: "We have a family member who has been battling cancer and is now in hospice, and they say only has a few days if that left. So we don’t feel comfortable leaving the country at this time, and wanted to be able to go down and see him before he passes to say our goodbyes."
May 19 - 8:29 PM

Webb Simpson back-pedaled to an even-par 37-35=72 in the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship for a 72-hole aggregate of 14-under 274 total, good for a two-way tie for second with Patrick Rodgers.

The duo landed a distant seven strokes adrift of champion Rory McIlroy. Simpson, who plays out of Quail Hollow, began the day in solo second and four shots back of McIlroy. The club member would have had to get off to a solid start to have any hope of chasing down the Northern Irishman. The Charlotte, North Carolina, resident missed five of his first six greens in regulation and would save par on just three, squaring bogeys on the opener, the par-3 third and inexplicably squaring a double bogey-5 on No. 6, where he three-putted from 51 inches. On the round, the 29-year-old piped 10 (of 14) fairways but hit just 10 GIR. On the bright side, his T2 is a season-best finish on TOUR as well as a career-best in seven starts in the tournament.
May 17 - 6:39 PM

Patrick Rodgers concluded the Wells Fargo Championship with a 4-under-par 34-34=68 to secure a co-runner-up with Webb Simpson at 14-under 274.

While avid golf fans and most gamers were aware of Rodgers entering the tournament, this was the week when casual fans were introduced in earnest. After navigating The Green Mile in bogey-free 3-under in the first three rounds, he closed par-double bogey-bogey today, but the 22-year-old had already converted an eagle from 20'4" at the par-5 10th hole to highlight eight par breakers. His longest birdie ran 15 feet at the par-5 15th. For the week, Rodgers scored 14-under on the par 5s to co-lead the field with Sunday's playing partner, Justin Thomas. Rodgers collected 245 non-member FedExCup points. With 314 on the season, he's just 8.76 shy of qualifying for Special Temporary Membership. To secure it at Colonial this week, he'd need only a solo 62nd. Today's top 10 also exempts him into the Byron Nelson the week after if he accepts it.
May 17 - 6:16 PM

Overnight leader Rory McIlroy rounded off his record week with a final-round, 3-under-par 35-34=69 at the Wells Fargo Championship to post 21-under 267, good for a seven-shot victory over a pair of runners-up.

A day after setting the course record with 11-under 61, McIlroy lapped the field at the Quail Hollow Club to the tune of a new tournament record (by five shots over Anthony Kim's aggregate in 2008) and his second PGA TOUR victory on the season (WGC-Match Play). McIlroy's victory lap yielded seven (of 14) fairways, 14 greens in regulation and 30 putts, including a rare three-putt bogey on the par-3 second. The 26-year-old circled five birdies on the day when the outcome was never really in doubt and totaled an astounding 27 birdies on the week against just four bogeys and one double. This is McIlroy's second win in six WFC appearances and his 11th PGA TOUR title in 94 starts.
May 17 - 6:04 PM

Rod Pampling went wire-to-wire at the BMW Charity Pro-Am to claim his first Web.com Tour title with a 5-under-par 33-33=66 in the final round.

Pampling ends his week at 25-under 261. His final lap around Thornblade Club featured seven birdies and two pars. A 1.519 putting average illustrates the key to his success. The two-time winner on the PGA TOUR is in an excellent position to earn a 2015-16 TOUR card with this victory.
May 17 - 6:02 PM




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