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Rory McIlroy piled on in his second round of the PGA Championship with a 4-under-par 33-34=67 to post 9-under 133 at the halfway point, good for outright possession of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

It wasn't long ago that Friday was his bane. Today, he merely showcased the kind of form that has yielded victories in his last two starts. McIlroy squared two bogeys, but he drilled home an eagle (from 31'5" at the par-5 18th hole) and four birdies. Three of the birdies found the cup from outside 11 feet, two from beyond 16 feet. At the time he signed his card today, he co-led the field in eagle (1) and buried the most birdies (12). The Ulsterman would go in the books as the outright leader at the break.
Fri, Aug 8, 2014 03:01:00 PM

Overnight quad-leader Tony Finau answered his opening 65 at The Barclays with a 1-under-par 32-37=69 in today's second round, reaching the halfway point in 6-under 134, good for a share of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

It's still a red number, but the rookie has had better days lately. He opened with a three-putt bogey from just 20'3" at the par-4 first hole, and added two bogeys coming in, the first from 12'8" at the par-3 14th hole where he rinsed his tee ball. His second was another three-jack from long range at the par-5 16th. In between, Finau scattered four birdies, including conversions from 33'2" and 11'9" at Nos. 5 and 9, respectively. However, in the broad sense, that he was able to scratch out the sub-70 speaks to the elevated confidence that bred a tremendous second half of the season.
Aug 28 - 1:14 PM

Matt Fitzpatrick tacked on a 5-under-par 35-32=67 to his opening 66 and shares the lead after two rounds of the D+D REAL Czech Masters in Prague.

Fitzpatrick is tied at the top on 11-under 133 with Sweden's Pelle Edberg, the pair a shot clear of Belgian Thomas Pieters. The young Englishman's Friday lap of Albatross featured three birdies along with an eagle-3 at the 12th and, for the second day running, he was bogey free. So far this week, Fitzpatrick has split 24 (of 28) fairways, hit 32 greens out of 36 and is 4-for-4 in scrambling. He'll go into the weekend in great position to secure his first European Tour win.
Aug 28 - 1:01 PM

Henrik Stenson hung up a 4-under-par 31-35=66 in today's second round of The Barclays to post 6-under 134 at the break, good for very early possession of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

His opening 68 was a bit manic in that he opened with four straight birdies, and then squared four bogeys against two birdies on his inward nine. But the Swede had little trouble navigating Plainfield today. He split 11 (of 14) fairways, hit 14 greens in regulation and picked off five birdies, all from inside seven feet. He arrived slotted 41st in the FedExCup standings. If that seems low, consider that he's made only 12 starts and hasn't won a tournament. Suddenly, his position seems as strong as his form.
Aug 28 - 12:53 PM

Curtis Thompson lit up Witch Hollow at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club for a bogey-free, 9-under-par 31-31=62 in today's opening round of the WinCo Foods Portland Open, good for a two-stroke lead entering Friday's second round.

Arguably best known as brother to Nicholas and Lexi, Curtis is navigating his rookie year on the Web.com Tour. After posting top 15s in two of his first three starts, he drifted to 85th on the money list to start August. But he's rallied for three straight paydays, including top 15s in his last two, to rise to 68th in earnings. Today's brilliant effort broke the old course record by one stroke; it was established by five others in last year's inaugural edition. The 22-year-old from Florida split 10 (of 13) fairways, hit 16 greens in regulation and connected for a field-tying-high nine birdies today. Canada's Adam Svensson opened with a bogey-free, 7-under 64 and sits alone in second place. Money leader Patton Kizzire is among five golfers at T3, three swings in arrears of Thompson.
Aug 27 - 11:05 PM

After withdrawing from today's Barclays on his ninth hole, Erik Compton has circled the Frys.com Open on Oct. 15-18 to return to competition.

The season-opening stop at Silverado is the next PGA TOUR event for golfers who don't advance to next week's Deutsche Bank. Compton was already facing a tall task of surviving as the 122-seed at Plainfield. In addition to gout that flared on Friday and into Saturday last week, he informed that he was also dealing with a respiratory infection upon arrival in New Jersey. "You're fine one night and you wake up and feel like your foot is broken," he said, referring to last week's recurring malady due to the combination of medication he takes. "I've been in bed throughout the weekend. Monday I went to the doctor. And on top of that, I got an upper respiratory infection. I should have just stayed home, but I tried to wing it." He took some heat for not withdrawing during the second round last week since the 36-hole cut fell right on the top 70, but for every suspect WD, there's a guy like Compton who epitomizes the TOUR's provision to give his best effort.
Aug 27 - 9:18 PM

Tony Finau blitzed Plainfield Country Club for eight birdies en route to a 5-under-par 34-31=65 in today's opening round of The Barclays, good for a share of the clubhouse lead.

He's the first of the foursome atop the leaderboard who played in the afternoon wave. After opening on the back side birdie-birdie-birdie, Finau then bogeyed the next three holes to return to even. However, he played the remainder in bogey-free 5-under. His longest conversion of the loop measured jut 14 feet at the par-4 18th hole, the middle of another string of three consecutive birdies. He hit 12 greens on the round and led the field in putts per GIR (1.417) at last check. The rookie entered his Playoffs debut as the 39-seed and on the short list for Rookie of the Year honors. With five top 10s and another 10 top 25s thus far, he's deserving.
Aug 27 - 5:29 PM

Camilo Villegas crafted a 5-under-par 34-31=65 in today's opening round of The Barclays, finishing with a share of the clubhouse lead with Bubba Watson and Spencer Levin.

Villegas is one of three to qualify for the Playoffs without the benefit of a top 10. (John Peterson and John Huh are the others.) The Colombian placed no better than 16th at The Honda Classic, which is also his best result since winning the 2014 Wyndham Championship. He's fresh off a T26 in his title defense at Sedgefield. Today at Plainfield Country Club, Villegas went 6-for-13 in scoring chances with six birdies, including a conversion from 15'5" at the par-4 seventh hole. His only miscue occurred at the par-4 eighth where he settled for bogey, but he thwarted another with a par save from 19'10" at the par-4 fifth. At last check, the 33-year-old ranked inside the top 10 in both strokes-gained stats on the day.
Aug 27 - 2:43 PM

Spencer Levin enjoyed a 5-under-par 30-35=65 in today's opening round of The Barclays and shares the clubhouse lead.

Levin strode into town having tied for 18th at the Wyndham Championship. It was his best finish since a T11 at the Farmers over six months ago. Riding that momentum, he navigated Plainfield Country Club to the tune of 11 (of 14) fairways hit and 14 greens in regulation. Levin circled six birdies, three of which from outside 11 feet, the longest measuring 29'10" at the par-3 third hole. He'd drop a shot at the par-3 14th but escaped with par after his 16-footer fell for a 4 at No. 13. He's winless in 173 PGA TOUR starts, and Camilo Villegas (2008 BMW Championship) is the only golfer to record his breakthrough title in the Playoffs, but Levin is positioned where he needs to be to make a run at joining the Colombian in the club.
Aug 27 - 2:30 PM

Eduardo De La Riva holed his approach for an eagle-2 at the par-4 18th to share the lead after round one of the D+D REAL Czech Masters with a 7-under-par 34-31=65.

The Spaniard is tied at the top with Italian youngster Renato Paratore, the pair enjoying a one-shot lead over Sam Hutsby, Matt Fitzpatrick, Pelle Edberg and Thomas Pieters. De La Riva bogeyed No. 2 but bounced back with birdies at 4, 6, 9, 10, 11 and 12. The 33-year-old, who split 12 (of 14) fairways and hit 16 greens in regulation, then reeled off five straight pars before his dramatic eagle at the last. "It is very good to finish with a two on a par four, especially on this 18th hole which is very difficult," he said. "I didn’t have to take a putt on the 18th, so it is a very good finish. It is perfection. Today I putted well and the long and short game were good too."
Aug 27 - 1:58 PM

Bubba Watson fashioned a 5-under-par 31-34=65 in today's opening round of The Barclays and owns sole possession of the clubhouse lead.

Positioned third in the FedExCup standings, the lefty is a lock to make his sixth appearance at East Lake, so the objective ratchets up to winning the whole enchilada. He wasted no time in getting after it at Plainfield Country Club today, rolling in birdies on his first two holes, the latter from 13'4" at the par-3 11th. Watson added five birdies, including conversions from 12'4" and 20'4" at Nos. 18 and 3, respectively, to reach bogey-free 7-under through 13 holes, but he limped in with two bogeys, including a three-putt from 73-and-a-half feet at the par-4 ninth.
Aug 27 - 1:35 PM

Chris Kirk settled for a 6-over-par 38-38=76 in today's opening round of The Barclays.

You figured he'd struggle in his first round since breaking his right hand on July 10, but even this was disappointing. Consider that Kirk hit 12 greens in regulation and failed to save par on the other six holes where he squared four bogeys and two doubles. What's more, he opened the trot around Plainfield Country Club with a three-jack bogey from 64'5" at the par-4 first hole. He did connect twice from 10-13 feet, once for par (third hole) and once for birdie (15th), but the only redeeming quality to today's effort is that he's back inside the ropes. At 29th in the FedExCup standings, he'll get three starts to position himself for a spot in the finale.
Aug 27 - 1:22 PM




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