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Hunter Mahan fired a bogey-free 6-under-par 33-32=65 in the third round of the PGA Championship to establish the clubhouse lead at 7-under 206.

Mahan circled six birdies and tapped in 12 pars on his navigation of Valhalla Golf Club. Half of his birdies fell from between 10 and 18 feet. Ball-striking was on point, as he split 10 of 14 fairways and landed 15 GIR. While he as four top 10s this season, the American hasn't earned one since the WGC-Cadillac Championship. He did show signs of putting his game together with a T15 at Firestone CC last week. He will now sit back and wait to see how low the afternoon tee times take things. It's possible he will need some help at the top to stand a chance at winning his first major championship on Sunday.
Sat, Aug 9, 2014 03:15:00 PM

Jimmy Walker has decided not to compete in this week's Shell Houston Open.

Given his four-shot victory at home on Sunday and with the Masters on deck, gamers won't mind this decision. He'll now get a chance to rest and recharge before taking another swing at his first win in a major. UPDATE: About 90 minutes after his WD was announced, Walker released the following statement: "The City of Houston and Tournament Director Steve Timms have always been very good to me throughout my career. Following my win at the Valero Texas Open, I went to Augusta in order to prepare for the Masters. Unfortunately, I soon realized that I was not feeling well and needed to get better before next week. I look forward to returning to Houston in future years."
Mar 31 - 2:10 PM

A 4-for-2 playoff was needed at the open qualifier at Cypresswood Golf Club's Tradition Course in Spring, Texas, to determine the final exemptions into this week's Shell Houston Open.

Andrew Landry and Smylie Kaufman survived the playoff. With an eagle and six birdies against just one bogey, Landry carded a 7-under-par 32-33=65 in regulation. He's currently third in earnings on the Tour thanks to a victory earlier this month in Colombia. He'll be making his PGA TOUR debut this week. Kaufman spun a bogey-free, 7-under 31-34=65 with seven birdies. He's fresh off a T4 at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open. In his only previous TOUR appearance, the LSU product missed the cut at the 2014 U.S. Open. Co-medalist honors today were secured by Austin Cook and Kelvin Day. Cook turned in an 8-under 33-31=64; Day shot 8-under 30-34=64. Both holed nine birdies and squared one bogey. In his only previous appearance on TOUR, Cook shared 13th place at last year's FedEx St. Jude Classic where he four-spotted as well. Day is poised for his first start. The field at the Golf Club of Houston is now complete at 144.
Mar 30 - 8:57 PM

Henrik Stenson has withdrawn from this week's Shell Houston Open due to a fever and a sore throat. reported the news. Stenson has been on a tear, and this setback is unrelated to his golf swing, so we shouldn't adjust our lofty expectations in advance of next week's Masters where he placed a career-best T14 last year.
Mar 30 - 12:39 PM

Bernie McGuire of the Irish Examiner has reported that Graeme McDowell has already been cleared to compete in next week's Masters.

The excerpt: "Augusta invitee Graeme McDowell has been given the green light to tee up in the Masters, with doctors saying the tendon strain in his left ankle should heal in time." The good news is that G-Mac will have ample rest entering the season's first major. The bad news is that Augusta National Golf Club will do him no favors what with the severe inclines all over the property. Even if he was completely healthy, he's not a smart fantasy investment given his recent play and unimpressive résumé in the tournament.
Mar 29 - 9:53 PM

After a two-year hiatus from the Masters, Paul Casey has earned an exemption into the first major of 2014-15.

The top 50 of the latest Official World Golf Ranking was used to help fill the exclusive field at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9-12. Casey sits 48th in the formula. The Brit last appeared in 2012, missing the cut. At 33rd in the OWGR, India's Anirban Lahiri ranks highest of the four qualifiers tonight. He's already a two-time winner on the European Tour in 2015, so it was just a matter of time before he was official eligible for his debut in the Masters. Branden Grace (41st) and Bernd Wiesberger (42nd) round out the foursome. The 26-year-old from South Africa will be making his third consecutive appearance while the 29-year-old Austrian is poised for his first. The final exemption into the tournament is reserved for the winner of the Shell Houston Open. There are no alternates for the Masters.
Mar 29 - 9:10 PM

Kelly Kraft picked up the first Tour win of his career at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open with a 6-under-par 33-32=65 in the final round.

Kraft ended the tournament at 14-under 270, which was one-stroke clear of D.H. Lee and Rhein Gibson. Kraft spread five birdies and one eagle across Le Triomphe G&CC, including three birdies on his last four holes, to just one bogey. His stats lacked sizzle this week, as he didn't rank any better than T20 (GIR) in any major statistical category. With this victory, he vaults from 68th to sixth on the Tour money list and is in great shape to earn a 2015-16 PGA TOUR card.
Mar 29 - 8:35 PM

Jimmy Walker glided to victory at the Valero Texas Open with a 2-under-par 36-34=70 in the final round to end his week at 11-under 277.

It was a runaway for Walker as he ends his week four strokes ahead of Jordan Spieth. The champ circled five birdies and squared three bogeys at TPC San Antonio today. Three of those birdies fell from between 15-18 feet, as he was able to call upon the flat stick when he needed it. He led the tournament in both greens in regulation and strokes gained: putting, which is a deadly combination. Perhaps sleeping in his own bed this week had an impact on his play. This is his second win on the PGA TOUR in 2014-15 (Sony Open) and the fifth of his career. Walker is the first player to win for the second time on TOUR this season. Clearly his game is in excellent shape with the Masters just around the corner, but he'll gear up with one more primer at this week's Shell Houston Open.
Mar 29 - 5:52 PM

With a 3-under-par 36-33=69 in his final round of the Trophee Hassan II, Richie Ramsay posted 10-under 272 and recorded a one-stroke victory over Romain Wattel.

This was anyone's title for the taking. The Scot was one of three to share the overnight lead, but only to capitalize on his position. He converted on seven birdies, including four in a row going out. His other three were also consecutive but on his inward nine. A bogey-triple bogey stumble at Nos. 7 and 8 kept the field alive, but only Wattel gave it a spirited run. After a ridiculous par at the par-5 15th, where the Frenchman flubbed his first chip-and-run from off the green and then holed his next, he closed par-birdie-par. His attempt to tie was all but lost when he missed the green at the par-4 last. Six others shared third place just two strokes adrift of Ramsay, who missed only 10 (of 52) fairways and 15 greens in regulation all week. It's his third European Tour title and fifth top-17 finish in this tournament. Overall, it's an astounding feat given he failed to cash in his first five starts of 2015.
Mar 29 - 1:20 PM

Reuters has reported that Stuart Appleby recently had surgery to repair a herniated disc.

Appleby has been out since missing the cut at Pebble Beach, but he battled a back injury last fall during the big events in his native Australia. The 43-year-old seems content with allowing this process to run its course before returning to competition. "No idea when I'm back as I don't know or anybody knows how long it takes to get 100 percent," he said. Since breaking onto the PGA TOUR in 1996, he hasn't made fewer than 22 starts in any season; he's averaged over 25 per. Appleby is fully exempt through only 2014-15 and he's currently 162nd in the FedExCup standings (and 167th on the money list), so he might be headed to a medical extension if he needs it. To qualify for a Major Medical, the general expectation is that he'd have to sit out four consecutive months. Given his age, the severity of the injury and that he needed surgery, it's probable that he won't return before the four-month clock ends in mid-June.
Mar 29 - 3:32 AM

Jimmy Walker crafted a 3-under-par 35-34=69 in the third round of the Valero Texas Open and leads by four strokes over Jordan Spieth at 9-under 207 with 18 holes remaining.

Walker took advantage of the scoring holes at TPC San Antonio, racking up birdies on each of the four par 5s and the drivable par-4 17th. The only exception was his 12'9" birdie on the par-4 sixth hole. He also spread three bogeys across his round. He landed 12 GIR on the round, and he is tied for tops in the field with 37 for the tournament. The winner of the 2015 Sony Open also ranks first in strokes gained: putting, which is quite the deadly combination. Should he hold on and win, he would be the first player in 2014-15 to pick up multiple wins on the PGA TOUR. The recent trend has been for 54-hole leaders to struggle, but Walker's cushion along with his growing pedigree are working in his favor.
Mar 28 - 6:12 PM

Richie Ramsay carded a 1-under-par 35-36=71 in the third round of the Trophee Hassan II. With one round to play, his 7-under 211 total shares the lead with fellow Scot Andrew McArthur and Frenchman Romain Wattel.

Six-under and in a four-way tie for the lead after 36 holes, the 31-year-old Scot wasted no time in dropping out of the top spot with a bogey on the par-5 first. He steadied with birdies on holes 3, 5 and 6 before dropping a shot on the par-4 ninth, making the turn in 7-under. He sandwiched a bogey on No. 13 with birdies on holes 10 and 14 but missed a short birdie putt on the par-5 15th and settled for par. After pars on holes 16 and 17, he came to the final hole holding a one-shot lead but trouble off the tee led to bogey, costing him a place in the final two-ball on Sunday.
Mar 28 - 2:14 PM

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