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Ryan Blaum swallowed a 6-over-par 36-41=77 during round one of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba before withdrawing due to illness. UPDATE: Blaum returned to action Nov. 16th at The RSM Classic and missed the cut after rounds of even-par 70-72=142.

Blaum was making his third straight appearance at this event with a T29 in his debut and a T15 last year. It appears the layout fits his game but his body wasn't up to the task this week. Blaum cited a virus for his WD after splitting just six (of 14) fairways and finding eight greens in regulation. The 34-year-old finished T20 last week in Las Vegas. Gamers should feel comfortable jumping back on the train whenever he chooses to tee it up next. This doesn't appear to be a long-term problem.
Thu, Nov 9, 2017 05:24:00 PM

Scotland's Sam Locke posted rounds of 72-73-70-78=293 (+9) during The 147th Open, securing the Silver Medal that is awarded to the low amateur for the week.

Locke entered the week ranked 447th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. He had just three other amateurs to battle with this week and secured the Silver Medal early in the week as he was the lone amateur to play his way through the cut line. Locke ended his week on a sour note but it was an impressive week, nonetheless, and also a great learning experience. The 19-year-old has Paul Lawrie as a mentor and will now re-evaluate his options in terms of amateur versus pro golf. "I was wanting to make the Walker Cup next year. That was a goal of mine. And this is obviously a slightly different thought in my mind, too. But as I said, we need to sit and have a proper think about this. Right now we just need to enjoy the situation we're in. It will be a few days before we come to a decision."
Jul 22 - 2:36 PM

Overnight co-leader Xander Schauffele wobbled out of the starting gate but rebounded to manage a 3-over-par 40-34=74 during the final round of The 147th Open, ending the week on 6-under 278, just two shots shy of the winning score posted by Francesco Molinari.

Schauffele penciled four pars before going bogey-bogey-double bogey at 5 thru 7. The main problem was finding too many bunkers. After the turn, he got back into contention with birdies at 10 and 14 but the damage had been done. Schauffele stuffed one close at the par-3 16th but couldn't convert the birdie and then scrambled his way to a bogey on the 17th. Needing an eagle at the last to tie Molinari, he settled for par to stay at 6-under and tie with Rory McIlroy, Kevin Kisner, and Justin Rose as second-place finishers. Despite the sour finish, this will still go in the books as his career best in a major championship (T5 at the 2017 U.S. Open). The 24-year-old now has three finishes of T6 or better in six major-championship appearances.
Jul 22 - 2:21 PM

World No. 15 Francesco Molinari finished off a blemish-free weekend as he carded a bogey-free, 2-under-par 36-33=69 during round four of The 147th Open to secure his first win in a major championship, ending the week on 8-under 276 to beat Xander Schauffele by two strokes.

The Italian is known for his fairways-and-greens style of play but he split just 26-of-60 fairways on the week. Perhaps that was strategic in order to avoid as many of the 112 bunkers as possible, still finding 66.7% of his greens in regulation this week. After Saturday's round he spoke of the Sunday conditions and said "It's not a day to be aggressive. It's more a day to make as many pars as possible." That's exactly what Molinari did as he started his round with 13 straight pars while playing alongside Tiger Woods, before circling birdies at 14 and 18, capitalizing on the chances when they arose. The 35-year-old entered the week with the best form of anyone in the world over the past few months (WIN-2-T25-WIN-T2 over his last five worldwide starts). Recently becoming a PGA TOUR winner for the first time, he is now a major champion and the Champion Golfer of the Year.
Jul 22 - 1:53 PM

Tiger Woods had us all believing it was his time again when holding the outright lead on the back nine in round four of the 147th Open Championship but he wobbled down the stretch to card a closing even-par 34-37=71 and post 5-under 278, three back from Francesco Molinari's winning number.

Woods now has a first top ten in a major since the 2013 Open at Muirfield but will have some regrets that he couldn't hold it together over Carnoustie's tough back nine today. For 10 holes, this was vintage Tiger as he picked off birdies at 4 and 6 and added eight pars. As the leaders fell back in the windy conditions, Woods briefly led on his own at 7-under but he doubled the 11th after an attempted flop shot when wrong and followed that with bogey at 12. He just about stayed in the game with birdie-4 at 14 but playing partner Molinari shut the door with a bogey-free 69. Woods, who is currently T6 with play coming to a close, hit 40% of fairways today, pelted 10 greens in regulation and took 28 putts. This week's display has done plenty to convince gamers that Tiger can still add to his tally of majors which has been stuck on 14 since 2008.
Jul 22 - 1:39 PM

Rory McIlroy tossed together a 1-under-par 37-33=70 during the final round of The 147th Open, reaching 6-under 278 to join Justin Rose as the current co-leaders in the clubhouse as the leaders enter the final stretch. UPDATE: McIlroy finished T2 with three others, two back from winner Francesco Molinari.

McIlroy started the day in a share of sixth place but it looked like it wasn't his day after bogeys at 2 and 5 and then settling for par on the par-5 sixth hole. From there, he turned on his scoring machine and circled birdies at 9 and 11 before dropping just one more shot. The highlight came at the par-5 14th, though, when he bombed in an extremely lengthy eagle putt to fly back into the mix. He penciled pars on the tough, four-hole closing stretch and will now wait in the clubhouse to see if his 6-under 278 is good enough for a playoff. The story of his week was the flat stick, needing just 114 putts on the week (31-29-26-28) which is the area that can sometimes plague him. McIlroy's most recent major win came at the 2014 PGA Championship (Valhalla Golf Club).
Jul 22 - 1:14 PM

Due to heavy rain, the final round of the Barbasol Championship was suspended at 12:40 PM ET. UPDATE: Play is scheduled to resume at 4:30 PM. UPDATE: #2: Play resumed at 4:28 PM and was suspended again at 4:40 PM due to another storm. UPDATE #3: Play resumed at 5:59 PM.

One player (of 73) got their respective rounds completed prior to the stoppage and that was World No. 1333 Jason Bohn, who carved out a 3-over-par 38-37=75. The 45-year-old began the day in last place, and playing as a solo, hasn't relinquished that position as yet. He concluded his third appearance on 1-over 289 (68-70-76-75) and on a positive note, has cashed two straight checks after a T30 at last week's John Deere, which was his first made cut since T40 at the 2017 Byron Nelson 61 weeks ago.
Jul 22 - 12:58 PM

Justin Rose defied the tough weather conditions to craft a 1-under-par 37-32=69 in his final round of the 147th Open Championship, a walk-off birdie at 18 helping him finish T2 with three others on 6-under 278, two shots back from winner Francesco Molinari.

Rose didn't look as if he would appear part of the dramatic final-day story when failing to break par in any of his opening 13 holes. But there was just one bogey in that run and with the leaders shipping shots everywhere, pars meant something. He suddenly burst into the picture with a brilliant approach to the par-5 14th which struck the flag and allowed a kick-in eagle. After three solid pars the Englishman boomed a huge drive down 18 and wedged to a couple of feet, sinking the birdie putt to beat Eddie Pepperell's previous mark by a shot and set the target later beaten by just one man. Rose was nine shots back at halfway so it's been an incredible effort to give himself a shot at the Claret Jug. Yesterday's 64 was the low round of the day while there were just six rounds in the 60s today. At last we can now update the stat that his best Open finish was the T4 he scored as an amateur in 1998.
Jul 22 - 12:47 PM

Eddie Pepperell posted the low round of the day when he fired a 4-under-par 34-33=67 during the final round of The 147th Open, setting up shop as the clubhouse leader on 5-under 279 as the leaders play the back nine. UPDATE: He'd later get passed by Justin Rose (-6) which eliminates his chance of winning.

The Englishman gained entry to this event as late as possible (through The Open Qualifying Series with a solo second at last week's Scottish Open). Known as a links specialist of sorts, that finally played out on the final day as conditions toughened. He split just seven (of 15) fairways but still managed 14 greens en route to a five-pack of birdies. In four starts, the 27-year-olds previous best finish on the PGA TOUR was a T16 (2017 U.S. Open) so this will easily be his new best. There are currently five golfers on the course at 6-under but if conditions stay tough then Pepperell could find himself hoisting the Claret Jug in a few hours, or possibly head to a playoff. There is a lot to be said about stress-free golf as Pepperell added this after his round, "I didn't feel I was in the golf tournament. Whether I shot 69 or 73 today, it wouldn't have been heartbreaking. But as it happens, I shot 67. So, you know, it's a funny game."
Jul 22 - 12:31 PM

Making his tournament debut and with preferred lies in effect, PGA TOUR rookie and World No. 358 Tom Lovelady enjoyed a 7-under-par 33-32=65 in the third round of the Barbasol Championship to post 18-under 198, up five spots on the round and good for a share of the 54-hole lead with three others, including Troy Merritt, who he'll be paired with in the penultimate twosome in Round 4.

This is the Alabama alum's first lead/co-lead after any round in his 25th event and is eyeing his first TOUR title. His career best (and lone top 10) is T5 at the opposite-field Corales 12 starts ago. The 24-year-old, who celebrates his birthday in two days (July 23rd), hit 10 (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, gaining 1.869 strokes around and 2.916 tee-to-green. He squared a lone bogey-5 at hole 9 (tee ball in the water), camouflaged by six birdies, including four straight at 14-17, adding eagle-3 at 6 from 13'7". Lovelady recorded 1.615 putts per GIR and 1.180 SG: Putting with 26 total putts.
Jul 21 - 9:24 PM

With preferred lies in effect, World No. 704 Hunter Mahan smoothed a season-low, bogey-free, 8-under-par 33-31=64 in the third round of the Barbasol Championship for a 54-hole total of 18-under 198, up six places on the round and good for a share of the lead with three others, including Robert Streb, who he'll be paired with in the final twosome in Round 4.

The 36-year-old is chasing his seventh TOUR title in 396 events, first since the 2014 Barclays where he came from behind. This is just his second career 54-hole lead/co-lead, joining the 2011 TOUR Championship where he finished P2 after a 1-over 71. Playing out of the third-to-last threesome, the Oklahoma State product striped 13 (of 14) fairways and hit all 18 greens in regulation, gaining 2.184 strokes approaching and 4.404 tee-to-green. He circled eight birdies, including a birdie-birdie finish, recording 1.667 putts per GIR and 0.692 SG: Putting with 30 total putts. This is Mahan's first time in the top 10 thru 54 holes since the 2014-15 Frys.com Open.
Jul 21 - 9:10 PM

With preferred lies in effect, first- and second-round leader and World No. 327 Troy Merritt bobbed and weaved to a 3-under-par 34-35=69 in the third round of the Barbasol Championship, dipping into a four-way tie for the lead on 18-under 198.

After opening with 62-67, the Boise State product led by two over two players. Playing out of the final threesome, he landed 10 (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, gaining 1.862 approaching and 3.232 tee-to-green. The 32-year-old carded five birdies, including four birdie-4s, taking some luster off with two bogeys at holes 3 and 11 (3-putt from 31'8"). He posted 1.800 putts per GIR and -3.136 SG: Putting, needing 31 total putts. This is the Iowa native's third 54-hole lead/co-lead in 178 events, previously 1-for-2 converting. He won the 2015 Quicken Loans by three as a 54-hole co-leader, closing with 4-under 67 to win his first (and lone) TOUR title.
Jul 21 - 8:51 PM




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