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Making his tournament debut, PGA TOUR Rookie and World No. 346 Brandon Harkins tacked on a 3-under-par 33-35=68 in the second round of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba to post 9-under 133, up two places to T1, tying the 36-hole clubhouse lead of Brian Gay. UPDATE: With second-round play completed on Saturday, Harkins is T4, one back of a trio of 36-hole leaders.

The California State-Chico alum hit seven (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, overshadowing three bogey-5s at 14, 16 and 18 with six circles at 7-9, 13, 15 and 17. He recorded 1.571 putts per GIR with 28 total putts. The 31-year-old is making his fifth career TOUR start, fourth as a member, and opened the season with T9 at the Safeway. He followed with a MC at the opposite-field Sanderson Farms and a T20 last week at the Shriners.
Fri, Nov 10, 2017 12:49:00 PM

Rory McIlroy struggled to find third gear in the final round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship; his 2-under-par 34-36=70 left him T3 on 18-under 270, four back of the winner Tommy Fleetwood.

With birdie at the par-5 second McIlroy briefly joined a four-way tie at the top of the leaderboard, but shortly afterwards Ross Fisher burst clear of the pack and on the back nine Tommy Fleetwood overhauled him. McIlroy meanwhile failed to crank his way through those gears, adding two more front nine birdies (at 4 and 8), but adding a bogey at the sixth. He was wayward from the tee all day and at 14 it forced him to complete a smart scramble from the front of the green to stay within two of the lead; his day in microcosm. Perhaps the rough edges which hadn't been apparent all week, were suddenly snagging in the heat of battle? On 17 his approach came up short in sand, had a horrible lie and he failed to save par; the title bid, already stretched by Fleetwood's back nine blitz, was over despite a 72nd hole birdie. "Overall I'm happy," he said. "I saw some really, really positive signs. My attitude, patience, comfort level were really good all week."
Jan 21 - 8:30 AM

Tommy Fleetwood's back nine blitz overwhelmed a quality field as he successfully defended his Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, pegging a 7-under-par 35-30=65 to total 22-under 266; he finished two swings clear of long-time Sunday leader Ross Fisher and drew the sting of Rory McIlroy's challenge.

What a transformation at Abu Dhabi GC for the Englishman: back-to-back wins having previously limped to 1-for-5. Two behind at the start of Sunday's play red numbers at 2 and 3 made for a good start, but following a dropped shot at No. 6, and Fisher's quick opening, Fleetwood trailed by five after 8 holes, but he accelerated off the turn, with birdie at ten followed by a 12'0" birdie conversion at 12. Off the 13th tee his drive into scrub seemed to put him on the back foot; no bother, with a restricted swing near a tree he hit his second to 8'0" and made it to get within one of Fisher's lead. At the par-3 15th he played safe from the tee only to then drain a 30'0" subtle left-to-righter to join the lead and at the very next hole he repeated the dose to take sole ownership. Within seconds of that move Fisher three-putted the 15th before a chip-and-putt birdie at the final hole confirmed the emotional Fleetwood's back nine 30 and the win.
Jan 21 - 8:06 AM

Making his first start of the calendar year, Hall of Famer and two-time champ Phil Mickelson labored to a 2-over-par 38-36=74 on the Stadium Course and at 4-under 70-68-74=212, missed the cut at the CareerBuilder Challenge by four shots.

A total of 77 players made the scheduled 54-hole cut of 8-under 208. Mickelson, winner here in 2002 and 2004, misses the cut at the CBC for the third time in 15 appearances, first since 1994. At a pre-tourney 22/1 outright, he was tied-highest-up the bookmaker's food chain to exit early, joining 2014 champ Patrick Reed. This was the 47-year-old's third start of season after opening with T3 at the Safeway and T15 at the WGC-HSBC, both back in October. For the week, he totaled 15 birdies against nine bogeys and one double. Other notable early exits include: 209- Chris Kirk; C.T. Pan; Maverick McNealy .. 210 J.J. Spaun; Brandt Snedeker .. 211- two-time champ Bill Haas; Reed .. 212- Brian Stuard; 2006 champ Chad Campbell .. 213- Bubba Watson; Ryan Armour .. 214- Luke List .. 215- Martin Laird; Charles Reither (a) .. 216- Jimmy Walker.
Jan 20 - 7:53 PM

Playing La Quinta CC, three-time Web.com Tour grad and World No. 305 Martin Piller orchestrated a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in the third round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to reach 18-under 198, up two spots into a two-way T2 with fellow Texan Andrew Landry, one shy of 54-hole leader Austin Cook.

After kicking off with 64-67, the 32-year-old began T4 on 13-under, three back of 36-hole leader Landry. He hit 10 (of 14) fairways and 10 greens in regulation, registering a tidy 1.300 putts per GIR with 23 total putts. The Texas A&M alum squared two bogey-5s at 14 and 16, camouflaged by seven circles at 10, 11, 15, 17 and a turkey at 5-7. This is his 55th career TOUR start and he's chasing a first TOUR title. Overall, Piller has now been in the top 10 thru 54 holes four times in his career and tied a career best with T4 three starts ago at the OHL Classic (T14 thru 54 holes). He's a 6-time winner on the WCT in 151 career events.
Jan 20 - 7:19 PM

Playing the Stadium Course, overnight leader and World No. 184 Andrew Landry tacked on a bogey-free 2-under-par 35-35=70 in the third round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to post 18-under 198, down one place to T2, one back of 54-hole leader and fellow Arkansas alum Austin Cook. UPDATE: Landry was also T2 thru 54 holes (his highest position thru 54 holes) at the 2016 U.S. Open and shot 8-over 78 to finish T15.

After opening in career-low 63 and 65, both rounds bogey-free, the 30-year-old is the only player blemish-free thru 54 holes. He began the day with a one-shot lead over pre-tourney fave Jon Rahm, five clear of Cook, who shot 64 at La Quinta CC. Beginning off No. 10 tee, the Texan found nine (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, gaining 1.711 strokes approaching-the-green and 0.924 around-the-green. He circled two birdies at 17 and 2, both from inside of eight feet, recording 1.818 putts per GIR with 26 total putts. Landry is chasing his first TOUR title in his 26th career start. His career best is T4 at the RSM two starts ago (T6 thru 54 holes).
Jan 20 - 7:07 PM

Making his tournament debut and playing La Quinta CC, World No. 118 and PGA TOUR rookie Austin Cook twirled an 8-under-par 30-34=64 in the third round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to reach 19-under 197, up nine places to the top of the leaderboard and good for a one-shot lead over 36-hole leader Andrew Landry and Martin Piller. UPDATE: Cook's 64 was the low round of the day on any course.

This is the 26-year-old's second 54-hole lead/co-lead in 17 career events. He was the 54-hole leader by three at the RSM back in November and shot 3-under 67 to win by four over J.J. Spaun. After opening this week with 63-70, the Arkansas alum began T10 on 11-under, five back of Landry. He landed 10 (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, posting a stellar 1.385 putts per GIR with a career-low 22 total putts. The Web.com Tour grad squared a lone bogey-5 at 10, smothered by seven circles at 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12 and 15, adding a hole-out eagle-3 at 6. He concluded his lap with three up-and-down par saves, finishing on a high note with a curling mid-range par-saver at the par-4 18th.
Jan 20 - 6:53 PM

Playing the Stadium Course, first-round leader and top-ranked Jon Rahm backed up with a 2-under-par 34-36=70 in the third round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, dipping two spots on the live leaderboard to T4 on 17-under 199, two short of 54-hole clubhouse leader Austin Cook.

After kicking off in career-low 62 and 67, the World No. 3 began solo 2nd on 15-under, one back of 36-hole leader Andrew Landry. He mustered five (of 14) fairways and nine greens in regulation, gaining 1.193 strokes approaching-the-green but losing 0.302 around-the-green. The 23-year-old squared four bogeys at holes 4, 13, 15 and 17, all failed scrambles, overshadowed by six circles at 5, 6, 8, 10, 11 and 16, three from between 10 and 18 feet and two of those 2-putt versions. He posted 1.556 putts per GIR and 0.500 SG: Putting with 26 total putts. The 23-year-old's one TOUR title came at the 2017 Farmers -- next week's event -- where he came from three back with 7-under 65 to win by three.
Jan 20 - 6:35 PM

World No. 239 Jonathan Randolph withdrew prior to the start of the third round of the CareerBuilder Challenge.

After opening 71-74 (NT-SC), the 29-year-old was 1-over total, seven short of the (early) projected cut line, which is a scheduled 54-hole cut. This is his second career mid-tourney WD in 58 career events, second this season in six starts. The Mississippi native and resident WD from the Shriners three starts ago during R2, citing a shoulder injury. He was 1-over thru eight holes, 4-over total when he called it quits in Las Vegas. As of press time, no reason has been cited for this week's WD. Randolph is in the published field at next week's Farmers but gamers should proceed with caution.
Jan 20 - 11:49 AM

Rory McIlroy stepped up his title bid at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, piecing together a 7-under-par 33-32=65 in round three to reach 16-under 200 through 54 holes, just one back from joint-leaders Thomas Pieters and Ross Fisher.

McIlroy may have suffered his first bogey of the week, a dropped shot at the par-3 15th after missing the green, but he sprinkled eight birdies around it, including two to close with as he came home in 32 for the second day running. After breaking par on just two of the par 5s over the first 36 holes, the Northern Irishman completed a full set of circles today with birdies at 2, 8, 10 and 18. He also picked up shots at 5, 12, 14 and 17. "It was good," said McIlroy. "I feel like I played similar again. I probably scored a bit better. Short game was needed at times. But I putted really well. Hit the ball very well. So all in all, yeah, it was another great round and another really good confidence builder." After four second places in this event, the 28-year-old is now favorite with the bookmakers to go on and take victory tomorrow.
Jan 20 - 8:13 AM

Halfway leader Thomas Pieters compiled a bogey-free 32-35=67 in his third round at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, ending the day tied for the lead with England's Ross Fisher on 17-under 199 and one clear of Rory McIlroy.

Pieters, who took the lead with a Friday 65, continued his birdie assault on Abu Dhabi GC's front nine today, ticking 2, 3, 6 and 8 to reach the turn with his one-shot lead still intact. But he found life a little more difficult coming home and managed just one more par breaker, a 3 at the 16th. The big-hitting Belgian looked set to lose his lead on 18 after a loose tee-shot but he got up and down from sand to assure himself of a place in Sunday's final two-ball. "Played pretty well," said Pieters. "Didn't really make any putts on the back nine. Started out really nicely. A lot of really good shots and then finished poorly. That was a terrible last hole, managed to make a 5, which was nice." Blustery conditions are forecast for Sunday's closer, prompting Pieters to add: "Go to the range and hit some low shots because it's going to be really windy tomorrow."
Jan 20 - 8:01 AM

With a two-putt birdie at 18, Ross Fisher completed a third-round 7-under-par 32-33=65 to move into a tie for top spot with Thomas Pieters on 17-under 199 after 54 holes of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

The pair are a shot clear of a charging Rory McIlroy, with Matt Fitzpatrick and defending champion Tommy Fleetwood a further stroke in arrears. Taking advantage of the easy conditions again, Fisher flew from the gates with three birdies in his first holes and replied to a lone bogey of the day at 5 with gains at 6 and 8. On the back nine, the World No. 31 added red numbers at 11 and 14 before finding the par-5 closer in two and signing off with an eighth birdie of the day. The 37-year-old will head into the final round looking for his first European Tour win since the 2014 Tshwane Open. Looking to Sunday's closer, Fisher noted: "Yeah, I've heard it's going to be quite windy. I'm hoping the Tour officials will see what the forecast is, set the course up tough, but fair. Looking forward to the challenge and see what happens."
Jan 20 - 7:52 AM




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