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Beginning off No. 10 tee, World No. 23 Brian Harman fired a day-low 7-under-par 31-32=63 in the second round of the Sony Open in Hawaii to post 13-under 127, good for the early 36-hole clubhouse lead by three over 18-hole co-leader Zach Johnson. UPDATE: With play completed, Harman leads five players by three shots. This is his third 36-hole lead/co-lead in 190 career starts, second in as many weeks, and is previously 0-for-2 converting.

Both of Harman's playing partners -- Billy Hurley III and Smylie Kaufman -- look destined to miss the cut, but it obviously was no bother to one of the hottest golfers on the planet. He was a second-round co-leader last week on Maui, eventually finishing solo 3rd, his fourth consecutive top 10 to open the season. Today's lap was a season low for the Georgia alum, his 10th consecutive red number, and has only one over-par round thus far in 2017-18. Making his 190th career start, his 13-under total is his career-best 36-hole score to par, buoyed by a walk-off eagle-3 at nine from 16'9". The 30-year-old hit 10 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, adding six other par breakers at 10, 11 (17'11"), 18, and 2, 3 (23'5") and 4, smothering a lone bogey-4 at 7. He gained 2.627 strokes tee-to-green and 3.304 on-the-green with 26 total putts.
Fri, Jan 12, 2018 05:42:00 PM

Shane Lowry not only lost his three shot overnight lead, he then overcame a four shot deficit to claim a first title in two and a half years with a final round 1-under-par 37-34=71 for 18-under 270, good for a one shot win over Richard Sterne in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship at Abu Dhabi GC.

The Irishman was emotional after a last lap of wild swings at the head of the leaderboard. The title was in the hands of the final two-ball all day and what a show they put on. Lowry opened with birdie at 1, added another at 4, but three bogeys up to the tenth, plus Sterne hitting the turn in 5-under, saw a seven shot turnaround from the first tee position. The Irishman’s response was superb. At 12 he ticked his 11th birdie at the par 3s for the week (a Euro Tour record) and added two more red numbers at 13 and 18, a chip from thick rough and 12’0" par save at 17 was just as vital; Sterne in contrast made two late bogeys and the birdies dried up. "I completely thought I was gone," admitted the winner. "I didn’t think I had that in me, how mentally strong I was. I’m so thankful for everyone who’s helped me. It’s been a tough couple of years on the course. Not off it, but definitely on it."
Jan 19 - 8:23 AM

Curtis Luck maintained on a spot on the podium after styling a 6-under-par 34-32=66 during round two of the Desert Classic, placing him at 14-under 130 at the midpoint which is just two off the torrid pace set by Phil Mickelson.

The Aussie piped 12 (of 14) fairways and landed 12 greens in regulation. In round one he circled eight birdies without a single bogey at La Quinta Country Club. He battled with the Nicklaus Tournament Course today and found eight more birdies, dropping two shots along the way. Through 36 holes he has found just 25 greens (T79) but he ranks 1st in the field in Putts per GIR (1.44). Today, he needed just 23 swipes with the flat stick to make his way around. Luck's previous low through 36 holes is 138 at the 2017 Greenbrier Classic so this easily shatters that. The 22-year-old will now turn his attention toward The Stadium Course at PGA WEST for the final two rounds.
Jan 18 - 7:11 PM

Playing La Quinta Country Club and making his tournament debut, PGA TOUR rookie and World No. 439 Joey Garber tossed up an 8-under-par 30-34=64 in the second round of the Desert Classic for a 36-hole tally of 12-under 132, up 26 places to T5, four short of leader Phil Mickelson.

This is a career low for the Georgia alum in 23 rounds, previously 67 (x2). It's his fifth start of the season, checking in off an 81/MDF at last week's Sony as an alternate. On eight (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, the 27-year-old squared a lone bogey-5 at 10, smothered by seven birdies at 1, 3, 4, 7, 11, 13 and 15, adding eagle-3 at 5. After opening with 68 on the Stadium Course (1 eagle-3, 3 birdies, 1 bogey), he'll move over to the Nicklaus Tournament Course for Saturday's Round 3.
Jan 18 - 7:04 PM

Playing La Quinta Country Club, World No. 709 Steve Marino hung up a bogey-free, 7-under-par 31-34=65 in the second round of the Desert Classic to reach 13-under 131, up five spots on the live leaderboard to T3, three shy of 36-hole clubhouse leader Phil Mickelson.

The Virginia alum's lap was highlighted by an ace at the 168-yard par-3 seventh (8-iron), his first on TOUR in 707 rounds, which capped a run of birdie-birdie-birdie-ace on holes 4-7. He would add a fifth and sixth birdie at 11 and 16, ending the day 7-for-7 in scrambles, including 5-for-5 in sand saves. The 44-year-old, making his final start on a Major Medical Extension, hit 10 (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, taking 1.545 putts per GIR with 22 total putts, including just nine putts on his first nine holes. He'll move over to the Nicklaus Tournament Course for R3.
Jan 18 - 6:31 PM

Patrick Cantlay battled with the Stadium Course at PGA WEST and walked away with a bogey-free, 6-under-par 32-34=66 during round two of the Desert Classic, placing him at 11-under 133 with two rounds remaining.

The California native is making his second appearance at this event but first since a missed cut in his 2013 debut. He needed to shake off some rust in round one but is now 11-under over his last 27 holes played. Today he pelted 16 greens in regulation which was good for +3.041 strokes gained approaching-the-green. This round could have gone even lower but his putter didn't cooperate at times. Most noticeable was a three-putt par at the 16th with the final miss coming from inside four feet. Cantlay will now head to the easiest course on the rota with a third-round tee time at La Quinta Country Club. He may be five off the pace of Phil Mickelson but he should be considered one of the favorites heading into the weekend.
Jan 18 - 6:29 PM

Playing the Nicklaus Tournament Course, defending champ and World No. 7 Jon Rahm authored a 6-under-par 33-33=66 in the second round of the Desert Classic to post 12-under 132, up three places on the live leaderboard to T5, four back of 36-hole clubhouse leader Phil Mickelson.

Beginning off No. 10 tee, the ASU alum found 10 (of 14) fairways and 16 greens in regulation, posting 1.688 putts per GIR with 27 total putts. He carded seven birdies for a second straight day, camouflaging a lone bogey-5 at 18 (3-putt) as he made the turn. The 24-year-old, who opened with 66 (La Quinta), circled holes 11, 12, 15, 17, 1, 2 and 5, and will move over to the Stadium Course for R3. He was solo 2nd and one back last year at the midpoint, (62-67), eventually prevailing in extra time over 36-hole leader Andrew Landry with 70-67.
Jan 18 - 6:18 PM

Carlos Ortiz lapped the field during round two of the Desert Classic, coasting to a bogey-free, 10-under-par 28-34=62 while taking on La Quinta Country Club, climbing more than 100 spots on the live leaderboard as he enters the weekend on 10-under 134.

Ortiz started his week on the toughest test (Stadium Course) and settled for an even-par 72. Perhaps feeling a sense of urgency as he started on the 10th tee today and made the turn at just 2-under for the event. Ortiz put the pedal to the metal on his homeward nine as he ended the day with six birdies and an eagle over his last eight holes. Ortiz started the day in a share of 104th but now finds himself T10 on the live leaderboard with play still in progress. This round matches his career low on TOUR (8-under 62 in R3 of the 2015 Barclays). He also opened with a 62 in last year's Lincoln Land Championship on the Web.com circuit. Ortiz will now head over to the Nicklaus Tournament Course at PGA WEST for his third round.
Jan 18 - 6:16 PM

Playing La Quinta Country Club, World No. 70 Adam Hadwin carded a 6-under-par 32-34=66 in the second round of the Desert Classic to post 13-under 131, up two places on the live leaderboard to T2, three adrift of 36-hole clubhouse leader Phil Mickelson.

The 31-year-old is the course-record-holder at La Quinta CC with 59/R3 in 2017, eventually finishing solo 2nd. He opened this week with 65 on the Stadium Course and ticked seven birdies on Day 2 against one bogey. Beginning off No. 10 tee, the Louisville alum hit nine (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, circling holes 13, 17, 1, and four straight at 4-7, before bogey-5 at 8 (failed scramble) completed his scoring. He'll play the Nicklaus Tournament Course in R3, as he looks to position himself for a fourth consecutive top-10 finish in the Desert Classic.
Jan 18 - 5:15 PM

Phil Mickelson twirled a career round on Thursday at La Quinta Country Club and today he moved over to the Nicklaus Tournament Course at PGA WEST and managed a 4-under-par 32-36=68 to keep his spot at the top of the Desert Classic leaderboard on 16-under 128.

Lefty could do no wrong on Thursday as he needed just 21 putts to make his way around, despite warning fans he was arriving with rust. The flow of birdies was a bit slower today as he started on the 10th tee and circled two on his opening three holes before going 10 straight without a single birdie. In that period he also suffered his first blemish of the week. He found water on his approach at the par-4 18th to swallow a double bogey. Mickelson found his groove late in the round with circles in four of his last five holes. This will be his 33rd career lead after 36 holes and first since the 2016 Open Championship. He's converted just one of his last five midpoint leads/co-leads. This 36-hole tally of 128 matches his second-lowest ever in a PGA TOUR with his best being a 17-under 125 during the 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open. That was also the last time he shot 60 and he would go on to win that event. Mickelson is in a great position but he'll need to keep his foot down for two mor
Jan 18 - 4:58 PM

Helped by a pitch-in eagle, Richard Sterne fired a 3-under-par 36-33=69 in the third round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, remaining in solo second spot with a score of 14-under 202 but now three back from leader Shane Lowry.

The two played together today but Lowry extended his lead from one to three with a 67. Still, there was nothing shabby about Sterne's 69 and he's made just one bogey all week, a 5 on the par-4 fifth hole today. That wiped out a birdie at 3 but the World No. 281 made a big forward leap by holing his pitch for eagle at the par-5 10th. From there, he kept it solid, adding a final red circle of the day at 15. "I’m very happy," said the South African. "Good back nine. I hit the ball pretty decently and it was a lot tougher today, the course showed its teeth and 69 proved to be a good score." One notable stat is that he's won five of his six European Tour titles from behind and overturned serious deficits (six, four and four shots) in three of the last four. However, his last win was 2013 so it's been a while between drinks.
Jan 18 - 8:24 AM

Shane Lowry entered Friday's third round at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship with a one-shot lead and tripled it to three after matching the low lap of the day, a 5-under-par 33-34=67 which took him to 17-under 199 through 54 holes.

With conditions tougher today, the field separated, with the World No. 75 ending it three in front of Richard Sterne and five clear of third-placed Ian Poulter. What’s making the difference for Lowry this week? One quick answer is his remarkable performance on the par 3s. There are four at Abu Dhabi GC and the Irishman has a full set of deuces on Nos. 7, 12 and 15. He added to those three gains today with further par breakers at 2, 6, 8 and 18 while giving two shots back, just his third and fourth bogeys of the week, at 4 and 16. "It was good. I felt very comfortable out there today and I’m very happy with that," he said. "I’m very excited about tomorrow, I’m in a great position and it’s been a while since I’ve been having a lead going into Sunday." Lowry has held a 54-hole lead just three times, converting the first when memorably winning the Irish Open as an amateur in 2009 but finishing runner-up at the 2016 U.S. Open and T8 in the 2017 Turkish Airlines Open.
Jan 18 - 8:10 AM




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