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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.
Jan 12 - 5:42 PM

First-round pacesetter Chez Reavie battled a cold putter in round two of CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES in South Korea, settling for a 2-under-par 34-36=70 which dropped him back to solo third spot on 6-under 138.

A 70 was worth plenty in yesterday's cool and windy conditions but not so much in round two which saw Brian Harman shoot 64 and Scott Piercy and Brooks Koepka blast 65s to move into first (-9) and second (-8) respectively. Reavie hit 10 (of 14) fairways and upped his GIR count from 15 to 16 but needed 33 swishes of the putter which was three more than in his opening 68. He looked to be making nice progress today when outpacing a single bogey at 7 with four birdies over his first ten holes but the World No. 64 swallowed back-to-back squares at 15 and 16 before at least giving himself a late boost with a walk-off circle. He ranks 67th in Scrambling and 20th in Putts per GIR up to this point so needs to sharpen up his short game to stay in contention on the weekend.
Oct 19 - 4:55 AM

With a walk-off eagle, Brooks Koepka completed a 7-under-par 33-32=65 in his second round at the CJ CUP on Jeju Island in South Korea, posting 8-under 136 after 36 holes and advancing nine spots up the leaderboard to solo second, just one back from leader Scott Piercy.

After a battling 71 in Thursday's windy opener, the three-time major champ found the going much easier today. He burst out of the gate with a pair of opening birdies and added two more at 5 and 8 before swallowing bogey-6 at the 9th. On the back nine he ticked 12 and 14 before closing out in style with this eagle-3. Koepka, who hit 10 (of 14) fairways, pelted 15 GIRs and took 27 putts, said: "Just keep doing what I'm doing. I'm hitting it well and making putts. I felt like I probably could have shot about 7, 8 under on the front side there, missed a couple." The 28-year-old was in the top four at halfway in all three of his major wins so he's a dangerous customer once he gets the scent of victory. It's no surprise the oddsmakers now have him as clear favorite.
Oct 19 - 4:41 AM

Scott Piercy thrashed a bogey-free 7-under-par 33-32=65 in round two of the CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES in South Korea to post 9-under 135 at the midpoint, good enough for a one-shot lead over Brooks Koepka.

First-round leader Chez Reavie (70) is third on 6-under while it's a further stroke back to Alex Noren (65) and Ian Poulter (69). Piercy had opened with a 70 to lie T4 after round one but, in easier scoring conditions, put on a stripe show to hit top spot. After opening with four straight pars from the 10th, the birdies flowed and he ticked 14, 15 and 18 on his opening nine before adding further circles at 1, 3, 5 and 9. Usually a stud tee-to-green, Piercy proved it today by piping 13 of the admittedly wide 14 fairways and hitting 16 greens. It's often the flatstick that lets him down but the World No. 252 is ranked 7th in Putts per GIR thru' 36 holes. This is the fourth time he's held the halfway lead on the PGA TOUR and he's converted one of the previous three (2012 Canadian Open).
Oct 19 - 3:02 AM

Ashley Chesters set the clubhouse target on a day of weather disruption in the Andalucia Masters Valderrama at Real Club Valderrama, Spain; his 5-under-par 32-34=66 left him one clear of Gregory Bourdy in a first round that will remain incomplete at day's end.

The Englishman hinted that he liked this track 12 months ago when he finished T12, but on that occasion it was his weekend work which helped (69-68) after he went 72-74 through 36 holes. The start is also notable for potentially (reliant on the end of the lap tomorrow) being his maiden first round lead at this level of the sport (he has twice shared second). His front nine was flawless with birdies at the second, fifth and eighth, however he opened the back nine with a mistake at the tenth. He made immediate repairs with red at No. 11 and then closed with a pair of ticks at 17 and 18. A five-time top ten finisher on the European Tour he is still seeking a top five, never mind a first win.
Oct 18 - 12:36 PM

Sergio Garcia was tied for the lead on 3-under-par after 14 holes of his opening round when the threat of lightning halted play at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters in Spain. UPDATE: Play due to restart 5pm local time

Garcia, who has two wins and a series of big finishes at the famed tree-lined track, had given a masterclass for most of the day with birdies at 11, 13, 18 and 2 against a lone dropped shot at 3. He'd added pars at 4 and 5 before the hooter sounded at 2.50pm local time. That put play even further behind after inclement weather and lightning had pushed tee times back two hours this morning. Garcia was tied at the top with Australian Jason Scrivener (14), France's Grégory Bourdy (13) and England's Ashley Chesters (12) while Lee Westwood, playing alongside Sergio, was a further shot back.
Oct 18 - 9:52 AM

World No. 342 Danny Willett put on a stripe show in round one of the CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES in South Korea, firing a 3-under-par 33-36=69 to end the day in tied second spot with Si Woo Kim and just a single stroke behind leader Chez Reavie.

After shaking off injury and loss of form, the 2016 Masters champ showed some decent form again over the summer with four top 25s in five starts but has missed cuts at the Safeway Open and the British Masters in the last two weeks. However, he was back on it today and piped all 14 fairways and missed just a single green in regulation despite the windy conditions. The Englishman bogeyed the opening hole but responded with a trio of birdies at 4, 5 and 6 before adding another on the par-5 9th. He got it to 4-under with a gain at 12 but gave the shot back at 13 and rounded off with five pars. Willett was also in second place after R1 of July's Irish Open where he went on to post T6 so don't be surprised to see him stay prominent on the leaderboad as the week continues.
Oct 18 - 3:29 AM

Hitting 14 fairways out of 14, Chez Reavie authored a 4-under-par 35-33=68 to post a one-shot lead over Danny Willett and Si Woo Kim after the first round of the CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES in South Korea.

It's a further stroke back to Byeong Hun An, Rod Pampling, Michael Kim, Ian Poulter, Scott Piercy, Nick Watney and Austin Cook. Reavie shot a 66 to sit tied second after the opening lap here last year (finished T15) and he's quickly into his stride again this week despite the cool and windy conditions which saw just three players shoot in the 60s. Playing in the 08:55 group from 10th tee, the 36-year-old exchanged a birdie at 12 with a bogey at 13 before getting under par again for the day with another circle at 16. He made his move to the top of the board with par breakers at 1, 2 and 8 on a flawless second nine. As well as splitting every fairway, he pelted 15 GIRs. This is Reavie's fourth R1 lead on the PGA Tour in solo play (also led this year's Zurich Classic). He rode the first to victory in the 2008 Canadian Open but had to settle for T26 at Pebble Beach the last time he set the pace on day one in 2016. The World No. 64 closed with twin 69s for T43 in last week's CIMB Classic.
Oct 18 - 2:59 AM

Joost Luiten is looking forward to playing "without any pain" when he makes his comeback at this week's Andalucia Valderrama Masters in Spain.

The Dutchman has finished runner-up in his last two starts at the course (2016 and 2017) but enters this week having not pegged it up since May's BMW PGA Championship due to a wrist injury. That's given gamers a dilemma although at least a more informed decision can be made now that Luiten has given this assessment in an interview with europeantour.com. "The wrist is really good. It's good to be out here again, see all the guys and play without any pain," he said. "I'm feeling good. It's been a tough time but the recovery is going really well and I'm fit to play. I've been practising for the last couple of weeks so I'm ready to go again. I know it's going to be a difficult week for me because I haven't been playing for five months and it's a tough course to come back at. But you've got to start somewhere so I'd rather start at a place that I love."
Oct 17 - 10:53 AM

Top-ranked and World No. 3 Brooks Koepka, a pre-tourney 8/1 outright, makes final preparations for his CJ CUP debut on Jeju Island, Korea, and heads out in Round 1 at 8:15 AM local time with outright fave Justin Thomas (11/2) and PGA TOUR rookie Sungjae Im.

The recently minted Player of the Year battles local resident Im and 2017 POY Thomas on Day 1 and ranked 45th on TOUR last season in R1 scoring average. His other ranks: R2 (T3); R3 (81st); R4 (1st). The 28-year-old, who can overtake idle Dustin Johnson as World No. 1, arrives off a T26 (of 30) at the TOUR Championship, a 1-2-1 record at the Ryder Cup, and T7 two weeks ago at the Alfred Dunhill Links. He finished a career-best 9th in the FedExCup standings last season, despite missing 15 weeks with a torn wrist tendon, highlighted by back-to-back U.S. Open wins and a third major title at the PGA, both as a 54-hole leader or co-leader. The FSU product won the PGA by two over Tiger Woods in an aggregate scoring record of 264 (16-under), and became the first player to win the U.S. Open and PGA in the same year since Woods in 2000. Two of his seven international victories came in the Far East, winning the 2016 and 2017 Dunlop Phoenix in Japan.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Oct 17 - 9:15 AM

PGA TOUR rookie and World No. 94 Sungjae Im readies for his CJ CUP debut on Jeju Island, Korea, and is currently a pre-tourney 33/1 outright.

Im lives in Jeju City while the host venue, Club at Nine Bridges, is his home course. He arrives off a career-best T4 at the season-opener in Napa where he was inside the top 5 after every round (66-69-69-71), ranked T4 in SG: Putting (5.989), despite a pedestrian 0.065 in R4, and played in the final threesome in R4. The 20-year-old was the top rookie-finisher (of 21) at the Safeway and entered as the top-ranked OWGRer of the new class. He was also the top debutant (of 30) at Silverado Resort so being a first-timer didn't bother him at all. The South Korean began the season No. 1 on the Web.com Tour grad priority rankings after being the first player to lead the money list wire-to-wire, highlighted by wins at the first and last regular-season events.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Oct 17 - 8:00 AM

World No. 12 Jason Day is on Jeju Island, Korea, for THE CJ CUP and makes his season debut as a pre-tourney 11/1 outright.

Day led/co-led three times last season after any round in 68 rounds played. Two of those were after R4, resulting in wins at the Wells Fargo (in May) and the Farmers in January, both as pre-tourney 20/1 outrights. This is his second CJ CUP after T11 last year, where he was T16 thru 54 holes (68-74-71-71). The 30-year-old finished 16th in the FedExCup standings last season with five top 10s in 20 starts, highlighted by the two wins and a T2 at the AT&T Pebble Beach. This is his first start since finishing 18th (of 30) at the TOUR Championship four weeks ago (68-73-69-68). The Aussie owns 27 top-3 finishes in 231 TOUR events, including 12 wins (10 stroke play), one of those in a no-cut event, the 2015 BMW Championship (Conway Farms), where he opened with a still-career-low, 10-under 61. His most recent top-10 finish is T10 at the no-cut WGC-Bridgestone six starts ago.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Oct 17 - 7:07 AM




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