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Prior to the start of the event, Colt Knost has withdrawn from this week's AT&T Byron Nelson. First alternate Cameron Beckman will take his spot in the field.

Playing on a Major Medical, Knost has 13 starts remaining with 349.2 FedExCup Points needed to fulfill the terms. After surgery on his wrist last year, he's struggled to regain his form. On the season, he is 3-for-10 with nothing better than a T54 (CIMB Classic). Gamers can keep him off their radar until he flashes a bit of form. UPDATE: Knost added some insight to his fans via Twitter saying, "Unfortunately I reinjured my hand and have to WD from @attbyronnelson. Crushed to miss the event that means the most to me. Hope to be back very soon!"
May 16 - 4:56 PM

Ollie Schniederjans has added a veteran presence to his squad ahead of 2019, joining forces with Damon Green who will serve as his caddie to kick off the new year.

Green recently parted ways with Zach Johnson, who combined to win over 10 PGA TOUR events together. Green takes pride in his ability to read bermuda greens which will serve Schniederjans well who already has his fair share of success on bermudagrass. That includes a T7 at the 2018 Sony Open which is likely where this new pairing will get their first action together. After a breakout 2016-17 campaign where he finished 60th in the FedExCup standings, Schniederjans saw a bit of a dip last season, finishing 98th in the FEC race. The 25-year-old is still young and could benefit from a veteran caddie like Green. It's unclear if Green will continue to do his patented "birdie dance" with his new partner in crime.
Dec 17 - 10:25 AM

Overnight co-leader Scott Jamieson fell flat during the final round with an even-par 38-34=72 to end his week at the Alfred Dunhill Championship on 11-under 277 which put him in a share of third place alongside Zander Lombard.

Jamieson shared the stage with David Lipsky today but Jamieson made an early exit with three bogeys on a double on his outward nine. He circled two birdies, as well but the damage had been done. The Scot made a late push with five birdies in his final seven holes but it was too little, too late. On the bright side, this will go in the books as his third top 5 over his last six visits to Leopard Creek. He also posted a runner-up finish at the Nedbank just 11 months ago and a win at the 2012 Nelson Mandela Championship, so it's clear that the Scot feels comfortable in South Africa. The 35-year-old had a bit of a letdown in 2018 after a monster 2017 campaign but this result shows that he still packs plenty of fantasy value.
Dec 16 - 10:19 AM

Zander Lombard made a mid-round charge before one big blemish soiled his chances during round four of the Alfred Dunhill Championship, settling for 3-under-par 35-34=69 to reach 11-under 277 by week's end, three shots behind eventual winner David Lipsky.

The South African started the day two shots off the lead. He was slow out of the gate by trading two birdies with two bogeys before making the turn. From there, he went BIRDIE-BIRDIE-PAR-EAGLE-BIRDIE to find himself at 13-under for the week. A triple bogey at the par-3 16th derailed his momentum. Lombard nearly chipped in for an eagle-3 at the closing hole but settled for birdie and a share of third place. Entering the week, the 23-year-old had just one round in red numbers at Leopard Creek (6 rounds) but he made progress this week. The youngster continues to flash brilliance at times but he will need to tidy up the consistency before he becomes a reliable option for gamers.
Dec 16 - 10:09 AM

David Drysdale made a valiant push toward the winner's circle but settled for second place at the Alfred Dunhill Championship after a 5-under-par 32-35=67 to end his week on 12-under 276, two shots behind the winner David Lipsky.

The Scot was entering the week fresh off a WD at the South African Open due to an arm injury. At the same time we knew he was comfortable at Leopard Creek as he said this in 2016, "It’s a fantastic golf course – one of my favourites. It’s one of the first events I pencil in for my season every year. I love coming down here. The course is amazing. It’s such a good golf course, I think every aspect of your game is tested." Despite the renovations, Drysdale still appears to be fond of Leopard Creek. He capped off his week with just seven bogeys and nothing worse (19 birdies). Drysdale added that 19th birdie at the closing hole to apply some extra pressure to Lipsky who still had two holes to play at the time and was just coming off a double bogey at the 16th. In 471 career starts, Drysdale now has nine podium finishes, three of them being runner-up finishes. He may be taking the scenic route but the 43-year-old is still searching for his way to the winner's circle.
Dec 16 - 9:58 AM

Overnight co-leader David Lipsky bobbed and weaved his way toward a 4-under-par 31-37=68 during the final round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship to end the week on 14-under 274 which was good enough for a two-shot victory over his closest competitor David Drysdale.

The American set the tone early when he stuffed a wedge on the par-4 first hole for a tap-in birdie. He would sprinkle four more birds over the opening 10 holes before things got dicey. From there, he swallowed a bogey at the 12th, needed a miraculous recovery to save par at the 13th after finding the hazard and then dropped two shots at the 16th when he found himself with a brutal lie in the greenside bunker. It was a tough stretch but one he was able to overcome since he had developed such a large cushion. A closing birdie helped him secure the two-shot win, the second of his Euro Tour career and his first since the 2014 Omega European Masters up in the Swiss Alps. He's now won at the scenic Leopard Creek so perhaps the beauty surrounding these golf courses is what brings out the best in Lipsky. After his win he suggested the course renovation may have worked in his favor. That could be due to the change to bermuda or just the fact that everyone was re-learning the course.
Dec 16 - 9:49 AM

Scott Jamieson endured a rollercoaster third round in Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek CC, but he ended it with a 4-under-par lap of 34-34=68 and a one-shot lead over David Lipsky on 11-under 205 heading into the final round.

The Scot has always enjoyed his visits to Malelane, South Africa. Indeed he has two top fours from his seven course visits and seven top tens from 25 starts in South Africa. Coming into this week he had held or shared the 54-hole lead in two of his last four starts in the country so his vibes about the country were strong. After a quiet 71 to open the week he has burst into life with 66-68 and on Saturday it was quite the ride. The front nine not so much: two birdies, one bogey. But on the back nine he made an eagle-2 at the 348-yard par-4 11th and a double bogey-4 at the 414-yard par-4 14th. However either side of that poor effort he ticked 13, 15 and 16. He has twice held the solo 54-hole lead and twice shared it; on neither occasion did he complete the win. He did, however, complete his only European Tour success in South Africa, at the 2013 Nelson Mandela Championship.
Dec 15 - 10:01 AM

Charl Schwartzel has four wins and four second places at Leopard Creek but the course horse didn't take to the renovated par 72 this week, shooting 2-over-par 36-38=74 in round two to finish 36 holes at 3-over 147, a shot outside the cut line.

Who saw that coming? Despite the alterations, past course form seems to be holding up fairly well this week and Schwartzel returned to his favorite track on the back of T3 in the South African Open. All seemed okay when he birdied two of his first four holes today but a bogey at 14 and a double at 3 left him in a precarious position. A birdie at 6 seemed to have allayed the fears but the agony hit late as he bogeyed the final two holes to fall the wrong side of the cut line. Others to miss out included: 147- Matthieu Pavon ... 149- Kurt Kitayama 150- Haydn Porteous ... 152- Trevor Immelman, Dean Burmester ... 153- Shaun Norris.
Dec 14 - 12:00 PM

World No. 4 amateur Braden Thornberry has announced his intentions to officially become a professional golfer, foregoing the rest of the 2019 NCAA season to start his new career.

Thornberry shared the news via social media saying, "A dream that I had as a kid is now reality. I am a professional golfer." He provided a link to a letter he wrote which explained his thought process of making the decision. Thornberry first made a splash with a T4 finish at the 2017 St. Jude Classic, a hometown event for him. More recently the Ole Miss product stormed to a R1 co-lead at the Final Stage of Web.com Tour Q-School with a 10-under 62. He ultimately finished T74 that week which means he'll start the Web.com Tour season with conditional status only. His college pedigree should help him earn a few sponsor's invites along the way to aide in his goal of earning full-time status on the Web or even better, the PGA TOUR. Thornberry reached as high as No. 1 on the World Amateur Golf Rankings during his time at Ole Miss and should be one to watch as soon as he starts to pick up some PGA TOUR starts.
Dec 14 - 11:41 AM

Scott Jamieson has played some of his best golf in South Africa and the's thriving there again after posting a 6-under-par 32-34=66 in the second round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship, his morning lap lifting him to T2 on 7-under 137 and just one shot shy of David Lipsky's 36-hole lead.

The Scot secured his only European Tour title when winning the 2013 Nelson Mandela Championship while he's had six other top sevens on SA soil, including second places at the 2013 Volvo Golf Champions and 2017 Nedbank Golf Challenge. Also T3 at this venue in 2012 and T4 in 2016, the changes to the course this year don't seem to have made a difference and he's in position for another big finish. The World No. 233, who only just did enough last season to retain his card, started at the 10th today and enjoyed a brilliant burst of scoring with five birdies in six holes from Nos. 13-18. A bogey-6 at No. 2 halted his momentum a little but he responded with two more birdies at 3 and 6.
Dec 14 - 7:15 AM

David Lipsky twirled a 6-under-par 33=33=66 in Friday's second round at the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa, jumping 12 spots up the leaderboard to post the 36-hole clubhouse lead of 8-under 136. UPDATE: Lipsky ended R2 with his one-shot lead still intact.

Right now, with the afternoon session in play, the American is a shot clear of Scottish duo Marc Warren and Scott Jamieson. This is Lipsky's first look at Leopard Creek and he made a solid job of it on day one, handing in a 70. He did even better today, playing his four holes in 4-under after a birdie at 11 followed by eagle-3 at 13. The World No. 340 picked up further shots at 16, 2 and 3. Lipsky made the top 100 on the Race to Dubai for the fifth straight time last season although 95th was his worst finish in that run and included just a single top ten. He's just 1-for-3 this time around and has never had a top 40 in South Africa from three starts. The 30-year-old has played 132 European Tour events but, if it holds, this would be his first 36-hole lead.
Dec 14 - 7:06 AM

Oliver Bekker thrashed a superb 6-under-par 33-33=66 to take the first round lead by one shot from Dimitrios Papadatos in the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek CC in Malelane, South Africa.

The 34-year-old South African has never previously owned a first round lead on the European Tour so it is rare territory for him although he has quietly managed 11 top ten positions after 18 holes, the last three all in the Mauritius Open. His previous best was T2 in this event in 2012 although he will hope for a better 54 holes to follow his opening lap. Six years ago he shot 67-77-72–72 for T47 by the end of the week. He started on the back nine and ticked 11, 12, 13 and 14 for a superb start. His front nine witnessed ticks at 4, 6 and 8 with a bogey at the seventh. "Definitely a great afternoon on the golf course," he said. "The wind died a little bit on us so I’m glad to have been able to take advantage of that. The greens are really firm but I drove it well so I was in fairway most of the time so I could control my ball. I think the changes on this golf course are good for my game."
Dec 13 - 1:13 PM




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