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Playing out of the seventh-to-last twosome, World No. 118 J.B. Holmes crafted a 3-under-par 33-34=67 in the final round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic for a 72-hole total of 9-under 271, up seven places to a season-best solo 3rd, a distant 10 in arrears of overnight co-leader and champion Dustin Johnson.

After opening in 69-67-68, the University of Kentucky product began in a nine-way logjam on 6-under, nine back of co-leaders Andrew Putnam and Johnson. He landed 10 (of 14) fairways and pelted 16 greens in regulation, No. 1 in GIR on the day and gained 2.925 strokes on approach. The 37-year-old squared two bogey-5s at holes 1 and 17, outpaced by five birdies at 2, 3, 9, 15 and 16. He recorded 1.750 putts per GIR and 0.579 SG: Putting, needing 31 total putts. For the week, the Orlando resident tallied two eagles (T1 in that stat) and 17 birdies against eight bogeys and two doubles. This was his fifth St. Jude, second top 25 (T19/2012) and first top 10. Holmes improves to 11-for-17 on the season with three top 25s, two straight, and second top 10 (4th, Farmers).
Sun, Jun 10, 2018 06:18:00 PM

Playing out of the third-to-last threesome, alternate and World No. 418 Dominic Bozzelli smoothed a 6-under-par 32-34=66 in the final round of the Desert Classic to finish up on 22-under 266, up two places to solo 5th, four in arrears of PGA TOUR rookie and champion Adam Long, who shot 65.

After opening with 67-69 and career-tying-low 64, the Auburn alum began T7, six back of leader Phil Mickelson. He found seven (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, losing 1.207 strokes around-the-green but gaining 3.124 on approach. The 27-year-old squared a lone bogey-4 at 13, outflanked by seven birdies, all from inside of eight feet. He registered 1.426 putts per GIR and 1.427 SG: Putting, ending the week with 25 birdies versus three bogeys. This was his third appearance, second cash and second top 5, joining solo 5th two tries ago in 2017 (as 18-hole leader). The New York State native improves to 5-for-6 on the season with two top 25s (T11, RSM), and records his first top 10 since T10 at the 2017 FedEx St. Jude Classic, which will also earn him a spot into this coming week's Farmers.
Jan 20 - 8:33 PM

Playing out of the fourth-to-last threesome, World No. 346 Talor Gooch tossed up a day-low, 8-under-par 30-34=64 in the final round of the Desert Classic to finish up his second appearance (T67/2018) on 24-under 264, up three spots to a career-best solo 4th, two adrift of champion Adam Long, who shot 65.

The Oklahoma State alum's closing 64 matches a career low in 90 rounds (x3). This was his 33th event, first top 10, and brushes aside a previous-best T13 at the 2018 Wells Fargo. The 27-year-old, playing this season on conditional status, improves to 2-for-4 with two top 25s (T14, Sanderson Farms), and checked in off back-to-back missed cuts, including at last week's Sony as an open-qualifier. After opening with 67-67-66, he began T7, six back of leader Phil Mickelson, and hit 11 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation. Gooch rang up nine birdies to camouflage a one bogey-5 at 15, recording 3.782 SG: Tee-to-Green and 2.095 SG: Putting. For the week, he totaled one eagle and 26 birdies against four bogeys, and the top 10 earns him a spot into this coming week's Farmers.
Jan 20 - 8:08 PM

Playing out of the final threesome, World No. 70 Adam Hadwin tacked on a 5-under-par 31-36=67 in the final round of the Desert Classic to finish in a two-way T2 on 25-under 263, one swing short of playing competitor and champion Adam Long, who shot bogey-free 65.

After opening with 65-66-65, the Scottsdale resident began solo 2nd, two shy of leader Phil Mickelson and one clear of TOUR rookie Long. He hit 10 (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, gaining 2.520 approaching but losing 2.142 around-the-green. The 31-year-old went out in bogey-free 5-under, now the leader by two, and after birdie-4 at 11, his sixth of the day, led by three. He stalled out from there, however, playing his final seven holes in birdie-less 1-over (bogey at 13), and ending with 1.502 SG: Putting and 26 total putts. For the week, the Canadian tallied one eagle and 26 birdies against three bogeys. This was his fifth appearance, fourth straight top 10 and second runner-up (2017 as 54-hole leader), and his third top 10 of the season in six starts, bettering a pair of T10s. Hadwin, chasing his second TOUR title in 127 events, settles for his second runner-up.
Jan 20 - 7:49 PM

Playing out of the final threesome, two-time past champ and overnight leader Phil Mickelson labored to a 3-under-par 35-34=69 in the final round of the Desert Classic, dipping one spot into a two-way T2 on 25-under 263, one short of PGA TOUR rookie and playing competitor Adam Long, who erased a three-shot deficit and hoisted the trophy after a bogey-free 65.

The Hall of Famer, who led outright after Rounds 1, 2 and 3, drops to 25-for-40 when leading/co-leading after 54 holes, zero for his last four. He improves to 2-for-2 on the season (T17, Safeway) and settles for his 36th runner-up in 596 events, first since T2 at the 2018 AT&T Pebble Beach last February. After opening with career-tying-low 60, 68-66, the World No. 34 led by three, two, and two shots, respectively. On seven (of 14) fairways and 17 greens in regulation, he squared two bogey-5s at holes 1 (3-putt from 29'8") and 9 (penalty drop), offset by five circles at 2, 5, 7 (from 11'4"), 15 and 16. The 48-year-old, who was chasing his 44th TOUR title, posted a dismal 1.824 putts per GIR and -3.251 SG: Putting, missing three putts from seven feet and in. For the week, he totaled one eagle and 27 birdies against two bogeys and one double.
Jan 20 - 7:29 PM

Making his tournament debut, PGA TOUR rookie and World No. 417 Adam Long (rota: NT-SC-LQ) painted a bogey-free, 7-under-par 33-32=65 in the final round of the Desert Classic to reach 26-under 262, good for a one-shot win over playing competitors Adam Hadwin (67) and Phil Mickelson (69), who was the leader after each of the first three rounds. UPDATE: Long vaults 284 places to a career-high 133 in OWGR and 193 spots to a career-high 12th in the FedExCup standings.

The 31-year-old, a pre-tourney 500/1 outright, bags his first TOUR title in six events, brushing aside a previous-best T63 at the season-opening Safeway. Prior to this week, his highest position after any round was T4 after R1 (Safeway). The Duke alum, who's made 137 starts on various mini tours, also records his first pro win of any kind. After kicking off with 63-71-63, the 63s both career lows, he began in solo 3rd, three back. The New Orleans native hit nine (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, gaining 1.991 strokes tee-to-green and 2.886 on-the-green. He rang up seven birdies, all birdie-3s, including the winner on the 72nd hole from 13'9". For the week, Long tallied three eagles and 24 birdies versus two bogeys and one double. Along with a two-year exemption, he earns a host of goodies, including an invite to the 2019 Masters.
Jan 20 - 7:09 PM

Defending champ and World No. 7 Jon Rahm handed in a 5-under-par 32-35=67 after the final round of the Desert Classic to wrap on 21-under 267, up one place to solo 6th, five adrift of PGA TOUR rookie and champion Adam Long, who shot bogey-free 65.

After opening with 66-66-68 (LQ-NT-SC), the ASU alum began T7, six back. Playing out of the third-to-last threesome, he found 10 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, gaining 2.864 strokes tee-to-green. The 24-year-old squared a lone bogey-4 at 13, outpaced by six circles at holes 3-5, 7, 10 and 17, three from between 10 and 33 feet. He registered 1.643 putts per GIR but a pedestrian 0.031 SG: Putting, missing four scoring tries from nine feet and in, and finished the week with 26 birdies against five bogeys. It's the Spaniard's second top 10 in three visits (P1/2018) and improves to 3-for-3 on the season with three top 25s and two top 10s, bettering a T8 at the Sentry TOC in his last start.
Jan 20 - 6:50 PM

World No. 140 Lucas Glover enjoyed a bogey-free, 5-under-par 33-34=67 in the final round of the Desert Classic to conclude on 17-under 271, up 19 places to T10 with play still in progress. UPDATE: With play completed, Glover finished T12.

The Clemson alum ends the week No.1 in total bogeys with just one. He squared bogey-4 at the 12th in R1 (La Quinta), and then played his final 60 holes blemish-free 9-under. After opening with trip 68s, the 39-year-old began T29 on 12-under, four shy of the overnight top 10. He hit nine (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, gaining 1.150 strokes tee-to-green. The Florida resident carded five birdies at holes 1, 6, 7, 15 and 16, four from between nine and 17 feet, posting 1.620 SG: Putting. For the week, he smothered the one bogey with 18 birdies and was also No. 1 in Scrambling at 100% (13/13). This was Glover's 11th Desert Classic, sixth top 25 and possibly a second top 10, joining T10 on debut in 2006. He improves to 5-for-5 on the season with five straight top 25s and a best of T7 at the Shriners two starts ago.
Jan 20 - 5:26 PM

Making his tournament debut and playing La Quinta CC, PGA TOUR rookie and World No. 417 Adam Long fired a career-tying-low, 9-under-par 31-32=63 in the third round of the Desert Classic to post 19-under 197, up eight places to solo 3rd, three adrift of 54-hole leader Phil Mickelson, who he'll be grouped with in the final threesome in R4.

It's a small sample size (15 total rounds), but the Duke alum has posted two 63s this week, bettering a previous-best 66 in R1 at the season-opening Safeway. He's chasing his first TOUR title in his sixth career event, fifth as a member, with his best finish thus far a T63 at the aforementioned Safeway. On 10 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, the 31-year-old camouflaged one bogey with six birdies and two eagle-3s, posting a tidy 1.429 putts per GIR and tying the low round of the day. He's also made 113 starts on the Web.com Tour where his best is runner-up two times, including once last season in 27 events.
Jan 19 - 8:06 PM

Playing the Nicklaus Tournament Course, World No. 70 Adam Hadwin fired a bogey-free, 7-under-par 33-32=65 in the third round of the Desert Classic for a 54-hole tally of 20-under 196, up one spot to solo 2nd, two shy of leader Phil Mickelson, who was also the 18- and 36-hole pace-setter.

The Canadian is chasing his second TOUR title in 127 events, joining the 2017 Valspar 49 starts ago, where he was the 54-hole leader, shot even-par 71 and won by one over Patrick Cantlay. After opening with 65-66, he began in a two-way T3, three back. On 12 (of 14) fairways and 16 greens in regulation, the Louisville alum rang up seven birdies, including birdie-4s at each of the four par 5s, and posted 1.563 putts per GIR. He'll be grouped with Mickelson and PGA TOUR rookie Adam Long in the final 3-ball in R4. The Phoenix resident, who was T68 (last) thru 54 holes at last week's Sony, has posted three consecutive top-6 finishes here, including a solo 2nd in 2017 (as 54-hole leader), highlighted by a tournament-record-tying 59 in R3.
Jan 19 - 7:44 PM

Playing the Stadium Course and with first- and second-round leader Phil Mickelson, World No. 52 Aaron Wise backed up after a 2-under-par 36-34=70 in the third round of the Desert Classic, falling 15 places on the day, and at 8-under 68-70-70=208, missed the cut by one shot.

A total of 73 pros from a field of 155 pros and 1 amateur made the scheduled 54-hole cut on 9-under 207. Wise, a pre-tourney 25/1 outright, was highest up the bookmaker's food chain to hit the exits and misses his first cut at the Desert Classic in three visits. On just three (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, he lost 0.614 strokes tee-to-green, offsetting three bogeys, including two bogey-6s, with five birdies. For the short week, the 2018 ROY mustered 14 birdies versus four bogeys and one double, and ranked 148th in Driving Accuracy (19/42) and 91st in GIR (37/54). Other notables without a Sunday tee time are: 209- Luke List .. 210- Peter Uihlein; Charley Hoffman .. 211- Beau Hossler .. 212- Joaquin Niemann; Charl Schwartzel; Corey Conners .. 213- Ryan Palmer .. 214- Patton Kizzire .. 216- Brian Harman .. 217- Danny Willett.
Jan 19 - 7:19 PM

Playing the Stadium Course, first- and second-round leader and World No. 34 Phil Mickelson styled a bogey-free, 6-under-par 33-33=66 in the third round of the Desert Classic to reach 22-under 194, good for a two-shot lead over Adam Hadwin and three clear of PGA TOUR rookie Adam Long, who is alone in 3rd place.

The Hall of Famer is chasing his 44th TOUR title in 596 events, first since the 2018 WGC-Mexico 18 starts ago, where he came from two back with 5-under 66 and beat Justin Thomas in extra time. The win ended a 4-year, 7-month drought and was his 16th as a chaser and eighth in sudden-death. Lefty is eyeing his third Desert Classic win in 16 tries, joining titles in 2004 and 2002, both as 90-hole events. On six (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, he gained 1.372 strokes off-the-tee and 1.372 around-the-green, penciling six birdies at holes 6-8, 13, 14 and 17, five from between 10 and 37 feet, adding a hole-out 2 at 6 from 35'4" away. The ASU alum posted 1.643 putts per GIR and 1.256 SG: Putting, and is vying for his 14th win in his home state.
Jan 19 - 6:39 PM




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