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England's Eddie Pepperell had an incredible burst of scoring from 9-11 in round one of the British Masters at Walton Heath, playing that stretch in ace-birdie-eagle on the way to a 5-under-par 33-34=67, good enough for a share of the clubhouse lead with fellow Englishmen Tommy Fleetwood and Matt Wallace.

After just a single birdie at 7 in his opening eight holes, Pepperell lit his round up with an unusual and thrilling hole-in-one at No. 9 which you can see here. Some wisdom says players can have an adverse action for a short spell after the high of an ace but not the World No. 50. Instead, he made birdie-3 at the next and followed it with a second eagle in three holes after taking just three swishes at 11. That put him clear on his own at 6-under. He did dip a little after that with dropped shots at 13 and 15 but regained a share of top spot with a walk-off par breaker at 18 to cap a memorable day.
Oct 11 - 1:06 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, first-round leader and World No. 362 Ashley Chesters navigated a bogey-free, 1-under-par 34-36=70 in the weather-delayed second round of the Andulcia Valderrama Masters for a 36-hole total of 6-under 136, down one spot to solo 2nd, four adrift of leader Sergio Garcia, who shot 64.

The 29-year-old's first-round lead was his first in 58 Euro Tour events and he'd still be leading the tourney at halftime (by two) were it not for tournament host Garcia's bogey-free jaunt, which tied his lowest lap at Valderrama. So, technically not halftime, as the weather-plagued event has been reduced to 54 holes, but he's a strong second at the three-quarter pole then after scribbling down 17 pars and one birdie. Playing his third full season on the main circuit, the Englishman owns five career top 10s, two this season in 30 starts, and has a daunting task on Sunday with the continued (bleak) weather forecast, and attempting to chase down 14-time Euro winner and major champion Garcia.
Oct 20 - 11:43 AM

Defending champ and World No. 31 Sergio Garcia painted a bogey-free, 7-under-par 33-31=64 in the weather-delayed second round of the Andalucia Valderrama Masters to post 10-under 132, up two places to top of the board, four clear of first-round leader Ashley Chesters, who followed 66 with 70.

The tournament host is actually the 2-time defender, winning the 2017 and the 2011 editions, the latter the most recent playing prior to last year. After not hitting a shot of his second frame on Friday, he overcame yet another weather delay on Saturday morning to record the low round of the week. The 38-year-old, arriving off a 3-1-0 record three weeks ago as a captain's pick at the Ryder Cup, ticked seven birdies, highlighted by a walk-off hat-trick. He's chasing his 15th European Tour title in 277 events, first this season in 14 starts, and first since this same tournament last year. With 72 holes no longer achievable, officials are attempting to complete 54 holes to make the event official, which would include a Monday finish if necessary. Sunday's weather forecast calls for thunderstorms (80% chance of precipitation), while Mondays is AM thunderstorms (40%).
Oct 20 - 11:25 AM

Playing out of the third-to-last threesome, World No. 134 Jamie Lovemark authored a 4-under-par 34-34=68 in the third round of THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES for a three-day total of 8-under 208, up two spots to T4, five back of 54-hole leader Brooks Koepka.

The 30-year-old's T5 in last year's inaugural (70-74-68-71) ended up being a season best in 26 starts and would add just two other top 10s, one of those a T10 teamed with Brendan Steele at the Zurich. His career best in 147 events is P2 two times, most recently the 2016 Zurich, which was reduced to 54 holes with an unscheduled Monday finish. On 12 (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, the California native outpaced a lone bogey-5 at hole 10 with five birdies, posting 1.750 putts per GIR and going 5-for-6 in scrambles. He'll play out of the penultimate threesome in R4 with Rafa Cabrera Bello and Cameron Smith.
Oct 20 - 6:56 AM

World No. 32 Cameron Smith enjoyed a bogey-free, 5-under-par 34-33=67 in the third round of THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES to post 8-under 208, up seven places to T4, five adrift of 54-hole leader Brooks Koepka, who also shot bogey-free 67.

The Aussie has one TOUR win in 88 events, a P1 at the 2017 Zurich teamed with Jonas Blixt. His best individual result is 3rd place three times, including here last year (69-68-73-70), one swing short of a 2-man playoff, which chased a T5 at the CIMB as a first-round leader. Five weeks later, the 25-year-old added a 4th at the Australian Open and then capped off 2017 with P1 at the Australian PGA for a run of P1-4-3-T5. Last season, he finished a career-best 12th in the FedExCup standings with seven top 10s in 24 events, highlighted by back-to-back shows at The NT (T3) and Dell Tech (3rd) in the postseason. On 13 (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, the Florida resident carded three birdies at holes 5, 7 and 12, adding a mid-range, walk-off eagle-3 at 18. He'll play out of the penultimate threesome in R4.
Oct 20 - 6:39 AM

World No. 28 Rafa Cabrera Bello birdied four of his first five holes en route to a bogey-free, 7-under-par 31-34=65 on Moving Day at THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES to reach 8-under 208, up 18 spots to T4, five shy of 54-hole leader Brooks Koepka, who shot bogey-free 67.

The Spaniard closed out last week's CIMB with bogey-free 66 to back door a T50. That momentum seemed muted after opening this week in 73, T33 but just five back of R1 leader Chez Reavie. Thirty-six holes later the 28-year-old is still five back but has gained 29 places on the board, adding a six-birdie, four-bogey 70 and today's seven-birdie lap on nine (of 14) fairways and 16 greens in regulation. This is his second CJ CUP after T11 in last year's inaugural (71-70-72-71) and is eyeing his first TOUR title in 72 events. Cabrera Bello's career best is 3rd place two times (T3, 2018 WGC-Mexico; 3rd, 2016 WGC-Dell Match Play) and is a 3-time winner on the Euro Tour in 313 events, most recently a P1 at the 2017 Scottish Open. He'll play out of the penultimate 3-ball in R4 with Cameron Smith and Jamie Lovemark.
Oct 20 - 6:13 AM

Making his tournament debut, overnight leader and World No. 252 Scott Piercy bobbed and weaved to an even-par 35-37=72 in the third round of THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES for a 54-hole total of 9-under 207, down one place into a two-way T2, four short of leader and playing competitor Brooks Koepka, who shot bogey-free 67.

After opening with 70-65, the 39-year-old led by one over Koepka, three clear of Chez Reavie (70), who completed the final threesome. He hit 10 (of 14) fairways and conjured 11 greens in regulation, posting 1.818 putts per GIR with one 3-putt and went 3-for-7 in scrambles. The SDSU alum traded five bogeys at holes 3, 6, 10, 11 and 16 with five circles at 1, 5, 9, 17 and 18, the latter two getting him back to level on the day and back into the final threesome in R4. He's chasing his fifth TOUR title in 266 events, first since the 2018 Zurich 15 starts ago teamed with Billy Horschel. The Las Vegas native and resident's most recent individual win is the 2015 Barbasol as a 54-hole co-leader 81 starts ago.
Oct 20 - 5:53 AM

With three birdies in his final four holes, Ian Poulter completed a 4-under-par 36-32=68 in the third round of the CJ Cup in South Korea, moving up two spots and into a tie for second place on 9-under par 207 with Scott Piercy but four back from new leader Brooks Koepka.

It'll be a tall order for Poulter to reel in the ice-cool three-time major champion but the good news for the Englishman is that he'll be able to stare him in the eye in Sunday's final three-ball. After scores of 70 and 69 over the first two days, Poulter went one lower again today although it was a struggle for a while as he played his first eight holes in 1-over after bogey at No. 4 and seven pars. He began his move with birdies on the par 5s at 9 and 12 before accelerating at the finish with gains at 15, 16 and 18. Playing with two Americans in the final round, especially a prize target like Koekpa, will appeal to Poulter's Ryder Cup sensibilities and his record at this time of year is superb as we highlighted in Friday's Roundup feature. He found 11 (of 14) fairways today and pelted 15 GIRs and, so far this week, is 10-for-11 in scrambling.
Oct 20 - 3:19 AM

Recently-crowned Player of the Year Brooks Koepka stamped his authority on the CJ CUP in South Korea, firing a bogey-free 5-under-par 35-32=67 Saturday to advance to 13-under 2013 thru' 54 holes, good enough for a four-shot lead over compatriot Scott Piercy and England's Ian Poulter.

It's a further stroke back to Rafa Cabrera Bello, Cameron Smith, Jamie Lovemark, Pat Perez, Gary Woodland and Chez Reavie. One back at start of play, Koepka, who would go to World No. 1 for the first time with a win, couldn't find a spark to begin with, scribbling down eight straight pars. But he got going with back-to-back-birdies at 9 and 10, picked up another shot at 14 and closed with circles at 17 and 18. The World No. 3 is 4-for-6 with 54-hole leads and has converted his last four. He held identical positions (4 in front) at the last two editions of the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament in Japan, going on to win those events by one and nine respectively while he landed this year's U.S. Open by one after starting round four tied 1st and then turned a two-shot 54-hole lead at August's PGA Championship into a two-shot win. In short, he's a superb closer and has experience of doing in the Far East. Koepka found 10 (of 14) fairways in R3 and hit 13 GIRs, scrambling successfully each time.
Oct 20 - 3:05 AM

Sergio Garica didn't even get his second round started on Friday at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters as the weather continues to wreak havoc on the event which sees the tournament host in a share of fourth place heading into the weekend.

Garcia has feasted on Valderrama over the course of his career and his opening round was no different. The Spaniard traded four birdies with a lone blemish to find himself just two off the pace set by Ashley Chesters. However, Garcia didn't even play a single shot of his second round before weather suspended play for the day on Friday. With rough weather in the weekend forecast, this looks to be a 54-hole event in the making, and they may need Monday just to accomplish that feat. They will do everything possible to get as much action in as possible, given the Race to Dubai implications for everyone sitting on the bubble to retain their full playing privileges.
Oct 19 - 12:39 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




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