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Lucas Bjerregaard carded 2-under-par 35-35=70 in the final round of the Volvo China Open to finish T3 on 18-under 270.

The Dane will be disappointed to have lost impetus in round four, thus stalling his challenge, but this result once again confirms that he has a remarkable fondness for golf in China. For 12 holes on Sunday he was in fine fettle, notching 10 pars and adding birdies on 3 and 10. Bogeys on 13 and 17, although corrected with birdies on 15 and 18, were enough to prevent him threatening the target of 22-under set by Hao Tong Li. The week was, however, a good bounce back from Bjerregaard after he missed the cut last week in Genzon, easily his poorest effort in China. His record in the country now reads: 8 starts, 7 top 25 finishes, 4 of them top 5.
May 1 - 4:55 AM

Marcel Siem came from off the pace to shoot to T3 at the Volvo China Open with a final round 6-under-par 33-33=66, 18-under 270 for the week.

The German ended 2014 with success in the BMW Masters, also in China, and his career was then at its height, but a poor 2015 followed and he transformed his swing and back-up team as a consequence. Despite a T5 in Abu Dhabi the fruits of that hard work have been mostly dry; he was 1-for-6 coming into the week. But perhaps after the false start of Abu Dhabi, this is the kick start he needs. He was bogey free in round four, posting red at 3, 6 and 8 on the front nine, then reeling off three on the bounce at 14, 15 and 16 to close. He liked the Topwin Golf & CC greens, needing just 110 putts all week.
May 1 - 4:46 AM

Richard Bland struck a bold 6-under-par 31-35=66 to finish T3 at the Volvo China Open on 18-under 270 at Topwin Golf & CC.

Quietly the Englishman is turning in quite a smart start to the 2016 season. This result is his fifth top 20 in 10 starts and he's missed just the one cut. It also represents his highest European Tour finish since he was T3 in the Avantha Masters in February 2010. It was a strong display that saw him tick six red numbers in ten holes from the get-go, on 2, 3, 6, 8, 9 and 10. At that stage he was bang in contention, but then he stalled somewhat. He made bogey at 12 and 17, but made up for it with birdies on 15 and 18. As all week, he was in control on the greens. He needed a mere 26 swipes of the blade and just 107 through 72 holes.
May 1 - 4:25 AM

Felipe Aguilar carded 3-under-par 32-37=69 to finish runner-up in the Volvo China Open on 19-under 269, three back of the winner Hao Tong Li.

As local golfer Li raced through the field, Aguilar emerged as the most likely contender following an exemplary front nine. The Chilean opened with a birdie-3 and repeated the trick on 3, 5 and 7. With another red number on the 11th he neared the finish line one shot behind the target Li had set ahead of him. He had the ball on a string (his missed just two greens in regulation all day), but a double bogey-5 on the 212-yard 16th hole did for his challenge. He held on for second place, which rights a season that had seen him miss 6 of his last 7 cuts.
May 1 - 4:13 AM

Cheered on by partisan local crowds, Hao Tong Li fired a superb bogey-free round of 8-under-par 32-32=64 to win the Volvo China Open on 22-under 266, three strokes clear of runner-up Felipe Aguilar at TopwinGolf & CC.

Twelve months ago Li was in contention for this title only to add a poor final round which ruined his challenge. This year he made no mistake, overcoming a two shot deficit as he steamed the course and the field to set a target none could get close to. He ticked birdies four times on the front nine, and four times again on the back nine in a scintillating display; his flawless round was the joint lowest score of the day. It was also a neat reversal of his form around the world in 2016, and especially last week in Shenzhen. "The start of this year has given me a lot of hard times," he said. "Even though I worked hard I still played badly, especially last week. I worked hard there and couldn't control my ball." That changed in Beijing and the win which resulted will change his golfing life.
May 1 - 4:01 AM

The third round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans has been suspended with players due back in position at 7:30 a.m. CT Sunday.

Inclement weather postponed play at 1:15 p.m. today. Forty-two of 82 players that survived the 36-hole cut completed at least one hole of the third round. Not among them is Steve Wheatcroft, who was scheduled in the fourth-to-last threesome off No. 1 tee at 1:40 p.m. He's on 7-under 69-68=137, five back of 36-hole leader Brian Stuard, joining Stuard and last year's runner-up Cameron Tringale as the only players bogey-free thru 36 holes. The 38-year-old is playing his fifth Zurich with a best of T12 last year where after opening in even-par 72, closed with 66-69-65, 16-under for his final 54 holes. Coincidentally, the third round of last year's edition was also suspended for the day on Saturday following a weather delay of 5 hours and 43 minutes.
Apr 30 - 7:04 PM

Due to inclement weather, the third round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans was suspended at 1:15 p.m. CT with players being removed from the course.

The already weather-plagued edition got 1 hour and 15 minutes of third-round play in before the horn sounded. With 82 players making the 36-hole cut and previous delays/suspensions, the field was split into threesomes off both sets of tees. Patrick Rodgers is in the third-to-last group off No. 1 and was about 35 minutes shy of getting underway when play was nixed. He's making his tourney debut this week along with 27 others and sits in a six-way T4 on 8-under 67-69=136, four back of 36-hole leader Brian Stuard.
Apr 30 - 2:32 PM

Defending champ and Zurich Ambassador Justin Rose sleepwalked to an even-par 34-38=72 in the second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and at even-par 144, missed the cut by two strokes.

A total of 82 players made the 36-hole cut on 2-under 142 so a second cut of low 70 and ties will come after 54 holes. Rose opened his defense with a two-birdie two-bogey 72 that included a bogey-6 on 11, ending his blemish-free streak in NOLA at 76 holes. He began his second frame on No. 10 and went out in birdie-less 2-over 38, squaring back-to-backs on 12 and 13. The 35-year-old got on the board with birdie at the par-5 second but gave it back with bogey-4 at the third. Birdies at 7 and 8 completed his scoring. Joining Rose with early exits include: 143- Luke List; Sean O'Hair; K.J. Choi; Boo Weekley ... 144- 2009 champ Jerry Kelly; Keegan Bradley ... 146- John Huh; Martin Piller ... 147- Chez Reavie; 2010 champ Jason Bohn; Ricky Barnes ... 149- 2008 champ Andres Romero; Hunter Mahan and Smylie Kaufman.
Apr 30 - 12:46 PM

Charles Howell III carved out a 3-under-par 33-36=69 in the two-day second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to post 8-under 136, up one on the leaderboard to T4, four in arrears of 36-hole leader Brian Stuard.

Howell is a two-time runner-up at the Zurich and opened his 14th visit in 67. He began his second round off No. 10 and was even-par at the turn (one birdie, one bogey) when play was suspended due to darkness. The 36-year-old returned on Saturday morning and played his inward half in bogey-free 3-under. He circled birdies on holes 2, 5 and 7, all from 10'0" and in.
Apr 30 - 12:28 PM

Byeong-Hun An authored a 4-under-par 34-34=68 in the two-day second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to reach the midpoint on 8-under 136, up 13 spots on the leaderboard to T4, four shy of 36-hole leader Brian Stuard.

Playing on a foreign exemption, An is making his tourney debut along with 27 others. He opened with a five-birdie one-bogey 68 and was 2-under thru nine holes, 6-under total when play was nixed on Friday due to darkness. The 24-year-old returned on Saturday morning with 75 other refugees and completed his inward half in 2-under, circling further birdies on 13 and 18, both from inside of seven feet.
Apr 30 - 12:13 PM

Chad Collins twirled a bogey-free 8-under-par 33-31=64 in the two-day second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to reach the halfway point on 8-under 136, good for the low lap in round two and tying the low round of the week with Brian Stuard and Jhonattan Vegas from R1.

Collins opened his seventh Zurich with a two-birdie two-bogey 72 and entered off a career-best solo third last week at TPC San Antonio. He began his second frame on No. 10 and was 5-under thru nine holes when play was suspended due to darkness. The 37-year-old returned Saturday morning and toured his inward half in 3-under 33, adding further birdies on holes 4, 5 and 7. In total, he circled eight on the card, including a pair of 16-footers on 14 and 18, highlighted by a 24-footer at the par-5 fifth. Collins is up 76 places on the leaderboard to T4, four adrift of 36-hole leader Stuard.
Apr 30 - 11:47 AM

World No. 1 and Zurich Ambassador Jason Day crafted a bogey-free 4-under-par 35-33=68 in the two-day second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to post 7-under 137, five back of 36-hole leader Brian Stuard.

Day was one of 76 stranded on Friday due to darkness. He was 2-under thru 10 holes, 5-under total when play was ditched. The Aussie returned on Saturday morning and added birdies on 11 and 13 from 13'7" and 6'9", respectively, to complete his scoring. He's up 19 spots on the live leaderboard to T9 with his blemish-free loop a nice bounce back from the first round where he squared four, including back-to-backs to end on a sour note. Thru 36 holes, the 28-year-old is currently T8 in greens in regulation at 77.78 percent (28/36) but T86 in putts per GIR at 1.786.
Apr 30 - 10:53 AM

18-hole co-leader Brian Stuard tacked on a bogey-free 4-under-par 32-36=68 in the two-day second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to reach the midpoint on 12-under 132, good for sole possession of the 36-hole lead.

Second-round play is still in progress but it's doubtful anyone will catch Stuard, who's leading by one over Jamie Lovemark and 18-hole co-leader Jhonattan Vegas, who were both in the house on Friday. The 513th-ranked player in the world was 2-under thru 12 holes, 10-under total, when play was suspended due to darkness yesterday. He returned on Saturday to play his final six holes in 2-under circling back-to-backs on holes 7 and 8 from 14'4" and 10'5", respectively, and remains bogey-free thru 36 holes. In total, the 33-year-old circled four on the card -- penciling birdies on 1 and 2 on Friday -- on 12 greens in regulation, and at last glance, is pacing the field in strokes gained: putting at 7.842, including 1.454 in R2.
Apr 30 - 10:40 AM

Daniel Berger spun a 7-under-par 30-35=65 in the two-day second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to post 8-under 136, up 59 places on the live leaderboard to T4, three back of 36-hole co-leaders Jamie Lovemark and Jhonattan Vegas. UPDATE: With play completed, Berger trails 36-hole leader Brian Stuard by four.

Berger was one of 76 to get stranded on Friday. Prior to the horn ending play due to darkness, he got 13 holes in the books, including a first-nine 30 that featured an eagle-birdie-birdie run on holes 7-9. The Floridian parred 10-13 and was 6-under on the round and 7-under total at the suspension. He returned Saturday morning and played his final five holes in 1-under to post the low round in the clubhouse. In total, the second-year man carded seven par breakers -- six birds and one eagle-3 -- against a lone bogey at the par-3 17th and at last check, posted 5.208 strokes gained: tee-to-green.
Apr 30 - 10:07 AM

Bhavik Patel carded a 3-under-par 35-34=69 in the second round of the United Leasing Championship to reach the 36-hole mark at 10-under 134 and two-strokes clear of all chasers.

Patel remained blemish-free for the tournament at Victoria National GC, circling a birdie at the par-3 seventh hole and an eagle at the par-5 15th. The other 16 holes were negotiated at par. The putter cooled off from a 1.462 clip in round one to a 1.857 on Friday, but he did manage to up his GIR from 13 to 14. He will try and continue his bogey-free play in Saturday's third round.
Apr 30 - 9:28 AM



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