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An MRI scan revealed bad news for Rory McIlroy's rib, leading to his withdraw from this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and leaves his short-term schedule up in the air.

McIlroy mentioned a back injury last week when he was playing at the BMW South African Open. The fact that he injured his back early in the week and still finished second place in the event had many assuming this was a small tweak. The MRI scan revealed otherwise, showing the injury was actually a stress fracture in his ribs. In his full statement to the European Tour, McIlroy said, "In situations like this you simply have to listen to the experts and the team I have consulted have all advised me to rest until my rib has fully recovered." The Northern Irishman was really motivated to do well this week in Abu Dhabi as he continues his climb back toward World No. 1, but that journey will have to wait until the rib is healed. There is no timetable for his return at this time.
Jan 16 - 2:58 PM

Past champ Jhonattan Vegas makes his way back to PGA WEST for a seventh appearance at this week's CareerBuilder Challenge.

Vegas hoisted the trophy here back in 2011, but a lot has changed since then. First of all, the format has changed from five rounds down to a more traditional four. Also, only one course (La Quinta CC) remains in the rota, as Vegas won this event when it was played at Silver Rock, Nicklaus Private, La Quinta, and Palmer Private. The change in venues have not been kind to Vegas as he's posted a 1-for-5 record here since the 2011 victory, the lone cut made being an 84th place finish in 2014. On the bright side, the Venezuelan arrives off a season that saw him finish a career-best 29th in the FedExCup standings. Perhaps that rejuvenated play will also help him revive the form here in La Quinta, California.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jan 16 - 2:46 PM

Charlie Beljan has been out of action for nine months but looks primed for a return at this week's CareerBuilder Challenge in La Quinta, California.

The big hitter opened the 2015-16 campaign with an 0-for-9 record that included a pair of WDs. The last withdraw came in early April at the Shell Houston Open and he's been out of action since. Assuming he stays committed this week, he'll use his first of 12 available starts on a Major Medical, needing to earn $706,730 or 454.6 FedExCup Points to regain full status. Given the long injury layoff, gamers can safely avoid rostering Beljan until he shows any sign of regained form.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jan 16 - 2:15 PM

NCAA champion Aaron Wise will make his seventh career PGA TOUR start as he readies for this week's CareerBuilder Challenge in La Quinta, California.

Wise went 2-for-3 during the fall schedule, including a T10 at the Shriners which allowed him entry into the OHL Classic without burning one of his seven allotted sponsor's invite. He will be using one of those invites this week as he takes his first stab at the three-course rota at PGA WEST. The Oregon product already has a professional win under his belt (2016 Syncrude Oil Country Championship; Mackenzie Tour) but he's still fighting for PGA TOUR status. The talent and motivation are certainly there for Wise, so gamers should give him a long look in weekly fantasy formats.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jan 16 - 2:07 PM

World No. 51 Kevin Kisner styled a bogey-free 5-under-par 32-33=65 in the final round of the Sony Open in Hawaii to polish off his sixth appearance on 18-under 262, up two places into a two-way T4, nine in arrears to overnight leader and champion Justin Thomas.

The 32-year-old, fresh off a career-low 60, was blemish-free for a second straight lap and overall, played his final 39 holes in bogey-free 18-under. He was one (of 13) players to make the 36-hole cut on the number, jumping 66 spots over his final two rounds. The South Carolinian records his second straight top 10 at Waialae CC (T5/2016), his best finish on TOUR since then, and his first top 10 since closing last year's regular season with a T10 at the Wyndham. For the week, the Georgia alum circled 23 birdies and one eagle against seven bogeys and posted rounds of 70-67-60-65. He was T35 in greens in regulation at 72.22 percent (52/72), but was No. 1 in SG: Around-the-Green at 5.546.
Jan 16 - 12:25 AM

World No. 100 Jamie Lovemark rode two eagle-3s to a 5-under-par 33-32=65 in the final round of the Sony Open in Hawaii to finish off his fourth appearance on 18-under 262, up two spots into a two-way T4, nine adrift of champion Justin Thomas.

After beginning his Sony career with two missed cuts (2011, 2014), the So. Cal product has posted consecutive top 10s (T5/2016). He's also bagged two straight top-10 finishes on TOUR, entering the week off a T6 at The RSM Classic. The 28-year-old, who celebrates his birthday on Jan. 23rd, began the final frame in a three-way T6 on 13-under, nine back of Thomas. Playing out of the penultimate threesome, he squared bogey-5s on holes 1 and 16, but offset them with three birdie-3s and eagles on both of the par 5s, a 16-footer at the ninth, and a walk-off from 10 inches after stiffing his approach from 218 yards. For the week, the California native had two eagles and 18 birdies against four bogeys and posted rounds of 64-68-65-65.
Jan 16 - 12:12 AM

World No. 50 Gary Woodland carved out a 3-under-par 35-32=67 in the final round of the Sony Open in Hawaii to wrap up his fifth appearance on 17-under 263, down three spots into a two-way T6, 10 back of overnight leader and champion Justin Thomas.

The 32-year-old began R4 in a three-way T3 on 14-under, eight adrift. Playing out of the penultimate threesome, he sleepwalked to an even-par first half, exchanging an opening birdie-3 from 16'10" with a one-putt bogey-6 at the ninth after hitting his tee shot OB. In between, the Kansas alum only had one scoring chance from inside of 26 feet, a missed 10-footer at the par-4 third. He came home in bogey-free 3-under, with birdies at 10 and 14,, both from inside of 10 feet, and a two-putt version at the par-5 18th after whiffing an eagle try from 8'9". Woodland also missed a 9-footer for birdie at 16. He was solo 2nd thru 36 holes after opening in 64-64, but closed in 68-67. This is his second top 10 of the season in four starts, joining a runner-up at the OHL Classic, where he was the 54-hole leader.
Jan 15 - 11:50 PM

Past champ and World No. 38 Zach Johnson backed up with a 2-under-par 33-35=68 in today's final round of the Sony Open in Hawaii to finish up his 12th appearance on 17-under 263, down four spots into a two-way T6, 10 shy of overnight leader and champion Justin Thomas.

The 2009 champ began the final round in solo 2nd, seven adrift of playing competitor Thomas. After an opening bogey-5 at the first (failed sand save), which ended a blemish-free run at 38 holes, he made the turn on 2-under, still T2, circling birdies on Nos. 2, 7 and 9 (from 15'2"). The Iowa native, who mustered just 11 greens in regulation, squandered shots at 10 and 13, also failed sand saves, before rebounding with back-to-back birdies on 14 and 15, the latter from 20'8". He missed birdie tries from inside of 12 feet at 16 and 18, but did knock in a par-saver earlier at the sixth from 21'11" to avoid further damage. This is Johnson's first top 10 of the season after a missed cut at the RSM, and first since T10 at the WGC-Bridgestone last July.
Jan 15 - 11:31 PM

World No. 16 Justin Rose twirled a 6-under-par 32-32=64 in the final round of the Sony Open in Hawaii for a four-day tally of 20-under 260, good for solo 2nd, seven adrift of overnight leader and champion Justin Thomas.

The 36-year-old fulfilled the new TOUR requirement to add a tourney that he hadn't played in the last four years, and he's glad he did. This was his fifth Sony, first since T13 in 2011, and supplants a previous-best T12 in 2010, where he also closed in 64. The Englishman, who was making his first start of the season, began R4 in a three-way T3 on 14-under, eight shy of playing competitor Thomas. He squared a lone bogey-4 at 11 (failed scramble), but silenced it with six conventional birdies at Nos. 3, 4, 8 (14'4"), 10, 16 and 18, adding a 47-footer from off the green at the par-4 15th (using the flat stick). For the week, Rose carded 25 birdies versus five bogeys and posted rounds of 66-64-66-64. It's his 10th runner-up in 288 career events, first since T2 at the 2015 TOUR Championship.
Jan 15 - 10:50 PM

First- second- and third-round leader Justin Thomas spun a 5-under-par 34-31=65 in today's final round of the Sony Open in Hawaii to finish off his third appearance on 27-under 253, good for a 7-shot win over Justin Rose, his fourth PGA TOUR title in his 74th career start (70 pro), and setting a new 72-hole aggregate scoring record on TOUR by one stroke.

The 23-year-old moved to a career-best 12th in OWGR with his 3-shot win last week at the SBS TOC, and bumps to No. 8 with his wire-to-wire masterpiece at Waialae CC -- the first player to complete the Aloha double since 2003 (Ernie Els). Along with his 3-shot win at the CIMB Classic (for back-to-back wins in Malaysia), this is his third win of the season in five starts and assumes the FedExCup lead. The Kentuckian, who led by 7 entering R4, opened the week with a hole-out eagle-2 en route to a course-record career-low 59 and chased with 64-65-65, setting or matching several records along the way. For the week, he tallied three eagles and 26 birdies versus five bogeys for 20.238 in SG: Total. Thomas has been tied or atop the leaderboard after each of the last seven rounds on TOUR.
Jan 15 - 10:26 PM

Top-ranked and pre-tourney fave Jordan Spieth painted a 7-under-par 33-30=63 in the final round of the Sony Open in Hawaii to wrap his second appearance (MC/2014) on 19-under 261, currently T2 on the leaderboard. UPDATE: With play completed, Spieth finished up six places in solo 3rd, eight shy of champion Justin Thomas.

The OWGR No. 5 closed out last week's defense on Maui -- his first start of the season -- with a bogey-free 8-under 65 to back-door a T3, and is up seven places on today's lap. He began the finale in solo 9th, 10 back of Thomas. The 23-year-old birdied three straight two times, on holes 1-3, and on 10-12, adding circles on 16 and 18. His lone dropped shot was a one-putt bogey-4 at the fourth from 17'9". For the week, the Texan circled 24 birdies versus five bogeys and posted rounds of 65-67-66-63. He was No. 1 in SG: Approach-the-Green at 10.362, but 53rd in SG: Putting (0.268), including 3.367 in R4, and 59th in SG: Around-the-Green (-1.239).
Jan 15 - 10:01 PM

World No. 104 Charles Howell III authored a 5-under-par 34-31=65 in the final round of the Sony Open in Hawaii to reach 16-under 264, up four places to T6 with play still in progress.

After opening in 65-66, the 37-year-old improved to 16-for-16 at Waialae CC. He tacked on a three-birdie one-bogey 68 to begin the final frame in a six-way logjam on 11-under (T10). The Augusta, Georgia, native landed nine (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, recording 4.239 SG: Tee-to-Green, but -0.991 SG: Putting. He squared a lone bogey-4 at the fourth but erased it with birdies on Nos. 7, 9, 11, 12, 14 and 18. Five of the six dropped from inside of nine feet, adding a 21-footer from off the green at the par-3 11th. This will be CH3's ninth top 10 at the Sony, first since T8 in 2014, and second of the season in six starts (T7, OHL Classic).
Jan 15 - 9:43 PM

World No. 89 Jim Herman rallied for a 5-under-par 33-32=65 in today's final round of the Sony Open in Hawaii to conclude on 15-under 265, currently T9 on the leaderboard. UPDATE: With play completed, Herman finished in 10th place, 12 shy of champion Justin Thomas.

This was the 39-year-old's sixth appearance and first time finishing 72 holes. His previous best was T57 in 2011, when he opened in 69-69, but due to significant weather delays, only 56 players made the 36-hole cut. The Ohio native closed out the fall portion with a T13 at the RSM and arrived off a T12 last week on Maui in his SBS TOC debut. He opened with 66-67-67 to begin the final round on 10-under (T16). Herman was 2-over thru four holes with bogeys at Nos. 1 and 4, but played his final 14 holes in blemish-free 7-under, highlighted by a walk-off eagle at the par-5 18th from 28'5". If the top 10 holds, it'll be his first of the season in six starts and first since his breakthrough win at the Houston Open last April.
Jan 15 - 9:25 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, World No. 140 Chez Reavie twirled a career-tying-low 9-under-par 33-28=61 in the final round of the Sony Open in Hawaii to finish up his seventh appearance on 16-under 264, up 42 spots on the live leaderboard to T6 and good for the low round in the clubhouse. UPDATE: With play completed, Reavie's 61 was the low round of the day and finished in a two-way T8, 11 back of champion Justin Thomas.

This is the 35-year-old's third 61 on TOUR in 659 career rounds, second of the season. Ten weeks ago, he opened the Shriners with 5-over 76 before going 15 shots better in R2, eventually finishing T24. After opening in 67-67-69, the Arizona State product kicked off with birdies at 10 (from 22'1") and 11, went back-to-back at 14 and 15, and then aced the par-3 17th with a 6-iron from 197 yards (video link below). The Kansas native birdied the par-5 18th to turn 7-under and the 59 watch was on. He added another set of back-to-backs at 2 (26'4") and 3, to move to 9-under thru 12 holes, but a failed sand save led to bogey-5 at the sixth, derailing his momentum. Reavie, who arrived off a T4 (OHL Classic), wrapped with a 9'7" birdie at the par-5 ninth.
Jan 15 - 9:08 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, World No. 87 Sean O'Hair carded a 6-under-par 32-32=64 in today's final round of the Sony Open in Hawaii to post 14-under 266, up 27 places to 11th-place with play still in progress.

The 34-year-old was making his 10th appearance with a T2 in 2012 his lone top 10, one of five career runner-up finishes in 311 career events. He chased 66-69-67 with today's seven-birdie one-bogey showing, his 64 a personal best at Waialae CC in his 33rd career lap, previously 65/R1 last year. It's also the Texan's eighth straight round in the 60s early in the season, following 67-66-69-68 in his last start at the Shriners (T10). For the week, he tallied 19 birdies versus five bogeys and is currently No. 2 in greens in regulation at 86.11 percent (62/72).
Jan 15 - 8:37 PM



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