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England's Toby Tree has the chance to post victory on just his fifth European Tour start after moving into T5 at the Tshwane Open in South Africa after hanging up a 5-under-par 31-34=65 in Saturday's third round.

The 21-year-old bogeyed the second and swallowed a double at the last but between those setbacks he played some superb golf to post 4-under 206 with 18 holes to play. Tree, who has cashed just once in his brief career at this level, birdied 4, 5 and 8 and then made a dramatic move with two eagles in four holes at Pretoria CC's only par fives (the 9th and 12th). He added another birdie at 15 before his disappointing finish at 18 which he's played in a combined 4-over so far this week. Tree is five shots behind leader Charl Schwartzel going into the final round.
Feb 13 - 10:12 AM

Overnight leader Anthony Michael had to settle for a 1-over-par 34-37=71 in Saturday's third round at the Tshwane Open although he's far from done yet.

Going from one in front to three behind wasn't what Michael had in mind but at 6-under 204 the South African youngster is still in the mix. In fact, only two players are above him, leader Charl Schwartzel at -9 and Zander Lombard at -8. Just as he did in round two, Michael started par-birdie-par-bogey-birdie but he wobbled on the back nine and played it in 2-over. He set off for home with a pair of bogeys at 10 and 11 and, after getting a shot back at 13, dropped another at the long par-4 18th to end a somewhat disappointing, but far from disastrous, penultimate lap of Pretoria CC.
Feb 13 - 10:01 AM

Despite a triple bogey-7 at the 7th hole in round three, Haydn Porteous kept his title hopes alive at the Tshwane Open after a 2-under-par 35-33=68 in Saturday's third round.

Porteous is already winner on the European Tour this year having secured his breakthrough success in last month's Joburg Open. He also posted T8 in more celebrated company in last week's Dubai Desert Classic and will go into the final round at Pretoria CC on Sunday in a tie for third spot and just three shots off the lead after landing at 6-under 204. The 21-year-old was cruising along nicely in round three after birdies at 4 and 5 before he came off the tracks with an ugly triple bogey at the short par-4 7th. Unperturbed, he rallied with birdies at 9, 10 and 11 and added another at 15 before dropping one at the last. Porteous was tied for the lead when winning in Joburg but will have to come from behind here. Not only that, the man at the top of the tree is Charl Schwartzel so his task will be that little bit harder.
Feb 13 - 9:49 AM

With the low round of the day, a 7-under-par 30-33=63, Zander Lombard moved to within a shot of the lead after three rounds of the Tshwane Open in South Africa.

Lombard's flawless lap of Pretoria CC took him to 8-under 202 with 18 holes to play. That represented a leap of 12 spots and means he'll play in the final group tomorrow with Charl Schwartzel, who he trails by just one after the leader bogeyed the final hole. Lombard has jumped to prominence in the early stages of this season, turning himself from a virtual unknown to one of the exciting players to look for after posting fourth in the Aussie PGA and finishing runner-up at the Joburg Open. Today, the 21-year-old needed just 30 swings to the turn after a burst of three birdies from the 6th followed by an eagle-3 at the 9th. He kept his foot down with further gains at 10 and 12 before parring his way to the clubhouse.
Feb 13 - 9:35 AM

Charl Schwartzel moved to the top of the leaderboard in the Tshwane Open at Pretoria CC after compiling a 4-under-par 32-34=66 in Saturday's third round.

This was the expectation after the pre-tournament betting favorite powered into contention with a 64 in round two. And Schwartzel delivered, picking off an eagle and three birdies to reach 9-under 201 after 54 holes. His lead is the minimum one though after a walk-off bogey cut his advantage to a single shot over fellow South African Zander Lombard. It's a further two strokes back to recent Joburg Open winner Haydn Porteous and third-round leader Anthony Michael. Schwartzel registered his first birdie of the day at No. 2 before making a decisive move with an eagle-3 at the 536-yard par-5 9th. He added another pair of birdies at 12 and 17 before dropping one at the last after a loose drive. The 2011 Masters winner, who will be chasing an 11th European Tour win on Sunday, hit 15 greens in regulation on Saturday.
Feb 13 - 9:26 AM

Ricky Barnes patched together a 2-under-par 35-35=70 in the second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am for a 36-hole total of 8-under 135, down two spots on the day to T8.

Barnes has just four podiums in 209 pro starts (no wins) and one came here (solo third) back in 2012. He sandwiched that with four missed cuts, including his last three straight. After opening in 6-under 65 on Monterey Peninsula CC's Shore Course, he chased with six birdies, one bogey and a triple bogey-7 at Pebble Beach Golf Links. The 35-year-old played his first six holes in birdie-birdie-triple-birdie-bogey-birdie before settling down to play his final 12 holes in bogey-free 2-under. He landed just 12 greens in regulation in R2, but posted a 1.583 mark in putts per GIR, including a missed birdie at the 18th from 5'0". The triple came at the par-4 third where he was in the fairway and 141 yards to the hole for his second, but landed in a greenside bunker and took five to get down from there.
Feb 12 - 8:12 PM

Defending champ Brandt Snedeker stalled out to an even-par 37-34=71 at the Monterey Peninsula CC on day two of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Snedeker began off No. 10 tee and went out in bogey-free 3-under before back-pedaling with a one birdie, two bogey and one double inward half. He's previously put up tournament scoring records here twice in his last three visits but in-between, had missed the scheduled 54-hole cut (low 60 and ties) in 2014. Sneds is more on the pace for the latter sitting T75 after two days (even-par 143) and heads to Pebble Beach GL for the third round. The 34-year-old has two-day totals of eight birdies, six bogeys and a double. He's a respectable T23 in greens in regulation (26/36), but his normally deadly flat stick is dragging down the party at 1.808 putts per GIR, T82 in the 156-man field.
Feb 12 - 7:45 PM

Stewart Cink cruised to a bogey-free, 4-under-par 34-34=68 at Spyglass Hill Golf Club, and currently sits at 6-under 138 through two rounds.

Cink's opening round was nothing to write home about as he offset two bogeys with four birdies to post 2-under at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Turning his attention to a difficult Spyglass Hill today, Cink got hot with the flat stick to sign for a blemish-free scorecard. Comparing his fairways hit and GIRs in round one vs round two, he split two fewer fairways today and landed just one more green in regulation. The difference was all in the putter for Cink who is making his first appearance at this event since 2000. Next, he'll head to Monterey Peninsula Country Club’s Shore Course for his third round tee time.
Feb 12 - 7:37 PM

Lucas Glover fired a 6-under-par 33-33=66 in the second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am for a two-day total of 5-under 139, up 84 places on the leaderboard to T21.

After a birdie-less 1-over 73 on day one at Pebble Beach Golf Links, Glover ripped off seven birdies against one bogey in round two and his 66 matched Mark Hubbard for low round of the day (and tourney) at Spyglass Hill GC. He circled those seven birdies on just 10 greens in regulation, registering a stellar 1.300 putts per GIR. The 36-year-old, who's never made the scheduled 54-hole cut here in four previous tries, heads to the easiest of the three-course rota for Saturday's third round at the par-71 Monterey Peninsula CC's Shore Course.
Feb 12 - 7:17 PM

Bill Haas steadied a bogey-free, 3-under-par 34-34=68 at Monterey Peninsula Country Club’s Shore Course in round two of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Haas tackled Spyglass Hill nicely in round one, tallying three birdies without surrendering any bogeys. That trend continued today at MPCC as he made the turn at even-par 34 before adding three circles on the back nine. The Wake Forest product ranks T18 in the field with 27 GIRs through 36 holes. So far so good for Haas who is making his first appearance at this event since 2006 and will take on the host course, Pebble Beach Golf Links, for the remainder for the tournament.
Feb 12 - 7:17 PM

Jonas Blixt bobbed and weaved to a 3-under-par 33-36=69 on day two of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am to post 7-under 136, up six places on the leaderboard to T10.

Blixt opened his third AT&T appearance with bogey-free 67 on the par-71 Monterey Peninsula CC's Shore Course. His second round on Pebble Beach Golf Links began off No. 10 tee and he exchanged one birdie with one bogey to turn even. After the break, the scorecard got way more colorful, registering just two pars over his final nine which featured five birdies against two bogeys. The 31-year-old played his last six holes in birdie-bogey-birdie-birdie-birdie-bogey. He split 10 (of 14) fairways and landed just 11 greens in regulation, but posted a tidy 2.083 in strokes gained: putting. All six of his birdies traveled less than 13 feet and his three bogeys were all failed scrambles.
Feb 12 - 7:00 PM

Jim Herman fashioned a 5-under-par 33-34=67 at Pebble Beach Golf Links to reach the midpoint of this week's AT&T Pro-Am at 7-under 136.

Herman managed the course well today, splitting 11 (of 14) fairways on his way to 12 greens in regulation. It wasn't all tee-to-green, as he gained 2.708 strokes with the flat stick, as well. Most notable was the 14'6" birdie blast on the par-4 11th hole. It was just one of his four putts rolled in from outside eight feet today. Herman climbed 29 spots on the day and will enter the weekend T10 and four shots off the co-leaders.
Feb 12 - 6:53 PM

Jason Day awoke to card a 5-under-par 35-31=66 in today's second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and posted a 36-hole tally of 6-under 137, up 52 spots on the live leaderboard to T13.

The Aussie was sleepwalking thru his first nine holes on the par-71 Monterey Peninsula CC's Shore Course outpacing one birdie with back-to-back bogeys at eight and nine to turn 1-over. He responded with a bogey-free 31 on his inward half circling birdies at Nos. 10, 12, 13 and 17, and tossing in an eagle at the par-5 16th for good measure. The World No. 3 played the three par 5s on the back nine in birdie-birdie-eagle, and quickly erased an indifferent 1-under 71 on day one at Spyglass Hill GC. The 28-year-old, who's making his seventh AT&T visit, heads to Saturday five adrift of 36-hole co-leaders Sung Kang and Hiroshi Iwata and tees it up in R3 at Pebble Beach Golf Links.
Feb 12 - 6:45 PM

Ryan Ruffels signed for a colorful 2-under-par 35-35=70 at Spyglass Hill Golf Club to reach the 36-hole mark at 7-under 137 and four strokes off the co-leaders.

The talented youngster avoided par in all but seven holes today. Starting on the par-4 10th hole, he scribbled down bogey-birdie-double bogey-par to keep things fresh. The Aussie got in a rhythm from here, circling birdies at the par-5 14th, par-4 16th, par-4 18th, and then again on the par-5 first hole. Through two rounds, Ruffels has split just 17 (of 28) fairways, ranking T122 in the field. On the flip side, he's doing a great job to recover and hit 26 greens in regulation (T24 in the field). Ruffels will take a crack at the easier Monterey Peninsula CC in his third round.
Feb 12 - 6:41 PM

Roberto Castro handed in a 2-under-par 37-33=70 after the second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am for a 36-hole aggregate of 8-under 136, three swings back of co-leaders Sung Kang and Hiroshi Iwata.

Castro's down one place on the live leaderboard to T7 after chasing bogey-free 6-under 66 on Pebble Beach Golf Links with today's five-birdie against three-bogey tour of Spyglass Hill GC. He went off No. 10 tee and played his first half in bogey-free 3-under circling birdies at Nos. 15, 17 and 18, before alternating birdie-bogey-birdie to begin his inward half. The 30-year-old, who's making his fifth AT&T appearance, squared back-to-backs at the par-3 fifth and the par-4 sixth to limp to the finish. He totaled 10 (of 14) fairways, 12 greens in regulation, and regressed to 1.667 putts per GIR from 1.538 on day one.
Feb 12 - 6:23 PM



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