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Robert Allenby withdrew during his second round of The Greenbrier Classic due to issue with his sciatic nerve.

He called it quits after rolling in a birdie at the par-4 ninth hole to conclude his outward half. However, Allenby was 1-over-par on the day and 8-over through 27 holes. This is his eighth mid-tournament WD in 477 PGA TOUR starts and his second in his last seven (New Orleans, although he simply didn't finish his second round on Saturday morning after play was suspended the previous night). The Aussie started the week slotted 171st in the FedExCup standings with only one top 40 among seven paydays.
Jul 3 - 11:12 AM

James Morrison hung up a bogey-free 35-33=68 in round two of the Open de France and, at 3-under 139, is just one off the pace with 36 holes to play.

Morrison's name is becoming very familiar on leaderboards of late and last week he enjoyed a two-shot advantage through 54 holes at the BMW International Open in Germany before fading to T11 on Sunday. Today, last month's Open de Espana winner started with 11 straight pars before clustering birdies at 3, 4 and 6 to temporarily join the lead. Short game was key for Morrison on Friday as he put up 6-for-6 scrambling stats to keep a clean card. For now, he's just one behind clubhouse leader Rafa-Cabrera Bello and in position to make another title challenge.
Jul 3 - 8:50 AM

Francesco Molinari toured Le Golf National in 2-under-par 36-33=69 to post 3-under 138 at the midpoint.

The Italian is a two-time runner-up in this event and has put himself in position to challenge for the title again with a solid first 36 holes that leave him just a single stroke behind current halfway leader Rafa Cabrera-Bello. Molinari wobbled briefly today after following a birdie at 14 with bogeys at 15 and 17 but he got to work again on his second nine, circling par breakers at 1, 5 and 9. He's split 21 (of 28) fairways so far on the fast-running par 71 but hasn't scrambled as well as some of his leaderboard rivals so far (6-for-11). He started the week as the bookmakers' favorite and hasn't lost that position.
Jul 3 - 8:22 AM

With an up-and-down for par at his 19th hole of the day, Rafa Cabrera-Bello assumed the lead on day two of the Open de France.

After returning to the course this morning to complete a bogey-free 68 which put him in a four-way tie for the lead, the Spaniard advanced his score to 4-under 138 after following it up with a 1-under-par 34-36=70 in round two. That put him a shot clear of Tyrrell Hatton, Jaco Van Zyl, James Morrison, Daniel Brooks and Francesco Molinari. RCB now has an immediate shot at converting another halfway lead after he failed to do so (finished T11) when two clear after 36 holes of last week's BMW International Open. Today he suffered his first bogeys so far, dropping shots at 11, 5 and 7 but birdies at 14, 17, 6 and 8 allowed him to break par for the second day running at the testing Le Golf National which will host the 2018 Ryder Cup. So far, Cabrera-Bello has split just 13 of 28 fairways but he's kept his score intact by going 8-for-10 in scrambling.
Jul 3 - 8:09 AM

With a 5-under-par 33-33=66, Daniel Brooks ended a run of 13 missed cuts to enjoy a piece of the clubhouse lead on day two of the Open de France.

That highly impressive 18 on a sun-baked and fiery Le Golf National lifted the Englishman to 3-under 139 at the midpoint alongside Tyrrell Hatton, Jaco Van Zyl, James Morrison and Francesco Molinari before the leading quintet were usurped by Rafa Cabrera-Bello, who came in with a 70 to post 4-under. Brooks bogeyed No. 2 but reeled off three straight birdies after that and circled another at the 9th. He made a big leap forward with an eagle-2 at the par-4 10th and then mixed two birdies and two bogeys coming home. To say this came out of the blue is an understatement. Brooks hasn't cashed since the first week of February when he was T47 at the Dubai Desert Classic. He's also missed all three of his previous cuts at this venue. The explanation would appear to lie in a hot putter as the 28-year-old needed just 23 swishes of the blade today.
Jul 3 - 7:55 AM

Jaco Van Zyl dropped three shots at the final two holes to fall back into a tie for the clubhouse lead at the Open de France.

The South African became the first player this week to hit 6-under after a rush of four birdies in five holes from the 9th at Le Golf National. But he had to settle for an even-par 36-35=71 and a halfway total of 3-under 139 after bogeying 17 and taking a double bogey-6 at the last. For now, he shares the lead in the clubhouse with Tyrrell Hatton, James Morrison, Daniel Brooks and Francesco Molinari. The South African was a perfect 6-for-6 in scrambling in his opening 68 but his short game failed to come to the rescue on Friday as he got up and down just once in five attempts after hitting 13 greens in regulation.
Jul 3 - 7:40 AM

Tyrrell Hatton crafted a 34-34=68 in round two of the Open de France and shares the clubhouse lead with four others at 3-under 139.

Hatton ended each nine with a bogey but found birdies at five other holes. They came at 10 and 17 and then in a flurry on his second nine at 3, 5 and 6. Hatton split 9 (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation and is currently tied for the clubhouse lead alongside Jaco Van Zyl, James Morrison, Daniel Brooks and Francesco Molinari. The young Englishman missed the cut on his debut at Le Golf National last year but has found a way to play the course this time. A fourth place in last month's Irish Open was his third top 10 of the season.
Jul 3 - 7:32 AM

Rafa Cabrera-Bello was part of a four-way tie for the lead when the first round of the Alstom Open de France was completed on Friday morning.

The Spaniard was one of 42 players who had to return to Le Golf National to finish off after storms had disrupted play on Thursday and he safely made par at 18 to card a 3-under-par 34-34=68 and join Frenchman Victor Dubuisson, Austrian Bernd Wiesberger and South African Jaco Van Zyl at the top of the pile. Cabrera-Bello, who also had a share of the first-round lead at last week's BMW International in Germany, was bogey free on his opening lap after going 5-for-5 in scrambling. He picked up his birdies at 3, 4 and 15. Maximilian Kieffer was the leader at 4-under when storms halted play on Thursday evening but on his return this morning he dropped three shots in his final two holes to slip back to 1-under. Round two started as scheduled at 07:30 local time.
Jul 3 - 4:20 AM

With a 7-under-par 33-31=64 in his first round of the Nova Scotia Open, Andrew Landry will sleep on outright possession of the lead.

The 27-year-old won in Colombia earlier this season, but he's struggled considerably of late. A T42 in last week's Air Capital Classic ended an 0-for-4 slide, but he's still 12th on the money list. Today at Ashburn Golf Club's New Course in Halifax, Landry piped 13 (of 14) fairways, hit 14 greens in regulation and led the field in putts per GIR (1.429). He co-leads the field in both eagles (one) and birdies (seven).
Jul 2 - 6:57 PM

Kevin Chappell recorded a bogey-free, 5-under-par 32-33=65 in today's opening round of The Greenbrier Classic, finishing three shots off the overnight lead.

Chappell has climbed 37 spots to 103rd in the FedExCup standings since connecting five paydays dating back to the Wells Fargo Championship. Three were the result of top 25s, so he's been dialing in. He went 4-for-4 in scrambling at The Old White TPC today and corralled five birdies, including respective conversions from 19'10", 24'7" and 14'1" at Nos. 4, 16 and 18. Chappell's longest par save found the target from 13'5" at the 11th hole where he missed the fairway and green on the slight dogleg-left par 4. He was the last of 11 golfers to complete 18 holes inside the top 10 on the leaderboard.
Jul 2 - 6:48 PM

Ángel Cabrera opened his title defense of The Greenbrier Classic with a 1-over-par 34-37=71.

Cabrera wasted no time in filling his own shoes early with a birdie from just inside 21 feet at the par-4 first hole. However, he'd go on to square two bogeys and a double to wipe away a total of three birdies on the round. He split 10 (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation but ranked 152nd in the field of 156 at last check in strokes gained: putting.
Jul 2 - 6:19 PM

Danny Lee crafted a bogey-free, 7-under-par 31-32=63 in today's opening round of The Greenbrier Classic and sits just one strokes off Scott Langley's overnight lead.

Lee is making his PGA TOUR-leading 27th start this week. The travel hasn't affected him negatively as he's fresh off his eighth top 25 of the season (T25, Travelers) and sits 57th in the FedExCup standings. At The Old White TPC today, the 24-year-old hit 15 greens in regulation and found seven birdies, including a pair from 11-14 feet. At last check, he led the field in strokes gained: tee-to-green with a clip of 4.750. His aggregate matches his career low first established at Pebble Beach in the first round of the annual stop on the Monterey Peninsula.
Jul 2 - 6:13 PM

Bubba Watson opened his bid for victories in consecutive weeks with a 3-under-par 32-35=67 in today's first round of The Greenbrier Classic.

Watson opened birdie-par-birdie at The Old White TPC, the second birdie falling in from 17 feet at the par-3 third hole. He'd then bracket a bogey at the par-4 10th with six birdies on each side before walking off with birdies at 17 and 18. Positioned five strokes off the clubhouse lead, the lefty can't complain given he landed only 11 greens in regulation today. Billy Horschel is the last golfer to win back-to-back events (2014 BMW Championship and TOUR Championship).
Jul 2 - 6:03 PM

Kevin Na hung up a 5-under-par 32-33=65 for his opening round of The Greenbrier Classic, finishing three strokes off the clubhouse lead.

While he missed the cut at last week's Travelers Championship, at least Na enjoyed a couple of extra days of rest. He survived the grind of the U.S. Open even though a T46 at Chambers Bay was his first finish outside a top 20 in a stroke-play start since late February. Today at The Old White TPC, he sandwiches a lone bogey at the par-4 ninth hole with six birdies. Three of his conventional conversions disappeared from outside 11 feet, including a beauty from 44'2" at the par-3 15th hole. Na also converted for birdie from off the green 13 yards away at the par-4 13th. It was a fine performance overall given he hit only 11 greens in regulation.
Jul 2 - 5:41 PM

Chad Collins carded a 5-under-par 32-33=65 in today's opening round of The Greenbrier Classic, finishing just three shots off the clubhouse lead.

The PGA TOUR's leader in scrambling went 3-for-3 in the stat today, but couldn't avoid a bogey thanks to a three-putt on the wonderfully challenging green at the par-3 third hole. Elsewhere, he picked off six birdies, including conversions from 13'6" and 34'2" at Nos. 11 and 7, respectively. Today's red number ends a drought without one in a first round at five starts. Meanwhile, he has an active streak of seven straight under-par scores in second rounds. And despite cashing in 14 of 18 starts this season, Collins is 110th in the FedExCup standings without a top 10.
Jul 2 - 5:06 PM



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