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Sponsor invite and World No. 51 Martin Kaymer pieced together an even-par 34-36=70 in today's final round of The Honda Classic to conclude his fourth appearance on 7-under 273, down one spot into a six-way T4, five in arrears to champion Rickie Fowler.

After kicking off in 65-70-68, the 32-year-old began in a five-way T3 on 7-under, six back of 54-hole leader Fowler. Playing out of the third-to-last twosome, he striped 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation, gaining 2.162 strokes approaching-the-green. The German took 31 putts total and circled five birdies for 1.615 putts per GIR, but cancelled them with five bogeys, all failed scrambles, losing 0.687 strokes around-the-green. For the week, he tallied 17 birdies versus 10 bogeys en route to his first TOUR top 10 since T7 at the PGA Championship last July, and his first top 40 at PGA National (T44/2015).
Feb 26 - 7:49 PM

Sponsor invite and World No. 18 Tyrrell Hatton carved out a 2-over-par 38-34=72 in today's final round of The Honda Classic to wrap his tourney debut on 7-under 273, down two places into a six-way T4, five adrift of playing competitor and champion Rickie Fowler.

This was the 25-year-old's 12th career PGA TOUR event (11 pro) and third top 10, nipping a previous-best T5 at the 2016 Open Championship, where he was T13 thru 54 holes. After opening in 68-67-66, he began in solo 2nd on 9-under, four back of Fowler. The Englishman wobbled at the beginning, squaring three bogeys in his first seven holes and turning birdie-less 3-over. He finally got on the board with birdie-3 at 10, from 22'11" away in the left intermediate, before exchanging bogey-5 at 13 with a final birdie at the par-4 14th from 15'1". Hatton, a one-time winner on the European Tour in 91 career events, had a chance for one better, but missed birdie at 17 from 38 inches. Besides the new career mark on the U.S.-based circuit, he racked up his eighth straight top 25 worldwide, dating back to his win at the Dunhill Links in October.
Feb 26 - 7:28 PM

World No. 41 Gary Woodland handed in a 1-under-par 34-35=69 after the final round of The Honda Classic for a four-day tally of 8-under 272, up one spot to joint second, four shy of 54-hole leader and would-be-champ Rickie Fowler, and his eighth career runner-up in 182 events, second this season.

This was the 32-year-old's fifth Honda, second top 25 and second top 10 (T6/2011). After beginning 71-66-66, he kicked off in a five-way T3 on 7-under, six back of Fowler. Playing out of the third-to-last twosome, the Kansas alum striped 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation, gaining 2.439 strokes tee-to-green but just 0.006 approaching-the-green. He played his first half in 1-under, outpacing bogey-5 at nine (failed scramble) with birdies at Nos. 1 and 3, trimming Fowler's lead to two. Woodland circled the 11th from 16'3" and climbed within one after birdie-3 at 13, but stalled out from there, finishing with a 3-putt bogey at 17 (from 21'6") and a walk-off 6 at the par-5 18th after putting his second into the drink. For the week, he carded one eagle and 16 birdies against six bogeys and two doubles. It's his fifth top 25 this season in eight starts, fourth top 10, and second runner-up, joining solo 2nd at the OHL Classic in Nov., where he was the 54-hole leader
Feb 26 - 7:02 PM

World No. 394 Morgan Hoffmann styled a 2-under-par 35-33=68 in today's final round of The Honda Classic for a 72-hole tally of 8-under 272, up six places to a career-best T2, four back of champion and fellow Oklahoma State product Rickie Fowler.

This was the Jupiter, Florida, resident's 120th career start (119 pro) and supplants a pair of third-place finishes (T3, 2016 John Deere Classic; 3rd, 2014 BMW Championship). It's his fifth cash in 11 starts on the season, first inside the top 50 (T50, Sanderson Farms), and his first finish in the top 60 at PGA National after a T61 last year (75-65-72-75). After opening in 68-67-69, the 27-year-old began in a 12-way logjam on 6-under (T8), seven shy of 54-hole leader Fowler. He found seven (of 14) fairways and 10 greens in regulation, erasing a lone bogey-5 at six (failed scramble) with two conventional birdies at 11 and 12, from 24'5" and 35'6", respectively, adding a 42-yard hole out for birdie-3 at eight. For the week, the New Jersey native carded 18 birdies versus five bogeys, one double and one triple, and was the ONLY player to put all four in the 60s.
Feb 26 - 6:38 PM

Overnight leader and World No. 14 Rickie Fowler submitted a 1-over-par 37-34=71 after the final round of The Honda Classic to finish off his eighth appearance on 12-under 268, good for a 4-shot win over runners-up Morgan Hoffmann and Gary Woodland and his fourth PGA TOUR title in 179 career events (174 pro), first since the 2015 Deutsche Bank Championship 77 weeks and 29 starts ago.

After kicking off in 66-66-65, the Jupiter, Florida, resident began with a 4-shot lead over playing competitor Tyrrell Hatton, five clear of five players, including Woodland. He conjured seven (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, losing 2.086 strokes tee-to-green but gaining 2.929 with the flat stick. The 28-year-old went out in 2-over, outbalancing birdies at Nos. 3 and 8 (from 30 feet) with bogeys at 4 and 9 and double bogey-6 at six (tee ball in the water), trimming his margin to two. He got back into the red with circles at 12 (from 38'5"), 13 (23'2") and 16, before ending with a pair of bogeys. This is the Oklahoma State product's fifth top 25 and third top 10 at PGA National, eclipsing a previous-best T6 last year where he led by one at the midpoint. He improves to 1-for-5 as 54-hole leader/co-leader and bags his third top 10 of the season in four starts, joining a T6 at the WGC-HSBC and T4 in his last start three weeks ago at the Phoenix Open.
Feb 26 - 6:14 PM

World No. 96 and PGA TOUR rookie Wesley Bryan patched together an even-par 34-36=70 in today's final round of The Honda Classic to wrap his tourney debut on 7-under 273 (64-67-72-70), down one spot to T4 with play winding down.

The 26-year-old was making his 14th career start, 10th as a member, and arrived off a career-best T4 at last week's weather-plagued Genesis Open. He's right on that after erasing three birdies with one bogey and a double bogey-6 at 16, rinsing his second to the par 4. The South Carolina alum mustered just six (of 14) fairways and nine greens in regulation, losing 1.040 strokes approaching-the-green, but gaining 1.418 with the flat stick. For the week, he tallied 17 birdies against six bogeys and two doubles en route to his second top 25 and second top 10 in his maiden campaign -- and a possible second straight top-5 finish.
Feb 26 - 5:43 PM

World No. 167 Graham DeLaet conjured up an even-par 36-34=70 in the final round of The Honda Classic for a four-day total of 6-under 270, down two places on the live leaderboard to T10. UPDATE: With play completed, DeLaet finished in 10th-place, six shy of champion Rickie Fowler.

After opening in progressively worse laps of 66-68-70, the 35-year-old began in a 12-way logjam on 6-under (T8), seven in arrears to 54-hole leader Rickie Fowler. He circled three birdies at Nos. 3, 13 and 17, but cancelled them with bogeys at 6, 7 and 16, posting a pedestrian 1.833 putts per GIR and 0.148 SG: Putting. The Canadian split 12 (of 14) fairways and hit 12 greens in regulation, losing 0.678 strokes around-the-green, ending the week with 15 birdies against nine bogeys. This was his sixth Honda with a best and lone top-50 finish of T9/2013. It was the Boise State alum's eighth event of the season and will be a fourth top 25, possibly a third top 10 (T9, Phoenix Open; T8 Sanderson Farms).
Feb 26 - 5:26 PM

World No. 450 Chad Collins enjoyed a 1-under-par 36-33=69 in the final round of The Honda Classic to conclude on 7-under 273 (70-67-67-69), up three spots on the live leaderboard to T5. UPDATE: With play completed, Collins finished in a six-way T4, five adrift of 54-hole leader and would-be-champ Rickie Fowler.

This was the 38-year-old's eighth appearance and third cash, easily supplanting a previous-best T56 in 2010. It's only his third deposit this season in 10 starts, and first finish inside the top 50 (T50, Sanderson Farms). The Indiana native and resident should hang on for a top-10 finish, his seventh in 164 career starts and first since a career-best solo 3rd at the Valero Texas Open last April. For the week, he carded one eagle and 15 birdies, versus six bogeys and two doubles. In the finale, he outpaced one square with two circles on just nine greens in regulation, but posted 0.964 SG: Putting in R4, the current leader in the latter with a cumulative 7.708.
Feb 26 - 5:07 PM

World No. 16 Paul Casey orchestrated an even-par 36-34=70 in today's final round of The Honda Classic to post 5-under 275, up eight places to T12 with play still in progress.

After opening in 68-70-67, the 39-year-old began on 5-under (T20), eight back of 54-hole leader Rickie Fowler but just one adrift of 19 players in the overnight top 10. He circled two birdies at Nos. 10 and 15, from 20'9" and 6'7", respectively, cancelling them with bogeys at 2 and a walk-off 6 after hitting his second to the par 5 into the water. The Englishman found nine (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, gaining 1.666 strokes tee-to-green, the current leader in the latter with a cumulative 12.603. He was 70th (last) however, in putts per GIR at 1.917 and 69th in SG: Putting at -5.288. This was his eighth appearance and will be a fourth top 25, possibly a third top 10, joining T4/2010 and T3/2015.
Feb 26 - 4:52 PM

World No. 75 Billy Horschel bogeyed the par-5 18th to end on a sour note, but otherwise carded a 2-under-par 34-34=68 to round off his sixth Honda Classic on 7-under 273, up 14 spots to T6 and tying Jhonattan Vegas for the 72-hole clubhouse lead. UPDATE: With play completed, Horschel finished in a six-way T4, five back of champion Rickie Fowler.

After kicking off with progressively better laps of 70-68-67, the 30-year-old began on 5-under T20, eight back of 54-hole leader Rickie Fowler but just one shy of the overnight top 10. Other than the walk-off 6 after watering his second, he dropped one at the par-4 ninth (failed scramble), overshadowed by three conventional birdies at Nos. 4 (from 17'2"), 7 and 12, adding a 13-footer from the fringe at the par-3 seventh. This was the Floridian's sixth appearance, improving to 3-for-6, and appears to be a second top 10, joining T8 last year (73-70-66-69). It was his eighth start of the season and if the top 10 holds, will be his second, augmenting a P2 at The RSM Classic.
Feb 26 - 4:25 PM

World No. 7 and defending champ Adam Scott wrapped up his sixth Honda Classic with a 2-under-par 34-34=68 and a four-day total of 4-under 276, up 23 places on the live leaderboard to T16.

After opening in 68-69-71, the top-ranked player -- and pre-tourney fave outright -- began T39 on 2-under, 11 back of 54-hole leader Rickie Fowler. He landed nine (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, gaining 5.086 strokes tee-to-green. The 36-year-old squared bogey-5s at eight and 11, whiffing a par-saver from 36 inches at the former, offset by birdies at 3, 4, 10 and 18, all from inside of 12 feet. He missed three birdie tries from inside of nine feet, contributing to -1.318 SG: Putting, but did enough to post his eighth straight top-25 finish worldwide, fourth straight on the PGA TOUR.
Feb 26 - 3:45 PM

Playing this season on a Major Medical Extension, World No. 424 Nick Watney crafted a 5-under-par 33-32=65 in the final round of The Honda Classic to reach 4-under 276, up 43 spots to T16 with play still in progress.

This was the 35-year-old's fifth appearance and improves to 5-for-5. He's right on his previous-best finish of T17 in 2005, across PGA Blvd. at the CC of Mirasol (Sunset). After kicking off in 71-67-73, he began buried down the leaderboard on 1-over (T59), but got back into the red for the week with seven birdies on 12 (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation. The Fresno State alum squared bogeys at 2 and 15, both after water balls, but camouflaged them with circles on holes 1 (from 13'2"), 5 (23'7"), 8, 10 (pitch in from 48'4"), 11, 13 and 14, posting 1.538 putts per GIR and 3.927 SG: Putting. This was his seventh start of the season and second top 25, joining a T14 at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
Feb 26 - 3:34 PM

World No. 68 Jhonattan Vegas aced the 179-yard par-3 15th (video link below) en route to a season-low 6-under-par 32-32=64 in the final round of The Honda Classic to finish off his fifth appearance on 7-under 273, up 45 places on the live leaderboard to T5, and tying the low round of the week with three others. UPDATE: With play completed, Vegas finished in a six-way T4, five shy of champion Rickie Fowler.

This was the 32-year-old's 18th lap at PGA National and eclipses a previous-best 66 (x2). He carded those in rounds 2 and 3 of the 2014 edition, sandwiched between 70 and 74 for T12, a lone top 25 before today. After opening in 67-73-69, the Venezuelan began T50 on 1-under, 12 back of 54-hole leader Rickie Fowler and five off the overnight top 10. He striped 13 (of 14) fairways and pelted 15 greens in regulation, gaining 2.108 strokes off-the-tee, currently pacing the field in the latter with a cumulative 5.834. The Texas resident sandwiched a lone bogey-5 at 14 with birdie at the par-4 13th (from 16'3") and the ace. His other four circles came at Nos. 1, 3, 7 and 18. Vegas' 64 is a season best (in nine starts), nipping 65 (x2) and is an eighth straight cash, arriving off T15 at last week's Genesis Open. If the top 10 holds, it'll be his second, joining T10 at the OHL Classic.
Feb 26 - 2:51 PM

According to Golf Channel's Ryan Lavner, newly demoted World No. 2 Jason Day is out of next week's World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship with a double ear infection and flu.

This is bad news for the tournament's debut (formerly WGC-Cadillac) but timely news for gamers. The 29-year-old lost his No. 1-ranking with T64 at last week's weather-plagued Genesis Open, yielding to tournament winner Dustin Johnson. He was scheduled to make his seventh appearance in the second WGC event of the season, but had never finished inside the top 20 at Trump National Doral; and he's never played the first WGC event of the season (HSBC Champions). Expect to see the Aussie back Mar. 16th for the Arnold Palmer Invitational or Mar. 22nd at the WGC-Dell Match Play, where he's the defending champ in both.
Feb 26 - 10:26 AM

Pre-tourney betting favorite Brandon Stone crafted a 5-under-par 34-33=67 in his third and final round in the Joburg Open at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club, rising 10 spots on the leaderboard to finish T4 with 13-under 202.

Stone, along with gamers and those who'd had a wager on him, will probably regret the bad weather that reduced this tournament to 54 holes. He played his final 36 in 12-under which was two less than anyone else so another 18 and he may have caught the leaders. He eventually finished just two strokes behind South African compatriot Darren Fichardt after posting seven birdies against two bogeys on the East Course today. Stone opened his account with par breakers at 1 and 5 but swallowed a bogey-6 at 6. He connected three straight from Nos. 8-10 and had plenty of opportunities after that before dropping another shot at 16 to eliminate any outside hopes of victory. Birdies at 17 and 18 lifted him into the top five and completed another good week for a player ranked 69th in the world and rising fast.
Feb 26 - 10:20 AM



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