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Bernd Wiesberger cruised to a third round 3-under-par 36-33=69 at Topwin Golf & CC; he heads into the final lap T5 on 10-under 206 in the Volvo China Open, nine shots back of the leader Dylan Frittelli.

The Austrian has not quite hit the heights he did last week, when claiming the Shenzhen International title, but this has been a superb week nonetheless - and entirely typical of a golfer who is seeking a tenth top seven finish in 12 starts on the European Tour. That said, his third lap was an up and down affair. He dropped early shots at 4 and 7, before getting both back in one hole with a second eagle-3 of the week at the 558-yard par-5 8th hole. He ticked red at 10 and 12, but gave a shot back at No. 13. Again he took two steps forward (red at 14 and 15), again he took one back (at 17). But he closed with a final birdie at the 18th and a distant hope of back-to-back wins remains heading into the final day.
Apr 29 - 5:40 AM

Chris Wood caroused his way to solo fourth in the Volvo China Open, carding a third round 7-under-par 30-35=65 for a 54-hole total of 11-under 205.

The Englishman was electric Saturday as he moved 23 places up the leaderboard, but he will start the final round no less than eight shots back of the leader Dylan Frittelli who has scorched the Topwin Golf & CC track for the last 36 holes. Wood's third lap started in spectacular style as he ticked seven of the first 11 holes. He made birdies at 1, 4 and 11, but circled four-in-four at 6, 7, 8 and 9. Late in the day he also broke par at the 15th, but gave the shot back at the 17th. The 65 equals his best round to par in China, a 63 he closed the 2012 Hong Kong Open with. He last went this low in round four of the DP World Tour Championship in November.
Apr 29 - 5:33 AM

Alexander Levy had to overcome a horror start to this third round to card 1-under-par 37-34=71, good for a total of 12-under 204, four back of second and seven behind the runaway leader Dylan Frittelli in the 2017 Volvo China Open at Topwin Golf & CC.

The Frenchman had made two birdie-4s at the 616-yard par-5 fourth hole on Thursday and Friday, but it all went horribly wrong on Saturday when he made a double bogey-7 there. From that point he was fighting to recover his situation rather than take advantage of the conditions, as Frittelli was able to. Levy ticked 8, 11 and 15 to end the day in red, but will be disappointed that after his stunning 9-under start to the week he has become becalmed, whilst Frittelli and Pablo Larrazabal (in second) have swept by him. However he is continuing to revel in Chinese conditions and will chase a fourth top five finish in 12 starts there on Sunday.
Apr 29 - 5:24 AM

Pablo Larrazábal has bested most of the field at the Volvo China Open through 54-holes, but the leader Dylan Frittelli has bested him; Larrazabal's 2-under-par 37-33=70 gives him a total of 16-under 200 at Topwin Golf & CC.

The Spaniard heads into the final round four swings clear of third-placed Alexander Levy so can feel a little cheated that his excellence leaves him so adrift of the leader. But whilst he torched the first 36 holes, Frittelli has taken up the reins since Thursday evening. Larrazábal made just one bogey through 36 holes, but crucially added three in the third round. They came at 4, 7 and 16. He ticked red at 2, 10, 11 and 12, then made a final birdie at the 18th to cling to the coat-tails of the leader. He overcame a two-shot deficit to win the 2011 BMW International Open so will not be afraid of the Sunday challenge. He will also be aware that Frittelli must be due a flat patch and that the South African will also be chasing a breakthrough result on the European Tour.
Apr 29 - 5:17 AM

Dylan Frittelli scorched Topwin Golf & CC, carding a third round 8-under-par 32-32=64; his 54-hole total of 19-under 197 gives him a three-shot lead over Pablo Larrazabal at the Volvo China Open.

The South African is yet to win on the European Tour but he is 17-under through his last 36 holes in Beijing - a stunning stretch of golf that has split the field. Only Larrazabal in second has come close to equaling it; Alexander Levy, in solo third, is seven adrift of Frittelli on 12-under. The South African leader made four birdies on each nine. There were ticks at 4, 6, 7 and 8 on the front, then 11, 12, 15 and 18 on his return to the clubhouse. It was a commanding performance Saturday, giving him a first solo 54-hole lead on the European Tour; he had a share of the lead in the 2015 Australian PGA Championship, finishing T2. He also held a four shot lead in the Challenge Tour's 2013 Karnten Open and converted the win, but that effort will pale set against this victory should he prevail Sunday. T5 last week in the Shenzhen International he has not only maintained that form, but brutally improved on it thus far.
Apr 29 - 5:09 AM

Overnight co-leaders Kyle Stanley and Ryan Ruffels handed in a 6-under-par 32-34=66 after the second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to post 12-under 132, down four places to T5, three shy of 36-hole leaders Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith.

The pairing opened with 66 in alternate shot, co-leading with Jordan Spieth and Ryan Palmer, who coincidentally, also carded another 66 in four-ball action. Stanley kicked off the scoring in R2 with back-to-back birdies at Nos. 2 and 3, the latter from 17'8", and dropped in a third for the good from 12'5" at the par-4 fifth. Their lone drop came at the par-4 sixth, with both players failing to get up and down, with Ruffels getting on the board with a 2-putt birdie at the par-5 seventh and birdie-3 at eight (from 4'3"). On holes 9-14, Stanley's score only counted one time, a par 5 at the 11th, but Ruffels steadied pars at 10, 13 and 14, adding birdie-3 at the par-4 13th after nearly driving the green. Stanley finished the day with a walk-off 4 at the par-5 18th from 30'8".
Apr 28 - 8:14 PM

Auburn Tiger products Jason Dufner and Patton Kizzire cruised to a bogey-free, 8-under-par 34-30=64 during the second round at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, reaching 11-under 133 to sit four strokes off the leaders at the top.

This duo was racking up birdies in bunches during Thursday while playing alternate shot (7 birdies) so it's no surprise to see the birdies continue to fly in round two. They started on the back nine and reached 5-under before making the turn. Highlights included a pair of hole outs from Jason Dufner, first from 39 feet for birdie at the par-4 12th and then from 32 yards for eagle at the par-5 18th. With a combined five top 10s in seven vists to TPC Louisiana, it's no surprise to see these Auburn Tigers near the top of the leaderboard. After best ball today, they will now shift back to alternate shot for Saturday's round.
Apr 28 - 7:22 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, Troy Merritt and Robert Streb bogeyed the par-4 12th but otherwise painted a 10-under-par 31-31=62 for a 36-hole tally of 13-under 131, up eight places on the live leaderboard to T3, two in arrears of clubhouse leaders Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith.

The duo is the sixth team to post 62 in Day 2 four-ball action, while Tyrone Van Aswegen and Retief Goosen fired a week-low 60 just before them. Merritt didn't record a score on eight of his holes, but did contribute three birdies at holes 14, 2 and 6, two of those kick ins and beginning with a pitch-in 2 at the 14th from 68'2" away. Streb did the lion's share of the lifting, carding birdies at 13, 15, 17, 18, 5, 7 and 8, two from between 13 and 15 feet with a long of 24'9" at the par-3 17th. Streb also added a pitch-in 3 at the par-4 15th from 77'5" right of the target.
Apr 28 - 7:18 PM

Playing best ball in round two of the Zurich Classic, Tyrone Van Aswegen and Retief Goosen torched TPC Louisiana with a bogey-free, 12-under-par 30-30=60, soaring up to 11-under 133 after 36 holes, good for a spot inside the top 10.

The South African duo failed to get much started on day one while playing alternate shot, trading four birdies with two bogeys and a triple. It could have been a late-night range session or just a switch to the four-ball format that did the trick. Whatever it was, this team was clicking on all cylinders today. Highlights include seven birdie splashes from Goosen, four from outside 10 feet. Van Aswegen played the Robin role to Goosen's Batman, still managing to add three birdies in addition to an eagle (6'7") at the par-5 seventh. This goes in the books as the low round of the day and is the first score to finally beat the individual course record which is held by Ben Martin (62, R1 of 2014 edition). Unfortunately for the South Africans, they will have to flip the switch back to alternate-shot format in round three.
Apr 28 - 6:49 PM

Past champ K.J. Choi and World No. 1185 Charlie Wi smoothed a bogey-free 8-under-par 32-32=64 in the second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to reach the midpoint on 13-under 131, currently T3 on the leaderboard and two adrift of clubhouse leaders Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith. UPDATE: With play completed, Choi/Wi are in a two-way T3, two back of Blixt/Smith.

Choi won this event in 2002 (English Turn G&CC), his first of eight TOUR wins. Wi, who has no status on TOUR, was runner-up at the current venue in 2009, and is making just his second start of the season (T57, Sanderson Farms). After an opening 67 (alternate shot), the pairing began T3, and one back, and maintained their position on the board, circling eight birdies, with Choi providing the bulk of that carding six. Wi birdied Nos. 8 and 16, the latter from 14'3", while Choi circled 1, 2, 6, 11, 13 and 17, all six from between six and 24 feet, with a long of 23'3" at the par-4 sixth.
Apr 28 - 6:41 PM

David Lingmerth and Danny Lee hung up a 10-under-par 31-31=62 in today's second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to post 10-under 134, up 35 places on the live leaderboard to T9 and matching the low round in the clubhouse with four other squads.

The international's tread water on Day 1 in alternate shot, silencing five birdies with three bogeys and double bogey-6 at eight. As would be expected (or should be), they were much better at four-ball on Friday, camouflaging a lone bogey-5 at 15 with nine birdies and eagle-3 at the seventh, the latter Lingmerth's only scoring contribution on the front nine (from 8'11"). Lee wrote down birdies at Nos. 2, 8 and 9 on his first nine, the latter from 32'4" at the par-3 ninth, adding birdies at 13 and 17, ending their scoring with a 27'2" birdie-2. Along with Lingmerth's 3 at the par-5 seventh, he circled 10, 11, 14 and 16, two from between nine and 10 feet, though he did miss a birdie try at the par-5 18th from 4'5".
Apr 28 - 3:27 PM

Xander Schauffele and Tag Ridings played good team golf en route to a bogey-free, 8-under-par 33-31=64 during round two of the Zurich Classic, staking out a spot inside the top 10 on 12-under 132.

This squad swallowed six individual bogeys, but they bailed each other out in all six instances with the other teammate penciling par or better. That includes the closing, par-5 18th where Ridings found water off the tee but Schaufelle managed par to maintain the clean card. Most of the scoring was accomplished in the form of aggressive approach play, with only three birdies coming on putts from outside six feet. Both of these Web.com Tour graduates entered the week ranked outside the top 150 in the FedExCup race, meaning a big finish this week would go a long way toward securing their status for next season. After a round of four-ball today, this team will now prep for a third round tee time where the format will return to alternate shot.
Apr 28 - 3:25 PM

Argentina's Julian Etulain and Ángel Cabrera teamed up to fire a bogey-free, 9-under-par 32-31=63 during round two of the Zurich Classic, reaching halftime on 11-under 133.

After a ho-hum 2-under 70 in R1 (alternate shot), the Argentines picked up the pace today. They opened on the 10th tee and rattled off five birdies before the turn. Putting was the name of the game today as this duo splashed in six putts from outside 11 feet today, including a 32'6" birdie bomb from Cabrera at the par-5 11th. Next up for this team is a third-round tee time where they will shift back to the alternate shot format.
Apr 28 - 3:03 PM

Morgan Hoffmann and Camilo Villegas authored a bogey-free 10-under-par 31-31=62 in today's second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to reach halftime on 10-under 134, up 35 spots to T9 with play still in progress.

The pair mustered an even-par 72 on Day 1 in alternate shot, cancelling out four birdies with two bogey-4s and double bogey-7 on the 18th as they made the turn. They rebounded in the better-ball format on Friday, particularly Villegas, who accounted for six (of 10) birdies, three on each side. Hoffmann got them off to the start they needed, kicking in a 30-incher at the par-4 first after stiffing his approach from 103 yards away, and saved par at the sixth while Villegas put his tee ball in the drink. Hoffmann also circled holes 7, 10 and 18, each dropping from between six and 17 feet. Villegas birdied 2, 8, 9, 11, 13 and 15, each from between five and 20 feet with a long of 19'6" at the par-3 ninth.
Apr 28 - 2:54 PM

Patrick Reed and playing partner Patrick Cantlay blitzed TPC Louisiana with a bogey-free, 10-under-par 31-31=62 during the second round of the Zurich Classic, placing them one stroke shy of clubhouse leaders Jonas Blixt & Cameron Smith. UPDATE: With play completed, Reed/Cantlay are in solo 2nd, one back of Blixt/Smith.

Reed arrived this week with a career four-ball record of 4-1-0. There was no opposing team today, but the Texan remained strong in this format. As a team they circled 10 birdies today, with Reed contributing six of those, including a 19'6" splash at the par-4 fifth hole. Cantlay's most notable contribution came in the form of a 22'3" birdie bomb at the par-4 15th. Reed arrived with missed cuts in his last three starts, but birdies are flying off the shelf this week. This duo should thrive again on Sunday, but tomorrow will be a tough test as they head back to alternate shot for round three.
Apr 28 - 2:42 PM



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