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Beginning on No. 10 tee, World No. 12 Justin Rose crafted a 3-under-par 34-34=68 in today's final round of the Genesis Open to reach 11-under 273, up two spots to T3, one back of clubhouse leader Thomas Pieters but eight back of the leader on the course Dustin Johnson.

This was the 36-year-old's 11th appearance and second top 10, joining a T9 in 2011. After kicking off in 69-71-65, he began the final round in a four-way T5 on 8-under, nine back of Johnson. The Englishman landed seven (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, posting 1.583 putts per GIR but -0.257 SG: Putting. He circled the par-4 10th and then holed out from 194 yards at the 12th for eagle-2. Rose got so excited, he gave both shots back with bogey-5s at 13 and 15, before birdieing the par-3 16th. After the break, he outpaced bogey-4 at 4 with a two-putt birdie at the par-5 first and birdie-3 at 7. All four of Rose's birdies were from inside of six feet, but good enough for a third top 10 of the season in four starts, and possibly a third top 5.
Feb 19 - 7:08 PM

Making his tourney debut, World No. 47 Thomas Pieters hung up a bogey-free 8-under-par 31-32=63 in the final round of the Genesis Open to post 12-under 272, up 25 places to solo 2nd, seven back of the leader on the course Dustin Johnson and tying the low round of the week.

With a 4-1-0 record at last year's 41st Ryder Cup, the 25-year-old was the top point-getter for either team, accomplishing the feat as a Captain's Pick and Cup rookie. He also came in 4th at the 2016 Rio Games, closing with 6-under 65. The Belgian is a three-time winner on the European Tour, most recently at the 2016 Made In Denmark, and was making his seventh career start on the PGA TOUR. After opening in 70-68-71, the University of Illinois product began R4 on 4-under (T25), 13 adrift of 54-hole leader Dustin Johnson and eight back of second place. He circled eight birdies on 14 greens in regulation, posting 1.500 putts per GIR and 5.607 SG: Putting. Pieters' previous-best round was 66 and his previous-best finish was T14, both at the 2017 WGC-HSBC.
Feb 19 - 6:53 PM

Second-round leader and World No. 3 Dustin Johnson painted a bogey-free 7-under-par 32-32=64 in the two-day third round of the Genesis Open to post 17-under 196, good for a 5-shot lead over TOUR rookie Wesley Bryan, who shot 63.

After opening in twin 66s, the 32-year-old led by one over Pat Perez, who shot 74, and Cameron Tringale, who shot 71. He'll play the final round with both again however, as there is no re-pairing taking place in an effort to get done on Sunday. The South Carolinian, blemish-free over his last 41 holes, didn't get any of his third frame completed on Saturday (darkness), so he toured all 18 on Sunday morning. Johnson mustered six (of 14) fairways but pelted 15 greens in regulation, circling seven birdies, highlighted by a trip-birdie finish, with all seven dropping from inside of 13 feet. He was a 54-hole leader/co-leader twice last season, converting at the BWM Championship and finishing T6 at the TOUR Championship.
Feb 19 - 3:12 PM

Past champ and World No. 43 Bill Haas twirled a season-low 7-under-par 33-31=64 in the two-day third round of the Genesis Open to reach 7-under 206, up 51 places on the live leaderboard to T11 with third- and final-round play in progress.

After opening in twin 71s, the 2012 playoff winner was one (of 10) players to make the cut on the number, T62 on even-par. Beginning off No. 10 tee, he didn't get any of his third frame completed on Saturday, so he toured all 18 on Sunday morning. The 34-year-old circled five birdies on his first half, including three straight on holes 15-17, and camouflaged a lone bogey-5 at eight with birdies at 1, 6 and 9 the rest of the way. He converted seven conventional par breakers, two from between 16 and 24 feet, adding a pitch-in 2 at the par-3 16th. Haas entered the week with 19 of 20 rounds on the season in the red, all 20 par or better, and this is a season low, eclipsing 66 (x4).
Feb 19 - 2:57 PM

World No. 53 Kevin Na styled a bogey-free 4-under-par 33-34=67 in the two-day third round of the Genesis Open for a 54-hole tally of 10-under 203, up four spots on the live leaderboard to solo 3rd with third- and final-round play in progress.

This is the 33-year-old's 14th appearance with two top 10s, including a best of solo 3rd in 2011. After opening in 67-69, he began R3 in a four-way T7 on 6-under, four adrift of 36-hole leader Dustin Johnson. The Las Vegas resident had just teed off on Saturday when play was suspended, so he played all 18 holes on Sunday morning. He circled an eagle-3 at the first (from 8'1") and birdies at 11 (23'0") and 16 (12'10") on seven (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, posting a pedestrian 1.800 putts per GIR but a tidy 3.185 SG: Putting. Na's lone victory in 332 prior career starts remains the 2011 Shriners.
Feb 19 - 2:43 PM

World No. 7 Adam Scott submitted a 3-under-par 35-33=68 after the two-day third round of the Genesis Open to reach 8-under 205, up five places on the live leaderboard to T6 with third- and final-round play in progress.

It's a jumbled mess as the tourney attempts to get this done on Sunday. After beginnning with 68-69, Scott, T2 here last year and an unofficial winner in 2005 (reduced to 36 holes), got one hole of his third round completed on Saturday, a sloppy par on the par-5 first, when play was suspended. He returned Sunday morning to seven more pars before squaring a lone bogey-5 at eight, bouncing back with birdie-3 at nine to turn even. The 36-year-old went back-to-back at 10 (from 7'0") and then circled 14 and 17 from between 11 and 16 feet. This is his third start of the TOUR season but first since T14 at the WGC-HSBC back at the end of October.
Feb 19 - 2:15 PM

Making his tourney debut, PGA TOUR rookie and World No. 141 Wesley Bryan enjoyed a career-low 8-under-par 33-30=63 in the two-day third round of the Genesis Open to post 12-under 201, up 18 spots to T2 and good for the 54-hole clubhouse lead. UPDATE: With third-round play completed, Bryan is in solo 2nd, five back of leader Dustin Johnson, who shot 64.

Second-round leader Dustin Johnson, the reigning PGA TOUR Player of the Year, is the leader on the course at 14-under with five holes to play. Bryan, the 2016 Web.com Tour Player of the Year, began the third round T20 on 4-under (69-69), six back of Johnson. He was 2-under thru four holes (on Saturday) when play was suspended and returned Sunday morning to finish off his first half with birdie-2 at 6 and bogey-5 at eight. The 26-year-old drove the par-4 10th, dropping eagle from 4'1", and then circled birdies at 11, 14 (from 25'8"), 16 and 17 (26'7") to post the low round of the week thus far. This is his 13th career TOUR start, ninth as a member, and the 63 eclipses a previous-best 64 in R2 of the 2016 John Deere, where he posted his lone top 10 with T8.
Feb 19 - 1:56 PM

Beginning on No. 10 tee, World No. 12 Justin Rose navigated the two-day third round of the Genesis Open in 6-under-par 30-35=65 for a 54-hole total of 8-under 205, up 34 places to T6 with play still in progress.

After opening in 69-71, the 36-year-old began R3 (on Saturday) T40 on 2-under, eight back of 36-hole leader Dustin Johnson. He kicked off with back-to-back birdies on 10 and 11, from 12 feet and 9'6", respectively, and remained 2-under thru four holes when play was suspended (darkness). The Olympic gold medalist returned on Sunday morning to add birdie-2 at 16 (from 11'4") before squaring consecutive bogeys at 17 and 18 (failed scrambles). He got them both back splashing home eagle-3 at 1 from 42'11" and then circled 6, 8 and 9 from between seven and 27 feet. Rose hit 11 greens in regulation, posting a stellar 1.364 putts per GIR and 4.969 SG: Putting.
Feb 19 - 1:32 PM

Pre-tournament favorite Louis Oosthuizen had to settle for fifth spot in the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth at Lake Karrinyup after his hopes were ended at the third Shootout Hole of his quarter-final match against local man Adam Bland.

With Alex Noren, Thorbjorn Olesen and Peter Uihelin failing to make the top 24 who qualified for Sunday's six-hole match play contests, Oosthuizen was undoubtedly the star attraction today. After finishing T2 in the 54-hole stroke play portion, Oosthuizen secured a bye into the last 16 where he was pegged back at the final hole by Johannes Veerman before sinking the American at the third Shootout Hole. He went 1-up early against Bland in the last eight but lost the fifth hole and this time was on the wrong end of it when playing the Shootout Hole for a third time. Former Open champion Oosthuizen, who won the 2016 Perth International at this course 12 months ago, did at least keep his focus to win the 5/6 playoff against Steven Jeffress to complete a pretty decent week.
Feb 19 - 5:41 AM

Jason Scrivener finished in fourth place at the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth after his hopes of going all the way were ended by Thai teenager Phachara Khongwatma in the semi-finals.

Scrivener carried some smart money this week due to his impressive course form at Lake Karrinyup (3-15-28-19) and justified those expectations by shooting 12-under to take a share of second spot in the 54-hole stroke play section of this event. That secured a bye into the second round of Sunday's six-hole match play head-to-heads where he beat fellow Aussie Nick Cullen 2&1. Scrivener scraped through against Steven Jeffress in the last eight after winning the last and then the second Shootout Hole but succumbed 3&1 to 17-year-old Khongwatma in the final four. Perhaps the disappointment was still there when he was defeated (1 hole) by Adam Blyth in the 3/4 playoff match.
Feb 19 - 5:30 AM

Adam Bland beat Aussie compatriot Jason Scrivener by 1 hole in the consolation match to secure third place at the inaugural ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth.

This completes an impressive two weeks for the 34-year-old, who arrived in Western Australia on the back of finishing runner-up at the Victoria Open. After taking T2 in the 54-hole stroke play section on Saturday, Bland will have felt he deserved to go deep into the match play portion and so it proved. After receiving a bye into the last 16 courtesy of his top eight seeding, Bland won his final hole against Thomas Detry before completing the job at the second Shootout Hole. A first-hole birdie and five pars were enough to beat fellow Aussie Adam Blyth in the last eight and he then stunned tournament favorite Louis Oosthuizen in the quarters after pulling all square after 5 and sinking the South African at the 3rd Shoothout Hole. Hopes of a first European Tour win were ended with a 1 hole defeat to eventual winner Brett Rumford in the semis but he boosted his final pay cheque by beating Scrivener in the 3/4 playoff match.
Feb 19 - 5:19 AM

Phachara Khongwatmai's hopes of becoming the second youngest ever winner on the European Tour just fell short as he lost 2&1 to home hero Brett Rumford in the final of the inaugural ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth.

Khongwatmai had secured the 24th and final spot in Sunday's match play section after coming through a dramatic playoff on Saturday. He started his final day with a 1 hole win over Aussie Sam Brazel thanks to birdies at 2 and 4 and booked his place in the quarter-finals by winning the last two holes against Lucas Herbert. Khongwatmai took a third Aussie scalp when sinking Matthew Millar 2&1 in the last eight and then a fourth after winning 3, 4 and 5 to beat Jason Scrivener in the semis. But the final hurdle just proved beyond him as Rumford, playing on his home Lake Karrinyup course, showed his local smarts to win 2&1. Still, this has been a huge week for the 17-year-old Thai. It's a tricky one but note the name.
Feb 19 - 5:05 AM

Local resident Brett Rumford completed his dominant week at the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth in Australia by beating Phachara Khongwatmai 2&1 in the final to claim his sixth European Tour title.

Playing at his home Lake Karrinyup course, Rumford had dominated the 54-hole stroke play portion of the tournament by finishing five shots clear of the field to secure top seeding for Sunday's match play section. As one of the eight seeds, Rumford had a bye in the first round and then overcame Hideto Tanihara (2&1), Wade Ormsby (2nd shootout hole) and Adam Bland (1 hole) on the way to the final. He started the six-hole championship match against Thai teenager Khongwatmai by putting his approach to three feet to earn a concession but lost the second after a poor drive. Rumford holed from 10 feet at 4 to go 1up and sealed victory with a superb tee-shot to two feet at 5. World No. 274 Rumford, who lost his card last year, will have an exemption until the end of the 2018 season after claiming his first win since the 2013 Volvo China Open. "It's amazing, particularly being a new format, the first winner of that," said the 39-year-old.
Feb 19 - 4:53 AM

The third round of the Genesis Open in Pacific Palisades, California, was suspended at 5:43 pm PST due to darkness, with a scheduled restart at 6:50 am Sunday.

The two-day second round was finally completed at 3:49 pm on Saturday. 71 players (70 pros, one amateur) survived the 36-hole cut and began the third round at 4:10 pm in threesomes off both sets of tees. Open-qualifier and PGA TOUR rookie J.T. Poston is in the penultimate threesome off No. 1 tee following a second-round 2-under-par 31-38=69 (four birdies, two bogeys) on 10 (of 14) fairways and 10 greens in regulation. He did not get his third frame underway on Saturday so he'll start the third round tomorrow morning in a three-way T4 on 7-under 135, two back of 36-hole leader Dustin Johnson.
Feb 18 - 8:48 PM

First-round leader Sam Saunders shot 13 strokes worse in the two-day second round of the Genesis Open, signing for a 6-over-par 39-38=77 and dropping 48 spots on the leaderboard to T49, nine adrift of 36-hole leader Dustin Johnson.

The 29-year-year-old was the 18-hole leader by two over six players with a career-tying-low 64. He was one of just 48 (of 144 total) to get his first round into the books on Thursday. He didn't play at all on Friday, and finally got underway on Saturday at 10:46 am PST. With lift, clean and place in effect, the Florida native and resident opened with a two-putt birdie at the par-5 first but turned in 4-over after bogeys at 3, three-putting from 10'10", 4, 6 (three-putt from 46'5"), 8 and 9. He got one back with another two-putt birdie at the par-5 10th, but dropped four more shots in a four-hole stretch at 12-15. Saunders birdied the par-5 17th from 34'9" to get one inside the cut line on 1-under 141. He hit the same number of greens in R2 as R1 (12), but posted 2.083 putts per GIR and -2.689 SG: Putting.
Feb 18 - 7:40 PM



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