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World No. 14 Paul Casey has opened the season with three straight top-20 finishes, including a T7 at the CIMB Classic and a T11 at the WGC-HSBC in his most recent action seven weeks ago.

The 40-year-old shows no signs of letting up and is as consistent as they come. He finished calendar-year 2016 at 14th in OWGR -- where he is now -- and made 23 of 24 cuts last season, highlighted by 17 top 25s and nine top 10s, both career highs. Additionally, the Englishman has also recorded five top-5 finishes in his last 11 starts, including three of four Playoffs events. One drawback however, is in the win column, with just the 2009 Shell Houston Open a lone TOUR title in 223 career events.
Dec 17 - 9:18 PM

World No. 789 Freddie Jacobson is on a Major Medical Extension with 18 starts to earn 333.130 FedExCup points to retain status.

After finishing 90th in the FedExCup standings in 2015-16, Jacobson had surgery on his left thumb to repair a torn ligament in October, 2016. He had put off the surgery for an injury that actually took place in 2011. Post surgery, the Hobe Sound, Florida, resident returned four months later to a MC at The Honda Classic, but only mustered eight more starts before shutting it down in mid-May after a MC at the Byron Nelson and hasn't played anywhere since. The 43-year-old is a one-time TOUR winner in 307 career events (2011 Travelers) and has recorded just four top 10s in his last 45 starts. He also missed significant time in 2015 after his then-7-year-old son was diagnosed with a heart defect and subsequently had open-heart surgery.
Dec 17 - 8:56 PM

Justin Rose's prolific end of season run concluded with a comprehensive eight shot victory in the Asian Tour's Indonesian Masters at Royale Jakarta GC, confirmed with a stunning final round of 10-under-par 29-33=62 for a 72-hole total of 29-under 259; Thailand's 18-year-old phenom Phachara Khongwatmai claimed solo second.

Three shots clear of the field at the start of the last round, having played the final ten holes of his third round first thing in 3-under to complete a 66, Rose showed the chasers a clean set of heels with a breathtaking front nine that witnessed birdies at 3, 5, 6, 7 and 8, followed by a 20'0" eagle conversion at the ninth which even he laughed at. Nor did he stop, ticking 10, 12 and 13 to have his eyes on a 59. Alas he made bogey at 16, repaired by a final birdie at 18, to complete the second-lowest 72-hole total in Asian Tour history. He opened the event with a 62 and closed it that way too, missing just three greens in those laps and only nine all week. Since missing the cut in the PGA Championship he has been magnificent, never outside the top ten in nine starts (67.58 score average), with three wins in his last five. "A dream week and incredible golf," he said afterwards. "Huge positives, my game is in good shape."
Dec 17 - 4:47 AM

Chad Collins didn't record a single event during the fall portion of the new season but will be playing out of the Tour graduate reshuffle when he returns to action in 2018.

Collins went just 10-for-26 last year on the PGA TOUR circuit, finishing 143rd in the FedExCup race. That wasn't enough to retain his TOUR card but he successfully turned that trick in the Tour Finals. It marks the fifth time that Collins has graduated from the Tour. That's a remarkable feat, but probably not one that Collins wants to keep testing. After earning his status, he failed to make a single start in the fall, with no reason cited for his absence at the moment. When Collins does return to action he will be playing out of the 48th spot in the graduate reshuffle, meaning starts will be tough to find.
Dec 16 - 10:25 AM

Steve Marino has a lot of ground to make up when he returns to action on the PGA TOUR, playing with a Major Medical that requires 320.063 FedExCup Points in just 10 starts.

Marino finished 120th on the money list during the 2015-16 season to keep his TOUR status. Last year he lasted just 15 starts before injuries shut him down from May onward. He was just 5-for-15 before that, nothing landing inside the top 25. When he returns to action the five-time runner-up will need to post one of those top-heavy finishes to have a chance to fulfill the terms of this medical extension. Marino finished inside the top 75 in the FedExCup race in each of his first five seasons on TOUR but since then he's finished no better than 130th. There is always a chance for a career revival for this 37-year-old, but gamers should tread cautiously before re-investing.
Dec 16 - 9:48 AM

Justin Rose held a three-shot advantage in the third round of the Indonesian Masters before thunderstorms curtailed Saturday's play with the Englishman having completed just eight holes.

Rose's first task Saturday was to complete his final two holes from round two and a bogey at 18 cut his lead over Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent to just a single stroke at the midpoint. But the World No. 5 responded on his third lap of Royale Jakarta Golf Club with birdies at 2, 3 and 5 to go three clear of Aphibarnrat and Vincent before officials called off play at 4.10pm due to storms. At that point, Rose had 11 holes still to go. Play will resume at 6.15am Sunday morning with the fourth round scheduled to commence at 7.30am with players teeing off in the same groups.
Dec 16 - 4:55 AM

World No. 68 Wesley Bryan heads into the holidays ranked 121st in the FedExCup race, hopeful to continue his winning ways when the TOUR returns in January.

The 27-year-old went 19-for-28 during his rookie season to finish 41st in the FedExCup standings. That campaign featured five top 10s including a win at the RBC Heritage. In other years he would have been a strong candidate for Rookie of the Year honors but it was a very strong class he was competing with. His lack of RoY hardware shouldn't deter season-long gamers from investing in Bryan ahead of 2018. In 50 career starts across the Tour and PGA TOUR, he's racked up four wins (8 percent win rate). If he continues at that rate on the big stage he would go on to post a Hall of Fame career. It's easy to see why he wins so much as he's one of the best iron players and best putters in the world right now. His lone weakness is an extreme lack of distance off the tee, making him a great target for all of the shorter venues in 2018.
Dec 15 - 8:45 PM

Seung-Yul Noh has played his last PGA TOUR event for quite some time as he headed off to serve his military duties following his appearance at The CJ CUP @ Nine Bridges.

In late November, the 26-year-old packed his bags and is beginning his two-year military commitment back in South Korea. Noh has been winding down in anticipation of this service, but he couldn't pass up a chance to play in his home country when a late WD opened up a spot for him. Similar to Sangmooon Bae, when Noh returns he will fall under the Major Mandatory Obligation category in terms of PGA TOUR status. Similar to a Major Medical, he will be given a large slate of starts to match the number of FedExCup Points needed to land inside the top 125 for that first season he missed. The 2014 Zurich Classic champion can be safely dropped in all fantasy circles.
Dec 15 - 8:36 PM

Colt Knost went 1-for-3 during the wraparound fall portion of the schedule, still shaking off the cobwebs after returning from injury.

The SMU product was forced to shut down early last season, lasting just five starts before a wrist injury kicked in. Now, he's playing the 2017-18 season on a Major Medical, needing 356.577 FedExCup Points over his next 20 starts to maintain status. His injury came at an inopportune time as he was coming in fresh off a career year, earning $1.59 million during the 2015-16 season, nearly 40 percent of his career total. The 32-year-old has never relied on distance so a wrist injury shouldn't affect him near as much as it would for some. Once he gets locked back in with his wedges and putter he should be back to his old ways of piling up top 30s.
Dec 15 - 8:29 PM

Justin Rose is still the man to catch in the Indonesian Masters at Royale Jakarta Golf Club after moving to 14-under but he faces an early alarm call on Saturday after a delay in Friday's second round left him with two holes to complete.

World No. 6 Rose started the day two clear after a brilliant opening 62 and continued on his merry way with four more red numbers at 4, 5, 6 and 9. He picked up another shot at 11 but following pars at 12 and 13 the Englishman had to take cover due to lightning activity. The delay didn't help him and Rose dropped his first shot of the week with a bogey-4 at 15, parred 16 and hit his approach to the edge of the par-4 17th before the hooter went for bad light. That slightly scratchy finish meant he ended the day just two clear of Kiradech Aphibarnat, who jumped up four spots to solo second with a flawless 64. It's a further stroke back to Giwhan Kim in third. Rose, along with 35 others, will complete their rounds when play resumes Saturday at 06:15 local.
Dec 15 - 6:26 AM

Brandt Snedeker flew from Florida to Indonesia via New York and Hong Kong to play the Indonesian Masters, seeking to move into the world's top 50 before the end of the year, but his endeavour came to nothing when forced to withdraw at Royale Jakarta GC.

It was a huge effort by the 37-year-old, seeking to guarantee his invitation to the 2018 Masters, but perhaps too much. TV commentator Richard Kaufman explained on Twitter that he had retired on Friday: "Suffering from heat exhaustion, he has walked in after 11 holes of his 2nd round #IndonesianMasters2017. He was 2 under par at the time, right on the cut line."
Source: Twitter
Dec 15 - 4:49 AM

After winning twice during 2017, Xander Schauffele will have lofty expectations for his sophomore campaign heading into the new year.

The San Diego State standout posted seven top 25s during his 2016 rookie campaign on the Tour (finishing 26th on the money list). Despite the step up in competition, Schauffele managed to find four more top 25s (11) during his PGA TOUR rookie season. That included a pair of wins, the most notable coming at the TOUR Championship to secure his Rookie of the Year award. Gamers hoping for an encore may be in trouble because two-win seasons are tough to replicate. However, the 24-year-old should continue to rack up birdies in bunches and provide loads of top 25s once we return from the holiday break.
Dec 14 - 3:24 PM

Trey Mullinax posted a 1-for-4 record during the fall wraparound schedule, currently placing him in 109th on the FedExCup leaderboard.

Playing with conditional status for the 2017-18 season, the big hitter out of the University of Alabama will need to pick up the pace soon. Starts will be tough to come by, outside of the weakest of the fields. During his rookie campaign, he earned 16 paychecks in 28 starts but only six of them landed inside the top 40. That was a far cry from the stellar season he compiled on the Tour season, finishing 8th on the 2016 money list. Playing out of the 125-to-150 category, gamers should expect a big drop off in the number of starts compared to last season's 28. However, a few top 10s could change that in an instant, making him a great name to watch in weekly leagues whenever he earns a tee time.
Dec 14 - 3:16 PM

Ryan Palmer will have six starts on a medical extension as he looks to rebound in 2018.

Palmer missed the fall portion of the 2016-17 season to be with his wife, Jennifer, during her battle with breast cancer. He returned to action at the start of 2017 but never found his form, going 10-for-20 to finish 134th in the FedExCup race. Since then, he's had minor shoulder surgery to remove some bone spurs and looks to be ready to return at the Sony Open. He'll need just 29.686 FedExCup Points to fulfill the terms of his medical exemption. One top 25 would likely do the trick, or he could string together a few top 50s and get the job done. Gamers should be cautiously optimistic that Palmer can return to form in 2018.
Dec 14 - 3:07 PM

Justin Rose thrashed a magnificent 10-under-par 31-31=62 to take the first round lead in the Indonesian Masters at Royale Jakarta Golf Club, two strokes clear of Thailand's Gunn Charoenkul.

The Englishman wasted no time taking command of the course (and the field) on Thursday, opening up on the back nine and ticking his very first hole. He then added pairs of par-breakers before the turn at 14 and 15, then 17 and 18. On the front nine he went one better, circling a hat-trick at 2, 3 and 4 before completing the lap with birdies at 6 and 9. "A dream start," admitted Rose. "I felt comfortable from the outset. I did all the right things today, I put the ball in play from the tee so with ball in hand and placing the ball on the fairway, you had a perfect lie for every shot providing you put the ball in the fairway. It was there for the taking. No wind, it was perfect golf conditions." It was a poorer day for two men chasing a rise into the world top 50. Brandt Snedeker shot level-par 72 and Dylan Frittelli could only manage 4-over 76.
Dec 14 - 4:26 AM

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