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World No. 239 Jonathan Randolph withdrew prior to the start of the third round of the CareerBuilder Challenge.

After opening 71-74 (NT-SC), the 29-year-old was 1-over total, seven short of the (early) projected cut line, which is a scheduled 54-hole cut. This is his second career mid-tourney WD in 58 career events, second this season in six starts. The Mississippi native and resident WD from the Shriners three starts ago during R2, citing a shoulder injury. He was 1-over thru eight holes, 4-over total when he called it quits in Las Vegas. As of press time, no reason has been cited for this week's WD. Randolph is in the published field at next week's Farmers but gamers should proceed with caution.
Jan 20 - 11:49 AM

Tommy Fleetwood crafted a bogey-free 5-under-par 34-33=67 in round three of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, remaining just two off the lead but slipping a spot down the leaderboard to T4 on 15-under 201.

That's another impressive display by the Englishman although he burned the edge of the hole numerous times and it could have been lower. The defending champion made an immediate move Saturday with a pair of opening birdies but a red circle on the par-5 10th was his only deviation from par over the next 12 holes. However, Fleetwood kept his patience and picked up further shots on 15 and 18 to finish two behind leaders Thomas Pieters and Ross Fisher. "For me, it's been a really solid week so far," said Fleetwood. "Happy with my game and that's just what I've got to go out and do tomorrow. Go out with the same attitude and hopefully I'll swing it the same and have a lot more chances and we'll see what happens."
Jan 20 - 9:29 AM

Matt Fitzpatrick thrashed a 9-under-par 29-34=63 in round three of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, jumping 17 spots on Moving Day to tied third.

At 15-under 201, the Englishman is just two swings behind leaders Thomas Pieters and Ross Fisher. Fitzpatrick looked as if he could put a ridiculous number on the board when making eight birdies in his first 10 holes, his only pars coming at 3 and 7. Henrik Stenson's course-record 62 and even the European Tour's first official 59 were on when he added another circle at 12 to move 9-under for the day but he played his final third of the round in even par after a bogey at 16 against a birdie at the last. Still, that's the low round of the week and a huge leap forward. It puts him in right in the mix for Sunday. He said: "It was great. I don't know how to put it to be honest. We were very lucky. Front nine, every time I got on the green, I just holed every putt, basically, and I felt so comfortable on the greens. Just putted fantastic. Just a little bit of work to be done on the long game."
Jan 20 - 9:13 AM

Rory McIlroy stepped up his title bid at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, piecing together a 7-under-par 33-32=65 in round three to reach 16-under 200 through 54 holes, just one back from joint-leaders Thomas Pieters and Ross Fisher.

McIlroy may have suffered his first bogey of the week, a dropped shot at the par-3 15th after missing the green, but he sprinkled eight birdies around it, including two to close with as he came home in 32 for the second day running. After breaking par on just two of the par 5s over the first 36 holes, the Northern Irishman completed a full set of circles today with birdies at 2, 8, 10 and 18. He also picked up shots at 5, 12, 14 and 17. "It was good," said McIlroy. "I feel like I played similar again. I probably scored a bit better. Short game was needed at times. But I putted really well. Hit the ball very well. So all in all, yeah, it was another great round and another really good confidence builder." After four second places in this event, the 28-year-old is now favorite with the bookmakers to go on and take victory tomorrow.
Jan 20 - 8:13 AM

Halfway leader Thomas Pieters compiled a bogey-free 32-35=67 in his third round at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, ending the day tied for the lead with England's Ross Fisher on 17-under 199 and one clear of Rory McIlroy.

Pieters, who took the lead with a Friday 65, continued his birdie assault on Abu Dhabi GC's front nine today, ticking 2, 3, 6 and 8 to reach the turn with his one-shot lead still intact. But he found life a little more difficult coming home and managed just one more par breaker, a 3 at the 16th. The big-hitting Belgian looked set to lose his lead on 18 after a loose tee-shot but he got up and down from sand to assure himself of a place in Sunday's final two-ball. "Played pretty well," said Pieters. "Didn't really make any putts on the back nine. Started out really nicely. A lot of really good shots and then finished poorly. That was a terrible last hole, managed to make a 5, which was nice." Blustery conditions are forecast for Sunday's closer, prompting Pieters to add: "Go to the range and hit some low shots because it's going to be really windy tomorrow."
Jan 20 - 8:01 AM

With a two-putt birdie at 18, Ross Fisher completed a third-round 7-under-par 32-33=65 to move into a tie for top spot with Thomas Pieters on 17-under 199 after 54 holes of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

The pair are a shot clear of a charging Rory McIlroy, with Matt Fitzpatrick and defending champion Tommy Fleetwood a further stroke in arrears. Taking advantage of the easy conditions again, Fisher flew from the gates with three birdies in his first holes and replied to a lone bogey of the day at 5 with gains at 6 and 8. On the back nine, the World No. 31 added red numbers at 11 and 14 before finding the par-5 closer in two and signing off with an eighth birdie of the day. The 37-year-old will head into the final round looking for his first European Tour win since the 2014 Tshwane Open. Looking to Sunday's closer, Fisher noted: "Yeah, I've heard it's going to be quite windy. I'm hoping the Tour officials will see what the forecast is, set the course up tough, but fair. Looking forward to the challenge and see what happens."
Jan 20 - 7:52 AM

Playing the Nicklaus Tournament Course and on his 31st birthday, World No. 20 Brian Harman carded a 4-under-par 33-35=68 in the second round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, dipping one spot to T10 on 11-under 133, five adrift of 36-hole leader Andrew Landry.

The Georgia alum landed 11 (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, posting 1.667 putts per GIR with 27 total putts. He squared a lone bogey-4 at 14, outpaced by five circles at 13, 15, 1, 3 and 9, all 1-putt varieties and walked off with birdie-3 at the par-4 ninth. The Sea Island, Georgia, resident moves to the Stadium Course for Saturday's third round and is vying for his sixth straight top 10 to open the season.
Jan 19 - 7:41 PM

Adam Hadwin finds himself back in contention following a bogey-free, 5-under-par 34-33=67 during round two of the CareerBuilder Challenge, heading into the weekend on 11-under 133.

The Canadian arrived in a bit of a slump, losing strokes to the field in each of his last six starts. A return to a comfortable venue is doing the trick to break out of that slump, so far. The Canadian took on the Stadium Course at PGA WEST today and escaped with five birdies. Hadwin missed four scoring attempts from inside 15 feet but he also converted on four from outside 10 feet. Up next for Hadwin is La Quinta Country Club in round three, the site of last year's 59 fired by Hadwin (also in the third round). He entered the weekend last year in T49 before that stellar round.
Jan 19 - 7:37 PM

Playing the Nicklaus Tournament Course, two-time Web.com Tour grad and World No. 184 Andrew Landry polished a bogey-free 7-under-par 34-31=65 in the second round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to reach 16-under 128, up one place on the day and the 36-hole leader by one over 18-hole leader Jon Rahm, who shot 67.

Making his 26th career start, this is the 30-year-old's first 36-hole lead/co-lead and his third lead/co-lead after any round, second this season. He was a first-round leader at the opposite-field Sanderson Farms five starts ago, eventually finishing T59. The Arkansas alum hit 10 (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, posting 1.667 putts per GIR with 28 total putts. He carded seven birdies at holes 1, 7, 11-13, 15 and 16, all conventional with two of those 2-putt versions. The Texan, who opened with a career-low 63 (La Quinta CC), is blemish-free thru 36 holes and moves to the Stadium Course for R3.
Jan 19 - 7:24 PM

Russell Knox coasted to a bogey-free, 8-under-par 31-33=64 during the second round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, remaining blemish-free on the week while moving him into a share of 10th place on 11-under 133 at the midpoint.

The Scot played his second round at the Nicklaus Tournament Course and got straight to work with a three-hole birdie train that started at the par-4 second hole. He would add five more circles before his day would be over, all while keeping a clean card. It was orchestrated by smooth striking as he pelted 17 greens in regulation after hitting 13 at La Quinta CC in R1. Knox arrived fresh off a top 10 at the Sony Open where he holed out three times (+4.6 strokes around-the-green). He's taking a more traditional route this week and he now finds himself in contention heading into Saturday's round where he will face off with Pete Dye's Stadium Course.
Jan 19 - 7:23 PM

Overnight leader Jon Rahm racked up seven birdies in round two of the CareerBuilder Challenge, carding a 5-under-par 33-34=67 to reach 15-under 129 at the midpoint, good for sole possession of second place, one behind Andrew Landry at the top.

Taking on a familiar Nicklaus Tournament Course (played it in college), Rahm started the day with a colorful scorecard. He traded four birdies with two bogeys before settling down for six straight pars. His first bogey came as the result of an aggressive line that found the greenside bunker with the second blemish coming via three-putt. Landing 16 greens in regulation today, the Spaniard likely feels that he left a few out there today. Even if that's true, Rahm has set a new personal 36-hole low on the PGA TOUR, eclipsing his previous best of 11-under 131 which came at the 2016 National, an event he'd go on to finish T3. Despite being one back, Rahm is still the favorite to win this event. That being said, he will now head to the tougher Stadium Course for the final two rounds.
Jan 19 - 7:12 PM

Playing the Stadium Course, World No. 305 Martin Piller navigated a 5-under-par 34-33=67 in the second round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to post 13-under 131, up one place to T4, three short of 36-hole leader Andrew Landry. UPDATE: Piller is currently No. 1 in total birdies thru 36 holes with 16.

The 32-year-old found seven (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, gaining 1.637 strokes approaching-the-green and 2.670 tee-to-green. He squared two bogey-5s at holes 3 and 15 (3-putt from 67'10"), outpaced by seven birdies at 4, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14 and 16, three from between 13 and 25 feet. The Texas A&M alum recorded 1.643 putts per GIR and 0.888 SG: Putting with 28 total putts. He'll head to La Quinta CC for Saturday's third round.
Jan 19 - 7:10 PM

Playing the Nicklaus Tournament Course, World No. 339 Michael Kim painted a bogey-free 8-under-par 32-32=64 in the second round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to post 13-under 131, up 19 spots on the live leaderboard to T4, one back of 36-hole clubhouse leader Jason Kokrak.

This was the 23-year-old's 212th career lap and ties a career low shot one other time, a 6-under version on the Seaside Course at the 2016-17 RSM/R1. This is his third CareerBuilder after 70/2016 and T21 last year. The UC-Berkeley product entered the week 1-for-5 on the season, cashing a T28 at the no-cut CIMB Classic four starts ago. He opened with a six-birdie one-bogey 67 (La Quinta CC) and followed with a six-birdie effort on Day 2, adding a pitch-in eagle-3 at the par-5 seventh. The South Korean-born American found nine (of 14) fairways and 16 greens in regulation, posting 1.563 putts per GIR, and will move to the Stadium Course for Saturday's third round.
Jan 19 - 7:00 PM

Trey Mullinax flew into contention with a bogey-free, 8-under-par 29-35=64 during round two of the CareerBuilder Challenge, moving up 71 spots on the live leaderboard, entering the weekend on 10-under 134.

Taking on La Quinta Country Club, the University of Alabama product penciled eight pars and one birdie on his outward nine but turned it on from there. The highlight reel started at the par-3 third hole and he rattled off six straight birdies before closing with a four at the par-4 ninth hole. Mullinax finished T50 in his CBC debut last year but didn't record anything better than 5-under 67 that week. With the Nicklaus Tournament Course next on his schedule, Mullinax is in prime position to make a Saturday move and improve upon last year's T50.
Jan 19 - 6:54 PM

Kevin Na pieced together a 5-under-par 35-32=67 during round two of the CareerBuilder Challenge, reaching 11-under 133 as he prepares for the weekend in La Quinta, California.

Playing at the Nicklaus Tournament Course today, Na got his day started on the 10th tee. The highlight of the round came early as he splashed home an eagle putt at the par-5 11th hole. The rest of the round could be described as scrappy as he landed just 11 greens in regulation by day's end but swallowed just one bogey. The Las Vegas resident is no stranger to desert golf so this event was just what the doctor ordered for a slumping Na. He will now turn his attention toward the (relatively) difficult Stadium Course for his Saturday round.
Jan 19 - 6:40 PM



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