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Sergio Garica didn't even get his second round started on Friday at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters as the weather continues to wreak havoc on the event which sees the tournament host in a share of fourth place heading into the weekend.

Garcia has feasted on Valderrama over the course of his career and his opening round was no different. The Spaniard traded four birdies with a lone blemish to find himself just two off the pace set by Ashley Chesters. However, Garcia didn't even play a single shot of his second round before weather suspended play for the day on Friday. With rough weather in the weekend forecast, this looks to be a 54-hole event in the making, and they may need Monday just to accomplish that feat. They will do everything possible to get as much action in as possible, given the Race to Dubai implications for everyone sitting on the bubble to retain their full playing privileges.
Oct 19 - 12:39 PM

Can Oliver Farr pull off a last ditch card-save? He shot 3-under-par 33-35=68 in the opening round of the Andalucia Masters Valderrama at Real Club Valderrama, Spain to give himself a chance.

The Welshman trails his one-time county team-mate Ashley Chester by two strokes and is tied third heading into the second round after the first circuit was finally completed midway through Friday and he needs to be this close to the top of the leaderboard. He ranks 153rd on the Race to Dubai despite finishing T9 last week in the British Masters at Walton Heath. It was his second top ten of the year, but they are his only top 20 finishes. He played the back nine first and ticked the tenth, 12th and 17th. But the front nine was a tougher examination, but he made par at all nine holes.
Oct 19 - 9:42 AM

Gary Woodland poured in eight birdies on his way toward a 5-under-par 35-32=67 during round two of THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES, arriving at the midpoint in a share of sixth place (4-under 140).

The big hitter from Kansas ranks first in the field this week in terms of total birdies (12). Today, he split 10 (of 14) fairways to land 15 greens. For the second straight day, the par-5 ninth was playing over par, for the field. That is where Woodland swallowed his biggest blemish, a double bogey. Overall, he has five birdies, one bogey, and one double on the par 5s this week. Woodland ended last season with finishes of T12 and T11. He opened the new season with a T5 at the CIMB Classic where he was the 36- and 54-hole co-leader. Gamers should continue to play him until the wheels fall off on this run of great form.
Oct 19 - 9:33 AM

Matthew Nixon is one of many card-chasers thriving after 18 holes of the Andalucia Masters Valderrama at Real Club Valderrama, Spain: He shot a 2-under-par 33-36=69, good for T7 and three swings back of Ashley Chesters' lead.

The Englishman has come through Qualifying School in the past, but will hope not to have to do so again, however it looks like he'll have to try despite this fine start. He made a birdie-bogey start at the second and third, but then made steady progress adding more par breakers at the sixth and seventh before the turn. His back nine was a case of one step backwards, one step forward. He went bogey-birdie at 13 and 14, then 16 and 18. He needs something exceptional this week but in his career owns only one top three on the European Tour, T2 in the 2013 Russian Open.
Oct 19 - 9:29 AM

Ryan Armour smoothed a 5-under-par 34-33=67 during round two of THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES, jumping 27 spots on the live leaderboard to enter the weekend in a share of sixth place (4-under 140).

The straight shooter lived up to his reputation today by splitting all 14 fairways en route to 16 greens in regulation. That allowed him to play relatively stress-free, although he did drop a few shots along the way. He made up for it with seven birdies, five of them coming on the par 4s. Armour became a first-time winner last fall at the Sanderson Farms Championship. There must be something about October that gets him ready to play. He entered the week with finishes of T33 or worse in seven of his last eight starts.
Oct 19 - 9:16 AM

Pontus Widegren's miserable year might have a ray of hope: His first round 2-under-par 32-37=69 left him T7 and three swings behind leader Ashley Chesters in the Andalucia Masters Valderrama at Real Club Valderrama, Spain.

It took some time for the first round to re-start on Friday, never mind end, but the Swede seemed unaffected - at least initially. In all he posted five birdies in his first ten holes, having started on the back nine. They came at the 11th, 15th, 16th, 17th and first. But once he hit the top, alongside long term leader Chesters, he added thre bogeys: At the second, sixth and ninth. He is 218th on the Race to Dubai, 8-for-19 and has only one top 40 all year, although that was T9 in the Czech Masters.
Oct 19 - 9:13 AM

Marc Warren gave himself an outside look at a win and a card-save with an opening lap of 2-under-par 34-35=69 in the Andalucia Masters Valderrama at Real Club Valderrama, Spain.

The Scot is 144th on the Race to Dubai in desperate need of something good happening this week. When he finally got his first circuit completed after three weather delays over two days he had made two bogeys at the fourth and 18th, with birdies at the first, ninth, 11th and 14th holes. He'll still need something outstanding however, based on his seasonal form: He hasn't seen a top ten since T5 in the Open de Espana (pity the year lacks just the two starts in Spain) and has only one top 20 since then (T17 Nordea Masters). He sits three swings back of the leader Ashley Chesters as the first round limps to a close.
Oct 19 - 9:04 AM

Pat Perez soared up the leaderboard in round two of THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES, penciling a bogey-free, 4-under-par 33-35=68 to reach 4-under 140 at the midpoint.

Perez fell flat in his CIMB Classic title defense last week (T63). His form has been off the map to put it kindly, but this kind of round might snowball into something greater. The ASU product was one of just five golfers to record a bogey-free round today. He piped 12 (of 14) fairways and landed 12 greens in regulation. Ironically, the only times he's been inside the top 10 after any rounds on the PGA TOUR last year have come in no-cut events or major championships. These big prize pools seem to bring out the best in Perez who is now supporting a family of three, becoming a father in early September.
Oct 19 - 9:03 AM

Alvaro Quiros confounded his course and current form to card a first round 3-under-par 33-35=68 in the Andalucia Masters Valderrama at Real Club Valderrama, Spain.

Finally the opening lap is coming to and end, midway through Friday, but the local man will not care too much about the delays given a rare nice score. His previous five visits to this course? A first round average of 76.40. In all rounds on the course? Average 75.07. His last eight round one efforts? Not one less than 73 and an average of 74.80. So tag this as a bolt from the blue. There were three early birdies in the round - weather delays permitting - at the third, fourth and sixth. He closed the front nine out with a bogey, but bounced back with red at the 11th. He closed bogey-birdie-birdie-bogey. An enigma. He lies T3 on the ragged leaderboard and just two swings back of leader Ashley Chesters.
Oct 19 - 8:58 AM

Jamie Lovemark jockeyed himself into contention during round two of THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES, twirling a 4-under-par 34-34=68 to reach 4-under 140 heading into the weekend in a share of sixth place.

The USC product has been up-and-down all week. He ranks T2 in birdies made with 11 but also T50 in bogeys with seven through 36 holes. "Yeah, played well, nothing crazy. Made some good putts, hit some good shots, good mix of some pretty decent golf." There is plenty of room for improvement over the weekend as Lovemark has found just 22 greens in regulation (T67 in the field). The California native hasn't found a top 20 since June (T19 at Travelers) but he did finish T5 here last year.
Oct 19 - 8:47 AM

Brian Harman finished T5 in last year's CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES at Jeju Island, South Korea and he showed his liking for The Club course again in round two, twirling a best-of-the-day 8-under-par 30-34=64 to leap 58 spots up the leaderboard to T6 and five shots behind leader Scott Piercy.

Harman fuelled his big move with a brilliant front nine which started with an opening birdie at 10, another par breaker at 12 and four straight red circles from Nos. 15-18. Two more gains at 2 and 3 made it six birdies in seven holes and put him 8-under thru' 12 although he came back to earth a little after that with a bogey at 6 against a final red number at 9. The southpaw found 12 (of 14) fairways and pelted 17 GIRs on the way to a 64 (low round of the week so far) which he also shot three times last season along with a 63 at the Sony Open. Harman's last 64 paved the way for T6 at the Travelers in June but since then he's not finished better than T48 in seven starts. This could be the spark he needed though and note that the 31-year-old followed his top five here last year with a run of five straight top eight finishes so the next couple of months could be a great time to get him on board.
Oct 19 - 6:15 AM

Ian Poulter set himself up for a weekend title bid at the CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES in South Korea by tacking on a 3-under-par 36-33=69 to his opening 70 to reach 5-under 139 at the midpoint and remain in a tie for fourth spot.

That's four back from leader Scott Piercy. The Englishman birdied his final two holes yesterday but gave those shots back almost immediately with bogeys at 1 and 3. However, Poulter showed his renowned fighting skills to dig in after that and was error-free the rest of the way. He balanced the books with birdies at 6 and 9 before continuing his move back up the board with par breakers at 12, 14 and 18. The Englishman is playing his first event since taking down Dustin Johnson in the Ryder Cup singles and had 100% Scrambling figures for the second day running after again hitting 14 greens in the right number. He piped 11 (of 14) fairways. The putter needs to heat up a little (T35 for Putts per GIR) but Poulter has a strong record in Asia and history says he's dangerous on the back of a Ryder Cup win.
Oct 19 - 6:01 AM

Alex Noren was faultless in Friday's second round at the THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES on Jeju Island, South Korea, handing in a bogey-free 7-under-par 32-33=65 to climb 43 spots up the leaderboard to tied fourth on 5-under 139.

That's four swings back from new leader Scott Piercy. The Swede completed a tenth European Tour win at July's Open de France but is still seeking a first PGA TOUR victory. He's knocked at the door several times in 2018 and now has another genuine chance to make the breakthrough this weekend after shooting nine shots lower today following a 2-over 74 in round one. The Ryder Cup star eased to the turn in 32 after picking up shots at 11, 14, 16 and 18 and made further gains at 3, 5 and 9. One obvious difference was that he swallowed two bogey-6s in R1 while today he played the par 5s in 3-under. In completing one of five bogey-free rounds on the day, Noren hit 16 GIRs after splitting 11 (of 14) fairways. He ranks 15th for Putts per GIR so far.
Oct 19 - 5:52 AM

First-round pacesetter Chez Reavie battled a cold putter in round two of CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES in South Korea, settling for a 2-under-par 34-36=70 which dropped him back to solo third spot on 6-under 138.

A 70 was worth plenty in yesterday's cool and windy conditions but not so much in round two which saw Brian Harman shoot 64 and Scott Piercy and Brooks Koepka blast 65s to move into first (-9) and second (-8) respectively. Reavie hit 10 (of 14) fairways and upped his GIR count from 15 to 16 but needed 33 swishes of the putter which was three more than in his opening 68. He looked to be making nice progress today when outpacing a single bogey at 7 with four birdies over his first ten holes but the World No. 64 swallowed back-to-back squares at 15 and 16 before at least giving himself a late boost with a walk-off circle. He ranks 67th in Scrambling and 20th in Putts per GIR up to this point so needs to sharpen up his short game to stay in contention on the weekend.
Oct 19 - 4:55 AM

With a walk-off eagle, Brooks Koepka completed a 7-under-par 33-32=65 in his second round at the CJ CUP on Jeju Island in South Korea, posting 8-under 136 after 36 holes and advancing nine spots up the leaderboard to solo second, just one back from leader Scott Piercy.

After a battling 71 in Thursday's windy opener, the three-time major champ found the going much easier today. He burst out of the gate with a pair of opening birdies and added two more at 5 and 8 before swallowing bogey-6 at the 9th. On the back nine he ticked 12 and 14 before closing out in style with this eagle-3. Koepka, who hit 10 (of 14) fairways, pelted 15 GIRs and took 27 putts, said: "Just keep doing what I'm doing. I'm hitting it well and making putts. I felt like I probably could have shot about 7, 8 under on the front side there, missed a couple." The 28-year-old was in the top four at halfway in all three of his major wins so he's a dangerous customer once he gets the scent of victory. It's no surprise the oddsmakers now have him as clear favorite.
Oct 19 - 4:41 AM



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