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Rory Sabbatini has been added to the published field of this week's Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
The South African surprisingly missed the cut last week at Harbour Town where he finished no worse than T17 in his previous five trips, so he chose not to take a week off and committed to the annual stop in the bayou as a late entry. Sabbatini tied for second here in 2009, but he also shared 17th place last year. He's pieced together a bit of all-or-nothing of late as his only payday in six starts entering the weeks is a T11 at PGA National. It's one of six top 25s among just seven cuts made in 2014-15. Apr 20 - 11:32 AM

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Rory Sabbatini is back for a seventh time at Hilton Head Island and enters the week ranked 69th in FedExCup points.

Sabbatini's 5-for-6 at Harbour Town GL (all top 17s or better) including back-to-back T9s in 2013 and 2014. On the season he has six top 25s in 12 events, including top 10s early on (T8, CIMB Classic and T6, Sony Open), but limps in with MCs in four of his last five. He's 21st on TOUR in scoring average despite ranking 142nd in strokes gained: putting.
Apr 14 - 5:41 PM

Rory Sabbatini completed 72 holes of The Honda Classic in 2-under-par 278 to join the clubhouse co-leaders.

The trio that includes Joost Luiten and George McNeill will be lucky to finish inside the top 10, but there has to be satisfaction of finishing this slogfest strong. Sabbatini closed with a 4-under 34-32=66 and in style, pouring in a biride from just inside 15 feet at the par-4 ninth hole. It was his fifth of the day and fourth ranging 14-17 feet. He won this event in 2011, but this week's effort is his first top 30 at PGA National since. It's also his sixth top 25 of 2014-15, two of which are top 10s (CIMB, Sony).
Mar 2 - 9:50 AM

Rory Sabbatini toured PGA National's Champion Course in 2-under-par 32-36=68 in today's opening round of The Honda Classic.

The 2011 winner of the Honda hasn't fared better than T33 in his three previous return trips, and today's score could have been higher despite the fact that he totaled 15 greens in regulation. Sabbatini buried three birdies and squared a three-putt bogey at the par-4 eighth hole, but he also needed par saves to drop from 10'3", 32'8" and 12 feet at the 12th, 16th and fourth holes, respectively. He's just three strokes off the clubhouse lead.
Feb 26 - 2:12 PM

Rory Sabbatini has been removed from the published field of this week's Farmers Insurance Open.

Sabbatini is a veteran of 13 editions of this tournament, but he stopped being a regular in 2009, having committed just twice since. The good news is that last week's T22 in Arizona was his fifth top 25 in seven starts this season. He's cashed in each of his last six and ranks 31st in the FedExCup standings.
Feb 2 - 12:45 PM

Rory Sabbatini torched PGA West's Nicklaus Private to the tune of a bogey-free, 9-under-par 33-30=63 during his third round of the Humana Challenge to reach 14-under 202.

The South African was nearly flawless in relatively tough scoring conditions as the winds picked up today. He found 15 greens in regulation and optimized his conversions today. Six birdies on the back-nine alone will surely give Sabbatini confidence heading into this week's finale. He now has 46 straight holes without a bogey and will make a run at his seventh PGA TOUR title.
Jan 24 - 6:40 PM

Rory Sabbatini blitzed Waialae Country Club for a bogey-free 7-under-par 30-33=63 in the final round of the Sony Open to secure a top-10 finish at 12-under 268.

Sabbatini began his day on the back nine, and quickly netted three birdies and an 11'6" eagle on the par-5 18th. He would tack on a pair of birdies on the front nine to conclude his round. Perhaps the biggest surprise is that he scored as well as he did while finding just 10 GIR. The South African opened with a 64, so his bookends were solid. The trouble came in the middle of the tournament, as he followed a second-round 67 with a 74 on Saturday.
Jan 18 - 7:24 PM

Rory Sabbatini piled on his opening 64 at the Sony Open in Hawaii with a 3-under-par 32-35=67 to reach the break in 9-under 131.

The South African split 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 12 greens in regulation at Waialae today. While he swallowed a pair of bogeys coming in, he also found five birdies. The longest measured just 11'2" at the par-4 second. Sabbatini is three strokes off the pace of the 36-hole leaders.
Jan 16 - 10:32 PM

Rory Sabbatini carded a 6-under-par 31-33=64 in his opening round of the Sony Open in Hawaii, finishing two strokes in arrears of the clubhouse co-leaders.

Sabbatini and his love affair with Hawaii is well-documented, but it's been some time since he's enjoyed his stay, at least inside the ropes. He hasn't cracked the top 25 at Waialae since 2011 (T13). Today's loop may be a harbinger for a return to success. He went 7-for-14 in birdie opportunities, four of which falling from outside 12 feet. The set included conversions from 21'1" and 28'8" at Nos. 14 and 17, respectively. Sabbatini's only miscue was a bogey-4 at the eighth hole where he short-sided his tee ball into a greenside bunker.
Jan 15 - 5:28 PM

Rory Sabbatini owns two runner-up finishes in the Sony Open and returns to Waialae Country Club for this week's edition.

Sabbatini has competed in this tournament 16 times in the past, making the cut on 11 occasions. While his recent trend has been poor in this event, digressing from a T13 in 2011 to a T29, T59 and MC in his last three attempts, he still has some value in DFS games. He tied for eighth in the CIMB Classic two starts ago, so it appears that nothing was wrong with his game before the holiday break.
Jan 14 - 3:49 PM

Rory Sabbatini started the 2014-15 season with 3-of-4 cuts made, entering the holiday break ranked 55th in the FedExCup standings.

The South African kicked off the new season off with a disappointing 73 in the first round of the Shriners Hospital for Children Open. Since then, he has signed for six rounds of 68 or better over his last 13 rounds. The highlight of the early season was a final-round 66 at the CIMB Classic, securing a top 10 finish, T8 when all was said and done. Sabbatini has made the FedExCup Playoffs each and every year, and gamers should expect more of the same in 2014-15.
Mon, Dec 1, 2014 09:15:00 AM

Rory Sabbatini converted seven birdies en route to a 6-under-par 32-34=66 in his final round of the CIMB Classic.

The South African's only miscue occurred at the par-3 15th hole, which he bogeyed. At the time he signed his card, he sat at 10-under 278 with sole possession of the 72-hole clubhouse lead. Sabbatini will pick up his second consecutive top 25 after last week's T22 in Georgia.
Sun, Nov 2, 2014 01:50:00 AM

Rory Sabbatini turned in a 4-under-par 32-34=66 in his third round of The McGladrey Classic to post 7-under 203 and sit two swings adrift of the 54-hole clubhouse lead.

Sabbatini arrived in the Golden Isles without a top-35 finish in his last 11 starts, so he's a relative surprise near the top of the leaderboard entering the final round at Seaside. He split 12 (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation today en route to an eagle-3 (from 31-and-a-half feet at the 15th hole) and four birdies, all ranging 10-16 feet. He also bogeyed two holes where he missed the green in regulation.
Sat, Oct 25, 2014 03:36:00 PM

Rory Sabbatini has played in 11 Shriners Hospitals for Children Opens and is back at TPC Summerlin this week.

While he scored a couple of top-five finishes in 2001 and 2002, his recent returns in Las Vegas have been awful. Beginning in 2008, he's missed the cut on three occasions and was forced to withdraw from another. He did not play the Open last week, so this is his maiden voyage for the 2014-15 season.
Mon, Oct 13, 2014 09:00:00 PM

Rory Sabbatini returns to Paramus, New Jersey, as he attempts to tackle Ridgewood Country Club at The Barclays this week.

The South African enters the week as a tournament horse, posting top 25s in five of the seven Barclays during the Playoff era. Two of those came at this week's venue, including a share of 5th place in his 2010 trip to Ridgewood. Sabbatini enters the week right on the Deutsche Bank bubble, ranked 97th in the FedExCup standings, and will be welcoming to any and all FEC points he can scrape up. His fantastic play in this region makes him an intriguing off the radar sleeper, but don't mistake that for reliability.
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 09:37:00 AM