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Overnight co-leader Rory Sabbatini settled for a 1-under-par 37-33=70 in his second round of the John Deere Classic.
The absence of a sub-70 is exacerbated by the fact that he hit 15 greens in regulation. Alas, he went 1-for-3 in scrambling with a pair of bogeys while picking off only three birdies. Sabbatini missed three tries inside eight feet. Had each fell, he'd may have been sharing another overnight lead. Instead, he's three back at the midpoint. Jul 11 - 7:35 PM

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Rory Sabbatini lit up TPC Deere Run for a bogey-free, 8-under-par 31-32=63 in his opening round of the John Deere Classic, good for a piece of the clubhouse lead.

The South African has done very little in the last couple of months, so today's round is a bit of a surprise. Sparked by a red-hot putter, He went 8-for-16 in birdie chances, two of which on par 5s. Five of his birdies measured longer than 13 feet. The notables stretched 21'10" and 21'11" at Nos. 4 and 12, respectively. At last check, his strokes gained-putting sat at 3.758.
Jul 10 - 1:50 PM

Rory Sabbatini is back for his third appearance at this week's Quicken Loans National.

Sabbatini missed his last two cuts on the back end of seven straight weeks teeing it up. You can chalk those up to exhaustion if you want, but he's entering on three weeks of rest this week. The South African pulled out of last year's Quicken Loans National citing a back injury after playing his first 12 holes in 8-over-par. As usual, Sabbatini should be considered a high-risk, high-reward option.
Jun 24 - 12:28 PM

Rory Sabbatini tees it up for the seventh week in a row at this week's Memorial Tournament.

This is nothing new for the South African as his yearly schedules are littered with prolonged stretches of golf. Gamers worried about fatigued should take note of his 2011 campaign where he opened with 10 straight weeks of golf including a victory on the eighth week. More important to gamers is the Muirfield Village course history for Sabbatini, with six top 30s in eight appearances.
May 27 - 10:55 AM

Rory Sabbatini polished off his week at the Wells Fargo Championship with a final-round 5-under-par 32-35=67 and is the first to sign for an 8-under 280.

The South African gathered seven birdies to just two bogeys on his final lap around Quail Hollow Club, gaining over three strokes with the putter in the process. Among his highlights were birdies from 14'4" on the par-4 third, 34'3" on the par-4 ninth and 22'3" on the par-3 17th. He struggled with the driver all week, splitting just 22 of 56 fairways for the week with no more than six (of 14) in any round. It's unlikely his clubhouse lead will stand, but it's a nice finish none the less.
May 4 - 2:17 PM

Rory Sabbatini spun a 4-under-par 34-34=68 in the final round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, ending the week at 10-under 278.

Wind was a factor in the last lap around TPC Louisiana, and Sabbatini has proven throughout his career that he can thrive in those conditions. His five birdies were only offset by one bogey, coming at the opening hole after a poor drive. Highlights included a 10'1" birdie at the par-4 fifth and a 14'7 birdie on the par-3 ninth. He entered the week 74th in the FedExCup standings and will leave New Orleans with a top-25 finish.
Apr 27 - 3:32 PM

Rory Sabbatini signed for a 3-under 32-34=68 after his final round of the RBC Heritage.

It was a tidy round for Sabbatini as he continues to enjoy Harbour Town Golf Links. He landed 14 greens in regulation and walked off the final green with 1.617 strokes gained-putting for the round. None of his conversions on the green came from outside 8'1" which came on the par-4 18th hole. The final tally of 5-under 279 will be good enough to secure a top-10 finish for the South African.
Apr 20 - 4:36 PM

Rory Sabbatini carded a 2-under-par 32-37=69 in his opening round of the RBC Heritage.

This is his first start since calling it quits during his second round at Bay Hill with a pinched nerve. He had dealt with a rib injury the week prior. So, even though his track record at Harbour Town is stout -- no worse than a T17 (2012) in his last four trips -- we were right to be concerned about today. Go ahead and dismiss your worry now. He opened with a birdie conversion from 10'4" at the par-4 first hole. He'd add three birdies going out, all from outside 11 feet, the longest coming at the par-3 fourth hole from 18'7". Sabbatini failed to find a par breaker on the back nine, but rattled in par saves from 12'7" and 14'3" at Nos. 14 and 18, respectively, to help ease the sting of bogeys at 12 and 14. He signed his card sitting three strokes off the clubhouse lead and with a strokes gained-putting split clearing 3.420.
Apr 17 - 1:14 PM

Rory Sabbatini is listed in the published field of next week's RBC Heritage.

This is great news for his owners since he's fared no worse than T17 in his last four trips to Hilton Head. He hasn't competed since walking off Bay Hill during his second round of the API on March 21 with a pinched nerve. That chased a reported rib injury during the finale at Copperhead the week before. He's currently 89th in FedExCup points as the Masters continues.
Apr 11 - 8:02 PM

Rory Sabbatini withdrew during his second round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational due to a pinched nerve in his neck

He teed off on the par-4 18th hole, finding the left rough, before walking in. Sabbatini was 1-under-par through eight but 8-over through 26 after an opening 81. We knew about a rib injury suffered while sneezing during the final round at last week's Valspar, so this may be related to it.
Mar 21 - 11:58 AM

Rory Sabbatini carded a final-round 7-over-par 40-38=78 in the Valspar Championship to finish the week at 8-over 292.

The interesting thing about Sabbatini's round wasn't his score, but his injury during the round. As reported by Golf Channel's live telecast, Sabbatini injured a rib during a hard sneeze on the 13th tee. He appeared in agony when coverage picked him up on the 15th hole, but to his credit fought through the round. He is currently listed in the field at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, so the severity of his ailment will be known soon enough.
Mar 16 - 1:56 PM

Rory Sabbatini carded a 1-under-par 35-35=70 in his opening round of the Valspar Championship to grab a share of the clubhouse lead.

He split only five (of 13) fairways and hit nine greens in regulation, but wrangled four birdies against three bogeys to make Kevin Na a clubhouse co-leader. Sabbatini opened birdie-birdie on the back side of Copperhead, and later rolled in a beauty from 51'6" for a deuce at the par-3 15th. He secured a red number with par saves of 11'4" and 14 feet, respectively, at Nos. 3 and 6.
Mar 13 - 1:54 PM

Rory Sabbatini carded a 2-under-par 32-36=68 in the third round of The Honda Classic and reaches the finale at 6-under 204.

The South African won his most recent of six PGA TOUR tournaments at PGA National back in 2011, so that he is in the mix should not be a shocker. After three birdies and six pars to start his afternoon, it appeared that he would contend for the 54-hole lead. He slipped up on the back nine, squaring three bogeys to two birdies and failing to take advantage of the par-5 18th. Expect him to pop his head back up in the finale.
Mar 1 - 5:10 PM

Rory Sabbatini crafted a 5-under-par 33-32=65 in his opening round of The Honda Classic, good for outright possession of the clubhouse lead.

Sabbatini's most recent of six PGA TOUR victories occurred at PGA National in 2011, so he knows and has what it takes to succeed on this track. He split nine (of 13) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation today. While he swallowed two bogeys, he compensated with seven birdies. The set included conversions from 10'7", 20'5" and 12'8" at the fourth, 12th and 15th holes, respectively.
Feb 27 - 1:22 PM

Rory Sabbatini returned to Spyglass Hill this morning to polish off a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in his opening round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

The South African was one of 40 golfers that fell under the cover of darkness on Thursday. Play resumed at 7:45 a.m. PT today. Sabbatini was vintage despite the disjointed opener. He circled an eagle at the par-5 11th hole and six birdies to help offset one bogey and a double. He hit 15 greens in regulation to help set up the low round. With the second round scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m., he'll make the quick trip to Monterey Peninsula Country Club's Shore Course, which is up next in his rotation.
Feb 7 - 11:47 AM