PGA TOUR rookie and World No. 266 Richy Werenski wrapped up his CareerBuilder Challenge debut with a 2-under-par 34-36=70 and a four-day tally of 14-under 274, up one place on the live leaderboard to T9.
This was the 25-year-old's eighth career start, seventh this season, and brushes aside a previous-best T35 at the Safeway Open in Napa. After opening in 69-67-68, he began R4 on 12-under (T10), five back of 54-hole leader Adam Hadwin. The Georgia Tech alum (2014) was 4-under thru 16 holes, outpacing bogey-6 at eight with birdies at 1, 5, 7, 13 and 14, but swallowed a double bogey-5 at the 17th after putting this tee ball into the water.
World No. 150 Martin Laird carded a 3-under-par 34-35=69 in the final round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to finish up his 10th straight appearance on 14-under 274, up four places to T9 with play still in progress.
The 34-year-old's previous best is T14 in 2012. This might be his first top 10, but it'll be his fifth top 25. After posting rounds of 68-66-71-69, he's now put 24 consecutive rounds in the red at the CBC. For the week, he had two eagle-2s and 16 birdies against six bogeys, and has opened this season with four top-30 finishes and 16 straight sub-par rounds. This will be his third top 15 in 2016-17 and a possible second top 10, joining a T8 at the Safeway in Napa.
World No. 79 Sean O'Hair signed for a 3-under-par 33-36=69 after the final round of the CareerBuilder Challenge for a four-day total of 14-under 274, currently T10 on the leaderboard.
The 34-year-old was making his sixth appearance with a previous-best T28 last year. He arrived off top-11 finishes in his last two starts, including a T11 last week on Oahu where he closed in 6-under 64. The Texan began R4 on 11-under (T13) after kicking off in 67-69-69. A par at the last and he would've book-ended 67s, but he doubled the par-4 last after hitting his tee shot into the water. Prior to that, O'Hair had silenced bogey-6 at 11 with six birdies at holes 2, 5, 8, 14, 16 and 17.
Past champ and World No. 9 Patrick Reed twirled a 7-under-par 33-32=65 in today's final round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to conclude his fifth straight appearance on 13-under 275, up 39 places on the live leaderboard to T14 and good for the low round in the clubhouse.
The 2014 winner was the top-ranked player in the field and the pre-tourney fave at 14/1. He was never a factor, but finished on a high note, outpacing a lone bogey-5 at the 14th with eight birdies, including three straight on holes 15-17 for a stellar 1.300 putts per GIR. For the week, the Texan circled 18 birdies against five bogeys and is currently T74 (of 77 players) in driving accuracy at 48.21 percent (27/56) and 75th in greens in regulation at 59.72 percent (43/72).
Web.com Tour grad Scott Stallings authored a 6-under-par 35-31=66 in the final round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to wrap his seventh straight appearance on 15-under 273, up 12 spots on the live leaderboard to T9.
The World No. 397 began the final frame on 9-under (T21) after opening laps of 67-71-69. He striped 11 (of 14) fairways and pelted 16 greens in regulation, currently No. 1 in SG: Tee-to-Green in R4 at 5.106. The Tennessee Tech alum squared bogey-4s at 6 and 13, but erased them with six birdies and a pitch-in eagle-3 at the 16th (from 44'6" away), concluding his round eagle-birdie-birdie finish.
World No. 33 Francesco Molinari crafted a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in today's final round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to finish up on 13-under 275, up 18 places to T14 with play still in progress.
The 34-year-old, idle since a T4 at the DP World Tour Championship 11 weeks ago, was making his third straight appearance with a best of T10 on debut in 2015. He began the final round on 8-under (T32) after kicking off in 69-73-66. The Italian was bogey-free 6-under thru 15 holes, highlighted by a hole-out eagle-2 at the seventh (from 94 yards away), before a bogey-6 at the 16th completed his scoring. He hit all 14 fairways and is currently No. 1 in that stat at 87.50 percent (49/56).
With rounds of 70-70-69=209, World No. 287 Steven Bowditch made the scheduled 54-hole cut at the CareerBuilder Challenge by two shots, his first made cut since T70 (of 74 players) at the 2016 FedEx St. Jude Classic back in June.
The 33-year-old also played four rounds at the no-cut WGC-Bridgestone in July but finished 58th (last place) on 28-over 82-72-80-74=308. His 2-under 70 in R1 was just his second sub-par round in his last 32 laps, so the 2-time PGA TOUR winner has to be encouraged.
Martin Kaymer gained and then lost the final round lead of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, eventually carding 3-under-par 33-36=69 as he had to settle for T3 on 15-under 273.
The German's curious relationship with the Abu Dhabi GC continues. He's a three-time champion, but is perhaps best known for blowing a 10-shot mid-final round lead two years ago, since when he is yet to lift another trophy. He was again in possession of the lead after eight holes this Sunday, after he followed an early birdie at No. 2 with a hat-trick of them from the 6th, the first of which came courtesy of an enormous 45'0" putt. It went swiftly wrong, however. He made bogeys at 9 and 10, and then at 13 he executed a superb chip from thick rough only to miss the 3'0" par putt. He made eagle at the last, but his race had been run before then; he had teed off on the hole three behind winner Tommy Fleetwood. Another scar? Or a reminder that he's very close to winning again?