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Making his tournament debut, overnight leader and PGA TOUR rookie Austin Cook coughed up a 3-over-par 38-37=75 in the final round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, plummeting 13 spots to T14 on 16-under 272 and dropping to 1-for-2 as 54-hole leader/co-leader.

After kicking off in 63-70-64, the World No. 118 began with a one-shot lead over two players. Playing out of the final threesome, he hit eight (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, losing 2.616 strokes off-the-tee, 1.212 approaching-the-green, and 4.251 tee-to-green. The 26-year-old, chasing his second TOUR title in 17 career events, second this season in seven starts, overshadowed two birdie-3s at holes 7 and 12 with bogey-4 at 6 and two doubles at 5 and 10 after hitting balls into the water on both. He posted 1.818 putts per GIR and 0.485 SG: Putting with 28 total putts. The Arkansas native and resident improves to 7-for-7 on the season with six top 25s, four straight, and one top 10 (Win, RSM).
Jan 21 - 8:50 PM

Second-round leader and World No. 184 Andrew Landry, a pre-tourney 150/1 outright, fashioned a 4-under-par 34-34=68 in the final round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to match top-ranked Jon Rahm on 22-under 268, and then lost on the fourth playoff hole, third playing of the par-4 18th, dropping his record to 0-1 in sudden death and 0-for-1 as 36-hole leader/co-leader. UPDATE: Landry leaps 82 spots to a career-high 102nd in OWGR.

The 30-year-old, making his second appearance (CUT/2016), bags his fourth career top 10 and first runner-up in 26 career events, brushing aside a previous-best T4 at the RSM two starts ago. He improves to 4-for-7 on the season with three top 25s, all doubling as top 10s. After opening in 63-65-70, the Arkansas alum began T2, one back of 54-hole leader and playing competitor Austin Cook. Playing out of the final threesome, he found eight (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, erasing a lone bogey-4 at No. 6 with five circles at 1, 5, 9 and 18, the latter from 11'0" to force extra time. The Texan posted 1.615 putts per GIR and 2.026 SG: Putting with 27 total putts. In extra time, he couldn't convert a couple of birdie chances to win, and then couldn't match Rahm's mid-range birdie-3 at 18 although one inch closer. For the week, Landry had one eagle and 21 birdies against one bogey.
Jan 21 - 8:36 PM

Beginning the day two shots back, first-round leader and World No. 3 Jon Rahm painted a bogey-free 5-under-par 34-33=67 in the final round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to match Andrew Landry on 22-under 266, and then won with a mid-range birdie-3 on the fourth playoff hole (third tour of the par-4 18th), improving his record to 1-0 in sudden death and 1-for-3 as 18-hole leader/co-leader. UPDATE: Rahm moves to a career-high 2nd in OWGR and a career-high 2nd in the FedExCup standings.

The 23-year-old, a pre-tourney 8/1 fave outright, bags his second TOUR title in 38 career events (33 pro), joining his come-from-behind win at the 2017 Farmers 21 starts ago. He's now 2-for-2 at the CBC (T34/2017) and 3-for-3 on the season after T36 at the WGC-HSBC and solo 2nd at the Sentry TOC. After kicking off in 62-67-70, the Arizona State alum began T4, two shy of leader Austin Cook. Playing out of the penultimate threesome, he hit 10 (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, circling five at Nos. 4, 7, 10, 13 and 14, two from between 17 and 19 feet. After missing a 13-footer at the last to win in regulation, and a 9-footer for birdie and the win on the first tour of the 18th, he finally dispatched Landry, who gamely made birdie-3 from 11'0" on the 72nd hole to force extra time.
Jan 21 - 8:15 PM

World No. 60 Adam Hadwin crafted a 4-under-par 36-32=68 in the final round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to finish up on 20-under 268, up three places to a season-best T3, two shy of a two-man playoff involving Andrew Landry and eventual champ Jon Rahm.

This was the 30-year-old's fourth cash in four appearances, third top 25 and third straight top 10 after T6/2016 and solo 2nd last year, where he was the 54-hole leader by one. He's now 5-for-5 on the season, though the other four were no-cut events, and this was his first top-30 finish. After opening in 66-67-67, the Louisville alum began T6 on 16-under, three back of 54-hole leader Austin Cook. Playing out of the penultimate threesome, he hit eight (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, gaining 2.305 strokes approaching-the-green and 4.207 tee-to-green. The Canadian recorded 1.786 putts per GIR and -0.973 SG: Putting with 28 total putts.
Jan 21 - 7:59 PM

World No. 305 Martin Piller tacked on a 2-under-par 35-35=70 in the final round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to post 20-under 268, dipping one spot to a career-best T3, two swings adrift of a two-man playoff involving Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry.

This was the Texas A&M alum's 55th career TOUR start, clipping a previous best of T4 recorded two times, most recently at the OHL three starts ago. He improves to 4-for-7 on the season with two top 25s, both top 5s, and 2-for-3 at the CBC with two top 25s, one top 10. After kicking off in 64-67-67, the 32-year-old began in a two-way T2 on 18-under, one shy of 54-hole leader Austin Cook. Playing out of the final threesome, he landed nine (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, gaining 0.783 strokes off-the-tee but losing 0.483 on approach. The Dallas native and resident squared three bogeys at holes 6, 9 and 10, outpaced by five circles at 2, 7, 8, 11 and 14, all from inside of 12 feet. He posted 1.636 putts per GIR and 0.523 SG: Putting with 26 total putts. For the week, Piller was T1 in total birdies with 28 versus eight bogeys.
Jan 21 - 7:48 PM

World No. 124 Scott Piercy stalled out to a 2-under-par 33-37=70 in the final round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to conclude on 19-under 269, down two spots to T6, three shots short of a two-man playoff involving Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry.

After opening in 68-65-66, the SDSU alum began T4 on 17-under, two back of 54-hole leader Austin Cook. Playing out of the penultimate threesome, he landed 10 (of 14) fairways and conjured 10 greens in regulation, gaining 3.332 strokes around-the-green. The 39-year-old, looking for his fourth TOUR title in 242 career events, first since the 2015 Barbasol, went out in 3-under, but came home in 1-over. He carded four circles at holes 2, 6, 8 and 15, adding a hole-out eagle-3 at 5 from 55'1" away, taking some luster off with four squares at 1, 3, 10 and 13. He posted 1.600 putts per GIR and -2.416 SG: Putting with 25 total putts. The Las Vegas native and resident improves to 4-for-7 at the CBC with two top 25s and one top 10. He's now 5-for-5 on the seaason with three top 25s, two straight, and one top 10.
Jan 21 - 7:31 PM

Making his tournament debut, PGA TOUR rookie and World No. 329 Brandon Harkins pieced together a 2-under-par 35-35=70 in the final round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to post 18-under 270, down two places to a career-best T8 and the only top-10 finisher of 28 first-timers.

All 23 rookies on TOUR this season were at the CBC and the Cal State-Chico alum was the only to post a top 10. It's his fifth top 25 of the season in seven starts and second top 10, eclipsing a T9 at the Safeway. After opening in 64-68-68, the 31-year-old began T6 on 16-under, three shy of 54-hole leader Austin Cook. He conjured six (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, gaining 0.914 strokes approaching-the-green. The California native outpaced two bogey-5s at holes 9 and 15 with four circles at 4, 5, 11 and 13. He posted 1.727 putts per GIR and 0.764 SG: Putting with 26 total putts. For the week, the Scottsdale, Arizona, resident totaled two eagles, T1 for the week, and 20 birdies versus six bogeys.
Jan 21 - 7:16 PM

World No. 142 Jason Kokrak bobbed and weaved to a 3-under-par 34-35=69 in the final round of the CareerBuilder Challenge for a four-day total of 18-under 270, up one place to T8.

The 32-year-old improves to 3-for-6 at the CBC with two top 25 and two top 10s (T8/2013). It's his fourth top 25 of the season in seven starts and second top 10, joining a T7 at the Sanderson Farms. After opening in 63-67-71, the Xavier alum began T9 on 15-under, four back of 54-hole leader Austin Cook. He conjured four (of 14) fairways and hit 12 greens in regulation, losing 1.388 strokes off-the-tee but gaining 1.236 on approach. The North Carolina resident carded seven birdies, including five straight at 12-16, taking some luster off with back-nine bogeys at 10 and 17 (water ball) and double bogey-6 at 18. He recorded 1.500 putts per GIR and 2.109 SG: Putting with 25 total putts.
Jan 21 - 6:56 PM

World No. 32 Kevin Chappell authored a 5-under-par 34-33=67 in the final round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to finish off on 19-under 269, up four spots on the live leaderboard to T7, one back of 72-hole clubhouse leader John Huh. UPDATE: With play completed, Chappell finished T6, three shots short of a two-man playoff involving Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry.

After opening in 71-64-67, the UCLA product began T11 on 14-under, one short of the overnight top 10 and five adrift of 54-hole leader Austin Cook. He hit eight (of 14) fairways and pelted 16 greens in regulation, currently T1 for the day in GIR and T2 for the week at 80.56 percent (58/72). The 31-year-old squared a lone bogey-4 at 13 (3-putt from 56'10"), outpaced by six birdies at 3, 9-12 and 16, three from between 16 and 31 feet. He registered 1.750 putts per GIR and -0.869 SG: Putting, needing 30 total putts. The Californian is now 6-for-6 at the CBC with two top 25s and two top 10s (T8/2013). He's 3-for-4 on the season with three top 25s and one top 10.
Jan 21 - 6:39 PM

World No. 433 John Huh painted a 6-under-par 34-32=66 in the final round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to post 20-under 268, up eight places to T3, good for the 72-hole clubhouse lead and his first top-10 finish since T9 at the Valspar last March (22 starts ago). UPDATE: With play completed, Huh finished T3, two swings short of a two-man playoff involving Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry.

After opening in 68-69-65, the UC-Northridge product began T11 on 14-under, one shy of the overnight top 10 and five back of 54-hole leader Austin Cook. He hit 10 (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, gaining 1.882 strokes on approach and 4.302 tee-to-green. The 27-year-old squared two bogeys at Nos. 1 and 13, offset by six birdies at 7-9, 11, 12 and 17, two from between 16 and 21 feet, adding a hole-out eagle-3 at 16 from 89'11" away. He posted 1.333 putts per GIR and 0.951 SG: putting with 24 total putts. This was the Dallas resident's fourth CBC, third cash, second top 25 (T24/2016) and first top 10. It was his fourth cash of the season in seven starts, second top 25 (T25, OHL) and first top 10.
Jan 21 - 6:25 PM

World No. 287 Harris English styled a 6-under-par 35-31=66 in the final round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to finish up on 17-under 271, up 21 spots to T12 with play still in progress. UPDATE: With play completed, English finished T11.

The 28-year-old was making his sixth appearance, is a perfect 6-for-6, and this is his second top 25 after T19 on debut in 2012. It's his second cash of the season in seven starts, second straight, joining a 64th-place finish at the Sony. The Georgia alum also records his first top 25 since T22 at the Quicken Loans last July. After opening in 67-68-70, he began T33 on 11-under, four short of the overnight top 10. The Georgian landed nine (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, gaining 1.602 strokes off-the-tee and 3.732 tee-to-green. He squared a lone bogey-6 at five, outpaced by five circles at 8-11 and 17, adding a hole-out eagle-3 at 16 from a greenside bunker 82'8" away. English's split included three from between 13 and 24 feet and one from the fringe from 13'8". He recorded 1.643 putts per GIR and 1.587 SG: Putting with 27 total putts.
Jan 21 - 5:46 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, three-time Web.com Tour grad and World No. 250 Sam Saunders spun an 8-under-par 30-34=64 in the final round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to conclude on 18-under 270, up 37 places on the live leaderboard to T5, good for the low round of the day thus far and tying the low round of the week on the Stadium Course with Kevin Chappell/R2. UPDATE: With play completed, Saunders' 64 was the low round of the day and finished T8.

The 30-year-old was making his seventh appearance and this is his first cash. It was his sixth start of the season, second top 25 and second straight, and first top 10. After opening in 70-67-69, the Clemson product began on 10-under, five shy of the overnight top 10 and nine adrift of 54-hole leader Austin Cook. He hit seven (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, offsetting a lone bogey-4 at 13 with nine birdies at 10-13, four consecutive at 2-5, and two more at 7 and 9. The Floridian's split featured four from between 11 and 23 feet, adding a hole-out birdie at 10 from 31'1" away. He posted 1.467 putts per GIR and 4.328 SG: Putting with 25 total putts. For the week, Saunders totaled 28 birdies, currently No. 1 in that stat, against 10 bogeys.
Jan 21 - 5:13 PM

Thomas Pieters toiled to a final round of level-par 36-36=72 to end the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on 17-under 271, T5 and five shots back of winner Tommy Fleetwood.

It was a five hour case of one step forward, two steps back for the Belgian on Sunday. An early birdie at the second was bettered by his pre-round co-leader Ross Fisher's eagle, but was no bad thing in itself. Back-to-back bogeys at 5 and 6, on the other hand, were. Par breakers at 8 and 10 seemed to draw him back into a title bid however an errant approach, from the fairway, at the 417-yard par-4 11th found sand and he then three-putted for double bogey-6. Recompense came at the 13th with an approach to 8'0" and a solid birdie putt. At the par-3 15th he sent his tee shot to kick-in range, but was clearly aware that his victory bid was over and ended the day with a limp double bogey-6 at the vulnerable par-5 18th. His own report was telling: "Without the wind I played good and in the wind I didn't play that good."
Jan 21 - 8:49 AM

Matthew Fitzpatrick closed with a hat-trick of birdies to confirm a first top ten in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship; his final round 3-under-par 35-34=69 left him T3 on 18-under 270, four shots back of winner Tommy Fleetwood.

Although a U.A.E. winner in the 2016 DP World Tour Championship Fitzpatrick had labored somewhat in past renewals of this tournament (MC-T26-MC), but his Sunday circuit changed that. For most of the week he had been superb on the front nine (notching 33-33-29) but this time he managed only eight pars and one birdie (at 4) for 35. On the back nine an early bogey at 11 hinted at trouble but he ticked 16, 17 and 18 to leap from T8. Small margins, but with a Ryder Cup to qualify for, such finishes will matter this season.
Jan 21 - 8:37 AM

Rory McIlroy struggled to find third gear in the final round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship; his 2-under-par 34-36=70 left him T3 on 18-under 270, four back of the winner Tommy Fleetwood.

With birdie at the par-5 second McIlroy briefly joined a four-way tie at the top of the leaderboard, but shortly afterwards Ross Fisher burst clear of the pack and on the back nine Tommy Fleetwood overhauled him. McIlroy meanwhile failed to crank his way through those gears, adding two more front nine birdies (at 4 and 8), but adding a bogey at the sixth. He was wayward from the tee all day and at 14 it forced him to complete a smart scramble from the front of the green to stay within two of the lead; his day in microcosm. Perhaps the rough edges which hadn't been apparent all week, were suddenly snagging in the heat of battle? On 17 his approach came up short in sand, had a horrible lie and he failed to save par; the title bid, already stretched by Fleetwood's back nine blitz, was over despite a 72nd hole birdie. "Overall I'm happy," he said. "I saw some really, really positive signs. My attitude, patience, comfort level were really good all week."
Jan 21 - 8:30 AM


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