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Blayne Barber carded a 2-under-par 35-35=70 in the final round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and posted 17-under 271, currently tied eighth on the tightly-packed leaderboard.

Barber started the final round at 15-under (T3) and just one shot back of the 54-hole leaders. With premium scoring conditions and lift, clean and place in effect, the 25-year-old was not able to keep pace with the pack, circling five birdies against one bogey and a costly double bogey-5 at the par-3 17th, finding the water off the tee. Barber's career (and season) best on TOUR are a pair of T9s back in November.
Apr 26 - 4:18 PM

Jim Herman painted a bogey-free 7-under-par 32-33=65 in the final round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to post 19-under 269 and the early clubhouse lead.

Herman began his final frame at 12-under (T14) and four shots back of the 54-hole mark. He circled his first birdie on the par-5 second, converting from 10'6", but it was his second par breaker that set the tone, canning a 47'5" bomb on No. 6. That led to four birdies over his next five holes, adding a final birdie on the par-5 18th. The 37-year-old's career-best finish on the PGA TOUR is T7 at Honda (this year) and this outing will surely best that.
Apr 26 - 3:50 PM

Danny Lee tacked on a 4-under-par 35-33=68 in the third round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to post 14-under 202, two shots adrift of the 54-hole lead.

Lee started his third round at 10-under and in an eight-way tie for fifth. The 24-year-old striped 12 (of 14) fairways and hit 15 greens in regulation but required 29 putts on his round. That included 16 putts on his outward nine, where he converted just 1-of-8 par-breaker chances, holing a 15'2" putt for birdie on the par-4 sixth. Lee added consecutive birdies on Nos. 13 and 14 (among three circles on the back), the latter being of the chip-in variety from 11 yards right of the target.
Apr 26 - 2:36 PM

Jim Herman enjoyed a 5-under-par 34-33=67 in the third round of the Zurich Classic to post 12-under 204, four shots adrift of the 54-hole leaders.

Prior to this week, Herman was 0-for-3 at TPC Louisiana. The Web.com Tour grad sits 20th on the reshuffle list and was looking for a big week in NOLA. The 37-year-old striped 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation en route to his seven birdie, two bogey loop. You knew it might be Herman's day when he holed a 35'9" monster for birdie on his opening hole. He added par breakers on Nos. 2, 7, 12, 13, 16 and 17 and squared his second (and last) bogey on the par-4 15th, three-jacking from 36'8".
Apr 26 - 1:20 PM

Jason Day authored a 4-under-par 32-36=68 in the third round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to post 16-under 200 and co-leads after 54 holes.

Day, the 36-hole overnight leader, began the day with a one-shot lead over three players. At the conclusion of the round, he was able to maintain a share of the top spot. The 27-year-old found nine (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation en route to a five birdie, one bogey round. Four of his par breakers came on his outward nine including three straight on Nos. 5, 6 and 7, highlighted by a 27'3" drop at the sixth. After adding a 34-foot bomb for birdie on the par-3 14th, he dropped his lone shot on 15, failing to save par from 15 yards right of the hole.
Apr 26 - 12:40 PM

Justin Rose twirled a bogey-free 7-under-par 33-32=65 in today's third round of the Zurich Classic to post 16-under 200 and take possession of the clubhouse lead. UPDATE: Justin Rose ended up with a share of the 54-hole lead.

Rose, a Zurich brand ambassador, started round three at 9-under (T13) and three shots back of the 36-hole mark. He raced out of the gate with three birdies in his opening three holes. He cooled off, ending his front nine with six consecutive pars, scrambling successfully on Nos. 4 and 6 and missing a 4'7" birdie putt on the fifth. Back-to-back birdies on 10 and 11 jump started his round again but he had to scramble for pars three more times on 12, 13 and 16, ending with just 24 putts on the round.
Apr 26 - 11:50 AM

David Hearn crafted a bogey-free 5-under-par 32-35=67 in the third round of the Zurich Classic to post 14-under 202.

With today's third round, Hearn has now bagged 11 consecutive sub-par rounds at TPC Louisiana. The 35-year-old started the festivities at 9-under (T13) and three shots back of the 36-hole leader. On his loop, he striped 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 15 greens in regulation. The Canuck circled five birdies (four on the front) with his set ranging 23 inches (sticking his approach from 115 yards out on No. 8) to 12'2".
Apr 26 - 11:37 AM

Blayne Barber spun a bogey-free 8-under-par 31-33=64 in the third round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to post 15-under 201, good for the early clubhouse lead.

Barber started round three at 7-under (T23) and five shots off the 36-hole lead. He circled eight birdies in a spotless round to vault up the leaderboard. After a routine par on No. 1, he chipped in for his first par breaker on the par-5 second from six yards right of the hole. He added four more birdies on the front including three straight on Nos. 7, 8 and 9. The 35-year-old added three more birdies on the back on 12, 17 and 18. Barber hit 11 (of 14) fairways, 13 greens in regulation and required just 23 putts.
Apr 26 - 10:27 AM

The third round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans was suspended for fog at 7:53 a.m. CT. Players are being held in place. UPDATE: Play resumed at 7:59 a.m.

Well, that didn't last long. The resumption of the already-delayed third round began at 7:30 a.m. and lasted a grand total of 23 minutes prior to it being halted. Blayne Barber began the third round at 7-under-par (T23) and five shots off the pace. He is currently 6-under on the day and had completed 13 holes when the horn sounded.
Apr 26 - 9:09 AM

Alexander Levy's bid to win back-to-back Volvo China Opens came up short although he kept it alive until the 72nd hole.

The Frenchman had to settle for a 1-over-par 38-35=73 on Sunday, his final total of 7-under 281 leaving him two shots behind winner Ashun Wu. Levy mixed a bogey, a par and a birdie over his opening three holes at Tomson Shanghai Pudong Golf Club but suffered a big setback with a double bogey-5 at the eighth. A dropped shot at 12 looked to have ended his chance but birdies at 13, 14 and 17 against a bogey at 15 kept a finger or two on the trophy. He needed to eagle the last to get into a playoff but, despite two big blows to the left of the green, Levy needed three more to get down and had to settle for tied third. The 24-year-old split just 5 (of 14) fairways in the final round and hit only 10 greens in regulation.
Apr 26 - 5:43 AM

Prom Meesawat carded a closing 1-under-par 35-36=71 at the Volvo China Open to finish at 7-under 281, good enough for tied third place.

A bogey at the second hole didn't bode well for the Thai but he responded with birdies at the third and fifth to get his round back on track. In tough conditions at windy Tomson Shanghai Pudong Golf Club, he mixed two birdies and two bogeys after that, a walk-off par breaker at 18 securing his joint second best finish on the European Tour. Meesawat split nine (of 14) fairways and was 6-for-8 in scrambling after finding just 10 greens in regulation. On the week, he was 19-for-26 in scrambling which highlights the strength of his game.
Apr 26 - 5:32 AM

David Howell lost the China Open in agonizing style after a three-putt bogey from just off the green at the 72nd hole left him at 8-under 280, one behind winner Ashun Wu.

The six at 18 was the final stroke of an even-par 35-37=72 that wasn't good enough to get it done. Howell mixed four birdies against two bogeys over the first 11 holes, with a par breaker at 10 taking him 10-under. He dropped a shot for the third day running at 14 to fall back into a tie and made a great up and down from sand at 17 to stay there. But, at the par-5 18th, Howell carelessly hit his lay up into rough, came up just short of the green with his third and took three more to get down. The stats are revealing. Hitting just seven greens in regulation put too much pressure on his short game and it eventually cracked at the death, leaving Howell in solo second.
Apr 26 - 5:23 AM

World No. 247 Ashun Wu became the first Chinese golfer to win a European Tour event on home soil as he captured the Volvo China Open by a shot.

Playing in the penultimate group, the 29-year-old carded a steady 1-under-par 36-35=71 in the closing round at Tomson Shanghai Pudong Golf Club to post 9-under 279. David Howell had a chance to beat it with a birdie at the par-5 18th but the Englishman made bogey after a three-putt from just off the green, handing Wu his place in the history books. The man from China birdied just twice on his final lap, from 15 feet at the fifth and six feet at the 10th. He dropped his only shot at the eighth after failing to escape from sand. "It’s a wonderful day today," said Wu, who was playing in only his 26th European Tour event. "Everyone knows it’s very tough today, I played very good today and I’ve enjoyed this week. It’s very special winning the China Open and it’s very exciting. I have many friends here, and they helped me a lot and pushed me to play well." He becomes the first Chinese player to win on the European Tour since W.C. Liang at the 2007 Singapore Masters.
Apr 26 - 5:09 AM

A visit to the water on his penultimate hole cost Emiliano Grillo a chance of victory at the Volvo China Open.

The Argentine had to settle for T3 after a closing 3-under-par 33-36=69 left him at 7-under 281 -- two short of winner Ashun Wu. Grillo held a share of the lead walking off the 16th tee but a double bogey-5 at 17 and a par at the long 18th ensured another near miss for the youngster, who lost a playoff on the PGA TOUR's Puerto Rico Open last month. He made his move early in the closing round with four birdies against a single bogey in the first seven holes, while further par breakers at 13 and 15 suggested it was going to be his day. Then came the late slip. Grillo, who hit 14 greens in regulation for the third round running, should remain an automatic picks for gamers in fields like this as his turn will surely come soon.
Apr 26 - 4:56 AM

The third round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans was suspended for darkness at 7:32 p.m. CT.

After a delay of four hours and 43 minutes, the third round resumed at 5:57 p.m. Jason Day, the 36-hole leader, didn't start his round until 6:35 p.m. and had completed only three holes when play was called for the evening. All 71 players are on the course in threesomes. The restart at TPC Louisiana is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. on Sunday.
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