PGA Golfer

PGA Golfer

Player News

Date:

Jamie Donaldson chased his opening 68 at The Honda Classic with a 1-over-par 35-36=71 in his second round to post 1-under 139 at the break.

The Welshman concluded his draw on Friday and sits five swing in arrears of the 36-hole clubhouse lead. He split 10 (of 14) fairways, but found only 10 greens in regulation in his second round. Neither of his birdies was a gimme. The first disappeared from 22'7" at the par-3 17th hole; the second found the cup at the par-5 third from 23'2". Donaldson also poured in a par save from 15'10" at the par-4 13th for good measure. This is a solid primer for next week's World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, too.
Feb 28 - 8:23 AM

At 1-under-par 69-70=139, Paul Casey sits five strokes adrift of the 36-hole clubhouse lead at The Honda Classic.

The Brit completed his second round on Friday, but has since crept into the top 10 on the leaderboard as play continues this morning. He hit 13 greens in regulation on Friday, but converted for birdie just twice, including a roll from 13'4" at the par-5 third hole. He also squared two bogeys and saved par from 17'10" at the par-4 13th. So, to walk off without a red number given his precision is both disappointing and a potential omen that it's just a matter of time before the putts start falling.
Feb 28 - 8:13 AM

Robert Garrigus manufactured a 1-under-par 36-33=69 in his second round of The Honda Classic to post 1-under 139 at the break.

Garrigus is off to a horrible start this season. He's 3-for-7 with zero top-45 finishes, so that he's only five strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead at PGA National is a shocker. How he got there is even more surprising. After hitting 14 greens in the regulation en route to an even-par 70 in the lid-lifter, the bomber landed only nine GIR in his second round on Friday, but countered three bogeys with four birdies, including a walk-off from 47-and-a-half feet at the par-4 ninth. Two of his earlier birdies ranged 12-14 feet.
Feb 28 - 8:04 AM

Daniel Summerhays completed his second round of The Honda Classic on Friday and sits 1-under-par 71-68=139 through 36 holes.

Summerhays made noise to open last week's Northern Trust Open before drifting into a share of 30th place. While he's cashed in eight of 10 starts this season, he's still in pursuit of his first top 15 (and second top 25). In his second round of PGA National, he went 5-for-11 in scoring opportunities with five birdies. Two dropped in from 11'5" (at Nos. 1 and 5), but the highlight ranged 30'3" at the par-3 seventh hole. Summerhays signed his card sitting five strokes off Patrick Reed's 36-hole clubhouse lead.
Feb 28 - 7:55 AM

The second round of The Honda Classic restarted at 7:32 a.m. ET.

It's officially two minutes later than planned, but at least they're playing golf. Sixty-eight stranded at darkness returned to PGA National's Champion Course this morning, including defending champ Russell Henley, who was happy to walk in on Friday night. He's 4-over through six holes (and 7-over for the tournament) after squared a double bogey and two bogeys on his last three. He opens today on the par-4 eighth. Today's weather forecast is unkind to say the least. This morning's moderate breezes will be followed by thunderstorms that could contain heavy rain. In fact, the timing is such that it will be an upset if the second round is completed without delay.
Feb 28 - 7:39 AM

Bud Cauley's plan to return at next week's Puerto Rico Open will not come to fruition.

He had circled this event as a potential site to get back inside the ropes. That was in October. Cauley also isn't in the published field of next week's Cartagena de Indias at Karibana Championship on the Web.com Tour. He's been active on Twitter, but hasn't shared with his followers a date to resume. Cauley began the season in the No. 1 position in the reshuffle category, but he's since plummeted to 48th due to the inactivity. At this point, we probably wouldn't see him again on the PGA TOUR until the Valero Texas Open (March 26-29), which is when field depth may loop him in on merit.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Feb 27 - 7:57 PM

Jesper Parnevik is included in the published field of next week's Puerto Rico Open.

If he doesn't withdraw, Parnevik will be making the final start before his 50th birthday on Saturday, March 7. He hasn't played anywhere since a Web.com Tour stop early last May. He then broke a rib in a Segway mishap in July. It'll be a warmup for his debut on the Champions Tour at the Tucson Conquistadores Classic on March 20-22.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Feb 27 - 7:43 PM

Danny Willett is scheduled to compete in next week's World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship.

The Englishman has been out since a back injury forced him out at the Maybank Malaysian Open earlier this month. Despite the time off and Anirban Lahiri's pair of victories, including at the Maybank, Willett owns a comfortable advantage over the Indian in the Race to Dubai standings. The 27-year-old will put his body to the test on a demanding Trump National Doral where he's making his first appearance.
Feb 27 - 7:32 PM

Chris Stroud is listed in the published field of next week's Puerto Rico Open.

Stroud didn't submit an explanation publicly for his withdrawal after an opening 80 at The Honda Classic on Thursday, so he'll handle that internally with the PGA TOUR. Perhaps the trip to the island will provide the turnaround he's seeking. After all, Stroud placed T18 in Puerto Rico in 2013. He bettered to a T9 last year.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Feb 27 - 7:27 PM

Lee Williams is not listed in the published field of next week's Puerto Rico Open.

He's also not scheduled to compete in the Web.com Tour stop in Colombia. Williams, who has a medical extension in the reshuffle category on the PGA TOUR to collect $646,270 or 364.250 FedExCup points in six starts for a promotion to the Major Medical category, has not played anywhere since missing the cut at the FedEx St. Jude Classic nearly nine months ago. He's been nursing a back injury that will keep him out at least through the Valero Texas Open (March 26-29), as he explained in a reply to an inquiry on Twitter this week.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Feb 27 - 7:14 PM

The second round of The Honda Classic was suspended for darkness at 6:12 p.m. ET.

The entire late-early draw has completed 36 holes, but all 68 from the opposing wave are far from finished. (All four that have either withdrawn or were disqualified from the tournament were in the early-late.) All in the stranded wave have played at least three holes in the second round, two have as many as 12 in the books. At 8-under-par, Brendan Steele will sleep on a two-shot lead over 36-hole clubhouse leader Patrick Reed. Steele opened his second round with birdies on his first four holes. That stretched was sparked by a roll from 15'4" at the par-4 first hole and extended by a hole-out from a bunker 12 yards away at the par-4 second. His next two birdies disappeared from 8-10 feet. He will return to the tee at the par-3 fifth hole PGA National's Champion Course at 7:30 a.m. ET on Saturday to resume his round.
Feb 27 - 6:35 PM

Brooks Koepka blistered PGA National's Champion Course for a 6-under-par 33-31=64 in his second round of The Honda Classic.

Playing partners Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson slammed their trunks today, but Koepka will play on at 2-over 142 thanks to today's 14-stroke improvement. He was outstanding, going 8-for-12 with eight birdies. Five of them traveled longer than 14 feet, including three from outside 21 feet. He even poured in a par save from 11'10" at the par-4 sixth. At last check, his strokes gained: putting measured 6.225 and he ranked second in the field through two rounds.
Feb 27 - 4:56 PM

At 7-over-par 73-74=147, Rory McIlroy will miss the cut at The Honda Classic.

Blame whatever you want, but playing partner Brooks Koepka crafted a 6-under 64 today. Rather, McIlroy just never gave himself a chance to make a run. He missed half of both his fairways and greens in regulation. That led to eight bogeys and two doubles, so the five birdies he holed were far too few to secure a tee time in the third round. This is his first MC anywhere since the Irish Open last June. It's his first MC on the PGA TOUR since the 2013 Open Championship and it's his first official MC in a non-major on TOUR since the 2012 Memorial. The world's top-ranked player will try again at next week's World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship where he'll be a favorite. In fact, given that he won't have to deal with the scheduling snafus at PGA National due to the inclement weather, today's failure may wind up as a net-positive over a two-week period.
Feb 27 - 4:45 PM

Dustin Johnson completed 36 holes of The Honda Classic in 12-over-par 77-75=152 and will miss the cut.

Consider that when DJ signed his card today, he ranked T2 with nine birdies (remembering that the late draw is just beginning its second round) but sat 138th on the leaderboard. Overall, he split 12 (of 28) fairways and hit only 19 greens in regulation. Where he couldn't capitalize on his scoring opportunities, Johnson swallowed six bogeys, six doubles and a triple. It's a disappointing way to open the Florida Swing, especially after a T4 and P2 in his last two starts, but it's a surprise given his record at PGA National where his only payday in three tries is a T46 in 2013. Expect a rebound at Trump National Doral next week where he tied for fourth on the overhauled track last year.
Feb 27 - 4:36 PM

Patrick Reed enjoyed his opening 67 at The Honda Classic so much that he tossed up another in today's second round after which he finished with sole possession of the 36-hole clubhouse lead at 6-under 136.

Reed opened par-double bogey on the back side of PGA National today, but he righted the ship and played the remainder in bogey-free 5-under with five birdies. Four of those stretched 11-14 feet. At the time he signed his card, he led the field with 12 birdies. And while he's hit only two-thirds of his greens in regulation, that ranked T15 at last check. Reed loves to be a front-runner, but he'll have to remain patient until the cut falls. Given Saturday's brutal weather forecast, there's no telling when he's going to hit his next shot.
Feb 27 - 4:26 PM


Highest Searched Golfers over the last 7 days


Video Center

  •  
    Beer

    Beer's NBA 6-Pack: Friday
  •  
    Pepsi

    Pepsi's Frozen Five: Thursday
  •  
    Waivers: Options for D. Rose

    Waivers: Options for D. Rose
  •  
    Norris: Top edge prospects

    Norris: Top edge prospects
  •  
    Beer

    Beer's NBA 6-Pack: Wednesday
  •  
    Pepsi

    Pepsi's Frozen Five: Tuesday
  •  
    NBA Trade Deadline Winners

    NBA Trade Deadline Winners
  •  
    NBA Trade Deadline Losers

    NBA Trade Deadline Losers