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Alex Noren maintained his title bid at the Volvo China Open in Beijing after handing in a 4-under-par 34-34=68 in Saturday's third round.

One back at start of play, the Swede now trails by two but at 14-under 202 he has leading duo Lucas Bjerregaard and Felipe Aguilar very much in his crosshairs. It was a wild ride for Noren on the front nine as he mixed an eagle-3 at 8 with a double bogey-6 at 5 along with birdies at 1, 3 and 7 and finally a bogey at 9. That added up to an outward 34, a score he matched coming home although in more serene style after seven pars and birdies at 11 and 18. The 33-year-old hit every green in regulation in round two but had to settle for 13 today. He could only save par twice although he needed just 26 putts.
Apr 30 - 6:48 AM

Nicolas Colsaerts lifted the trophy at the 2011 Volvo China Open and is in position to win it for a second time after splashing seven birdies and no bogeys in a 7-under-par 34-31=65 in Saturday's third round.

That's just two swings behind joint leaders Lucas Bjerregaard and Felipe Aguilar. Colsaerts arrived at 14-under 202 thanks mainly to a burst of five birdies in seven holes. As well as those gains at 8, 10, 12, 13 and 14 he picked up further shots at 5 and 18 in favorable scoring conditions at the Ian Woosnam-designed Topwin Golf & CC in Beijing. As in round two, the big-hitting Belgian speared 16 greens in regulation and got up and down both times when he missed. Today's round followed an opening 70 and a Friday 67 so Colsaerts is stepping up his title bid each day. Despite the tournament moving to different courses, this event has been kind to him. As well as his win five years ago at Luxehills International, the former Ryder Cup star was runner-up at Binhai Lake in 2012 and also cracked the top 10 at Suzhou Jinji Lake in 2010.
Apr 30 - 6:38 AM

Halfway leader Felipe Aguilar posted a 5-under-par 32-35=67 on day three of the Volvo China Open but now shares first place with Denmark's Lucas Bjerregaard on 16-under 200.

On a truly international leaderboard, the Chilean and the Dane enjoy a two-shot over Sweden's Alex Noren, England's Tyrrell Hatton, Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts and home player Hao Tong Li. On a day of low scoring at Topwin Golf & CC, Aguilar started fast and circled birdies at 1, 4, 5 and 8 to turn in 32 before picking up another shot at 11. He quietened after that with a bogey at 13 and five pars but a walk-off birdie at 18 pulled him alongside Bjerregaard. After hitting all 18 greens in regulation yesterday, Aguilar found 15 in the right number today after piping 10 (of 14) fairways. He'll be seeking a third European Tour victory on Sunday following previous wins at the Indonesian Open in 2008 and The Championship at Laguna National in 2014. Both those were in Asia so it's a part of the world where he clearly thrives.
Apr 30 - 6:28 AM

Lucas Bjerregaard torched Topwin Golf & CC for a 7-under-par 33-32=65 in Saturday's third round and joined halfway leader Felipe Aguilar at the top of the Volvo China Open leaderboard with 18 holes to play.

For the second lap running, the Dane went bogey free and he's dropped just a single shot through his first 54 holes. Bjerregaard gave his round dramatic impetus by holing his second shot for an eagle-2 at the 483-yard par-4 4th hole and went to the turn in 33 after a birdie at 8. He circled further red at 11, 12, 16 and 18 on the back nine to arrive at 16-under 200 and share top spot with Aguilar. The pair are two in front of Alex Noren, Tyrrell Hatton, Hao Tong Li and Niocolas Colsaerts. For the third day running, Bjerregaard hit just 8 (of 14) fairways but so far this week he's missed just seven greens in regulation and is a perfect 7-for-7 in scrambling. The 24-year-old, who has three top fives in his last six starts in China, will be seeking a first European Tour title on Sunday.
Apr 30 - 6:12 AM

The second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans was suspended at 7:31 p.m. CT due to darkness and is scheduled to resume at 7:45 a.m. on Saturday.

They were able to get 11-and-half hours of golf in on Friday before the suspension. The entire late-early draw has 36 holes in the books, but all in the other half were stranded when the horn sounded. Of those that didn't get to the finish line, Justin Hicks has 14 holes complete and is even-par on the round and 2-over for the tourney. When play resumes on Saturday, he'll be standing over a 34-footer for birdie on the par-4 15th. The 41-year-old is currently T92 on the leaderboard and two outside the projected cut line and will be fighting to play the final 36 holes for the fourth time in nine starts on the season and for the first time in his third visit to TPC Louisiana.
Apr 29 - 8:53 PM

Cameron Percy patched together a 2-under-par 33-37=70 in today's second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans for a 36-hole total of 6-under 138, up nine places to T8 with play still in progress.

The 41-year-old is playing this season on conditional status after finishing 150th in the FedExCup standings last season. The Zurich marks just his seventh start in 2015-16 and his fifth at TPC Louisiana where he's 1-for-4 with a T43 on debut in 2010. Percy played 34 holes total on Friday after only getting two in the books on Day 1 before play was suspended. Summarizing his R1 resumption, he squared four bogeys but outpaced them with seven birdies. The Aussie took a short breather before getting on to his second frame and began with a 28'6" birdie on the par-4 first. Similar to his first lap, he bobbed and weaved the rest of the way circling four against three squares.
Apr 29 - 7:18 PM

Bobby Wyatt twirled a 1-under-par 37-34=71 during the second round of the Zurich Classic to remain right in the mix at 6-under 138.

The University of Alabama alum struggled early in the round, three-putting at the par-4 first and par-4 fifth holes. In between he found water at the par-3 third hole. Wyatt swallowed bogeys on all three holes to drop back to 2-under on the week. The bounceback came at the par-5 seventh where he rolled in a 6'5" birdie and backed it up with a 33'1" birdie bomb on the next hole. The youngster added two more circles before the round was over and is currently just five strokes off the co-leaders as he enters the weekend. With no PGA TOUR status at the moment, a top-10 finish would be potentially life-changing for Wyatt. Even if he falters over the weekend, this experience should be a nice confidence booster as he heads into the Mackenzie Tour season.
Apr 29 - 7:16 PM

Thomas Aiken cruised through TPC Louisiana with a 3-under-par 34-35=69 during the second round of the Zurich Classic to arrive at halftime with a score of 7-under 137.

The South African arrived as the epitome of fairways and greens, ranking inside the top 10 in both driving accuracy and GIR percentage. So far only the former is holding true as he's split 25 (of 28) fairways through two round, but has landed just 23 greens in regulation. Luckily his flat stick has picked up the slack, currently ranked inside the top 15 in the field for strokes gained putting this week. During the second round specifically he reeled in five putts from outside eight feet. The longest was a 16'4" birdie splash on the par-4 16th hole. Aiken currently ranks 170th in the FedExCup race so a strong finish over the weekend would go along way for the veteran who is playing a full-time PGA TOUR schedule for the first time in his career.
Apr 29 - 7:04 PM

Michael Kim painted a bogey-free 6-under-par 31-35=66 in the second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to reach the halfway point on 4-under 140, up 94 spots on the live leaderboard to T26 and matching 36-hole co-leader Jamie Lovemark for the low loop in the clubhouse.

Kim is one of 15 rookies among 28 first-timers at the Zurich Classic. He only got three holes of his first round completed on Thursday before play was halted and returned Friday morning to play his final 15 holes in 3-over, including a walk-off double bogey-5 on the par-3 ninth. The 22-year-old took a short break to recoup before the second round got underway and he raced out with four straight birdies, three the conventional way from between 12 and 25 feet and adding a hole-out from 31'11" away to kick-off at the par-4 first. He circled a 43-incher at the par-5 seventh but nine straight pars followed before brushing in an 11-footer at the par-3 17th that completed his scoring.
Apr 29 - 7:02 PM

Spencer Levin locked in a 2-under-par 36-34=70 during the second round of the this week's Zurich Classic to reach the halfway mark at 6-under 138.

Levin was flawless off the tee, striping all 14 fairways today in route to 16 greens in regulation. He's split 26 fairways on the week to lead the field at the moment. Despite the plethora of greens hit, Levin circled just three birdies and needed to save par from outside seven feet on two occasions. His lone bogey of the round came at the par-4 eighth hole as a result of a missed seven footer. Levin entered the week with a weak Zurich record of 2-for-6 but both cuts made ended in T28 finishes, which could mean a new career low if he keeps up the ball-striking from rounds one and two.
Apr 29 - 6:27 PM

18-hole co-leader Jhonattan Vegas carved out a 3-under-par 34-35=69 in today's second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to post 11-under 133, good for a share of the 36-hole clubhouse lead with Jamie Lovemark.

Before Vegas could post his halfway total, he first had to complete 13 holes of his first round early Friday morning, which he did in 6-under to co-lead with Brian Stuard after 18 holes. He began his second round off No. 10 shortly thereafter, and began with an 8'0" birdie-3, but retreated two with a '7' on the par-5 11th after finding trouble off the tee. That would be the 31-year-old's only blemish on the card, playing his final 16 holes in 4-under and going 6-for-7 in scrambling. He circled birdies on 15, 17, 5 and 7, highlighted by a 21-footer at the par-4 fifth and a 28'2" roll on the par-4 15th.
Apr 29 - 6:23 PM

Will Wilcox fashioned a bogey-free, 3-under-par 34-35=69 in round two of the Zurich Classic to reach 5-under 139 on the week.

Wilcox put on a ball-striking clinic today, striping 12 (of 14) fairways and landing 14 greens in regulation. The flat stick really did him no favors other than an 11'5" par-saver at the sixth and a 23'8" birdie roll at the par-4 12th hole. He walked off the course actually losing strokes to the field with the putter, which is a remarkable feat to achieve during a blemish-free round. Wilcox entered the week ranked 77th in strokes gained putting, so we could see the flat stick come around resulting in a nice move up the leaderboard over the weekend.
Apr 29 - 5:47 PM

Cameron Tringale orchestrated a bogey-free 2-under-par 36-34=70 in the second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to reach the midpoint on 5-under 139, up 15 on the live leaderboard to T13, six adrift of 36-hole clubhouse leader Jamie Lovemark.

Last year's runner-up opened with a blemish-free three-birdie 69, but it took two days to make it official. He was 1-under thru nine holes when the weather-delayed first round was eventually scrapped on Thursday due to darkness, and returned to play his remaining nine holes in 2-under. The 28-year-old got a quick lunch and kicked-off his second frame with nine straight pars before circling birdie-3s on the par-4 10th and 13th from 28'3" and 5'1", respectively. He found just five (of 14) fairways but hit 13 greens in regulation for a second straight loop. The Georgia Tech alum missed two birdie tries from inside of six feet and had three straight chances from inside of 15 feet to complete his round, but missed those as well. He posted a pedestrian 1.846 putts per GIR and at last check, -0.680 in strokes gained: putting.
Apr 29 - 5:36 PM

Chris Kirk scurried up the leaderboard with a 5-under-par 33-34=67 during the second round of the Zurich Classic, reaching the midpoint at 6-under 138.

Playing with a pair of fellow Georgia Bulldogs, Kirk had to feel at ease on the course today. He striped 10 (of 14) fairways, landed 13 greens, and made some clutch putts when needed. Kirk saved par three times from outside seven feet, including a 29'6" par-saver at the par-5 seventh hole. It wasn't just putts to save par, though, as he tallied six birdies in his second navigation of TPC Louisiana, reaching 10 total on the week. Kirk is making his first Zurich start since a T21 in 2013, but he's picking up right where he left off.
Apr 29 - 5:27 PM

Jamie Lovemark twirled a 6-under-par 33-33=66 in today's second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to post 11-under 133, good for the low lap and the early 36-hole lead in the clubhouse.

Lovemark only got nine holes of his first round completed on Thursday, and returned Friday to put the finishing touches on a six-birdie one-bogey 67. His second frame began in earnest off No. 1 tee, and he played the same nine holes that he just got done playing to get his first round in the books. The 28-year-old, who's going to collect his first payday in NOLA in his third try, striped 12 (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation for a second straight loop. He squared a lone bogey on the par-4 sixth (failed scramble) but erased it with seven birdies, three from between 12 and 18 feet with a long of 28'7" at the par-4 fourth.
Apr 29 - 5:11 PM


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