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Boo Weekley lasted just six (and a half) holes this week before withdrawing from the Quicken Loans National, citing tendinitis as the culprit.

There was no implosion today, but Weekley landed just one (of 7) greens in regulation before the early exit. His last hole was the par-4 seventh where he found a fairway bunker and then poked it out just 74 yards, leaving himself 124 yards to the pin. The 43-year-old was 2-over-par at the time of the WD. This will go in the books as the ninth career mid-tournament WD for Weekley, but first since the 2014 PGA Championship. This injury does not sound like it will have a long-term impact on his schedule but gamers should keep a close on him moving forward, using caution before re-investing.
Jun 29 - 9:37 AM

Peter Uihlein crafted a bogey-free 4-under-par 34-33=67 in round one of the Open de France in Paris, settling just one shot behind clubhouse leaders Alexander Bjork and Nathan Kimsey.

That puts the American T3 on the live leaderboard with the afternoon session in play. Uihlein started from the 10th tee at Le Golf National today and made a steady start with four straight pars. He picked up his first shot at the par-5 14th and then got back on the par train and rode it for the next seven holes. The World No. 162 turned a decent day into a very good one with red circles at 4, 7 and 9. Uihlein has missed his last two cuts although they were back on home soil at the St. Jude Classic and U.S. Open. He currently slots in at 42nd on this year's Race to Dubai and this is the foundation for another good week.
Jun 29 - 9:21 AM

Q-School winner Nathan Kimsey matched his lowest lap of the season, shooting a 5-under-par 35-31=66 to join Alexander Bjork in a tie for the lead on day one of the Open de France at Le Golf National.

The 24-year-old has missed nine of 15 cuts since gaining his card the hard way (he came through all three stages) but has shown promise with T9 at the Qatar Masters and T13 at the Indian Open. In Qatar, he opened with a 66 and he matched that total today thanks to a lap featuring seven birdies against two bogeys. The Englishman, who sits way down at 661st in the world rankings, posted an early birdie at 2 before giving it back with a bogey at 5. After wiping out a circle at 9 with a square at 10, it seemed as if the Englishman was destined to finish somewhere in the pack but he caught fire with five red numbers in his next six holes. He started the sequence at 11 and then nailed four straight at Nos. 13-16. The latter gain gave him a third '2' on his scorecard. Right now, Kimsey and Bjork enjoy a one-shot clubhouse lead over Tommy Fleetwood.
Jun 29 - 8:20 AM

George Coetzee was the first-round leader on his Open de France debut in 2011 and is prominent again after starting his bid at Le Golf National with a 3-under-par 35-33=68 in Thursday's opener, good enough for T3 in the clubhouse and just one back from pacesetter Alexander Bjork.

Coetzee has been in fine form for most of 2017, cracking the top 15 in nine of his 13 starts since starting the run with T7 in February's Dubai Desert Classic. He couldn't make the cut at Erin Hills but bounced back with T14 in last week's BMW International Open in Germany and has carried that good form to France. The South African made an inauspicious start with four pars and a bogey in his first five holes but balanced the books with a first red number at 6 and then ticked 9, 11 and 13. He swallowed a bogey-6 at 14 but needed just two swings at 16, recording his second deuce of the round. Coetzee couldn't cash in on his quick start in 2011 (finished T37) but his current form suggests something much better this week.
Jun 29 - 8:06 AM

It was a case of current form trumping course form for Tommy Fleetwood in his opening round at the Open de France as the Englishman pieced together a bogey-free 4-under-par 33-34=67, just a shot shy of clubhouse leader Alexander Bjork.

Fleetwood was Europe's standout at the U.S. Open, taking solo fourth spot, and he flew straight from Erin Hills to Germany last week to post T6 at the BMW International Open. But the signals were mixed this week as Fleetwood has missed four cuts out of four at Le Golf National and never even managed to break par in his eight laps. He did that in style today, keeping his card clean and picking up four birdies. Those gains came at 1, 3 and 8 on his front nine and at 14 on the back. European Ryder Cup skipper Thomas Bjorn, for one, will be delighted to see Fleetwood shining on next year's Ryder Cup course.
Jun 29 - 8:00 AM

With a walk-off birdie at his final hole, Alexander Bjork completed an opening bogey-free 5-under-par 34-32=66 at the Open de France, good enough for the outright clubhouse lead.

The Swedish rookie started at 10 today and played a solid first nine at Le Golf National with a series of pars broken only by a birdie-3 at 13. He did his best work after the turn, nailing back-to-back circles at 2 and 3, adding another at 6 and digging out a final red number at the par-5 9th. With the morning wave nearly complete, he has a one-shot lead over English duo Tommy Fleetwood (67) and Nathan Kimsey, the latter now playing his final hole. This is Bjork's tournament debut but on his last trip to France he took victory in the Challenge Tour's Le Vaudreuil Golf Challenge so clearly he likes this part of Europe. He's currently ranked 49th on the Race to Dubai.
Jun 29 - 7:54 AM

World No. 17 Patrick Reed is at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm for the Quicken Loans National and arrives at 53rd in the FedExCup standings.

The Texan is one of the top-3 betting favorites this week, tipping in at a lofty 14/1 outright. He's on form, with six consecutive made cuts, five of those top 25s, and T5 last week at the Travelers (67-66-72-66). That was the 26-year-old's season best in 20 starts though just a second top 10, joining T6 at the no-cut SBS TOC 17 starts ago. He ranks 81st on TOUR in total driving, 142nd in GIR, and 99th in scrambling. Reed is 3-for-3 at the Quicken Loans with three finishes inside the top 40, one of those a top 25, a T11 in 2014 at Congressional CC.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jun 28 - 6:50 PM

World No. 369 Spencer Levin is in Potomac, Maryland, for the Quicken Loans National and checks in 176th in the FedExCup standings.

The Californian has cashed three times in six QLNs, one inside the top 60, a T15 in 2011 (Aronimink GC in PA.). He's missed cuts in 2012, 2015 and last year at Congressional CC (by six) on rounds of 74-74. The University of New Mexico product is just 10-for-24 on the season with one top 25, a T23 at the Houston Open nine starts ago. He arrives off a T81/MDF last week at the Travelers and T37 three weeks ago at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. In between, he threw in an odd start, posting a T60 on the Web.com Tour in Kansas, his first WCT start since the Finals in 2014.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jun 28 - 6:38 PM

World No. 233 Ben Martin does battle in his third Quicken Loans National and arrives to TPC Potomac at 144th in the FedExCup standings.

The Clemson alum is 2-for-2 in the D.C. area, cashing a T44 last year and T3 in 2014, both at Congressional CC. The latter is one of his 11 career top 10s -- in 128 career events -- highlighted by his one TOUR win at the 2015 Shriners. After making the FEC Playoffs in each of the previous three seasons, the 29-year-old is laboring this year, with no top 10s in 19 starts. His season best among just eight cashes is a couple of T18s, most recently at the Wells Fargo five starts ago. Martin has made his last five cuts, with three top 35s or better and a worse of T60 in his last start at the FedEx St. Jude, finishing 2-over 282 (70-71-70-71).
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jun 28 - 6:23 PM

World No. 404 Greg Owen prepares for the Quicken Loans National at TPC Potomac and arrives at 146th in the FedExCup standings.

The 45-year-old's career best in 261 career events is runner-up three times, including one this season in 12 starts, a T2 at the opposite-field Sanderson Farms in his kick-off event. Playing this season on conditional status, that's his lone top 10 with one other top 25, a T17 at the CareerBuilder back in January. Since then, the Englishman has three missed cuts, two MDFs, and two cashes of T52 or worse. He's 3-for-7 at the Quicken Loans with two top 25s and a best of T15 in 2015, two visits ago. The Transplanted Floridian ranks 38th on TOUR in GIR and 55th in birdie average (3.76), but 124th in scoring average (71.335).
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jun 28 - 6:12 PM

Quicken Loans player ambassador and odds-fave Rickie Fowler is in Potomac, Maryland, for the Quicken Loans National and checks in at 9th in the FedExCup standings.

At No. 9 in the Official World Golf Ranking, the 28-year-old is top-ranked in the 120-man field and a pre-tourney 7/1 outright. He's playing his sixth QLN with three previous top 25s and one top 10, a solo 2nd in 2015 (Robert Trent Jones GC, Virginia), where he was T2 thru 36 holes and 3rd thru 54 holes. The California native is 10-for-13 on the season with nine top 25s and six top 10s, all top-6 finishes or better, highlighted by his fourth TOUR title at the Honda Classic nine individual starts ago. He arrives off T2 at the Memorial, missed cut at the FedEx St. Jude, and T5 at the U.S. Open, where he was the 18-hole leader and no worse than T5 after any round (65-73-68-72). The Florida resident ranks 2nd on TOUR in SG: Total, 1st in scoring average (69.322) and 1st in total driving.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jun 28 - 2:32 PM

World No. 178 Patrick Rodgers is at TPC Potomac for the Quicken Loans National and arrives at 110th in the FedExCup standings.

The Indiana native is just 7-for-20 on the season with four top 25s and two top 10s. His season best is T4 at the Farmers back in January where he was a 54-hole co-leader (68-72-67-72). The 24-year-old's other top 10 is T10 at the RSM back in November, where he was T6 thru 54 holes. He ranks 7th on TOUR in R3 Scoring Average but 137th or worse in the other three rounds, 146th total (71.578). The Stanford product is 3-for-3 at the QLN, all at former venues, with a best of T44 last year.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jun 28 - 2:08 PM

Past champ and World No. 344 Nick Watney is in Potomac, Maryland, for the Quicken Loans National and checks in at 117th in the FedExCup standings.

This is the 11th QLN and Watney's ninth. He owns three previous top 25s among seven cashes, all at former venues and all doubling as top 10s, highlighted by his two-shot win in 2011 (Aronimink GC, Pennsylvania), his fourth (of five) TOUR wins. In the relatively short history of the event, the 36-year-old ranks 6th all-time in earnings, 4th of those that are in the field this week. He's 11-for-16 on the season with four top 25s and one top 10, a T5 at the Zurich teamed with Charley Hoffman -- which satisfied the terms of his Major Medical Extension (11 starts to spare). Watney's best individual result is T14 three times, most recently at the Valspar eight starts ago. He's made five straight cuts but is a cumulative 14-over-par in those 20 rounds.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jun 28 - 1:43 PM

Web.com Tour grad and World No. 286 Martin Flores is in Potomac, Maryland, for the Quicken Loans National and arrives 147th in the FedExCup standings.

The Oklahoma alum is 2-for-4 at the QLN with a best of T21 in 2013 (Congressional CC), missing his last two cuts in 2014 and 2015. Along with a large majority of the 120-man field, he's getting his first competitive look at the par-70 TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, which tips out at 7,109 yards. This is the 35-year-old's 162nd career TOUR start and he owns just seven top 10s, one in his last 62 starts, a T10 at the opposite-field Puerto Rico Open nine starts ago. He's not completed 72 holes since, missing five cuts and three MDF's.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jun 28 - 1:22 PM

Patton Kizzire arrives at this week's Quicken Loans National, hoping to breakout of a season-long slump.

The second-year man is just 10-for-20 on the season, and arrives with finishes outside the top 50 in each of his last six starts. Before that he collected a T5 at the Zurich Classic (team event). That is just his second top 30 on the season, opening with a runner-up finish at the Safeway Open. The troubles have come on the tee box, losing strokes off-the-tee in 18-of-19 individual starts this season. Kizzire impressed with five top 10s during last year's rookie campaign, but gamers can safely avoid the Auburn alum until he flashes a bit of form.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jun 28 - 12:30 PM


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