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Daniel Berger hit just one shot today at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational before calling it quits, citing a shoulder injury.

The Florida State product was set to make his debut at Firestone Country Club, but decided he couldn't play through the pain after his opening tee ball. Since this is a World Golf Championships event and he started the round, he will walk away with a last-place check of $50,500 although it does not count toward the official money ranking. This adds to an already shaky WGC resume, early in his career. He withdrew from this year's WGC-Dell Match Play after injuring his wrist on a stone wall when facing off against Phil Mickelson. A WD-rate of 50 percent in no-cut WGC events is far from ideal. In a tournament that guarantees four rounds of play, this one will sting for gamers.
Jun 30 - 11:50 AM

Chris Hanson raced to the turn with a string of birdies before signing for a 3-under-par 32-36=68 in round one of the 100th Open de France at Le Golf National.

That's just two swings behind leader Lucas Bjerregaard although Hanson hit 5-under himself with a birdie at 15. That followed front-nine circles at 4, 6, 7 and 9 although he wobbled at the finish with a double bogey-5 at 16 and a bogey at 18 after he'd grabbed another par breaker at 17. Hanson piped 10 (of 14) fairways, hit 13 greens in regulation and took 27 putts in his opener and is currently T3 on the live leaderboard. The Englishman has made his last five cuts on the European Tour, posting T5 at the Trophee Hassan II (54-hole leader) and T10 in the Lyoness Open during that run.
Jun 30 - 8:50 AM

Local qualifier Mathieu Decottignies-Lafon had a share of the first-round lead at the 100th Open de France before swallowing a double bogey-6 at the 18th and ending with a 3-under-par 33-35=68.

Despite the disappointing finish, it was still a day to remember for the 23-year-old, who is ranked outside the top 1000 in the world. This is just his fifth start on the European Tour, one of those coming here last year when he missed the cut (75-74), so the Frenchman wasn't on the radar when assessing the home challenge this week. Decottignies-Lafon (how French does that sound?!) set the tone for his fun ride around Le Golf National with a birdie at 1 before adding further red at 6, 9, 11 and 12. He overcame a bogey at 14 with another birdie at 16 and was tied for the lead on the 18th tee but needed six swishes to get his ball in the hole. Still, T3 on the live leaderboard and just two behind leader Lucas Bjerregaard is a fine effort for a man who is only 120th on the Challenge Tour standings.
Jun 30 - 8:15 AM

Course horse Francesco Molinari hung up a 3-under-par 33-35=68 in round one of the 100th Open de France and is just two shots behind pacesetter Lucas Bjerregaard.

Molinari is a two-time runner-up at Le Golf National and also finished T6 last year. He'd arrived in Paris on the back of T8 at the Quicken Loans National so he met expectations today. The Italian mixed a birdie at 11 with a bogey at 13 over his first four holes but then made a move with successive circles at 15 and 16. After five pars and a bogey at 4, he finished brightly with par breakers at 5 and 9 to record his 15th round in the 60s at the par 71. Off the tee, he was impressive and split 11 (of 14) fairways. Molinari found 13 greens in regulation, was 3-for-5 in scrambling and took 27 putts. He sits T4 on the live leaderboard.
Jun 30 - 8:02 AM

Lucas Bjerregaard had a hole-in-one at the 210-yard 2nd and parlayed it into a 5-under-par 32-34=66 in the first round of the 100th Open de France, good enough for the early clubhouse lead.

The Dane drained his tee shot with a seven-iron to give his morning lap of Le Golf National a dramatic early boost and added circles at 3, 5 and 6 against a bogey at 4 to leap to 4-under with just a third of his round gone. Inevitably on such a tough course he quietened after that and splashed red at 10 and 14 before ending with three pars and a bogey at 16. Bjerregaard's big hitting certainly helped him today but 5-for-6 scrambling allowed him to make the most of it. He took just 26 putts. Gamers certainly didn't see this coming as he's 0-for-2 in this event having never broken 74 and had also missed four of his last five cuts on the European Tour. Right now, he's a shot clear of Thomas Pieters.
Jun 30 - 7:54 AM

Thomas Pieters overcame the effects of recent thumb tendinitis to post a 4-under-par 32-35=67 in round one of the 100th Open de France, good enough for the early clubhouse lead.

Pieters hasn't been seen since withdrawing from R1 of the Nordea Masters (he was actually noted as a DQ) on June 2 but was on the money at Le Golf National today. The Belgian broke 70 for the first time in seven laps of the par 71 thanks to a morning lap containing five birdies and a single bogey. Three of his circles came on par 3s (11, 16 and 2) while he also picked up shots at 14 and 5, the latter after he'd given one back with a square at 4. Strong scrambling was the key today as Pieters went 5-for-5 after hitting 13 greens in regulation. He piped 9 (of 14) fairways and took 27 putts.
Jun 30 - 7:41 AM

World No. 26 Russell Knox contests his first World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and is grouped the first two rounds with World No. 1 Jason Day and World No. 8 and past champ Adam Scott.

This is the 31-year-old's fourth overall WGC event with all of them coming this season. He won the first WGC event of 2015-16 from the 54-hole co-leader perch, claiming the HSBC Champions by two over Kevin Kisner. It was the Scot's first PGA TOUR title in his 93rd career start and became the first-ever to win a WGC stroke-play event in their inaugural appearance. Knox is a lofty fifth in the FedExCup standings with three top 10s in 17 starts. Besides his win, he finished P2 at the OHL Classic the week after the HSBC, and was T2 at the RBC Heritage. The Jacksonville University alum posted a T23 at the U.S. Open in his most recent action.
Jun 29 - 6:27 PM

South Korea's K.T. Kim is at Firestone Country Club for his third playing of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and heads out at 12:48 p.m. ET on Thursday with England's Paul Casey and Smylie Kaufman of the United States.

This is Kim's ninth WGC event overall with a best of T6 on debut at Firestone CC in 2011. His next best is T24 here as well the following year, so he's had success in Akron, Ohio. The 29-year-old's scoring average in eight career laps over the par-70 layout is 68.83, posting five red numbers and shooting 66 three times. Kim slots 40th in the Official World Golf Ranking and won the Japan Golf Tour money title last year with five wins in 20 events. He's leading the money list again this year with three victories in seven starts. In Kim's most recent action, he missed the cut at the U.S. Open by one on 7-over 73-74=147.
Jun 29 - 6:07 PM

Graham DeLaet is in the published field at this week's Barracuda Championship in Reno, Nevada.

The 34-year-old is scheduled to return to competition for the first time in six weeks following a missed cut at the Byron Nelson. The early exit at Colonial chased a missed cut at THE PLAYERS and a T77 (tied last) at the Wells Fargo. The Canadian was scheduled to play at Memorial four weeks ago but was a late scratch, alerting his Twitter followers that he was "dealing with incredible anxiety while chipping/pitching..." so a wait-and-see approach is definitely in order. If he does go, it'll be his second start in Reno after a T31 six years ago in 2010.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jun 29 - 5:46 PM

Jay McLuen returns to Montrêux Golf and Country Club for his second playing of the Barracuda Championship in Reno, Nevada.

The Forsyth, Georgia, resident is a two-time Georgia Open champion in 2011 and in 2014 when he won the event by seven shots on 19-under 269 (66-72-66-65). He's made one cut in four career PGA TOUR starts, posting a T16 at the 2013-14 OHL Classic, and missed the cut in Reno last year in his most recent TOUR event. The 35-year-old has also made nine career starts on the Web.com Tour with his lone cash a T41 in 2015 at the BMW Charity Pro-Am. He missed the cut in that same event five weeks ago in his most recent action on that tour. McLuen has been a mini tour player off and on since 2006 with wins in 2009 and 2010, and still competes on the Swing Thought Tour (formerly the National Golf Association Pro Golf Tour).
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jun 29 - 5:26 PM

Brendan Steele seeks his second career win as he sets his eyes on Montrêux Golf and Country Club for this week's Barracuda Championship.

Steele made his debut at this event in 2012, the first year it transitioned to Modified Stableford scoring. He took a quick liking to the layout, posting a T8 before returning with finishes of 4-T25-T7 in the last three editions. Steele currently ranks 35th in strokes gained tee-to-green but just 143rd in strokes gained putting. Given the nature of this week's scoring format, he's allowed to be more aggressive on his putts and not have to worry about dropping shots as much since birdies and eagles are the big point earners. That aggressive nature has worked wonders here in the past and it's a big reason why he should be considered in all fantasy formats this week.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jun 29 - 3:36 PM

Jim Herman heads to Akron, Ohio, for his first crack at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.

Herman earned his way into the field thanks to a victory at the Shell Houston Open in April. It'll be just his second start in a WGC event (T38, 2011 WGC-HSBC Champions). Herman may feel a little more comfortable in this one, though, as he grew up in Ohio and attended the University of Cincinnati. The Bearcat enters the week ranked 34th in strokes gained off-the-tee, which could pay dividends this week on a tough driving course. Gamers should not focus their attention on Herman this week, but he makes for an intriguing sleeper in deeper formats like DFS.
Jun 29 - 3:27 PM

Jonas Blixt contests his second Barracuda Championship at the Montrêux Golf and Country Club in Reno, Nevada, and enters 78th in the FedExCup standings.

In his tourney debut last year, the 32-year-old was T2 thru 54 holes (+40 points), one point back of eventual champ J.J. Henry, but cratered to T13 with -3 points in the finale. For the week, he totaled one eagle and 22 birdies against nine bogeys and a double in the Modified Stableford Format. The Swede kicked off his fifth TOUR season with five missed cuts in seven events before connecting two top-6 finishes in a three-week period, highlighted by a season-best third at Pebble Beach. Those are his only two top 10s so far this season in 20 events however, missing a total of eight cuts. The FSU alum does arrive off four straight cashes, starting the run with a T19 at THE PLAYERS and posting a T46 in his most recent action at the Memorial four weeks ago.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jun 29 - 11:21 AM

Rocco Mediate prepares for his ninth playing of the Barracuda Championship in Reno, Nevada, and first since a missed cut in 2012.

The 53-year-old is making his first PGA TOUR start this season and just his fifth overall since his last full season on TOUR in 2012. He's a six-time TOUR winner in 642 career events, most recently at the 2010 Frys.com Open. The Pennsylvania native is probably best remembered for his playoff loss to Tiger Woods at the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. He's 12-for-12 this season on the PGA TOUR Champions and ranks 10th on the money list with two top 10s, including last month's three-shot win at the PGA Senior Championship after rounds of 62-66-71-66. Mediate is 3-for-8 in Reno with one top 25, a T9 in 2009.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jun 29 - 11:00 AM

Brandt Snedeker is in Akron, Ohio, for this week's World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and tees it up the first two rounds with fellow American Jim Furyk and Australia's Marc Leishman.

This is the 35-year-old's seventh WGC-Bridgestone with a best (and lone top 25) a T12 in 2014 (68-68-68-70). His 6-under 274 aggregate in 2014 is the only time he's finished under-par and his career scoring average in 24 laps over the 7,400-yard par-70 layout is 70.29. Overall, the Nashville native and resident is making his 21st WGC appearance and is you subtract a pair of T9's in Match Play, he has one top-10 finish, a T10 at the 2015 HSBC Champions. Snedeker arrives a lofty sixth in the FedExCup standings with three podiums in 18 starts, including his eighth TOUR title at the Farmers. He's scuffling of late however, with three MCs in his last four starts, including a missed cut at the U.S. Open by five at 11-over 80-71=151.
Jun 29 - 10:33 AM


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