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World No. 58 Cameron Smith tossed up a bogey-free 33-32=65 in the third round of the Genesis Open to post 8-under 205, up 13 spots on the live leaderboard to T2 and good for the 54-hole clubhouse lead.

This was the Aussie's 11th lap around Riviera CC and is a new personal best, eclipsing 68 in R2. Last year, he opened with trip-69s and 72 for T28, his best thus far in two prior visits (T63/2016). After opening with 72 and bogey-free 68, the 24-year-old began T15 on 2-under, five shy of 36-hole co-leaders Patrick Cantlay and Graeme McDowell. He landed seven (of 14) fairways and nine greens in regulation, gaining 1.921 strokes around-the-green and 2.445 tee-to-green. The Jacksonville, Florida, resident, who's blemish-free over his last 38 holes, carded four birdies at holes 2, 6, 14 and 17, three from between eight and 22 feet, adding eagle-3 at 11 from 9'1". He posted 1.444 putts per GIR and 3.160 SG: Putting with just 22 total putts.
Feb 17 - 6:23 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, defending champ and World No. 1 Dustin Johnson fired a bogey-free 7-under-par 29-35=64 on Moving Day at the Genesis Open, vaulting 46 places on the live leaderboard to T7 on 6-under 207, and good for the low round of the week thus far.

This was the 33-year-old's 39th career lap at Riviera CC and ties a personal best. He shot 64 two times previous, including a R3 64 last year after being the 36-hole leader by one. That 64 built him a 5-shot lead at the three-quarter pole, eventually cruising to a 5-shot victory with a closing 71. After opening with 74 and 69, the Coastal Carolina product began T53 on 1-over, one inside the cut line and four short of the overnight top 10. He landed eight (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, gaining 1.765 strokes off-the-tee and 5.372 tee-to-green. The 17-time TOUR winner went out in 1-under, circling birdie-4 at 11, and then caught fire, ticking four more birdies at 3, 4 (hole-out from 32'1"), 6 and 7, and adding eagle-3 at 1 from 11'7" (fringe). He posted 1.538 putts per GIR and 1.075 SG: Putting with 24 total putts.
Feb 17 - 5:28 PM

World No. 14 Marc Leishman finished birdie-birdie on Friday at Riviera Country Club but otherwise labored to a 2-over-par 38-35=73 in the second round of the Genesis Open and at 5-over 74-73=147, missed the cut by three shots.

At total of 76 pros from a field of 143 pros and one amateur made the cut of 2-over 144, 13, T64 on the number. Leishman, a pre-tourney 33/1 outright, was highest-up the bookmaker's food chain to bow out as well as the highest in OWGR. His early exit is a first of the season in seven starts and ends his consecutive cuts made streak at nine, last missing a cut at THE NORTHERN TRUST last August (first FedExCup Playoffs event). For the short week, the 3-time TOUR winner outbalanced seven birdies with 10 bogeys and a double, and lost 5.731 strokes on-the-greens. Other notable trunk slams include: 145- Ollie Schniederjans; Kyle Stanley; Keegan Bradley .. 146- Francesco Molinari; Jimmy Walker .. 147- Beau Hossler .. 148- Ted Potter, Jr.; Tiger Woods; Shane Lowry .. 149- Brian Gay .. 151- Daniel Berger.
Feb 17 - 11:18 AM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, sponsor invite and World No. 206 Sam Saunders orchestrated a 2-under-par 32-37=69 in the two-day second round of the Genesis Open to reach 6-under 136, currently T3, which is where he began Round 2, and one back of 36-hole co-leaders Patrick Cantlay and Graeme McDowell.

In the Clemson product's Genesis debut last year -- also on a sponsor exemption -- he was the first-round leader with a then-career-low 64 before tumbling to T49 (77-73-68). After opening this week in 67, he was 3-under thru 15 holes on Friday when play was suspended (darkness), and returned on Saturday morning to card two pars and a walk-off bogey-5 at nine following an errant tee shot. On eight (of 14) fairways and 10 greens in regulation, the 3-time Web.com Tour grad offset two squares and a double with six birdies, currently T1 in total birdies thru 36 holes with 11. He'll play out of the penultimate threesome in R3 with Tony Finau and Bubba Watson.
Feb 17 - 11:01 AM

One of 15 players stranded during the second round of the Genesis Open on Friday did not return on Saturday morning to complete their respective rounds.

At press time, Morgan Hoffmann is the only player who did not return after Friday's second round was suspended due to darkness. Beginning off No. 10 tee, he was 4-over thru 17 holes, 5-over total. With just one hole remaining and three short of the projected cut (2-over 144), the 28-year-old chose to call it a day. This is his third mid-tourney WD in 146 career events, first since the 2015 Honda Classic following a first-round 80. There is no current information indicating that the Jupiter, Florida, resident's WD was due to injury, though he did reveal back in November that he is battling muscular dystrophy. The Oklahoma State product is in the published field at next week's Honda, where the defending champion is fellow Cowboy Rickie Fowler.
Feb 17 - 10:29 AM

Joost Luiten blasted his way a share of the 54-hole NBO Oman Open lead with a third lap 6-under-par 33-33=66 at Al Mouj Golf in Muscat, good for 12-under 204 and a one shot advantage over Chris Wood alongside Julien Guerrier and Joost Luiten.

The Dutchman can now eye a sixth European Tour victory, as he negotiated the tricky elements of the Greg Norman design whilst the 36-hole pacesetters struggled a little. His first move came at the island green par-3 fifth where he stiffed his tee shot to 3'0" and converted. More red followed at 6, 9, 12 and 13. For the second day running he lost a shot to the card at the 15th, but he responded in style, ticking 16 and 18. At the last he drilled his short iron approach to six feet and drained the right to left birdie putt. He has held five 54-hole leads in the past, but all of them on his own. Three victories have emerged from those situations and no disasters have accrued; in the other results he was T2 and T3.
Feb 17 - 7:55 AM

Matthew Southgate emerged from a wild round three ride with a share of the 54-hole lead after his 3-under-par 36-33=69 drew him level with Joost Luiten and Julien Guerrier on 12-under 204 in the NBO Oman Open at Al Mouj Golf in Muscat, one clear of Chris Wood.

Less a Moving Day, more a manic one for the Englishman, who enjoyed a spectacular start to his third circuit with three straight birdies from the first to take sole possession of the lead. However two bogey-5s and a double bogey-7 followed in the next four holes to potentially rip the heart out of his hopes of a first European Tour title. His response was superb, circling 9, 11 and 12 to get himself right back in contention and when he secured a final par breaker of the day at the 18th, toppling into the cup with its last breath from 15'0", the battling recovery was complete. He has never before held a 54-hole lead at this level (shared or alone), but was two swings clear in the 2011 Scottish Challenge prior to finishing second. On this linkslike test his T2 and T6 in last year's Irish Open and Open Championship rate as good pointers.
Feb 17 - 7:44 AM

Tiger Woods lost the plot during round two of the Genesis Open, resulting in a 5-over-par 37-39=76 to end his week on 6-over 148, four strokes off the cut line, which will take place on Saturday morning due to darkness stranding the final 15 golfers today.

Woods didn't do himself any favor by making his first two starts of the season at Torrey Pines and Riviera Country Club. Both tough driving courses that will deflate driving accuracy numbers. This week, Woods split 13 (of 28) fairways, ranking 87th in the field but found just 16 greens in regulation from there. His flat stick carried him through round one but the putter went cold today, losing 2.053 strokes to the field, in that regard. Woods ended his week with eight birdies but that wasn't enough to offset 12 bogeys and a double. On the bright side, Woods has committed to next week's Honda Classic. It's a semi-home game for him and played on a course where he won't need to hit as many drivers. The 42-year-old has also never missed back-to-back cuts in his career so that will be tested next week.
Feb 16 - 9:18 PM

World No. 70 Ryan Moore styled a 3-under-par 32-36=68 in the second round of the Genesis Open to reach 6-under 136, up two places to solo 4th, one short of 36-hole co-clubhouse leaders Patrick Cantlay and Graeme McDowell. UPDATE: With second-round play completed on Saturday morning, Moore is T3 behind Cantlay and McDowell, and will be in the final threesome with them for Round 3.

The 34-year-old got his lap in just prior to play being suspended due to darkness, stranding 15 players. He hit nine (of 14) fairways and conjured eight greens in regulation, losing 0.845 strokes approaching-the-green but gaining 2.506 around-the-green. The Tacoma, Washington, native squared three bogey-5s at holes 9, 12 and 15, camouflaged by four circles at 2, 6, 10 and 11, and eagle-3 at 1 from 13'4". Three of his circles dropped from between 10 and 13 feet, adding a 17-footer from just off the green for birdie-2 at 4. The UNLV alum posted 1.500 putts per GIR and 2.137 SG: Putting with 29 total putts.
Feb 16 - 9:17 PM

The entire field of 144 couldn't complete their second rounds before darkness set in at the Genesis Open, with play stopping at 5:46 p.m. local time. Golfers are set to resume their rounds at 7:15 a.m. on Saturday morning.

This has become the "norm" here at the Genesis, with the field of 144 proving to be too steep for the amount of daylight and the length of rounds here at Riviera Country Club. A total of 15 golfers were left stranded today. One golfer that got in the clubhouse just before sunset was Austin Cook who tied the low lap of the day (and week) with a 5-under 66. Cook is making his tournament debut and struggled on day one (3-over 74). He figured out the greens today as he gained 3.31 strokes with the putter and another 2.424 strokes around-the-green. By day's end, he had converted two putts from outside 26 feet and also holed out from just off the green (30'11" at the par-4 fifth hole).
Feb 16 - 9:03 PM

World No. 219 Graeme McDowell tied his career-low round at Riviera Country Club, styling a 5-under-par 32-34=66 during day two of the Genesis Open, joining Patrick Cantlay on 7-under 135 as the co-leaders in the clubhouse. UPDATE: With second-round play completed on Saturday morning, McDowell remained T1 with Cantlay.

The Northern Irishman arrived on the heels of four straight missed cuts, worldwide, but he's flipped the script at Riviera CC. After a steady three birdie, one bogey, effort on Thursday, he turned up the volume in round two (7 birdies, 2 bogeys). Steady striking was the name of the game as he striped 11 (of 14) fairways en route to 14 greens in regulation. His flat stick wasn't particularly strong as he didn't convert anything from outside 10 feet. On the bright side, McDowell used his putter from off the green at the par-3 4th to drain one from outside 50 feet. Today's round matches his career-low round at Riviera CC and also gives him his fourth career 36-hole lead/co-lead (if the lead holds), first since the 2015 OHL Classic. He went on to win two of those events.
Feb 16 - 8:29 PM

First-round co-leader and World No. 41 Tony Finau dropped back with an even-par 36-35=71 in the second round of the Genesis Open, dipping one spot to solo 2nd on 5-under 137, two back of 36-hole clubhouse leader Patrick Cantlay. UPDATE: With second-round play completed on Saturday morning, Finau is in solo 5th, two back of co-leaders Cantlay and Graeme McDowell.

Out of the morning wave on Friday, the 28-year-old conjured five (of 14) fairways and nine greens in regulation, gaining 1.125 strokes off-the-tee and 0.780 around-the-green, but losing 0.486 on approach. He eagled the par-5 11th (from 29'3") and added two birdie-3s at holes 8 and 12, both 4-footers, cancelled by four bogeys at holes 2, 5, 10 and 14 (3-putt from 37'11"). The Utahan posted 1.778 putts per GIR and -0.921 SG: Putting with 27 total putts. He missed two birdie tries from inside of six feet at the par-5 first and par-5 17th.
Feb 16 - 3:47 PM




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