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2014 course winner Thorbjørn Olesen claimed a share of the clubhouse lead early in round two of the World Super 6 Perth after his 5-under-par 33-35=67 second round earned a 36-hole total of 7-under 137 at Lake Karrinyup CC in Perth, Australia.

The Dane might have cruised to victory four years ago, but last year he failed to make the post-round three cut in this tournament, a fate he is keen not to repeat this week. He started his second lap with a mistake at the tenth hole, but his response was determined: a brace of birdies at 11 and 12, then more ticks at 14 and 16 before the turn. Two more par breakers came early in the front nine at 1 and 4 before he smoothed his way to the clubhouse with five pars. Lucas Herbert equalled his 36-hole tally, but only Brett Rumford, of the afternoon starters, was ahead of him on live scoring. "I really, really like this course," he said. "I'm going to play a little different if I make Sunday's match play, that's for sure. Tomorrow is the same game plan though."
Feb 9 - 2:54 AM

Tommy Fleetwood has to win this week's DP World Tour Championship to capture the Race to Dubai for a second successive season and his bid remains firmly on track after a second bogey-free round at the Earth Course, a 5-under-par 34-33=67 which took him to 8-under 136 and up four spots to tied sixth.

That's three behind leader Matt Wallace. The equation for Fleetwood is simple; he has to take the trophy and then hope great friend Francesco Molinari finishes sixth or worse. With Molinari down in T27 on 3-under after a Friday 73, Fleetwood's hopes took a jump today. He had to grind out a score in Thursday's opener, adding some gloss with birdies at two of final five holes for a 69. But this morning he looked much more fluent, picking up shots at 1, 8, 10, 11 and 15. A look at his scorecard shows that all those birdies were on par 4s. If Fleetwood can continue to keep the bogeys away and cash in on the par 5s this weekend, what looked a long-shot could become a very realistic possibility.
Nov 16 - 9:23 AM

Eddie Pepperell gave it a go at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship but his back troubles forced him to withdraw ahead of round two.

The Englishman recently made the journey to China for the WGC-HSBC Champions but was left in pain on the physio's table instead of teeing it up. With a few weeks of rest he hoped to compete this week in Dubai and opened the week with a 5-over 75 to find himself just one stroke in front of last place. He provided an update today on social media, starting with an apology to first alternate Benjamin Hebert and then saying "My back was good yesterday but unfortunately not right today. Pretty gutted and frustrated to WD today." A pair of wins this year has vaulted him to 35th in the OWGR but he remains a risky option for gamers moving forward until he can give his back a rest. As we know with back injuries, simply resting doesn't always do the trick.
Nov 16 - 9:06 AM

Adrian Otaegui stayed in the mix after round two of the DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai, piecing together a 4-under-par 34-34=68 to reach 10-under 134 at the midpoint, good enough for a three-way tie for second place and one behind the lead of Matt Wallace.

Otaegui, a winner of the Belgian Knockout earlier this year, played a bogey-free opener to share the first-round lead with Jordan Smith and dropped just a single shot today, at the very first hole. It proved a very minor distraction for the Spaniard as he hit back with a pair of deuces on the par 3s at 4 and 6 along with another par breaker at 7. He stayed in the top two by splashing more red numbers at 11 and 14 but couldn't find the birdie at the par-5 18th that would have seen him tie Wallace at the top. Otaegui has resided in the top two after 36 holes on five previous occasions on the European Tour but gone backwards each time, finishing 10-7-13-6-19, so that's a trend he'll want to reverse this weekend even though it's a big ask in such elite company.
Nov 16 - 9:00 AM

Nicholas Lindheim fired a 5-over-par 36-39=75 (Seaside Course) during round one of The RSM Classic and then withdrew from the event prior to this second round.

Lindheim is no stranger to mid-tournament WDs, as this will be the sixth of his career in just 50 total starts. He's also backed out of a few recent events where he was an alternate. There was no reason cited today but he has cited illness and knee injuries in the past. Lindheim has used the Web.com Tour Finals each of the last two seasons to earn his playing privileges. It's hard to maintain status on TOUR when you are withdrawing from over 10 percent of events entered. Gamers can stay away until he proves a clean bill of health.
Nov 16 - 8:58 AM

Jordan Smith, the joint-leader overnight, tacked on a 4-under-par 34-34=68 to his opening 66 to reach 10-under 134 after 36 holes of the DP World Tour Championship, one back from new pacesetter Matt Wallace.

That's a strong follow-up lap from Smith, who outpaced two bogeys with six birdies to go into the weekend in a tie for second with Danny Willett and Adrian Otaegui. Smith traded a birdie at 2 with a bogey at 6 and then had to settle for par at the 523-yard 7th. It looked as if he could get rather left behind with his rivals making a bunch of birdies elsewhere but Smith found a groove with a run of four birdies in five holes (8, 9, 10 and 12) to hit double digits under par. He dropped a shot at 15 but got it back at the next and closed with a pair of pars. This is the first time in the 26-year-old's European Tour career that he's gone into the weekend in the top two. Smith was third after 36 holes of last month's British Masters and held his position, finishing T3.
Nov 16 - 8:47 AM

The real Rory McIlroy is re-emerging at this week's DP World Tour Championship in Dubai and he nudged four spots up the leaderboard today to T6 following a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in round two which put him at 8-under 136.

That's just three swings back from leader Matt Wallace. McIlroy came into this week looking somewhat flat after T21 in the Nedbank Golf Challenge and T54 at the WGC-HSBC Champions but he's a two-time winner here at the Earth Course and gives the impression he could play it in his sleep. Rory gave himself a bunch of looks on the front nine, making birdies at 1, 2, 6 and 9 while giving one back at 3. He continued to flag hunt and picked up more shots at 10, 14 and 16 coming home, making another bogey at 13. His superb record in this event and in the desert as a whole makes the four-time major winner a huge threat over the final 36 holes.
Nov 16 - 8:03 AM

Matt Wallace stepped on the gas in round two of the European Tour's season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, thrashing a bogey-free 7-under-par 32-33=65 to move into the lead on 11-under 133. UPDATE: Wallace ended R2 still one clear of Smith and Otaegui.

With play nearly done, that's a shot clear of Jordan Smith and Adrian Otaegui, who have one hole to complete. Wallace finished fast with four birdies in five holes in a first-round 68 and ticked his first two today. He kept his forward move going with gains at 5 and 7 before another burst of red at 11, 13 and 14. "That's up there with one of the best this year," said Wallace of his round. "I'm playing with freedom now." While Wallace has made the golfing world sit up and take notice with three wins this year, the caveat is that they've all come in fairly minor events. A victory here would change that perception and his play so far is even more impressive given that this is his debut at the Earth Course. Wallace has had a piece of the 36-hole lead three times in his brief European Tour career, converting the first of those when going wire-to-wire in last year's Open de Portugal.
Nov 16 - 7:45 AM

Peter Uihlein bobbed and weaved his way toward a 4-under-par 32-34=66 while playing at the Seaside Course in round one of The RSM Classic, giving him a share of seventh place on the day-one leaderboard.

Uihlein found just half of the potential 14 fairways today as he played in cold and windy conditions at the coastal track. He recovered nicely from there to gain 3.092 strokes on approach and land 12 greens in regulation. Uihlein also got some help from the flat stick, including birdie conversions from 17'5" and 24'10" at the par-4 second and par-4 fifth, respectively. Uihlein is making his tournament debut this week but he had no troubles getting comfortable. He will now head to the easier Plantation Course on Friday. The only other golfer to match Uihlein's 66 at Seaside today was Brian Harman.
Nov 15 - 4:53 PM

Battling with Mother Nature and Sea Island's Seaside Course, Brian Harman pieced together a 4-under-par 35-31=66 during round one of The RSM Classic, sharing top honors from the Seaside starters and also sharing seventh place on the live leaderboard.

On a cold and windy day, the Seaside Course was playing about as tough as we'll ever see it. While the field was averaging just over 71 on the Seaside today, Harman managed to go five lower. The recipe for success was keeping the ball in front of him as he split all 14 fairways today. Giving himself lots of mid-range scoring chances, his putter cooperated with three conversions from outside 11 feet in addition to 4'4" splash at the par-5 15th. The final birdie came from the fringe (33'5") at the 16th. Harman may be 7th on the live leaderboard but he has to feel great about his position as Peter Uihlein was the only other golfer to record a 66 at the Seaside Course today. Harman entered the week with 10 straight finishes outside the top 30, so this is a nice potential slump-buster. He will need to keep his foot on the gas for three more days.
Nov 15 - 4:44 PM

Wesley Bryan swallowed an 8-over-par 39-39=78 during round one of The RSM Classic and then withdrew from the event. There was no injury cited.

Bryan had a rough go at it today. He split nine (of 14) fairways but lost 4.194 strokes off-the-tee as a result of three penalties. That is nothing new for Bryan who entered with negative SG:OTT in 32 of his last 33 starts. He also rinsed his approach shot at the par-5 15th hole. On the bright side, Bryan still has his full status this season so he will have about 15-to-20 more attempts to right the ship. This is now nine straight missed cuts for Bryan. He's too talented from fairway to pin to continue to miss cuts at this rate.
Nov 15 - 4:36 PM

Charles Howell III put on a stripe show en route to a bogey-free, 8-under-par 33-31=64 during round one of The RSM Classic, good for a two-shot lead as play winds down on Thursday.

After playing PXG sticks over the last few years, CH3 has made the transition to Titleist over the last month. The new clubs performed well today as he piped all 14 fairways and all 18 greens in regulation. That kind of ball-striking allowed him a stress-free stroll around the Plantation Course at Sea Island Golf Club, taking 30 putts along the way. Playing his 30th round at the RSM Classic, this is his lowest lap at the Plantation Course although he does have a 62 on his Seaside resume, posted during R4 of the 2010 edition. This will be his eighth career first-round lead or co-lead on the PGA TOUR, first since the 2017 John Deere Classic. He's gone on to finish top 5 in four of those events and finished outside the top 15 in the other three.
Nov 15 - 4:24 PM




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