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Playing Monterey Peninsula CC, four-time past champion and World No. 41 Phil Mickelson smoothed a bogey-free 6-under-par 32-33=65 in the second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am to reach 9-under 134, up 27 places on the live leaderboard to T5, one back of 36-hole clubhouse leader Troy Merritt. UPDATE: With play completed, Mickelson is T5, three short of 36-hole co-leaders Dustin Johnson and Beau Hossler.

The Californian is the leader in all-time earnings at the AT&T Pro-Am and is making his 22nd appearance. He owns nine previous top 10s with seven of those podiums, including four wins, most recently 2012. The 47-year-old, who finished in last place (65th) last year, arrived off a T5 at the WM Phoenix Open where he was a three-time champ. He opened this week on Spyglass Hill GC and was 2-over thru his first seven holes, but has now played his last 29 holes in blemish-free 11-under. Beginning off No. 10 tee on Day 2, the Hall of Famer carded six birdies on nine (of 13) fairways and 15 greens in regulation. He circled 10, 14-16, 3 and 6, posting 1.600 putts per GIR with 27 total putts.
Feb 9 - 5:22 PM

With three birdies in his final four holes, Ian Poulter completed a 4-under-par 36-32=68 in the third round of the CJ Cup in South Korea, moving up two spots and into a tie for second place on 9-under par 207 with Scott Piercy but four back from new leader Brooks Koepka.

It'll be a tall order for Poulter to reel in the ice-cool three-time major champion but the good news for the Englishman is that he'll be able to stare him in the eye in Sunday's final three-ball. After scores of 70 and 69 over the first two days, Poulter went one lower again today although it was a struggle for a while as he played his first eight holes in 1-over after bogey at No. 4 and seven pars. He began his move with birdies on the par 5s at 9 and 12 before accelerating at the finish with gains at 15, 16 and 18. Playing with two Americans in the final round, especially a prize target like Koekpa, will appeal to Poulter's Ryder Cup sensibilities and his record at this time of year is superb as we highlighted in Friday's Roundup feature. He found 11 (of 14) fairways today and pelted 15 GIRs and, so far this week, is 10-for-11 in scrambling.
Oct 20 - 3:19 AM

Recently-crowned Player of the Year Brooks Koepka stamped his authority on the CJ CUP in South Korea, firing a bogey-free 5-under-par 35-32=67 Saturday to advance to 13-under 2013 thru' 54 holes, good enough for a four-shot lead over compatriot Scott Piercy and England's Ian Poulter.

It's a further stroke back to Rafa Cabrera Bello, Cameron Smith, Jamie Lovemark, Pat Perez, Gary Woodland and Chez Reavie. One back at start of play, Koepka, who would go to World No. 1 for the first time with a win, couldn't find a spark to begin with, scribbling down eight straight pars. But he got going with back-to-back-birdies at 9 and 10, picked up another shot at 14 and closed with circles at 17 and 18. The World No. 3 is 4-for-6 with 54-hole leads and has converted his last four. He held identical positions (4 in front) at the last two editions of the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament in Japan, going on to win those events by one and nine respectively while he landed this year's U.S. Open by one after starting round four tied 1st and then turned a two-shot 54-hole lead at August's PGA Championship into a two-shot win. In short, he's a superb closer and has experience of doing in the Far East. Koepka found 10 (of 14) fairways in R3 and hit 13 GIRs, scrambling successfully each time.
Oct 20 - 3:05 AM

Sergio Garica didn't even get his second round started on Friday at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters as the weather continues to wreak havoc on the event which sees the tournament host in a share of fourth place heading into the weekend.

Garcia has feasted on Valderrama over the course of his career and his opening round was no different. The Spaniard traded four birdies with a lone blemish to find himself just two off the pace set by Ashley Chesters. However, Garcia didn't even play a single shot of his second round before weather suspended play for the day on Friday. With rough weather in the weekend forecast, this looks to be a 54-hole event in the making, and they may need Monday just to accomplish that feat. They will do everything possible to get as much action in as possible, given the Race to Dubai implications for everyone sitting on the bubble to retain their full playing privileges.
Oct 19 - 12:39 PM

First-round pacesetter Chez Reavie battled a cold putter in round two of CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES in South Korea, settling for a 2-under-par 34-36=70 which dropped him back to solo third spot on 6-under 138.

A 70 was worth plenty in yesterday's cool and windy conditions but not so much in round two which saw Brian Harman shoot 64 and Scott Piercy and Brooks Koepka blast 65s to move into first (-9) and second (-8) respectively. Reavie hit 10 (of 14) fairways and upped his GIR count from 15 to 16 but needed 33 swishes of the putter which was three more than in his opening 68. He looked to be making nice progress today when outpacing a single bogey at 7 with four birdies over his first ten holes but the World No. 64 swallowed back-to-back squares at 15 and 16 before at least giving himself a late boost with a walk-off circle. He ranks 67th in Scrambling and 20th in Putts per GIR up to this point so needs to sharpen up his short game to stay in contention on the weekend.
Oct 19 - 4:55 AM

With a walk-off eagle, Brooks Koepka completed a 7-under-par 33-32=65 in his second round at the CJ CUP on Jeju Island in South Korea, posting 8-under 136 after 36 holes and advancing nine spots up the leaderboard to solo second, just one back from leader Scott Piercy.

After a battling 71 in Thursday's windy opener, the three-time major champ found the going much easier today. He burst out of the gate with a pair of opening birdies and added two more at 5 and 8 before swallowing bogey-6 at the 9th. On the back nine he ticked 12 and 14 before closing out in style with this eagle-3. Koepka, who hit 10 (of 14) fairways, pelted 15 GIRs and took 27 putts, said: "Just keep doing what I'm doing. I'm hitting it well and making putts. I felt like I probably could have shot about 7, 8 under on the front side there, missed a couple." The 28-year-old was in the top four at halfway in all three of his major wins so he's a dangerous customer once he gets the scent of victory. It's no surprise the oddsmakers now have him as clear favorite.
Oct 19 - 4:41 AM

Scott Piercy thrashed a bogey-free 7-under-par 33-32=65 in round two of the CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES in South Korea to post 9-under 135 at the midpoint, good enough for a one-shot lead over Brooks Koepka.

First-round leader Chez Reavie (70) is third on 6-under while it's a further stroke back to Alex Noren (65) and Ian Poulter (69). Piercy had opened with a 70 to lie T4 after round one but, in easier scoring conditions, put on a stripe show to hit top spot. After opening with four straight pars from the 10th, the birdies flowed and he ticked 14, 15 and 18 on his opening nine before adding further circles at 1, 3, 5 and 9. Usually a stud tee-to-green, Piercy proved it today by piping 13 of the admittedly wide 14 fairways and hitting 16 greens. It's often the flatstick that lets him down but the World No. 252 is ranked 7th in Putts per GIR thru' 36 holes. This is the fourth time he's held the halfway lead on the PGA TOUR and he's converted one of the previous three (2012 Canadian Open).
Oct 19 - 3:02 AM

Ashley Chesters set the clubhouse target on a day of weather disruption in the Andalucia Masters Valderrama at Real Club Valderrama, Spain; his 5-under-par 32-34=66 left him one clear of Gregory Bourdy in a first round that will remain incomplete at day's end.

The Englishman hinted that he liked this track 12 months ago when he finished T12, but on that occasion it was his weekend work which helped (69-68) after he went 72-74 through 36 holes. The start is also notable for potentially (reliant on the end of the lap tomorrow) being his maiden first round lead at this level of the sport (he has twice shared second). His front nine was flawless with birdies at the second, fifth and eighth, however he opened the back nine with a mistake at the tenth. He made immediate repairs with red at No. 11 and then closed with a pair of ticks at 17 and 18. A five-time top ten finisher on the European Tour he is still seeking a top five, never mind a first win.
Oct 18 - 12:36 PM

Sergio Garcia was tied for the lead on 3-under-par after 14 holes of his opening round when the threat of lightning halted play at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters in Spain. UPDATE: Play due to restart 5pm local time

Garcia, who has two wins and a series of big finishes at the famed tree-lined track, had given a masterclass for most of the day with birdies at 11, 13, 18 and 2 against a lone dropped shot at 3. He'd added pars at 4 and 5 before the hooter sounded at 2.50pm local time. That put play even further behind after inclement weather and lightning had pushed tee times back two hours this morning. Garcia was tied at the top with Australian Jason Scrivener (14), France's Grégory Bourdy (13) and England's Ashley Chesters (12) while Lee Westwood, playing alongside Sergio, was a further shot back.
Oct 18 - 9:52 AM

World No. 342 Danny Willett put on a stripe show in round one of the CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES in South Korea, firing a 3-under-par 33-36=69 to end the day in tied second spot with Si Woo Kim and just a single stroke behind leader Chez Reavie.

After shaking off injury and loss of form, the 2016 Masters champ showed some decent form again over the summer with four top 25s in five starts but has missed cuts at the Safeway Open and the British Masters in the last two weeks. However, he was back on it today and piped all 14 fairways and missed just a single green in regulation despite the windy conditions. The Englishman bogeyed the opening hole but responded with a trio of birdies at 4, 5 and 6 before adding another on the par-5 9th. He got it to 4-under with a gain at 12 but gave the shot back at 13 and rounded off with five pars. Willett was also in second place after R1 of July's Irish Open where he went on to post T6 so don't be surprised to see him stay prominent on the leaderboad as the week continues.
Oct 18 - 3:29 AM

Hitting 14 fairways out of 14, Chez Reavie authored a 4-under-par 35-33=68 to post a one-shot lead over Danny Willett and Si Woo Kim after the first round of the CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES in South Korea.

It's a further stroke back to Byeong Hun An, Rod Pampling, Michael Kim, Ian Poulter, Scott Piercy, Nick Watney and Austin Cook. Reavie shot a 66 to sit tied second after the opening lap here last year (finished T15) and he's quickly into his stride again this week despite the cool and windy conditions which saw just three players shoot in the 60s. Playing in the 08:55 group from 10th tee, the 36-year-old exchanged a birdie at 12 with a bogey at 13 before getting under par again for the day with another circle at 16. He made his move to the top of the board with par breakers at 1, 2 and 8 on a flawless second nine. As well as splitting every fairway, he pelted 15 GIRs. This is Reavie's fourth R1 lead on the PGA Tour in solo play (also led this year's Zurich Classic). He rode the first to victory in the 2008 Canadian Open but had to settle for T26 at Pebble Beach the last time he set the pace on day one in 2016. The World No. 64 closed with twin 69s for T43 in last week's CIMB Classic.
Oct 18 - 2:59 AM

Joost Luiten is looking forward to playing "without any pain" when he makes his comeback at this week's Andalucia Valderrama Masters in Spain.

The Dutchman has finished runner-up in his last two starts at the course (2016 and 2017) but enters this week having not pegged it up since May's BMW PGA Championship due to a wrist injury. That's given gamers a dilemma although at least a more informed decision can be made now that Luiten has given this assessment in an interview with europeantour.com. "The wrist is really good. It's good to be out here again, see all the guys and play without any pain," he said. "I'm feeling good. It's been a tough time but the recovery is going really well and I'm fit to play. I've been practising for the last couple of weeks so I'm ready to go again. I know it's going to be a difficult week for me because I haven't been playing for five months and it's a tough course to come back at. But you've got to start somewhere so I'd rather start at a place that I love."
Oct 17 - 10:53 AM




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