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Matthew Southgate made a fast birdie-eagle start and signed for a 5-under-par 30-35=65 in round one of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open at Gullane in East Lothian, good enough for T1 in the clubhouse.

Right now, that's a shot behind on-course leaders Julien Guerrier, Robert Rock and Rickie Fowler. It's no surprise to see the World No. 165 up there as he's very much a links specialist. A popular pick in Ireland last week after his T5 in the Open de France, Southgate had to settle for T59 at Ballyliffin. But managers who kept the faith here are being rewarded so far after his quick burst from the gate this morning. The Englishman hit the top of the leaderboard early after his birdie at the opener and eagle-3 at No. 2 and he was out in just 30 swishes after a pair of par breakers at 8 and 9. He slowed on the back nine as birdies at 11 and 12 were wiped out by bogeys at 10 and 13.
Jul 12 - 7:36 AM

Thorbjorn Olesen warms up for his Ryder Cup debut next Friday by contesting this week's Portugal Masters and the bookmakers have him top of the pile at 14/1.

That's a reflection of the Dane's superb form in the last few months. Sparked by a win at the Italian Open, he's jumped up to sixth in the Race to Dubai and is the only player in the top ten on Europe's points list heading to Portugal this week. The most recent of Olesen's run of five top six finishes came via fourth spot in last month's Nordea Masters while he followed that with T20 in his home Made In Denmark. The slight doubt for gamers is course form. The five-time European Tour winner has played the Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course six times but has just one top 20, a T16 back in 2012. On current form, it's fair to expect him to beat that this year, especially with Le Golf National on the horizon. Olesen's 8th place in Birdies per Round this year is another indicator that he should thrive on this easy resort course.
Sep 19 - 3:10 AM

Paul Casey cited a back injury as the reason for his mid-tournament withdraw from the BMW Championship but he's returning to action this week at the TOUR Championship in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Englishman was seemingly a near-lock for a top 20 for the past few years before his recent run of five straight finishes outside the top 20. That includes a mid-event WD at his most recent start where he was T50 (of 69) after 54 holes but called it quits to avoid further weather delays and also rest his back. Since then, he announced his excitement for this week's event via social media, "It's always great to end the season at East Lake for @playofffinale! Looking forward to a great week in Atlanta." It's easy to see why Casey would be excited as he's recorded top 5s in all four trips to East Lake, sitting at T7 or better after all 16 rounds played here. After the event, Casey will head to Paris to prep for his first Ryder Cup appearance since 2008.
Sep 18 - 2:16 PM

Justin Thomas tweaked his wrist during the final round of the BMW Championship but he's feeling confident that he's ready to roll this week as he tries to win his second straight FedExCup title at the TOUR Championship.

JT sits at 5th in the FedExCup standings. He's one of the five golfers in the field who control their own destiny this week at East Lake, when it comes to winning the FedExCup. There is one small detail that might be getting in the way. Arriving at his pre-tourney presser with a taped-up wrist, Thomas said he injured his right wrist while playing the 13th hole during round four of the BMW Championship. "I took last week off, didn’t hit a ball. I chipped and putted a lot, so my short game feels pretty good. But in all honesty, this time of year, it’s nice to take time off." Thomas clarified the tape is precautionary but gamers should still take note of the tiny chance that it's something bigger. With the Ryder Cup on deck, Thomas will want to make sure he's as close to 100 percent as possible when arriving at Le Golf National. But, he'll also want to become the first golfer to grab back-to-back FedExCup titles.
Sep 18 - 1:57 PM

Sergio Garcia warms up for the Ryder Cup with a first visit to the Portugal Masters at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course in Vilamoura.

A debut in the tournament and, indeed, the country for the Spaniard who has spent a few weeks off having failed to make the FedEx Cup Play-Offs and been relatively relaxed about getting a wildcard pick by Thomas Bjorn. Last minute dash to play the Made in Denmark? Nah, he was good. Whilst that riled some, Garcia was happy to head home to Spain and seek the guidance of his father; his mentor and sharpest swing eye. It's tricky to assess what we will see this week. He was T24 last time out in the Wyndham Championship yet heading into the final holes of his third round he was only one back of the lead, but closed with a 70 in a birdie-fest. His long game might suit this Palmer test, but can he drain enough putts?
Sep 18 - 5:25 AM

Xander Schauffele hoisted the hardware in his 2017 TOUR Championship debut and he returns to East Lake this week in hopes of defending his title.

The San Diego State product did not arrive as one of the favorites last year and he fell even further down the odds board after he found himself five off the pace through round 1 (1-under 69). Schauffele then rallied with rounds of 66-65-68 to come from off the pace and grab a statement victory, leading him to win Rookie of the Year honors. He erased seven bogeys with 17 birdies and an eagle here last year, gaining 4.6 strokes off-the-tee and another 3.61 strokes around-the-green. The second-year member doesn't have any wins on his resume this season but he does have two runner-up finishes and a pair of third-place finishes which places him 18th in the FedExCup standings. He arrived at 26th last year. "There's added pressure for me to try to play really well to make it on the Ryder Cup. I didn't handle that very well." With that in the past, he should play with a little less stress on his shoulders.
Sep 17 - 4:13 PM

Ashun Wu left it late to take the lead, but his final hole birdie set a target Chris Wood could not equal and he won the KLM Open at The Dutch in Spijk with a final round 4-under-par 34-33=67 for a one shot victory on 16-under 268.

A third European Tour success for the 33-year-old Chinese golfer and with it he continued a remarkable trend at the Colin Montgomerie course: of winners at the Diamond CC in Austria thriving. Wu, Wood, 2016 winner Joost Luiten and 2016 runner-up Bernd Wiesberger have all tasted success near Vienna. Moreover last year's winner Romain Wattel plays it well too. For Wu on Sunday a slow front nine was followed by late acceleration. He ticked 2 and 4, but crossed the seventh. After the turn he made red at 14 and 15, joined Wood at the top in doing so and then got the chance to play the par-5 18th first. With the tee moved up 141-yards it played 499-yards; Wu thrashed his approach to 20'0" and nearly holed for eagle. However the birdie was good enough to take the lead for the first time in the day and also for the title.
Sep 16 - 11:22 AM

Chris Wood grabbed the 54-hole lead in the KLM Open at The Dutch with a third round 6-under-par 34-31=65 which edged him one clear of Hideto Tanihara, Ashun Wu and Jonathan Thomson on 13-under 200.

Two years ago the Englishman's good friend Joost Luiten gained the home win on this course and now he has the chance to emulate him in Spijk, The Netherlands. The key to his success on Saturday? He birdied all four of the par-5s and three times he did so by laying up and then knocking his pitch shots stiff. He did it on the sixth, the 15th and finally on the 18th, the latter earning him the key one-shot final day advantage. There were further par breakers at the seventh on the front nine, and on the 10th, 12th and 13th on the back nine. His only mistake came early in the round at the second. This will be his sixth 54-hole lead, four on the European Tour and one in Asia; he has claimed two wins. Curiously all those leads were solo, never shared. A two-time runner-up this season he is seeking a first ET win since the 2016 BMW PGA Championship.
Sep 15 - 11:46 AM

World No. 37 Kiradech Aphibarnrat slumped to a 3-over-par 37-37=74 in round two of the KLM Open in the Netherlands, his 36-hole total of 4-over 146 a full four shots outside the cut line.

The Thai had plenty of work to do after an opening 72 and just wasn't up to it today after going all 18 holes without a single birdie. His day got off to a poor start with bogey-5 at No. 1 and never picked up after that, Aphibarnat dropping further shots at 5 and 14. This continues a rather poor run which now shows eight events without a top 30 since his T15 at the U.S. Open. Others to miss the cut included: 142- Paul Dunne, Ryan Fox, Andrew Johnston, Aaron Rai, Mike Loreno Vera ... 143- Romain Wattel (defending champion) ... 145- Joakim Lagergren ... 147- Ross Fisher.
Sep 14 - 1:22 PM

First-round leader Ashun Wu remained out in front at the KLM Open after tacking on a 5-under-par 33-33=66 to his opening 64 and posting 12-under 130 at the midpoint, good enough for a three-shot lead on the live board with the afternoon session getting underway. UPDATE: Wu ended R2 three clear of Jonathan Thomson.

Wu, a two-time winner on the European Tour, racked up seven birdies in his opener to take a one-shot lead and repeated the feat today. Starting with a pair of red numbers at the first two holes, he played The Dutch's front nine in 2-under 33 for the second day running after then trading a square at 5 with a circle at 6. Coming home, Wu outpaced a bogey-6 at 15 with further par breakers at 10, 12, 16 and 17. Right now, he's three in front of Jonathan Thomson (F) and Soomin Lee (17). When winning his two European titles (2015 China Open and 2016 Lyoness Open), Wu was T4 and T8 respectively at halfway. This would be his first 36-hole lead in a Euro Tour event.
Sep 14 - 8:00 AM

World No. 344 Ashun Wu ended the first round of the KLM Open in the Netherlands with a one-shot lead over Chris Wood after firing a superb bogey-free 7-under-par 31-33-64 in his opener.

The Chinese golfer came to The Dutch in Spijk with some momentum after a pair of middle 65s helped him to a season's best T6 at last week's European Masters in Switzerland. The confidence was immediately apparent as he followed a pair of pars at 10 and 11 with a burst of red numbers (12, 13, 14, 16 and 18) to turn in just 31. That run included birdies on the par 3s at 14 and 16 and he continued his assault on the short holes with another pair of deuces on 4 and 8 to nudge in front of Wood. A huge 13-man group, including Eddie Pepperell and Soren Kjeldsen, lie two shots behind Wu on 5-under. This is the 33-year-old's first R1 lead in his European Tour career and lowest lap on day one. He's led three Japanese Tour events after 18 holes but didn't win any and, in fact, finished outside the top 15 in two of the three so we'll have to see how he goes from here. Don't underestimate Wu though as he's a two-time winner on the European Tour.
Sep 13 - 1:52 PM

Englishman Chris Wood set the early clubhouse target in the KLM Open at The Dutch in Spijk with a first round 6-under-par 33-32=65. UPDATE: Wood finished the day in solo second, a shot behind Ashun Wu.

A sparkling effort from the tall guy and the first time he has broken 66 in round one since the BMW International Open of 2012 and the only time he has gone sub-66 in any lap since the China Open of April last year. It was an elegant and bogey-free performance in perfect conditions on the Colin Montgomerie designed track. He started on the back nine and made a hat-trick of red numbers at the 13th, 14th and 15th holes. The front nine saw another three birdies, at the third, seventh and finally the ninth after his approach left him a six foot putt. When he signed his card he held a one shot lead over Renato Paratore and Andrea Pavan, with a handful of morning starters two back.
Sep 13 - 6:39 AM

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