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Rory McIlroy put on a ball-striking clinic but lost his putting stroke as he settled for a bogey-free, 2-under-par 35-33=68 during round four of the BMW Championship, good for a share of third place on 18-under 262.

McIlroy continued the stripe show today as he gained 1.436 strokes off-the-tee and another 2.839 strokes on approach. On the week he ranked first in the field in both of those categories. His putter was up-and-down throughout the week (+2.7 SGP, -3.2 SGP, +3.2 SGP, -2.8 SGP). Today, he gave himself 10 scoring chances inside 15 feet but converted on just two of them. With two great putting rounds this week, it's easy to see a monster week on the horizon if he can steady that putting while maintaining this elite level of ball-striking. This will be his 26th career podium finish in 148 career PGA TOUR starts. McIlroy moves from 24th to 17th in the FedExCup race, securing his seat at East Lake in two weeks.
Sep 10 - 2:38 PM

Playing the Plantation Course, local resident and World No. 45 Brian Harman carded a 4-under-par 34-34=68 in the second round of The RSM Classic for a 36-hole total of 8-under 134, up four spots on the live leaderboard to T3, six adrift of leader Charles Howell III, who was also the 18-hole pace-setter.

Beginning off No. 10 tee, the Georgia alum found 10 (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, recording 1.733 putts per GIR. He squared a lone bogey-4 at 11 (3-putt), camouflaged by five circles at 13, 16, 18, 1 and 9. The 31-year-old, who finished T4 here last year, is chasing his third TOUR title, first since a come-from-behind win at the 2017 Wells Fargo. He's a St. Simons Island, Georgia, resident and trains at Sea Island.
Nov 16 - 2:55 PM

Playing the Seaside Course, World No. 295 Ryan Blaum fired a 5-under-par 35-30=65 in the second round of The RSM Classic to reach 8-under 134, up 13 places on the live leaderboard to T3, three short of 36-hole clubhouse leader Jason Gore and six shy of the leader on the course Charles Howell III, who was the 18-hole pace-setter.

The Duke alum landed 10 (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, losing 0.583 strokes off-the-tee but gaining 0.737 on approach and 0.876 around-the-green. He squared three bogeys at holes 1, 3, and 8, outpaced by eight birdies at 3, 7, 9 and five straight at 13-17. The 35-year-old's split included four conversions from between 11 and 31 feet, and a hole-out 3 at 14 from 36'10" away, posting 1.500 putts per GIR and 4.011 SG: Putting. This is his third RSM with a best of T71/MDF two tries ago in 2017, and checked in 3-for-4 on the season with one top 25, a T20 at the Sanderson Farms three starts ago.
Nov 16 - 2:46 PM

Jason Gore went wild at Sea Island's Seaside Course during round two of The RSM Classic, tossing together a 7-under-par 33-30=63 to reach 11-under 131 at the midpoint, placing him at solo second on the live leaderboard.

The Pepperdine product cracked the field this week via sponsor's invite. He entered with missed cuts in 16 of his last 17 PGA TOUR appearances but he's not letting that stop him this week at Sea Island Golf Club. Gore traded six birdies with a pair of bogeys at the Plantation Course on Thursday. Today he turned his attention toward the tougher Seaside Course and took it even lower. It was ball-striking that got the job done early but his putter warmed up by day's end. He rolled in four putts from outside 11 feet including a 26'8" birdie bomb at the par-3 17th. That was good for 4.990 strokes gained putting at the time he walked off the course. This is the lowest round (by two strokes) recorded at the Seaside Course so far this week.
Nov 16 - 2:37 PM

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




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