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Anirban Lahiri efficiently twirled a bogey-free, 6-under-par 33-32=65 during round one of the Mayakoba Golf Classic, staking out an early seat inside the top 10.

Starting on the 10th tee, Lahiri got his scoring started with an eagle at the par-5 13th. He would later add a second eagle to his card (par-5 fifth hole). On the day, he kept it in play with 11 (of 14) fairways found, helping him land 17 greens in regulation. Other than the eagles, his other circles both came on par 3s. This is Lahiri's third visit to El Camaleon Golf Club and he's now been T36 or better after all nine rounds.
Thu, Nov 8, 2018 11:57:00 AM

PGA TOUR rookie Adam Long soared up the leaderboard in round one of the Desert Classic, scribbling a 9-under-par 32-31=63 while battling the Nicklaus Tournament Course at PGA WEST, good for sole possession of second place at day's end.

Long is making the sixth start of his PGA TOUR career. He opened with a 6-under 66 in R1 of this season's Safeway Open but every other round has gone for 69 or worse. Long figured things out today when he striped 11 (of 14) fairways and pelted 13 greens in regulation. It didn't look like a special round when he opened with a bogey but it was a clean card after that. The highlight was a hole out for eagle at the par-5 fourth hole. While this easily shatters his previous low on the PGA TOUR, he has posted four other rounds of 63 on the Web.com circuit. That includes another opening-round 63 in California (2018 Ellie Mae Classic). He followed that up with rounds of 66-66-70 to finish T4 that week.
Jan 17 - 8:36 PM

Adam Hadwin started on the toughest of the three layouts but still managed a 7-under-par 34-31=65 during round one of the Desert Classic, placing him inside the top 5 on the live leaderboard with play winding down on Thursday.

The Canadian posted a T48 in his 2015 Desert Classic debut. He's turned it up a notch since the switch to the current course rotation, though, posting three straight top 10s. Hadwin started this week on the Stadium Course at PGA WEST which is playing more than a shot tougher than both of the other layouts. That didn't stop the Canuck from racking up six birdies and an eagle to offset a lone blemish. Most of the heavy lifting came on the homeward nine, including a pair of birdie conversions from the 16-to-22 foot range in addition to a 60-yard hole out for eagle at the par-5 16th. Hadwin is currently the leader in the clubhouse when it comes to golfers that teed off at the Stadium Course today. Playing his 17th round at this event, this is his seventh round recorded at 66 or better.
Jan 17 - 7:23 PM

Wyndham Clark cruised to a bogey-free, 7-under-par 32-33=65 during round one of the Desert Classic, good for an early seat inside the top 10 but five off the pacesetter Phil Mickelson.

Getting his week started at La Quinta Country Club, Clark peppered 15 greens in regulation and paid off seven birdies. He's making his tournament debut this week but he likely feels comfortable in the desert since he's set up shop in Las Vegas, playing out of TPC Summerlin. The University of Oregon standout is still searching for his breakout week on the big stage. His previous low is a solo 17th (2017 Sanderson Farms Championship). That remains his only top 25 in 14 career starts but that could easily change by week's end. Next up, he'll head to the Nicklaus Tournament Course on Friday. This may be his new best on the PGA TOUR but it falls three shy of his personal best on the Web.com Tour (R3/2018 Lincoln Land Championship). He backed it up with a 67 to finish T5 that week.
Jan 17 - 7:14 PM

Phil Mickelson was flirting with 59 during round one of the Desert Classic but settled for a bogey-free, 12-under-par 30-30=60 while battling La Quinta Country Club to match his career-low round and lead the field early in Palm Springs.

Mickelson may have fooled gamers with his pre-tournament tweet that read, "I’m excited to start another year on tour at the Desert Classic! Although - I’m a bit rusty, I’m also fresh and ready to get started." The rust disappeared quickly after the morning fog delay as he striped 10 (of 14) fairways and pelted 14 greens. It was a hot putter that sealed the deal as he needed just 21 putts today, including just nine on the homeward nine. Highlights included an eagle at the par-5 sixth and a chip-in birdie at the par-4 14th. This is the third time in his career he's posted a round of 60 on the PGA TOUR with both of the previous instances coming at TPC Scottsdale (2005, 2013). Mickelson has converted 8 of his last 15 first-round leads/co-leads into victories but just one of his last seven.
Jan 17 - 6:08 PM

Curtis Luck roared out of the gate during round one of the Desert Classic, carding a bogey-free, 8-under-par 32-32=64 while taking on La Quinta Country Club, placing him inside the top three on the live leaderboard.

The Aussie entered the week with four straight missed cuts worldwide and then a pre-tourney WD last week at the Sony Open. A little time off served him well as he was firing on all cylinders today. Luck split nine (of 14) fairways and then landed 13 greens in regulation. Those numbers don't leap off the page but he did hole out for par at the opening par-4 first and needed just 23 putts to make his way around. It was a tidy short game that glued this round together. Luck's previous low on the PGA TOUR was a R3 67 during the 2017 Quicken Loans National. He did manage a 62 during R3 of the 2016 Western Australian Open (PGA TOUR of Australasia).
Jan 17 - 5:58 PM

Julian Suri underwent surgery for a core muscle injury and currently has no timetable for return.

Suri provided an update via social media by stating, "I’m excited to say I underwent surgery at the Vincera Institute this morning to repair a core muscle injury that has bothered me for the past 10 weeks I’m determined to come back stronger than ever..." Suri was an 11th-hour WD ahead of the Nedbank Golf Challenge in November. It seemed like a minor injury at the time but we now know that wasn't the case. The Duke University product has no status on the PGA TOUR but he did finish 35th in the Race to Dubai last year on the European Tour. The 27-year-old still provides a lot of value for dynasty gamers but we have no timetable for how soon he'll be able to return to action.
Jan 17 - 4:29 PM

The opening round of this week's Desert Classic was delayed 30 minutes and has now been delayed another 30 minutes with the opening tee times now scheduled for 12:30 p.m. ET.

Fog delays are a regular occurrence for this part of the schedule. Gamers should expect plenty more of these delays over the next month. Many golfers are antsy to get their 2019 schedule started but they'll have to wait a bit longer. That includes Mike Weir who is making his first start since a missed cut at the Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae (Web.com Tour) in August. He is the first scheduled tee time on La Quinta Country Club today, set to peg it with fellow Canadian, David Hearn. Weir is 9-for-16 here in Palm Springs but he's missed the cut in his last five starts at the event. He went 1-for-6 on the PGA TOUR last season.
Jan 17 - 12:00 PM

Morgan Hoffmann shook off the competitive rust down on the Web.com Tour and finished T24 at The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic, his first start since last February.

Hoffmann started last season with a 3-for-9 record before shutting it down. Early in the season he found out he had muscular dystrophy and it wasn't trending in the right direction for him. After his last start (Honda Classic in late February) he took a trip to Nepal for a 90-day treatment program. It was a busy year for Hoffmann as he also launched his charity foundation and recently got engaged. Hoffmann has been granted a Major Medical Extension with 18 starts to earn 296.57 FedExCup Points. He is allotted a handful of Web.com Tour rehab starts if he wants them but with this week's T24 he may decide to ramp it up to the big stage sooner rather than later.
Jan 17 - 11:33 AM

Boo Weekley returned from a long injury layoff and finished T41 at The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay.

The 45-year-old has been out of action since the 2017 RBC Canadian Open. He had a mid-tourney WD just a month before that last start and cited tendinitis as the reason for his early exit. Making his first rehab start on the Web.com Tour, Weekley posted rounds of 74-67-70-73 this week. The three-time PGA TOUR winner finished 169th in the FedExCup standings during his last full season on TOUR (2016-17) so he'll need to rely on Past Champions status or sponsor's invites to get into fields on the big stage.
Jan 17 - 11:25 AM

Tiger Woods has committed to play in his first event of 2019 as he prepares for next week's Farmers Insurance Open.

This was the likely landing spot for Woods but he made it somewhat official when he shared the news via social media, "Kicking off this season on the west coast at @FarmersInsOpen and my TGRF’s @GenesisOpen. Can’t wait!" Woods wants to avoid burnout as he saw toward the end of 2018 so gamers should expect to see a relatively light schedule in 2019. The Farmers Insurance Open field isn't official at this point but it's shaping up to be a very strong field with early commits from Justin Rose, Jason Day, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, just to name a few. Woods is 15-for-17 at this event with seven wins but nothing inside the top 20 over his last four visits.
Jan 17 - 8:56 AM

Shane Lowry crafted a bounce back lap of 2-under-par 36-34=70 to set a new clubhouse target of 12-under 132 after 36 holes of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Despite landing just four fairways in round one the Irishman had thrashed the Peter Harradine-designed Abu Dhabi GC in a mere 62 blows and early in his second circuit it seemed there was a regression to mean in the offing. He played the first, second and third holes in five strokes more than he needed Wednesday, taking a bogey-6 at the second and bogey-5 at the third. But he arrested the slide in fine fashion, ticking the fifth and seventh before the turn, then the 12th (from kick-in range) and 15th after it to re-establish the lead he had lost. When signing his card he had a one shot lead over Louis Oosthuizen (11-under) and two over Lee Westwood and Richard Sterne (10-under, the latter had two holes to play). Through these two rounds he is 6-under on the par-3s. T4 on debut at this course in 2010, this performance is a minor bolt from the blue because he missed the cut in his next three visits (and broke par just once in six laps).
Jan 17 - 8:29 AM




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