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World No. 544 Tiger Woods fashioned a 1-under-par 34-35=69 in the third round of The Honda Classic for a 54-hole total of even-par 210, up three spots on the live leaderboard to T11, four shy of clubhouse leader Alex Noren and seven back of the leader on the course Jamie Lovemark.

After kicking off with 70-71, the 42-year-old began T14 on 1-over, four short of co-leaders Lovemark and Luke List. He found nine (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, gaining 1.599 strokes approaching-the-green but losing 0.859 around-the-green. The Jupiter, Florida, resident was bogey-free 2-under thru 14 holes, circling 3s at 8 and 13 (from 14'6"), before giving back two with bogey-4s at 15 and 17 (failed scrambles). He ended with an up-and-down birdie-4 at 18 to record his first round in the 60s since a R3 68 at the 2015 Wyndham, although that was just four official starts ago. The 79-time TOUR winner registered 1.769 putts per GIR and 0.960 SG: Putting with 29 total putts.
Feb 24 - 4:51 PM

First-round co-leader and World No. 16 Alex Noren twirled a 5-under-par 32-33=65 on Moving Day at The Honda Classic to post 4-under 206, up nine spots on the live leaderboard to solo 5th and good for the low round of the week thus far and the early 54-hole clubhouse lead.

After opening in 66-75, the Oklahoma State alum began T14 on 1-over, four short of 36-hole co-leaders Luke List and Jamie Lovemark. He striped 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation, gaining 1.565 strokes approaching-the-green and 0.605 around-the-green. The 35-year-old squared two bogey-5s at 10 and 16 (3-putt from 57'9"), outpaced by five birdies at 2, 7, 8, 13 and 14, capping with a walk-off eagle-3 at 18 from 4'3", just the second eagle of the week at 18. His birdie split included three from between 13 and 18'6", posting 1.615 putts per GIR and 3.239 SG: Putting with 27 total putts.
Feb 24 - 4:33 PM

Making his tournament debut, sponsor invite and World No. 47 Dylan Frittelli crafted a 3-under-par 35-32=67 in the third round of The Honda Classic to reach even-par 210, up 26 spots on the live leaderboard to T13 and tied for the low round of the day thus far with three others.

This is the University of Texas product's third career PGA TOUR start, first in a non-major, with one prior cash, a T63 at last year's PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club. He's a two-time winner on the European Tour in 75 career starts, most recently a P1 at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open 12 weeks ago, and ranks 7th in the Race to Dubai standings. Since the win, the 27-year-old has posted four top-20 finishes in his last five starts, including a T5 three weeks ago at the Maybank Championship. He's already qualified for next week's WGC-Mexico, his WGC debut. On Saturday, the South African hit eight (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, gaining 1.742 strokes approaching-the-green. He outpaced two squares with five circles and posted 1.615 putts per GIR and 2.313 SG: Putting with 28 total putts.
Feb 24 - 3:08 PM

Making his tournament debut, PGA TOUR rookie and World No. 355 Tom Lovelady smoothed a bogey-free 3-under-par 33-34=67 on Moving Day at The Honda Classic, vaulting 33 places on the live leaderboard to T26 on 2-over 212.

The Jupiter, Florida, resident logs just the third blemish-free round of the week thus far. He opened with 75-70, one of 18 players to make the cut on the number, and is now bogey-free 5-under for his last 26 holes. Additionally, the 24-year-old was 7-over thru his first nine holes in Round 1, so it's been quite a turnaround. On Saturday, he landed seven (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, gaining 0.729 strokes off-the-tee and 0.885 around-the-green. The Alabama alum carded three birdie-3s at holes 6, 8 and 10, two from between 10 and 28 feet, posting 1.786 putts per GIR and 1.777 SG: Putting with 29 total putts. He entered the week 4-for-10 on the season with one top 25 (T18, Sanderson Farms).
Feb 24 - 2:37 PM

David Horsey smashed his way into a five-way tie for fourth after a third round 7-under-par 33-32=65 for 12-under 204 at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters at Doha GC, four shots back of leaders Eddie Pepperell and Oliver Fisher.

The Englishman’s Moving Day lap equalled Oliver Fisher as low score for the day and presented him with a Sunday look at a fifth European Tour title and first since the Made in Denmark tournament in 2015. He got off to the perfect start making an eagle-3 at the par-5 first and never relented despite a bogey at No. 3. He ticked 4 and 7 before the turn, then 10, 13, 16 and 18 after it. He’ll start Sunday four behind the leaders but with just three men ahead of him, two of them yet to win at this level and the other, Fisher, not a winner in nearly seven seasons. He has putted well this week, needing 1.639 putts per green in regulation and 27.7 putts per round.
Feb 24 - 10:44 AM

Lorenzo Gagli swept into a five-way tie for fourth after a third round 5-under-par 32-35=67 for 12-under 204 at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters at Doha GC, four shots back of leaders Eddie Pepperell and Oliver Fisher.

The Italian fashioned a bogey-free lap of the Peter Harradine creation, one which hands him a golden chance to revitalise his season and career. On the front nine he ticked 2, 4, 5 and 9. Another par breaker at No. 10 hinted at real drama but he was thereafter becalmed. He’s found 88.9% of greens in regulation and made 1.688 putts per GIR but needed 90 swings of the putter through 54 holes. He’s missed four cuts this season and is a confirmed non winner at European and Challenge Tour level. He does, however, have three third tier Alps Tour wins, all of them in 2007.
Feb 24 - 10:33 AM

Sean Crocker crafted a 5-under-par 36-31=67 to hit the 54-hole stage of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters at Doha GC alone in third on 14-under 202, two swings back of co-leaders Eddie Pepperell and Oliver Fisher but two shots clear of a pack of five on 12-under.

The 21-year-old American with Zimbabwean heritage has been an impressive presence on the European stage this year but he had missed cuts in both the Oman Open and Dubai Desert Classic. On Saturday in Qatar he was quiet on the front nine, with birdie at 2 and bogey at 8, but the return home was electric. He ticked 11, 12 and 15 then made an eagle-2 at the short par-4 16th. 37th on the Race to Dubai he has a big opportunity on Sunday. He’s found only 41.2% of fairways this week but 81.5% of greens in regulation. "I’m excited for tomorrow," he said. "It’ll be my first final grouping. I’ll just play with what I’ve got and if it gets the job done, great. If not, it’s always fun just playing golf anyways."
Feb 24 - 10:18 AM

Eddie Pepperell fashioned a third round 6-under-par 33-33=66 to tie Oliver Fisher for the 16-under 210 54-hole lead of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters at Doha GC.

The Englishman, who is still seeking his first European Tour title having come closest when losing out to Soren Kjeldsen in extra holes at the 2015 Irish Open, completed a fine lap on Movjng Day in the desert. On the front nine he ticked 1, 5 and 7, the latter from just 7’0" after a fine pitch. On the back nine he dropped a shot at the 12th (and was thankful for that, chipping-in), but circled 10, 13 (from 25’0"), 16 and 18 (another fine pitch, this time to 4’0") to join his compatriot Fisher two ahead of Sean Crocker who is himself two clear of the field. Pepperell has found 82.3% of greens in regulation, has a Putt Average of 1.626 and has needed 27.7 putts per round. "When I saw Oli was on 16 under I said that I wanted to birdie the last," he said. "I managed to do that so mentally I feel like I’m up for it, my game is there and it’s just going to be a case of holing putts and keep on doing what I’m doing because I’m hitting a lot of good shots."
Feb 24 - 10:02 AM

Oliver Fisher thrashed a superb 7-under-par 33-32=65 to claim a share of the 54-hole lead alongside Eddie Pepperell on 16-under 200 in the third round of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters at Doha GC.

The 29-year-old Englishman scorched his way to the top of the leaderboard with a blistering finish that gives him a Sunday shot at a second European Tour title (his first was the 2011 Czech Masters). His front nine included three birdies at 3, 5 and 8. He added a fourth at 11 from 12’0" but bogey followed at the 12th. The best was yet to come as he closed with four par breakers in a row at 15, 16, 17 and 18. At the par-3 17th he converted from 10’0" before draining from twice that distance on the final green. Ranked 174th on the Race to Dubai he needed a good week to kickstart his season. Victory would revitalise his career. He and Pepperell lead by two from Sean Crocker who is himself two clear of five players on 14-under. "The most important thing for tomorrow is to go out and enjoy it," he said. "I'm good friends with Eddie so hopefully we'll have a bit of fun out there."
Feb 24 - 8:08 AM

Defending champion and World No. 7 Rickie Fowler stumbled to a 6-over-par 36-40=76 in the second round of The Honda Classic and at 7-over 71-76=147, missed the cut by two shots.

A total of 76 players from a field of 144 made the cut of 5-over 145, 18, T59 on the number. Fowler, a pre-tourney 9/1 fave outright, misses his second cut of the season in five events, second in his last three starts (Farmers). After missing his first two cuts at the Honda in 2010 and 2011, he had cashed in six straight, and today's 76 matched his worst round at PGA National (2011/R1). The Jupiter, Florida, resident is in the published field at next week's WGC-Mexico. He totaled 16 (of 28) fairways and 21 greens in regulation, overshadowing four birdies with nine bogeys and a double, and ranked 125th in SG: Putting (-2.903). Other notable early exits include: 146- Patrick Reed; Tyrrell Hatton .. 147- Ryan Palmer; Graeme McDowell; Brandt Snedeker .. 148- Billy Horschel; Charles Howell III .. 149- Russell Knox; Kevin Kisner .. 152- Chesson Hadley; Patton Kizzire.
Feb 23 - 6:44 PM

Camilo Villegas soared up the leaderboard in round two of The Honda Classic, piecing together a 3-under-par 33-34=67, good for the second-best round of the day, climbing across the cut line with a two-day tally of 3-over 143.

Villegas opened his day with four straight birdie looks from inside 20 feet. He converted the last one, knocking in a 14'2" birdie at the fourth hole. The steady striking continued throughout the round, gaining 2.123 strokes on approach today, an improvement of 4.234 strokes over R1. While the irons were dialed in, it was all set up by his 13-of-14 fairways hit. The Colombian improved nine shots, round-over-round and will now get two more tee times at PGA National's Champion Course. It will be tough to replicate the precision shown today, but this is certainly a promising sign for Villegas' 2018 outlook.
Feb 23 - 6:36 PM

Jamie Lovemark soared up the leaderboard with a 1-under-par 33-36=69 during round two of The Honda Classic, joining Luke List with a share of the 36-hole lead on 3-under 137, his first career 36-hole lead/co-lead on the PGA TOUR.

The Jupiter, Florida resident is one of the longest hitters on TOUR but he's taking the recommended route here at PGA National, opting for less-than-driver quite frequently. Today, he blasted just one drive over 285 yards. The lack of drivers has yielded more fairways, splitting 11 (of 14) today en route to 12 greens in regulation. That was good for +1.575 strokes approaching-the-green (+3.148 SG:APP in R1). Lovemark does not appear fazed by these difficult winds which is a good sign for the weekend as the forecast doesn't change much over the next two days. Joining Luke List as 36-hole co-leaders, this will be Lovemark's first career 36-hole lead/co-lead on the PGA TOUR.
Feb 23 - 6:17 PM

Tommy Fleetwood flashed his wind aptitude during round two of The Honda Classic, styling a 2-under-par 33-35=68 to give himself a seat inside the top 5 on 2-under 138.

The Englishman put on a stripe show today, striping 10 (of 14) fairways en route to 11 greens in regulation. He ranks inside the top 30 in both of those categories for the week. That steady striking set up plenty of good looks from inside 15 feet. He actually missed three of those chances today, but it's tough to be picky when you consider the mediocre conditions of the greens and wind, both aspects that make the putting tougher this week. While many golfers are losing the battle with The Bear Trap, Fleetwood has recorded five pars and one bogey through the first two rounds. That is good for +1.89 strokes over the field. The Southport native will be hoping the conditions remain the same over the weekend (windy and firm).
Feb 23 - 6:04 PM

Overnight co-leader and World No. 16 Alex Noren back-pedaled with a 5-over-par 39-36=75 in the second round of The Honda Classic, falling 13 places on the live leaderboard to T14 on 1-over 141, four shy of 36-hole co-leaders Luke List and Jamie Lovemark.

The 35-year-old actually navigated the Bear Trap in 1-under, highlighted by a hole-out birdie-2 from a greenside bunker at 15 from 66'8" away. His trouble came much earlier, playing his first 14 holes in 6-over. The first-time member though not a rookie had just one other birdie at the par-4 eighth (from 9'9"), outbalanced by five bogeys and double bogey-6 at 6 after putting his second into the water. He landed nine (of 14) fairways and mustered eight greens in regulation, gaining 0.638 strokes off-the-tee but losing 0.909 approaching-the-green. The Oklahoma State alum registered 1.875 putts per GIR and -1.371 SG: Putting, needing 30 total putts.
Feb 23 - 5:57 PM

Tiger Woods moved up seven spots on the live leaderboard after recording a 1-over-par 34-37=71 during round two of The Honda Classic, arriving at the midpoint on 1-over 141 which places him in a share of 14th place, just four strokes off the leader Luke List.

Woods showed a lot of promise in round one and it was more of the same today. He traded two birdies with one bogey over the first 10 holes. He was staring down a bogey at the par-4 11th but showcased his signature fist pump after sinking a clutch 12'8" par-saver. The 42-year-old was sitting inside the top 10 at that point but The Bear Trap won the battle with Woods today. Stepping on the 15th tee box he rinsed his tee ball which led to a double-bogey 5. On the following hole, he got too aggressive on his par putt and swallowed a bogey. In typical Tiger fashion, he bounced back nicely at the following hole, stiffing his tee ball to 12 feet before rolling it in for a birdie. While his off-the-tee game is still a bit rusty he is gaining 5.153 strokes from fairway to flag (approach, around-the-green, and putting). This is a tremendous start for Woods but he can't afford to let his foot off the gas because this week's course can sneak up and bite you quickly.
Feb 23 - 5:50 PM



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