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World No. 58 Cameron Smith back-pedaled with an even-par 35-36=71 in the final round of the Genesis Open, falling three places into a three-way T6 on 8-under 276, four in arrears of overnight leader and champion Bubba Watson, who shot 69.

After opening in 72-68-65, the Aussie began T3, two back. Playing out of the final threesome with Watson and Patrick Cantlay, he hit eight (of 14) fairways but only five greens in regulation, losing 1.094 strokes around-the-green and 1.053 tee-to-green. The 24-year-old circled three birdies at holes 5, 11 and 17, cancelled by three bogeys at 3, 13 and 15. He recorded 1.600 putts per GIR and 1.435 SG: Putting with 23 total putts. The Jacksonville, Florida, resident improves to 3-for-3 at the Genesis with T63/2016 and T28 last year, and is now 7-for-7 on the season with six top 25s and three top 10s.
Feb 18 - 8:28 PM

World No. 209 Scott Stallings enjoyed a 3-under-par 32-36=68 in the final round of the Genesis Open for a four-day total of 9-under 275, up four places into a season-best T4, three back of overnight leader and champion Bubba Watson, who shot 69.

After kicking off with 71-68-68, the 32-year-old began T8, four back. Playing out of the fourth-to-last threesome, he hit six (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, losing 0.618 strokes around-the-green and 0.208 tee-to-green. The Tennessee Tech alum carded six birdies at holes 1, 3, 5, 11, 13 and 17, retreating three with squares at 10, 14 and 18, the latter dropping him out of a would-be T2. He posted 1.545 putts per GIR and 3.590 SG: Putting with 26 total putts. Stallings improves to 3-for-4 at the Genesis, brushing aside a previous-best T45 on debut in 2014, and is now 7-for-10 on the season with three top 25s, three straight, and two top 10s, two straight, arriving off solo 7th at the AT&T Pro-Am.
Feb 18 - 8:16 PM

First- and second-round co-leader and World No. 39 Patrick Cantlay backed up with an even-par 34-37=71 in the final round of the Genesis Open, dropping two spots into a two-way T4 on 9-under 275, three shy of overnight leader and champion Bubba Watson, who shot 69.

The UCLA product began the day in solo 2nd, one back of playing competitor Watson. After going out in 1-under (two birdies, one bogey), he led four players by one at the break, but came home in 1-over, overshadowing a 2-putt birdie-4 at 11 with back-to-back bogey-5s at 12 and 13. The 25-year-old was vying for a second TOUR title this season in six starts (P1, Shriners), second in 47 career events, but settles for a fourth top 25 this season and second top 10 with rounds of 66-69-69-71. The Long Beach, California, native hit seven (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, No. 1 for the week in GIR at 72.22 percent (52/72). He posted 1.818 putts per GIR and -0.702 SG: Putting, needing 29 total putts. This was Florida resident's first cash in three tries at the Genesis.
Feb 18 - 7:53 PM

First-round co-leader and World No. 41 Tony Finau fashioned a 2-under-par 35-34=69 in the final round of the Genesis Open for a 72-hole tally of 10-under 274, up one place into a season-tying-best T2, two in arrears of overnight leader and champion Bubba Watson, who shot 69.

The 28-year-old had little success at the Genesis coming in, cashing a T56 on debut in 2015 and missing the cuts in 2016 and 2017. This is his second career runner-up in 99 career TOUR events, joining a solo 2nd at the 2018 Safeway in Napa. The Utahan improves to 7-for-8 on the season with five top 25s and three top 10s, all in California. He also recorded a T6 two starts ago in San Diego. After opening in 66-71-68, Finau began T3, two back. Playing out of the penultimate threesome, he mustered four (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation, gaining 3.081 strokes approaching-the-green. The one-time TOUR winner squared a lone bogey-5 at hole 7 (3-putt from 47'4"), outpaced by three circles at 3 (from 26'11"), 11 and 17. He recorded 2.000 putts per GIR and -1.230 SG: Putting, needing 31 total putts.
Feb 18 - 7:33 PM

World No. 95 Kevin Na authored a 2-under-par 34-35=69 in the final round of the Genesis Open to post 10-under 274, up one place into a season-best T2, two adrift of overnight leader and champion Bubba Watson.

The 34-year-old improves to 9-for-15 at the Genesis with five top 25s and four top 10s, second straight, and third top 5. His best is solo 3rd in 2011 and finished T4 last year, and has now put eight straight in the red at Riviera CC. After kicking off in 68-70-67, the Las Vegas resident began T3, two back of Watson. Playing out of the penultimate threesome, he hit 11 (of 14) fairways and nine greens in regulation, gaining 0.612 strokes around-the-green, No. 1 in the latter with a cumulative 5.803. The one-time TOUR winner squared three bogey-5s at holes 7, 12 and 13, outflanked by five birdies at 1, 9, 10, 11 and 17, all from inside of eight feet. He posted 1.556 putts per GIR and 1.469 SG: Putting with 24 total putts. This is Na's ninth runner-up in 359 career TOUR events, first since T2 at the 2016 Shriners. He improves to 7-for-8 on the season with two top 25s (two straight) and one top 10.
Feb 18 - 7:18 PM

Overnight leader and World No. 117 Bubba Watson tossed up a 2-under-par 36-33=69 in the Sunday's final round at Riviera Country Club to reach 12-under 272, good for a two-shot win over Kevin Na and first-round co-leader Tony Finau, and his third Genesis Open title in 12 appearances.

The 39-year-old, a pre-tourney 50/1 outright, claims his 10th PGA TOUR title in 279 career events, first since here in 2016 42 starts and 104 weeks ago. Overall, he improves to 7-for-12 at the Genesis with seven top 25s and three top 10s, all wins. After opening in 68-70-65, the Floridian began with a one-shot lead over 18- and 36-hole co-leader Patrick Cantlay. He hit nine (of 14) fairways and nine greens in regulation, losing 2.402 strokes approaching-the-green but gaining 1.194 off-the-tee and 1.738 around-the-green. The Georgia alum squared three bogeys at holes 3, 6, and 9, silenced by five circles at 1, 8, 11, 14 and 17, highlighted by a hole-out birdie-2 at 14 from a greenside bunker. He posted 1.778 putts per GIR and 1.852 SG: Putting with 26 total putts. Watson is now 5-for-6 on the season and his previous-best was T35 last week at the AT&T Pro-Am. It's his first top 10 on TOUR since T10 at THE NORTHERN TRUST (first FEC Playoffs event) last season.
Feb 18 - 6:51 PM

Reigning FedExCup champ and World No. 4 Justin Thomas carved out a 1-under-par 34-36=70 in the final round of the Genesis Open to wrap on 7-under 277, down one place into a five-way T9, five back of 54-hole leader and champion Bubba Watson, who shot 69.

The 24-year-old improves to 4-for-4 at Riviera CC while this is his first top 25 (T39/2017). He's now 6-for-6 on the season with six top 25s and two top 10s, joining his playoff win at the inaugural CJ CUP back in October. After opening in 69-71-67, the Alabama product began T8 on 6-under, four back. Playing out of the third-to-last threesome, he found six (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, gaining 1.374 strokes approaching-the-green and 1.710 tee-to-green. He circled four birdies at holes 4, 8, 11 and 17, slightly outpacing three squares at 7, 12 (3-putt from 51'5") and 16. The Kentuckian recorded 1.750 putts per GIR and -0.317 SG: Putting, needing 29 total putts. For the week, he totaled one eagle and 18 birdies against 13 bogeys.
Feb 18 - 6:32 PM

World No. 70 Ryan Moore pieced together a 1-under-par 32-38=70 in the final round of the Genesis Open to conclude on 7-under 277, currently T8, which is where he began, and five back of the leader on the course Bubba Watson, who's playing the 18th. UPDATE: With play completed, Moore finished T9, five shy of champion Watson.

After opening in 68-68-71, the Tacoma, Washington, native began four back of 54-hole leader Watson. He conjured six (of 14) fairways and nine greens in regulation, losing 0.684 strokes off-the-tee but gaining 1.427 approaching-the-green. The 34-year-old raced out with eagle-3 at No. 1 and birdie-3 at 2, but then played his final 16 holes in 2-over, overshadowing three circles with five squares. He posted 1.444 putts per GIR and 0.871 SG: Putting with 25 total putts. The UNLV alum improves to 9-for-11 at the Genesis with five top 25s and three top 10s. He's now 4-for-5 on the season with two top 25s, both top 10s, joining a T6 at the OHL Classic back in November (two starts ago).
Feb 18 - 6:18 PM

Two-time past champion and World No. 35 Phil Mickelson navigated a 3-under-par 33-35=68 in the final round of the Genesis Open for a 72-hole total of 8-under 276, up seven places on the live leaderboard to T6, one swing short of clubhouse leader Scott Stallings. UPDATE: With play completed, Mickelson finished T6, four adrift of overnight leader and eventual champion Bubba Watson.

The Hall of Famer improves to 13-for-17 at Riviera CC with eight top 25s and five top 10s, first since T2 in 2012. He's now 6-for-7 on the season with five top 25s and four top 10s, three straight. After kicking off with 70-71-67, the Californian began T13 on 5-under, one shy of the overnight top 10. He hit seven (of 14) fairways and nine greens in regulation, gaining 0.942 strokes approaching-the-green and 2.504 around-the-green. The 47-year-old squared three bogeys at holes 4, 15 and 16, offset by six circles at 1, 5, 6, 10, 12 and 17, four conventional and adding two chip-in varieties at 10 and 12. He posted 1.556 putts per GIR and -0.139 SG: Putting with 24 total putts. This is the first time the ASU alum has recorded three straight top 10s on TOUR since 2009.
Feb 18 - 6:04 PM

World No. 116 Martin Laird tacked on a 3-under-par 33-35=68 in the final round of the Genesis Open to finish up on 7-under 277, up seven spots to T9 with play still in progress.

The Scottsdale, Arizona, resident improves to 6-for-9 at Riviera CC with four top 25s, three straight, and potentially a second top 10 after T8 last year. He arrived off a T9 two weeks ago at the WM Phoenix Open and is headed for a third top 25 of the season in seven starts and potentially a second top 10. The Colorado State alum carded three laps of 68 and a R2 73. He began the finale T16 on 4-under, two shy of the overnight top 10, and hit seven (of 14) fairways and only eight greens in regulation. The 35-year-old lost 1.564 strokes tee-to-green but gained 4.966 on-the-green with just 21 total putts. For the week, he tallied one eagle, a 3 on hole 17 today from 16'4", and 16 birdies versus 11 bogeys.
Feb 18 - 5:40 PM

Making his tournament debut, World No. 25 Xander Schauffele birdied his final two holes en route to a 3-under-par 34-34=68 in the final round of the Genesis Open to wrap on 7-under 277, up seven spots to T9 with play still in progress.

There were 29 first-timers at Riviera CC and the 25-year-old is going to be top debutant and currently the only top 10 of the bunch. He improved to 7-for-8 on the season with four top 25s, second straight, and possibly a second top 10 (T3, CIMB Classic). After kicking off in 71-70-68, the reigning PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year began T16 on 4-under, two short of the overnight top 10. He found six (of 14) fairways and pelted 14 greens in regulation, gaining 2.883 strokes approaching-the-green and 3.585 tee-to-green. The Californian squared two bogeys at holes 4 and 12, outpaced by five circles at 1, 8, 11, 17 and 18, two from between 12 and 16 feet. He recorded 1.643 putts per GIR and -0.150 SG: Putting with 28 total putts. For the week, the SDSU alum totaled 19 birdies against 12 bogeys.
Feb 18 - 5:27 PM

World No. 3 Jordan Spieth crafted a 4-under-par 32-35=67 in the final round of the Genesis Open to conclude on 7-under 277, up 12 spots to T8 with play still in progress. UPDATE: With play completed, Spieth finished T9, five back of overnight leader and champion Bubba Watson.

The 24-year-old was making his sixth appearance, posts a fourth top 25, second straight, and potentially a second top 10 (T4/2015). He recorded progressively better laps of 71-70-69-67 and logs a fourth top 25 of the season in five starts and possibly a second top 10 (9th, Sentry TOC). The Texan began the finale T20 on 3-under, three shy of the overnight top 10. He landed 10 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, gaining 3.538 strokes approaching-the-green and 4.787 tee-to-green. Spieth squared a lone bogey-5 at No. 8 (3-putt from 18'9"), camouflaged by five birdies at 1, 5, 7, 9 and 18, three from between 10 and 19 feet. He registered 1.714 putts per GIR and -0.420 SG: Putting with 28 total putts. For the week, the Texas product totaled 14 birdies versus seven bogeys and is currently 13th in SGTTG (5.709) and 17th in SGP at 3.602.
Feb 18 - 5:11 PM

World No. 57 Adam Hadwin capped off the Genesis Open with a 5-under-par 31-35=66 and a 72-hole tally of 8-under 276, up 13 places on the live leaderboard to T7 and good for the low round of the day thus far. UPDATE: With play completed, Hadwin's 66 was the low round and he finished T6, four back of overnight leader and champion Bubba Watson.

After making the cut T64 on the number (70-74), the Louisville alum could back-door a top 10 with weekend rounds of 66-66. He improves to 4-for-4 at Riviera CC with three top 25s while positioned for a first top 10. The 30-year-old also improves to 8-for-8 on the season with two top 25s and possibly a second top 10, joining a T3 at the CareerBuilder three starts ago. For the week, he tallied two eagles, currently T1 in that stat, and 16 birdies against nine bogeys and a triple bogey-7. At the time he signed his card, the Canadian is 2nd in SG: Tee-to-Green (10.649) and that buoyed him to a 10-under-par weekend (11 birdies, one bogey).
Feb 18 - 4:48 PM

Julien Guerrier equaled his European Tour career best finish with third in the NBO Oman Open at Al Mouj Golf in Muscat, carding a final round 1-under-par 37-34=71 to total 13-under 275, three back of winner Joost Luiten and two behind Chris Wood.

A big week for the Frenchman. It is only his second full season at this level and a rare opportunity to win. With it, and the pre-round lead held with Matthew Southgate and the eventual winner, came nerves. He opened with eight straights pars followed by a pair of bogeys at the turn (9 and 10). By this stage he needed the leaders to come back and they never did. However he assured himself a big check and plenty of Race to Dubai points with birdies at 12, 14 and 16. The result might equal his T3 in the 2014 Madeira Islands Open, but that result was over just 36 holes and a very minor field. This week's performance rates higher.
Feb 18 - 7:42 AM

Chris Wood's return to form couldn't quite magic up the win, but he was impressive in going toe-to-toe with winner Joost Luiten before carding 3-under-par 34-35=69 to total 14-under 274 and finish alone in second at the NBO Oman Open hosted by Al Mouj Golf in Muscat.

A birdie at the first hole allowed Wood to join pre-round leaders Luiten, Matthew Southgate and Julien Guerrier at the top of the leaderboard and before long the latter two had fallen away. Initially Luiten's burst of birdies took him clear, but he made errors whilst Wood added red at 6 and 12. When the tall Englishman found the bunker with his approach shot to the par-5 16th and got up-and-down from 40 yards to make birdie he pulled level with Luiten. Alas he made a bogey at 17, seconds after Luiten emulated his par breaker back on 16; the two shot gap was never breached. On Friday he admitted he was pleased to be playing the weekend after three missed cuts, but he didn't allow the surprise to faze him. An accomplished performance and next up is the Qatar Masters, a tournament he won five years ago.
Feb 18 - 7:33 AM



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