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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Nick Taylor trails the lead by 4 shots at the Valero Texas Open

PGA Tour Valero Texas Open leaderboard

On a day at the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio when the wind blew over 20 mph there were only 14 scores below par, bunching up the leaderboard for a race to the finish in store for today.

Nick Taylor shot an admirable 71 for a -4 total which is just 4 shots off the lead held by perennial bridesmaid Kevin Chappell who had a late birdie run for a -1 71 good for a one-stroke lead at -8 ahead of first-round leader Branden Grace -2 70 -7 total, and John Huh (71). Chappell has finished 2nd eight times in his career, and is still after that elusive first win.

The crowded leaderboard continues at -6 with Ryan Palmer from Texas who had the lowest round of the day -4 68. He’s joined by second round co-leaders Bud Cauley (74) and Tony Finau (74), Sweden’s Carl Pettersson (71), Martin Laird (71), Kevin Tway (72) and Australian Cameron Smith (73).

Other Canadians:  Brad Fritsch (76) is +3  and Adam Hadwin (82), is +8

Bryan Angus

Wiesberger wins Shenzhen International in a playoff

European Tour Shenzhen International final scoreboard http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2017/tournamentid=2017032/leaderboard/index.html#/leaderboard

europeantour.com

Bernd Wiesberger beat Tommy Fleetwood in a play-off to win the Shenzhen International on a dramatic final day at Genzon Golf Club.

Wiesberger (71) entered round four with a three-shot lead and eight shots ahead of Fleetwood but the Englishman fired a stunning 63 to set the clubhouse target and share top spot at -16.

As most of the leading challengers fell back, Wiesberger made excellent par saves on the 12th and 17th and nearly hit the pin with his approach to the last but was forced to settle for a par and a trip back up the 18th in the pouring rain.

Wiesberger took the risky line over the water off the tee and ended up in the bank while Fleetwood played safely onto the fairway and found the heart of the green with his second.

The pressure was now on Wiesberger and he delivered, putting his approach to five feet and rolling in the putt for a birdie and the victory.

The triumph is the culmination of an excellent run of form from Wiesberger, who has not missed a cut since the US PGA Championship, claiming seven top five finishes in that time. He will now move into the top 30 in the world.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf play reduced due to heavy rain

PGA Tour Champions Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf leaderboard
http://www.pgatour.com/champions/tournaments/bass-pro-shops-legends-of-golf-at-big-cedar-lodge/leaderboard.html

Due to torrential rainfall at Big Cedar Lodge in Missouri, Friday's opening round was washed out.

As a result the event will be reduced to 36 holes and played only on the par 3 Top of the Rock course with no play possible on the Buffalo Ridge course.

Also the Legends Division which includes Jack, Gary and Lee will only be contested over 9 holes today, instead of the scheduled 36. That threesome will then play a Skins exhibition match along with Kid Rock on Sunday.

Bryan Angus

Three Canadians still contending at Valero Texas Open

PGA Tour Valero Texas Open leaderboard http://www.pgatour.com/competition/2017/valero-texas-open/leaderboard.html

Bud Cauley (66) looking for his first PGA tour win and long hitting Tony Finau (65)lead this Valero Texas Open at -8, one better than a young Australian, Cameron Smith (65), Kevin Chappell (68), Robby Shelton (69) and do you remember Bob Estes (69)

Jimmy Walker is in a large group at -5 and he is suffering with Lyme disease which is caused by a tick bite, with possible serious consequences such as such as emotional outbursts, nervous system abnormalities, skin issues, and even loss of brain function. He will begin treatment next week.

The Canadian contingent slipped back a little but with the lead only at -8, they are not out of it for the weekend. 

Nick Taylor T27 69 73 -3, Adam Hadwin T41 70 72 -2, Brad Fritsch T42 74 69 -1 can all get right in in with a good day today.

David Hearn 76 77 MC, Mackenzie Hughes 74 74 MC

Ian Poulter missed the cut and lost his fully exempt status on the PGA Tour. He will now have to rely on sponsors invitations and may pick up his schedule on the European Tour although he and his family have lived in Florida for a long time.

Bryan Angus

Wiesberger takes command at Shenzhen International

European Tour Shenzhen International leaderboard http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2017/tournamentid=2017032/leaderboard/index.html#/leaderboard

europeantour.com
 
Bernd Wiesberger will take a three-shot lead into the final round of the Shenzhen International after a roller coaster day at Genzon Golf Club.
 
The Austrian entered round three with a four-shot advantage but quickly saw that wiped out by Grégory Bourdy, who joined Mikko Korhonen in making a hole-in-one on Saturday.
 
A strong finish from the three-time European Tour winner, however, saw him sign for a 69 and a -15 total
 
South African Dylan Frittelli emerged as his nearest challenger after a 68 with a birdie-birdie finish and they will be the final pair on Sunday

Wiesberger has been in a remarkable run of form the last eight months, having not missed a cut since the US PGA Championship with seven top five finishes.
 
Pre tournament favourite Bubba Watson is at -10 after rounds of 66 70 70.
 
Bryan Angus



Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday golf round up..Bad weather affecting play..

For PGA Tour see my previous post " Taylor, Hadwin in Contention at Valero Texas Open"

Here are the links and story lines from the other tours.


European Tour Shenzhen International leaderboard http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2017/tournamentid=2017032/leaderboard/index.html#/leaderboard

Weather is playing havoc with play, for example overnight leader Bubba Watson has only played 5 holes of his second round before play was suspended due to heavy rain and lightning.

Bernd Wiesberger fired a stunning bogey-free 65 to open up a four-shot lead before the second round of the Shenzhen International was suspended.
 
 
 
Round 2 is currently suspended due to lightning down in Indiana.  There are 6 Canadians and Ryan Yip is T1 after -4 68.

Ben Silverman and Corey Conners +1 73, Albin Choi 74, Adam Svensson 79, Roger Sloan 81 WD.


PGA Tour Champions Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf leaderboard http://www.pgatour.com/champions/tournaments/bass-pro-shops-legends-of-golf-at-big-cedar-lodge/leaderboard.html

Play suspended for the day due to heavy rain, lightning.

Bryan Angus

Taylor, Hadwin in contention at Valero Texas Open.

PGA Tour Valero Texas Open leaderboard http://www.pgatour.com/competition/2017/valero-texas-open/leaderboard.html

With round two under way down in San Antonio, Nick Taylor has moved to -4 playing in the early wave and is currently T5. Adam Hadwin plays in the late wave, after an opening -2 70.

The leader, also playing late today is South African Branden Grace, -6 66. “That’s the one round I was waiting for,” Grace said. “I’ve been shooting the 69s and 70s, but not getting that one low round. This is nice.”

Steven Alker, Stewart Cink, John Huh and Will MacKenzie are all at -5 67, then there are a dozen players at -4.

The Ian Poulter saga continues. The cut is projected at E and he is at +2 right now through 12 holes. He needs to at least make the cut to keep his PGA Tour card for the remainder of the season. That’s in doubt now after an opening 75 has him well outside the top 100. He’s playing on a major medical exemption and he needs to earn $30,624 before the exemption ends this week.

He will get a few "past champion" and sponsor invites, but will have to go to Q School or return to the European Tour to play his way back onto the PGA Tour.

Bryan Angus

Canadian 1st round scores : Nick Taylor 69 -3. Adam Hadwin -2 70, MacKenzie Hughes 74, Brad Fritsch 74, David Hearn 76