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Cantlay makes early playoff run; co-leads HFC 08-30-2013
Patrick Cantlay
Patrick Cantlay signed for a 7-under-par 34-31=65 in the second round of the Hotel Fitness Championship to share the 36-hole lead at 11-under 133 with Trevor Immelman and Michael Putnam. Cantlay began his day on the 10th hole with a par, then swallowed his only bogey on the par-3 11th. With that out of the way, he went on to rattle off eight birdies over his final 16 hole. A winner earlier in the season at the Colombia Championship, injuries derailed his year and kept him outside of the top 25 on the Web.com Tour regular season money list.
M. Putnam one of three in Hotel Fitness lead 08-30-2013
Michael Putnam
Michael Putnam carded a flawless 9-under-par 29-34=63 in the second round of the Hotel Fitness Championship to share the lead with Trevor Immelman and Patrick Cantlay at 11-under 133. Putnam opened his round at Sycamore Hills on the 10th hole with four birdies and an eagle on his first six holes. He would sprinkle in three more birdies over his final 12 holes, never making anything worse than a par. It's no surprise that he's in this position. As the Web.com Tour's leading money winner and one of only two guys to win twice this year, he's the only player in the playoffs with nothing to gain.
Immelman tied atop Hotel Fitness leaderboard 08-30-2013
Trevor Immelman
Trevor Immelman posted a bogey-free 6-under-par 32-34=66 in the second round of the Hotel Fitness Championship, joining Patrick Cantlay and Michael Putnam in the 36-hole lead at 11-under 133. In his first 36 holes, the former Masters champion has 13 birdies to just one double bogey. This is the first time he's found himself without full PGA TOUR status since winning the 2008 annual pilgrimage to Augusta Natinoal, but he's obviously handing the pressure extremely well. He landed 16 GIR in his second lap around Sycamore Hills.
Els records his lowest lid-lifter of the year 08-30-2013
Ernie Els
Ernie Els submitted a 5-under-par 32-34=66 for his opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship and finished three strokes in arrears of the overnight co-leaders. The Big Easy was the last of 22 golfers to reside inside the top 10 at TPC Boston when the last stroke was made today; 16 carded a 66. Els collected 16 greens in regulation and converted six birdies, including rolls from 25'7", 23'4" and 13'2" at the sixth, ninth and 18th holes, respectively. This is his lowest round to open a PGA TOUR event all season. In fact, he hadn't logged a lower aggregate in a first round since a 65 at the 2011 Wyndham Championship. He opened with a 66 in 2008 at TPC Boston en route to a share of third place. His personal-best on the track is a 65 (twice).
Ian Poulter sets a personal low at TPC Boston 08-30-2013
Ian Poulter
Ian Poulter enjoyed a 5-under-par 34-32=66 for his opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship. Gamers everywhere wouldn't have been surprised if he mailed this tournament in given it's his 15th of the season to meet his membership requirement. He's also 77th in FedExCup points, so he needs a decent week to advance. So much for that theory. He split 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens en route to six birdies against one bogey. His set of par breakers included respective conversions from 11'9", 11'3" and 14'9" at the second, 12th and 16th holes. Poulter is three strokes back of the pace set by the overnight co-leaders.
Bogey-free Brian Davis co-leads Deutsche Bank 08-30-2013
Brian Davis
Brian Davis blistered TPC Boston for eight birdies en route to a bogey-free, 8-under-par 31-32=63 in his opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, good for a share of the overnight lead with Phil Mickelson. Go ahead and toss this round into the this-came-out-of-nowhere category. Davis arrived at TPC Boston on an 0-for-4 slide. He had broken par only once in his last eight rounds, and that was but a 1-under 70 in the second round at Liberty National. Today he split 12 (of 14) fairways and hit 16 greens in regulation. After a zero-putt eight-yarder found the cup at the third hole, his most conventional birdies of the notable kind measured 15'1" and 24'6" at the eighth and ninth holes, respectively. Davis has no victories and five second-place finishes in 276 career PGA TOUR starts.
Kuchar converts on seven of 11 birdie chances 08-30-2013
Matt Kuchar
Matt Kuchar carded a 5-under-par 34-32=66 in his opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, finishing three strokes back of the overnight co-leaders. Kuchar has cashed in seven of nine trips to TPC Boston but he's yet to wrangle a top 10. Today's score was about as low as he was going to find given he landed only 11 greens in regulation and holed seven birdies. Six of his par breakers trickled in from inside 10 feet, but the highlight measured 44'11" at the fifth hole.
Yet again, Steve Stricker doesn't miss a beat 08-30-2013
Steve Stricker
Steve Stricker opened the Deutsche Bank Championship with a 5-under-par 31-35=66 to settle three shots back of the overnight lead. Stricker needs to go into the self-help business and teach weekend hackers everywhere how to have success inside the ropes while working day jobs. What's more, he's been out since the PGA Championship to allow a torn hamstring in his right leg some time to heal. The DBC is just his 11th start on the season, but his goal is to qualify for the Presidents Cup team; this is the final event before the teams are locked in. Stricker went 5-for-6 in scrambling at TPC Boston today and rallied for six birdies, the longest of which from 14'9" at the eighth hole. Expect more of the same consistency on the weekend, of course.
Streelman keeps the pedal down at TPC Boston 08-30-2013
Kevin Streelman
Kevin Streelman posted a 5-under-par 33-33=66 in his opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship. With top 20s in his last two starts, Streelman is proving to be one of the guys that gamers need to ride. Even when he's not sharp, he's still getting the ball into the hole. Case in point, he missed seven greens in regulation at TPC Boston today, but squared only one bogey against six birdies. His set included two of the zero-putt variety, from four yards away at the fourth hole and 16 yards out at 14. His most conventional conversion measured 17'4" at No. 14. Streelman signed his card sitting three strokes off the overnight lead.
Blixt recovers; opens with 66 at TPC Boston 08-30-2013
Jonas Blixt carded a 5-under-par 34-32=66 in his opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, finishing three strokes adrift of the overnight lead. After blowing up for an 81 while dressed in orange like playing partner Rickie Fowler in the final round of last week's Barclays, Blixt vowed on Twitter that he'd never wear orange again. He was in great position to make a big move in the FedExCup, too, so you can understand his promise. Now 41st in points -- down 12 spots from his starting position following the T58 at Liberty National -- Blixt got back on the horse at TPC Boston and sandwiched one bogey with six birdies, three of which falling in from outside 10 feet. The gem of the bunch found the bottom of the cup from just off the green seven yards away at the 13th hole.
R. Moore nets sixth sub-70 opener in 7 starts 08-30-2013
Ryan Moore
Ryan Moore spun a 5-under-par 34-32=66 in his opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship. Moore started the week placed 53rd in the FedExCup, 15 spots better following last week's T25 to crack the lid open on the Playoffs. This also goes in the books as his sixth score in the 60s to begin a tournament in his last seven tries. He missed five greens at TPC Boston, but limited the negative to lone bogey at the par-4 fifth hole where his conversion (3'5") measured three inches longer than his par attempt. Meanwhile, he lassoed four birdies, the longest of which from 13'4" at No. 4 to set the stage for an eagle from five inches at the par-5 18th. Moore signed his card sitting three strokes off the clubhouse lead.
Roberto Castro loves himself opening rounds 08-30-2013
Roberto Castro
Roberto Castro opened the Deutsche Bank Championship with a 6-under-par 31-34=65 to sit two strokes off the clubhouse lead. If you follow the PGA TOUR regularly -- since you're reading this, chances are that you do -- you're hardly surprised that Castro is in the conversation on day one. He made his biggest splash at THE PLAYERS where he stuck a 63 on the board in the first round, but that was merely the benchmark for a total of now 13 sub-70s to begin tournaments this season. At TPC Boston today, he went 8-for-15 in birdie chances, including runs from 11'11" and 21'9" at the 18th and first holes, respectively. And while he poured in a par save from 10'2" at 12, he fanned on two looks inside nine feet, both leading to his only bogeys.
Garcia surges on inward nine at TPC Boston 08-30-2013
Sergio Garcia
Sergio Garcia turned in a 6-under-par 34-31=65 for his opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship and finished two strokes off the clubhouse lead. It's hard to believe but the Spaniard has gone four consecutive starts without a top 25. He arrived in Massachusetts ranked 55th in FedExCup points, four places up from his starting position. Today he hit 16 greens in regulation and curled in seven birdies. The set featured conversions from 45'3" at the second hole and 14 feet at 5. He circled five of his par breakers on his second nine, including four straight beginning at No. 2. Garcia's lone hiccup of the round occurred at the par-4 15th where his approached sailed the green and he failed to bury a par save from three-and-a-half feet.
Defending champ fortunate to nab a red number 08-30-2013
Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy opened his title defense of the Deutsche Bank Championship with a 1-under-par 34-36=70. Last week's T19 at Liberty National will remain as a tease until he backs it up. Today's round was a mess. He split 10 (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation but racked up five bogeys, two of the three-putt variety. Overall, he miss four putts inside nine feet. On the bright side, McIlroy buried six birdies, including rolls from 24'5" and 12 feet at the 12th and sixth holes, respectively.
Tiger Woods opens the DBC with a 3-under 68 08-30-2013
Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods posted a 3-under-par 33-35=68 in his opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship. For any skeptics remaining in the wake of his back injury, today's effort should shut them up. While he missed a pair of birdie putts from eight feet and in, he suffered only one bogey and found four birdies. His longest par breaker was his last, a roll measuring 20'7" at the sixth hole before falling in. Overall, he split eight (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation, and would go on to sign his card sitting five strokes adrift of clubhouse leader and playing partner Phil Mickelson.
Scott 1-for-13 in birdie opps at TPC Boston 08-30-2013
Adam Scott
On the coattails of his surprise victory at The Barclays, Adam Scott settled for a 2-over-par 36-37=73 in his opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship. Sigh. He hit 13 greens in regulation and circled only one birdie, that a conversion from 10'4" at the par-3 16th hole. Scott whiffed on three looks inside nine feet, two of which contributing to his set of three bogeys. He played alongside Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods in the morning wave, but it didn't take long once the last golfer in the late draw recorded his first score for Scott to rank last (of 100) in strokes gained-putting with a split south of -3.210. He's 10 strokes off Mickelson's clubhouse lead.
Jerry Kelly cleans up nicely en route to a 66 08-30-2013
Jerry Kelly
Jerry Kelly posted a 5-under-par 34-32=66 in his opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, finishing three strokes off the clubhouse lead. Kelly went 6-for-7 in scrambling today, a greenside display led by a par save from 13'9" at the 11th hole. He found six birdies elsewhere, too, including rolls of 11'3" and 11'5" at Nos. 4 and 10, respectively.
Estes nets lowest opening aggregate of 2013 08-30-2013
Bob Estes
Bob Estes signed for a 5-under-par 31-35=66 following his opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship. Long-time gamers may find it surreal that he's still relevant in 2013. Now 47 years of age, he's enjoyed a fruitful year, cashing in 14 of 17 starts to arrive at TPC Boston slotted 86th in the race to the FedExCup. Yet, despite his success, today's aggregate is his lowest of the year and it's the 10th time he's broken 70 in an opening round this season. After a kick-in eagle at the par-5 second hole, he added birdies at 4, 6 and 8, the first of which dropping from 10'2". Estes traded two bogeys with two birdies coming, the par breakers measuring 10'1" and 24'6" at the 13th and 15th holes, respectively. He signed his card sitting three strokes off the clubhouse lead.
Cink matches his lowest opener of the year 08-30-2013
Stewart Cink
Stewart Cink shot a 5-under-par 35-31=66 in his opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship. Cink arrived at TPC Boston sitting 85th in FedExCup points following a T68 at The Barclays, so he has everything to gain this week. He played like it today in matching his lowest opening aggregate of the season (Humana Challenge). He hit 13 greens and circled six birdies at TPC Boston -- the only notable of which falling in from 24'10" at the 13th hole -- to reach the clubhouse three strokes off the lead.
N. Thompson puts on a clinic in opening round 08-30-2013
Nicholas Thompson
Nicholas Thompson carded a 5-under-par 35-31=66 in his opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship. He made this look easy. Thompson split 10 (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation en route to an eagle and four birdies to absorb a lone bogey. His only notable conversion was his last, a birdie from 12'2" at the par-4 ninth hole. His eagle came in the form of a 22-inch putt at the par-5 second hole where he piped his drive 315 yards into the fairway. Nitro signed his card sitting three off the clubhouse lead.
Zach Johnson makes FedExCup Playoffs debut 08-30-2013
Zach Johnson
Zach Johnson opened the Deutsche Bank Championship with a 2-under-par 35-34=69. ZJ missed The Barclays to be the best man in his brother's wedding. The decision cost him seven spots in the FedExCup standings where he sits 25th. He missed only two (of 14) fairways and two greens but didn't give himself too many good looks. Johnson circled four birdies, including conversions from 28'4" and 21'3" at the first and 17th holes, respectively, and made both tries inside 10 feet (at 15 and 18). He did whiff on a pair of par saves from inside six feet at Nos. 14 and 16, so he walked off TPC Boston what was likely the highest score for which he could have signed.
Dufner three back after thrilling lid-lifter 08-30-2013
Jason Dufner
Jason Dufner posted a 5-under-par 35-31=66 in his opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, finishing three strokes adrift of the clubhouse lead. Dufner fell four spots to 19th in the FedExCup after a tie for 37th at The Barclays, but he didn't let that bother him today. He found only 10 greens in regulation but limited the damage to two bogeys against seven birdies. The fireworks show started with a hole-out from a greenside bunker 16 yards out at the par-3 eighth. It was the first of four in a row that included conversions from 12'5" at 9 and 29'1 at 11. A par save from 14'10" at 12 prevented a loss of momentum after which he picked up two more birdies at Nos. 16 and 18, the first disappearing from 27'10". At the time he signed his card, his strokes gained-putting split sat north of 3.110.
Late birdie blitz leaves K. Stadler one back 08-30-2013
Kevin Stadler
Kevin Stadler submitted a 7-under-par 33-31=64 for his opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, finishing one stroke off the clubhouse lead. Stadler held the 18-hole lead at Liberty National last week before fading to finish T43. Today at TPC Boston, he hit 14 greens in regulation and circled eight birdies, including on each of his last four holes (Nos. 6-9). While that's impressive enough, consider that the respective conversions measured 29'1", 16'6", 14'4" and 20'4". Earlier, he drilled a birdie home from 12'2" at 14 and rolled in a par save from the fringe four yards out at 3. At the time he signed his card, his strokes gained-putting split was north of 4.235, best in the field.
Phil Mickelson goes out in 28; leads the DBC 08-30-2013
Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson sparked murmurs of breaking 60 in his opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship after which he signed for an 8-under-par 28-35=63. Anytime a guy sandwiches two pars with seven birdies on outward nine, social networking platform will explode, and rightfully so. Mickelson was lights out early. Five of his birdies on holes 10-18 dropped in from outside 11 feet, the longest of which measuring 27'10" at the 11th hole. After a bogey-5 at 1 where he found a greenside bunker, he smothered the stick at the par-5 second for an easy eagle from two feet. After five consecutive pars, he rolled in a birdie from inside 10 feet at the par-3 eighth, and then yanked his drive at the par-4 ninth into the woods. Lefty would swallow a 5 on the hole but signed his card with a two-stroke clubhouse lead. Overall, he split 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation. He walked off TPC Boston with a strokes gained-putting split north of 3.880.
Mahan dissects TPC Boston in opening round 08-30-2013
Hunter Mahan
Hunter Mahan crafted a bogey-free, 6-under-par 33-32=65 in his opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship. Mahan retained his position at 21st in the FedExCup standings with a T25 at The Barclays, but the proud papa is poised to make noise this week. He split 12 (of 14) fairways and hit 16 greens at TPC Boston today, picking off six birdies along the way. All dropped in from seven feet or nearer, thus leaving his longest conversion as a par save from 19'5" at 11. At the time he signed his card, he held outright possession of the clubhouse lead, but now sits two strokes adrift of Phil Mickelson, who trailed with a 63.
English buries eight birdies in opening round 08-30-2013
Harris English
Harris English enjoyed a 5-under-par 32-34=66 in his opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship. English tumbled seven spots to 26th in FedExCup points as a result of missing the cut at last week's Barclays, but he roared back at TPC Boston today. He stood over 14 opportunities to break par and did so eight times, all for birdie. His set included conversions from 14 feet, 12'11" and 19'2" at the seventh, eighth and 17th holes, respectively, but the highlight of the round was a par save from 39'9" at the par-4 sixth where he found a fairway bunker off the tee. English signed his with a piece of the early clubhouse lead.
Westwood joins clubhouse leaders @ TPC Boston 08-30-2013
Lee Westwood
Lee Westwood wielded some short-game magic en route to a 6-under-par 33-33=66 in his opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, good for an early share of the clubhouse lead. The Brit went 6-for-7 in scrambling at TPC Boston and circled six birdies today. His longest conversions measured 14'10" at the seventh hole and 39'1" at 16. After a T25 at The Barclays, he rose four spots to 31st in FedExCup points.
Gay flashes vintage form around the greens 08-30-2013
Brian Gay
Brian Gay carded a 4-under-par 33-34=67 in his opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship. At 51st in FedExCup points, he's probably safe to advance even if things so south for him on Saturday, so chalk up today's effort as a nod toward pouncing on an opportunity to pile on. He hit 12 greens at TPC Boston but suffered only one bogey. Elsewhere, he gathered five birdies, but his longest conversion of the day was a par save from just 9'9" at the par-4 sixth hole. He signed his card sitting one back of the early clubhouse co-leaders.
Kirk snags co-lead w/ birdie bomb at the last 08-30-2013
Chris Kirk
Chris Kirk turned in a 6-under-par 35-31=66 in his opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship to earn a share of the early clubhouse lead. After missing the cut at The Barclays, Kirk slipped 16 spots in the FedExCup standings to 47th, so he's motivated to reclaim that lost ground. He hit 15 greens and poured in eight birdies, good for a field-high at the time he signed his card. He opened the set with a five-yarder from just off the green at the 10th hole. Conversions from 29'5" and 10'1" at Nos. 16 and 3 ensued, but he saved the best for last when he rolled in a beauty from 52-and-a-half feet at 9.
Bogey-free Huh first to post a number at DBC 08-30-2013
John Huh
John Huh spun a bogey-free, 5-under-par 33-33=66 in his opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, good for very early possession of the clubhouse lead. The PGA TOUR sophomore went out in the third threesome off the first tee at TPC Boston today. He went 5-for-5 in scrambling and picked off five birdies, including rolls of 13'6" and 10'9" at the eighth and 13th holes, respectively. Huh starts the DBC slotted 45th in FedExCup points, so he's assured of advancing as long as he makes the cut.