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Spencer Levin over par in return to action 09-05-2013
Spencer Levin
Spencer Levin settled for a 3-over-par 39-36=75 in his opening round of the Chiquita Classic. Out since withdrawing during his second round of the Cox Classic two weeks ago due to an illness, Levin's rust was evident today. He split just half of his fairways and hit only half of the greens en route to offsetting two birdies with three bogeys and a double. Levin is playing primarily to stay sharp in advance of the 2013-14 PGA TOUR season for which he should receive a full slate of starts on a Major Medical Extension for sitting out the entire year following thumb surgery.
Bettencourt opens even par at the Chiquita 09-05-2013
Matt Bettencourt
Matt Bettencourt signed for an even-par 38-34=72 following his opening round of the Chiquita Classic. Bettencourt was in our crosshairs today because he called it quits during his second round of last week's Hotel Fitness Championship due to a back injury. At River Run Country Club today, he turned in a bit of a rare feat on the par 5s, recording one eagle, one birdie, one par and one bogey on the set. He squared bogeys on a pair of par 4s as well to prevent the red number. Overall, he hit only half of his fairways and greens in regulation, and finished five strokes adrift of the overnight co-leaders.
Kohles' steady day at River Run means co-lead 09-05-2013
Ben Kohles
Ben Kohles put together a tidy 5-under-par 33-34=67 in the opening round of the Chiquita Classic to share the lead with Nick O'Hern, Edward Loar and Hudson Swafford. Kohles opened with back-to-back birdies on the 10th and 11th holes, then added a third birdie on the 16th hole. He dropped his only shot of the day on the 17th hole in the form of a bogey, then bounced back with a birdie on the 18th. Turning his attention to River Run's front nine, he added birdies on the third and sixth holes.
Loar in familiar spot; co-leading on Web.com 09-05-2013
Edward Loar
Edward Loar shares the lead at the Chiquita Classic after opening with a 5-under-par 33-34=67. Loar already locked up his 2013-14 PGA TOUR card with an excellent Web.com Tour season already under his belt. He finished in the top six on six occasions, with a win Louisiana serving as the highlight. With no real pressure on his shoulders this week, the expectation is that he will put together a solid final three rounds. Amazingly, he managed seven birdies despite hitting just seven GIR.
O'Hern co-leads Chiquita Classic at 5-under 09-05-2013
Nick O'Hern
Nick O'Hern spun a 5-under-par 30-37=67 in the opening round of the Chiquita Classic, becoming one of four men atop the leaderboard. The Aussie began his day on the 10th hole and got to work with five birdies on his first seven holes, then offset a bogey on the 17th with an eagle at the par-5 18th. He would then trade two bogeys for a birdie on the front nine. He did his damage despite hitting just half of River Run Country Club's fairways. He tied for 24th at the Hotel Fitness Championship last week in the first leg of the Web.com Tour playoffs.
Swafford co-leads Chiquita; bogey-free 67 09-05-2013
Hudson Swafford
Hudson Swafford kicked off the Chiquita Classic with a bogey-free 5-under-par 32-35=67 and finds himself in a share of the lead. Swafford circled three birdies and an eagle on his jaunt around River Run Country Club, splitting 12 of 14 fairways and landing 13 GIR. He's had his share of early-week success on the 2013 Web.com Tour, leading the BMW Charity Pro-Am after the first round and the Mid-Atlantic Championship at the half-way point. Those starts resulted in a T9 and a T27 respectively, so one shouldn't make too much about his standing at this point in time.
N. Thompson makes BMW Championship start 09-05-2013
Nicholas Thompson
Nicholas Thompson makes his 29th start of the season at the BMW Championship. Thompson has secured 19 of his cuts to date, and that's good for 59th place in the FedExCup Standings. A T50 at The Barclays gave way to a T22 at the Deutsche Bank Championship in the first two Playoff legs, and if this trend continues at Conway Farms he could wind up with a berth in the TOUR Championship at East Lake.
Sabbatini rolling into BMW; peaking for FEC 09-05-2013
Rory Sabbatini
Rory Sabbatini rides a wave of recent success into the BMW Championship. Sabo has secured the cut in each of his last six, with five of those counting for top-20 finishes. With that, he's improved his FedExCup standing all the way to 60th. It will take a strong effort at Conway Farms if he is to move on to the TOUR Championship, but his form indicates that it could happen.
Form escapes Duke ahead of BMW Championship 09-05-2013
Ken Duke
Ken Duke limps into Conway Farms Golf Club for the BMW Championship. Duke has missed the cut on each of the first two legs of the FedExCup Playoffs and enters the week ranked 61st in the standings. Since his breakthrough win at the Travelers Championship in June, he's failed to crack a top 45 in eight tries. All signs point to this being the end of his 2013 season, but the win makes it a career year no mater what happens in the final hours of his year.
Hearn fighting for East Lake spot at the BMW 09-05-2013
David Hearn
David Hearn turns his attention to the BMW Championship ranked 62nd in the FedExCup standings. Since his playoff loss at the John Deere Classic to Jordan Spieth, Hearn has made each of his subsequent four cuts with a T35 at the Deutsche Bank Classic last week the highlight. While he's guaranteed to cash another check this week, he'll need something a whole lot better than a T35 if he is to advance to his first TOUR Championship at East Lake.
Oberholser doesn't tee off at the Chiquita 09-05-2013
Arron Oberholser
Arron Oberholser elected not to compete at this week's Chiquita Classic. Oberholser was scheduled to go off the first tee at River Run Country Club in Davidson, N.C., at 12:42 p.m. ET. Instead, he'll sit out the second leg of the Web.com Tour Finals. He tied for 18th at last week's Hotel Fitness Championship. This leaves his appearance in next week's Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship in question. If an explanation surfaces to explain today's decision, we will relay it to you.