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Chad Campbell rinses his chances away at CBC 01-22-2017
Chad Campbell
Past champ and World No. 207 Chad Campbell patched together a 1-under-par 34-37=71 in the final round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to post 16-under 272, down three spots into a two-way T6, four in arrears to champion Hudson Swafford, who shot 67. The 2006 winner began R4 in a four-way T3 on 15-under, two shy of 54-hole leader Adam Hadwin. He was chasing his fifth TOUR title in 422 career starts, first since the 2007 Viking Classic. The 42-year-old kicked off with a 46-incher for birdie-3 and added birdie at the par-3 fourth (from 4'4"). He holed out for eagle-3 at the fifth (from 105 yards away) and was now three clear. The UNLV alum quickly gave three back with a triple bogey-6 at six after watering his tee ball and 3-putting from 28'3". After birdie at eight, he was still in a three-way tie for the lead thru 10 holes, but exchanged bogey at 15 with birdie at 16 (pitch in from 41'9") before dunking his tee ball at the par-3 17th, leading to bogey-4. This is Campbell's first top 10 of the season in seven starts and first since T10 at the 2016 DEAN & DELUCA.
Rookie Bozzelli bags career-best 5th at CBC 01-22-2017
Dominic Bozzelli
PGA TOUR rookie and World No. 321 Dominic Bozzelli finished off his CareerBuilder Challenge debut with a 1-under-par 36-35=71 and a four-day tally of 17-under 271, down three places to solo 5th, three shy of champion Hudson Swafford, who shot 67. The 25-year-old was one of 30 first-timers and 21 rookies and took top honors in both categories. He was the 18-hole leader (by one) with a career-low 64 and after 67-69, began the finale in solo 2nd, one back of 54-hole leader Adam Hadwin. Playing out of the final threesome with Swafford and Hadwin, he striped 13 (of 14) fairways but mustered just 12 greens in regulation, losing 2.428 strokes approaching-the-green. The Auburn alum, who had just one bogey thru 54 holes, squared three in R4, slightly offset by four birdies, including a birdie-birdie finish from 11'4" and 36'2", respectively. This was his sixth career start and kicks aside a previous best of T35 at the Safeway in Napa.
Harman wraps in 69 for two-way T3 at CBC 01-22-2017
Brian Harman
World No. 136 Brian Harman tacked on a 3-under-par 36-33=69 in today's final round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to reach 18-under 270, good for a two-way T3, two adrift of champion and fellow Georgia Bulldog alum Hudson Swafford, who shot 67. The 30-year-old began R4 in a four-way T3 on 15-under, two back of 54-hole leader Adam Hadwin. He found seven (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, posting a 3.731 in SG: Tee-to-Green but -1.432 SG: Putting. The Georgian squared a lone bogey at the fourth, but outpaced it with birdies at Nos. 6, 11, 12 and 16. Three were conventional, all from inside of eight feet, adding a 65-footer from the fringe for birdie-2 at six. Harman missed two birdie tries from inside of 10 feet, including a 9-footer at 18 which would've have shared 2nd place. This was his fifth CBC with a previous-best T11 last year, and his third top 25 of the season in seven starts, but first top 10. It's also his best finish on TOUR since solo 3rd at the 2015 Travelers.
Hadwin settles for career-best solo 2nd @ CBC 01-22-2017
Adam Hadwin
Overnight leader and World No. 196 Adam Hadwin backed up with a 2-under-par 36-34=70 in the final round of the CareerBuilder Challenge for a 72-hole total of 19-under 269, down one spot to solo 2nd, one shy of champion Hudson Swafford, who shot 67. The Canadian was chasing his first TOUR title in his 73rd career start, but settles for a career-best runner-up, eclipsing T4 at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open (as a non-member). It's also his best finish at the CBC in three tries, supplanting T6 last year. After opening in 71-69-59, the 29-year-old led by one over rookie Dominic Bozzelli and two clear of four players, including Swafford, who completed the final threesome. Protecting his first career 54-hole lead/co-lead, he dipped into a three-way tie at the turn, exchanging bogey-4 at four with birdie-4 at five. Hadwin circled the par-5 11th to move one clear, but missed birdie at 12 from 8'4" before squaring bogey-4 at 13. He birdied 16 and 17, the latter from 25'11", but needed birdie on 18 to tie Swafford and scrambled to a one-putt par (from 11'4") for the final margin.
Swafford claims CBC for first PGA TOUR title 01-22-2017
Hudson Swafford
World No. 204 Hudson Swafford styled a 5-under-par 34-33=67 in today's final round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to post 20-under 268, good for a 1-shot win over 54-hole leader Adam Hadwin and his first PGA TOUR title in his 93rd career start (92 pro). This was the Florida native's fourth visit with a previous-best T25 on debut in 2014. It was his sixth start of the season and first top 10, arriving off T13 at the Sony where he was T3 thru 54 holes but closed in 1-over 71. After opening in twin 65s, the 29-year-old led by one thru 36 holes, his first career 36-hole lead/co-lead. After a third-round 71 (Stadium Course), he once again began the finale in a three-way T3, two shy of Hadwin. Playing out of the final threesome, he found eight (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, gaining 4.815 strokes tee-to-green. The Georgia Bulldog alum, whose previous best on TOUR was T8 (x2), bogeyed the first, 3-putting from 41'7", but played his final 17 holes in blemish-free 6-under. Two times he circled three straight birdies, at Nos. 7-9, and again at 15-17, including a tap-in at the par-3 17th after stiffing his approach to 17 inches.
Cauley ties career best in 100th TOUR start 01-22-2017
Bud Cauley
Making his 100th career TOUR start (99 pro), World No. 323 Bud Cauley rode a hole-out eagle-2 to a 3-under-par 36-33=69 in today's final round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to post 18-under 270, good for a two-way T3, two back of champion Hudson Swafford and matching his career-best finish. This was the 26-year-old's fifth appearance with a previous-best T14 last year. After opening the season with a T50 in Napa, he arrived off four straight missed cuts. The Alabama product began R4 in a four-way T3 on 15-under, two adrift of 54-hole leader Adam Hadwin. He circled two birdies and a hole-out eagle-3 at 11 (from 103 yards out) to jump into a four-way tie for the lead on 17-under, but managed just one more birdie-3 at 14 over his last seven holes. Cauley's lone bogey came at the par-4 ninth, just his second bogey in his final 54 holes. This is his third, third-place finish on TOUR, first since solo 3rd at the 2012 Wyndham.
Steele bogey-free 70 for top 10 at the CBC 01-22-2017
Brendan Steele
World No. 57 Brendan Steele authored a bogey-free 2-under-par 35-35=70 in today's final round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to post 16-under 272, up two places to T5 with play still in progress. The UC-Riverside alum, runner-up in 2015, began R4 in solo 7th on 14-under after opening his seventh straight appearance in 68-64-70. He landed 11 (of 14) fairways and peppered 16 greens in regulation, posting a pedestrian 1.875 putts per GIR and a dismal -1.823 SG: Putting. The 33-year-old, who won his second TOUR title at the season-opener in Napa, circled birdies at Nos. 7 and 13, but missed three birdie tries from inside of nine feet, including a 3 foot, 7-inch whiff at the par-4 12th and an 8-footer at the par-4 18th.
Rookie Werenski posts career best at CBC 01-22-2017
Richy Werenski
PGA TOUR rookie and World No. 266 Richy Werenski wrapped up his CareerBuilder Challenge debut with a 2-under-par 34-36=70 and a four-day tally of 14-under 274, up one place on the live leaderboard to T9. This was the 25-year-old's eighth career start, seventh this season, and brushes aside a previous-best T35 at the Safeway Open in Napa. After opening in 69-67-68, he began R4 on 12-under (T10), five back of 54-hole leader Adam Hadwin. The Georgia Tech alum (2014) was 4-under thru 16 holes, outpacing bogey-6 at eight with birdies at 1, 5, 7, 13 and 14, but swallowed a double bogey-5 at the 17th after putting this tee ball into the water.
Laird moves into top 10 at CBC with 69 01-22-2017
Martin Laird
World No. 150 Martin Laird carded a 3-under-par 34-35=69 in the final round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to finish up his 10th straight appearance on 14-under 274, up four places to T9 with play still in progress. The 34-year-old's previous best is T14 in 2012. This might be his first top 10, but it'll be his fifth top 25. After posting rounds of 68-66-71-69, he's now put 24 consecutive rounds in the red at the CBC. For the week, he had two eagle-2s and 16 birdies against six bogeys, and has opened this season with four top-30 finishes and 16 straight sub-par rounds. This will be his third top 15 in 2016-17 and a possible second top 10, joining a T8 at the Safeway in Napa.
O'Hair doubles last, on top-10 bubble at CBC 01-22-2017
Sean O'Hair
World No. 79 Sean O'Hair signed for a 3-under-par 33-36=69 after the final round of the CareerBuilder Challenge for a four-day total of 14-under 274, currently T10 on the leaderboard. The 34-year-old was making his sixth appearance with a previous-best T28 last year. He arrived off top-11 finishes in his last two starts, including a T11 last week on Oahu where he closed in 6-under 64. The Texan began R4 on 11-under (T13) after kicking off in 67-69-69. A par at the last and he would've book-ended 67s, but he doubled the par-4 last after hitting his tee shot into the water. Prior to that, O'Hair had silenced bogey-6 at 11 with six birdies at holes 2, 5, 8, 14, 16 and 17.
Top-ranked Reed wraps CBC with 7-under 65 01-22-2017
Patrick Reed
Past champ and World No. 9 Patrick Reed twirled a 7-under-par 33-32=65 in today's final round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to conclude his fifth straight appearance on 13-under 275, up 39 places on the live leaderboard to T14 and good for the low round in the clubhouse. The 2014 winner was the top-ranked player in the field and the pre-tourney fave at 14/1. He was never a factor, but finished on a high note, outpacing a lone bogey-5 at the 14th with eight birdies, including three straight on holes 15-17 for a stellar 1.300 putts per GIR. For the week, the Texan circled 18 birdies against five bogeys and is currently T74 (of 77 players) in driving accuracy at 48.21 percent (27/56) and 75th in greens in regulation at 59.72 percent (43/72).
Stallings eagle-birdie-birdie finish in R4 01-22-2017
Scott Stallings Tour grad Scott Stallings authored a 6-under-par 35-31=66 in the final round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to wrap his seventh straight appearance on 15-under 273, up 12 spots on the live leaderboard to T9. The World No. 397 began the final frame on 9-under (T21) after opening laps of 67-71-69. He striped 11 (of 14) fairways and pelted 16 greens in regulation, currently No. 1 in SG: Tee-to-Green in R4 at 5.106. The Tennessee Tech alum squared bogey-4s at 6 and 13, but erased them with six birdies and a pitch-in eagle-3 at the 16th (from 44'6" away), concluding his round eagle-birdie-birdie finish.
F. Molinari 5-under 67; hits all 14 fairways 01-22-2017
Francesco Molinari
World No. 33 Francesco Molinari crafted a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in today's final round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to finish up on 13-under 275, up 18 places to T14 with play still in progress. The 34-year-old, idle since a T4 at the DP World Tour Championship 11 weeks ago, was making his third straight appearance with a best of T10 on debut in 2015. He began the final round on 8-under (T32) after kicking off in 69-73-66. The Italian was bogey-free 6-under thru 15 holes, highlighted by a hole-out eagle-2 at the seventh (from 94 yards away), before a bogey-6 at the 16th completed his scoring. He hit all 14 fairways and is currently No. 1 in that stat at 87.50 percent (49/56).
Bowditch makes 54- hole cut at CB Challenge 01-22-2017
Steven Bowditch
With rounds of 70-70-69=209, World No. 287 Steven Bowditch made the scheduled 54-hole cut at the CareerBuilder Challenge by two shots, his first made cut since T70 (of 74 players) at the 2016 FedEx St. Jude Classic back in June. The 33-year-old also played four rounds at the no-cut WGC-Bridgestone in July but finished 58th (last place) on 28-over 82-72-80-74=308. His 2-under 70 in R1 was just his second sub-par round in his last 32 laps, so the 2-time PGA TOUR winner has to be encouraged.
T3 Kaymer comes up short in Abu Dhabi HSBC 01-22-2017
Martin Kaymer
Martin Kaymer gained and then lost the final round lead of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, eventually carding 3-under-par 33-36=69 as he had to settle for T3 on 15-under 273. The German's curious relationship with the Abu Dhabi GC continues. He's a three-time champion, but is perhaps best known for blowing a 10-shot mid-final round lead two years ago, since when he is yet to lift another trophy. He was again in possession of the lead after eight holes this Sunday, after he followed an early birdie at No. 2 with a hat-trick of them from the 6th, the first of which came courtesy of an enormous 45'0" putt. It went swiftly wrong, however. He made bogeys at 9 and 10, and then at 13 he executed a superb chip from thick rough only to miss the 3'0" par putt. He made eagle at the last, but his race had been run before then; he had teed off on the hole three behind winner Tommy Fleetwood. Another scar? Or a reminder that he's very close to winning again?
Bold Aphibarnrat Abu Dhabi bid comes up shy 01-22-2017
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
Kiradech Aphibarnrat led for much of the final round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, but ultimately could withstand the charge of eventual winner Tommy Fleetwood; the Thai finished T4 on 15-under-par 273. The World No. 86 opened his final lap of 3-under 33-36=69 with back-to-back birdies which left him clear of the field and he remained in the top two until late in the day, thanks to another birdie at the 8th and a field that was struggling to go really low. His only error came with bogey-4 at the 12th, but he responded with an approach to 5'0" at 13 and calm conversion. He drained a par putt from the same distance at 14 to maintain his bid, whilst at 15 he needed a wonderful scramble after short-siding himself at the final par-three of the week. Mid-range birdie tries at 16 and 17 threatened the hole but refused to drop, doubly frustrating as playing partner Tommy Fleetwood edged ahead, and Aphibarnrat made a final hole par when trying to force the eagle he needed to put pressure on the eventual winner. A strong performance and another sign that his work with new coach Pete Cowan is heading in the right direction.
Flawless Wiesberger grabs Abu Dhabi T4th 01-22-2017
Bernd Wiesberger caressed a typically neat round of 4-under-par 35-33=68 to finish T4 in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on 15-under 273, two behind the winner Tommy Fleetwood. The Austrian is little short of a machine on the regular European Tour; this result is his seventh finish of T7 or better on the bounce and his second top six performance at the Abu Dhabi GC. As if to highlight his relentless nature it was also his second consecutive bogey-free 68 of the weekend. After opening the final lap with seven straight pars he made his move around the turn, circling 8, 10 and 11. In truth he was always a little adrift of the lead, but he did have chances late on. At 16 his 8-iron approach came up short, but left a makeable putt; it grazed the hole. At the next an 8'0" birdie putt slipped by. Chasing a final hole eagle he found a greenside trap, but got up and down for birdie.
Dustin Johnson T2 in Abu Dhabi HSBC Champs 01-22-2017
Dustin Johnson
Dustin Johnson closed out his week with a stunning eagle to confirm a final round 4-under-par 35-33=68, a total for the week of 16-under 272, and a share of second alongside Pablo Larrazabl, one behind the winner of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship Tommy Fleetwood. Johnson completed a seventh top 20 finish in regular European Tour events, but the win continues to elude him, stymied this time by an opening round of level-par 72. After the drama of his Saturday 64 he was becalmed for a long period on Sunday, posting 11 pars in the opening 12 holes, only making ground on the leaders when ticking the 8th. When he finally made the move it was courtesy of aggressive driving and scintillating short irons. At 13 a wedge approach to 3'0" was converted and he repeated the trick at the 16th. Unfortunately, in between, he short-sided himself at the par-three 15th and couldn't save par. It meant that he needed double-eagle up the last to force a play-off. He failed, but did drop an eagle from 15'0" to remind everyone of how easy he can make the game appear.
Sensational scrambling earns Larrazabal T2 01-22-2017
Pablo Larrazabal
Pablo Larrazabal's silky short game skills gained him a tie for second alongside Dustin Johnson in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, as he carded a wild final round 4-under-par 35-33=68 for a 72-hole total of 16-under 272, one shy of the winner Tommy Fleetwood. The Spaniard, winner of the tournament in 2014, came mighty close to lifting the trophy for a second time despite tossing bogeys and birdies right across his card. He dropped shots at 3, 6 and 11 early on, but gained them at 4, 8, 9 and 10. On the 12th he drained a 35'0" birdie, one of ten par-three birdies he made all week. At 13 his sand skills saved par, at 14 he chipped in for birdie, at 15 he finally couldn't find the magic from off the green and made bogey. Refusing to be beat, he circled 17 from 25'0", but pushing for the eagle he needed at the last to force a play-off he came up short with birdie. He may have lost out on the title, yet he leaves with his reputation added to; he was strong in contention.
Two-time CBC champ Haas nine shots back 01-22-2017
Bill Haas
Bill Haas' bogey-free 4-under-par 32-36=68 was the low round on the Stadium Course in Saturday's third-round action at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Adam Hadwin (59) was the low at La Quinta CC while Webb Simpson (66) had the low lap on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. After opening in 68-72-68, two-time champ Haas is T32 on 8-under, nine adrift of 54-hole leader Hadwin. He birdied his first four holes in R3, beginning with a pitch-in 3 at the first (47 feet from the target) and chasing with three conventional from inside of 16 feet. That would be it for the World No. 42, wrapping up with 14 straight pars on 9 (of 14) fairways, 14 greens in regulation, and -0.067 SG: Putting.
Fleetwood wins Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship 01-22-2017
Tommy Fleetwood
Tommy Fleetwood confirmed victory in the 2017 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship with a sensational approach to the 72nd hole; his 17-under 271 leaving him The Englishman claimed his second European Tour victory on his 162nd start, coming after an ever-improving run since early August which has seen him go 13-for-13 with ten top 25 finishes; the win tops it all very nicely. On the front nine the result had looked unlikely, however, as he made a bogey at the 3rd and waited until the 8th to get it back. But he made a superb move early in the back nine, chipping in for eagle-3 at the 10th and draining another par breaker from 8'0" at 11. That sent him to the top of the leaderboard. He pressed home with a 6'0" birdie at 16 and, after pulling his drive at the last, he hit that magnificent 3-wood from the first cut onto the green and two-putted for birdie. It was a classy win, during which his long-term quality ball-striking was finally backed up with solid putting; it also confounded his previous form at the Abu Dhabi GC, where he was 1-for-5.