By the numbers: Key stats from Round 2 at Masters

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 8, 2017, 12:20 am

The leaderboard is packed with plenty of big names at the Masters. Here are the key stats from Round 2 at Augusta provided by the Golf Channel editorial research unit.

Sergio Garcia

• 71-68 (4 under); second career 36-hole lead in major (2007 Open, finished second)

• Eighth time inside top 3 after second round in major championship

• Played first 21 holes this week without bogey

• Longest streak to open a major since 1999 PGA (31, finished second)

• 22 top-10s in majors; second-most all-time without a victory

• Worst third round scoring average in Masters last 30 years (minimum 10 rounds)

• Combined score of 38 over par in third round of Masters in career

Rickie Fowler

• 73-67 (4 under); ties lowest career round in Masters

• Best score in a major since 66 in second round of 2015 Open

• First lead after any round in a major (100th career round played)

• MC last year; last to win year after missed cut was Tiger Woods in 1997

• Shot 80-73 last year to miss cut (9 over)

• 16 of last 22 PGA Tour rounds overall have been under par

Thomas Pieters

• 72-68 (4 under); 3 under on holes 11-18 today (was 5 over in first round)

• Friday was 10th career major championship round

• First career 36-hole lead in professional event in United States

• First player to hold 36-hole lead in debut since 2007 (Brett Wetterich)

• Making debut; last Masters rookie to win was Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979

• One bogey in second round (bogey or worse on four of last eight holes Thursday)

Charley Hoffman

• 65-75; played holes 6-11 in 5 over (par, five bogeys)

• Hit 10/18 GIR today (four fewer than in first round)

• 1 over par on par 3s in second round (birdied all four par 3s Thursday)

• Thursday was fifth round of career beating field by 7.5+ shots

• Combined 10 over in following round in each of those instances

• First 36-hole lead in major championship career

Fred Couples

• 73-70 (2 under); six birdies in second round (two in first round)

• Sixth time inside top 10 after 36 holes of Masters since 2010

• Most such instances inside top 10 of any player in span

• 29th made cut in Masters; one behind Gary Player for second-most all-time

• 10 under in rounds 1-2 of Masters since 2010 (6 over in rounds 3-4)

Justin Rose

• 71-72 (1 under); tied for sixth entering third round

• Par or better in 10 of his last 13 rounds in Masters

• 96 birdies/eagles in Masters since 2012 (most of any player in span)

Phil Mickelson

• 71-73 (Even); bogey on three of last five holes to finish round

• Fourth time in last 10 years inside top 10 entering third round of Masters

• 82nd worldwide start since last win (2013 Open)

• Would be oldest Masters champion all-time with win this week

Jordan Spieth

• 69 in second round; played last 11 holes of round in 4 under

• Snaps streak of four straight rounds over par in Masters

• Inside top 10 entering third round in all four Masters starts

• 12th or better following 13 of 14 career Masters rounds

• Was four or more shots back thru 36 in two of nine career PGA Tour wins

Rory McIlroy

• 72-73 (1 over); seven birdies and eight bogeys through two rounds this week

• Was at/within two of lead through 36 holes in all four major wins

• Hit 19/36 (52.8 percent) GIR through two rounds this week

• First time since 2010 did not break par in either of first two rounds

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McCoy earns medalist honors at Q-School

By Will GrayDecember 11, 2017, 12:30 am

One year after his budding career was derailed by a car accident, Lee McCoy got back on track by earning medalist honors at the final stage of Tour Q-School.

McCoy shot a final-round 65 at Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz., to finish the 72-hole event at 28 under. That total left him two shots ahead of Sung-Jae Im and guaranteed him fully-exempt status on the developmental circuit in 2018.

It's an impressive turnaround for the former University of Georgia standout who finished fourth at the 2016 Valspar Championship as an amateur while playing alongside Jordan Spieth in the final round. But he broke his wrist in a car accident the day before second stage of Q-School last year, leaving him without status on any major tour to begin the year.

McCoy was not the only player who left Arizona smiling. Everyone in the top 10 and ties will be exempt through the first 12 events of the new Tour season, a group that includes former amateur standouts Curtis Luck (T-3), Sam Burns (T-10) and Maverick McNealy (T-10).

Players who finished outside the top 10 but inside the top 45 and ties earned exemptions into the first eight events of 2018. That group includes Cameron Champ (T-16), who led the field in driving at this year's U.S. Open as an amateur, and Wyndham Clark (T-23).

Everyone who advanced to the final stage of Q-School will have at least conditional Tour status in 2018. Among those who failed to secure guaranteed starts this week were Robby Shelton, Rico Hoey, Jordan Niebrugge, Joaquin Niemann and Kevin Hall.

Els honored with Heisman Humanitarian Award

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 11:41 pm

The annual Heisman Trophy award ceremony is one of the biggest moments in any football season, but there was a touching non-football moment as well on Saturday night as Ernie Els received the Heisman Humanitarian Award.

The award, which had been announced in August, recognized Els' ongoing efforts on behalf of his Els for Autism foundation. Els received the award at Manhattan's PlayStation Theater, where Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy.

Els, 47, founded Els for Autism in 2009 with his wife after their son, Ben, was diagnosed with autism. Their efforts have since flourished into a 26-acre campus in Jupiter, Fla., and the creation of the Els Center for Excellence in 2015.

The Heisman Humanitarian Award has been given out since 2006. Past recipients include NBA center David Robinson, NFL running back Warrick Dunn, soccer star Mia Hamm and NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon.

A native of South Africa, Els won the U.S. Open in 1994 and 1997 and The Open in 2002 and 2012. He has won 19 times on the PGA Tour and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.

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Monday finish for Joburg Open; Sharma leads by 4

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 8:57 pm

Rain, lightning and hail pushed the Joburg Open to a Monday finish, with India’s Shubhankar Sharma holding a four-stroke lead with 11 holes to play in Johannesburg.

Play is scheduled to resume at 7:30 a.m. local time.

South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen will have a 3-foot putt for birdie to move within three shots of Sharma wen play resumes at the Randpark Golf Club. Sarma is at 22 under par.

Tapio Pulkkanen of Finland and James Morrison of England are tied for third at 14 under. Pulkkanen has 10 holes remaining, Morrison 11.

The top three finishers who are not already exempt, will get spots in next year’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.



Stricker, O'Hair team to win QBE Shootout

By Will GrayDecember 10, 2017, 8:55 pm

It may not count in the official tally, but Steve Stricker is once again in the winner's circle on the PGA Tour.

Stricker teamed with Sean O'Hair to win the two-person QBE Shootout, as the duo combined for a better-ball 64 in the final round to finish two shots clear of Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry. It's the second win in this event for both men; Stricker won with Jerry Kelly back in 2009 while O'Hair lifted the trophy with Kenny Perry in 2012.

Stricker and O'Hair led wire-to-wire in the 54-hole, unofficial event after posting a 15-under 57 during the opening-round scramble.

"We just really gelled well together," Stricker said. "With his length the first day, getting some clubs into the greens, some short irons for me, we just fed off that first day quite a bit. We felt comfortable with one another."

Full-field scores from the QBE Shootout

Stricker won 12 times during his PGA Tour career, most recently at the 2012 Tournament of Champions. More recently the 50-year-old has been splitting his time on the PGA Tour Champions and captained the U.S. to a victory at the Presidents Cup in October. O'Hair has four official Tour wins, most recently at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open.

Pat Perez and Brian Harman finished alone in third, four shots behind Stricker and O'Hair. Lexi Thompson and Tony Finau, the lone co-ed pairing in the 12-team event, finished among a tie for fourth.