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Sports Canada's Nick Taylor 2 strokes behind lead in Quad Cities

06:56  13 july  2018
06:56  13 july  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

Tiger grinds out even-par 70 to open Quicken Loans National

  Tiger grinds out even-par 70 to open Quicken Loans National Tiger Woods fired an uninspiring even-par 70 in first-round action at the Quicken Loans National, relying heavily on his short game to avoid posting a much worse number. Tiger only hit seven of 14 fairways Thursday, some of those with an iron in hand. He ranks 93rd in strokes gained: off the tee after the first round. His road back to even par began after doubling the par-4 sixth, in which a terrible tee shot left Woods 280 yards out. He proceeded to hit a 3-wood into the hazard to eventually card a six.Woods' new putter did not make a difference as he lost over 1.2 strokes on the greens. His longest putt made was an 8-foot birdie putt on No. 16.

Canada ' s Nick Taylor 2 strokes behind lead in Quad Cities . Canada ' s Nick Taylor 2 strokes behind lead in Quad CitiesWheatcroft birdied seven of the last nine holes to finish a shot ahead of Michael Kim.

Canada ' s Nick Taylor 2 strokes behind lead in Quad Cities . Canadian Nick Taylor , Johnson Wagner, Andres Romero and Joel Dahmen shot opening-round 64s. Francesco Molinari, who won the Quicken Loans National two weeks ago, was among a group of players three strokes back .

a man holding a baseball bat: Nick Taylor, pictured above at the Greenbrier Classic last year, is tied for third after the first round at the John Deere Classic.© Steve Helber/The Associated Press Nick Taylor, pictured above at the Greenbrier Classic last year, is tied for third after the first round at the John Deere Classic.

Steve Wheatcroft shot a career-best 9-under 62 on Thursday to take a one-shot lead in the John Deere Classic.

Wheatcroft birdied seven of the last nine holes to finish a shot ahead of Michael Kim.

Canadian Nick Taylor, Johnson Wagner, Andres Romero and Joel Dahmen shot opening-round 64s. Francesco Molinari, who won the Quicken Loans National two weeks ago, was among a group of players three strokes back.

Zach Johnson shot 69 and three-time John Deere winner Steve Stricker finished at 1-under 70.

Brooke Henderson moves into tie for lead at Women's PGA Championship

  Brooke Henderson moves into tie for lead at Women's PGA Championship Canada's Brooke Henderson moved into a three-way tie for the clubhouse lead at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship outside Chicago on Friday. The 20-year-old from Smiths Falls, Ont., is in the hunt for her second victory in the event after beating New Zealander Lydia Ko in a playoff in 2016, banged in a 15-foot birdie at the last to earn a share of the lead. "Up and down all day," she said of a round that included five birdies and four bogeys. "I would like to shoot a little better but one-under when it was so hot and so windy, I'll take it.

Johnson Wagner, Nick Taylor , Andres Romero and Joel Dahmen shot opening-round 64 s . Francesco Molinari, who won the Quicken Loans National two weeks ago, was among a Wheatcroft' s previous best scores on the PGA Tour were 64 s at the 2012 Greenbrier Classic and the 2016 Canadian Open.

Johnson Wagner, Nick Taylor , Andres Romero and Joel Dahmen shot opening-round 64 s . Francesco Molinari, who won the Quicken Loans National two weeks ago, was among a group of players three strokes back. Zach Johnson shot 69 and three-time John Deere winner Steve Stricker finished at

Defending champion Bryson DeChambeau, the highest-ranked player in the field, withdrew because of a right shoulder injury.

DeChambeau, who won the Memorial Tournament earlier this season, first tweaked his shoulder on a shot out of the rough on the second hole. He pulled out after an awkward tee shot on No. 16.

'I tried to keep the round going'

"Look, I'm 24. I'm not that old. But I've used my body quite a bit. I've hit a lot of golf balls," DeChambeau said. "I've just got to take care of my body a little better."

Wheatcroft hasn't had a top-10 finish this season, and he's 209th in the FedEx Cup standings. But Wheatcroft caught fire on the back nine, finishing with six straight birdies — including a 13-foot putt on the par-4 18th — for just his third round in the 60s this season.

Varner, Kraft tied for lead at Greenbrier in West Virginia

  Varner, Kraft tied for lead at Greenbrier in West Virginia WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. - Harold Varner shot a 4-under 66 Saturday to tie second-round leader Kelly Kraft at the top entering the final round of A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier in West Virginia. Varner had four back-nine birdies after 10 consecutive pars. Kraft led by as many as four strokes but bogeyed two of the final three holes and shot 1-under 69. Both were at 14-under 196. Fifteen golfers were within five shots of the lead. Defending champion Xander Schauffele and Kevin Na were at 13 under. Both shot 65.Kraft and Varner are looking for their first PGA Tour wins in their 85th starts.

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Canada ' s Nick Taylor 2 strokes behind lead in Quad Cities . Canadian Nick Taylor , Johnson Wagner, Andres Romero and Joel Dahmen shot opening-round 64s. Francesco Molinari, who won the Quicken Loans National two weeks ago, was among a group of players three strokes back .

Wheatcroft's previous best scores on the PGA Tour were 64s at the 2012 Greenbrier Classic and the 2016 Canadian Open.

"I tried to keep the round going. I asked if we could just go to the first tee and start round two," Wheatcroft said. "No, I don't know if I've ever done that to finish a round. It was great. Yeah, I would just try to keep doing what I'm doing."

Although he hasn't done it on the PGA Tour, the 40-year-old Wheatcroft has a history of going low. He shot an 11-under 60 and set what was then the 72-hole Web.com Tour scoring record in his runaway 2011 victory at the Melwood Prince George's County Open.

Seeking 1st career win

Kim, who like Wheatcroft is buried deep in the standings at 161st, notched six birdies on the back nine. The 24-year-old former Cal star is also seeking his first career win.

"Been struggling with the putter a little bit, but [I] got a good mental note from the morning warmup [Thursday] and rolled it great," said Kim, who holed three putts of at least 20 feet, including a 41-footer on No. 18.

Canadian David Hearn tied for 2nd at weather-hit John Deere Classic

  Canadian David Hearn tied for 2nd at weather-hit John Deere Classic Canadian David Hearn tied for 2nd at weather-hit John Deere ClassicKim, who is winless in 84 career PGA Tour starts, was 16 under through 35 holes, with the second round to be completed Saturday morning.

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Taylor, from Abbotsford, B.C., had eight birdies and a bogey.

Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont., and David Hearn of Brantford, Ont., matched each other with 5-under 66s, while Mackenzie Hughes of Dundas, Ont., (72) and Ben Silverman, from Thornhill, Ont., (72) are both 1-over.

Johnson completed his 38th straight round of par or better at TPC Deere Run. But he knows he'll need to do better than 2 under on Friday at a course known for low scores.

"I mean, I can't take this course for granted. That's the one thing I don't ever want to do. Just because I've had success here or I've had low rounds here, doesn't mean it's just going to happen," Johnson said.

Tway clubhouse leader at RBC Canadian Open .
OAKVILLE, Ont. - Kevin Tway birdied on the par-5 18th hole to take the clubhouse lead midway through the second round of the RBC Canadian Open on Friday. Tway fired a 7-under 65 to finish his day at 13-under overall at Glen Abbey Golf Club. Tway's father Bob won the Canadian Open in 2003 at Hamilton Golf and Country Club. American Keegan Bradley eagled on Nos. 16 and 18 to tie South Korea's Whee Kim for second at 12 under. South Korea's Byeong Tway fired a 7-under 65 to finish his day at 13-under overall at Glen Abbey Golf Club.

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