Matthew NeSmith and Mark Hubbard earned a share of the lead following the opening round of the Phoenix Open.

American pair NeSmith and Hubbard both posted 63s to end Thursday a shot clear of countrymen Nate Lashley and Sam Burns at TPC Scottsdale.

Making his first start at the Phoenix Open, NeSmith holed four birdies and an eagle from his opening nine holes to earn an early lead at six under.

NeSmith closed out the round atop the leaderboard with Hubbard, who was flawless after tallying eight birdies, including his final four holes.

Steve Stricker is outright fifth following his six-under-par 65 in Scottsdale, Arizona, where Xander Schauffele is among six players five under through 18 holes.

Stricker joined Tom Lehman (2011, round one, aged 51) as the only players over the age of 50 to shoot 65 in the PGA Tour event.

Former world number one Jordan Spieth is four strokes off the pace following his first-round 67.

Struggling American star Spieth, who has not won since 2017, missed the cut at last week's Farmers Insurance Open.

Four-time major champion Brooks Koepka is a shot further back after mixing seven birdies with a double-bogey and two bogeys.

Koepka won the tournament in 2015 – his first PGA Tour triumph.

As for Rory McIlroy, he is seven shots behind NeSmith and Hubbard heading into Friday's second round.

Without a victory since the 2019 WGC-HSBC Champions, four-time major winner McIlroy recovered from a double-bogey, bogey start to open with a one-under-par 70 in his tournament bow.

Meanwhile, Webb Simpson started his title defence with a two-over-par 73 – a shot better off than 219 winner Rickie Fowler.

Emiliano Grillo carded a three-under-par 68 as he retained his lead after the third round of the Mayakoba Golf Classic.

Grillo holed five birdies and two bogeys to remain top of the leaderboard by one stroke at the El Camaleon Golf Club in Playa del Carmen in Mexico on Saturday.

The Argentinian, whose only win on the PGA Tour came in 2015, was four shots clear at the start of the penultimate round.

Heading into Sunday's final round, Grillo is ahead of American golfer Tom Hoge (65) at 16 under through 54 holes as four-time major champion Brooks Koepka (71) and Rickie Fowler (72) missed the cut after the second round concluded early on Saturday.

Viktor Hovland is a stroke further back following his eight-under-par 63, having birdied four of his last six holes to post a career-low-tying score.

Former world number one Justin Thomas surged into contention thanks to a flawless nine-under-par 63 to be four shots behind Grillo.

Thomas had nine birdies without a bogey as the American star and 2017 US PGA Championship winner ended the day 12 under, alongside Patrick Rodgers (65).

Making his second Mayakoba start, Thomas birdied five of his last seven holes to close the round one stroke shy of Roland Thatcher's 2008 tournament record.

Emiliano Grillo charged into a four-stroke lead before the second round of the Mayakoba Golf Classic was suspended due to darkness on Friday.

The Argentinian carded an eight-under 63 at the El Camaleon Golf Club in Playa del Carmen in Mexico, where Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler struggled, to move into 13 under.

Grillo, whose only win on the PGA Tour came in 2015, is four shots ahead of Tom Hoge (67) and Tony Finau (66).

After a difficult start to 2020 saw him miss the cut at eight of his first 13 tournaments, to go with a disqualification at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Grillo has found some better form later in the year.

He mixed nine birdies with one bogey in the second round, which was delayed by an hour due to inclement weather and later suspended because of darkness.

Only 18 players were yet to finish their second rounds, with Andy Ogletree the best-placed, the American – who is making his professional debut – sitting at seven under through 15 holes.

Hoge and Finau are Grillo's nearest challengers, while overnight leader Russell Knox is at eight under after shooting a 69.

Joel Dahmen (67), Aaron Wise (68) and Kyle Stanley (67) are in the group alongside Ogletree in a tie for fifth.

Coming off a win at the Houston Open and a runner-up finish at the Mayakoba Golf Classic last year, Carlos Ortiz (69) is at six under, tied for ninth with eight others.

World number three Justin Thomas bounced back with a 67 to get to three under, sitting in a tie for 34th.

However, Koepka (71) and Fowler (72) are projected to miss the cut after getting to even par – one shot adrift of making the weekend with the second round yet to be completed.

Russell Knox earned a one-stroke lead after the opening round of the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Mexico.

Scottish golfer Knox carded a six-under-par 65 to set the early pace at El Camaleon Golf Club on Thursday.

Knox only dropped one shot on day one of the PGA Tour tournament, holing seven birdies to top the leaderboard ahead of Joaquin Niemann, Emiliano Grillo – who extended his streak of par-or-better rounds in the event to a perfect 17-for-17 – and Tom Hoge.

A two-time Tour champion but without a title since 2016, Knox has claimed just two over-par scores in 29 rounds at the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo.

In his seven previous starts at the event, Knox claimed top-10 finishes in 2015 (tied for second), 2016 (T3) and 2017 (T9), while the most recent of his two 18-hole leads/co-leads before this week came via this season's Safeway Open (T9).

Viktor Hovland, Tony Finau, Carlos Ortiz, defending champion Brendon Todd, Aaron Wise, Nate Lashley, Akshay Bhatia and Michael Gligic are two shots off the pace.

In his first start since claiming his maiden Tour title at the Houston Open, Ortiz posted his 16th consecutive round of par-or-better this season.

Rickie Fowler ended the round one under par, four-time major champion Brooks Koepka posted a 71 to be six shots behind Knox heading into the second day, while Justin Thomas was a stroke worse off.

Tyrrell Hatton holds a one-stroke lead following the opening round of The CJ Cup at Shadow Creek, where the likes of Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka and Jordan Spieth ended the day over par.

The PGA Tour tournament is taking place in Las Vegas after being moved from South Korea because of travel restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, with world number one Dustin Johnson absent due to his positive COVID-19 test.

On the course, Englishman Hatton – who claimed last week's BMW PGA Championship via the European Tour – set the early pace with a seven-under-par 65 at Shadow Creek Golf Course on Thursday.

Looking to add to his sole PGA Tour victory after winning this year's Arnold Palmer Invitational, Hatton mixed an eagle with seven birdies and two bogeys.

It is Hatton's first career 18-hole lead on the PGA Tour as the 29-year-old tops the leaderboard ahead of Russell Henley and Xander Schauffele, having tied his career low nine-hole score by shooting a 30 on the back nine.

Spanish star Jon Rahm and Tyler Duncan are two strokes off the pace heading into the second round, a shot clear of Joel Dahmen, Ryan Palmer and Kevin Streelman.

Former world number one Jason Day posted a 70 to be two under – a stroke better off than Sergio Garcia.

Justin Thomas opened his title defence with a 72 after the two-time CJ Cup champion double bogeyed his final hole of the round.

Four-time major champion Rory McIlroy – playing for the first time since finishing tied for eighth at the U.S. Open – struggled on day one.

McIlroy bogeyed his final three holes as he signed for a one-over-par 73, while Koepka and Spieth did not fare much better ahead of next month's rescheduled Masters.

Returning following a two-month injury layoff due to hip and knee issues after missing the FedEx Cup playoffs and U.S. Open, Koepka had three birdies, a double bogey and three bogeys on a mixed day.

Out of form and without a title since capturing the 2017 Open Championship, Spieth experienced a similar round with four birdies, a triple bogey and three bogeys.

Peter Malnati is among five players tied for the lead following the second round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Malnati, Martin Laird (63), Patrick Cantlay (65), Brian Harman (63) and Austin Cook (65) share the one-shot lead through 36 holes at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas.

Friday's five-way tie atop the leaderboard after two rounds is the most on the PGA Tour since the 2019 Masters.

American golfer Malnati surged into contention, rising 20 positions, with a stunning career-low nine-under-par 62.

A one-time PGA Tour champion but without a title since 2015, Malnati was bogey-free as he holed an eagle and seven birdies.

U.S. Open champion and 2018 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open winner Bryson DeChambeau is a stroke further back at 13 under heading into the weekend.

DeChambeau – the overnight leader – posted a second-round 67, having opened the tournament with a flawless 62 on Thursday.

Eyeing next month's rescheduled Masters, DeChambeau only dropped one shot on day two, recording two eagles and a birdie to stay in the hunt.

Former Masters champion Sergio Garcia is among the players tied for seventh at 12 under following his seven-under-par 64.

Defending champion Kevin Na, meanwhile, carded back-to-back 66s to be four shots off the pace.

However, it was not a good day for the likes of Rickie Fowler (74) and former world number one Jason Day (72) after they missed the cut.

Bryson DeChambeau flexed his muscles as the U.S. Open champion seized a one-stroke lead after the opening round of the Shriners Hospital for Children Open.

DeChambeau – playing for the first time since breaking through for his maiden major last month – carded a bogey-free nine-under-par 62 on Thursday – the lowest opening round of his career.

The American star and 2018 Shriners Hospital for Children Open winner, who is already eyeing next month's rescheduled Masters, was flawless as he holed nine birdies at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas.

Starting on the back nine, DeChambeau reeled off five successive birdies – starting on 15 – before closing out the round by birdieing the last.

"That's the advantage of power in this game now, that you can do those sorts of things ... I didn't make any of them, but it makes it easy. That's five birdies right there and it makes the golf course a lot easier," DeChambeau said afterwards, discussing his eagle chances.

"I would say that lowers the par to 67 out here, and that's just the number for me. If I shoot 69 or 70 I feel like I shot a couple over."

Fellow Americans Patrick Cantlay – the 2017 winner – Austin Cook, Harold Varner III, Scott Harrington and Nate Lashley are a shot off the pace heading into Friday's second round.

There are six players tied for seventh at seven under through 17 holes, while defending champion Kevin Na is four shots off the pace alongside the likes of Sergio Garcia.

Rickie Fowler ended the day tied for 32nd and five strokes behind DeChambeau.

Harris English is among four tied for the lead at the Northern Trust, while Tiger Woods made a solid start on Thursday.

English, Kevin Streelman, Cameron Davis and Russell Henley carded seven-under 64s in the first round at TPC Boston.

The quartet hold a one-stroke lead after their fine starts at the opening event of the FedEx Cup play-offs.

The leaderboard is congested, with Woods' three-under 68 only enough to be tied for 30th.

The 15-time major champion started on the back nine and was even through 11 before making birdies on four of six holes.

As he looked set to finish with a 67, Woods bogeyed his final hole, while Justin Thomas and defending champion Patrick Reed also managed 68s.

There are seven players tied for fifth at six under, with Louis Oosthuizen, Charley Hoffman, Scott Piercy, Bubba Watson, Kevin Kisner, Sebastian Munoz and Matthew Wolff shooting 65s.

Watson, who has missed six cuts in 14 events this year, carded seven birdies and a bogey to make a strong start.

Two-time Northern Trust winner Dustin Johnson opened with a four-under 67 to be in a tie for 20th.

The US PGA Championship runner-up was five under through 13 holes before producing two bogeys either side of his birdie at the sixth.

Rickie Fowler, who has struggled this year, also started with a 67.

Hoping to kick-start his year, Rory McIlroy carded a two-under 69 to be in a group tied for 53rd, alongside the likes of Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Jon Rahm.

In action for the first time since winning the US PGA, Collin Morikawa battled to an even-par 71.

Li Haotong will take a surprise two-stroke lead into the weekend at the US PGA Championship after an impressive second round.

The 25-year-old is bidding to become the first Chinese man to win a major and is well-placed at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.

Li backed up his opening-round 67 with a five-under 65, moving to eight under and into a two-shot lead.

He produced a bogey-free round that featured five birdies to sit clear of Brooks Koepka (68), Jason Day (69), Tommy Fleetwood (64), Daniel Berger (67), Justin Rose (68) and Mike Lorenzo-Vera (68).

Koepka's bid for a third straight US PGA title remains well and truly alive despite the American needing treatment on his hip during his second round.

The four-time major champion birdied his final hole to be in the six-way tie for second on what remains a congested leaderboard.

Day, who shared the overnight lead with Brendon Todd (70), was among those challenged in the tougher conditions later in the day.

But none of that group could catch Li, who spent hours practising after his round was over.

Todd, Paul Casey (67) and Cameron Champ (64) are tied for eighth at five under, while several big names have endured a mixed start to the tournament.

Dustin Johnson continued his consistent start with a 67 to be at four under, alongside the likes of Xander Schauffele (70).

The likes of Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas, though, were at risk of missing the cut.

While Woods (72) never got going, McIlroy (69) got on a roll that included four straight birdies before undoing his good work at the 12th, where he made a triple bogey after finding the rough.

Woods and McIlroy are even and one under respectively, while Spieth (68) and Thomas (70) made the cut by a stroke, sitting at one over.

Rickie Fowler, meanwhile, saw his run of 14 consecutive majors without missing the cut end after following up his 73 with a 69.

While Sergio Garcia also missed the cut, 2010 champion Martin Kaymer failed to reach the weekend, shooting a 12-over 82 a day after his opening 66.

Meanwhile, Cameron Tringale was disqualified from the event for the second time after signing an incorrect scorecard.

Brendon Todd will take a one-shot lead from Byeong Hun An into the final round of a stacked WGC-FedEX St. Jude Invitational, with Rickie Fowler, Brooks Koepka and Justin Thomas in the hunt.

Scores of 64 and 65 over the first two rounds saw Todd lead the way by two shots at the halfway stage but a mixed one-under 69 on Saturday left him at 12 under for the tournament and allowed the chasing pack to close in.

Todd, who won back-to-back titles in November after a five-year trophy drought, was one under through the first nine and stayed that way after mixing three birdies with as many bogeys on the way home.

Byeong made double bogey at the par-three 11th to fall back to level par for his round but a streak of four birdies from the 13th to the 16th saw him sign for a 66 and left him just a shot back.

Fowler was flying after going out in 32, only for bogeys at the 12th and 17th to check his progress and leave him at two back on 10 under.

Koepka toiled early in his round as a double bogey at the second and another dropped shot at six saw him fighting to remain among the leaders.

But in typical fashion, defending champion Koepka made six birdies from the ninth to the 16th hole.

A bogey at 17 derailed his momentum slightly but at three shots back Koepka is well in contention heading in Sunday.

Thomas' 66 means he is four shots back, the former world number one going four under on the back nine – including three straight birdies from the 15th to the 17th.

Phil Mickelson, Matt Fitzpatrick, Louis Oosthuizen and Chez Reavie are all five shots back.

Brendon Todd held a two-shot lead heading into the weekend at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational after defending champion Brooks Koepka faltered following a stunning opening round.

Play for round two was brought forward and the field went out in threes on Friday due to the threat of inclement weather in Memphis, and Todd led the way through 36 holes at 11 under after shooting a fine bogey-free 65.

Todd, who won back-to-back tournaments in November after a five-year trophy drought, picked up two shots on the way out and three more on the way home – sinking brilliant birdie putts at the 14th and 15th.

Koepka, who will defend his US PGA Championship next week, had started this tournament with a 62 to match his career-low score on the PGA Tour.

The former world number one started round two on the back nine and was ticking along nicely as birdies at his second and ninth hole moved him to 10 under.

But a double bogey immediately after the turn coupled with two more dropped shots either side of a birdie at the sixth – his 15th – saw him sign for a one-over 71, leaving him four back of Todd.

Rickie Fowler finished birdie-birdie to get within two of Todd after a 67 on Friday, with An Byeong-hun and Chez Reavie in a tie for third with Koepka.

Rory McIlroy recovered from an opening-round 73 with a four-under 66 but stood 10 shots off the pace, while world number one Jon Rahm was four over and Justin Thomas (-4) and Dustin Johnson (-3) each had significant ground to make up.

Brooks Koepka made a dream start to his title defence at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational after matching his career-low round on the PGA Tour.

Koepka carded an eight-under-par 62 for a two-stroke lead following the opening round of the World Golf Championships event in Memphis on Thursday.

The four-time major champion – who has missed two cuts in his past three outings heading to TPC Southwind – was almost flawless at the PGA and European Tour tournament.

Koepka, troubled by a knee injury that has led to just one top-10 finish in 10 tournaments this year, raced out of the blocks with four consecutive birdies before closing out the front nine with back-to-back gains after dropping the seventh.

The American star was bogey free after the turn, birdieing the 11th, 13th and 16th holes to top the leaderboard ahead of countrymen Rickie Fowler and Brendon Todd.

Kang Sung-hoon is outright fourth on five under, a shot ahead of 2018 champion Justin Thomas, Matt Kuchar, Chez Reavie and Max Homa, while the likes of Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia are three under through 18 holes.

Former world number one Jordan Spieth endured a mixed round, posting a double bogey, two bogeys and six birdies for a two-under-par 68 – a score matched by players such as Jason Day, Bubba Watson and Xander Schauffele.

Dustin Johnson, the 2016 winner who withdrew from last week's 3M Open, signed for a first-round 69 to be a shot better off than world number one Jon Rahm.

Rahm dethroned Rory McIlroy as the world's top-ranked golfer after winning the Memorial Tournament earlier this month and the Spanish star opened his Memphis campaign with four bogeys and four birdies.

He performed a lot better than McIlroy, who carded a three-over-par 73 to leave himself with plenty of work to do heading into Friday's second round.

Ryan Palmer and Tony Finau are tied for the lead at the halfway stage of the Memorial Tournament, where 15-time major champion Tiger Woods narrowly made the cut.

Palmer carded a four-under-par 68 to join fellow American Finau in a share of the one-stroke lead following Friday's second round in Dublin, Ohio.

Finau was the outright leader when day two started, but a second-round 69 saw him head into the weekend with company at nine under through 36 holes at Muirfield Village.

Spanish star Jon Rahm is a shot off the pace after a five-under-par 67, while Gary Woodland (70), Chez Reavie (67) and Luke List (68) are tied for fourth at six under.

After opening with a 73, former world number one Jason Day posted a 66 to catapult himself into outright seventh position – four shots behind Palmer and Finau.

Back-to-back 70s has Jordan Spieth four under at the halfway point, one stroke ahead of another American star – Justin Thomas, who used a five-under-par 67 to climb 43 positions into a tie for 16th.

World number one Rory McIlroy's struggles continued after an even-par 72 saw him slip seven shots off the pace.

McIlroy is yet to finish in the top 10 of a PGA Tour tournament since golf resumed in June amid the coronavirus pandemic, and a double bogey and four bogeys left the Northern Irishman tied for 21st.

As for Woods, the American superstar barely survived to prolong his PGA comeback into the weekend on Friday.

Woods – in action for the first time since February – made a decent start but his second round was far more concerning amid back problems.

The 44-year-old, who opened the event with a 71, signed for a four-over-par 76 to close the day three over, just one stroke above the cut line.

Three bogeys from his first nine holes left Woods in trouble, but the five-time Memorial Tournament winner rallied after the turn by birdieing two of his final three holes.

While the likes of Brooks Koepka (75), Patrick Reed (76) and Phil Mickelson (74) managed to make the cut, Rickie Fowler (68), Justin Rose (76) and Bryson DeChambeau (76) failed to qualify for the weekend.

Tiger Woods carded a one-under 71 on his return as Tony Finau grabbed the lead after the first round of the Memorial Tournament.

In action for the first time since February, Woods made a decent start at Muirfield Village on Thursday, mixing four birdies with three bogeys in Dublin, Ohio.

Woods, a five-time winner of the tournament, made birdies on two of his first three holes before dropping shots at the sixth and eighth.

The 15-time major champion produced a wonderful approach shot to birdie the 15th, only to give that up at the next, but Woods made a 14-footer for birdie on the last.

Finau also endured a rollercoaster round, but nine birdies and three bogeys helped the American card a 66 to take the outright lead.

Ryan Palmer sits solo second thanks to a five-under 67, while Brendan Steele and Gary Woodland are a shot further back.

Jon Rahm, Charles Howell III and Lucas Glover carded 69s to be tied for fifth.

The congestion follows with a group of 10 players opening with two-under 70s, with world number one Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth among them.

Starting on the back nine, Spieth made an eagle at the par-five 11th before a double bogey followed at the 12th, but he steadied to shoot a 70.

Joining McIlroy and Spieth in a tie for eighth are defending champion Patrick Cantlay, Luke List, Mark Hubbard, Ryan Moore, Max Homa, Patrick Rodgers, Jimmy Walker and Harris English.

Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler, meanwhile, endured major struggles.

Johnson had four bogeys, two double bogeys and a triple bogey in his eight-over 80, while Fowler carded an 81 that included seven bogeys and a triple.

Justin Thomas will take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Workday Charity Open after carding another six-under 66 on Saturday.

The world number five has posted rounds of 68, 66 and 66 at Muirfield Village, moving to 16 under and into a two-stroke lead in Dublin, Ohio.

Thomas, the 2017 US PGA Championship winner, is yet to make a bogey at the PGA Tour event, as he searches for his second victory of the year.

The American made three straight birdies beginning at the fifth, before also picking up shots at 11, 14 and 15.

Thomas is two shots clear of Viktor Hovland, the 22-year-old Norwegian also posting a 66 as he mixed eight birdies with two bogeys.

Overnight leader Collin Morikawa could only manage an even-par 72 to be three shots adrift of Thomas.

Morikawa is outright third after a rollercoaster round, mixing four birdies with four bogeys to sit at 13 under.

Sam Burns (70) and Kevin Streelman (71) are tied for fourth at 11 under, a shot ahead of Ian Poulter (69) and Rory Sabbatini (69).

Rickie Fowler carded an impressive 66 to climb into nine under and a tie for eighth, alongside Gary Woodland (66), Chase Seiffert (70), Hideki Matsuyama (72) and MJ Daffue (65).

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