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Archives: Feb. 2012

Feb.
29th

Ryan Moore, Kyle Stanley at Honda Classic, preview

This week: Honda Classic, Thursday through Saturday, PGA National Champion Course, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

World rankings: Stanley is 48th, and Moore is 66th.

2012 earnings: Stanley has $1.94 million (No. 1 on the PGA Tour), and Moore has $188,038 (76th on the PGA Tour).

Last tournament: Going one round in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championships (a 2-and-1 win over K.J. Choi) jumped Stanley, the Bellarmine Prep graduate, into the top 50 in the world rankings, and landed him a spot at next week’s no-cut WGC-Cadillac Championship in Miami, Fla. He also left the West Coast schedule swing with the

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Feb.
26th

Troy Kelly at Mayakoba Classic, 4th Rd.

This week: Mayakoba Golf Classic, Thursday through Sunday, El Camaleon Golf Club in Riviera Maya, Mexico.

Fourth-round score: 2-under-par 69.

Position: Kelly (2-under 282) tied for 37th, 11 strokes behind winner John Huh (271), who defeated Robert Allenby is a sudden-death playoff.

Recap: The Central Kitsap graduate recorded his best career finish in a PGA Tour tournament Sunday, eclipsing the tied-for-51st showing at the 2009 Reno-Tahoe Open. It was also the first time this season he posted back-to-back rounds in the 60s. Yet, there might be a tinge of disappointment taken from Sunday since he was 5-under through 13 holes,

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Feb.
25th

Troy Kelly at Mayakoba Classic, 3rd Rd.

This week: Mayakoba Golf Classic, Thursday through Sunday, El Camaleon Golf Club in Riviera Maya, Mexico.

Third-round score: 3-under-par 68.

Position: Kelly (even-par 213) is tied for 36th – 12 strokes behind leader Daniel Summerhays (201)

Recap: The Central Kitsap product’s four birdies in his first six holes were the biggest reason behind his 31-spot improvement on the leaderboard. He is in position for a season-best finish if he can record a score close to par today.

Tee time Sunday: 7:37 a.m. PST off the first tee.

Feb.
24th

Troy Kelly at Mayakoba Classic, 2nd Rd.

This week: Mayakoba Golf Classic, Thursday through Sunday, El Camaleon Golf Club in Riviera Maya, Mexico.

Second-round score: 2-over-par 73.

Position: Kelly (3-over 145) is tied for 67th, 11 strokes behind co-leaders Will Claxton, Greg Owen and Daniel Summerhays (134).

Recap: Through eight holes, Kelly was at 4-over. Then he birdied the difficult 18th hole, and made nine consecutive pars to make the cut on the nose. He needs to putt better (63 putts through two rounds) if he intends to move up the leaderboard.

Tee time Saturday: To be determined.

Feb.
23rd

Kyle Stanley at WGC Match Play, 2nd Rd.

This week: WGC-Accenture Match Play Championships, Wednesday through Sunday, Ritz-Carlton Golf Club of Dove Mountain, Marana, Ariz.

Seed: 13th in the Bobby Jones Bracket.

Second round: Lost to No. 5 seed Brandt Snedeker, 2 and 1.

Recap: More than half the double digit-seeded victors from Wednesday were eliminated in the second round. And most of them, including Stanley, came in the Jones bracket (4 of 5 lost). This was a much-anticipated rematch of the Farmers Insurance Open sudden-death playoff in which Snedeker toppled the Bellarmine Prep graduate after two holes. And the match was close throughout. Stanley pulled even with

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Feb.
23rd

Troy Kelly at Mayakoba Classic, 1st Rd.

This week: Mayakoba Golf Classic, Thursday through Sunday, El Camaleon Golf Club in Riviera Maya, Mexico.

First-round score: 1-over-par 72.

Position: Kelly is tied for 51st, six strokes behind leader Will Claxton (66).


Recap
: High winds ripped through the course pretty much all day, and that is why the score was relatively high on this resort course. Kelly started out with a birdie at the third hole to get to 1-under, but made bogeys at Nos. 6 and 16.

Tee time Friday: 10:20 a.m. PST off the 10th tee

Feb.
23rd

Moore commits to play next week’s Honda Classic

He was on the waiting list for the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championships as the first alternate. Nobody withdrew.

So on Wednesday, Puyallup’s Ryan Moore committed to play in the Honda Classic – an event he has not entered since 2009.

After a long layoff in the offseason, Moore has said he wanted to play often in the early going of 2012 – and has lived up to his word. This will be his sixth PGA Tour tournament of the season.

In Moore’s last appearance at the Honda Classic, he shot rounds of 77 and 71, and missed the cut.

Feb.
22nd

Kyle Stanley at WGC-Match Play, 1st Rd.

This week: WGC-Accenture Match Play Championships, Wednesday through Sunday, Ritz-Carlton Golf Club of Dove Mountain, Marana, Ariz.

Seed: 13th in the Bobby Jones Bracket.

First round: Defeated No. 4 seed K.J. Choi, 2 and 1.

Recap: Thirteen double-digit seeds, including Stanley, posted upset victories Tuesday. And five of them came in the Jones bracket. Choi took a 1-up lead when he eagled the par-5 13th hole, but Stanley ran off a three-hole string of wins, starting when he tried to drive the green on the par-4 15th, got up and down and made an 8-footer for birdie. He then watched

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