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Shriners Hospitals for Children Open 2015

Round 4 - Smylie Kaufman snatches win with closing 61

October 25, 2015

Smylie Kaufman won the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open on Sunday in his fifth PGA Tour start, shooting a 10-under 61 and waiting more than two hours to see if anyone could catch him.

Kaufman played the final 11 holes in 9 under with an eagle and seven birdies. The 23-year-old former LSU player set up the eagle with a 3-wood drive to 15 feet on the par-4 15th and closed with a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th to post 16-under 268 at TPC Summerlin.

Kevin Na, third-round leader Brett Stegmaier, Patton Kizzire, Cameron Tringale, Jason Bohn and Alex Cejka tied for second, a stroke back.

Na, coming off playoff loss last week to Emiliano Grillo in the season-opening event in Napa, California, made a 25-foot birdie putt on the par-5 16th to tie for the lead, but bogeyed the par-3 17th after flubbing a chip, and missed a 15-foot birdie try on 18.

Stegmaier had the last chance to force a playoff, but hit his approach on 18 into the left fringe and came up short on a 20-foot birdie try.

Round 3 - Brett Stegmaier edges ahead

October 25, 2015

Brett Stegmaier birdied the final hole Saturday for a 3-under 68 and a one-stroke lead in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Making his fifth career PGA Tour start, Stegmaier rebounded for a bogey on the par-3 17th with a 13-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th to reach 13-under 68. The 32-year-old former University of Florida player completed a second-round 66 on Saturday morning for a share of the lead.

''It played a little tougher, so played a little more conservatively,'' Stegmaier said. ''Certainly happy to make four birdies and one bogey and be in the lead.''

He's sticking with a simple approach.

''Just do the same things, not really look at leaderboards until maybe the last three holes,'' Stegmaier said. ''I've played really well the last two months. Been doing the same things, just try and read the greens well. I feel like if I read the greens well, I'll play well. That's the main goal tomorrow.''

Morgan Hoffman was second after a 66. After making four birdies in a four-hole stretch, he hooked his drive on 18 into the desert rocks and ended up saving bogey with a 10-foot putt.

''I was just saying if I could see the ball in there and it wasn't in the bush, I'd give it a shot,'' Hoffmann said. ''Yeah, lucky to get out of there with bogey.''

Jimmy Walker, former UNLV player Chad Campbell and 2011 winner Kevin Na were tied for third at 11 under. Walker had a 69, Na shot 68, and Campbell 70.

''I think that the pins are a lot more difficult than they normally are, a lot of tough pins,'' Walker said. ''It's like they don't want us to make birdies. A lot of holes, par is pretty good here.''

Campbell agreed.

''There wasn't a whole lot of low scores,'' Campbell said. ''It was pretty hard to get to those pins. But I feel like I played OK, and looking forward to tomorrow.''

Alex Cejka had a hole-in-one on the 212-yard 17th in a 66 that left him at 10 under along with Nick Taylor (67), Jason Bohn (69) and Cameron Tringale (70).

Cejka won the Puerto Rico Open last year for his first PGA Tour title. The 44-year-old Czech-born German lives in Las Vegas.

''It was a good 6-iron for me, perfect yardage,'' Cejka said. ''I tried to hit it a little bit right. I struck it well, and pitched pretty good and was rolling toward the pin and then suddenly disappeared. It's a great bonus, especially in front of the home crowd here, and then to top it off with a birdie on 18, that's fabulous.''

Rickie Fowler was tied for 28th at 6 under after a 70, playing the last four holes in even par without making a par. He eagled the short par-4 15th, hitting a drive to 5 feet, then hit into the water on the next two holes for a bogey on the par-5 16th and a double on the par-3 17th. He birdied the par-4 18th with a 12-foot putt.

''It was a little irritating,'' Fowler said. ''Sixteen and 17 cost me a lot of shots this week. It would be nice to possibly get some back there. I haven't made particularly bad swings, just hit it kind of the wrong directions at the wrong time.''

Round 2 - Brett Stegmaier leads at halfway

October 24, 2015

Brett Stegmaier topped the leaderboard Friday in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in only his fifth career start on the PGA Tour.

The 32-year-old former University of Florida player was 6 under for the round and 11 under overall with three holes left when second-round play was suspended because of darkness.

Stegmaier eagled the par-5 16th on his opening nine and had four birdies on the 15 holes he was able to finish at TPC Summerlin. He earned a tour card in the Web.com Tour Finals series.

Former UNLV player Chad Campbell was a stroke back along with Morgan Hoffmann and Tyler Aldridge. The 41-year-old Campbell had a 4-under 67. Hoffmann shot a 66, and Aldridge had a 68.

Rickie Fowler followed his opening 72 with a 65 to reach 5 under. He eagled the par-5 13th in a back-nine 30.

Round 1 - Four top first round leaderboard

October 23, 2015

Canada's David Hearn birdied his final three holes in perfect morning conditions for a 7-under 64 and a share of the lead Thursday in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Michael Thompson, Mark Hubbard and Tyler Aldridge also topped the leaderboard at TPC Summerlin. Aldridge had two holes left when first-round play was suspended because of darkness.

Hearn had eight birdies and a bogey.

''The course was playing pretty much perfect as it's going to get,'' Hearn said. ''The greens were great this morning. I think that there's a reason there's a lot of good scores on that board. It's because the course is in such good shape.''

Patrick Rodgers, Patton Kizzire, Chad Campbell, Ryan Palmer, Ricky Barnes, D.H. Lee, Ryo Ishikawa, Greg Owen, Shane Bertsch and Brendon Todd shot 65, and Henrik Norlander also was 6 under with two holes left.

Lee birdied six of his first seven holes, then bogeyed the next two.

Kizzire is making his first start as a PGA Tour member after winning twice last year on the Web.com Tour and topping the regular-season and finals-combined money lists. He was married Saturday.

Jimmy Walker opened with a 66, and U.S. Presidents Cup teammate Rickie Fowler had a 72.

Thompson and Hubbard eagled the par-5 16th, with Hubbard holing 30-foot putt and Thompson a 25-footer in their morning rounds. Thompson also had seven birdies and a double bogey.

''It definitely helps when there's no wind and real calm and sunny,'' Thompson said. ''The only thing that we really have to consider is the cold in the morning. ... It helps when the greens are a little bit receptive and they're rolling perfect.''

Hubbard had the eagle, six birdies and a bogey. He played a three-hole stretch in 4 under with birdies on Nos. 14 and 15 and the eagle on 16, but bogeyed the 17th and closed with a par.

''I've kind of just taken a little bit of a chill pill recently, and I'm playing a lot better golf,'' Hubbard said.

He got into the field as an alternate when Matt Every withdrew.

''It's a nice opportunity to have,'' Hubbard said.

Walker closed with a bogey on the par-5 ninth.

''It stings a little bit, bogeying nine, but just didn't hit a very good tee ball,'' Walker said. ''I played real solid all day, made a lot of great putts. A lot of good par putts. It was a nice, solid day. Just kind of kept the ball out in front of me. I also felt like they had some pretty tough pins today, actually. It wasn't like you were just throwing darts.''

Fowler had a double bogey after hitting into the water on the par-3 17th.

''It wasn't playing very tough by any means,'' Fowler said. ''You just had to hit a 7-iron out right of the hole. You can't hit it left. I hit it left. ... I just made a bad swing. I didn't hit my irons and wedges very well today.''

Defending champion Ben Martin shot a 70.

Argentina's Emiliano Grillo, a playoff winner Sunday in the season-opening Frys.com Open in Napa, California, had a 74.

U.S. Walker Cup teammates Denny McCarthy and Hunter Stewart made their pro debuts. Stewart had a 72, and McCarthy was 3 over with one hole left. McCarthy played at Virginia, and Stewart at Vanderbilt.

Scores

1 27 Smylie Kaufman -16 F -10 67 72 68 61 268
T2 14 Patton Kizzire -15 F -8 65 69 72 63 269
T2 4 Cameron Tringale -15 F -5 68 65 70 66 269
T2 4 Jason Bohn -15 F -5 68 66 69 66 269
T2 4 Alex Cejka -15 F -5 67 70 66 66 269
T2 1 Kevin Na -15 F -4 68 66 68 67 269
T2 1 Brett Stegmaier -15 F -2 66 66 68 69 269
T8 30 William McGirt -14 F -9 66 73 69 62 270
T8 5 Chad Campbell -14 F -3 65 67 70 68 270
10 1 Russell Henley -13 F -5 68 69 68 66 271
T11 - Nick Watney -12 F -4 67 66 72 67 272
T11 9 Morgan Hoffmann -12 F E 66 66 69 71 272
T13 15 Patrick Rodgers -11 F -5 65 71 71 66 273
T13 3 Brendon de Jonge -11 F -4 67 66 73 67 273
T13 2 Jamie Lovemark -11 F -3 70 69 66 68 273
T16 12 John Senden -10 F -4 70 65 72 67 274
T16 12 Fabian Gomez -10 F -4 69 68 70 67 274
T16 - Tony Finau -10 F -3 69 71 66 68 274
T16 - Ryan Palmer -10 F -3 65 69 72 68 274
T16 - Camilo Villegas -10 F -3 67 69 70 68 274
T16 - Kevin Streelman -10 F -3 68 67 71 68 274
T16 - Scott Stallings -10 F -3 68 71 67 68 274
T16 - Michael Kim -10 F -3 70 67 69 68 274
T16 5 Daniel Summerhays -10 F -2 68 65 72 69 274
T25 29 Spencer Levin -9 F -6 71 65 74 65 275
T25 21 Rory Sabbatini -9 F -5 66 72 71 66 275
T25 13 Ricky Barnes -9 F -4 65 71 72 67 275
T25 3 Scott Piercy -9 F -3 72 67 68 68 275
T25 3 Rickie Fowler -9 F -3 72 65 70 68 275
T25 9 Si Woo Kim -9 F -2 69 66 71 69 275
T25 9 David Hearn -9 F -2 64 70 72 69 275
T25 9 Kevin Kisner -9 F -2 68 71 67 69 275
T25 14 Ben Martin -9 F -1 70 68 67 70 275
T25 19 Nick Taylor -9 F +1 66 70 67 72 275
T35 3 D.H. Lee -8 F -3 65 75 68 68 276
T35 3 Steve Marino -8 F -3 66 71 71 68 276
T35 19 Mark Hubbard -8 F -1 64 70 72 70 276
T38 26 Russell Knox -7 F -5 69 70 72 66 277
T38 8 Ollie Schniederjans -7 F -3 68 67 74 68 277
T38 8 Jason Kokrak -7 F -3 69 70 70 68 277
T38 8 Chris Stroud -7 F -3 66 71 72 68 277
42 14 J.J. Henry -6 F E 67 72 68 71 278
T43 11 Greg Owen -5 F -2 65 74 71 69 279
T43 11 Jhonattan Vegas -5 F -2 70 70 70 69 279
T43 11 Kyle Stanley -5 F -2 67 70 73 69 279
T43 3 Martin Laird -5 F -1 71 68 70 70 279
T43 5 Ryan Moore -5 F E 69 71 68 71 279
T43 15 Roberto Castro -5 F +1 67 71 69 72 279
T43 33 Tyler Aldridge -5 F +4 64 68 72 75 279
T50 4 Wes Roach -4 F -1 66 72 72 70 280
T50 4 Michael Thompson -4 F -1 64 73 73 70 280
T50 4 Angel Cabrera -4 F E 68 71 70 71 280
T50 4 Ryo Ishikawa -4 F E 65 72 72 71 280
T50 22 Shane Bertsch -4 F +2 65 70 72 73 280
T50 47 Jimmy Walker -4 F +7 66 67 69 78 280
T56 8 Webb Simpson -3 F -1 71 69 71 70 281
T56 8 Stewart Cink -3 F -1 71 68 72 70 281
T56 2 Brian Harman -3 F E 68 67 75 71 281
T56 2 Tyrone Van Aswegen -3 F E 68 70 72 71 281
T56 18 Peter Malnati -3 F +2 70 67 71 73 281
T56 18 Scott Pinckney -3 F +2 70 68 70 73 281
T62 2 Chesson Hadley -2 F E 68 71 72 71 282
T62 2 Chad Collins -2 F E 70 69 72 71 282
T62 8 Kevin Chappell -2 F +1 69 71 70 72 282
T62 8 Shawn Stefani -2 F +1 69 70 71 72 282
T62 16 Martin Piller -2 F +2 70 70 69 73 282
T67 3 Tom Hoge -1 F +1 69 71 71 72 283
T67 3 Chez Reavie -1 F +1 69 68 74 72 283
T67 29 Steve Wheatcroft -1 F +4 67 70 71 75 283
70 42 Charles Howell III E F +6 70 68 69 77 284
71 7 Freddie Jacobson +1 F +3 70 69 72 74 285
MDF - Hunter Stewart -1 + 72 68 72 - 212
MDF - Davis Love III E + 68 69 76 - 213
MDF - Scott Brown E + 68 71 74 - 213
MDF - Hiroshi Iwata E + 67 73 73 - 213
MDF - Whee Kim +1 + 71 68 75 - 214
MDF - Jin Park +1 + 68 72 74 - 214
MDF - Alex Prugh +3 + 72 67 77 - 216
MDF - Colt Knost +4 + 71 69 77 - 217
MDF - Steven Bowditch +9 + 68 71 83 - 222
Players below have missed the cut
CUT - Jonathan Byrd - - - 67 74 - - 141
CUT - Jason Dufner - - - 69 72 - - 141
CUT - Zac Blair - - - 69 72 - - 141
CUT - Chris Riley - - - 73 68 - - 141
CUT - Sam Saunders - - - 70 71 - - 141
CUT - Kelly Kraft - - - 70 71 - - 141
CUT - Abraham Ancer - - - 69 72 - - 141
CUT - Graham DeLaet - - - 72 69 - - 141
CUT - Justin Hicks - - - 71 70 - - 141
CUT - Brooks Koepka - - - 74 67 - - 141
CUT - Seung-Yul Noh - - - 73 68 - - 141
CUT - Geoff Ogilvy - - - 69 72 - - 141
CUT - John Merrick - - - 70 71 - - 141
CUT - Dawie van der Walt - - - 68 73 - - 141
CUT - Andrew Loupe - - - 71 70 - - 141
CUT - Adam Hadwin - - - 70 72 - - 142
CUT - Keegan Bradley - - - 72 70 - - 142
CUT - Brendon Todd - - - 65 77 - - 142
CUT - Vijay Singh - - - 69 73 - - 142
CUT - Charley Hoffman - - - 71 71 - - 142
CUT - Troy Merritt - - - 72 70 - - 142
CUT - Will Wilcox - - - 66 76 - - 142
CUT - John Huh - - - 71 71 - - 142
CUT - Sean O'Hair - - - 71 71 - - 142
CUT - Brendan Steele - - - 68 74 - - 142
CUT - Jim Herman - - - 70 72 - - 142
CUT - Hunter Mahan - - - 69 73 - - 142
CUT - Tim Clark - - - 73 69 - - 142
CUT - Hudson Swafford - - - 69 73 - - 142
CUT - Stuart Appleby - - - 74 69 - - 143
CUT - Rhein Gibson - - - 72 71 - - 143
CUT - Derek Fathauer - - - 68 75 - - 143
CUT - Henrik Norlander - - - 65 78 - - 143
CUT - Jonas Blixt - - - 74 69 - - 143
CUT - Brandt Snedeker - - - 68 75 - - 143
CUT - Will MacKenzie - - - 72 71 - - 143
CUT - George McNeill - - - 70 73 - - 143
CUT - Mark Wilson - - - 69 74 - - 143
CUT - Jon Curran - - - 70 74 - - 144
CUT - Andres Gonzales - - - 73 71 - - 144
CUT - Jeff Overton - - - 69 75 - - 144
CUT - Emiliano Grillo - - - 74 70 - - 144
CUT - Pat Perez - - - 74 70 - - 144
CUT - Bronson Burgoon - - - 72 72 - - 144
CUT - Kyle Reifers - - - 72 72 - - 144
CUT - Lucas Glover - - - 70 74 - - 144
CUT - Carl Pettersson - - - 68 76 - - 144
CUT - Michael Schoolcraft - - - 71 73 - - 144
CUT - Marty Jertson - - - 68 77 - - 145
CUT - Robert Allenby - - - 75 70 - - 145
CUT - Dicky Pride - - - 70 76 - - 146
CUT - Boo Weekley - - - 73 73 - - 146
CUT - Harold Varner III - - - 73 73 - - 146
CUT - Cameron Smith - - - 75 71 - - 146
CUT - Luke Guthrie - - - 74 72 - - 146
CUT - Denny McCarthy - - - 74 75 - - 149
CUT - Charlie Beljan - - - 71 80 - - 151
CUT - Derek Ernst - - - 75 77 - - 152
CUT - Bryce Molder - - - 75 77 - - 152
CUT - Erik Compton - - - 73 79 - - 152
CUT - Scott Langley - - - 76 77 - - 153
CUT - Blayne Barber - - - 80 74 - - 154
WD - John Mallinger - -+ - - - - - -
DQ - Ben Crane - -+ - - - - - -




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