IRVING, Texas -- Louis Oosthuizen has withdrawn from the HP Byron Nelson Championship before Sunday's final round because of a neck issue.
The 2010 British Open champion was at 3-under 207 and tied for 32nd place after shooting even-par 70 in the third round.
Oosthuizen entered the HP Byron Nelson with the No. 7 world ranking, the highest-ranked player in the field. He had missed the cut in his only other appearance in this event.
Michael Bradley also withdrew Sunday morning with a back problem. Bradley was 2 under.
Oosthuizen is also set to play in next week's Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. Bradley is not on the field list for that invitational tournament.
Since 72 players made the secondary cut after three rounds, Oosthuizen and Bradley will get paid equal to a 71st-place finish at the Nelson. - Associated Press
BETHESDA, Md. -- Michael Bradley withdrew from the AT&T National on Friday, citing a hip injury.
The 45-year-old opened with a 79 in the first round with six bogeys and a double bogey.
Prior to this week, Bradley had missed his last four cuts.
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
KAPALUA, Hawaii -- He has his wife and kids with him. They've eaten at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. restaurant in neary Lahaina for four straight nights. He's been deep-sea fishing with his 9-year-old son (alas, they got shut out).
It's been a good week already for Michael Bradley ... and it got even better on Friday.
The 45-year-old Bradley, playing with Bryce Molder in the first group of the season, produced a bogey-free 5-under 68 and was the clubhouse leader when he finished his round.
Not a bad way to start the year.
"I drove it decent, hit some good iron shots, made some putts," Bradley said. "I didn't do anything stupid."
And that may be the most important thing, considering Bradley felt a little rusty coming into this week. He also admitted to being a little nervous going off first; two years ago at this event, he was also in the first twosome of the first round of the year, paired that time with Martin Laird.
But staying out of trouble and making a couple of extra-long putts made it a comfortable day, despite the windy conditions. Oh, and he also knocked a 408-yard drive at the seventh hole, the longest drive of his PGA TOUR career.
Having qualified for this event by winning in Puerto Rico last year, Bradley would get a return ticket next year if he can seal the deal on Monday. Not that he's looking that far ahead.
"Yes, it was a nice way to start," he said. "But it's too early to start thinking about winning. If I'm still around the lead when I step onto the 10th tee on Monday, then maybe then ..."
Well, maybe by then he'd already have made three more visits to Bubba Gump's.
KAPALUA, Hawaii – The 2012 PGA TOUR season officially began Friday when Bryce Molder hit the opening drive to start the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
Molder and Michael Bradley were in the first pairing of the day. As the 45-year-old Bradley, a four-time winner on TOUR, warmed up on the tee box at the par-4 first hole, he said, “I’m just happy to be here. Just glad to have a tee time.”
Bradley and Molder wished each other good luck, then Molder took the first swing. His drive sailed left of the fairway and did not catch the downhill slope. Bradley’s tee shot did catch the slope, leaving him 50 yards ahead of Molder.
But Molder, making his first start in this event after winning last year’s Frys.com Open, hit an excellent approach that found the green and rolled inside 22 feet. Bradley then followed with an approach that came up short of the green.
Both players ended up with pars on the hole.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
Johnson Wagner certainly wasn't looking forward to his opening tee shot at TPC River Highlands on Friday morning.
Wagner had finished 16 holes of his first round at the Travelers Championship when the downpour came late Thursday morning. Like everyone else, he waited for the next seven hours before the decision finally was made to suspend play until Friday.
The tee shot at the 17th hole is a daunting one under the best of circumstances. But at 7 a.m. – and the first strike of the day -- it can be even more nerve-rattling. There's water down the entire right side of the fairway and a challenging bunker in the fairway to the left.
Turns out Johnson, who was playing with the overnight leader, Michael Bradley, didn't need to be worried. He ended up making a birdie at the 17th and saving par at No. 18 on the way to a 65 that left him one shot behind Ryan Moore and Andres Romero.
"I was real happy to get that 17th tee shot out of the way," Wagner said. "It's just a tough hole. Easy if you put it in the fairway, but then I got to thinking about it last night, and I thought, oh, man, I could chunk it in the water and make double, but luckily I put that out of my head, hit it within about five feet and made it and had a nice up-and-down on 18."
Wagner, who won his second PGA TOUR event earlier this year at the Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun, said his putting was the catalyst in his solid start. The 65 was his lowest opening round of the season by four strokes and tied for his best of the season.
"Everything was pretty good," said Wagner, who needed just 25 putts over his first 18 holes. "I putted really well. I've never been so committed to my stroke, and I kept my head down. Didn't see any putts really go in. I was trying to listen for them and just really putted great. Gave myself a lot of opportunities on the back nine for birdies and capitalized on most of them."
Wagner was hoping he'd get some more golf in on Friday afternoon with tee times for those in Thursday morning’s wave scheduled from 5:30-7:30 p.m. ET. At least, though, he can go back to his RV and wait instead of hanging around the clubhouse. A nap and some TV are on his agenda.
"The course was so perfect on Tuesday, and it's definitely soft, but it's still in great shape and the fairways are real good," Wagner said. "I think the maintenance staff has done a good job of getting it ready with all that rain yesterday. Scores should be low today. If the weather stays good, scores should be low, so I don't think 5-under is going to hang in there for long."
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
CROMWELL, Conn. -- Summer in the Northeast usually means a pretty good chance of afternoon thunderstorms. Thursday it didn’t even make it to the afternoon before play was halted at the Travelers Championship at 11:22 a.m. with dangerous weather in the area. It’s raining -- yet -- but there are rumbles of thunder and lightning.
On the course, Michael Bradley moved to the front, getting to 6 under through 16 holes before the horn sounded. That’s one shot clear of seven other players, including Bo Van Pelt and and Vijay Singh.
Bradley, who has seven birdies and just one bogey so far, won in Puerto Rico earlier this year but has just one top-25 since.
Van Pelt, meanwhile, was on a roll with an eagle and two birdies over his last three holes when the delay hit. The eagle came on the par-5 13th, where Van Pelt hit it to just inside six feet on his second shot from 238 yards.
As for Singh, he’s here after missing last week’s U.S. Open, which ended the longest active streak of consecutive majors at 67. Singh said he was simply too worn out to go through a 36-hole qualifier to try to make it to Congressional. The rest appears to be paying dividends with Singh making five birdies and no bogeys through 14 holes.
By Stan Awtrey, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- With the wind starting to pick up at Harbour Town, the 66 posted by veteran Michael Bradley may be a round coveted by all before the third round is complete.
Bradley’s 5-under effort, which put him at 5 under for the tournament, was nearly wind-free for the first nine holes. That’s when the breeze began to blow and eventually turned into strong gusts on the final three holes.
“I’ve seen it like this before,” Bradley said. “You definitely have to put in the right spots or miss it in the right spot to give yourself a chance. If you miss it on the right side, you still have an opportunity.”
The highlight of Bradley’s round was an eagle at No. 2, a 496-yard par-5, where he holed his third shot from 80 feet. He scrambled well; there wasn’t a bogey on his card despite hitting only 10 fairways and just eight greens in regulation.
“If you drive it in play and make some putts, you’ve got an opportunity,” he said. “I kept it in may and was able to make some putts.”
Bradley is seeking his best finish at Harbour Town; His best previous was a tie for 42 nd in 1994.
Michael Bradley won the Puerto Rico Open for the second time in three years, beating Troy Matteson in a playoff Sunday. Bradley closed with a 4-under 68 to finish at 16 under with Matteson then made par on the par-5 18th hole for his four career victory on the PGA TOUR.
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