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May 7 2011

6:09 PM

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Rory Sabbatini is having an adventurous round at Quail Hollow on Saturday.

The South African birdied three of his first five holes, then closed out the front nine with two more on putts of 7 and 30 feet to turn in 31. Sabbatini promptly gave those back at the 11th and 12th holes, though -- three-putting the first and failing to get up and down from in front of the green on the second.

Sabbatini didn’t need his flat stick on the 14th or 16th holes. He chipped in for birdie at the first of the two par 4s, then holed his approach from 173 yards for eagle at No. 16.

So Sabbatini, who won The Honda Classic earlier this year, is back at 7 under for the tournament and tied for ninth. He’s 6 under for his round with two holes remaining.

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