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Luke Donald two shots behind leaders at the halfway stage of the Northern Trust Open

Donald remains in the hunt in California after rising to fifth at halfway stage of Northern Trust Open

By
Steven Donaldson

PUBLISHED:

07:22 GMT, 16 February 2013

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UPDATED:

11:27 GMT, 16 February 2013

World No 3 Luke Donald put himself firmly in contention as Bae Sang-moon and Fredrik Jacobson shared the lead at the halfway stage of the Northern Trust Open in California.

England's Donald, playing his first tournament since November, produced a five-under 66 to sit seven under overall, two off the leading pair of South Korea's Bae and Sweden's Jacobson on nine under.

Donald, 18th overnight, carded seven birdies against two bogeys to end day two fifth – and he could have been in a share of third alongside Americans John Merrick and John Rollins but for a dropped shot on his penultimate hole, the par-four eighth.

Climbing the leaderboard: Luke Donald hit five under par to rise to seventh

Climbing the leaderboard: Luke Donald hit five under par to rise to seventh

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Donald told www.pgatour.com: 'Happy with my score, obviously coming off a pretty good break, you never know with how you're going to deal with being back in competition again but certainly a big improvement today, ball striking wise and my short game has been very sharp.

'I've been excited about that. It's been a big key to my score so far, and, yeah, excited to be in the mix again.'

On the top of the pile though were Jacobson and Bae, both of whom were six under for the day to climb from sixth to joint first.

Surveying the scene: Donald and his caddie John McLaren walks up to the sixth green

Surveying the scene: Donald and his caddie John McLaren walks up to the sixth green

For Jacobson it was a continuation of the form which saw him finish seventh at Pebble Beach last week.

'Obviously I take a lot out of that, just being in contention again,' Jacobson said. 'I've had some good practice sessions before, but to bring it on the course and play under pressure, that's what it's about.'

There was no room to relax, though, with a number of notable names on the heels of the top five.

Leading the way: Fredrik Jacobson shares the lead at the halfway stage

Leading the way: Fredrik Jacobson shares the lead at the halfway stage

World No 8 Lee Westwood headed up a group of three players on six under, which also included major winners Charl Schwartzel and Webb Simpson.

Overnight leader Matt Kuchar was among the players on five under having carded a two-over 73, as was defending champion Bill Haas, while Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott, Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson were all four under.

Out in front: Sang-Moon Bae is going well in California

Out in front: Sang-Moon Bae is going well in California

Among the remainder of the British contingent, Brian Davis (three under), Greg Owen (two under), David Lynn (one under) and Ross Fisher (one over) all made the cut, but Martin Laird and Graeme McDowell missed out.

Other big names to miss the cut included Dustin Johnson, Padraig Harrington, Mike Weir, Zach Johnson, Geoff Ogilvy, Bubba Watson and Lucas Glover.

Rory McIlroy"s saviour – the policeman who got him to the tee on time

US cop who raced McIlroy in mad dash to Ryder Cup tee reveals all… and admits the Americans aren't happy with him!

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09:13 GMT, 2 October 2012

Martin Kaymer, Luke Donald, Ian Poulter, Jose Maria Olazabal… Pat Rollins!

Some of those names you will know as the key men in Europe's stunning Ryder Cup triumph, but the latter has his own reason to feel a part of the celebrations having helped avoided what would have been disastrous disqualification for Rory McIlroy.

The deputy chief of police in Lombard where Europe were based Rollins was the man who delivered world No 1 McIlroy to the tee with 10 minutes to spare on the final day.

Saviour: Rory McIlroy owed a debt of gratitude to deputy chief Patrick Rollins

Saviour: Rory McIlroy owed a debt of gratitude to deputy chief Patrick Rollins

McIlroy was running late for his singles match against Keegan Bradley – which he eventually won 2&1 – because he thought his match started an hour later than scheduled.

Rollins, who called local traffic police ahead of them to clear the 12-mile road to the Medinah Country Club, said: 'I was at the hotel and asked if all the players had left for the course.

'No one had seen Rory, so we panicked. Someone found him, so we met him outside his room, brought him to the lobby and drove him to the course.

Lucky escape: McIlroy arrived for his match with Keegan Bradley just in time

Lucky escape: McIlroy arrived for his match with Keegan Bradley just in time

'He was a bit nervous but I would have been if I was in his shoes. He was caught off guard. I'm getting ribbed from both sides but I'm proud of doing the right thing.

'It would have been the same for the Americans. We have been getting them around all week but this was an event which turned into an incident.

'I am a big golf fan and knew who he was. It was a great event and an exciting event. I am just glad I could play my small part.'

Brian Davis shares lead at Travelers Championship

Davis shares lead at Travelers Championship after carding impressive 64 on day three

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00:53 GMT, 24 June 2012

England's Brian Davis shared the lead on a much-changed leaderboard after a third-round 64 at the Travelers Championship in Connecticut.

The 37-year-old was level with American Roland Thatcher, who shot 65, as they both emerged from the chasing pack to pull two strokes clear at the summit.

John Rollins, James Driscoll and Stuart Appleby shared third on 10 under while Ireland's Padraig Harrington shot 65 to join the group a further shot back.

Overnight leader Fredrik Jacobsen slipped back to nine under after a level-par 70 to remain locked together with Charley Hoffman, his nearest challenger along with Nathan Green when thunderstorms halted play yesterday. Australian Green finished the day six under.

Taking it easy: Davis relaxes on the 10th

Taking it easy: Davis relaxes on the 10th

Davis made his move on the front nine today with three pairs of birdies. His one dropped shot, at the 13th, was cancelled out two holes later as he came home in a level-par 35.

The Londoner is still searching for his maiden PGA Tour win and is best known for calling a penalty on himself during a play-off with Jim Furyk at the 2010 Verizon Heritage, denying himself the chance of victory but earning widespread praise.

Thatcher would have finished in the outright lead but for a bogey at the 17th, having made six birdies in a previously unblemished round.

Rollins matched Thatcher's five-under-par total despite a double bogey at the short eighth, also carding eight birdies and a bogey.

Driscoll eagled the par-four 15th in a 66 while Appleby's solid 67 featured only one dropped shot, at the fifth.

Jacobsen, who for the second year running at this tournament had finished his second round leading on nine under, took six at the par-four 10th and also made three bogeys, negating the effect of his five birdies.

His total was matched by Hoffman, who was halted in full flow by yesterday's early finish which came when he was on a run of five successive birdies. He slipped back to three under for his second round and a third successive 67 left him three shots off the lead.

In the hunt: Driscoll

In the hunt: Driscoll

The pair were joined on nine under by Harrington, who made seven birdies in eight holes from the sixth in a vintage performance, Matt Kuchar, Tim Clark and Will Claxton.

The group at eight under featured Masters champion and 2010 winner Bubba Watson, Camilo Villegas, Robert Karlsson and Chez Reavie, while Watson's fellow reigning major winners Webb Simpson (US Open) and Keegan Bradley (US PGA) were seven under and four under respectively.

A secondary cut had to be applied after 88 players made the halfway cut, which came early today after yesterday's stoppage left 77 players to complete their second round.

First-round leader David Mathis was a surprise figure heading home a day early.

The American started the tournament on Thursday with birdies either side of a hole in one, and was six under after six holes, but followed his opening 64 with rounds of 73 and 74 to end his participation.

Zurich Classic: Bubba Watson struggles

Slow start for Donald and Watson as Duke and Tringale share lead in Zurich Classic

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06:14 GMT, 27 April 2012

Luke Donald's quest to regain golf's world No 1 position got off to a poor start at the Zurich Classic.

Donald needs to finish in the top seven at the event in Avondale, Louisiana, if he is to reclaim top spot from Rory McIlroy – who does not return to action until next week's Wells Fargo Championship.

Struggles: Luke Donald is fighting to regain his world No 1 spot from Rory McIlroy

Struggles: Luke Donald is fighting to regain his world No 1 spot from Rory McIlroy

Leading light: Ken Duke hit the top of the leaderboard after the first day

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However, Donald could only manage an
opening round of 73 – and at one over par the 34-year-old sits eight
shots off the pace set by Ken Duke and Cameron Tringale.

Three birdies and three bogeys were
followed by a five at the par-three 17th for Donald – although the
Englishman got a shot back on the 18th.

Bubba Watson is also well off the pace
after making his return to action following victory in The Masters.
Watson won this event last year but this time around he carded a steady
opening round of 71, one under par.

Bad start: Masters champion Bubba Watson was well off the pace

Bad start: Masters champion Bubba Watson was well off the pace

In contention: Steve Stricker

In contention: Steve Stricker

The American had birdies on the
second, sixth and seventh holes but bogeys on the eighth, 10th and 16th
meant he needed a birdie on the 18th to finish the first round under
par.

Duke had seven birdies in a bogey-free
round, while Tringale – who is also seeking his first win on the PGA
Tour – recovered well after a bogey on the third, finishing with four
birdies.

South Africa's Ernie Els, Sweden's
Daniel Chopra and United States duo Steve Stricker and Chris Stroud are a
shot behind the leaders on six under, with fellow Americans Ben Curtis,
John Rollins and Jason Dufner on five under.

Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell and
Scotland's Russell Knox are the best-placed Britons after the first
round, on three under par.

England's Greg Owen was two under
after the first round, with Brian Davis a shot further back alongside
Watson. Justin Rose managed a level par opening round, while Gary
Christian was on three over.

Kyle Stanley leads Farmers Insurance

Stanley on verge of maiden Tour win after easing five shots clear at Torrey Pines

Kyle Stanley moved closer to his first PGA Tour victory as he shot a 68 to hold a five-shot lead going into the final round of the Farmers Insurance at Torrey Pines.

Stanley's round included five birdies and one bogey to move to 18 under ahead of rookie John Huh and three-time Tour champion John Rollins.

Bill Haas and Sang-Moon Bae are a shot further adrift but Stanley has a formidable lead as he seeks his breakthrough victory.

Closing in: Kyle Stanley will take a five shot lead into the final round

Closing in: Kyle Stanley will take a five shot lead into the final round

The last first-time winner at the Farmers Insurance Open was Jay Don Blake in 1991 and Stanley told pgatour.com: 'I've never had (a third-round lead) – especially one this big.

'I'm real happy with where I'm at but I still have to go out there tomorrow and just keep playing golf.'

Stanley's three-round total of 198 tied Tiger Woods for the 54-hole record at Torrey Pines.

Woods led by eight strokes entering the final round that Sunday in 2008 and ended up winning by the same margin.

In contention: John Rollins will hope to mount a charge on the final day

In contention: John Rollins will hope to mount a charge on the final day

Rollins, who also shot a 68, said: 'He's clearly playing well and in control of his game.

'I can only control myself and my game. That's what I'm going to do.

'Just go out and maybe make a few early birdies and try to get some heat on him and see what happens. Anything can happen on this golf course.'

Haas, the reigning FedExCup champ who took a share of the lead into the final round at Torrey Pines last year, is tied for fourth at 12 under after a 70.

Also at that number is rookie Bae, who was in the mix a week ago in the California desert and rebounded from a front-nine 40 to shoot 72.