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Immelman ends skid, but MDF looms in Texas 05-30-2015
Trevor Immelman
At 1-under 71-67=138, Trevor Immelman made the cut on the number at the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship. This is Immelman's first payday since a T49 at the CIMB Classic last fall. He went nine straight starts without one. However, his work is far from over. Because 87 golfers survived the cut, another cut of low 70 professionals and ties will fall at the conclusion of 54 holes. After a threat of inclement weather clears out this afternoon, the forecast for the remainder of the weekend is favorable.
Defending champ among notable MCs at the AT&T 05-30-2015
Brendon Todd
Brendon Todd chased his opening 72 at the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship with a 1-under-par 35-33=68 in the second round and missed the cut by two shots.

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The defending champion traded four birdies with three bogeys in the second round. It's just his third MC in 15 starts this season, so he'll have to regroup for next week's Memorial. Other notables that missed the cut at TPC Four Seasons include: 139--Martin Laird; Charles Howell III; Morgan Hoffmann ... 140--Brendan Steele; Marc Leishman; Patrick Rodgers ... 141--2007 champ Scott Verplank ... 143--2013 champ Sangmoon Bae.
Alvarado misses cut; demoted to Minor Medical 05-30-2015
Benjamin Alvarado
Benjamin Alvarado shot 3-over-par 69-73=142 at the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship and missed the cut by four strokes. The Chilean poured in six birdies at TPC Four Seasons Resort-Las Colinas this week, but also absorbed five bogeys and a pair of double bogey-6s, both of which in his second round. He's now 1-for-4 on the season, but this week's start was his last via a medical extension in the reshuffle category. For the record, he fell $670,304 and 397 FedExCup points short of its terms for a promotion to the Major Medical category. However, Alvarado still has four starts remaining on a Minor Medical Extension with the same targets. He's also 281.760 FedExCup points shy of meeting the objective for conditional status. Overall, the slide from the reshuffle to the Minor Medical category isn't far and you won't notice the difference.
Jobe recovers but misses the cut at the AT&T 05-30-2015
Brandt Jobe
Brandt Jobe arrived at the midpoint of the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship in 1-over-par 71-69=140, missing the cut on the number. Jobe rallied in his second round, going bogey-free 4-under on his inward nine, including one birdie this morning, but he just couldn't overcome two bogeys and a double going out when he began the round on Friday afternoon. He's now 1-for-3 on the season, but today's disappointment occurred in his backyard, so it's particularly stinging. The 49-year-old now has seven starts on his Non-exempt Medical Extension to earn $706,345 or 437.020 FedExCup points and a promotion to the Major Medical category.
Affrunti one back after career-low aggregate 05-30-2015
Joe Affrunti
Joe Affrunti smoothed a bogey-free, 6-under-par 33-30=63 in his second round of the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship to post 8-under 131 at the break, one stroke adrift of the 36-hole tri-leaders. Affrunti returned to TPC Four Seasons this morning and played his final four holes in 2-under. He totaled six birdies on the round for what is easily his lowest aggregate in 46 career on the PGA TOUR. The 33-year-old from Illinois is the poster boy of patience. He earned his card for the 2011 season, but has retained rookie eligibility as a result of multiple surgeries and a medical extension in the reshuffle category. Affrunti sis down to seven starts to bank $599,714 and earn a promotion to the Major Medical category, so he's in position to take a large bite out of that this weekend.
Davis elects not to complete his second round 05-30-2015
Brian Davis
Brian Davis withdrew during his second round of the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship. Surprisingly, and refreshingly, the Englishman was the only WD of the 33 that were stranded at darkness on Friday night. He was even through 16 holes of his second round and 4-over through 34, so he wasn't going to make the cut unless he finished ace-eagle at the par-3 and par-4 18th holes, respectively. For the record, this is his 11th mid-tournament WD in 328 PGA TOUR starts. It's his second this season (Northern Trust).
Finau finishes one stroke off 36-hole lead 05-30-2015
Tony Finau completed his second round of the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship this morning and signed for a 5-under-par 33-31=64. Finau was one of the last golfers who could have joined the 36-hole co-leaders, but he closed par-birdie today to post 8-under 131. That's one off the lead at the midpoint. For the round, the rookie circled an eagle-3 at the seventh hole and picked off five birdies elsewhere to help ease the sting of a pair of bogey-5s. He rolled into town in good form, so you might as well ride it for as long as it lasts.
Kjeldsen separates; Irish Open 54-hole leader 05-30-2015
Soren Kjeldsen
Overnight co-leader Søren Kjeldsen turned in a 4-under-par 32-35=67 for his third round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and owns a two-stroke lead over Maximillian Kieffer and fellow 36-hole co-leader Rafa Cabrera-Bello. Kjeldsen was one of six atop the leaderboard at the midpoint. He opened with a birdie at the par-5 first and circled another five through 13 holes. He was maintaining the only blemish-free card until squaring a bogey at the par-4 17th. He then closed with a bogey-6 at 18 that yielded only two birdies among 68 golfers that came through today. The Dane celebrated his 40th birthday on May 17. He's a three-time winner on the European Tour but not since 2009. One of the perks for winning this week's test at Royal County Down Golf Club in Northern Ireland is a berth into the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational in early August. While Kjeldsen still has a long way to go to secure the tee time at Firestone, that he's in position to achieve it is a surprise. Despite improving form of late, he started the week slotted 303rd in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Fowler closes snowman-snowman in third round 05-30-2015
Rickie Fowler
Rickie Fowler signed for a 5-over-par 35-41=76 following his third round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and sits at 5-over 218 through 54 holes. Oh, what a difference two holes make. Fowler started the day just inside the top 10 on the leaderboard and opened today's stroll around Royal County Down with a bogey-6 at the first hole. He played his next 15 holes impeccably with a a birdie-2 at No. 7 and a chip-in for eagle at the par-4 16th. Now 2-under and lurking, the American lost his tee ball at the par-4 17th and clunked around until he penciled in an 8. Alas, he post the same number on the par-5 18th and compound matters. Links golf offers few opportunities to let off the gas. Today's cold and windy conditions didn't help. Fowler paid the price. Twice.
Kieffer sets course mark at Royal County Down 05-30-2015
Maximilian Kieffer
With a 6-under-par 32-33=65 in his third round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, Maximilian Kieffer established the course record at Royal County Down. No one shows up on this famed piece of property and inquires about the course record, but the German doesn't need to now, anyway. The only thing is, it may not last long. Søren Kjeldsen is 6-under with two holes to play. Nevertheless, no one can take away what Kieffer accomplished today. He went 5-for-6 in scrambles with one bogey and countered with seven birdies. It's a remarkable turnaround from Friday's 76. Now 5-under 208, he's the 54-hole clubhouse leader in Newcastle, Northern Ireland.
Restart delayed three hours until 11:00am CT 05-30-2015
Roberto Castro
The restart of the second round of the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship has been pushed back three hours to 11:00 a.m. CT.

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With more rain overnight falling on an already saturated TPC Four Seasons, this delay is necessary. Flooding has been occurring throughout the Dallas Metroplex, so that they were even playing golf at all on Friday is a testament to the grounds crew. When play resumes, Roberto Castro will have one hole to complete. He'll be returning to the par-4 ninth hole. He's even on his round and 1-under for the tournament. The cut line is likely going to fall at 1-under 138, so he knows exactly what he needs to score to post. He needs it, too. The 29-year-old sits 208th in the FedExCup standings. Castro is one of 33 that were unable to finish the second round due to darkness. The start of play was delayed three hours in the morning.
Gay has second thumb surgery in eight months 05-30-2015
Brian Gay
Brian Gay underwent surgery on his left thumb on Tuesday, May 19, and remains out indefinitely.

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Gay wife's, Kimberly, shared a post-op photo on Twitter, which you can see at the link below. Three days later, she tweeted that it's his second thumb surgery in eight months. It was in early October that Brian's caddie, Kip Henley, conveyed on Twitter that his boss was out with a thumb injury. Until Kimberley alerted her followers about the second surgery, we didn't know that Brian even had one. He hasn't played this season and figures not to return for months. So, expect him to open 2015-16 with a Major Medical Extension in the vicinity of 26 starts. The four-time PGA TOUR winner is 43 years of age.