Tour Championship, FedExCup, Billy Wins It All

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Billy Horschel wins it all, the Tour Championship and the FedExCup.

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Billy and Two Trophies.

Billy described it one word;

“Unbelievable.”

He cruised through the final round in -2 under par 68 to finish with a total of -11 under par, and a three shot victory. He spoke about his pregnant wife and how they had discussed this tournament;

I remember flying home and talking with my wife and she said, ‘You’re probably just waiting for the season to be over and start a new season.’ I sort of was.”

 “But at the same time, I knew my game was in the right shape and I just needed to get out of my own way. I needed to allow my golf game to show.”

“Hopefully, she’s not going into labor right now.”

I was able to rise to the occasion and get the job done, and it just gives me so much confidence, such a thrill to accomplish something like this, especially with the guys I was going up against.”

Rory McIlroy failed to fire in the final round, carding a +1 over par 71, he finished the tournament tied in second place with Jim Furyk, at -8 under par.

Rory had to admit that Billy played the best golf;

“Billy deserved it, he played the best golf this week. I was making bad swings at the wrong time and getting punished for them.”

“When Billy was making bogey on ten I thought I had a decent chance and then I three-putt there for the second day in a row and I felt like any chance I had to win the golf tournament went.”

“To win two Majors, my first WGC event and give it a real good run in these FedEx events, I’m really proud of myself the way I hung in there and dug deep the last few weeks.”

“When I look back on the year as a whole it’s been my best year to date so I can’t complain.”

Rory and Jim will be heading off to the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland, the European Team will be happy that Billy Horschel will not be there, especially in the form that he is in right now.

L.E.T. Evian Championship. Hyo-Joo Kim Wins.

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Hyo-Joo Kim wins the Evian Championship on the Ladies European Tour in France.

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Hyo-Joo shot a final round -3 under par 68 to post the winning total of -11 under par to collect the Evian Championship title. The 19 year-old from Korea was playing in her first Major tournament, calmly rolling in a birdie on the last hole to win. She showed no emotion but afterwards announced;

“I was flying like a bird.”

Karrie Webb finished second at -10 under par, but was leading coming down the 18th, a poor chip shot being her undoing;

It was a rush of adrenaline with the belly wedge and the putt was faster than I thought. It was a very poor putt and I knew I had to make it for a play-off.”

” I had a lot of good shots and hit every green, bar the second hole, and it’s obviously disappointing, but I gave myself a good chance.”

There were four South Koreans in the top five places, Ha-Na Jang and MJ Hur tied for third place on -9 under par, with Ya Neon Choi in fifth place on -8 under-par.

Michelle Wie was named the inaugural winner of the Rolex ANNIKA Major Award on Sunday at Evian Golf Club, which made up for having to withdraw from the tournament due to her injury;

“It’s awesome just to be a part of history to win the first inaugural Rolex Annika Major Award.”

“I remember hearing that we were going to have this award last year, and I kind of set that goal for this year. That was one of the biggest goals that I had this year.”

“I really wanted to win it. I tried really hard at all the majors. Unfortunately only played couple, but I worked really hard to get this award. I am extremely proud of myself.”

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KLM Open. Paul Picks Up The Trophy.

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Paul Casey picks up the KLM Open trophy at Kennemer Golf & Country Club in Holland.

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Paul carded a final round of -4 under par 66 to lift the KLM Open trophy with a tournament total of -14 under par. Looking at the names on this old trophy, it has been contested for over 90 years, he admitted that he was very honored to have his name inscribed alongside them. Paul is also a proud new dad, fiancée Pollyanna gave birth to the couple’s son on September 1;
I’m a bit emotional to be honest, it was very care free for three and a half days, because if I played well or poorly I was going to go home to see my baby, and then I got to the last three holes and I thought I really want this, not that he is old enough to understand.” 

“This tournament has been going for more than 90 years and looking at the names on the trophy, you have Seve, Langer, Payne Stewart. It’s got some great names so to add my name to that is a great honor.”

“Just having my first child was a great distraction. I had no expectations coming into the week and I did very little practice, although I’ve played good golf. Even flying in Wednesday morning to spend as much time at home as possible, so I was apprehensive as to how I was going to play.”

” I couldn’t have dreamed it would turn out this way. It’s not that I wasn’t trying my hardest on the course, but you just don’t know how it will turn out. I’m absolutely over the moon. First tournament as a Dad and first win as a Dad!”

In second place was fellow Englishman Simon Dyson, just one shot behind at -13 under par, Simon recorded a final round of -5 under par 65, and came so close to winning. To complete the round-up another English player captured third place, Andy Sullivan Aced the 15th on his way to posting -12 under par, and claiming the hole in one prize, a trip into space;

” It was such a rollercoaster out there today, and this week, so to top it off by going to space is great. I was on the comeback after a few bad holes and the caddie pulled out a nine iron and said try to cut it in there, luckily it came off and it went in.”

“I’m not sure if I’ll go, I’ll check with the missus. I’m not great with heights or flying! I might have to pluck up some coverage. I don’t think spaceman is a new nickname for me.”

“My daughter will think I’m the best dad in the world, a professional golfer and an astronaut, she’s got the best dad in the world! I’m going to have to pluck up some serious courage, but it is a once in a lifetime experience, so I’m going to have to do it.”

“My caddie just shouted to me, ‘we’re going to space’. I was in hysterics. It’s just an unreal experience. I didn’t play great through the round and then I hit a shot like that. I had two twos on there, but not been close to it. So I wasn’t really even thinking about it.”

“It’s been such a rollercoaster of a day. I just strapped myself in and went for the ride. Overall it’s been a great week and I’ve really enjoyed myself here at the KLM Open.”

Tour Championship. Rory Right Alongside Billy.

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Rory McIlroy is right alongside Billy Horschel as the pair are tied together at the top of the Tour Championship leaderboard at East Lake Golf Club

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Rory Eagled the par five 15th on his way to scoring a -3 under par 67 and catch Billy at the top of the Tour Championship leaderboard, which going to make it an epic battle in the final round. Both golfers are tied at -9 under par for the tournament and both are looking forward to the challenge.

Rory is happy to be there;

“To be tied for the lead with 18 to play, the way I have played this week, thats all I could hope for. My short game really saved me today. I think the par putt on 11 was a big momentum putt in the round after three-putting 10 and Billy being in there pretty close and just narrowly missing for birdie. I think being able to hole that par putt was big.”

“Thats the great thing about the play-off’s, if you just get yourself in, with a good stretch, you have a chance at it all”

“I’ve come here with the ultimate goal of trying to cap it off and trying to put an exclamation point on it or the icing on the cake or whatever you want to call it. Would it be poetic justice? I’d feel really good about it.”

“I just want to win.” 

Billy wanted to go at it straight away;

” Can we go tee it up right now ? I”m serious, that would help me out a lot.”

“Your not going to play a perfect 72 hole event, hope I got my bad nine out of the way, and I have a great 18 left” 

” It’s going to be an exciting day.”

These two have a two shot lead over third placed Jim Furyk who matched Rory’s -3 under par 67 round and is alone in third at -7 under par.

There are three dangerous players just one shot further back at -6 under par, Justin Rose, Jason Day and Rickie Fowler.

Rickie shot -3 under par 67 and Justin went one better with -4 under par 66, while Jason stood still with his even par 72 third round.

Rickie thinks he is in a position to make a go of it;

” Really all you can ask for going into the week is to be in a position to win Sunday.”

“The tournament is really going to start tomorrow on the back nine. I know pretty much most of the scenarios for me. I know if I win I’ve got a pretty good chance. I know there’s some possibilities of some extracurricular activities if certain things line up properly.”

Gary Woodland fired the low round of the day, a -7 under par 63, but after his earlier troubles it only got him to -1 under par for the tournament.

It’s all go for an exciting finale tomorrow.

 

 

L.E.T. Evian Championship. Hyo-Joo Kim Back in Pole Position.

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Hyo-Joo Kim is back in pole position at the Evian Championship, on the Evian Resort Golf Course in France.

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A third round of +1 over par in tough conditions gives Korean Hyo-Joo a one shot lead with a tournament total of -8 under par, going into the final round.

Her interpreter revealed her state of mind;

“I was calm, but if I win, I will get excited.”

The seven-time major champion Karrie Webb is in second place, just one shot behind the leader at -7 under par. Karrie carded a -1 under par third round and spoke about the conditions

“Didn’t hit it very good early, well, I started off with a birdie.  Two good swings down the first. Struggled a little bit there through the middle of the front nine.  Really just hung in there.  The conditions were challenging today with the breeze.”

“There are some really tough shots coming in.  You know, 16, that was playing quite challenging today to pick the right club, and you got to keep it right of the hole.  It was a tough two-putt even from where I hit it.”

“So challenging finish, but I did a really good job and finished the last four in two under.  That really made my round.”

“Just happy to be in this position.  It’s been a while.  Since the start of the year really that I’ve had a legitimate chance to win a tournament. So I feel good about where I’ve put myself.  Proud of my scrambling the last couple days.  Hopefully I’ve got a bit more of those in me tomorrow.”

Mi Jung Hur also had a +1 over par 72 and sits in third place for the tournament at -6 under par. Mi Jung added to comments on how tough the 16th was today;

“I had a good round all day long except the No. 16. I’m satisfied with this round because the pin positions were so tough all day long.”

The overnight leader Brittany Lincicome faded away, dropping four shots off the lead after a +6 over par third round of 77, which featured two double bogeys and a triple bogey within the first seven holes.

 

KLM Open. Romain Relishes Maiden Victory

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Romain Wattel relishes his maiden victory on the European Tour, and it looks likely here at the KLM Open.

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Romain produced a magnificent putting display to card a third round -6 under par 64 which took him to the top of the KLM Open leaderboard at Kennemar Golf & Country Club in Holland, with a -14 under par total, and a three shot lead for the final round.

He had plenty to say about his golf, and being in this position for the first time;

“I don’t know what the game plan is for tomorrow, I will think about that tonight. I was just trying to play as well as I could today. I knew I was playing well the last few weeks, so I just said to myself to play the best golf I could.” 

“I don’t know what the other players will do tomorrow, the only thing I can do is to do the best I can and concentrate on my own game. I played really good today. I struggled on the start with a poor tee shot on the first, but then I hit some good shots and got some confidence.”

“The last few weeks, the only thing I’ve struggled with is the ball flight of my irons. This week you have some tough shots, so I really managed to play some strong shots this week.”

“I’m not really affected by people saying I will definitely win on The European Tour. I know that if I play good enough I will win one day. Maybe that will be tomorrow, maybe it will be in two years. The most important thing for me is to play some good golf.” 

“I’m not in the top 100 in the world so I can’t play the Majors or the WGCs. So I’m just trying to improve my game week after week. I’m feeling confident, but even if I don’t win tomorrow it will have been a good week for me and I will try to keep doing the same, and maybe it will be next week.”

It is the first time I’ve led after three days, so it’s great. It won’t be easy tomorrow. They expect some winds, but I’m really happy with the situation I am in. It is always nice to be in the last group of the tournament, I like to be under pressure. It is in the tense moments that you produce your best shots.”

Three shots back is Richie Ramsay at -11 under par, he signed for a -5 under par 65 and is well in place to contend in the final round. Nearly recording a hole in one and a good golfing attitude pleases him greatly;

“My attitude pleased me today, I nearly got a hole in one on 11 again. It was playing tough, a front pin and it was a seven iron to four feet, so three shots in two days on the hole is a good effort.”

“I’ve been working on the mental side and being a bit more patient, and I’ve worked on the short irons. I was making too many mistakes. I’ve started making birdies now. It was a small change but it has worked.”

“I’m in a lovely position. The golf course played great again. It’s getting bouncy and favours shotmakers. I need the same attitude tomorrow, so I’m hoping to go out and enjoy it as you don’t get this sort of opportunity all the time.”

Third placed Paul Casey can not be ruled out, Paul came close to creating European Tour history today, his final approach shot of the day, on the 9th hit the pin and spun away off the green. If it had dropped it would have been a 59 for Paul, unfortunately he took three shots to get the ball in the hole, for a bogey and carded a -8 under par 62, and -10 under par total.The same form tomorrow could see him race up the leaderboard and put some pressure on those above him.

The Tour Championship. Billy Bursts Ahead.

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Billy Horschel has burst ahead in the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club, leading the field by two shots after 36 holes.

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Billy carded another round of -4 under 66 to lead the Tour Championship with total of -8 under par, he tends to favor the back nine, recording his four birdies over the last ten holes;

“That’s the way it’s been lately, I’ve been playing one side better than the other. I probably should have shot a little lower on the front side today, but I’ll take those two nines again for two more days and see where that gets me.”

“Even though I won last week, I did it without my best stuff. That’s what gives me my confidence.” 

He also spoke about his friend Rory;

“He’s a good buddy, if I happen to come out on top and we’re battling out these next two rounds, that means a lot.”

“The guy won three straight events in a row, and two of them happened to be majors. I think that’s pretty impressive. He’s at that stage where when you’re able to go toe to toe with one of the best players and the No. 1 ranked player in the world and you’re able to come out on top, that gives me a lot of confidence.”

 

The overnight co-leader Chris Kirk, with Rory McIlroy and Jason Day are tied in second place, just two shots back at -6 under par. Chris(No. 1) and Rory (No. 4) are also among the top 5 players who would automatically win the FedExCup with a victory at East Lake Golf Club. Jason (No. 10) needs a win and would also need the benefit of some help from the top five players.

Rory had an amusing escape from a wild tee shot that ricocheted around in the tree’s, and seemed to disappear.  No one knew where it went until a fan realized it had fallen into the front pocket of his shorts.

A PGA TOUR rules official ascertained that the fan had not moved, so Rory was given a free drop under Rule 19-1-a, but he was not going to retrieve the ball himself;

“I know how sweaty my pockets are. I’m not going into anyone else’s. I need to stop hitting it off-line. Things happen there.”

Before coming into these FedExCup Playoffs, it was going to be a great season, anyway. I wanted to cap it off in style, and I’ve given myself a chance to do that over the next two days.”

“I’m going into this week with nothing to lose. I’m the one that’s got the two majors this year. I’m the one that’s had the great season. Those are the guys that are trying to cap off a great season for themselves.”

“No matter what happens over the weekend, it’s going to be OK, but I still want to win this thing.”