Deutsche Bank Championship. Kirk Wins, Beam Me Up Scotty.

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Chris Kirk had a “beam me up Scotty” moment as he won the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on Monday.

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A final round of -5 under par 66 gave Chris a -15 under par winning total, and a two shot victory at the Deutsche Bank Championship. He said it was a big moment in his life, not just winning but maybe a Ryder Cup place;

“Biggest win I ever had, I may be a little bit more calm, but I was still freaking out a bit inside.”

“I definitely put myself in contention for one, if I get picked great. If not, I’m still happy with my win today.”

 

Three players tied for second place, at -13 under par, Geoff Ogilvy, Russell Henley, and the man everyone assumed would at least force a play-off, Billy Horschel. On the final hole the par five 18th, Billy was attempting to reach the green in two shots, to have a crack at an Eagle putt that would have won him the tournament. Instead he crumbled as he hit the worst the shot of his life, dumping the ball into the hazard short of the green, and taking a penalty drop, followed by a bogey score.

Rory McIlroy did not produce the expected charge, he cared a final round -1 under par 70 to finish in a tie for fifth at -11 under par.

So now it goes to Cherry Hills and all the usual suspects will be there, including Phil Mickelson.

Deutsche Bank Championship. Henley Hits the Top.

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Russell Henley hit the top of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston at the end of round three.

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Russell shot a third round -6 under par 65 to top the Deutsche Bank Championship leaderboard with a score of -12 under par. He said be believes in himself and thinks he can add to his two PGA Tour titles;

“I believe in myself, and I think hopefully you’ll be seeing more of me in the future, but this game is so hard, I don’t know.”

“You’ve got to play all four rounds out here on TOUR and I expect everybody out there to go play well tomorrow. Everybody is so good at this level and it’s so hard to compete and beat these guys.”

“Rory is having a great year, and a lot of guys are playing well. So it’s so far off, so much golf we play, to be thinking about too much. But I’m not really going to be keeping an eye on anybody.”

“One time I birdied the last five holes and shot 29 on the back nine, one time I tried to hold it together the last couple of holes and won in a playoff. There’s a lot of ways to win.”

“But I’m trying to not focus on that. I’m just trying to really enjoy it. Nobody is really expecting me to be sitting here right now. And that’s kind of how I like it.”

Billy Horschel is still hanging around, today’s -4 under par 67 good enough to give him second spot on the leaderboard at -11 under par, just one shot back, without he said playing too well;

“I didn’t hit it nearly as good as I did the first two days, at least in my liking. And I just knew, if I just kept making pars, not making any mistakes. I knew I was going to get some birdies somewhere in the round and it just happened to be the last three holes.”

“I played really solid. Me being patient today was hopefully a sign of me maturing a little bit and growing up as a golfer. So that’s a good sign for me and hopefully I can keep doing it tomorrow.”

Jason Day and Chris Kirk are joined in third place by the big gun Rory McIlroy, all at -10 under par for the tournament. An amazing turn-around from Rory, yesterday all over the place, today -7 under par 64. Chris Kirk also recorded the same 64, Jason a little more modest at -2 under par, struggles with the back nine;

“The front fits my eye, I like the front nine. The back nine you’ve got to pay a little more respect, because I think it’s a little tougher.”

Throughout the PGA TOUR normally the harder holes are towards the end of the round. But this course, I wouldn’t say it’s the toughest finish on TOUR, 16, 17 and 18 you can definitely shoot up the leaderboard if you’re playing well.”

Rory is feeling quite calm about his position in this tournament going into the final round;

“I’ve been in this position quite a lot recently, so I know how it’s going to feel tomorrow.”

“It feels normal, it feels like it’s what I’m supposed to do. It’s my job to go out there and shoot good scores. I’m not getting too excited about it. I’ve got a lot of work to do tomorrow if I want to win this tournament.”

Deutsche Bank Championship. Two Tied at the Top.

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Jason Day and Ryan Palmer are tied together at the top of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston.

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Ryan Palmer and Jason Day both posted tournament totals of -8 under par at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Ryan carded an even par second round of 71, while Jason made up ground with his -3 under par 68. Jason has a chance to win for a second straight week, taking the least putts of anyone in the field, needing  just 47, including 25 in the second round.

He mentioned the times he has been in a good position, and how he is now comfortable with being there, finishing second last week;

” The times I put myself there, the better I feel and the more comfortable I feel playing in final groups. I’m just going to keep trying to do the work, stay aggressive to my targets.”

“You get yourself above the trees, it can be very difficult to judge how much wind there is, and if you get too far below the trees, it doesn’t get hit by the wind at all. It played tough today. I played good on the front nine, played kind of average on the back nine. But I got it in.”

Ryan spoke about the Ryder Cup spots, and how happy he was to finish the round at even par;

“I don’t think we ever had this many guys trying to get three spots. I think there’s five or six guys he’s looking at, or whatever it is. Hopefully, I’ll be there standing, I don’t know.”

‘It could have gone the other way real quick, I was glad to get that last birdie on 18 and salvage even par.”

“I just struggled hitting some crisp iron shots. I had a lot of good putts, a lot of good saves, some good long birdie putts. But it was a grind today. I didn’t have it all. But I fought hard and stayed patient. And I was able to get in at even par.”

Tied in third place are Matt Kuchar and Billy Horschel, just one shot back of the leaders at -7 under par for the tournament.

Matt’s round  featured six consecutive birdies around the turn, but his thoughts are concentrated on his caddie Lance Bennett, whose wife, Angela, died of a seizure Wednesday. All players were offered a chance to donate to a trust fund for the 4-year-old daughter of  his caddie. Matt decided to play to raise awareness and get the tour involved in helping the family.

‘You never know how things will work out in the game of golf, but it felt like there’s some fate working, as well. The funeral is coming up and some things that will be difficult. But right now, I feel like there’s some inspiration and some fate working.”

Phil Mickelson, Luke Donald, Ian Poulter, Ernie Els and Bubba Watson all made the cut, which had been set at +3 over par.

 

Deutsche Bank Championship. 63 puts Ryan Palmer in Front.

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Ryan Palmer has placed himself in front of the field in the Deutsche Bank Championship carding a first round 63.

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Ryan’s -8 under par 63 opening round has given him a shot lead at the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston. His flawless 63 upstaged local boy Keegan Bradley who had enthralled the partisan gallery with an early morning round of -6 under par 65, which had him on top of the leaderboard for most of the day.

 

Ryan needed only 21 putts during the day, his putter was certainly hot, rolling in an 18 footer on the final hole, he is hoping for a Ryder Cup pick;

“I don’t know what to say about it. It was one of my best rounds of the year for sure, I don’t think I’ve ever had 21 putts in one round. It’s been building all year. I keep telling myself something is going to happen.”

“I’ve been putting good for a while. My short putting has been good; my lag putting has been better than it has been in the past. It’s been a matter of hitting the iron shots close, giving myself more chances, and I was able to do that today.”

” Tom Watson keeps saying that he wants hot players, guys that are playing well at the end. I feel like I’ve got a shot. I told (assistant captain) Andy North, I’m going to make it hard on you guys this week.”

Keegan had to settle for second place, and is constantly thinking about the Ryder Cup, day and night;

“Every second,  when I’m sleeping, I’m dreaming about it. When I wake up, I’m thinking about it. When I’m on the course, I’m thinking about it. But I’ve just made the decision that it’s going to come up and I’m not going to try to block it out.”

“I’m just going to try to embrace it and be aware of those thoughts. The more I try not to think about it the more it comes in. I’m just embracing it.”

Jason Day, Webb Simpson and Chesson Hadley share third place after their opening rounds of -5 under par 66.

Hunter Mahan, Rory McIlroy and Jimmy Walker, the top three in the FedExCup standings last week were grouped together on Friday.

Rory carded -1 under par 70, the same as Jimmy while Hunter, last weeks winner, could only post +2 over par 73. Phil Mickelson fell to +3 over par 74,  he has qualified for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola every year of his more than two decades on the PGA TOUR, that streak looks in serious jeopardy this season.

The Barclays. Heroic Hunter Wins It.

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An heroic last round wins The Barclays for Hunter Mahan at Ridgewood Country Club.

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Hunter put together a final round -6 under par 65 to taste sweet victory in The Barclays with a winning total of  -14 under par, a two shot margin over the chasers.

The family turned up unexpectedly to share in the celebrations, which was a great occasion, and Hunter hopes Tom Watson was taking note;

“To get a win in an event like this and the timing, it feels unbelievable, so I’m extremely proud of myself. I felt great the last few weeks, my game was starting to come around. I knew this was around the corner, but to do it, and to do it today with a 65, feels great.”

“I have no idea what he’s thinking or if he has any sort of strategy, but I think a win is a good step in the right direction. I just felt good about how I was playing going into this week, I just stayed calm in my head.”

“This means a lot and this is kind of the biggest win in the sense of what comes with it, having a chance to win the FedEx Cup, a lot has changed from Saturday and Sunday, that’s for sure.”

“I think every player dreams about that, when you have a child, for them to come out on the green. It wasn’t the last group or anything but felt good to see them. They always make everything special.” 

Hunter’s wife Kandi and daughter Zoe just knew they had to be there;

“It’s just great to be together no matter what, and if Hunter did win, we’d definitely wanted to be there. So we decided we wanted to go. Me and Zoe decided we wanted to go.”

Three players tied for second position at -12 under par for the tournament, Cameron Tringale, Jason Day and Stuart Appleby. Stuart also carded a -6 under par 65 to elevate himself up the leaderboard and post the leading score in the clubhouse when he finished.

Jason, who is recovering from a thumb injury is in fine form at the moment;

“I definitely had a shot today, it’s so close. Like it’s just in my fingertips and I can touch it. But Hunter played that much better than all of us and he deserves to win. When you play great on the back nine on a Sunday in a Playoff event, you’re doing something right.” 

“You’ve just got to take your hat off to him because he played well to win the tournament. I didn’t lose it, which was a good thing. I played well, tried my best and wasn’t good enough.”

“I really want to give it a shot at winning the FedExCup. That’s the ultimate goal, and you can’t do that without winning tournaments.”

Cameron celebrated his 27th birthday in style, with a final round -5 under par 66, which should have been better, a bogey on the last cost him second place on his own;

“I just played with a peace that surpassed understanding today, I didn’t feel nervous out there. I felt comfortable and I felt like I was in control of what was going on. I’ve just got so much to be grateful for; no matter how this day turned out, it was going to be awesome.”

Lets not go into the Jim Furyk saga.

The Barclays. Furyk in the Frame, with Digger Day for Company.

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Jim Furyk has put himself in the frame to win The Barclays, with Aussie Digger Day for company.

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Jim Furyk and Jason Day lead The Barclays at the 54 hole stage with a tournament total of -9 under par. Jim had a third round -2 under par 69, while Jason went one better a -3 under par effort.

Jim is not thinking about the six previous times he had failed to convert;

” It’s part of my; I don’t want to say my golf history, but it’s part of my golf game and what’s going on. I don’t really block anything out. It’s done. It’s over.”

 “I’ve thought about those situations and how I could handle them better. Just put it behind me and try to use it to my advantage in the future.”

“I don’t need any motivation. Sitting tied for the lead in a big of golf tournament on a golf course that I really enjoy playing and have a lot of respect for. I think it’s a great golf course. No extra motivation needed. I’m just happy to be in a good spot and looking forward to tomorrow.”

Jason had a wild ride during this third round of -3 under 68, which included a double-bogey on the par five 13th, and a bogey on the par five 17th. It was a case of what could have been;

“Oh, it feels great, obviously the hard work that I’ve put in since the WGC, just to be able to get the all‑clear to go out there and not let the thumb injury kind of hinder what you’re trying to do in practice. At the end of the day when you have an injury and it’s slowly not going away, you kind of play little games in your head.” 

“You’re thinking, ‘OK, when will I be back fully healthy? When can I practice again? Will I ever play the game again?” 

“Since it’s been a stop-start year, to be able to work hard and get yourself into contention, maybe to even win the FedEx Cup at the end of the playoffs would obviously cap off a great year. This is only my 12th start of the year. There’s still a lot of good golf ahead of me this year.”

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Hunter Mahan is alone in third place, a third round -3 under par 68 giving him a -8 under par tournament total. He said his round was relatively stress free, and hopes this result will improve his chances of a Ryder Cup pick;

“I just felt like I had good looks and if I didn’t make them, then they were tap‑ins. I was hitting fairways and greens and I was putting for birdie all day. I don’t want to say an easy round, but it wasn’t too stressful, I guess.”

“I know a win would definitely improve my chances. So you know, right now, it’s just with the FedEx Cup playoffs and everything, a win means a lot from a points perspective and everything else. Got to be aggressive and go out and try to win.”

The final round of this opening FedEx Cup playoff event is shaping up as a shootout, there are 15 players who are separated by three shots.

The Barclays. Two at the Top, Rory Recovers.

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There are two players tied at the top of  The Barclays leaderboard, Adam Scott and Cameron Tringale riding high, while Rory McIlroy recovers to comfortably make the make cut.

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Adam followed his first-round 69 with a second round -6  under par 65 for a -8 under par total, which he said could, and should have been better;

“I played the par fives in one over today, so I could find four there for you, and missed so many 10‑footers it felt like. It felt like it could have been a whole lot better. I hit it so close to the hole all day and it felt like I missed most of my putts. I’ve got to take the positives but hopefully a few more go in over the weekend.”

 Cameron made a slow start and was 3 over par on his first three holes Friday, but made six birdies and no bogeys to complete the round to post a total -8 under par;

” I kind of got behind the 8‑ball early and just kind of kept my head up and kept playing. I knew I was swinging well and if I gave myself some chances, I could make birdies. That’s pretty much what I did. “

Three players are sharing third spot, all on -7  under par for the competition, Kevin Chappell, Brendon Todd and the evergreen Jim Furyk.

Jim explained that he thinks it is just experience which helps him to keep contesting tournaments;

“There’s an argument, probably experience and pacing yourself probably comes into play.”

 ” I just keep seeing the light at the end of the tunnel that, hey, I’ve got all this time off coming up and I’ve been playing well, let’s try to keep it going, and I’ll be cooking breakfast and taking the kids to school here for a couple months.”

“I look forward to that and it makes it easy for me to play these last four events, because I want to play well, it’s an exciting time of the year and I know that you’re going to have a bunch of time off come the fall.”

Rory shot a -6 under par 65 today, to move to -3 under par for the tournament, and is now only five shots off the leaders. He reported that it was just practice that got him comfortable with his swing again;

“I went to the range yesterday afternoon, worked on a couple of things and just got comfortable with my swing again.”

“After not really touching a club before this week I felt a little bit rusty out there yesterday. It didn’t take long, maybe an hour on the range to sort of get things back on track, and I’m glad I did it because i played really well today.

“I’m going to have to get off to a fast start tomorrow to try and catch those guys before they go out on the golf course.” 

Phil Mickelson was one of twelve players who made the cut at +1 over par, on a strange day where he missed a very short putt, and played a shot from the hospitality area, which unfortunately led to a bogey;

“My drop was going to be in hay, I had a clear lie on nice ground there and played it. It wasn’t hard to make contact, it was hard to hit it on that skinny little green and get it to stop. That was it.”

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