Portland Classic. Three-Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a three-way tie at the top of the Portland Classic leaderboard Columbia Edgewater Country Club in Oregon.

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Germany’s Suzann Pettersen, Spain’s Carlota Ciganda and Mi Jung Hur of Korea are tied at the top of the Portland Classic leaderboard at -11 under par following the conclusion of the third round.

Suzann, the defending Champion here said her game is improving;

“My game is getting better and better, today I had a lot of chances on the back nine. Just couldn’t quite drop the putts. Birdied 16, 17 and got a good par out of 18 after being in trouble. But it was a good solid round.”

“I still feel like the low one is out there. Gotta go out tomorrow and just try and birdie as many holes as you can.”

“Doesn’t look like the top players have gotten anywhere, so I did my job and kind of managed to close the gap a little bit, and tomorrow just gotta step on the pedal.”

Mi Jung told reporters that she thinks it is the weather that is responsible for the lack of birdies in this tournament;

“I think the course conditions for today was a little difficult than yesterday, more windier, and rainy; kind of up-and-down weather that’s why the leaders are 11-under par right now.”

“I really want to play aggressive tomorrow, because I got a chance, four years ago, another chance here, so I don’t want to lose anything for tomorrow, so I’m just going to play.”

Carlota carded a bogey on the last hole, which prevented her from claiming the outright lead;

“The first two days the ball striking was really good, and obviously my putter yesterday,  it was really hot, and today I didn’t start playing that well.”

“I didn’t put the ball that close from the hole. But my putting was good. I made really good saves for par and made a few good birdies out there. So I’m just excited for tomorrow and let’s see what happens.”

“It would be unbelievable. I mean I think after the International Crown that was very nice tournament. My confidence was, I mean went back, and winning that tournament, playing against the best players, it was great.”

“So after that I felt more confident, and I’m just trying to, yeah, to play my game, don’t think about too much, like about other’s game, just my golf and have fun outside the golf course, and I think that’s the key.”

Three more Ladies are right behind the leaders at -10 under par, I.K. Kim, So Yeon Ryu and Lin Xi Yu who is from China.

The leaderboard is jammed up with five Ladies who have designs on winning, all of them at -9 under par, it will be an exciting final round tomorrow, that’s for sure.

 

 

 

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.

 

Ladies Scottish Open. Trish is Trouncing the Opposition.

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Trish Johnson was trouncing the opposition in the second round of the Ladies Scottish Open.

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Trish carded a second round -2 under par 70 to stay at the top of the Ladies Scottish Open, posting a -8 under par total. She is now an incredible six strokes clear of Sally Watson and Gwladys Nocera, who are tied in second place , with Anne-Lise Caudal a stroke further behind on -1 under-par for the tournament.

Trish, a seasoned veteran, and at 48 if she wins on Sunday, will become the oldest winner in the Ladies European Tour history. Dame Laura Davies was 47 when she won the Hero Honda Women’s Indian Open in November 2010. Trish reckoned the conditions out on the course were harder than yesterday;

“It was tough out there today, probably harder than yesterday. The wind was much stronger and just relentless so I was very pleased with that.”

“It feels like I’m putting well so hopefully it will continue well tomorrow. It’s more in the head than anything else.”

Gwladys last won in Scotland, in 2008, so has good memories playing in Scotland;

“It’s too long ago but I’ve been feeling good and I love this place, everything was good.”

“In that wind, I hit the ball well, stayed away from the bunkers and made a few putts.”

The partisan Scots gallery will be cheering on L.E.T. rookie Sally to extend the record of three straight home victories;

” You just had to keep grinding out there, it was tough. I mean, every hole it felt like if you made par you were making up half a shot on the field.”

“Even if you only had a nine or eight iron in, the wind would move the ball so much that if you put a little shape on it you knew your ball would be 20 yards off-line.”

In the Pro-Am team competition, Australian Nikki Campbell and her amateur partner Gavin Corbett continued to lead on -14 under par, they are followed by England’s Holly Clyburn and amateur Richard Bevan at -13 under with Trish Johnson and ex-footballer Alan Hansen lying in third on -12 under par.

 

Italian Open. Hennie Still on a High.

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Hennie Otto is still on a high at the Italian Open as he will take a two-stroke lead into the final round on Sunday.

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Hennie had to scramble a par on the last hole from the tree’s, his wayward tee shot found its way into the woods and he had to take a penalty drop, but recovered well to make par. It had been a tough day for Hennie, carding two bogey’s and a double to record a -1 under par 71 third round at Circolo Golf Torino and post a tournament score of -16 under par ;

“It was a rough day to be honest, my back started to tighten after eight holes but I managed to get it round even though I couldn’t swing it properly. I got a little lucky at times as well but you need that in this game if you are going to win a tournament.”

“It’s uncomfortable but not painful enough to stop me playing. I’m not really worried about it. I was in serious pain before the operations but this is nothing like that and I can get it fixed with some stretching and physio just now.”

Scotland’s Richie Ramsay is in second place at -14 under par, a third round -6 under par 66 elevated him into position to make a charge in the final round tomorrow. He has some sympathy for Stephen Gallacher, who was hoping to move into the last automatic pick place for the Ryder Cup;

“It’s a tough one because I know Stevie well and am down at Kingsfield a fair bit where he practices, which is about a mile from his house.”

“It’s a big, big ask for him but he has shown how good a player he is and if he did not qualify automatically he would be an asset to the team, not only because of his ball-striking but his attitude as well. His record at Gleneagles is impressive too.”

“I would hate to be the person to deny him a place on The Ryder Cup but I know if it comes down to it, he plays to win and that’s the same attitude I have to have.”

Bernd Wiesberger is in third place, a further shot back on -13 under par, he too could only post -1 under par 71 in the third round.  English duo of Lee Slattery and Ross Fisher are sharing fourth spot on -11 under par.

Ryder Cup hopeful Stevie Gallacher needs a top two finish to grab that last automatic place, but at -10 under par it is a big ask, but not impossible;

“It keeps me in touching distance, the worst thing I could have done was open up a big gap which was insurmountable. I’ve not done that so a good day on Sunday and I am still right in there. I had about four lip-outs today but they went in on Friday and I holed a couple of good putts at the end so it evens itself out.”

“It’s all to play for. You never know what happens in this game and guys have won from further back than this. I’ll just go out and try and get as many birdies as possible and see what happens.”

“This is the only time in my career that I would be happy not to win a golf tournament. Second will do me fine on Sunday.”

 

Portland Classic. Korean Kim Cruzin On.

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Korean I.K. Kim is cruzin along at the Portland Classic, establishing a three stroke lead.

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I.K. recorded a second round -5 under par 67 to post a -12 under par tournament total at the half-way stage of the Portland Classic. A couple of bogey’s on the day stifled what could have been a very commanding lead;

 “It’s only Friday. I’m really pleased how I played the last two days, and the weekend, I’m really looking forward to it. I don’t really think about leading. You never know until the last day on Sunday, last back nine.”

Keeping her in sight are three Ladies, who share second placing at -9 under par for the tournament, Mi Jung Hur, Carlota Ciganda and Laura Diaz are all wondering if I.K. will let up on the pressure.

Apart from her placing at the golf tournament Mi Jung just loves shopping in Oregon, no sales tax;

“I’m so comfortable with this town, especially I love the shopping in Oregon, there’s no sales tax. I love it. My American parents and I just talked to about it, I met them maybe ‘05, back in Pumpkin Ridge. I played the U. S. women’s amateur. And I met them.”

“Like today I tried to focus on my each shot. Like if you’re on the teeing ground, just try to focus on driver and then if you go to fairway, try to focus on the iron shot like this.”

“Because I read the interview from So Yeon Ryu from last week. She did like that. You know, when I won this tournament back on ‘09, that’s what I did at the time. Shot by shot. And then like today I just did it. So that’s why I had a good round today.”

Laura has played 36 holes at Columbia Edgewater Country Club without a bogey to her card, and loves seeing her name at the top of the leaderboard;

”I mean you know, you prepare as much as you can prepare, but I think that I’ve been away for a long time from that position, and it was definitely a learning and growing experience.”

 “I learned a lot from that week. It wasn’t the result that I wanted obviously, but I’m staying patient and just trying to stay in the moment and not get ahead of myself at all.”

Defending Champion Suzann Pettersen admits that she has not played her best golf, yet;

“I haven’t played my best the last two days. Really happy to be able to shoot five under on the back nine to put myself somewhere close in the mid pack of the field.”

Played better on the back nine. But I don’t know if it’s just the fourth week that I’m tired, but grinding it out. I’m finding solutions out there.”

 

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.

Ladies Scottish Open. Trish Johnson Leads.

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Trish Johnson leads the Ladies Scottish Open in East Lothian.

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Trish opened with a first round -6 under par 66 at the Ladies Scottish Open, where a Pro/Am team event runs concurrently with the Ladies singles. In the blustery conditions Trish managed to give herself a three shot lead, which was pretty amazing as she is recovering from a back injury;

“To be honest I didn’t have huge expectations this week because I haven’t practised for a week and I had a bit of a tough situation with my back but I think that probably helped me in the end because low expectations was better.”

“I started with three birdies, which was nice, rolled a good birdie at the first and a two-putt birdie at the second and a four or five footer at the third, so that was good for the confidence. I knocked it stiff at the fifth so I was four under and I didn’t do an awful lot wrong. I made a bogey on seven, but that was a monstrous hole today, playing straight into the wind. “

The back nine played really well and I putted really well. I picked up an old putter out of the garage that a friend was using, a two-ball putter, so I asked if I could use it and that’s the best I’ve putted in donkey’s years, so let’s hope it continues.”

This is the fifth and final year of the tournament at Archerfield Links, and Trish would like to get a win in the event, although in the 2013 competition, Trish and amateur partner Alan Hansen won the team competition;

The first year I was pretty unlucky because the last three holes, the heavens opened and it was straight into the teeth of the wind and I had a two shot lead and bogeyed the last three holes to lose by one.”

“Two years ago, I was seven under after 11 holes and I think I had the lead, when Carly won, and I got a flier out of the rough on 14 and made double and then played very poorly coming in. I’d like to think experience holds some hope for me but I wouldn’t count on it. It’s confidence. I like the golf course and I hope I can continue to play well for the next couple of rounds.”

Anne-Lise Caudel holds second place on her own at -3 under par, while three Ladies share third place at -2 under par. The team event is led by Nikki Campbell and amateur partner Corbett at -10 under par.