Portland Classic. Austin Ernst, First Time Winner, In A Play-Off

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Austin Ernst became a first time LPGA Tour winner at the Portland Classic in Oregon.

 

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Shooting a final round -5 under par 67 Austin Ernst posted her first ever LPGA Tour win at the Portland Classic on the Columbia Edgewater Country Club course.

She was tied at the top of the leaderboard with I.K. Kim, both on -14 under par for the tournament, but then won with a par on the first play-off hole, the par four 18th. Actually she was two shots in the lead going into the final two holes, but the nerves got her;

“I did a really good job of just slowing myself down, but yeah, just preparing for the playoff I knew I kind of pulled two drives left, and then I actually talked to my dad on the phone, and he said it kind of looked like I had it angled a bit that way.

“So just went out, had my brother check my alignment, and then hit a few good ones and then just rolled a bunch of putts trying to get you know, I had to feel the speed, just kind of trying to stay loose. And just went out there and tried to do the same things I was doing today.”

“I actually saw the leaderboard on six green. I think I saw I had like a two-shot lead, but you can make a lot of birdies out here, so I really didn’t try to pay attention to it very much. I kind of had, I was actually trying to get to 18-under today starting the day. But I just kept trying to make birdies.”

I.K. had hit her drive on the play-off hole too well, which left her between clubs. She has an unenviable record in play-offs, played in five, won none;

“I’m happy, but I played a lot of playoffs and haven’t won one yet. So just kind of, it was in the back of my mind. But she deserves it.”

Tied in third place were Chella Choi and So Yeon Ryu, both ladies finishing the tournament at -12 under par. So Yeon blames poor fairway bunker shots for her disappointing day;

“My shots feel great, my putting feels great. Maybe only thing is maybe fairway bunker shots are not that great.

“Next week I’m going to charge up and be more focused, and I’m pretty sure I can get a good result at Evian.”

 

 

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.”

European Senior Tour. Mighty Monty Defends in Style.

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Colin Montgomerie has defended his Travis Perkins Masters title in superb style, a mighty record breaking ten shot victory.

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Colin tore up the record books with this magnificent ten shot victory at the Travis Perkins Masters on the Duke’s Course at Woburn Golf Club in England.

A final round of -5 under par 67 gave Monty a -12 under par tournament total, and he was obviously very delighted;

“I’m delighted to come back here and successfully defend this great title, it probably looks pretty comfortable, and in the end it was, but Mike (Cunning) managed to get to within two shots and it could easily have been one shot at one point.” 

“I didn’t start that well, but I made a birdie on the sixth hole and then I just started moving away really.” 

“So it’s been another great week. There are two places in England which I really love. One is Sunningdale and one is here at Woburn. It’s always a privilege to come here and I’m very proud to win around here once again.”

“It is super to get those records, you never tire of achieving things like that, no matter how old you are. It has been a fantastic season for me so far, and I’m enjoying every minute of it.” 

“I’m very proud to win this title for a second year running, and I’m now looking forward to going to Russia to try to win another tournament.”

Three guys tied in second place, ten shots adrift of the leader, Gordon Manson, Tim Thelen and Andre Bossert.

Ladies Scottish Open. Trish Takes the Trophy.

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Trish Johnson takes the Ladies Scottish Open trophy at Archerfield Links in Scotland.

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Trish has become the Ladies European Tour’s oldest winner at the age of 48, shooting a final round +1 over par 73, but it was enough to give her the victory by two strokes at the Ladies Scottish Open, with a total of -7 under par. Starting with six shot lead Trish knew it would only be total disaster that could stop her winning;

With a six shot lead today, I think if I’d thrown that away in perfect conditions, well, it was a difficult one, I played pretty well but I never got the putter going at all.”

“I just didn’t putt as well as the first two days but I didn’t have the same mentality. I suppose that was because I was defending a little bit, which I didn’t think I’d do.”

“I wasn’t expecting this. I had very low expectations and I guess that worked for me. I didn’t have a practise round and I didn’t play until Friday morning and probably played one of the best rounds of my life on Friday. I’m chuffed to bits.”

Gwladys Nocera finished in second place at -5 under par, her last round -3 under par 69 just not quite good enough to catch Trish at the top of the leaderboard.

Three Ladies tied for third spot at -4 under par, Rebecca Artis, Stephanie Na and Sally Watson.

Trish also won  the Pro-Am tournament that was running simultaneously with the main event. She was partnered by ex-footballer Alan Hansen, a 5 handicap golfer, who was full of praise for her performance;

” She played so well for the three days and was just rock solid, putted great. It was never in doubt and watching her play was a delight. This is the fourth time I’ve played with her and she hits it so well.”

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Italian Open. Hennie Has the Trophy.

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Hennie Otto has lifted the Italian Open Trophy at Circolo Golf Torino in Italy.

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Hennie lifted the Italian Open Trophy after completing his final round of -4 under par 68, which gave him a two shot victory total of -20 under par. The two back operations are now a distant memory, like his previous win at this tournament in 2008;

“I was playing well before the injury but it is a surprise to win so soon. Golf is not perfect and to come back after the operations and win in my second week, I will take that any day.”

“I don’t know what it is about Italy, sometimes some golf courses just suit your eye and that was the case again for me this week. It just felt good this week and I was comfortable on this course. “

“The first two rounds were good because my back was no problem, then yesterday after the tenth it started to stiffen up again, that’s why I hit so many weird shots. But I kept my composure and today wasn’t easy because the guys played so well with some of them trying to get The Ryder Cup spots.”

“I really hope Stevie makes it, he deserves it and has proved himself this week.”

David Howell carded a marvelous -9 under par 63 to take second place with tournament total of -18 under par. His effort stopped Stevie Gallacher from earning an automatic Ryder Cup spot;

“I really hope Stephen gets a pick because he would make a fantastic Ryder Cup player. It was a supreme effort and if a captain needs an example of a player in form who can play under pressure he has had it this weekend.”

Stevie Gallacher was so close to that second place he needed, finishing in third place just one shot back at -17 under par. A brilliant final round of -7 under par would have been good enough to qualify on any other day;

It was a tall order but I am proud of myself the way I have played, I’m delighted with 17 under, it looks just a little short but there is nothing I can do.”

“When it comes down to someone else’s opinion, I wanted to qualify myself just to take that away. There are four or five guys that are worthy of a wild card so it’s just what Paul sees.”

“At the end of the day I haven’t done enough, we all had the chance of the start of the year and there are nine guys in the team at the moment who have qualified. There are three picks to come and I just hope that I have done enough to get one.”

“I was still trying to win the tournament as well and it was strange knowing that second could do it, but I gave it my best shot and I hope Paul likes what he sees.”

Paul McGinley hailed Stephen’s “terrific performance” but explained he would assess all his options in a “cold way” after the Deutsche Bank Championship finishes at TPC Boston on Monday evening.

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.