RBC Canadian Open. Two tied at the Top

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There are two players tied at the top of the  at the top of the RBC Canadian Open, Michael Putnam and Tim Petrovic.

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Michael carded a bogey free first round -6 under par 64 to lead the RBC Canadian Open at Royal Montreal Golf Club.

Michael said after his round that he felt comfortable on the  somewhat easy course;

“Obviously it was playing easy. The course is very similar to the courses I play back home, same grasses, same kind of terrain, so I feel pretty comfortable.” 

“I hit a lot of fairways, hit a lot of greens. Obviously it got windy there this afternoon and it was tough ball-striking, but somehow I was able to keep it in the fairway.”

“It was tough ball-striking, but somehow I was able to keep it in the fairway and take advantage of the soft greens to hit a couple of shots close.”

Michael was the leading money winner on the Web.com Tour last year, and was also voted the Web.com Tour Player of the Year, and that experience has helped him on the PGA TOUR;

“It was huge, I think I was in contention in half the events I played last year, so I got used to doing a lot of media interviews, seeing cameras behind me while I swing. So I feel very comfortable.”

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Tim was also bogey free in his -6 under par 64 even though he did not get a chance to play a practice round at Royal Montreal GC, finding his way into the field after Benjamin Alvarado had to  withdraw on Tuesday. He said he was concentrating on hitting fairways and green in regulation;

“I was just trying to hit fairways and greens, trying to see the golf course and see if I could make a few putts. I drove the ball pretty good overall.”

Canadian amateur, Taylor Pendrith, is happily just a stroke off the lead after a -5 under par 67, carding seven birdies and two bogey’s in his first PGA Tour start. He is also the leading Canadian player, with David Hearn the next at -3  under par.

Taylor did not expect to be so high up the leaderboard;

“I never expected that, I was playing good golf coming in here, so I just played golf. Five under is pretty nice. Everybody has some nerves. If you didn’t have nerves on the first tee something would be wrong with you. But after I played the first hole, I felt calm and felt I should be here.”

“I made a lot of birdies and hit it in some good spots off the tee. I just played golf and did my own thing. It was a fun day.”

“I’ve played in some big tournaments, but none as big as this’”

Kyle Stanley shares third place with Taylor at -5 under par.

It has been a while since a Canadian won this tournament, but they have a first here,  Dianne Barabe is the first-ever female rules official, to work the RBC Canadian Open. Last Canadian winner was Pat Fletcher in 1954.

Russian Open. David Horsey Leads.

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David Horsey leads the Russian Open in Moscow.

 

 

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David carded a flawless opening round of -7 under par 65, to lead the M2M Russian Open by one shot in Moscow.

” It was very solid, I birdied the first and then had a few shaky holes where I managed to scramble pars with eight to ten-footers.”

“After that it was flawless and probably could’ve been a few better. It was a bit breezier this afternoon, but I was just trying to concentrate on giving myself opportunities to make birdie.”

“I’ve been working hard on my swing over the last nine or ten months and it’s been a bit inconsistent. The good stuff’s really good, but there are inconsistencies and a lack of confidence with it, which I guess comes with the territory when you try to change something.”

 Second place is being shared between Scott Jamieson and Peter Whiteford at -6 under par following their first rounds of 66.

Scott has played really well of late, and hopes to continue his good form here;

“I played really well in Paris, the best I’ve played all season, and then had another good week in Scotland to get in The Open. Unfortunately I didn’t play well at Hoylake. It was difficult as I played late on the first day when the wind had got up and it was difficult to get at pins.” 

“I wasn’t on the fairway enough either. When I was hitting from the fairway I felt in complete control, but that didn’t happen often enough. Fortunately the fairways are nice and wide here in Russia.”

“This week you have to get in a different mind-set. At The Open, although you’re hopeful of doing well, you have relatively low expectations as you’re up against the best players in the world.”

“This week the field is completely different and expectations are much higher, but you have to manage those expectations and not get down on yourself if you’re not leading from the first day. You just have to play your normal game and not worry about much else. I always tend to play better if I’m not expecting too much of myself.”

I guess what Scott was really trying to say was that the best players in the world are not supporting this tournament, probably because of the war with the Ukraine. Not to mention the Russians shooting down the Malaysian passenger jet.

LPGA Marathon Classic. Lovely Lydia Wins

 

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Lovely 17 year-old Lydia Ko wins the Marathon Classic at the Highlands Meadows Golf Club in Ohio.

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Lydia shot a final bogey free  round -6 under par 65 to reach her winning total of -15 under par, a one shot victory. A successful birdie putt on eighteen was crucial as So Yeon was applying the pressure. Lydia was trying to watch as So Yeon attempted her birdie putt, but her vision was partially blocked by spectators;

” I knew I needed to make birdie. I couldn’t see it properly. I was behind some people.”

With this win Lydia has become the youngest ever player to amass one million dollars in career earnings on the LPGA, she then commented that the winning check would go  into her Mom’s account;

”I’ll probably see that going into my mom’s account.”

So Yeon Ryu was in second spot at -14 under par, after she missed a shortish putt on the 18th green to force a play-off. She was obviously upset at the final outcome;

Absolutely I’m disappointed I missed that birdie putt. Sometimes if I get something lucky, then I get something that is unlucky. I just accept it and let it go.”

In third place was Cristie Kerr at -12 under par for the tournament, she was enjoying a good round until the final few holes, when suddenly things started to go wrong. A disastrous five at he par 4 15th hole, which was followed by two pars on the closing final holes 17 & 18, both par fives.

Ladies German Open. Kylie Wins, In A Playoff.

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Kylie Walker won the Ladies German Open, in a play-off against Charley Hull.

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After creating a new record of three rounds at -8 under par 64, Kylie could only manage a final round of -1 under par 71, which gave her a tournament total of -25 under par. She won with a par on the first extra hole;

“It was pretty nerve-wracking. Charley played brilliantly today because it was slightly tougher conditions as well. I wasn’t quite playing as well as I have done the rest of the week but I’m delighted to have hung in there today and get the win. “

“I was hoping not for a play-off, I was trying to win it in regulation play but it didn’t happen and Charley made a great birdie on 17 to tie for the lead. I was delighted in the play-off that I made a solid par and managed to get it. I’m delighted. I’m just living the dream at the moment. I’m really happy and enjoying my golf.”

Charley Hull, who had two rounds herself of -8 under par finished with a bogey free last round of -7 under par 65, to catch Kylie at the top on -25 under par. An errant tee shot on the first play-off hole was her undoing;

“I just blocked my tee shot on the last which was annoying but I hit a good shot in and a good putt. I’m quite happy. It’s been a long three weeks and I’m a bit tired now because I’ve been in contention all three weeks and especially with a major in the middle of it. To finish it off with a second place is not too bad.”

“I’m looking forward to my next competitions after I have a week or so off because I feel like my game is in really good condition. I’ll keep doing what I’m doing. It’s a shame because in regulation play on 18 I hit my drive 305 yards, so it’s a shame for me to push it a little bit in my play-off hole.”

Defending  Ladies German Open champion Carlota Ciganda fired in a tournament low round -9 under par 63,  to finish in solo third place on -23 under-par.

“I’ve been playing really good the whole day. I starting hitting great shots and not making putts but I tried to stay patient and I made an eagle on 12 and then on 14 I hit the hole and the ball ended 10 metres away. Then I finished with two birdies in the last four so I’m very happy with that.”

It’s really nice to play once in a while in Europe because you come from the States and the courses here are a bit easier, shorter, and the confidence goes up. I’m really happy with the way I played this week. I love Europe and everything I can do to support I’ll always do.”

The Open. Wire to Wire Win for the Wizard of Hoylake, Rory.

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Rory McIlroy was the wire to wire wizard of The Open at Hoylake, winning the Claret Jug at Royal Liverpool Golf Club.

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Rory McIlroy wins his third Major championship, and all before the age of 25, equaling the achievements of Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods before him.

Rory carded a final round of -1 under par 71, for his winning total of -17 under par, a two shot victory. The other guys did not make it easy for him, there were some great sores out on the course today;

“It feels incredible, today wasn’t easy. There were a lot of guys making runs at me and I just needed to stay focused, keep in the present and concentrate on what I was doing out there.”

“To be three legs towards the career grand slam at the age of 25 is a pretty good achievement. It’s not going to sink in for a while. I knew I had some holes where I could make birdie and 16 was the real hole for me which I think settled the championship.”

 “Well done for putting up such a fight. Rickie, no doubt with the way your Major record is this year your time will come, and Sergio too, two of the best players in the world.”

“It’s pretty hard to describe right now, to be honest, I feel like I’ve come a long way in the last 18 months. A lot has happened to me on and off the golf course. My determination and hard work has really paid off.”

“This is the first Major my mum has been to that I’ve won, so mum, this one’s for you. I just can’t wait to get back and defend this thing at St Andrews next year.”

Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler tied for second place at -15 under par. Sergio charged at Rory, carding a -6 under par 66, and Rickie, who was playing alongside Rory threw in a final round -5 under par 65.

If Sergio really wants to win a Major, he will have to address the problem of that fragile putting grip.

Jim Furyk had a -7 under par 65 and finished alone in fourth spot at -13 under par for the championship. Tiger Woods ended his tournament returning a final total +6 over par. Defending Champion Phil Mickelson returned a final total of -5 under par.

Marathon Classic. Laura & Lee Ann Share the Lead.

 

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Laura Diaz and Lee Ann Pace share the Marathon Classic lead after three rounds at Highlands Meadows Golf Club in Ohio.

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Laura started the day with a three shot lead, but an error by her caddie was costly, a two-stroke penalty. She finished the round with an even par 71 score, and shared the the tournament lead at -11 under par;

“I mean, it’s an accident. It could have happened to anybody, the fact of the matter is he is trying to help me and he’s out there trying to help me. There was no reason or need to get upset. Nothing we could do about it. I had hit a bad tee shot. I had put myself in the position. So it’s unfortunate what happened, but you just go with the flow.”

“The way I look at golf is you don’t get strokes back, we start a round and we add strokes to our scorecard on every hole. I think that it was nice to have a two instead of a three or a four on nine. I think that I’m grateful for the opportunity that I had to make a two on nine.”

“I make myself nervous, but I really focused today on just going out and having fun, I was able to enjoy myself out there. Let a couple things slide that I think in the past may have irked me. But I felt good about today. Just go out and have fun tomorrow.”

Lee Ann carded a third round -3 under par 68 to draw level at the top;

” I think I play a very similar type of game every time I go out there, try to hit the fairways and try to hit the green and make the putt, and so far it’s been working. Hopefully coming down the stretch it’s going to be enough.”

“Obviously Europe is quite a bit different from America, I think the courses are a little more strict. The pins are a bit more difficult. So just for my own golf it’ll mean quite a lot to be able to come out here and play well. It already has made my week. Was so tired in the beginning of the week and now this happened, so I’m very excited.”

 Jaye Marie Green and So Yeon Ryu are tied in third place at -10 under par, just one shot behind the leaders.

 Lydia Ko did not have a good day and heads into Sunday’s final round two shots off the lead at 9-under par, following her third round of -1 under par 70;

“I didn’t have a great day, I only made two bogeys, but felt like I made much more. I made two bogeys on the first day; the only difference was I wasn’t making as many birdies. I definitely know that the birdies are out there. Hopefully I’ll be able to get them tomorrow.”

Ladies German Open. Kylie Records Three Rounds of 64.

 

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Kylie Walker has set a new Ladies European Tour record, carding three consecutive  rounds of -8 under par 64, at the Ladies German Open.

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Kylie sits atop the Ladies German Open leaderboard on -24 under par, with a six shot lead going into the final round tomorrow. The picture above shows Kylie recovering from  having had to take a penalty drop behind a tree, she holed a 9-iron shot from 132 yards for the first of four straight birdies;

“On 14, that was a real stroke of luck really, I had three-putted 13 for bogey and then tugged my tee shot on 14 and it had hit a tree, but from the tee we couldn’t see what had happened. I got up there and the ball was still in the tree about two feet off the ground. So I took two club length’s penalty drop and I didn’t have a line at all. I hit a 9-iron over bushes and a tree and then ran out to see where it went and it managed to go in, so it was crazy. I had to calm myself down after that.”

Charley Hull is tied in second place, she also fired a -8 under par 64, to get her to -18 under par for the tournament, despite not getting off to a good start;

“I didn’t really get off to a fast start, because I birdied the first but didn’t hole many putts on my front nine. I missed a short putt on the fourth hole from five feet and could have birdied the next couple of holes but I’m happy with a steady round of golf. Hopefully a low one tomorrow will put me up there.”

With Charley on that -18 under par score is YU Yang Zhang, she posted -5 under par 67 today, and is not too fazed about matching it up with the big hitters, to try and win her first L.E.T. tournament;

“I think I will be playing with two long hitters so I will stick to my game plan and just try to make birdies and focus on my shots.”

Would be great if Kylie could post another -8 under par, what a tremendous feat that would be.

 

The Open. Rory Racks Up 3 Rounds in a Row.

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Rory McIlroy racks up three rounds in a row at the top of the leaderboard in The Open.

Twin eagles power Rory to big 54-hole Open lead

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Rory carded two Eagles in a third round of -4 under par 68, which sent him soaring over the field at -16 under par for The Open championship at Royal Liverpool. It also gives him a six shot lead going into the final round tomorrow, and he spoke about the Grand Slam of Major titles;

“Not a lot of people have achieved the career grand slam and if everything goes the right way tomorrow, to get three-quarters of the way there is some achievement by the age of 25. It would mean a lot of hype going into Augusta next year.”

“I’d be in pretty illustrious company so it would mean an awful lot. I never thought that I’d be able to be in this position. I didn’t think that I’d even have the chance at 25 to go for three legs of the grand slam so I’m going to try to put all of that out of my head”.

“It would be way too much to think about and way too much to ponder. First things first. Just play a good solid round of golf tomorrow and if that means that I’m going to Augusta next year with a bit of hype, then so be it.”

“It was a day of patience for me, I didn’t get off to the best of starts. I knew that there were some good chances coming up. Nos. 6, 7, 8 and 9 were playing more difficult than Friday. I knew on the back nine we could make up some ground. This is where the golf course plays into my hands.”

Nearest competitor is Rickie Fowler, a third round effort of -4 under 68 put him alone in second place at -10 under par. Rickie is hoping to be able to put some pressure on Rory;

“He always has that firepower to make things happen, you just never know when it’s coming.”

“Maybe I can put a little pressure on him, unfortunately I did make those rough swings coming in. But I’ve been swinging great. I’m definitely looking forward to getting out there tomorrow and see if I can put the same start on Rory as I did today.”

“It was just a matter of time before the two of us found a way to sneak into a final group together. We both want to beat up on each other as bad as possible.”

Tied in third place are Sergio Garcia and Dustin Johnson, both at -9 under par for the tournament.

Sergio admits the difficulty of the task ahead of him if he is to catch the leader;

“I was trying to shoot as low as possible, Rory obviously had a great back nine and finished really, really well. We’ll give it a shot. If he plays like he’s been playing, it’s going to be difficult.”

Justin Rose made some headway today, a -3 under par 69 moving him to -5 under par for the competition, but not good enough to challenge for the honors.

The Defending champion Phil Mickelson shot a -1 under par  71 on Saturday and is now -1 under par for the tournament, a long way from the top of the board. Tiger Woods shot another over par round, and is sits at +3 over par for the championship.

LPGA. Marathon Classic. Diaz Digs Deep.

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Laura Diaz digs deep late in her round to maintain the lead in the LPGA Marathon Classic in Ohio.

 

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Laura  birdied three of her final four holes to emerge from a three-way tie for the lead with a three-shot lead after the second round at the Marathon Classic. Her second round -2 under par 69 was good enough to separate her from the clutches of Lydia Ko and Lee Ann Pace. Laura posted a halfway total of -11 under par. She reported that having camera’s on her was not a good thing;

For me, it was just a challenge because I haven’t been in this position in a very long time. For sure haven’t had cameras on me in a long time. So I was anxious for them to go away I think in a funny kind of way.”

“A lot of the Golf Channel cameras were out and I was waving. They get in my face and I don’t really know what to do. I say, ‘Hi, kiddos, I love you.’ That kind of stuff.”

Lydia carded a second consecutive round of -4 under par 67, to get to -8 under par for the tournament, and the 17 year-old was very happy to be playing solid golf;

” You know what, I had two solid rounds. I thought I played pretty solid today and yesterday. Hopefully I can continue that through the weekend.”

” I try and be calm, you know, that’s what you have to do. Just I guess being overly happy or overly angry, that’s not going to help me. That’s what I think, so I try and stay calm.”

Lee Ann recorded a -3 under par 68 second round, and she also was very happy with her position going into the week-end;

“I felt like I played really well, yeah, I’m very happy about the position. I would like to be in contention on the weekend. That’s when the fun starts, right? So hopefully I can keep hitting the ball like I am and make a couple of putts on the weekend, and you never know.”

” It makes a big difference finishing birdie birdie, makes you feel a lot better going into tomorrow. I think back nine is definitely a little bit easier, more scorable, so very happy about this finish.” 

Worryingly Michelle Wie has now missed her second-consecutive cut after missing the weekend at the Women’s British Open last week, and now here, lets hope this is just a temporary set-back.

Ladies German Open. Kylie Catches Fire, Another 64.

 

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Kylie Walker catches fire and shoots another round of -8 under par 64 at the Ladies German Open.

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Kylie recorded a second straight round of -8 under par 64,  in the really scorching conditions at Golfclub Wörthsee, to equal the all-time record for the lowest 36-hole total in a Ladies European Tour  event. That total score of -16 under par also gives her a three shot lead;

“I’m not really used to being in this position. I led in Holland through the tournament but I haven’t thought about it. I just try to play one shot at a time.”

Yu Yang Zhang is in second place on her own, a second round -5 under par 67, giving her a -13 under par total.

In third place is Dewi Claire Schreelfel at -12 under par for the tournament, she also carded a -8 under par 64 second round.