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.

The Open. McIlroy Marches On, No Hoylake Horrors.

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Rory McIlroy marches on at The Open, having banished the Friday Failures, there were no Hoylake horrors.

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Rory exorcised the Friday fall-out at Royal Liverpool by firing a second successive round of -6 under par 66, at The Open, to post a midway tournament total of -12 under par at Hoylake, and a four shot lead. He is where he wants to be, in control and did not even think about the Friday failures;

“You’re battling yourself, you’re batting your emotions, your mind. You don’t want to get ahead of yourself, you don’t want to look at what anyone else is doing. You want to control what you can control.”

“It was just another solid round of golf, I didn’t have that in my head at all. Going out there, I just wanted to play another solid round of golf, stick to my game plan, stick to doing what I do well, which is take advantage of the par 5s, maybe take advantage of some of the other holes that are downwind. That’s all I was thinking about.”

Dustin Johnson is in second place on his own, he carded the days best round, a -7 under par 65, giving him a -8 under par total.

There are six players tied in third position, all at -6 under par for the tournament, they are; Francesco Molinari, Ryan Moore, Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia, Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen.

Justin Rose had a -2 under par round today, leaving him on that score for the competition, ten shots adrift of the leader Rory, and not much chance of catching him. Phil Mickelson is at level par, while Tiger Woods shot +5 over par 77 to be at +2 for the Championship, both of these players will not be challenging to top of the board, but they did make the cut.

Tiger had been battling a wayward driver;

“I didn’t hit the driver very good today, I was trying to be a bit more aggressive and do that. With the wind the way it was, I could take some of the bunkers out of play and get it down where I could hit sand wedge into the green.”

“I figured today would be a chance to go out there and be aggressive and do that, and just didn’t drive it well.”

Tom Watson also made the cut on the same +2 over par total, and is looking forward to the week-end, the weather is supposed to change dramatically;

“I came over here with a purpose to play my best golf and play on the weekend, let’s see what happens on the weekend. See if the old guy can maybe get it rolling a little bit.”