BMW Championship. Billy Lifts BMW Championship Trophy.

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Billy Horschel lifts the BMW Championship Trophy at Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver.

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Billy held it all together while those around him faltered, his final round -1 under par enough to give him the BMW Championship with a -14 under par tournament total.

Last week at the Deutsche Bank Championship he was tied second, a win this week, what is his prediction for the The TOUR Championship next week ?;

“I’m not going to go ahead and guarantee a victory right now, but I will say that I’m probably going to play very well and I will have a chance to win on Sunday.”

“You want to keep saying negative things to me, that just adds fuel to my fire, I’m going to stick it to you every time. If I was a betting man, I would put some money on me.”

Billy was not too impressed with his -1 under par final round effort;

“I didn’t have my great stuff, I had been holding it for way too many holes. I just felt like, you know, I can sort of relax now.”

Bubba Watson had to settle for second place, a last round -4 under par 66 not good enough to make a challenge, finishing two shots behind at -12 under par, he laid the blame on poor putting;

” You’re going to have weeks like that, and I’ll take it. It’s one of those things where I had a shot, second place is a start in the right direction.”

“10 million bucks worth of putts wouldn’t be too bad.”

Morgan Hoffman took third place, a superb last round of -7 under par 63 and -11 under par total, it was also good enough to get him into the top 30 for The TOUR Championship next week, his first ever appearance. He will also get to play the Majors, with friend Rickie Fowler;

“It means the world to me.”

“It’s going to be really exciting to play in the majors with him next year, it’s always been a dream of mine to play in the Masters.”

“I didn’t really hit it much better on the weekend than the first two days.”

 

Sergio was cruising along and seemed almost certain to catch Billy, or at least bring some pressure to bear, unfortunately he failed miserably when he carded an eight at the par 5, 17th, some very poor chip shots costing him dearly, and he was only 89 yards from the green.

He tweeted;

“Shame about the 17th today but still very happy with the week. Looking forward to the @playofffinale!”

“It’s what happens when you’re not just mentally sharp.”

Ryan Palmer had it going, until the 12th, which he bogeyed, then followed that with a double on 13th and two more bogey’s at the end, on 15 and 18.

He finished with a +1 over par 71 and -9 under par total, a rare shank started the rot;

“It wasn’t very good, obviously, it came out straight right.”

“You know, it’s a fickle game.”

Rory McIlroy tweeted that just in case you missed his four-putt yesterday, he did it again today.

This is how the top five line up for next weeks TOUR Championship

1. Chris Kirk 2. Billy Horschel 3. Bubba Watson 4. Rory McIlroy 5. Hunter Mahan

The strange thing is Dustin Johnson is in 30th place, the last qualifying spot, and he can not play, so why can they not call up the next man in line. Stuart Appleby ?

 

BMW Championship. Horschel Flying High, Rory In Retreat.

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Billy Horschel is flying high at the top of the BMW Championship leaderboard at Cherry Hills Country Club.

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Billy carded a third round -7 under par 63 and sits on top of the BMW Championship leaderboard with a three shot lead going into the final round at -13 under par.

Rory McIlroy went the other way lamely signing for a +2 over par 72, which leaves him nine shots off the pace and languishing at T10.

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A four putt triple bogey at the par 3 12th hole ended any hopes Rory had of lifting this particular trophy.

At the other end of the scale Billy sunk a 32-foot birdie putt on the 18th Saturday to post a 7-under 63 and take a three-shot lead over Ryan Palmer in the BMW Championship, he spoke about the positives;

“There were a lot more positives from last week to take than just one bad swing on the last hole. So, I knew coming in that I was going to play well.”

Ryan is not that far behind, scoring -3 under par 67 in his third round giving him a -10 under par tournament total;

“Rory, he’s No. 1 in the world, and Sergio has been up there for years, so, for me to come out and hang in there and play well, I’m taking the next step in my career, I think.”

Third place is shared by Martin Kaymer and Bubba Watson, both have -8 under par totals, but will have to go low tomorrow to catch the leader.

Morgan Hoffman posted the low round of the day, a magnificent -8 under par 62, but can only boast a -4 under par total. Knowing he had to finish this week in the top three to make it to the Tour Championship next week, today he just went out and played golf, and at one point in the round was thinking of a 59;

“I don’t have anything to lose, so I was just trying to have some fun. It was possible with three more birdies coming in.”

“We were feeding off each other a bunch, we were joking around the whole day. Kind of just messing with each other, which is a lot of fun out there. It really helped our game.”

Morgan is actually just four shots out of third place. If he can go really low once more he could well make it to next week;

“I’m going to be going low and being as aggressive as I can, there’s no reason not to.”

Phil Mickelson withdrew from the BMW Championship, bringing to an end to his worst PGA Tour season in more than 10 years. He quit after two days so that he could rest up before the Ryder Cup;

“My primary goal is to rest and prepare for the Ryder Cup. Without a chance to contend at the Tour Championship, the most important thing for me now is to prepare for the Ryder Cup.”

BMW Championship. Sergio Soars.

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Sergio Garcia soars to the top of the BMW Championship leaderboard at Cherry Hills Country Club.

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Sergio sunk a clutch putt on the 18th green to put some distance between him and the chasing pack of players at the BMW Championship. A superb second round -6 under par 64 gave Sergio his breathing space at the half-way stage of the tournament at Cherry Hills Country Club, posting a tournament total of -8  under par. A pulled second shot into the par five 17th, which ended in the lake, was rescued with a one putt par.

He was bothered by a strange medical condition with his left ear, but it clearly didn’t affect his golf;

“It’s happened before, but usually I kind of blow it and it gets back, but for some reason, it just didn’t feel quite the same. And it still doesn’t, but it’s definitely better. It shouldn’t be too big of a deal.”

“Obviously, it helped, because then I made 2 on the next hole.”

“It’s only Friday, so we still have two days to go, but it definitely helped my frame of mind going into the 18th tee, which today was playing quite hard. So it was nice to be able to get that up-and-down and then play 18 really well.”

“After a couple weeks where I didn’t play my best, and I didn’t feel quite that comfortable, it’s nice to at least put two solid rounds together here. I’m looking forward to playing well on the weekend, too. And then, obviously, get ready for the Ryder Cup.”

Ryan Palmer is alone in second spot, just one shot behind at -7 under par, a late run of birdies, on 13, 14 and 17, 18 helped him to his -6 under par 64. He thought the rains had made the greens softer, and more accessible and he was right;

“It was a great way to finish, I was glad I was one of the ones that shot low.”

Rory McIlroy and Billy Horschel are tied in third place at -6 under par. Rory was not too happy with his round overall, but was happy to birdie three of the last four holes;

“I feel much better coming off the golf course because I birdied three of the last four holes. I sort of struggled to get anything going today. It was a little cooler, so the ball wasn’t going quite as far, a little bit of wind, even though the course was softer, it still played pretty tough.”

Phil Mickelson is probably playing his last PGA TOUR event of the season, he needs to finish about fourth to qualify for the TOUR Championship but is 14 shots behind and in a tie for 63rd in the 68-man field.

Jason Day had to retire on the ninth hole, citing a back injury, but hopes to be ready for the TOUR Championship.

BMW Championship. Zach Attack Wins It.

Zach Johnson attacked the Conway Farms Golf Course to win the BMW Championship by two shots.

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Zach Johnson shot a bogey free final round -6 under par 65 to finish the tournament with a -16 under par total. He now has a chance to win the FedExCup next week at East lake in the Tour Championship, he is now in fourth place in the standings. This is Zach’s tenth win in his ten years on Tour, he tried to explain what it all meant;

It’s extremely difficult, I’m not sure I fully grasp it. The parity on the TOUR and in the world is second to none. I’m just thankful it has been 10 years, and hopefully many more.”

Nick Watney finished in second place at -14 under par, his last round of -7 under par 64 being the best round of the day.

Poor old Jim Furyk ended up in third place, a final round of even par 71 condemning him to add another 54 hole lead into a defeat, the count is now six times in his career. He finished with a total of -13 under par.

Nick Watney’s  64 and Luke Donald’s 66 helped both men to play their way into the Tour Championship, thus eliminating Lee Westwood and Harris English.

The Top 30 for The Tour Championship:

1 2 Tiger Woods 315 4352 4037
2 1 Henrik Stenson 178 4229 4051
3 3 Adam Scott 205 4122 3917
4 23  27 Zach Johnson 2500 3843 1343
5 4 Matt Kuchar 228 3330 3103
6 8 Steve Stricker 563 3180 2617
7 5 Graham DeLaet 205 3011 2806
8 6 Phil Mickelson 178 2939 2762
9 7 Justin Rose 178 2842 2664
10 9 Brandt Snedeker 400 2726 2326
11 15 Jim Furyk 1000 2718 1718
12 22  34 Nick Watney 1500 2693 1193
13 10 Jordan Spieth 273 2519 2246
14 12 Jason Day 563 2347 1785
15 18 Hunter Mahan 563 2164 1601
16 11 Keegan Bradley 273 2138 1866
17 14 Gary Woodland 255 2026 1771
18 17 Bill Haas 205 1923 1718
19 16 Kevin Streelman 178 1895 1718
20 13 Jason Dufner 80 1861 1781
21 20 Webb Simpson 228 1758 1531
22 22 Billy Horschel 255 1746 1491
23 29 Charl Schwartzel 400 1719 1319
24 25 Roberto Castro 280 1678 1398
25 24 Sergio Garcia 255 1664 1409
26 19 Boo Weekley 80 1640 1560
27 26 Brendon de Jonge 255 1634 1379
28 21 D.A. Points 68 1564 1496
29 25  54 Luke Donald 563 1555 992
30 23 Dustin Johnson 40 1468 1428

There is no Bubba Watson, Lee Westwood, Rory McIlroy, or Ian Poulter.

BMW Championship. 4th Round Play Suspended.

Fourth round play at the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Course has been suspendedJim Furyk and his playing competitor Steve Stricker were among the 11 twosomes that had not yet started their final rounds.

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Jim spent Saturday night sleeping nervously on his one-stroke 54-hole lead at the BMW Championship, and he will have to do the same thing again Sunday night, as he never even got started on Sunday. Non stop rain had engulfed Conway Farms Golf Course on Sunday, which resulted in their being two lengthy delays to play. This ultimately forced a halt to the tournament with a suspension of play for the day. and a return to the golf course Monday morning for the conclusion of the BMW Championship.

Jim admitted he was anxious to get out there and play, if the weather permitted;

“Obviously I’m anxious to get out there and play, as is everyone else. But the good news is no one wants to go out and play in this, and slop it around in bad weather on a golf course where we’re playing the ball down and it’s probably a little too wet out there. At this point after sitting around all day, it’s probably a positive because it was looking like if I did get out on the golf course, it would have only been for a hole or two, and it’s tough to get real excited about that. Hopefully the course will dry up nicely, it’s going to be a different golf course tomorrow. It was real firm and fast all week. I expect that won’t be the case tomorrow with all the rain we got today.”

Slugger White, the PGA TOUR’s Vice President for Rules and Operations said;

“We’ve got maybe some scattered lake showers in the morning, but for the most part, we feel pretty good that we might see some sunshine tomorrow, it’s going to be better as the day goes on. Mother Nature just won’t give us a break here as far as shutting this faucet off,”

The final round is set to resume at 9 a.m. ET Monday morning, with Jim and Steve, his closest pursuer, scheduled to tee off in the last group of the day at approximately 10:40 a.m. ET. The forecast is favorable, so there should be no further delays.

Steve was thankful that he did not have to go out in the wet conditions;

“I think we got the better end of the deal by not even playing in it. It looked like it was pretty tough conditions for everybody, and cold weather and rain. I didn’t have to really go out and get started in it and come back in, all that stuff. So that was good, I guess, in that respect.”

Third placed Brandt Snedeker was disappointed;

” It was disappointing because you want to get out there and it’s the Playoffs and you’ve got one more tournament to go. You want to get out there and finish it on time. But I’ll be excited to play tomorrow.”

Zach Johnson in fourth place said he will need to adjust to the course conditions;

“I’m going to have to get a feel for the course early on and see exactly what kind of a plan I can have. There’s only so much you can do, maybe a little bit more aggressive, but yet you’ve still got to pay attention to how the golf course is playing. This course can bite you if you get too aggressive. It’s just one of those things you’ve got to roll with it and hopefully get the speed of the greens down early.”

It will be interesting to see who will make it into the top thirty at  the end of the day.

The BMW Championship. Jim Stays In front.

Jim Furyk followed his record breaking 59 with a more modest 69, but still stays in front at the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Course.

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Jim had a third round -2 under par 69 which gave him a tournament total of -13 under par, just one shot ahead of Steve Stricker. Jim was reasonably happy with today’s result, but said it could have been better;

“The goal was to go out and shoot a good number today, get myself in position to win this golf tournament. It could have been better out there. Obviously, I dropped that shot at 18, which I’m disappointed. It was probably one of the easier holes of the day. But I’ve got myself in good position, so rather than harp on the last hole, I’d probably tend to want to think about tomorrow and what I have to do to try to win a golf tournament.”

Steve Stricker is just one shot back at -12 under par, after his third round -7 under par 64 moved him into contention for the final round. Steve admitted he had a number in his head that he wanted to shoot today, he didn’t quite make it, but was happy all the same. The key shot for Steve was his sand wedge from 99 yards at the par 4 15th hole, he slam-dunked the shot for an eagle two. Steve also thinks the weather will a big part tomorrow, forecast is 90% chance of rain;

“I had a number in mind to start the day, which I typically don’t do, came up a little short, but all in all it was a good day. I’ve holed out a few wedges over my career, but I don’t know if any of them slam-dunked in that like. It’s a shock to see something like that go in.The weather is going to be an issue,

Third place belongs to Brandt Snedeker, a third round of even par kept him in contention, at -11  under par. Brandt was really disappointed with his effort today;

“Today was a struggle, hit it really poorly all day.”

Zach Johnson had a -2 under par 69, he is also within sight of the leaders, at -10 under par.

Next in line at -9 under par is Tiger Woods, Tiger had been penalized two shots for accidentally moving his ball in the rough when clearing away some debris. He did not agree with the decision;

“After seeing the video I thought the ball just oscillated, I thought that was the end of story. But they saw otherwise. We had a very good discussion, they replayed it again and again and again, and I felt the same way. It’s hard when situations like that happen, I had to fight, and I fought my tail off today, and I’m very proud of that, and I got myself back in the tournament. You know, there were a lot of thoughts going on Friday night, but the sun comes up in the east, and we start a new day. I had a nice little run to at least get myself in there where I have a chance tomorrow,

BMW Championship. Furyk Catches Snedeker With a 59.

Jim Furyk catches Brandt Snedeker at the top of the leaderboard after scoring a record breaking -12 under par 59 in the second round of the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club in Illinois.

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Jim shot a record breaking -12 under par 59 to catch Brandt Snedeker at the top of the leaderboard at the half-way stage of the BMW Championship. Play in the second round had been backed up late in the BMW Championship, forcing the trio of Jim Furyk, Gary Woodland and Jason Dufner to cool their heels and wait a while. At the time Jim was just two shots away from a record breaking 59, it was not good timing. Jim said of the delay;

” We hadn’t waited all day, it kind of broke up the rhythm. The nerves kicked in a little bit. I’m not a smell-the-roses type of guy, but how many times am I going to shoot 59 in my life? I’m going to enjoy this one a little bit, and I’ll have a big, fat smile on my face when I go to bed. But I’ll have to calm down later and realize that I’ve got myself in contention in a golf tournament.”

Jim needed  to play his last nine holes in 4 under to shoot -12 under par 59 , caddie Fluff Cowan knew it was possible;

“I thought to myself, ‘there’s something happening here.”

This was just an amazing day, not just for Jim, but for golf. It just goes to prove that anything is possible.

Brandt Snedeker could not believe it, this was his response when told of the score;

“What the heck, are you serious? There’s no way.”

Zach Johnson summed it up;

” That is ridiculous”

At the end of the round Jim and Brandt are tied at the top with -11 under par. Zach Johnson is in third place at -8 under par, and a whole host of players at -6 under par. Tiger Woods slipped back with a second round of +1 over par 72, missing some very short putts along the way. There are some big names in the lower half of the leaderboard, but none bigger that Rory McIlroy, who is dead last at the moment. It seems that there is nothing Rory can do to right the ship at the moment.

Congratulations to Jim Furyk, I hope this record round will not unhinged his victory charge, I am sure Brandt will not just lie down and roll over.