Deutsche Bank Championship. Kirk Wins, Beam Me Up Scotty.

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Chris Kirk had a “beam me up Scotty” moment as he won the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on Monday.

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A final round of -5 under par 66 gave Chris a -15 under par winning total, and a two shot victory at the Deutsche Bank Championship. He said it was a big moment in his life, not just winning but maybe a Ryder Cup place;

“Biggest win I ever had, I may be a little bit more calm, but I was still freaking out a bit inside.”

“I definitely put myself in contention for one, if I get picked great. If not, I’m still happy with my win today.”

 

Three players tied for second place, at -13 under par, Geoff Ogilvy, Russell Henley, and the man everyone assumed would at least force a play-off, Billy Horschel. On the final hole the par five 18th, Billy was attempting to reach the green in two shots, to have a crack at an Eagle putt that would have won him the tournament. Instead he crumbled as he hit the worst the shot of his life, dumping the ball into the hazard short of the green, and taking a penalty drop, followed by a bogey score.

Rory McIlroy did not produce the expected charge, he cared a final round -1 under par 70 to finish in a tie for fifth at -11 under par.

So now it goes to Cherry Hills and all the usual suspects will be there, including Phil Mickelson.

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.”

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.

 

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.

Deutsche Bank Championship. Henrik’s Highlight; Sergio’s Slump

Henrik Stenson won the Deutsche Bank Championship, a highlight of his successful season so far. Sergio Garcia slumped in the final round at TPC Boston.

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Henrik fired a final round -5 under par 66, to comprehensively win the Deutsche Bank Championship by two shots with his tournament total of -22 under par. In a good season of golf Henrik  was the runner-up in the British Open and a World Golf Championship, and he also tied for third at the PGA Championship. The win puts him at the top of the FedExCup standings. He said he was pleased to finally win a tournament;

“I’m just pleased I won here, this was a big goal of mine to win a golf tournament after all those nice finishes. My family is here. I’m going to see my kids in a little bit. It’s all good.”

Steve Stricker was in second place, at -20 under par, this was his third second place finish this year, and he has played his way into the The Presidents Cup team. Steve shot a final round of -4 under par 67 to secure the runner-up position.

Third place went to Graham DeLaet, his final round -2 under par giving him a total score of -18 under par for the tournament.

Sergio was one of four players tied in fourth place at -17 under par. He enjoyed a two-shot lead at the start of the final round, but sadly gave it away quickly, starting with a three-putt for bogey on the par-5 second hole. He missed several short putts and went out in 39, falling too far back to catch up. He ended up with a final round of  +2 over par 73.

Sharing that fourth spot with Sergio at -17 under par were, Matt Kuchar, Kevin Stadler and Jordan Spieth.

Jordan fired the low round of the tournament in his final round, a -9 under par 62.

The top 70 players on the FedExCup standings now move on to the BMW Championship next week, starting on Thursday the 12th September.

Deutsche Bank Championship. Sergio Surges To The Top.

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Sergio Garcia surges to the top of the leaderboard in the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston in the third round.

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Sergio Garcia shot a third round -6 under par 65 to ease him into a two shot lead going into the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, with a -19 under par total. Sergio said patience was the key;

“You could make a lot of birdies if everything went exactly the right way, kind of like it went on the back nine for me. But you have to be patient and just wait for the right time. We can’t control the weather, and you’ve just got to go out there and try to play the best you can. And I was very happy to see that my best was 6-under. Like a true golfer should talk, you always feel like you leave something out there, but I feel like I played nicely. I feel like obviously two or three putts felt like they maybe deserved a little better than they got. But I hit good putts. And sometimes they go in, sometimes they don’t. But I think that maybe with the lead and shooting 6 under today, I would have taken it this morning. I can’t be disappointed with that.”

Just one shot off the lead is Henrik Stenson, his third round of -5 under par 66 gave him a tournament total of -17 under par. Henrik thinks the low scoring will continue tomorrow;

 ” There’s heaps of low scores out there, you have to keep making birdies if you want to have anything to do with this tournament. Today was no different. It’s going to be the same tomorrow. I’m sure everyone is coming at us from all different angles.”

Tied in third place at -16 under par are Graham DeLaet and Steve Stricker. Graham fired in a -9 under par 62, and looks to be in good form. That score should secure a spot in the Presidents Cup team for him.

Graham spoke about his incredible round, especially as he arrived late;

“It was an incredible day, it’s one of those days that it doesn’t come along as often as you’d like. I’m kind of a routine guy, so I definitely would prefer to be here on my regular time and go through everything how I always do. But at the same time, like I said, I wasn’t in panic mode. Once I got to the golf course I knew I had enough time. Last week definitely helped, Sunday, I mean that was a tough golf course. The wind was up there and I was able to put together a nice round. And just coming in here this week I was really feeling good about the way I was hitting it and the way I was putting it, and when you can make a few putts early, especially you can just get a little bit more confidence going. It was just a fun day. I just hope that I can have half that kind of day tomorrow.” 

Steve also had his eye on the Presidents Cup team;

” My goal this week was to make the Presidents Cup team, on my merit. So it’s provided a lot of incentive to me to play well here.”

Tiger Woods is thirteen shots off the lead, and Phil Mickelson is now eleven shots adrift, nothing doing for these two today. Surprising seeing as the wet conditions let officials give the contestants lift, clean and drop.

Players who missed the cut, and are now out of the FedExCup play-offs are: No. 71 John Rollins, No. 78 Martin Flores, No. 79 Scott Brown, No. 81 Luke Guthrie, No. 82 Robert Garrigus, No. 83 Derek Ernst, No. 88 Brian Harman, No. 93 Greg Chalmers, No. 94 Erik Compton and No. 99 William McGirt.

 

Deutsche Bank Championship. Sergio Soars, Phil Flops.

Sergio Garcia soars to the top of the leaderboard in the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, While Phil flops and falls back,

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Sergio shot a second round -7 under par 64 to go with his first round of -6 under par 65, to surge to the top of the leaderboard at the Deutsche Bank Championship with his -13 under par total.

Sergio usually misses this week in the play-offs, but a low ranking meant he had to try and improve his FedExCup standing, starting the week in 55th place;

“Unfortunately, I didn’t play well enough and it was touch-and-go if I was going to make the BMW without playing here.  Sixteen guys could easily pass me if they played well. So we decided to come here and make a little bit of an extra effort of playing five weeks in a row, which I don’t usually enjoy very much. Everything has been kind of a little difficult, but it’s good, it’s been a good learning experience. So I think that you always have to try to take the positives out of all those things and learn from your mistakes. And hopefully, they make you a better player, a better person.”

Sitting comfortably in second place is Henrik Stenson, who had his lowest ever PGA Tour round of -8 under par 63, for a total of -12 under par. He is joined on that total by Roberto Castro, a -5 under par 66 easing him up the leaderboard.

Henrik is excited about the way he is playing right now;

“I made 8 birdies and 10 pars, which is pretty spotless, I guess, and again, hitting a lot of fairways, hitting a lot of good iron shots into the greens, giving myself chances. And made a few more good putts today compared to yesterday. I guess that was the big difference. Solid round of golf, and up in contention once again going into the weekend, which is nice. So we’ll just keep on plodding away. So that’s very exciting for the work ahead and hopefully come back next year and be able to have that extra gear, and a little bit more confidence, as well. Even if I played really, really well I’m sure in the past that I’ve been more confident with myself and with my game at times. I’ve said it so many times over these last two months, it’s a three and a half day marathon, to be on the back nine on the final round, and this week is no different. That’s what we’re trying to do.” 

Roberto is looking to win his first PGA Tour event, and if he keeps on dropping Eagle putts, like the one on number two today, he could just make it;

“The eagle on two is just one of those putts that looked like the higher up the hill you hit it the more it would come down. I figured if I get it there, it looked like it was going to go in the whole way. I’ve played with a lot of good players, the last two years, really. Everybody’s good golf looks similar, hit it straight, make putts.  There’s no mystery or magic to good golf out here, it doesn’t make it easy.” 

Phil, now in the group at  -8 under par had a nightmare out there today, but thinks he is still within striking distance;

” I could have easily shot myself out of the tournament, knocking them in the hazard I don’t know how many times. If I go on and play the way I believe I am going to this weekend, I am going to look back on those nine holes as the key to the entire tournament. I was playing terrible and I shot even par, I fought hard. Throughout the course of my career, it happens where you kind of lose it for a little bit. I fought hard in the interim and was able to find it there in the end, giving me confidence heading into the weekend. But more than that, it kept me within striking distance.”

Tiger Woods is another shot further back in a crowd of ten players on -7 under par. He lamented on making only one putt all day, a 37 foot effort on the last hole;

 “That’s the only putt I made all day, certainly could have gone lower than I did. I just lost my patience out there, I had a hard time hitting the putts hard enough. I’m going to have to go low, this golf course is soft. It’s gettable.”