RBC Canadian Open. Broomstick Tim Wins

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Broomstick wielding Tim Clark wins the RBC Canadian Open at Royal Montreal Golf Club.

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Tim posted a final round -5 under par 65, requiring only 30 strokes on the back nine at the RBC Canadian Open, to claim the trophy at -17 under par,v a one shot victory over Jim Furyk.

Tim thinks he can keep his winning streak going now;

“If I stay in this sort of frame of mind, there’s no reason why I can’t keep it going. The next two events are big for us, and I’d love to keep it going.”

“It looked like Jim wasn’t going to make any mistakes. He was pretty solid, so I knew I had to make birdies. At that point, there was nothing to lose. Suddenly I got hot and I went with it.”

It will be interesting to see if Tim can keep contesting using a conventional putter, the ban on long putters is looming ever closer. It is no co-incidence that the World number 1 Adam Scott, Bernhard Langer, who has just won the Senior Open by eight shots, and Tim winning here, are all users of the soon to be banned long putter.

Jim was unable to convert a 54-hole lead,  again showing his final round frailties are still there, although he did score -1 under par 69, his -16 under par total was just not good enough. He mentioned the 15 minute break for a rain delay, and not being allowed to warm up again before going back out;

” It was a benign day, and 69 is not a bad round by any means, but by only making two birdies I let a couple guys back into the tournament.”

“I’m obviously disappointed, I just didn’t putt well enough, and I didn’t convert the opportunities I had.”

“It was a really awkward break for everyone. It’s rare that we come off the golf course and then we’re not afforded a chance to go out and warm up, but we really weren’t in there that long.”

“I kind of controlled my own destiny. I’ve got to shoot 3 or 4 under and it would have been impossible to catch me, or darn near it. I left the door open with even par on the front nine and Tim took advantage and shot 30 on the back.”

Justin Hicks was in third place at -13 under par for the tournament. Leading Canadian player was Graham DeLaet, tied in seventh place at -10 under par. He captured the Rivermead Cup as low Canadian at the RBC Canadian Open, although proud of his achievement he really wanted a win;

“You always do want to be the low Canadian, but going into the weekend I wanted to try to win the golf tournament.”

” It’s an important stretch obviously with Akron next week and the PGA, and then right into the Playoffs. Confidence is the biggest thing in this game, and I finally have kind of found a little bit of it.”

 

 

 

Russian Open. David Delivers.

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David only managed a last round of even par 70, but his -13 under par total was enough to get him into a play-off, against Damien McGranein the Russian Open at Tseleevo Golf & Polo Club. David got par again on the 18th, the first play-off hole to win the prize.

Damien had charged up the leaderboard with a final round -6 under par 66 to post his -13 under par total, and his brilliant effort deserved a place in the play-off. He could so easily have won but bogeyed the last hole of the day.

David chipped in on the 17th for a birdie, and he needed it;

“I knew the chip on 17 had to go in. I knew by that point that I was three behind so I needed it to go in. This is a very special win. I didn’t know where I was in the tournament until the 17th. I hit it through the back of the green there and then realised I was three behind and needed to do something drastic quite quickly.”

“I didn’t play that great today, it was a bit scrappy and I wasn’t holing the putts, but I managed to get the job done in the end. I’m relieved really, that’s the word that sums it up. It was quite similar to my last win, in Morocco, where I made a bit of a mess of a couple of holes on the back nine.”

“I had no idea how well Damien was playing because I wasn’t looking at boards all day. In hindsight that’s probably a mistake I’ll look to correct next time, but I was just trying to stick to my own game and stay focused on myself.”

“I managed to chip in there and was trying to make birdie at the last. I didn’t realise Damien had dropped one, but I managed to get up and down there and was fortunate to win the play-off as well.”

Damien was naturally disappointed to let the victory slip through his fingers, but is in a positive mood about his good form;

“I played lovely all week so I’m very pleased with my week. I’m a little disappointed not to do better in the play-off there, but I’ve hit good shots all week and putted reasonably well.” “All in all I’m very positive and it’s good for me mentally as well. I can push on for the rest of the season with my card secure. There are a lot of good events before the end of the year and this has given me a lot of confidence going into them.”

Scott Jamieson was one shot behind in third place at -12 under par, a stroke ahead of  Sam Hutsby, who finished on -11 under par.  One shot further back, was Peter Whiteford, the joint overnight leader with winner David.

RBC Canadian Open. Furyk in Position to win Third Canadian Open Title

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Jim Furyk is in position to win his third RBC Canadian Open title at Royal Montreal Golf Club.

 

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Jim carded a third round -5 under par 65 to top the RBC Canadian Open leaderboard at -15 under par, a three shot lead going into the final round tomorrow. Today he said he just had fun, another bogey free round;

“For the most part of the day, I felt like I played really solid. I hit the ball well again. It was a fun round of golf, really.”

Not really worrying about what position I’m in the golf tournament, not looking at the leaderboard too much, going out there and trying to attack the golf course the same way that I have the first three days will be key.”

” I noticed there aren’t many leaderboards on the course, that might be a good thing.”

Tim Clark is in second spot, three shots back at -12 under par for the tournament, a -6 under par 64 today helped his cause. His only PGA TOUR victory came at the 2010 PLAYERS Championship;

”It’s always great to get off to a good start, Saturdays are normally the toughest day to score on, so you dream of a start like that.”

“It’ll be great to be in the final group. Jim is a really tough competitor, and this course seems to fit into our sort of game. It’s an Open Championship. You need to hit fairways and greens, and that’s both of our strengths.”

“Right now I feel good and I am able to swing how I want to. Three months ago I started to hit the ball good again, but I just wasn’t scoring. Finally, the last few tournaments, I’ve started to score.”

Third place belongs to Kyle Stanley, a -2 under par round gave him a total of -10 under par for the competition, five shots off the lead.

Leading Canadian is Graham DeLaet, who is sharing fifth place at -8 under par, a long way from the guys at the top. It looks certain that the lack of a Canadian winner is set to continue, unless Graham can do something really special;

“Disappointing to three-putt the last, I really wanted to make that birdie and got over-aggressive. But it was a fun day. The crowds were amazing out there. Hopefully, I can do something special.”

Russian Open. Horsey & Whiteford Tied at the Top

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David Horsey and Peter Whiteford are tied at the top of the Russian Open leaderboard in Moscow.

 

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Peter shot a third round -6 under par 66, to post -13 under par for the Russian Open tournament. There seemed to be some luck on side on the way round;

“I had an amazing start, I holed a bunker shot on the first and then chipped in on the third. Dave chipped in as well, he stole some of my glory there!  I got off to a flyer and then the back nine I was just hanging on for dear life. The swing didn’t feel great at all to be honest. I’m hoping I wake up tomorrow with a better swing. I had a lot of good luck today.” 

“On the 15th I hit my tee shot straight into the forest, it’s a tricky shot straight into the wind from an elevated tee which is never going to add up to much fun, but it bounced back out onto the fairway. Hopefully I haven’t used up all my luck, but I certainly used a big chunk there.” 

“It hasn’t been the best season this year. It’s been pretty brutal really. I’m not confident at all but that front nine today helps massively and I’m glad Dave and I have put a bit of breathing space between us and the next guys. It might be a bit like match play on the front nine tomorrow.”

David carded a -2 under par 70 to equal the -13 under par total, he needed to ignore what Pete was doing and try to concentrate on his own game;

Pete started like a train and I was just trying to tell myself to concentrate on my own game. It wasn’t that easy out there today and I certainly didn’t see a five or six under through nine holes.”

“I just kept reminding myself to stay patient and concentrate on my own game, not what Pete was doing. I was disappointed not to birdie the eighth and then bogey the ninth, three under at the turn would have been nice. But then I birdied the tenth and 11th and tried to get back to the thought process that I’ve had the first two days.”

“I didn’t quite maintain it that well on the back nine, but I kept myself in there and hopefully it’ll be a little better tomorrow.”

The leaders have opened up quite a gap, the chasing pack, three of them are at -9 under par and have a lot of work to do to catch up. Andrea Pavan shot the lowest round of the week , a-8 under par 64 to share third place with Scott Jamieson and Thomas Pieters.

RBC Canadian Open. Petrovic & Furyk Lead at Half-Way.

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Tim Petrovic  and Jim Furyk lead at half-way stage of  the RBC Canadian Open at Royal Montreal Golf Club.

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Jim returned a second round of -7 under par 63 to share top spot at the RBC Canadian Open with Tim Petrovic, who carded a -4 under par 66, to reach the -10 under par tournament total.

Receptive greens helped Jim achieve his score;

“I think today’s round and yesterday’s weren’t much different: a lot of fairways, a lot of greens, a lot of opportunities. Today I think I capitalized on a few more of those, but the golf course is still playing pretty soft, the greens are very receptive.”

“I don’t know if I’ve ever played in a group where we shot 63, 63, 65. I was giving Kuch a bunch of crap for being the schlub in the group shooting a 65.”

“Lord knows I’ve taken abuse from him over the years. So nice to get one back.”

Tim admitted it has been a while since he was last at the top of the leaderboard;

It’s been a while, but last time I got myself into position like this I think I won New Orleans, but I kind of came from behind.”

I’m trying to get back to what I do well, I call it ‘Petro Golf.’ Hit it in the fairway. Hit it on the green. Make the putt. It sounds simple but I’ve gotten away from that.”

” It’s nice to be here on the weekend for a change.”

Playing alongside Jim was Canadian Graham DeLaet, who also fired a -7 under par 63, to share third place at -8 under par, he said he needed to keep making birdies just to keep up;

“It was a great start. All of us were making so many birdies out there. You felt like you had to make putts just to keep up.”

” I felt like I was in pretty good control of my game all day. I had a couple of hiccups, but I really rolled in a lot of good putts.”

Kyle Stanley is sharing third spot with Graham, he posted  -3 under par today.

Yesterdays whiz kid Canadian amateur Taylor Pendrith slumped to a +5 over par 75, to finish at even par for the competition, he at least made the cut on the number. What is it about these ten shot swings between good rounds and then the bad one, everyone seems to do it.

Big casualties in the cut department were Dustin Johnson, Sang-Moon Bae, Hunter Mahan and Luke Donald.

Russian Open. Horsey Still Heads the Field.

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David Horsey still heads the field at the Russian Open in Moscow.

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David shot a second round -4 under par 68 to take a two stroke lead at the mid-way point in the Russian Open at the Tseleevo Golf & Polo Club. After a pedestrian start he conjured up three birdies in the last four holes;

“I got off to a slow start but I managed to bounce back well, I tried to do the same as yesterday and stick to my game and not worry about much else.” 

“Dropping a couple of shots early on is always disappointing, but I knew there’d be plenty of chances to come and I just needed to stay patient and keep giving myself putts for birdie.” 

“The approach shots are the key here. The fairways are wide so you don’t see guys missing too many fairways. There’s a bit of water, so it’s just about minimising to mistakes and not giving away too many shots when you do make a mistake. Then ultimately it’s about holing putts, the same as every other week.” 

“I’ve got a while now until the next round, so I’ll be recharging the batteries this afternoon and hopefully I’ll be raring to go tomorrow.”

In second place is Thomas Pieters, he also had -4 under par 68 today, giving him a -9 under par tournament total. Carding seven birdies, that was mixed with three bogey’s;

“I’ve seen a lot of improvement, which is always nice, and I’ve holed a few putts too. I’m very happy with my game. I’ve been working hard on some stuff and it doesn’t happen right away. It takes time, and it’s nice to see the hard work paying off this week with a couple of good rounds.” 

“I learned a lot from my experience at the Spanish Open. I stayed very calm, which surprised me. I felt comfortable there, which gives me a lot of confidence going into the next two rounds here.”

“The course is great and the best thing that suits me is the driving. If you can drive it long and straight off the tee you will do well on this course.”

Third place is shared between Gary Boyd and Peter Whiteford, both at -7 under par totals.

Peter battled back from being +4 over par on his round today;

“The start was shocking, the first tee shot was straight in the rubbish, and I was four over after five holes. But it was a good fightback. “

“Strangely, I felt like I was swinging it better today, but there are still some absolutely wild ones in there which cost me today. The good shots are really good, but there are some calamities.”

“Even that shot to the last there, it was an easy nine iron and I just hooked it into the bunker. It makes it exciting though, I don’t really know where to look once I’ve struck it! I’m not playing great so I’m delighted with the way I’m scoring and I’m in with a chance, which is just what I need.”

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.

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.

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.

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.”