D+D REAL Czech Masters. Jamie Donaldson 1st Round Leader

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Jamie Donaldson is the 1st round leader of the D+D REAL Czech Masters in Prague.

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Jamie shot a first round -6 under par 66 to top the leaderboard in the Czech Masters at  the Albatross Golf Resort in Prague. He has a one shot lead over Mikael Lundberg, who carded -5 under par 65.

Jamie reported that he had played well, and hopes to continue that form for the rest of the week;

“I played nicely, he course was playing tough early on, quite windy and then died down late but that finish is pretty tough, so I’m happy with the result. I’ve got a bit of a cold but you just get on with it. I don’t feel too bad considering but I’m here and playing nicely and more of the same tomorrow.”

“I know what I’ve got to do this week so it’s just a case of going out and doing it. It’s another golf tournament where you’ve got to go out there and play as well as you can and content to win the tournament. I’m in a position to do that now; I just need more of the same over the next three rounds.”

“You can’t go too heavily into it, you have to go out there and it’s just one shot at a time like any other week. There are other things circling around this result but you have to get on with it and keep doing the same things you’ve been doing every week.”

 Mikael also said he had played solid golf, making just one error on the day;

“I played really steady and really solid, I only made one mistake today and made some putts so it doesn’t get much better than that.”

“This year, I’ve worked with my new coach and we made big progress, there’s way more stability and control in the game. We make everything more simple so I’m very happy with what’s going on now, it feels nice.”

“The hardest thing to do is keep it simple but you try to take away all unnecessary movements and make everything more simple but it’s not that easy to do.”

There are ten players sharing third place, all at -4 under par for their opening rounds of 68, one of them is Ken Ferrie who had this to say following his amazing start of six straight birdies;

“I didn’t see a great deal of birdies in practice but obviously I seemed to find them all early today, six birdies to start the day is always nice!”

“They were all reasonable chances and shots to the greens and taking it from there. Overall it wasn’t too bad; I’m disappointed not to finish at least where I was or push on but it’s tough out there, definitely not an easy course. You do pinch yourself a little. You make a birdie at the par five and that’s fair enough, wedge at the second and you make birdie, just missed out on a hole in one at three, then a wedge close at five and a long putt at five.”

“The thing is you know it’s going to end eventually, you’re not going to keep it going for 18 holes unfortunately – it’s a little bit unreal but it’s always nice, you take them when you get them.”

“The front nine there are a lot of wedge holes where if you can wedge it well and hole a few putts you’re can do a lot but the back nine is a little trickier, there are a couple more funky greens.”

“Obviously I had a couple of rough years and lost my card and haven’t managed to get it back yet so I’m playing whenever I can, as a past champion of events and late invites. It’s my own doing, I didn’t play well enough two years ago or at Q-School and I haven’t been able to get on a sustained run to get back out.”

Wyndham Championship. Villegas Victory.

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Camilo Villegas won the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club.

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Camilo shot a final round -7 under par 63, his second 63 in the tournament, to win the Wyndham Championship with a -17 under par total. He said it was tough watching the guys coming in behind him;

“You got to stay strong and keep working, I’ve always done that. I’ve always been a hard worker and always kind of believed in myself, sometimes more than others and, again, just happy to be right here right next to this trophy.”

“Tough sometimes when you’re watching it, you can’t control it. When the boys got closer to the last hole, you get a little anxious and, like I said, you don’t have a golf club in your hand. Sometimes it’s better to be on the golf course.”

” But, you know what, it’s funny because your mind tells you things and then the next day you do it all over again. What I mean by that is yes, there’s times you go like, ‘Man, I hate this game. How much longer do I want to play the game? How much longer do I want to travel”

“That’s just you being silly because once again, you take two days off, you show up to the range, good attitude, keep practicing, keep grinding, show up to the tournament, hope you have a good week, work for a hard week, look at the trophy, want one of those in your house and, again, there’s low spots but is that really you talking to you? I don’t know.”

“Beginning of the year I look at my caddie and I said, ‘Big guy, I want to win on the PGA TOUR again. It happened to be the last tournament of the regular season and so, yes, I’ve accomplished my primary goal this year.”

“It feels great and I go to the Playoffs hopefully the same way I did this week and hopefully I will play some good golf.”

Tied in second place were Bill Hass and Freddie Jacobson, both finished one shot back at -16 under par. Bill was happy to have a good Sunday round;

“Any time you have a good round on Sunday you take positives from it. I’m looking forward to the next four weeks.  Playing a lot of golf right now, try to get some rest and just see what happens.”

“I haven’t had that many great finishes, to be in the hunt, 16, 17, 18 I felt like I hit quality shots under the gun and pressure and I’m proud of that.”

“Take that into the next time I’m in that position and maybe I can hit some good shots and capitalize.”

Freddie was really unhappy with performance on the last hole;

“It really sucks when you play solid all day and you know, I really thought it was my day today coming in, just really starting to click with my swing, at least with my iron play so I felt like I’ve been giving myself a ton of chances this week and knowing I roll it pretty good, so I would have a good chance. “

“Did just that but didn’t catch my second shot from 18 from the down slope, caught it a little thin, didn’t get enough height for getting up on the green. Actually a pretty accessible pin.  All I needed was a solid strike to get up there and good feed in and have a good chance at winning.”

Heath Slocum was own his own in fourth position at -15 under par, following his last round of -3 under par 67.

Euro Tour. Made in Denmark. Warren Wins

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Mark Warren wins the European Tour tournament Made in Denmark.

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Marc won the inaugural Made in Denmark tournament with a final round of -3 under par 68 and a tournament total -9 under par, for two shot winning margin. In the slightly lighter winds during the final at at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort Marc was inspired by the support from the crowds for this event.

The spectators were not even put off by a rain delay, which lasted for an hour and 15 minutes before the leaders teed off on their last round;

“It feels incredible, I felt the last couple of years I’ve been close to winning a couple of times but for whatever reason it hasn’t quite happened for me, whether I’ve made mistakes or someone else has played really well.” 

“This summer I feel more confident than I’ve ever done. Today I kept telling myself I was swinging the club really well and I was confident in what I was doing.”

“This is a fantastic event for the European Tour, there’s been rumors of an event in Denmark for a few years and now we are here and it is on; it has been incredible”.

“The crowds have been amazing. To play in front of that has been amazing. Coming from the PGA last week, it definitely had that same feel to it. Coming down those last four holes, the crowds were so big.”

Bradley Dredge finished in second place at -7 under par, a last round of -1 under par 70 was not quite enough to snatch victory. He told reporters that if he had been given 2nd at the begging of the week he would have taken it, but to come so close to victory was disappointing;

In a way there are mixed feelings in that if someone said they’d give me second at the beginning of the week it is a great result, considering I’ve not had a chance to win in a long time. But it was a chance to win a tournament.”

“Marc did play really well and I didn’t play well enough, but it would have been nice to have pushed him a little harder coming down the last few.”

Philip Archer closed out third place, a final round -2 under par 69 giving him a -4 under par total, five shots back of the leader.

Home hero Thomas Björn finished the event T4, way back at -3 under par, but is now looking forward to the Ryder Cup;

“I hope I’m there for the Ryder Cup now, I’m taking next week off and I will speak to Paul tonight or tomorrow and see what his thinking is. At the moment I feel like I need a few weeks off so it was good to play well here.”

“It’s been brilliant to come home and play in front of these crowds. My golf has been so-so, but I’ve still managed to battle out something. You can’t really describe the atmosphere this week. When you travel around the world then come home and play in front of your home crowds, it’s amazing.”
“I was quite determined when I got out there today and got the good start I wanted. I just ran dry on the greens. It wasn’t to be. I thought if I could rattle off a few birdies I could apply some pressure. The greens were where I struggled this week. I drove the ball fantastic and there are a lot of good things to build on. I always say if you finish top ten in a golf tournament you have played pretty well. I did that this week, but it wasn’t to be.”

Its Watney at the Wyndham.

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It’s Nick Watney who will take the lead into the final round of The Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club.

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Nick made birdie on the final hole to take a one shot lead going into the final round of The Wyndham Championship on Saturday. He carded -5 under par 65 to post a 54 hole total of -14 under par, and said he had been trying to keep it simple, adding that the birdie on 18 was a bonus;

“I’ve been trying to keep it pretty simple, a lot of fairways and greens, and I’ve been able to do that so far. I’m super excited about going into tomorrow with the lead.”

“I’m looking forward to everything that comes with it, all the emotions and wanting to do well and whatnot. Learning how to handle that is a big thing, and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

“It’s a hard hole as it is, and they put the pin on that back right little knob, it’s a bonus and I’m very happy with it.”

“I assume that when I tee off, I probably won’t be in the lead or tied for the lead, so it’s not like I’m protecting anything tomorrow. Just more of the same.”

Brad Fritsch also scored a -5 under par 65 third round, which gave him second place on his own at -13 under par. Canadian Brad jokingly asked the officials on the first tee to introduce him as a North Carolinian, hoping to get more support from the crowd;

“Just so people would know and get a little focus off Webb and a little onto me.”

“Staying patient and not freaking out over a bogey, not freaking out over a missed fairway and not getting too aggressive, I think just that, really.”

Freddie Jacobson and Heath Slocum share the third position, both at -12 under par, Freddie with -4 under par 66, and Heath with -2 under par 68.

Best round of the day went to Andres Romero, who carded a -6 under par 64, and in the Aces department Kevin Foley and David Toms each had holes-in-one. Kevin on the par-3, 12th and David achieved the same result on the par-3 seventh.

This tournament is wide open, with no less than nine players within three strokes of the lead, a low round tomorrow will win this trophy.

One of the nine is Brandt Snedeker, currently on -11 under par, who said he will be going for it;

“You know what you’re going to have to do. You have to go out there and shoot good tomorrow. The great mentality, go out there and be aggressive and don’t hold back. Give it everything you’ve got.”

Euro Tour. Made in Denmark. Warren Makes His Mark, Catches Bradley.

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Mark Warren makes it to the top of the leaderboard and catches up with Bradley Dredge at the European Tour, Made in Denmark tournament.

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Mark fired in a third round -5 under par 66 to catch Bradley at the top of the Made in Denmark leaderboard at -6 under par. It was a remarkable (no pun intended) achievement given the extremely windy conditions, gusts of up to 30 mph were recorded.

Bradley, who started the day with a four shot lead could only manage a +2 over par round, but was happy to still be at the top of the leaderboard. His round included a break while medical staff attended to an injured TV cameraman on the 18th green. The group of  BradleyThorbjørn Olesen and Simon Wakefield had to temporarily head for the practice range until the medical team had completed their task.

Bradley said afterwards;

“The finish was difficult. Nobody likes to see that kind of thing. The gentleman is ok and hopefully he will make a full recovery.”

Warren was happy with the tough conditions, he said it made it possible to catch Bradley;

“Obviously Bradley was a bit ahead and I was hoping it was going to be a bit tougher. If it was easier he could have pulled away. So overall I’m delighted. To shoot 66 today, I probably couldn’t have hoped for that before.” 

“I felt a bit out of sync to start and hit a couple of loose shots. Then I hit a good second shot to the third and from thereon I played some good golf. I kind of enjoy this style of golf, hitting some low shots.”

“It’s been a good summer for me, I’ve played consistently well. The Scottish Open was a very good week for me and then I continued to perform at The Open. I didn’t have a great Sunday there but the US PGA was great last week, finishing top 15.” 

“So confidence is high, the game is in good shape and to shoot a score like that, in a day as tough as today, just adds to the confidence again.”
Gareth Maybin and Simon Wakefield are tied in third position at -3 under par, Gareth recording a -3 under par round while Simon fell back, with a +1 over par 72.

Gareth reported that he has been in good form, and is looking forward to the challenge tomorrow;

“I’ve been playing well over the last few months and the numbers haven’t been too bad. I’ll be off in the last couple of groups tomorrow and it will get the juices flowing again, so I’m looking forward to it.”

Local favorite Thomas Björn carded a +2 over par third round and has a -1 under par tournament total, and five shots in these kind of conditions could easily be made up;

“I thought I played alright. The putter never really got going and it was literally impossible on some of the open greens. The putter went all over the place.” 

“It was a very, very difficult day. It was disappointing, and I didn’t take advantage of the chances that I had. I let a few slip on other holes, which happens in golf, but you just carry on and I will try to put in a low round tomorrow and put some pressure on.”


The Wyndham Championship. Two Tied at the Top.

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Heath Slocum and Scott Langley are the two players tied at the top of The Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club. 

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Heath and Scott both share the mid-point lead at the Wyndham Championship at -10 under par after they posted second rounds of -5 under par.

Heath would like to get into the FedEx Play-off’s, but is not sure what it would take to do so;

I don’t even know what it would take, I haven’t even looked or calculated. I’ll be honest, I came into this week trying to create a little bit of momentum, whether I could somehow get myself into the Playoffs or into the Web.com Tour Finals.”

“I wanted to create some momentum because I feel like it’s been a couple years where it’s been rough but I feel like I’ve made lot of progress this year and played actually some of the best golf at times that I have but I haven’t put them together.”

“I know how to do it, I’ve done it before. I had a good week of practice last week where I kind of let go. I said, ‘You know what, It’s all here. See if you can’t go play golf and enjoy it.'”

“It’s still a work in progress but, I’ve gotten two days under my belt, I will say, no matter win, lose or draw I will go have fun the next two days. I do miss this feeling of being in contention. I’m going to savor it.”

Scott is feeling confident with the putter;

“I had a bunch of looks inside 15 feet and anytime you can do that, I’m confident I’m going to make my share.”

”Last year, so much going through my head as a rookie, not knowing how to handle it. I was thinking a little too much about things that I really have no control over in terms of keeping my card, what other guys are doing. Lesson learned.”

There are four players sharing third position, all on -9 under par; Brian Stuard, Nick Watney, Martin Laird and Andrew Svoboda are just one  shot off the pace at the half-way stage.

Among the big names who were making early exits was former major champions David Duval, Trevor Immelman, Davis Love III, Fred Couples, Padraig Harrington, Lucas Glover, Todd Hamilton and John Daly. Actually all of them were outside the top 125 in the FedExCup so none will advance to next week’s Barclays.

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Euro Tour. Made in Denmark. Bradley Breaks Away.

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Bradley Dredge breaks away from the field in the European Tour event Made in Denmark.

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Bradley shot a second round -3 under par 68 to post a mid-way total of -8 under par in the Made in Denmark European Tour tournament. The round featured a one-hour delay due to the threat of lightning at the Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort, but the delay did not interrupt the good play of Bradley, who managed to open up a four-stroke lead over the field at the end of the day;

“I’m delighted with the way I played, there were some chances out there. The wind wasn’t quite as strong and in a slightly different direction, and luckily I managed to make some putts. The chip in on 16 was nice and I think I took the chances when I had them.”

“If someone had said I’ll give you a four shot lead after 36 holes you would take it, we’re halfway through the tournament and I’ve been in similar positions to this before.”

“I know a lot can happen and I’ve got to play really well over the weekend. There are some really good players chasing me so I have to keep playing the way I have been and convert the chances I get.”
Simon Wakefield produced a fine round of -4 under par 67, and sits alone in second place at that score. He said he had played well, and although he had been here before did not remember the course;

“I actually felt I played pretty well. I was here in 1999 and finished ninth in a Challenge Tour event, but I don’t remember the course at all. I remember staying on site in a house, but I don’t remember anything of the course.” 

“So arriving on Tuesday, I was excited to play the course but we didn’t get chance to play. The first time to see the course yesterday was nice and I played lovely today.”

There are four players tied in fourth position, all at -3 under par for the tournament, they include two home players in Thomas Björn and Thorbjørn Olesen, and they are joined by David Drysdale and Garrick Porteous.

Thorbjørn actually thought it was easier conditions today, but he just did not play too well;

“It was a bit easier today and I was not on top of my game, I put myself in some awkward positions off the tee and I didn’t have decent control.”

“I made it tricky for myself. It’s scoreable out there so I’ll probably have some catching up to do. I had hoped to shoot a few under today but I didn’t quite play well enough. I was fighting all the time.”

“The crowds have been great, it’s like playing a major championship out there. I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s incredible and it really gave me a big boost out there. I just tried to keep going for them.” 

“I was grinding it out today and I managed to get it under par. It was a great feeling being in front of this crowd. It’s good fun. I can’t imagine what it is going to be like over the weekend.”

Thomas reported he was disappointed not to take advantage of the shorter holes;

“It was just not quite there. My wedges were poor, which is unlike me, and I didn’t really take advantage of those short holes. One birdie all day isn’t really going to do it as you are going to make some birdies in these conditions.”

Euro Tour. Made in Denmark. Three-Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a three-way tie at the top of the leaderboard in the first round of the European Tour, Made in Denmark tournament.

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 Thomas Björn delighted the Danish crowd at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort, by sharing the lead with Felipe Aguilar and Bradley Dredge at -5 under par. The trio posted opening rounds of 66, and opened up a gap ahead of the chasing pack, the next best score was 69.

The locals were enjoying the first European Tour competition in the country since 2003, and Thomas did not disappoint them with his bogey free effort, but said it was a tricky day;

“It was a tricky day today with the wind, especially on my back nine. But I drove the ball really well and that gives you opportunities on this golf course. So I’m happy with the day, happy with the start and it was pretty solid all the way round.” 

“There are a couple of holes out there you have to be careful and be happy to walk off with par. I put in a nice effort today. I have a lot of great support which is nice to come home to and it felt good today.” 

“Obviously if it gets to the weekend and I’m up there it might be different. You want to go all the way in your home country, but we will deal with that on the weekend.”

Bradley was happy with his round, that included a bogey, he also mentioned the wind;

“I’m pretty pleased with that. Only one bogey and six birdies. If someone offered me 66 before I went out I would certainly have bitten their hand off. :

“It’s nice when you start getting your irons shots in closer and rattling some putts in. I holed a nice 30 foot putt on the last, which was a nice way to finish.”

“It’s not easy around here, even downwind it’s not easy to get it in close. Some into the wind are almost easier.”

Felipe was returning to golf from a month off, and thinks the cycling he did with his wife relaxed him;

“It was pretty solid today. I played quite well, especially on my back nine, which was the front. It was tough conditions and I’m really pleased the way I played.”

“I’ve been pretty happy the last four weeks. I’ve been riding my bike with a little bit of practice at the end. You have to compensate inside and outside the golf course. I was really looking forward to those four weeks off and having some family time.”

“There was some practice at the end and I got my body in shape. I’m now playing five in a row. I wasn’t playing well before the break. I needed to get back in the game, ride the bike and get the body in shape. I probably did about 1,000km on the bike. It was very intense.” 

“It takes my mind off golf. My wife trains for triathlon’s and I ride with her. I don’t like the gym and so this is my way of keeping in shape.”

Another Dane is the nearest to the leaders, Thorbjørn Olesen shot a first round -2 under par 69 in the tough conditions;

“It was tough out there today. I had a tough start but I had two good up and downs on the first and the second and that kept me going. From then I played some really good shots.”

“I don’t think you get any better wind player than Thomas Björn. I thought he was going to be up there and he shot a great round this morning. It was nice to try to follow that and play some good golf. I’m not far behind and there is a lot of golf left to play.”

PGA Championship. Magnificent Rory McIlroy Makes It His.

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In one of the best finishes to a Major tournament, in gathering gloom at Valhalla in the PGA Championship, Rory McIlroy came through to make it his and picked up the Wanamaker Trophy.

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Rory carded a final round of -3 under par 68, to win by one shot at -16 under par, holding off a great challenge from a resurgent Phil Mickelson.

In a strange twist the final two groups played together down the final hole, because of the darkness closing in. There was some discussion about this turn of events, the TV pundits saying it would have to be the players decision to do this, but it appears that it was the officials who forced them to go ahead. Not all of the players agreed with this ruling.

Rory just wanted to get it done before nightfall;

” I wanted to win this thing and get out of here, I never dreamed I’d have a summer like this.”

Phil had a fine last round -5 under par 66, and so nearly made it, posting -15 under par, a remarkable effort from the other generation.

Henrik Stenson and Rickie Fowler tied for third position at -14 under par.

Apart from the muddled final hole everyone was in agreement about the quality of this competition.

Unforgettable” and “riveting ” said TV anchorman  Jim Nantz. His commentating partner for the day, Nick Faldo enthused, “There’s plenty of color, plenty of characters. It’s fantastic, electrifying.”

Another TV pundit Peter Oosterhuis replied to that comment “And plenty of talent” 

From Brandel Chamblee on Twitter, “One of the best majors I’ve ever seen.”

There will be plenty more comments about this tournament, quotes from players, but for now I just want to get this story out there.



PGA Championship. Rory Hangs On.

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Rory McIlroy hangs on to the lead at the PGA Championship after a late charge at Valhalla Golf Club saw him post a third round -4 under par 67  for a one shot advantage at -13 under for the tournament. Three late birdies at 15, 16 and 18 has given him that one shot lead to take into the final round tomorrow. Rory admitted that the chasing pack closed up on him today, and was thankful for those late birdies;

“The guys got pretty close to me at The Open and today and I was able to respond on the back nine. It’s not the biggest lead I’ve ever had but I am still in control of this tournament and it’s still a good position to be in.”

“I just knew I needed to make a couple of birdies coming down the back nine to keep the lead or at least be tied. The two birdies on 15 and 16 were huge.”

“It’s where I want to be, it’s the best place to be in a tournament. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”

The surprise package in second place is Bernd Wiesberger, who shot one of the low rounds of the day, a -6 under par 65 and hold second on his own at -12 under par. Playing alongside one of his hero’s, Phil Mickelson, inspired him today;

“It was a dream come true really, going out there with Phil, one of my heroes. I played beautifully today, I didn’t miss a lot of shots, set up a few nice opportunities on the last few holes especially. I’m very proud of myself the way I played.”

“It’s a completely new situation for me, only my second cut in a Major in six attempts, so I am quite a rookie in this particular situation. I have driven it really nicely this week and if I can do it again it will settle down the nerves and I am going to have fun tomorrow.”

Third spot belongs to Rickie Fowler, at -11 under par, Rickie carded a -4 under par  third round.

Tied in fourth is Phil Mickelson and Jason Day, both at -10 under par, and by no  means out of contention.

Jason made an incredible par from a swamp area on the 500 yard par 4 2nd hole, hitting with his shoes off;

“I was too lazy to actually get my shoes thrown over the creek. I either hit it in my bare feet or put my shoes on and have to take my shoes off. I was like, ‘We’re going to be behind, way behind. So I may as well hit it with no shoes on.’ It was a great four there, a lucky four.”

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Phil is suddenly enjoying his golf;

It’s so fun for me to be back in the thick of it, have a chance, being in contention heading into Sunday and not having to get up at 6 o’clock in the morning to tee off, if I get to tee off. So it’s been a nice change.”

” I need to play aggressive and make some confident swings early on and make some birdies. I’m going to be trying to make up ground on some guys that are playing really good golf and will be making birdies tomorrow. So I’ll have to make a lot of them.”