The McGladrey Classic. Henley Hits the Top.

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Russell Henley hits the top of the McGladrey Classic at the half way point at Sea IslandSeaside Course.

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Russell hit the heights with a second round -7 under par 63 to post a half way total of -9 under par for the McGladrey Classic, giving him a one shot lead.

Russell had a strange start to the day,  with a penalty shot and a bogey on the first hole of the day for him, the 10th. The whole round was held together with great putting;

“I definitely wasn’t thinking 63, after the first hole I was just thinking, all right, you got to hang in there and just be patient and hopefully get something going, and I did”

That kept the round going, and then I felt pretty good with my putter. I would say I’m a great putter. And I think if you want to be a great putter, you have to believe that you’re a great putter.”

I try to just believe in my putting and enjoy putting, and people always tells me I’m a great putter, so it’s pretty easy to keep the confidence going when you’re doing that. I just wish they would say that about the rest of my game.”

Brendon de Jonge, Brian Harman and Andrew Svoboda are tied in second place at -8 under par for the tournament, Brendon fired at -6 under par 64 to get himself into contention.

There are then three players tied in fifth place at -7 under par, Will McKenzie, Mark Wilson and Fabian Gomez.

Tournament Host Davis Love 111 carded a second round -2 under par 68 to make the cut, which was set at even par, Davis finished at -1 under par.

Missing the cut was  Zach Johnson he was one of several high-profile players who call the Sea Island area home, but the former Masters champ won’t be around to contest at the weekend after rounds of 71 and 73. Zach was undone by back-to-back double bogeys on Nos. 15 and 16, which led to a +6 over par 41 on the back nine, which left him at +4 over par for the competition.

Kolon Korea Open. Kang Ji-man Leads.

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Korean Kang Ji-man leads the Kolon Korea Open on the  Woo Jeong Hills Country Club when play was halted due to darkness.

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 Kang Ji-man shot a second round -2 under par 69, achieved following a two-hour delay due to fog in the morning. At the close of play Kang held a one-stroke advantage over joint first round leader Jeon Yun-cheol who still has six holes to play in his second round.

Kang reported how tough the course is playing, he could have been further ahead but dropped two shots at the end;

“The course is playing tough so it is a good thing my putting clicked today, we faced very challenging approach shots because of the difficult pin positions.”  

Former Army trooper Jeon stands at -3 under par with those six holes left to play of his second round. When play finally resumed on Friday, Choi Ho-sung birdied the 18th for a -4 under par 67 to join Jeon in the first-round lead.

Kevin Na, world ranked 34, was originally credited with adding a 73 to his opening 74 to creep inside the projected cut line but was later disqualified for signing a wrong scorecard. He was hot favorite to win this tournament.

Major champion Y.E. Yang is level par for the tournament with 12 holes of his second round still to play , with the 2012 OneAsia number one Kim Bi-o climbing up the leaderboard with a best-of-the-day -4 under par 67 and is +2 over par after 36 holes.

 

Blue Bay LPGA. Second Round Play Suspended.

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The second round of the Blue Bay LPGA was suspended, and will resume on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. Tee times were delayed 2.5 hours on Friday, with the first group completing  six holes before play was halted for the day. The final two groups in the draw have yet to tee off in the second round.

Austin Ernst, Yani Tseng  and Brittany Lincicome  played well for the holes they played in the tough conditions on Friday. All three players were -2 under par on the day.

Austin was impressed with how the course played, considering the amount of rain that had fallen;

“The course actually held a ton of water because we even got a ton of rain before we even started this morning, but you couldn’t really tell. I kept being aggressive because it was a little soft around the greens.”

“It was a pretty standard delay, since we were that first group out, and it was a 30 minute delay every time, you just have to be ready. But then it was sit, eat, practice a little bit. Eat more then sit.”

“I have no idea what kind of drainage they have here but it’s obviously really good. We had to of had at least two inches. The greens were getting pretty wet once they called play.”

ISPS Handa Perth International. Peter Shows Potential

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Peter Whiteford showed his potential at the ISPS Handa Perth International by leading at the half way stage on the Lake Karrinyup Country Club course.

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 Peter is in danger of losing his card, and has responded to the challenge by carding a second round -6 under par 66, to sit on top of the Perth International leaderboard at the mid-way point. He said he is in good form and does not want to go back to Q School;

I played great and felt like I got what I deserved, it’s not often you say that in golf.” 

“You’re always thinking you could’ve done better, but that eagle made me feel a lot better. This week it’s no holds barred, win or bust.”

“I’m very nervous, there’s no doubt about that. I’ve got to just keep attacking.I don’t want to go back to school, nobody does, but I get what I deserve in this game, and I’ve been awful all year.”

“It’s nice that the form is coming back later on in the year.”

Thorbjørn Olesen is still in touch, a second round -3 under par 69 gives him a -11 under par total, just one shot behind the leader;

“It’s always tough to come back after a great round, to shoot another good round is tough.”

“I felt like I played solid out there and gave myself a lot of chances for birdie, especially on the front nine. I had a few lip-outs, but the pins were a little bit trickier today and it made to a bit trickier with the putter.”

“So I’m happy with the way I played; I hit a lot of greens and that’s important here.”

Sihwan Kim, another of those scrapping for his European Tour future this week, he is in third place at -10 under par, a second round -4 under 68 keeping him just one in front of the rest of the field.

David Drysdale and James Morrison share fourth spot on -9 under par, James reaching that mark in one go with his -9 under par 63 second round;

“I finished with double bogey last night, so it was kind of a bad end to a good day yesterday.”

“I knew I was playing well. I actually know in Perth it gets windy in the afternoon and calm in the morning, so I was hoping for a nice calm day. I got that and just played great all day really.”

“I’ve got nothing to lose now really. I kept my card and I need a top two to make the Final Series, so just keep on pushing really.”

“I mean, it all depends on weather and how other guys are doing. I’m just going to enjoy it. No matter whether you’re last or first, playing out here is an absolute pleasure.”

“It’s one of those weeks where you don’t really care if you make the cut on the mark or not. It’s just great to play four days here and enjoy playing a fantastic golf course.”

The McGladrey Classic. 4 way Tie at the top.

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There is a four-way tie at the top of the McGladrey Classic at Sea Island Seaside Course at the conclusion of play on day 1.

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Brian Harman is one of the players who carded opening rounds of -5 under par 65 in the McGladrey Classic, he is joined on that score by  Erik Compton, Michael Thompson and  Will MacKenzie.  Both Brian and Michael played college golf here, and said it is an advantage knowing the course;

Brian one of many St. Simons Island residents playing this week, said it was nice to be here;

“It’s actually a little nice, you get to sleep in a little bit later than you normally would. It’s a little different, but this is the third year that I’ve played this tournament, so I’m starting to get more used to it.”

“It has been a while since I played a golf tournament. I took the first two tournaments off because I wasn’t quite ready to go so I wasn’t quite sure how things were going to go.”

“It was windy, it was cold this morning, it was tough conditions and I just outlasted it and finally started getting comfortable and playing better and finished real nice.”

Michael told reporters it definitely helped him, knowing the course;

“It’s a definite advantage, to go back all the way to college golf.”

“I think that helped me out a lot because I can look back on a lot of the great shots I hit back in college, and even back in 2011 when I was here. I played three-and-a-half really solid rounds of golf that were almost perfect.”

“I like the golf course, for some reason I can read the putts very easily.”

“And being here multiple times, I’m getting used to the conditions, hitting different shots, you know, pretty much seeing every possibility. So I’m not fearful, not afraid to go after it and hit the shot that I need to.”

Eric expects to win sometime this year, but has yet to claim a PGA Tour title in 13 years as a professional;

“I expect I should win this year. That’s a goal of mine, it’s always been a goal, but I think every time I get on the course it becomes more of a realistic expectation.”

“I just want to get the ball in play and hit on the green and see where I can go. And that’s difficult to do in four days, and it’s proven difficult for a lot of guys who have never won on tour who have great careers.”

“I happen to be one of those guys right now, and I feel like if I can do the things like I did today and get out of my own way, there’s no reason I shouldn’t continue to progress in this game.

“If you get it going the greens here are really quick and they’re very true. So if you’re playing well I think there’s some good scores out there.”

“Conditions I think will definitely get tighter during the week and these are definitely the fastest greens we’ve putted on in a while so you’ve got to be careful.”

There are no less than eight players tied in fifth place at -4 under par, in this tightly contested tournament. Someone needs to breakaway tomorrow are separate themselves from the pack.

 

Blue Bay LPGA. Korda Cashes In.

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Jessica Korda cashes in at the Blue Bay LPGA sitting on top of the leaderboard at Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Course in China.

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Jessica shot  a bogey-free 6-under 66  to take the first-round lead of the Blue Bay LPGA in China with a one shot lead. She reported that her putter was working really well;

“It was really nice. I was hitting the ball pretty good and then I made some long putts, as well, off the green. I guess the putter was just hot on the front nine, so I took advantage of it.”

“Highlight was No. 10. Hit my drive way out right. Didn’t hit in the fairway, then didn’t have the right club. And the wind took it and I made the putt from across the whole green, from the back of the green to the front of the green, it was like from back to front, about 60 feet.”

Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Brittany Lang, Shanshan Feng, Caroline Masson, Lee-Anne Pace and Michelle Wei all share second spot. all with opening rounds of -5 under par 67.

Michelle was having some fun out there, enjoying the round;

“It was fun, because I feel like the ball kind of sits up with this type of grass and I felt like I was hitting flop shots all day.”

“It was kind of fun. I was just blasting them away. Definitely you have to hit to the right parts.”

“Missed a couple of birdie chances coming in. It always feels good when the ball kind of circles the hole 360 and ends up going in. It was a fun round today.”

Danielle Kang, at -4 under par and T8 was 22 years old on Monday and celebrated what she said was the longest birthday of her life;

“It was a great week. I had a really good birthday.”

“It was the longest birthday of my life actually. We went on the plane and it was like a charter plane, so everybody is like happy birthday on the plane. Then I went to sleep and then I woke up. And it was still my birthday. We drove in a car, got to the hotel and then I went to sleep and it was still my birthday and I woke up and I had a full day of birthday.”

Danielle gave herself a birthday present with a Hole in One, on the 155 yards 17th hole to win a brand-new Buick LaCrosse;

“It was in the middle of the round. So, yeah, I was pretty pumped.”

“My caddie had to tell me to calm down. On the 18th hole I was still trying to go for it. I’m an aggressive player, so, why not, let’s go. Missed a lot of putts but there was a lot of good things I did.”

Lucky for her that this is not a Volvo sponsored event, all they offer is an earthmover for a hole in one, like they did at the World Match-Play.

World No. 3 Lydia Ko, finished with a -2 under 69 and trails the lead by three shots at the end of the day T14.

 

 

Kolon Korea Open. Rookie Jeon Yun-cheol Leads.

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Rookie Jeon Yun-cheol leads the Kolon Korea Open at the close of play on the opening day, after a late start due to fog.

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Jeon Yun-cheola former army trooper playing in his first major professional tournament, marched all the way to the top of the Kolon Korea Open leaderboard, with an opening bogey free round of 67.

He has a three shot lead and sounds very confident;

“I felt good during my practice round so I was not surprised that I could score low today.”

“I have always played aggressively and that is what I intend to do. I will try my best to win.”

Play was suspended due to darkness, these are the leading players who have completed their opening rounds.
1st place 67 – Jeon Yun-cheol
sharing 2nd with rounds of 70 are  Jun Seok Lee (Aus), Suk Jong-yul, Ham Jeong-woo (AM)
3rd place on 71 - Kim In-ho, Hong Sung-min, Ryan Carter (USA), KIM Do-hoon , Devin Daniels (USA)