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.

 

Furyk in line for third RBC Canadian Open title

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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.”

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.

The Players. Martin Makes It His.

 

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Martin Kaymer makes The Players Championship his at TPC Sawgrass.

Shot in the dark: Kaymer survives to win PLAYERS

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 Martin survived a late mini wobble recording a double bogey on the 15th hole, after a 91-minute rain delay. He carded a par on the par 5, 16th and then sunk  clutch 28-1/2 foot par putt at the iconic 17th hole;

 “It was more than big, it was a good putt with a little bit of luck. Fortunately, it happened at the right hole. Made a couple of wrong decisions on 15.”

“There was a lot of pressure, a lot of expectations, and even though I was trying to talk about it in a way that it was only the first day, only the second day, but somewhere deep down you hope that you can bring it home.”

 

Martin finished his final round at -1 under par 71, and a tournament total of -13 under par, a one shot win over second placed Jim Furyk who had been sitting in the club-house at -12 under par. Jim had carded a magnificent last round of -6 under par 66 and was watching on TV as Martin wriggled out of danger, and had to acknowledge that putt ;

“That putt was incredible. I’ve struggled at this golf course, my results haven’t been nearly as good as I would have liked. I was on a roll coming in here and I wanted to continue it, but it’s fun to play well in front of friends and family.”

Third place belonged to Sergio Garcia, at -11 under par, following his final round -2 under par 70, he lamented his late silly mistakes;

“Just a shame, just a couple shots on the back nine. That’s what it came down to, and that’s what it usually comes down to. Unfortunately a little slip on the pine straw on 11, mis-hit it in the water, and then a bad shot on 14. We tried as hard as we could, but unfortunately we weren’t good enough.”

“You know, it’s still another good week, we keep putting ourselves in a situation to win, just came up a little bit short, but we’ve got to keep trying.”

Have to report on the Justin Rose situation, I wrote yesterday about silly officialdom, somebody must have agreed with me because Justin had his two docked strokes reinstated;

“I didn’t know that this new recall was in place. Overnight I read an article that explained the new rule and I kind of thought it applied to my case. I’m certainly surprised it’s overturned, very rarely is that ever the case. Never, ever the case.”

An hour before Justin teed off for his final round he was informed by Tour officials that the penalty was rescinded under a new decision dealing with high-definition rulings making him the first player to essentially begin a round -2 under par.

For once golf officials have used common sense to settle an issue. For me all decisions should be made from the evidence available to officials on the course, never someone calling in from the other side of the world.

Jordan Spieth did not fare so well again in a final round, but he will soon. He recorded a +2 over par last round 74 to finish it a tie for fourth place with Justin Rose.

 

Wells Fargo Championship. Holmes Hits the High Spot.

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J.B. Holmes hits the high spots as he wins the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow.

Winner: JB Holmes poses with the trophy after securing victory in the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship

Wells Fargo Champion J.B. Holmes 

At his lowest point J.B. had undergone more than enough surgeries, now at his high point he has won the Wells Fargo Championship. Hanging on to his one shot victory with a last round -1 under par 71 and -14 under par total. He spoke of his huge achievement;

”It’s been a long journey for me, I’ve had some ups and downs. It’s a great feeling to be out there and to get one done. This is a big win for me. It’s been since 2008 since I’ve won, and since then I had two brain surgeries and broke my ankle and had arm surgery, the list goes on. So it’s a huge win and to get in the top 20 in the FedEx Cup, that’s huge, and just to win in a venue like this with such a good field and the golf course is always so well-manicured, it’s just great. I’m just ecstatic.”

” Nobody is comfortable on those last three holes.”

Jim Furyk came racing up the leaderboard with a final round -7 under par, and to sit in the clubhouse to see if anyone could get better than his -13 under par total. Jim had to wait until the very last putt before he knew there would be no play-off, and second was the best he could do. Jim was aware of the pressure J.B. was under on that last putt;

“I know he was probably dying a million deaths out there but he sucked it up and made a good two-putt. He made that last putt with authority and knocked it right in the middle.”

 

Martin Flores claimed third place at -12 under par, a very disappointing last round effort of even par 70 left him to count the cost.

Jason Bohn was in fourth, at -11 under par while the reigning U.S. Open champion Justin Rose was a further shot back at -10 under par.

Justin was surprised that his world ranking is still in good shape, he said all the top people have had some strange results;

“I’ve been surprised how my world ranking has maintained itself because the top guys have also been struggling. The guys haven’t stretched out. No. 1 in the world is even more for the taking than it has been for a lot of players. Probably for 20 guys, if they get on a hot run, can challenge.”

“It has been slow for the top players, it’s been a weird year, 54-hole leaders haven’t done very well. A lot of young names. The Americans have done a lot better this year. And yet it doesn’t surprise me because the depth out here is so great. Before you always had that separation. Now in part you’ve got the top players not playing so great and in part the rest catching up.”

What about Phil Mickelson T 11 and Rory McIlroy T7 I hear you ask, I think it is best not to comment.

 

RBC Heritage. Luke Leaps to the Top.

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Luke Donald leaps to the top of the RBC Heritage leaderboard at Harbour Town Golf Links.

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Luke posted another round of -6 under par 66, low round of the day, to sit comfortably on top of the leaderboard at the RBC Heritage at -8 under par, and a two shot lead. He spoke about the weather conditions;

“I’ve always liked this golf course, and the conditions were pretty manageable, for the front nine at least. I think we’re in for a very windy day tomorrow, so I’ll need to control the ball even better.”

John Huh is in second place, a third round of -3 under par 68, and a -6 under par total, would have been better if he had not three putted the last hole. John said his tee shot was OK, it would be difficult to miss the eighteenth fairway, it is the widest on the course, but the second put him in a bad spot;

“I hit a good drive, had about 200 yards and hit my rescue over, put myself in the wrong spot. Believe it or not, I’ve been playing really good, but I just wasn’t able to put everything together. I think this is the week that I’ve put pretty much everything together.”

Nicolas Thompson is in a four-way tie for third place, at -5 under par. Joining him on that score are Jim Furyk, Charl Schwartzel and Ben Martin.

Nicolas was upset at his putting performance today;

“The only thing that was really off was my speed control, I might have had a missed read or two here or there, but that happens. I don’t think I hit one putt too short today. This golf course is the ultimate patience test. You have to be so patient out here, because how many golf shots are you going to hit in the perfect spot off the tee, so you think, and not have an exact shot on the pin?”

Charl thinks he will have a chance if he just continues with the good ball striking;

“I think if I can continue the ball striking and giving myself chances I can make a few birdies tomorrow and give it a shot.”

First-round co-leader Matt Kuchar bounced back from Friday afternoon’s rough start, to finish in a tie for seventh place at -4 under par. He was happy with that result after a long day, he had played 29 holes;

“It helps to be in contention, it helps to really have an incentive to go out and play some good golf.”

Accenture Match-Play. Garcia’s Gentlemanly Conduct. G-Mac King of Comebacks

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 Sergio Garcia was guilty of serious gentlemanly conduct in his loss to Rickie Fowler, conceding a seventeen foot putt. G-Mac came back from the dead once again, a resurrection indeed.

No regrets: Garcia concedes 17-footer in loss to Fowler

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 Rickie Fowler defeated Sergio Garcia, 1 up, Friday at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship , but that included the conceded putt of seventeen feet. The incident took place took place at Dove Mountain’s seventh hole, Sergio felt that he  had taken too much time to take a drop at No. 6, and conceded the halving par putt to Rickie. Sergio’s 7-foot par was conceded in return.

Sergio explained the extraordinary event like this;

I don’t regret it at all. I think that this is a gentleman’s game and lately, it hasn’t felt like it’s been like that. This is the way I was brought up by my dad. I felt like my drop on six took too much time. If I would have been in his position, I wouldn’t have enjoyed waiting so long to hit my birdie putt after the great shot that he hit. I thought that was the only thing I could do on seven to make myself feel better and not feel guilty about anything.”

The real problem was bee’s, Sergio asked for a drop away from the bee colony, saying;

 “I don’t want to hit the shot, I’ve had bad experiences with bees.”

Rickie was confused for a while;

“I had to kind of find out what he was asking or offering there, it took me a minute to figure it out.  It would be stupid not to take a half. He said, ‘You wanna halve’ I didn’t know what he meant. I thought maybe he had a sandwich”

For a the third day on the trot, Graeme McDowell came from behind to win. Claiming victory in  his quarter-final clash with Victor Dubuisson at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

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Graeme was again on the ropes at two down with two to play, he rallied with two closing birdies, which saw the former US Open Champion force extra holes, and a 15 foot birdie putt at the third extra hole, after Hunter had found a greenside bunker. The victory sealed a last-eight spot for the Volvo World Match Play champion.

Graeme was amazed to still be in the tournament;

 “It’s entertaining for sure but I’d much rather have it much easier, believe me. I can’t get my head around it. I was pretty sure I was beat against Gary Woodland, yesterday I thought I had a chance and today walking off the 16th green I thought I was beat again. The par save on the second play-off hole was just ridiculous, he holed from 20 feet there. I can’t believe it really, I have just robbed three players at this tournament and I can’t believe I am still in it.”

Victor Dubuisson avoided a comeback by Bubba Watson, clinging on for a one up victory after being three up with four to play. Making his World Golf Championships debut, Victor feels he is ready to join the next Ryder Cup team;

“I’m definitely ready because I have good experience of match play as an amateur. I hope the three matches I have won will help me get into the team.”

Ernie Els came up with a brilliant approach shot to within two feet at the 18th to see off Jason Dufner 1 up, while the other South African Louis Oosthuizen dispatched Webb Simpson 5-4.

Jason Day defeated George Coetzee 3-1, and Jordan Spieth beat Matt Kuchar 2-1. Jim Furyk defeated Harris English 1 up.

So far this week I have manged to avoid using the word bracket, but thought I had better mention it just in case you thought I was not aware.

Accenture Match-Play. Rose & Rory Out. Magic McDowell Survives Again.

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Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy crashed out of the Accenture Match-Play tournament at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Course on Dove Mountain. Graeme McDowell survived another match where he looked like losing, once again.

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Justin went down to Ernie Els, 1 up, while Rory lost to Harris English, on the 19th hole. G-Mac went three down after six holes against  Hideki Matsuyama, of Japan. He then birdied the seventh and eighth to get within one hole, only to then lose the 14th to be two down with four holes to play. Graeme won the 15th and the 17th, and rounding off with  a ten foot putt on the final green to seal a one up win.

He joked afterwards;

“Why do it the easy way when the hard way will do. I just got off to a slow start again, probably less so today. I was quite proud of myself when I got a half on three, so I was only two down after three, as opposed to three down. I tried to go out there today and execute my game plan and try not to give him any room, try not to make any mistakes, try not to give him anything, and he kind of played the same kind of golf back. He played very, very well. 

“I made big putts on 15 and 16. The 16th especially was a massive putt to give me the opportunity.I feel very fortunate again today. I’ve certainly expended all my energy and emotions the last couple of days, but thankfully it’s early in the season and I’ve plenty left in the tank.”

Louis Oosthuizen dumped out Henrik Stenson 4-3, and Webb Simpson dispatched Brandt Snedeker by the same score.

George Coetzee is still doing fine, winning the 21 hole battle with Patrick Reed. Jason Day took even longer to overcome Billy Horschel, 22 holes.

Sergio Garcia is going along smoothly, a 3-1 victory over Bill Haas, while Jason Dufner eliminated Matteo Manassero by 2-1. 

Sergio said he had fun out there today;

“It was good fun, we both played hard. We both tried to play as well as we could to beat our opponent and I was fortunate to be just a little bit better than him today.”

A resurgent Rickie Fowler beat Jimmy Walker 1 up, Matt Kuchar beat Ryan Moore by the same score. Jim Furyk took care of Charl Schwartzel 3-2, and Jordan Spieth was too strong for Thomas Bjorn, beating him 5-4.

Victor Dubuisson continued to impress on his World Golf Championships debut as he overcame Peter Hanson 3 -1 to progress to face former Masters Tournament winner Bubba Watson, who saw off Jonas Blixt at the 17th hole when Jonas lost his ball under a bush. ( would have been ironic if Jonas had got a free drop, wouldn’t it)

Some good match ups tomorrow and any of the remaining players could win, as Graeme McDowell said yesterday, this is a brutal format.

Accenture Match-Play. Who Lost on Day 1

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The Accenture Match-Play tournament was most noted for who lost on day 1 of the competition, at The Golf Club at Dove Mountain.

Day 1 recaps: Accenture

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It was a great victory for Ricky Fowler, defeating legendary matchplay exponent Ian Poulter 2-1. Even Ricky thought Poults was on a winner;

“I was definitely an underdog coming in. Heck, if I was filling out a bracket, I would have picked Poulter, too.  It feels like a big win after those missed cuts, it was nice to be the underdog. I had nothing to lose.”

Another Englishman on the wrong side of the leaderboard was Lee Westwood, he was defeated by Harris English 5-3.

George Coetzee, fresh from his win in South Africa, defeated Steve Stricker, an unlikely result at the start of play.

Zach Johnson, coming back from a layoff, lost to Richard Sterne 5-4. Everyone must now wonder if the unenforced rest period was a disaster, as Zach was playing really well beforehand. Another loser on day 1 was Keegan Bradley, falling to Jonas Blixt 2-1. Luke Donald also packed his bags, losing 5-4 to Matteo Manassero.

G-Mac only just made it,  he was four down through seven holes, and still three holes behind with three to play, when he staged an improbable rally against Florida neighbor Gary Woodland

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Graeme said he was surprised to get through;

“I’m sure he’s extremely disappointed right now, and I’m extremely elated. I’m surprised to be sitting here, having won. Yeah, I hit a couple of quality shots down the last couple of holes, but he had mistakes, as well. It’s a brutal format. I thought it was over, you’re not coming back from 3 down against a guy that’s playing as well as him. Yeah, I’m still going to try to hit my shots. But it required a mistake from him to give me half a sniff, even. It feels like a Sunday afternoon on Wednesday.”

The big names that made it safely through include, Henrik Stenson, the number one seed here, Webb Simpson, Rory McIlroy, Jim Furyk, Sergio Garcia, albeit after 22 holes, Jimmy Walker, Justin Rose, Ernie Els, Jason Dufner, Matt Kuchar, Jordan Spieth and Bubba Watson.

     

BMW Championship. Zach Attack Wins It.

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

In complete control

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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.

See you on Monday

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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.