Founders Cup. Yu Liu Leads.

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Lu Yiu of China leads the Founders Cup after 54 holes at  Wildfire Golf Club in Arizona.Founders CupYu Liu / getty

Yu fired a third round -7 under par 65 to take a one shot lead in the Founders Cup at -19 under par;

“I’m not very comfortable and not very used to playing in the last group.”

“I’ve had two experiences before and I didn’t do very well. Today was definitely a turnaround.”

“Playing golf for a living is definitely not something that I take for granted.”

“I really appreciate what the Founders have done for us.”

In second place is Carlota Ciganda of Spain, a brilliant bogey free -9 under par 63 to post a -18 under par total, a short tee on the par five 15th and making putts made her round;

“When you make putts, it’s great.”

 “I’ve been playing great, hitting lots of green, so it was a matter of making putts.”

“They put the tee up today, I knew if I hit a good driver it was going to be a short iron.”

Angel Yin, USA, has third place at -16 under par, -6 under 66 today easing her up the leaderboard;

“I’m going to try to do the same I’ve been doing the past three days and just play my game.”

If it works, it works.”

Tied in fourth at -15 under were, Hyo Joo Kim, Sung Hyun Park, Jin Young Ko, Nelly Korda, and Lydia Ko.

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Valspar Championship. Paul Casey with One Shot lead.

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Paul Casey, the defending champion from England leads after 54 holes at Copperhead in Florida.

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Paul fell over on the last hole of the snake pit carding bogey for a third round -3 under par 68, giving him a Valspar Championship total of -9 under, and a one stroke lead going into the final round tomorrow.

World number one Dustin Johnson is that one shot back at -8 under, in second place alone, after his third round-4 under 67, making a 35 ft birdie putt;

“Luckily, I made really good contact with it and it flew just past the hole, even then, I still had a big, swinging, downhill putt.”

“Makes up for the other two.”

Jason Kokrak is third at -7 under, his third round -5 under 66 included a Hole in One, at the par three 15th, voted the shot of the day.

Luke Donald, England and Scott Stallings, USA, both with -1 under 70 today are tied in fourth place at -6 under.

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Maybank Championship. Nacho Elvira Leads.

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Nacho Elvira of Spain leads the Maybank Championship after 54 holes at Saujana Golf & Country Club in Malaysia.

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A third round -6 under par 66 saw Nacho leading the Maybank Championship with a -13 under par total, and will take a two hot advantage into the final round on Sunday, he is looking for his maiden European Tour win;

“It would be great to start here but I really don’t think about it too much.”

“The putter worked a bit better than yesterday, especially coming down the stretch. I’m very happy with a 66.” 

“It was tough with the heat and humidity today. I stayed patient and it paid off in the end.”

David Lipsky, USA, is in second place at -11 under following his third round of -5 under par 67, and has solved his  poor putting problems;

“My game is feeling pretty good.”

“These last two days I’ve figured something out and just started clicking.” 

“The last two or three weeks my putting has held me back but I’ve been putting well the last two rounds. I’m excited for tomorrow.”

Sharing third place at -10 under were, Maximilian Kieffer, Germany Jazz Janewattananond, Thailand and Scott Hend of Australia.

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Founders Cup. Two Ladies Tied at the Top.

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Two ladies are tied for the 36 hole lead at the Founders Cup, Yu Liu, China, and Sung Hyun Park, South Korea, share the honor at Wildfire Golf Club in Arizona.

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Yu shot -8 under 64, with two bogey’s, while Sung carded -6 under 66, to both share the Founders Cup 36 hole lead at -12 under par.

Yu enjoyed the day, and being first off;

“I don’t expect this to happen every day, when a day like this comes, I just am glad I was able to take advantage of it.”

“Definitely being the first off, the greatest advantage is pure greens and calm conditions.”

Sung also enjoyed her round;

“Overall, I’m really happy with the play today, especially putting was really good.”

“The shots were better than yesterday.”

Eight ladies are then tied in third place at -10 under par, including ex world number one Lydia Ko;

“Obviously, the golf course is known to have some low scores.”

“You just have to go out there, try to play your game, and maybe play a little bit more aggressive than any other golf course.”

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Valspar Championship. Two at the Top.

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Two players are tied at the top of the Valspar Championship leaderboard, Paul Casey, England, and Austin Cook, USA, share the 36 hole lead.

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Paul -5 under 66 today and Austin-4 under par 67, share the 36 hole Valspar Championship lead at Copperhead in Florida with -6 under par totals.

Paul is the defending champion, and has yet to successfully retain a title;

“I’ve never defended a professional event. I would love to do that.”

“Mentally last year I was hoping I would win, wanting to win.”

“This year, knowing that I have won around here, I have a slightly different approach to it, and I played today quite aggressively and tried to take advantage of the golf course that I knew was going to get very, very tough this afternoon.”

Scott Stallings, USA, -3 under 68 today, Sungjae Im, South Korea, 4 under 67, and the comeback kid Luke Donald, England, -2 under 70, are tied in third place at -5 under.

Luke is ready for the challenge;

“This is my first event back since the Sony and I really haven’t had too many reps, so I maybe lost a little bit of focus down the stretch there the last few holes, but overall I’m in a great position and thankful that I feel good and healthy and ready for a weekend. It’s been a while.”

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Maybank Championship. Thomas Pieters Has 36 Hole Lead.

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Thomas Pieters of Belgium has the 36 hole lead at the Maybank Championship in Malaysia.

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Thomas carded a second round -3 under par 69 to lead the Maybank Championship by one shot at -8 under par at the half-way point;

“I struggled off the tee early on, at the end it was a lot better.”

“It didn’t feel like a good day to me, I made the best of what I had. I gave myself a lot of chances but I couldn’t seem to get the ball in the hole.”

“I birdied the 16th, the par three, it was a nice putt.”

Sharing second place at -7 under are Nacho Elvira, Spain, even par 72 today, and Danny Masrin from Indonesia, with -4 under 68.

Nacho was reasonably pleased with his round;

“Overall I’m happy. I’m hitting the ball fine, I’m putting myself in position to find the pins and I’m looking forward to the weekend.”

Danny is concentrating on cutting the gap between himself and the leader;

“I’m going to treat this as another golf tournament and not put too much pressure on myself. I’ll go through the same routine, process.”

“The target every day is to cut the lead as much as I can.”

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Celine Boutier, France, leads the Founders Cup by one shot at -8 under par at Wildfire Golf Club  In Phoenix.Bank Of Hope Founders Cup - Round One : News PhotoCeline

Celine carded a bogey free -8 under par 64 to lead the Founders Cup by one shot, after winning in Australia last month;

‘It’s definitely made me more confident in my game, my ability to win out here.’

”I feel like I was kind of lacking that confidence last year.”

Five ladies are then tied in second pace at -7 under par, Na Yeon Choi, and Jin Young Ko, both from South Korea, Charlotte Thomas, England, Alana Uriel, USA, and Nanna Koerstz Madsen, Denmark.

Na Yeon is on the comeback trail ;

“I’m very happy to be back on tour.” 

“Golf is really funny game. I didn’t expect any good score today because this is first day.”

“I practice hard, of course, but it’s hard to tell how I’m going to shoot. Less expectation, I think, always give you better result.”

Alana is full of confidence;

“It’s given me a lot of confidence coming into the LPGA having a win under my belt.”

“Feel a little more at home out here, so I don’t mind letting loose and seeing what I’m capable of.”

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