Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Brian Stuard Gets Maiden PGA Tour Win.

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Brian Stuard gets his maiden PGA Tour win at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans  beating Jamie Lovemark on the second hole of a playoff on Monday.

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At the conclusion of 54 holes, shortened tournament due to the terrible weather conditions, three players were tied at the top of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans leaderboard.

Brian Stuard, -3 under 69 today Jamie Lovemark, -4 under 68 and Byeong-Hun An, -7 under 65, they all had 54 hole totals of -15 under par.

Play-off hole was the par five eighteenth, where Byeong-Hun An was eliminated at the first round with a bogey six.

Brian won at the second time around with a birdie 4, to Jaimie’s par 5.

Brian said he was not playing so well;

“I wasn’t playing great. I was just kind of, I don’t know; hanging around.”

“I kind of hung in there all week. I just didn’t get too ahead of myself and just stayed real patient, and it paid off.”

Jaime was a bit miffed at missing out;

“I feel good, not too disappointed.”

“Just a little bummed, but moving on to next week.”

There was some great play going on further down the field with Bobby Wyatt finishing in fourth position after carding -8 under par 64, which included two bogey’s. He was  just one shot off the play-off places and could have won, but three-putts for bogeys on the par-3 14th and par-4 15th cost him dearly;

“I certainly haven’t been in this position a lot, so I think probably some of it is nerves.” 

“I found out I can play with these guys.”

World number one Jason Day, -6 under 66 today,  finished up tied for fifth place with Chris Kirk, -7 under 65, both at -13 under par, and Jason just wanted another round;

“I just wish it was 72 holes, at least I gave myself an opportunity to be around the leaders.”

 

 

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Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Washout, Reduced to 54 Holes and Monday Finish.

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Brian Stuard and Jhonattan Vegas share the partial third-round lead at 13-under par over the saturated TPC Louisiana course. The event has now  officially been reduced to 54 holes and a Monday finish.

Monday finish likely in New Orleans

Brian -1 so far and Johnny-2, for -13 under totals, have completed just five holes of the now final round in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Bobby Wyatt is currently in third place at -12 under par, just one shot back, Bobby is -6 under par through nine holes of the last round.

Jamie Lovemark is fourth, even par in the third after five holes, with a -11 under par total.

Last weeks winner Charley Hoffman is in contention again, he is in the big bunch at -10 under par, Charley has finished fourteen holes of his final round.

Volunteers of America Texas Shootout. Jenny Shin Wins 1st LPG Victory

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Jenny Shin, from South Korea,  wins the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout at  Las Colinas Country Club, in Texas, her 1st LPG Victory.

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Jenny Shin and her 1st LPGA Trophy

Jenny carded a final bogey free round of -4 under par 67 to win the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout with a total of -14 under par, a two shot victory.

Jenny is the third Rolex First Time Winner of the season, joining Ha Na Jang and Haru Nomura in achieving LPGA success, he had this to say;

“Still in awe nothing has registered yet. I wanted to talk to my mum, but I was on the verge of tears so I hung up without really her answering the phone.”

“I think it will hit me as soon as I talk to my mum, yeah. I don’t have anything going on right now.”

“I think I’ve been in contention so many times that I’ve kind of learned how to tune it out.”

 “I’m not sure I can repeat it exactly the same if I have a chance next time. I think every year I become a better player and I get a little bit more experience.”

“And I think I’ve gotten a lot out of it every time I go through this, so hopefully next year will be better, the year after that will be better.”

Tied in second place, two shots back at -12 under par  were a pair of South Koreans, Amy Yang, and Mi Jung Hur, both with even par rounds of 71, they were joined by Gerina Piller who could not complete the win, but did start the day with a two shot lead, suffering with a last round +2 over par 73.

Gerina spoke the really tough day, and she is learning all the time;

“I mean, the conditions are pretty tough, so it definitely wasn’t a cakewalk out there.”

 “As you can see, I haven’t really looked at the leaderboard if anyone shot a real low one.”

“The pins were really, really tough today and it’s tough to get them close, especially coming in.”

“But I’ve taken nothing but good things away from this week. That was my first time ever holding the lead, especially for two rounds, so it’s just more confidence that I’m adding to what I already have.”

Zurich Classic of New Orleans, 3rd Round Still Wet.

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As you can see in the picture below, there is not a lot happening today at TPC Louisiana in the 3rd round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

 

Monday finish likely in New Orleans

The players did get out and start, but then this happened.

Volvo China Open. Home Town Boy Li Haotong Wins

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Home town boy Li Haotong wins the Volvo China Open at Topwin Golf and Country Club in Beijing, his maiden European Tour win.

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CHN Home town boy Li Haotong won the Volvo China Open with a marvelous bogey free final round -8 under par 64, sharing the low round of the day, for a tournament total of -22 under par, and a convincing three shot victory.

Haotong was very happy to be holding the trophy, especially as he listened to his caddy on the final hole;

“I just tried to relax myself and I’m really really happy to hold the trophy here.”

“The start of this year has given me a lot of hard times, even though I worked hard I still played badly, especially last week. I worked hard there and couldn’t control my ball.”

“When I had my tee-shot, I walked to my second shot there and I was thinking I need to go hybrid to get to the front edge to give me an easy chip to there but my caddy said, Haotong, you’re already three shots in the lead, you’ve just got to lay up and make par to win”

CHI Felipe Aguila claimed second place, three shots off the pace at -19 under par, a last round -3 under par 69 not good enough to put in a serious challenge for the title.

Sharing third place were ENG Richard Bland, -6 under par 66 today,  GER Marcel Siem, also -6 under par 66, and DEN Lucas Bjerregaard, -2 under 70 on the day, they all finished with -18 under par totals.

Peter Hanson, -5 under 67 today, Scott Hend, -8 under 64, and Richie Ramsay, -6 under 66,  were next in line  at -17 under par.

Golfing Shelters

This is one reason you will not find me on the course with rain/lightning etc in the area.

The Grateful Golfer

We have all been caught in poor weather on the golf course. Sometimes it creeps up on us and others times we gamble that things will just blow over. Regardless, playing in less than perfect conditions is part of golf.

We talked about being chased from the course in previous articles and this article dovetails perfectly into that article.

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