DP World Tour Championship. Matt Wallace Has Half-Way Lead.

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Matt Wallace of England has the half-way lead at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, at Jumeirah Golf Estates.Wallace holds narrow advantage in DubaiMatt / getty

Matt has a one shot lead after 36 holes of the DP World Tour Championship scoring a bogey free second round -7 under par 65 to post a -11 under tournament total;

“That’s up there with one of the best this year.”

“I’m playing with freedom now and trying to place as high as I possibly can come the back nine holes on Sunday and then that’s when I normally will try and kick in and want to win a tournament, depending on where I am.”

“I’ve been in this situation before, just not in this sort of tournament.”

“The best players are out there in the world and I just want to compete and see where my game is at against them.”

Tied in second place at -10 under are Jordan Smith, England, -4 under par 68 today, Adrian Otaegui, Spain, -4 under, and Danny Willett, England with his second consecutive round of -5 under 67.

Danny is feeling good.

“It’s nice, I’ve said it all year, really, since everything has been good.”

Jordan is enjoying life at the top;

“It’s a new situation for me in this tournament.”

“I’ll go and enjoy it like I have the last couple of days and see what happens.”

Adrian is playing well and is in position to challenge;

“I played really good golf and gave myself more birdie chances.”

“Conditions were quite tough at the end with the wind picking up, so four under is a good round for the second round.”

The two top contenders for the Race to Dubai title, Francesco Molinari, Italy, and Tommy Fleetwood, England, have their own battle to sort out, and at the moment defending champion Tommy has the edge, currently T6 at -8 under par after his -5 under 67 today. Francesco carded a +1 over 73 today to slip back into a tie for 27th place at -3 under for the tournament.

Tommy is pretty clear on what he has to do;

“There’s so many different things going on but the situation is pretty black and white, just keep going and just put everything into it for another two days.”

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The RSM Classic.

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Charles Howell 111 leads the RSM Classic in tough conditions on Sea Island in Georgia, at the  Seaside and Plantation courses.Howell III leads by two shots at The RSM Classic

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Charles carded a first round -8 under par 64 on the Plantation Course to lead The RSM Classic, a two course tournament, in very tough conditions in Georgia;

“I think sometimes playing these difficult conditions it forces you to stay a bit more present, it forces you to stay kind of in the moment a bit.”

“It’s hard to get too far ahead of yourself because of the difficulty of every shot coming.”

The Plantation Course players had the best scores of the day filling the top ten places. J.J. Spaun and Austin Cook shared second pace with rounds of -6 under 66.

Austin thinks the good ball strikers will have the best chance here;

 “I feel like I’m a great ball striker, and this is the kind of course that those succeed on.”

Best scores from the Seaside Course came from Brian Harman and Peter Uihlein, both with -4 under 68 to be tied in seventh place with large group from the Plantation Course.

Peter said he played and putted well;

“When it’s this windy and this tough, you’re not going to blitz it, but you’re not trying to do anything to really kind of mess up.”

“So I just kept it in front of me all day, made some nice par putts and holed some nice putts for birdie, so it was good.”

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CME Group Tour Championship. Amy Olson Leads.

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Amy Olson, USA, leads the CME Group Tour Championship after an opening round of 63 at Tiburon Golf Club in Florida.CME Group Tour Championship - Round One : News PhotoAmy

Amy carded a first round -9 under par 63 to lead the CME Group Tour Championship by one shot, with good putting being the key;

“It’s just fun to be playing well.”

 “Rolled the ball really well. The greens are absolutely pure. If you’re hitting your line, it holds its line. I was just seeing the line, reading the putts really well, and hitting it where I wanted.”

Sharing second place at -8 under after rounds of 64 were Nasa Hataoka, Japan, and Brittany Lincicome of the USA.

Brittany was inspired by the outlook of a young amateur player;

“I started with playing nine holes in the Annika Pro-Am on Monday with an eight year old girl.”

 “Her philosophy was if it gets in the air and it gets on the green, then it’s good.”

“It was kind of going back to my eight or ten year-old roots. I really just wanted to go back to my ten year-old self, and I think accomplished that.”

Nasa was inspired by a save on the first hole when she rolled in a 14 foot putt for par, after blasting out from the bunker, and kept alive her dream of winning the million dollar bonus;

“That changed the whole day, because I was in the second to the last group, I knew what was happening on the golf course and I felt some pressure.”

“I know it is only the first round, but I intend to just enjoy the week.”

Alone in fourth spot at -7 under is Lexi Thompson, USA, who changed her putter, and had her brother Curtis on the bag;

“It is great to have Curtis on the bag, he knows my game very well and he was helping me read my putts.”

“It’s only the first day so I’m just trying to take it one shot at a time.”

“I knew my game was there. It was just all a matter of everything coming together and being 100 percent confident with my little swing changes that I’ve been working on.”

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DP World Tour Championship. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. Jordan Smith and Adrian Otaegui share the honor after round one.Smith and Otaegui lead the way in DubaiJordan / getty

Jordan, England, and Adrian from Spain both carded first rounds of -6 under par 66 to lead the DP World Tour Championship.

Jordan is looking for his second European Tour title, but needs to improve the consistency in his putting;

“I hit a lot of good shots on that front nine, I just couldn’t quite find the hole.”

“I hit a lot of good putts, all burning the edge and then something clicked on that back nine and they started going in.”

“I think you can just take a lot of confidence into the next few days.”

Adrian putted well, and went round bogey free;

“I played really well, I was solid from tee-to-green.”

“I left myself lots of birdie chances. I thought I putted well.”

“Six birdies, no bogeys, it’s always a very good start. It’s more important to have a good finish, as well.”

Defending champion Jon Rahm, Spain, is sharing second place with Danny Willett from England, both signing for opening rounds of -5 under par 67, to be one stroke back.

As defending champion Jon has the chance to be the only player to win  back-to-back at Jumeirah Golf Estates, and also become the first to win three Rolex Series events;

“I am defending champion, I like the thought that I am the only one who can win it two years in a row, so I’m keeping that in mind.”

“It’s really important to keep the ball in the fairway off the tee. If I keep hitting good drives like I have today and like I did last year, decent iron play, I’m going to have a lot of birdie chances.”

“I just like it, it’s a course that suits my eye. I enjoy it a lot so, hopefully, I can keep the rounds in the sixties going.”

Danny is starting to play well after a poor run of form;

“It’s a shame it’s the last event of the season.”

 “From kind of June, July onwards, we were making better strides and we could work harder and work longer and that’s had a big impact.”

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Mayakoba Golf Classic. Matt Makes it his 8th Victory.

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Matt Kuchar won his 8th PGA Tour title the  Mayakoba Golf Classic at El Camaleon Golf Club in Mexico.Kuchar back in the winner's circle at Mayakoba Golf Classic

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Matt held on to win the Mayakoba Golf Classic title with a final round -2 under 69, giving him a tournament total of -22 under par, his first PGA Tour victory of 4 ½years;

“It feels extra sweet having kind of had to suffer through a year of not playing great in 2018.”

“Being four years removed since my last victory I realize how difficult it is to win on the PGA TOUR.”

“I certainly made it exciting coming in, it wasn’t the finish I was hoping for; I would have liked to have been able to five- or six-putt that final green.”

“Winning out here is so difficult. The strength of field every week is awfully good.”

Danny Lee of New Zealand finished in second place at -20 under par, just one shot off a play-off with a last round -6 under 66. Danny posted all four rounds in the sixties;

“I didn’t have any particular mindset today, I’ve been hitting it good all week and I knew if I just putt half decent I was going to have a chance or get very close.”

“It was kind of a little bit windier than the last three rounds, but of you just keep hitting it straight off the tee you get a lot of birdie chances.”

J.J. Spaun and Richy Werenski, from the USA finished tied in third place at -19 under par.

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Nedbank Golf Challenge. Lee Westwood Wins.

 

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Lee Westwood of England wins the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City, South Africa.Westwood back in the winner's circle in Sun City

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A final round of -8 under par 64 saw former World #1  Lee Westwood win the Nedbank Golf Challenge with a tournament total of -15 under par, a three shot winning margin, making birdie on three of his last five holes;

“I’m a bit emotional, to be honest, you’re never sure whether you’re going to be able to do it again.”

“Until now my emotions have felt really under control all day which is what I’ve been working hard on.”

“I was just trying to hit fairways and stick to my game-plan and hit it in the right places.”

“I’ve got a bit of a process that I’m going through with my golf swing and I’m starting to see better shots.”

“The seven iron into 17 is probably one of the best shots I’ve ever hit.”

Leader for three rounds a disappointed Sergio Garcia, Spain, could only post a last round -2 under 70, for second place at -12 under par;

“To shoot 64 in the last round, the greens were a little bit softer today but still, you had to go out there and do it. It’s not that easy.”

“I’m thrilled for him, he had a bad Ryder Cup at Hazeltine and he struggled a little bit, he’s been playing much better this year.”

Home player Louis Oosthuizen, shot -3 under 69, to capture third place at -11 under par.

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Mayakoba Golf Classic. Matt Makes a Move.

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Matt Kuchar, USA, made a significant move on Saturday to stay on top of the Mayakoba Golf Classic leaderboard at  El Camaleon Golf Club in Mexico.Kuchar holds 54-hole lead at Mayakoba Golf Classic

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Matt shot -6 under par 65 on Saturday to stay on top of the Mayakoba Golf Classic leaderboard at -20 under par, doubling his lead to four shots;

“I can’t imagine doing better through 54 holes, I did think about it today that it would be nice to get to seven under to match my first two rounds”

“I’ve felt really, really good for three days.”

“This week it’s come together, it’s been very satisfying.”

Whee Kim, South Korea, is i n second place, four shots back at -16 under par after a third round -5 under par 66.

Richy Werensky, USA, and Danny Lee, New Zealand, share third place at -15 under par, both recording third rounds of -4 under 67.

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