The Honda Classic. Fowler Leads, with a Fortuitous Free Drop.

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Rickie Fowler leads The Honda Classic, helped somewhat by a fortuitous free drop at PGA National in Florida.

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Rickie carded a bogey free -5 under par 65 to lead The Honda Classic after 54 holes, at -13 under par, but importantly he has a four shot advantage. The free drop came when his ball was in the deep fringe greenside, but he claimed a drop because of a nearby sprinkler head, which he said interfered with his stance. A club length later he was out on the fairway. Reminded me of the free drop Tiger got after he had sent his ball out of bounds, either on the roof of the clubhouse, or out in the car park, no one knew. The official gave Tiger a free drop, greenside.

Rickie played well and spoke about the difficulty of the course;

“You still have to be on top of your game, in easier conditions here.”

“It does lend to some birdies out there for sure, but it’s still a fine line.”

“You can still make just as many mistakes as you do in the wind.”

“I’m looking forward to this weekend. A place, on a golf course I feel comfortable.”

“I know I have the lead, and it’s nice to go out in front, but you still have to play, and especially around this place, it can jump up and bite you at any time.”

“And I’m comfortable with the game right now. It’s going to be a fun weekend.”

Tyrrell Hatton, from England holds second place at -9 under par, a third round -4 under 66, he said it was just a nice mix of things, and he putted well;

“It was a mix of things, I made a few putts.”

“Putted well on the back nine.”

“My game didn’t feel that great on Monday, felt like I had never swung a golf club before.”

“I’m really happy with the position I’m in.”

Tied in third place at -7 under par are five players; Emiliano Grillo, Sean O’Hair, Gary Woodland, Martin Kaymer and Wesley Bryan.

 

 

 

 

Joburg Open. Reduced to 54 Holes.

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The Joburg Open tournament has been reduced to 54 holes, there has been over 200 millimetres of rain during the week at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club in South Africa.

A major storm suspends play for the day in the third round of the Joburg Open  (Getty Images)

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Paul Waring and Darren Fichardt lead with -11 under par scores, with Dean Burmester and Jacques Kruyswijk sharing second place, one shot back at -10 under par.

The leaderboard is tightly packed, six players are at -9, followed by another five at -8 under. So the last round, weather permitting, will be an exciting time.

 

Honda LPGA Thailand. Round Three Suspended. Amy Yang Leads.

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Amy Yang, from South Korea, leads the suspended round three in the Honda LPGA Thailand  at the Pattaya Old Course.

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Amy has a four shot lead after completing 13 holes of her third round in the Honda LPGA Thailand, carding -6 under for a -17 under par total. Play was suspended due to darkness. Amy told reporters that she is playing well;

“My shot was good. You know, I’m hitting good all week.”

“Tomorrow again I’ll, you know, finish third round. I’ll try to do just one shot at time, hole by hole.”

In second place at -13 under par is So Yeon Ryu, who finished her third round with -4 under 68. South  Korea are in 1st, 2nd, and in a tie for 3rd place.

Tied in third place at -11 under par are Jodi Ewart Shadoff, England, with -5 under today through 17 holes, and South Korean Sei Young Kim, -4 under today with 13 completed holes.

World number one Lydia Ko played a little better today, -4 under 68 for her third round, and is now -7 under for the tournament.

Play will resume at 7 am local time Sunday, to finish the third and hopefully the final round.

The Honda Classic. Two Tied At The Top.

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The Honda Classic, there are two players tied at the top of the leaderboard after 36 holes at PGA National in Florida. Ryan Palmer joins first round leader Wesley Bryan.

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Ryan shot -5 under 65, while Wesley signed for a -3 under 67 in the second round of The Honda Classic, to share top spot at -9 under par.

Ryan returned to golf after a four-month break,  to be at home with his wife, Jennifer, who is recovering from breast cancer;

“I watched a few tournaments, there were times when she said I should have gone and played.”

“I was going to play Vegas and I was going to play Malaysia, but after that, there was no way I could play golf.”

“Enjoyed time at home, took care of the kids. But it was a lot of hard times, for sure.”

Ryan suffered most on the course, with his putter;

“The greens, all hell broke loose. the nerves, anxiety right hand. I spent four weeks going through that.”

“Felt like it was the best putting I’ve done in a year and a half, and it’s carried over to this week.”

Wesley  made a bogey on the 13th hole,an errant tee shot,  with his only option was using a putter to get out of the trees. He holed an 8-foot bogey putt to keep in range, and then he holed a 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th to tie for the lead;

“Don’t like making bogeys, but any time you find yourself using a putter out of the trees for your second shot, it’s not good.”

 “Glad to settle for bogey there and glad to get one on 18, tied for the lead going into the weekend.”

One shot back of the leaders is Rickie Fowler, who carded a second straight -4 under 66, for a -8 under total;

“I feel like it’s time for me to start finishing off some more events when I am in this position.”

 “I wouldn’t look just back at this specific event, but there’s been a few where I’ve had a chance, and I feel very good out front or around the guys in the lead.”

“I’m looking forward to this weekend.”

 

Honda LPGA Thailand. Rain Stops Play.

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Rain stops play in the Honda LPGA Thailand event  because of unplayable course conditions brought on by severe weather at the Pattaya Old Course, in Thailand.

Inclement Weather During Round 2 of the Honda LPGA Thailand

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Ariya and Amy still lead, at -6 under par, but have yet to start their second rounds.

Making a big move at the start of her second round is last weeks winner Ha Na Jang, carding -3 under through 8 second round holes, for a -4 under total.

Joburg Open. Paul Waring Leads.

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Paul Waring from England, leads the Joburg Open as fading light halts play in the second round at   Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club, in South Africa.

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Paul had a one shot lead when second round play was halted, having completed 12 holes on the West Course for -5 under par, giving him a tournament total of -12 under par.

Chasing him down are Darren Fitchhardt, who has completed his second round at -6 under 66 on the West Course and Dean Burmeister, -6 under through 15 holes, also on the West, both of these South Africans are  at -11 under for the competition.

Darren was happy with his position in the tournament;

“I got off to a great start. I knew it was going to play long and I needed to get off to a good start and that I did.” 

“I got to six under pretty quickly, after eight I was six under so I was very happy about that start.” 

“Unfortunately I made a bogey on the tenth and then birdied the 18th, so I ended off well, but I am very happy with 66.”

Defending champion Hayden Porteous, from South Africa, carded -4 under 67 on the East, and now has two bogey free rounds for his -9 under total, and is T5;

“To have two bogey-free rounds in a row is an awesome feeling and it just leads to more confidence.”

“Hopefully I can do the same on the weekend. I wouldn’t say West is that tough – as long as you are hitting the fairways, you have a chance to make birdie coming into the greens.”

“But to do it around the East is not easy. You do have a few tough holes out there and to get away from that course unscathed is a pretty good feeling.”

The Honda Classic. Wesley Bryan & Cody Gribble Share Lead.

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Wesley Bryan & Cody Gribble share the first round lead at The Honda Classic  on the PGA National course in Florida.

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Cody and Wesley both shot a -6 under par 64 in the first round of the Honda Classic to share the lead, both on the PGA Tour, making it from the Web.com Tour.

This is a track that Rookie Wesley loves;

“A place that I’m comfortable at, and a golf course I know, they are few and far between out here.”

 “It’s my first run at all these tournaments out here. I love this place, love this golf course.”

“I’m just kind of picking up where I left off.”

 “I was able to get the ball in the fairway with some of the tougher driving holes out there, and set up a couple good birdie opportunities.”

 “I had a lot I was building on each week, and I was able to put it together in just one round at Riviera that slung me into contention.”

“We’re off to a good start here, so hopefully we’ll have another crack at it.”

Cody, who, having won so early,  has played in the SBS Tournament of Champions at Kapalua;

“Honestly, I think you’ve got to limit your expectations.”

“It’s something that I went into the fall season hoping I’d get into the event (at Sanderson Farms) and hoping just to make the cut. And I end up winning.”

“So I think I’ve really got to try to keep that lower,  I need to be worried about my line, and my next hole is going to be 10 tomorrow, making sure I have the right line for the first shot, stuff like that.”

“I love narrow fairways, it doesn’t scare me at all. Tight fairways, gator pits, bring it on.”

One shot back, and tied in third, at -5 under after rounds of 65 are Martin Kaymer and Anirban Lahiri.