Valspar Championship. Sam Burns With 1st PGA Tour Win.

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Sam Burns claimed his first PGA Tour title the Valspar Championship at a windy Copperhead Course in Florida.

Sam had a final round -3 under par 68 to get him his first tour title the Valspar Championship with a -17 under par tournament total, a three shot winning margin;

“I’ve worked so hard for this moment, they’ve all sacrificed so much.”

“You just hope and practice so hard to have that opportunity.”

“After I had the bunker shot on 18, I just got choked up thinking about that moment and thinking, you wanted to have that opportunity so bad for so long and now you do.”

“It was really special for me.”

“Having those past chances that I wasn’t able to convert I think it got me ready for this moment.”

Sam being a Christian added”

“If I don’t win, I can be OK with that. If I do, I give Him the glory.”

“Obviously at times it’s frustrating, you want things to happen, but just really deep down believing that His timing is perfect, His plan is perfect.”

Keegan Bradley finished in second place, a last round of even par 71 not good enough to challenge, he was three shots back at -14 under par, a poor tee shot on the 13th, into water, affecting him;

“I just hit a terrible shot, I hadn’t really hit a really bad shot all week and you just can’t hit it there, obviously, but you can’t hit it right of the flag.”

“And I just came out of it a little bit, it got gobbled up by the wind, if it goes another yard it might have been in that bunker, but it was a bummer.”

“I was in contention today obviously coming down the last nine holes. I’ve done pretty well in my career when I’ve had a chance and I just didn’t hit the shots that I needed to.”

Tied in third place at -13 under were; Viktor Hovland, -6 under 65 today, with Cameron Tringale, -3 under 68.

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Tenerife Open. Dan Burmester Wins.

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Dean Burmester of South Africa wins the Tenerife Open at Golf Costa Adeje in Spain.

Dean BurmesterDean fired a fabulous bogey free final round -9 under par 62 to win the Tenerife Open by five shots at -25 under par;

“I think any time you can make your game travel, you’re achieving great things, so I’m ecstatic to win here.”

“I’d obviously love to get in that top 100 in the world, it’s quite lucrative, a lot of things happen when you get into that top 100 so if I can get back there I’ll be very excited.”

“Hopefully I can go from strength to strength now and that’ll be my plan, I won’t stop working hard and trying to get better.”

“It’s amazing, just to have the support of our little group of South African guys, we’re kind of like a family out here. We all travel a long way to come and ply our craft so just to have those guys on the 18th green, all the caddies, all the players, spraying me with champagne and congratulating me, there’s no better feeling in the world.”

In second place at -20 under was Nicolai Von Dellingshausen from Germany, with a last round -3 under par 68, while Kalle Samooja, Finland, -2 under 69 today, and Adrian Meronk from Poland, -4 under 67 shared third spot at -19 under.

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HSBC Women’s World Championship. Hannah Hands Win to Hyo Joo Kim.

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Hyo Joo Kim from South Korea, wins the HSBC Women’s World Championship at Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore.

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Hyo carded a fabulous flawless final round -8 under par 64 to win the HSBC Women’s World Championship with a -17 under par total. Hannah Green, Australia, stood on the 17th tee with a one shot advantage at -18 under, but then inexplicably finished bogey, bogey, three putting to be in second place at -16 under.

In the third round Hyo had six bogey’s, all from missed short putts;

“Those six bogeys I made were short putts missed. Usually I’m very confident with my putter.”

“So I just tried to focus when I needed to make the short putts, and I think that it’s concentration that makes the difference,” 

“My goal this year was to get a win, and I’m glad I already achieved that.”

“While I was playing on the KLPGA Tour last year, I honed my skills and wanted to adapt them to this year on the LPGA, and I’m very happy that these results came out.”

Hannah holed her approach shot on 14 for an Eagle two, which put her in contention;

“I didn’t really feel like I was in it until I holed the shot on 14. That was a nice way to get my momentum.”

“Made a really good putt on 16 to make birdie, but obviously pretty disappointed to have two 3-putts finishing.”

“Felt a little nerves on the last, which is nice, because I guess having the spectators out there it kind of meant something to me.”

“So I’m obviously very close, so I just hope that I can continue this momentum and who knows, have a good result next week.”

Tied in third place at -15 under were Patty Tavatanakit, Thailand, who fired a bogey free final round -7 under 65, Inbee Park, South Korea,-2 under 70 and Xiyu Lin from China with a last round -1 under 71.

Xiyu was very happy with her result;

“Right now I’m definitely a little sad but overall if I really just calm down and think through this week, I’m very grateful for what I’ve done.”

“If you tell me at the beginning of the week, like I’m going to do that well, like finish top three, I’ll be like, are you kidding,” 

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Valspar Championship. Keegan & Sam Still Share Top Spot.

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Keegan Bradley and Sam Burns are still at the top of the Valspar Championship leaderboard after 54 holes at Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort in Florida.

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Keegan and Sam both carded -2 under par 69 rounds today, and both had bogey on the last hole, to stay on top of the Valspar Championship leaderboard at -14 under par.

Sam had an Eagle on the par five 1st hole, after a 233 yard hybrid approach shot to within three feet;

“That shot in there on number one was kind of a bonus.”

“I think for me it’s just taking a little more time in those moments and really talk through the shot and really have a clear plan of what I’m trying to do.”

Bradley did not have a good day with the putter;

“I just didn’t hole the putts that I’ve been making the first two rounds.”

“I know I can do it, I know I’ve been up here and won some big tournaments in my career and I feel like if I go out tomorrow and stick to my process, I can have a chance coming down the end.”

Alone in third spot is Max Homa one shot back at -13 under par, a birdie on the last hole making feel better about his day;

“I felt like that was the biggest part of today was playing really patient, not worrying too much about what everybody was doing, just trying to shoot the lowest score we could and I feel like it’s working.”

I just knew if I posted 4 under-ish I would at least have a chance tomorrow, but that’s all you can do out here.”

“The moment you try to shoot eight under, you’re in trouble. So yeah, feels good to have a chance.”

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Tenerife Open. Two Tied At The Top.

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Kalle Samooja, Finland, has joined Nicolai von Dellingshausen of Germany at the top of the Tenerife Open leaderboard after 54 holes at Golf Costa Adeje in Spain.

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Kalle carded a consecutive -5 under 66 round to join Nicolai, only -1 under 70 today, at the top f the Tenerife Open leaderboard, both at -17 under par for 54 holes.

Kalle has learnt how to play well on a Saturday;

“My short game was pretty spot on today, ball-striking hasn’t been that pretty, especially today, so you need to find something in your game that works.”

“Play better on Saturday is the first thing I have learned. I’ve been playing pretty bad on Saturdays but it’s a learning process and it’s a long week.”

“Four weeks is a lot of good golf to play. It’s pretty tightly packed and anything can happen so you need to be relaxed and make a lot of birdies.”

Nicolai made two clutch putts on the 17th and 18th to save a poor day, after his 62 yesterday;

“The last two holes were actually a boost, I misread my first putt by quite a bit and then rolled in from two meters on the 17th, and then that swinger on the last. Putting was good the last few days as well, especially from those distances. It’s always good when you finish with a putt like that.”

“I had to be very patient. I would be lying if I said I didn’t have any nerves just going out here. It’s a situation that is not completely new to me but it’s a different set up on the European Tour. I tried to stay patient and I did.”

“I stayed in the present quite well. I was just a little bit nervous out there and that’s when I sometimes drift to the future and past and start moaning about the shot that happened on the last.”

Dean Burmester, South Africa has third place at -16 under par, a third round of -5 under 66 which lifted him above the log jam of players just below him.

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HSBC Women’s World Championship. Xiyu Lin Leads.

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Xiyu Lin of China has the 54 hole lead in the HSBC Women’s World Championship at Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore.

Xiyu had a third round of -5 under par 67 to take her to the top of the HSBC Women’s World Championship leaderboard with a -14 under par total after 54 holes;

“The first hole I was really nervous. I thought like I’m going to hit longer because I’m nervous, but obviously I wasn’t that nervous, so I left it short and left the putt short.”

“So I just tell myself, like yesterday I had two bogeys and I bounced back with a birdie right away. I said, definitely I can do that.”

“Second hole was a tough pin but I managed to hit it at the right spot and make the putt. That was pretty huge.”

Tied in second place, one shot back are Inbee Park, South Korea, -2 under 70 today, and Hannah Green of Australia with -6 under 66.

Inbee got to 15 under at one point, but threw in two bogey’s and a double bogey seven at the par five 16th;

“The putting overall today was not that bad. Just one missed shot, the third shot on No. 16. Yeah, I think it’s coming along.”

“It was a great birdie on No. 18. That really got me probably have a chance to win tomorrow, so I think that was really huge.”

“Tomorrow obviously we have a lot of girls in the top it’s going to be a shootout, whoever plays good tomorrow is going to win.”

Hannah had an Eagle two at the par four 10th;

“I guess it’s been quite a long time since I’ve holed out from the fairway from quite some distance.”

“I hit my tee shot into the right rough. Had an eight iron in and it hit the pin, bounced, hit the pin and went in. That was a nice bonus.”

“I do think if it didn’t hit the pin, it was going to race a little by it, probably still on the green. Yeah, that was a lot of fun and gave me some good momentum to make a couple par saves on the next two holes.”

The scoring is very close here and there are many players who are within touching distance of the leaders, except the World #1 Jin Young Ko who is T38 at -2 under for the tournament.

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Valspar Championship. Keegan & Sam Tied At The Top.

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Keegan Bradley and Sam Burns share the 36 hole lead in the Valspar championship at the Copperhead Course in Florida.

Keegan had a second round -5 under par 66, the highlight was an Eagle two at the par four 9th, chipping in from 100 yards on his final hole of the day;

“I turned a good day into a great day.”

 “Man, it was a fun day. And what a way to finish. It was a blast.”

“It was a gap wedge, a perfect shot.”

“You can’t see the green from down there, so you have to wait for the crowd’s reaction.”

“And when everyone puts their arms up, normally that means it goes in. So another bonus of having fans out here. It makes it a lot more exciting for everybody.”

Sam is benefitting from having a good game plan;

“Birdied the first three on the back and then just kind of we’re off.”

“For me it’s just sticking to what I’ve been doing, having a good game plan going into the day.”

“I know over the weekend there will be some challenges, and I’m excited for the opportunity.”

Lucas Glover, -6 under 65 today, and Max Homa, -3 under 68, are sharing third spot at -8 under for the tournament.

Max does not have a very good record here, three appearances, three missed cuts, all six rounds over par;

“I think I’m just better at golf now.”

Lucas is happy to be in contention;

“Two more rounds to go. A lot can happen, but I’m happy the way I’m playing, happy with the way I’m putting and just want to have a shot.”

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Tenerife Open. Nicolai von Dellingshausen Leads.

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Nicolai, from Germany has the 36 hole lead at the Tenerife Open being played at Golf Costa Adeje in Spain.Nicolai von Dellingshausen

Nicolai carded a -9 under par 62, which included an Eagle three at the last hole the par five 18th, to take a three shot lead at the top of the Tenerife Open leaderboard at -16 under par after 36 holes;

“I don’t know whether it’s the course but I’ve been working on staying in the present a lot more and that’s one of the biggest achievements, it means it doesn’t have anything to do with the course.”

“That’s what I took from the Sunday in Austria. I’m a thinker, so I like being more in the future or in the past, it’s a big challenge to stay in the present moment, I think I’ve done that a lot better the last two days.”

“Just another great day in the office, I played well tee to green, had a couple of good putts but just stiffed it a lot more than I did yesterday with crucial up-and-downs.” 

“Just a great day, going out in the morning, close to eight, nobody in front, perhaps no wind on the front nine.”

Pep Angles of Spain is in second place at -13 under par, he shot -7 under par 64 for his second round.

Tied in third spot at -12 under par were;  Eduard Rousaud, Spain, -5 under 66 today, Scott Hend, Australia, -7 under 64, Kalle Samooja, Finland, -5 under 66, and Scott Jamieson from Scotland who fired a course record -10 under par 61.

Scot Jamieson spoke about his record round;

“It all adds up to a great round of golf, it’s such a funny game. I just did the simple things well. Holed a couple of nice putts at the right time to get momentum on my side.” 

“The five par fives are all gettable here. If you take care of business there and you are playing well there are plenty of chances.”

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HSBC WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP. Two Tied At The Top.

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South Korean Inbee Park has been joined at the top of the HSBC WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP by her country woman friend Hee Young Park, at Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore.

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Inbee had a -3 under par 69 second round, while Hee Young went one better with -4 under 68 to share the top spot on the HSBC Women’s World Championship leaderboard at -11 under par for 36 holes.

It was not such a good day with the putter for Inbee;

“It was a little betrayal of my putter today, misread a few putts, but I still feel like I fought pretty well, especially the front nine, 1 through 6 was pretty tough with a lot of opportunities given but nothing was going in.”

“I was just trying to get my momentum going, and No. 7 definitely did it and from there, the round was a bit easier.”

“It’s really tough to judge after just one day but I think I made a lot yesterday and obviously today made up for it a little bit I guess.”

“A little rough start.”

Hee Young said she also left some putts out there, and spoke of her friendship with Inbee;

“I believe a lot of birdies out there. So even I missed a couple shots because with the heat and the conditions getting tougher, longer and a little bit of windy afternoon, but I leave a lot of birdies out there.”

“So just keep think about, okay, even I missed a couple shots but it’s coming some birdies out there.”

“I’ve known her; we actually graduate the same middle school back in Korea. So I known her really long time, probably almost 20 years now.”

“Then now we’ve got both husband and play on the Tour. A little bit of joking about we really, you know, hang out just husband and wife, only each other, feel a little different, but we really enjoyed it.”

“A lot of personal talk a little bit out there. It makes little fun to play golf.”

Xiyu Lin, from China, and Hyo Joo Kim, South Korea are tied in third spot, two shots back at -9 under par.

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Keegan Bradley Has 1st Round Lead At The Valspar Championship.

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Keegan Bradley lead the Valspar Championship after the first round at the Copperhead Course in Florida.

Keegan had a bogey free first round of -7 under par 64 to lead the Valspar Championship by two shots;

“Basically zero stress the whole day.”

I know that I’m going to have some bogeys and some stress coming, but as for today, I played so good and it feels good to go around a course like this and shoot that score.”

“I didn’t really come close to making a bogey, so that was a really fun day to be out there and playing.”

Max Homa, Ryan Moore, Hank Lebioda, Patton Kizzire and Emiliano Grillo from Argentina are all tied in second place after opening rounds of -5 under par 66.

Ryan has been carefully nursing his fragile back;

“I couldn’t try and do too much. I couldn’t try and overwork shots and stuff like that.”

“I just had to play it pretty neutral and just kind of hit more three-quarter shots all the way around, and that apparently worked. Maybe I should do that more often.”

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