LPGA Gainbridge, Lydia Still Leads.

Lydia Ko still leads the Gainbridge LPGA tournament after 36 holes at Lake Nona Golf and Country Club in Florida.

Lydia KoLydia, from New Zealand, had a second round -3 under 69 to stay on top of the Gainbridge LPGA leaderboard at -10 under par;

“I saw the pin positions last night, and I feel like the course was going to play a little longer, especially my front nine which is the back nine, because there was a lot of back pins.”

“But overall, I thought I played pretty solid.”

“There was a stretch of a few holes where I couldn’t really hit any tee shot on the fairways, but I think it was pretty solid and I’m happy to have shot three under.”

“I think it’s a lot of like positive things going into the weekend.”

“I think it’s good to just keep putting myself in these positions, I’m trying to not think about what may happen on Sunday.”

“I’m just trying to take one shot at a time, and if I’m able to do it pretty well and be in contention going into Sunday the last few holes, that’s great.”

Nelly Korda has second place, one shot back at -9 under par following her second round score of -4 under par 68;

“Once I started to get more looks at birdie, I got a little more comfortable.”

“As I said, I just made a little too many mistakes on my front nine, and it was weird,”

“I mean, I hit solid shots. They just went over the green. You kind of screw yourself a little.”

Ryan O’Toole has third spot, also carding a second round -4 under par 68, for a -8 under par total.

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WGC Workday Championship, Brooks Koepka Has 36 Hole Lead.

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Brooks Koepka has the 36 hole lead at the WGC Workday Championship at The Concession Golf Club in Florida.

Brooks carded -6 under par 66 in the second round of the WGC Workday Championship to lead by one stroke at -11 under par;

“Usually I can never find my game until The Players, that’s kind of when it starts to feel like it’s coming around.”

“But the fact that it’s here a little bit early is nice.”

Three players are tied in second place at -10 under par; Cameron Smith, from Australia, -6 under 66 today, Collin Morikawa, -8 under 64, and Billy Horschel who signed for a second round -5 under 67, the same score as yesterday.

Bouncing back from +7 over yesterday was Bryson DeChambeau, who also had a -8 under par 64 today, leaving him in contention at -3 under for the tournament;

“It’s just a tale of golf, you can have both ends of the stick.”

 “I didn’t play terrible yesterday, I just didn’t get anything going my way, especially on that back nine. Had some bad mistakes and that’s what happened.”

“I made some good putts and good strokes today that just luck went my way today.”

An example of how cruel The Concession golf course can be, Viktor Hovland was bogey free at -7 under for his round today, until he came to his final hole, the par four 9th. His tee shot found the fairway bunker, and from there it turned into a hell hole, forcing him write 8 on his card, fairway bunker to woods, to greenside bunker, back into the woods, drop for unplayable lie, chip shot did not make the green, second chip and one putt;

“It’s mainly the second shot in the bunker that’s a little bitter.”

“That’s costing me four shots right there just that second shot. I hit a lot of good shots today and made a lot of putts, so it’s just unfortunate that one terrible shot comes at that time.”

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LPGA Gainbridge, Lydia Ko Leads 1st Round.

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Lydia Ko, from New Zealand, leads the Gainbridge LPGA at Lake Nona Golf and Country Club in Florida.

Lydia KoLydia carded a first round -7 under par 65 to lead the Gainbridge LPGA by two shots, starting her day with a hole out Eagle 2 at the par four first hole;

“I hit a really good drive and then I only had gap wedge into the green. I had my sunglasses on and I saw it bounce and kind of go forward and disappear.”

“But there is a ridge behind, so I wasn’t sure if it went over the ridge or went in.”

“I didn’t want to celebrate and then look dumb and the ball is like 30 feet long.”

“It was a pleasant surprise to see that the ball was down at the bottom of the cup.”

Sharing second place at -5 under are Nanna Koerstz Madsen, of Denmark, and Nelly Korda, both signing for opening rounds of 67.

Among the group at T4 was Birthday girl Xiyu Lin from China, she celebrated with a bogey free -4 under par 68;

“I feel actually pretty pumped to play first round of 2021’s tournament on my birthday.”

“Really been looking forward to this week for a long time.”

“Well, in China time, it was starting last night. My parents already texted me and then we called and then most of my friends actually texted me while I was sleeping last night, so I got some messages this morning.”

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WGC-Workday Championship, Webb Simpson & Matt Fitzpatrick Tied At The Top.

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Webb Simpson and Matt Fitzpatrick from England are tied at the top the WGC Workday Championship after round one at Concession Golf Club in Florida.

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Webb and Matt both carded first rounds of -6 under par 66 to top the WGC Workday Championship leaderboard on day one.

Webb was pleased with his round today;

“Very pleased with the start, I worked on a couple things last week with putting alignment and with my driver and I saw good things from that today.”

“You always want to see it first round back, but it doesn’t always happen that way, so I was happy to see like tough tee shots with trouble, really stepping up and making good swings, and made a lot of putts today, so that was a good feeling.”

Matthew FitzpatrickMatt went round bogey free;

“It was a good day today, obviously played well last week as well.”

“The golf course is in unbelievable shape. The greens are running about 12 on the Stimp, that’s great for me.

“I love it when it’s like that. I think it makes you think, this golf course, you’ve got to think about where you’re hitting your tee shots and your approach shots, you’ve got to be on the ball.”

Tied in third place at -5 under par following opening rounds of 67 were; Brooks Koepka, Billy Horschel, Sergio Garcia, from Spain and Kevin Kisner, 

Billy said there were lots of chances;

“If you’re on, you’re going to have chances. You’re going to be really good with the tee ball or you’re going to have chances with your iron play.”

“If you’re off with your ball-striking and you miss in some tough spots, you can look pretty silly.”

World #1 Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and Bubba Watson ran up a big number, +5 over par 77.

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The Genesis Invitational. Max Homa Wins, In A Play-Off Against Tony Finau.

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Max Homa wins the Genesis Invitational, at his favorite course, in a play-off against Tony Finau, at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades in California.

Max had a final round -5 under par 66 to post -12 under par at the top of the Genesis Invitational leaderboard, but was caught on that score by Tony Finau, who carded a last round -7 under par 64, the low round of the day. Max won with a par at the second extra hole, the par three 14th.

Max missed a chance to win on the final hole in regulation;

“Obviously wasn’t a very good putt. It broke a little more than I would have liked it to for a three-footer. I just was a little nervous, honestly.”

“This tournament means a lot to me.”

“Sometimes when you get your creative brain working, you see it. I felt pretty good about putting it on the front right of the green. Just sometimes you have to trust your instincts and that’s kind of the fun of golf.”

“It’s not always fairways and greens, you’ve got to be an artist at times and fortunately I did it when I needed to.”

“I don’t know if I could ever do anything cooler in golf than this.”

“Just for me, for my caddie Joe, we were raised 25 miles north of here. Tiger Woods is handing us a trophy, that’s a pretty crazy thought. We grew up idolizing him, idolizing Riviera Country Club, idolizing the golf tournament.”

“To get it done, it’s almost shocking, but it feels like it just can’t be topped.”

Tony came up second again, but remains positive;

“Anytime I’ve had a chance to win, I haven’t been the guy that went low and today I was, so I can take a lot of confidence from that.”

 “That’s something that I wanted to happen today to just prove to myself on Sundays that I can put myself in the thick of it and shoot a number.”

“At the end of the day I’m going to be able to look back on that and have a lot of positives to take from it.”

Longtime leader Sam Burns finished one shot short of the play-off at -11 under par, in third place, a final round -2 under 69 not good enough.

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The Genesis Invitational. Round 3 Suspended, But Sam Still Leads.

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Round 3 of The Genesis Invitational suffered from a weather delay, around four hours play lost, resulting in darkness descending on a very windy Riviera Golf Club, in Pacific Palisades, California.

Sam Burns was +1 over par through 13 holes of the third round of The Genesis Invitational, but is still at the top of the leaderboard with a -10 under par tournament total;

The golf course is playing really tough. It’s a hard golf course with no wind and then you get 20-plus mph gusts, and it makes it that much harder.”

 “I think we did a good job of just trying to put it in the right spots and go from there.”

“I’d like to think that I have all the tools to win out here. Obviously there’s a lot of good players, really, really good players.”

Matt Fitzpatrick of England has second place at -8 under, carding -3 under par through 16 holes;

“You’ve just got to stick in, that’s the big thing for me. It’s the way I’ve been brought up, especially when it’s tough.”

“I grew up on a golf course that’s very much like this all the time. You’ve just got to get it round and today was another day like that where you’ve got to stick in.”

“Fortunately had a nice stretch on the front nine of birdies and kicked on from there.”

Three players are tied in third spot with -7 under totals, Wyndham Clark, -1 under for 15 holes, Max Homa, -1 under for the day, they are joined by World #1 Dustin Johnson, at even par, boht have completed 13 third round holes.

Dustin, the 2017 Champion here, had a couple of bogey’s today;

I feel like I’m playing pretty good. It was solid.”

“Obviously a couple bad bogeys but with these conditions it’s very difficult.”

“No matter if you are into the wind, downwind, it’s just really hard to judge the distance. But I feel like I’m playing pretty solid. Hadn’t really made any putts, but I’m pleased with where I’m at.”

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The Genesis Invitational. Sam Still Leads.

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Sam Burns has the 36 hole lead at The Genesis Invitational, being played at Riviera Golf Club in Pacific Palisades, California.

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Sam fired a bogey free second round of -5 under par 66 to lead The Genesis Invitational by five shots with a -12 under par total, equaling the course 36 hole record;

“Whenever we were kind of in a tricky spot, just kind of took what the golf course gave us.”

“There’s definitely times where I’ve tried to force it a little bit, but this just is not a golf course you want to do that.”

Four players are then tied in second place at -7 under par; Joaquin Niemann, Chile, -3 under par 68 today, Tyler McCumber and Jason Kokrak, both with -3 under 68’s, they are joined by World #1 Dustin Johnson who carded a second round -4 under par 67.

Dustin has hit only one fairway in regulation today;

Drive it in the fairway, I feel like I’m playing really well. Just need to get a little bit more out of the rounds.”

Tyler is playing with an injured left index finger, that required emergency minor surgery to rip off his fingernail, but is performing very well;

“I was coming out to the course and I went to open the windows to cool off the hotel room before I left, and I smashed it in a sliding window door right in the crevice. It went underneath the back of the nail bed and lifted half of the back of the nail up.”

“It was pretty torn up, but fortunately the surgeon on site, the emergency surgeon is a hand specialist. Dr. Modabber. So he gave me the option, he said we can bandage it up, obviously you can’t play because it’s just too painful, or we can do a procedure where we just rip off the nail, but half of the nail is still intact.”

“He numbed the finger and ripped off the nail. It’s pretty gnarly. I got a good video out of it. It’s pretty bad.”

Tyler McCumber opened The Genesis Invitational with rounds of 67-68 to sit at 7 under. (Harry How/Getty Images)Tyler and bandaged finger.

Missing the cut here were Rory McIlroy, +7 over, Justin Thomas +8 over and US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau with a +2 over par total.

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The Genesis Invitational. Sam Burns 1st Round Leader.

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Sam Burns leads The Genesis Invitational after the first round at The Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisade, California.

Sam fired an opening round -7 under par 64 to take a two shot lead in The Genesis Invitational;

“This golf course at times doesn’t offer you a lot of opportunities.”

“So I think just with that mindset going in we were just going to take what we could get.”

Sharing second place at -5 under 66, are Mathew Fitzpatrick, England, and Max Homer.

Matt was happy with his good start to the tournament;

“It’s a great start, couldn’t ask for any better.”

“I feel like I struggle a little bit on poa annua, so to see them how they are this week, so firm and fast, they’re as true as I’ve ever seen. It’s a big advantage of me.”

Sponsor invite Tae Hoon Kim, from South Korea,  has amazingly won his third Genesis vehicle in just over four months, for a hole in one at the par three 16th hole, he finished with -2 under 69 and T19. He won the first car in the 2020 Genesis Championship on the Korean Tour last October, and the second for winning the order of merit on the Korean Tour in 2020;

“I gave the first two cars to my parents but I’m not sure yet what I’ll do with this latest one.”

“I didn’t see the ball go in the hole but then I noticed some people up at the green celebrating and realized it went in. That was pretty special thing to happen in my first PGA TOUR event.”

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AT&T Pebble Beach. Daniel Berger Wins.

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Daniel Berger wins the AT&T Pebble Beach by two shots at Pebble Beach Golf Links in California. The win gives Daniel 500 FedEx Cup points.

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Daniel carded the low round of the day for his final round, -7 under par 65, with an Eagle at the par five last hole, to lift the AT&T Pebble Beach trophy with a winning total of -18 under par, it was his second Eagle of the day;

“That was the best putt I’ve hit in my life.”

“I’ve worked so hard in the last six to seven months to get to where I’m at.”

“It’s just nice to see the results come.”

Maverick McNealy finished in second place at -16 under par, signing for a last round -6 under par 66;

“I had the adrenaline pumping coming down the stretch there and feelings that I hadn’t really felt on the golf course in a little while, trying to close this out and give myself a chance.”

Tied in third spot at -15 under were Patrick Cantlay, -4 under 68 today, and leader at the start of play today Jordan Spieth who could only manage to card -2 under 70.

In fourth place was Paul Casey, of England, with a last round -4 under 68, for a -14 under par total. Paul was a winner last month on the European Tour, at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

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AT&T Pebble Beach. Jordan Leads By Two Shots.

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Jordan Spieth leads the AT&T Pebble Beach tournament after 54 holes at Pebble Beach Golf Links in California.

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Jordan had a third round -1 under par 71, but leads the AT&T Pebble Beach tournament by two shots at -13 under par;

“It shows you how quickly things can change on this golf course, especially when the wind blows.”

“I don’t really care about the time frame stuff,  I’m really just going to throw that out of my head, because I’m finally consistently doing things over the last two weeks that I’ve wanted to do for a long time.”

Five players are tied in second place at -11 under par, Nate Lashley, -4 under 68 today, Tom Hoge, also -4 under 68, Russell Knox, -3 under 69, Patrick Cantlay, -2 under 70, and Daniel Berger with an even par third round of 70.

Tomorrow’s final round is looking very interesting, will it be tight to the finished, or will Jordan card a low one and win comfortably?

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