Waste Management Phoenix Open. Hideki Beats Rickie In Play-Off

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Hideki Matsuyama beat Rickie Fowler in a play-off for the Waste Management Phoenix Open title at TPC Scottsdale.

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Hideki, from Japan, and Rickie went through a play-off lasting four holes, 18 twice, then 10 and the last was 17,  where Rickie made bogey to end the contest.

 

Both players had finished the Waste Management Phoenix Open with -14 under par totals, and both of them carded -4 under par 67 in the final round, forcing them into the play-off.

Rickie had his whole family out in support, plus of course the partisan galleries, and Hideki was aware of who they wanted to win;

“They were for Rickie, weren’t they?”

 “I’d say 99 percent of the gallery were cheering hard for Rickie. That gave me the motivation to go out and do it.”

“Even after the 15th  it didn’t look very good, and then Rickie opened the door for me and I was able to walk through it. It feels really good.”

Rickie got all emotional after the loss;

“I mean, the hard part is having, you know, all my friends and family and grandpa and my dad who haven’t seen me win.”

 “I’ll be all right. With how good I’m playing, I know I can win. That’s the hard part.”

Harris English was in third place, at -12 under par for the tournament, two off the pace set by the leaders.

Danny Lee faltered in the last round, shooting +2 over par 73 to end his hope of lifting the trophy, returning a final total of -11 under par, and fourth spot on his own.

Phil Mickelson could only manage a last round of even par, and T11, no barnstorming finish from him, the putter was not working;

“I tried on the front nine to get to some of these pins, and I kept short-siding myself and shot 1 over, and realized you just can’t force it out there.”

” It didn’t help that his putter cooled after a hot, six-birdie third round. He made 125 feet of putts on Saturday, and less than half of that (58 feet) on Sunday, when he needed 31 putts, his high for the week.”

“I hit a lot of good shots, I didn’t shoot the number this week probably that I felt I could, or should, but I feel my game is right where I want it.”

 

Omega Dubai Desert Classic, Danny Willett Wins.

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Danny Willett wins the Omega Dubai Desert Classic  at Emirates Golf Club.

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Danny won the  Omega Dubai Desert Classic with a last round -3 under par 69, and a tournament total of -19 under par.

Danny was over the moon with this hard fought one shot win, and a much needed birdie at the last. This result could put him in the top 15 of the World Rankings;

“I’m ecstatic, you can’t buy that feeling, coming down the back nine, the last three holes, in contention in a golf tournament.”

It’s something that you can’t pay for in life. You’ve got to earn it.”

“Coming down the last with all the situations that were going on. It’s just nice to know that I can dig deep there and produce.”

“You’d love to win by five or six every time you win, but when you win in that fashion, it does feel that little bit extra special.”

“It’s a relatively daunting last hole. I needed to make a four to win. So I’m just delighted with how I dug deep and found it.”

Sharing second place were Rafa Cabrera-Bello and Andy Sullivan, with -18 under par totals . Andy with a final round -4 under 68 and Rafa -3 under 69. This the second time in succession that Rafa has placed second, he will surely win soon.

Andy acknowledged Danny making that last putt to win, after he had just made his birdie putt to catch him;

“Fair play to Dan, holing that putt, that was a tough putt.”

“When you hole that putt on the last, you feel you’ve given yourself a sneaky chance. But Dan is a quality player and you expect him to step up, and he did.”

Rafa was satisfied with being second again, but the win would have been nice;

“Finishing second again, it’s a great position. It’s been a fantastic tournament.” 

“I played really well and I’m proud of myself.”

“I’m obviously disappointed I didn’t get to win, but I know that playing like this, it’s around the corner.”

Byeong-hun An and 2011 champion Alvaro Quiros both finished with rounds of -7 under par 65, for -16 under totals, to be three behind the winner, and T4.

Rory McIlroy joined them at -16 under also carding one of the low rounds of the day at -7 under par 65, he finally came to life eventually finishing T6 with Henrik Stenson.

Rory admitted he made too many mistakes;

“It’s sort of a week of what could have been, there was a lot of really good golf in there.

“I played a lot of great shots and made a lot of birdies, but just made a few too many mistakes.”

Coats Golf Championship. Ha Na Wins Maiden Tour Victory.

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Ha Na Jang wins the Coats Golf Championship in Florida, her maiden LPGA Tour victory.

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Ha Na crammed everything into her maiden LPGA Tour victory at the Coats Golf Championship, including an Albatross. A final round of even par 72 for a -11 under par tournament total was good enough to claim her first win on tour, and a wire to wire win at that. The final putt was followed by a big fist pump celebration, which was admired by Lydia Ko;

“Yeah, I’ve never seen that before. I don’t know how anyone can beat that. It was almost kind of like James Hahn’s Gangnam Style a few years ago.”

“But no, that’s a pretty cool ceremony. I don’t know who would think of that. But yeah, obviously she loves doing it to celebrate, and you can see by her fist pumps during the round, too.”

Ha Na spoke about the celebration;

“I tried on No. 12 on the tee, and after the shot, and I tried like this, and some people were like, ‘You’re really funny, your swing!’”

 “Okay, I’ll try it at Ocala in tournament, so it’s no problem, yeah.”

Brooke M Henderson, from Canada, was in second place on her own at -9 under par, she also carded a final round of even par.

Third position was shared between In Gee Chun, Sei Young Kim and world #1 Lydia Ko, all at -7 under par for the competition.

In Gee was -2 under today, Sei Young -1 under, but Lydia carded a last round +3 over par 75, to drop out of contention.

Lydia bemoaned putts not dropping;

“I feel like during the middle of today’s round I didn’t hit the ball very well.”

 “Overall I’ve been striking the ball really good even in the rain today, so that’s a positive, and I feel like I’m stroking the ball well with the putter.”

“Not many dropped, but that’s another thing.”

 

 

Omega Dubai Desert Classic. Danny Willett On Top.

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Danny Willett is on top of the  Omega Dubai Desert Classic leaderboard after 54 holes at Emirates Golf Club.

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Danny moved to the top of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic leaderboard with a brilliant bogey free-7 under par third round 65, to give him a one shot lead with a -16 under par total.

Danny spoke about his great round, being under control, and his mental approach;

“It was good, I played great golf today.”

“I played really well yesterday and kept the foot down and could have been a couple better today. I’m delighted. I kept the ball under fantastic control with some crosswinds and did everything right really.”

“I had couple of hiccups in there today where it could have been a little different but I kept the head on and kept moving forward.”

“I think mentally, I feel like I’m very much in control of myself, which obviously helps. And swing-wise, I’ve got a few things that I’m trying to do.”

“I’m trying to keep it as simple as possible and let the mind be a little bit calmer, and it seems to be working so far.”

“It’s a great golf event. I think the atmosphere around this golf course is fantastic, second to none. There are little gathering areas around tee boxes and greens, and we get a lot of support.”

Rafa Cabrera-Bello is the man in second place, at -15 under par, just one shot adrift. A third consecutive round of -5 under par 67 keeping him firmly in touch of the leader.

Third place belongs to Andy Sullivan, and at -14 under par for the tournament is definitely in contention. He stayed within sight of the top with a bogey free -6 under 66 today, in fact he has not recorded a bogey since his first hole on day one, which was a double at the tenth.

Rory McIlroy had a -4 under par 68 today, which doubled his total to -8 under par, and he now has little hope of winning this tournament.

 

Omega Dubai Desert Classic. Alex Noren Leads.

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Alex Noren leads the Omega Dubai Desert Classic after the fist round at  the Emirates Golf Club.

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Alex shot a first round -6 under par 66 to take an unexpected lead in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic;

“I hit a lot of good shots but a few bad shots and got away with it, and then you end up with 66.”

“I’m very happy, I didn’t really expect it and then it feels even better.”

“I was very happy when it was all over because it didn’t feel that good warming up. I hit my irons really good all day, pretty average driving.”

“It was tough on a few holes, a lot of draws here and I don’t like to draw it. So I’m really happy.”

“I hit a lot of fades off the tee, and here you know it’s a drawer’s course. So you feel a bit down as a fader.”

“But you just have to accept it and maybe play less aggressive on some holes.”

Four players are sharing second place, just one stroke back at -5 under par,  Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Brett Rumford, Trevor Fisher Jnr and Peter Hanson all carded opening rounds of 67.

There is then a large group of eight players at -4 under par, including Rory McIlroy, a two-time winner here and also the defending champion. Three-time champion Ernie Els and 2011 winner Alvaro Quiros are also in this group with their opening rounds of 68.

Rory was pretty happy with today’s result, it was a bad bogey start on #10;

“I thought I did well, considering the start, and some of the shots I hit today.”

“A 68 was probably a fair reflection of how I played.”

“I don’t think I really could have gone any lower than that.”

“But at the same time I gave myself enough chances to make birdies.”

 

Coats Golf Championship. Ha Na Cards An Albatross, Again.

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Ha Na Jang recorded another Albatross, to take the first round lead at the Coats Golf Championship, the course in Florida is her favorite lay-out.

Ha Na Jang of South Korea reacts to her second shot on the ninth hole during the first round of the Coates Golf Championship Presented By R+L Carriers at Golden Ocala Golf Club

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Last week in the Bahamas Ha Na scored an Albatross, and she has repeated the feat again to top the Coats Golf championship here in Florida. Her first round -7 under par 65 has given her a massive three shot advantage going into the second round tomorrow;

“No.7 is a very lucky number, so I feel very comfortable today because last year I had a second-place finish, so I really have more confidence on this golf course.”

“I like it’s an old golf course, and just thinking like on the fairway and the greens, there’s no problem because the weather is perfect and then everything is really good today.”

“Oh, it’s perfect, no bogeys. I like it. So today is like more, I don’t want to think about that it’s windy and don’t play for a score. I don’t see the scoreboards. I just keep going just simple, simple, simple.”

There is a group of six ladies tied in second place at 4-under par, including rookie In Gee Chun, Sei Young Kim, Kim Kaufman, Candie Kung, Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Kelly Tan, all with opening rounds of 68.

World #1 Lydia Ko had a more moderate start, carding -3 under par 69, but apart from trying to win this tournament Lydia has the Olympics, and the Zika epidemic on her mind;

“Everybody is so excited for the Olympics.”

“First of all we are more thinking about the people there, the people who are affected by it rather than what is going to happen with the Olympics.

“Obviously I’m just hoping that everybody there is safe. There are some things that we can’t control and that it is out of hands.”

“We still have eight months until the Olympics, it’s something we have got to keep looking at and monitor but for now, I guess that is all we can do.”

 

Farmers Insurance Open. Brandt Snedeker Wins.

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Brandt Snedeker wins the Farmers Insurance Open, after sleeping on his total -6 under all night, having finished yesterday before the storm hit, halting last round play.

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Brandt completed his superb final round of -3 under par yesterday at the Farmers Insurance Open, giving him the winning total of -6 under par.

There were quite a few guys who were close to him at the start of overtime play today, but the wind really got up, making it very difficult playing conditions, and no one could even catch Brandt to get into a play-off.

KJ Choi was the closest, he needed a birdie on the final hole, the par five 18th, but his approach shot into the wind was not accurate enough to leave him an easy chance. He two putted to ensure he had second place on his own, at -5 under, after posting a final round +4 over par 76.

Kevin Streelman captured third place at -4 under par for the tournament, a last round +2 over par 74 good enough for a decent placing.