CME Group Tour Championship. Cristie Kerr Wins.

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Cristie Kerr wins the CME Group Tour Championship in Florida.

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Cristie had a final round -4 under par to win the CME Group Tour Championship with a -17 under par total, a one shot win in the end of year tournament. She said it did not look good earlier in the round, missing putts;

“It’s pretty cool. It’s a lot of different honors.”

“That’s what the year end is about. It feels pretty cool to win the last tournament of the year.”

“Didn’t seem like a whole lot was going my way early.  All of a sudden at the end, I was there when I needed to be.”

“I knew that I was leaving putts short and I knew I had to get it there.”

“When it left my putter and it was going towards the hole, I’ve had so many that were in the heart of the hole that I left a foot short this week.”

” It just kept going and I was like get there, get there, get there.  It went in and I was like, this was the first bit of momentum I’ve had almost all day.” 

Gerina Pillar and Ha Na Jang shared second place, just one shot back at -16 under par. Gerina with a last round -5 under 67 and Ha Na -3 under 69.

World #1 Lydia Ko finished with -11 under par, but still claimed the $1 million dollar Race to the CME Globe for the second consecutive year. Lydia is also the 2015 Player of the Year and tops the money list.

World #2 Inbee Park was one shot ahead of Lydia at the end, -12 under. She has the Vare Trophy for 2015 with the lowest scoring average for the season. With that she earns the 27th and final point needed to earn her way into the LPGA Hall of Fame.

Rory Wins It All.

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Rory McIlroy wins it all, the DP World Tour Championship, and along with it The Race to Dubai, at the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

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Rory won the DP World Tour Championship with  a final round -6 under par 66 to give him a tournament total of -21 under, and a one shot victory. The win also gave him The Race to Dubai trophy, his nearest rival Danny Willett finished seven shots back at -13 under par, in a tie for fourth.

Rory beat Andy Sullivan by that one shot, but not without some drama, it came when Rory found water on the par thee 17th, and then had a 35 ft bogey putt, which he made, that gave him a one shot advantage playing the last;

“It’s definitely the longest putt I’ve ever made for a bogey.”

“I don’t think there’s been one that’s ever come at a better time, so definitely the best bogey of my career.”

“I guess if I had been tied playing the last, I would have backed myself with my length, but giving myself that one-shot cushion made a huge difference and I was able to just hang on.”

“I’ve played really good golf this week, 13 under par at the weekend, I couldn’t think of a better way to finish the season.”

“It means an awful lot, I had to play so well over the weekend. Dubai has been a pretty sweet place for me.”

Andy gave it his all, but in the end came up just short, the putts would not drop;

“Just to come up head-to-head with someone of Rory’s quality, it was absolutely awesome and something that will stick with me for a long time going forward.”

“I gave it everything on that front nine, I just couldn’t quite get the putts to drop on the back nine. I’ve got so much to take from this week, both the way I’ve played and how I’ve handled it.” 

“For me it’s about doing it on a more consistent basis and getting up there and trying to get in the last group with Rory more often.”

Branden Grace was third, he carded a final round -5 under 67, for a -15 under par total.

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CME Group Tour Championship. Kerr & Jang Share Lead.

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Cristie Kerr and Ha Na Jang share the 54 hole lead at the  CME Group Tour Championship in Florida.

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These two ladies share the top spot on the  CME Group Tour Championship leaderboard, at -13 under par for the 54 holes played. Ha Na carded -3 under par 69, while Cristie raced up the leaderboard with her -6 under 66.

Cristie started her day with a bogey at the par five 1st hole, and then recovered to shoot the low round of the day;

“I played great.  I had one little kind of hiccup on the first hole where I had a very makeable birdie putt, about 12, 13‑footer.”

” I got very aggressive with it and got caught on one of the grains.  It was actually up to speed and little faster, so it kind of went by the hole and I missed it and was kind of miffed about it.”

“Maybe that lit a fire under me a little bit.  I got it right back on the next hole and made a lot of birdies on the front and had a lot of chances on the back.” 

“I feel fresh and kind of ready to perform, I don’t feel like this is the last tournament of the year for me.”

“It feels like there’s a couple left. Hopefully that can carry me through tomorrow.”

Ha Na is still overthinking everything;

“I think today too much thinking when I’m playing golf.”

“I want tomorrow very simple.  My thinking is a little changed in my mind.  So a little comfortable with my shot tomorrow and then I don’t want to think about the score and other players.”

” Just playing myself, so that’s it.”

Gerina Pillar and Lydia Ko share third place, at -11 under par, just two shots back of the leaders;

Lydia -3 under 69 today and Gerina -5 under par 67.

Lydia still really wants to defend both her titles;

“I mean, it would be awesome, when you defend something or do something back-to-back, it’s always cool to do that.”

Her main rival Inbee Park is now four shots back of the leaders at -9 under and two behind Lydia, and will need something really special;

“We both had really, really good seasons and somebody is going to become 1 and somebody is going to become 2.”

“That’s just the way it is. I’m just trying to tell myself I had a really good enough season this year.”

“I’ve earned what I wanted to earn, what I wanted to achieve. The rest is just a bonus.”

DP World Tour Championship. Andy Leads Rory.

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Andy Sullivan leads Rory McIlroy after 54 holes of the DP World Tour Championship at  Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai.

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Andy shot -4 under par 68 in the third round of the  DP World Tour Championship sit on top of the leaderboard with a -16 under par total.

Andy reckons he just needs to keep on putting well, and he will have a chance;

“If I keep putting the way I am and hitting the ball well, I can still do it. I believe in myself, so I’ll just see but it’s going to be a good day I think.”

“There’s no pressure on me. I’m not expected to win, am I? I can go out there and play golf. No one is going to expect me to beat him tomorrow.”

“So for me it’s a nice position to be in, one in front.”

“I felt pretty calm out there. I got a little bit frustrated through the middle part of the round, just not quite on point on the golf today. I felt like the putter really saved me the last few holes.”

“Sixty eight, the way I played, I was quite happy with that, really. Played a lot better yesterday and only shot two better.”

Rory made a charge today, -7 under par 65, and now has a great chance to win the Race to Dubai title, again, just one shot back at -15 under, but would like to win his third European Tour title for this year as well;

“It’s the only thing left this year.”

“It’s my last round of the year, last round of the season and I want to make the most of it.”

“It would have been nicer to be a shot better going into the last round but I’ve got one more round to go out and give it my all.”

“It would mean an awful lot just being able to go into the Christmas break on a bit of a high note winning The Race to Dubai, winning this tournament, just to get another tournament win.”

“I played fantastically well. I could have been five under through five easily. I hit the ball beautifully.”

“Everything was just firing today and that’s why I’m walking off the golf course a little bit disappointed because that 65 could have easily been a 62 or a 61.”

“But I’m still in a great position going into tomorrow.”

“At the end of the season, if I walk away with four wins, it’s still pretty good.”

“But a Race to Dubai title, even though it wasn’t the season that I wanted, it would just be huge to walk away here on a high tomorrow.”

Patrick Reed holds third place, with a -13 under par total, carding -4 under par 68 today.

Rory’s nearest challenger for the The Race to Dubai title, Danny Willett is now four shots behind, at -11 under, and it would seem that his race is done, but he still has some hope;

“It looks like we’re not going to be a ridiculous way behind. If you can keep it to two or three shots, anything can happen.”

CME Group Tour Championship. Ha Na Leads Lydia.

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Ha Na Jang leads Lydia Ko in the CME Group Tour Championship at the Gold Course of Tiburón Golf Club in Naples, Florida.

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Ha Na carded -7 under par 65 to top the CME Group Tour Championship with a tournament total of -10 under par. She is looking for her first career LPGA win, after posting three runner-ups already this season;

” My first thinking is maybe in the Marathon Classic. I played a playoff with Chella Choi my first time.”

“I thought of too much, I want to be champion.”

“So I don’t want to think about being leader. So I just play myself, that’s my thinking to myself, too. I don’t want to think about being champion.”

Lydia is in second place at -8 under, a -5 under-par 67 today easing the pressure from behind from Inbee Park, in the Race to the Globe;

“Just watching the coverage when I went back to hotel and the Race placing, too. So it wasn’t like intentionally looking.”

“It’s right there, it’s not like I got to cover and go, but, yeah, my trainer and I always say, hey, better every day.”

“It’s what I try and work towards too. If I keep getting better every day, it ends up being a few low scores.”

A year ago Lydia trailed the leaders by five shots entering the weekend here, and overcame the deficit to win in a play-off. Very exciting stuff to watch, but I am sure the defending champion would be happier with a straight win this time around.

Second placed in the Race to the Globe, Inbee Park is now four shots back of Lydia and Stacy Lewis, in third position is six shots behind in this competition.

Cristie Kerr and Jennifer Song are just three shots back of Ha Na and one behind Lydia in a tie for third at -7 under-par in the CME Group Tour Championship tournament.


DP World Tour Championship. Sullivan Sets The Pace.

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Andy Sullivan set the pace in the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, leading at the half-way stage.

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Andy shot a consecutive second round -6 under par 66, this time it was bogey free, to lead the DP World Tour Championship with a -12 under total.

He is the only man on The European Tour to have claimed three wins so far this season, and his progress here has kept a large travelling band of Sullivan fans happy;

“It’s absolutely awesome, to be leading after halfway in such a massive event, it’s incredible.”

“I’m just happy I’m doing it in front of my fans, so keep them happy for the weekend anyway.”

“It’s massive and probably a key part of me playing well this week because they just keep going. Even when you start hitting a few wayward shots, things start going wrong, the adrenaline gets going and it’s absolutely fantastic.”

“They have followed me about six or seven times this year and every time they have been there, I’ve done pretty well.”

“So I think I am going to have to start paying for them to come out every week now!”

“There’s a lot of good guys going to be chasing me over the weekend and I’m sure they are going to come at me.”

Low round of the day went to Emiliano Grillo,  -8 under par 64 lifting him up the leaderboard to claim second place on his own at -11 under.

Patrick Reed also went low, -7 under par 65 giving him third place at -9 under par for his 36 holes, and said he will not be distracted;

“Golf’s a game where you can’t let everything distract you and bother you.”

“You’re going to have times where you close out events and you’re going to have other times where you let some slip away.”

“You’re going to hit some good shots and end up getting bad bounces, and you’re going to have bad shots and get good bounces.”

“It’s how you handle all of it and how you move forward. I felt like I’ve done that pretty well and matured in that aspect of the game to not let anything linger on.”

Rory McIlroy, -4 under 68 today, is not far behind, sharing fourth position with Thongchai Jaidee, -5 under 67 and Charl Schwartzel, -7 under 65, the three of them at -8 under par for the tournament.

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Rory played alongside Argentinian Emiliano, who has won on the US PGA Tour and the Tour recently. For Emiliano it is all about confidence;

“It gives you a lot of confidence.”

“We know there it’s not easy. Anywhere it’s not easy. I was lucky enough to get two wins in a row and that gets me twice the confidence.”

“It’s pretty much like a Major here. You’ve got the best players in the world and you’ve got to play really well to keep it up.”

The really important thing for Rory in his quest to pick up The Race to Dubai title, is that he is now two shots ahead of nearest rival Danny Willett.

CME Group Tour Championship. Austin Ernst Leads After Round One.

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Austin Ernst leads the CME Group Tour Championship after round one on the Gold Course of Tiburón Golf Club in Naples, Florida.

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Austin carded a first round -6 under par 66 to lead the CME Group Tour Championship. Although she isn’t one of the nine players with a shot at the $1 million Race to the CME Globe, a win here would do nicely. If her putter stays hot she will gain confidence;

“Really, I’ve just been a little up and down with the putter.”

“I hit the ball well today. Gave myself a lot of good looks and made a lot of them.”

“I think I had eight birdies today. Obviously get a round like that, where I get confidence with my putter, that’s normally when I have my good weeks.”

Mi Hyang Lee is in second place, on her own at -5 under par.

There are six ladies at -4 under, Gerina Pillar, Jayne Marie Green, Cristie Kerr, Brittany Lincicome, Sei Young Kim and Jennifer Song.

Sei Young is trying not to concentrate on the huge Million Dollar purse on offer;

“I’m very excited, it’s my dream. It’s come almost true.”

“I try on the course not to think about it, it’s just step by step.”

“That’s very important to me to keep my mind in the game.”

World No. 1 Lydia Ko is not far behind with a -3 under par 69, she won both the CME Group Tour Championship and Race to the CME Globe titles here a year ago, and held the top spot in this years race coming into this tournament;

“I think it’s better than last year.”

“If you think about it, it might be more on the line this week than at Evian.”

“I have got to think of it as another tournament. That’s what I said for all the majors.”

“I’ve got to focus on one shot at a time and not think of it as it’s a major so it’s more special.”

“Obviously it is at the end of the day, but it’s another tournament.”

“We’ve got the world’s best golfer and the top players are here. I mean, it’s a great field, so in a way it does feel like a major.”

“With everything that might come along on Sunday, might be even more than that. I just got to say, hey, hit good shots.”

World  No.2 Inbee Park, and was second in the race, carded a first round -1 under par 71, and is currently T22 in the Tour Championship.