The Barclays. Jason & Sang-Moon Share Lead

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Jason Day and Sang-Moon Bae share The Barclays lead after 54 holes at Plainfield Country Club.

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Both Jason and Sang-Moon posted third rounds of -7 under par 63, to tie the lead at The Barclays with -11 under par totals after the third round.

Jason told reporters that he was not expecting to shoot 63 today, although Justin Rose had a 64 earlier in the day;

“Even so, I didn’t expect to go out there and shoot 63, but at the end of the day, I just kept on pushing. I knew that the scores were out there.”

“But to be able to have Sang-Moon get off to a good start, and he hit it great all day, we are all kind of feeding off each other, drafting off each other today.”

“He played some fantastic golf tee-to-green, very solid and had a good day on the greens, as well.”

Sang-Moon, with a victory here, would most likely move into the top 10 of the International Team standings for The Presidents Cup, but things are complicated. The South Korean government has ordered him home to serve a mandatory two-year stint in the military, and he does not know if they will let him play in The Presidents Cup, which is being held in Seoul;

“I hope so, that is my country, so I really want to play in Korea.”

“”I have a really tough situation right now, I don’t think about it anymore actually, I have to go back.”

“So that is a few weeks later. So I just want to play good golf this week and really want to play Presidents Cup in my country.”

“I hope to play well tomorrow and Mr. Nick Price can pick me up.”  

Bubba Watson is in third place, alone at -10 under par, a fairly average -3 under par 67 saw him knocked off the top spot today.

Justin Rose, -7 under 65 today,  explained his slow start to this tournament;

“I put a lot of effort into the majors this year and coming into the Playoffs, I kind of felt like I was dragging a bit.”

“Tuesday was a struggle; Wednesday was a struggle; Thursday was a struggle. My body hurt, everything hurt. I just had nothing in the tank.”

“Obviously I think coming out Friday with nothing to lose, and  just shifting my mindset, having to shoot low to make the cut kind of changed things.”

“I started to see some birdies go in and your confidence starts getting going and suddenly the body doesn’t hurt anymore.”

“It’s a great learning lesson, or you re-learn lessons sometimes, and shows you’re never out of the tournament.”

 

 

The Barclays. Bubba Bowling Along, Jordan Spieth Slumps.

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Bubba Watson is still bowling along at the top of The Barclays leaderboard, but Jordan Spieth slumps.

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Bubba shot a second round of -2 under par 68, for a -7 under par total, which could have been better except for the intervention of an over zealous rules official, warning him for taking too long over just one shot. Bubba had watched as Jordan’s approach shot to the 16th green  rolled back some 100 feet off the green. He naturally decided to take some extra care, but the official hurried him with a warning, and he rushed the shot, leading to a bogey. How crazy has golf become, warning a golfer over one shot in a complete round.

He spoke to reporters afterwards, and mentioned he would be looking forward to the next crazy ruling;

“I told them, `I’m not mad at anybody about the bad time.’ I went over the time, which is the right ruling.”

“It’s just on a hole like that, one of the toughest holes we’ve ever played besides 2011 when we played the same pin placement, it’s very difficult.”

“But yeah, I’m very happy about my round.”

“I’m excited where I’m at. I made the cut and I’m in the last group. Hopefully, I’m here talking to y’all tomorrow about something else crazy that happened.”

There are four players tied in second place at -6 under par, Tony Finau, Henrik Stenson, Zach Johnson and Jason Dufner.

Jordan Spieth missed the cut, and lost out on a chance to play the weekend here, he was penalised a shot for stepping on his ball while searching for it. The decision did not make a lot of difference, finishing at +7 over par, he missed the cut by five shots. And that means Rory McIlroy, who isn’t playing this week, returns to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking;

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“I’ve reached that peak already and I know it’s going to be close enough to where if I just get the job done next week, I’ll be back in that ranking.”

“But again, that ranking, it’s great once you reach it but it’s not something that I’m going to live or die on each week.”

“I’m definitely searching for answers.”

 

Made in Denmark. Horsey Gallops to Win

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David Horsey gallops to win at the  Made in Denmark tournament at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort in a wire to wire win.

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David did not have the best of final rounds at Made in Denmark,  a +2 over par 73, but his total of -13 under par gave him a two shot victory, in the windy conditions.

He admitted he made hard work of it, but explained it was hard to stay focused with a lot of standing around and waiting on the back nine;

“It’s a kick-start really, I’ve been playing well for quite a few months now and not really been getting any results and not scoring particularly well so to come out with a bit more strategy and a bit more focus this week has paid off.”

“It was a bit of a strange week. I’ve been focusing on myself and not trying to get caught up in the tournament and I managed to do that so well it’s nearly a bit of surprise”

“I was a little bit disappointed with myself on 16, but managed to regroup and focus coming down those last couple of holes.”

“I left myself a very tough putt on 17  but to par the last as well was perfect.”

“The last couple of holes there was a lot of waiting around it and it started to then become a reality so very, very pleased. I made hard work of it but I got over the line at the end.”

The chasing pack of four players all finished tied in second place at -11 under par, the best of those was Kristoffer Broberg, carding a bogey free new course record of -9 under par 62, and Daniel Gaunt, a -5 under 66. The other two were just cantering along, keeping the home crowd happy was the leading DaneSøren Kjeldsen, he was joined by Terry Pilkadaris to complete the foursome.

Terry was disappointed with his last round effort;

“I’m disappointed, I bogeyed 14 and doubled 15 so I couldn’t keep the pressure on. I had a half chance on the 18th with an 18-footer but just pushed it right. That’s the way golf goes.”

“The wind was really up today. From the seventh onwards it was a two to three club breeze. I paid the penalty on eight, and again on 15 when I had a flier out of the rough.”

“That’s golf. I was just missing the fairway today and then you’re struggling from there with the lies in the rough. If I’d driven it better I would’ve had a better chance.”

“It was a fun tussle with David. Credit to him for closing it out. He gave us hope on 16 by missing that short putt but I didn’t put the pressure on down 17 and 18 as I would’ve liked.”

“It’s my best ET finish, but there’s a lot of disappointment from today.”

“I know the game’s there so I’ll keep plugging away.”

Another Dane,  Mads Søgaard, also kept the home crowd interested,  he finished T6 at -10 under, along with Paul Lawrie Bradley Dredge and Richard Green.

This event is hugely popular in Denmark, and each year the crowds grow bigger as the locals turn out to cheer on their hero’s.

Made in Denmark. Horsey Still Trotting Along.

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David Horsey is still trotting along at the top of the Made in Denmark leaderboard after 54 holes at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort.

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David carded a third round -3 under par 68 at the Made in Denmark tournament, to remain on top of the leaderboard in his quest for a ware to wire win. he will start the final round tomorrow with a one shot lead with his -15 under par total.

At one time during the day David had carved out a seven shot lead, but three bogeys on the back nine reigned him back in;

“I got off to a great start so I was obviously very pleased with that.”

“There were a few tough holes in the middle that I didn’t tackle that well, and obviously it was disappointing to bogey the last.”

“It’s tricky, though, as there’s a cross-wind out there. All you have to do is miss a couple of shots and you’re in real bother.”

 “I didn’t have a clue that I was seven clear. There aren’t that many leaderboards out there, and anyway I was just trying to focus on myself.”

“I knew the holes where I could take advantage, and I did that for the most part. There were just a few too many mistakes, but tomorrow if I can eliminate them I can be in a good position.”

“You can’t win a tournament on a Saturday so I was just trying to play my own game and get as far ahead as I could. I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

“I was leading pretty much wire to wire in Russia last year and I was very comfortable with that, but I try not to think about it too much and just take my mind off the situation.”

Australian Terry Pilkadaris shot a beautiful third round -6 under par 65, to put himself in a good position for a tilt at the title, he is just one shot back at -14 under par. At age 41 Terry still thinks he has what it takes to win;

“I played most of the European Tour events in Asia, so to come over onto mainland Europe and play is a little different, but I’m feeling good about the game and if the putts go in tomorrow we have a chance.”

“I drove the ball really well and managed to capitalise on my chances.”

“I saw on the sixth that David was seventeen under and I knew I had to get going a bit.”

“But anything can happen in golf; things can change very quickly. I’ve pegged it back and I’ll keep going tomorrow.”

Tied in third place are Chris Paisley and John Parry, both at -11 under par for the tournament, and will need very low rounds tomorrow to catch up to the leaders.

Søren Kjedsen and Mads Søgaard are the boys leading  the home town charge, they are in the group at -8 under and being loudly cheered on by 22,698 fans lining the fairways.

 

Made in Denmark. Horsey Holds on to Half-Way Lead.

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David Horsey holds onto the Made in Denmark lead at the half-way point at  Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort.

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David carded a second round -4 under par 67, to extend his lead at the top of the Made in Denmark leaderboard to three shots, at -12 under par.

“I played really well coming in and it could’ve even been one or two better.”

“I’ve been really sticking to my strategy well and just focusing on myself.”

“You’ve got to enjoy it, you’re not going to turn down leading a golf tournament heading into the weekend.”

“I’m happy with my game and the frustration isn’t there anymore, which is nice. When you start seeing the ball go in the hole, it’s refreshing.”

“I had a good holiday last week, which is always nice mid-season.”

“You get a little bit burnt out sometimes and I was getting frustrated with it, so it was nice to put the clubs away for a week and get away and forget about golf.”

“It seems to have done the job.”

Second place is shared at -9 under par between John Parry and Richard Green, of Australia.

John who also scored a -4 under par 67 in the second round, for his -9 under par total, has missed five of his last six cuts, but is happy to be in contention for the week-end;

“I played well but it was a bit more of a struggle than yesterday.”

“For the bogey at the last I holed a six or seven footer, so it actually doesn’t feel as bad when you do that.”

“I hit it a lot better on the back nine, my front nine, and I was holing pretty much everything I looked at.”

“It wasn’t as good on the front, but I’m in a good position for the weekend.”

Richard is also feeling good after a break from golf, a -6 under par 65 today;

“I feel good, it’s a bit of a surprise as I’ve just come off three weeks of not playing and just caddying for my fiancée. “

“I had a bit of practice last week, but I’m a bit surprised at how well I’m playing.”

“I’m hitting it well and putting well, so I’ll take it. It’s freshened up the mind a little bit.”

“At this time of year the tournaments are a bit thin if you’re not in the Majors or the WGCs, so it’s been a good break before a busy end to the season.”

Terry Pilkadaris and Bradley Dredge are tied in fourth spot with -8 under par totals.

PGA Championship, Jason Jogs To Victory.

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Jason Day jogs his way to his first Major win in the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.

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Jason burst into tears, not very Aussie like, at winning the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. His last round -5 under par 67 obliterated the field as he posted a tournament score of -20 under par.

Jason defended his tearful outburst;

“I didn’t expect I was going to cry, a lot of emotion has come out because I’ve been so close so many times and fallen short.”

“It’s been a long journey, I didn’t expect to ever grow up beyond the PGA Tour.”

“The work that I’ve put into my game ever since I was a 12-year-old kid and to be able to stand in front of a crowd like this today and win the PGA Championship is pretty special.”

“I’m being all emotional here but it’s an amazing feeling.”

“To be able to play the way I did today, especially with Jordan in my group, I could tell that he was the favorite. Just to be able to finish the way I did was amazing.”

“Not being able to finish, it would have been tough for me mentally to really kind of come back from that.”

“Even though I feel like I’m a positive person, I think that in the back of my mind something would have triggered and I would have gone, `Maybe I can’t really finish it off.'”

“It felt like I was mentally and physically grinding it out as hard as I could. I wasn’t going to stop fighting until it was over.”

“I knew today was going to be tough, but I didn’t realize how tough it was going to be.”

“I learned a lot about myself, being able to finish the way I did. The experiences that I’ve had in the past with previous major finishes has definitely helped me prepare myself for a moment like this.”

“As long as I am healthy, I feel like I’m going to be there a long time.”

“I still want to accomplish that No. 1 goal of mine, which is to be the best player in the world. I’m still motivated and still very hungry for that, even after this win.”

Playing partner, and great rival, Jordan Spieth finished in second place, three shots back at -17 under par. A final round -4 under par 68 no where near good enough in the company he was playing with, but good enough to give him the number one player in the World title;

“He played like he’d won seven or eight majors, he took it back. He wailed it. It was a stripe show.”

“This is as easy a loss as I’ve ever had because I felt that I not only couldn’t do much about it as the round went on, I also accomplished one of my lifelong goals in the sport of golf.”

“That will never be taken away from me now. I’ll always be a No. 1 player in the world.”

Branden Grace collected third place  at -15 under par, a final round -3 under par 69 not his best effort. Justin Rose was in fourth position on his own, he too did not perform well in the last round carding just -2 under par 70, for a -14 under par total.

 

 

 

PGA Championship. Jason Puts Daylight, between him and Jordan.

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Jason Day has put some daylight between himself and second placed Jordan Spieth at the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.

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Jason carded an eagle, eight birdies, two bogeys and a double in his third round at the PGA Championship, which added up to a -6 under par 66 on the day and a total of -15 under par, and importantly a two shot cushion heading into the final round tomorrow.

He will carry on giving it 100%, to finally land his first Major title;

“I played great all three rounds and I’ve just got to keep pushing forward, keep grinding it out the best I can and just give it 100 per cent tomorrow.”

“Overall I feel pretty confident in my abilities to really just keep moving forward and stay patient with myself.”

Second placed Jordan, at -13 under par for the tournament, also scored a -6 under par 66 today. He wants to claim his third Major of the year, and join an illustrious band, Tiger Woods (2000) and Ben Hogan (1953;

“Very pleased to have a chance to win another major.”

Third place is shared between Branden Grace and Justin Rose, both on -12 under par for the title.

Branden carded a bogey free -8 under par 64 to put himself into contention, and says he is finally getting used to playing in America, and likes it;

“I think I’m finally getting the hang of America, this is a dream to play out here. I think I’ve been playing some great golf.”

“The US Open was a good one coming into this and even the Open Championship, just getting the confidence up, knowing that I can do it, can play in this environment and under this pressure.”

“I’m as excited as can be. It’s another chance, this is what we all play for.”

“We all play to give ourselves the opportunity to get close to a major championship and we’re all here for the same reason;  we want to win this thing.”

“It’s just about getting out tomorrow, getting out on the first tee with a smile and hopefully the smile can be there all day.”

Justin was annoyed at his bogey at the last, and is still having problems with 4, carding double bogey there for the last two days;

“The fourth has cost me a couple of doubles there, so if I can figure that one out tomorrow it will help.”

“The only thing that will taste a little sour is that bogey on 18.”

“I hit a good tee shot and was staring down the barrel with a seven iron. I thought it was a good club and misjudged the wind and it came up short, but I was really pleased with the way I hung in there today.”

 “I can freewheel it a bit tomorrow. Obviously I have the luxury to not have to sleep on the lead and stress about anything.”

“I can have the nothing to lose mentality tomorrow.”

“It is going to be tricky tomorrow if it is windy. That’s a harder environment to guard your lead and keep moving forward and it enables the chasing pack to do a better job of catching up.”

Tiger Woods missed the cut here, his third straight Major cut in a row.  Rory McIlroy has decided to cut out The Barclays, to rest his injured ankle;

“I’m going to take a couple of weeks off just to sort of re-assess everything, and I’ll start back in the playoffs at Boston.”

 “Then play through the FedExCup. Then I’ve got to play Frys.com and then I’m playing maybe a couple more after that, Dubai and China.”