Tournament of Champions. Two Tied at the Top.

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Two players are tied at the top of the Tournament of Champions leaderboard after 36 holes at the Plantation Course in Hawaii, Marc Leishman, Australia and Brian Harman, USA, share the honor.

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Marc was bogey free today with his -4 under 69, while Brian carded -5 under 68, which included two bogey’s, to join him at the top of the Tournament of Champions leaderboard at -10 under par for the two rounds completed.

Marc likes to win;

“I don’t really need to change anything. Certainly, going to play to win.”

“I mean that’s what we are here for and after last year getting a taste for it, it would be nice to do it again as soon as possible.”

“It would be nice to just keep playing the way I’m playing and hopefully seal up the TOUR Championship earlier so you can go into the FedExCup Playoffs not thinking about getting into the TOUR Championship, you’re thinking about winning tournaments.”

World #1 Dustin Johnson, USA, holds third place at -9 under par following his second round -5 under par 68, and he is happy with the way he is playing;

 “It sets up well. It’s windy, so you really have to strike the ball well.”

 “I think that’s a big factor out here, especially with all this wind. You hit solid shots, you can control it and you can hit some good ones. It’s the miss-hits when the wind’s blowing this hard that can really take it way off-line.”

“So I feel like I strike the ball very well and I control my distance pretty well. And it’s a lot of feel around here. You hardly ever hit full shots, I feel like. So I kind of like it.”

Three players then share fourth spot at -8 under, Pat Perez, and Chris Stroud, both recording 7 under 66 today, and both from the USA, they are joined by Jhonattan  Vegas from Venezuela, he signed for a second round -3 under par 70. 

Pat was upset at a couple of mistakes he made today;

 “Stupid double on eight, that pissed me off.”

“Didn’t make a birdie on nine, which sucks.”

“Didn’t realize I shot six under on the back.” 

“I still can’t believe what’s transpired in the last 17 months, but I’m just trying to enjoy every day of it. I’m having a blast.”

 

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Tournament of Champions. Marc Leishman Leads 1st Round.

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Marc Leishman leads the Tournament of Champions after the 1st round at the Plantation Course in Hawaii.

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Marc shot an opening round -6 under 67 to lead the Tournament of Champions by one shot, on a very windy day in Hawaii.

Marc is used to the wind, coming from the coastal town of Warrnambool in Australia;

“Every day it was windy down there. It would be a calm day down there and I wouldn’t know what to do and would play terrible,”

“Just basically every round of golf I played until I was 15 was in a really strong wind.”

“I just didn’t know any different and it actually took me some time when I got over here to find my feet when it wasn’t windy.”

Sharing second place at -5 under after rounds of 68 are Brian Harman, USA, and Jhonattan Vegas, from Venezuela.

Brian was bogey free on the day;

“Whenever you get to count on your birdies, you’re doing something good, especially in tough conditions.”

“I’m very happy with it. Did I expect it? Most rounds I don’t go bogey-free, so I did not expect it.”

“But you have to dial it back just a little bit on days like today to make sure that you stay in play and I was able to do that.”

World #1 Dustin Johnson is tied in fourth place with Rickie Fowler, both from the USA and Si Woo Kim, South Korea, all three at -4 under par with rounds of 69.

Dustin had a poor day with the putter;

“Definitely missed some putts, but I felt like I hit good putts, just didn’t have quite enough speed and lipped out a few on the low side.”

 “But other than that, it was really solid.”

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Dubai Ladies Classic. Anne Van Dam Has Half-Way Lead.

 

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Anne Van Dam, of Holland, has the half-way lead at the Dubai Ladies Classic at Emirates Golf Club.

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Anne scored a second round -7 under par 65 to top the Dubai Ladies Classic leaderboard by two shots after 36 holes at -10 under par, a new putter in the bag helped;

“I haven’t been putting great at all for the last half year, but I changed putters two days ago.”

“I went for something completely different. Normally I have face-balance and now I have toe-hang. It’s a blade, and normally I have a mallet.”

“We had a lot of fun out there today and yesterday as well.”

“We were all under par for two days in a row and we all hit it long, so that helps, helps with the game and we all play aggressively.”

Kelsey McDonald, Scotland, is in second place at -8 under for the tournament, with another round of -4 under 68;

“I just lost confidence kind of during the year, and again, just having someone on the bag that’s just reiterating, you know, my thoughts and going over the same things.”

“It’s just putting the confidence back into me. She’s a great friend, too, so that obviously helps.”

Georgia Hall, England, -5 under 67 today, shares third place with Celina Yuan, Australia, -3 under 69, and Thidapa Suwannapura, Thailand, -6 under 66, all these ladies are at -7 under for the competition.

Georgia said she had putted well;

“I did putt well today and I wanted to take advantage of the morning round, because the greens were in better condition and less wind, so I’m glad I did it.”

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Australian PGA Championship. Cameron Smith Wins in a Play-off.


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Cameron Smith, Australia, wins the Australian PGA Championship in a play-off  at Royal Pines Resort.

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Cameron and Jordan Zunic finished the Australian PGA Championship tied at the top of the leaderboard at -18 under par, Cam with a final round -4 under 68, and Jordan, who slowed down from yesterdays masterpiece with a last round -1 under 71.

Cam won at the second extra hole, with his parents in the gallery;

“Neither my mum or dad were there for the (PGA Tour) win in New Orleans.”

“To be able to win in front of them and in front of other family and friends, and then winning in Queensland, makes it so much more special to me.”

“I haven’t even had time to process that but it’s been a really good year. My goals this year were to win one down here and it’s nice to tick that one off.”

“A bit of a grind out there today, waking up early to get away from this rain that mysteriously hasn’t come.”

“Yeah, tough day out there and congrats to Jordan as well, he played well.”

Jordan accepted defeat graciously;

“I’m pretty happy with everything this week.”

“I’ve come a long way from where I was last week and missing a few cuts, so I’m happy about that.”

“It’s always great. This is why we practice and this is why we dream to play these sort of events and play in front of huge crowds, I loved every minute of it.”

“I had my family in the crowd there and Olivia by my side there, my girlfriend caddying. “

“She was great, she helped me out through the whole way. You know, we did everything we could so that’s all I could do. Cam was just too good on the back.”

Adam Bland held third place, just one shot back at -17 under par after his final round -4 under 68.

Top foreign player was defending Champion Harold Varner 111, USA, with a last round -6 under par 66 which gave him 6th position on his own at -12 under par.

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Australian PGA Championship. Jordan Zunic Has Final Round Advantage.


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Jordan Zunic, Australia, has a final round advantage of three shots after an amazing Australian PGA Championship third round record equaling 64 at  Royal Pines Resort.

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For a long time it looked like Jordan would card the magic 59, but a mini collapse on the last two holes of bogey, double bogey, saw him sign for a -8 under par 64, to top the Australian PGA Championship leaderboard at  -17 under par;

“I just think of 16 good holes, that’s all I see in my mind and that’s all I’m sure we’ll talk about tonight because I played unbelievable golf for 16 holes.”

“If you had told me that I was going to have 64 at the start of today, I would have taken it, that’s for sure.”

“It was a shame what happened on the last two holes, but to be honest, I didn’t even do much wrong.”

“I still stuck to my processes on the last two holes, I just got a little bit unlucky on 17, I just pulled my 2 iron a little left.”

“And then on the last hole, my drive was pretty good, just slightly right of where I was trying to hit it and unfortunately caught that bunker as well.”

“In my mind I don’t really feel like I did much wrong even though I did drop a few on the last two holes.”

Cameron Smith holds second place with a -5 under 67 today, and at -14 under par still has a chance to win the title. He played alongside Jordan today saying it was just magic putting;

 “He was on a bit of a run, it was pretty incredible to watch actually, and in that wind he was just a magician on the greens as well. I think he would have had 15 putts through 14 holes, it was amazing.”

“I just didn’t let Jordan’s round get ahead of me there, I just kept doing what I was doing.”

“I knew I was playing well, I knew I was putting well. Just needed a couple of chances and took advantage of them.”

Rounding out an Australian top three is Adam Bland in third place, -1 under par 71 was not as good as the top two, but at -13 under he could still have a chance. 

Due to tomorrow’s afternoon inclement weather warnings tee times have been brought forward three hours, in the hope they can complete the tournament before the storm arrives.

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Australian PGA Championship. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the Australian PGA Championship at the half-way stage, Marc Leishman and Adam Bland share the honor.

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Marc made some early birdies, and was feeling comfortable, returning a second round score of -7 under par 65, to share top spot at -12 under;

“I felt really good on the range and felt good yesterday as well. I was striking the ball well and thought I would be pretty aggressive all day, especially after making birdies on the first couple holes.”.

“When you’re on a run like that and playing well, you sort of can afford to be aggressive. If you make a few mistakes, you feel like you can make some birdies.”

Adam was happy to consolidate his good start to the tournament, a -6 under 66 second round, seeing him at the top of the Australian PGA Championship leaderboard ;

“It’s always great to get off to a flying start, but if you can’t back it up in the second round or at least be thereabouts, you’re kind of just chasing your tail for the rest of the week.”

“So it was really important to get off to a good start this morning and I seemed to do that, so it was great.”

“I feel like my game, like when I’ve been playing well, it’s been good.  I just haven’t caught the momentum so I can’t get really riding it and it’s been on and off.”

“This week I’ve hit a lot of shots close, which I haven’t in previous weeks.  So I’ve had a lot of real free birdies which has been nice and birdied a few par fives today so it was great.”

Another Aussie, Greg Chalmers has third place, two shots back at -10 under par, he carded a second round -6 under 66.

Best out-of-town player was defending champion Harold Varner 111, USA, known on the circuit as HV3,  a second round of -6 under 66 got him into a tie for seventh spot at -7 under for the competition.

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Australian PGA Championship, Two Tied at the Top.

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Two players are tied at the top of the Australian PGA Championship leaderboard at the end of day 1 at the Royal Pines Resort. Aussies Jordan Zunic and Adam Bland share the honor at -6 under par with first rounds of 66.

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Sergio Garcia, Spain, leads a posse of five players sharing third place at -5 under par after a bogey free 67;

“I wouldn’t say that it was amazing but it was good.”

 “The most positive thing for me would be to go a bogey-free round, which I didn’t realise until we got done.”

“I feel like mentally I’m not quite as sharp as I was probably a month ago or so. I guess the year is kind of draining a little bit.

“Hopefully I’m able to do more of the same but every day’s different. Every day’s a different story and it also depends on the weather. If it gets windy it can be quite tricky, this course.”

Other players on that -5 under par 67 score are, Marc Leishman, Peter Senior, Daniel Nisbet and Michael Wright, all from Australia.

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