Kingsmill Championship. Mika Miyazato Leads.

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Mika Miyazato leads the Kingsmill Championship after the 1st round at a wet River Course in Virginia.

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JPN Mikka, from Japan shot an opening round -6 under par 65 in the Kingsmill Championship to lead the tournament by one shot. she spoke about the wet weather, and how good her putting was today;

“Course condition was pretty wet, and last two days with so much rain, so that’s why it’s so wet.”

“But I tried to be more aggressive so that’s why maybe I played very well today.”

“I was more focused on one shot at a time.”

” I spoke last night with my mental coach, so like the last three months, four months, I did not enjoy golf, so I tried to I enjoy golf this week, and he said, one shot at a time, more detail, so I tried to be more detailed today, so that’s why it works good.”

Defending champion,AUS Minjee Lee, and USA Brittany Lincicome share second  place, at -5 under par following their rounds of 66.

Minjee was asked if she was nervous being the defending champion;

“I mean, not really, I felt pretty calm the whole week, but just on the tee I felt a little nerves and more excitement that they said that I was the defending champion, so that was pretty cool, and it’s nice to hear that.”

Brittany was happy to be talking to media once more, it has not happened in a while, mainly due she said to poor putting;

“Good to talk to you guys, which hasn’t happened I don’t think at all this year, so it’s nice.”

“Like I said, the putter hasn’t really been working all year. I’ve been driving it really well, hitting the irons pretty good I felt, and just today I think I had 27 or 28 putts, which obviously any time you have putts in the 20s is good.”

“I just came in wanting just to play well and shoot under par again.”

“It seems like something that should come so naturally for someone who does this for a living, but it just hasn’t been happening lately.”

“Every time I see where I am on the Money List right now, it’s obviously very disappointing. It’s not normally where I am.”

“But I’ve been hitting the ball so well. Just obviously the putting just needs to kind of come around.”

“I thought about changing putters there for a while, and of course you have like one good day, and you’re like, okay, maybe it’s not the putter.”

“Then it kind of goes back again. So it’s kind of a, I don’t know what the deal is.”

The top-3 players in the world did not play so well together,  Lydia Ko +2 over 73, Inbee Park +3 over 74 and Lexi Thompson +1 over 72 struggled on Thursday, and will have some work to do to make the cut.

The Players. Jason Day Delivers.

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Jason Day delivers the result of a World number one, a win at The Players at TPC Sawgrass.

Day wins THE PLAYERS

              Jason Day / getty images

Jason had a final round -1 under par 71 to post a winning total of -15 under par at The Players, for a comfortable four shot victory.

Jason had his troubles on the round, on the par 5 ninth,  duffing three chips out of the Bermudagrass rough, and had to hole a 6-foot putt just to save bogey;

“I felt like an amateur chopping my way to the pin from only 10 yards off the green.”

 “If I walk away with a double-bogey there, that gives my pursuers a boost of energy, a boost of momentum.”

“Once I got to 10, I kind of said to myself, ‘You’re still in the game, you’ve still got the lead.”

“You’re still in good shape.”

“Once I holed the birdie putt, that kind of settled everything down, then I could kind of relax and go about my way.”

“I’m sitting there going, don’t choke, that would be the worst thing in the world, everyone would be talking about it.”

“Things like that go through your mind. They go through your mind out there on the front nine.”

“It did, it really went through my mind. I just kept on saying to myself,  just settle down.”

“Tiger says he’s going to kick my butt when he comes back, so I’m going to try and extend that gap.”

Kevin Chappell finished in second place, a last round -3 under par moving him up the leaderboard, finishing with a -11 under par total;

“I’m really proud of the way I hung in there, I was 2 over par through 26 holes and really fought hard to make the cut.”

“To hang in there today after a slower start, I’m real proud of myself.”

“It kind of mirrored my week, slow start, and really fought there in the middle of the round to salvage it, and then I finished strong, which is nice.”

Tied in third place at -10 under par were Justin Thomas, -7 under 67 today, Matt Kuchar, -4 under 68, Colt Knost -3 under 69, and long time challenger to the leader Ken Duke, who stalled on the last round signing for an even par 72.

The tough conditions were the same for everybody, only the World number one Jason Day was able to cope with them sufficiently.

 

AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open. Jeunghun Wang Wins Again.

White Dragon Golf Jeunghun Wang wins again as he picked up the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open trophy a week after his maiden victory.

 AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open

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KOR Jeunghun was involved in a Titanic struggle with BAN Siddikur Rahman, being tied at the top of the  AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open leaderboard coming down the last fairway, but he birdied the 18th to claim back to back wins. A final round of even par 72 gave him the winning total of -6 under par.

This win gives Jeunghun the distinction of being the first player to win in consecutive weeks since Rory McIlroy claimed the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational followed by the US PGA Championship in 2014, and he also becomes the first Asian player to win in consecutive weeks;

 AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open

Jeunghun Wang / getty images

“I can’t believe that I’ve won two weeks in a row. I’m so excited right now and really happy that I have won.”

“I hope I can win three in a row, but next week is a really big tournament and it’s my first time in Ireland, so I’m not sure. I’ll be trying my best.”

“I probably had luck on my side today. I wasn’t even thinking about winning this week until the 16th.”

“I missed a lot of putts so I thought I didn’t have any chance to win.”

On another tough day at Four Seasons Golf ClubSiddikur sadly carded a final round +2 over par to miss his chance of a maiden Tour win, finishing second with a -5 under par total.

Tied in third place at even par were  ARG Estanislao Goya, a last round -1 under par 71 was good enough to move him up the leaderboard,  as everyone else went backwards including BEL Nicolas Colsaerts who signed for a wild +3 over par 75, which contained an eagle and three double-bogeys leaving him also at par for the competition, tied in third.

 Andrew  Dodt carded a last round +4 over 76 left him in fifth place, a shot clear of Brandon Stone +2 over 74 today.

Rahil Gangjee, Richard McEvoy, Ross McGowan, Terry Pilkadaris and Jason Scrivener were then all at +3 over for the tournament.

AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open. Siddikur Rahman In Control

White Dragon Golf BAN Siddikur Rahman, from Bangladesh leads the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open at Four Seasons Golf Club.

 

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Siddikur shot a third round -3 under par 68 to get to the top of the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open leaderboard, and will take a one shot advantage into the final round tomorrow with his -7 under par total.

He is fighting for his maiden European Tour win, and said he will not let the pressure get to him;

“I am very inspired to play tomorrow now that I am in the lead. I won’t put pressure on myself.”

I really enjoyed my round today, it was a very special day for me.”

“I am very excited and I will try to enjoy myself tomorrow, one more day to go, nothing’s going to change.”

“I’ll just try and play the same way as I did for the last few days. I am looking forward to playing in the leader group again tomorrow.”

“The highlight today and possibly the highlight for me so far this week was on sixteen.

“I had a great drive and I hit my second shot with my three wood from 225 yards into the wind from left to right before sinking an eight-footer for birdie.”

“That was by far my best birdie for the week.”

Last weeks maiden Tour winner, Jeunghun Wang, is in second place, just one shot behind at -6 under par. He carded a third round -1 under par 71 on another tough day in Mauritius.

Andrew Dodt, who started the day with a three shot lead, and Nicolas Colsaerts, who is aligned with the Four Seasons club, share third place at -3 under par.

Andrew collapsed on the back nine, eventually signing for +5 over par 77, while Nicolas, who knows the course backwards, struggled all day, he signed for +1 over 73.

Scott Hend is the only other player below par for three rounds, he has fourth spot on his own at -1 under par, he got there with a -3 under par 69 today.

The Players. Jason Jogging Along in Suspended Second Round

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Jason Day is jogging along in his suspended second round, of The Players, the weather once again causing havoc.

Day makes the most of Friday

World number one Jason is -5 under par through 14 holes of his second round, still topping The Players leaderboard, at 14 under par, a three shot lead over his nearest rival.

Play was suspended due to darkness, after a lengthy delay because of a lightning storm that passed over the course.

Although a three shot lead is fairly healthy at this point in time Jason wants to keep pushing;

“I need to keep pushing forward.”

“The moment that I lose a little bit of focus and make a few mental errors and mistakes, that’s when I let the field back in.”

“I just can’t afford to do that.”

“I feel good about how I’m going about my game, but I just have to understand that this is like a major, and especially with 16, 17 and 18, anything can happen there.”

 “I have to make sure that I’m switched on when I come through that stretch.”

Shane Lowry is in second place at -11 under par, with a completed round of -4 under par 68 today, he came here with no expectations, relaxed and is playing good golf;

“Sometimes low expectations brings good results and high expectations brings no results.”

 “It’s a funny game.”

“I would say the 17th  kind of got the round going. It felt a little flat and a little tense, and to roll that in for bogey and then eagle 18, it kind of kick-started my round.”

“It was always close in the air, so it was nice to see it going in.”

“I was on the eighth there and had a long putt for par, and I knew I’d like to be in the last group with him tomorrow.”

“You can really learn from him in those situations. It will be nice to go out in the last group with him tomorrow and see what I can do.”

Jonas Blixt, -5 under 67 completed second round, Alex Cejka -5 under 67 completed and Cameron Tringale a completed second of -3 under 69 are four shots off the pace, at the moment, with -10 under totals.

The projected cut is -2 under par, and if it stays that way, defending Champion Rickie Fowler will be on the way home, along with Phil Mickelson, Danny Willett, Luke Donald and Jordan Spieth, who are all in the large group at -1 under par.

The Players. Rory Roars Into Life.

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2nd round play has been suspended due to bad weather in the area, hopefully it will resume soon.

McIlroy flirts with course record

In the morning round Rory McIlroy roared into life, and The Players tournament today, he should have had the TPC Sawgrass course record, needing a birdie on his last hole of the day, the par 5 ninth, for -10 under. Unfortunately he made bogey and had to settle for -8 under par 64, to add to his even par round yesterday;

“Maybe if I had the five wood in the bag, I might have went for it, because at least I could have gotten a little bit more height.”

“But I was thinking about the course record, I wanted to make birdie and shoot 62. There’s no doubt about that.”

“Any time I’ve gone for the ninth green in two here, it’s never really worked out for me, I sort of talked myself out of it on the fairway.”

“This course really does play so much differently from morning to afternoon.”

“I felt the greens getting a little firmer, the wind gets up a little bit, so you have to take advantage of your tee time in the morning.”

“Thankfully, I was able to do that today with a low one.”

“I’m frustrated, my score should have been a couple better.”

“I’m disappointed, but there’s still two more days to go. That’s the nice thing. I’m in a good position heading into the weekend.”

The Players. Jason Day Delights.

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Jason Day delights The Players carding a record equaling -9 under par 63 opening round at TPC Sawgrass.

Jason Day tied the course record at the Stadium Course with a 63 in his first round of THE PLAYERS Championship. (Getty Images/Mike Ehrmann)

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Jason played in the earlier morning conditions at TPC Sawgrass, to top The Players leaderboard on day one of the tournament. Quite a turnaround from  the last time he played the Stadium Course, when he made four bogeys, two double bogeys, one triple bogey and just two birdies;

“There was a lot of frustration last year,” Day acknowledged, and the funny thing was, I shot 69 in the first round, too, so I shot 69-81-63.

“But I’ve got a really bad memory, which is kind of a good thing in golf, I guess, where you don’t really remember the bad stuff as much.”

“I would have loved to shoot 10-under and be the only guy to hold that record, but I’m in pretty good company with the guys that have shot that, especially with Greg Norman and the way he played shooting 63 and three straight 67s.”

“If I can keep that up, that would be great, but right now I’ve just got to try and focus on trying to win this tournament and trying to play a good round two.”

“I just feel really good about how things went today.”

There are four players tied in second place, at -7 under par following their first round scores of 65, Justin Rose, Shane Lowery, Bill Haas and Brendon Steele.

They are followed by a huge group at -6 under par, so this is a tight contest, except for the guys who struggled today.

Guys with a lot to do to catch up, or even maybe make the cut in include defending champion Rickie Fowler and  Rory McIlroy at even par, with and Adam Scott +1 over.