Waste Management Phoenix Open. Matsuyama Withdraws.

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Two time Waste Management Phoenix Open winner Hideki Matsuyama withdraws from the tournament prior to the start of the second round at TPC Scottsdale in Arizona, due to a left wrist injury.

Hideki Matsuyama withdrew prior to hitting a shot in the second round. (Getty Images)

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Hideki, from Japan,  was trying to match the achievement of Arnold Palmer, who won  here three times in a row from 1961-1963;

“The pain in my left thumb area started on 13th hole yesterday.”

“I did some treatment last night, but the pain was still there this morning when I practiced.”

“I decided that it was not worth forcing myself to continue to play and worsen the injury, so I was disappointed that I had to withdraw.”

“As much as I wanted to continue to play and with the three-peat in mind, the pain was just too much.”

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Maybank Championship. Two Tied at the Top of a Congested Leaderboard.

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Two players are tied at the top of a very congested Maybank Challenge leaderboard at Saujana Golf & Country Club in MalaysiaPhachara Khongwatmai, Thailand, and Nino Bertasio, Italy, share the honor.

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Nino and 18 year-old Phachara both carded second rounds of -7 under par 65 to top the Maybank Challenge leaderboard going into the week-end with -11 under par totals, and a slim one shot advantage.

Phachara has been having fun out there on the course, will be interesting to see how he copes with the pressure of being in front;

“I have been having fun on the golf course and playing well, so I’m looking forward to it.”

“I’m very happy with my score, my plan is to shoot under par every day and play against the course.”

“I don’t want to think ahead or compare my score to another player. It is only two rounds so the tournament is not over yet. I want to focus day by day and hole by hole.”

Four players then share third place at -10 under par, Chris Paisley, England, -3 under 69 today, Marc Warren, Scotland,-6 under 66, Yuta Ikeda, Japan,  -8 under 64, and Lee Westwood, England, who posted the low round of the day a -10 under par 62.

Lee enjoyed his birdie fest with the putter;

“It was enjoyable, there were a lot of birdies going in out there.” 

There is a posse of golfers on -9 under and another on -8 under, it is shaping up to be an exiting week-end. Will be interesting to see who makes a move on Saturday, and who falls behind, low scores will be the order of the day,

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Waste Management Phoenix Open. Bill Haas Leads.

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Bill Hass leads the Waste Management Phoenix Open after the first round at TPC Scottsdale in Arizona.

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Bill shot a  Waste Management Phoenix Open first round -7 under 64 to top the leaderboard at TPC Scottsdale.

Bill had been struggling with the putter recently, but needed on 29 on his round today;

“I’ve been struggling, so just kind of practicing, working hard and trying to figure something out.”

“One of those days where they went in for me, so hopefully it will be one of those weeks.”

“It is only one round. I’m not saying I’m cured by any means, I’m still grinding and practicing, so hopefully you figure it out.”

“The best players seem to play well every week, and that’s kind of the goal is just to get a little bit more consistent and not have those weeks where you putt so bad or hit it so bad.”

“To compete with these guys week in and week out, you’ve got to be sharp.”

Five players are then tied in second place at -5 under par after rounds of 66; Billy Horschel, Bryson DeChambeau, Chesson Hadley, Chris Kirk and Rickie Fowler.

Rickie  knows he will win here, one day;

 “I just figured it was a matter of time before I was the last one standing on Sunday.”

 “We have given ourselves some pretty good chances. Losing to Hideki two years ago in the playoff.”

“It’s just a matter of time; I know I can win here, and sometimes you just got to be in the right place at the right time, or not get a bad kick on 17, but we’re going to get one.”

The tournament entertainment from the gallery stepped up a notch this year, with a naked male streaker running around the 16th. H e was arrested, and charged with indecency, along with being intoxicated. Not really what you would wish to see on the golf course.

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Maybank Championship. Round 1 Suspended, Chris Paisley Leads.

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Round 1 of the Maybank Championship in Malaysia was suspended due to darkness following a storm that stopped play for an hour and fifty minutes earlier in the day. Chris Paisley of England is the current leader, with 40 players still to complete their first rounds, which will resume tomorrow.

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Chris carded a bogey free first round of -7 under par 65, before the storm struck, to be the clubhouse leader for the Maybank Championship at Saujana Golf & Country Club in Kuala Lumpur;

“It was great and nice to keep the form going.”

“I just played really solid, hit it well off the tee so gave myself a lot of wedges and short irons into the greens which were really good and gave myself a lot of birdie chances, couldn’t have gone better.”

“It’s very hot and not much wind, so scoring wise it is quite easy but to keep your focus is quite difficult with how tiring the heat is but it is good fun.”

Sharing second place at -6 under are David Horsey, England, with a completed round, and Mike Lorenzo-Vera, from France, who still has two holes to play in his opening round.

Five players are tied in fourth spot with finished first round scores of -4 under par, Andrew Beef Johnston, England, David Lipsky, USAArjun Atwal, India, Soomin LeeSouth Korea, with Alex Levy and Romain Wattel of France.

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Farmers Insurance Open. The Play-Off Carried Over Until Tomorrow

 

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The Farmers Insurance Open ended in a three-way tie at the top, Jason Day, Australia, Alex Noren, Sweden, and Ryan Palmer, USA , all with -10 under par totals at Torrey Pines Golf Course, in California.

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Jason carded a final round -2 under par 70, Alex +1 over 73, and Ryan even par 72, to tie for the Farmers Insurance Open top spot at -10 under par.

A three-way sudden death play-off started on the par five 18th, Ryan was eliminated with a par there, against the birdies of Jason and Alex.

Jason and Alex birdied again second time around. The next  two play-off holes, 16 and 17 and  were all halved with pars, and the 18th, the fifth play-off hole was halved with birdies.

By this time the darkness had descended, and the players will have to return tomorrow morning to settle the issue.

Alex said;

“It’s too dark. I could barely see the last putt, but it’s very enjoyable.”

“This is what I play for. I’m excited.”

Jason too mention the lack of light, not being able to see his ball on the green from the fairway, turning to his caddie;

“I can’t see it.”

“I’ll play all day tomorrow if I need to, to get the win.”

They will start again tomorrow at the par five 18th, and if recent play-off history is any indicator, it could go on for some time.

Defending champion Jon Rahm, Spain, fell away, carding a disastrous last round +5 over par 77, for a -2 under total. Tiger Woods finished in a tie for 23rd place, at -3 under par.

 

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Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic, Brittany Defends Her Title.

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The Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic was shortened to 54 holes, with Brittany Lincicome, USA, defending her title, at the very windy Ocean Club Golf Course in the Bahamas.

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Brittany closed out the wind-swept tournament with a final round -7 under par 66 to win the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic with a 54 hole total of -12 under par, thanking a great performance from her putter;

“I try not to look at the leaderboard so I was just hoping whatever was happening was in my group.”

“I was just trying to keep up with those girls, I played with two great girls today and I knew it was going to be tough and my putter really saved me all day.”

“I made a lot of great par saves and birdies coming in, and I’m just on cloud nine.” 

Wei-Ling Hsu, Taipei, finished in second place at -10 under, a last round  -5 under par 68 giving her that position on her own. A not so good day with the putter;

“My putt today was so great but still miss, like, three short putts coming in.”

Tied in third place at -9 under were Amy Yang, South Korea, -3 under 70 today, and Shanshan Feng, China, with a last round -2 under 71.

Great tournament, shame about the weather.

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Omega Dubai Desert Classic. Li Haotong Wins.

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Li Haotong of China wins the Omega Dubai Desert Classic beating Rory McIlroy by one shot at the Emirates Golf Club.

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Li finished one shot ahead with a final round -6 under par 69 to win the Omega Dubai Desert Classic with a -23 under par total;

“Especially the first few holes, I was quite nervous, the first hole  I made bogey and got to come back really quick, which was good.”

“I think most of the time, only two or one behind, so I just want to keep pulling myself in a position and just don’t go too far away.”

“The last four holes was some of the best shots in my life so far. Happy to see I can hold a trophy here.”

“I’m looking forward to my first Masters.”

Rory, Northern Ireland, also carded -3 under 69 today, to remain that one frustrating shot behind at -22 under par, a three putt on the par five 13th for par did not help;

“From being two ahead standing on the 11th tee to being level going into 16, I just don’t know.” 

“I kept leaving myself in places where I couldn’t really give it a run at the hole because they were downhill, downgrain, downwind.”

“So I didn’t really leave it in the best spots to be aggressive with my putts.”

“The competitor in me is very disappointed right now. I wanted to win. I always want to win and I just didn’t do enough when I needed to.”

Tyrrell Hatton, England, was third at -20 under par, a good last round of -6 under par 66 giving him that position on his own.

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