Sony Open. Justin Duly Wins at the Big “W”

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Justin Thomas duly wins in Hawaii at the Sony Open at the Big “W” the Waialae Golf Club.

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Justin shot a final round -5 under par 65 to win the Sony Open by seven shots, at -27 under par. This week he lead wire to wire, carded a 59, set a new low scoring PGA Tour record. This stat will amaze you, in 2017 Justin is -49 under par for eight rounds !!!

Justin said he was nervous at the start of play today and a good par saving putt early on settled him down;

“It’s been an unbelievable week.”

“It was really hard. I was really nervous this morning. I just had a hard time getting in a comfortable mind frame.”

“I felt like I was doing what I needed to do early. I was making some pars, besides that bad bogey on four, but that par putt on six was huge.”

“I think if I miss that I start maybe worrying a little bit. I just tried to stay patient.”

Justin Rose claimed second place at -20 under, following his last round -6 under par 64.

Jordan Spieth grabbed third place, a final round -7 under par 63 elevating up the leaderboard, to finish with a -19 under par total.

Jordan was full of praise for Justin Thomas;

“I was telling caddie Michael Greller out there, honestly it felt like we were playing a different tournament.”

“I honestly felt like I was trying to win the tournament for second place. J.T. just pretty unbelievable what he’s doing right now.”

“He’s got full control of his game, full confidence, and he’s executing under pressure. It’s a lot of fun to see.

“I wouldn’t say a good player that’s hot, and I wouldn’t say it’s birth of a guy either. I would say it’s just a tremendous player who’s already been at that level, just takes winning a couple of times, I think.”

 

BMW SA Open. Graeme Beats Rory, in a Play-Off.

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Graeme Storm beat Rory McIlroy in a play-off for the BMW SA Open title at Glendower Golf Club in South Africa.

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Graeme shot a final round -1 under par 71, to be tied at the top of the BMW SA Open leaderboard with Rory McIlroy, -4 under 68 today. Both players were on -18 under par for the tournament, and a play-off began. It took three play-off holes, the par four 18th each time, before Graeme claimed the title, Rory carding a bogey third time around.

Graeme said after his second win on Tour;

“I am speechless. It’s been incredible and I can’t quite believe it.”

“This is a dream come true, especially after what happened to me last year with my card and everything.”

“I really took a lot from that experience and told myself to try and grasp the opportunity of getting my livelihood back with both hands and I have done that this week.”

“It’s an unbelievable feeling. I hung in there today and didn’t play my best stuff but I knew if I could hang in there that I might get my chance and thankfully it came.”

“It really means everything to me to be in the winner’s circle again.”

“I have been to hell and back to be honest with you. It’s been an absolute rollercoaster over the last year and a half, especially the end of last year.”

“There was pressure today but not the same pressure as trying to keep your European Tour card. That’s real pressure and something I don’t want to feel for a long time.”

Rory is sad that he lost, but happy with his start to the season;

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“I wish I could have done a little more but it’s not a bad way to start the season and gives me something to build on in the weeks ahead.”

“I am going for a scan tomorrow, I fly to Dubai tonight and then will go for an MRI tomorrow just to see what’s up with this joint in my back.”

“It was manageable this week with tape and a few pills so I am fine but first and foremost I have to get fully fit and healthy again and hopefully I’ll be alright to play next week.”

Jordan L Smith finished third, at -17 under par, a -4 under par 68 final round giving him that position on his own, an experience he would like to achieve again;

“That was insane, like nothing I have experienced in my life and I absolutely loved it. I am very pleased.”

“I was very, very nervous at the start of the round so to make those (early) putts was a big help and really settled me into the round.”

“It was just such an amazing experience today, especially coming up the last hole there. Honestly it was just insane.”

“I am absolutely delighted with the week overall. I would have loved to have won but I got myself into contention and looking forward this experience will be invaluable for my future.”

“I just can’t wait to play in front of crowds like this again. This has exceeded all of my expectations ahead of the week. I knew I was playing well and was confident coming here but I didn’t expect to end up in this situation.”

Sony Open. Seven Shot Lead For Justin.

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Justin Thomas has a seven shot lead at the top of the Sony Open leaderboard, at Waialae Golf Club in Hawaii. I have always liked the Big “W” golf is like the movie “Its a mad mad mad mad world.”

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Justin cruised to a seven shot lead with third round -5 under par 65, at the Sony Open, giving him a seven shot lead going into the final round tomorrow. He tied the 54 hole PGA Tour record, and will surely pick up the trophy tomorrow, no one has ever lost from a seven shot lead. It will also be back to back wins for Justin.

Zach Johnson is in second place, at -15 under par for the tournament, a third round -5 under 65 giving him that position on his own.

Third place is shared between, Justin Rose, -4 under 68 today, Gary Woodland, -2 under 68, and Hudson Swafford, -4 under 66, all at -14 under par for the 54 holes played.

Kevin Kisner had a putt for a 59, it just slid by, but -10 under 60 is not too bad, he is T6 at -13 under par;

“I hit a good putt, I looked up, I thought it was going dead middle, but it didn’t break.”

“Can’t be that upset.”

“The first day, I hit it great, and I was minus four strokes in putting, which I can’t do with my game.”

“So the second day I putted better as the round went on but I hit it worse. So it’s kind of one of those deals that I had to make putts.”

“And then today I hit it like the first day and putted great.”

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BMW SA Open. Graeme Storm In Cruise Control.

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Graeme Storm is in cruise control at the BMW SA Open, and will take a three shot lead into the final round tomorrow at the Glendower Golf Club in South Africa.

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Graeme shot a third round -5 under par 67 to stay in control  of the BMW AS Open with a 54 hole total of -17 under par. He will of course be very aware that Rory McIlroy holds second place at -14 under par, he too had -5 under 67 today.

Graeme is hoping to claim his second European Tour title, and is still making putts;

“I am just really pleased that I kept the momentum from yesterday and played really nicely and holed some good putts.”

“I find myself now in a position that I have only been in a couple of times over the past few years.”

“Things have been difficult and last year was a tough year but it has given me a new lease of life and I hope to continue playing well.”

“I thought I had lost my card and all of the privileges that come from playing on the European Tour and when that happens you realise that you can’t afford to lose it.”

“I have never played with Rory before and I know him really well so it will be a lot of fun.”

“If he hits a good shot and pips me or beats me comfortably or whoever makes a move from behind I can’t really control that.”

“All I can do is control my golf ball, I can’t control anyone else’s.”

“If I can shoot another score in the 60s I’ll be pleased even if I don’t win. I have come here as a big underdog so that is fine with me.”

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Rory wants a fast start tomorrow, and hopes to apply some pressure;

“I started well, I felt like I drove the ball well today for the most part and gave myself plenty of chances.”

“I took quite a few of them, especially in the middle of the round like I did yesterday as well, so it was a decent score.”

“I felt like it could have been a couple better. The finish was disappointing, not birdieing the 15th and dropping a shot on the way in but I’m still in with a shout going into tomorrow and that’s all I can ask for.”

“I’d like to be a few shots better or at least a few shots closer to the lead. Hopefully I can get off to a good start tomorrow and put a bit of pressure on Graeme and it will be interesting.”

Sharing third place are, Jbe Kruger, -3 under 69 today, and Jordan L Smith, -4 under 68, with -13 under par totals.

Sony Open. Justin Has New 36 Hole Record.

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Justin Thomas has the  new 36 hole record for the PGA Tour of -17 under par, set at the Sony Open on the Waialae  Country Club course.

 

Thomas sets 36-hole record

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Justin had a second round -6 under 64 and has a five shot lead at the top of the Sony Open leaderboard after 36 hole, with a -17 under par total courtesy of an Eagle at the last hole;

“It’s cool, just like yesterday, anytime you can get your name in the record book, it’s awesome. I had no idea until I finished.”

Gary Woodland holds second place, five shots back at -12 under par. He shot another round of -6 under 64 today, and only used the Driver a couple of times, preferring to hit three wood and find the fairways;

“I did that my first couple times here and that didn’t work out for me.”

“I’m very comfortable with where my game is.”

“Driver feels great, I just don’t get many opportunities out there. I’m not complaining about being in the fairway, either.”

Sharing third place at -10 under par are Hudson Swafford, -2 under 68 today, Justin Rose, -6 under 64, and Zach Johnson, who carded -9 under 61.

Justin Rose knows it is hard to keep up that kind of momentum that Justin Thomas has at the moment;

“You definitely need the mindset when you’re that far ahead to keep the accelerator down.”

 “But it’s hard to keep that sort of momentum going, for sure.”  

Jordan Spieth is back at T8, his second round -3 under 67 was blamed on a cold putter;

“Just have a really cold putter this week.”

“I think it added to the frustration on the green, because the game is looking so easy to him.”

“I felt like I was hitting the ball in the same location, I’m just being outdone on the green. That’s something a little abnormal to me.”

 

BMW SA Open. Graeme Storm Equals Course Record.

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Graeme Storm equals the course record as he stormed to the top of the BMW SA Open leaderboard at Glendower Golf Club in South Africa.

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Graeme carded a second round -9 under par 63 to lead the BMW SA Open at -12 under par,a two shot lead at the half-way stage. A thunder and lightning storm meant play was suspended before everyone could complete their rounds from the later starters.

Graeme said a red hot putter through both days was the key;

“The putter was hot, it was hot yesterday and it was hot today.”

“It’s obviously great to shoot a score like that, I had a putt on the last, it was a long putt to equal my best-ever score.

” Yesterday I didn’t capitalise as much as I did today.”

“I could have birdied a couple more of the par fives, I only birdied one of them today. So to shoot 63 and only having birdied one of the par fives around here, you know, I’ve played pretty well.”

“I tip Rory to win this week because he hits it miles and he hits it straight. If I keep on his tail, I’ll be happy.”

Sharing second place at -10 under par are, Trevor Fisher Jnr, -4 under 68 today, Jbe Kruger, -5 under 67 and American Peter Uihlein who scored -8 under 64 today.

Rory McIlroy, who carded -4 under par 68, and manged to bogey his last two holes, is in a tie for 5th, at -9 under par with, Laurie Canter, Jordan L Smith, Keith Horne and  David Drysdale.

Rory had considered withdrawing from the tournament, with a back problem;

“I’m actually surprised I’m standing here, I actually thought about pulling out before even teeing off today.”

“I tweaked my back somehow and the first few shots today weren’t very comfortable and it still isn’t really comfortable.”

“I can’t really take a deep breath because I’ve done something to my upper back.”

“I’m going to go get some treatment now. Considering that, I played well, stuck at it and hopefully I can feel better tomorrow.”

“I don’t want to withdraw, it would let a lot of people down so that’s why I kept going today. As I said, I’m going to get some physio now and hopefully I’ll feel better tomorrow.”

Sony Open. Justin Thomas Jumps Ahead With a 59.

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Justin Thomas jumps ahead, with a scorching round of 59 at the Sony Open in Hawaii, claiming three a shot lead following the first round in Honolulu, at Waialae Country Club.

Justin Thomas shows off the Titleist ProV1x he used to shoot 59 Thursday at Waialae. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

 

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Justin became the youngest player in PGA TOUR history to break 60, sinking a 15 foot putt for Eagle on the last, to card -11 under par 59, with a bogey on the card;

“It means a lot. Any time you’re in history in any sport or whatever you’re doing, it’s a good thing.”

 “I wasn’t thinking a lot. I was just really more focused on trying to make the putt.”

“Obviously I knew what it meant if I made it, and that was the first time I had a putt at 59.

“I was like, well, who knows when this is going to happen again, I may as well try and knock it in. I hit a great putt.”

“I was calm, I wasn’t too nervous over the putt.”

“So I need to get ready to get my mind ready and my game, try to keep it sharp to try to post another good one tomorrow.”

 In second place is Hudson Swafford, -8 under 62 would normally put you at the top of the leaderboard, but not today.
Rory Sabbatini, from South Africahas third place, he shot -7 under par 63, the first time in a while that he has been that far up a leaderboard.
This is just the first round, it will be interesting to see what happens tomorrow, will Justin move further ahead, or will he be caught at the top? Whats your thoughts?