Solheim Cup, Team Europe Wins.

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Team Europe defeated Team USA 15 points to 13 at Inverness Club in Ohio to retain the Solheim Cup, back to back wins for Team Europe, leading from start to finish.

Matilda Castren sunk the winning putt for the visitors, Team Europe, beating Lizette Salas 1 up on their last hole in match #7.

 

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Matilda gets a hug from Team Europe Captain Catriona Matthew, the first ever double winning Captain of the Solheim Cup.

Matilda enjoyed the moment, making par with a 10ft putt after escaping from the bunker on her last hole;

“It’s hard to put it into words right now. I think I’m still shaking.”

“I just knew I was looking at the board and I knew it was going to be an important putt, and I wanted to make it.”

“Me and Mikey (her caddie) read it and we read it perfectly and it went in. I’m just so happy right now, and I’m not sure what the final scores are, but I’m just.”

“Yeah, a lot of emotions right now.”

Team USA then won the next four matches, with Emily Pedersen, Team Europe winning the final match against Danielle Kang. The singles score was six points each, five wins and two matches halved.

Congratulations Team Europe.

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Marathon LPGA Classic. Nasa Wins Rain Affected Tournament.

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Nasa Hataoka of Japan wins the Marathon LPGA Classic, the final round being suspended due to inclement weather at 09:40, and did not resume at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Ohio.  Nasa was declared the  winner based on her 54 hole score of -19.

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Nasa had a six shot lead at the end of the third round, the tournament being reduced to three rounds it was a comfortable victory;

Knowing everybody is working really, really hard to try to get this to a 72-hole tournament.”

“I wish it would’ve been able to do it, but with this weather it was really hard.”

“I’m happy to be able to win.”

Elizabeth Szokol and Mina Harigae, both from the USA, tied for second place with -13,  both ladies earning the best finishes of their LPGA Tour careers to date.

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Marathon LPGA Classic. Nasa Has Six Shot Lead.

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Nasa Hataoka of Japan has opened up a six shot 54 hole lead at the Marathon LPGA Classic at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Ohio,

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Nasa shot a third round -7  under par 64 to lead the Marathon LPGA Classic by six shots at -19 under par;

I think the original thinking of this course was that it was a very narrow course so it might be difficult for me.”

 “Then it came out to be that the narrow makes it easier to get to the target, so I think this is what was good.”

“I think last five holes are usually the place where you really have to concentrate and try for the birdies.”

“I think that kind of clicked and gave me those birdies.”

Elizabeth Szokol, -4 under 67 and Mina Harigae, -5 under 66, both from the USA, are tied in second place at -13 under par.

Mina thinks things can change, for the better for her;

“I’ve seen the scores out here, some girls;  you can go really low out here, but you just never know.”

“Golf is a funny game. I think if I just keep my head down and keep going forward, it might pan out.”

Esther Henseleit of Germany had a -4 under 67 today for fourth place at -12 under;

“My ball-striking was so bad today.”

“I think I hit one good iron shot today, so it really was a grind out there. I made a lot of up-and-downs. Holed a few good putts. It just wasn’t that easy out there for me today.”

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Marathon LPGA Classic. Nasa Holds On To Top Spot.

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Nasa Hataoka of Japan holds on to the top spot on the Marathon LPGA Classic leaderboard on the second day at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Ohio.

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Nasa carded a -2 under par 69 round which included six birdies, four of them consecutively late in her back nine; to post -12 under par at the top of the Marathon LPGA Classic leader board;

“My shots were not as good as yesterday, didn’t have that many chances. I had a lot of problems, but I was able to fix that for the last part and bring it back up.”

“I was kind of stiff on impact and I was able to realize that and adjusted to relax myself and that brought those birdies.”

In second place at -10 under is Mina Harigae who had a second round -5 under par 66;

“I feel really confident, comfortable with all aspects of my game.”

“Just everything just kind of feels solid and everything is kind of flowing together, so it feels really good.”

Alison Lee and Elizabeth Szokol both signed for -5 under 66 today to claim third position with totals of -9 under.

Alison is really happy to be in contention once again;

It’s been a really long time since I’ve seen my name on the leaderboard like this.”

“Putting myself in contention for the weekend, it feels really, really good. It almost makes it as though two years didn’t happen, which is awesome to feel.”

Elizabeth is looking forward to another 36 holes;

“I’m just really looking forward to it, 36 more holes.”

 “I really like this golf course, so just see what the weekend brings. I’m excited to have fans back.”

 

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Bridgestone Seniors Players Championship. Steve Stricker Wins.

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Steve Stricker, the USA Ryder Cup Captain has won the Bridgestone Seniors Players Championship at Firestone Championship South Course in Ohio.

Steve shot a final round of even par 70 to comfortably win the Bridgestone Seniors Players Championship by six strokes with a -7 under par total, and had wife Nicki on  the bag;

“It’s always great to have her out here, she’s a calming influence and we work well together. Yeah, it’s good. She still enjoys coming out, the kids still enjoy coming out, so it’s a lot of fun.”

“It was so hard, it’s so hard to have a lead, and then to play with a friend, Jerry out there, basically it’s his home course.”

“This is exactly what he grew up on in Madison, Wisconsin. He plays well here. I could tell that he was playing well and I’m just trying to hang on.”

“It’s tough to play when you’re not that aggressive, but I’m happy. It was a tough fight.”

“I knew that I had the lead in the other two and didn’t come away with a victory in either one of them.”

“It was even harder because I had that in the back of my mind, so it means even more that I was able to come out on top.”

Jerry Kelly finished in second place at -1 under par, +2 over par 72 not helping his cause;

Just a good golf course, I mean, to shoot even par when you’ve got a lead like that, that’s tough. I would have had to shoot 4 under to catch him.”

Tied in third spot at even par 70 were Freddie Couples, -3 under 67 today, and David Toms with a last round of even par 70.

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Memorial Tournament. Play-Off Win For Patrick Cantlay.

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On a day when no one even got close to Jon Rahm’s -18 under par 54 hole total Patrick Cantlay defeated Collin Morikawa to win the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Ohio.

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Patrick, -1 under 71 today, and Collin who also carded a final round -1 under 71 both had -13 under par totals. Patrick won at the first extra hole, the par four 18th, with a par, after Collin’s perfect tee shot down the middle of the fairway collected a clump of mud.

The round did not feel normal to Patrick;

“There’s maybe a little hint of something I can’t quite put my finger on, but the emotions I feel out there and the focus that it took today was just as any other tournament.”

Collin thought Jon deserved to go out and win;

“It took me an hour or so to really just digest what had happened, he deserved to go out and play really well and he was 18 under. The rules are rules and you have to follow guidelines.”

Jack Nicklaus posted this statement on twitter;

“There was no choice for the TOUR or Jon. On behalf of the Memorial Tournament, our hearts go out to Jon and his family, as well as all the patrons who witnessed a spectacular round by Jon—only to be negated by this horrible pandemic our world continues to endure.”

Scottie Scheffler was in third place with -11 under par, following his last round -2 under par 70.

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Jon Rahm Shoots 64 To Lead By Six Strokes, Then Tests Positive For Covid.

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Jon, the defending champion from Spain, carded -8 under par 64 to build up a six shot 54 hole Memorial Tournament lead, and is then withdrawn from the competition after testing positive for Covid-19.

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That event leaves Collin Morikawa, -6 under 66 today, and Patrick Cantlay with -4 under 68, tied at the top of the Memorial Tournament leaderboard at Muirfield Village Golf Club.

Patrick spoke about Jon’s WD;

“I’m sure it’s not as much of a jolt for me as it is for him.”

“Like I said, a little bit earlier, it’s the worst situation that something like this could happen in, and unfortunately I guess we knew that this was a potential lurking out there even when we came back to golf.”

“It’s just extremely unfortunate.”

Branden Grace, -5 under 67 and Scottie Scheffler with -3 under 69 sharing spot with -9 under par totals.

Whoever wins tomorrow, it will be a very hollow victory.

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Memorial Tournament. Patrick & Jon Tied For 36 Hole Lead.

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Patrick Cantlay and defending champion Jon Rahm share share the 36 hole lead at the Memorial Tournament after a long day playing catch up at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Ohio.

Patrick had a completed second round of -5 under par 67 to post the club house lead at -8 under par. Jon is at -8 under through 15 second round holes, and could get solo lead when play resumes tomorrow.

Patrick, who won the Memorial two years ago, spoke about the need to focus during the long day;

“We’re out there for such a long time today that you could fall asleep at the wheel a little bit.”

“So being cognizant of that and checking in with yourself, are you as focused as you can be?”

” I think is the key.”

“Just fundamentals and getting my swing back to a place that I can start the ball where I’m looking all the time.”

“I wasn’t too far off, just a little off. So golf’s like that sometimes.”

“But that’s just the way it is now and I’m sure if the fairways firm out a little bit you will be able to hit the ball a little further and maybe get to some of the par fives.”

Scottie Scheffler is currently in third place with a -6 under par, following his completed second round of -1 under par 71.

Among those still to complete their second rounds, all with tournament totals of  -5 under par are, Max Homa, with four front nine holes to play,  Xander Schauffle, six back nine holes left, and Rickie Fowler with seven front nine holes left.

The 2nd round be completed early tomorrow, and they then hope to get the third round finished, with groups of three.

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Memorial Tournament 1st Round Suspended Due To Inclement Weather.

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Collin Morikawa leads the Memorial Tournament after the first round was suspended, due to inclement weather, at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Ohio.

Collin was lucky, going out in the morning wave, before the wet weather arrived for the afternoon players, he carded -6 under par 66 to lead by one shot;

“The greens were soft enough and they’re receptive, wedges are spinning back, and I actually didn’t see any of that the past couple of days warming up or practicing.”

“But you have to hit the fairway. Out here, wet rough, it’s not going to help when the rough is pretty long. So you got to hit fairways and that’s where it’s going to start and I was able to do that today.”

In second place at -5 under following his opening round 67 is Adam Long, he too was in the morning crowd;

“It’s been kind of a combination of things, I definitely had a slump or whatever you want to call it for a while where I was struggling to score under par and make cuts and stuff.”

“But my coach and my caddie stuck with me and we just kind of kept digging it out of the dirt and kept grinding away, knowing that things are going to change at some point, we just didn’t know when.”

“Made a little adjustment with my irons the last week, so things started clicking early last week and I feel kind of back to myself now.”

Four players are currently tied in third spot at -4 under with completed rounds of 68, Bo Hoag, Xander Schauffele, Nick Taylor, Canada, and Rafa Cabrera Bello of Spain.

Xander is using the controversial arm-lock putting grip;

“I am for banning the armlock putters, but if everyone else is going to use it and I feel like they have a bigger advantage, I may as well do the same.”

“It’s just, it’s better, it’s easier. It’s more consistent.”

Round one will start again at 07:30 ET tomorrow.

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LPGA Marathon Classic. Lydia Still Leads.

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Lydia Ko leads the LPGA Marathon Classic by four shots after three rounds at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Ohio.

Lydia had a-3 under par 68 third round to leaving  her four shots clear of the field at -16 under par at the top of the LPGA Marathon Classic leaderboard, and looking for her third win at this tournament. She felt some back pain on the front nine and received treatment from a trainer;

“I actually woke up this morning and I felt great.”

“I started hitting some balls on the driving range and felt it a little bit. As I was playing I could feel it a little bit more.”

“I don’t have a back injury, so I think this is a one-off thing. There are more important things than the back right now, so I’m just going to go out there tomorrow, even if I do feel it, and just make sure that I’m still swinging aggressively.”

Danielle Kang is in second place at -12 under after her third round -1 under par 70;

“Some days your game is all there and some days you just kind of have to make it work and you have new challenges every day.”

“Today my challenge was to get it on the golf course and somehow shoot under par. I think that was my goal, and I think walking away without as big of a damage as I thought I could have made today was a win for me today.”

Tied in third place at -10 under are Minje Lee, -3 under 68 today, and Jodi Ewart Shadoff who carded +2 over par 73.

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