Quicken Loans National. Billy Hurley 111 Hangs On.

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Bill Hurley 111 hangs on to the Quicken Loans National lead, but has close company from a fast charging Ernie Els.

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Billy carded a third round -4 under par 67 to hang onto the lead in the Quicken Loans National, at Congressional Country Club with his -15 under par total, and a two shot advantage over the field.

Billy lost his father a while back, and thinks of him all the time, wishing he could be there when Billy wins his maiden tour title;

“It dawned on me: this is what my dad did.”

“He walked inside the ropes and did this at Presidents Cups and stuff.”

 “Obviously, I think about my dad a lot.”

“I can’t think of a better one for me to win.”

 “To be my first one on tour, it would be probably the best one of kind of the regular-season tournaments, for sure.”

Billy puts his ability to focus on his Navy training;

“That definitely helps in adversity on the golf course”

“Focus, too. When you’re driving a ship through the Suez Canal, it’s all eyes ahead, focused exactly what we’re doing.”

“Land on each side and trying to just keep it in the middle. Focusing on the task at hand is definitely something that I’ve learned, as well.”

Ernie fired a -6 under par 65 to post a tournament total of -13 under par for the 54 holes played. Ernie collected an  Eagle at the par four 12th hole, dropping his  156 yard approach shot straight into the cup.

Ernie spoke about his Eagle, and remembering about his win here at Congressional in the 1997 U.S. Open;

“When the game gives you something, there’s a lot of excitement there and that was really one of the more exciting moments.”

“I don’t think I’ve ever slam-dunked it into the hole like that. I’ve had some run of slopes and run into the hole but that just flew right in. It was a great feeling.”

“I can’t but help think about it because I won one of my biggest events here as a pro and I love it so much and obviously one more win will give me the 20, which is huge.”

 “On the golf course you think about the next shot and I’m quite focused this week on my next golf shot. I’m not too clogged with that kind of a thought.”

Professional new boy Jon Rahm, yesterday’s co-leader, is in third place at -12 under par, a third round -1 under par 70 was not what he was hoping for.

Jon said he was lost for rhythm today;

“I couldn’t seem to find the rhythm to find the fairway.”

“With the way I hit the driver, I’m lucky to have finished under par.”

 

BMW International Open. Round Three Washed Out.

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The second round leaders, Henrik Stenson, Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Raphaël Jacquelin will now have to play 36 holes tomorrow.

Henrik spoke about the long delays and of course the rain;

“We’ve got a pretty long day ahead of us tomorrow, but we’ll get it done eventually.”

“I think it’s been rather wet today,”It continues to be that way. We play an outdoor sport, you get these every now and again.”

“When it was a heavy downpour, there was a flood coming over the 18th and the putting green was completely underwater.”

“It’s not playable, and we’re just going to try to get all the golf done tomorrow instead.”

Tournament Director David Williams told reporters,

“Today in the last four or five hours, there’s been nearly 100ml of rainfall.”

“So it’s been pretty constant and on top of what’s already a pretty wet golf course.”

“We’ve been out to the third fairway a couple of hours ago and the entire fairway was unplayable. And even if it stopped, it would probably be a couple of hours before it would be anything like playable and the forecast is for it not to stop.”

“So we then decided we had to try and make some sort of solution for the good of the tournament.”

“This is going to continue until at least 7.00pm tonight. Hopefully after that, it’s going to start to peter out.”

“It should be relatively dry then through the night and into tomorrow.”

Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. Ayako Uehara Leads.

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Ayako Uehara, from Japan, leads after the first round of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship in Arkansas.

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Ayako carded an amazing  bogey free first round of -9 under par 62 in the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship to sit on top of the leaderboard with a two-stroke advantage over the field.

Ayako spoke via an interpreter to the news media, citing good teamwork for her success;

“With the caddie and the trainer, everybody is like teamwork, and then that’s my motivation now, and so everything is coming together, including the swing coach.”

In second place at -7 under par following her opening round 64 is Candie Kung, from Taipei.

Candie said she was in cruise control, just like last week, just having fun.

“We kind of put it on cruise control and just go, yes, without thinking a whole lot, and then once you stop waiting for the group in front then you start thinking about stuff, which is not good.”

 “I was having a lot of fun, and we had a good group of people that I like, and we all played very fast, so I think that helps, too, and we didn’t wait at all the whole round, so I think that helps, too.”

Fourteen ladies are tied in third place at -6 under par, Giulia Molinaro, Angela Stanford, Vicky Hurst, Sandra Gal, Jing Yan, Alena Sharp, Sun Young Yoo, Chella Choi, Minjee Lee, Carlota Ciganda, Ai Miyazato, So Yeon Ryu, P.K. Kongkraphan and Morgan Pressel.

Morgan was hitting it close to the pin all day;

“I hit my wedges very well today.  I certainly got off to a good start on one and 10 and 11.”

” I think I really only made; I’m trying to remember, one birdie putt over maybe six or seven feet for the most part.”

” I hit it pretty close all day and gave myself a lot of opportunities.”

 

Quicken Loans National. Two Tied for 36 Hole Lead.

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There are two players tied at the top of the Quicken Loans National after 36 holes at Congressional Country Club. Billy Hurley 111 and Jon Rahm.

Billy Hurley and Jon Rahm played together in the opening two rounds at Congressional CC, and they'll do the same on Saturday. (Getty Images)

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Billy and Jon share the Quicken Loans National tournament lead at -11 under par after Billy had carded a second round -6 under par 65, to first round leader Jon’s -4 under par 67 today.

Billy said he just took advantage of the soft conditions;

“I just hit a lot of good shots.”

“I was just able to keep the pedal down and continue to attack the golf course, which is not something you usually do around Congressional.”

“But being soft I was able to take advantage of the conditions and get the ball a little closer to the hole than you’re used to.”

Jon is still in disbelief at his rise to the top;

“I’m just lucky to be here today,.

“If you tell me 10 years ago when I was 11 years old that I would be leading a PGA TOUR event when I was 21, I wouldn’t believe you.”

At the opposite end of the age scale, Major winner Vijay Singh sits in third place, a second round -5 under par 66 giving him third place on his own at -8 under par, and he admitted he needed a little luck with a wet recovery shot;

VJ would  be the oldest PGA TOUR winner if he were to capture the Quicken Loans National title;

“It would be good to win.”

“But it’s only halfway, so I’ll be focused on my game tomorrow and see what happens.”

“I was unfortunate that it went that far in, and fortunate that it stayed out.”

“I kept sinking when I got in the water. I started out with just my foot in the water and then it started getting up to my ankles.”

“The more I moved, the deeper I went, so I kind of had to play a very safe shot. I got away with a bogey.”

BMW International Open. Three Tied at the Top.

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Three players are tied at the top of the BMW International Open leaderboard in Germany. Henrik Stenson from SwedenRaphaël Jacquelin, France and Kiradech Aphibarnrat who hails from Thailand.

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England have left the European Union, but the BMW International Open tournament carries on, with Henrik, Raphaël and Kiradech all sharing top spot on the leaderboard at the half-way stage with -11 under par totals.

Henrik carded a bogey free -7 under par 65, to join  Raphaël who was -4 under 68 today, and Kiradech hauled himself into contention with the days low round, -8 under par 64.

Henrik has regained his game face;

“I came here to really try to put myself in contention and so far, so good; I’ve done that.” 

“There’s been a few tournaments in this late spring, early summer, where I feel like maybe I’ve been showing up feeling like I’m working on my game and not been 100 per cent there to compete.”

“Now we don’t have too many tournaments before the Open Championship, the PGA and the Olympics.”

“It’s time to put that tournament focus back on and then go out and do a good job.”

“I’ve done that for two days and I’m going to try to push myself to do it another two.”

Raphaël was happy to put in another solid round of golf;

“It’s always good to shoot a solid round after a good 65.”

 “That gave me some confidence for the weekend and put me right up there.”

“I’m very happy about my ball striking and my short game. That was solid again all day long.”

“I’m just going to focus and stay focused on what I’m doing at the moment on my swing and my short game.”

“The rest, I’ll try my best to shoot low again, and we’ll see at the end of the weekend.”

Kiradech was glad his putter had started to work;

“This card is about the first shot.”

“You put yourself in the fairways, you have opportunities to make a lot of birdies, and my putter was working better than yesterday.”

“Striking the ball great at the flag, every single ball. It was a fantastic round.”

“I haven’t played good golf the last few months.”

“After I hit many good shots on the front nine, I got my confidence back and I believed in myself that I’m one of the top players.”

Thorbjørn Olesen is in fourth place at -10 under par, he shot -5 under 67 in the second round.

Tipsport Golf Masters. Nanna Koerstz Madsen Wins Maiden Tour Title

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Last Sunday  Nanna Koerstz Madsen, from Denmark, won her maiden Ladies European Tour title at the weather-interrupted Tipsport Golf Masters.

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Nanna posted a final round -6 under pr 65 to win her maiden Ladies European Tour title, the Tipsport Golf Masters, with a -15 under par total, and a five shot winning margin in the  Czech Republic.

Nanna spoke about the rain delayed final round;

“It’s been a good week, I played really solid with two bogey-free rounds and not a lot of bad shots.”

“I just tried to stay calm and enjoy leading, having fun with my caddie.”

“I thought I would have been more nervous, but I wasn’t that nervous at all.”

Stacey Keating, from Australia and Pamela Pretswell from Scotland shared second place at -10 under par for the tournament.

Pamela was happy with her final position;

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Pamela Pretswell

“I’m absolutely delighted. I played well all week, especially in the second round. I gave myself some chances out there and I’m happy with how I finished on 18.”

“Everything was working nicely and there was a consistency that had been lacking a bit this year. It was good fun.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Quicken Loans National. Jon Rahm Leads.

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Jon Rahm leads the Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club, in his first start as a professional. The first round stared two hours late because of rain, and was brought to an early end due to darkness.

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Jon the latest wonder kid from Spain  fired an opening round -7 under par 64, in his first tournament as a professional player, at the Quicken Loans National.

Jon did not remember any decent shot or putt he made during his inaugural professional tournament;

“I was anticipating this moment.”

“I’m working on it a long time that I kind of blacked out a little bit.”

“I don’t remember a single swing I made all day or any putting stroke or anything. I just remember the ball flying or rolling.”

He was the only amateur to make the cut last week in the U.S. Open, and spoke about the advice given to him there by Jack Nicklaus;

“What he told me is to just never do more than what I can do.”

 “Try not to risk too much. And that’s certainly something I did today.”

In second place at -6 under par is Jhonattan Vegas after his fist round 65, he said good tee shots were a bonus today;

“On this course you had better drive it well in the fairway and it’s a bonus if you can drive it long and straight.”

“Put it in the fairway and greens being a little softer than normal, you can play a good round today.”

Eight players are tied in third place at -5 under par, including Ernie Els who won the 1997 U.S. Open at Congressional.

Ernie told reporters he had no problem remembering every shot;

“Winning a major at a special place like Congressional, playing here again, you just keep thinking back on shots.”

 “Almost every single hole there’s a moment back in ’97 where we can remember still.”

“I felt comfortable with my swing this week.”

 “I’ve had a very tough year. I haven’t played very well, so I need to start playing well.”

Ernie has not fulfilled his great potential, the turning point being the sailing injury to his left knee in 2005, time is now not on his side.