Crowne Plaza International. 4 Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a 4 way tie at the top of the leaderboard in the Crowne Plaza International at Colonial with four excellent rounds of 64.

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Boo was first in the clubhouse with a -6 under par 64, and was soon followed by Kevin Na, Ryo Ishikawa and Jordan Spieth.

Prior to his round today Boo had complained of a bad back, saying it was not 100 percent, and it showed with a couple of one-handed swing finishes with the golf club, but he made up for it with his excellent putting;

“Made a lot of good putts, that’s the key for me out here. If I can make the putts, then we should be fine.”

“We read the greens good today, we had fun.”

Jordan who is playing a PGA TOUR event in hometown Texas for the first time since his victory at Augusta National last month was very happy with his birdie on the closing hole. It got him into a share of the lead;

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“I had a few of those on the back nine, a few good looks where I knew what the putt was doing, I just didn’t match the line and speed right.”

“I was getting a little frustrated through 17 there. I was like just one more look. I didn’t really count 18 as a look, but maybe more like luck, and we’ll take it.”

“I was little frustrated to see where my ball went, but I was still was able to soak in kind of the welcoming to the 18th green.”

“We couldn’t have had better scoring conditions today. Just the wind died down, and you could just throw darts, and they were landing and stopping.”

“I’d like to play golf in this weather the rest of my life.”

Kevin was facing a three-hour rain delay to start his early morning opening round, so he decided to take a nap;

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“Pulled off a little veteran move, took about an hour nap”

“If I keep putting myself in that position, I’m going to get some wins.”

George McNeill and Ian Poulter are tied in 5th place at -5 under par after their opening rounds of 65.

George admits he is usually a slow starter, and is surprised to be near the top of the leaderboard after the 1st round;

“I’m not a fast starter, I really don’t know why, I can’t pinpoint it. If I knew why, obviously I’d try and fix it. Maybe I did today.”

“So it was quite a surprise for me to play or score as well as I did today, I’ll take it. Hopefully it’s the worst score I shoot all week.”

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Poults tweeted about how well he had played today;

“Played lovely today and started to hole some putts. I looked at an old photo of my putting grip from a while ago, and changed back to it.”

 

 

 

 

BMW PGA Championship. Francesco Leads.

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Francesco Molinari leads the first round of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club.

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Francesco opened the BMW PGA Championship with a blistering -7 under par 65, hitting 17 out of the 18 greens in regulation, to lead by two shots on the first day at Wentworth.

“I think I missed one green on the third and chipped up to two feet, so it was as stress-free as it could be round here.”

“I love this place and it’s good to be back. It rewards accuracy, which suits my game.”

“I missed the Masters this year after 22 Majors in a row and it was not a nice feeling, so I hope I will be back soon.”

In second place is Robert Karlsson, with his first round -5 under par 67. Robert has some happy memories of Wentworth, shooting a course-record 62 in the third round in 2010, after having to hire a private jet to get back to London on Saturday morning, because he had flown home to Monaco the day before thinking he had missed the cut.

Third position is shared between five players; Jorge Campillo, Chris Wood, Y.E. Yang, Marc Warren and the oldest man in the field Miguel Angel Jiménez.

Chris has played just six events this season after spending five months on the sidelines with a broken bone in his wrist following a fall;

“It’s a long way for me to fall and it hurt.”

“It was misdiagnosed as bone bruising for a month and then I was in a cast for two months at home.”

“It was a nightmare because I fell out of the top 60 on The Race to Dubai and plummeted down the world rankings.”

It’s been a struggle and feels like I have been working hard to finish 30th every week. I did finish third in Morocco but I think it was always going to be a bit of a battle after five months.”

Big highlight of the day was Andrew Johnson carding an Ace at the 184 yard par three 8th hole, which won him the sponsors prize of a brand new BMW M4;

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“It took one bounce and hit the flag and went straight in. It just happened so quick, so I didn’t really know what to do.”

 “I just saw him. He looked and I was like, ‘All right, now is the time to go’.”

World Number One Rory McIlroy, last weeks winner at Quail Hollow had a quiet first round -1 under par 71, but was mentally a little angry;

“Physically I am all right, I got back to my hotel at 4:30pm (on Wednesday) and did not leave it until 6:30 this morning, but mentally I could feel myself getting a little angry out there.”

“Acceptance of bad shots is the thing I have been doing so well and I feel like my patience was wearing a bit thin today.”

“I just need to stay in control of my emotions because I feel like that’s one of the things, if I’m a little tired or a little fatigued mentally, I’ll start to be hard on myself and start to get down on myself.”

“I played okay. There weren’t really any aspects of my game I thought were really good, but at the same time I don’t feel any aspect of my game was really off.”

One thing for Rory to think about is that no one has won here from being more than four shots off the lead after the opening round, he is six shots back.

L.E.T. Turkish Airlines Open. Melissa Read Wins.

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Melissa Read wins the Turkish Airlines Open  at Carya Golf Club in Belek, Antalya, in a wire to wire victory.

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This tournament was the first competition on any Major Golf Tour to finish on a Wednesday and Melissa, from England, picked up the Turkish Airlines Open title with a wire to wire -11 under par total score, and a final round at even par 73.

It was an impressive win, a four shot victory over the field, made all the more improbable because Melissa started this tournament without even a practice round, but still picked up her second win on Tour;

“When you win you want to win properly and to lead every single day has been nice. I’ve not been in that position before, so to win in that way does make it extra special.”

“I’ve got a fantastic team around me which I can’t give enough credit to and I’ve been working with Kevin Craggs.”

“He’s been amazing and a massive influence not just on my career but on my life.”

“It’s been a difficult journey and it’s not one I want to go through again but it makes the win even sweeter and I’ve stepped it up a bit and it’s just the beginning really.”

Gwladys Nocera finished in second place, those four shots behind the winner, but was pleased with the result;

“If you would have told me I could finish second before the week I would have signed for it.”

“This shows me what I have and even when I’m not 100 per cent I can still play well, so I think that’s another thing I’ve learned and it was great.”

“I’ve hit the ball really well, not as long off the tee, but I managed to stay on the dance floor, so that was the main thing.”

Dame Laura Davies, Kylie Walker and Sally Watson tied for third place at -6 under par for the competition.

Sally was satisfied with her best finish of the year so far;

“I am pleased. I was three shots back at the start of the day and with the wind and tough conditions it was tough to put a low score together to catch Melissa.”

“I can’t complain with a third place finish, highest of the year so far.”

Dame Laura enjoyed this new idea, which was designed to attract wider television audiences by moving women’s professional golf into a new space within world sport;

“It’s been a great week to be honest with you, I’ve really enjoyed the concept.”

“I love the golf course. I just wish we played it here every year because it’s a great course for the girls and gives us a chance to play some really good golf and make lots of birdies.”

“Mel made more than most of us, but overall I’m really pleased. I had one bad day with the putter and it really cost me dearly, but I’m happy with the way I’m hitting it.”

LPGA Kingsmill Championship. Minjee Lee Rookie Winner.

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Minjee Lee became the third rookie winner this year winning the Kingsmill Championship in Virginia with a final round -6 under par 65 and a -15 under par total.

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For 18 year-old Aussie Minjee this was her first LPGA Tour win, and she was definitely delighted;

“I didn’t think this moment would come this year, so I’m stoked to have won.”

“Just because I won in my rookie season, I feel like I could probably do it again. It just kind of gives me confidence that I can play out here and win out here.”

“On the 18th, I looked at the leaderboard and I saw Alison made birdie, so I kind of thought, I’ll just do everything I can in my control.”

 “I just knocked it on and two‑putted for par.”

So Yeon Ryu finished second, a -4 under par last round gave her a -13 under par total. She said she had played perfectly this morning, but did not finish strongly;

“Sometimes early morning my body is still not awake, but this morning my body condition was even better than yesterday.”

“So I pretty much made every shot and every putt. So, yeah, perfect this morning.”

“On 16 and 17, I felt like I hit two good putts, but they didn’t go in, and on 18, I just kind of gave up on myself and I shouldn’t have done that. I should have finished strong.”

Another rookie Alison Lee claimed third place, a -2 under par final round giving her a -12 under par tournament total. To play in the U.S. Open Alison will try to get into a qualifier on Tuesday in California.

LPGA Kingsmill Championship. Rain Delay Means Monday Finish.

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A rain delay has forced the Kingsmill Championship into a Monday Finish, with Minjee Lee leading, having completed 15 holes.

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Minjee is part way through her final Kingsmill Championship round, having completed 15 holes and currently -7 under par for the round. Her tournament total is -16 under par, and she knew she was at the top, but just wants to get out there tomorrow and finish off;

“I knew I was right there, I still have some work to do tomorrow, but just kind of gave myself opportunities, played smart golf. I didn’t do anything crazy.  Just my putts seemed to drop.”

“Hopefully if I can get the win tomorrow then I won’t have to go to the U.S. Open qualifying.”

Nearest challenger is Alison Lee at -12 under par after 14 holes, and -2 under on her final round, four shots adrift with four holes to play, and realistically not much chance of catching the leader.

Alison suffered a nose bleed out on the course today, after some attention she carried on and made birdie on the next hole;

“I’ve had a nosebleed every day since I’ve been here, just happen to have gotten it on the course today.  Thankfully it didn’t last too long.”

“I know I’m going to have to play aggressively being four strokes behind Minjee.”

“I know exactly what I have to do tomorrow if I want to take this. It’s all up to me.  It’s me against the golf course.”

” No matter what Minjee does, I just have to play my best.”

There are five ladies tied in third place at -10 under par and do have some chance of catching second place Alison, but the way they are playing in does not seem feasible.

Paula CreamerHoo Joo Kim, So Yeon Ryu, Perrine Delacour and Suzann Pettersen, Suzann is in the clubhouse with her score.

Lydia Ko and Inbee Park have both completed their last rounds and are T16 at -5 under par for the competition.

More to follow on Monday.

Wells Fargo Championship. Rory Records Record Breaking Win.

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Rory McIlroy records a record breaking win at the Wells Fargo Championship with a -21 under par total at Quail Hollow.

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Rory had a quiet final round of  -3 under par 69, to win the Wells Fargo Championship by a blistering, and record breaking seven shots, with his -21 under par total.

He told reporters that he needed to play more, and that was why he was at this tournament;

“I said, I need to play a little bit more. I feel like I’m playing well.”

“I feel like as the best player in the world, I want to go at it every week and, not so much prove it, but just show that.”

“The way I played yesterday really set me up to go out there today.”

“I was in control of the golf tournament and I just needed to shoot a solid round and that was going to get me over the line.”

“I’ve learned how to handle these positions and I’m finishing the job off the way I should, which is very pleasing.”

“In terms of there wasn’t as much excitement on the back nine. I finished with six 3s the last time I won here. Would have been nice to finish with six 3s again.”

“It does push me. I think you see guys that you knew well, guys that are your peers and they’re winning golf tournaments, big golf tournaments, that you want to win.”

Tied in a distant second place were Quail Hollow member Webb Simpson and playing on a sponsor exempion Patrick Rodgers, who both carded tournament totals of -14 under par

Webb knew Rory was going to be tough to beat especially as he started with a four shot lead, and he made too many mistakes. Carding a last round of even par;

“It was a memorable week, nonetheless.”

 “Through number six I made so many mistakes, probably more mistakes than I had all week.”

“That was kind of a killer to be couple over through six with Rory playing pretty solid.

“He was a tough guy to beat today.”

Patrick doesn’t have PGA TOUR status, but in this form he soon will have;

“Walking down the first fairway, with all those people out there, I get chills talking about it.”

“I tried to talk to him when he was playing well to keep him loose, but he handled it really well.”

“It was awesome. It was a lot of fun being out there, pushing Rory a little bit.”

“I tried to come into this week with a lot of confidence, I feel like my game can compete out here, and I’m going to really carry that with me for the next few events.”

Phil Mickelson finished tied in fourth spot at -12 under par, along with Gary Woodland and Robert Streb.

Phil had worked hard on his putting, and it paid off for him, he needed only 22 putts in his final round;

“I really worked hard on my short putts and putted those phenomenal.”

“I started to drive it better, but, more than that, get my iron shots close to the hole, work it into those pins. I made a lot of birdies this week. That’s important.”

 

 

Spanish Open. James Morrison Wins

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James Morrison wins the Spanish Open at  Real Club de Golf El Prat in Barcelona.

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James had a bogey free final round -3 under par 69 to win the Spanish Open with a -10 under par tournament total, and a four shot victory in the windy conditions.

James stuck to his game plan and pulled off an amazing victory here and is looking forward to a home event next week;

“It feels amazing, it’s been five years and I’ve had a lot of chances between then and now to win and haven’t done it but I drew on all my experience and got over the line.”

“The game plan was to stick to my process, I know it’s a cliché but it’s true. 

“In years past when I haven’t done it it’s been too much looking at leaderboards and outside influences, and today even down to that last putt I wanted to hole that putt badly and stuck to my process all day long and executed which feels amazing.”

“You try and enjoy it now; I’ve been off the booze this week for the first time in ages, so I’m very thirsty!”

“Having a home event next week, I live 20 minutes away , so I’ll try and ride the crest of a wave and get back to it Monday.”

“My wife and my little boy mean everything to me. I couldn’t have done it without them and my dad and my mum.”

Defending champion Miguel Angel Jiménez shared second place with David Howell, Francesco Molinari, and halfway leader Edouard Espana, all at -6 under par for the competition.

Miguel holed his approach for eagle at the fifth and was a foot away from a second hole-in-one at the eighth, he Aced it on Friday;

“I always try to have fun on the golf course especially this week. The public is so nice with me and it’s nice to play well for them.”

“I am a senior, but I feel that the fifties have come too early for me.”

“I will play some events on the Champions Tour but I will keep playing on the main Tour. As you see, I’m still hitting the ball very well and I giving myself chances to win.”

Francesco, the two-time Ryder Cup player was in contention coming down the stretch, but unfortunately threw in a couple of bogey’s, which scuppered his chances;

“I fought all day and I did my best, I am happy with how I performed this week. I made plenty of birdies, I played nice and aggressive, but I just finished short.”

“James has done great. He made no bogeys which is pretty amazing in these conditions. It’s not easy to be leading when it’s playing so tough and tricky with the breeze, so well done to him; it’s a really good accomplishment.”