BMW PGA Championship. Scott Hend Ahead.

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Scott carded a third round +1 over par 73, but stayed on top of the BMW PGA Championship with a -9 under par total, he spoke about some good fortune on the last hole that lifted him clear of the pack, but admitted he was not thinking about winning at the moment;

“It was very fortunate, I was just trying to get it anywhere on the green there and two-putt for a birdie.”

“Fortunately enough it rolled in there close and I made a three.”

“I’m not really thinking that far ahead right now, I’m just thinking about what I’m going to have tonight to be honest.” 

“I’ll just go about my work tomorrow and try and get the ball a bit more off the center of the club , a bit more consistency in the swing and what will be, will be.”

Shooting the low round of the day was Tyrrell Hatton, a brilliant -6 under par 66, giving him second place on his own at -8 under par for the competition.

Lee Westwood recorded a solid -4 under par 68, and is sharing third place with Y.E. Yang, +3 over par 75 today, both players at -7 under par.

There is a large group of players on -6 under par, which includes Masters winner Danny Willett, who started the day tied at the top, he could only manage +4 over 76 today, and two-time Major winner Martin Kaymer -2 under 70 today.

Danny explained his troubles on the course, and why it all slipped away;

“The back nine is a lot more draw off the tee and we obviously struggle hitting that.”

“The front nine sets up quite nice, trying to hit fade off there most of the time.”

“We’ve got to take a lot of tight lines off the left in the back nine.”

“Every now and again you kind of hit one straight and it kind of clips the trees and stays left, or you overdo it.

“We had everything under control nicely and then a couple of loose shots, a couple of bad decisions, a couple of missed putts and very quickly it kind of slipped away.

Dean & Deluca Invitational. Bryce Not Fazed By Delay.

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Bryce Molder still leads the Dean & Deluca Invitational, but has not yet completed his second round, five and half hours of rain and lightning storms preventing play in the morning session.

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Bryce completed just 15 second round holes, for -3 under par,  but remains at the top of the Dean & Deluca Invitational leaderboard with his -9 under par total.

Bryce certainly likes the front nine, bogey-free 29 in the first round, bogey-free 30 in the second round;

“I wish I could have just turned back, teed off on No. 1 and just kept going.”

“Sometimes good stuff just happens to happen when it happens.”

 “That side has been really good to me.”

“I’ve always found it actually easier when you have these delays because it doesn’t feel like I’ve got the lead because I haven’t finished my round.”

 “It’s still only during the second round, so that’s still way too early to really feel like I’m sitting on the lead.”

“And then we’ll turn around pretty quickly and play again after I finish, so that actually makes things a little easier between rounds.”

Webb Simpson holds second place on his own, at the moment, with a finished second round of -3 under 67 and a -8 under par total, a recycled putter turning hot;

“I kind of shelved it and picked it back up a few weeks ago and it felt pretty good.”

“I don’t know what’s different. Same putter, and a few months later it feels better.”

“Maybe I’ve grown or shrunk, but I don’t know, it feels different.”

Jordan Spieth, -4 under 66 today, and Patrick Reed, -2 under for 8 second round holes, share third place at -7 under par.

Jordan is coming good for Major time, a good back nine, he started at 10,  convincing him he is on the right track;

“A fantastic back nine that we played.”

“One through five holes, if you play them one under, you’re going to be up there with the leaders because the rest of the course you can kind of really get around and have some chances.”

“Playing four under today was awesome.”

“If I want to have it 100 percent trust by major time, it’s creeping up, big step up from last week.”

LPGA Volvik Championship. Ariya Jutanugarn Advances to the Top.

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Ariya Jutanugarn advances to the top of the LPGA Volvik Championship at the conclusion of the second round.

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Ariya carded a second round -4 under par 68 to take the lead in the  LPGA Volvik Championship at the  half way stage with a -10 under par total, and a two shot advantage going into the week-end.

Ariya was happy to make some good putts on the back nine, and is now chasing her third consecutive win on Tour ;

“Today was pretty good.  I mean, I didn’t hit my iron that good but still okay, and I start to make some putt on the back nine.”

“I mean, right now I’m really happy with it and I really enjoy play golf right now, so I’m not thinking about, I’m going to win, I’m going to lose, but just have fun and keep playing  good.”

 So Yeon Ryu -5 under par 67 today, Christina Kim -1 under 71 and Marina Alex -5 under 67, all share second place at -9 under par.

Yesterday’s leader Christina had problems getting the ball in the hole;

“Everything was great, just the ball wasn’t in the hole.”

“I mean, it wasn’t like I was backing off of putts after I hit them trying to figure out how did I miss that break or anything like that.”

” It was just a matter of just burning the edges and just, I mean, not even really being a degree off.”

” So I’m still very confident going into the weekend.  I’ve still got a lot of confidence in my putting.”

So Yeon has been close to winning;

“I was so close to winning the last three tournaments, the final round wasn’t good enough to get the trophies so I was really disappointed in myself as well.”

“But the good thing is I just kept in contention, that I just kept fighting.”

” I really want to hold this and I really want to keep my positive mind until Sunday.”

Marina has been making swing changes, and feels the hard work is paying off;

“You know, I don’t necessarily think I was playing all that bad at the beginning of the year, I was just really rusty.”

 “I’ve been making a ton of swing changes in the off season and now they’re starting to feel more comfortable and just kind of everything is starting to feel like it’s mine and I own it.”

“Whereas at the beginning of the year I think I was just a little unsure with what I was doing and just not really fully committed to where I was and obviously now I am, so it’s paying off.”

 

BMW PGA Championship. Danny Joins Scott & Y.E. at the Top.

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Danny Willett joins Scott Hend and Y.E. Yang at the top of the BMW PGA Championship leaderboard after 36 holes at Wentworth Golf Club.

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ENG  Danny, with a second round -4 under par 68, has joined AUS Scott Hend, -3 under 69 and KOR Y.E. Yang, also -3 under 69, at the top of the BMW PGA Championship scoreboard with -10 under par totals, at the 36 hole stage of the competition.

Danny was hoping for more out of his back nine, but in the end was satisfied with a birdie at the last;

“It was still not quite the back nine I was hoping for but ten under par, you’d have taken it at the beginning of the day.”

“I played great most of the day and then chucked a couple of horrid shots in there.”

“I had a slow walk from 17 to 18 to try and gather my thoughts and after hitting two lovely shots into the last I came off with a slightly better taste in my mouth.”

“You could have just chucked it and finished really poorly, but to make birdie on the last was good and shows a little bit of mental strength.”

Scott struggle with his swing, but also rescued his round with a great Eagle putt on the last;

“I’d been struggling all day to get the ball over the center of the club, get it around as best I can.”

 “Came up 18, hit a nice little sliding driver down there and sort of chunked a six iron not as good as I’d like to hit it.”

“I was in between six and seven and I took a six and caught it a little bit thick.”

“But it was nicely on the green and knew I had a quick putt, so just hit the putt where I thought it could go and rolled all the way.”

“It was quite nice and a good result considering I was floundering coming down the last few holes and put a positive spin going into the weekend.”

RSA Jaco Van Zyl is in fourth place on his own at -9 under par, he carded a second round -4 under par 68.

LPGA Volvik Championship. Christina Kim Leads.

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Christina Kim leads the LPGA Volvik Championship after the 1st round at Travis Pointe Country Club.

 

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Christina fired a first round -8 under par 64 to lead the LPG Volvik Championship by one stroke, and was delighted with her performance, swinging and putting well;

“Well, to be honest, I’ve been playing really well. It’s just the scores haven’t reflected how I’ve been playing.”

“I like to think that I try to make everyone comfortable when they’re playing because when you’re out here it’s enough of a grind as it is.”

“I’ve gotten the voices in my head that I can be out here quiet, it doesn’t matter, or talking. But I just want everyone out here to be comfortable.”

“It’s just a matter of being patient and letting the process kind of happen and just kind of getting the kinks out.”

“So for me it’s just a matter of staying patient out there. I’ve been swinging well, I’ve been putting well, and thankfully they kind of came together today.”

Ariya Jutanugarn, winner of the last two LPGA events, opened her tournament with a bogey-free -7 under par 65, without a driver in her bag;

“This course pretty firm, so I not even need to hit three-wood.”

 “Two-iron fine because I can keep it low.”

Minjee Lee, So Yeon Ryu and Marina Alex are tied in third place at -4 under par.

World No. 1 Lydia Ko opened her tournament with a -1 under par, 71 and sits in a tie for 17th for her effort.

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Inbee Park was forced to withdraw once again with her thumb injury.

Dean & Deluca Invitational. Bryce Molder 1st Round leader.

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Bryce Molder is the 1st round leader at the Dean & Deluca Invitational, at Colonial Country ClubFort Worth, Texas.

Bryce Molder birdied six of his last nine holes to help him shoot a 29 on the front nine of Colonial and take the first round lead. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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Bryce shot a first round -6 under par 64 to take the lead in the  Dean & Deluca Invitational, at Colonial Country Club, even though he was worried about the darkening skies, following a delay of 75 minutes caused by rain and lightning in the area ;

“It was almost like they were about to blow the horn for darkness.”

“It wasn’t dark to where you can’t see the ball flight, but you’re kind of reading putts looking a little funny at it.”

“It was dark. It was weird. It was almost like late, late, late in the day.”

“I hit a lot of greens early, 20, 30 feet, and just kind of rolled it up close.”

 “And then all of a sudden hit a couple close when I made the turn, Nos. 1 and 2, got some close birdies.”

“Maybe the delay just kind of helped me wake up.”

“Actually, I went back out on the range and just kind of one little tinker here or there and found a little groove for the rest of the 12 holes.”

Patrick Reed, Anirban Lahiri and Webb Simpson all carded first rounds of -5 under par 65.

Ryan PalmerJason Dufner, Martin Piller and Kyle Reifers are all in a tie for fifth spot following their opening rounds of -4 under par 66.

Ryan is comfortable out on the Colonial course;

“It’s a golf course I can step on to each tee and don’t even need my yardage book.”

“To shoot 4-under out here on a Thursday, you’re not hurting.”

Jordan Spieth, the world’s No. 2-ranked player is in a large group of players at -3 under par, he was not happy with the wind today;

“It was so tough to gauge the wind correctly and get the ball close to the hole.”

“On a day like this, you’re just really looking to hit greens in regulation, be as stress-free as possible, and it felt like we were out there.”

 

BMW PGA Championship. Three-Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a three-way tie at the top of the BMW PGA Championship after the fist round at Wentworth Golf Club.

NED Joost LuitenAUS Scott Hend and KOR Y E Yang shared the lead in the first round on the Chinese owned Burma Road course in Virginia Water, Surrey , England.

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Joost, Scott and Y.E. all recorded -7 under par 65 in the first round of the BMW PGA Championship, to lead the field by one shot.

Joost is in good form, having had eight top 15 finishes in eleven starts this season, he got on the par five last hole in two, and the resulting birdie got him up to share the top spot with Scott and Y.E.

Y.E. famously made history in the 2009 US PGA Championship becoming the first player ever to come from behind to beat Tiger Woods, in the final round of a Major.

Scott missed the cut on his debut here last year, and the Australian came with a different approach to the competition this year;

“I tried aggressive last year and it really doesn’t work.”

“So I thought I’d just be a little bit cautious off the tee and a bit more aggressive into the greens.”

“We’ll see how that plays out during the week.”

“There’s a long three more days to go but I’m comfortable wherever I’m playing, whether I’m running last or whether I’m running first.”

“Just put one foot in front of the other and keep going.”

Masters Tournament champion Danny Willett is alone in fourth place, after his bogey free -6 under par 66.

Richard Green, Robert Rock and Jaco van Zyl are back in the clubhouse with rounds of -5 under par 67, sharing fifth position.