Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. Rookie Sung Hyun Park Leads.

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Rookie Sung Hyun Park, from South Korea, leads the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship after the completion of a weather delayed round one at  Pinnacle Country Club.

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Sung Hyun carded a first round -8 under par 63, which included a bogey, to lead the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, in Arkansas.

Sung Hyun said afterwards that her putting really put her in control, needing only 24 putts on the day;

“My play was best with putter today, very good,”

Another rookie Mel Reid, England, shares second place with Ally McDonald. USA, and So Yeon Ryu from South Korea, all at -6 under par 65, two shots off the pace.

Ally was happy to have her family supporting her today;

“Means a lot. There are few places that my family can get to with the schedule and with my grandparents wanting to watch me.”

“I’m happy they could all be here, and hopefully I can play well for them.”

Mel  made birdie on five of her first seven holes, threw in a hole in one at the par three 11th, but sadly recorded two bogey’s on the way in. She explained her hole in one;

“I mean, as soon as I hit it I thought, oh, it’s got a chance.”

 “I just hit a little 9-iron, so I think it was 135. I just tried to play a 130 shot and it pitched about seven behind it and came back.”

So Yeon Ryu was smooth and bogey free all day, and her putting came back;

“I think everything was really smooth from start to end.”

“Especially I was happy with my putting because last time when I played a tournament, I was really struggling with my putting.”

 “It feels great to be back and hopefully I can have a really great bogey-free round again.”

Travelers Championship. Jordan Still In Control at Half-Way.

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Jordan Spieth is still in control of the Travelers Championship at the half-way point at  TPC River Highlands.Spieth holds lead at Travelers

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Jordan carded a second round -1 under par 69, but it kept him on top of the Travelers Championship leaderboard with a -8 under par total.

It was not a great day for Jordan, but some great par saving putts helped him out, one  from 35 ft at the third hole and another from 8 ft on 12;

“By comparing it to the way I’ve struck the ball the past four or five months, it was an off day, but it was still solid.”

 “I wouldn’t say I played my B-game. I’ve been playing pretty solid golf.”

“It’s just, hitting more greens. The ones I missed, I didn’t really need to miss. I was trying to do too much.”

“That’s kind of what gets me in trouble on a course like this.”

“Being very patient on the weekend is key. I always mention that, that’s always the word. I try to tell myself that, and sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.”

Troy Merritt, -2 under 68 today and Patrick Reed, -4 under 66, share second place, one shot back at -7 under par.

Rory McIlroy went into reverse today, signing for +3 over par 73, only making the cut on the number. Seems his driving is OK, longest in the field, one at 393 yards, which was a good 40 yards clear of everyone else. He went on to make par from there, which shows the weakness, solid driving but no scoring to back it up.

BMW European Open. Joakim Lagergren and Joël Stalter 36 hole Leaders

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Joakim Lagergren, Sweden, and Joël Stalter, France, are the  36 hole leaders of the BMW European Open at Golfclub München Eichenried in Germany.

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Joël -4 under 68 today and Joakim, -6 under par 66 lead the BMW European Open at the half-way stage with -9 under par totals.

Joakim was happy with a 66 in the windy conditions;

“It was great out there, I had a lot of fun out there. Playing really, really good, especially from tee-to-green.”

“So I’m happy with that.”

“It’s a little bit more windy, yes. I would say the greens are a bit smaller when it’s this windy but if you’re still hitting really good shots out there, it’s scoreable.”

Joël played well in the wind, and making putts;

“I played really well, gave myself a lot of opportunities.”
“Pretty tough out there with the wind. It was very gusty, so difficult to control the ball and it was getting firmer as well.”

“So I’m really pleased with that round.”

“I’ll keep doing the job here and hitting good shots, making putts, and we’ll see where I stand on Sunday.”

Sharing third place, one shot back at -8 under par are Major champions Sergio Garcia, Spain, -2 under 70 today, and defending champion Henrik Stenson, Sweden, -3 under 69, they are joined on that score by Rikard Karlberg, Sweden with -3 under 69 today,  Richard Bland, England-3 under 69  and Thomas Detry, Belgium, -1 under 71.
It is a very tightly compacted BMW European Open leaderboard, I am looking  forward to the week-end, it should be fascinating.

BMW International Open. Wade Ormsby Leads.

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Wade Ormsby, of Australia, leads the BMW International Open at  Golfclub München Eichenried in Germany.

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Wade fired a first round -8 under par 64 to lead the BMW International Open by one shot;

“I had a fast start out there, turned in 30 on the front nine, and then kind of kept it going on the back.”

 “A bit steadier on the back but very happy.”

“We actually came here this morning to practice early which I’ve never done before, I just knew there was something there and I wasn’t getting what I wanted.”

“I obviously found something today and I just kept on working what we’re trying to work on, which isn’t normally me, I play by feel.”

In second place at -7 under, is Thomas Detry, from Belgium, he carded an opening round 65.

Tied in third place at -6 under are,  Sergio Garcia, SpainThorbjørn Olesen, Denmark and Joost Luiten, Holland.

Sergio, bogey free today, is  playing his first regular European Tour event since winning his first Major Championship at Augusta National, and said he had played and putted well today;

“It was great, I felt like I played quite well, not spectacular, but very consistent throughout the whole day.”

“I was very happy to see some of the shots I hit and some of the putts I made and very happy with my six under.”

“There’s still three more to go, so we’re going to keep playing hard and hopefully we’ll have some more like this and we’ll be up there on Sunday.”

U.S. Open. Brooks Koepka Wins.

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Brooks Koepka wins the U.S. Open at Erin Hills Golf Course, his first Major trophy

Brooks Koepka pulled away from a crowded leaderboard with three straight birdies on the back nine Sunday at Erin Hills. (Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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Brooks made birdie on  14, 15, and 16, in a final round of -5 under par 67, to win the U.S. Open with a -16 under par total, and a four shot winning margin;

Brooks started his late run by one-putting four consecutive holes to take a grip on the U.S. Open trophy. It started with a nine foot par save Putt at the par three 13th;

“The par save on 13, that built some confidence, that was kind of the changing point of the round for me.”

“I played really solid from the moment we got here on Monday and all the way through until today.”

 “The ball-striking was pretty solid, it had to be today, especially with the wind.”

“This golf course, you had to put the ball in the fairway and if you didn’t you really got penalized, just plain and simple.”

“What I’ve done this week is amazing,”

Hideki Matsuyama, Japan, -6 under 66 today, and Brian Harman, USA,  with a last round of even par 72 tied for second place, at -12 under par.

Brian mentioned the three consecutive birdies;

“He birdied 14, 15, 16, and that was kind of lights out.”

“He went and won the golf tournament on the back nine.”

“I just wish I would have been able to put a little more pressure on the course. I didn’t drive it as well as I would’ve liked.”

“I had an opportunity today and I didn’t get it done.”

Hideki said he needs more than two good rounds;

“I learned that I have to put four good rounds together.”

 “I played two good rounds, but it wasn’t enough.”

Tommy Fleetwood, England, finished on his own in fourth place at -11 under par, with a sad last round of even par 72;

“Obviously, Brooks dealt with it amazingly.”

“He’s proven for a long time how good he is. Now he’s done it in a major.”

P.S. Don’t know if anyone else has noticed, but apart from having similar names, Brooks and Brooke Henderson, from Canada, who won the Meijer LPG Classic today, both wore the same color shirt.

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Meijer LPGA Classic. Brooke Henderson Wins

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Brooke Henderson, from Canadawins the Meijer LPGA Classic, her first win of 2017.

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Brooke carded a -3 under par 66, on the shortened course, to post a Meijer LPGA Classic total of -17 under par, a two shot winning margin.

Brooke was excited to win, saying her good putting under pressure was the key to victory;

“Just super excited right now.”

 “I played really steady golf today, and that putt on No.16 was really huge.”

“Especially looking back now, it’s even bigger than what I thought it was.”

“It’s really cool to be able to make those putts under pressure.”

“The leaderboard is packed. There are so many great names up there, so to finish on top is really exciting.”

“It was really tough today. To shoot 3-under and I don’t think I had any bogeys today either, which was great.”

“The wind really picked up. I was kind of surprised when I looked at the leaderboard and I had a two-shot lead on the 18th green.”

 “Super happy and I’m just glad it’s done and I finally have my fourth win.”

Sharing second place at -15 under par were Lexi Thompson, even par 69 today, and Michelle Wie, – 4 under 65, both ladies from the USA.

Michelle explained just how tough the conditions were, including the wind;

“It was tough out there, the wind just started blowing and it was just interesting.”

“Some spots are really wet, some spots are dry, but overall I felt like I played good this week and I’m happy about it.”

Lexi, coming in second again this week, spoke about the depth of talent on the LPGA Tour;

“It’s such a global tour, so it doesn’t really matter where you’re from, it’s what you bring to the table.”

 “You never know who’s going to win when you tee it up, so you just have to hope it’s you.”

U.S. Open. Brian Harman Has 54 Hole Lead.

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Brian Harman has the 54 hole lead at the U.S. Open at Erin Hills Golf Course.

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Brian shot a third round -5 under par 67 to top the U.S. Open leaderboard at -12 under par, and will take a one shot lead into the final round tomorrow.

Brian would not reveal his innermost motivation;

“I’m not going to delve into the things that I derive my motivations from, but I’m certainly motivated.”

“I think everyone has doubts, everyone has fears, for me, just trying to figure out what they are and kind of rationalize them and deal with them.”

Tied in second place at -11 under par are, Justin Thomas, who signed for a U.S. Open record breaking -9 under par 63, finishing with an Eagle at the par five 18th. He shares second place with Tommy Fleetwood, from England, -4 under 68 today, and Brooks Koepka, also -4 under 68.

Justin was impressed with his Eagle at the last;

“The finish was awesome. I’d love to have another one of those.”

“I was in a great zone out there, I was hitting it well, I was putting it well, I had some great up-and-downs.”

“Everything has been flowing. I’m sure once I sit down and relax tonight it will maybe set in a little bit more.”

“I’m just so excited to give myself a great chance to win this golf tournament.”

On a more sobering thought, of the five other players who shot a 63 in the third round at a Major, none of them went on to win the tournament.

Tommy made a bogey at the last to slip from a share of the lead, but was happy to play well;

“I hit good iron shots early on, I hit good drives and the further I got into the round I just felt really comfortable.”

“I actually felt calmer today than I did yesterday.”

“It is going to be new again now, I’m on a Sunday now. I always say it’s just you and the golf course but tomorrow is going to be a very different experience.”

“I’m on a Sunday now. I always say it’s just you and the course, but tomorrow is going to be a very different experience.”

Rickie Fowler holds fifth place on his own at -10 under par, he kept in touch with a -4 under par 68 today.

Truth is just about anybody could win this tournament, the course set up tomorrow will be the hardest, and mistakes can be very costly, just ask Paul Casey, +3 over 75 today.