Volvik Championship. Minjee Lee Leads After 54 Holes.

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Minjee Lee, Australia, leads the Volvik Championship after 54 holes at  Travis Pointe County Club, after a rain delay of 2 hours and 11 minutes.

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Minjee took control of the Volvik Championship with a bogey free third round -4 under 68, and will take a two-stroke advantage into the final round tomorrow with a -12 under par tournament total;

“I had a pretty solid day today, made no bogeys, four birdies on the card, which is pretty solid for today.”

“I think just keeping it in play was pretty important today.” 

Four ladies are then tied in second place, all at -10 under for the championship, Stacy Lewis, USA, -5 under pa r 67 today, I.K. Kim, South Korea, also -5 under 67, Jodi Ewart Shadoff, England, -3 under 69, and Lindy Duncan, USA, -3 under 69.

Stacy is going to hang around and see what happens;

“This golf course, you can shoot a number. You can shoot 6 or 7-under, but you can also play pretty good and shoot even par.”

“So you’ve just got to get runs like I did there at the end of the day and just keep hanging around and post a number and see what happens.”

 “That’s what wins these things. Excited to be in the hunt.”

Lindy has been working on a swing change;

“I’m just hitting more greens I would say, and then my wedge game improved a lot over the off season.”

“The front nine was solid, birdied the par fives and had three good par saves on 10, 11, 12, so that was pretty much a good round.”

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Fort Worth Invitational. Justin Rose Cruising.

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Justin Rose, England, is cruising at the top of the Fort Worth Invitational leaderboard and will take a four shot advantage into the final round tomorrow at Colonial Country Club

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Rosey carded -4 under 66 in the third round of the Fort Worth Invitational, to post -14 under par at the top of the leaderboard;

“It is a big lead, but it isn’t big enough, it’s not big enough to be counting the holes away.”

“You have to go out and play good. You have to go out positive. You have to continue to make birdies and keep going forward.”

 “I feel like everything this week has been working at some point.”

Sharing second place, those four shots back at -10 under are Brooks Koepka, USA, -3 under 67 in his third round, and Emiliano Grillo, Argentina, -1 under 69.

Brooks wants to put some pressure on Justin early on tomorrow;

“You have to get off to a good start here.”

“If you can birdie the first two, at least, put some pressure on Rosey, you’ll be just fine.”

Emiliano said Justin can not relax, he has to shoot under par tomorrow;

“He has to go out and shoot under par, he’s got fifty guys behind him trying to reach him.”

Five players are then tied in fourth place at -8 under par, Jon Rahm, Spain, -6 under 64 today, Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa, also -6 under 64, J.T. Poston, USA, bogey free -5 under 65, Ryan Armour, USA, -4 under 66, and Corey Conners from Canada with a beautiful -7 under par 63 third round. 

Jon had a good day with the putter;

 “I was able to make some putts, so hopefully Justin stops making putts, stops making birdies and gives the rest of us a chance tomorrow.” 

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BMW PGA Championship. McIlroy and Molinari Tied at the Top.

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Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland, and Francesco Molinari, Italy, are tied at the top of the BMW PGA Championship at the Wentworth Club in England.

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Rory had a quiet round today, -1 under par 71 while Francesco carded -6 under 66, for them to be tied at the top of the BMW PGA Championship at -13 under par.

Rory admitted to scrambling today;

“I’m looking forward to tomorrow, I’ll need to play better than what I played today.”

“I scrambled well for the most part. I was four under for the last 12 holes in this wind, which was pretty good, but it wasn’t the calibre of golf that I played yesterday.”

“I need to start hitting more quality shots and put the ball in play and if I can do that then tomorrow is a big day.”

“Francesco obviously played a good round today and a few guys played a good round.”

“We have a little bit of a cushion compared to the rest and it’s not quite a two-horse race but I think if we both get off to good starts tomorrow, it could turn into that.”

Francesco loves the West Course, and hopes to join the ranks of Italian winners here;

“I just love playing here, clearly it suits my eye and I just enjoy the atmosphere.”

“The crowds are always great. It is a challenging course but I think if you hit good shots, you can make a few birdies here and there. I love it and hopefully it will be another good day tomorrow.”

“It would be amazing to win a Rolex Series event. To win here with such tradition and it’s a course that is in the heart of Italian golfers as well, with Constantino (Rocca) and Matteo (Manassero) winning here in the past. I’ll see what I can do.”

Tied in third place, four shots back at -9 under par are defending champion Alex Noren, Sweden, -2 under 70 today, Branden Grace, South Africa, -3 under 69, then two players from England, Sam Horsfield, even par 70 today, with Ross Fisher, -4 under 68.

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Volvik Championship. Nasa Hataoka Leads.

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Nasa Hataoka from Japan leads the Volvik Championship after 36 holes at Pointe County Club.

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Nasa carded a second round -4 under par 68 to lead the Volvik Championship by one shot at -9 under par;

“I’m really comfortable playing the LPGA, I play my game. That’s my key.”

In second place is Minjee Lee, Australia, at -8 under par, with her second round score of -3 under 69;

“I had a really good off season and I had a really good start to the year in Australia, the couple of events there.”

“Just gave me a lot of confidence at the beginning of the year so it’s just been pretty steady from there.” 

“I’m just trying to play my own game and obviously have fun out there and make as many birdies as I can.”

 “I think that’s all I can do and that’s all in my control, so that’s what I’ve been doing.”

Sharing third place at -7 under par are, Gaby Lopez, Mexico, -4 under 68 today, Jodi Ewart Shadoff, England, -2 under 70, and Lindy Duncan, USA, also -2 under 70 for her second round.

Jodi  has been doing physiotherapy, rehab and strength training to try to get back some semblance of normal, after hurting her back;

“It was a bit unlucky, starting to get old.” 

“I love this course, I love coming back here to Ann Arbor.”

“It’s playing long this year because it’s kind of wet and the greens are rolling really nice. I don’t know.”

“I just seem to be putting well on these greens, so yeah, I love the course.” 

Lindy scrambled well today;

“I was kind of spraying it off the tee but just missing the fairway just like a little bit and kind of got some bad lies, so scrambled really well today.”

 “Then had a couple opportunities on the front nine, took advantage of those, stayed pretty solid overall.” 

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Fort Worth Invitational. Justin Rose Has 36 Hole Lead.

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Justin Rose, England, has the 36 hole lead at the Forth Worth Invitational at the Colonial Golf Course in Texas.

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Justin shot a second round -6 under par 64 to lead the Forth Worth Invitational by one stroke at -10 under par, and put it down to working on a few things recently;

““Sunday at The PLAYERS Championship, I felt like I worked into a slightly different feel, which really helped Sean and I kind of dial in a few things we’ve been working on.”

“We had a good productive week last week training-wise, it was nice to bring as good as you feel on the range to the tournament this week.”

“I got into a nice rhythm, my first 15 holes today were about as good as I’ve played in a long time.”

In second place is Emiliano Grillo, Argentina, he carded -3 under 67 today to be at -9 under for the tournament.

Satoshi Kodaira, Japan, -3 under 67 today and Brooks Koepka, USA, -7 under 63, share third place, both at -7 under par.

Brooks is coming back from recovering from wrist injuries, and is just happy to be playing again;

“It doesn’t matter to me. I could care less. I’m still going to try as hard as I can.”

 “I don’t care how many over or how many under I am. Still going to fight through it.”

“We had a bone pop out of place. I didn’t tell anybody, but, yeah, they popped it back in.”

 “Luckily enough we kind of popped it back into place right away so it wasn’t stiff and I didn’t have too many problems.”

” I mean, I’ve dislocated my wrist twice in the last two months. You know, different spots, but, I mean, it’s fun. I’ll be all right.”

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BMW PGA Championship. Rory Roars Ahead.

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Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland, roars ahead to lead the BMW PGA Championship at the half-way stage on the West Course at Wentworth Club in England.

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Rory shot a bogey free second round -7 under par 65 to lead the BMW PGA Championship by three shots after 36 holes with a -12 under par total;

“I played really well to go bogey-free around here.”

“It was one of the best rounds of golf I’ve played this year, ball-striking-wise. There’s still a couple of loose shots in there but overall it was a great round of golf.”

“I had everything firing today and it was nice to take advantage of the opportunities I gave myself.”

“It’s nice to live up to the billing. I really enjoy playing in front of these crowds, they are incredible to get up on a Friday morning at 8:00am and come out and follow us. It was a really great atmosphere out there.”

“Being in the final group tomorrow, most likely, that atmosphere will be around the group again and I’m looking forward to that.”

“I have the confidence that I’m playing well and I can go out and try to replicate what I did the day before.”

“On the first tee box tomorrow, I’ll be thinking about what I did today and trying to just keep the same thoughts and make the same swings.”

“I’ve had a win here and I know how that feels. I’d love to get a win here again and if that could kick start a summer like I had in 2014, I’d be all for that.

“It’s a big weekend for me.”

Tied in second place at -9 under par are, Sam Horsfield, England, -4 under 68 today and Sébastien Gros, France, with a second round of -6 under 66.

Tommy Fleetwood, England, has fourth place to himself, a second round -6 under 66 giving him a -8 under par tournament total.

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LPGA Volvik Championship. Four-Way Tie at the Top.

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Four ladies are tied at the top of the Volvik Championship Moriya Jutanugarn, Thailand, Caroline Masson, Germany, with Danielle Kang and Amy Olson, of the USA.

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Moriya, bogey free, Caroline, two bogey’s, Amy one bogey and Danielle, bogey free, all carded first rounds of -6 under par 66 to lead the Volvik Championship on day one at Travis Pointe Country Club.

Moriya really enjoyed her day, making some putts;

“Pretty much you just hit the shot, go find the ball, hit another shot. If you don’t make the putt, just go hit another putt.”

“I had a lot of fun out there.”

Caroline had a good day with her putter;

“I played well last week, and my ball-striking was really good and I was struggling a little bit with the putts.”

“Just changed a couple things with my coach, earlier this week and it seemed to work,”

“So it was just nice to see a couple go in and played pretty solid overall.”

Danielle also had a good day in the putting department;

“Woke up, was like, I don’t want to make any bogeys today, let’s just try that.”

“I know that’s weird. I rolled the putts really well. I’m hitting the ball really good, even from last week.”

“My game feels really great, so just keep giving myself birdie chances.”

Amy has been making some changes, and it taken a while to blossom;

“That first year was tough, but we’ve turned a corner and I’ve just found a lot of consistency in the last year, and it’s a lot of fun to go out there and play golf a little more stress free.”

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