Bank of Hope Founders Cup. Cydney Clanton Leads.

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Cydney Clanton, USA, has claimed the 36 hole lead at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup playing at the Wildfire Golf Club in Arizona.

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Cydney carded a second round -5 under par 67 to lead the  Bank of Hope Founders Cup after 36 holes, by one shot at -9 under par;

Cydney played, holing out from the fairway, and putted very well;

“I played really good and made some clutch putts coming in.”

“The hole out was pretty special, any time you don’t have to putt is nice.”

“I haven’t been in this position in a long time. I won back in 2013, and wasn’t even in the lead at all that tournament.”

“Just came back and won.”

“You just have to go in attack mode, because everybody else is going to go in attack mode.”

“It has been awhile since I’ve been in the lead, so tomorrow just going to take it one shot at a time, one hole at a time.”

Four ladies are then tied in second place at -8 under par, Ariya Jutanugarn. Thailand, -4 under 68 today, Mariajo Uribe, Spain, -4 under 68, Karine Icher, France, -3 under 69 and Marina Alex, USA, -6 under 66.

Marina is hoping for good conditions tomorrow;

“If the conditions are favorable tomorrow, scores will be low, so just attack and take advantage of everything you can.”

“If that’s not the case, just adjust the game plan and play what’s in front of me.”

Lydia Ko, New Zealand, the 2016 winner, Sei Young Kim, South Korea and Brooke Henderson, Canada, all missed the cut here.

It may be St Patricks Day tomorrow, but I doubt any of the Ladies will be imbibing the Guinness.

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Arnold Palmer Invitational. Two at the Top.

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Two players are tied at the top of the Arnold Palmer Invitational leaderboard after 36 holes at Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Henrik Stenson and Bryson DeChambeau share the honor in Orlando, Florida.

Stenson tied at the top

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Round one leader Henrik, -3 under 69 today, and Bryson, -6 under 66, share the top spot on the Arnold Palmer Invitational leaderboard at -11 under, after 36 holes, as darkness caused a suspension of play for the day.

Henrik said good putting helped to make those all important par scores;

 “Putting, more than anything.”

“I scrambled for par after all those holes after hitting some not so good golf shots.”

Bryson is not short on confidence;

“I think every week I’m good enough to win or play my best.”

“It’s just sometimes a kick here, a break here, and that’s just what happens.”

“You don’t always get a sky ship rocketed up to the top of the leaderboard like I have.”

Talor Gooch is alone in third place at -9 under par, he carded a second round -2 under 70, and Ben An holds fourth spot on his own at -8 under par.

Tomorrow is moving day, and St Patricks Day, should be a fun day all round, and the Guinness will be flowing no doubt.

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Bank of Hope Founders Cup. Two Ladies Tied at the Top.

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Two ladies are tied at the top of the Bank of Hope Founders Cup leaderboard after round one at Wildfire Golf Club in Arizona, Chella Choi, South Korea, and Karine Icher, France, share the honor.

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Chella and Karine are at the top of the Bank of Hope Founders Cup leaderboard after shooting opening rounds of -5 under par 67.

Karine said she had putted well;

“I made some good putts and that made the difference.”

“I hit good second shots. On this course, if you start getting confidence you can go low. “

“It was a good front nine. On the back nine, I made two bogeys at the end, but with the wind picking up, it’s a little bit hard.” 

Chella mentioned the wind, and how tough the day was;

”It was windy and tough out there, but every player in same condition.” 

Six ladies are then tied in third spot at -4 under par as play was suspended for the day due to darkness, but these players have finished their first rounds of 68, Cydney Clanton, USA, Mariajo Uribe, Spain, Lizette Salas, USA, Inbee Park, South Korea, Ariya Jutanugarn, Thailand, and Hee Young Park, South Korea.

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Arnold Palmer Invitational. Henrik Stenson Leads.

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Henrik Stenson, Sweden, leads the Arnold Palmer Invitational after the first round at Bay Hill Club & Lodge, in Orlando Florida.

Stenson leads with Tiger, McIlroy close behind

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Henrik shot an opening round -8 under par 64 to lead the Arnold Palmer Invitational by just one shot, requiring just 20 putts on the day, with nine birdies, last week he made just one birdie for a missed cut saying his putter would not work;

“It’s better to save them all for one go, I think. There’s no point wasting a few last week when I was heading home.”

“I mean we know it’s a funny game, my putter was not working at all last week, I actually hit the ball quite all right throughout the two rounds that I played, but I just couldn’t make a birdie, really.”

“I had to go and do a bit of work on my putting and got that going for sure.”

“It felt good with a bit of a work on my setup and posture and I hit some good putts in practice Tuesday, Wednesday, and, yeah, today was beautiful out there on the greens, really.”

Sharing second place at -7 under par following first rounds of 65 were Aaron Wise and Talor Gooch, both from the USA.

At -5 under were Jimmy Walker, tournament host Rickie Fowler and Bryson DeChambeau.

Rickie, as Host, was pleased to play well;

 “I was hoping to back up the host duties with playing well.”

“A little extra pressure, but I feel like that’s where a lot of the guys out here, the best players in the world, I feel like that’s when I kind of rise to the occasion, so it was nice to rise to that, put up a good solid round today, get off to a good start.”

In the big group at -4 under is Tiger Woods, with Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose a shot further back in the group at -3 under.

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Valspar Championship. Paul Casey Wins.

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Paul Casey, England, wins the Valspar Championship at the Copperhead Course in Florida.

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Paul carded a final round -6 under par 65 to win the Valspar Championship with a -10 under par total;

“Probably not the most significant win of my career, but it’s certainly one of the most satisfying ones.”

“The quality of golf that I played. I know I made some errors on the round yesterday, I hit it in the water twice but as a whole I would say it’s one of the cleanest weeks I’ve ever had from kind of a golf course management point of view.”

“Your last win is always your best one because it’s the freshest.”

Tied in second place at -9 under were Patrick Reed, -3 under 68 today, and Tiger Woods, -1 under 71.

Tiger was happy with his progress, but a couple more putts would have changed things;

“I keep getting a little bit better and sharper.” 

“Sunday wasn’t quite as sharp as I would like to have had it, but I had a good shot at winning this golf tournament.”

“Couple putts here and there, would have been a different story.”

“I’m really looking forward to next week, I hadn’t played there in a couple years because of my back, and I wanted to play there a couple years ago.”

“I wanted to play one last time before Arnold Palmer moved on and unfortunately I just couldn’t play.”

Cory Conners, Canadadid not play well after leading for so long, nerves played a part in his +6 over par 77 final round;

“A great experience. Nice to get myself in the mix.”

“Came up short on a number of putts, couldn’t get the speed down.”

“Few of those would have fallen, might have relaxed me a little bit more.”

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Hero Indian Open. Play-Off Win For Matt Wallace.

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It was a play-off win for Matt Wallace, at the Hero Indian Open, beating fellow countryman Beef Johnston on the first extra hole at DLF Golf and Country Club in New Delhi.

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Matt shot -4 under 68 to be tied with Beef, who carded -6 under 66, at the top of the Hero Indian Open leaderboard with -11 under par totals. Matt then made par at the first extra hole, the par four 18th, to win the title;

I played great, ever since being three over through eight at the start of the week I’ve played some of the best golf of my life and to do it in that style at the end there capped it off.”

“Beef really had a great round today because I was playing fantastic and thought I might have been a few more clear.”

“I hit some really good shots and that play-off, Beef’s putt on the last should have gone in and it’s just my day today.”

Beef said he played well, but was frustrated the last putt did not go in;

“I’m very happy with the way I played this year, last year was tough. This year’s start has been good so I’ve just got to keep pushing on and keep working hard.”

“I feel good as I played very well today, like I did on Friday.”

“I was happy to be able to put up a good score today and force a play-off.”

“I’m slightly frustrated as I attempted a similar putt on the 18th during regulation play. I didn’t think it broke that much and I hit a good putt but it didn’t go in.”

Sihwan Kim, USA, was next at -8 under par, he carded a final round -4 under 68 to claim third place on his own.

Shubhankar Sharma, the new sensation from India, is worryingly setting a trend of failing in the final round, +3 over 75 today, to finish at -4 under, and T 7, on a day where only five players were under par, you expect him to be one of them.

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Valspar Championship. Corey Conners Continues.

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Corey Conners of Canada continues to lead the Valspar Championship at the Copperhead Course in Florida.

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Corey carded a moving day -3 under par 68 to keep his momentum going at the top of the Valspar Championship leaderboard with a -9 under par total;

“It was really cool. Came out and tried to have as much fun as possible.”

“I kind of knew what to expect out there with a lot of people and lot of people watching, but I felt comfortable.”

“I tried to get relaxed as early as possible and fortunately got off to a good start and kind of settled me down nicely.”

“Kept things pretty solid throughout the round.”

“Fun position to be in. Kind of what I work for and everybody works for out here.”

He has some serious company close behind in the form of Tiger Woods, -4 under 67 today, Justin Rose, England,-5 under 66, and Brandt Snedeker, -4 under 67, all of them just one back at -8 under par.

Tiger is all obviously all fired up after his great rival Phil Mickelson won last week. The best news for Corey is that he will not be paired up with Tiger for the final round, Justin Rose will be his partner, meaning the gallery will be a lot quieter. Tiger described the gallery today as;

“Loud. very, very loud.”

”I played myself right there in contention. It will be a fun Sunday.”

Brandt will play alongside Tiger, and knows it will be crazier tomorrow;

 “I was able to feed off a lot of energy today. That’s probably why I played so good.”

“Got me to focus real hard on every shot and did a good job of that today.”

“Do it again tomorrow, probably be crazier tomorrow.”

Justin holed a shot from 120 yards for Eagle, that really got him in the mood, and he putted really well;

“This ignited it for me. I was kind of getting a little frustrated, seeing the scores were decent.”

“I needed something to happen. I made that one.”

“I putted really, really well on the back nine. Every putt I had I thought would go in. Fun day.”

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