Tour Championship. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of he Tour Championship leaderboard, Dustin Johnson and Kevin Chappell.

Dustin Johnson and Kevin Chappell will duel it out on Sunday as they will be paired together again for the final round of the TOUR Championship. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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Kevin and DJ are tied at the top of the Tour Championship leaderboard at -8 under par for the tournament, giving them a two shot lead over the field.

Kevin carded -2 under 68 today in his third round, and will give it everything he has to win tomorrow;

“I got nothing to lose, I’m going to go out there and give it all I’ve got, and Dustin is going to play great golf.”

“He’s been in this situation a lot this year, and it will come down to one or two shots.” 

Dustin could have been in a  much stronger position, but his putting is not as good as the rest of his game;

“I like my position, I feel like I’m playing really well.”

“I need to go out tomorrow and do the same thing I did today, and hopefully try to finish off a little better.”

Rory McIlroy,  and Ryan Moore, both returning scores of  -4 under 66 today, are close to the leaders at -6 under par, and share second place.

Rory needs a great result here to have a chance of winning the FedExCup;

“I just need to try and win this golf tournament, and whatever happens after that, happens.”

 “It would just be great to try to win the TOUR Championship, and if the chips fall my way, then so be it.”

Ryan is focused on this tournament, the Ryder Cup pick for the American team is out of his control;

“Completely out of my control.”

“I came here this week to win a golf tournament, and I’m 100 percent focused on that.”

 

Ladies Spanish Open. Beth Allen Leads

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American Beth Allen leads the Ladies Spanish Open, after 54 holes at  Aloha Golf Club in Marbella, Spain.

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Beth made birdie on the final hole today to post a Ladies Spanish Open third round of -5 under 67 to lead by one shot with a -9 under par total.

Beth loves the climate here, it reminds her of home;

“It was a little bit of a slow start but I was happy with my back nine: 31 is always a nice score coming in.”

 “I reached the 10th, which was handy and then two putts for birdie and I hit a really good shot in on the 11th and holed that and 12th is a tough hole so I was happy with a par.”

“I particularly like this area and it does really remind me of southern California, where I’m from, so I love it.”

Local favorite Azahara Munoz holds second place, a third round -2 under 70 keeping her just one shot back at -8 under, saying she had trouble with her putting today;

“I gave myself quite a few chances and couldn’t make enough putts today.”

“I just couldn’t get the speed of the greens and get my ball to the hole. I also made a few par putts that kept me going, five, six footers, so I’m only one back.”

“I wish I was leading but one stroke’s nothing with 18 holes to go.”

Diana Luna, Italy and Sophie Walker, England,  are up to joint third on 4-under after rounds of 69 and 71.

Diana played with a bit of pain from a frozen neck;

“Sometimes they say beware of the sick golfer and I was less concerned with my scores than the other days and it worked out better.”

Sophie had to work hard today;

“It was up and down on the front nine with a few birdies and a few bogeys.”

“I started with two birdies and then went back to level and birdied six, and then after that it was steady pars.”

“I had to work a little bit harder today and get up and down a few more times.”

Porsche European Open Reduced to 54 holes. Alex Levy Leads.

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The Porsche European Open has been reduced to 64 holes due to the long delays caused by early morning fog at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach, in Germany. Alex Levy, from France, still leads comfortably at the end of the second round.

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Alex came back on day three to complete his one hole of the second round at -8 under par 63, and sit on top of the Porsche European Open leaderboard at -17 under par, and will take a four shot lead into the final and third round tomorrow.

“I had four good shots and a nice par today but it was no good coming up this morning and seeing the fog again.”

“But it’s okay, I just stayed patient and made two good shots, one from the tee and one from the fairway and that’s all I wanted to do.”

“I don’t watch the leaderboard overnight. I’m just trying to think about my own game and do the best that I can and that’s the most important thing.”

Michael Jonzon, from Sweden is in second place at -13 under for his two rounds, he also carded a -8 under par 63 in the second round;

“I always said I function well under these circumstances.”

“I struggle more just trying to make cuts because I can put a lot of pressure on myself. I know what I can do and sometimes I try too much.”

“I’ve been there before. I’m just going to go out tomorrow and try to shoot as good as I can, whatever happens after that is not in my control.”

“I’m going to be trying as hard as I can and be proud of my effort tomorrow.”

In third place at -12 under par is Ross Fisher from England, he had a modest -6 under par 65 second round.

Home favourite Martin Kaymer -7 under 64 is T4 at -11 under par alongside another German in Florian Fritsch, who also carded a second round -7 under 64.

Tour Championship. D.J. In Charge.

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D.J. Dustin Johnson is in charge of the Tour Championship, and also the FedExCup, leading after the second round at East Lake Golf Club.

DJ holds one-stroke lead after Rd. 2

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Dustin carded -3 under par 67 today, to lead the Tour Championship after 36 holes at -7 under par, a one shot advantage going into the week-end.

Kevin Chappell is in second place at -6 under par, he shot a second round -2 under par 68, to stay in touch with the leader.

Kevin Kisner, even par 70 today, and Hideki Matsuyama, +1 over 71, share third place, at -3 under par for the tournament.

Big news from the tournament, World number one Jason Day has been forced to withdraw from the competition, citing his back injury. He farther aggravated the problem when hitting a driver off the deck. The withdrawal means he can not now win the FedExCup;

“When I get to the top of the swing, as soon as my hips start to unfold and then there’s that little bit of separation, it just crunches down.”

 “It just hurts.”

“I put the tee in the ground at the BMW Championship, and my back went out.”

 “Last time it went out, I changed a diaper. So it’s nothing where I go and physically make a move at it during a swing and my back goes out.”

“It literally is from the smallest things, picking up a pillow, picking up something off the ground, or just moving the wrong way.”

A statement from Jason’s management team read;

“The injury is a strained ligament in his lower right back with a muscle spasm. He withdrew as a precautionary measure.”

 

Ladies Spanish Open. Azahara Munoz Leads at Home.

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Azahara Munoz leads her home tournament, the Ladies Spanish Open, at  Aloha Golf Club in Marbella, Spain.

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Azahara shot -6 under par 66 in the second round of the Ladies Spanish Open to lead the tournament on that score, by just one shot.

Azahara converted some nice putts, coupled with good ball striking;

“It was really nice. I had a pretty strong start and birdied five of the first seven holes.”

 “I holed some really nice putts and started to hit the ball much better.”

“Yesterday was a bit of a struggle but today I think I hit 10 fairways and 16 greens so my day was much more stress-free and it was nice to finish with a couple of birdies as well.”

Pamela Pretswell is one shot back at -5 under par, she carded -5 under 67 today after an even par first round;

“I had five birdies so I was putting it closer and taking advantage of that.”

“I’ve only used driver three times in the last two days so I’ve been hitting a lot of three woods off the tee to get my rhythm.”

“I’m not one of the ones that likes to hit driver everywhere. I’m happy to mix it up with whatever I need to hit off the tee to just get myself into a good position.”

Beth Allen had -4 under 68 today, which puts her in third place on that score, and is happy with that;

“I’m happy with it. I’ve done well in this event before and I feel really comfortable here and it kind of reminds me of California so I feel I have a chance.”

Porsche European Open. 2nd Round Suspended, But Alex Levy is in Command.

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The second round of the Porsche European Open has been suspended. Many hours of play have been lost due to early morning fog  at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach,  in Germany. Alex Levy is in command of the tournament after a birdie blitz before the stoppage.

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Alex finished his first round and started his second, carding 17 birdies in 35 holes at the Porsche European Open, this amazing feat has given him a six shot lead at the top of the leaderboard. He has a -17 under par total and has completed 17 second round holes, and said he had fun doing it;

“I just want to have fun and to do my job. When I play like today, you just enjoy it. That’s all you can do.”

“It was really good, I said this morning that I just wanted to have fun and enjoy and play my golf. “

“That is what I did today and now it’s really nice. I enjoy the time with my caddie on the golf course. I played well and it is always good to be in a position like that.”

“I finished my round well this morning with two birdies in the last two holes and started with three birdies on the first three holes.”

“I think I’m in a good way and I just need to enjoy and to do my best to do my job.”

Robert KarlssonRoss Fisher and Martin Kaymer share second place at -11 under par, all with second round holes to complete tomorrow morning before starting their third rounds.

Some players are not even half way through their second rounds, so the lead of Alex could get cut back, but he still in a very commanding position at the moment.

Tour Championship. Three Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a three-way tie at the top of the Tour Championship leaderboard at the end of round one at East Lake Golf ClubDustin Johnson, Kevin Chappell and Hideki Matsuyama all shot opening rounds of 66.

Despite this being his first trip to East Lake, Kevin Chappell fired an opening round 66 and sits in a three-way tie for the lead. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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Kevin, Dustin and Hideki have a one shot lead at the top of the Tour Championship leaderboard on day one at -4 under par.

Kevin could only play nine practice holes on Tuesday, because it was too hot;

“Why don’t we just treat it like it’s a normal week, I’ll play my pro-am tomorrow, and so I did that.”

“Today I had really good ball control, I think you can play anywhere with that.”

“I need to play 72 holes like I played the front nine here,  probably not take my foot off the gas like it appeared on the back.”

“I felt like I gave myself a lot of good opportunities. The ball didn’t go in the hole.

“But I felt like I stuck to my process and did everything right.” 

Dustin said he had played well at the last two tournaments

“I just hit the ball really well at both of those.”

 “They were tough golf courses. This one, they’re kind of similar as far as toughness-wise.”

“You’ve got to hit it really well around here.”

“I felt like I was really relaxed out there today, I’ve got a lot of confidence in the game right now.”

“So I’m looking forward to this week and seeing how good I can play.”

Tied in fourth place at -3 under par, after rounds of 67 are Kevin Kisner, Si Woo Kim and World number one Jason Day, who has a niggling back injury.

In the next group at -2 under are Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Paul Casey and Jordan Spieth.

Rory was happy to be where he is;

 “I like being in the position after Saturday of last year, being in the last group.”

“That’s obviously the position we want to be in.”

“It’s easy to sort of remind yourself there’s such a long way to go; 72-hole tournaments are long.”

“A lot of things can happen. A lot of holes to play.”

“I was four over through three when I won in Boston a couple of weeks ago.”

Jordan mentioned that win by Rory;

“I look at what Rory did at Deutsche Bank.”

 “He was three over through four holes and ends up winning by a couple of shots at 18 under.”

“I feel if I play really solid golf here,  and it doesn’t have to be perfect golf, I can shoot 8 under on this golf course. I have no doubt.”

“It fits me really well. I feel like I have an advantage here. I knew if we could get it back to even par and in the red for the day after the first two holes, that would be really special and we’d still have a chance to win.”