The Honda Classic. Wesley Bryan & Cody Gribble Share Lead.

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Wesley Bryan & Cody Gribble share the first round lead at The Honda Classic  on the PGA National course in Florida.

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Cody and Wesley both shot a -6 under par 64 in the first round of the Honda Classic to share the lead, both on the PGA Tour, making it from the Web.com Tour.

This is a track that Rookie Wesley loves;

“A place that I’m comfortable at, and a golf course I know, they are few and far between out here.”

 “It’s my first run at all these tournaments out here. I love this place, love this golf course.”

“I’m just kind of picking up where I left off.”

 “I was able to get the ball in the fairway with some of the tougher driving holes out there, and set up a couple good birdie opportunities.”

 “I had a lot I was building on each week, and I was able to put it together in just one round at Riviera that slung me into contention.”

“We’re off to a good start here, so hopefully we’ll have another crack at it.”

Cody, who, having won so early,  has played in the SBS Tournament of Champions at Kapalua;

“Honestly, I think you’ve got to limit your expectations.”

“It’s something that I went into the fall season hoping I’d get into the event (at Sanderson Farms) and hoping just to make the cut. And I end up winning.”

“So I think I’ve really got to try to keep that lower,  I need to be worried about my line, and my next hole is going to be 10 tomorrow, making sure I have the right line for the first shot, stuff like that.”

“I love narrow fairways, it doesn’t scare me at all. Tight fairways, gator pits, bring it on.”

One shot back, and tied in third, at -5 under after rounds of 65 are Martin Kaymer and Anirban Lahiri.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Honda LPGA Thailand. Two Ladies Tied at the Top.

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There are two ladies tied at the top of the Honda LPGA Thailand leaderboard,  Ariya Jutanugarn and  Amy Yang.

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Ariya and Amy both carded first rounds of -6 under par 66 in the Honda LPGA Thailand tournament, giving them a one shot lead.

Ariya was happy with her irons ,completing a bogey free round;

“I feel really good with my iron today.”

“”Like especially tee shot is pretty good. I just try to like have like myself have a chance to make birdie.”

Amy said she had a wobble in the middle of her round, carding bogey at number ten;

“In the middle, during the round, you know, I had some time I couldn’t control the ball, but I still had a lot of good shots.”

“Gave myself a lot of good opportunities out there.”

“Last couple of holes I was hitting it so solid. I was aiming at the pin and it was going right at the pin.“

Tied in third place are Sei Young KimShanshan Feng, Ryann O’Toole and Minjee Lee all with rounds of 67 and one shot back at -5 under par.

Sei Young said her putting has improved;

“The last couple holes I made good birdie chance.”

“So it’s pretty good on the putting green. That’s the reason why I play better than last couple weeks.”

World number one Lydia Ko had a steady start, shooting -2 under par 70, to T22.

 

Joburg Open. Round 1 Play Suspended. Paul Peterson Leads.

 

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Round 1 play at the Joburg Open was suspended, due to a waterlogged  Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club, in South Africa. Paul Peterson leads the tournament, which will restart at 0645 on Friday.

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Paul, from the USA, completed his opening round at the Joburg Open, and sits at the top of the leaderboard, after carding -9 under par 63, with a new putter in his bag;

“It was fun out there today, birdieing half of the holes is never bad and bogey-free to match, so I felt really good out there.”

“I got into a nice rhythm and I put a new putter in play this week. It proved to be a good first round with it so I’m really happy.”

“Thankfully we were in the fairway a lot, ball in hand always nice but I feel like I’ve been playing really well the last few weeks and I feel like a round like this has been building, so to have it happen sooner than I thought is great.”

“I’m feeling like I’m in a good place right now.”

Aaron Rai and Paul Waring, both from England, share second place two shots back at -7 under par after rounds of 65.

There seems to be some confusion about the scoring from this tournament, as it has been reported that Paul Peterson shot -9 under 62, which would make it a par 71 course. But Aaron and Paul Waring have scores of -7 under 65, a par 72. The East Course, which they played is usually a 6940 yard par 72. So did Paul Peterson really card a -9 under 63?

Update.

I have received information that the West Course is being played as a par 71 this week. So -9 under 62 is correct for Paul Peterson.

Aaron Rai and Paul Waring both carded -7 under 65 on the East Course, which is paying at it’s usual par 72.

Things should level out after the second round.

 

Genesis Open. Dustin Wins & Becomes World#1.

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Dustin Johnson wins the Genesis Open, & becomes World #1 at the same time, at Riviera Country Club in California.

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Dustin cruised to his win and World #1 tag shooting an even par last round of 71 at the Genesis Open. A -17 under par total giving him a five shot winning margin;

“Feels good. I finished second here a couple of times, lost in a playoff. Came close some other times.”

“It finally feels nice to win on a golf course I really enjoy playing.”

“It sounds good, today was a long day. I played really great all day.”

“I drove it really well with my new M1 driver. I couldn’t have drove it any better.”

“That was a big key for me today.”

“I didn’t finish the last 10 holes the way I’d like to, but I had a pretty good lead. I was on cruise control.”

“It gives me a lot of confidence. It’s going to push me to work even harder and try to get even better.”

 “Sometimes, 36-hole days are good, I had 14 minutes from when I signed my card until I teed off. I didn’t have time to do anything.”

“I got up at 4:30 this morning. Right now, the only thing I’m looking forward to is getting in bed.”

Thomas Pieters, -8 under 63 today, and Scott Brown, -4 under 67, finished tied for second place, both at -12 under par.

Tied in fourth place at -11 under par were Justin Rose, Wesley Brian, Kevin Na and Charley Hoffman.

Wesley said of Dustin; 

“Honestly, I’m surprised it took so long for him to get to No. 1 in the world.”

“He’s got all the talent that you could ever want in a golfer.”

ISPS Womens Australian Open. Ha Na Jang Wins.

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Ha Na Jang, of South Korea, wins the ISPS Womens Australian Open, at Royal Adelaide Golf Club in Australia.

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Ha Na shot a final round -4 under 69 in the final round, as those around her stumbled in the late windy conditions, to post a winning score of -10 under par;

“The first hole I was very nervous on the tee because I want to make birdie at every hole, more aggressive and try that.”

” The second shot was a really big miss, a little topping of my ball and after hole number 1 it’s really tough day, because every hole par, par, make par, and then just I talk to caddie, it’s like, “Okay, I try just be patient every hole,.

“Really good score in the after rounds, like after hole number 12, hit a really good birdie 13 and 14 and it really, the topping at hole number 17 is equal, and at 18 it’s a really good strong finish, that’s why it’s good sport today.”

Nanna Madsen, from Denmark was second, a last round of even par 73 good enough to give her that place on her own, at -7 under.

Minjee Lee, -3 under 70, Ariya Jutanugarn, -2 under 71, Haru Nomura, even par 73, and Sarah Jane Smith, +2 over par 75, shared third place at -6 under par.

Genesis Open. Dustin Still Leads As Third Round Suspended.

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Dustin Johnson still leads the Genesis Open as darkness suspended third round play at the Riviera Country Club in California.

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Dustin has yet to start his third round, but still leads the Genesis Open at -10 under par.

With none of the second round leaders starting the third round, the stats are the same as the earlier post with Pat Perez -5 under 66 today, and Cameron Tringale, -7 under 64, sharing second place at -9 under par.

Jhonattan Vegas -3 under 68, Patrick Rogers -4 under 67, and J.T. Poston -2 under par 69, are tied in 4th place at -7 under par.

The tournament officials are confident they can get the competition finished on Sunday, which means of course that the leaders will have to play two full rounds in one day.

That’s tough going, so someone coming in early and posting a good number will have a decent chance.

Genesis Open. Dustin Johnson Soggy Second Round Leader.

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Dustin Johnson is the leader of the soggy second round at the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club, as the players head out to start the third round.

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Soggy Dustin

Dustin carded -5 under 66 to top the delayed Genesis Open second round with a -10 under par total.

Pat Perez -5 under 66 today, and Cameron Tringale, -7 under 64, share second place at -9 under par.

Jhonattan Vegas -3 under 68, Patrick Rogers -4 under 67, and J.T. Poston -2 under par 69, are tied in 4th place at -7 under par.

Right now the players who made the cut are heading out to start their third rounds, will be interesting to see how far they get.

Two notables not making the even par cut were Hideki Matsuyama, and Ernie Els.