The Honda Classic. Rickie Wins.

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Rickie Fowler wins The Honda Classic at PGA National in Florida.

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Rickie shot +1 over par 71 in his final round, but still won The Honda Classic, by four shots, at -12 under par;

“It’s great. We’ve talked about it for a few years now, and the game is in a great spot, a lot of young players, a lot of great players playing well, a lot of young players winning.”

“It’s fun seeing it. It’s motivating seeing my friends win.”

“I still need to put myself in position, be consistent and win some more golf tournaments.”

 “I just want to play the best that I can and keep pushing myself and ultimately just keep trying to put myself in position to win and start collecting more of these.”

“It’s special to be able to pull it off, it wasn’t the prettiest of ways to do it, but this isn’t an easy golf course and this wasn’t an easy day to go play golf on.”

“I just had to fight through it.”

Morgan Hoffman, -2 under par 68 today, and Gary Woodland, -1 under 69 shared second place at -8 under par.

Joburg Open. Home Favorite Daren Fichardt Wins.

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Home favorite Darren Fichardt wins the 54 hole Joburg Open at a soggy Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club in South Africa.

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Darren carded a final round -4 under par 68 to claim the Joburg Open title, with a -15 under par total, a one shot victory;

“The form I have been having the last couple of months has been horrendous but I decided at the beginning of the year that I was going to play as many tournaments as I can and just get my game right. And yeah, it worked out.” 

“It’s good to win again.”

“It’s just nice to see hard work paying off. It’s very nice!”

Tied in second place were Stuart Manley, Wales, -5 under 67 today, and Paul Waring, England, -3 under 69, both with -14 under par totals.

All three players qualified for The Open Championship, to be played at Royal Birkdale.

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Darren is looking forward to returning to Birkdale;

 “I love Birkdale and I am really looking forward to it. I think I’ve played in the Open six times before but I’ve had no success unfortunately.”

Paul has good memories from Birkdale;

“I’m absolutely made up, obviously going back to Birkdale as well.”

“I’ve got some great memories from there. I played on the Sunday with Phil Mickelson as well so I am more than happy to get back there.”

It will be Stuart’s first Major tournament appearance;

“I’ve been trying for many years at Open qualifying but I’ve never succeeded so I’m pretty pleased.”

Honda LPGA Thailand. Amazing Amy Wins.

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Amazing  Amy Yang wins the Honda LPGA Thailand,  for the second time in the last three seasons. It was a South Korean 1,2,3, in a dominating performance.

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Amy finished her stop start Honda LPGA Thailand event with a final bogey free round -4 under par 68,  to set a new tournament low scoring record of  -22 under par;

“You know, very happy, beyond happy.”

“Wasn’t easy with rain delays and 4:00 a.m. wake-up calls two days in a row.”

 “But, you know, I stayed really patient out there, did my best, and very happy to win the tournament.”

“It’s always nice to be back here playing.”

 “I love this place. I love people here. And with my parents, spending time with them here, it’s just great every time.”

So Yeon Ryu, was second at -17 under par, a last round -4 under 68 giving her that place on her own.

In third was Sei Young Kim, she too carded a final round -4 under par, finishing with a -15 under total.

World No. 1 Lydia Ko finished tied for eighth place, her first top-10 of the season, with a popular last round score of -4 under 68.

Defending champion Lexi Thompson, U.S.A. finished tied for fourth place at -13 under par.

 

 

 

The Honda Classic. Fowler Leads, with a Fortuitous Free Drop.

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Rickie Fowler leads The Honda Classic, helped somewhat by a fortuitous free drop at PGA National in Florida.

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Rickie carded a bogey free -5 under par 65 to lead The Honda Classic after 54 holes, at -13 under par, but importantly he has a four shot advantage. The free drop came when his ball was in the deep fringe greenside, but he claimed a drop because of a nearby sprinkler head, which he said interfered with his stance. A club length later he was out on the fairway. Reminded me of the free drop Tiger got after he had sent his ball out of bounds, either on the roof of the clubhouse, or out in the car park, no one knew. The official gave Tiger a free drop, greenside.

Rickie played well and spoke about the difficulty of the course;

“You still have to be on top of your game, in easier conditions here.”

“It does lend to some birdies out there for sure, but it’s still a fine line.”

“You can still make just as many mistakes as you do in the wind.”

“I’m looking forward to this weekend. A place, on a golf course I feel comfortable.”

“I know I have the lead, and it’s nice to go out in front, but you still have to play, and especially around this place, it can jump up and bite you at any time.”

“And I’m comfortable with the game right now. It’s going to be a fun weekend.”

Tyrrell Hatton, from England holds second place at -9 under par, a third round -4 under 66, he said it was just a nice mix of things, and he putted well;

“It was a mix of things, I made a few putts.”

“Putted well on the back nine.”

“My game didn’t feel that great on Monday, felt like I had never swung a golf club before.”

“I’m really happy with the position I’m in.”

Tied in third place at -7 under par are five players; Emiliano Grillo, Sean O’Hair, Gary Woodland, Martin Kaymer and Wesley Bryan.

 

 

 

 

Joburg Open. Reduced to 54 Holes.

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The Joburg Open tournament has been reduced to 54 holes, there has been over 200 millimetres of rain during the week at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club in South Africa.

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Paul Waring and Darren Fichardt lead with -11 under par scores, with Dean Burmester and Jacques Kruyswijk sharing second place, one shot back at -10 under par.

The leaderboard is tightly packed, six players are at -9, followed by another five at -8 under. So the last round, weather permitting, will be an exciting time.

 

Honda LPGA Thailand. Round Three Suspended. Amy Yang Leads.

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Amy Yang, from South Korea, leads the suspended round three in the Honda LPGA Thailand  at the Pattaya Old Course.

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Amy has a four shot lead after completing 13 holes of her third round in the Honda LPGA Thailand, carding -6 under for a -17 under par total. Play was suspended due to darkness. Amy told reporters that she is playing well;

“My shot was good. You know, I’m hitting good all week.”

“Tomorrow again I’ll, you know, finish third round. I’ll try to do just one shot at time, hole by hole.”

In second place at -13 under par is So Yeon Ryu, who finished her third round with -4 under 68. South  Korea are in 1st, 2nd, and in a tie for 3rd place.

Tied in third place at -11 under par are Jodi Ewart Shadoff, England, with -5 under today through 17 holes, and South Korean Sei Young Kim, -4 under today with 13 completed holes.

World number one Lydia Ko played a little better today, -4 under 68 for her third round, and is now -7 under for the tournament.

Play will resume at 7 am local time Sunday, to finish the third and hopefully the final round.

The Honda Classic. Two Tied At The Top.

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The Honda Classic, there are two players tied at the top of the leaderboard after 36 holes at PGA National in Florida. Ryan Palmer joins first round leader Wesley Bryan.

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Ryan shot -5 under 65, while Wesley signed for a -3 under 67 in the second round of The Honda Classic, to share top spot at -9 under par.

Ryan returned to golf after a four-month break,  to be at home with his wife, Jennifer, who is recovering from breast cancer;

“I watched a few tournaments, there were times when she said I should have gone and played.”

“I was going to play Vegas and I was going to play Malaysia, but after that, there was no way I could play golf.”

“Enjoyed time at home, took care of the kids. But it was a lot of hard times, for sure.”

Ryan suffered most on the course, with his putter;

“The greens, all hell broke loose. the nerves, anxiety right hand. I spent four weeks going through that.”

“Felt like it was the best putting I’ve done in a year and a half, and it’s carried over to this week.”

Wesley  made a bogey on the 13th hole,an errant tee shot,  with his only option was using a putter to get out of the trees. He holed an 8-foot bogey putt to keep in range, and then he holed a 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th to tie for the lead;

“Don’t like making bogeys, but any time you find yourself using a putter out of the trees for your second shot, it’s not good.”

 “Glad to settle for bogey there and glad to get one on 18, tied for the lead going into the weekend.”

One shot back of the leaders is Rickie Fowler, who carded a second straight -4 under 66, for a -8 under total;

“I feel like it’s time for me to start finishing off some more events when I am in this position.”

 “I wouldn’t look just back at this specific event, but there’s been a few where I’ve had a chance, and I feel very good out front or around the guys in the lead.”

“I’m looking forward to this weekend.”