Canadian Pacific Womens Open. Ariya Jutanugarn Leads.

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Ariya Jutanugarn leads the Canadian Pacific Womens Open, at the mid-way point at Priddis Greens Golf & Country Club.

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Ariya carded a second round -8 under par 64, to comfortably lead the Canadian Pacific Womens Open with a -12 under pat total, and a three shot lead going into the week-end. She spoke about her Rio Olympics withdrawal, due to injury and how good she feels now;

“I feel pretty good today because I hit my tee shot pretty good, and I was calm on every shot, so I feel good.”

“I know I hurt my knee, so that’s why I didn’t play very good on the third round, and after the withdraw I just felt okay.”

“I just had to rest and take care of my knee. So after that I feel like just play golf, and it didn’t feel like anything changed. I feel like I’m okay. I wanted to see how I’m feeling.”

“But after that, like on Monday, it didn’t hurt that much and today it’s getting a lot better.”

Two ladies are tied in second place at -9 under for the tournament, In Gee Chun, -5 under 67 today and Stephanie Meadow, with -3 under 69 in her second round.

Stephanie is just enjoying the ride.

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“I didn’t have my best game today and I still shot 69.”

“So I think everyone’s going to have a bad nine holes throughout a four-round stretch, and I’ll just keep going tomorrow and hopefully get the ball striking back and make some birdies and have fun.”

“This is what we work for. This is our environment to be out there on the leaderboard. So it’s going to be fun. I’m going to enjoy it.”

Five ladies are tied in fourth place at -8 under, including World number one Lydia Ko, -3 under 69 today, and starting in first place today Chella Choi, who did not do so well today, -1 under 71.

Lydia is playing well, feeling confident, just needs a few more putts to drop;

“I played pretty solid the last few days, hoped for a few more putts to drop, but it’s just really tough out there with some pins being tucked and on little slopes.”

“Three-footers, four or five, they’re not easy tap-ins or easy birdies or pars.”

“So when it’s that kind of scenario you really need to take your time and be patient out there.”

“But there’s still a lot of golf to be played. I feel like I’m playing solid, and it’s a good position going into the weekend.”

Joining Lydia and Chella on that -8 under total are Sei Young Kim and Hyo Joo Kim, both with -5 under 67 today, and Mi Jung Hur, -3 under 69.

CAN Alena Sharp and Maude-Aimee LeBlanc are tied for low Canadian honors at -6 under par for the two rounds, six shots back of the lead.

The Barclays. Reed Leads.

 

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Patrick Reed leads The Barclays after 36 holes at a very tough Bethpage State Park, Black Course, in New York.

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Patrick fired a second round -3 under par 68 to lead The Barclays 50th anniversary event at  Bethpage Black with a -8 under par tournament total;

“It’s just like a major, you go into these Playoff events, they are so important because there are 2,000 points for a FedExCup.”

“You win a major, you get, I think it’s 600. So you know at this point, you have four events, you have to play some really good golf.”

“I feel like I’ve been trending in the right direction. I feel like the game’s been solid. I just need to get it all clicking.”

“It’s golf. You have guys that are going to win in years and you’re going to have guys that aren’t going to win in years.”

“I think this year has been a lot better than last year and the previous years on consistency.”

“That’s a big part that I’ve been working on is to make sure I keep myself into golf tournaments. Not go out and win an event here, and then miss two or three cuts and finish 50th, 40th.

“It’s about consistency; consistently getting in contention, consistently having chances to win.”

“If I keep doing that, I will at some point break through and win hopefully a couple in a row, not just one.”

Rickie Fowler and Emiliano Grillo, both carding -2 under 69 today are tied in second place, two shots back at -6 under par.

For Rickie, it’s all about the mustache;

“I have confidence in myself and my mustache.”

“Let’s have some fun. Something different. Trying to get some MoJo going in the Playoffs.

Ryan Moore, who triumphed at the John Deere, scored a second round -3 under par 68, to hold 4th spot on his own at -5 under par;

“I just feel better this time of year than I have in the past.”

 “A little bit more rested and kind of enjoying playing golf a little bit more.”

“Sometimes I’ve hit this point and I’ve been really worn out and kind of over it a little bit.”

“I can’t hit 7-irons out of this rough, for me it’s all about fairways and give myself opportunities from there.”

“That’s all I’m thinking about right now is getting to the TOUR Championship, because that’s the only way you can win the FedExCup,”

Jordan Spieth started his round with a double-bogey, but came back to card -4 under 67 on the day and is now handily placed just four shots back of the leader at -4 under for the competition, sharing that place with a host of other players, including World number one Jason Day.

Jordan spoke about his indifferent start, in the words of his caddie;

“Let’s find the fairway here, get into rhythm and pretend that didn’t happen.”

 “He said, let’s get two birdies before the turn. Re-setting a goal there, is really key for me to get my mind away from what happened and look forward.”

 

 

 

Made in Denmark. Bradley Dredge Dominates in Denmark.

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Bradley Dredge dominates in the Made in Denmark tournament, leading by three shots at half-way  at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort.

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Bradley followed his opening round 63 with a -5 under 66 today to lead the Made in Denmark tournament after 36 holes with a -13 under par total, and a three shot advantage over the field going into the weekend. He knows it has been a while (ten years) since his last win;

“I know I’m going to have to play well on the weekend to fend off the other guys and hopefully I can do that.”

“You come to courses sometimes and it just seems to suit your eye and I’m comfortable on the greens so you can never explain it.”

 “Golf is always funny and I’m just glad that I’m here and performing.”

“I’m delighted with my score. I’m in a good position for the weekend, you know we are halfway through. I’ve been in a good position a few years ago and got beaten by Marc Warren.”

“I feel as though my game is in good shape and weather dependent we will see how it goes.”

In second place at -10 under par is Joakim Lagergren, who posted a second round score of -1 under par 70, and needed a good putt to keep under par for the round;

“I am happy with the position and hopefully I can do as good on the weekend, that putt on the 18th was nice to stay under par for today.”

“It was a different game today. There were not many regular shots out there today, a few punchy ones and then hit it up in the air when it’s down wind.”

Richard Sterne, -4 under 67 and Thomas Pieters, a poor round of even par 71 share third place at -9 under par.

Thomas feels he is still in a good spot;

“I’m in a good position.”

“My scrambling skills were really good today but my ball-striking skills were really awful, a mixed bag “

Tom Lewis, after yesterdays heroics could only produce a second round of +1 over par 72, and is tied with Adrian Otaegui, -5 under 66 today, both at -8 under for the tournament in fourth spot.

Canadian Pacific Women’s Open. Round One Suspended, Due to Darkness.

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Round one of the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open has been suspended due to darkness, with Chella Choi leading.

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Chella was at -7 under par after playing 14 holes of the  Canadian Pacific Women’s Open at Priddis Greens Golf & Country Club in Canada.

The threat of lightning held up play early on, leading to the suspension of play when it became too dark to play.

Stephanie Meadow shared second place at -6 under par, a completed first round. Karine Archer is also at -6 under, after 14 first round holes.

Stephanie, from Ireland relished the windy conditions found normally at home, and is coming off a  good finish at the Rio Olympics;

‘It was gray and it looked like it was rain and windy, so that’s pretty much Ireland in a nutshell.”

 ”But definitely I think it’s nice to know that I can play in those conditions.”

“I’ve done it a lot, even though it’s when I was little. But I’ve still done it and scored, so I know I can do it.”

“I think Rio was a huge adrenaline rush for everyone that was there. I know all of us had a fantastic experience.”

“I played pretty good in the second round there, too. I think I definitely took some confidence and am rolling it into this week.”

“I’m here to compete and win no matter what week, so I think any tournament gives me a little bit of a rush. Maybe not as much as the Olympics but mostly all the time.”

Lydia Ko, the world number one is at -5 under par with her completed round of 67, she talked about the delays, and lunch, and putting well;

”I had lunch like three times and I had fro-yos,.”

‘I wish there could be a switch where we could put out the sun or put some overcast.”

“But when it comes to weather, we can’t control it, so when it’s that case, you just have to go with it.”

“I played really solid, birdied the first hole straight off the bat.”

”I was putting really well and hit the ball pretty good throughout the round.”

 

The Barclays. Two at the Top

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There are two players tied at the top of The Barclays tournament after the first round at Bethpage Black, in New York. Patrick Reed and Martin Laird share top spot at -5 under par following rounds of 66.

Patrick Reed's 5-under 66 in Round 1 of The Barclays was good enough for a share of the opening-round lead. (Chris Condon/Getty Images)

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Patrick, bogey free today and Martin also bogey free are tied at the top of The Barclays after carding -5 under par 66 in round one at Bethpage Black.

Patrick is winless this year, but sits at #8 position in the Ryder Cup standings;

“Of course it’s on my mind, but really at the end of the day, it’s just trying to get better and play this tournament, because if I play well, that means those other guys are going to have to play even better to try to catch me.”

These guys are followed by four players on -4 under par, all with opening rounds of 67, Rickie Fowler, Kevin Chappell, Emiliano Grillo and J.B. Holmes.

Rickie wants to make the Ryder Cup team for the U.S.A.;

“That’s the No. 1 priority coming into the year.”

“I’d say that’s always one of the main goals coming into a Ryder Cup year.”

“Even in the off year, you’re thinking about it. That was the whole reason playing last week, trying to get more points.”

“It would be nice to have a chance to make that team without having to get picked.”

J.B. has been searching for a putting inspiration, and thinks he may have found it;

“It was really good, had to stay calm today and tried to let go of the results.”

World number one Jason Day is in touch with the early leaders, a first round -3 under 68 has him T7.

In the huge group who finished the day at even par 71 were, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Bubba Watson.

Jordan said Bathpage Black was one of the toughest courses had played;

“It’s up there in the top few toughest courses I’ve ever played.”

“If they made the greens firm today, it would have been unplayable on a few holes.”

“It was very tough, challenging, but fair today. We just had it really, really tough in the afternoon with those winds so high.”

 

 

 

D+D REAL Czech Masters. Paul Peterson Wins Maiden Tour Victory.

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Paul Peterson, from the U.S.A. wins his maiden European Tour victory at the D+D REAL Czech Masters, in Prague.

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Paul won the D+D REAL Czech Masters with a final round -5 under par 67 giving him a tournament total of -15 under par, to say he was happy would be an understatement;

“This is the best feeling in the world.”

“My team and I have put in so much hard work and long hours by everybody and I’m just so happy.”

“We had this as a goal this year and to be able to accomplish it means so much.”

“It was fantastic, the crowds have been great all week. My sports psychologist was on the bag this week and my coach and my girlfriend came all the way from Phoenix.”

“It’s just so great to have all the team here.”

In second place was Thomas Pieters, from Belgium, he said poor putting let him down, only -2 under 70 today, and a -14 under par total;

“It was too many missed putts, I did not make any today.”

“I played good and I stayed patient and I just couldn’t get the ball in the hole.”

“I’ve hit it well all week but I hit a couple of bad putts and then a couple that just didn’t want to go in. It’s just not my day.

“At 16 and 17 I needed to get up and down to give myself a chance, then coming down 18 I needed to hit a good shot and I did.”

“But fair play to Paul, he made a wonderful putt to win and that’s how it goes.”

“I didn’t really watch him hit a shot today, to be honest, I know he’s a long hitter and I play a little bit more precision golf.”

“I was just trying to frustrate him because I knew I would be hitting in first a lot so I just stuck to my process all day and was able to hit some fantastic shots under the pump.”

Two Englishmen, Ryan Evans, -4 under 68 today, and David Howell also -4 under 68, shared third place, both with -11 under par.

Ryan was pumped with his performance;

“This is a massive boost for me. The confidence is there and this is going to give me more going into the next few tournaments.”

“That’s definitely my best performance on the European Tour.”

“At the beginning of the week I came with a game plan and I’m playing well. I just had to take my time, see the shot and hit as many fairways and greens as possible.”

“I think I did that very well today, I played some beautiful golf. I could have holed a few more putts but I’ll take a bogey-free round.”

David was very happy to be back in contention once again;

I’m delighted with the performance really.”

 “Going out with a slim chance today I figured I needed a 64 and I had a 68, four back, but it was a decent effort and it was nice to get into the mix today and get the thrill of being in the hunt again,  the nerves and adrenaline.”

Wyndham Championship, Si Woo Kim Wins.

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Si Woo Kim wins the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club, his maiden PGA Tour victory.

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Si Woo carded a final round -3 under par 67 to claim the Wyndham Championship title with a -21 under par score, which equaled the tournament low record;

“I feel confidence so I don’t have any fear to attacking the pin.”

“Before this tournament I was tough to gain that top 30 but right now I can get in so I’m very happy about that and want to get through it.”

A back in form Luke Donald was second, a last round -3 under par 67 giving him a tournament total of -16 under par, and he congratulated Si Woo on his victory and also was excited to jump from 99th to 48th in the FedExCup rankings;

“It’s never easy leading from the front but he seems to cope with it extremely well.”

“I didn’t realize my jump was going to be that extreme, obviously I can play with a little bit more freedom and go out there and hopefully keep playing the way I played this week.”

“I played pretty solidly today, I didn’t quite get it in the fairway quite enough to be able to attack enough pins and really put some pressure own Si.”

“He looked like he was very much in control of his game and he was going to be a hard man to catch. Lot of positives from this week and good time heading into the Playoffs to find in form.”

Sharing third place at -15 under par were Hideki Matsuyama and Brandt Snedeker, both -3 under 67 today.

Brandt summed his tournament;

“I’m rolling the ball fantastic, playing some great golf.”

“Got to find the one thing that kind of ties it all together. I can do it on the range occasionally.”

“On the golf course I do it quite a little bit every once in a while, or one or two will sneak in.”

“I wasn’t worried about second, I was trying to put some pressure on him.”

“Got to get those out of there before next week. Tough golf course next week. Make sure I’m hitting on all cylinders to handle Bethpage.”

“Got to think your way around the course, pull from the great finish I had four years ago, go up with some confidence and try the recreate it.”

“I got to go up there and play well, I need to be in the top five heading to Atlanta. I got three solid weeks to get that done.”