BMW PGA Championship. Three-Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a three-way tie at the top of the BMW PGA Championship after the fist round at Wentworth Golf Club.

NED Joost LuitenAUS Scott Hend and KOR Y E Yang shared the lead in the first round on the Chinese owned Burma Road course in Virginia Water, Surrey , England.

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Joost, Scott and Y.E. all recorded -7 under par 65 in the first round of the BMW PGA Championship, to lead the field by one shot.

Joost is in good form, having had eight top 15 finishes in eleven starts this season, he got on the par five last hole in two, and the resulting birdie got him up to share the top spot with Scott and Y.E.

Y.E. famously made history in the 2009 US PGA Championship becoming the first player ever to come from behind to beat Tiger Woods, in the final round of a Major.

Scott missed the cut on his debut here last year, and the Australian came with a different approach to the competition this year;

“I tried aggressive last year and it really doesn’t work.”

“So I thought I’d just be a little bit cautious off the tee and a bit more aggressive into the greens.”

“We’ll see how that plays out during the week.”

“There’s a long three more days to go but I’m comfortable wherever I’m playing, whether I’m running last or whether I’m running first.”

“Just put one foot in front of the other and keep going.”

Masters Tournament champion Danny Willett is alone in fourth place, after his bogey free -6 under par 66.

Richard Green, Robert Rock and Jaco van Zyl are back in the clubhouse with rounds of -5 under par 67, sharing fifth position.

2016 US Women’s Open Championship Qualifying.

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Jade Schaeffer and Valentine Derrey, France, Camilla Lennarth  Sweden, German Rookie professional Olivia Cowan and Pamela Pretswell, Scotland all qualified for the 2016 US Women’s Open Championship  in the 36-hole European Sectional Qualifier conducted by the USGA at Buckinghamshire Golf Club in England.

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These  Ladies European Tour members, will join other successful qualifiers from 24 different venues around the United States, South Korea, China and Japan. They will join approximately 93 exempt players at CordeValle in San Martin, California, in July from the 7th to the 10th,  contesting the 2016 U.S. Women’s Open, along with the defending Champion  Gee Chun.

 

AT&T Byron Nelson. Sergio Steps Up To Win.

 

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Sergio Garcia wins the AT&T Byron Nelson at TPC Four Season Resort in Dallas Texas.

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Sergio, now 40 years old, claimed the AT&T Byron Nelson with a play-off win against Brooks Koepka.

They had both completed four rounds of AT&T Byron Nelson with -15 under par totals. Sergio with a final round of -2 under par 68, and Brooks sadly recording +1 over par 71. Sergio won the play-off, at the par four 18th with a par, Brooks recorded +2 over six.

Naturally 40 year-old Sergio was delighted with the win, putting well was an important part of the victory;

“You have to get lucky to win tournaments, playing well usually is not enough.”

“It’s nice to be on the other side of the coin.”

“Sometimes the win doesn’t come and you feel a little frustrated when you finish.”

“But putting yourself in a winning situation over and over is very important. We all know how much effort it is to win out here and in the past 15, 20 years, the level has become so much greater.”

“It’s not easy at all.”

“You can kind of say I went a little bit à la Seve today.”

Brooks fell apart in the final round saying he had no idea where his wedges were going;

“I had no idea where the wedges were going.”

“We’re pulling and pushing wedges 40 yards. I was backing out of it. I never felt like I really had a chance to go at a flag.”

“I had no idea where the ball was going, to be honest.”

“You can’t win a golf tournament when you’re swinging it and have no idea where it’s going,”

“It is disappointing but I’ve just got to figure out what’s going on with the swing.”

Matt Kuchar finished in third position at -14 under par, a last round -1 under par 69 not good enough on the day;

“Last year was certainly an off-year, frustrating year.”

“I feel like now I’m playing the golf that I remember playing , quality shot after quality shot and not many mistakes. Chances to win golf tournaments.”

“Golf is a lot more fun when you’re playing well, that’s for sure.”

Colt Knost finished in a huge group at -13 under par, -5 under 65 a good score on the day;

“THE PLAYERS was such a big event, being able to hold up like I did on Sunday.”

 “My game, it’s great right now. If I can cut out a few little mistakes here and there, I know I’ll have a chance to win.”

 

Irish Open. Rory Wins At Home.

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NIR Rory wins at home for the first time, collecting the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation.

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NIR Rory produced two stunning approach shots in the last three holes, that gave him a birdie-par-eagle finish and a -3 under 69, to win the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, in Ireland, hosted by the Rory Foundation. with a -12 under total;

“I don’t know if I can put it into words. I don’t really get emotional when I win but I was trying to hold back the tears there on the 18th green.”

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“I was trying to stay as relaxed as possible.”

“Even when Russell birdied 14 and 15, which are two of the toughest holes on the course, I knew that my length would be an advantage over the last  three holes.”

“I told myself, ‘I’m still in this, I still have chances’. I didn’t quite think I’d end up with my three on the 18th, but I thought I still had a chance so I stayed as patient as I possibly could.”

“But when there’s 30,000 people roaring you on, that’s quite hard. It was absolutely incredible.”

“Just looking up there and seeing all my friends and family and the support that I’ve had this week.”

“To win in front of them, I don’t get a chance to play in front my home fans very often so to play like that and to finish like that today, I’ll never forget it.”

“I’m excited. I kept saying I’m close and I felt that I needed a week like this to kick-start something and no better place than back here in Ireland to do it.”

“Hopefully this is the catapult into another great summer.”

SCO Russel Knox looked for a while like he would steal the show by overtaking Rory with three holes to play. He finished tied in second place at -9 under par, after his last round -4 under 68;

“I played brilliant to be honest.

“I had loads of chances. Made some, missed some. I was very happy the way I played.”

“Obviously 16 was a huge turning point. But I mean, the shots that Rory hit in the end, he deserves to win.”

WAL Bradley Dredge posted his best finish since winning the 2006 European Masters, with this second place tie, at -9 under par, he carded a last round -6 under par 66.

 

AT&T Byron Nelson. Brooks Koepka In Control

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Brooks Koepka is in control of the AT&T Byron Nelson after the third round at TPC Four Seasons Resort in Dallas, Texas.

 

Brooks Koepka leads heading into the final round of the AT&T Byron Nelson. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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Brooks had a third round  -5 under par to head the AT&T Byron Nelson leaderboard at -16 under par, and will take a two shot lead into the final round tomorrow.

Brooks was asked if the partisan crowd cheering Jordan as he walked to the first tee worried him at all, he also spoke about his poor golf today !!;

“I really don’t care,  I’m just going to do me.”

“Probably the loudest roar I think I’ve ever heard on a golf course.”

“Today, I hit the ball terrible, it wasn’t anything to brag about at all. It wasn’t good today. It was kind of embarrassing.”

Local boy Jordan Spieth occupies second place at -14 under par, a third round -3 under par 67 keeping him in touch of the leader.

Jordan certainly enjoyed the raucous welcome, but also complained about his poor performance;

“A moment that I’ll never forget.”

 “Even though it’s Saturday, and may or may not have any impact on this tournament, that was the coolest roar I’ve ever heard.”

“A very stressful round of golf because I just don’t have confidence over the ball right now. It’s very frustrating.”

“It’s very difficult for me to stand up here and not be positive given I’m at fourteen under and contending in this tournament.”

“But if you guys knew the kind of stress I felt over the golf ball right now trying to put my swing in the right position, it is a challenge.” 

“I’ve got to find at least a ball flight that I can play to where I don’t have to try and hit iron off 18th tee, because I don’t know where the woods are going to go.”

“I’ve never been one to lay up and for me to take iron on eighteen means that there’s an uncomfortable level there. I don’t know what to say.” 

Sergio Garcia -2 under par 68 today, Matt Kuchar -5 under 65, and Bud Cauley -2 under 68 are all sharing third place at -13 under par.

Kingsmill Championship. Ariya Jutanugarn Leads.

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THA Ariya Jutanugarn leads the Kingsmill Championship after three rounds at the  River Course in Virginia.

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THA Ariya carded a third round -6 under par 65 to lead the Kingsmill Championship at -10 under par, which will give her a one shot advantage going into the final round tomorrow;

“It’s nice, but actually, I don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow.”

“But it’s good enough for me to be right here.”

“Normally if I’m tied for the lead or one shot behind, I get a little bit excited, but today I’m not.”

“I just keep playing my game and have fun and enjoy it with every shot.”

They say beware the injured player, and that certain applied to KOR In Gee Chun, who carded the low round of the day, an amazing -9 under par 62, despite not feeling too good, she is now sharing second place with THA Pornanong Phatlum -6 under par 65 today and yesterday’s leader, KOR So Yeon Ryu carding -2 under 69, all at -9 under par for the tournament.

In Gee was suffering from allergies;

“Because the weather, and because I have allergies. It’s really bad. I did not feel good.”

“And it was a lot of wind today, so I did not play with high expectations, but I could focus on my game better, and I play with Candie and Kelly today, and really thank them for making me feel comfortable.”

 “And my friends are here. I was so happy to see them enjoying my play; then I focused more on my game.”

So Yeon made bogey on the last hole to drop out of the tie for the lead, her putts not dropping;

“I was almost going to play a bogey-free round and I made a bogey at the last hole.”

“I was pretty disappointed. But yeah, I hit a bad tee shot, but the rest of the day my playing was pretty great. I’m happy with that.”

“But if I really think about what’s the difference between yesterday, it’s just the putts were not dropping, so hopefully tomorrow I’ll drop everything.”

Pornanong is trying to focus on her game;

“There’s a lot of good competitors out here, and of course everybody is here to win.”

“I only focused on my game, and some of the week it will just come all together, and when that happens, hopefully it’s going to come soon.”

“Right now I have confidence, so that’s what I’ve been working on.”

With more rain forecast tomorrow, there will be a two tee start.

Irish Open. Rory McIlroy Moves Ahead In Suspended 3rd Round.

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Rory McIlroy moves ahead in the  Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in a suspended 3rd round at The K Club in Ireland.

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Yes it rained in Ireland, with the threat of thunder and lightning, but it did not bother Rory as he moved to the top of the Irish Open leaderboard, carding a third round -2 under par 70, completing just 15 holes in a stop start day, for a -9 under par total, before play was suspended;

“Today was a day to just hang in there and try not to make too many mistakes and that’s what I said I wanted to do today.” 

“No bogeys in 15 holes, that was good. I feel like I left a few out there, but at the same time, I can’t complain with a three-shot lead going into tomorrow.”

“I feel like my game is good enough that I’ll keep giving myself chances, hit fairways, hit greens.”

“If I can knock a few in, hopefully that will be good enough to get the job done tomorrow.”

The competition is hosted by the McIlroy Foundation, and at the moment Rory will take a three shot lead into the final round tomorrow, if things stay the same once the third  round is completed. He has long coveted a Home win, and this looks like his best chance to achieve that goal.

Danny Willett currently holds second place, at -6 under par, he has completed 15 holes at +2 over, to fall back, unless he can recover early tomorrow morning and make up some lost ground;

“It was a long day. It was tricky out there, stopping and starting. Hopefully we can get some good weather tomorrow and everyone can get done.”

“It’s tough to kind of get your mindset, sitting around in between, you get a bit tired and it’s obviously not the warmest place in the world.”

“There’s a good leaderboard shaping up, and if we can get it all finished then it’s all set up for a good Sunday.”

 Russell Knox a completed -2 under par 70 third round, and Richard Sterne, -1 under through 15 holes, are tied in third position, at -5 under par.