Hero World Challenge. Hideki Easily Wins.

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Hideki Matsuyama easily wins the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.

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Hideki carded +1 over par 73 in th final round of the Hero World Challenge, but his -18 under par total was still good enough for the trophy;

Hideki recently won  the Japan Open, and named some of the great Japanese players;

“There’s been some great golfers in Japan.”

“Just to name a few, Jumbo Ozaki, Isao Aoki, Shigeki Maruyama, Tsuneyuki Nakajima.”

“And to be able to follow in their footsteps is a great honor. And then to come to the PGA TOUR and learn from really the best golfers in the world, it’s really helped my game.”  

“I’m grateful for all of their help. But to answer your question, I’m not the greatest golfer from Japan.”

“Jumbo won a hundred times, so unless I win a hundred times, I wouldn’t be greater than Jumbo.”

“Starting next week all my focus and preparation will be for the Masters.”  

“Hopefully, along the way I can play well on the PGA TOUR, but the Masters is my next goal.”

Henrik Stenson was second with a -16 under par total, his final round -4 under 68 was decent, but it did not create any pressure on the man in front of him.

Henrik mentioned the eight shot gap at the start of his round;

“I was miles away and it reminded me of the final round at Pinehurst in 2014 when Kaymer was miles ahead and you were just kind of walking in a bit of a vacuum.”

“I started picking up a few shots, made a nice eagle on 9. Then Hideki ended up in a bit of trouble.”  

“Unfortunately, I three putted from long range on 10, but I still picked up a shot there and then it was the double swing on 14 when he made a bit of a clumsy bogey and I made a good up and down for birdie.” 

“Now all of a sudden it felt like, okay, three back with four to go, there’s an outside chance if I keep on pressing on.”

Matt Kuchar, -2 under 70 today, Rickie Fowler, -3 under 69, and Dustin Johnson, -1 under 71, all shared third place at -13 under par.

Tournament host Tiger Woods could only manage a last round +4 over par 76, for a -4 under total, he was full of praise for Hideki;

“It’s going to give him a boatload of confidence going into next year and he’s going to be one of the top guys to beat for a very long time.”  

“Look at his swing, look at his game and look at the body that he has, it’s built for a workload and it’s built to handle the test of time.”  

“He’s going to be one of the players that we’re going to have to beat for a long time.”

 

 

Alfred Dunhill Championship. Brandon Stone Wins.

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Brandon Stone wins the Alfred Dunhill Championship, by a massive seven shots at Leopards Creek Country Club in South Africa.

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Brandon, a home boy from South Africa,  shot -5 under par 67 in the final round, to win the Alfred Dunhill Championship by a comfortable seven shots, with  -22 under par total;

“To get this win before Christmas is obviously great but more importantly it gets me a good start on the Race to Dubai.”

“Obviously I finished 50th this year and I want to build on that and this is the perfect stepping stone to do that.”

“On the front nine, I was tied for the lead at one stage. But I knew my game plan was to try to get maybe one or two under par through the turn and try to score on the back nine.”

“That was the game plan I set myself on Thursday and that was the game plan I was going to stick to today.”

“I knew I could score and I holed some great putts at the first three holes on that back nine which really got the momentum going.”

“I just played some incredible golf the whole week to be fair.”

“I think my ball striking this week was superb from the first hole to the last.”

“That score that I shot this week – 22 under par around here is not a simple task, to do that is obviously quite something.”

Richard Sterne, also from South Africa, was second, at -15 under par, he carded a last round -5 under 67, which was good enough for second on his own.

In third was German Thomas Detry, his final round -4 under 68 moving him up the leaderboard, to finish with a -13 under total, as all the other possible contestants crumbled away.

Australian PGA Championship. H.V.3 Is Champion.

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H.V.3, Harold Varner the Third, is the Australian PGA Championship 2016 Champion at the Gold Coast in Australia, his maiden Tour victory.

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Harold shot -7 under par 65 in the final round of the Australian PGA Championship, to cruise to victory with a -19 under par total, and a two shot win. Last year he lost in a play-off, this year he returns in glory to claim the title;

“That was pretty awesome, I had a lot of fun out there today.”

“I’ve thought a lot about losing the play-off here last year, it was the closest I came to winning last season so it’s been playing on my mind a little bit.”

“I’m now a much better, more mature player than I was 12 months ago and this win is big for me.”

“Winning is hard, I don’t care where you tee it up, so to get it done feels great.”

Andrew Dodt was looking for a wire to wire win, but could not keep up with the leader over the closing nine holes, -3 under par 69 last round for a -17 under par total, and second place.

Adam Scott, who has won this title before had to settle for third place, at -15 under par, a last round -5 under par 67 not good enough to mount a serious challenge.

 

Hero World Challenge. Hideki Holds The Aces.

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Hideki Matsuyama, from Japan, holds all the aces going into the final round of the Hero World Challenge at Albany Golf Club in the Bahamas.

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Hideki Matsuyama

Hideki shot -7 under pr 65 to lead the Hero World Challenge after 54 holes with a -19 under par total, and a comfortable seven shot advantage over his nearest rivals.

Henrik Stenson, -6 under par 66 today and Dustin Johnson with a miserly even par round of 72 are the two players closest to the leader, both at -12 under par.

The reason Tiger is not leading the competition, according to him was that he could not putt today;

“I didn’t hit the ball that poorly today, but hit bad putts in the middle part of the round.”

Even President elect Donald Trump was pleased to see Tiger back, he tweeted

@TigerWoods: Can’t wait to get back out there and mix it up with the boys. –TW ” Great to have you back Tiger – Special!

 

Australian PGA Championship. Andrew Dodt Still Leads.

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Andrew Dodt still leads the Australian PGA Championship on the Gold Coast.

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Andrew carded -2 under par 70 in the third round of the Australian PGA Championship, to post -14 under par at the top of the leaderboard, a two-stroke advantage going into the final round.

Andrew has won before, but this one would be a wire to wire victory;

“It would be one of my biggest achievements, for sure, I mean, I’ve thought about it a couple of times this week but you don’t want to get ahead of yourself.”

“You just want to play each round.”

“It would be huge. All the top guys have won the Australian PGA, so it would be nice to put my name alongside them.”

“My wins have been from behind so this position is new to me, which is nice, I’m enjoying it. I’m really trying to embrace it and enjoy my time out there on the course.

“The first three rounds are irrelevant now. There are a lot of solid players, world class players behind me, so I’ve got to keep the foot down tomorrow and keep playing the way I’m playing.”

Chasing him down those two shots are Harold Varner 111, -5 under 67 in the third round, and Ashley Hall, -2 under 70, both players sharing second spot at -12 under par.

American Harold will take all the good breaks he can get;

“I need to play some good golf tomorrow, for sure.”

“I’d take a play-off because it means I have a chance. I have to play 18 holes to get there. I’m looking forward to the opportunity.”

 “I finished amazingly well. Eagles are always good and I had two in the last four. I got a little lucky on the 17th because it hit the pin and went in when it could have just as easily bounced off the green.”

“But it was tough out there, when the wind blows hard here you just need to try to hang in there and not make too many mistakes.”

Adam Scott, -2 under 70, and John Senden, -4 under 68 are tied in fourth place at -10 under par.

 

Alfred Dunhill Championship. Brandon Stone In Control.

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Brandon Stone is in control of the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek Country Club in South Africa.

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Brandon moved away from the field with a third round -6 under par 66 at the Alfred Dunhill Championship, giving him a -17 under total and a three shot lead gong into the final round tomorrow.

Brandon liked playing alongside defending champion, Charl Schwartzel, and making some putts;

“I played some good golf the whole day. I holed some putts, hit some good shots, got a really, really lucky break on the last there but all of those missed putts for the last three days just cashed in there.”

“Charl is always good fun to play with, I really admire him. I really admire the way that he plays golf.”

“I think he obviously likes this place and he obviously plays well here so I’m under no illusion. He’s going to come and fire and try to keep that trophy to himself.” 

Sharing second place at -14 under par are Charl Schwartzel, -4 under 68 today, Chris Hanson -4 under 68, and Keith Horne, -5 under 67.

Charl wants to play the front nine better, but he is putting beautifully;

“I need to put myself in play more on the front nine. My putting is really beautiful and I just need to give myself more opportunities and I’m not doing that on the front nine.”

“Hopefully tomorrow I can just play a little better from the beginning.”

Hero World Challenge. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the Hero World Challenge leaderboard in the Bahamas, Dustin Johnson and Hideki Matsuyama.

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Dustin and Hideki

 

Dustin, another -6 under 66 today and Hideki, -5 under 65, are at -12 under par.

Sadly all of the news is about Tiger,shooting -7 under par 65, to be at -6 under for his tournament. He played the round on his own ?

Best round of the day went to defending champion Bubba Watson, -9 under 63, he is in fifth place on that score.

Sharing third are Louis Oosthuizen, -5 under 67 today and Matt Kuchar, also -5 under 67, they are at -10 under par for the tournament.