Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Washout, Reduced to 54 Holes and Monday Finish.

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Brian Stuard and Jhonattan Vegas share the partial third-round lead at 13-under par over the saturated TPC Louisiana course. The event has now  officially been reduced to 54 holes and a Monday finish.

Monday finish likely in New Orleans

Brian -1 so far and Johnny-2, for -13 under totals, have completed just five holes of the now final round in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Bobby Wyatt is currently in third place at -12 under par, just one shot back, Bobby is -6 under par through nine holes of the last round.

Jamie Lovemark is fourth, even par in the third after five holes, with a -11 under par total.

Last weeks winner Charley Hoffman is in contention again, he is in the big bunch at -10 under par, Charley has finished fourteen holes of his final round.

Zurich Classic of New Orleans, 3rd Round Still Wet.

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As you can see in the picture below, there is not a lot happening today at TPC Louisiana in the 3rd round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

 

Monday finish likely in New Orleans

The players did get out and start, but then this happened.

VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA TEXAS SHOOTOUT. Gerina Has 54 Hole Lead.

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Gerina Piller has the 54 hole lead at the Volunteers of America Shootout at  Las Colinas Country Club.

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Local favorite Gerina Piller shot a third round -4 under par 67 at the Volunteers of America Shootout to post a 54 hole total of -14 under par, and will take a two shot lead going into the final round tomorrow.

Gerina says she needs to improve her putting, she wants to win in front of her family and home crowd;

“I felt like I gave myself opportunities, had some great shots, just couldn’t get some putts to fall.”

“These greens are pretty tricky and they have a lot of slope to them so you definitely have to give them respect.”

“But I don’t feel like I kind of like barely got by with eight pars, I felt like I could have been a lot lower. So definitely a lot of confidence going into tomorrow.”

“I didn’t look at one leaderboard all day and I knew that if I played my game, I know I could make five or six birdies out there.”

“So I can’t control the outcome. For example, last week, just because I didn’t win, I still consider that a winning performance for me.”

“I felt like I played well, I just wasn’t good enough. There’s always a coulda, shoulda, woulda, but that’s one of those things, you’ve just got to go out and hit fairways and hit greens and get it close and make putts.”

“I mean, yeah, it would be awesome, it would be ideal. But the cool thing about it is no matter how I play tomorrow, I know that they’re going to be proud of me and we’re going to go back and hang out and they’re not going to think anything different of me, so it’s pretty cool to have that support.”

Tied in second place are two South Koreans, Amy Yang, -6 under par 65 today and Mi Jung Hur, -5 under 66, both with -12 under par tournament totals.

Two more South Koreans share fourth spot, Jenny Shin, -6 under 66 today and Sei Young Kim, -3 under par 68, both at -10 under par.

Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Round 3 Suspended.

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Round 3 of the Zurich Classic  of New Orleans has been suspended due to inclement weather conditions. Brian Stuard tops the leaderboard at the end of round 2 which finished this morning, before the heavens opened up with a deluge.

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Brian topped the Zurich Classic of New Orleans with his completed 2nd round of -4 under par 68, giving him a -12 under par total, and dislodging the two overnight leaders from pole position.

Jaime Lovemark and Johnny Vegas are now tied second, a  stroke behind at -11 under par, with a group of six players sharing  fourth place at 8-under par, Harold Varner 111, Daniel Berger, Byeong-Hun An, Charles Howell 111, Chad Collins and Patrick Rogers.

They are followed by a huge group of twelve players on -7 under par.

As the third round has been completely washed out, it certainly looks like it will be a Monday finish for this tournament.

That wont worry World number ten, Justin Rose, two miserable rounds of even par 72 sees him missing the cut, which was made at -2 under par

                                                                                                                                                                                        

Volvo China Open. Two at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the Volvo China Open leaderboard, Lucas Bjerregaard, from Denmark and  Felipe Aguilar, from Chile, at the Topwin Golf and Country Club.

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Bogey free third round from  DEN Lucas of -7 under par 65, saw him  join CHI Felipe, -5 under 67 today, at the top of the Volvo China Open leaderboard with -16 under totals.

Lucas has been adjusting to a new swing, and eventually it seems to be paying off, good putting helps;

“I had a couple of good runs at the end of last year so I’ll try and use all the experience I got there and try and go out and finish it off tomorrow.”

“I played nicely today and got things going a little bit on three there, holed a six iron from 160 metres but other than that the front nine was pretty quiet.”

“I hit some good shots on the back nine and making some putts as well, then I thinned my chip shot over the green on 17 and then made the putt from there so all in all a very good day.”

Felipe on the other hand has been struggling with his putting, even borrowing a putter from Fabrizio Zanotti;

“My putting is my weakest part of my golf game, it’s been very poor for the last six months and I switched putter this week and that was thanks to Fabrizio Zanotti.”

“I went in his bag and took his putter. He was kind enough to let me use it and I think that’s been the biggest difference, that I’ve made some putts that I really needed to make.”

“You have so many players out here who can shoot a low score and tomorrow somebody who wins is going to have to shoot a low score.”

“Hopefully it will be me.”

BEL Nicolas Colsaerts, bogey free -7 under 65 today, home favourite CHN Li Haotong, -6 under 66, ENG Tyrrell Hatton, -5 under 67 and SWE Alex Noren, -4  under 68, all share third place at -14 under par for the tournament. As you can see it is a very international leaderboard, and it is also a very close contest, it will be interesting to see who comes out on top tomorrow.

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Volunteers of America Texas Shootout. Round 2 Suspended, Gerina Piller Leads.

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Round 2 of the  Volunteers of America Texas Shootout was suspended due to  inclement weather, Gerina Piller leads.

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Local girl Gerina shot a bogey free completed second round of -6 under par 65 to sit on top of the now suspended second round leaderboard at -10 under par.

Gerina said she has been playing well;

“I have been playing really solid and my game feels great and we’ve just got to keep pressing on and just use all the clichés, just be patient and kind of take care of what I can take care of.”

“I can’t take care of what the girls, what they’re doing out there, but I can hit a fairway and I can hit a green so that’s just kind of my focus.”

“I don’t get to have my family out a lot so having them out definitely takes my mind off of it because I just love spending time with them.”

“ By the same side it’s hard to get in your tournament routine when you go back home and you might have laundry to do or dishes to put away, something that you don’t normally do on the road.”

” Tuesday trash day.  So you’ve kind of got to remind yourself that it’s a tournament and just stick to your routine.”

Eun-Hee Ji is in second place following her second round -5 under par 66, giving her a -9 under par 36 hole total at Las Colinas Country Club. Poor Eun-Hee has been fighting against allergies this week, the windy conditions not helping any,  but is beginning to feel better;

“Actually, it was a lot better this morning, but when wind starts it just getting a little bit worse, yeah.”

“ But it’s a lot better than yesterday actually.”

First round leader Mi Jung Hur is currently in third position at -8 under par, but has yet to complete her second round, with six holes left to play.

Brooke Henderson,  who Monday qualified for this event last year, was in the early group this morning, but failed to capitalize on the opportunity, carding -3 under 68 today, for her -5 under total, and T6;

“It was a lot more scoreable than it was yesterday, especially in the morning it was a little bit softer after the rain last night and the greens were holding and you were able to be aggressive.”

“I didn’t really take advantage as much as I would have liked, but three under is a solid round and I’ll have to be better on the weekend.”

Volvo China Open. 2nd Round Suspended, Felipe Aguilar Has Lead.

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Felipe Aguilar, from Chile, leads the Volvo China Open as second round play was suspended due to the threat of lightning.

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Felipe carded a completed second round -7 under par 65 to top the Volvo China Open as play was suspended at Topwin Golf and Country Club, with a 36 hole total of -11 under par, in Beijing.

Felipe had missed six straight cuts, before getting to week-end play last week. He admitted his body has been feeling the strain after taking part in an Ironman triathlon over the winter period, his doctors had warned him of how long it would take to recover from the exertions of competing in that event. Even his putting was poor;

“I played quite consistently throughout my first two rounds so I’m quite happy. It’s been a tough start to the year so hopefully this will be a turnaround for me”

“I was pretty unstable at the start of the year, I missed several cuts by one or two shots and I wasn’t putting very well, missing shots that I usually don’t.”

“I guess now I believe my doctors when they said I would struggle to recover my fitness from doing an Ironman competition.”

“They said I would struggle for about two months afterwards and I actually did because it’s such fine margins in this sport.”

“I haven’t done much exercise in recuperating my body, but I have been doing a lot of work lately so hopefully this will do it.”

“I played quite solid today, I don’t think I missed one green.”

Alex Noren, from Sweden, a bogey free -5 under 67 today, and Bernd Wiesberger from Austria, -3 under 69, share second place at -10 under par, just one shot back of the leader.

Alex is happy to be back in contention;

“It’s always good when you’ve won before and it’s really nice to be up there. It was a while ago before Valderrama since I’ve been up there so it’s a nice feeling.”

“I’m hitting it nicely, I haven’t even hit a draw yet but the fade is working.”

First round leader Hennie Otto, is T4 at -9 under par, with four holes left to play. Another player at T4, Taehoon Kim recorded the second hole in one in this competition, from 177 yards with a seven iron on the par three 13th, adding to the seven birdies and a bogey in his finished round of -8 under par 64. Unfortunately there was no Volvo car for Taehoon.