Genesis Open. Sam Saunders 1st Round Leader.

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Sam Saunders is the first round leader of the Genesis Open, on the 50th Anniversary of when Grand-Dad Arnold Palmer won the tournament. Play was suspended due to darkness, so there are still some players out there who could change the standings.

Sam Saunders is the grandson of Arnold Palmer, who won the Genesis Open three times in his career. (Keyur Khamar/PGATOUR.COM)

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Sam shot -7 under par 64 at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California to lead the Genesis Open, and said he is comfortable of being who he is;

“He just always talked about how much he loved coming out there and playing.”

“I think his celebrity matched pretty well with the celebrity atmosphere that you have here, so he was obviously comfortable with that.”

“There wasn’t a big difference between the man you saw on TV and the man we knew at home.”

“I don’t need to compete against my grandfather’s career. Nobody can.”

“I don’t care how many golf tournaments you win, nobody’s going to compete in the terms of doing what he did for the game.”

“And for me to try to promote my own brand or name would be foolish because I have such a great opportunity to promote and to continue what he has already done.”

“That’s what I’m going to do and not make it about myself.”

Dustin Johnson, J.T. Poston, Daniel Summerhays, Brett Stegmaier, and Cameron Percy, are all tied in second place, two shots behind at -5 under after their opening rounds of 66.

Ladies Australian Open. Katherine Kirk First Round Leader.

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Katherine Kirk, Australia, is the first round leader at the Ladies Australian Open at Royal Adelaide Golf Cub, in Australia.

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Katherine shot a bogey free opening round -8 under par 65 to lead the ISPS Ladies Australian Open

Tied in second place are Chella Choi, carding one bogey, from South Korea, Jane Park bogey free and Marissa Steen, bogey free, both ladies from the U.S.A, all three players at -6 under par following their first round scores of 67.

Marissa said she was late coming into golf, and had to take a medical break;

“I played a bunch of other sports growing up, so focusing on golf I was a little late to it.”

 “I played at the University of Memphis in Tennessee for four years and graduated from there and then played Symetra Tour for three seasons.”

I just woke up one day, and my side hurt.  It took about two weeks, finally to where it was like I couldn’t sleep really at night, so I was like, I need to go get this checked out, and sure enough.’

“I was a rookie; I was excited to be out here, coming off the best season I had ever played on Symetra Tour.

”  I didn’t want to, and I guess I had never been injured before, I didn’t really know how to handle it.  Now, I think I have a little better grasp of what to do if that happens again in the future.”

 

AT&T Pebble Beach. Jordan Cruises To Victory.

 

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Jordan Spieth cruises to victory at the AT&T Pebble Beach, with a conservative final round of -2 under 70.

Jordan Spieth won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am for his ninth win on the PGA TOUR. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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Jordan won the AT&T Pebble Beach with a last round -2 under par 70, for a -19 under total, and a four shot winning margin. It was boring, but very effective;

“That’s a dream round when you’re leading by a bunch.”

“I don’t like boring golf, but that’s what was needed today.”

“I apologize. but that also was kind of the game plan.”

“Man, it’s great to win at Pebble Beach.”

Kelly Kraft claimed second place at -15 under par, a final round -5 under 67 giving him that position on his own.

Third place went to Dustin Johnson, he carded a last round -4 under par 68, to finish with a -14 under total.

Oates Vic Open. Play-Off Win For Melisa Reid.

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Melisa Reid of England won the Oates Vic Open, in a play-off at  13th Beach Golf Links in Australia.

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Mel had a final round -1 under par 72 for a -16 under par Oates Vic Open total, to get into a play-off against Sandra Gal, from Germany.

Sandra carded -4 under par 69 in her last round to set up the play-off, which Mel won at the third extra hole.

Mel spoke about the brutal winds, and her poor start to the round, but recovering with some big putts;

“It was honestly brutal out there.”

“That’s one of the toughest winds that I’ve had, especially with the start that I got. I didn’t feel I’d hit a bad shot in the first five holes so to be three over after four was unreal.”

“It was a true test of golf, you know, and brought a lot of character out so I’m over the moon that I managed to get the win.”

“A big putt on 16 and another on 17. You’ve just got to hang in there, because there are a lot of holes to go and with the conditions, people can make double bogeys out there.”

Sandra posted this on social media

What an #epic week here in Melbourne, Australia. Loved every second of it with new and old friends, a road trip, great food, four really good rounds of golf and many, many awesome fans! Lost on the third play off hole, but am so proud of how I played in today’s tough conditions. Lots of positives to take away! Thank you for hosting me Oates Vic Open and congratulations @melreid87 – til next time 😜#downunder

Su Oh from Australia tied for third place with American teenager Angel Yin, both two shots off the pace at -14 under par, and both also carding -1 under 72 for the final round.

Maybank Championship. Fabulous Fabrizio Zanotti Wins.

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Fabulous Fabrizio Zanotti, from Paraguay, wins the Maybank Championship at  Saujana Golf and Country Club, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.

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Fabrizio carded a final round -9 under -par 63 to win the Maybank Championship, with a -19 under par total, a one shot victory, the best round of his career;

“I think it was probably the best round of my career, so I’m very happy.”

 “It was a really good day, a really good week and I’m really happy.”

“I think it was at the 15th where I thought I might be able to win, when I made birdie there. I thought, maybe I’ll have a chance if I make two more birdies, but I made a birdie and an eagle so it was great.”

“It feels really good to be a winner again. I’ve been working a lot and I was not in my best run of form, missing three cuts in a row, but that’s in the past and today I’m a winner again and it feels great.”

David Lipsky, U.S.A. finished in second place at -18 under par, a last round -5 under 67, one shot short of a play-off, failing to make birdie on the last hole a par five.

Bernd Weisberger was third at -17 under par, a final round -6 under 66 giving that place on his own.

Danny Willett, who started the day with a three shot lead, surrendered his advantage, carding five bogey’s on the day, A +1 over par 73 dropping him to T5, at -15 under par.

 

AT&T Pebble Beach. Jordan Has Six Shot Lead.

 

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Jordan Spieth has a six shot lead at the top of the AT&T Pebble Beach tournament, after 54 holes.

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Today Jordan carded -7 under par 65 on the Pebble Beach course, to give himself an unassailable lead at the AT&T Pebble Beach tournament, with a -17 under par total.

Jordan reported that he was scared of those short downhill putts;

“Those putts scare me.”

“Not getting too frustrated, recognizing these greens are very tough to putt and from inside 10 feet, there are going to be mistakes that are made.”

“Staying really patient and staying focused on a goal.”

“Telling myself, ‘Hey, I’m not sure what it’s going to be, it might be three under, it might be four under tomorrow.”

“But staying really focused on challenging my goal, not looking at anybody else. That’s the toughest part tomorrow.”

“I couldn’t have asked for a better putting day,”

Brandt Snedeker holds second place on his own at -11 under par, a third round -5 under par 67 not enough to keep him in touch with the leader, but he has some hope, with the State numbers in that final group ;

“Jordan is going to be out outnumbered.”

 “We got three Tennesseans in that group, so it will be a lot of fun to get in there.”

“But the front nine will be huge tomorrow, the first seven holes. I’ve got to go out there and make some birdies and put some pressure on him.”

Dustin Johnson, -6 under 66 today and Kelly Craft, also -6 under 66 are tied in third place at -10 under.

The top six players on the leaderboard all played Pebble Beach today, with Rob Oppenheim in fifth position on his own at -9 under, carding -4 under 68, on Pebble.

While Geoff Ogilvy is in the tie at -8 under par, he shot -6 under 66 today on Pebble.

He is tied with Derek Fathauer, +2 over 73, Scott Stallings, -6 under 65 and Jon Rahm, -4 under 67, who all played Monterey Peninsular. They were  joined on that -8 under par score by Kevin Chappell who carded -5 under 67 on Pebble.

 

 

Oates Vic Open. Melisa Read Leads.

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Melisa Reid leads the Oates Vic Open after 54 holes at 13th Beach Golf Links in Australia.

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Melisa, from England shot a third round -6 under par 67 to lead the Oates Vic Open at -15 under par after 54 holes, an improvement in her putting making  difference;

“I feel like I have struck the ball really well all week and also in the Bahamas two weeks ago.”

“The difference is that I am starting to make some putts at important times.”

“I did leave a few out there today, I had a lot of chances and not making birdie at 14 standing in the fairway with a 9 iron for my second shot and also at 18 not making birdie there is a bit disappointing.”

“I kind of needed that pressure on my putting because I’ve worked extremely hard on my putting and not been rewarded for it yet.”

“I spoke to my coach Kevin last night and got one little tip about balance.”

“I always get a lot of support when I am here. Aussies like to work hard and play hard and that is me really.”

“To win here would be like winning an Australian Open, the crowds are massive and it is a great atmosphere playing out here, this is a great field and I will need to play well tomorrow to win.”

Angel Yin, U.S.A. -5 under 68 today, and Sue Oh, Australia,-3 under 70 share second place at -13 under par,two shots off the pace.