The Open. The Ice Man Cometh.

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The OpenThe Iceman cometh, Henrik Stenson leads The Open after 54 holes at Royal Troon.

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Henrik shot a third round -3 under par 68 to top The Open leaderboard at Royal Troon with a -12 under par total.

Henrik let everyone know what he thinks;

“This is the one thing I’m looking for:

“I know what I would like to see tomorrow. There’s no question about it.”

” But in a way I’ve got a second and two thirds at The Open, so it’s not like I’m looking to pick up any more of those finishes.”
“There’s only one thing that matters tomorrow. I know he’s not going to back down and I’m certainly going to try to not back down either.”
 

“So it should be an exciting afternoon.”

“He’s one of the best to play the game in the last 15, 20 years for sure, and it’s going to be a tough match. But I’m looking forward to the opportunity.”

“I’ve worked hard these first three days to put myself in this situation and, once again, I’m going to try my hardest tomorrow to finish the job.”

“I was happy enough to throw two good punches in there on the par three’s to pick up shots on either one of them to come back out on top at the end of the third round.”

I’ve always been of the tought that it is better to be one ahead, than one behind, because that means that Phil has to play better than I do.” 

Phil Mickelson slipped back with a -1 under par 70 today, giving him second place at -11 under par;
Some days’ its easy and looks pretty, like the first couple,”
“Some days it’s hard and looks terrible, like it did today.”
“But either way I shot three rounds under par.”
Bill Haas has third place at -6 under par, he carded -2 under 69 today, but this contest is between Ice Cube Henrik and Phil The Thrill.

The Open. Phil Wants That Claret Jug.

 

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Phil Mickelson wants that Claret Jug at The Open, taking a one shot lead into the week-end at Royal Troon, and looking for a wire to wire win.

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Phil posted a second round -2 under par 69 to stay at the top of The Open leaderboard with a -10 under total;

“I really enjoy the challenge that this weather and these elements provide, I thought it was a good round to back up the low round yesterday.”
” I played kind of stress-free golf again. I made one or two bad swings that led to bogeys.”
” But for the most part kept the ball in play and played kind of stress-free golf.
“This was the first course that I really played effectively links golf in 2004. That’s where it really kind of turned for me.”
” This is where it kind of happened. This is where I stopped trying to overpower the golf course, where I kind of accepted playing it as it’s designed and not trying to find a new, better way to beat the course other than just straightforward golf. “
“That’s probably why I love it so much.”
“We’ve got a lot of work to do. We’re only halfway done with the tournament. But certainly there is nothing more that I would love than to add another Claret Jug.”
Close behind the leader, making up a lot of ground today is Henrik Stenson, his second round -6 under 65 leaves just oe shot back at -9 under for the championship.
Sharing third place at -7 under par are Soren Kjeldsen, -3 under 68 today, and Keegan Bradley, also -3 under 68.
Rory McIlroy stood still at -2 under, even par 71 today, World number one Jason Day at +1 after his -1 under 70, while Jordan Spieth made the cut at +4 over with a 75 today.

The Open. Its Phil The Thrill By Three.

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Its Phil, The Thrill, Mickleson leading by three shots after the first round of 145th The Open, at Royal Troon.

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Phil equaled the course record of -8 under par 63 to grab the lead in the 145th The Open at Royal Troon in Scotland and was a cats whisker away from a record braking 62, but the putt lipped out;

“That putt on 18 was an opportunity to do something historical.”
“I knew it and with a foot to go I thought I had done it. I saw that ball rolling right in the centre.”
“It was one of the best rounds I’ve ever played and I was able to take advantage of these conditions and yet I want to shed a tear right now.”
“I went to go get it, I had that surge of adrenaline that I had just shot 62 and then I had the heartbreak that I didn’t and watched that ball lip out. It was, wow, that stings.”

“It really stings to have a chance. It’s such a rare opportunity to do something historic like that. If I had just hit a weak flail-off and never had a chance and left it short, so be it. “

“But this ball was hunting right in the centre and didn’t go. It was just heartbreaking.”
Patrick Reed and Martin Kaymer share second place, those three shots back at -5 under par, after their opening rounds of 66.
Søren Kjeldsen,  Andy Sullivan were then in the group at -4 under par, alongside defending champion Zach Johnson.
Justin Rose, Soomin Lee, Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Richard Sterne and Thomas Pieters are a shot further back.

World Number Four Rory McIlroy was -2 under, Jordan Spieth is at even par, with World number one Jason Day at +2 over for his first round,

The weather tomorrow is suspect, so anything could happen, lady luck will play her part no doubt.

U.S. Womens Open. Brittany Lang Wins Play-Off

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Brittany Lang wins the U.S. Womens Open, defeating Anna Nordqvist in a three-hole aggregate playoff for the win.

Both ladies finished the tournament at -5 under par for the tournament, Brittany carded a final round -1 under par 71 and was caught at the top by a charging Anna who posted -5 under 67.

Controversy surrounded the result as Anna was assessed to have grounded her club in a bunker, costing her a two shot penalty, and along with it any chance of the title.

Lydia Ko was upset with being put on the clock after a wayward tee shot on eleven;

“I decided to hit a full driver on nine and pulled it. And it was pretty thick there. I think I should have judged the lie a little better and maybe played a little smarter and laid up short of the hazard.”

” And then just lay up again and try and make up-and-down for par, but I don’t think it necessarily affected it”

“Maybe the few holes after because of my pull on nine kind of continued that way. But I don’t think the bogey on eight affected me to hit not a great shot on the tee shot on nine.”

“We got on the clock on 11. But we fell behind a little bit during the middle of our front nine. But I kind of felt bad, because I almost felt like it was a little bit more of my fault, because we were looking for the ball,” said Ko. “I was trying to get numbers and lay ups. It is tough to be on the clock when it is so windy and when every shot really counts. But we fell out of position and that’s the consequences with it.”

Lydia finished T3  with Amy Yang, 36-hole leader Sung Hyun Park, and Eun Hee Ji, all at -4 under par.

A par round f rom Lydia would have given her the title.

 

Scottish Open. Alex Noren Wins

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Alex Noren, from Sweden, wins the Scottish Open, and is crowned King of Castle Stuart Golf Links.

 

Alex carded a final round -2 under par 70 to post a winning Scottish Open score of -14 under par, and a one shot victory;

“This is by far the biggest win, the amount of players that are here and on a course like this in Scotland, it’s only what I dreamt of growing up.”

“I’m so happy it’s over because it was a tough, tough leaderboard, a lot of guys at 11, 12, 13 under and it was just not a cruising win at all.”

“Thinking about it this morning, how much it would mean, then it feels like miles away and now when it happens, it just feels unbelievable.”

“I’ll just try to enjoy this. I know how tough this game is and I’m just really happy to get a win and then for next week, it’s a new week and see what happens
Tyrrell Hatton claimed second place at – 13 under par, his last round of -3 under 69 not quite good enough to challenge.
Tied in third at -12 under were Danny Lee, Matteo Manassero and Nicolas Colsaerts.

U.S. Womens Open. Lydia Has 54 Hole Lead.

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Lydia started the day trailing by three-strokes, but on moving day, she carded a -2 under par 70 to take the outright lead heading into the final round at -7 under par.

Lydia broke out of a four-way tie at the top by sinking a long putt, at the 18th hole, for her third birdie of the day;

“I think the biggest key around today,  well, the biggest difference was the wind.”

” I know it was breezy from the mornings. I knew that it would play a lot tougher than yesterday, because the majority of my round yesterday was played in calm weather.”

So people, they say it’s moving day on Saturday, but it was really tough out there, because the course is drying out, firming up.”

” And it was tough to get near the pins on some holes.”

Sung Hyun Park, +2 over 74 today and Eun Hee Ji, -2 under 70, trail Lydia by just one shot, both at -6 under par for the tournament.

Two-time U.S. Women’s Open runner-up Amy Yang unfortunately stumbled on moving day, carding four bogeys on her way to carding a+1-over par 73, to fall to -5 under par for the championship and two-strokes back of the leader Lydia.

One thing is for sure, it is going to be a thrilling finish to this ladies Major.

Scottish Open. Alex Stays Ahead

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Alex Noren stays ahead at the Scottish Open, carding a -4 under par 68, to post a 54 hole total of -12 under, which gives him a two shot advantage going into the final round tomorrow;

“It’s going to be tough. I’m trying to put in a good round and work with my caddie one shot at a time, as the thing says.”
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“I’m very happy, the last nine was very tough.”

But after all, when you think it’s not that many brutal holes, it’s just that the easier holes get tougher, the medium holes get tougher, and it’s just about staying dry, which is the main thing”

I’ve learned that when you lead, it’s not certain that you’re going to win if you just hold on to it.”

” Anybody, even six or seven under tomorrow can shoot a brilliant round.”

Tyrrell Hatton, -6 under 66 today, and Mateo Manassero, -4 under 68, are tied in second place at -10 under.

Danny Lee, -2 under70 today and Justin Walters with a fine -7 under 65, share fourth place at -9 under par.