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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Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Johnny Vegas Half-Way Lead with Jamie Lovemark.

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Johnny Vegas shares the half-way lead at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, with Jamie Lovemark, but the second round has been suspended due to darkness.

Vegas moves to the top

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Johnny came back to finish the first round, then carded a -3 under par 69 today in the second, at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, put that with his -8 under 64 from yesterday, for a total of -11 under par.

Johnny was tired after a long day out on the  TPC Louisiana course;

“Long day, I played 30 1/2 holes today.”

“I knew it was going to be an extremely long day, so I just kind of kept the mentality and hit one shot at a time and just played as hard as I can.”

“The course was a little easier this morning with the greens being soft, but the wind picked up in the afternoon, and this course was really hard.”

Jamie surge up the leaderboard with -6 under par 66 today in his second round, after finishing his opening round beforehand, to share the lead at the half-way point at -11 under par.

Jamie was also shattered after his long day;

“Just happy to be alive, it was hot, humid. It’s a tough walk, just soft, so ate a ton, walked slow. Not too bad.”

“I’m going to go sleep, man, find some AC, chill a little bit.”

“I’m staying in town, so get some good food and just kind of relax, watch some basketball.”

1st round leader Brian Stuard is one shot back at -10 under, but has yet to finish his second round, -2 under today so far, he still has six holes to complete, before setting off in the third round.

Harold Varner III was -8 under par after a second round -5 under par 67, and is alone in fourth place. He put his success down to good putting;

“I just think I’m obviously putting better.”

“You get out of a few jams when you chip it bad and you hole a few putts you’re supposed to hole, it just makes it a lot easier.”

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.

Volunteers of America Texas Shootout. Mi Jung Hur Leads 1st Round.

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Mi Jung Hur leads after the 1st round of the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout at Las Colinas, shooting -5 under par 66, which included a bogey five on the 5th hole.

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Gerina Piller, So Yeon Ryu and Eun-Hee Ji all share second place with opening rounds of -4 under par 67.

Home town girl Gerina said it was strange sleeping in her own bed during a competition;

“It’s a little tougher this week being a home game and having family in town and just staying at home, it’s hard to go home and go to bed.”

 “You want to do the dishes or stuff like that.”

“Definitely have to be more conscious with your time and how you prepare just like any other week because you’re at home and it’s kind of pulling you opposite directions.”

“I mean, I know that I’m playing really well and I’ve had some really good finishes, so that’s golf, you’ve just kind of got to ride that and just keep pressing on.”

So Yeon played well, a bogey free day, even her putting was good;

“Today I shot 17 greens, and even when I missed I was still able to putt it, I was just off the green.”

“So I think today my shot was really great, I just comfortable with everything and like driver, iron, wood, everything was great.”

“Even putting was really great.”

“The only one disappointing thing is I missed a 5 foot birdie putt at the last. But I had a bogey free round today, so it was a really simple round.”

“I feel like today was kind of a little breezy, but after that happened in San Francisco, this is nothing, just baby wind.”

“Even when I had like strong wind, I feel like really easy to control it and really easy to decide what I need to do.”

“So I think it was really big help, really, really big help after having really, really windy day in San Francisco.”