Kingsmill Championship. Five Ladies Tied at the Top.

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There are five ladies tied at the top of the Kingsmill Championship leaderboard after round one at the River Course at Kingsmill Resort. Jess Korda, Annie ParkJaye Marie Green, all from USA, Azahara Munoz, Spain and  In Gee Chun, South Korea, share the honor with rounds of -6 under par 65 in the rain.

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Jess said she told her coach she had ball striking problems;

“My coach was like, well you have two weeks to figure it out.“

“I was like, gee thanks.”

“I felt good, I stuck to my process. I’m working on a couple of things before the U.S. Open so just stuck to that and it worked.”

“You knew if the wind wasn’t blowing and the greens were soft could be really aggressive.”

“I just needed some birdies to drop, and that’s exactly what happened.” 

Annie was putting really well;

“I was hitting it well, putting it pretty well.”

“I was struggling reading putts mid-round but I started to roll some putts in, so it was a good day.” 

“It’s always been a great golf course, great conditions, ever since I was in junior golf.”

“It’s in my memories, I personally enjoy playing this golf course.”

Jaye is happy to be on top;

“I think I only missed one green today, so I had a lot of opportunities for birdie and I made seven of them, so that’s good.”

“It feels good to be on top, I mean, there is so much golf left, but I like my position.”

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AT&T Byron Nelson. Marc Leishman Leads.

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Marc Leishman, Australia, leads the AT&T Byron Nelson at the new venue of Trinity Forest Golf Club, Dallas Texas.

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Marc carded a first round -10 under par 61 to lead the AT&T Byron Nelson by three shots and obviously likes the new course, especially with a hot putter;

” When I got here and saw instantly, you know, was happy that we’re here and it’s just a cool spot.”

“It was certainly one of the best driving days I’ve had, I hit everything, every fairway, and that’s important around here.”

“The fairways are generous, but you still have to hit them.”

“My iron play was great and then didn’t feel like I was having to hit too many chip shots.”

The putter was hot, so that combination is a nice way to start the tournament and shoot a low round.”

Sharing second place at -7 under par are J.J. Spaun and Jimmy Walker.

Jimmy is happy to be feeling fine once again;

“It’s a huge factor. I feel good.”

“It’s a hard enough game as it is. You don’t want to feel bad when you’re out playing golf, or feel sick or injured or weak. And that’s just kind of how I was.”

“Last week was great. A big week for me, especially with what’s been going on.”

“I feel a lot better now. Golf game seems like it’s coming back. Last week was huge, a big week. Lots of smiles.”

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The Players. Webb Simpson Wins.

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Webb Simpson, USA, wins The Players, but not before carding a double bogey six at the last hole at TPC Sawgrass in Florida.

Simpson wins THE PLAYERS by four shots

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Webb carded a double bogey six at the last hole, but still won The Players comfortably by four shots, a last round +1 over par 73 giving him a -18 under total, a four shot winning margin;

“It’s been a long time. We did it,”

“It was tough, being in that position is a lot harder than I thought.”

“You always want to be leading going into the final round. You would think leading by seven is great, but it’s hard to stay motivated to continue doing what you’ve been doing.”

Three players then tied in second place at -14 under par, Jimmy Walker and Xander Schauffele, USA, both with final rounds of -5 under par 67, they were joined by Charl Schwartzel from South Africa, who also had a -5 under last round.

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Sicilian Open. Play-Off Win For Joakim Lagergren.

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It was a play-off win for Joakim Lagergren, Sweden, at the Rocco Forte Sicilian Open, beating Mike  Lorenzo-Vera from France with a birdie on the first extra hole at  Verdura Golf Club.

 Rocco Forte Sicilian Open.

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Joakim, -3 under 68 today and Mike, -1 under 70 were tied at the top of the  Rocco Forte Sicilian Open after 72 holes with -16 under par totals.

Joakim won on the first extra hole, the par four 18th, and also claimed his maiden European Tour victory;

“I’ve been waiting for this moment my whole career.”

“I’m so relieved and I’m so happy at the moment, I can’t describe it in words. I’ve just been fighting so hard to get to here, it’s just awesome.”

“When you’re just missing out a few times you really want to get that first win and it feels like you really need to get over that first step to then really continue and get more and more.”

“This is a big step for me.”

For Mike it was his second consecutive second place finish;

“What can I say? He made a birdie on the last and I didn’t really have a chance.”

“It was the kind of day where I was a bit far from the pins so it was hard to score low for me. He took his chance better than me.”

“I gave it a go, I tried my best, he did it better than me.”

“Now I’m just going to have to work more to be able to finish the job.”

Tied in third place at -15 under par were Andy Sullivan, England, -6 under 65 today ,and  Lucas Herbert, Australia, with a final round -8 under 63.

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The Players. Webb Extends Lead to 7 Shots.

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Webb Simpson, USA, extends The Players lead to seven shots over the field at TPC Sawgrass in Florida.

Simpson holds seven-shot lead at THE PLAYERS

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Webb carded a third round -4 under par 68 to extend his lead at the players to seven shots at The Players, with a -19 under par total, which equaled the 54 hole record for the tournament;

“I was pretty satisfied, after what happened yesterday on 17, I wanted to play a good solid hole and I did that.”

“On 18, it was a bonus to make that putt. Today was a little more survival feeling.”

“This round prepared me a good amount, today was more I’m in the lead, I’m in the last group. You have to hit shots and putts.”

“I want to approach tomorrow just like I did today. All in all, you try and repeat how you’re feeling on all four days.”

Danny Lee, New Zealand, is the nearest challenger at -12 under for the tournament, he shot -2 under 70 to claim second place.

World #1 Dustin Johnson is in third pace, albeit nine shots off the lead, Dustin carded -3 under 69 today for his -10 under par total.

For Webb not to win is unthinkable from this position.

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Sicilian Open. Mike Makes A Move.

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Mike Lorenzo-Vera, France, makes a move to the top of the  Rocco Forte Sicilian Open with a moving day 63 at Verdura Golf Club.

 Rocco Forte Sicilian Open.

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Mike carded -8 under par 63 to lead the Rocco Forte Sicilian Open after 54 holes with a -15 under par total, and a two shot advantage going into the final round tomorrow;

“If I bring the good game, I can win for sure.”

“If someone just doesn’t go crazy and shoot ten under if it’s good weather, I’ll have a really good chance.”

“I think it was better today. Everything came together around the turn so it was cool.”

“It was easier for sure but in that case you have to be careful because you can lose your focus and you know someone is going to shoot low so you just have to play the game and try to keep calm, wait for the birdies to come.”

Julien Guerrier, France, -4 under 67 today and Joakim Lagergren. Sweden, with another -8 under 63, share second place at -13 under par for the tournament.

Joakim enjoyed some good approaches to the greens, relieving the pressure on his putter;

“I started off very good going seven under through ten, played some awesome golf but didn’t really continue that streak of birdies.”

“It’s still a really good round.

“A lot of fun, I just enjoyed it out there. It was a great day, beautiful weather and pretty calm, no wind at all, so I just enjoyed it.”

“I wasn’t great off the tee, I was pretty straight but some awful strikes here and there. The approach shots were really good and I didn’t have to do a lot with the putter on the front nine.”

Julien was disappointed to finish with a bogey, his first of the tournament;

“I am a little bit disappointed because I finished with a bogey but otherwise I saved a lot of pars and I made an eagle on nine, which was good, and a birdie straight after on ten.”

“The course looked completely different without wind. The strategy is different, you can see some low scores with two guys shooting eight under, so it is very nice because everybody can win tomorrow.”

“I am very proud to make only one bogey in three rounds, it’s amazing, and I have to think of that and be happy.”

“I am confident I am playing good, I don’t make a lot of mistakes, so I just fight and try and be in the best position tomorrow.”

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The Players. Webb Simpson Shoots 63 to Lead.

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Webb Simpson, USA, shoots 63 in the second round of The Players, to lead the tournament by five shots going into the weekend at TPC Sawgrass in Florida.

The Players

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Webb was heading for a 59 until reaching the 17th green, a tee shot in the water ended with him carding a double bogey five there. He settled for a -9 under 63, where putts were just rolling in from everywhere, giving him a  -15 under par total;

“It’s rare as a golfer where everything is working well: driving, iron play, chipping and putting, today everything came together.”

“Those putts were going in, they were just laughing, Tyrrell wanted me to touch his putter for him on fifteen, which I think is within the rules.”

“I didn’t know the record. I figured I was probably close, but to be honest, I cared more about having a good routine and hitting a good shot in this golf tournament than the record. The records are just bonuses to good play.”

“I’m 15 under through two days here, which is a lot lower than I ever expected it to be.”

“It’s a lot of fun to play good golf, and hopefully I can keep that up.”

Tied in second place, those five shots back at -10 under par are Charl Schwartzel, South Africa, -6 under 66 today, Patrick Cantlay, USA, -4 under 68 and Danny Lee, New Zealand, with his second round -6 under par 66.

Making the cut on the number, -1 under was Tiger Woods, he was-1 under today, joining him on that number was Jordan Spieth who had -4 under 68 today.

Missing the cut, for the second straight week was Rory McIlroy, +2 over 74 today for his second round, he was joined this week by Phil Mickelson, over par again at 73 today, and Rickie Fowler, who has a ball stuck up a tree on 6, but still carded a -1 under 71, but it was not enough to save him. Although everyone saw his ball go in the tree, and it could be seen from the ground, the ruling is he has to be able positively identify it.

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