The Open. Three Way USA Tie at the Top.

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There is a three-way USA tie at the top of The Open leaderboard, Jordan Spieth, Matt Kuchar and Brooks Koepka lead the American assault of Royal Birkdale on day one, shooting 65’s.

 

Koepka, Spieth post early 65s at The Open

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Brooks, Jordan and Matt all fired first rounds at The Open of -5 under par 65, to lead by one shot.

Jordan was bogey free today, and said he could not have done better, but did miss a couple of putts;

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“I couldn’t have done much better today.”

“I still missed tee shots, a couple more than I really wanted to. And I had a couple of putts that were within 10, 12 feet that missed.”

“But it was really, really solid all around.”

Brooks, the U.S. Open champion arrived early in the week to learn the Royal Birkdale course, and feels comfortable out there;

“It feels back in the routine now.” 

Two players are tied in fourth place at -4 under par, carding -4 under 66, Paul Casey, England and Charl Schwartzel from South Africa.

Last weeks winner at the Scottish Open, Rafa Cabrera Bello, from Spain, is in the group of five players at -3 under par, alongside Ian Poulter, who is making a good comeback from injury;

“Last year I was commentating for the first two days, which was difficult.”

“I think that’s one of the most difficult things I’ve done.

“It’s too easy to get down when you’re not playing those big tournaments and it’s easy to get down when golf seems to be pretty difficult.”

“It’s the feeling I used to have to know to play well in a Major or WGC, it really helps. It’s a great feeling, it really is.”

“Today has meant a lot.”

LPGA Draconian Dress Code.

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The not so wise people at the LPGA have decided to enforce what can only be described as Draconian Dress Code rules.

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I thought the authorities were looking at ways of encouraging young ladies to take up golf. Looking at ways of making more enjoyable, these new rules beggar belief;

 • Racerback with a mock or regular collar are allowed (no collar = no racerback).

• Plunging necklines are NOT allowed.

• Leggings, unless under a skort or shorts, are NOT allowed.

• Length of skirt, skort, and shorts MUST be long enough to not see your bottom area (even if covered by under shorts) at any time, standing or bent over.

• Appropriate attire should be worn to pro-am parties. You should be dressing yourself to present a professional image. Unless otherwise told “no,” golf clothes are acceptable. Dressy jeans are allowed, but cut-offs or jeans with holes are NOT allowed.

• Workout gear and jeans (all colors) NOT allowed inside the ropes

• Joggers are NOT allowed

Modern young ladies are very fashion conscious, and that interest drives the golf apparel industry.

I remember the first time Tiger Woods turned up in a polo shirt with no proper collar, no one said a word.

The top Draconist  Heather Daly-Donofrio made this statement;

“The dress code requires players to present themselves in a professional manner to reflect a positive image for the game. While we typically evaluate our policies at the end of the year, based on input from our players, we recently made some minor adjustments to the policy to address some changing fashion trends. The specifics of the policy have been shared directly with the members.”

Compare these rules with other Ladies sports, such as Tennis, Hockey, Netball, they seem to operate without offending anyone.

First question is, Where did this come from?

Lucky Heather Daly-Donofrio is not in charge of the American Ladies Swimming Association.  Try breaking a world record wearing this

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U.S. Women’s Open. Sung Hyun Park With Maiden Win

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Sung Hyun Park, South Korea, with her maiden LPGA Tour win claims a Major title at the U.S. Women’s Open, at Trump National.

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Sung Hyun should have won the U.S. Women’s Open last year, but found water at the last to miss out on a play-off. This year she made no mistakes in winning her 1st LPGA Title;

“I did not have the best first and second rounds.”

“I wanted to believe in myself again for the final two rounds and I did.”

Amateur Hye Jin Choi, also from South Korea, was in second place at -9 under par, with a final round -1 under 71.

Third place was shared, with South Korea taking out the top four places on the leaderboard. At -7 under were Mi Jung Hur, -4 under 68 today, and So Yeon Ryu, with her last round -2 under 70.

Shanshan Feng, China, was going for a wire to wire win, needed an Eagle at the last, just get into a play-off. The gamble failed, resulting instead in a triple bogey eight, dropping her from second place to T6 at -6 under, with a last round +3 over 75, blaming poor putting for the lackluster last round;

“I think overall before the last hole I did pretty well, I did a good job hanging in right there because my putting was not really that great.” 

“You know now I look back I should be happy, actually, about my result because coming into this week I had no expectations at all.”

“My last three U.S. Opens I think I missed tow cuts and last year I just made the cut so actually this year is such an improvement. So I think it’s been great.”

Best American in this year’s U.S. Women’s Open was Marina Alex, T 11 at -4 under for the tournament, -2 under 70 today;

“It’s cool, it’s awesome, I’m really glad that the State of New Jersey and the community found it and interesting coming out to watch me and watching women’s golf, being out here. I’m really happy.”

John Deere Classic. Bryson DeChambeau with Maiden Tour Win.

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Bryson DeChambeau grabs his maiden PGA Tour win, the John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run.

DeChambeau takes John Deere Classic, first TOUR title

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Bryson carded a final round -6 under par 65 to capture his maiden Tour win with a -18 under par total at the John Deere Classic. This win will also get Bryson into The Open next week;

“I don’t even know what it means right now.”

“I have just been working so hard my whole life to try and do this and to finally have it happen at the John Deere where I started pretty much a couple of years ago is just incredible.”

Third-round leader Patrick Rodgers shot a -1 under par 70 to finish in second place, one shot back at -17 under, with a couple of late bogey’s derailing his effort.

Wesley Bryan, a great -7 under par 64 today, and Rick Lamb, -5 under 66, tied in third place with -16 under par totals.

Scottish Open. Rafa Beats Callum In Play-Off.

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Rafa Cabrera Bello, Spain, beats Callum Shinkwin, of England, in a play-off to win  Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Dundonald Links in Scotland.

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Rafa, -8 under par 64 today, a new course record, and Callum, -4 under 68 were tied at the top of the  Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open leaderboard at -13 under par after  the 72 holes.

Rafa won with a birdie four at the first play-off hole, the par five 18th, saying it was good putting that set up the record score;

“Obviously I am extremely happy, I have won before and I have been up there so many, many times and things have not really worked out.”

“I was starting to feel a little bit of pressure every time I was up there contending so I’m really, really happy how I played today.”

“In the play-off I really gave it a go and I’m extremely pleased it worked out for me. Those are the moments we practice for.”

“I truly enjoy those pressure situations. I think they really define you if you can really perform under those circumstances. I hit a great shot and birdie was enough to win.”

“Today I had that little bit of luck that I needed. I stayed patient and I putted good.”

“I really trusted myself and I played almost the best golf of my life.”

Callum made his only bogey of the day, on the last, to miss out on the outright win;

“My game was holding up fantastic from the word go. I drove the ball unbelievable off the tee all day and I don’t think I missed many greens.”

“I got in there [The Open] last year and didn’t perform too well. But this year my game feels better and hopefully I can perform much better.”

“Under the gun, I didn’t miss a shot until the last hole, I learnt I can compete with the best.”

Matthieu Pavon, France claimed third place at -10 under par, with a final round -6 under 66.

 

U.S. Women’s Open. Shanshan Stands Firm at the Top.

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Shanshan Feng, of China, stands firm at the top of the U.S. Women’s Open at Trump National.

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Shanshan carded a steady -1 under par 71, making 17 pars, and birdie on the last hole, to stay on top of the U.S. Women’s Open, with a -9 under par total;

“I guess finally on the 18th I hit it close enough to make a birdie and give the fans some excitement.”

“Coming to this week, I didn’t have any expectation at all. I just wanted to bring out my A game.”

“And then I think I did really well for the first three days, and I’m going to stick to my game plan tomorrow.”

“I just focus on my own game and let’s see what happens.”

“Want to talk about what I’m wearing tomorrow, I think maybe I’ll bring out the cow pants again.”

Tied in second place, one shot back at -8 under par are 17-year-old amateur Hye-Jin Choi, and Amy Yang, both from South Korea, and they both recorded third rounds of -2 under par 70.

Amy spoke about her shank today, and making her putter work well;

 “It was tough, it was just a little mistake like from the face. It wasn’t a huge mistake. Somehow the lie wasn’t very; like it wasn’t easy to save it.”

“But you know, I stayed patient. I’m still hitting good. I’m still making a lot of putts. So it was a good day.”

Hye-Jin summed up her day;

“I didn’t have the greatest of starts, but I think if I just stay focused and play the game as maybe not necessarily play safe but maybe more aggressively, kind of like how I did, I think I’m going to be okay tomorrow.”

Last week a 14-year-old amateur won on the Ladies European Tour, could it happen again this week here.  The last time an amateur won the U.S. Women’s Open was 50 years ago, when 22-year-old Catherine Lacoste of France lifted the trophy at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia.

 

 

John Deere Classic. Patrick Pulls Away.

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Patrick Rogers pulls away from the field on moving day at the John Deere Classic, and will take a two shot lead into the final round tomorrow at TPC Deere Run, in his quest for his first PGA Tour win.

Rodgers ready for first win

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Patrick shot -3 under par 68 to keep the lead after 54 holes of the John Deere Classic with a -16 under par tournament total;

“I had a lot of experience winning in collegiate and amateur golf, and I expected to maybe come out here and win right away.”

“Probably the biggest frustrations as a pro have been not getting it done yet.”

“When you’re used to having so much success and contending on a regular basis, you kind of thrive on that.”

“Part of the frustrating part of professional golf for me so far has been not having as many chances as I would like.”

“This is exactly where I want to be. It’s why I show up every week, to win. You play to win.”

Daniel Berger, grabbed a share of second place with a great -8 under 63 today, which included a bogey, with Scott Stallings, -7 under par, both are two shots back at -14 under par,

Daniel knows he will have to play well tomorrow to win;

“I love this position. I feel like if I can get off to a good start tomorrow I can put some pressure on Patrick.”

“I feel like if I play well, then I’m going to win the golf tournament. If I don’t, I probably won’t. That’s really kind of cut and dry there.”

“I’m going to have to play really good. Patrick is obviously playing at a really high level.”

Scott has carded back to back 64’s, with a putter tweak, that obviously worked;

“The last six holes on Thursday I made a little bit of a tweak in regards to my speed and kind of how I was seeing the putts.”

“I missed a lot of short putts early in the round on Thursday and really struggled speed-wise as far as matching the line up and everything.”

“The last six holes my caddie and I just kind of talked about a few different things as far as getting comfortable. And I was able to transition in the last few days.”