Solheim Cup. Team Europe Lead 9-7 With Monday’s Singles Matches To Go.

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Team Europe lead Team USA by two points after two days of Foursomes and Fourball matches, it is now all down to the singles on Monday at Inverness Club in Ohio.

Mel Reid hit the shot of the day, a comfortable 8 iron from 136 yards with the wind in her face, sinking her putt gave Team Europe the half point they needed;

I knew as soon as I hit it, was either going to be a little bit left and short or it was going to be good.”

“So, I was hoping for the good. And I almost willed that ball into the hole.” 

“We knew the Americans would come out fighting, they played great this morning. It was great that we played great, and nice to finish that match off.”

“These players are just so good. You really can’t give them anything.”

“Like Lizette and Jennifer, they both are fantastic players, obviously world-class players.”

“They played a perfect fourball today. If one was out, one was almost making birdie or making birdie. The momentum has gone back and forth.”

“That’s what a Solheim Cup is, but that was a huge half point for us. That makes it a very nice afternoon for us and a nice little two-point lead going into Monday.”

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Patrick Cantlay Has Won The Tour Champioship & FedEx Cup.

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Patrick Cantlay won the FedEx Cup at the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta Georgia.

Cantlay wins FedExCup in dramatic fashion

Patrick carded a final round -1 under par 69, good enough to win the FedEx Cup with a -21 under par total;

“It was tough. It was definitely different than any other week.”

“It’s the longest lead I’ve ever held. I just tried to stay day after day in the present.”

Felt like a huge win, and it was.” 

World #1 Jon Rahm finished in second place, just one shot back at -20 under par, a good last round of -2 under 68 not quite enough. It was always going to be a tough task for Jon, starting four shots back of Patrick at the start of the Tour Championship, he played very well to that close.

Kevin Na finished alone in third spot, a decent last round of -3 under par 67 giving him a tournament total of -16 under par.

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Italian Open. Nicolai Højgaard Wins

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Nicolai Højgaard of Denmark wins the Italian Open, emulating the win of his twin brother Ramus last week. Nicolai claimed the Italian Open by one shot at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in Rome, Italy. This is his maiden European Tour win.

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Nicolai shot a final round of even par 71 to win the Italian Open by one shot with a -13 under par tournament total, he needed to make a birdie at the last to win;

“It means a lot. I’ve been grinding for a long time and seeing Rasmus win three times made me want to do it even more.”

“And to finally get it done is very special and it’s been a great week here so I’m just very happy to get it done.”

“There weren’t many birdies but one came at the last and it was very important so I’m really pleased for that.” 

“I’ve very happy that Rasmus, his girlfriend and my girlfriend were around watching.”

“It really means a lot to me and it’s just a very special day.”

Tommy Fleetwood, England, also even par 71 today, and Adrian Meronk of Poland, who carded a -5 under par 66, shared second place, one shot back at -12 under par.
Tommy made a few mistakes today:

“I hit a couple of bad shots at the wrong time but overall felt like I played well today.”

“It’s always great coming down the stretch in contention.”

“Fair play to Nicolai, there’s obviously something very special happening with those brothers and that’s going to be exciting in the future.”

“But for me, I would have loved to have been one or two better. I tried my hardest and that’s all you can do.”

Adrian was really happy with his last round performance;

“Obviously a little bit gutted that I didn’t hole that putt on 18 but still a great result.”

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Tour Championship. Patrick Maintains Two Shot Lead In His Wire to Wire Effort To Win

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Patrick Cantlay kept his two shot advantage over World #1 Jon Rahm, from Spain, in the third round of the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia.

Cantlay leads by two at TOUR Championship

Patrick had a -3 under par 67 to top the 54 hole Tour Championship leaderboard at -20 under par, the birdie at the last very pleasing;

“I thought it was big for momentum, it was a nice putt to make, especially being out of position on that hole. And I’ll take that momentum into tomorrow.”

“I enjoy pressure golf because it’s everything I’ve practiced to do.”

“Getting in that moment is exactly why I’ve practiced for all those hours growing up and all those hours my whole life.”

“And so getting to do it when it’s important, I mean, that’s exactly why I play golf. I love it.”

Jon carded -2 under par 68 to remain in second place, two back at -18 under, saying he had not played well today;

Not my best. Great off the tee, I must say.

“Just wasn’t as sharp as I wanted to be with my irons. It was one of those days where there was a lot of in-between numbers.”

In third spot is Justin Thomas at -15 under par with one of the low rounds today, -5 under par 65;

“I gained some shots on the leaders today, and that’s what’s most important.”

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Solheim Cup, Team Europe Lead Despite LPGA Rules Official Interjecting.

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Team Europe won 3.5 points of the 4 that were available in the morning foursomes at Inverness Club in Ohio, and ended the fourballs 2 points apiece leaving Team Europe with a 5.5 to a 2.5 lead over Team USA for the first day of the Solheim Cup 2021.

The day was not without controversy, on the par five 13th Nelly Korda of Team USA had reached the green in two and her Eagle putt rolled right up to the edge of the hole. Seeing that it as not going to drop in the hole Madelene Sagstrom picked up the ball, conceding the tap in birdie putt.

In steps LPGA Tour Rules official Missy Jones to rule that the ball had picked up 3 seconds too early, and awarded an Eagle to the Americans.

Madelene spoke afterwards;

“Obviously, I wasn’t following the rules about leaving the ball for 10 seconds, but I do believe in integrity and honor of the game of golf and I would never pick up a putt that had a chance to go in.”

“I personally don’t agree with the decision about the ball being on the edge but I didn’t follow the 10-second rule, so it sucks right now because I feel like I let my team down.”

That ruling gave a win to Team USA, winning one up, seems they are desperate to win, apparently Madelene picked the ball up 3 seconds too early.

The ball was not hanging over hole, as the USA officials suggest, and would never had dropped into the hole, unless Hurricane Ida had suddenly arrived on course.

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Italian Open. Nicolai Højgaard With 54 Hole Lead.

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Nicolai Højgaard of Denmark has the 54 hole lead at the Italian Open being played at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in Rome, Italy.

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Nicolai posted a bogey free third round -6 under par 65 to top the Italian Open leaderboard at -13 under, a one shot lead over the chasing pack.

Nicolai said watching his twin brother Rasmus Højgaard win last week gave him some motivation;

“I’m really happy. I played overall pretty good.”

“I wanted to get up and down on the 18th to post 14 under but I’m really happy with minus 13.”

“I would really love to win. Seeing Rasmus win is a big motivation.”

“I’m just trying to follow in his steps a little bit. Hopefully I can get it done tomorrow.”

One shot back at -12 under are Tommy Fleetwood, England, -4 under 67 today, and Daniel Van Tonder from South Africa with a third round -5 under par 66.

Tommy, who is looking forward to the Ryder Cup, was happy with his rescue putts;

“I’m happy. I stayed patient through the front nine. There were a few people that got off to a really fast start but I didn’t really have many chances, I had a couple of chances on the fifth and seventh that didn’t go in.”

“But I felt like my putts on the eighth and tenth, the two up-and-downs I made there were so important, just not to make a bogey and not to fall backwards at that point.”

“I felt like those were the two most important putts of the day.”

“I’m excited to go into a Sunday in contention and see where my game’s at really. It’ll be a nice time to come into form so I’ll keep trying.”

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Tour Championship, Patrick Leads By One.

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Patrick Cantlay has had his Tour Championship lead cut to one stroke by World#1 Jon Rahm, at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia.

Cantlay leads by one at TOUR Championship

Patrick carded a bogey free second round -4 under par 66 to stay on top of the Tour Championship leaderboard at -17 under par;

“The two rounds were very similar, mostly mistake-free, both rounds, and I hit the ball pretty well, kept the ball in control, fat side mostly, and had really nice speed on the greens and just didn’t make very much.”

“I’m playing really well, and I think I’m playing the golf course the right way.” 

Jon went one shot better signing for one of the low rounds of the day, a -5 under par 65 to give him second place at -16 under par;

“You definitely feed off the other player, when you have somebody like him who played a round with very few mistakes, you could argue that it could have been a lot lower, it only motivates me to keep doing a little bit better.”

“Even though I want to focus on myself, you know he’s not going to let up and he keeps putting it in the fairway and on the green and in the fairway and on the green.”

“It can raise your playing level a little bit, as well as me raising his level when I’m making birdies.”

Bryson DeChambeau is alone in third position at -11 under par, with a second round -3 under par 67, while Justin Thomas has fourth spot to himself after a second round -3 under 67, finishing bogey, bogey and a standard five at the par five last hole;

“I mean, to finish the way I did was definitely disappointing.” 

“A place like this, there’s not really a lead that’s safe with how tough it it can play, but at the end of the day, I can’t worry about what the other guys are doing.”

“I just have to go out and try to make some birdies and stop making mistakes.”

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Italian Open. Min Woo Lee Leads By Two.

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Min Woo Lee of Australia leads the Italian Open by two shots at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in Rome, Italy.

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Min Woo has the first 36 hole lead of his career, carding a second round -3 under par 68 to top the Italian Open leaderboard at -10 under par.

Min Woo was happy with his round but is not sure about in the incoming wet weather;

“Very solid. I made nice putts coming down the stretch.”

“I’m happy to be in the lead with two rounds to go.”

“I’m not sure how it’ll play wet, but I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

Four players are tied in second place at -8 under par; Mikko Korhonen, Finland, -5 under 66 today, Johannes Veerman, USA, -4 under 67, with Adri Arnaus, Spain and Tommy Fleetwood from England, both carding -4 under 67.

Tommy enjoyed being in the company of Ryder Cup partner and close friend Francesco Molinari, they played together in the 2018 Ryder Cup, gaining the name ‘Moliwood’

Tommy said;

“It’s impossible to not enjoy playing golf in Italy with this man.”

 “It’s always nice.” 

“It doesn’t make that much of a difference but at the same time, it is nice to play with someone you are very comfortable with and it’s always nice to see each other, and then we have ten hours together over the first two days to talk and play.” 

“Like I say, there is probably not another golfer out here that I feel as comfortable with playing so that does add to the ease of playing tournament golf.”

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Tour Championship. Patrick Cantlay Leads.

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Patrick Cantlay leads the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia.Cantlay leads by two shots after Round 1 at TOUR Championship

Patrick started the day with a two shot lead, at -10 under par, over his nearest rival, curtesy of the staggered scores system. His -3 under 67 consolidated his position at the top of the FedEx Cup rankings, still a  lead of two shots over World #1 Jon Rahm, from Spain, who fired the low round of the day -5 under par 65, for a -11 under total.

Patrick is not easing off, he is concentrating on the job un hand;

“I think being in the spot that I’m in, it would be easy to get ahead of yourself and easy to maybe stray from your game plan because you feel like you’re ahead, and that’s just not helpful, so I’m not going to do that.

Jon was not fazed by the task ahead of him, he started the day four back of Patrick;

“It’s very easy to get caught up on how far back you start, I don’t think I really once thought about it out there. I was just trying to post a score.”

“My job is to hit the best shot I can each time, and that’s all can I control. So I can’t be thinking of what the people ahead of me are doing. And I think that applies to tomorrow as well.”

“Maybe on the weekend you think about who is leading, who is not, but try to think about it as a regular event and not how much distance I got to make up.”

“Obviously, 72 holes, it’s a lot of holes and four shots is not that much.”

Sharing third place, five shots back of the leader, at -8 under par are; Harris English, who carded a Hole In One at the par three 15th hole, signing for a -4 under 66 today, and Bryson DeChambeau who only manage a -1 under 69 for his opening round.

Harris mentioned his Ace;

“Making a hole-in-one there is pretty special. Number 15 you’re just really trying to make par, just trying to hit it to 20 feet.”

“I don’t know how loud I got. I kind of blacked out there for 15 seconds.” 

If anyone is to catch the two leaders they are going to have to go very low tomorrow.

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Italian Open. Three Tied at the Top.

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Henrik Stenson, Sweden, Kalle Samooja, Finland and Min Woo Lee from Australia lead the Italian Open after the first round at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in Rome, Italy.

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Henrik, bogey free today, Kalle and Min Woo all carded opening rounds of -7 under par 64 to top the Italian Open leaderboard on day one.

Henrik rolled in some good putts, in his quest for a wild card pick for the European Ryder Cup Team;

“Once again I think I played a good round of golf.” 

“I don’t want to make any mistakes in terms of missing fairways and greens, but the few times I did I managed to keep a clean card and made some lovely putts to keep it tidy, so very happy with that.”

“More than anything I feel like I am in a good frame of mind to play golf and to try and get the best score out of my game.”

“There is still more to wish for, but we’ve got to take the positives and keep on working on the rest.”

Min Woo was also happy with his round;

“It was really good. I hit it really good off the tee, didn’t really give myself position to make bogey.”

“I made one but other than that I played solid and made my up-and-downs when I needed to.”

Kalle enjoyed his early morning stroll around the course, playing good golf;

“There was some good golf today. Comparing to last week, I was really struggling with everything and today I wasn’t struggling with anything, so it was a nice morning walk.”

“I was missing everything last week with the putter and the driver. I had a few good practice days, and this course seems nice, and the greens are pure.”

“You need to play some good golf here, hit some good shots to go low and that’s what I managed to do today.”

Another three players are tied in fourth place at -6 under following opening rounds of 65; Edoardo Molinari, Italy, Eddie Pepperell, England, and Scott Hend of Australia.

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