BMW PGA Championship. Laporta Leads.

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Francesco Laporta of Italy leads the BMW PGA Championship after 54 holes at Wentworth Golf Club in England.

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Francesco had a third round -3 under par 69 to lead the BMW PGA Championship by one shot at -14 under par;

“The crowd is amazing and I’m just looking forward to playing tomorrow and seeing all the crowds.”

“It will be tough, it will be tough, but I like to be under pressure. This is what we play for.”

Laurie Canter of England holds second place at -13 under after his third round -2 under par 70.

Four players are then tied in third spot at -12 under par, Billy Horschel, USA, -3 under 69 today, Jamie Donaldson, Wales, also -3 under 69, Adam Scott, Australia, -2 under 70, and Christiaan Bezuidenhout, South Africa with -4 under 68.

Billy would love to win here;

“There’s tournaments as pros that we want to win, the Players, the Majors, maybe a few others but as an American, you don’t usually say a tournament on the European Tour.”

“To win the BMW PGA Championship would be equal to me as a Players Championship.” 

“When I first came over two years ago, I fell in love with the golf course, which I knew I would.” 

“The fans have been great to me. The support has been great this year, even knowing I have support for West Ham.”

“It’s become one of those tournaments after two years ago that I wanted to win and so to get that victory tomorrow, if it happens, would be tremendous.”

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BMW PGA Championship. Kiradech Keeps Control.

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Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand keeps control of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Golf Club in England.

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Kiradech posted a second round -4 under par 68 to maintain his position at the top of the BMW PGA Championship leaderboard at -12 under par, one shot advantage;

I’m really proud of the way I’m playing these first two rounds, a lot of good stuff in there.”

“Everyone tried to get a low score but this golf course, you can hit a lot of birdies but it can hurt you if you’re out of position. I tried to play for more fairways, more greens.”

“My putter was rolling well this week and I’m really pleased.”

“I don’t want to really set a goal, to be honest. I just want to go out there and swing, what I’m doing the first two rounds, do the same thing I’m doing, try to hit fairways, greens.”

“Whatever the result, at the end of the day, I just accept it.”

Francesco Laporta, Italy, -7 under par 65, and Laurie Canter of England with -6 under 66 share second place at -11 under par.

Adam Scott is alone in fourth spot, a second round -3 under 69 keeping him in touch with the leaders with -10 under.

Justin Rose, -4 under 68, Billy Horschel, USA, -7 under 65 and Jamie Donaldson of Wales, -6 under 66 occupy fifth place with -9 under par totals.

Justin has to win here to gain an automatic place on the Ryder Cup Team Europe;

“It’s almost a good scenario for me, it’s not like if I finish third or fifth, if there was another option in play it would be maybe distracting. It’s really not distracting.” 

“I’m trying to win this tournament anyway and trying to get in the Ryder Cup anyway. It’s one and the same objective.”

“I had a lot more birdie chances. I had a lot yesterday but the putter was just a little bit off today and I had to fight that a little bit and had to make a few little adjustments with my posture, but I’ve put myself in a great position now.”

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BMW PGA Championship. Two Tie at the Top.

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Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Thailand, and Christiaan Bezuidenhout of South Africa share the BMW PGA Championship lead after the first round at Wentworth Golf Club in England.

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Christiaan, bogey free today and Kiradech both carded opening rounds of -8 under par 64 to lead the BMW PGA Championship by one stroke.

Kiradech has missed lots of golf, some due to Covid restrictions, and some personal injury;

“I’ve had a really hard time the last two years, playing with the injury, hurting my right knee after The Masters and then when Covid hit I had to go back to my country and was stuck in the country for eight months.”

” I couldn’t play much golf.”

“I just want to come up here and enjoy every single minute that I spend on the European Tour, every time I come back it just feels like home.”

“I feel comfortable over here, I see some friends, see my coaches. It’s a lovely golf course. I enjoy it every time I come back to Wentworth.”

Christiaan had a good day with the putter;

“Everything with my game feels better than a year ago, but I’m not getting the scores or the results and stuff.”

“I just keep on doing the right things, keep on doing the same things that have obviously been working over the last year.”

“I drove the ball lovely today, so I just kept it in play. Gave myself a chance, and the putter was good.”

Major champion Adam Scott of Australia is in third position following his first round -7 under 65;

A lot of really good, solid stuff. Generally it was fairways and greens. There wasn’t too much squirrely stuff, although a couple of wedges coming in could have been better.”

“Then on 15, I got out of jail and made an incredible three. Nice to get the break and take advantage of it. I definitely thought the first ball was out of bounds but it must have clouded around in the trees and dropped down.”

Another Major champion, Justin Rose is tied in fourth spot with Laurie Cantor and Masahiro Kawamura of Japan, all with -5 under 67.

Justin refers to Wentworth as his home course, and had his agent on the bag;

“He was brilliant. He turned up this morning, he kept up on the golf course and he shut up.”

“It was great, he did everything perfectly today. I could have had many different choices and options for caddies but I think someone you just know really well makes it more comfortable out there for sure.”

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Wyndham Championship. Kevin Kisner Wins In A Six-Way Play-Off.

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Kevin Kisner lifted the Wyndham Championship trophy after a six-way sudden death play-off against  Adam Scott, Roger Sloan, Kevin Na, Si Woo Kim and Branden Grace at Sedgefield Country Club in North Carolina.

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Kevin Kisner, Kevin Na, Brandon Grace, South Africa, and Roger Sloan of Canada all carded -4 under 66 for their final rounds, Si Woo Kim, South Korea, -6 under 64 and Adam Scott of Australia, -5 under 65, all topped the Wyndham Championship leaderboard with -15 under par totals.

Kevin Kisner won with a birdie at the second extra hole, the par four 2nd hole, his first play-off win from five previous attempts;

“My first playoff win, to be standing here is pretty sweet.”

Overnight leader  Russell Henley, had a three foot par putt to make it a seven-man playoff, but he failed, signing for a last round +1 over par 71 for T7 at -14 under;

“I really felt like I hit both those putts on 18 how I wanted to.”

“I feel like I hit the second putt right where I was looking and it broke.”

 “I knew I had to shoot under par today, so just disappointed. It stings pretty bad.”

Justin Rose finished with a three putt bogey, ending the week T10 and narrowly missed out on breaking into the top-125 in the FedExCup standings, with -3 under par 67, failing to qualify for the Playoffs for the first time in his PGA Tour career;

You just need to have a little bit of a bigger picture and a bit of perspective going on.”

“So for me, for example, if I want to get back to playing some of the best golf that I’ve played and to compete with the best players in the world again and sort of compete in major championships, you need to be free.” 

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Honda Classic. Matt Jones Leads.

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Matt Jones of Australia tied the course record to lead The Honda Classic by three shots on day 1 at PGA National on The Champion course in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

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Matt was bogey free today for his -9 under 61, and tops The Honda Classic by three shots on day one, having a good day;

“It was a very good day. I struck the ball well, actually all day, and it was probably one of the better ball-striking days with my irons that I’ve had for a long, long time.”

“I actually didn’t know I made four birdies in a row until I saw it on the scoreboard on 18. I didn’t even think about it. You can’t think about that on this golf course because every hole can bite you.”

“I play golf for a living, I mean, I should be able to shoot a good golf score occasionally!”

“Now I’m done for the day. I’m going to go rest, go FaceTime my kids, and wish me luck!”

Sharing second place at -6 under par were; Russell Henley and Aaron Wise, both with first round scores of 64.

Lee Westwood had an even par round of 70, to be T43. Adam Scott, a previous winner of the tournament found water on the  par-4 11th hole, he stripped off his shoes and socks, rolled up his trousers, was allowed to move some electrical cables, and played out, to save par

   Adam finished with a -1 under par 69 to be T24.

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Farmers Insurance Open. Viktor Hovland With 36 Hole Lead.

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On a topsy turvy weather day ranging from sunshine, to rain and hail, and a decent amount of wind, Viktor Hovland won the battle against the elements to top the Farmers Insurance Open after 36 holes.

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Viktor carded a second round -7 under par 65, on the South Course, to top the Farmers Insurance Open leaderboard at the half-way stage with a -9 under total, at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego in California. Viktor is used to these conditions;

“That’s helped me for this week. It got really cold, obviously raining and hail, so being Norwegian I think that also helps.”

 “I just played really solid and made some putts.”

“I think especially playing a tough course like the South Course, you can’t really fake it, especially in these conditions.”

“Playing a hard golf course and then playing well, that I think is what gives me the ultimate kind of belief that I played really well today. You just can’t really fake it.”

“But it’s another day tomorrow and we’ve got two more rounds left, so it’s definitely not going to roll over and give anything to you.”

Six players are tied in second place at -8 under par; on the South Course were, Adam Scott, Australia, -3 under 69, Lanto Griffin, -2 under 70, Patrick Reed, even par 72. Playing the North Course were; Jon Rahm, Spain, -5 under 67, Tony Finau, -5 under 67, and Ryan Palmer, -2 under 70.

Jon summed up the conditions today;

Those fairways are narrow enough as it is. When you start adding the side wind, it’s just not fun.”

“I can’t really stress how hard it can get, North is easier. South today is brutal, I mean absolutely brutal.”

“Every shot counts out there. Even being on the fairway some shots are not easy and with this wind and rain coming in and out, for those who played the North today, we should be really fortunate to play that course today.”

Among the premier players missing the cut today were last weeks winner Si Woo Kim, Martin Laird, Jordan Spieth, Russell Knox, Billy Horschel, Bubba Watson, Jason Day and Brooks Koepka.

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The Masters. 1st Round Suspended, Paul Casey Leads.

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The 1st round of The Masters was suspended due to a torrential rain storm that prevented play for three hours. Paul Casey, with a -7 under par 65 was leading at the close of play at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.

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Paul had completed his first round, with an opening -7 under par 65, to top The Masters leaderboard by two shots at the suspension of play for the day due to darkness.

Sharing second place, those two shots back at -5 under par, with completed first rounds of 67, are Webb Simpson and Xander Schauffele.

There are a whole bunch of players at -4 under par, including defending champion Tiger Woods, with a completed round. Among those still to finish their rounds are Adam Scott, from Australia, and Justin Thomas, who still have half of the course to go to finish.

Play will resume early tomorrow morning , with a good weather forecast for the day.

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BMW Championship. DJ & Hideki Have 54 Hole Lead.

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Last weeks winner Dustin Johnson and Hideki Matsuyama lead the BMW Championship after 54 very difficult holes at Olympia Fields Country Club course in Illinois.

DJ and Hideki both shot third rounds of -1 under 69 to share top spot on the BMW Championship leaderboard at that -1 under score.

DJ explains the difference between last weeks score, and this weeks;

“This golf course just demands different kinds of shots and pars.”

“It’s a completely different golf course, completely different conditions. It’s pretty easy to get into the mindset of four under is a good score.”

“This is a pretty much a major championship venue, obviously, and the conditions, the way it’s set up, it’s playing just like a major.”

Hideki started the day with an eagle at the par five 1st hole, from the bunker;

“Great start and then just had to hang on.”

“Just tried to do what I could to stay in, and I was happy with how it went.”

Three players are then tied in second place, two shots back at +1 over par, Joaquin Niemann, -2 under 68 today, Mackenzie Hughes, -1 under 69, and Adam Scott, even par 70.

Jon Rahm, -4 under par 66 today, which would have been much better, except incurring a penalty for picking up his ball on the green without marking it;

“I was thinking of somebody else or something else, and yeah, I just picked up the ball without marking it, simple as that.”

“I can’t really give you an explanation. It’s one of those things that happen in golf.”

“Never thought it would in my professional career, but here we are.”

Jon shares 7th place at +2 over par with a posse of other players. This group includes defending FedEx Cup champion Rory McIlroy, who can be forgiven for his lack of concentration, his wife is expecting their first child anytime soon. His caddie Harry Diamond is carrying a cell phone in the bag. Rory is just waiting for it to ring;

“And if it’s time, I’m out of here.”

The difficulty of this course means things can change pretty rapidly, but the winning score will be a lot less that DJ’s -30 from last week, but I still expect him to win.

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The Genesis Invitational. Adam Scott Wins.

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Adam Scott won The Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club by two shots.

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With  a final round of -1 under 70 Adam won The Genesis Invitational by two strokes with a -11 under par tournament total;

“I’m stoked with this, it’s a big step, whatever point in my career I’m at.”

“I haven’t won for three years. This feels very special.”

This victory from Adam comes 15 years after he won a playoff at Riviera Country Club that didn’t count as official because rain shortened the tournament to 36 holes.

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Tied in second place were Sung Kang, -2 under 69 today, Scott Brown, who matched the low round of the day at -3 under 68, and Matt Kuchar who could only manage +1 over 72, all with -9 under par totals.

Tournament Host Tiger Woods had a very disappointing tournament, finishing in last place at +11 over par, commenting;

“Good news, I hit every ball forward, not backwards, a couple sideways.”

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The Genesis Invitational. Three Tied At The Top, Rory, Matt & Adam.

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Three players are tied at the top of The Genesis Invitational leaderboard at Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, California. Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott and Matt Kuchar.

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World #1 Rory carded a third round -3 under 68. Matt -1 under 70 and Adam with -4 under 67 today share The Genesis Invitational lead after 54 holes, with -10 under tournament totals.

Rory is going to set  target, and hope that it is good enough;

“You just have to worry about yourself, concentrate on what you’re doing, do it well, set yourself a target, don’t think about anyone else and if that’s good enough at the end of the day, then great.”

“If not, then someone just played better than you and hats off to them.

Matt also wants his name on the winners list;

“There’s not a PGA TOUR event you wouldn’t want to win, but there are a handful that are extra special, have a great list of past champions, have a great golf course.”

“This one’s one of those.”

“You chalk it up as one of those sort of extra special TOUR events that you really hope to put your name as a past champion.”

Adam wants to equal the third most wins by an Australian on the PGA TOUR;

“That is just a bit of motivation for me to win tomorrow here and have an official victory at Riviera and the Genesis Invitational, that would be extremely satisfying for me,”

Harold Varner 111, -2 under 69 today, and Russell Henley, -3 under 68, sit in fourth place, one shot back at -9 under.

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