Wells Fargo Championship. Peter Malnati Leads.

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Peter Malnati, USA, leads the Wells Fargo Championship after 36 holes at The Quail Hollow Club.

Peter Malnati leads the Wells Fargo Championship at seven under par. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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Peter shot a second round -3 under 68 to lead the Wells Fargo Championship at the half-way stage with a -7 under par total.

A relaxed Peter told reporters;

“Honestly, the biggest thing that’s different this week from kind of the last couple years for me is just I’m more relaxed.”

 “I’m feeling good, I’m confident with what I’ve been doing, and I’m kind of letting it show on the course rather than letting it stress me out.”

“I’ve been trying to kind of embrace just being a little more calm and relaxed on the golf course this week.”

“It will be a good test tomorrow to see how I feel walking to that first tee.”

“I’m sure there will be some nerves, but I’ll definitely be excited and I’ll be able to hang on to some of this calm that I felt these first two days.”

Aaron Wise, USA,  -3 under 68 today shares second place with Jason Day from Australia, who carded -4 under 67 in his second round, both players at -6 under for the tournament.

Tied in fourth place at -5 under par are Paul Casey, England, -3 under 68, and Charl Schwartzel, South Africa, with -4 under 67 today.

Paul has not had much success around here;

“It’s a golf course I didn’t have a lot of success on through the years and it used to be very sort of damp around here.”

“At the  PGA, I had a good result. For some reason it just seems to be clicking now around this golf course.”

“Maybe the firm and fast, I like that.”

Struggling to make the cut, which was at +4 over were Rory McIlroy,  Northern Ireland,  with Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, all at +2 over, and Adam Scott, Australia, +3 over.

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Valero Texas Open. Zach and Ryan Tied.

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Zach Johnson and Ryan Moore are tied at the top of the Valero Texas Open leaderboard after 36 holes at TPC San Antonio.

Johnson, Moore share 36-hole lead at Valero

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Zach, -7 under 65 today, and Ryan -5 under 67 share  the Valero Texas Open lead at -9 under par after 36 holes.

Zach was asked if there are any similarities between La Cantera, where the tournament used to be played, and TPC San Antonio;

“The only similarity is that they’re probably within 30 miles,  well, that’s not a similarity, that’s just a fact.”

“It’s certainly not the test this is. This is a much more difficult test.”

“The confidence is there, and when you can step on the tee with this kind of wind, you trust your clubs and trust your ball, that’s pretty important.”

Ryan has had problems with the putter;

“My distance control has been great and really my ball-striking’s been really nice the last few weeks.”

 “The putter just kind of hasn’t been cooperating.”

Two players are then tied in second place, one shot back at -8 under par, Andrew Landry, -5 under 67 today, and Grayson Murray who carded a second round -3 under 69.

Grayson the first round leader made a good birdie on the par five 18th; 

“Those were the two best shots I’ve hit into a par five in a long time.”

“To be pin-high just on the front fringe on that hole, I didn’t even think I could do it.”

“I’m an underdog in this situation, which I love to be.”

Andrew is knocking on the door of winning;

“You just continue to learn whenever you get put in these situations.”

“I just know that I’m knocking. Something’s close.”

“Whether it be this week or any other week or a year or two from now, I’m knocking.”

Two notables who missed the +1 over par cut line were internationals Sergio Garcia, Spain and Adam Scott, Australia.

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Valspar Championship. Rookie Corey Conners Leads.

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 PGA TOUR rookie Corey Conners, Canada, leads the Valspar Championship at the Copperhead Course in Florida.

Rookie Conners leads at Valspar

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Corey shot a first round -4 under par 67 to lead the Valspar Championship by one shot on day one;

“I don’t overpower it, but everything is really solid.”

 “I definitely like the challenge and like golf courses that put a premium on the fairway and hitting the green.”

“It was a lot of tap-in pars and made some birdies.”

Tied in second place at -3 under par are, Whee Kim, South Korea, with Kelly Craft and Nick Watney from the USA.

Nick is trying to recover from a back injury, and feels he is playing better than his results;

“I feel like my results haven’t quite caught up to the way I’m playing. I feel like I’m playing pretty well.”

 “I got some breaks today, drove it in the trees on the sixth, I had a shot, holed a bunker shot.”

“Maybe I need to steal a few shots here and there and get some good things going.”

Sharing third spot at -2 under are, Russell Knox, Scotland, with Jimmy Walker and Keegan Bradley, both from the USA.

Tiger continued his comeback, with a -1 under 70, and is in the large group at T 8, which included, Justin Rose, England, Sergio Garcia, Spain, and Adam Scott, Australia.

Tiger said he is getting better;

“I’m getting a little better piece by piece.”

“This was a very good test of all the things I tried to hit.”

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Shell Houston Open. Missing The Cut List Amazing.

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The list of players missing the cut at the Shell Houston Open is amazing, while leader Sung Kang, from South Korea, opens up a huge lead at the top of the leaderboard.

Getting cut, a week before The Masters were, Jordan Spieth, Henrik Stenson, Patrick Reed, Lee Westwood, Adam Scott, Boo Weekly and defending Champion here Jim Herman.

Kang opens huge lead in Houston

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Sung Kang fired a bogey free -9 under par 63 to top the Shell Houston Open leaderboard at -16 under par, and a six shot advantage over the field going into the weekend.

Tied in second place at -10 under par are Hudson Swafford, USA, -5 under 67 today, and Russell Henley, Scotland, also -5 under 67.

Rickie Fowler suddenly went into reverse on the back nine today, dropping four shots on his last seven holes, to card a second round -1 under 71, to drop into fourth place at -9 under par;

“I’m a little mad. It was a nice front nine, made a couple swings that cost me.”

“One swing with a driver on 12, and then a wedge that kind of just took off high left out of the first cut and rode the wind, ended up making double there.”

“Other than that, give those back and I’m in with 68 and in a lot different position.”

“Hopefully enjoy some good weather tomorrow and pray for a miracle on Sunday.”

 “Like I said, I love where my game is at. I know I can go out and play well and shoot low on this course. Hopefully the weather treats us well.”

Jordan Spieth summed his disastrous day and the improvement in his putting;

“Just an off day, ball-striking wise.”

“I made strides in my putting this week, which is something I can take a lot of confidence into next week.”

“I was a bit rough around the edges in my putting last week in Austin, and really felt like I put better strokes on it here.”

“And putting well next week obviously as we know is important considering I didn’t strike it very well last year and was certainly in position to win.”

Australian PGA Championship. H.V.3 Is Champion.

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H.V.3, Harold Varner the Third, is the Australian PGA Championship 2016 Champion at the Gold Coast in Australia, his maiden Tour victory.

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Harold shot -7 under par 65 in the final round of the Australian PGA Championship, to cruise to victory with a -19 under par total, and a two shot win. Last year he lost in a play-off, this year he returns in glory to claim the title;

“That was pretty awesome, I had a lot of fun out there today.”

“I’ve thought a lot about losing the play-off here last year, it was the closest I came to winning last season so it’s been playing on my mind a little bit.”

“I’m now a much better, more mature player than I was 12 months ago and this win is big for me.”

“Winning is hard, I don’t care where you tee it up, so to get it done feels great.”

Andrew Dodt was looking for a wire to wire win, but could not keep up with the leader over the closing nine holes, -3 under par 69 last round for a -17 under par total, and second place.

Adam Scott, who has won this title before had to settle for third place, at -15 under par, a last round -5 under par 67 not good enough to mount a serious challenge.

 

Australian PGA Championship. Andrew Dodt Still Leads.

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Andrew Dodt still leads the Australian PGA Championship on the Gold Coast.

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Andrew carded -2 under par 70 in the third round of the Australian PGA Championship, to post -14 under par at the top of the leaderboard, a two-stroke advantage going into the final round.

Andrew has won before, but this one would be a wire to wire victory;

“It would be one of my biggest achievements, for sure, I mean, I’ve thought about it a couple of times this week but you don’t want to get ahead of yourself.”

“You just want to play each round.”

“It would be huge. All the top guys have won the Australian PGA, so it would be nice to put my name alongside them.”

“My wins have been from behind so this position is new to me, which is nice, I’m enjoying it. I’m really trying to embrace it and enjoy my time out there on the course.

“The first three rounds are irrelevant now. There are a lot of solid players, world class players behind me, so I’ve got to keep the foot down tomorrow and keep playing the way I’m playing.”

Chasing him down those two shots are Harold Varner 111, -5 under 67 in the third round, and Ashley Hall, -2 under 70, both players sharing second spot at -12 under par.

American Harold will take all the good breaks he can get;

“I need to play some good golf tomorrow, for sure.”

“I’d take a play-off because it means I have a chance. I have to play 18 holes to get there. I’m looking forward to the opportunity.”

 “I finished amazingly well. Eagles are always good and I had two in the last four. I got a little lucky on the 17th because it hit the pin and went in when it could have just as easily bounced off the green.”

“But it was tough out there, when the wind blows hard here you just need to try to hang in there and not make too many mistakes.”

Adam Scott, -2 under 70, and John Senden, -4 under 68 are tied in fourth place at -10 under par.

 

Australian PGA Championship. Andrew Dodt has 36 Hole Lead.

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Andrew Dodt has the 36 hole lead at the Australian PGA Championship at  RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast.

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Andrew fired a second round -5 under par 67 to lead the Australian PGA Championship by two shots going into the week-end with his -12 under total.

Playing well all day, and making birdies with good putting;

The first handful of holes were really solid then I made a few birdies.”

“The first nine holes were really solid and then the back nine was as good as it gets, really. I hit a lot of fairways, a lot of greens and holed some putts.”

“It was pretty tricky this afternoon with the breeze. The back nine it died down a little bit.”

“It was just a really solid day’s work.

“I’ll take it one shot at a time, one hole at a time. I’m really happy with where I’m at mentally, I’ve just got to keep doing what I’m doing.”

In second place at -10 under par is Ashley Hall, a -3 under 69 today keeping him in touch with the leader.

Tied in third place is the large figure of Adam Scott, -4 under 68 today, he is joined by Ryan Fox, from New Zealand, who carded -3 under 69 today, both players at -8 under.

Adam, who has Steve Williams on the bag, expects the conditions to get tougher;

“It didn’t look pretty at the start but somehow I was two under after three and then hung in there and finished well.”

“Maybe that momentum off the last three holes is something to carry over for the rest of the week.”

“There was lots of good solid stuff and a quick start and a quick finish adds up to a good score.”

“I was just treading water for a while but those holes, it was never the perfect number. I was cautious of going over the green in between clubs and you just have to be patient and it paid off, because I birdied the last three.”

“Hopefully, that was our best conditions, maybe, this morning. It was lovely and the wind hadn’t really picked up that much at all, so it was very manageable.”

“I expect tomorrow afternoon to be a lot tougher and like I’ve said for a couple of days, you know you’re going to have to hit a lot of greens this week, because chipping is very difficult.”

Ryan was happy to be bogey free today;

“I’m really happy, it’s a tricky course, I think we’ve probably got the best of the conditions but it was still enough breeze out there to make it difficult.”

“I played really solid, no bogeys today and made a couple of putts, which was nice.”

“I think every afternoon is probably going to be a little breezy like it’s been earlier in the week and makes it really tough to score.”

“As soon as the golf course dries out it gets really tough to hit it on the greens and there is a real penalty for missing some of the greens around here.”

“So it’s nice to be in this position to start off with but it’s going to be a little bit of a grind for the rest of the week, I think.”