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.”

Australian Open. James Nitties Has 36 Hole Lead

White Dragon GolfJames Nitties has the 36 hole lead at The Australian Open at Royal Sydney Golf Club.

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James shot -7 under par 65 in the Australian Open to lead at the half-way point with at -9 under par total.

Ryan Fox is in second place at -8 under after his second round -4 under 68.

In third place is Rhein Gibson, a second round -6 under par 66 giving that position on his own;

“My game’s been rounding into good form.  I played well last week at the New South Wales Open.”

“I knew you just have to take advantage of the morning rounds out here.  The greens are soft, the wind laid down.” 

“You know you have to get after it because making pars isn’t going to get you anywhere.”

“I love the Australian, I love Royal Sydney. It would be awesome to knock off my home Open.”

Adam Scott had a -7 under 65 in the second round, which took him to -6 under par overall and T 4.

Adam missed a couple of short putts;

“That’s annoying because they count just the same as all the good shots and everything, so it is a little frustrating, but I’m trying not to let it bother me too much.”

“65’s a good score, and I’d say my workload was a little bit light coming into this event, so I’m not surprised it’s not 100 per cent.” 

Jordan Spieth 2 under 70 today, and is at -5 under for the tournament at T.9 and is adjusting to the speed of the greens here in Aussie, so his putter is cold;

“We had a lot of fun out there as a group.”

“It’s a really, really impressive short game Curtis has. I got myself off to a decent start. I’m in good position.”

“My putter was a bit cold. I didn’t adjust to the speed of the greens well.”

“There was some brainless putting and I’m still in contention in this tournament so I feel like that’s dangerous from our side.”

 “There’s certainly a seven-under round out there someone can shoot.”

 

 

CIMB Classic. Three-Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a three-way tie at the top of the CIMB Classic after the first round in Kuala Lumpur. Defending Champion Justin Thomas is joined at the top by Keegan Bradley and Derek Fathauer.

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Defending Champion Justin, one bogey, Derek, bogey free, and Keegan, two bogey’s, all share the CIMB Classic lead at -8 under par following their opening rounds of 64.

Justin has never had the opportunity of defending a title before, but just wants to re-create the fun memories;

“It is great to be back. I’ve never had the opportunity to come to a tournament as a defending champion before, so just being out there today with my caddie, Jimmy was good.”

“I kind of talked about some things that happened last year and just the good vibes we have and the good memories.”

“It’s fun. Hopefully we can recreate some of those good memories and good things.”

Paul Casey is alone in fourth place at -7 under par, he carded one bogey in his first round of 65.

Adam Scott was the runner-up last year, but has started slowly this year, -2 under par 70 in the first round, to be T 26;

“This was a good event for me last year.”

“I was trying to reel the guys in but came up one short.”

“So to come back this year, knowing the course a little bit better and feeling a little bit more comfortable is vital.”

“I love playing in Asia. Hopefully I’ll be able to play well enough to give myself another shot at it this year because it would be great to win the CIMB Classic.”

The Barclays. Rickie Has 54 Hole Lead.

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Rickie Fowler has the 54 hole lead at The Barclays, at Bethpage Black, in New York.

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Rickie Fowler

 Rickie posted a bogey free third round of -3 under par 68, to top the The Barclays leaderboard at -9 under par,  right now he has gone 45 straight holes without a bogey at Bethpage Black, and was happy to see the putts drop;

“It’s nice to finally see some putts go in, with a few putts going in, it frees up the rest of your game.”

“I’ve been swinging well for a long time, and I’ve been waiting for the putter to catch up.”

“It’s pretty simple, I’ve got to take care of business tomorrow.”

“It’s been awhile since I’ve been in this position. It’s going to be tough tomorrow.”

“We’re on one of the,if not the,  toughest golf courses we play all year. It’s been a long time coming, and it’s going to be fun.”

“A  win tomorrow would go a long ways. It would take care of a lot of things.”

Wonder if Rickie will be dressed in Orange tomorrow. Not sure about the mustache, is it bushier that the eyebrows?

Patrick Reed is now in second place, stalling his competition with an even par 71 third round, leaving him at -8 under par for the tournament;

“If you were to tell me I was going to be one back doing into Sunday and would I take it.”

“I’d say sure,18-hole shootout, one shot is nothing, especially on a golf course like this.”

 “We go out there tomorrow and do what we did the first two days, we’ll be all right.”

Low round of the day went to Adam Scott, -6 under par 65, which took him all the way up to third place at -7 under for the tournament.

Adam especially likes the front nine, and rolled in some good putts;

“The front nine is the gettable nine, and to turn in four under set up my round.”

“I knew anything under par on the back, I would have a great round, and that was kind of my goal.”

“I rolled a couple long ones in, and that felt good and kept the momentum going. Hopefully, something to build on for tomorrow and beyond.”