Adam Scott Back to Broomstick.

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Adam Scott is considering going back to the Broomstick Putter to try and win another Major, The Masters, again;

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Adam Scott got to number one in the world, and won a Major, the 2013 Masters, all with the soon to be banned Broomstick Putter. He had recently reverted to using a conventional putter, but could not find one that suited him. Sadly he did not try a White Dragon Putter.

Adam thinks this is the only way he can ever win another Major, so it is the smart thing to do;

“Putting with a longer putter is maybe the smarter thing to do.”

“I don’t know. It’s all about the lag putting. It’s such a difference in weight of club and stroke and everything. I’m just trying to figure it all out.”

“It’s not exactly where I want to be, but it doesn’t matter when it comes to the Masters.”

“I’ve got two weeks and a really clear idea of what to work on.”

Do you think this is a small hint that Adam intends to retire from professional golf ? Why would you carry on playing if in your mind you can not win. Mental Attitude is everything, if Adam has convinced himself he has problems using a conventional putter, the chances of holing putts are slim, especially the important ones.

Personally I hope Adam uses a short putter at The Masters, and also that he continues to play great golf, as we all know he can.

Valspar Championship. Brian Davis Leads.

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Brian Davis leads the Valspar Championship on the Copperhead course at Innisbrook Resort in Florida.

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Brian had a fantastic chip in for birdie on the ninth green, his last hole of the day at Innisbrook for a -6 under par 65 first round which took him to the top of the Valspar Championship leaderboard.

Brian said after he hit the shot there was no reaction from the crowd, but he was happy after carding bogey at the two previous holes;

“Delighted, I expected a clap and nobody clapped.”

“The golf course was there, no wind and fairly soft, so you have to try to make your score today if you could.”

Ricky Barnes and Sean O’Hair are tied in second place at -5 under par, with opening rounds of 66.

Sean was happy to be back in the mix once again;

“The last two years have been disappointing for me, I lost really everything.”

“I lost my ball-striking and kind of lost my mind, lost confidence as far as how I play the game because I like to hit a lot of different shots and I got very swing-oriented.”

Adam Scott was going well until he suffered four straight bogey’s on the back nine, he finished with an even par 71 round, and he hopes the new redesign scheduled for the Copperhead course does not change it too much;

“Fell asleep out there for about 30 minutes.”

“Hopefully, they don’t mess around with the design too much because I think we’ve got a really good golf course here.”

 

WGC Cadillac Championships. JB Aces His Way to 5 Shot Lead

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JB Holmes carded an Ace on his way to a 5 shot lead going into the final round of the Cadillac Championships at Doral.

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JB aced the par three 4th hole, which set him on his way to a -2 under par third round 70 at the Cadillac Championships, and a five shot advantage over the field with a -11 under par tournament total. He is certainly on course for a wire to wire win.

JB said this is a long course and you certainly need to plan your way around it;

“It’s a long golf course to start with, you’ve got to think your way around the golf course, and it’s really a ball-striker’s golf course.”

“Definitely there’s a few holes where you can take advantage of length, if you can get the driver and get it to go over a few bunkers depending on what the wind is, definitely can be an advantage.”

“I’m not going to change my game plan, obviously if you’re trying to catch up, you have to hit at a few more flags, but that just gets you in trouble out here.”

“So you’ve just got to be patient and try to make some pars and minimize the big numbers. That’s part of this golf course is just you can make a few birdies but you can make a bogey real quick out here.”

Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson are tied in second place at -6 under par.

In a strange coincidence Dustin also Aced the 4th hole today, and said he will need a quick start to his round tomorrow if he wants to make a challenge;

“I could tell it’s going right at it from back of the tee but it kind of goes up and over the hump and I could hear them get loud.”

“Then obviously when they started screaming, I knew it was in.”

“I really struck the irons well, controlled my distance well, had great looks at it all day long.”

“Didn’t roll the putter all that great but overall it was a really good day.”

“This golf course is very hard, and just get off to a good start and try to get a little pressure on early”

“Just got to get off to a good start.”

Just yesterday Bubba was saying the course was way too hard for him to contend;

“I can’t stand the golf course. It’s way too tough for me.”

“Donald Trump, he put together a tough one for me and very difficult. Seemed like I was in sand all day, like I was back in Pensacola Beach.”

Dustin and Bubba are the only guys with any chance at all of catching JB, and he would need to card an awful final round to actually lose this title, because no one is going to go low, that’s for sure.

For your information, a scuba diver went into the lake today, during play, and  retrieved Rory McIlroy’s 3 iron from the depths, dont suppose he really needed it, the company would have replaced it, gratis.

 

 

 

 

 

Farmers Open, Jason Day Wins Four Way Play-Off

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Jason Day wins the Farmers Open in a four-way play-off at Torrey Pines Golf Club in San Diego.

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Jason, along with Harris EnglishJ.B. Holmes and Scott Stallings all finished the Farmers Open on the South Course with totals of  -9 under par. A four-way play-off ensued, with Jason grabbing Victory with a par at the second extra hole, the par three 16th;

“It’s an amazing feeling, I’ve been working so hard for this.”

“I was visualizing myself holding the trophy, just like I did at the Match Play. I’m really proud of myself to hang in there and grind it out.”

“My ultimate goal is to get to number one at some point but there are a lot of great golfers in front of me.”

“It’s a good start to the year, just like last year; hopefully I can stay healthy and give it a good run.”

Jason has moved up to No. 4 in the world, just ahead of Adam Scott, and became the highest-ranked Australian for the first time.

Charles Howell 111 finished at -8 under par, tied in fifth place with Alex Prugh.

Charles loves this course, and being in contention again;

“I love the golf course, it’s different than a lot we play in that par’s a good score. The rough is really, really thick. I can’t really think off the top of my head of a regular event, non-major, with thicker rough than this. Par’s a heck of a score.”

“It’s nice to be back in the mix, if you asked me earlier in the week how my game was, I would have said ‘average.’ My scoring hasn’t been very good over the past, let’s call it month.”

“So, I was spending a lot of time this week on my short irons, wedge, putting and etc. But I’ll be honest with you: I was really happy to be back in the mix and feel that again. The last time I won a golf tournament feels like two lifetimes ago. So, I can’t even, I know the date, and then I’m really aging myself.”

The Farmers Open tournament honored Billy Casper, who died on Saturday night, there was a picture of him on the first tee and also flowers. Billy grew up in San Diego. Tributes poured in, including one from Arnold Palmer, who lost a big lead and the 1966 U.S. Open at Olympic Club.

Billy staged one of the greatest comebacks in golf history by erasing a seven-stroke deficit on the final nine holes to tie Arnold Palmer, then prevailed in an 18-hole playoff to win.

Arnie had this to say;

“He was a better player than most people gave him credit for being and is going to be sorely missed in the golf world.”

Australian Open. Super Spieth Wins.

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Super Jordan Spieth wins the Australian Open at The Australian Golf Club in Sydney.

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Jordan had a bogey free final round of -8 under par 63, to blow away all competition in the Emirates Australian Open, with a total of -13 under par. a six shot margin of victory. He said it was probably the best round of golf he had ever played;

“That was definitely the best round I’ve ever played.”

“At the start I didn’t think such a round was out there, but the putts kept going in. It was an awesome experience.”

“I’m for sure going to be coming back to Australia.”

Jordan will join some of golf’s all-time greats including Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Arnold Palmer and Greg Norman to have his name etched on the Stonehaven Cup.

In second place, at -7 under par was veteran Rod Pampling, he carded a last round -3 under par 68.

Another Aussie Brett Rumford claimed third position at -6 under par for the tournament, his final effort of -1 under par 70 just not good enough.

World number three Adam Scott shot a final round of even par 71 and finished fifth place, and full nine strokes behind the leader.

There was no magical recovery from defending champion, and World number one  Rory McIlroy, he finished way down the field at T 15, at +1 over par. He was also non-committal about returning next year;

“It’s been tough all weekend, I was trying to get something going, but with the pin positions and the wind, it was just very hard to get the ball close to the hole. It just wasn’t meant to be this year.”

“Depends all on the schedule and where it’s going, but I love playing in Australia. I had a wonderful time this year, so hopefully it works again.”

The gusting northeasterly breezes wreaked havoc on scores all week, and only eight players managed to finished the tournament with under par totals.

Australian Open. Three way tie at the top. Rory Wrecks it.

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There is a three way tie at the top of the Australian Open, as Rory McIlroy wrecks his round.

Brett Rumford, Jordan Spieth and Greg Chalmers share the lead after the third round of the Australian Open, at -5 under par, on the tough Australian Golf Club Sydney course.

Tied is second place at -4 under par are local duo Adam Scott and Rod Pampling. who both carded third rounds of -2 under par 69.

Adam spoke about the tough conditions;

“It really came up around the turn and blew hard on the back nine.”

“It’s really tough with the way it’s blowing; you are trying to stay as stable as you can. It’s certainly presented a pretty tough challenge this week.”

Rory McIlroy had a train-wreck of a third round, carding a triple-bogey on the ninth hole and a double-bogey on 10, he finished with a  +5 over par  76, and six strokes from the lead, tied for 14th place. There is really no hope hope of a miraculous come back for Rory, this season is probably one tournament to many in what has been a great year for him.

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Rory has almost conceded defeat;

“It was a tough day obviously, the wind was up. I was doing okay, steady enough, until I got to the ninth.”

“I hit a wayward tee-shot into what I thought was a decent enough lie that I could advance the ball. But I didn’t realise what I was standing on is not like dirt or earth. It was more like carpet.”

“So the ball went underneath the carpet. Had it been a normal surface it would have been alright, but down there it was impossible.”

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“So that added up to a seven. Then I did what I did last week in Dubai (when he double-bogied two holes in succession during the third round of the DP World Tour Championship) and compounded that error with another just about as bad. I got a huge flier with a wedge.”

“The ball pitched at 160-yards into the wind which is ridiculous. Over the last few holes I was just trying to hang on really.”

“I need a fast start tomorrow to have a chance, it depends too on what the guys ahead of me do. I need some help.”

“But the greens have been firmer every day. So a low score is higher than it was. I still feel like I can shoot a good one. I just don’t know if that will be enough.”

“I’ll be trying my best. It’s the last round of the season so it would be nice to make it a good one.

On a tough Australian Golf Club course and its swirling, unpredictable winds, only eight players managed the third round with under par scores.

Australian Open. Jordan Spieth Leads.

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Jordan Spieth leads the Australian Open by one stroke at the conclusion of the first day’s play with -4 under-par 67, opening round.

Tied in second place are Aron Price and Scott Gardiner, both carded rounds of -3 under par 68.

Defending champion Rory McIlroy is two shots behind, with first round -2 under par 69.

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Rory took a few holes to find his form in the tricky conditions;

“It took me a little while to get going, I gave myself a lot of chances early on in the round and didn’t really take them.

“The conditions were pretty tricky. It was tough to get the ball close to the pins with the wind and these greens being quite firm as well.”

“It was cold, windy and a little bit of rain here and there, when I think of playing golf in Australia, it’s not the kind of day I expected.”

“The wind was up early on, then it died, then got up again.”

“I thought anything under par today was a decent score and it was nice to birdie the last and shoot something in the 60s. It puts me right there going into tomorrow.”

“Golf tournaments are long, all you want to do is give yourself a chance going into Sunday, I definitely feel like there’s a better score out there.”

Rory’s top rival for this title, Adam Scott did not do so well, shooting an opening round +3 over par 74. Before he teed off today Adam reported that he had not played on this course very much;

“I haven’t played here that much in the past. Obviously there’s been a lot of work done and they’ve presented a beautiful golf course for us this week.”

“My feeling is it’s certainly going to favour the longer hitters this week. There’s no rough out there.”

“It seems like it just hasn’t grown in for them yet but hopefully with some pretty long straight driving, I’ll be able to take advantage of a few holes.”

“The wind is the definitive this week. With no rough, so that’s not going to penalise any stray shots as much as it normally would, but the winds still will.”