WGC – Dell Technologies Match Play. Bubba Watson Wins.

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Bubba Watson, USA, beat Kevin Kisner to claim the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play title at Austin Country Club in Texas.

Bubba’s dreams becoming reality

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The first hurdle for Bubba was beating Justin Thomas 3 & 2 in the semi’s before conquering Kevin 7 & 6 in the final round to become the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play champion;

“It’s absolutely amazing.”

“You don’t think about lists or anything, you just think about trophies and trying to win.”

“And having two majors, and now having two World Golf Championships, the closest things to majors,  what an honor and a privilege, overwhelming sensation to know that I have another trophy at the house.”

“I really don’t think it was pressure.”

“I think it was just energy. I don’t think I scared him on the first tee.”

“I think it was just his energy was gone after a couple of holes.”

“And he was fighting, but just didn’t have the fight that he really wanted and needed.”

Kevin thought he was tired after dispatching Alex Noren 5 & 3 in the semi’s;

“I don’t know what was going on. It was just pitiful.”

“I couldn’t hit anywhere close to where I was trying.” 

“Long week. A little tired, probably. Lose some legs, and just didn’t have it.”

“And finally made a few good swings coming in, but those were too little, too late.”

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WGC Dell Technologies Match Play. The Final Four.

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The final four have made it to the semi’s for the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play competition at Austin Country Club in Texas.  Justin Thomas will play Bubba Watson while  Alex Noren will take on Kevin Kisner tomorrow

Final Four is set

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Justin defeated Kyle Stanley 2 & 1 to get into the semi’s, sinking a  great putt on fifteen to keep momentum going;

 “That putt on 15 was huge after just a terrible wedge, another terrible wedge shot and a pretty bad putt as well.”

“To have about a 6, 7-footer on the read that I’d already missed two of, about half a ball to a ball out to the right. And twice I hit it too hard when I was reading it with softer speed.”

“So it’s funny how that always happens. You have a putt late in the round when you need it and it’s a putt that you haven’t had success with earlier in the day.”

“If I miss that, he’s got all the momentum in the world and I’m only 1-up with 3 to go, and he could win the match outright, let alone an extra hole.”

“To make that putt to stay 2-up with three to go was huge.”

Bubba beat Kiradech Aphibarnrat 5 & 3, also with good putting;

 “It was a great match,  I gave him one on nine, he gave me one on ten.”

“We had difficult putts, him being the first putter on eleven, putted it seven feet from the hole, so he missed that and I two-putted.”

 “It could have went either way, and today I made putts and I got the breaks going my way. I didn’t three-putt when I needed a two-putt.”

Alex Noren had a win over Cameron Smith 4 & 2, and spoke about match-play;

” You can go through holes that maybe mentally you’re a little bit out of it and then you get into it when it’s 72 holes.”

“In match play, you’ve just got to be really focused all the time and anything can happen. And then you have to play good each round. You can’t just give up a round and then think you’ve got three more.”

Kevin obliterated Ian Poulter 8 & 6, saying he was prepared for a difficult match today;

“Probably didn’t see that one coming. I thought it was going to be a difficult match. Obviously Ian’s match play record speaks for itself.”

Poults summed up his day;

 “I think the word is disappointed. I gave him no fight at all. It was rubbish. It’s a shame is all it is.”

“It’s bizarre. Bizarre. A couple of poor shots early on. Just didn’t have it this afternoon. It’s a real shame.”

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The Honda Classic. Play-Off Win For Justin Thomas.

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Justin Thomas wins The Honda Classic in a play-off against Luke List at PGA National, Florida.

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Justin, -2 under 68 today, and Luke, -1 under  69, were tied at -8 under par for the 72 holes of The Honda Classic, and went into a sudden death play-off. Justin prevailed with a birdie at the first extra hole, the par five 18th;

“It was another level of difficulty, not only the amount of people that I was trying to beat but this golf course in itself and Luke was playing unbelievable on that back nine.”

“It was a helluva battle out there.” 

Justin now sits on top of the FedExCup points leaderboard.

Alex Noren, Sweden, was in third place, he finished at -7 under par, failing to make a birdie on the par five last hole, he carded a final round -3 under 67.

Tommy Fleetwood, England, was fourth at -6 under par, he led for a while on the back nine but carded two bogey’s on the way in at 14 and 15, his last round score -1 under was not enough.

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Honda Classic. Two Players at the Top

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Two Players are tied at the top of The Honda Classic leaderboard after round 1 at PGA National Golf Club in Florida. Alex Noren, Sweden and Webb Simpson, USA, have a one shot advantage over the field.

The Honda Classic

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Webb reckons this is one of the toughest golf courses;

”When you stand on certain tee boxes or certain approach shots, you remember that, man, this is one of the hardest courses we play all year, including majors.”

Alex came to the USA to gain some experience, and it’s working;

“I came over here to try to play some more American-style courses, get firmer greens, more rough, and to improve my driving and improve my long game.”

”So it’s been great.”

Five players are tied in third place at -3 under par, Morgan Hoffman, Justin Thomas and Daniel Berger, USA, with Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa and Mackenzie Hughes from Canada, all had opening rounds of 67.

Justin summed up his day;

“Some of those holes, you’re just kind of holding on for dear life” 

A lot of players, including Tiger Woods, even par 70 today and Rory McIlroy, +2 over 72 have been critical at the state of the greens on the Champion Course;

Rory spoke about the crusty greens;

“They looked more like Sunday greens than Thursday.”

“They are pretty crusty. They are going to have a job keeping a couple of them alive.”

Tiger commented;

“It’s going to get more difficult because these greens are not the best.”

“Some of these putts are a bit bouncy, there’s no root structure.”

“You hit shots and you see this big puff of sand on the greens, so that shows you there’s not a lot of root structure.”

But apparently Brad Nelson, PGA National’s director of agronomy is happy with the greens, where on the first day of play only 20 golfers broke par;

“Our goal is to be really, really firm, and we feel like we are in a good place for where we want them to be going into the weekend.”

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Farmers Insurance Open. Jason Day Wins Play-Off.

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Jason Day, Australia, wins the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course in California, beating Alex Noren, Sweden, at the sixth extra hole.

Day outlasts Noren to claim win at Torrey Pines

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There no spectators allowed in to watch, because the Health an Safety controlled management refused to pay for the security people, so Jason’s family were the only gallery for the longest playoff in the tournament’s 67-year history. Who really needs a crew of security people to watch two guys play a hole of golf.

It had been a while since Jason had lifted a trophy, a par winning it, while Alex made bogey on the par five 18th;

“It’s been a long time coming.”

 “Last year wasn’t the greatest season for me. I worked very hard to try to get back to this position.”

SAN DIEGO, CA - JANUARY 29: Jason Day of Australia poses with his wife, Ellie Day, his children, Dash and Lucy, and his caddie, Rika Batibasaga, after winning the Farmers Insurance Open on the sixth playoff hole at Torrey Pines South on January 29, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

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Farmers Insurance Open. The Play-Off Carried Over Until Tomorrow

 

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The Farmers Insurance Open ended in a three-way tie at the top, Jason Day, Australia, Alex Noren, Sweden, and Ryan Palmer, USA , all with -10 under par totals at Torrey Pines Golf Course, in California.

Day and Noren go head-to-head

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Jason carded a final round -2 under par 70, Alex +1 over 73, and Ryan even par 72, to tie for the Farmers Insurance Open top spot at -10 under par.

A three-way sudden death play-off started on the par five 18th, Ryan was eliminated with a par there, against the birdies of Jason and Alex.

Jason and Alex birdied again second time around. The next  two play-off holes, 16 and 17 and  were all halved with pars, and the 18th, the fifth play-off hole was halved with birdies.

By this time the darkness had descended, and the players will have to return tomorrow morning to settle the issue.

Alex said;

“It’s too dark. I could barely see the last putt, but it’s very enjoyable.”

“This is what I play for. I’m excited.”

Jason too mention the lack of light, not being able to see his ball on the green from the fairway, turning to his caddie;

“I can’t see it.”

“I’ll play all day tomorrow if I need to, to get the win.”

They will start again tomorrow at the par five 18th, and if recent play-off history is any indicator, it could go on for some time.

Defending champion Jon Rahm, Spain, fell away, carding a disastrous last round +5 over par 77, for a -2 under total. Tiger Woods finished in a tie for 23rd place, at -3 under par.

 

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Farmers Insurance Open, Alex Noren in Front.

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Alex Noren, Sweden, is in front at the Farmers Insurance Open after 54 holes at Torrey Pines South Golf Course in California

Noren alone at the top

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Alex put in a third round -3 under par 69 to post -11 under par at the top of the Farmers Insurance Open leaderboard;

“I’ve been under the radar for most of my career.”

“I don’t care too much if they know me or not. It’s quite nice if they don’t know me.”

“All I’m trying to do is play some good golf and my goal is to win a tournament.”

“I kept my cool, I think that’s about it.”

“You don’t have to hit every shot perfect, you’ve got to just manage your way around, and obviously it helps being up there before.” 

“It is a different feeling but it’s a nice feeling.”

“You’ve got some adrenaline, and everything is on the edge. It’s just what I’m looking forward to every time I tee up so it’s going to be fun.”

One shot back at -10 under is Ryan Palmer, in second place after his third round +1 over par 73;

“There’s only one round left so there’s no reason to go out and try to hold on.”

“I’m going to go out there and try to win a golf tournament.”

“It’s a great feeling to be back in this position and I’ve got the game to do it.”

“Hopefully I can go out tomorrow and give my son, Mason, a big birthday present, tomorrow being his 11th birthday.”

J.B. Holmes, -7 under 65 today, and Michael Kim, who went to  Torrey Pines High School, carding -2 under 70 today, share third place at -9 under par.

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