BMW PGA Championship. Molinari Wins.

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Francesco Molinari, Italy, wins the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club in England.

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Francesco wins the BMW PGA Championship with a bogey free final round -4 under 68 and a winning total of -17 under par, a two-stroke winning margin;

“It’s amazing, I’ve been close so many times. If I could pick one tournament to win in my career it would be this one so to finally get over the line was amazing.”

“I can’t wait to be back next year.”

“I knew it wasn’t going to be easy with Rory today, he probably didn’t play his best but I still knew he was going to charge back the last few holes.”

“I came into this week knowing that I was a long way back in the Ryder Cup and that something pretty special needed to happen.”

“We are halfway there and next week is another important week from that point of view and hopefully another successful week for me.”

Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland was second, his last round -2 under par 70 not good enough to get him the title, finishing at -15 under par. Bogeys at 9 and 10 being his undoing;

“I’m just disappointed I didn’t play better over the weekend.”

“I was in a great position after two days and struggled yesterday and sort struggled today again, as well. I just couldn’t get it going.”

“I let Francesco get a few shots ahead of me, and I couldn’t claw that back.”

“I played some good golf coming down the back nine, hit some better shots, but I need to work on a few things going forward.”

“I get a bit down on myself because my expectations are high, and with a 36-hole lead, I should have closed it out this week.”

“But that’s not taking anything away from Francesco. He played a great weekend and bogey-free around here is some playing.”

“He deserved the win, I need to do a little more work, and I’m looking to forward to getting right back at it at Memorial next week.”

Tied in third place with -14 under par totals were, Lucas Bjerregaard, Denmark, with -7 under 65 today, and defending champion Alex Noren, Sweden, with his final round -5 under 67.

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BMW PGA Championship. McIlroy and Molinari Tied at the Top.

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Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland, and Francesco Molinari, Italy, are tied at the top of the BMW PGA Championship at the Wentworth Club in England.

Rory / getty

Rory had a quiet round today, -1 under par 71 while Francesco carded -6 under 66, for them to be tied at the top of the BMW PGA Championship at -13 under par.

Rory admitted to scrambling today;

“I’m looking forward to tomorrow, I’ll need to play better than what I played today.”

“I scrambled well for the most part. I was four under for the last 12 holes in this wind, which was pretty good, but it wasn’t the calibre of golf that I played yesterday.”

“I need to start hitting more quality shots and put the ball in play and if I can do that then tomorrow is a big day.”

“Francesco obviously played a good round today and a few guys played a good round.”

“We have a little bit of a cushion compared to the rest and it’s not quite a two-horse race but I think if we both get off to good starts tomorrow, it could turn into that.”

Francesco loves the West Course, and hopes to join the ranks of Italian winners here;

“I just love playing here, clearly it suits my eye and I just enjoy the atmosphere.”

“The crowds are always great. It is a challenging course but I think if you hit good shots, you can make a few birdies here and there. I love it and hopefully it will be another good day tomorrow.”

“It would be amazing to win a Rolex Series event. To win here with such tradition and it’s a course that is in the heart of Italian golfers as well, with Constantino (Rocca) and Matteo (Manassero) winning here in the past. I’ll see what I can do.”

Tied in third place, four shots back at -9 under par are defending champion Alex Noren, Sweden, -2 under 70 today, Branden Grace, South Africa, -3 under 69, then two players from England, Sam Horsfield, even par 70 today, with Ross Fisher, -4 under 68.

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The Players. Six at the Top at -6.

White Dragon GolfTHE PLAYERS Championship

There are six players tied at the top of The Players leaderboard scoring -6 under par at TPC Sawgrass in Florida, with World number one Dustin Johnson showing why his is #1 with a bogey free opening round.

World #1 Dustin Johnson / getty

Dustin was joined on that 66 under score by Webb Simpson, Patrick Cantlay, Chesson Hadley and Matt Kuchar, all from the USA, with the only foreigner in the group Alex Noren of Sweden.

Dustin said it was a big deal to get to #1, and he wants to stay there, a change of putter, and method helped;

“It was definitely a big deal to get there.

“And it’s a big deal to stay there, I think. Yeah, I mean, I like being No. 1, so I want to stay there.”

“I felt like at Augusta and Hilton Head I was hitting a lot of good putts that were not going in the hole.”

 “I needed to figure out something. I still feel like I read the greens really well. It’s helped with getting a definite spot to putt at, where I want the ball to start.”

“I felt like today we read ’em all really well. There were no surprises.”

There are also six players tied at -5 under par, on a very congested leaderboard, it will be interesting to see who actually makes the week-end.

Players who are struggling, Tiger Woods was at even par, but playing partner today Phil Mickelson was at +7. with third member of the group Rickie Fowler at +2.

Jordan Speith, +3;

“This is not a place to go out and try and force birdies, and I think that’s kind of where I’ve gone the last few years that’s got me in trouble.”

“The first year I played here, I almost won it, and so I just kind of assumed that it would come easy to me.”

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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

Justin Thomas / getty

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.

The Honda Classic

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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