The Senior Open Championship. Broomstick Bernhard Leads.

Bernhard Langer, Germany, with his Broomstick putter leads The Senior Open Championship after 54 holes at Royal Porthcawl in Wales.

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Bernhard shot a third round -6 under par 65 to lead The Senior Open Championship with a -5 under par total, and will take a four-stroke advantage into the final round tomorrow.

Bernhard said it was a good round, but not so good with the Broomstick putter;

“Definitely efficient, what happened really good today was my driving was really, really good.”

“Hit a lot of fairways. Hit the ball solid, which then gives you the opportunity to have shorter irons with distance control and I hit some really good irons to pin-high, pretty close.”

“Gave myself opportunities. The putter wasn’t brilliant but it wasn’t bad. So overall, a very, very solid round.”

“There’s a lot of guys waiting for me to fall apart or whatever. So I need to shoot a good round, hopefully under par, depending on the conditions.”

“If I can do that, then I make it difficult for the other guys to catch me.”

Corey Pavin, USA, is in second place at -1 under for the tournament, he also shot -6 under 65 today.

Corey enjoyed the easier conditions today;

“It was certainly an easier day to play golf. No doubt about that.”

“It was almost balmy out there. It was nice not to have to wear a sweater. The wind was down. It was definitely gettable today.”

Peter Lonard, from Australia, is third at even par, bogey free -4 under 67 today helping his cause.

Unless Bernhard wakes up tomorrow with a slipped disc, this tournament is in his pocket, it will be his  fifth Major win since turning 58, he is in good company,  six other players in PGA TOUR Champions history have at least five major wins at any age: Jack Nicklaus (8), Hale Irwin (7), Gary Player (6), Tom Watson (6), Arnold Palmer (5) and Miller Barber (5).

 

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Genesis Open. Sam Saunders 1st Round Leader.

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Sam Saunders is the first round leader of the Genesis Open, on the 50th Anniversary of when Grand-Dad Arnold Palmer won the tournament. Play was suspended due to darkness, so there are still some players out there who could change the standings.

Sam Saunders is the grandson of Arnold Palmer, who won the Genesis Open three times in his career. (Keyur Khamar/PGATOUR.COM)

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Sam shot -7 under par 64 at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California to lead the Genesis Open, and said he is comfortable of being who he is;

“He just always talked about how much he loved coming out there and playing.”

“I think his celebrity matched pretty well with the celebrity atmosphere that you have here, so he was obviously comfortable with that.”

“There wasn’t a big difference between the man you saw on TV and the man we knew at home.”

“I don’t need to compete against my grandfather’s career. Nobody can.”

“I don’t care how many golf tournaments you win, nobody’s going to compete in the terms of doing what he did for the game.”

“And for me to try to promote my own brand or name would be foolish because I have such a great opportunity to promote and to continue what he has already done.”

“That’s what I’m going to do and not make it about myself.”

Dustin Johnson, J.T. Poston, Daniel Summerhays, Brett Stegmaier, and Cameron Percy, are all tied in second place, two shots behind at -5 under after their opening rounds of 66.

Arnold Palmer.

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Arnold Palmer 1929 – 2016.

Arnie said

“Success in this game depends less on strength of body, than strength of mind and character.”

 

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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.”

Arnold Palmer Invitational. Matt Every Makes It His.

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Matt Every won the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando.

Matt Every, 30, received the traditional winner's handshake from Arnold Palmer on Sunday. (Greenwood/Getty Images)

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As a kid growing up in nearby Daytona Beach Matt Every watched Arnold Palmer Invitational, now he was won the event. He could not believe that he had won, a last round of -2 under par 70 gave him a total -13 under par.

“It’s hard, I can’t believe I won, it’s tough man. You just never know if it’s going to happen. You get there so many times. It’s nice to get it done. Being close to winning out here, I mean it can be kind of discouraging because if you don’t win you just wonder if it’s ever going to happen. I don’t see how it could get much better than this, being so close to where I grew up and all the fans out there that were cheering me on. It was awesome.”

Second place went to Keegan Bradley, his final round of even par 72 was good enough to secure the spot with a total of -12 under par. Keegan had a putt on the final hole to force a play-off, he remembered Tiger putting from around the same spot in 2008 to win the tournament;

“I remember watching his breaking in there really hard, it looked about the same. I hit an absolutely perfect putt, perfect speed. Just didn’t break in.”

Adam Scott, who started the day with a three shot lead, completely went to pieces in the final round, finishing the tournament at -11 under par, after a disastrous +4 over par 76. It left him in third place alone, he said he was annoyed at the way he played, I bet Stevie Williams was pulling his hair out too. Bad putting was the major culprit;

“Sometimes you’ve got to be hard on yourself; sometimes you don’t. And I think I was getting into a really good spot and had an opportunity here to run away with an event and really take a lot of confidence. I’m annoyed that I didn’t do better today.”

“Today was a bit shaky, it was just a little out of sorts for whatever reason. And my short game just wasn’t there. So that needs to be tightened up and probably shows that I need to do a bit more work on it to hold up under the pressure.  If nothing else, it’s a good reminder on how much putting practice I need to do for going to the Masters and just how important it is. And if I think back to last year, I made every putt that you expect to in that last round and ultimately that’s, I guess, maybe what gave me the chance to win.”

I just wonder if having the chance of being World Number One was in his mind, increasing the pressure.

Arnold Palmer Invitational. Scott Sailing to Victory.

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Scores: Scott still cruising

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Adam put together a second round of -4 under par 68, to increase his lead at the top of the Arnold Palmer Invitational to seven shots. Arnold might just as well start engraving the trophy right now, Adam disagrees;

“We’re only halfway, seven shots over two days is not enough. I don’t think you can ever be leading by enough. The challenge might be just to start again and try and play a great 36 holes, start fresh, and try to be the leader after the next 36.”

“It feels very much like I was playing toward the end of last year in Australia, where I kind of picked golf courses apart by just hitting fairways and hitting greens, and just waiting for that right number to hit one close. I’d like to kind of keep that going for the next couple of days and I feel like I’ll be in good shape.”

There are three players who are seven shots adrift, and realistically have no chance of catching Adam. They are; J.B. Holmes, Francesco Molinari and Chesson Hadley.

Chesson Hadley  posted a bogey-free -4 under par 68, and is eying a spot in the field at the Masters.

“That just was so classy, and it really meant a lot to me, I came into this week just so appreciative to be here. It gives me something to work for, I know a win gets me in both ways,  Augusta is a thought, but it’s about winning more than getting to Augusta. It’s still hard to believe. We’re just playing with house money.”

J.B. is just happy to be healthy;

 “This is the first time in three years I’ve really been healthy. It’s a different feeling, that’s for sure. I’ve been really close, I feel like. I just haven’t really put it all together. I’ve just been waiting for it to click in. Hopefully this will be the week.”

 After a 7-under 65 on Thursday, Ryo Ishikawa began the second round in a tie for second, before he unraveled on his second nine. He had bogeys on Nos. 2 and 9 compounded by a double bogey at the third, en route to a +2 over par 74. He dropped eight spots on the leaderboard and into a tie for 10th, nine shots back of 36-hole leader Adam.

 Keegan Bradley carded the low round of the day -5 under par, 67  that included six birdies, nine one-putts and a total of just 25  putts on the round, to be T5.

“I played the exact same just no putts. The putter was the difference, went to talk to Dr. Bob last night and my buddy, John, and just talked about getting less into making putts and more into just having fun and looking forward to making them. Played so good all year, not much to show for it. I feel like I’ve got some good mojo going into the weekend.”

Amateur Nathan Smith was disqualified for playing a shot from an out of bounds area, what was his caddie thinking. Nathan took his disqualification like a true sportsman, accepting the decision with grace.

Arnold Palmer Invitational, Tiger Triumphs

Tiger Woods triumphed at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge, on Monday. The win equalled Sam Snead’s record for winning the same tournament eight times, it also took Tiger to the top of the FedExCup standings, not to mention elevating him back to World number one.

 

The eighth wonder

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Tiger strolled round the course, with a final round of -2 under par 70, and a tournament total of  -13 under par, giving him a two shot win over Justin Rose. It has been a long time since Tiger was last World number one, actually it was late October 2010. When the collapse came it was pretty devastating, he fell as low as 58th in the world rankings before making his remarkable recovery.

Tiger said it was all down to hard work;

“It’s a byproduct of hard work, patience and getting back to winning golf tournaments.”

Arnold thinks Tiger’s record will stand for a long time;

“I don’t really see anybody touching it for a long time. I had the opportunity to win a tournament five times, and I knew how difficult that was.”

Justin Rose also finished with a last round of -2 under par 70, securing him second place alone. Not what Justin would have had in mind when he was leading the tournament by two shots before his uncharacteristic melt down at the end of the third round.

Rickie Fowler had to settle for a +1 over par 73 and a tie for third place with Mark Wilson (71), Keegan Bradley (71) and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (72).

Congratulations to Tiger, it will be interesting to see if the other players on tour can mount any sort of challenge to Tiger’s dominance.