BMW Championship. D.J. Cruises To Victory.

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D.J. Dustin Johnson cruises to victory in the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Gold Club.

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D.J. shot a final round -5 under par 67 to win the BMW Championship title with a -23 under par total. He poke about his stellar year;

“Finally getting my first major, that was a big deal and kind of kick-started my year.”

“I enjoy being in the hunt and having to hit really good shots when you need to.”

 “I felt like the last few times I’ve been there I’ve hit some great golf shots to finish it off.”

Paul Casey chased all the way, but had to settle for second place, the same as last week. Paul also carded -5 under par 67 in the final round, his total -20 under par was three shots off the lead, which was where he started the day;

“It’s just wonderful to be playing this sort of golf. I played this sort of golf years ago.”

 “I always felt that I could produce it again.”

“I ran into a buzz saw with Dustin Johnson the last two days, I did everything I could.”

Roberto Castro finished in third place, after surviving a bizarre incident when it looked like his ball had dropped into the lake, in reality in was on the bank, it was a frog that jumped into the lake.

Roberto also carded a last round -5 under par 67, for -17 under par total;

“I felt like I got off to a good start today and I kind of kept the pedal down all day.”

World #1 Jason Day  withdrew from the final round with a back injury, just precautionary measures, to make sure he would progress towards the prize of the FedExCup.

BMW Championship. D.J. Has Three Shot Advantage.

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D.J. Dustin Johnson has a three shot lead to take into the final round of the BMW Championship tomorrow, at Crooked Stick Golf Club.

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Dustin had a third round -4 under par 68 today, with a birdie at the last, to post -18 under par for the BMW Championship, which takes him three shots clear of the field.

There is no doubt about where the transformation is coming from, his putter;

“The strength this week has been putting,.

“I’m rolling it really nicely. Even the putts that I’m missing still look like they’re going in.”

“I was putting good with it and right before we were about to tee off on Thursday, I’m like, `AJ, don’t you have the same one in black?’ And he says, `Yeah.’ And I said, `Go get it.’

“I just didn’t want to use the same putter Jason was, like, the exact same one. That was really the only reason I changed.”

Paul Casey is in second place, those three shots back at -15 under par, he also carded -4 under par 68 today, he said he had a front row seat watching J.D.;

“We had a front row seat for something very special, and I’ll get a front row seat for it tomorrow.”

“Not much you can do, he’s got maybe the best attitude in golf. When he gets on his game, maybe the best ball-striker in golf. Maybe the longest. And he showed it today.”

“So, if he keeps doing what he’s been doing; what he averaging, 6 under a day?  if does the same tomorrow, there’s no catching him.”

J.B. Holmes also shot -4 under 68 today, which took him up the leaderboard to third place at -14 under par.

Roberto Castro went backwards today, +2 over par 74 dropping him to -12 under for the competition, and fourth place. More worryingly for him he also drops back into the bubble for not qualifying for next week, where only the top 30 players on the FedExCup standings get to play. He is currently projected in 32 spot, so will need a very good round tomorrow to progress.

BMW Championship. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the BMW Championship leaderboard after 36 holes at Crooked Stick Golf Club. Dustin Johnson broke the course record to join Roberto Castro, both with a commanding lead over the field.

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Dustin carded a bogey free, record breaking -9 under par 63 to join Roberto, -7 under 65 today, at the top of the BMW Championship leaderboard at -14 under par. They will take a three shot advantage into the weekend.

Dustin used a new putter to great effect;

“I was just struggling to get the ball to come out on the line I was seeing.”

“No matter what I did, how much I practiced, training aids, whatever. It just wasn’t working. So just decided to switch it up.”

“I feel like I’m rolling it well. The irons could still need a little bit of work, I’m not hitting those quite as good as I would like to, but it’s getting there,”

Roberto is not too worried about the extra length of his nearest opponent;

“I think if you look at the TOUR, it sure helps to be long, but the guy who is striping it usually wins.”

 “A couple of my best weeks have come on really long golf courses.”

“It always helps to be long, but really the best player that particular week will win.”

“You play great, get a chance to win, you have to finish it off.”

“If you’re shooting for third or fourth, you’re probably not going to win.”

Paul Casey shot -6 under 66, to be those three shots back at -11 under par.

Rory McIlroy, even par today, Jordan Spieth also even par 72 and World number one Jason Day, -5 under 67, are all in the big tie for 19th place at -4 under par for the tournament.

 

 

BMW Championship. Roberto Castro Leads.

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Roberto Castro leads the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club as play was suspended for the day due to darkness.

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Roberto, with his -7 under 65 opening round sits  on top of the BMW Championship leaderboard, as play was suspended due to darkness, an earlier rain storm had caused a delay;

It’s huge, it really is, I would love to be back. “

” It’s an awesome way to end the year.”

“I do better on tougher courses sometimes, it kind of snaps me into focus. And Pete Dye courses, there’s just a lot of shots where it’s do or die.”

“What a difference it makes if you’re pushing downhill instead of uphill.”

“I struggled getting it in play. For a year, it seemed like I was always two over through four holes. You can’t play from there.”

 “More fairways mean more birdie looks and less stress.”

Brian Harman holds second place, a first round -6 under 66 a good way to respond from the nightmare 77 of his last round Monday at the Deutsche Bank Championship, when he was very much in contention;

“Monday was really hard for me to swallow.”

There are three players tied in third place at -5 under par, Dustin Johnston, Jason Dufner and Chris Kirk all shot 67.

Last weeks winner Rory McIlroy is doing well again, -3 under par thru 10 ten holes. There was an amusing moment on the first tee for World number one Jason Day, as he was introduced as Jordan Day, he broke into a smile and accepted the cheers from the gallery anyway.

Round one will resume tomorrow at 0800 local time.

BMW Championship. Jason Wire to Wire to #1 in the World

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Winning the BMW Championship, wire to wire at Conway Farms Golf Club has elevated Jason Day to #1 in the world rankings.

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Jason had a final round -2 under par to post a total of -22 under par to win the BMW Championship, and to achieve his boyhood dream of becoming the Worlds #1 player, and the youngest ever Australian to carry that mantle.

It is hard for Jason to explain his recent run of good form;

“It’s tough to explain, I’ve just been working so hard. All I want to do is win.”

“That’s been my mentality. Ever since the Open Championship, something changed in my head.”

“I felt like it was my time to start winning tournaments. Ever since then it’s been a phenomenal run.”

“Yesterday and today were the toughest rounds I ever had to play in my entire life, just knowing that I had the opportunity to get to number one.”

“Stepping up and playing the way I did today was great, just to really understand what I put into my game to get to where I am today.”

Daniel Berger finished in second place, six shots back at -16 under par, he also had a -2 under par 69 last round.

Scott Piercy was alone in third position with -15 under par, a final round -1 under 70.

Rory McIlroy tied in fourth place with J.B. Holmes and Rickie Fowler, all at -14 under par.

Zach Johnson posted the low round of the day, -7 under par 64, he finished T13.

Only the top 30 players go on to contest the Tour Championship and FedExCup, at East Lake, and some top players have missed out. Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter and Sergio Garcia will not be there.

BMW Championship. Jason Has Six Shot Lead.

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Jason Day has put more daylight between himself and the chasing pack, and will take a six shot lead into the final round of the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club in Chicago.

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Jason, from Australia, had a quieter round today, -2 under par 69, but will still take a six shot lead into the final round of the BMW Championship. With the win Jason  will finally take his place as #1 in the Official World Golf Ranking, and it does not matter where the current No. 1, Rory McIlroy, or No. 2 Jordan Spieth finish, either. Life could not be any better right now, I bet even the engraver has started his work.

Jason felt the slow down in his pace;

“It really feels like I was shooting 80 out there compared to the last two days.”

“I think this was one of the more important rounds to get through.”

“I’m glad it’s over, and I extended the lead by one more shot. I’m pretty happy with how things are going.”

 “I really feel like I got everything that I possibly could out of today’s round. That was the best score I could have shot.”

Second place is shared between Scott Piercy and Daniel Berger, at -14 under par they have not got a hope of catching the leader.

Scott would like to know what Jason has for breakfast;

“This kid must be eating trophies for breakfast, I’d love to know what he’s having.”

Rory McIlroy is alone in fourth spot at -13 under, he carded -4 under par 67 in round three and is happy he is getting better with each day, but missed a few putts today;

“Another case of hit it really good and gave myself loads of chances and didn’t really convert many.”

“At least, I’m getting better each and every day.”

“You want to be out there trying to win the golf tournament, not thinking about trying to finish third or second or whatever.”

 “But I’ll go out there and try and play the best I can, and if I can convert a few more chances that 67 today could turn into 63 or 62 tomorrow, and you never know.”

Tied in fifth place are Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson and Kevin Na, all at -12 under par for the tournament.

Rickie admits that the race for the title is over;

“It’s almost like there’s a secondary tournament going on for the guys that are 8, 12 under right now.”

“I’m driving it better, but made more putts in Boston, if it wasn’t for Jason, I’d only be two strokes off the lead.”

 

BMW Championship. Jason Puts Daylight Between Him and Rivals

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Australian Jason Day has put some daylight between himself and his rivals at the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club in Chicago.

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Jason missed his 59 to complete the first round, finishing with a -10 under par 61. He then carded a tour record 36 hole PGA Tour record of 124, with a second round -8 under par 63, to post -18 under par for the two rounds, and an unassailable five shot lead. Amazingly there were eight three’s on his card today, the World Golf Ranking #1 spot will be his come Sunday.

Jason said he could have been even better;

“I should’ve got to nineteen under, that would have been nice.”

“It’s over now, I’ve got to look ahead to tomorrow’s round now.”

Daniel Berger and Brendon Todd share second place, those five shots back at -13 under par. Brendon equalled the -8 under par 63 today of Jason, while Daniel carded -7 under 64.

Jordan Speith and Kevin Na are tied in fourth position, both at -11 under par. Jordan, playing alongside Jason, scored -5 under par 66, and said he should be paying to watch Jason perform;

“I feel like I should be paying to watch this event.”

Jason is the third man in the intriguing race for the Official World Golf Ranking # 1 spot, and his win here will elevate him to that success. The current incumbent Rory McIlroy, is on -9 under after an improved second round -6 under par 65 in the BMW Championship, but he is still nine strokes back of the leader.

Justin Thomas, George McNiell and Scott Piercy are tied in sixth place, a distant -10 under par.