The Open. Jordan Stands Firm at the Top. Amazing Grace Shoots 62.

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Jordan Spieth stands firm at the top of The Open leaderboard at Royal Birkdale, and will take a three shot lead into the final round tomorrow, despite amazing Branden Grace making history with a 62.

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Jordan shot a third round -5 under 65 to post -11 under par at the top of The Open leaderboard, giving him a three shot advantage going into the final round tomorrow;

“It was pretty stress-free.”

“On a Saturday, with the lead in a major, that’s about as good as I can ask for right there.”

Matt Kuchar keeps his second place, his -4 under 66 today, leaves three shots adrift of the leader with his -8 under total. But it means America has kept control of the 146th The Open.

Brooks Koepka, USA, -2 under 68 today, and Austin Connelly, Canada, -4 under 66, are both in third place at -5 under par.

Amazing Branden Grace, South Africa, -8 under 62, and Hideki Matsuyama, Japan, -4 under 66, share fifth place.

On the last green Branden  was 45 feet and two putts away from shooting the lowest round in major championship history, but did not know it;

“I didn’t know what was going on on eighteen, I promise you.”

“I had no idea that 62 was obviously the lowest ever.”

“Just trying to shoot a number to try to get myself back in there and have a decent finish for the week. Obviously now the mindset changed a bit.”

Grace unknowingly makes major history

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BMW PGA Championship. Andrew Dodt Has 54 Hole Lead.

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Andrew Dodt, of Australia has the 54 hole lead in the BMW PGA Championship on a windy West Course at Wentworth, in England.

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Andrew Dodt, approach to the last

Andrew carded -4 under par 68  in the third round,to take the lead into the final round of the BMW PGA Championship, with a -8 under par total.

He mentioned in the windy conditions in interview;

“It was a different wind direction to the first two days.”

“It was pretty tricky, the first 12 holes were really tough with the greens firm.”

Branden Grace, South Africa, who earlier in the competition had received a controversial free drop lies in second place at -7 under par, compiling -2 under par 70 today.

Francesco Molinari, Italy, +2 over 74 today, and Lee Westwood, England, with an even par round of 72 today, share third place at -5 under par.

The Olympic Champion Justin Rose, who yesterday made an Eagle at the last to make the cut, carded -2 under 70 in his third round and is now at even par for the tournament. If the wind continues to blow tomorrow he could have a chance if he can produce an early low round and set a reasonable clubhouse target.

Valero Texas Open. Branden Grace Leads

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Branden Grace leads the Valero Texas Open after the first round at TPC San Antonio, in Texas.

Branden Grace hit 13 of 14 fairways and missed just four greens en route to a first-round 66 at the Valero Texas Open. (Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

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Branden opened his Valero Texas Open account with a first round -6 under par 66, to sit on top of the leaderboard, and is happy with his recent improvement;

“It started at Augusta, making the cut was big for me and progressed nicely over the weekend.”

“Obviously last week defending is pretty special and you get the positive vibes and the memories.”

“I feel my game is progressing in the right way.”

“Obviously it’s easier coming to places like this. It’s nice to make seven birdies. That’s the one round I was waiting for.”

Sharing second place, at -5 under par following their first rounds of 67 are; John Huh, Stewart Cink, Steven Alker, and Will McKenzie.

Will was playing well with a chewed up ball, until it did not save par for him;

“I was like, we’re going to use this ball all day, all nicked up.”

“The gnarliest ball ever. You know, it just loosed the round up.”

“I was kind of angry, so I put it to rest.”

 

 

 

 

RBC Heritage. Branden Wins, Luke Second Again.

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Branden Grace wins the RBC Heritage, his first PGA Tour win, Luke Donald comes second again at Harbour Town Golf Links.

Grace wins first TOUR title

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Branden carded a last round -5 under par 66, to win his first PGA Tour victory, the RBC Heritage, with a -9 under par total, a two shot winning margin;

“This really puts the cherry on top of the cake, and I’m excited for things to start.”

“I’m stoked. It’s come very quick and I’m just grateful to be in this position.”

“I can tick this one off the box and head into the next couple of majors trying to win it.”

 “I have one notch, I’ve done it before and I can do it again.”

“I had to stay patient and grind it and that’s what I managed to do.”

Luke was second again, and seems destined to never win this title, a last round of even par 71, and a -7 under par total nowhere near good enough;

“I think I’ve got to put myself three or four behind on Sunday, leading doesn’t seem to be working out for me.”

Russell Knox, -4 under 67 today moving him up the leaderboard to -7 under par overall, he was tied with Luke in second place.

New professional out on the PGA Tour Bryson DeChambeau, -3 under par 68 today, tied in fourth place with Kevin Na -2 under 69, both finished with -5 under par totals.

RBC Heritage. Luke Donald and Branden Grace at the Top

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Luke Donald and Branden Grace top the RBC Heritage leaderboard after the first round at Harbour Town Golf Links.

 

Luke Donald, former No. 1 in the world, is ranked 95th in the Official World Golf Ranking. (Jared Tilton/Getty Images)

Luke Donald.

Luke and Branden both carded opening rounds of -5 under par 66 at Hilton Head to lead the RBC Heritage by just one shot.

Luke said he was annoyed at not being at The Masters, but his putting stats are not good;

“I don’t want to be sitting at home watching the majors on TV; yet.”

“I haven’t looked statistically at my putting, but it’s probably outside the top 100 right now.”

 “For five straight years I was number one, that’s a big difference.”

“I feel like I’ve got a few good years ahead of me.”

“I have some good memories and good mojo here, it’s nice to continue that with a solid round today.”

Second place is shared by four players all on -4 under par, Matt Kuchar, David Lingmerth, Tony Finau, and World number one Jason Day.

Jason seemed to be cruising through 17 holes, before taking an unplayable lie in the bunker at 18, and making bogey to finish. He is really concentrating on enlarging the gap between himself and the other contenders for his #1 spot, plus of course dealing with the weather conditions;

“It was a tough break, it was a little bit unlucky, but I shouldn’t have been in that bunker.”

 “It’s unfortunate, but things happen.”

“At this point I’ve got to try to extend the gap in the world rankings. That’s my main focus right now.”

“They say it’s going to gust at times 40 miles an hour, 20 to 30 mile an hour winds with rain, it should be very difficult.” 

It should be mentioned that neither Jordan Spieth or Rory McIlroy are in the field this week.

Bryson DeChambeau, last year’s NCAA and U.S. Amateur Champion, played his first event as a pro at Harbour Town and opened with a -1 under par 70.

Qatar Masters. Amazing Grace Wins

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Amazing Branden Grace successfully defended his title in winning the Qatar Masters, at Doha Golf Club.

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Defending champion Branden carded a final round -3 under par 69, for -14 under total to retain his title and lift the Mother of Pearl Trophy again, in winning the Qatar Masters, making history as the first man to successfully defend this title;

“It’s great, I’m pretty much at a loss for words.”

“It’s a big thing to come to a week defending. You’ve got a lot more pressure and a lot more things going on that week.”

“To get the first proper defence under the belt is something great, and something I’ve been dreaming of.”

“There’s no better place to do it than Qatar. This was really one of my biggest wins to date last year, and I think this is just going to push it up even higher.”

“It’s all a big learning curve as your career goes on. I’ve learned a lot this week, learned patience, and I’ve learned what it takes now to defend a title.”

“And not just that; to win a title again. It happened last year, but it feels long gone. So it’s great to be in the winner’s circle again.”

Rafa Cabrera-Bello and Thorbjørn Olesen shared second place, two shots back at -12 under par. Rafa was -2 under 70 today and Thorbjørn -1 under 71.

Tied in fourth place were Bradley DredgeAndrew Johnston and Lee Slattery, all at -11 under par.

Paul Lawrie, in his attempt to make history of his own, by becoming the first man to win here three times, failed miserably, returning a last round of +6 over par 78 and drop to -7 for the competition, after starting the day with a two shot lead.

BMW South African Open. Branden Stone Wins.

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Branden Stone wins the BMW South African Open, the second oldest national Open Championship in the world.

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Branden carded a finale round -1 under par 71 to win the BMW South African Open, with a -14 under par tournament total. First thing today was to complete his third round, which he accomplished well, giving himself a two shot lead going into the final round. At one point during that last round he had a five shot lead, but got pegged back, eventually getting over the line with two shots to spare.

Naturally he was very emotional, and very happy to join the list of great names from South Africa who have won their National title;

“To join the likes of Retief Goosen, Ernie Els, Trevor Immelman and a whole bunch more, it’s really special.”

“It’s such a prestigious event, especially for a South African golfer.”

“It’s too good to be true. I’m overcome with emotions at the moment. There was a lot of ups and downs in that final round but to come out on top at the end is incredible.”

“I was just trying to focus on what I needed to do, there was obviously a few birdie holes after that.”

“After 12, when I birdied that, I was: Let’s get going, let’s get started. This is a great birdie here, let’s get going.”

“The way that I’ve been playing towards the end of last year, I’ve really been practising hard during the Christmas and festive period which has really helped.”

“On Thursday I felt that my game was in the right spot to compete for this week.”

Christiaan Bezuidenhout finished in second place following his charge up the leaderboard, firing a last round -5 under par 67 for a -12 under par total.

Daniel Brooks from England claimed third spot, with a -11 under par total. He was leading at the turn on the last day, but could not capitalize on the back nine, ending up with a final round of even par.

Behind him at -9 under par were the South African quartet of Retief Goosen, Branden Grace, Keith Horne and Justin Walters.

Best round of the day went to  American Daniel Im, -7 under par 65, it left him T8 at -8 under.