Valspar Championship. Corey Conners Continues.

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Corey Conners of Canada continues to lead the Valspar Championship at the Copperhead Course in Florida.

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Corey carded a moving day -3 under par 68 to keep his momentum going at the top of the Valspar Championship leaderboard with a -9 under par total;

“It was really cool. Came out and tried to have as much fun as possible.”

“I kind of knew what to expect out there with a lot of people and lot of people watching, but I felt comfortable.”

“I tried to get relaxed as early as possible and fortunately got off to a good start and kind of settled me down nicely.”

“Kept things pretty solid throughout the round.”

“Fun position to be in. Kind of what I work for and everybody works for out here.”

He has some serious company close behind in the form of Tiger Woods, -4 under 67 today, Justin Rose, England,-5 under 66, and Brandt Snedeker, -4 under 67, all of them just one back at -8 under par.

Tiger is all obviously all fired up after his great rival Phil Mickelson won last week. The best news for Corey is that he will not be paired up with Tiger for the final round, Justin Rose will be his partner, meaning the gallery will be a lot quieter. Tiger described the gallery today as;

“Loud. very, very loud.”

”I played myself right there in contention. It will be a fun Sunday.”

Brandt will play alongside Tiger, and knows it will be crazier tomorrow;

 “I was able to feed off a lot of energy today. That’s probably why I played so good.”

“Got me to focus real hard on every shot and did a good job of that today.”

“Do it again tomorrow, probably be crazier tomorrow.”

Justin holed a shot from 120 yards for Eagle, that really got him in the mood, and he putted really well;

“This ignited it for me. I was kind of getting a little frustrated, seeing the scores were decent.”

“I needed something to happen. I made that one.”

“I putted really, really well on the back nine. Every putt I had I thought would go in. Fun day.”

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Valspar Championship. Corey Conners Leads Half-Way.

 

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Corey Conners from Canada leads the Valspar Championship at the half-way point at the Innisbrook Copperhead Course in Florida.Conners leads after 36 holes

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Corey carded a second round -2 under par 69 to lead the Valspar Championship after 36 holes, and will take  two shot advantage into the week-end, a very new experience for him;

“Really happy to be in the position I am and to be here, first of all.”

“Really excited. Kind of a new position for me, but what I work for and looking forward to a fun weekend. It will be a challenge but I feel like I’m up to it and feel good about my game.”

“Pretty cool. Hopefully I can be in a position where I get some followers Sunday as well. That would be cool.”

“It will be a fun experience, the nice thing is there’s a ton of Canadian fans. I think this is a popular winter destination for Canadians.”

“I’ve been feeling a lot of Canadian love out there and yeah, looking forward to more of that and I think it will be a lot of fun.”

Five players are then tied in second place at -4 under par, Paul Casey, England, -3 under 68 today, is joined by USA players, Ryan Palmer, -5 under 66, Kelly Kraft, -1 under 70,  Brandt Snedeker and Tiger Woods, who both signed for second rounds of -3 under 68.

Tiger spoke about his recovery progress, and how cold it was during his warm-up today;

“I was freezing out there, I was just trying to stay warm. I was hitting it all over the place.”

“My surgeon hadn’t told me I was fused. If I’m not fused, this is a totally different game.”

“Am I going to feel what I did for the last four, five years? Or am I going to be like this?”

“Could I have envisioned myself being here? No,”

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Farmers Insurance Open. Two Tied At The Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the Farmers Insurance Open after 54 holes at Torrey Pines, Patrick Rogers and Brandt Snedeker hold a one shot lead after their rounds on the South Course.

Rodgers races to the top

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Patrick carded a third round at the Farmers Insurance Open of -5 under par 67, to share the lead at -9 under par, using a new putter;

“It’s a good time to change putters and it’s nice to see a few go in, but I’ll have to be patient tomorrow and just trust in it.”

“I think it looks great and hopefully it’s going to help me make a few more putts.”

Brandt could only manage -2 under 70 today, to be at -9 under, but likes his odds on winning, he is in a better position now than the two wins he has recorded here;

“I definitely like my odds better than the last two times I won at this place, that’s for sure.”

“So I’m in the right frame of mind, exactly where I kind of want to be in the last group here.”

“This is obviously a tough golf course. There’s a lot of guys within a couple shots of the lead so it doesn’t really mean a whole lot, but this place for whatever reason seems to bring out my best and I am excited about the challenge tomorrow.”

Tony Finau, -5 under 67 and Cheng Tsung Pan, from Taipei, -3 under 69 share third place, one shot back at -8 under par for the competition.

Tony likes the idea that it could rain, it could help big hitters like himself;

“I think when you hit it with some length, it’s a golf course that you can take advantage of, for sure.”

“But so many components go into winning a golf tournament. I’ll enjoy this round tonight and look forward to tomorrow.”

“I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but I like the way I’m playing and look forward to tomorrow.”

Tomorrow will be exciting, there are 21 players within four shots of the leaders.

Farmers Insurance Open. Justin Rose Tops The Leaderboard, As Tiger Misses Cut.

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Justin Rose tops the 36 hole Farmers Insurance Open leaderboard at Torrey Pines in California, while Tiger Woods misses the cut, on his return to Tournament golf.

Justin Rose made one last birdie to end the day at 8-under through 36 holes to secure the lead at Torrey Pines. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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Justin shot a second round -1 under par 71 on the South Course to stay on top of the Farmers Insurance Open by one shot at -8 under par, putting was a problem;

“I was going along really nicely today. I think I hit my first ten greens in regulation, I was playing lovely.”

“Things were going really well. Felt like I was in control.”

“But this golf course gets tough as you turn back into the breeze there on 14, 15, 16, it felt like, and this is probably just more just my perspective than anything, but it felt like as we turned into the wind the greens got bumpy, too.”

“So it felt like coming in it was even hard to see pars coming in.”

“Everyone’s played both courses now and now we get to play the bruiser for the next two days. So you just want to basically put yourself within a shot.”

“I actually think the cut mark is incredibly low for two days around here. Pretty much everyone who’s made the cut is still in the golf tournament.”

“It’s a golf course you’ve got to stay patient on. You’ve just got to hit good golf shots. You can’t really fake it around here so it’s just about continuing to play well.”

Adam Hadwin is still hanging on to Justin’s coattails, -1 under 71 on the North Course today giving him -7 under for the tournament. He shares second place with Brandt Snedeker -3 under 69 on the South today.

Brandt spoke about his strategy for the course;

 “There’s definitely a lot of strategy involved. Guys don’t think that there is. They think they should have to hit every fairway and that’s not the case.”

“So I did a great job today of missing it in the right spots to give myself a lot of good opportunities to save pars when I had to.”

“There’s birdie holes out there, you’ve just got to wait for them to come and not force it around here.”

A sad Tiger Woods was not the only big name casualty to make an early exit at the Farmers. He was joined by World #1 Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, the PGA TOUR player of the year, Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker.

Tiger spoke to the media after his miserable exit;

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“It’s frustrating not being able to have a chance to win the tournament.”

“I didn’t make the cut. Overall, today was better than yesterday. I hit it better. I putted well again. I hit a lot of beautiful putts that didn’t go in, but I hit it much better today, which was nice.”

“We fixed a few things while playing today, which was nice.”

Fiji International, Brandt Snedeker Cruises To Win.

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Fresh from his Ryder Cup success Brandt Snedeker cruises to his first European Tour win in the Fiji International, at  Natadola Bay Golf Course.

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Brandt carded a final round -4 under 68 while all those around him collapsed, he won the Fiji International by a whopping nine shots, with a -16 under par total;

“To go out there and the play the way I did at the weekend, extend my lead, I’m very happy with how comfortable I felt in that situation.”

“I never really gave any back or did anything that would cause myself to lose the golf tournament. I’m just building all that positive stuff right now so it’s a lot of fun.”

“It kind of worked out perfectly today because it was playing so tough, nobody could really make a run, there were no low scores out there so that made my job a lot easier.”

“It’s been a pretty good two weeks, I was joking earlier I might add another tournament next week.”

“It’s been an unbelievable run. To play the way I have has been really fun.”

“I’ve done a lot of other stuff in my career, last week helped me prepare for that, handling the pressure the way I did.”

“Today is going to help me do that, handling a big lead the way I did, to know I can handle whatever a golf course throws at me against the best players in the world and come out on top.”

New Zealander Michael Hendry was his closest rival, finishing at -7 under par for the tournament.

Ryder Cup. Saturday Foursomes, Just One Point Difference.

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Team Europe, lead by Rory McIlroy and Thomas Pieters continue the comeback in the Ryder Cup, against Team America, winning  two matches, losing one and all square in the last at Hazeltine National.

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Rory and Thomas took down Rickie Fowler and Phil Mickelson 4-2.

Justin Rose and Chris Wood won 1 up against Jimmy Walker and Zach Johnson.

Brandt Snedeker and Brooks Koepka beat Henrik Stenson and Matt Fitzpatrick 3-2.

Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth were all square with Sergio Garcia and Rafa Cabrera Bello.

The overall score is now America 6 1/2 points, Europe 5 1/2 after the Saturday Morning Foursomes.

The afternoon Fourballs have just started, would be good to have the scores all even gong into the single matches, great entertainment.

Wyndham Championship, Si Woo Kim Wins.

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Si Woo Kim wins the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club, his maiden PGA Tour victory.

Kim claims Wyndham

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Si Woo carded a final round -3 under par 67 to claim the Wyndham Championship title with a -21 under par score, which equaled the tournament low record;

“I feel confidence so I don’t have any fear to attacking the pin.”

“Before this tournament I was tough to gain that top 30 but right now I can get in so I’m very happy about that and want to get through it.”

A back in form Luke Donald was second, a last round -3 under par 67 giving him a tournament total of -16 under par, and he congratulated Si Woo on his victory and also was excited to jump from 99th to 48th in the FedExCup rankings;

“It’s never easy leading from the front but he seems to cope with it extremely well.”

“I didn’t realize my jump was going to be that extreme, obviously I can play with a little bit more freedom and go out there and hopefully keep playing the way I played this week.”

“I played pretty solidly today, I didn’t quite get it in the fairway quite enough to be able to attack enough pins and really put some pressure own Si.”

“He looked like he was very much in control of his game and he was going to be a hard man to catch. Lot of positives from this week and good time heading into the Playoffs to find in form.”

Sharing third place at -15 under par were Hideki Matsuyama and Brandt Snedeker, both -3 under 67 today.

Brandt summed his tournament;

“I’m rolling the ball fantastic, playing some great golf.”

“Got to find the one thing that kind of ties it all together. I can do it on the range occasionally.”

“On the golf course I do it quite a little bit every once in a while, or one or two will sneak in.”

“I wasn’t worried about second, I was trying to put some pressure on him.”

“Got to get those out of there before next week. Tough golf course next week. Make sure I’m hitting on all cylinders to handle Bethpage.”

“Got to think your way around the course, pull from the great finish I had four years ago, go up with some confidence and try the recreate it.”

“I got to go up there and play well, I need to be in the top five heading to Atlanta. I got three solid weeks to get that done.”