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.

Fiji International

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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.”

 

RBC Canadian Open. Canadian Jared du Toit Looking Good.

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Canadian amateur Jared du Toit is giving the home country some hope, looking good in second place at the RBC Canadian Open, to tournament leader Brandt Snedeker.

du Toit giving Canada hope

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Brandt leads the RBC Canadian Open, after three rounds  at Glen Abbey Golf Club, with a -9 under par total. Brandt posted a third round of -6 under par 66, to give himself a one shot going into the final round tomorrow, to try and repeat his win in this tournament from 2013;

“Birdieing five of your first six, you can’t really draw it up any better.”

 “I kind of had a lull there in the middle of the round, then finishing the way I did and taking advantage of the two par fives gave me a chance to go out there tomorrow and try to win this tournament again.”

“This gives me a lot of confidence going into the PGA Championship, FedExCup Playoffs, and helps me secure a Ryder Cup spot.”

 “There’s a lot on the line tomorrow, and I know what it entails and I need to go out and play well to secure that.”  

“I think I’m going to be the most hated man in Canada tomorrow.”

Jared, -2 under 70 today, shares second place with Dustin Johnson, -1 under 71, both at -8 under par for the three rounds played.

Jared  will try to become the first Canadian in more than 60 years to win his national open;

“I’m honestly just out here to have some fun and enjoy the atmosphere.”

 “Obviously I want to play well tomorrow, but it’s kind of my first go at it.”

“Win or lose, I’m happy with the way this week’s gone.”

Dustin took 27 putts today, not good compared to 23 and 26 in the previous rounds;

“The conditions were pretty difficult. It was windy. I had a hard time adjusting to the greens.”

 “I would either hit it too far or too short. I feel like I’m hitting good shots, but today, I just didn’t make any putts.

“I feel like I’m playing pretty well, got a lot of confidence in my golf swing right now.”

 “I just need to go out and make some birdies early and put some numbers on the board.” 

Low round of the day went to Steve Wheatcroft, -8 under par 64, to be T4 at -7 under;

“I know I’ve been playing very well lately.”

 “By swinging the club great, I went out there and tried to do my best.”

 

WGC Dell Match Play. Rory, Jordan and Jason Through to Last 16.

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Day 3 of Group Play at the  WGC Dell Match Play tournament has been completed at Austin Country Club, with Jason Day, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy through to the last 16.

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Rory commented after his round

“I feel like my game has gotten a little bit better as the day’s gone on. I know I will have to play very well again tomorrow to try and beat Zach.”

Todays Results

Group 1 Jordan Advances

Jordan Spieth 3 & 2 over Justin ThomasJamie Donaldson 1 up over Victor Dubuisson.

Group 2 Jason Advances

Jason won his match against Paul Casey, due to Paul becoming ill on course and he had to concede. Thongchai Jaydee halved his maych with Graeme McDowell.

Group 3 Rory Advances.

Rory won in a playoff with Kevin Na after they finished all square in their match, forcing them into sudden death, where Kevin sent his second tee shot into water on his way to a bogey, while Rory made par, to win.

Group 4 Patton Advances

Patton Kizzire 2 up over Emiliano Grillo. J.B. Holmes 1 up over Bubba Watson.

Group 5  Byeong Hun An Advances

Byeong Hun An won in a play-off against Scott Piercy after his match with Rickie Fowler ended all square. Scott defeated Jason Dufner 1up.

Group 6 Bill Haas Advances

Bill 1up over Adam Scott. Thomas Pieters 3&2 over Chris Wood.

Group 7 Matt Kuchar Advances

Matt 3&2 over Justin Rose. Anirban Lahiri 4&2 over Fabian Gomez.

Group 8 Dustin Johnson Advances

Dustin 2&1 over Jimmy Walker. Kiradech Aphibarnrat 1up over Robert Streb.

Group 9 Patrick Reed Advances

Patrick, in the surprise result of the day defeated Phil Mickelson 5&4, while  Daniel Berger conceded to Matthew Fiztpatrick.

Group 10 Brookes Koepka Advances

Brooks lost his match 4&3 to Danny Willett, but the other result went in his favor, with Billy Horschell losing 2&1 to Jaco Van Zyl.

Group 11 Chris Kirk Advances

Chris 3&2 over David Lingmerth and Branden Grace 5&4 over Russell Knox. This result lead to a play-off between Chris and Branden, which Chris won when Branden sent his first play-off tee shot in a bunker.

Group 12 Rafa Cabrera Bello Advances

Rafa halved his match against Soren  Kjeldsen, the half point gained was good enough to advance him. Hideki Matsuyama 3&2 over Kevin Kisner.

Group 13 Ryan Moore Advances

Ryan 3&1 over Lee Westwood. Sergio Garcia 5&4 over Marc Leishman.

Group 14 Zach Johnson Advances

Zach 4&3 over Shane Lowery. Martin Kaymer 4&3 over Marcus Fraser.

Group 15 Brandt Snedeker Advances

Brandt 5&3 over Charl Schwartzel. Charley Hoffman 4&2 over Danny Lee.

Group 16 Louis Oosthuizen Advances

Louis 4&2 over Andy SullivanMatt Jones and Bernd Wieberger halved their match.

 

ROUND OF 16 MATCHES
32. Bill Haas USA vs. 56. Chris Kirk USA
3. Rory McIlroy  vs. 15. Zach Johnson USA
30. Matt Kuchar USA vs. 20. Brooks Koepka USA
2. Jason Day  vs. 17. Brandt Snedeker USA
29. Byeong-Hun An KOR vs. 54. Rafa Cabrera Bello ESP
65. Patton Kizzire USA vs. 47. Ryan Moore USA
9. Dustin Johnson USA vs. 10. Patrick Reed USA
1. Jordan Spieth USA vs. 18. Louis Oosthuizen