Vivint Houston Open. Brandt Snedeker Has 1st Round Lead.

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Brandt Snedeker has the first round lead at the Vivint Houston Open being played at Memorial Park Golf Course in Houston, which included fans.Brandt carded -5 under par 65 to lead the Vivint Houston Open by two shots after the first round, finding many fairways;

“Drove it great, around this golf course you have to be in the fairway, otherwise it’s going to be a long day for you.”

“Did a great job of that. Made some putts. And the par fives, birdied every par five out there.”

“This course is a long, tough golf course, so to play well you need to take advantage of the scoring holes, which I did a great job of today.”

“I think that’s a big reason why I played well today, I love having fans out here. I kind of feed off their energy. It’s great to hear some claps and people excited for good shots and some birdies.”

Tied in second place, two shots back at -3 under, after opening rounds of 67, are; Jason Day,  Scottie Scheffler, Harold Varner III, Carlos Ortiz, Michael Thompson and Cameron Davis.

Scottie spoke about being patient around this course;

“The golf course kind of forces you into being patient just because you can’t really miss too many greens.”

“Around the greens out here is very, very difficult to get up-and-down and you can get into some spots where you start playing ping pong across these greens.”

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Sanderson Farms Championship.Three-Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a three-way tie at the top of the Sanderson Farms Championship, with Sergio Garcia from Spain,  J.T. Poston, USA and Cameron Davis from Australia sharing the honor.J.T. Poston

J.T. -3 under 69 today, Sergio, -6 under 66, and Cameron with the days low round of -9 under par 63, all share top spot on the Sanderson Farms Championship leaderboard at -14 under par at the Country Club of Jackson in Mississippi.

Sergio has been putting with his eyes closed!!

“Would you believe me if I told you I’ve been doing it for about three years?”

“I’ve gone on and off, but like Augusta, I won it playing with my eyes closed every single putt and some of the other wins, too.”

“I feel like it gives me a little more freedom to feel the stroke instead of kind of; sometimes we get too focused on trying to make it perfect and kind of following with the eyes and everything.”

“This way I feel like I just feel it and I just let my natural ability kind of take over instead of telling myself what to do.”

If he wins Cameron would be the seventh straight first time US PGA Tour winner at this event;

“It’s a different story when you know you’re in the lead or near the lead.”

J.T.  was not so hot with the putter today;

“Three guys tied for the lead and a bunch of guys right behind us.”

“So I think you’re going to have to go shoot something pretty low because out of that group somebody is going to shoot probably six, seven under, I would guess, maybe even lower.”

Tied in fourth spot, one back at -13 under are Brandt Snedeker, -5 under 67 today, and Kris Ventura with a third round score of -4 under 68.

Actually there are 10 players separated by only four shots, it will be a very close finish to this tournament.

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Farmers Insurance Open, Mark Leishman Wins, On Australia Day in the U.S.

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Mark Leishman of Australia wins the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in California.

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Mark had a last round -7 under par 65 to win the Farmers Insurance Open by one shot at -15 under par, a special extra was it being Australia Day in the USA;

“I didn’t actually hit it that well off the tee today..

“The knack for coming from behind is putting, always. You’re not going to win PGA Tour events if you’re not putting well. I putted as good as I’ve probably ever putted today.”

Jon Rahm, Spain, was in second place, he needed an eagle at the last, reminiscent of his winning putt in 2017, but this time it came up just short, to leave him one back at -16 under after his final round of -2 under 70.

Tied in third place, at -14 under were Rory McIlroy, -3 under 69 today, and Brandt Snedeker who had a last round of -4 under 68.

Tiger Woods was back at -9 under and T9 posting a last round -2 under 70. After his round Tiger was shocked by the news that his great friend Kobe Bryant had died in helicopter crash just outside of L.A. He said in a TV interview;

“You know, Amanda, I didn’t know until Joey just told me coming off 18 green. I didn’t really understand why the people in the galleries were saying, ‘Do it for Mamba,’ but now I understand.”

“It’s a shocker to everyone. I’m unbelievably sad.”

“One of the more tragic days that, well, for me, reality is just sitting in.”

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Farmers Insurance Open. Ryan Palmer Leads.

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Ryan Palmer shot -10 under 62 on the Torrey Pines north course to lead the Farmers Insurance Open by two strokes after 36 holes in California.

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Ryan’s -10 under 62 included a bogey, at the last hole, a par four. He leads the Farmers Insurance Open by two shots heading into the week-end;

“The way I’m driving the ball right now gives a lot of confidence for the weekend.”

“It’s awesome to shoot a low round like that but it’s always tough to follow it up. But it’s exciting and I love where my game is at.”

Brandt Snedeker has second place at -8 under par, he signed a second round -5 under 67 on the south course.

Four players are tied in third position at -7 under par, JB Holmes, -3 under 69 on the SC, Jhonnathan Vegas, -4 under 68 on NC, Sebastian Cappelen, -1 under 71, NC, and Matthew NeSmith with -2 under 70 on the South.

Making news for the wrong reason Tiger Woods four-putted the first hole, from 25 yards. He went on to recover, finishing T17 at -4 under. He was joined on that score by Rory McIlroy, +1 over 73 today, they were both on the south course.

Among those taking an early trip home after missing the -1 under cut line were Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose, and Rickie Fowler

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BMW Championship. FedEx Cup Playoffs.

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Two players are tied at the top of the BMW Championship leaderboard after the first round of the FedExCup Playoffs of the top 70, at Medinah Country Club in Chicago. Justin Thomas and Jason Kokrak share the honor.

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Justin & Jason both cared first rounds of -7 under par 65 to top the BMW Championship leaderboard.

Justin struggled at his warm-up routine;

“I couldn’t hit the ball, I had no idea what I was doing.”

“I mean, it’s been an odd season just because I’ve missed three tournaments.”

“But the difference with this season is and any other season is I’d won. I’m playing every bit as good as I have any other year, that’s for sure.”

Jason decided not to do number crunching, to see what he has to achieve here to progress to East Lake next week;

“You know, I thought about doing some number crunching and seeing what I had to finish.”

“But I think playing golf, putting myself in a good position to win a golf tournament, is going to get the job done.”

“I don’t think I need to worry about where I need to finish in the tournament. I’d rather go out and try to win.”

Five players are then tied in third place, one shot back at -6 under following their opening rounds of 66; Jim Furyk, Patrick Cantlay, Joel Dahmen, Lucas Glover and Brandt Snedeker are all looking good.

Jim is hoping  to play well enough to advance, a tough ask from 39th place;

“I’d much rather be in 20th place and know I’ve got a ticket stamped.”

“But I don’t have much to lose this week, to be honest with you, the only thing is upside.”

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The Northern Trust. Reed Leads

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Patrick Reed leads The Northern Trust after 54 holes at Liberty National Golf Club.

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Patrick delivered a third round of -4 under par 67 to lead The Northern Trust by one shot at -14 under;

“From the fairway, you can attack.”

“It’s one of those things that you just have to be smart and play this golf course smart.”

“You have to give yourself opportunities and I feel like I’ve been doing that this week.”

“It’s just awesome to finally be in that position back again where I’m contending on Sunday and have a chance to win the golf tournament.”

Abraham Ancer, Mexico, is in second place at -13 under after his -3 under par 68 third round score;

“I’m very pleased with the way I played.”

 “Extremely tough conditions out there. The golf course firmed up a ton. It was definitely a different animal than the last two days.”

Abraham is trying not to think about all the other possibilities that could open up here with a win;

“I’m trying not to think about that too much.”

“I know it’s there and I obviously think about it, but I’m just focusing on trying to do everything I can to just play a good, solid round tomorrow.”

Tied in third spot are, Brandt Snedeker, with a great -8 under 63 today, and Jon Rahm, Spain, with his third round of -2 under 69.

 

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RBC Canadian Open. Rory, Matt & Webb Tied at the Top.

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Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland, Matt Kuchar and Webb Simpson from USA, are all tied at the top of the RBC Canadian Open leaderboard at Hamilton Golf & Country Club in Canada.

Rory sits one back after third-round 63

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Rory carded a third round -6 under 64 to share top spot at the RBC Canadian Open with Matt, -1 under 69 today, and Webb who signed for a -3 under 67, all at -13 under for the tournament.

Rory has been finding the fairways, 371 yards down the first today;

“I’ve put myself in the fairway for the most part, and from there I’ve been able to give myself birdie opportunities.”

“I think the best preparation for tournaments ahead is to get yourself into contention and feel the heat of battle, and going down the stretch hitting the shots when you need to.”

“If you can do that then I don’t think there is anything else in the game that will give you more confidence than that.”

Webb has played 54 holes without a bogey;

“I think the times when it’s a guess this week I’ve guessed correctly.”

 “And I’ve been putting well, especially inside 10 feet. I’ve had to make a few 6-, 7-footers, but so far they’ve gone in and haven’t made a blemish yet.”

Three players are  then tied in fourth spot, one shot back at -12 under, Shane Lowry, Ireland, -4 under 66 today, Adam Hadwin, Canada, -3 under 67, and Brandt Snedeker, USA, with a third round-1 under 69.

Adam would love to win his National tournament;

“We’ll see what happens, with what the wind is doing and how firm everything has gotten.”

“The nice thing about this place, because it’s a little bit shorter, if you hit it well you can post a 5, 6-under pretty solidly, like Rory today, or it can get you.”

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RBC Canadian Open. Two Tied at the Top after 36 Holes.

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There are two players tied at the top of the RBC Canadian Open leaderboard after 36 holes at Hamilton Golf and Country Club  in Canada. Scott Brown and Matt Kuchar, both from the USA  share the honor.

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Matt and Scott both carded second rounds of -7 under par 63 to top the RBC Canadian Open leaderboard with -12 under par totals for the 36 holes played.

Tied in second place at -11 under par are Brandt Snedeker, USA, with a great second round -10 under par 60, equaling the course record. He shares second pace with the top Canadian player, Nick Taylor, with a -5 under par 65 today.

Brandt, a former FedExCup Champion shot a 59 to open last year’s Wyndham Championship, and went on to win that week;

“When I did it at Wyndham I wasn’t feeling very good about my game at all; today I was feeling good.”

“I knew I could get something going early, make a putt early, I was rolling it really good on the putting green so I felt like I was there.”

“You get one those days every once in a while, and so I did the best I could taking advantage of it. I tried to make sure I made every putt today.”

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Safeway Open. Kevin Tway with Maiden Win.

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Kevin Tway gained his maiden PGA Tour victory, at the Safeway Open, in a play-off win against Ryan Moore and Brandt Snedeker at Silverado Resort and Spa in California.

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Kevin had a final round -1 under 71, Ryan carded a great last round -5 under par 67 while Brandt slumped in the final round to +2 over par 74. They were all tied at the top of the Safeway Open leaderboard at -14 under par for the tournament, and went into the play-off to decide the winner.

Brandt made five at the first extra hole, the par five 18th, and was eliminated while Kevin and Ryan progressed back to the tee, both with birdie. Kevin and Ryan birdied it again second time round. Kevin won with birdie at the third extra hole the par four 10th.

The win left Kevin lost for words;

 “I’m kind of at a loss for words.”

“In the playoff I made three birdies, so that was pretty good.” 

Ryan did not feel that he played that well today;

“I didn’t get off to the best start and my swing didn’t feel that great.”

“So I just had to grind a little bit and kind of find a little key for the day.”

Brandt could only blame himself after starting with a three shot advantage today;

“No one to blame but myself, I have to find a way to win today.”

Four players were then tied in fourth place at -13 under, Luke List, Troy Merritt, Sam Ryder, with Aaron Baddeley, Australia and Sungiae Im from South Korea.

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Safeway Open. Sneds Keeps Lead.

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Brandt Snedeker keeps the lead after 54 holes of the Safeway Open at the Silverado Resort and Spa in California.Snedeker leads by three shots at Safeway Open

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Sneds kept his three shot lead at the Safeway Open with a third round -3 under par 69, giving him a tournament total of -16 under after the 54 holes completed;

“I’m really proud of the way I stepped up there and hit some quality shots when I needed to.”

“I made some birdies and gave me a little bit of cushion for tomorrow, which will be really important because tomorrow’s supposed to be tougher than today, so every shot is really important coming down the stretch.”

“It was a tough day, the wind kicked up the last 12 or 13 holes.”

“I just did a great job of staying patient knowing the last three holes were birdies holes.”

Kevin Tway has second place those three shots back at -13 following his  bogey free third round -4 under 68;

“It was a tough day, the wind picked up.”

“I kept the ball in play nicely. I made a nice save on fourteen and that was my only real bad shot.”

Third place belongs to Sungjae Im, South Korea, who carded -3 under 69 for a total of -12 under par.

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