Travelers Championship. Brian Harman Ahead of Bubba.

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Brian Harman is ahead of Bubba Watson as they go into the final round of the Travelers Championship, at TPC River Highlands.

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Brian shot a bogey free third round, in the rain, -5 under par 65, to top the leaderboard on the third day of the Travelers Championship with a -14 under par tournament total.

He will take a one shot lead into the final round tomorrow, where he will be paired once again with that other lefty, Bubba, who preceded him as a standout left-hander for the University of Georgia Bulldogs. Brian is looking forward to having some fun once again with his rival, and friend, Bubba;

“Bubba’s a lot of fun to play golf with.”

“He was a little before me at Georgia, so I always looked up to him, was always really proud of the way he was doing and we were always rooting for him at Georgia.”

“I’ve never played particularly well in the rain, but I try to look at today and we got a break.”

“The weather was not as bad as I thought it was going to be.”

Bubba shares second place at -13 under par with Graham DeLaet; Bubba got lucky, to shoot -2 under par today while Graham cruised round the course in -6 under par 64.

Bubba mentioned Brian after their round today, and also the lucky bounce off a tree;

“He’s a solid player, it sounds funny saying this, but he’s like a little bulldog.”

“It hit the tree and everybody roared, I had to ask the camera guy, and he said it was in the bunker.”

Graham had back surgery for a pinched nerve in 2011, a problem that he says still bothers him;

“The last couple months I’ve been moving really well and feeling a lot better.”

“My golf game is coming around too, which is nice.”

Lurking behind the top three is a group of three players on -11 under par, Paul Casey, Zach Johnson and Brandt Snedeker.

Brandt had been having some problems with his putting, which was frustrating, but today he carded a -7 under par 63;

“Funny, people gave me a hard time about my putting last year and it was bad, as bad as it’s ever been on Tour”

“But the thing is, I was hitting it the best I’ve ever hit it on Tour. So it was frustrating to say the least.”

“The putter’s been consistent all year.”

There is a storm moving into to Connecticut, and officials said Sunday’s final round will be played in threesomes, going off the 1st and 10th tees beginning at 11:30 a.m. So Bubba and Brian will be joined in the last grouping by Graham DeLaet.




Northern Trust Open. Brilliant Bubba Wins

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Brilliant Bubba Watson wins the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club.

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Bubba shot another brilliant round of -7 under par 64 to win the Northern Trust Open at Pacific Palisades, with a two shot margin at -15 under par;

“You never know when your last win is going to be, my last win could have been the Masters, which would have been a great way to go out. But winning here at Northern Trust is nice. I never looked down, I never felt down that I haven’t won yet but just keep plugging along and somehow it fell in my lap today.”

“I’m not thinking about the bad swings, I’m not thinking about the bad chips or missed putts. I bogeyed the last hole two weeks ago to lose. He probably could have beat me in a playoff, as well, if I made the putt. But I lost and I come in here, hit a good wedge and somehow made the putt to win.”

“I’m just looking at, I’m always going forward now. You’re always trying to go forward. I’ve got my son and my wife to worry about. If I’m mad about three-putts and bad holes, then I’ve got other issues.”

Wife Angie spoke about the expectations since Bubba won the Masters;

“I feel like there’s sometimes been a sense of a little more pressure since the Masters to win, so that makes it that much tougher. I think he’ll be really proud of the way he fought down the stretch. He made four-footer after four-footer for par which really testes your nerves. I feel like Bubba got over the disappointment a lot faster than everybody else that was supporting us that week. Everybody was down in the dumps but he was positive. The bottom line was he’s playing great golf. You can’t be disappointed. That’s all any of them want to do is play and perform at their best. A few shots here and there was the difference in that tournament, and he was the best player for 68 holes.”

Dustin Johnson was in second place at -13 under par. Tied in third place were Jason Allred and Brian Harman, both finished on -12 under par for the tournament.

Today was all about Bubba Watson, and where he goes from here.

Northern Trust Open. William McGirt the New Leader.

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William McGirt is the new leader of the Northern Trust Open at he end of day 3 at the Riviera Country Club, in Pacific Palisades, California.

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 William  accumulated 8 birdies in 13 holes at Riviera County Club on moving day, to sign for a third round -6 under par 65, giving him a tournament total of -12 under par.

He said he really appreciated playing on the TOUR;

“When you’re around mini-tours for eight years and go through a bunch of heartaches at Q-school, once you finally get here, you really have to appreciate it. I’ve just got to go play my game tomorrow and hope that it’s good enough.”

In second place at -10 under par are Charlie Beljan and George McNeill,  George had a -5 under par third round of 66, while Charlie carded -3 under par 68.

Tied in fourth spot are Jason Allred and Brian Harman, both at -9 under par.

Jason is another player who is soaking up the atmosphere playing on the Tour, especially the reaction he got when sinking a ten foot putt on the last hole to card a -4 under par 67. He also spoke about his expectations;

” Making the putt on eighteen is probably the most excitement I felt from the crowd ever in my career.I can’t tell you how much it means to me to be able to be at a place in my life. I just have so much to be thankful for with my amazing family. It just feels great to be out here and soak it up.”

“I need to be honest, it’s totally blown them out of the water, but also to be honest, even when I go out to practice, whether it’s to prepare for a gate way tournament or this week, I still have that belief in me that I have it in me to win big golf tournaments. At times, even I have a hard time believing that over the years, but it sure is fun to be out here and be able to have a chance.”

There is a bunch of formidable players sitting on -8 under par, Jordan Spieth (67), Dustin Johnson (69) and Jimmy Walker (67), who is going for his fourth win of the season after winning last week in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-am. Also in that group are a pair of Masters champions, Bubba Watson (64) and Charl Schwartzel (68).

Bubba had the round of the day, -7 under par 64, the boys at the top had better not look back over their shoulders, the sight of one of these top players coming after you is likely to give you a case of the colly-wobbles.

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Tampa Bay Championship. It’s Tight at the Top.

It’s tight at the top of the Tampa Bay Championship after the conclusion of the third round at the Innisbrook Resort, Copperhead course. Kevin Streelman, Justin Leonard and George Coetzee share the lead at -6 under par.

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Kevin Streelman had the best round of the day, a -6 under par third round that catapulted him to the top of the leaderboard as yesterdays leaders fell away to leave the tournament wide open.

At the start of play today Shawn Stefani held a slender one-shot lead over Aussie Adam Scott and K.J. Choi. Both Adam and K.J. fell back with third rounds of +5 over par 76s, and Shawn made the turn at +4 over par before rescuing his round by salvaging a 74 that leaves him two shots back of the leaders.

Right behind the three leaders are four players on -5 under par, they are Jim Furyk, Ben Kohles, Greg Chalmers and Tag Ridings.

Jim Furyk could have stayed at home to  handle the details for Monday’s upcoming event that benefits the charitable foundation that bears his name, along with wife Tabitha.

Jim joked;

” I really avoided all the work this week, being here. I made a couple of mistakes here and there, but I really feel like my game has gotten stronger every day. I feel more confident with the putter in my hand. I’m seeing a couple more putts go in, and I think that’s giving me confidence as well. That’s why my scores are getting better.”

Another shot back and you have the quality of World Number 3, Luke Donald making his presence felt with a bogey free -4 under par. Luke is tied at ninth position along with, Bryce Molder, Jordan Spieth, Brian Harman and Shawn Stefani.

Luke said there is a fine line between the top spot and 30th place;

” It’s a fine line between success and finishing 30th, I think a lot of my fans and myself, you know, have always expected to see me in the Top Ten, and up at the top of the leaderboard every week and sometimes golf is just not that easy. It was nice to go around this course and not make a mistake, not drop a shot, and you know, I wanted to shoot five or six under, nearly got there, a couple missed putts and didn’t birdie any par fives. Could have been a really low round today. But yeah, certainly moving in the right direction, as I said, I feel like my game has been close, and obviously starting to show with some results”

It will be a big shoot out tomorrow, and I expect one of the more experienced players to master the conditions and lift the trophy.

Tampa Bay Championship. It’s Still Shawn at The Top

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After the second round of the Tampa Bay Championship, Shawn Stefani is still at the top of the leaderboard, the rookie proving that his first round effort was no fluke.

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Shawn Stefani completed his second round of the Tampa Bay Championship, presented by EverBank, at the Innisbrook Copperhead course, in -1 under par, for a tournament total of -7 under. The rookie is still at the top of the leaderboard, by just one shot, from the very experienced pair of Adam Scott and K.J. Choi, who are tied in second spot, at -6 under par for the tournament.

Shawn had to scramble more today that he would have preferred, although he did manage to convert all the putts he felt he was supposed to make in his second round;

” Today was a little bit more of a struggle, didn’t really drive it super great. Didn’t hit some of the best iron shots. But I scrambled well and I putted really great. When you putt good, that usually keeps rounds going, and that’s pretty much what happened today.”

Adam was pretty happy to go bogey free today, and set himself up nicely for the week-end;

To go bogey-free anywhere is good, and I think here is particularly good. It’s quite a tricky golf course, and mistakes are easily made, very pleased with that. I got myself right in contention for the weekend, which I’m pleased about.”

K.J. Choi is pleased with his position, just a shame I think that he is now using the claw grip on his putter;

“Sometimes very nervous, but I keep going more in line. But still, -6 under par, a very good position. My confidence is very well.”

There are four players tied in fourth place at -5 under par, they are, Harris English, Brian Harman, Jason Duffner and Peter Tomasulo.

World Number Three Luke Donald struggled again today, with a +1 over par 72, and way down the list tied in 31st place. I suppose really he was lucky to make the cut for the week-end. I hope he puts together a good round tomorrow.

Tampa Bay Championship. Shawn Stefani on Top after 1st Round

The Tampa Bay Championship at the Innisbrook Resort, Copperhead, Palm Harbor in Florida saw a new name, Shawn Stefani, at the top of the leaderboard at the conclusion of the first round.

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Shawn Stefani shot a bogey free first round of -6 under par 65, on the Innisbrook par 71 Copperhead course layout, to lead the competition by two shots from Brian Harman who is on -4 under par.

There are three players tied in third position on -3 under par, all in with rounds of 68, they are, Tag Ridings, Brendan Steele and Harris English.

Tag Ridings admitted he had not brought enough warm clothing with him, thinking he was going to tropical Florida, but agreed a few birdies soon warmed him up;

” I’m underpacked this week, obviously, but I got it done on the first couple of holes, and after about six holes I was OK. They do, it took me a while to make, but my playing partners were making them in the group, so I knew they were available.”

Most frustrated player of the day had to be Luke Donald, World Number Three, and defending Champion here at the Tamper Bay Championship.

Luke had got it to -4 under par through the first 14 holes only to stumble home with three bogeys over his last four at Innisbrook’s Copperhead course, to finish at -1 under par, 70.

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” I’m extremely disappointed right now, I had it really under control and could have been six or seven under with a couple putts. Obviously to finish like that, it leaves a bitter taste in my mouth.”


The Barclays, Padraig leads after 1st round.


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The Barclays first round at Bethpage Black  in New York got off to a red number start as Padraig Harrington shot a -7 under par 64, to lead the field by just one stroke. Padraig made a mockery of the red warning sign on the first tee, which reads, ” “The Black Course is an Extremely Difficult Course Which We Recommend Only For Highly Skilled Golfers.” Padraig remarked that as soon as he forgot how difficult it was supposed to be he started to think Birdie;

“The most interesting thing was it’s very hard to go out and play this course without thinking you’re playing a U.S. Open. The best I’ve struck my putts, the best I’ve rolled the ball for a long period of time. You’re going to need to be 12-under par at the end of the week, or, who knows? But it ain’t going to be level par.”

Padraig knows that he needs to win this tournament to have any chance of being called into the Ryder Cup team, he and European Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal  do not get on, and the three-time Major Champion knows he will have to force his way onto the team. Personally speaking I think Padraig should be there, his experience of playing in America is invaluable. Padraig admitted his chances were slim;

 “I’m sure if I went and had a look at the odds, I would be a long-shot to make the team.”

Close behind at -6 under par are Nick Watney and Brian Harman who both cruised round with 65’s. Fifty one of 123 players managed to break par on the infamous Bethpage Black lay-out, not exactly the result everybody was predicting. There is only six shots separating 1st and 51st on the leaderboard, a real log jam, and tomorrows round looks to be exceptionally important.

Rory McIlroy, who relished the side-by-side with Woods, is looking forward to tomorrow;

” It was good, I thought I played really solid, especially starting off, three under through six. Got a little quiet around the middle of the round, and my short game let me down a couple of times. It definitely could have been a few shots better, but I’m happy with how I played. I felt like I had a lot of chances out there, and I had enough chances to shoot a low one. I don’t think I need to change the strategy at all of hitting a lot of drivers and trying to be aggressive, so we’ll just continue to do the same thing.”

Tiger, who finished one shot better than Rory was not best pleased with todays performance;

“I didn’t quite hit the ball as well as I would like. I’m going to do some work this afternoon and work on a couple things that I know I need to shore up for tomorrow. But I’m very pleased with the way I putted. I putted great today.”

The guys who really struggled today were, Boo Weekly and Jason Bohn at +7, Andres Romero at +8 and dead last all on his own is South Korea’s Sang-Moon Bai, who sunk to a +10 over par round.