WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. The Final 16. Sergio Blitzed By Jon.

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WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play has a last 16 for the weekend  at Austin Country Club in Texas. Spain’s new wonder kid Jon Rahm blitzed the old one Sergio Garcia, 6-4.

Jon Rahm (left) knocked off fellow Spaniard Sergio Garcia to win Group 7. (Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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Jon eased past Sergio 6-4 to win group 7, he told reporters

“I’d rather not play a fellow Spaniard. Obviously, representing Spain, we want as many Spaniards to make it as far as possible. But worse came to worse, and luckily whoever won today was going to make it through. Out of that, at least we are happy that was going to happen.”

Sergio said he did not perform well;

“Obviously Jon is playing well. It is nice to see at least a Spanish player going through. . “At the end of the day, you have to perform and if you don’t do it then you get beat.”

World number 1 Dustin Johnson won group one, saying;

“I like match play, it’s fun and it’s exciting to watch. Yeah, I feel like I’ve got a little bit of an advantage just because I’m playing really well.”

The last sixteen knockout matches begin tomorrow, lining up like this;

Kevin Na USA v Bill Hass USA

Marc Leishman Australia v Phil Mickelson USA

Jon Rahm Spain v Charles Howell 111 USA

Soren Kjeldson Denmark v William McGirt USA

Hideto Tanihara Japan  v Paul Casey England

Ross Fisher England v Bubba Watson USA

Alex Noren Sweden v Brooks Koepka USA

Dustin Johnson USA v Zack Johnson USA.

It is sad that this years  Championship has been blighted by mid-term with withdrawals, which left Rory McIlroy with no chance to progress. after Jason Day retired. Other groups also had the same misfortune, with Gary Woodland withdrawing for personal reasons, and Francesco Molinari with an injury.

 

 

 

WGC – Dell Technologies Match Play. Rory Out.

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Rory McIlroy is out of the  WGC – Dell Technologies Match Play, at Austin Country Club in Texas.

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Soren  Kjeldsen beat Emiliano Grillo, to advance to the last 16 of the WGC Dell Match Play tournament, and at the same time eliminating Rory McIlroy, because Soren will win the group with a walk over point in round three.

Soren was happy to progress out of a tough group;

“Right now, I’m very pleased to make it through, obviously I was in a very, very, very tough group and I got through that. I’m happy with that.”

Top winners included Bubba Watson 4-3 over Scott Piercy, World number 1 Dustin Johnson 3-2 over Martin Kaymer, Phil Mickelson 5-4 over Daniel Berger and Jordan Spieth 4-2 over Yuta Ikeda.

Unfortunately the two pull outs have changed the complexity of the competition.

Sergio Garcia set up an intriguing winner-takes-all encounter with Jon Rahm following his 4 and 3 victory over Kevin Chappell;

“It wasn’t easy. It was so gusty, the wind was blowing so hard.”

“Normally you need to hit a good putt, but you have to get lucky with catching the gust at the right time. I felt like I played really well today.”

“That’s what I wanted at the beginning of the week, for both of us on Friday to play to get through so at least one of us Spaniards goes through. I am excited.”

Jon is looking forward to the battle;

“We really want to play each other. We wish it was in the final. But we’re going to pretend like it’s a final.”

“We’re both very excited. Mathematically whoever wins tomorrow is going to go through. I think that is a good thing for us that at least we will have the showdown tomorrow.”

The Barclays. Two at the Top

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There are two players tied at the top of The Barclays tournament after the first round at Bethpage Black, in New York. Patrick Reed and Martin Laird share top spot at -5 under par following rounds of 66.

Patrick Reed's 5-under 66 in Round 1 of The Barclays was good enough for a share of the opening-round lead. (Chris Condon/Getty Images)

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Patrick, bogey free today and Martin also bogey free are tied at the top of The Barclays after carding -5 under par 66 in round one at Bethpage Black.

Patrick is winless this year, but sits at #8 position in the Ryder Cup standings;

“Of course it’s on my mind, but really at the end of the day, it’s just trying to get better and play this tournament, because if I play well, that means those other guys are going to have to play even better to try to catch me.”

These guys are followed by four players on -4 under par, all with opening rounds of 67, Rickie Fowler, Kevin Chappell, Emiliano Grillo and J.B. Holmes.

Rickie wants to make the Ryder Cup team for the U.S.A.;

“That’s the No. 1 priority coming into the year.”

“I’d say that’s always one of the main goals coming into a Ryder Cup year.”

“Even in the off year, you’re thinking about it. That was the whole reason playing last week, trying to get more points.”

“It would be nice to have a chance to make that team without having to get picked.”

J.B. has been searching for a putting inspiration, and thinks he may have found it;

“It was really good, had to stay calm today and tried to let go of the results.”

World number one Jason Day is in touch with the early leaders, a first round -3 under 68 has him T7.

In the huge group who finished the day at even par 71 were, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Bubba Watson.

Jordan said Bathpage Black was one of the toughest courses had played;

“It’s up there in the top few toughest courses I’ve ever played.”

“If they made the greens firm today, it would have been unplayable on a few holes.”

“It was very tough, challenging, but fair today. We just had it really, really tough in the afternoon with those winds so high.”

 

 

 

Travelers Championship. Three Tied at the Top.

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There are three players tied at the top of the Travelers Championship leaderboard after the first round at TPC River Highlands.

Vaughn Taylor, Andrew Loupe and Jerry Kelly share top spot at -6 under par.

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Jerry, Andrew and Vaughn all carded -6 under par 64 to share the top spot on the Travelers Championship leaderboard.

Vaughn said he played well but the putts would not drop;

“I played good early, just couldn’t get the putts to go. Just didn’t hit it quite close enough really.”

“I was playing well and just needed something to kind of get me going.”

“That was a nice little run and I needed that.”

“I’ve had to work on my swing a little bit. And putting and chipping. A little bit of everything.”

” That’s golf. Just when you think you got it, you kind of got reassess. It’s good this week. Played well last week. Hopefully keep moving.”

Jerry does not suffer the same crowd reaction as the likes of Bubba Watson;

“I’m not that man who has people constantly yelling wherever I go.”

 “I kind of take those good vibes and run with it. It’s fun.”

“Canada was the first week that I really played with this swing, I really feel comfortable with what I’m doing right now. “

“Every once in a while you get a golfer who says, Oh, if I had a time machine. If I could go back.”

“I feel like I just learned how to swing the golf club. I’ve said that a whole bunch of times during my career.”

“I would like this one to last a little bit longer. Being a feel player, all those feels tend to wear out with me.”

“I feel like I’m mechanically much better than I ever have been. I’m hitting much better shots than I ever have, and I don’t feel like I am as much of a timing striker.”

Jon is relishing the invites he is getting to tournaments, and also spoke about the good experience ha gained from the Canadian Open;

“It’s obviously great to be able to get unlimited invites.”

 “It’s unfortunate that it’s so late in the year and there are only three tournaments left.”

“Overall, pretty balanced day. I will say five under is, I mean, even if it was big difference between the nines, a pretty balanced score.”

“I was leading after two days, and on the weekend I did everything a little bit faster.”

 “I started walking fast, my routine was faster, my swing was faster.”

“That’s probably why I couldn’t hit the driver the way I did the first two days at Congressional. So that’s something I learned that day and I put in play in Canada.”

Ben Martin, Marc Leishman and Jon Rahm share fourth place at -5 under par.

U.S. Open. Day 1 Washout.

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Sadly day 1 of the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club got washed out by the weather.

 

Thursday storms could lead to Friday marathon

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Andrew Landry sits on top of the leaderboard, at -3 under par, he has completed 17 first round holes on a stop start day. The first rain delay lasted 79 minutes, the second delay lasted 2 hours, 22 minutes, as  the players and fans alike were constantly getting on and off the course in order to avoid the lightning threats and the pouring rain.

Playing in his first Major, Andrew had already told his father;

“I’m going to win this tournament.”

Bubba Watson shares second place with Danny Lee, both at -2 under par. Bubba has played 14 holes, while Danny has completed one less at 13.

Bubba was the only player to birdie the 258 yard par  -3 eighth;

“I got lucky and made a 30-footer.”

Amateur player Scottie Scheffler with a  completed round, is tied in fourth place with Kevin Streelman, 16 holes, Lee Westwood, 13 holes and Harris English, 12 holes, all at -1 under par.

Scottie was happy to finish his round;

“I was excited to get done on 18. I tapped in a 2 ½-footer kind of quickly, which maybe wasn’t the smartest idea.”

“I wanted our group to get done so we didn’t have to come back in the morning because we were up at 4 a.m. this morning.”

“Some rest would be good tonight, and honestly, I really wanted to watch the basketball game tonight. I wanted to get done so I could stay up late and watch that.”

“It hasn’t really sunk in yet, I played pretty solid.”

“My lag putting was really good on the greens and I made some good 8-footers that kind of helped me keep the round going.”

Lee was frustrated by the weather;

“It’s obviously a frustrating day having to keep coming off, but there’s nothing you can do about the weather.”

Just nine players have completed their first rounds, with another 78 yet to play at all. Looks like some players will have to play 36 holes tomorrow, to keep the tournament on time, not a good scenario for such a tough contest.

 

 

 

 

Shenzhen International. More Rain Delays Mean Monday Finish.

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More rain delays mean there will now be a Monday finish for the Shenzhen International in China, at Genzon Golf Club.

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Thunder and Lightning storms brought round four of the Shenzhen International to a grinding halt on Sunday. There will now be a Monday finish, with Lee Slattery of England, Soomin Lee, South Korea and Alex Levy  from France tied at the top of the leaderboard, with -14 under par totals.

Brandon Stone, Joost Luiten and Scott Hend share second place at -13 under par, Scott is the only player in the top six to have completed his last round, the rest of them will return early Monday morning for a scramble to the finish line.

Two-time Major Championship winner Bubba Watson has finished his tournament with a final round -6 under par 66  for -10 under total and T7 alongside Nacho Elvira, Rikard KarlbergThorbjørn Olesen Bradley Dredge and Julien Quesne.

Bradley and Thorbjørn still have holes to play.

Even in these atrocious conditions great things can happen, and Scott Hend hit a stunning albatross on the 17th hole towards the end of the delayed second round;

Shenzhen International. Levy and Lee 1st Round Leaders.

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Alex Levy and Soomin Lee are the 1st round leaders in the Shenzhen International at Genzon Golf Club in China, before bad light stopped play.

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Alex and Soomin both shot first rounds of -6 under par 66 to top the leaderboard in the  Shenzhen International in China.

Alex has won on the  Genzon Golf Club before, at the Volvo China Open in 2014, and was happy to be round in under par again;

“I have some very good memories here and it’s always nice to play this golf course when you have your first win.”

“I just played great today, and I played well last week and a few bad rounds with the wind. I feel my game is in a good way.”

“It’s nice because you have some big memories and, for me, it’s really nice to play on this place.”

“It’s always nice to shoot under par”

Soomin, from South Korea, has changed his putting technique, and the hard work is paying off, carding a bogey free round today;

“It’s good, because really I needed to change, it was really a problem for me in Perth through Thailand, so I changed.”

“I had three weeks in Korea, so I’m all practicing putting and then change.”

“I think this course seems like Malaysia, good for me. Small greens, narrow greens and heavy rough.”

“I just tried to keep in the fairway and greens and then completed some putts.”

Currently in third position is Brandon Stone, he is one of the players still to finish his first round, having completed 17 holes, with a -5 under par total.

 Raphaël Jacquelin, Gary Stal, Eduardo de la Riva, Paul Dunne and Joost Luiten are T4 with completed rounds of -4 under par 68.

Defending champion Kiradech Aphibarnrat along with two-time Major Championship winner Bubba Watson are in the large group at -1 under.

There was a long 45-minute delay due to lightning in the afternoon, which meant 32 players will be returning to finish their rounds on Friday morning.