The Barclays. Bubba Bowling Along, Jordan Spieth Slumps.

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Bubba Watson is still bowling along at the top of The Barclays leaderboard, but Jordan Spieth slumps.

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Bubba shot a second round of -2 under par 68, for a -7 under par total, which could have been better except for the intervention of an over zealous rules official, warning him for taking too long over just one shot. Bubba had watched as Jordan’s approach shot to the 16th green  rolled back some 100 feet off the green. He naturally decided to take some extra care, but the official hurried him with a warning, and he rushed the shot, leading to a bogey. How crazy has golf become, warning a golfer over one shot in a complete round.

He spoke to reporters afterwards, and mentioned he would be looking forward to the next crazy ruling;

“I told them, `I’m not mad at anybody about the bad time.’ I went over the time, which is the right ruling.”

“It’s just on a hole like that, one of the toughest holes we’ve ever played besides 2011 when we played the same pin placement, it’s very difficult.”

“But yeah, I’m very happy about my round.”

“I’m excited where I’m at. I made the cut and I’m in the last group. Hopefully, I’m here talking to y’all tomorrow about something else crazy that happened.”

There are four players tied in second place at -6 under par, Tony Finau, Henrik Stenson, Zach Johnson and Jason Dufner.

Jordan Spieth missed the cut, and lost out on a chance to play the weekend here, he was penalised a shot for stepping on his ball while searching for it. The decision did not make a lot of difference, finishing at +7 over par, he missed the cut by five shots. And that means Rory McIlroy, who isn’t playing this week, returns to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking;

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“I’ve reached that peak already and I know it’s going to be close enough to where if I just get the job done next week, I’ll be back in that ranking.”

“But again, that ranking, it’s great once you reach it but it’s not something that I’m going to live or die on each week.”

“I’m definitely searching for answers.”

 

The Barclays. Four-Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a four-way tie at the top of The Barclays, after the first round at Plainfield Country Club. Bubba Watson, Spencer Levin, Camillo Villegas and Tony Finau all shot 65.

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Bubba had a driver strategy approach to playing this course, his only real problem was the par three 6th;

“PING makes a good driver, so we were going to try to hit driver as much as we can.”

 “The rough is so thick that I would rather miss my driver in the rough than an iron off the tee or something like that.”

“It looked like that club could go over, really just in my mind playing tricks. So I didn’t commit to it. That’s really the only shot I wish I could redo.”

“I’m going to think tomorrow, how am I going to sleep 12 hours, what Caleb wants to do in the morning.”

“The house we rented has a little playground behind it, so he’ll be wanting to play back there. That’s what I’ll be doing.” 

Bubba also mentioned Jason Day, who had a -2 under par 68 today;

“Jason Day is one of my favorite golfers of all time because his son has the best hair I’ve ever seen.”

“And by the way, he was at my house yesterday eating up all my macaroni and cheese. So you owe me for that.”

Tony started the day with three birdies, and then followed it with the same number of bogey’s;

“Fortunately for me it was really early.”

 “Through six holes, I looked at it as I’m still even par, although I did get off to a great start. Plenty of holes I feel like I can take advantage of with the wind direction today.”

“So I just tried to stay as patient as I could.”

“I pick and choose my spots, for sure, if I feel like it’s a hard fairway for me to hit with even a 2-iron or 3-wood in my hand. I’ll go ahead and hit the driver and put it up there whether I’m in the fairway or not.”

“At least I’m closer to the green. That’s the strategy on some of the holes and it worked today.” 

Spencer carded  a final-round 63 at the Wyndham, and took that momentum into this tournament;

“I felt since I had a good last round, I was able for me to take it into this week.”

“I wasn’t really expecting to shoot what I shot last Sunday. It was kind of a bonus.”

This is a nice stress to have, it’s a lot better than having to go back to Q-School.”

“I’m really happy. The last few days have been good, since Sunday. There’s up-and-downs in this game.”

“I’m happy with where I am right now and who knows, maybe I can keep it going. That would be nice.” 

Six players are at -4 under par, they are, Danny Lee, Jason Dufner, Cameron Tringale, Russell Knox, Paul Casey and Bryce Molder.

Jordan Spieth, in his first tournament as World number one had a poor day at the office, +4 over par 74, his worst round for three months;

”Just lost a little bit of focus.”

”All in all, I’m just going to take today as a fluke round. I still believe I’m playing well. It just happened to be an off day on a day where it counted.”

 

WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Shane Lowry Lifts The Trophy.

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Shane Lowry lifts the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational trophy at Firestone Country Club,

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A delighted Shane Lowry won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational with a bogey free final round -4 under par 66, to post a -11 under par total, which no one could catch.

Shane thought about lifting the trophy while sipping his morning coffee at Starbucks, he did not tee off until 2 pm;

“You just think about lifting that trophy on the 18th green.”

Then when I’m in a good frame of mind, I let myself do it, and I give myself a little slap in the face and say, right, you need to get back to work, back to doing what you do best.”

“It’s fairly special to go out and do that and such a good feel to shoot a bogey-free 66 on the golf course like that.”

“I know it will stay with me now for the rest of my career, and hopefully I’ve got a long career ahead of me.”

He spoke about the pieces of luck that came his way today, definitely outrageous, in an Irish kind of way, first on the 10th and the second on the final hole.

For the 10th he said;

“I was quite lucky because I got a drop, and the drop actually took me back onto a little bit of an up-slope, which meant I could get the ball in the air quicker, and I could end up clearing the tree pretty comfortable.” 

And the 18th;

“I was just going in there praying that I could get it down there on the green.”

” It actually had a pretty horrific lie. It was sitting down in a hole. It was almost like someone had stood on it, but it was where the crowd was walking.” 

““I was trying to get it on the front right of the green but pulled it a little bit, it went through the tree and the rest is history.”

Both of these miraculous escapes ended in birdies !!!

In second place at -9 under par was Bubba Watson, he also carded a -4 under par 67 for his last round.

Jim Furyk and Justin Rose tied for third position, at -7 under par for the tournament.

Jim lamented his poor play for the last two day’s;

“I’ll go out and say, not only didn’t I hit it well, I hit the ball very poorly the last 27 holes.”

“I was covering up with putts early in the week. And under the gun, it got me a little worse on the weekend. We’ve got some work to do.”

Justin blamed the putter for his bad day on the greens;

“I played half decent today, it’s no problem.” 

“The early three putt made me tentative with the putter. Even around the turn, I had a great chance at number ten for birdie and three putted. 

“I had a great chance at 11 and a great chance at 12.”

“I did enough tee to green, but even the putter was under pressure on the tee to green play. So it just stems from that.”

 

 

RBC Canadian Open. Jason Day Wins In A Thriller Finish.

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Jason Day wins the RBC Canadian Open in a thriller of a finish at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Canada.

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Jason found the bunker off the tee on eighteen, he had a one shot lead at the time. He found a way to make a birdie from the bunker, giving him a two shot advantage at -17 under par. That meant that Bubba Watson and David Hearn would have to Eagle the last to get into a play-off.

Jason told reporters that after last week there was no way he was going to leave that last putt short;

“This course is really exciting, even Bubba and David had a chance to make it into a playoff. I needed that putt on 18.”

“To be able to put yourself in contention so many times, especially in major events and just fall short, even going back to last week leaving the putt short and not being able to get into the playoff really kind of was disappointing.”

“So when I actually had the same putt, it was a very similar putt on the 72nd hole today.”

“Same things were going through my mind. Make sure you get it to the hole.”

“Fortunately enough for me, it was quick enough to where I just needed to get it on the line. If I got it on the line, it was perfect.”

“I just knew as soon as I hit the putt about six feet out, I knew it was going to come back and go in the hole. “

“It was great to feel like a Canadian for a week. The last two weeks have been a big grind for me, but it’s all worth it. Right now, I’m so proud to be the Canadian Open champion.”

Bubba found the green with his second shot, but it ran just passed the hole and settled into the fringe. He tried to make his Eagle with a 7 wood, but it missed by six inches, his total of -16 under par giving Jason the win.

Bubba said he was just hoping that the guy in front of him was not making putts;

“Fifteen was one I got lucky with. I hit a great shot in there.”

“I had an 8-iron that I flared on 16 but still got a birdie. Then hit a perfect 8-iron that flew five yards too far on 18.”

“I was just hoping the other guy named Jason Day wasn’t making putts.”

David, with the whole of Canada urging him on to be the first Canadian to win since 1954, found the greenside bunker with his second shot to 18, and could only make par from there, and had to settle for third place at -15 under par.

David mentioned the putting, and how good it had been all week;

“I felt confident, like I was putting well all week, I hit really really good putts that didn’t go in.”

“Winning a golf tournament on the PGA TOUR is no easy task.”

“Canadians want to see it, and we want to do it so bad.”

David also picked up the  Rivermead Challenge Cup as low Canadian. This is his third time winning the honor.

 

 

The Greenbrier Classic. Johnny Vegas & Lefty Langley Lead.

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Jhonattan (Johnny) Vegas and Scott (Lefty) Langley lead The Greenbrier Classic at Old White TPC.

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Jhonattan and Scott sit on top of The Greenbrier Classic leaderboard at -9 under par, on a tough wet day at Old White TPC, in West Virginia. Jhonattan with a bogey free -5 under par 65 second round, and Scott with -1 under par 69, which included a couple of bogey’s.

No one really made a significant move to make a break away from the field, yesterday’s total was -8 under par, and the field is now so bunched up that there are twenty-three golfers who are within three shots of the lead, including seven players at -8 under.

Venezuela flag Johnny Vegas, from Venezuela, has not had a top ten finish this year, but said he is working on it. The top four finishers here at The Greenbrier, who are not previously eligible for The Open will earn a place this week, and Jhonattan is certainly aiming to be one of them;

“I feel like I’m playing great, I just haven’t been able to put it all together.”

“But I’m staying patient and working really hard to make it happen, and it’s coming together.”

“That’s one of the goals for the week, so we’re going to try to go get it.”

“It was a solid round overall, from the beginning to the end, I was able to hit every single green, gave myself a lot of opportunities, able to make some, some that nearly went in, but overall a completely solid round from tee to green.”

Scott had trouble following his opening round 62, leaving putts short;

“It was a little tougher day for me, following up a round like a 62 is never super easy mentally, but I hung in there today, didn’t have much going for most of my round, but made a bunch of pars and was able to make two birdies coming in for my last few holes.”

“I left a lot of putts within 6 inches of the hole, just right in the heart. I need to be a little more assertive Saturday on the greens.”

“Really ended the day on a real positive note, so I was pretty happy with the score, all things considered.”

Flag_of_Canada.svg Canadian David Hearn is still looking for his first PGA TOUR win, but has put himself in a good position this week to achieve that long-awaited goal;

“This would be a great place for me to win one, but I’ve got 36 holes of golf left.”

“I’m playing great right now and I look forward to the weekend.”

Tiger Woods was among those who made the -2 under par cut line, he is currently tied with a whole bunch of guys at -5 under par, Bubba Watson joined that crowd.

 

 

Players Championship. Bubba Wins in Play-Off.

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Bubba wins the Players Championship in a play-off at TPC River Highlands, beating Paul Casey on the second extra hole.

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Bubba beat Paul in the play-off at the second extra hole at the Players Championship after they had both carded -16 under par for the tournament. Bubba with a final round -3 under par 67, and Paul -5 under 65.

Bubba recalled winning here in a play-off in 2010;

“I proved to myself in ’10 that I could win under pressure in the playoff; I proved to myself that I could mess up 17 and still have a chance to win, and so I knew that if I just kept my head down and kept doing what I needed to do, I could still have a chance to win, and that’s what I did.”

Paul spoke about being in the bunker off the tee in the second extra hole, and trying too hard;

“Right in between clubs, 7-iron would have never made it, and I’m trying to take maybe 10 yards off the 6-iron, which is a lot to take off a 6-iron, and I just made a poor swing.”

“I could have maybe busted a 7-iron to get back there, but it was just awkward. Maybe I should have hit it longer off the tee.”

“I’ve won enough around the world to know what winning feels like, I also know what coming in second feels like. I’ve done that a lot.”

“My little boy is right behind you, 20 yards away sucking his finger, so I look at him, and it kind of makes everything pale in comparison.”

Brian Harman was in third place at -15 under par, one shot off the play-off, a last round -1 under par 69 not helping his cause. Graham DeLaet was fourth at -14 under par, he too had problems with the fairway bunker on 18, in regulation play;

“Yeah, I was just exactly in between clubs.”

“It would have had to be a perfect 6-iron, but it felt like 5 was a little too much, and 5 kind of brought in the lip, and I just barely clipped the lip. I actually hit a decent shot.”

“It was close to being really good, but it was also close to being really bad. So where it ended up, I guess I’d take it.”

Grabbing places at St Andrews in The Open were; Luke DonaldBrian Harman, Graham DeLaet and Carl Pettersson.

Luke, who has qualified for every The Open championship since 2002, except one that he missed, in 2008 with an injury, is delighted to have qualified again this year;.

“Obviously I thought about it the last couple of holes.”

“I knew I was in a good position. I was trying to make one more birdie really to be honest. Thirteen under, I thought that would definitely secure one of those top four spots.”

He also tweeted;

Really enjoyed my week at the @TravelersChamp, fun course and great support. Grabbing a spot at @TheOpen a nice bonus 🏼

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.