Waste Management Phoenix Open. James Hahn Leads Suspended Round 2

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The second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open may have been suspended, but it wont change the top of the leaderboard, where James Hahn sits alone at TPC Scottsdale.

James Hahn tallied a 6-under 65 during Round 2 of the Waste Management Phoenix Open. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

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James fired a bogey free second round -6 under par 65 to lead the Waste Management Phoenix Open at the close of play on the second day, with a -10 under par total.

James said he was having fun making all those birdie putts on perfect greens;

“I’m having fun out there.”

“Making a lot of putts, hitting a lot of fairways, giving myself many opportunities to make birdie.”

“It’s the one week out of the year where you’re allowed to do anything you want and not get fined.”

“It’s good for golf, good for the game, good for the fans that come out here.”

“They support the golf tournament, so might as well give them a show.”

“Sleeping in my own bed this week, live about 10 minutes away, I have played this course a hundred times.”

“The only thing different about the course today, as any other day, is the greens are better.”

Rickie Fowler, and Kiwi Danny Lee are tied in second place, both at -9 under for the tournament, Rickie with -3 under 68 today and Danny -5 under 66.

Sharing fourth position are Shane Lowery, Harris English and Hideki Matsuyama, all on -7 under par.

Bubba Watson, currently T13 at -4 under, has had to apologize to all and sundry, his pre-tournament comments about the course, and his sponsors must have ruffled some high-flying feathers. I wonder who wrote this script for him;

“I used the wrong words, I have nothing against the fans and the tournament.”

“The fans have been great. I love coming here. I’ve lived here every winter for eight years.”

“This is a beautiful place. And the reason why I’m here is because of the excitement around this golf tournament. The fans have been great.”

“I used words that I shouldn’t have used. I didn’t explain myself well. My wife says that too when I go home. I don’t communicate very well.”

Hero World Challenge. Bubba Wins.

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Bubba Watson won the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, with a very convincing performance. Not bad for a golf course he said was very difficult.

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Bubba carded a final round -6 under par 66 to claim the Hero World Challenge title, with a -25 under par total, and a three shot victory.

Bubba only played because Jason Day pulled out, to be with his wife after the birth of their daughter;

“I guess I’ve got to thank Jason Day for backing out. I have to thank the U.S. government and passport office for getting Dakota a passport so we could be here.”

“For us, it’s a good ride, a fun ride.”

“I want my name to be close to that leaderboard every tournament, every year, so people are always talking about Bubba Watson, about how consistent he is and good he is.”

“That’s my whole focus right now, every year getting better and better.”

“I get nervous just like anybody else, and I just try to find a way to get the ball in play.”

“I hit some big slices today, hit some big hooks today, just trying to get the ball in play. I’m just trying to look for a score. I’m not looking for perfection.”

Patrick Reed finished in second place, he also carded a last round -6 under 66, for a total of -22 under par.

Rickie Fowler fired a final round -8 under par 64 to claim third place on his own at -21 under par. He spoke about Bubba’s performance;

“Every year he’s in the top 5, top 10 in tee-to-green strokes gained.”

“That’s big when you start getting small greens, just because he may have shorter clubs in, but he’s hitting as many or more greens than people and has more looks at birdie.”

Justin Rose, who lives close to the  Albany Golf Club, and has lingered around the bottom of the leaderboard all week, went out today and set a new course record with a – 10 under par 62, to make sure he was not last;

“I knew the only thing I could come out of the week with was bragging rights.”

Hero World Challenge. Bubba on Top.

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Bubba Watson sits on top of the Hero World Challenge after 54 holes in the Bahamas.

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Bubba finally figured out how to play the  Albany Golf Club course, shooting -9 under par 63, a course record, for a -19 under par tournament total, and will take a two shot lead into the final round.

Bubba had previously stated that the course was better than him, and now shares the course record with Paul Casey, who also carded -9 under 63 today, for a -17 under par total.

The lack of wind, Bubba said, was the reason for the good scoring,

“As we’re seeing, when there’s no wind, light wind,  we can score.”

 “We’re all good players, don’t get me wrong. We’re all top 50 in the world. But with no wind, this golf course is a little bit easier to make birdies.”

“Obviously, 20 mile-an-hour winds, this golf course becomes a beast.”

One of the important reasons Paul wants to win here is the cost of Christmas shopping;

“There’s multiple reasons, about four really good reasons.”

 “Five if you count Christmas shopping.”

Patrick Reed and Chris Kirk are tied in third place, both at -16 under par for the tournament.

They are followed by Jordan Spieth and Bill Haas who have totals of -15 under par.

Jordan remarked about his -4 under 68 today;

“I shot 68 and got lapped.”

“It was a day where you really needed to shoot lower. Par for the course is five under, especially in these conditions.”

Patrick finally made a putt, and was happy from that moment on;

“I finally made a putt and it just kind of propelled me from there.”

The Presidents Cup. Internationals Bounce Back on Day2

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The Internationals bounced back into contention on day 2 of the Presidents Cup on the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club course in South Korea. The overall score is now 5 1/2 to USA and 4 1/2 to the Internationals, after the Friday Four-balls.

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Things started to come together for the International Team when Louis Oosthuizen sunk a cross-country 72 ft putt to win the 8th hole. He and Branden Grace then went on to win the crucial first four-ball match of the day 4 & 3 over Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson.

Louis said is was an important moment in the match;

“It was a massive moment-changer.”

“We never let the foot off the accelerator.”

“If you play against guys like Dustin and Jordan, you need to think they are going to make everything all the time, and that was our mind-set.”

Branden said Nick Price had left them in no doubt as to what he wanted from them;

“It was pretty clear for us what (Price) wanted from us.”

“Get a blue number up there, we needed to start strong and get a point and get the team to see that.”

For all the great golf that was played today, one moment of madness stands out, Phil Mickelson was penalized for changing his ball for his second shot into the 7th green. He needed one that would carry further, but it is against the rules of this competition to change balls, but only in the four-balls !!!

Phil’s breach of the “one-ball” rule came along with a “match adjustment” loss of hole, which meant the United States had automatically lost a hole because of the mistake, and Adam Scott / Jason Day carded 4 to Zach Johnson’s 5 which would add on another loss at the seventh.

Phil redeemed himself holing out for a two, from a bunker, 138 yards from the green

Phil admitted he had got it wrong saying;

“I made a mistake.”

FRIDAY FOUR-BALL

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Dustin Johnson
Jordan Spieth
4 & 3

WIN

Louis Oosthuizen
Branden Grace
Rickie Fowler
Jimmy Walker
1 UP

WIN

Danny Lee
Sangmoon Bae
Zach Johnson
Phil Mickelson
HALVED

Adam Scott
Jason Day
WIN

J.B. Holmes
Bubba Watson
2 UP

Marc Leishman
Steven Bowditch
Bill Haas
Chris Kirk
2 & 1

WIN

Thongchai Jaidee
Charl Schwartzel

Deutsche Bank Championship. Brendon De Jong Leads 1st Round

 

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Brendon De Jong, of South Africa, leads the Deutsche Bank Championship after the 1st round at TPC Boston.

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Brendon shot -6 under par 65 in the opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, giving him a two shot lead over the field.

Second place is shared between nine players, with the popular score of -4 under par 67; Luke Donald, Colt Knost, Kevin Chappell, Ian Poulter, Matt Jones, Harris English, Charley Hoffman, Henrik Stenson and Rickie Fowler.

Player on a hot streak, Jason Day is in the group at -3 under par, following his opening effort of 68.

Jason is putting well, carding three straight birdies from the 10th, the hole does not look big to him, just good putts;

“I’m putting some good rolls on it and then reading the putts is obviously key.”

“I’d like to say big, but it isn’t.”

“Over the last seven weeks my speed has been fantastic, that’s why I’m rolling putts in.”

“I can go in and fully believe and trust that the line I’m picking is correct.”

World number one Rory McIlroy carded a -1 under par to be in a group T26, which includes Phil Mickelson.

Rory had some putting problems;

“I felt like I hit a lot of good putts today that didn’t go in, and that probably had to do with the speed.”

“I think my driving the ball, I think my short irons are pretty good.”

“I think my mid-to-long irons, especially my long irons, I had a couple of iffy ones out there today. I can sharpen that up a little bit.”

“And obviously on the greens. These greens are probably the fastest I have putted on in a while.”

Very bad FedExCup play-off starts for Jordan Spieth, +4 over 75, and Bubba Watson +2 over 73, you would not expect that for these players.

A frustrated Jordan declined to speak to the media.

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.”