Safeway Open. Tyler Duncan Delivers.

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Tyler Duncan delivers as he holds on to claim the 54 hole lead at the Safeway Open at Silverado Country Club in California.

Duncan maintains 54-hole lead

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Tyler scrambled his way to a third round -1 under 71 to maintain his top position on the Safeway Open leaderboard with a -14 under par total, and will have a one shot advantage going into the final round tomorrow;

“I feel OK now, but I’m not sure it’s sunk in yet.”

 “But it probably will after dinner when I’m laying in bed. I’m sure I’ll be nervous tomorrow, but I am looking forward to it.”

“The shot on fifteen was probably the worst shot I’ve hit in a long time.”

 “But I made a nice bogey and then made a nice par save on eighteen.”

Chesson Hadley is in second place, that one shot back at -13 under par, he carded -2 under 70 today, and was happy with his position;

“I was very pleased with my round, I thought the course was playing very difficult and I didn’t get off to a very good start.”

“I was two over through four or five holes. But I hung in there and didn’t panic.”

Another shot back at -12 under par are Bud Cauley, -6 under 66 today, and defending champion Brendan Steele, who flatlined today at even par 72.

Phil Mickelson is waiting in the wings, sharing seventh place with a large group at -10 under par, Phil carded -4 under 68 today, and said it is only a matter of time before he wins again;

“Well, I am going to win, It’s a matter of time.”

“I don’t know if it’s tomorrow. I don’t know if it’s in China, but it’s going to happen.”

“It’s going to happen soon because I’m starting to play well enough to do it.”

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AT&T Byron Nelson. Kokrak Leads, Spieth Leaves.

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Jason Kokrak leads the AT&T Byron Nelson tournament, while Jordan Spieth leaves, as he missed the cut at TPC Four Seasons Resort in Texas.

Kokrak surges at Byron Nelson

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Jason fired a second round -8 under par 62 to lead the AT&T Byron Nelson at -12 under par, and amazingly has a five shot advantage over the field going into the week-end.

Jason said good putting was the key today;

“With my game I don’t always hit it so good, which is frustrating.”

“Any time you can have no bogey’s on the card, is good for me.”

“I was happy today, made some really good putts, one great one to start the day, to start the tone.”

Billy Horschel is in second place, at -7 under par, after carding a – 5 under par 65 today.

World number one Dustin Johnson is T-3 at -6 under par shooting a second consecutive -3 under 67, sharing that position with Byeong Hun An, -4 under 66 today, Cameron Tringale, -2 under 68, Bud Cauley, -3 under 67, James Hahn, with even par 70, and Jhonattan Vegas, -2 under 68.

Jordan Spieth made a quadruple-bogey 9 at the par five 16th hole to miss the cut by one shot at +3 over par;

“Just kind of a fluke couple shots and fought hard. Had two really good looks in the last two holes and missed one to the right and one to the left.”

“Pretty disappointed at this point in time” 

Valero Texas Open. Kevin Chappell Has The Lead.

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Kevin Chappell has the 54 hole lead at the Valero Texas Open in Texas.

Chappell grabs the lead at Valero

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Kevin carded a third round -1 under par 71 to claim the lead in the Valero Texas Open with a -8 under par tournament total, in strong winds that kept scores on the high side;

“It was about finding a rhythm,I knew when I found it, I could extend it. You can get it going on the finishing stretch.”

“I knew my game was in a good place, I had played some really good rounds of golf.”

Brandon Grace-2 under 70 today and John Huh, -1 under 71 share second place at -7 under par.

Brandon found the strong wings irritating;

“It was pretty irritating out there.”

“Pars out there are good. Just have to be patient.”

Bud Cauley and Tony Finau both signed for +2 over par 74 today, dropping them back into the huge tie for 6th place at -6 under par.

Tomorrow will be an exciting day, with lots of players in with a chance of victory,

Valero Texas Open. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the Valero Texas Open leaderboard after 36 holes at TPC San Antonio in the Lone Star State of Texas. Bud Cauley and Tony Finau share the limelight at the half way stage.

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Bud and Tony at -8 under par for the tournament.

Bud scrambled very well, getting up and down nine times in the first two rounds, and needed only 22 putts today, shooting  a bogey free -6 under par 66;

“I scrambled really well.” 

“I didn’t drive it poorly but, you know, just with the wind out there it was tough to get some of the iron shots close. When I did miss the green I was able to leave it in a relatively easy spot and get up and down which kind of kept my round going.”

“Just driving the ball well,”

“”You know, obviously last week there’s no faking it around there. You have to drive it well or you can’t play. I worked on that a lot the week before and I was able to do that last week and carried that over to these two rounds.”

“I got a lot out of my round today. I hit the ball really well yesterday and just kind of left some shots out there. Today was nice to scramble well and look forward to this weekend.”

Tony, -7 under par 65 today, is looking forward to the week-end;

“I feel good. I’ve hit a lot of good shots, have had a good season so far.”

”Look forward to the weekend.”

There are then four players on -7 under, Cameron Smith, -7 under 65 today, 51-year-old Bob Estes -3 under 69, Kevin Chappell, -4 under 68 and Robby Shelton who carded -3 under 69.

Luke Donald, who was second last week, and Ian Poulter both missed the cut, and with it Ian also lost his PGA Tour card;

“The most frustrating thing is that I can’t plan a schedule. So, I have to be ready to go any given Monday for an event.”

“Obviously, I will try to qualify for the U.S. Open and the Open Championship, but it’s just very, very frustrating.”

“It’s not like I’m going to go away and you’re never going to see me again. I’m playing next week with Geoff Ogilvy in New Orleans [at the Zurich Classic].”

Ollie Schniederjans -5 under 65 today, spent an hour in his hotel room last night, looking for a putting groove. Looks like he found it rolling one putt from 34 feet, and three putts between 15-20 feet, followed by two more putts from just outside 10 feet. He also managed to hole out from 10 feet from the fringe;

“I’ve been working really hard on my putting, awesome to see it pay off today.”

 

 

RBC Heritage. Luke & Graham Share Lead

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Luke Donald, England, & Graham DeLaet, Canada, share the RBC Heritage lead after 36 holes at Harbour Town Golf Links.

Donald, DeLaet surge to the top

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Luke and Graham share the RBC Heritage lead at -10 under par at the half-way stage on Hilton Head Island.

Luke chipped in for a birdie on the iconic 18th, the Lighthouse hole, to put himself in position to go on and win. that gave him -4 under 67 on the day;

“I’ve been in this position before and I’ve got to go out there and be aggressive and make some birdies.”

 “Certainly playing for pars won’t get it done out there.”

Graham made a chip in Eagle 2 at the par four ninth, he also carded -4 under 67 today;

“We couldn’t see the bottom of the pin, but there was reaction from the crowd so we figured it was in.”

Ian Poulter, -3 under 68 and Webb Simpson,-3 under 68, both share third position on the leaderboard at -8 under par.

Ian is playing on a medical exemption, and needs a good finish here to remain on the PGA Tour;

“I’m playing golf like I really don’t care, to be honest.”

“I’ve had to work on clearing everything out of my mind to go play good golf.”

A group of five players are at -7 under par for the tournament, Bud Cauley, Pat Perez, Jason Dufner, Nick Taylor and Sam Saunders.

RBC Heritage. Bud Cauley Shoots 63 To Lead.

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Bud Cauley shoots 63 to lead the RBC Heritage after the first round at Harbour Town Golf Links.

Bud Cauley interview after Round 1 of RBC Heritage

 

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Bud dislocated his shoulder during a swing at the 2014 John Deere Classic, it has been a long road back;

“It’s tough. It’s just something that’s out of your control.”

“You can prepare and play and do all the things you’re supposed to and then you get hurt and there’s kind of nothing you can do.”

“I guess it’s better that it happened when I was younger, as opposed to later, it’s easier to recover from something like that.”

“It’s also something I’ll have to deal with the rest of the career but as long as I stay up with the physical therapy and do the right things I think I’ll be able to stay healthy and hopefully it will be something 20 years from now I barely remember.”

“You never go out thinking you’re going to shoot that.”

 “I just got into the round and was swinging well and tried to give myself as many looks as I could.”

Sharing second place at -6 under par are Luke Donald, Graham DeLaet and Sam Saunders, all with opening rounds of 65.

Ex world number one Luke was upset at missing out on The Masters last week, and says this course suits the shorter hitters;

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“It’s never fun to be sitting at home, but in a way, it motivates you.”

“It gets the fire under you and you get a little bit more inspired.”

“The long hitters, it’s taking driver out of their hands a lot.”

“So I feel like the playing field’s leveled out.”

“This place has been kind to me. It’s nice to get off to a great start.”

“It’s always nice to come back to places you feel comfortable and you’ve had success. “

“Obviously, I’ve had a lot of success here in the last eight years. I’ve done everything but win. And it would be nice to give myself another chance to try and finally get over that hurdle.”

 

AT&T Byron Nelson. Brooks Koepka In Control

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Brooks Koepka is in control of the AT&T Byron Nelson after the third round at TPC Four Seasons Resort in Dallas, Texas.

 

Brooks Koepka leads heading into the final round of the AT&T Byron Nelson. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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Brooks had a third round  -5 under par to head the AT&T Byron Nelson leaderboard at -16 under par, and will take a two shot lead into the final round tomorrow.

Brooks was asked if the partisan crowd cheering Jordan as he walked to the first tee worried him at all, he also spoke about his poor golf today !!;

“I really don’t care,  I’m just going to do me.”

“Probably the loudest roar I think I’ve ever heard on a golf course.”

“Today, I hit the ball terrible, it wasn’t anything to brag about at all. It wasn’t good today. It was kind of embarrassing.”

Local boy Jordan Spieth occupies second place at -14 under par, a third round -3 under par 67 keeping him in touch of the leader.

Jordan certainly enjoyed the raucous welcome, but also complained about his poor performance;

“A moment that I’ll never forget.”

 “Even though it’s Saturday, and may or may not have any impact on this tournament, that was the coolest roar I’ve ever heard.”

“A very stressful round of golf because I just don’t have confidence over the ball right now. It’s very frustrating.”

“It’s very difficult for me to stand up here and not be positive given I’m at fourteen under and contending in this tournament.”

“But if you guys knew the kind of stress I felt over the golf ball right now trying to put my swing in the right position, it is a challenge.” 

“I’ve got to find at least a ball flight that I can play to where I don’t have to try and hit iron off 18th tee, because I don’t know where the woods are going to go.”

“I’ve never been one to lay up and for me to take iron on eighteen means that there’s an uncomfortable level there. I don’t know what to say.” 

Sergio Garcia -2 under par 68 today, Matt Kuchar -5 under 65, and Bud Cauley -2 under 68 are all sharing third place at -13 under par.