ANA Inspiration. Lexi Leads.

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Lexi Thompson leads the ANA Inspiration after 54 holes at Mission Hill in California.

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Lexi, USA, shot a third round -5 under par 67 to top the ANA Inspiration leaderboard at -13 under par after 54 holes at Mission Hills, and is looking forward to another trip into Poppie’s Pond;

“Yeah, well, that experience always helps me out, but I’m just going to focus on tomorrow, focus on one shot at a time, relax out there between shots, and just focus on doing my routine, visualizing my shots out there.”

“I just love this golf course. I get to hit a lot of drivers, and it just sets up well.”

 “There’s a few dog-legs left, which helps me out. I love being here. It’s just absolutely beautiful, and it’s always in great shape for us.”

Suzann Pettersen, from Sweden, is in second place, two shots back at -11 under par, a third round -4 under 68 keeping her firmly in touch with the leader, and also really wants to get wet, in the traditional jump for the winner into Poppie’s Pond;

“I think I’ve always said since the first time I saw this place it really fits my eye.”

“I’m driving the ball well, and that’s a major key on this golf course, and if you do, you can kind of attack it, as well.”

“So far, so good. I’ve got a big job to do tomorrow. I mean, the leaderboard is packed behind me, as well.”

“You’ve got to expect to go out there and shoot low. There’s a lot at stake, but I’m all in for it.”

Four ladies are tied in third place with -10 under par totals, three players from South Korea, Mi Jung Hur, -7 under par 65 in the third round, Inbee Park, -4 under 68, and So Yeon Ryu, -3 under 69. The fourth player tied in third place is Minjee Lee, from Australia, -4 under 68 in the third round.

Farmers Insurance Open. Jon Rahm Eagles The Last To Win.

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Jon Rahm, from Spain,  Eagles the last hole to win the Farmers Insurance Open, at Torrey Pines, in California, his first PGA Tour victory

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Jon holed a 60ft putt on the last hole, for Eagle on the par five 18th, to win the Farmers Insurance Open, with  -7 under par final round 65, and a total of -13 under par;

“I really can’t explain what went through my mind. I saw the replay of my reaction and I just don’t even remember doing what I did.”

“I never thought it was going to be for eagle from 60 feet, especially at Torrey Pines, but the fact that it went in is just incredible.”

 “The emotion just overwhelmed me. But man, that was a satisfying feeling.”

“Once I got to 17 and I hit that fairway, I didn’t tell anybody but my mindset was we’re one shot behind, we’re one shot behind.”

“I didn’t know, but I’m like I’m one shot behind, I need to make birdie.”

Jon  became only the fourth international player to win this tournament, Jason Day, Australia two years ago, Gary Player, South Africa in 1963, and Jose Maria Olazabal, Spain, in 2002.

Charles Howell 111, -4 under 68 today, and C.T. Pan, -2 under 70, finished tied in second place at -10 under par.

Defending champion and overnight co-leader Brandt Snedeker struggled to get going in the final round, carding +1 over 73, to be T9 at -8 under par, the putts would not drop;

“I didn’t play very well. To be honest with you, I didn’t hit it very good.”

“I did a great job of hanging in there all day and trying to give myself chances.”

“But for whatever reason the putts just didn’t want to go. I think I had four lip outs yesterday and at least three today. That’s just the way it goes.”

“I battled hard, but you’re going to find if you want to be great at this game or really, really good at this game, you’ll find ways to get through adversity and I didn’t do a good job of that today.”

“I have a week off, I’ll hit the drawing board, fix what went wrong today. Get ready for Pebble, another place I love a lot.

“I’m disappointed. This is a tournament I know how to win, done it before, so kind of upset with myself that I kind of let the opportunity pass by.”

Farmers Insurance Open. Justin Rose Tops The Leaderboard, As Tiger Misses Cut.

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Justin Rose tops the 36 hole Farmers Insurance Open leaderboard at Torrey Pines in California, while Tiger Woods misses the cut, on his return to Tournament golf.

Justin Rose made one last birdie to end the day at 8-under through 36 holes to secure the lead at Torrey Pines. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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Justin shot a second round -1 under par 71 on the South Course to stay on top of the Farmers Insurance Open by one shot at -8 under par, putting was a problem;

“I was going along really nicely today. I think I hit my first ten greens in regulation, I was playing lovely.”

“Things were going really well. Felt like I was in control.”

“But this golf course gets tough as you turn back into the breeze there on 14, 15, 16, it felt like, and this is probably just more just my perspective than anything, but it felt like as we turned into the wind the greens got bumpy, too.”

“So it felt like coming in it was even hard to see pars coming in.”

“Everyone’s played both courses now and now we get to play the bruiser for the next two days. So you just want to basically put yourself within a shot.”

“I actually think the cut mark is incredibly low for two days around here. Pretty much everyone who’s made the cut is still in the golf tournament.”

“It’s a golf course you’ve got to stay patient on. You’ve just got to hit good golf shots. You can’t really fake it around here so it’s just about continuing to play well.”

Adam Hadwin is still hanging on to Justin’s coattails, -1 under 71 on the North Course today giving him -7 under for the tournament. He shares second place with Brandt Snedeker -3 under 69 on the South today.

Brandt spoke about his strategy for the course;

 “There’s definitely a lot of strategy involved. Guys don’t think that there is. They think they should have to hit every fairway and that’s not the case.”

“So I did a great job today of missing it in the right spots to give myself a lot of good opportunities to save pars when I had to.”

“There’s birdie holes out there, you’ve just got to wait for them to come and not force it around here.”

A sad Tiger Woods was not the only big name casualty to make an early exit at the Farmers. He was joined by World #1 Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, the PGA TOUR player of the year, Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker.

Tiger spoke to the media after his miserable exit;

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“It’s frustrating not being able to have a chance to win the tournament.”

“I didn’t make the cut. Overall, today was better than yesterday. I hit it better. I putted well again. I hit a lot of beautiful putts that didn’t go in, but I hit it much better today, which was nice.”

“We fixed a few things while playing today, which was nice.”

Farmers Insurance Open. Justin Rose Leads.

 

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Justin Rose leads the Farmers Insurance Open after the first round at Torrey Pines in California.Justin Rose shot 65 on the North Course during Round 1 of the Farmers Insurance Open. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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Justin carded a first round -7 under par 65, on the North Course, to lead the Farmers Insurance Open, making some putts along the way, with two Eagles in his last three holes;

“It can be a tricky week here.”

“The South Course is really tough and if you don’t go low on the North Course you are going to feel like you’re behind.”

“But I’ve been making some putts and I drove the ball really well, especially on the par fives.”

Adam Hadwin, last weeks 59 man claimed second place with an opening round -6 under 66, on the South Course, and was happy with the result;

“I don’t want to say it was as good as a 59, but it was pretty darn good.”

Five players share third place at -5 under par, Gary Woodland, Charles Howell 111, Beau Hossler and Trey Mullinex all shot -5 under 67 on the North Course, while Brad Fritsch carded -5 under 67 on the South Course.

The much acclaimed return of Tiger Woods to the Tour, sadly unraveled as he carded +4 over par 76 on the South Course, and is now in danger of missing the cut here, which would be the first time in his career, not a milestone he was thinking of when he started out today. He blamed the slow play and cooler conditions than he was used to;

“We were playing so much slower today than I’m used to. ‘

 ‘It was weird waiting that much. I’m not used to doing that at home where I guess we’re kind of flying a little quicker than this. It was just a different rhythm.”

” It’s much cooler than what we have at home,  I’m just trying to get used to a little bit of this.”

“I fought my tail off out there, I fought hard. It was nice to put together a round when I wasn’t hitting it that great early.”

“I was in a good spot to really shoot a good round today.”

“I didn’t really have my best stuff early, but I got through there. And that’s one of the positives I’m going to take out of it.”

 

Career Builder Challenge. Hudson Swafford Wins Maiden PGA Title.

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Hudson Swafford wins the Career Builder Challenge, his maiden PGA Tour victory on the Stadium Course at La Quinta, California.

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Hudson shot a final round -5 under par 67 to win the Career Builder Challenge, with a -20 under total. He took the lead with a two putt birdie on the par five 15th;

“They don’t give them away out here. It’s not easy.”

“I’ve been close. I’ve been in the heat lately. Just keep putting myself in position, and this just feels unbelievable.”

“Just trying to maybe chase it up on the front edge, and it was probably my best swing of the day.”

“It was just right out of the middle, flew on the green. I thought it was actually even going to get closer than it did.”

“But after what happened yesterday, I was really satisfied with that.”

“Stepped up there and hit some really good shots on those two holes, knowing what happened yesterday.”

“I was just really confident on those two holes today. I knew the bad stuff on those holes were gone. I had already seen it, it had already happened, and just visualizing really good shots.

Yesterday’s 59 man Adam Hadwin, from Canada, had to settle for second place at -19 under par, a last round -2 under 70 not good enough to win;

“I can’t help but be slightly disappointed.”

“I really wanted to come out here and kind of prove that yesterday was just kind of a continuation of some good play and kind of get it done today, but I got beat.”

“I felt like I did all the right things. Just a couple shots here and there and who knows what could have happened. But an incredible week, my best finish ever.”

“I would have loved to have put a little bit more pressure on Hud coming up the 18th, but just to be able to get up-and-down from the lie that I had from over there was pretty impressive.”

Brian Harman and Bud Cauley each shot -3 under 69 to tie for third place  at -18 under par.

Phil Mickelson, coming back from surgery, and was happy with his performance, -11 under par tournament total, to be T21. Next week it will be Torrey Pines;

“I think this was a good start for me for the year.”

“The only way to find out where your game is at is to play in competition.”

“I’m much further along than I thought I would be.”

 

 

 

 

Career Builder Challenge.Hudson Swafford Leads.

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Hudson Swafford has the 36 hole lead  at the Career Builder Challenge in California, in pouring rain.

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Hudson carded a bogey free second round -7 under par 65, on the Tournament Course, to lead the Career Builder Challenge with a -14 under par total.

Hudson said he was just seeking birdie chances;

 “What we’ve been harping on the last two tournaments is giving ourselves as many chances as possible.”

“You just get yourself in position and give yourself the best chance on every hole.”

“Easier said than done. I’m not trying to get caught up on the perfect number, just trying to give myself the best opportunity for birdie on that hole.” 

“Getting myself up on the top of the leaderboard a lot more and getting more and more comfortable with that.”

“You’ve gotta put yourself in that position to feel what’s going on up there. I’ve done it a lot lately and starting to just get more confident in that position.”

Tied in second place at -13 under par are, yesterdays leader Dominic Bozzelli, -5 under today at La Quinta, and Danny Lee, from New Zealand, who fired -8  under par 64 at La Quinta.

Danny is happy with the rain, they get plenty of it in New Zealand;

“I actually wanted to play in the rain, so I could experiment with myself.”

“Hopefully, it rains tomorrow.”

 “Trying to not shoot something overly ridiculous, since I’m playing with the amateurs.”

“Just trying to break 80, seriously.”

Dominic made a lot of putts for par saves;

“It wasn’t my best today, but I was able to save par, made some pretty big par saves throughout the round and kept it going.”

 “Actually, pretty lucky that weather held off a little bit longer than I thought it would.”

Phil Mickelson played in full rain gear the last few holes, playing some great shots, but still throwing in some bad ones; carding -6 under 66 on the Tournament Course, to be T6 at -10 under par for the competition;

“I hit a lot more good shots today than I did yesterday, but I’m still hitting some really bad ones.”

“And that’s fine. It’s to be expected. I knew that was going to happen, but I’ve been able to kind of manage those and get away with some pars.”

 

Career Builder Challenge. TOUR rookie Dominic Bozzelli Leads.

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PGA TOUR rookie Dominic Bozzelli leads the Career Builder Challenge at La Quinta Country Club, California, on the Stadium Course at PGA WEST.

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Dominic carded a first round -8 under par 64 on the more difficult Stadium Course to lead the Career Builder Challenge, in cold and wet conditions;

“Been working hard back home, doing all right things on and off the course, and it’s nice to come out and have that hard work pay off.”

In second place on the leaderboard are four players at -7 under par, Patton Kizzire and Jhonattan Vegas -7 under par 65 on the Tournament Course, Hudson Swafford, and Harold Varner 111, 65 at La Quinta.

Making it’s debut on the PGA Tour, was Phil Mickelson’s new “Jumping Logo” reminding us of  his leaping celebration in the 2004 Masters.

Phil Mickelson plays his shot from the third tee during the first round of the CareerBuilder Challenge in Partnership with The Clinton Foundation at La Quinta Country Club on January 19, 2017 in La Quinta, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Phil hit a poor first tee shot, not in any real trouble, but he decided to hit a provisional, just to warm up his swing for the next tee. Phil is coming back to golf after surgery, and said he is feeling fine, shooting a first round -4 under 68 at La Quinta, to be T25;

“I feel fine,” I’ve been able to work out the last two weeks. And again, you start out real slow, but you get back to it, you get it back pretty quick.”

“I struck it horrible, but I scored out of my mind.”

“So, I’m very happy with it. My first round of golf was Saturday and I’ve been able to work out just the last two weeks.”

“That next hole, the second hole’s an extremely difficult drive and I wanted to just get another swing.”

“It was really a great day for me because I scored so much better than I played.”

 “And when I finally did hit some really good shots I ended up close and made a few birdies.”

“And when I hit some really bad shots, and I hit some really bad shots,  I was still able to salvage some up-and-downs for pars.”