The RSM Classic. Mackenzie Hughes Leads By Two.

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Mackenzie Hughes, from Canada, leads The RSM Classic by two shots after 36 holes at  Sea Island, today on the Plantation Course.

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Mackenzie, shot -5 under par 67 today, backing up his 61 yesterday on the Seaside Course, to lead The RSM Classic with a -14 under par total, and will take a two-stroke advantage into the week-end.

Last month Mackenzie played both weekend rounds with Phil Mickelson at the Safeway Open, something that inspired him;

“That was huge, being with him for two days and with his galleries and all the distractions going on there, that’s probably as good a preparation as you would have for tomorrow and Sunday.”

“You didn’t feel like you were a step below him, which I thought was really cool.”

“Yesterday, it seemed quite easy. I don’t want to say easy but today was definitely more work.”

 “And 67’s definitely no slouch of a score and I would take two more of those in a heartbeat.”

C.T. Pan, Taipei, -6 under 64 today on the Seaside Course trails by two shots at -12 under par for the tournament.

Four players are tied in third place, at -11 under par, Hudson Swafford -5 under 67 today  Blayne Barber, -4 under 68 and Chesson Hadley, -6 under 66, these three all played Plantation. They were joined in third place by Chad Campbell, -5 under 65 on the Seaside Course.

Hudson is a local player, sadly a home player has never won this event;

“Home games are tough.”

 “There’s a lot going on away from the golf course. There’s a lot of expectations you put on yourself playing a home game.”

Tournament host Davis Love 111 emphasized how tough it is for home players, by missing the cut, which was set at -5 under.

The par 70 Seaside Course played to a stroke average of 68.064 and the tougher par 72 Plantation Course played to a stroke average of 70.462, both permutations for Round 2.



RBC Canadian Open. Chad Campbell Has 36 Hole Lead.

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Chad Campbell has 36 hole lead in the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club, in Canada.

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Chad recorded a second round -9 under par 63 to lead the RBC Canadian Open by two shots with a -14 under par total.

He said he felt comfortable on this course, and it helped him to sink some long putts;

“I’ve always liked the golf course, I just feel comfortable on it. It was a great round.”

”It’s kind of weird because it happened with the par fives, knocking them on in two and two-putting.”

”I made a couple long putts, which always helps.”

“Never really felt like it was going to be a crazy round, I’m definitely happy with it. Just solid play.”

Brian Harman is in second place, carding a second round -5 under par 67, to post a -12 under par total.

Third place is being shared by Canadian David Hearn and Johnson Wagner, at -11 under par.

David, the best placed local player, reported after his -8 under par 64;

“I felt really good about my game, I hit a lot more greens and my putter definitely got hot. Making those two birdies at the finish felt really, really good.”

”If I continue to keep playing the way I am, I know I have a chance.”

”I can’t control what Chad or any of the other players are going to do. But if I keep doing what I’m doing and stay focused on that, I like my chances.”

“I controlled the ball very well from start to finish and gave myself a lot of good chances, I couldn’t be happier about where my game is at and I’m excited about the weekend.”

Graeme DeLaet, after his withdrawal from the competition, through injury, tweeted;

“Totally gutted I had to WD from our national championship. Thanks for all the kind words. Hopefully just a short recovery.”

The much troubled Robert Allenby withdrew from the tournament, after firing caddie Mick Middlemo during his opening 81, he would never have made the cut anyway.

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Wyndham Championship, Sergio Garcia Wins



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I am pleased to report that Sergio Garcia won the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club on Monday morning. This victory was Sergio’s  first on the PGA Tour since the 2008 Players Championship. His winning score was – 18 under par after shooting a final-round 66, beating  Tim Clark by two shots and Bud Cauley by three. Sergio now excitedly goes to Bethpage Black for The Barclays with momentum, he ranked 33rd in the FedExCup, a big jump of 69 spots. The Barclays, which begins Thursday, is the first of four events in the FedExCup Playoffs that will decided the season-long champion and winner of the $10 million bonus.

“I am proud of the way I played coming in, hopefully this will secure my spot in the Ryder Cup. We’ll see when the team comes out, but I think my chances are a little better now.”

With this win, Sergio appears to have forced himself  into the automatic qualifiers for the European team with just one week remaining. The matches will be held at Medinah Country Club where a then 19-year-old Garcia finished second to Tiger Woods at the 1999 PGA Championship. Go Sergio !!!

Tim Clark finished in second spot after his last round 67 and a tournament total of -16 under par. Tim also moved up the points list, to 54th, this amazing position after not even being in the Playoff picture a few weeks ago. Tim knew it was going to be hard to reel in Sergio on the day;

“It was going to be tough to catch Garcia, the way he finished.”

Bud Cauley claimed third place with a final round of -2 under par, 68 and a tournament total of -15 under par. Local boy Carl Pettersson finished in a three-way tie for fourth spot, with Jimmy Walker and Chad Campbell.

Lets go to the Play-offs.

FedEx St. Jude Classic, Three Tied at the Top, Rory slips back.

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There are three players tied at the top of the leaderboard in the FedEx, St Jude Classic at TPC Southwind. The leaders are at -6 under par for 54 holes with Nick O’Hern completing his round at -3 under par for a total of -6 under par for the tournament. That tournament total was matched by Davis Love 111 and John Merrick who was one of the first round leaders.

There are six players just one shot off the lead, including Rory McIlroy, who somehow managed to rack up six bogeys during his third round, against four birdies. This left him with a total of -5 under par, and still in contention for the trophy on Sunday. The other players tied in second place at -5 under par are, Dustin Johnson, Robert Allenby, Kevin Kisner, Chad Campbell and Kevin Stadler.

In all there are sixteen players within three shots of the leaders, and it will be an exciting final round to watch as all these professional players vie to be on top of the leaderboard at the end of the round on Sunday afternoon. I personally think that Rory will regroup and come out firing on all cylinders on Sunday, especially as he now knows that Lee Westwood has won over on the European Tour in Sweden. Lee  is hot on his heels in the race for the number one ranking, both of them trying to catch Luke Donald.

RBC Heritage, 1st round

Tied for the lead at after the 1st round of the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head, South Carolina are, Chad Campbell, Vaughn Taylor and Colt Knost. All three had a first round score of  67 for a total of -4 under par for the tournament.

Colt Knost commented on his late tee time today and early start tomorrow;

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‘ It’s good. It’s good to take advantage of , it’s probably good in this situation. It’s normally a tough tee time to finish so late, and the greens aren’t quite as good as they normally are. I’m excited to go out and have a little better conditions in the morning and get after it. I heard it was cold and a little windy this morning. From what I’ve seen it’s supposed to be a little better tomorrow. If it is, it is, if not, but it wasn’t calm for us out there today. Our first 12, 13 holes it was windy and it was swirling around a lot out there. We got lucky the last few coming in, and I was able to take advantage of it”

Vaughn Taylor said;

It’s very difficult. It’s obviously a tough driving course. And then if you’re not on the right side of the fairway, your back is behind the wall. And the greens are firm and fast. So it’s tough. You’ve just got to kind of grind it out. You know you’re going to miss some greens. So you’ve got to do your best trying to get the ball up and down. I fortunately did a good job of that today.” And of his effort on the ninth hole, Vaughn happily recounted; ” I had exactly 100 yards to the hole. I was trying to decide between a lob wedge and a sand wedge, but I had a little bit of an upslope lie, I decided to go with the sand wedge and hit a smooth one. Came off right, right at it, and fortunate enough to go in.”

Chad Campbell was pleased with his round;

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 ” It felt like I’ve been playing better here lately. I got off to a great start today; birdied 2 and 4 and 5. It’s nice to get off to a good start here. It was a little tricky with the winds, and it’s always a tough golf course. Pleased about the way I played today.”

There are four players just one shot behind, Jim Furyk, Charlie Wi, Harris English and Matt Every.

Biggest surprise of the day was world number one Luke Donald struggling to a +4 over par round of 75.

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