Valero Texas Open. Charley is the Darlin of the Lone Star State

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Charley Hoffman is the darling of the Lone Star State winning the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio.

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Charley carded a final round -3 under par 69 to post a Valero Texas Open total of -12 under par. As he drained the birdie putt on the last hole Charley’s first words were;

“It’s about time.”

In interview, right after the winning putt, with Dotty Pepper, Charley explained his remark;

“Being in contention every Sunday and not closing the door, it’s just not me.”

“It’s nice to make that putt, that’s for sure.”

“I”m happy.”

He was pushed hard all the way by Patrick Reed, who also shot a last round -3 under par 69 for his second placed total of -11 under par.

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Patrick Reed reacts as his chip in attempt came up inches short for an Eagle on the last

Chad Collins captured third place with a final hole birdie, he too posted -3 under 69 last round, giving him a -10 under par total.

RBC Heritage. Luke Leads at Harbour Town.

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Luke Donald leads the RBC Heritage tournament at Harbour Town Golf Links.

Donald seeks elusive victory

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Luke shot a third round -2 under par 69 to top the RBC Heritage leaderboard with a -7 under par total, and will take a one shot lead into tomorrow’s final round.

Luke is looking  to end his hard-luck history at Harbour Town, having five top-three finishes without a win;

“I think it’s a bit dangerous to say a place owes you.”

“I can’t sit back on my heels.”

“Certainly, I’ve knocked on the door many times. I’d love to put that tartan jacket on tomorrow.”

Jason Kokrak, -3 under par 68 today, and Charley Hoffman, even par 71, share second place, that one shot back at -6 under par.

Charley let it all slip late in the day, carding two bogey’s on final two holes. He said he needs to dig down and come up with something special;

“Hopefully, I can reach down deep, I know I’ve done it before.”

Patton Kizzire holds fourth spot at -5 under par, he carded an even par round of 71.

World number one Jason Day signed for a +8 over par 79, making five bogeys in a six-hole span, even though he felt there was a good score to be had on the day;

 “I felt like there was a good score out there today if you hit it in the right spots.”
 “And unfortunately, I just kept missing it in the wrong spots.”
Boeing, showed off another of its 787 Dreamliners to the RBC Heritage crowd.
The sleek aircraft glided along the 18th hole over Calibogue Sound before leaving.
It’s the fourth time the company, the presenting sponsor of the tournament, has showcased its aircraft with a flyover.
This display was pretty tame compared to the barrel roll the Boeing company did with 707 when it first appeared on the scene.

RBC Heritage. Three Tied at the Top.

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There are three players, Jason Day, Kevin Chappell and Charley Hoffman all tied at the top of the RBC Heritage leaderboard after two rounds at Harbour Town Golf Links.

Jason Day hits a tee shot on the 11th hole during the second round of the 2016 RBC Heritage. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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Jason, Kevin and Charley share the RBC Heritage lead at -6 under par, giving them a one shot advantage going into the weekend.

Kevin and Charley had -3 under par 68’s today, while Jason carded -2 under 69.

Kevin has yet to win, and has contested 151 PGA Tour tournaments, but said his game is on the up;

“I’m still on form and really excited to be here and really excited about where things are at.”

“I think I’ve been a little aggressive in the past at Harbour Town.”

“But I feel I have a better formula this year, a little more simple.”

“It’s no secret that I play my best golf when I’m really enjoying and smiling, and I think having family here and getting away from the game helps kind of forget that you’re here on a work trip.”

Luke Donald, even par 71 today,  was tied for the first-round lead after a -5 under 66, opening effort, he is now a stroke back of the leaders at -5 under, tied in fourth place with Russell Knox, -5 under 65 today and Patton Kizzire -3 under 68.

New professional on Tour,  Bryson DeChambeau is having fun out on the course, but would like to putt better. He shot -4 under par 67 in the second round and has a tournament total of -3 under;

“It was a fun day out there, again, missed a couple of putts and a couple momentum shifts on 17 and 18.”

“I made that 6-footer on 17, par on 18. The round may have ended with a deep number.”

“Trying to get my speed a little bit better.”

“I three-putted somewhere out there, I can’t remember what hole, it’s a blur to me right now.”

“But I’ll definitely be working on that again going into the weekend. If I get a couple of putts to drop I’ll be right there.”

Deutsche Bank Championship. Charley Shoots 63, To Lead.

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Charley Hoffman shoots 63 in the second round to lead the Deutsche Bank Championship half way through the tournament at TPC Boston.

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Charley carded a -8 under par 63 to lead the Deutsche Bank Championship at -12 under par, a three shot advantage over the field.

Charley, the 2010 Deutsche Bank Championship winner, when he equaled the lowest score for the tournament, shooting 62 in the final round at TPC Boston. He said he likes to putt on these greens;;

“It was a little different five years ago, I came from a decent ways back, so I didn’t have to deal with the lead.”

“Anytime you are in the lead you put a lot of pressure on yourself. And obviously I’ve got to deal with that tonight.”

“Just try to keep doing what I’m doing, making a lot of putts and hitting a decent amount of fairways for me, which is a nice combo.”

“This is one of those courses that when you get up on the tees it sets up well visually for me.”

“I also tend to make a few more putts on these greens. I’m in a nice position after two days, but obviously we have a lot of golf left.”

1st round leader Brendon De Jong carded a -3 under par 68 to keep second place on his own at -9 under par.

Brendon has given up any hope of making the International Team in the Presidents Cup;

“That ship has sailed.”

I’ve put myself so far behind the 8-ball with regard to that.”

“As I said yesterday, I feel even if I won this week it wouldn’t even come close to warranting that. So that’s far from my mind.”

Kevin Chappell, Rickie Fowler, Matt Jones and Zach Johnson are tied in third place, at -8 under par

Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson both made the cut, which was set at +3 over par, these two got in at +1 over for the tournament.

Rory admitted his rustiness is showing through;

“I think it shows that I haven’t really played much competitive golf.”

“When I’ve given myself opportunities to get it close, then I’m not making putts.”

“And I think I’ve had three or four three-putts in two days and just haven’t really made anything.”

“So it’s been a bit of a struggle, more mentally, because I’ve just been trying to get something going. And there’s nothing happening.”

Justin Rose and Jordan Spieth both missed the cut here, and will have the weekend off to try and sharpen up.

Jordan has some concentration issues, his ability to mentally keep his game together;

“Whatever is going on; normally my mental game is a strength of mine.”

“And it’s something I feel like I have an advantage over other players on.”

“These past two weeks it was a weakness for me.”

“I need to walk with some cockiness in my step these next two tournaments. I don’t think I have to fix much in my game other than really work hard on my putting into Conway and then mentally I can control that.”

“I can control walking with the cockiness, whether things are going good or bad, and that’s what you have to have inside the ropes.”

“And I’ll bring it when we get to Chicago.”

Shell Houston Open. Two at the Top.

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Bill Haas is currently 33rd in the FedExCup standings, but is poised for a big jump. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

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Bill Hass and Charley Hoffman top the leaderboard at the Shell Houston Open after completing first rounds of -7 under par 65’s, Charley was bogey free.

Bill made six birdies, one eagle and a single bogey, and thinks he is playing OK;

” I feel like I’m hanging around, playing okay, I certainly haven’t knocked on the door on Sunday quite yet. But I feel like I’m doing a lot of good things. It’s not like I’m just lost out there. I feel like I’m close. I think you just have to stay positive, and hopefully one week it all clicks and you find yourself in the mix on Sunday and then try to take advantage of that.”

” The greens are absolutely perfect, I think the scores are reflective on that. They were a little slower, but part of that, too, is the weather. It was like a little dewy mist out there all day, which played a part in the speed of the greens.”

There are five players tied in third place, all at -6 under par, they are, Keegan Bradley, Matt Kuchar, J.B. Holmes, Eric Compton and Jim Renner.

This field is really bunched up, with ten players recording rounds of  -5 under par, 67.

Phil Mickleson is in the hunt, finishing his opening round at -4 under par 68.

Phil’s  bogey-free performance was a world away from last week when he was forced to withdraw during the third round in San Antonio, after pulling a muscle in his right side;

“I’m surprised because I was worried about the Masters. I was certainly worried about Houston, but it healed a lot quicker. I felt great today; didn’t feel any pain or discomfort and didn’t even think about it.”

” One of the things I really worked on hard today was staying focused on each shot.  I needed to play here this week and really challenge myself in that regard to give myself the best chance for next week.”

 Two-time major winner Rory McIlroy settled for an opening round of -2 under par 70, which he said was a solid round;

 “Solid, if unspectacular start here in Houston. Really happy with my form from tee to green. Hole a few more putts and I’ll be right there.”

“The greens weren’t quite as fast as we’re used to here, so I struggled getting the ball to the hole. I just need to work on my speed a little bit, but I’m very encouraged with how I hit the ball. I just didn’t score particularly well.”

Humana Challenge. Reed Rampant -9 Again


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Patrick Reed was in rampant form again at the Humana Challenge, shooting -9 under par again. This time on the Nicklaus Course, he has now amassed an amazing -27 under par for the three rounds played, and a 7 shot lead in the tournament. Patrick’s -27 under par 189 total set a PGA TOUR record for lowest 54-hole score in relation to par, and it is also a record to post three consecutive rounds of 63, especially on three different courses.

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Patrick said it felt like deja vu, and his putter is still working well;

“It kind of seemed like deja vu all over again. When I played today, I felt just as confident as I did the last two days and the putter is still working. I’m just going to treat tomorrow as if it’s a Monday qualifier, 18-hole shootout, everybody’s tied at even par and hopefully I can go out and do the same thing I’ve done in the past three days.”

Brendon Todd and former Humana champion Charley Hoffman are tied in second place, a whopping seven shots adrift of the leader.

Charley shot a respectable -6 under par 66 at the Palmer Course while Brendon had a -4 under par 68 on La Quinta.

This tournament is a wrap, the only thing we need to know now is how many will Patrick win by, another -9 to-morrow would take him to -36 under par, or it could even be more, he carded a bogey today !!


Humana Challenge. Reed Romps Ahead.

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Patrick Reed romps ahead in the first round of the Humana Challenge at the PGA West (Palmer)  course in California, in this three course event.

Patrick Reed lines up a putt on the ninth hole

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Patrick shot a bogey free -9 under par 63 in the opening round of the Humana Challenge, saying the Palmer Course is in perfect shape  and the putts just kept rolling in;

” The course is in perfect shape, the rough isn’t very high, the fairways are perfect and the greens are rolling very true. I started out a little struggling with the driver, had some lefts in it, but luckily I missed it in the right spots. I was really confident with my irons, kept hitting greens and all of a sudden, 10-, 12-, 15-, 20-foot putts started going in. I felt like there were some things I could have improved on, but at the same time whenever you tap in for par on the last hole and shoot 63, you’re pretty happy,” 

Four players shot rounds of -8 under par 64, they were, Ryan Palmer  on the Palmer Course, Justin Hicks and Daniel Summerhays on the Nicklaus Course, with Charley Hoffman matching their scores on the La Quinta Country Club course.

Ryan admitted he was hitting it pretty close, not making a lot of long putts;

“I wasn’t making a whole lot of long putts, just hitting it close.”

Justin said he was just trying to give himself as many opportunities as he could;

“Just trying to give myself as many opportunities as I can.” 

Daniel was just having fun;

“It’s fun to make birdies, that’s one of the fun things about this tournament is that the courses are a little easier. They’re in perfect shape, which makes them almost even easier.”

Charley just loves the La Quinta course;

“I love this golf course, I think this is probably one of the better tracks we play all year when it’s said and done.”

Zach Johnson is one of seven players carding -7 under par first rounds of 65. Zach was on the La Quinta course, and said it was his good wedge play that helped him reach his target, and the greens are just perfect;

 ” My wedges are clean, I’ve worked on it a lot. I’ve worked on it in a number of different ways, but the main way is really just trying to dial in yardages and trajectories. The greens over there are, I don’t even know how to explain them, it’s like carpet. I mean, they’re just so good. I don’t know what they do over there, but they look artificial. They’re like this every year, but they’re as good as I’ve ever seen.”

This is just round one and with three courses being played it will some time before we get a clear picture of what is really going on. Being a putter manufacture I hope good putting will be the key to winning this week.