Crowne Plaza International. Kevin on Course at Colonial.

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Kevin Na is on course for victory at Colonial, in the Crowne Plaza International.

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Kevin will take a one shot lead into the final round of the Crowne Plaza International at Colonial. He had a third round score of -1 under par 69 for a total of -11 under par. The tee times have been moved up again for tomorrow due to a rainy Sunday forecast.

Kevin thinks there is a low round hiding out there somewhere, and he is worried that the low round of the day will win the title;

“It’s out there but it’s hiding somewhere, it’s hard to find because you have to be so precise off the tee, second shots, putts and everything.”

“I know the hole locations tomorrow are going to be difficult. So honestly, I don’t really see a 61 or 62. Maybe a 63 or 64. Maybe.”

“Not as much fireworks as the first few days, but overall I was pleased.”

“I’ve had a pretty successful career except I think I lack in wins, I think it’s time for me to catch up to that number that I need to be at.”

Poults is seeking his first stroke-play win in the U.S. and will be in a good frame of mind if his team Arsenal win in the English Premier League tomorrow. He is currently in second place at -10 under par;

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“It’s very easy to think too far ahead, there’s a few good guys right behind that are only a couple of shots off. I just have to focus on the first hole tomorrow.”

“I won’t be thinking anything past that, to be honest.”

“I can always deal with another plaid jacket in my closet. It will look just fine with my outfit tomorrow.”

“Hopefully we can get some golf in tomorrow, we’re going to have to wait and see what the weather’s going to do with us.”

Kevin and Poults are aware that they have lots of company in the quest to sport the tartan jacket, there are sixteen golfers are within five strokes of the lead.

Charlie Hoffman is in third place, despite his bad back, at -9 under par following his -4 under par third round of 66, saying it was the best he could have done;

“I probably couldn’t have shot much lower than I did.”

“I think we’ll play probably into Tuesday if need be.”

Defending Champion Adam Scott is trying to become the first player to successfully defend this title, Ben Hogan is the only player so far to do so, he actually did it twice.

Adam is four shots off the lead T10 at -6 under, but once again mentioned the putting;

“I’m going to need a round where they do all go in tomorrow, obviously it’s about giving yourself a lot of chances out there.”

“But you’ve got to make some putts, and as long as I keep hitting good ones, they might go.”

The organizers have made a 54-hole cut, to reduce the field to top 70s and ties. Those players who will not play on Sunday are; Jarrod Lyle, Harrison Frazar, Steve Wheatcroft, Chad Collins, Patrick Rodgers, John Peterson and Kyle Reifers.

Crowne Plaza International. Kevin Na In Control.

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Kevin Na is in control of the Crowne Plaza International at the half-way stage at Colonial.

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Kevin shot a second round -4 under par 66 at Colonial, to sit on top of the Crowne Plaza International leaderboard at the half-way stage, with a -10 under par total.

Kevin celebrated sinking a 22-foot birdie putt at the 13th hole during Friday’s second round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, with something only usually seen on Sesame Street episodes, the Big Bird Dance;

“It just came out, I wasn’t really thinking about it. When the crowd went wild on that hole, I gave them a little show.”

“I’m just having a lot more fun, obviously, if you’re playing well, it’s easier to have fun.”

“But I let the bogeys not bother me as much, and I’m swinging it well, my ball-striking is the best ever.”

Ian Poulter is in second place, carding a second round -3 under par 67, for a tournament total of -8 under par.

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Poults is happy with the way things are going;

“I hit a lot of good golf shots. I’m pleased with the way I played the last two days.”

Boo Weekley is in third position at -7 under par for the competition despite only carding a -1 under par 69 today. He put his early mistakes down to his stiff back problem that has plagued him all week, today it did not loosen up until the fifth hole;

 “I hit it left, but at least that swing felt like all right, now we’re back.”

 “Now we’re getting where we can kind of work it around this golf course a little bit.”

Defending champion Adam Scott needed to make up ground in order to reach the weekend, and did so with a bogey-free -4 under par  66, which raised him to T25 at -2 under for the competition.

Adam said he had played well, but reiterated once again that poor putting let him down;

“I played really good today, I just couldn’t buy a putt coming in.”

Jordan Spieth got a case of the jitters today, signing for a +3 over par 73, leaving him with a -3 under par total, and T15;

“A couple bad swings was all it was, I feel good on the golf course, I just didn’t see many putts go in and got off with the long clubs.”



Crowne Plaza International. 4 Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a 4 way tie at the top of the leaderboard in the Crowne Plaza International at Colonial with four excellent rounds of 64.

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Boo was first in the clubhouse with a -6 under par 64, and was soon followed by Kevin Na, Ryo Ishikawa and Jordan Spieth.

Prior to his round today Boo had complained of a bad back, saying it was not 100 percent, and it showed with a couple of one-handed swing finishes with the golf club, but he made up for it with his excellent putting;

“Made a lot of good putts, that’s the key for me out here. If I can make the putts, then we should be fine.”

“We read the greens good today, we had fun.”

Jordan who is playing a PGA TOUR event in hometown Texas for the first time since his victory at Augusta National last month was very happy with his birdie on the closing hole. It got him into a share of the lead;

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“I had a few of those on the back nine, a few good looks where I knew what the putt was doing, I just didn’t match the line and speed right.”

“I was getting a little frustrated through 17 there. I was like just one more look. I didn’t really count 18 as a look, but maybe more like luck, and we’ll take it.”

“I was little frustrated to see where my ball went, but I was still was able to soak in kind of the welcoming to the 18th green.”

“We couldn’t have had better scoring conditions today. Just the wind died down, and you could just throw darts, and they were landing and stopping.”

“I’d like to play golf in this weather the rest of my life.”

Kevin was facing a three-hour rain delay to start his early morning opening round, so he decided to take a nap;

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“Pulled off a little veteran move, took about an hour nap”

“If I keep putting myself in that position, I’m going to get some wins.”

George McNeill and Ian Poulter are tied in 5th place at -5 under par after their opening rounds of 65.

George admits he is usually a slow starter, and is surprised to be near the top of the leaderboard after the 1st round;

“I’m not a fast starter, I really don’t know why, I can’t pinpoint it. If I knew why, obviously I’d try and fix it. Maybe I did today.”

“So it was quite a surprise for me to play or score as well as I did today, I’ll take it. Hopefully it’s the worst score I shoot all week.”

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Poults tweeted about how well he had played today;

“Played lovely today and started to hole some putts. I looked at an old photo of my putting grip from a while ago, and changed back to it.”





Crowne Invitational, Scott Wears the Crown at Colonial.

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World number one Adam Scott wears the crown at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, by winning a three hole sudden death play-off against Jason Dufner.

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Both Adam and Jason completed the Crowne Plaza Invitational with totals of -9 under par at Colonial. A three hole sudden death play-off ensued, Adam winning when Jason hit a poor shot into the third play-off hole and Adam responded with a very good approach, calmly sinking the birdie putt;

“It’s so satisfying in so many ways to get it done, It’s a good feeling, and maybe some validation. Maybe added a little pressure for myself, trying to play like a No. 1. But I think the important thing was I realized that didn’t mean playing perfect, and I certainly didn’t play perfect all week. But the way you come back and get it done, and I felt like I certainly played like one of the best players in the world out there on the back nine.”

“I didn’t want to let this one slip, as always, a bit of luck involved. And to come out on top is a really satisfying feeling, and hopefully keep No. 1 for at least another week.”

 Jason fought hard, even had a chance on the 17th, the second play-off hole when his approach shot finished really close to the hole. Adam was around twelve feet away, but still rolled in the putt. Jason’s next approach shot left him too much to do, and Adam sunk his birdie putt.

Jason admitted that Adam was tough to beat;

“It’s tough to beat him. He’s a great player. It’s tough to concentrate, he’s so good looking, too. I thought maybe I could sneak one in there on 17, but he topped me.”

Nicholas Thompson and Freddie Jacobson tied for third place with -8 under par totals.

It was a day when most people were rooting for old man David Toms, to come through and win. Sadly David unraveled on his back nine and his lead vanished, along with hopes of winning again.

Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. 4 Way Tie at the Top

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 David Toms, Chad Campbell, Chris Stroud and Hideki Matsuyama are all tied at the top of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.



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These four  four share a one-shot lead at -7 under par,on a bunched-up leaderboard, going into Sunday’s final round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

David Toms, the 2011 Champion, carded a 5-under par 65, and Hideki Matsuyama shot a marvelous -6 under par 64. Chad Campbell a -2 under par 68 while Chris Stroud signed of a modest -1 under par 69.

David knew he had to do something special to get into contention, playing alongside Brendon Todd is good for him;

“I needed a good round to get into contention, that’s what I’ve done, so I look forward to tomorrow. It seems like every time we’re paired together, we both look pretty solid. I know he was coming off a pretty good high last week. It was just a good, positive day.”

Despite his low round today Hideki seems to think he will need to go lower tomorrow;

“Gradually, week by week my game has gotten better, I feel like I can compete now, especially to shoot 6-under today and be in contention. I’m going to have to shoot lower than that tomorrow, but I’m going to do my best.”

Adam Scott is fighting hard to keep his World Number One status, but not thinking about Henrik Stenson who is trying to pass him this week;

“I can only worry about my golf here, worrying about that isn’t going to help me at all. It’s all very tight, we know that. I’m happy to have gotten to No. 1. I hope it’s not such a short stay.”

“I might have been forcing it a bit hard the last few weeks to play too perfect, that’s not how you play golf. Today was nice. It was a good, solid round.”

“It’s exactly how I wanted to come out today, the swing was in a good spot right from the get-go. That’s what I’ve been trying to do, just free it up this week and swing and hit my shot, and I did. Everything went according to play on the front. Unfortunately, just couldn’t keep it going for the 18.”

Adam is currently at -5 under par, just two shots off the top.

Round of the day went to Kevin Chappel, he was on the way to recording a 59, but had to settle for a -7 under par 63, for a -6 under par total.

“I used up a lot of luck today, I had two chip-ins and made some long putts. Fifty-nine would have been nice but kind of lost the feel of the putter there on the back nine. All in all, a good day.”

“I didn’t really think about how special the round could have been until I made the bunker shot in 11. You couldn’t ask for more.”

This leaderboard is tightly compacted, so the winner will need to produce something special, and Kevin has proved it can be achieved.


Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. D.J. In The Lead

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Dustin Johnson is in the lead at the Crowne Plaza invitational at Colonial.

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Dustin secured top spot at the Crowne Plaza Invitational with an opening round of -5 under par 65. He achieved that score using mainly a three iron off the tee;

 “Makes things pretty easy,as long as I’m hitting my 3-iron straight. When I’m hitting out of the fairway, I’m going to be tough.”

” I’ve got to keep doing what I’m doing, I’ve got a pretty good game plan for the golf course off the tee. So I’m going to stick to that, just trying to keep getting birdie looks on every hole.”

Hunter Mahan, Robert Streb, Tim Wilkinson and Harris English all scored  -4 under par 66, for a share of third place.

Hunter carded a first round -4 under par 66, a bit disappointing seeing as he was at -6 after nine holes, he had this to say about the course;

” I’m surprised the afternoon rounds are better than the morning rounds. Usually that’s flipped, so it’s a little strange. But there were some tough pins out there and this course plays fast.”

 “This course is the easiest hard course we play all year. You could shoot five or six under like it’s no big deal, and then tournament time comes around and all of a sudden the fairways get a little tighter.”

Tim still has to use a driver off the tee, but the other guys using irons gives him a chance, he talked about his five missed cuts this season;

“If I could play this every week, I’d be a top-five player.Guess you just get in a bit of a funk, I haven’t been playing terrible. Just haven’t been scoring. “

New World Number One Adam Scott could only manage a +1 over par opening round, which could have been much worse. He still enjoyed the company he had today,  playing alongside two-time Crowne Plaza champ Zach Johnson and current FedExCup points leader Jimmy Walker;

“It was a great group for me today, very comfortable to play with those guys. I thought I actually hit plenty of good shots and played from the fairway for 4 over, so it wasn’t ideal. But I managed to tighten up on the back and make a couple of putts.”

“I can’t say I found my rhythm shooting four over, but I felt like everything was in a good spot. I just have to be a little patient, and I think sometimes on a course like this, you need to be. Even with a short iron or a wedge in your hand, you can’t force it because bogeys are easy to come by.”

World No. 1 shoots 71

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Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. Weekley Wins.

Boo Weekley won the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial by just one shot with a tournament total of  -14 under par.


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Boo had been suffering with a fluttering left eyelid during the round, and called his caddie to read distances and the greens for him. After this performance caddy Barry Williams may get the job on a permanent basis. Just look at the stats, Boo hadn’t won a PGA TOUR event in five years and had rarely been in contention in that span. His best finish this year was a backdoor second place in Tampa Bay when he shot a 63 in the final round. He was thinking at one time of giving up golf, to go fishing. But now he says;

” But I can fish and still play golf. It feels good to actually have butterflies again, knowing that I’m in this, an opportunity to maybe win. I might have shot 80 today. But I didn’t. It was my time to win.”

Talking about nerves, Boo quipped about his caddie Barry Williams;

” I can tell he was a little more nervous than I was, or just as much nervous as I was out there because he ain’t never walked that fast. He looked like a horse running to get a goat.”

He had something to say about his fluttering eye problem too;

” I had a few out there. It was coming and going in that wind, I don’t know what’s going to happen. We’re going to get home and work on it.”

Second place went to Matt Kuchar, one shot adrift at -13 under par, he was a little upset at the outcome;

” It’s a bummer for me. This is a tournament, and this is a golf course, that I love. It’s difficult at the moment coming just one shot short but you can’t control what other guys do.”

Defending Champion, Zach Johnson finished in third place at -12 under par, just two shots off the pace. Zach said that he had played well, and was gracious in defeat;

“I played well, that’s all you can do and whoever wins, tip of the cap.”