The Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, Three Tied at the Top

Justin Timberlakes Shriners Hospitals for Children Open has three players tied at the top of the leaderboard after the third round at TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Blixt's late blitz

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Rookie Jonas Blixt roared back into contention here at TPC Summerlin converting six birdies in his last seven holes to be tied at the top of the leaderboard with Ryan Moore and Brendon de Jonge at -19 under par for the tournament. Jonas is trying  to join John Huh and Ted Potter Jr. as the only rookie winners this season.

These three players have a five-shot cushion between them and Jimmy Walker and Tim Herron, who are tied for fourth at -14 under par for the tournament. Two shots further back are Colt Knost, Jason Day, Jason Bohn and Russell Knox at -12 under par.

I wish good luck to Jonas Blixt in his quest for his first win on the PGA Tour.

Carl Pettersson leads @ RBC Heritage at Harbour Town

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Carl Pettersson leads the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town by one shots from Colt Knost. Carl had a -5 under par third round 66, for a tournament total of -12. Colt could only manage a round of -2 under par for a total of 69 and -11 under par tournament total.

Carl and Colt  chatted and laughed throughout the round, and appeared oblivious to the fact that both golfers were chasing a PGA TOUR title. Carl beamed in interview;

“Two fat guys played in three hours, 48 minutes. That was pretty good. But we had a good time.  I played great all day. I obviously started off really well with five in a row. And I kept going. Made a nice birdie on 10. Made a weak bogey on 11. I was just left of the fairway, but it wasn’t that hard of a shot, it hit the green. But I was fine with making five after the second shot. And I put myself in an awkward spot. But bogey on 15 was a little frustrating. But kind of got me fired up to play well coming in. And I managed to birdie the 18th, which was nice.

Colt Knost, who is chasing his first PGA Tour win, said it was his intention to have fun while still competing, he will partner Carl again tomorrow in the final pairing.

“I’m going to try tomorrow to have fun,” he said.

Lets hope he has a better start than the bogey he had on #1 today;

“I could have got rattled pretty easy after that start, but like I said, I’m really proud of the way I hung in.”

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Zach Johnston shot a -5 under par round of 66 to move into third place at -8 under, four shots behind the leader, Carl Pettersson. He was still hopeful of mounting a serious challenge tomorrow, he said;

“We’ve still got 18 holes, the last four or five holes, if I’m near the lead, we can get after it a little bit. I think there was a five to ten percent chance of rain today, but we got it. It didn’t really matter, it didn’t soften it up, and didn’t cause any effect on any shots. It was a good day. I got off to kind of a slow start and managed to right the ship. And made some nice, key putts.”

World number one Luke Donald could only manage a par round of 71 and remains at +2 for the tournament. He will  he will fall from World No. 1 after he finishes Sunday, surrendering the top spot to Rory McIlroy. It has been another sad tournament for Luke and he needs to right the ship pretty quickly.

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RBC Heritage, 2nd round @ Harbour Town

Colt Knost remains at the top of the leaderboard at the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town, Hilton Head. Colt had a -5 under par round of 66, for a tournament total of -9 under par. He leads by two shots from Carl Pettersson who fired in a -6 under par 65, for a total 0f -7 under par.

Colt cruising so far

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Asked about his two days play, Colt replied;

“You know, it’s been a really solid two days for me. Definitely got on the lucky side of the draw with the wind. And I guess it was a little cold yesterday morning I heard. Very pleased with how I’m playing right now, striking it well, and making a few putts. I love Harbour Town, it’s one of the favorite courses all year. It sets up well for me and I’m looking forward to the weekend.  I’m just doing everything really solid. I feel like I’m driving it really well. I don’t know how many fairways I’ve hit or greens, but I know that I have not been in very much trouble. I haven’t short-sided myself much this week, which is huge out here. When I have missed the green I felt like I’ve been able to putt from the closely mown areas. I’m minimizing my mistakes. And I take advantage when I have a short iron into most of the holes. This place is still really tough. The wind started blowing at the end of the day today. It swirled so much out there, it’s hard. You never know where the wind is coming from. You know, the greens are so small out here, you can’t really play conservative. If you hit the green, you’re going to have 15, 20 feet. I feel like there’s a few holes you have to get through, like No. 8 for example is a tough one. 4 is tough. All the par-3s are very tough out here. It’s kind of like you take three on all of them and run. When I have a good number and it’s a green light to me, I’m going. These guys are going to shoot low scores out here. They’re too good. They’re way too good to play conservative. And I’m just trying to take advantage of my opportunities when I have them. And I did that for the most part today.”

Carl Pettersson, with the broomstick putter, is always happy to play at Harbour Town;

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“I love this golf course. I’ve been coming here ten years. I’ve had some good finishes. I’ve also missed the cut. But it’s a great golf course, I really enjoy playing it. It’s probably my favorite one of the year. I’m always happy to come back here and play.  I’ve still got a long way to go. My game is good. In golf you still have two days, which is a long way to go in golf. I’m just happy to be playing well and hopefully have a chance on the weekend.  I’m feeling good right now. I’m enjoying playing. This is my favorite tournament of the year. So I’m excited to play well, and I always enjoy coming here.”

World number one Luke Donald came back today shooting a  69 and making the cut, unlike some of the other big names.

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Missing the cut were; Ernie Els, Padraig Harrington, Henrik Stenson, Jose Maria Olazabal and Mike Weir.

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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