Quicken Loans National. Billy Hurley 111 Has Maiden Tour Win.

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Billy Hurley 111 has his maiden PGA Tour win at the Quicken Loans National, on the Blue course at Congressional Country Club.

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Billy Hurley

Billy shot a -2 under par 69 last round for a winning  Quicken Loans National tournament total of -17 under par, and a three shot victory.

“I couldn’t think of a better tournament for my first PGA TOUR win.”

 “I’m just thrilled to have gotten it done today.”

“It’s been a hard year, it’s been a really hard year, so it’s nice to have something go well.”

V.J. Singh claimed second place, his final round -6 under par 65 equaled the low round of the day, and elevated him up the leaderboard with a -14 under total;

“Billy played well, he’s been playing well all week.”

“You can see he’s under control and it’s nice to see him play well and not lose it actually at the end of the tournament.”

Jon Rahm,  -1 under par 70 today, and playing in his first PGA Tour event, shared third place with Bill Haas -3 under 68, both with -13 under par totals.



Quicken Loans National. Billy Hurley 111 Hangs On.

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Bill Hurley 111 hangs on to the Quicken Loans National lead, but has close company from a fast charging Ernie Els.

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Billy carded a third round -4 under par 67 to hang onto the lead in the Quicken Loans National, at Congressional Country Club with his -15 under par total, and a two shot advantage over the field.

Billy lost his father a while back, and thinks of him all the time, wishing he could be there when Billy wins his maiden tour title;

“It dawned on me: this is what my dad did.”

“He walked inside the ropes and did this at Presidents Cups and stuff.”

 “Obviously, I think about my dad a lot.”

“I can’t think of a better one for me to win.”

 “To be my first one on tour, it would be probably the best one of kind of the regular-season tournaments, for sure.”

Billy puts his ability to focus on his Navy training;

“That definitely helps in adversity on the golf course”

“Focus, too. When you’re driving a ship through the Suez Canal, it’s all eyes ahead, focused exactly what we’re doing.”

“Land on each side and trying to just keep it in the middle. Focusing on the task at hand is definitely something that I’ve learned, as well.”

Ernie fired a -6 under par 65 to post a tournament total of -13 under par for the 54 holes played. Ernie collected an  Eagle at the par four 12th hole, dropping his  156 yard approach shot straight into the cup.

Ernie spoke about his Eagle, and remembering about his win here at Congressional in the 1997 U.S. Open;

“When the game gives you something, there’s a lot of excitement there and that was really one of the more exciting moments.”

“I don’t think I’ve ever slam-dunked it into the hole like that. I’ve had some run of slopes and run into the hole but that just flew right in. It was a great feeling.”

“I can’t but help think about it because I won one of my biggest events here as a pro and I love it so much and obviously one more win will give me the 20, which is huge.”

 “On the golf course you think about the next shot and I’m quite focused this week on my next golf shot. I’m not too clogged with that kind of a thought.”

Professional new boy Jon Rahm, yesterday’s co-leader, is in third place at -12 under par, a third round -1 under par 70 was not what he was hoping for.

Jon said he was lost for rhythm today;

“I couldn’t seem to find the rhythm to find the fairway.”

“With the way I hit the driver, I’m lucky to have finished under par.”


Quicken Loans National. Two Tied for 36 Hole Lead.

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There are two players tied at the top of the Quicken Loans National after 36 holes at Congressional Country Club. Billy Hurley 111 and Jon Rahm.

Billy Hurley and Jon Rahm played together in the opening two rounds at Congressional CC, and they'll do the same on Saturday. (Getty Images)

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Billy and Jon share the Quicken Loans National tournament lead at -11 under par after Billy had carded a second round -6 under par 65, to first round leader Jon’s -4 under par 67 today.

Billy said he just took advantage of the soft conditions;

“I just hit a lot of good shots.”

“I was just able to keep the pedal down and continue to attack the golf course, which is not something you usually do around Congressional.”

“But being soft I was able to take advantage of the conditions and get the ball a little closer to the hole than you’re used to.”

Jon is still in disbelief at his rise to the top;

“I’m just lucky to be here today,.

“If you tell me 10 years ago when I was 11 years old that I would be leading a PGA TOUR event when I was 21, I wouldn’t believe you.”

At the opposite end of the age scale, Major winner Vijay Singh sits in third place, a second round -5 under par 66 giving him third place on his own at -8 under par, and he admitted he needed a little luck with a wet recovery shot;

VJ would  be the oldest PGA TOUR winner if he were to capture the Quicken Loans National title;

“It would be good to win.”

“But it’s only halfway, so I’ll be focused on my game tomorrow and see what happens.”

“I was unfortunate that it went that far in, and fortunate that it stayed out.”

“I kept sinking when I got in the water. I started out with just my foot in the water and then it started getting up to my ankles.”

“The more I moved, the deeper I went, so I kind of had to play a very safe shot. I got away with a bogey.”

Quicken Loans National. Jon Rahm Leads.

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Jon Rahm leads the Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club, in his first start as a professional. The first round stared two hours late because of rain, and was brought to an early end due to darkness.

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Jon the latest wonder kid from Spain  fired an opening round -7 under par 64, in his first tournament as a professional player, at the Quicken Loans National.

Jon did not remember any decent shot or putt he made during his inaugural professional tournament;

“I was anticipating this moment.”

“I’m working on it a long time that I kind of blacked out a little bit.”

“I don’t remember a single swing I made all day or any putting stroke or anything. I just remember the ball flying or rolling.”

He was the only amateur to make the cut last week in the U.S. Open, and spoke about the advice given to him there by Jack Nicklaus;

“What he told me is to just never do more than what I can do.”

 “Try not to risk too much. And that’s certainly something I did today.”

In second place at -6 under par is Jhonattan Vegas after his fist round 65, he said good tee shots were a bonus today;

“On this course you had better drive it well in the fairway and it’s a bonus if you can drive it long and straight.”

“Put it in the fairway and greens being a little softer than normal, you can play a good round today.”

Eight players are tied in third place at -5 under par, including Ernie Els who won the 1997 U.S. Open at Congressional.

Ernie told reporters he had no problem remembering every shot;

“Winning a major at a special place like Congressional, playing here again, you just keep thinking back on shots.”

 “Almost every single hole there’s a moment back in ’97 where we can remember still.”

“I felt comfortable with my swing this week.”

 “I’ve had a very tough year. I haven’t played very well, so I need to start playing well.”

Ernie has not fulfilled his great potential, the turning point being the sailing injury to his left knee in 2005, time is now not on his side.


AT&T National. Bill Haas Beats Them All.

Bill Haas beats them all at Congressional Country Club, actually by three shots to claim the AT&T National trophy.

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Bill shot a final round -5 under par 66, for a tournament total of -12 under par, to win the trophy by three shots from his nearest rival, Roberto Castro. Bill said he did not do anything crazy out there;

” I just kept the ball in front of me, nothing too crazy. it helped that Roberto played so well. As many times as I’ve choked and hit bad shots and I’ve been nervous and it hasn’t worked out. I was feeling all those things today, and to hit good, quality golf shots down the stretch is such a good feeling. I wish I could explain it, it’s amazing.”

Roberto finished the tournament with a last round of -2 under par 69, for his -9 under par total.

D.H. Lee made nine birdies to match a tournament-best 64 and tied for third place with Jason Kokrak.

Tiger Woods, who was on hand to present the AT&T National Trophy, said Bill had played well;

” He played beautifully today, he handled his business through the tougher stretch of holes and pulled away.”

Kenny Perry won the  Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship, a Major win on the Champions Tour, after completing a final round of 64 for a -19 under par total. Kenny said the condition of the golf course helped him;

” The golf course allowed us to do it, ball in hand, wet fairways, wet greens. It was set up for a classic shootout. I wasn’t going to put any pressure on myself to win the golf tournament because I had so much heartache and so many losses on the regular tour, I lost the Masters and PGA Championship in playoffs. I was just thinking, you know what, I’m tired of worrying about it. I really was.I remember Phil’s quote about all the U.S. Open second places, All I feel is heartbreak. I said I feel your pain Phil. I relaxed. I was actually more relaxed out there today, and more comfortable.”

 Colin Montgomerie, in his Champions Tour debut  shot -8 under par for the tournament, and was pleased with his effort;

” I’ve really enjoyed it, I’ve been very welcomed, which has been lovely to sense the warmth.I’m delighted with a top 10 to start. I’ve obviously a lot of work to do because the standard is very, very high. I knew that before coming out. It’s just a matter of witnessing it firsthand. I know there are some great golfers here and I’ve got to cut out the mistakes to compete on that level.”

AT&T National. 4 Tied at the Top at Crowded Congressional.

There are four players tied at the top of the leaderboard at a crowed Congressional AT&A National, all at -7 under par for the tournament, the score exactly where it was at the beginning of the round.

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James Driscoll and Bill Hass were the guys who moved up the leaderboard on moving day with third rounds of -3 under par 68’s to join the guys at the top. Andres Romero carded a -1 under par third round while Roberto Castro stood still with an even par effort.

Bill remarked;

” The back nine, I didn’t really know where I was going. Luckily after that triple, I was able to hit three decent iron shots and then make the putt. Certainly, it could have been a 6-, 7-, 8-under day. But it also could have been a 4-, 5-, 6-over day if I hadn’t putted well. I don’t really know what to make of how I’m playing. Just got to hopefully do more good than bad tomorrow.”

James reflected that he had not played well, even though he leads the field in strokes gained-putting, picking up more than 3 shots on the field average per round at the AT&T National on the  Congressional Country Club course. 

” It’s not perfect golf, but you don’t really have to play perfect golf sometimes. If you’re just patient and putt well and have a good short game, it can go a long way, and that’s kind of what I’m doing this week This is as good a chance as I’ve had for sure, but there’s still 18 holes to go.”

Roberto described it as a wild day, he had to take a penalty drop out of a bunker;

“Wild day, saving a bogey would have been huge, making a par is just a bonus. Nothing good was going to happen if I swung at it, and I thought if I dropped, pitched out, I could make bogey or double, which is not the end of the world. I didn’t need to sit there and make 8 or something. Over four days here, every player is going to hit kind of a rough patch. I don’t see it being easy out here, so mine just came early today, and I just tried to survive it.”

Jason Kokrak is alone in fifth place at -6 under par for the tournament, while Jordan Spieth, who was tied with Roberto at the top of the leaderboard at the start of the day, isn’t out of it. Despite shooting a +3 over par 74, he is still amazingly just three off the lead.

Jordan still thinks he could be in the mix tomorrow;

” Making a double on the easiest hole on the course, and then following up with bogey on a par 5 with a lob wedge in my hand, it was very difficult at the turn for me to stay calm and hit good shots to start the back nine. Maybe lost a couple of shots with my emotions there, which is upsetting. But like I said, I shot 5 under yesterday. I could shoot 5 under tomorrow and be in great position.”

AT&T National. Castro Cashes In.

Roberto Castro cashes in with a first round of -5 under par 66 in the AT&T National at Congressional Country Club.

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Roberto has made a habit of starting fast in tournaments this season, he has carded  66 or lower in the opening round of a PGA TOUR event four times, including Thursday at the AT&T National, where his 66 was good enough for a two-shot lead, on the par 71 course. He spoke about the other times this season he has been at the top of the leaderboard, and how tough this course is;

” They were totally different rounds, the one at Sawgrass, I hit it three feet eight or nine times. The one today was more of a normal lower round where I made some putts. The rough’s brutal, we probably were 50 percent you’d get it up to the green and 50 percent pitching out. It’s very similar to a U.S. Open in that there’s not a lot of birdies out there. You’re just plugging along. Golf course hasn’t changed much in two years.”

There are a trio of  players who are just two shots back on -3 under par, the in form Billy Horschel, Bud Cauley and Graham DeLaet.

Billy also compared the lay-out of Congressional to that of Merion in the US Open, with regard to the toughness just off the fairway;

” It’s like another U.S. Open, off the fairways, the rough is thick. Tough to hit the ball on the green. Fortunately, the greens are soft, so they’re really receptive. It’s still a tough golf course. Got to drive the ball really well here, give yourself opportunities. This year, I’ve worked hard on my short game and my putting. When I do miss one offline, I can get it up and down on a regular basis. The tougher the golf course, the better I play. Those U.S. Opens usually, and I won earlier at Zurich this year, which was a big confidence boost.  My first major as a pro, I finished fourth with a really good field and had a chance to win going into the weekend, you can only build confidence in that.”

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These guys are followed by a group of eight players, who together are another shot back on -2 under par.