U.S. Open. Day 1 Washout.

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Sadly day 1 of the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club got washed out by the weather.

 

Thursday storms could lead to Friday marathon

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Andrew Landry sits on top of the leaderboard, at -3 under par, he has completed 17 first round holes on a stop start day. The first rain delay lasted 79 minutes, the second delay lasted 2 hours, 22 minutes, as  the players and fans alike were constantly getting on and off the course in order to avoid the lightning threats and the pouring rain.

Playing in his first Major, Andrew had already told his father;

“I’m going to win this tournament.”

Bubba Watson shares second place with Danny Lee, both at -2 under par. Bubba has played 14 holes, while Danny has completed one less at 13.

Bubba was the only player to birdie the 258 yard par  -3 eighth;

“I got lucky and made a 30-footer.”

Amateur player Scottie Scheffler with a  completed round, is tied in fourth place with Kevin Streelman, 16 holes, Lee Westwood, 13 holes and Harris English, 12 holes, all at -1 under par.

Scottie was happy to finish his round;

“I was excited to get done on 18. I tapped in a 2 ½-footer kind of quickly, which maybe wasn’t the smartest idea.”

“I wanted our group to get done so we didn’t have to come back in the morning because we were up at 4 a.m. this morning.”

“Some rest would be good tonight, and honestly, I really wanted to watch the basketball game tonight. I wanted to get done so I could stay up late and watch that.”

“It hasn’t really sunk in yet, I played pretty solid.”

“My lag putting was really good on the greens and I made some good 8-footers that kind of helped me keep the round going.”

Lee was frustrated by the weather;

“It’s obviously a frustrating day having to keep coming off, but there’s nothing you can do about the weather.”

Just nine players have completed their first rounds, with another 78 yet to play at all. Looks like some players will have to play 36 holes tomorrow, to keep the tournament on time, not a good scenario for such a tough contest.

 

 

 

 

Memorial Tournament. D.J. Leads At Jack’s Place.

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Dustin Johnson leads the Memorial Tournament after the first round at Muirfield Village, Jack’s Place.

DJ leads after 10-birdie opener

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Dustin carded 10 birdies against two bogey’s to card a first round -8 under par 64 at the Memorial Tournament.

Dustin started well from the get go, and suddenly likes his putter;

“I felt like I just played well right out of the gates.”

“I hit great shots in the right spot on the greens and rolled in some putts.”

“I hit it close on the first three holes and made all three of them, so that’s always a good way to start your day.”

“The putter is something that this year I feel like I’ve struggled with a little, but every other part of my game I feel like is in good shape.”

Brendan Steele holds second place on his own at -7 under par, following his opening round 65, which included everything, a double bogey 6 at the fourteenth, and an Eagle two at the par four 18th, Brendan spoke about his hole out;

“I told Christian, my caddie, these are shots I normally aim too far away from the hole, that I get a little too cautious.”

“We picked a really aggressive line, made a great swing, and it paid off.”

“I tried to take a little different attitude into today than I’ve had.”

 “It becomes a little bit more like a job out here sometimes, which I didn’t want it to be. I want to have a little bit more fun.”

“Even when I made double on 14, I was trying to be like, all right, this is what it’s all about. You just made double. You can still get in there and make a good swing and have a good finish.”

There are five players tied in third position, all at -6 under par after their opening efforts of 66. Hudson Swafford, Danny Lee, from New Zealand, Matt Kuchar, David Hearn, from Canada, and World number one, Jason Day, from Australia.

Jason is talking about being more conservative;

“I think this year is more about taking more conservative lines off tee or conservative shots, maybe throttling back a little bit here or there.”

“I can’t focus on the end result, I’ve got to focus on trying to get through tomorrow’s round and then Saturday and Sunday.”

“I’m very pleased with that because usually I’ve struggled here early, but I’m happy.”

Phil Mickelson, in the group at -4 under par, had an up and down day, including hitting a marshal with his tee shot off of 15;

“He looked like Ali taking hits, because he didn’t go down. He didn’t go down at all. He was just laughing about it.”

Rory McIlroy had a quiet day, -1 under par 71, while last weeks winner Jordan Spieth went one better at -2 under par.

 

 

AT&T Byron Nelson. Sergio, Danny and Johnson Lead Suspended 1st Round

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Sergio Garcia, Danny Lee and Johnson Wagner lead the suspended 1st round of the AT&T Byron Nelson

Déjà vu for Garcia at AT&T Byron Nelson

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Sergio carded a first round -7 under par 63, along with Danny and Johnson  at the AT&T Byron Nelson, as darkness brought the opening round to a close, an early long rain delay the culprit.

Sergio said he likes the Lone Star State of Texas, and he has been playing decent golf lately;

“Texas has always been good to me.”

“I’ve done fairly well pretty much every time I played here.  It just kind of brings me to my comfort level, I guess.”

“I have been playing decent and obviously I still feel like I can play better.”

 “Hopefully I can keep this momentum going and have a good solid week before the U.S. Open.”

Sharing fourth place at -6 under par are, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Freddie Jacobson, and Tom Hodge, all scoring rounds of 64.

Jordan got frustrated out on the course, but said he is learning to deal with it;

“It’s just kind of something that everyone goes through, you’ve got to learn to deal with it your own way.”

“Everyone gets frustrated when you play golf. You can’t be perfect in this game.”

“Everyone who is out here is on some level of being a perfectionist. Kind of counters each other. That’s where you get frustrated.”

There is then a  huge bunch of guys all  at -5 under par for this tightly contested title, they are headed by Ben Crane and James Hahn, who won at the Wells Fargo Championship, in a playoff.

Ben has been having trouble recently with par fives, today was different, he also reminded us of his best effort here at the AT&T in 2002;

“The par fives have been beating me up, today, I beat the heck out of them.”

“We put some extra effort into scrambling this week, and today I got 100 percent. It’s kind of fun.”

“Fourteen years ago I finished second here to Shigeki Maruyama.”

“And Tiger Woods, I don’t know if you’ve heard of him, finished third. Kicked his tail.”

 

 

Waste Management Phoenix Open. Danny Lee Leads, By Three Shots.

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Danny Lee, from New Zealand has a three shot lead after 54 holes in the  Waste Management Phoenix Open, at TPC Scottsdale.

Danny Lee carded a 4-under 67 and leads by 3 shots heading into Sunday. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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Danny carded a third round -4 under par 67 to lead the Waste Management Phoenix Open by three shots at -13 under par. He spoke a about a great putting day, and is looking for another good day tomorrow. Danny’s “good friend” Ha Na Jang has just won the Coats Golf Championship in Florida, this could be an omen;

“It was a really good putting day.”

I’ve been putting it really well, I am very confident with my putting.”

“Obviously I have never been in this situation before, but I am not going to think about it that much.”

I’m just going to go out there and have another best day tomorrow.”

Hideki Matsuyama and Rickie Fowler are tied in second place, those three shots back at -10 under par. Hideki -3 under 68 today and Rickie seemed to struggle for his -1 under par 70;

“I just didn’t get much out of the round.”

“Just kind of managed it well and played with what I had to get around.”

Through a translator Hideki said he had struggled with his putting;

“I didn’t putt very well today.”

“I didn’t drive the ball very well, but I did get it around. I’m happy with that.”

Boo Weekly and Bryce Molder are tied in fourth spot, both at -9 under par for the tournament. Boo with a very nice -6 under 65 and Bryce one better, -7 under 64.

Crowd favorite Phil Mickelson is alone in sixth place at -8 under par, -6 under 65 today lifting the super star up the leaderboard. Some Mickelson magic tomorrow could work wonders. Something like the spell he cast on the par five 15th today, where made a very unlikely birdie,  his hybrid approach from 255 yards went so far right that it crossed the lake and ended up in the 11th fairway. He recovered by hitting a wedge to 15 feet and then made the putt;

“It was the worst shot of the year and I ended up making a birdie.”

Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Super Spieth Surges Ahead.

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Jordan Spieth put on a super show to surge ahead in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at Glendower Golf Club in Hawaii.

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World number one Jordan fired a magical bogey free -9 under par 64 at the par 73 Glendower course in the  Hyundai Tournament of Champions at the half way point of the competition, to lead by four shots at -16 under par for 36 holes;

“Did I see 16 under? Probably not to start the season.”

“I go from leading by one to leading by four, and that’s huge.”

Second place is shared between three players at -12  under par, Patrick Reed, Fabian Gomez and Kevin Kisner, they were all bogey free today.

Kevin also shone brightly today, with -8 under 65, while Fabian carded -7 under 66 and Patrick, feeling the heat from Jordan could only manage -4 under 69.

Kevin asked after the round what was Jordan at?

“What’s Jordan at? I saw he was at 15.”

“He’ll probably shoot another 15 under, so I better get going tomorrow, the way he plays.”

“We’ll just make a bunch of birdies and see what happens.”

“First tournament of the year, kind of rusty, haven’t played in a while.”

“Seeing where my game is, I’m looking forward to having a chance on the weekend.”

Danny Lee, from New Zealand holds fifth place on his own at -11 under par, following his second round score of -5 under par 68, which sadly contained three bogey’s.

Rickie Fowler and Steven Bowditch both scored bogey free rounds of -6 under par 67 and were another shot back at -10 under par for the tournament.

Rickie spoke about the easier conditions today;

“It’s a little less windy, so the golf course was a little bit more gettable.”

“I played better today, got the ball closer to the hole, so I had more opportunities at birdie.”

 

Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Reed Leads.

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Defending Champion Patrick Reed leads after the first round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at the Plantation Course on Maui Island in Hawaii.

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Patrick shot -8 under par 65 in the opening round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions to lead the tournament by one shot from his playing partner, World number One Jordan Spieth. A fabulous Eagle from Patrick at the par five 18th edged Jordan into second place.

Patrick spoke about his 2nd shot into the par five final hole;

“I didn’t think I could get it all the way to the green.”

“I thought if I smoked it, I’d get to the front edge and it just happened to ride the wind a little bit and kind of just kept on going.”

“And once it gets on that green, I know it’s going to just keep feeding.”

Jordan showed his class in a first round -7 under par 66, on the par 73 Plantation Course. He wanted last years form to continue, winning  the Masters and U.S. Open and three other titles that led to the FedExCup and a sweep of all the awards. He mentioned the rivalry between the pair of them;

“It’s another event in the course of my career.”

“The calendar changed.”

“Whether we want to feed off each other or we want to beat the crap out of each other, we somehow play well together.”

There are three players tied in third place at -6 under par following their first rounds of 67, Danny Lee, Brandt Snedeker and J.B. Holmes.

Brandt got here early, to check out the greens;

“I know the golf course pretty well and I think getting over here early, the greens always pose a big problem.”

“You get comfortable on greens and be aggressive on putts that you know are fast or slow.”

“You just have to know putts. They’re hard to read. So that’s kind of the reason I came over to do that.”

Making the news for the wrong reasons was Rickie Fowler, sporting a pair of high topped Basketball style trainers, most comments were in the negative. It did not bother Rickie too much, shooting -4 under par 69 to be in a the group of players with Bubba Watson.

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The two old men in field did not do so well, Padraig Harrington, 44, was almost happy with his -3 under 70, but Davis Love 111, 51, certainly struggled to post +2 over 75.

WGC Bridgestone Invitational. Danny Lee Leads.

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Danny Lee, from New Zealand, leads the World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club.

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Danny Lee had a first round -5 under par 65 to lead the WGC Bridgestone Invitational after the first round at Firestone in Akron, and he was happy with that result;

“I left a couple short birdie putts out there.”

 “It’s hard for me to say. It may sound a little bit too greedy, but I did. And I was hitting it that good, and I was very happy with my result.

Sharing second place at -4 under par after their opening rounds of 66 are Graeme McDowell and Jim Furyk.

Graeme spoke about the tricky greens, suffering through a sticky patch, and coming out the other side;

“In years gone past, the fairways have not really been a must because the greens have been extremely receptive, and the guys can still hit the greens out of the rough.”

“I think this year, when it’s firm and fiery, even the rough’s firm and fiery, the ball is bouncing into trouble when you do actually hit it offline here, and the greens are hard to hold.”

“So it’s tricky.”

“It’s been a rough year, no doubt about it, definitely been some time for reflection and some questions being asked of myself.”

“But I think we all experience these things in everything we do. It’s how you answer the questions and how you come out the other side really.”

“When you’re packing your bag on a Friday afternoon, it’s hard. It’s not cool.”

“You get frustrated with the people closest to you and around you, and caddies and agents and coaches. It’s hard.”

Jim likes this course, reminds him of the ones he played while growing up;

“It reminds me of golf courses I grew up on.”

 “Everything’s right in front of you. There’s not a lot of blind shots. I just feel like I know where I’m supposed to put the ball. It’s a matter of being able to do it.”

“The years I’ve played well, I feel like I’m on top of my game.”

Rickie Fowler and Justin Rose are tied in third place at -3 under par.

Justin started hot, with four birdies in his first six holes, and then cooled off a bit;

“It’s great to see this course play this way, though, you’ve got to be very strategic.”

“I think we know the course so well in somewhat soft conditions, and many so times you can get the ball up and down with short-siding itself.”

“It’s going to be much harder to get it up and down short-siding.”