The Greenbrier Classic. Sebastian Munoz Leads

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Sebastian Munoz, of Colombia, leads The Greenbrier Classic after 36 holes at The  Old White TPC.

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Sebastian shot a second round -3 under 67 to stay on top of The Greenbrier Classic leaderboard, and at -12 under par for the tournament will take a three shot advantage into the week-end;

“I just finished late last night. Had dinner, watch a movie, and go to bed. Kind of like felt like it was the same round. Kind of like connected them.”

“Didn’t give me a lot of time to think. I just got to do a very good job to distract me today.”

“I watched Ferris Bueller for American fans. Great movie. Yeah, today I’m going to try some falconry. Sounds pretty interesting.”

Ben Martin, -3 under 67 today and Hudson Swafford, -4 under 66,  share second place, three shots back at -9 under par.

Hudson would like to sharpen up his work with the putter, would be good to make a few more;

“Didn’t see quite as many putts go in as I had the last few weeks, but I’m being patient.”

“I’m giving myself a lot of chances. You’re not going to make every one of them, but I know I’m going to make a lot come the weekend.”

“So now just go try to have some fun again. Realize you won early in the year and just see what happens. Give yourself just a chance.”

At -8 under for the tournament, and tied in fourth spot on the leaderboard are, Davis Love 111, -1 under 69 today, the defending champion Danny Lee, New Zealand, -2 under 68, and Russell Henley, -6 under 64.

Danny tried a driver off the deck from the tee on the easy par five 12th hole, but it came out badly, resulting in a double bogey seven;

“I was just as shocked as you are when I made that double. Went for driver off the deck and kind of overdid it. Just made a mess.”

Phil Mickelson made the cut on the number, his first outing with brother Tim on the bag. He blamed poor putting for his precarious position;

“This has been probably the two worst putting days I’ve had this year,.

“The greens are perfect. I just haven’t putted well.”

The Greenbrier Classic. Sebastian Munoz Leads, with a 61.

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Sebastian Munoz, Colombia, leads The Greenbrier Classic, with a 61 opening round at White Sulphur Springs.
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Sebastian Munoz

Sebastian carded -9 under par 61 to lead The Greenbrier Classic by two shots on day one. He said a friend gave him a tip about his putter, and it worked;

“Things kind of clicked, it was a good surprise.”

Davis Love 111 is in second place, those two shots back a -7 under par after his first round of 63, a lot of hard work after his snowboarding accident is paying off;

“I’ve been working real hard the last couple of weeks on trying to fix my swing to kind of swing around a stiff back and a stiff hip.”

 “I’ve given up on hitting it a long way. I’m just saying I’ve got to hit it straight, and this is the perfect golf course for me to get it in the fairway.”

“A lot of hard work is kind of starting to pay off.”

The Defending champion Danny Lee, New Zealand, shot -6 under 64, along with David Lingmerth, Sweden, Ben Martin,USA, rookie Xander Schauffele,USA and Graham DeLaet and Nick Taylor from Canada, all sharing third position.

David was not going to dwell on his missed opportunity from last week;

“I’m not going to dwell on it too much, a nice little start today.”

“I didn’t really have my best stuff. I never really got into trouble.”

“I gave myself a couple of opportunities.”

The course itself has recovered well after last years deluge caused havoc, destroying some areas, causing the cancellation of last years tournament.

Travelers Championship. Jordan With Wire to Wire Win, Via Play-Off.

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Jordan Spieth completed his wire to wire win at the Travelers Championship, albeit via a Play-Off against Daniel Berger, at TPC  River Highlands.

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Jordan, even par 70 today and Daniel, -3 under 67, were tied for the Travelers Championship title after the final round at -12 under par. Jordan then  chipped in from the fairway bunker for a birdie on the first play-off hole, the par four 18th;

“I went nuts, that was fun.”

“I guess if you call something enough times, every once in a while, one of them goes in.”

“At least I think this one had good speed going in.”

“I’ve always taken some crap from my peers about the John Deere one potentially going off the green or into the water or whatever.”

“This is probably my luckiest win, for sure, with all the breaks I got today.”

“I’m surprised twelve under won, especially after the first couple of holes. I was rolling and thought we’d get to sixteen, which was the goal.”

Daniel could only stand and watch as Jordan pulled off some magic;

“I played great today.”

 “I played the playoff hole great. He hit an unbelievable fairway bunker shot.”

“And Jordan does Jordan things, so there’s not really much you can say.”

“I’m obviously disappointed, but happy to be in the position I was in today. I knew I could do it.”

“I knew I needed to hit a bunch of good shots and I did. But you can’t do anything about that. It’s incredible.”

Daniel also tweeted;

“Hopefully the next time @JordanSpieth does that I’m on his team and I can chest bump him too !!”

Charlie Hoffman, -4 under 66 today, and Danny Lee, from New Zealand, -3 under 67, tied for third place at -10 under par.

Rory McIlroy played a little better today, -6 under 66, except for his putter. The defending FedExCup champion is aware of whats coming;

“Short game can definitely get a little better, and obviously, putting, which is a combination of taking my opportunities when I put myself in a good position for birdie.”

“Obviously got a World Golf Championship, two majors and FedExCup Playoffs to think about.”

“So, a lot of important stuff still coming up. I feel my game’s in good shape to try and contend again.”

Sharing 5th place at -9 under par were Patrick Reed, Paul Casey, and Boo Weekley.

 

 

Dean & Deluca Invitational. Webb Simpson Supreme.

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Webb Simpson was supreme in the third round of the Dean & Deluca Invitational, and will take a two shot lead into the final round tomorrow at Colonial Country Club, in Texas.

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Webb carded a third round -3 under par 67 to lead the Dean & Deluca Invitational after 54 holes, with a two shot advantage at -9 under par over the field going into the last round tomorrow.

Webb spoke about the tree-lined Hogan’s Alley course, with the heat and wind also involved with the decision-making;

“There is so much thinking involved on every shot.”

“Definitely feel like the season has ebbed and flowed.”

“I feel like that’s starting to happen more, where I’m part of the conversation of contending.”

“That’s a good feeling. I know what I’m doing is working.”

Paul Casey, England, -2 under 68 today, and Danny Lee, New Zealand, -1 under 69, they share second place, two shots back at -7 under par.

Paul said he missed a few putts for birdie, but made a 25 footer on the last;

“I had missed a lot of good looks for birdies and opportunities, although I’m not complaining.”

 “Happy I shot under par.

The wind definitely got Danny’s attention,

“It was a good grind day.”

“It’s tough out there with the wind blowing sideways.”

 

 

 

Career Builder Challenge.Hudson Swafford Leads.

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Hudson Swafford has the 36 hole lead  at the Career Builder Challenge in California, in pouring rain.

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Hudson carded a bogey free second round -7 under par 65, on the Tournament Course, to lead the Career Builder Challenge with a -14 under par total.

Hudson said he was just seeking birdie chances;

 “What we’ve been harping on the last two tournaments is giving ourselves as many chances as possible.”

“You just get yourself in position and give yourself the best chance on every hole.”

“Easier said than done. I’m not trying to get caught up on the perfect number, just trying to give myself the best opportunity for birdie on that hole.” 

“Getting myself up on the top of the leaderboard a lot more and getting more and more comfortable with that.”

“You’ve gotta put yourself in that position to feel what’s going on up there. I’ve done it a lot lately and starting to just get more confident in that position.”

Tied in second place at -13 under par are, yesterdays leader Dominic Bozzelli, -5 under today at La Quinta, and Danny Lee, from New Zealand, who fired -8  under par 64 at La Quinta.

Danny is happy with the rain, they get plenty of it in New Zealand;

“I actually wanted to play in the rain, so I could experiment with myself.”

“Hopefully, it rains tomorrow.”

 “Trying to not shoot something overly ridiculous, since I’m playing with the amateurs.”

“Just trying to break 80, seriously.”

Dominic made a lot of putts for par saves;

“It wasn’t my best today, but I was able to save par, made some pretty big par saves throughout the round and kept it going.”

 “Actually, pretty lucky that weather held off a little bit longer than I thought it would.”

Phil Mickelson played in full rain gear the last few holes, playing some great shots, but still throwing in some bad ones; carding -6 under 66 on the Tournament Course, to be T6 at -10 under par for the competition;

“I hit a lot more good shots today than I did yesterday, but I’m still hitting some really bad ones.”

“And that’s fine. It’s to be expected. I knew that was going to happen, but I’ve been able to kind of manage those and get away with some pars.”

 

Scottish Open. Alex Noren Leads

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Alex Noren from Sweden, leads the Scottish Open at the half way stage at  Castle Stuart Golf Links in Inverness.

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Alex Noren

Alex put together a great second round -6 under par 66 to take the half-way lead in the Scottish Open at -8 under par.

Alex likes the course, and is looking forward to the week-end;

“I like this place, it’s a really fun course to play.”

“A few very tricky holes and then a few holes where you can go for the green in two on the par fives and you can reach I think two greens today on the par four in one, which is very fun for us.”

“Some weeks, we play courses where it’s tough all the way around, and here, it’s kind of a really nice mix, so I like it.”

“It wasn’t easy but I managed to hit some good shots. It got better and better. I played steady on the front nine, and then my last nine holes, I really got it going.” 

“It’s always nice when you get it going and then another birdie maybe drops, and that’s what happened today.”

“Anything can happen on the weekend, but I’m looking forward to it.”

Sharing second place are Danny Lee, New Zealand, and Eddie Pepperell of England, both one shot back at -7 under par. Danny also carded a -6 under 66 today, while Eddie was -5 under 67.

Matteo Manassero, -5 under 67 today, Branden Grace, -5 under 67, Richard Bland -4 under 68 and Jorge Campillo -6 under 66, are all tied in fourth place at -6 under par for the tournament

Matteo thought it was a bit easier today;

“It was still tough but yesterday was brutal.”

 “I played solid just like yesterday.”

“The fact there is a little less wind allowed me a few more chances for birdie that I converted and it just ended up being a good round.”

“It’s exciting, of course, being up on the leaderboard and when it’s by playing well and not just by scrambling well or by some sort of escape, it’s even more exciting and I’m happy.”

“It has been really hard with a lot of ups and downs, mainly downs.”

“It’s something that starts with little things and when you have never really played badly before, it’s hard and you keep going down.”

At -5 under for the competition are two-time Major winner Padraig Harrington -3 under 69 today and Graeme McDowell also recording a second round -3 under 69.

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.