Shell Houston Open. Jim Herman Has Maiden Victory.

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Jim Herman has collected his maiden PGA Tour Victory at the Shell Houston Open.

Jim Herman of the United States poses with the trophy after his victory at the Shell Houston Open at the Golf Club of Houston on April 3, 2016 in Humble, Texas.

Jim Herman with his prized Trophy

Jim carded a final round -4 under par 68 to win the Shell Houston Open at the Golf Club of Houston, with a tournament total of -15 under par, a one shot maiden victory. Henrik Stenson pushed him all the way, but Jim pulled off a bit of magic with a chip in birdie at 16.

Instead of heading home Jim is now going to Augusta;

“It’s a whirlwind, this is crazy.”

“I’ve dreamt of this for a long time and now it’s here. I’m going to enjoy it.”

“We’ll get our daughter out of school and they’ll be up at Augusta next week.”

“I’m pretty proud of myself to get up there, first time I was in the final group, and bring it home.”

Henrik Stenson finished in second place, that one shot back at -14 under par after his last round of -4 under par 68. Henrik is in a second place slump, this is his  eighth runner-up finish since his last worldwide victory, which was at the European Tour’s DP World Tour Championship in November 2014;

“I feel like a lot of times I put myself in the mix without playing really, really good, which I think is a great statement to my kind of low level of game.”

 “We’ll see when it’s going to happen, sooner or later. I’m not worried about that.”

Third place was claimed by Dustin Johnson, at -13 under par for the tournament, a last round -3 under par 69 not quite good enough.

Round of the day went to Rafa Cabrera Bello, -7 under par 65, which got him into fourth place on his own at -12 under par.

 Jordan Spieth started the final round five shots off the lead, and quickly accomplished his goal to sprint into contention. He birdied five of his first seven holes to reach -11 under par. He seemed unstoppable with a putter in his hand, but bogeys at 9, 11 and 12 followed by  a double-bogey at the 18th, after finding water again, for the eighth time this week, stopped his charge, finishing T13 at -8 under;

“Good news is I got myself in contention.”

 “I felt the nerves, I know what I need to work on under pressure now for next week. Everything is there.”

 

WGC Dell Match Play. Day 2.

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Day 2 of Group Play at the  WGC Dell Match Play tournament has been completed at Austin Country Club.

Rory McIlroy will face Kevin Na in a Group 3 showdown of unbeatens on Friday. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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Todays Results

Group 1

Jordan Spieth 5&4  over Victor Dubuisson. Justin Thomas lost 2 up to  Jamie Donaldson

Spieth 2-0, Dubuisson 1-1, Donaldson 1-1 Thomas 0-2, eliminated. Jordan in control,

Group 2

Jason Day 5&3  over Thongchai JaideeGraeme McDowell Halved with Paul Casey.

Day 2-0-0, Jaidee 1-1-0, Casey 0-1-1, McDowell 0-1-1. Jason in control, Thongchai Jaidee can force a playoff with a win. Paul and Graeme eliminated.

Group 3

Rory McIlroy 3&1 up over Smylie Kaufman Thorbjorn Olesen lost 3&2 to Kevin Na.

McIlroy 2-0, Na 2-0, Kaufman 0-2, Olesen 0-2 Its Rory verses Kevin, the winner will advance.

Group 4

Bubba Watson 2 Up over Emiliano GrilloPatton Kizzire Halved  with J.B. Holmes.

Watson 1-0-1, Grillo 1-1-0, Kizzire 0-0-2, Holmes 0-1-1. Bubba needs a win over J.B. If he loses then just about anything could happen !!

Group 5

Rickie Fowler Halved with  Scott Piercy.   Byeong Hun An 2 up over Jason Dufner.

An 1-0-1, Dufner 1-1-0, Piercy 0-0-2, Fowler 0-1-1. Byeong needs a win to advance, other wise its complicated.

Group 6

Adam Scott 3&2 over Chris Wood.   Bill Haas 4&2 over Thomas Pieters.

Haas 2-0-0, Scott 1-0-1, Pieters 0-1-1, Wood 0-0-2.  Bill must get a  win or tie. Adam must defeat Bill to advance Chris and Thomas eliminated.

Group 7

Justin Rose Halved with  Anirban Lahiri.  Fabian Gomez Halved with Matt Kuchar 

Rose 1-0-1, Kuchar 1-0-1, Lahiri 0-1-1, Gomez 0-1-1. Justin and Matt face off for the win. Fabian and Anirban eliminated

Group 8

Dustin Johnson 5&4 over Kiradech Aphibarnrat.  Jimmy Walker 4&3 over Robert Streb.

Johnson 1-1-0, Walker 1-1-0, Aphibarnrat 1-1-0, Streb 1-1-0.  This one is wide open, anyone could win.

Group 9

Patrick Reed 4&3 over Matthew Fitzpatrick.  Phil Mickelson 1 up over Daniel Berger.

Reed 2-0, Mickelson 2-0, Fitzpatrick 0-2, Berger 0-2. Phil and Patrick face off, Daniel and Matthew eliminated.

Group 10

Danny Willett lost 3&2 to  Billy Horschell. Brooks Koepka 5&4 over Jaco Van Zyl.

Koepka 2-0-0 Horschel 1-1-0, Willett 0-1-1, Van Zyl 0-1-1. Lots of permutations but baically Brookes just needs to win.

Group 11

Branden Grace 4&3 over  David Lingmerth.  Russell Knox 2&1 over Chris Kirk. 

Knox 1-0-1,Grace 1-1-0, Kirk 1-1-0, Lingmerth 0-1-1. Chris needs a win to advance, the only certain thing here is David has been eliminated

Group 12

Hideki Matsuyama 4&2 over Soren Kjeldsen.  Rafa Cabrera Bello 4&3 over  Kevin Kisner.

Cabrera Bello 2-0-0, Matsuyama 1-1-0, Kisner 1-1-0, Kjeldsen 0-2-0. Raphael  will advance with a win or tie, otherwise its also complicated.

Group 13

Ryan Moore 1 up over Sergio Garcia . Lee Westwood 1 up over  Marc Leishman.

Moore 1-0-1, Garcia 1-1-0, Westwood 1-1-0, Leishman 0-1-1. Ryan needs to beat Lee, again the certain thing is Marc has been eliminated.

Group 14

Zach Johnson 8&6 over Martin Kaymer.  Marcus Fraser Halved with Shane Lowery 

Johnson 2-0-0, Kaymer 1-1-0, Lowry 0-1-1, Fraser 0-1-1. It’s between Zach and Martin, Marcus and Shane have been eliminated.

Group 15

Brandt Snedeker Halved with Danny Lee.  Charl Schwartzel 3&2 over Charlie Hoffman.

Schwartzel 2-0-0, Snedeker 1-0-1, Lee 0-1-1, Hoffman 0-2-0. It’s between Brandt and Charl, Danny and Charlie eliminated

Group 16

Louis Oosthuizen 2&1 over Bernd Wiesberger.  Andy Sullivan 3&1 over Matt Jones.

Oosthuizen 2-0, Sullivan 2-0, Wiesberger 0-2, Jones 0-2. Andy and Louis could advance, Matt and Bernd eliminated.

Northern Trust Open. It’s Bubba by One, after 54 Holes

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Its Bubba Watson by one shot after 54 holes of the Northern Trust Open at Pacific Palisades in California.

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Bubba fired a third round -4 under par 67 to lead the Northern Trust Open with a -12 under par total at Riviera Golf Club, and he thinks wining here before is a great advantage.

Bubba left the golf course early on Saturday so he could get to an NBA game between the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors;

“That’s the advantage is that I’m friends with a lot of the guys, friends with Steve Ballmer, I don’t know if you know him, he’s the owner of the Clippers.”

“We all feel good about our chances, even the guy that’s five back.”

“For me, I’m going to go out and try to do the same thing, keep my head down, try to take deep breaths and try to slow it down and hopefully it works out.”

“Knowing that I’ve won here and knowing that I can play around here, obviously I have a little bit of an advantage on the guy that probably hasn’t won here.”

Three players are tied in second place, at -11 under par, Dustin Johnson, Jason Kokrak and Chez Reavie.

Dustin carded -3 under 68 today, Jason -1 under 70 and Chez -2 under 69.

The next group, all at -10 under par contains World #2 Rory McIlroy, -4 under 67 today, Major winner Adam Scott, also -4 under 67, K.J. Choi  carded -4 under 67 and Marc Leishman, -3 under 68.

Rory made an 18ft downhill putt for par on the 18th, and got a great roar from the gallery;

“That’s one of the loudest cheers I’ve had in a while.”

“It would be nice to hear something like that again tomorrow.”

“It’s one of these golf courses, if you just stay around, hang in there and not make too many mistakes, stay patient, your time will come and it will present itself with a few opportunities.”

“And thankfully on the back nine, I was able to take some of them.”

Adam said everyone has a chance tomorrow, and they are all playing great;

“Everyone is playing good, and it’s whoever probably wants it the most tomorrow, that makes it happen.”

“Not everyone is just going to fade away. It’s not that brutal hard-and-fast stuff where your slight miss is really punished and you can’t get it up-and-down.”

 

UBS Hong Kong Open. Justin Rose Tops The Table.

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Justin Rose tops the leaderboard table at the end of day 2 at the  UBS Hong Kong Open.

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Justin fired a second round -4 under par 66 to top the UBS Hong Kong Open leaderboard at -9 under par, and a one shot lead over the field.

Looking back over his shoulder Justin can see an old foe lurking two shots back, in the form of Ian Poulter;

“Poulter is a past champion and he’s on the leaderboard.”

“He’s always good when he’s got something to prove, and he’s probably a dangerous guy now that he’s outside the Top 50 in the world, and I know that he’ll be desperate to get back in it.”

“He always plays well when he has motivation, so he’s obviously going to be tough to beat too.”

“Very happy with that, I felt like I struggled with the recovery overnight. I just felt like body was sore this morning, and today was definitely more of a struggle than yesterday.”

“Yesterday I played such a clean round, I guess it was always going to be more of a struggle. I made a few more mistakes today but salvaged par very well quite a few times.”

“Finally the bogey that threatened a few times reared its head on number nine but I guess I played 34 holes without making a mistake. It’s almost; you know it’s inevitable you’re going to make one mistake.”

“It’s out of the way. Don’t have to think about it now. So continue to try and play good golf over the weekend, make some birdies, and keep moving forward.”

“I again hit a lot of good putts today, and my putts that aren’t going in are pretty much threatening the cup, I feel that’s good.”

“I feel good about my game and I feel like my chances are good, and if I stay in my process, things should work out well, but you can’t afford to get ahead.”

Dane Lucas Bjerregaard is in second place, that one shot back at -7 under par, after his second round -4 under par 66.

Ian Poulter also carded a -4 under par 66, and is tied in third pace with  Lu Wei-chih, -1 under 69 today, both with -7 under par totals

World Number Eight Dustin Johnson missed the cut which was made at +1 over, after he signed for a +2 over par72 today.

UBS Hong Kong Open. Andrea Pavan and Lu Wei-chih Lead

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 Andrea Pavan and Lu Wei-chih lead the UBS Hong Kong Open after the first round at Hong Kong Golf Club.

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Andrea and Lu both carded -6 under par 64 in the opening round of the UBS Hong Kong Open, to lead by just one shot.

Andrea has to finish in second place, or better, to avoid heading to the Qualifying School to try and get his card. He told reporters of his troubles this year;

“This year has been a struggle to say the least, I’m just trying to big deep and really look forward to every week.”

“Obviously this is the last of the year, and then I’m looking to go to Q-School. So it’s all about just giving myself chances.”

“I’m just really trying to get my game in better shape. It’s good on the range. I still feel like I’m lacking a bit of confidence.”

“Today I’ve managed to play very well for about 15 holes and then I had the occasional bad shot. So today I got away with it a couple times.”

It’s all about just waiting. I know I have what it takes.”

“It’s been tough last year and this year, but it’s all a learning curve and I really hope I can make the next step soon.

Lu has had some problems of his own, coming close to retirement three years ago after undergoing brain surgery, he said today was a very good day;

“Today, the first three holes, I was not feeling very focused on the golf course.”

 “And then after the third hole bogey, I just told myself that I can’t do this because if I don’t try to get back to my form, it might not be a good round.”

“Fortunately, starting on number four, I birdied four, five and six, and I started feeling much better and getting into the flow. Then the back nine, I felt very comfortable.

“Today is a really good round for me.”

There are some big names in this field, Justin Rose is the best ranked player and is currently tied third with  CT Pan and Jeev Milka Singh, all just one shot back after their first rounds of -5 under par 65.

Justin said he was happy with the way he played the course today;

“Really happy with the start, more happy with how I played today.”

“Happy with how I swung the club, struck the ball, how patient I played.”

“Got to grips with the golf course, for the first time.”

Also in the field are Ian Poulter, -3 under 67, Graeme McDowell -4 under 66, Patrick Reed -2 under 68 and Dustin Johnson -1 under 69.

 

The Presidents Cup. Internationals Bounce Back on Day2

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The Internationals bounced back into contention on day 2 of the Presidents Cup on the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club course in South Korea. The overall score is now 5 1/2 to USA and 4 1/2 to the Internationals, after the Friday Four-balls.

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Things started to come together for the International Team when Louis Oosthuizen sunk a cross-country 72 ft putt to win the 8th hole. He and Branden Grace then went on to win the crucial first four-ball match of the day 4 & 3 over Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson.

Louis said is was an important moment in the match;

“It was a massive moment-changer.”

“We never let the foot off the accelerator.”

“If you play against guys like Dustin and Jordan, you need to think they are going to make everything all the time, and that was our mind-set.”

Branden said Nick Price had left them in no doubt as to what he wanted from them;

“It was pretty clear for us what (Price) wanted from us.”

“Get a blue number up there, we needed to start strong and get a point and get the team to see that.”

For all the great golf that was played today, one moment of madness stands out, Phil Mickelson was penalized for changing his ball for his second shot into the 7th green. He needed one that would carry further, but it is against the rules of this competition to change balls, but only in the four-balls !!!

Phil’s breach of the “one-ball” rule came along with a “match adjustment” loss of hole, which meant the United States had automatically lost a hole because of the mistake, and Adam Scott / Jason Day carded 4 to Zach Johnson’s 5 which would add on another loss at the seventh.

Phil redeemed himself holing out for a two, from a bunker, 138 yards from the green

Phil admitted he had got it wrong saying;

“I made a mistake.”

FRIDAY FOUR-BALL

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Dustin Johnson
Jordan Spieth
4 & 3

WIN

Louis Oosthuizen
Branden Grace
Rickie Fowler
Jimmy Walker
1 UP

WIN

Danny Lee
Sangmoon Bae
Zach Johnson
Phil Mickelson
HALVED

Adam Scott
Jason Day
WIN

J.B. Holmes
Bubba Watson
2 UP

Marc Leishman
Steven Bowditch
Bill Haas
Chris Kirk
2 & 1

WIN

Thongchai Jaidee
Charl Schwartzel

PGA Championship. Wind & Rain @ Whistling, Stop Play.

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Wind and rain storms stop play in the second round of the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. A really vicious thunderstorm packing 40 mph winds caused the second round to be suspended until Saturday morning.

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The Australian pair of Matt Jones and Jason Day sit on top of the PGA Championship, as play has suspended due to the storms. Both have second round totals of -9 under par, but have yet to complete those rounds on the Whistling Straits course.

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Jason was more than happy to get off the course, and come back tomorrow;

“I’m glad that we are in.”

“It can get a little dangerous out there. It’s a good idea to come back in the morning.”

“We’ll see how it goes tomorrow, we’ve got some scoring holes, and some tough ones to finish on. But I’m real happy to be done.”

Justin Rose is in third place alone a -8 under par, he has just one hole left to play in the second round. Predicting the stoppage of play has left him unpopular with his playing partners, but he is still certain of his own abilities;

“I opened my big mouth to the boys playing with us, I said, the end is in sight, and 30 seconds later, they blew the horn. So my name is mud all over here.”

“I’m playing better than anyone in the world right now tee-to-green.”

There is a three-way tie for 4th spot, at -7 under par, David Lingmerth has completed his second round, and shares that place with Tony Finau and Harris English, both of these players have yet to finish the second round.

Overnight leader Dustin Johnson has suffered a few nerves today, he is currently +1 on the round with four holes to play, with a tournament total of -5 under par.

Jordan Spieth made a move today, carding a completed round of -5 under par 67, to move up to T7 at -6 under par.

Rory McIlroy had another -1 under par round to total -2 under par for the competition, and now has a long way to go to defend his title.

Tiger Woods is battling to make the cut, at +2 over par. An uncompleted second round see’s him at +4 over, with five holes to play, a tall order.

Among the notables missing the cut were, Shane Lowry, last weeks winner, Zach Johnson, Padraig Harrington, Jimmy Walker, Graeme McDowell, Ian Poulter and Adam Scott.