RBC Heritage. Ian Poulter Has 54 Hole Lead.

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Ian Poulter of England has the RBC Heritage 54 hole lead at Harbour Town Golf Links.

Poulter holds one-shot lead after 54 holes

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Poults had another bogey free round of -4 under par 67 to lead the RBC Heritage by one shot after 54 holes with a -13 under par;

“It feels nice to be in form like this.”

Luke List, USA, -4 under 67 today, and Si Woo Kim, South Korea, -3 under 68, are tied in second pace at -12 under par.

Sharing fourth spot at -11 under par are, C.T. Pan, Taipei, and Billy Horschel, USA, both with -4 under 68 third rounds.

World #1 Dustin Johnson had another bad day with the putter, carding +1 over 73 today to be T 41 at -3 under;

“You’ve got to hole some putts if you want to compete.” 

Yesterdays leader Bryson DeChambeau collapsed today, having problems with the par fives. He shot +4 over 75, to drop out of contention;

“Unbelievable what’s happened on the par fives today.”

Tomorrows final round will start at 0700 local time, due the threat of thunder storms later in the day.

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RBC Heritage. Rory Sabbatini Signs for 64.

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Rory Sabbatini, South Africa, is the surprise leader after the first round of the RBC Heritage at  Harbour Town Golf Links.

Sabbatini jumps out to early lead at RBC

Rory shot a bogey free -7 under par 64 to lead the RBC Heritage by two shots after the first round;

“I think anytime you can birdie 18 on this golf course, it’s key because 18 is not a very forgiving hole.”

“All things considered, the course is probably as easy as I’ve ever seen it play.”

“I think anytime you can birdie 18 on this golf course, it’s key because 18 is not a very forgiving hole.” 

Four players are tied in second place at -5 under following opening rounds of 66, Matt Kuchar, Billy Horschel, Chesson Hadley and John Huh, all from the USA.

Matt mentioned the good greens and better putting here at Harbour Town;

 “Once you get on these greens, you feel like you have a chance to make putts.”

“To come from last week where getting on the green doesn’t mean much, you still have a lot of work to go.”

World #1 Dustin Johnson carded -2 under par 69 to be T 20;

“I haven’t played here in a while, so it’s definitely a little bit different being here.” 

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WGC. Dell Technologies Match-Play. Pool Play.

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After two days of Pool play in the WGC Dell Technologies Match-Play the only certain facts are about those who are not going to qualify for the week-end in Texas. They include World number one Dustin Johnson, USA, and Jon Rahm, from Spain.

WGC Dell Technologies Match-Play

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Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland, and Phil Mickelson, USA, both have to win tomorrow to have any chance of advancing.

Rory explained the difference between yesterday and today’s rounds;

“I didn’t make the mistakes early and let my opponent get up early. That was main difference.”

“I just know that if I win tomorrow, I’m staying here a little bit longer.”

“I’m more relaxed because I know my game is there. I have got a lot of great shots to fall back on, the good swings that I have made, putts that I have holed.”

Phil made a great comeback;

“Today I came out on the front nine and I made one birdie and one bogey and I was four down through seven.”

“You’ve got to make birdies. On the back nine I made five of them.”

“I’ve got to play more aggressive.”

“That’s shocking that I would say that, because I usually play pretty aggressive. But I’ve been playing way too conservative and not going after it.”

Sailing supremely along are 15 players who have played two, won two, and there will be a few matches out there tomorrow, which will have no meaning at all, because win or lose they can not advance.

Rory put the feelings of those players into words;

“You try to go out with the mindset that I’m going to maybe try things or if you are working on your golf swing, it’s a good round to take advantage of trying different things.”

 “But there’s going to be guys going out there tomorrow that would really just want to be on a plane tonight going home.”

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WGC Mexico Championship. Shubhankar Sharma Stuns Everyone To Lead.

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Shubhankar Sharma, of India, stuns everyone as he leads the WGC Mexico Championship after 36 holes at  Chapultepec Golf Club, in Mexico City, playing in his first ever PGA Tour event.

WGC Mexico Championship

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Shubhankar shot -5 under par 66 in the second round to lead the WGC Mexico Championship by two strokes at the half-way stage with a -11 under par total. And it could have been better, except for a couple of three putts;

“I’m really happy and I couldn’t have been in a better position.”

“I just kept the ball in play all day and it was great to finish with three birdies in a row.”

“I played so well, and the bogeys that I made today were just three-putts.”

“I thought about nothing, I just wanted to have fun. It’s my first WGC and I was happy that I’ll play four days because I missed the cut in the last two events that I played.”

“I worked all my life to come and play at a high stage like this. You have to expect great things from yourself if you want to play at a high stage.”

Sharing second place are Xander Schauffele, USA, -3 under 68 today, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Spain, -4 under 67 and also from Spain Sergio Garcia with a second round -6 under 65, all two shots back at -9 under for the tournament.

Rafa is putting well;

“I’ve been playing very good golf and making some putts as well, I’m not leading but I’m right up there, so in a great position for the weekend.”

There is a large group at -7 under, including World number 1 Dustin Johnson, yesterdays leader Louis Oosthuizen, and last weeks winner Bubba Watson.

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Genesis Open. Basket Case Bubba Has 54 Hole Lead.

 

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TV pundits called Bubba Watson a basket case, for playing in a celebrity basketball game Friday night, but Bubba came out and played great golf today to lead the Genesis Open after 54 holes at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California.

Bubba pulls in front at Genesis

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Two time winner here Bubba carded a third round -6 under par 65 to lead the Genesis Open at the 54 hole stage at -10 under par, and will have a one shot advantage at the start of play tomorrow;

“You’ve got to hit shots from every different angle, you’ve got to move it right to left and left to right, so it’s just fun.”

“Then the greens are the equalizer so it makes me look like I putt as good as the other guys.”

“The tougher the golf course, the more focus I have. The tougher the shot, I’ve been able to focus better.”

“When I get my mind on something, I can focus and do pretty well at the game of golf.”

“Like last night when Tracy McGrady was coming at me, I was focused on not getting hurt and I didn’t, so it worked out.”

In second place on  his own, courtesy of a 54 ft 7 inch putt on the last green is Patrick Cantlay, signing for a third round -2 under 69, and a -9 under par total;

“I feel like if I can just engage and not worry about where I am on a particular hole or what’s going on and I just engage and stay present in whatever I’m doing at that particular time, it all turns out better than what you would expect.”

“Making sure you stay present and having that confidence in yourself that if you just click in and focus, it all will be good and that’s kind of the head space I’m in.”

Four players are then tied in third place at -8 under par, Cameron Smith, Australia, with back to back bogey free rounds, today -6 under 65. He is joined by Kevin Na, -4 under 67 and Graeme McDowell, Northern Ireland, -1 under 70 today.

Low round of the day came from World #1, and Defending Champion Dustin Johnson, -7 under 64, and at -6 under is only four shots off the lead, he will be a threat tomorrow.

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PGA Genesis Open. Three-Way Tie, But Round 2 Suspended.

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There is a three-way  tie at the top of the Genesis Open leaderboard at Riviera Country Club as darkness once again caused play to be suspended for the day. At the close of play Patrick Cantlay, Graeme McDowell and Sam Saunders share the honor.

Genesis Open

G-Mac 

Patrick, USA, -2 under 69 today, G-Mac, Northern Ireland, -5 under 66, and Sam Saunders, USA, -3 under through 15 holes, were tied at the top of the Genesis Open leaderboard with -7 under par totals, when darkness stopped play for the day at Pacific Palisades in California.

G-Mac has found some confidence in his game;

“I’m really excited to be going into the weekend of a tournament at the business end of things.”

“I’ve enjoyed the way I’ve hit it the last couple of days and I look forward to getting back at it tomorrow.”

“It’s not even about this weekend for me, it’s just about continuing to fill up the confidence tank really. That’s pretty much the only thing that’s missing with my game.”

Patrick lives in the area, but L.A’s infamous gridlock means he is staying close by in a hotel;

 “I’m staying in a hotel this week. Our place is too far away with traffic.”

 “I’m hitting it really well right now. Ball’s coming out of the middle of the clubface and it’s going where I’m looking,”

“I know the golf course really well and being here in front of the home fans and being on a golf course that I really know and like is huge. I feel really comfortable.”

Ryan Moore had fourth place to himself at -6 under, with his second consecutive round of -3 under 68.

Making  the cut will be  Phil Mickelson, even par 71 today, Jordan Spieth -1 under 70, World No. 1 and defending champion Dustin Johnson, -2 under 69.

Rory made the cut, shooting -2 under 69, Tiger will not, slumping to +5 over 76 today, the first time ever he has missed the cut at this event. He managed to find only 4 out of 14 fairways, and threw in some three putts along the way, he summed up his day;

“I didn’t really play that well today,  I knew I had to make a run on that back nine and I went the other way.”

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AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Ted Potter Jnr, Triumphs

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Ted Potter Jnr triumphs at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and made it look easy, with a three shot winning margin at Pebble Beach Golf Links in California.

 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Ted Potter Jnr

Shooting a final round -3 under 69 to post an AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am winning total of -17 under par, Ted out-classed the rest of the field by three shots.

Ted was amazed at his success, but said he worked well with his putter;

“It’s definitely pleasing. I mean, it was a struggle there.”

“When you break your ankle and you don’t know what’s going to happen with your golf swing or career, to come back from that, I mean it’s just unbelievable right now.”

” I knew on the back nine, I saw I had a two-shot lead, if I played smart golf and I knew I was putting well, so hitting a lot of the center of the greens and trying to give myself a chance at birdies, those guys would have to catch me coming in.”

“It’s just so good right now. To get my second career win after five years away from it.”

“Going back to the Masters is going to be definitely another dream come true. Try to get back there and win the Par-3 Contest again. That was a lot of fun. “

“This has just been a blast this week and it’s unbelievable right now.”

Trailing those three shots behind at -14 under par were, World #1 Dustin Johnson, even par 72 today, multiple winner here Phil Mickelson, -5 under 67, Chez Reavie, -4 under 68, and Jason Day from Australia, carding a final round -2 under 70, which included a miraculous par at the final hole after hitting his second shot onto the beach, greenside bunker with his third, four on and one putt.

AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Jason on the Beach

 

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