Tour Championship. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of he Tour Championship leaderboard, Dustin Johnson and Kevin Chappell.

Dustin Johnson and Kevin Chappell will duel it out on Sunday as they will be paired together again for the final round of the TOUR Championship. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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Kevin and DJ are tied at the top of the Tour Championship leaderboard at -8 under par for the tournament, giving them a two shot lead over the field.

Kevin carded -2 under 68 today in his third round, and will give it everything he has to win tomorrow;

“I got nothing to lose, I’m going to go out there and give it all I’ve got, and Dustin is going to play great golf.”

“He’s been in this situation a lot this year, and it will come down to one or two shots.” 

Dustin could have been in a  much stronger position, but his putting is not as good as the rest of his game;

“I like my position, I feel like I’m playing really well.”

“I need to go out tomorrow and do the same thing I did today, and hopefully try to finish off a little better.”

Rory McIlroy,  and Ryan Moore, both returning scores of  -4 under 66 today, are close to the leaders at -6 under par, and share second place.

Rory needs a great result here to have a chance of winning the FedExCup;

“I just need to try and win this golf tournament, and whatever happens after that, happens.”

 “It would just be great to try to win the TOUR Championship, and if the chips fall my way, then so be it.”

Ryan is focused on this tournament, the Ryder Cup pick for the American team is out of his control;

“Completely out of my control.”

“I came here this week to win a golf tournament, and I’m 100 percent focused on that.”

 

Tour Championship. D.J. In Charge.

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D.J. Dustin Johnson is in charge of the Tour Championship, and also the FedExCup, leading after the second round at East Lake Golf Club.

DJ holds one-stroke lead after Rd. 2

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Dustin carded -3 under par 67 today, to lead the Tour Championship after 36 holes at -7 under par, a one shot advantage going into the week-end.

Kevin Chappell is in second place at -6 under par, he shot a second round -2 under par 68, to stay in touch with the leader.

Kevin Kisner, even par 70 today, and Hideki Matsuyama, +1 over 71, share third place, at -3 under par for the tournament.

Big news from the tournament, World number one Jason Day has been forced to withdraw from the competition, citing his back injury. He farther aggravated the problem when hitting a driver off the deck. The withdrawal means he can not now win the FedExCup;

“When I get to the top of the swing, as soon as my hips start to unfold and then there’s that little bit of separation, it just crunches down.”

 “It just hurts.”

“I put the tee in the ground at the BMW Championship, and my back went out.”

 “Last time it went out, I changed a diaper. So it’s nothing where I go and physically make a move at it during a swing and my back goes out.”

“It literally is from the smallest things, picking up a pillow, picking up something off the ground, or just moving the wrong way.”

A statement from Jason’s management team read;

“The injury is a strained ligament in his lower right back with a muscle spasm. He withdrew as a precautionary measure.”

 

Tour Championship. Three Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a three-way tie at the top of the Tour Championship leaderboard at the end of round one at East Lake Golf ClubDustin Johnson, Kevin Chappell and Hideki Matsuyama all shot opening rounds of 66.

Despite this being his first trip to East Lake, Kevin Chappell fired an opening round 66 and sits in a three-way tie for the lead. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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Kevin, Dustin and Hideki have a one shot lead at the top of the Tour Championship leaderboard on day one at -4 under par.

Kevin could only play nine practice holes on Tuesday, because it was too hot;

“Why don’t we just treat it like it’s a normal week, I’ll play my pro-am tomorrow, and so I did that.”

“Today I had really good ball control, I think you can play anywhere with that.”

“I need to play 72 holes like I played the front nine here,  probably not take my foot off the gas like it appeared on the back.”

“I felt like I gave myself a lot of good opportunities. The ball didn’t go in the hole.

“But I felt like I stuck to my process and did everything right.” 

Dustin said he had played well at the last two tournaments

“I just hit the ball really well at both of those.”

 “They were tough golf courses. This one, they’re kind of similar as far as toughness-wise.”

“You’ve got to hit it really well around here.”

“I felt like I was really relaxed out there today, I’ve got a lot of confidence in the game right now.”

“So I’m looking forward to this week and seeing how good I can play.”

Tied in fourth place at -3 under par, after rounds of 67 are Kevin Kisner, Si Woo Kim and World number one Jason Day, who has a niggling back injury.

In the next group at -2 under are Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Paul Casey and Jordan Spieth.

Rory was happy to be where he is;

 “I like being in the position after Saturday of last year, being in the last group.”

“That’s obviously the position we want to be in.”

“It’s easy to sort of remind yourself there’s such a long way to go; 72-hole tournaments are long.”

“A lot of things can happen. A lot of holes to play.”

“I was four over through three when I won in Boston a couple of weeks ago.”

Jordan mentioned that win by Rory;

“I look at what Rory did at Deutsche Bank.”

 “He was three over through four holes and ends up winning by a couple of shots at 18 under.”

“I feel if I play really solid golf here,  and it doesn’t have to be perfect golf, I can shoot 8 under on this golf course. I have no doubt.”

“It fits me really well. I feel like I have an advantage here. I knew if we could get it back to even par and in the red for the day after the first two holes, that would be really special and we’d still have a chance to win.”

The Evian Championship. In Gee Chun Cruising

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In Gee Chun, from South Korea, is cruising along at The Evian Championship, and will take a four shot lead into the final round tomorrow at the Evian Golf Club in France.

The Evian Championship.

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In Gee shot a third round -6 under par 65 in The Evian Championship and her total of -19 under par not only gives her a four shot advantage but has  broken the 54-hole Major record of -14 under-par set by Annika Sorenstam at the 2004 LPGA Championship and equalled the winning score for 72 holes in a women’s Major.

In Gee was asked if she would like to break the men’s Major record of -20 under, and also about the double bogey she carded;

“It would be a real honor.”

“After my double bogey I just thought about enjoying my back nine and letting it go.”

“I always try not to think about winning because it gives you too much pressure. My approach tomorrow will be the same: just enjoy my golf.”

Another South Korean, Sung Hyun Park, is in second place, at -15 under par, a third round -4 under 67, not enough to keep tabs on the leader.

Shanshan Feng of China holds third place, her third round -3 under 69 not doing her any favors, now at -13 under par, six shots off the pace.

World #1 and defending champion Lydia Ko  slipped backwards, into tied for 36th place after a third-round +4 over par 75.

BMW Championship. D.J. Cruises To Victory.

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D.J. Dustin Johnson cruises to victory in the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Gold Club.

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D.J. shot a final round -5 under par 67 to win the BMW Championship title with a -23 under par total. He poke about his stellar year;

“Finally getting my first major, that was a big deal and kind of kick-started my year.”

“I enjoy being in the hunt and having to hit really good shots when you need to.”

 “I felt like the last few times I’ve been there I’ve hit some great golf shots to finish it off.”

Paul Casey chased all the way, but had to settle for second place, the same as last week. Paul also carded -5 under par 67 in the final round, his total -20 under par was three shots off the lead, which was where he started the day;

“It’s just wonderful to be playing this sort of golf. I played this sort of golf years ago.”

 “I always felt that I could produce it again.”

“I ran into a buzz saw with Dustin Johnson the last two days, I did everything I could.”

Roberto Castro finished in third place, after surviving a bizarre incident when it looked like his ball had dropped into the lake, in reality in was on the bank, it was a frog that jumped into the lake.

Roberto also carded a last round -5 under par 67, for -17 under par total;

“I felt like I got off to a good start today and I kind of kept the pedal down all day.”

World #1 Jason Day  withdrew from the final round with a back injury, just precautionary measures, to make sure he would progress towards the prize of the FedExCup.

BMW Championship. D.J. Has Three Shot Advantage.

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D.J. Dustin Johnson has a three shot lead to take into the final round of the BMW Championship tomorrow, at Crooked Stick Golf Club.

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Dustin had a third round -4 under par 68 today, with a birdie at the last, to post -18 under par for the BMW Championship, which takes him three shots clear of the field.

There is no doubt about where the transformation is coming from, his putter;

“The strength this week has been putting,.

“I’m rolling it really nicely. Even the putts that I’m missing still look like they’re going in.”

“I was putting good with it and right before we were about to tee off on Thursday, I’m like, `AJ, don’t you have the same one in black?’ And he says, `Yeah.’ And I said, `Go get it.’

“I just didn’t want to use the same putter Jason was, like, the exact same one. That was really the only reason I changed.”

Paul Casey is in second place, those three shots back at -15 under par, he also carded -4 under par 68 today, he said he had a front row seat watching J.D.;

“We had a front row seat for something very special, and I’ll get a front row seat for it tomorrow.”

“Not much you can do, he’s got maybe the best attitude in golf. When he gets on his game, maybe the best ball-striker in golf. Maybe the longest. And he showed it today.”

“So, if he keeps doing what he’s been doing; what he averaging, 6 under a day?  if does the same tomorrow, there’s no catching him.”

J.B. Holmes also shot -4 under 68 today, which took him up the leaderboard to third place at -14 under par.

Roberto Castro went backwards today, +2 over par 74 dropping him to -12 under for the competition, and fourth place. More worryingly for him he also drops back into the bubble for not qualifying for next week, where only the top 30 players on the FedExCup standings get to play. He is currently projected in 32 spot, so will need a very good round tomorrow to progress.

BMW Championship. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the BMW Championship leaderboard after 36 holes at Crooked Stick Golf Club. Dustin Johnson broke the course record to join Roberto Castro, both with a commanding lead over the field.

Johnson races into the weekend

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Dustin carded a bogey free, record breaking -9 under par 63 to join Roberto, -7 under 65 today, at the top of the BMW Championship leaderboard at -14 under par. They will take a three shot advantage into the weekend.

Dustin used a new putter to great effect;

“I was just struggling to get the ball to come out on the line I was seeing.”

“No matter what I did, how much I practiced, training aids, whatever. It just wasn’t working. So just decided to switch it up.”

“I feel like I’m rolling it well. The irons could still need a little bit of work, I’m not hitting those quite as good as I would like to, but it’s getting there,”

Roberto is not too worried about the extra length of his nearest opponent;

“I think if you look at the TOUR, it sure helps to be long, but the guy who is striping it usually wins.”

 “A couple of my best weeks have come on really long golf courses.”

“It always helps to be long, but really the best player that particular week will win.”

“You play great, get a chance to win, you have to finish it off.”

“If you’re shooting for third or fourth, you’re probably not going to win.”

Paul Casey shot -6 under 66, to be those three shots back at -11 under par.

Rory McIlroy, even par today, Jordan Spieth also even par 72 and World number one Jason Day, -5 under 67, are all in the big tie for 19th place at -4 under par for the tournament.