WGC Bridgestone Invitational. Jason Has Daylight at the Top.

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Jason Day has daylight between himself and the field at the opp WGC Bridgestone Invitational leaderboard at Firestone Country Club, in Ohio.WGC Bridgestone Invitational








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 Jason carded a -1 under par 69 second round at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational to lead at the half-way stage with a -4 under par total.

Jason was faced with a 20-foot birdie putt from the fringe on the final hole, and when his putter bumped up against the collar on the way back, he stroked it too hard, and then to compound the error missed the 6-foot par putt on the way back, making a bogey five. But overall his putting was good;

“I was very cross with myself when I was walking off.”

 “The great thing is that once I do silly things like that on 18, I soon forget about it, and I just need to start focusing on tomorrow’s round.”

“I think over the next two days it’s going to be very difficult for everyone.”

“I would love to be able to give myself more opportunities, and if I can do that, hopefully I’m holding the trophy at the end of the week.”

“The mentality won’t change with regards to how tight it is. I’ve just got to try and get it done. Even if I don’t have my best stuff, just find a way to get it done.”

David Lingmerth holds second place, a -3 under par 67 equaled the low round off the day. He is now just one shot back at -3 under par for the tournament.

First round leader William McGirt shares third place at -2 under par, a horrible second round +4 over par destroying his three shot overnight lead. Emiliano Grillo, +1 over 71 and Scott Piercy -1 under 69 today are also at -2 under for the tournament.

William blamed the wind; don’t we all;

“Trying to figure out the wind was impossible.”

 “It was a lot of down off the left with a touch of in off the right. I mean, who knows?”

Justin Thomas hit the longest drive of the day 414 yards at the par five 16th, with a  nasty lie left for his second he kind of chunked it, it hit the pin and fell in for Eagle;

“I can’t hit another drive that hard.”

Justin, -1 under 69 today, is tied with Jordan Spieth,+1 over 71, Kevin Kisner, even par 70, and Adam Scott -2 under 68, all at -1 under par in sixth place.

Jordan, following criticism for his slow play, is starting to pick up the pace;

“The quicker part actually helps me because then I just get up there and fire away.”

“The more I can do that, actually I think the better off ; kind of gun slinging mentality, just to go up and hit the way I always have played.”

Memorial Tournament. Rain Stops Play, Matt and Emiliano Share Lead.


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Rain stops third round play at the Memorial Tournament, with Matt Kuchar and Emiliano Grillo leading at Muirfield Village Golf Club.

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Matt has completed 15 holes of his third round, but still tops the leaderboard at -15 under par. Emiliano finished 16 holes before play was halted, he too has a -15 under par total.

William McGirt, -8 under par 64 completed third round today, shares second place with Gary Woodland, 16 holes completed, both at -14 under par.

Adam Hadwin, finished -5 under par 67, Dustin Johnson, a completed -4 under 68, and Jon Curran 17 finished holes, all share fifth spot at -13 under par.

Rory McIlroy finished at -9 under, Phil Mickelson -10 under and Jason Day -11 under, the gap to the top could be higher tomorrow once the top players have finished their third rounds.


Fry’s.com Open. Rookie Grillo Wins Play-Off.

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On his Rookie debut Emiliano Grillo wins the Fry’s.com Open in a play-off, a day after he nearly took out Rory McIlroy when driving the 17th green, at Silverado Country Club.

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Emiliano beat Kevin Na at the second extra hole after the pair had tied for the Frys.com Open lead at -15 under par. Emiliano score a final round -3 under par 69 to Kevin’s -2 under 70.

Earlier this year, Emiliano had missed a short birdie putt to win the Puerto Rico Open, and ended up losing the title  in a playoff. He made sure history did not repeat itself, earning $1.08 million, and he’s going to the Masters next April.;

“The difference was I hit this one good, my caddie said, `Are you OK?’ I said, `Yeah, sure. Third time a charm.’ I stayed positive and hit a great shot in there.”

“You say Masters, I can’t believe it,” Grillo said. “When I got the PGA TOUR card after the Web.com Championship.”

“I saw I was 71 or 72 in the world and said, we got a chance of getting top 50 by the end of the year, let’s try to get it done.” ( his World ranking is now 36)

“Maybe we can play the tournaments we always wanted to play.”

Kevin declined to come to the media room for interviews.

Tied in third place were Jason Bohn, -2 under 70 today, Justin Thomas -3 under 69 and Tyrone Van Aswegen of South Africa -4 under par 68 all finished one shot out of the playoff at -14 under par.

Jason had a chance to win the tournament today but chunked a wedge, when he was leading the tournament at -15 under and was only 40 yards from the hole on the par-5 16th;

“I was fairly focused on 16 where I just kind of laid the sod over it and chunked it.”

“There’s times when you think that, trust me, when you’re out there, `Oh, don’t chunk this one.’ But this wasn’t one of those times.”

“Kind of rattled me a little bit. To make a bogey from 40 yards short of the green is pretty unacceptable when you’re trying to win a golf tournament.”

Justin Rose lead the competition at the turn, but faded away with a final round of even par 72, finishing in a tie for sixth position at -12 under par.

Brendan Steele, who was trying to go wire-to-wire, until he hit a poor fairway bunker shot on the 12th, he then made five bogeys over the next six holes and closed with a 76 and T17.

Rory McIlroy finished the tournament at -9 under par, he will not regain the #1 world spot, that will go to Jason Day next week.


RBC Canadian Open. Emiliano Grillo Leads.

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Emiliano Grillo leads the RBC Canadian Open, after the conclusion of round one. His appearance here had some strange circumstances surrounding it, he drove from Alabama to Atlanta and then flew into Buffalo, without a visa. They granted him one on the spot, and he able to take the tee today.

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Emiliano shot a bogey free first round -8 under par 64 at the RBC Canadian Open, to lead the tournament by one shot, at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Canada.

He spoke to reporters about his strange journey to get to the tournament;

“They told me that I wasn’t able to get a visa in time, so I kind of had to go to the Canadian border and ask permission to play this tournament.”

“I got lucky enough to spend two hours in there, and they told me, ‘hey, you can go. Just pay for the permit and go ahead.”

“I played better on the back nine, which is harder, and the greens were drying out.”

“I kept hitting some solid shots until the end of the round, and I made some good putts on the back nine.”

Vaughn Taylor and Brian Harman are tied in second place that one shot adrift at -7 under par.

Vaughn is still recovering from a boating accident that occurred last year on Lake Thurmond, where he nearly drowned;

“I kind of remind myself of it to say, ‘Hey, let’s not take this day for granted and make the most of it.’”

Tied in fourth place at -6 under par following their opening rounds of 66 are, Steve Wheatcroft, Tyrone Van Aswegen, Eric Compton and amateur Ryan Ruffles.

Bubba Watson’s wife, Angie, is from Pickering, Ontario. He carded an opening round -4 under par 68;

“I’ve gained a lot of friends because of my family up here, at least I’ve got people watching me.”

Top Canadian player is Adam Svensson at -3 under par, he carded a first round 69.

Robert Allenby, he of the strange story of beatings up in Hawaii, had another strange story to tell today, after he sacked his caddie half way round the course. The altercation started after Robert had carded a triple bogey eight on the front nine;

“I said to him, ‘You know this happens every week. This has happened for like the last three or four or five months.”

“We keep making bad mistakes and you’re not helping me in these circumstances, and he just lost the plot at me.”

“He just told me I could go eff myself. And I said, ‘Look, you need to slow down. I mean just calm down.’ And then he just got right in my face as if he wanted to just beat me up.”

“I said, ‘Stop being a such and such and calm down and get back into the game.’ And he just got even closer and closer and I just said, ‘That’s it, you’re sacked.’

“I said, ‘I will never have you caddie ever again.’And we never spoke for the rest of the first nine and when we got to 18 we walked off and he said some smartass remark to me and I said, ‘You don’t deserve to be caddying out there.’

“And he just got right in my face and threatened me so I said, ‘Go.’ So he left.



Africa Open. Thomas Aiken’s African Adventure.

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Thomas Aiken’s African adventure ended with him winning the Africa Open at East London Golf Club.

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Thomas Aiken and Oliver Fisher finished tied at the top of the Africa Open leaderboard at -20 under par, at the conclusion of the final round. Thomas had final round -4 under par 67 and Oliver finished with a -2 under par 69 to get to -20. A play-off ensued with Thomas triumphing  with a thirty foot birdie putt on the first extra hole at East London Golf Club. It was his first tour win on home soil.

“I’ve been waiting for this for quite some time, I’ve won a couple of times overseas, but there is nothing like winning in front of a home crowd. “The South African fans have been unbelievable throughout my whole career so it’s nice to finally get one for you guys. East London Golf Club, what a fantastic golf club. It shows that a course doesn’t need to be long for it to play interestingly. I always love coming back here, and it’s so great to finally get this trophy under my belt. Thanks so much to my wife, we might have to do it again,”

David Horsey birdied four of his last six holes to shoot a final round of -6 under par 65 and claim a share of third place on -19 under ,alongside John Hahn. Emiliano Grillo was in a four strong group a shot further back at -18 under par after gains at the last five holes repaired some of the damage of a quintuple-bogey nine on the opening hole.

Africa Open. Grillo Gets In Front On Day 3.

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Emiliano Grillo gets in front on day  3 of the Africa Open at the East London Golf Club.

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Emiliano shot a bogey free third round of -9 under par 62 to take the lead at the Africa Open on -20 under par, a two-stroke lead going into the final round tomorrow. It was a positive putting performance that gave him the lead, including a 60 footer on the last hole to save par. Emiliano came close in Dubai, and wants to win this time;

“It was a good round of golf. I played well, but it was the putting that helped the most. I made some good ones on the back nine that kept my round going. I didn’t hit it as close as I would have liked for nine under, but I made them from all over. I played good for the whole round and I am quite happy with my game, so hopefully I can repeat it tomorrow.”

“When you start making a couple of pars in a row you get impatient, so the key around here is waiting for the birdies. It’s definitely more difficult than the past two days. The wind picked up and it was a little different direction to what we have seen, but I played good enough to not care about the wind today. Hopefully we will have similar conditions tomorrow. A great putt on the last hole gave me a lot of confidence for the rest of the year. I thought I had it for a moment in Dubai but Stephen played great on the last few holes so he got the trophy and I got second place, but it felt like a win for me.”

Oliver Fisher is in second place, at -18 under par, he signed for third round -5 under par 66, which included three bogeys, six birdies and an Eagle. He admitted he played some poor shots today;

” I hit a few poor shots, but I’m delighted with the way I finished and pleased with my score for today. I’m two behind and it’s the sort of course where guys can come from a long way back.” 

There are three players tied in third place, Richard Bland, Thomas Aiken and John Hahn, all at -16 under par.

Yesterdays leader John Hahn suffered  two duffed shots on the 12th, which ultimately gave  the 24-year-old Qualifying School graduate his first bogey since the opening day on Thursday. He carded an even par 71, a far cry from yesterday’s 61.We keep saying the time to shoot 61 or 62 is the last round, how often have we seen the low rounds followed by horrible high rounds ?

Someone is going to shoot a -9 or -10 round tomorrow, and win this tournament, so there are lots of possibilities in the field who could still win.

European Tour, Down Under, ISPS Handa Perth International

The European Tour has gone down under, to be precise the event is the ISPS Handa Perth International, being contested at the Lake Karrinyup Country Club.

Cañizares claims share of lead Down Under

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Alejandro Cañizares of Spain shares the first round lead at the ISPS HANDA Perth International with Michael Hendry from New Zealand. Both players had opening rounds of -7 under par, 65 on the Lake Karrinyup Country Club course.

Alejandro said he needs a good finish here to propel himself up the board in the Race to Dubai;

“I’m 70th at the moment so this is either my last or my second to last tournament of the year. I need a good finish, if I win it will fix a lot of things. I’m not sure what finish I need because there are still some big tournaments going on at the moment. Singapore is a big tournament and BMW and HSBC, some guys behind me are playing that, so you never know. I’m just going to try to play my best. It was a good round, I hit the ball really well and made some putts, so I’m really happy. I was pretty steady the whole round and gave myself plenty of chances. I think I only missed two greens in the whole round. The year has been a little slow since March. I started pretty well, a couple top tens, a top five in México in the US PGA Tour event, and then finished second in the Spanish Open. Since then, it’s been very slow.  I haven’t played good enough to be in contention, and every week I was falling down the rankings. So I came here from Portugal, I didn’t play very good last week. I hit the ball terribly, but I came here and I felt great. Maybe the 24 hours travelling helped, I feel good with my swing and hopefully the week keeps going like this.”

Michael, who usually plays on the OneAsia Tour, said he just repeated the round of 65 he had in the Pro-Am yesterday;

“I actually shot 65 in the Pro-Am yesterday as well. I think around here, if you can hit your drives in the right place, you can give yourself lots of opportunities to hit it close with wedges. I hit my driver pretty well and wedged it well and putted it well. All in all, just a really solid round of golf. If you’re going to play good golf, you’re going to have a lot of opportunities around this golf course. Luckily enough, I capitalized on them today.”

Emiliano Grillo, a 20-year-old Qualifying School graduate, from Argentina is alone in third place after his opening round of -6 under par, 66. Emiliano said he was pleased with his days work;

“ I hit a lot of fairways out there, that’s very important on this golf course and a lot of greens and then the ones that I missed, I got up and down, so it was a good round overall. There are not many tournaments left, so I’m trying to make as much ground as I can this week. It was very nice to get my card through Q School last year. It’s been a great year so far and I’m enjoying it.”

Paul Casey and English compatriot Andrew Johnston, both had rounds of -5 under par, 67, to be just two shots off the lead.