Poults Prevails at the Houston Open, Wins Play-off Against Beau.

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Ian Poulter, England, prevails in a play-off against Beau Hossler, USA, to win the Houston Open at the Golf Club of Houston, Texas and he now heads off to the Masters.

Poulter wins Houston Open on first playoff hole

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Poults and Beau both had final rounds of -5 under 67, to be tied for the lead of the Houston Open at -19 under par. Poults sinking a 19 ft birdie putt on the last hole forcing a play-off for the title.

Poults won on the first extra hole the par four 1st, the easiest hole on the card, Beau unfortunately took a triple bogey 7, handing the win to Poults, who carded a par;

“It’s been a long road the last couple of years with injury, questioning whether I’ve got a PGA TOUR card or not, and then obviously having some form and not quite finishing off in the past.”

“That’s as low as I’ve ever been, that’s as far down the world rankings as I’ve been.”

“Questioning whether you’ve got a card or not isn’t very good for your mental strength.”

“Disappointment kicks in at some stages, but you know what? At times you have to dig deep.”

“When you want something bad enough, then you have to go right down to the bottom and grab hold of what you can and come back up.”

“The journey continues, I’ve had 19 good years on TOUR and I guess I’ve got another couple coming. “

“So there’s life in the old dog yet.”

Beau said it was a bummer, but he played well;

“I said yesterday that I wanted to beat these guys at their best, and I think I saw Ian’s best today.”

“It’s a bummer, but I’m very proud of the way I played.”

 “I can’t look and be negative about the week. I was really hoping I would get it done this week, but my time will come soon.”

Tied in third place at -16 under were Jordan Spieth, USA, -6 under 66 today, and Emiliano Grillo, Argentina, with a final round -4 under 68.

Jordan is looking  forward to next week at the Masters;

“Goal accomplished for the week, I’ve made some big strides from my last couple tournaments.”

“I’m very excited for what next week holds.”

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Houston Open. Beau & Poults Share 54 Hole Lead.

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Beau Hossler USA & Ian Poulter, England, share the 54 hole lead at the Houston Open and will take a two shot advantage into the final round at the Golf Club of Houston in Texas.

Hossler, Poulter share 54-hole lead

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Beau, -3 under par 9 today, was joined at the top of the Houston Open leaderboard by Poults who carded a bogey free -7 under 65, both players at -14 under par for the tournament.

Poults need to win here to get into the Masters next week, he reckons it’s not on his mind, he is just thinking of good putting;

“No, not thinking about it, not talking about it, I’m going to go out and have some fun tomorrow. There’s a lot of its and buts.”

“I’m in a funny position, right? I said to you guys I’ve got no expectations going out on the golf course.”

“I didn’t have any expectations, I just went out to play golf. I’m going to do exactly the same tomorrow regardless.”

“Just opened my shoulders slightly, I’ve been seeing my lines a lot easier and been rolling a few putts in.”

“So good golf has obviously been rewarded with rolling a few putts in.”

Beau will be nervous, but is comfortable with that;

“I’ll be nervous just like I always am.”

“I’ve learned at each stage of golf that I’ve played from junior golf to amateur golf to now playing professional golf that winning tournaments is difficult and it takes a level of comfortability to do that.”

Four guys are those two shots back at -12 under, Greg Chalmers, Australia, also -7 under 65 today, Emiliano Grillo, Argentina, -5 under 67, Kevin Tway, USA, -3 under 69, and Paul Dunne, Ireland with his third round of -3 under 69.

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Hero Indian Open. Emiliano Grillo Still In Front.

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Emiliano Grillo from Argentina is still in front of the chasing pack at the Hero Indian Open at  DLF Golf and Country Club in India, as darkness once again caused the suspension of play for the day.

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Emiliano, carded a second round -4 under par 68 to lead the Hero Indian Open after 36 holes with a -11 under total, giving him a four shot advantage going into the week-end, even though he had a bad day with the putter;

“Honestly, I wasn’t expecting it, when I practised on Tuesday and played the pro-am on Wednesday, I was telling myself that I’ll be in a good position if I can just shoot under par every day.”

“Hopefully, I can keep my form going. I’ve done well over the past two days and I can’t ask for more.”

“Today, I hit some bad putts, but I think I’ll be fine.”

Shubhankar Sharma, the local hero in India, and a  new star the world over, is in second place at -7 under par, shooting a marvelous -8 under par 64 today;

“Today’s round will definitely rank up there as one of my most significant achievements, especially when it is played at this course.”

“This is a tough course and it is not easy to go low here.”

“I’m very happy with the way I played. I’ve shot a few low numbers in my career and this one is right in my top five.”

“If you told me I would be seven under par going into the weekend after being five over par on my opening nine holes yesterday, I would just have laughed.”

“To be able to bounce back is really important, I knew I was playing well and I had to push myself a little.”

Sharing third place at -6 under par are, Pablo Larrazábal, Spain, -1 under 71 today, and Andrew Beef Johnston, England with his second round -6 under par 66.

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Beef played alongside Shubhankar , and said 

“It was a good day, played lovely all day and it looked pretty average compared to my playing partner.”

“I can’t believe he’s only 21. The head on him is amazing, and his attitude.”

“He’s come back from whatever score he was on, three or four over, to that. It’s incredible, so hats off to him. Very impressive.”

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Hero Indian Open. Emiliano Grillo Leads Suspended 1st Round

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Emiliano Grillo, Argentina, leads the 1st round of the Hero Indian Open as darkness caused the suspension of play for the day at DLF Golf and Country Club.

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Emiliano shot a new course record at the Hero Indian Open, before darkness brought proceedings to a premature end, carding -7 under par 65.

Emiliano spoke about the difficult course, and a good day with the putter;

“You have no idea how difficult the course is.”

“I had to play almost perfect golf to shoot a seven under.”

“I think anywhere else it would have been close to a 59 or something. It was definitely a magnificent round of golf.”

“I’m very happy with the way I handled myself out there.”

“It was very tough and I was able to make some good putts and hit the fairways when I needed to.”

Sharing second place at -5 under par are; Pablo Larrazábal, Spain, Matteo ManasseroItaly, and Paul Peterson, USA, all with completed first rounds, along with Adrien Saddier, France, through 17 holes and Keith Horne of South Africa who has completed 16 holes.

Pablo overslept and nearly missed his tee time;

“My lovely new iPhone went back to Spanish time overnight and I woke up at the hotel 38 minutes before my tee-time.”

“Thanks to Dorothée, the secretary of the European Tour, who called me in my room and said Pablo, you’re playing in 38 minutes, you must wake up and go to the tenth tee.”

“I think the courtesy car made a world record from the hotel to the golf course in a couple of minutes, a ride that can take ten or 15 minutes, it was really wild.”

Matteo fished in third spot last year, and started this campaign well;

“It was a really good round, I didn’t start too well which is why I’m pleased to be standing here with a five under par.”

“I’ve got moments when I felt pretty good. The consistency is getting there.”

Paul was happy with his round;

“I’m really happy to be in the spot that I’m at. I’m feeling confident with my game.”

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Safeway Open. Three-Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a three-way tie at the top of the Safeway Open leaderboard after the first round at Silverado Country Club in California. Brendan Steele the defending champion, Tyler Duncan and Tom Hoge share the honor.

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Tom was bogey free in his first round -7 under par 67, while Brendan and Tyler both had a bogey apiece in their opening rounds of the Safeway Open.

Brendan, had a good putting day;

“A little bit of everything worked for me today, I had a really good ball-striking day.”

“I don’t think I missed a green, so that really helps.”

“And then I had a good putting day as well, so you put that together and it’s going to be pretty good.”

Tyler said the course fits his game;

“I thought the course would fit my game because hitting the fairways is important.”

“There are a lot of sections in the greens that you’ve got to hit into and to hit it into those sections from the rough is pretty challenging.”

Tom also made a few putts;

I played really well the whole day, I was in a lot of fairways, on a lot of greens and the made a few putts.”

These guys are two shots ahead of the four-way tie for fourth place, Lucas Glover, Chez Reavie, Jamie Lovemark and Emiliano Grillo from Argentina, all scoring -5 under 67 to open their accounts here.

Phil Mickelson, at -3 under, did not play as well as he had hoped for;

“It wasn’t exactly how I wanted to play starting out, but I didn’t hurt myself too much after the first round.”

“But I didn’t drive it the way I’ve been driving it. And this golf course, if I’m driving it well, my iron play is going to give me a lot of opportunities.”

“Just trying to figure out why I wasn’t feeling comfortable with the driver.”

 “The rhythm was a little bit out of whack, a little quick from the top. I’ve actually been driving the ball pretty well, but it was a little bit off today.”

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Arnold Palmer Invitational. Charley Hoffman Has 36 Hole Lead.

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Charley Hoffman has 36 hole lead in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Florida.

ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 17:  Charley Hoffman of the United States plays his shot from the 17th tee during the second round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented By MasterCard at Bay Hill Club and Lodge on March 17, 2017 in Orlando, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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Charley shot a second round -6 under par 66 to lead the Arnold Palmer Invitational by one stroke at -10 under par;

“I wasn’t in Match Play, and then obviously honoring Arnie is not a hard thing to come here and do.”

“He was what we all wanted to be. Great with the fans.”

“He was the guy who sort of paved the way for us. I didn’t spend a lot of time with him, but just meeting him here and there was always an honor.”

Emiliano Grillo has second place, that one shot back at -9 under par, a second round -4 under 68 giving him that place on his own;

“It was a very up-and-down round out there. I somehow managed to post a good round. I didn’t hit it good off the tee.”

In third position is Matt Fitzpatrick, -3 under 69 today keeping him in touch of the leaders with his -8 under total;

“The bad short game shots were 7 to 8 feet and the good ones were stiff. That’s really important.”

 “I managed to hole a few of those seven to  eight footers for par and a couple for birdie, as well.”

Defending Champion Jason Day, -1 under 71 today is T13 at -3 under par, while Rory McIlroy continues with his struggles, +1 over for  the tournament;

“It wasn’t the ideal start, but I battled back and I just fought. I fought a little bit of everything over the past couple of days.”

 “It’s been a little bit of a struggle, which I didn’t really anticipate coming in here.”

“I know what I’m doing, it’s just a matter of trying to iron that out.”

 

Arnold Palmer Invitational. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the  Arnold Palmer Invitational, after the first round, Emiliano Grillo , Argentina, and Matt Fitzpatrick from England.

Emiliano Grillo, the 2016 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year, ranks 64th in the FedExCup, with one top-10 in nine starts. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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Emiliano and Matt both shot first rounds of -5 under 67 in the   Arnold Palmer Invitational at in Bay Hill  in Florida.

Emiliano found it hard to keep warm in the early morning low temperatures, carding a couple of early bogey’s, but also made some good putts;

“The first four holes were really difficult keeping warm.”

. “After that, it was a bit warmer, but if I had my hands out of my pockets for a minute or two I would be freezing.”

“But I was able to keep it in the fairway mostly all day and I was able to make a few good putts on 9 and 17, and that kept me going.”

Matt went round bogey free, in the warmer afternoon rounds.

Three players are tied in third place at -4 under par, after opening rounds of 68, Paul Casey, one bogey, Lucas Glover two bogey’s and Charley Hoffman, one bogey.

This was the first year the tournament has not been graced by it’s host Arnold Palmer, and it was stressful for grand-son Sam Saunders, especially when he reached the 16th tee, where an empty golf cart was parked, which had always been occupied by Arnold;

“I started thinking about all the years that I’ve played in the tournament, and I just started thinking about him driving around in the cart and watching me.”

 “And just to see it sitting there empty ; yeah, that’s hard.”

“I think we all feel that. I had my emotional moment, looked at it, and then got my head where it needed to be to play the next hole.”