D+D REAL Czech Masters. Thomas Takes The Title.

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Thomas Pieters, of Belgium, takes the title at the D+D REAL Czech Masters, on the wonderfully named Albatross Golf Resort, in Prague.

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Thomas cruised to victory with a final round -3 under par 69 at the D+D REAL Czech Masters, giving him a three shot win with his -20 under par tournament total.

Thomas lost in a play-off to Miguel Angel Jiménez at the 2014 Open de España, so was absolutely delighted to pick  up his first European Tour victory here;

“This means everything to me. You work all year long for this and all my life right up to now.”

“To be a European Tour winner is an amazing feeling right now. I’m happy to have my family with me and I’m very proud of the way I played today, especially after that early double.”

“I had some really good numbers coming in on the back nine so I could hit it full. On 18 I had a perfect number and I hit a good shot and good putt, which was a nice way to finish. 

“To say I can hold on to a lead and go low is nice. I’ve not really done that before. To be able to shoot 20 under par is great.” 

“I tried to stay patient today and I think I did a really good job. I was very nervous coming down the stretch to be honest.”

“That just goes away the more you are in contention, and I’m looking forward to doing it again.” 

“It was special having my family here with me. I called them yesterday and they were in Belgium. For them to be here right now is pretty cool that they can experience this with me.”

“They drove through the night to get here. It is a nine hour journey, but it is great to have them here.” 

“It’s great to get a victory so early in my career. There are so many players out here that maybe haven’t won, or who have just won once, so I am really happy right now.”

Pelle Edberg, from Sweden, took second place, a last round -1 under par 71 giving him a -17 under par total, three shots off the pace.

He started well, but a three putt started the decline in birdies;

“I left a few shots out there today so I’m a bit disappointed. Thomas and I played the same way as yesterday but he just beat me, so big congratulations to him.” 

“I started really well but then had a three putt and got away with a few pars. I didn’t really make any putts after the fifth hole today so it was tough.” 

“This was a bit different to when I’ve finished second before. In Sweden I was very nervous playing with Peter Hanson.”

“This week I’ve been much more relaxed and felt much more comfortable, so it is a step in the right direction.”

Matthew Fitzpatrick finished in third place, his final round -4 under par 68 giving him that position at -16 under par.

Matthew was happy to claim third, and is now looking forward to his 21st birthday next week;

“It’s a good week for me, finishing third. I got off to a great start today. It would have been nice to have carried it on.” 

“I gave myself great chances on five, six, seven and eight, and then stalled on the back nine. I was a couple of clubs out on a couple of holes, but I can’t complain.” 

“At the start of the year I would have taken finishing third here.”

“I keep coming close so I’ve just got to keep doing what I’m doing, keep putting myself in positions and hopefully it will come.” 

“It was always going to be difficult being five behind at the start of the day, but I got it going early on but it is difficult to keep going low hole after hole.”

“I’ve already exceeded my expectations at the start of the year by a country mile so I’ve just got to keep going in the right direction.”

“It’s my 21st birthday next week so I’m looking forward to going to America to celebrate with my friends and then get ready for five on the spin.”

Happy Birthday Matthew 

 

 

The Barclays. Jason & Sang-Moon Share Lead

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Jason Day and Sang-Moon Bae share The Barclays lead after 54 holes at Plainfield Country Club.

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Both Jason and Sang-Moon posted third rounds of -7 under par 63, to tie the lead at The Barclays with -11 under par totals after the third round.

Jason told reporters that he was not expecting to shoot 63 today, although Justin Rose had a 64 earlier in the day;

“Even so, I didn’t expect to go out there and shoot 63, but at the end of the day, I just kept on pushing. I knew that the scores were out there.”

“But to be able to have Sang-Moon get off to a good start, and he hit it great all day, we are all kind of feeding off each other, drafting off each other today.”

“He played some fantastic golf tee-to-green, very solid and had a good day on the greens, as well.”

Sang-Moon, with a victory here, would most likely move into the top 10 of the International Team standings for The Presidents Cup, but things are complicated. The South Korean government has ordered him home to serve a mandatory two-year stint in the military, and he does not know if they will let him play in The Presidents Cup, which is being held in Seoul;

“I hope so, that is my country, so I really want to play in Korea.”

“”I have a really tough situation right now, I don’t think about it anymore actually, I have to go back.”

“So that is a few weeks later. So I just want to play good golf this week and really want to play Presidents Cup in my country.”

“I hope to play well tomorrow and Mr. Nick Price can pick me up.”  

Bubba Watson is in third place, alone at -10 under par, a fairly average -3 under par 67 saw him knocked off the top spot today.

Justin Rose, -7 under 65 today,  explained his slow start to this tournament;

“I put a lot of effort into the majors this year and coming into the Playoffs, I kind of felt like I was dragging a bit.”

“Tuesday was a struggle; Wednesday was a struggle; Thursday was a struggle. My body hurt, everything hurt. I just had nothing in the tank.”

“Obviously I think coming out Friday with nothing to lose, and  just shifting my mindset, having to shoot low to make the cut kind of changed things.”

“I started to see some birdies go in and your confidence starts getting going and suddenly the body doesn’t hurt anymore.”

“It’s a great learning lesson, or you re-learn lessons sometimes, and shows you’re never out of the tournament.”

 

 

The Barclays. Bubba Bowling Along, Jordan Spieth Slumps.

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Bubba Watson is still bowling along at the top of The Barclays leaderboard, but Jordan Spieth slumps.

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Bubba shot a second round of -2 under par 68, for a -7 under par total, which could have been better except for the intervention of an over zealous rules official, warning him for taking too long over just one shot. Bubba had watched as Jordan’s approach shot to the 16th green  rolled back some 100 feet off the green. He naturally decided to take some extra care, but the official hurried him with a warning, and he rushed the shot, leading to a bogey. How crazy has golf become, warning a golfer over one shot in a complete round.

He spoke to reporters afterwards, and mentioned he would be looking forward to the next crazy ruling;

“I told them, `I’m not mad at anybody about the bad time.’ I went over the time, which is the right ruling.”

“It’s just on a hole like that, one of the toughest holes we’ve ever played besides 2011 when we played the same pin placement, it’s very difficult.”

“But yeah, I’m very happy about my round.”

“I’m excited where I’m at. I made the cut and I’m in the last group. Hopefully, I’m here talking to y’all tomorrow about something else crazy that happened.”

There are four players tied in second place at -6 under par, Tony Finau, Henrik Stenson, Zach Johnson and Jason Dufner.

Jordan Spieth missed the cut, and lost out on a chance to play the weekend here, he was penalised a shot for stepping on his ball while searching for it. The decision did not make a lot of difference, finishing at +7 over par, he missed the cut by five shots. And that means Rory McIlroy, who isn’t playing this week, returns to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking;

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“I’ve reached that peak already and I know it’s going to be close enough to where if I just get the job done next week, I’ll be back in that ranking.”

“But again, that ranking, it’s great once you reach it but it’s not something that I’m going to live or die on each week.”

“I’m definitely searching for answers.”

 

D+D REAL Czech Masters. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the  D+D REAL Czech Masters Matt Fitzpatrick and Pelle Edberg are flying high at  Albatross Golf Resort in Prague.

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England’s Matt completed a flawless first 36 holes to share the halfway lead at -11 under par, with Sweden’s Pelle Edberg, with both players carding second rounds of -5 under par 67.

Matt, the former US Amateur Champion, said he had played well today, apart from missing a few putts;

 “It was very consistent today, I played nicely and hit a lot of greens again which is always important to keep making pars and then take your chances when you have them.” 

“I gave myself a few out there. I got a bit frustrated in the middle of the round when I wasn’t holing any putts; I missed a few chances but picked it up on the back nine.” 

“The putt on the 18th was a nice way to finish with a birdie, to pick up one more and move to the top.”  

“I’m looking forward to the weekend now, it’s another chance to put myself in contention for Sunday.” 

“I took a lot from contending in Crans. It was a great week for me. I don’t really know how to explain it but I gained a lot of experience from playing with Danny [Willett].

“He is top 30 in the world, so obviously one of the best players around. I spoke to Chubby [Chandler] the night before and he said don’t get too ahead of yourself, just take one shot at a time.” 

“I’ve played a lot of events this year and I feel like I have learned a lot already. It’s my dream to play professional golf.” 

“I don’t think I’ve realised yet how big an achievement it is to keep my card. It would be great to get to The Race to Dubai final having come from Q-School.”

“I want to keep growing as a player and my goals are always changing. It feels like time is going so fast this year.”

Pelle was happy to have had another good day with the putter;

“Like yesterday I putted really well, I holed a lot of putts and it was good off the tee and had some nice irons, so it added up to a good score.”

“I couldn’t be in a better position. I’m feeling pretty good and feeling comfortable about most parts of my game.” 

“I feel confident so I want to see how well I can do this week.”

Thorbjørn Olesen, from Denmark, had missed nine cuts in ten events coming into this week, he shot a -3 under 69 to be tied for fourth place at -8 under par, with the English pair of Sam Hutsby and Robert Dinwiddie.

The Barclays. Four-Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a four-way tie at the top of The Barclays, after the first round at Plainfield Country Club. Bubba Watson, Spencer Levin, Camillo Villegas and Tony Finau all shot 65.

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Bubba had a driver strategy approach to playing this course, his only real problem was the par three 6th;

“PING makes a good driver, so we were going to try to hit driver as much as we can.”

 “The rough is so thick that I would rather miss my driver in the rough than an iron off the tee or something like that.”

“It looked like that club could go over, really just in my mind playing tricks. So I didn’t commit to it. That’s really the only shot I wish I could redo.”

“I’m going to think tomorrow, how am I going to sleep 12 hours, what Caleb wants to do in the morning.”

“The house we rented has a little playground behind it, so he’ll be wanting to play back there. That’s what I’ll be doing.” 

Bubba also mentioned Jason Day, who had a -2 under par 68 today;

“Jason Day is one of my favorite golfers of all time because his son has the best hair I’ve ever seen.”

“And by the way, he was at my house yesterday eating up all my macaroni and cheese. So you owe me for that.”

Tony started the day with three birdies, and then followed it with the same number of bogey’s;

“Fortunately for me it was really early.”

 “Through six holes, I looked at it as I’m still even par, although I did get off to a great start. Plenty of holes I feel like I can take advantage of with the wind direction today.”

“So I just tried to stay as patient as I could.”

“I pick and choose my spots, for sure, if I feel like it’s a hard fairway for me to hit with even a 2-iron or 3-wood in my hand. I’ll go ahead and hit the driver and put it up there whether I’m in the fairway or not.”

“At least I’m closer to the green. That’s the strategy on some of the holes and it worked today.” 

Spencer carded  a final-round 63 at the Wyndham, and took that momentum into this tournament;

“I felt since I had a good last round, I was able for me to take it into this week.”

“I wasn’t really expecting to shoot what I shot last Sunday. It was kind of a bonus.”

This is a nice stress to have, it’s a lot better than having to go back to Q-School.”

“I’m really happy. The last few days have been good, since Sunday. There’s up-and-downs in this game.”

“I’m happy with where I am right now and who knows, maybe I can keep it going. That would be nice.” 

Six players are at -4 under par, they are, Danny Lee, Jason Dufner, Cameron Tringale, Russell Knox, Paul Casey and Bryce Molder.

Jordan Spieth, in his first tournament as World number one had a poor day at the office, +4 over par 74, his worst round for three months;

”Just lost a little bit of focus.”

”All in all, I’m just going to take today as a fluke round. I still believe I’m playing well. It just happened to be an off day on a day where it counted.”

 

D+D Real Czech Masters. Two Tied at the Top

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Two players are tied at the top of the D+D Real Czech Masters tournament, Eduardo de la Riva, from Spain, and Italian Renato Paratore.

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Eduardo carded an Eagle on the last hole to join playing partner Renato at the top of the  D+D Real Czech Masters leaderboard after opening rounds of -7 under par 65’s.

Eduardo was very pleased to finish with  two;

“It is very good to finish with a two on a par four, especially on this 18th hole which is very difficult.”

“I didn’t have to take a putt on the 18th, so it is a very good finish. It is perfection.”

“I played very well in Denmark for the first two rounds and then at the weekend, on the greens I putted very badly.”

“I feel good. Today I putted well and the long and short game were good too. It is a nice course and nice weather. The course is in good condition.” 

“Renato and I are friends. He is a very good young player and it is nice to play with him.”

18 year-old Renato was very happy with his putting;

“Today I played really solid from the tee to the green and on the back nine I putted really well.”

“So I’m happy with a 65. It is my best round on The European Tour.”

“My irons were good today and I gave myself a lot of chances. I made five birdies on the back nine and made a lot of putts.” 

“The first eight tournaments I played really well but then I dropped a bit the last three months. Then from Austria I changed my swing and I’m playing better.”

“It was nice playing with Eduardo too and he had a great finish.”

There are four players tied at -6 under par, Pelle Edberg, Sam Hutsby, Matthew Fitzpatrick and Thomas Pieters.

Pelle has got off to a good start, although he putted well, he said he did not pay well;

“It’s a very nice start. I read the greens pretty good today and holed some putts.” 

“I didn’t play very well but it is a great score and we are off to a good start.”

 

 

 

 

U.S. Amateur Championship. Bryson A History Making Winner.

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Bryson DeChambeau became only the fifth player in history to win the NCAA Championship and the U.S. Amateur Championship in the same year. He joins  joins Jack Nicklaus (1961), Phil Mickelson (1990), Tiger Woods (1996) and Ryan Moore (2004) in achieving that tremendous accomplishment.

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Bryson claimed the Havemeyer Trophy with a 7-and-6 decision over Derek Bard at Olympia Fields Country Club, in a 36 hole final. He was stoked to have his name on the same trophy as all those great Champions;

“Having my name etched on this trophy with the great Bob Jones as well as Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, all those guys, it’s incredible.”

“I can’t even imagine what I just did. It won’t sink in, I’m sure, for the next couple days. But I’m honored.”

“I’m in golf history, that’s pretty incredible. I don’t understand it yet. I had a little bit of an understanding of what I just did, but I haven’t felt the impact of it yet.”

“That’s an honor to be in that field.”

“I have a belief in myself that I can get the job done when I need to. Every single shot out there, I was telling myself I was good enough.”

Bryson has a unique and different way of swinging the club, and says he has fun doing it;

“There’s a bunch of different ways to play the game of golf, you don’t need to play it one way.”

“It doesn’t need to be one swing that’s perfect out there. The thing that you can benefit most from me, I believe, is be yourself and play golf like you can, not like anybody else.”

Derek remembers the exact moment when it all started to slip way;

“I think the turning point of the whole day really is he when airmails the green on  8 and flops it in.”

“You have to pull off shots like that if you want to win a championship like this.”

“It’s one of those signature shots. It was pretty cool to watch. He hit a perfect shot up there and tumbled in.”

“Like I say, he deserves it and from that point on, he really took control.”

“I felt that in the morning match, no matter where the match got to, I always felt like I was still in it, because we had 18 more holes to go in the afternoon.”

“It’s such a long day and to get it back to 2 down after the morning was big.”

“It gave me some momentum. I came out in the afternoon and won the first hole and then just kind of fell apart.”