The Barclays. Patrick Reed Wins.

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Patrick Reed wins The Barclays at Bethpage State Park, Black Course. in New York.

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Brother-in-law Caddie, Kessler Karain and Patrick Reed / getty

Patrick put together a final round -1 under par 70, which was good enough for him to win The Barclays, with a -9 under par total;

“I feel great, any time you can come from behind on Sunday to win a golf tournament, means you must be doing something right.”

“To build yourself a lead to come down the last couple was huge.”

“Especially around a place like this because those last holes are just so difficult.”

“It wasn’t like I had to go out and shoot 62 like I have had to do in other events.”

“So with having my poor round be closer to the lead, it eased my nerves a lot, especially coming on to the first nine, because I knew I was playing really well, and I already had my bad round out of the way, so I can go ahead and free it up and play some good golf.”

Sean O’Hair,  a -5 under par 66 elevating him up the leaderboard, shared second place with Emiliano Grillo, -2 under 69 today,  both players at -8 under par.

Saddest sight of the day was Rickie Fowler, watching him destroy any chance of winning this tournament, or playing his way onto the U.S. Ryder Cup Team. For most of the day he was fighting neck and neck with Patrick, and then proceeded to card +5 over against one Birdie over the last eight holes, to card a last round +3 over par 74, and end up T7.

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“I mean, it will hurt, but it’s only going to make it better for next week.”

“I’ll be in a good spot.”

“I didn’t drive it the way I needed to, it was just a little off here and there.”

“So yeah, very disappointing. Not the way I’ve been playing the back nine all week.”

“Coming to the last eight holes, I made one bogey through the week. I don’t know, like I said, just made a couple bad swings at the wrong time.”

 

Made in Denmark. Thomas Pieters Wins

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Thomas Pieters, from Belgium, won the Made in Denmark tournament  at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort, after a long weather delay added tension to the final day.

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Thomas won the Made in Denmark tournament with a last round -6 under par 65, and a winning total of -17 under par, carding birdie at the last three holes. He is hoping it will be a good enough result to get him into the Ryder Cup for Team Europe;

“I really needed a good finish,I saw I was one back walking to the green on 16 and I hit a great shot there but I knew I needed to make at least one more.”

“To finish with two more birdies was pretty cool.”

“It’s all about winning tournaments. I’m really happy with this one.”

“That was one of my goals, to just have one every year, just so you know you’re improving and you can win. That’s very important. I’m very, very happy.”

“He (Ryder Cup Captain Darren Clarke) has got plenty of good players to pick from, so if he doesn’t pick me, then so be it and I’ll work my butt off to get there in the next one.”

“But I’ve done all I can now and I’m just really pleased with this win to be honest.”

For Bradley Dredge it was another second placed finish at this tournament, a final round -4 under par not enough to give him the win, he had to settle for a -16 under total;

“I really enjoy it here. I get on well with the guys and enjoy the golf course. The crowds are great, so I’ll always be back.”

“I knew I was playing pretty good, I struggled a bit with the driver on the weekend which was a bit annoying.”

“I really got my eye in on the greens today which was nice.”

“There’s loads of positives. I just have to practice the wedge game and hopefully I’ll be up there again.”

“I’m in a good position but I want to win some tournaments. It’s nice to come in second but at the end of the day, I want to be holding the trophy. I’ll come back next year and have another go.”

Adrian Otaegui and David Lipsky, both players had -4 under 67 today, tied in third place, at -15 under for the tournament

The Barclays. Rickie Has 54 Hole Lead.

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Rickie Fowler has the 54 hole lead at The Barclays, at Bethpage Black, in New York.

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 Rickie posted a bogey free third round of -3 under par 68, to top the The Barclays leaderboard at -9 under par,  right now he has gone 45 straight holes without a bogey at Bethpage Black, and was happy to see the putts drop;

“It’s nice to finally see some putts go in, with a few putts going in, it frees up the rest of your game.”

“I’ve been swinging well for a long time, and I’ve been waiting for the putter to catch up.”

“It’s pretty simple, I’ve got to take care of business tomorrow.”

“It’s been awhile since I’ve been in this position. It’s going to be tough tomorrow.”

“We’re on one of the,if not the,  toughest golf courses we play all year. It’s been a long time coming, and it’s going to be fun.”

“A  win tomorrow would go a long ways. It would take care of a lot of things.”

Wonder if Rickie will be dressed in Orange tomorrow. Not sure about the mustache, is it bushier that the eyebrows?

Patrick Reed is now in second place, stalling his competition with an even par 71 third round, leaving him at -8 under par for the tournament;

“If you were to tell me I was going to be one back doing into Sunday and would I take it.”

“I’d say sure,18-hole shootout, one shot is nothing, especially on a golf course like this.”

 “We go out there tomorrow and do what we did the first two days, we’ll be all right.”

Low round of the day went to Adam Scott, -6 under par 65, which took him all the way up to third place at -7 under for the tournament.

Adam especially likes the front nine, and rolled in some good putts;

“The front nine is the gettable nine, and to turn in four under set up my round.”

“I knew anything under par on the back, I would have a great round, and that was kind of my goal.”

“I rolled a couple long ones in, and that felt good and kept the momentum going. Hopefully, something to build on for tomorrow and beyond.”

 

Made in Denmark. Bradley Holds On To The Lead.

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Bradley Dredge holds on to the lead at the Made in Denmark tournament at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort.

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Bradley eased up today, only recording a Made in Denmark third round score of +1 over par 72, but it still gives him a one shot advantage, at -12 under par, going into the final round tomorrow;

“Not my best day today I really struggled with the driver which has been a big strength of mine in the last two days so it was a tough day and I just had to try and make the most of it to stay in there and hopefully I’ll play better tomorrow.”

“I always believe that if you want to win a tournament you’ve got to go out there and win it, so for me I try and play aggressively off the tee and into the pins.” 

“I was in this situation a couple of years ago and I’ve been up there a couple of times this year, you know I want to win, that’s what I play golf for.”

Sharing second place at -11 under are three players, Adrian  Otaegui with -3 under 68, David Lipsky climbed up the leaderboard shooting -4 under 67 and Thomas Pieters, -2 under 69, they all have a good chance to win tomorrow.

Thomas just wants the putts to drop tomorrow;

I played pretty nicely today but I had a shocker on the fourth.”

“All of you saw it, I don’t know what happened there. I was not focused or there was nothing going on in my head.”

“I made a terrible seven there but I’m quite proud of the way I fought back after that. I needed to get the anger out so I threw the ball away. You just restart and try to get birdie on the next hole.”

“I did a good job because I got two birdies in a row after that. I’m still learning mentally to handle stuff like that but I thought I did a good job.”

“The putts weren’t dropping in the last few holes but maybe tomorrow they will.”

David is comfortable, and holing putts;

“I’m pretty happy with where I’m at.”

“My game is feeling really good, holing putts which is key to put yourself in contention and I’m pretty happy with the state of my game right now.”

Adrian is also happy with the way things are going;

“I’m pretty happy with today’s round, I played good from the beginning and just dropped one shot on number ten which I hit over the green and it was a tough up and down.”

“So four birdies and one bogey, I’m pretty happy with that.

“I’m playing solid tee to green so let’s keep it going tomorrow.”

Joakim Lagergren is a shot further back , his effort also stalled in the third round, carding even par 71.

It is close at the top, so it should be an exciting finish to the competition.

The Barclays. Reed Leads.

 

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Patrick Reed leads The Barclays after 36 holes at a very tough Bethpage State Park, Black Course, in New York.

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Patrick fired a second round -3 under par 68 to lead The Barclays 50th anniversary event at  Bethpage Black with a -8 under par tournament total;

“It’s just like a major, you go into these Playoff events, they are so important because there are 2,000 points for a FedExCup.”

“You win a major, you get, I think it’s 600. So you know at this point, you have four events, you have to play some really good golf.”

“I feel like I’ve been trending in the right direction. I feel like the game’s been solid. I just need to get it all clicking.”

“It’s golf. You have guys that are going to win in years and you’re going to have guys that aren’t going to win in years.”

“I think this year has been a lot better than last year and the previous years on consistency.”

“That’s a big part that I’ve been working on is to make sure I keep myself into golf tournaments. Not go out and win an event here, and then miss two or three cuts and finish 50th, 40th.

“It’s about consistency; consistently getting in contention, consistently having chances to win.”

“If I keep doing that, I will at some point break through and win hopefully a couple in a row, not just one.”

Rickie Fowler and Emiliano Grillo, both carding -2 under 69 today are tied in second place, two shots back at -6 under par.

For Rickie, it’s all about the mustache;

“I have confidence in myself and my mustache.”

“Let’s have some fun. Something different. Trying to get some MoJo going in the Playoffs.

Ryan Moore, who triumphed at the John Deere, scored a second round -3 under par 68, to hold 4th spot on his own at -5 under par;

“I just feel better this time of year than I have in the past.”

 “A little bit more rested and kind of enjoying playing golf a little bit more.”

“Sometimes I’ve hit this point and I’ve been really worn out and kind of over it a little bit.”

“I can’t hit 7-irons out of this rough, for me it’s all about fairways and give myself opportunities from there.”

“That’s all I’m thinking about right now is getting to the TOUR Championship, because that’s the only way you can win the FedExCup,”

Jordan Spieth started his round with a double-bogey, but came back to card -4 under 67 on the day and is now handily placed just four shots back of the leader at -4 under for the competition, sharing that place with a host of other players, including World number one Jason Day.

Jordan spoke about his indifferent start, in the words of his caddie;

“Let’s find the fairway here, get into rhythm and pretend that didn’t happen.”

 “He said, let’s get two birdies before the turn. Re-setting a goal there, is really key for me to get my mind away from what happened and look forward.”

 

 

 

Made in Denmark. Bradley Dredge Dominates in Denmark.

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Bradley Dredge dominates in the Made in Denmark tournament, leading by three shots at half-way  at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort.

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Bradley followed his opening round 63 with a -5 under 66 today to lead the Made in Denmark tournament after 36 holes with a -13 under par total, and a three shot advantage over the field going into the weekend. He knows it has been a while (ten years) since his last win;

“I know I’m going to have to play well on the weekend to fend off the other guys and hopefully I can do that.”

“You come to courses sometimes and it just seems to suit your eye and I’m comfortable on the greens so you can never explain it.”

 “Golf is always funny and I’m just glad that I’m here and performing.”

“I’m delighted with my score. I’m in a good position for the weekend, you know we are halfway through. I’ve been in a good position a few years ago and got beaten by Marc Warren.”

“I feel as though my game is in good shape and weather dependent we will see how it goes.”

In second place at -10 under par is Joakim Lagergren, who posted a second round score of -1 under par 70, and needed a good putt to keep under par for the round;

“I am happy with the position and hopefully I can do as good on the weekend, that putt on the 18th was nice to stay under par for today.”

“It was a different game today. There were not many regular shots out there today, a few punchy ones and then hit it up in the air when it’s down wind.”

Richard Sterne, -4 under 67 and Thomas Pieters, a poor round of even par 71 share third place at -9 under par.

Thomas feels he is still in a good spot;

“I’m in a good position.”

“My scrambling skills were really good today but my ball-striking skills were really awful, a mixed bag “

Tom Lewis, after yesterdays heroics could only produce a second round of +1 over par 72, and is tied with Adrian Otaegui, -5 under 66 today, both at -8 under for the tournament in fourth spot.

The Barclays. Two at the Top

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There are two players tied at the top of The Barclays tournament after the first round at Bethpage Black, in New York. Patrick Reed and Martin Laird share top spot at -5 under par following rounds of 66.

Patrick Reed's 5-under 66 in Round 1 of The Barclays was good enough for a share of the opening-round lead. (Chris Condon/Getty Images)

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Patrick, bogey free today and Martin also bogey free are tied at the top of The Barclays after carding -5 under par 66 in round one at Bethpage Black.

Patrick is winless this year, but sits at #8 position in the Ryder Cup standings;

“Of course it’s on my mind, but really at the end of the day, it’s just trying to get better and play this tournament, because if I play well, that means those other guys are going to have to play even better to try to catch me.”

These guys are followed by four players on -4 under par, all with opening rounds of 67, Rickie Fowler, Kevin Chappell, Emiliano Grillo and J.B. Holmes.

Rickie wants to make the Ryder Cup team for the U.S.A.;

“That’s the No. 1 priority coming into the year.”

“I’d say that’s always one of the main goals coming into a Ryder Cup year.”

“Even in the off year, you’re thinking about it. That was the whole reason playing last week, trying to get more points.”

“It would be nice to have a chance to make that team without having to get picked.”

J.B. has been searching for a putting inspiration, and thinks he may have found it;

“It was really good, had to stay calm today and tried to let go of the results.”

World number one Jason Day is in touch with the early leaders, a first round -3 under 68 has him T7.

In the huge group who finished the day at even par 71 were, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Bubba Watson.

Jordan said Bathpage Black was one of the toughest courses had played;

“It’s up there in the top few toughest courses I’ve ever played.”

“If they made the greens firm today, it would have been unplayable on a few holes.”

“It was very tough, challenging, but fair today. We just had it really, really tough in the afternoon with those winds so high.”