Quicken Loans National. Ryo Reaps Reward, Leads at Half-Way

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Ryo Ishikawa reaps the reward of solid play to lead the Quicken Loans National at the half-way point on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course in Virginia.

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Ryo, from Japan, added a -3 under par 68 to his opening 63 to lead the Quicken Loans National with a -11 under par tournament total.

Ryo has a number in his head that he thinks will win this competition, and he is focusing on that;

“My goal for this weekend is like 15 under, 16 under.”

“So I’m just here focused on that number.”

Tied in second place at -10 under par are Rickie Fowler and Kevin Chappell.

Rickie said the difference between the two days was that today the putts dropped in, he birdied the last three holes today;

“Probably hit it worse today.”

“I wouldn’t say I putted any better, just happened to get some that went in.”

“When the putter gets going the confidence level is about as high as it can be. Really looking forward to the weekend.”

“Wasn’t great by any means out there but it was nice to continue to move forward and get a bit out of the round, and really it all just came down to the last three holes.”

David Lingmerth occupies fourth place on his own, a -6 under par 65 today gives him a -9 under par total.

Tiger Woods continued his upwards progress, a -5 under par 66 today has moved him into a tie for fifth place at -8 under par, along with a whole bunch of other guys.

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One fluffed tee shot today, on the par five 15th;

 “A big, high draw that went about 90 yards.”

“It got me going a little bit, it kind of got me kick-started a little bit, got me a little fired up. I really hit it good from there.”

“Got me a little more focused on what I’m doing out there instead of just hitting a shot.”

“People want the immediate fix, the one tip that’s going to work for the rest of their life.”

“It doesn’t work that way. It takes time to build it. I feel like I can still compete and win.”

“A year-and-a-half ago, I won five times. I think that’s a pretty good number. It’s not that long ago that I was Player of the Year.”

“Eventually I’ll climb back.” 

 

 

 

Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Matchplay. Host Paul Departs.

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Host Paul departs from the second round of the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Matchplay tournament, beaten by fellow Scotsman, Chris Doak.

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Chris Doak is through to the last 16 of the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Matchplay after scraping past the tournament’s host, Paul Lawrie, one up, in a thrilling encounter at Murcar Links, in Scotland.

Chris was thrilled at the result;

“It is fantastic to beat anybody, but Paul being such a good player and being the host, it is a little bit extra special I guess.”

“I have not really played my best and Paul certainly did not play his best today.”

“But I am getting there and building confidence, which is the main thing. It is good to go to the next round.”

Paul was obviously very upset at the outcome, he wanted to go further into the tournament where he is the host;

“I am obviously disappointed. Gutted. But I did not play very well today.” 

“I hit the ball really poorly and struggled all day with ball striking. I did not hole any putts that I had to hole to be fair and Chris did.”

“Both of us played pretty poor. If it had been a match of ball striking today, it would have been a spectacle to be fair.”

“It was pretty poor in places. He has holed three or four putts that you have to hole to keep matches going when you are up or when you are one or two ahead.”

“So fair play. He is the boy that is going to be playing tomorrow and deserves to be playing tomorrow.”

“Obviously I wanted to be a little bit further this week. I felt I was playing good and in control of my game, but today I kind of just did not have it.”

Another Scotsman though to the next round is Marc Warren, he progressed after beating Fabrizio Zanotti 3 and 2 .

Marc was really happy with his performance.

“I played really good.”

“Really solid tee to green again and finished off with two really good putts on 15 and 16.”

Englishman Chris Wood was the first man to confirm his spot in the last 16, thanks to his second 5 and 4 win of the week, he needed just two and a half hours to beat Spain’s Jorge Campillo.

The number one seed in the tournament, England’s James Morrison was beaten 2 and 1 today by Sweden’s Johan Carlsson.

 

 

Quicken Loans National. Two Tied at the Top.

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Retief Goosen and Ryo Ishikawa are the two players tied at the top of the Quicken Loans National on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course in Virginia.

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Retief and Ryo both carded first rounds of -8 under par 63 in the Quicken Loans National to top the leaderboard at the end of day 1.

Retief is feeling fine after some serious back problems over the years, he just wishes he was younger. Don’t we all;

“I’m lucky to be out here. Three, four years ago my career looked like it was at an end,” “I’m just glad I’m still out there and playing. Yeah, I just wish I was 10 years younger again.”

Ryo, who started on the back nine, carded six birdies in a row starting on the 14th hole, he is not sure why there are so many holes in one recently;

“It took about two holes to make myself calm.”

 “Number five was a par five, like a birdie hole, but it was kind of difficult for me to make a par right there.”

 “I don’t know why there’s so many holes-in-one. I think because of the Quicken Loans. I think it’s a good system.”

Ernie Els, Justin Leonard and Kevin Chappell share third place at -7 under par following their opening rounds of 64.

Justin Rose, the defending Champion, shot -6 under par 66, the same score as the new professional Ollie Schneiderjans, in only his second Tour start, they are tied on that score with six other players.

Justin, the birthday boy Tweeted;

“Thanks for all the birthday messages. Pleased with my first round 66 today.”

Rickie Fowler and Ryo Ishikawa both scored hole in ones today, Rickie on the 184 yard ninth, he bought everyone a beer;

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Ryo made his Ace on the 210 yard par three 4th.

Someone else celebrating today was Tiger Woods, he shot -3 under par 68, after a difficult start to the day;

“I’ve been playing well, hitting the golf ball well.”

 “Feel like my putting has been good. Just stay patient, just stay with it and it will turn if I stay patient, which I did and, I mean, I had a run there.”

“That’s what scoring is all about. You got to score and I made a lot of key putts today. I ran them by the hole but I made all the comebacks, and overall I felt like I hit the ball well enough to turn it around.”

“It was nice to actually turn it around.”

“We worked on a little bit of my through swing, fixed a couple things I felt like were off and put it to good use the last few, about the last six days,.

“I really felt comfortable here. I’m hitting shots.”

It has been rumored that Tiger has fired coach Chris Como. Do you think that going it alone is the reason for his improvement?

Euro Tour. Paul Lawrie Shines at the Paul Lawrie Matchplay Tournament

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Tournament Host Paul Lawrie won his first round match, 5 and 4, against  Romain Wattel in the Saltire Paul Lawrie Matchplay event in Aberdeen, Scotland.

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Paul despatched Romain, proving that he will be a force to be reckoned with, as he cruised into the second round of the inaugural Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Matchplay event with the field now reduced to 32 players.

Paul, the 1999 Open Championship winner says he is just a normal player these days;

“I played really solid today. I hit the ball nice and straight and did not really hit it off line very often.  The last couple of days, it has been mega busy, but I knew coming in that was all part of the deal.’ 

“But then I knew as soon as I got to my bed last night, that was me pretty much done and I was a normal player from this morning.” 

“I got here nice and early, did some practise and got my head around what I needed to do today and did it.

“I’m looking forward to it. I’m enjoying it. I hit the ball nice today, so long may that continue.”

“I’m just a normal player now, just one of the 32 that are left now. I was one of 64.”

Another Scot, Marc Warren also got though, in a tight match against Richard Bland,  winning 1 up.

Marc said it was a good match, mostly a putting contest;

“It was a very good game, we both played solid tee-to-green. We both putted I would say decent.” 

“Towards the end we both putted quite nicely and holed a couple of putts.” 

“It was nice and I was delighted to see my putt go in on the last.”

The Murcar Golf Links course suited the local players as all the Scots boys made it through the first round of the knock-out event, Richie Ramsay, Chris Doak, Scott Jamieson and David Drysdale making it to the last 32.

The number one seed in this event James Morrison has knocked-out Pele Edberg, 2&1 on a bright but very windy day in Aberdeen.

RBC Canadian Open. Jason Day Wins In A Thriller Finish.

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Jason Day wins the RBC Canadian Open in a thriller of a finish at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Canada.

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Jason found the bunker off the tee on eighteen, he had a one shot lead at the time. He found a way to make a birdie from the bunker, giving him a two shot advantage at -17 under par. That meant that Bubba Watson and David Hearn would have to Eagle the last to get into a play-off.

Jason told reporters that after last week there was no way he was going to leave that last putt short;

“This course is really exciting, even Bubba and David had a chance to make it into a playoff. I needed that putt on 18.”

“To be able to put yourself in contention so many times, especially in major events and just fall short, even going back to last week leaving the putt short and not being able to get into the playoff really kind of was disappointing.”

“So when I actually had the same putt, it was a very similar putt on the 72nd hole today.”

“Same things were going through my mind. Make sure you get it to the hole.”

“Fortunately enough for me, it was quick enough to where I just needed to get it on the line. If I got it on the line, it was perfect.”

“I just knew as soon as I hit the putt about six feet out, I knew it was going to come back and go in the hole. “

“It was great to feel like a Canadian for a week. The last two weeks have been a big grind for me, but it’s all worth it. Right now, I’m so proud to be the Canadian Open champion.”

Bubba found the green with his second shot, but it ran just passed the hole and settled into the fringe. He tried to make his Eagle with a 7 wood, but it missed by six inches, his total of -16 under par giving Jason the win.

Bubba said he was just hoping that the guy in front of him was not making putts;

“Fifteen was one I got lucky with. I hit a great shot in there.”

“I had an 8-iron that I flared on 16 but still got a birdie. Then hit a perfect 8-iron that flew five yards too far on 18.”

“I was just hoping the other guy named Jason Day wasn’t making putts.”

David, with the whole of Canada urging him on to be the first Canadian to win since 1954, found the greenside bunker with his second shot to 18, and could only make par from there, and had to settle for third place at -15 under par.

David mentioned the putting, and how good it had been all week;

“I felt confident, like I was putting well all week, I hit really really good putts that didn’t go in.”

“Winning a golf tournament on the PGA TOUR is no easy task.”

“Canadians want to see it, and we want to do it so bad.”

David also picked up the  Rivermead Challenge Cup as low Canadian. This is his third time winning the honor.

 

 

Omega European Masters. Danny Does It Again.

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Danny Willett does it again, he wins his third European Tour title, the Omega European Masters, at  Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club in Switzerland.

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A final round -5 under par 65, was good enough to give Danny victory at the Omega European Masters, posting a total of -17 under par, squeezing a one shot winning margin.

This win moves Danny up to second place in The Race to Dubai, behind leader Rory McIlroy, and may well see him climb into the top 25 of the Official Golf World Ranking. He spoke about the pressure he felt from Matt Fitzpatrick;

“It was a great day, yesterday was a bit disappointing, but today I played some really good golf.”

“Matt was snapping at my heels all day, so I’m delighted to get the job done.”

“I kept really calm all day, and just waited for the chances to come.”

“Winning is always tough, and the heart rate on 18 was pretty high.”

“Having a lag putt is almost trickier than trying to hole one sometimes, so I was pretty relieved to see it stop a foot or two from the hole.”

“He played some great golf and really kept the pressure on me.”

“But it probably made it a bit easier to be honest, because it meant I could not lose concentration even for a minute.”

“With a bigger lead you can take your foot off the gas a little bit, but today I knew I had to keep attacking and committing fully to shots, and luckily enough it turned out well in the end.”

“Two wins and good performances in Majors and Golf Championships is more than I could have hoped for really, but I have worked really hard so it is nice to get the rewards for it.”

Matt Fitzpatrick finished in second place at -16 under par, a last round -4 under par 66 kept the pressure on the leader all the way to the last hole;

“I played to win but Danny just went one better, so you have to take your hat off to him.”

“I don’t have any regrets whatsoever, and that is all you can ask of yourself. I gave it everything, but Danny was very impressive.”

“There were a couple of turning points which decided it, but I matched him birdie for birdie for the most part. I know Danny very well, he is also from Sheffield so I am very pleased for him.”

“I am really pleased with the week. It has been building for a few weeks now, so hopefully I can get over the line at some stage.”

“It is still only my first season on Tour and I am only 20, so I am still learning every week. Experiences like today’s will be invaluable in the future.” 

Tyrrell Hatton claimed third place, a magnificent 4th round score of -8 under par 62 elevating up the leaderboard to finish on -15 under par, making it an English 1,2,3. He was obviously very happy with his performance;

 “I am really happy. It is my lowest score on The European Tour, so even though I have come up just short I cannot be disappointed.”

“To do it on a Sunday at a place like Crans is very special, so I’ll enjoy this one for a while.”

 

RBC Canadian Open. David Hearn Leads.

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Going into the final round of the RBC Canadian Open, David Hearn, from Canada leads, and is hoping to become the first Canadian to win his home National title since Pat Fletcher achieved the honor back in 1954.

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David shot a third round -4 under par 68 to top the RBC Canadian Open leaderboard at -15 under par, at Glen Abbey Golf Course.

David is already dreaming of victory here in Canada, but realizes that the big boys are right behind him, in the names of Bubba Watson and Jason Day;

“This is something you dream of, I feel like I’m ready to step up to the challenge.”

“Hopefully, I can make some birdies and David can beat Goliath.”

Right behind in second place, two shots back are the formidable pair of Bubba Watson and Jason Day, both with -13 under par totals. Bubba with -4 under today, and Jason with -3 under par.

Because wife Angie is from Pickering, Ontario Bubba is thinking he will get some support from the gallery;

“Truthfully, let’s be honest; we don’t think about where somebody’s from, all we think about is that there’s a guy in front of us.”

“I’ve got a couple family members. They’re going to pull for me, too.”

“I’m right where I want to be, I just wish the leader was a little closer to us.”

Jason birdied six of the last seven holes to get right up the table, and is aware of the history to be made for David;

“Obviously, it’d be great to see a Canadian win, but I’m going to do my best to try and spoil that.”

“We’re all out here to try and win a golf tournament.”

Tied in fourth position are Michael Putnam and Brooks Koepka, at -12 under par for the tournament after they both carded -4 under par 68 today.

Chad Campbell followed his second-round 63 with a dismal +3 over par 75 to fall into a tie for sixth at 11 under. He was joined on that score by two-time champion Jim Furyk, Camilo Villegas, Emiliano Grillo and Johnson Wagner.

Making his professional debut at this tournament is 22 year-old Ollie Schniederjans, fresh from his great performance in The Open at St Andrews where he tied for 12th place, as an amateur. Ollie is currently tied for 11th place here at -10 under par, another great performance.