Valero Texas Open. Grayson Murray 1st Round Leader.

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Grayson Murray, USA, is the first round leader af the Valero Texas Open at  the AT&T Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio.

In the opening round of the 2018 Valero Texas Open, Grayson Murray leads by one shot over Chesson Hadley and Billy Horschel who both carded a 4-under 68.

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Grayson carded a -5 under par 67 to lead the Valero Texas Open by one shot at the end of the first round, after missing the cut last week;

“Just the fact I did give myself enough opportunities today for birdie, it took a lot of pressure off.”

“I was hitting each club ten yards shorter than I normally do, and you can’t play like that because your caddie is trying to give you a number and a club, and you keep hitting these bad shots or keep coming up short.”

“I got back to the basics with the setup and the takeaway, got my club in a better position at the top, which kind of frees my downswing.”

“Then I can start going at it.”

Five players share second spot at -4 under after opening rounds of 68, Chesson HadleyKeegan Bradley, Ryan Moore, Billy Horschel and Matt Atkins, all USA.

Billy and Ryan were bogey free today, where only 34 players in the 156 man field managed to break par.

Billy was happy with his round;

“Struck the ball really well, something that we’ve been working hard on.”

“Could have been better, I didn’t really make anything out there today. But I’m happy with it.”

“I’m a big momentum player. I’ve got to get the train moving forward.”

“I’ve always been a guy who gets on a little roll, get that train moving and jump in that winner’s circle.”

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Trophée Hassan II. Bradley Dredge and Alvaro Quiros Lead.

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Bradley Dredge, Wales and Alvaro Quiros, Spain, lead the Trophée Hassan II tournament at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in Morocco.

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Bradley and Alvaro shot opening rounds of -5 under par 67 to top the Trophée Hassan II leaderboard in Morocco, where the layout measures a mammoth 7,557 yards.

Bradley enjoyed a good day on the course;

“A good day, very pleased to be leading the tournament after round one. I played nicely all day so delighted.”

“It’s just a matter of keeping the ball in play and shot-to-shot, as in looking where the pin positions are and then taking into consideration whether or not you can go for the pin or play away from it.”

“I haven’t played a great deal this year. I feel as though it’s progressing quite well at the moment so I’m quite pleased the way it’s trending, as a lot of guys say.”

Alvaro enjoyed a great day;

“I have to recognize that it was a great round of golf.”

“The score is good but I will say that the level that I displayed today from tee to green, it’s been unbelievable.”

“I know that five under is a very good score but it looks like it’s a little bit short for the game that I have displayed today.”

“Tomorrow is going to be a completely new day, and it’s only the second round of a four-round tournament.”

Tied in second place are Oliver Fisher, England, and Joakim Lagergren, Sweden, with rounds of -4 under 68.

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RBC Heritage. Maiden Win For Satoshi Kodaira.

 

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It was a PGA Tour Maiden win for Satoshi Kodaira of Japan in a sudden death play-off against Si Woo Kim, South Korea for the RBC Heritage title at Harbour Town Golf Links.Kodaira breaks through at Hilton Head

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Satoshi, -5 under 66 and Si Woo, even par 71, finished tied for the RBC Heritage lead at -12 under par. They went into a sudden death play-off which Satoshi won with a birdie on the third extra hole, the par three 17th.

Satoshi did not sound too  impressed with the Plaid Jacket, his words translated by an interpreter; 

“I will probably not wear it regularly,  but this is special.”

“I wasn’t really thinking about winning.”

“I wasn’t that nervous on the last putt, compared to the first two putts on 18.”

“This is a stage I’ve been dreaming about, and having this opportunity to play the PGA TOUR full time is a dream come true.”

Si Woo suffered from a bad day with the putter;

“I tried my best, and the putts didn’t drop. It is what it is.”

Tied in third place at -11 under par were Bryson DeChambeau, -5 under 66 today and Luke List, +1 over par 72, both players  from the USA.

54 hole leader Ian Poulter, England, suddenly started making bogey’s, five on the back nine, finishing T 7 at -9 under par, with a last round +4 over 75.

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Open de España. Jon Rahm Wins Home Tournament.

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Jon Rahm of Spain wins his home tournament the Spanish Open.

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Jon won the Spanish Open with a final round -5 under 67 and a winning total of -20 under par, a two stroke winning margin over his nearest rival;

“It’s such a satisfying feeling, when I made the decision to come straight from Augusta it wouldn’t be to just show up and walk around, I wanted to win this tournament.”

I’ve been blessed to be national champion from 16 to all ages in Spain.”

“To round my amateur and pro career together in this way and win the last one I had to win and join that prestigious list of Spanish winners, it’s hard to explain how good it feels and how satisfying it is.”

“It’s been amazing. It’s truly been the hardest Sunday I’ve ever had in any tournament that I’ve won because the crowd wanted it so much and I wanted it so much.”

“You can tell how excited everybody is, I felt that tension, I felt that stress, I felt everything magnified.”

“They played a huge part, I came for them mainly so I’m just glad I can win this one for the Spanish people.”

Long time leader of this tournament Paul Dunne of Ireland could only record a last round of -1 under par 71, to finish in second place at -18 under par;

“I felt like I hit the ball great, mostly my short game let me down a little bit.”

“I was hitting it long and straight so I feel good going into the next few weeks.”

“Obviously disappointed not to win but it is what it is.”

Nacho Elvira, Spain, claimed third place at -17 under, his last round -1 under 71 did not give him any chance of winning;

A little bittersweet, it’s been a fantastic day.”

“Playing against Jon Rahm is always tough, he’s a great player and I just came up short this time.”

“The crowd was probably the best I’ve seen, it’s fantastic to be able to play at home and play with this crowd.”

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Open de España. Paul Dunne Hangs on to Lead.

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Paul Dunne from Ireland hangs on to the Spanish Open lead after 54 holes at Centro Nacional de Golf.

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Paul will take a one shot lead into the final round tomorrow o the Spanish Open after a third round -4 under 68 gave him a 54 hole total of -17 under par;

“It’s probably the best my swing has felt, the best my body has felt like it’s been moving, but I just didn’t pull the shots off.”

“There was a lot of grinding there on the back nine but I’m happy to get in with four under. Probably wouldn’t have taken it at the start of the day but given the shots that I hit, I’m pretty happy with it leading into tomorrow.”

“Everything feels good, the game feels great, I just didn’t pick shots.”

“I hit a few shots without having a shot in mind so that’s something to work on for tomorrow.”

“Hopefully I’ll have a good day. I’m confident about tomorrow.”

Second place is held by one of the local hero’s Nacho Elvira at -16 under, he carded -6 under 66 to reduce the gap at the top of the leaderboard, and giving himself a real chance of winning;

“The crowds today were unbelievable. I’ve been in contention before but not like this, people all over Madrid, all over Spain supporting and cheering me on.”

“It’s been fantastic.”

“I’ll try to stick with my game plan, relax, try to have fun and see what happens. I’ll probably start crying if I win.”

Another local player Jon Rahm is tied in third place at -15 under, following his third round -6 under 66, he is joined by Henric Sturehed, Sweden, also with a third round -6 under 66.

Henric knew he was a good player, and is sticking to his game plan;

“I knew in me that I can play very good golf and I’m very happy to have played this golf during these first days.”

“Just stick to my game, plan and trust my game, that’s what I did and it paid off.”

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RBC Heritage. Bryson DeChambeau Leads.

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Bryson DeChambeau, USA, leads the RBC Heritage after 36 holes at Harbour Town Golf Links.

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Bryson shot -7 under par 64 to lead the RBC Heritage by one stroke at -10 under par at the half-way stage of the competition;

“I’m figuring out a lot of great things that are helping me on the golf course.”

Tied in second place, one shot back at -9 under par are, Ian Poulter, England, also -7 under 64 today, and Si Woo Kim, South Korea with his second round score of -6 under 65.

Ian is in the mood for some more heroics, his last win has freed him up;

“After Houston, I went home, spent a day with the kids, went to Augusta on the Tuesday, made the cut, and then came straight here and had an RBC day to do.”

“It’s all ok, because I’ve got some time off next week, so enough time to reflect and maybe have a glass of champagne or two and get up some energy.”

“I’ve got a busy summer ahead, but I have a job to do here first.”

 “The win helps a lot, I can free myself up in my mind. I can start attacking pins and just play free golf.”

“And when you’re in that position, sometimes the game feels easy when sometimes it isn’t.”

Si Woo was assessed to have touched the sand in a bunker, resulting in a two shot penalty:

“This might be the first time that I’ve played so well with a triple bogey.”

“But I’m having great feel around the greens and I feel really confident.”

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Open de España. Paul Dunne Has Room at the Top.

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Paul Dunne of Ireland has plenty of room at the top of the Spanish Open leaderboard, taking a three shot advantage into the weekend in Spain.

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Paul carded a second round -7 under 65 to stay on top of the Spanish Open leaderboard with a -13 under par 36 hole total;

“It’s just one of those days, I went on playing, I wasn’t really thinking about the score, then the score kind of built on itself.”

“The conditions were a lot better than the last couple of days and playing early I got the best of the greens so it was a pretty steady day. “

“My game is in good shape, I’m feeling good. I see a lot of birdies around this course if the weather stays like this so hopefully I can make them.”

Sharing second place at -10 under par are Brett Rumford, Australia, -6 under 66 today, Callum Shinkwin, England, -5 under 67, and local player Nacho Elvira from Spain with -6 under 66 in his second round.

Local favorite Jon Rahm is in the group at -9 under, signing for a second round -4 under 68 today, while defending champion Andrew  Beef Johnston, England is tied at -8 under par, carding consecutive rounds of -4 under 68.

Jon said he only made one mistake today, getting into the water on 12;

“I only made one mistake on number 12, besides that tee to green was outstanding, the driving is about as good as I’m going to hit it ever.”

“I can’t remember a round where I’ve hit it tee to green as good as I did today.”

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