The Open. Three Way USA Tie at the Top.

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There is a three-way USA tie at the top of The Open leaderboard, Jordan Spieth, Matt Kuchar and Brooks Koepka lead the American assault of Royal Birkdale on day one, shooting 65’s.

 

Koepka, Spieth post early 65s at The Open

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Brooks, Jordan and Matt all fired first rounds at The Open of -5 under par 65, to lead by one shot.

Jordan was bogey free today, and said he could not have done better, but did miss a couple of putts;

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“I couldn’t have done much better today.”

“I still missed tee shots, a couple more than I really wanted to. And I had a couple of putts that were within 10, 12 feet that missed.”

“But it was really, really solid all around.”

Brooks, the U.S. Open champion arrived early in the week to learn the Royal Birkdale course, and feels comfortable out there;

“It feels back in the routine now.” 

Two players are tied in fourth place at -4 under par, carding -4 under 66, Paul Casey, England and Charl Schwartzel from South Africa.

Last weeks winner at the Scottish Open, Rafa Cabrera Bello, from Spain, is in the group of five players at -3 under par, alongside Ian Poulter, who is making a good comeback from injury;

“Last year I was commentating for the first two days, which was difficult.”

“I think that’s one of the most difficult things I’ve done.

“It’s too easy to get down when you’re not playing those big tournaments and it’s easy to get down when golf seems to be pretty difficult.”

“It’s the feeling I used to have to know to play well in a Major or WGC, it really helps. It’s a great feeling, it really is.”

“Today has meant a lot.”

LPGA Draconian Dress Code.

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The not so wise people at the LPGA have decided to enforce what can only be described as Draconian Dress Code rules.

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I thought the authorities were looking at ways of encouraging young ladies to take up golf. Looking at ways of making more enjoyable, these new rules beggar belief;

 • Racerback with a mock or regular collar are allowed (no collar = no racerback).

• Plunging necklines are NOT allowed.

• Leggings, unless under a skort or shorts, are NOT allowed.

• Length of skirt, skort, and shorts MUST be long enough to not see your bottom area (even if covered by under shorts) at any time, standing or bent over.

• Appropriate attire should be worn to pro-am parties. You should be dressing yourself to present a professional image. Unless otherwise told “no,” golf clothes are acceptable. Dressy jeans are allowed, but cut-offs or jeans with holes are NOT allowed.

• Workout gear and jeans (all colors) NOT allowed inside the ropes

• Joggers are NOT allowed

Modern young ladies are very fashion conscious, and that interest drives the golf apparel industry.

I remember the first time Tiger Woods turned up in a polo shirt with no proper collar, no one said a word.

The top Draconist  Heather Daly-Donofrio made this statement;

“The dress code requires players to present themselves in a professional manner to reflect a positive image for the game. While we typically evaluate our policies at the end of the year, based on input from our players, we recently made some minor adjustments to the policy to address some changing fashion trends. The specifics of the policy have been shared directly with the members.”

Compare these rules with other Ladies sports, such as Tennis, Hockey, Netball, they seem to operate without offending anyone.

First question is, Where did this come from?

Lucky Heather Daly-Donofrio is not in charge of the American Ladies Swimming Association.  Try breaking a world record wearing this

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John Deere Classic. Bryson DeChambeau with Maiden Tour Win.

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Bryson DeChambeau grabs his maiden PGA Tour win, the John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run.

DeChambeau takes John Deere Classic, first TOUR title

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Bryson carded a final round -6 under par 65 to capture his maiden Tour win with a -18 under par total at the John Deere Classic. This win will also get Bryson into The Open next week;

“I don’t even know what it means right now.”

“I have just been working so hard my whole life to try and do this and to finally have it happen at the John Deere where I started pretty much a couple of years ago is just incredible.”

Third-round leader Patrick Rodgers shot a -1 under par 70 to finish in second place, one shot back at -17 under, with a couple of late bogey’s derailing his effort.

Wesley Bryan, a great -7 under par 64 today, and Rick Lamb, -5 under 66, tied in third place with -16 under par totals.

Scottish Open. Rafa Beats Callum In Play-Off.

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Rafa Cabrera Bello, Spain, beats Callum Shinkwin, of England, in a play-off to win  Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Dundonald Links in Scotland.

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Rafa, -8 under par 64 today, a new course record, and Callum, -4 under 68 were tied at the top of the  Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open leaderboard at -13 under par after  the 72 holes.

Rafa won with a birdie four at the first play-off hole, the par five 18th, saying it was good putting that set up the record score;

“Obviously I am extremely happy, I have won before and I have been up there so many, many times and things have not really worked out.”

“I was starting to feel a little bit of pressure every time I was up there contending so I’m really, really happy how I played today.”

“In the play-off I really gave it a go and I’m extremely pleased it worked out for me. Those are the moments we practice for.”

“I truly enjoy those pressure situations. I think they really define you if you can really perform under those circumstances. I hit a great shot and birdie was enough to win.”

“Today I had that little bit of luck that I needed. I stayed patient and I putted good.”

“I really trusted myself and I played almost the best golf of my life.”

Callum made his only bogey of the day, on the last, to miss out on the outright win;

“My game was holding up fantastic from the word go. I drove the ball unbelievable off the tee all day and I don’t think I missed many greens.”

“I got in there [The Open] last year and didn’t perform too well. But this year my game feels better and hopefully I can perform much better.”

“Under the gun, I didn’t miss a shot until the last hole, I learnt I can compete with the best.”

Matthieu Pavon, France claimed third place at -10 under par, with a final round -6 under 66.

 

John Deere Classic. Patrick Pulls Away.

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Patrick Rogers pulls away from the field on moving day at the John Deere Classic, and will take a two shot lead into the final round tomorrow at TPC Deere Run, in his quest for his first PGA Tour win.

Rodgers ready for first win

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Patrick shot -3 under par 68 to keep the lead after 54 holes of the John Deere Classic with a -16 under par tournament total;

“I had a lot of experience winning in collegiate and amateur golf, and I expected to maybe come out here and win right away.”

“Probably the biggest frustrations as a pro have been not getting it done yet.”

“When you’re used to having so much success and contending on a regular basis, you kind of thrive on that.”

“Part of the frustrating part of professional golf for me so far has been not having as many chances as I would like.”

“This is exactly where I want to be. It’s why I show up every week, to win. You play to win.”

Daniel Berger, grabbed a share of second place with a great -8 under 63 today, which included a bogey, with Scott Stallings, -7 under par, both are two shots back at -14 under par,

Daniel knows he will have to play well tomorrow to win;

“I love this position. I feel like if I can get off to a good start tomorrow I can put some pressure on Patrick.”

“I feel like if I play well, then I’m going to win the golf tournament. If I don’t, I probably won’t. That’s really kind of cut and dry there.”

“I’m going to have to play really good. Patrick is obviously playing at a really high level.”

Scott has carded back to back 64’s, with a putter tweak, that obviously worked;

“The last six holes on Thursday I made a little bit of a tweak in regards to my speed and kind of how I was seeing the putts.”

“I missed a lot of short putts early in the round on Thursday and really struggled speed-wise as far as matching the line up and everything.”

“The last six holes my caddie and I just kind of talked about a few different things as far as getting comfortable. And I was able to transition in the last few days.”

 

John Deere Classic. Patrick Rogers in Command,

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Patrick Rogers is in command of the John Deere Classic, with a two shot lead at the top of the leaderboard at TPC Deere Run, with one day to go.

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Patrick fired a bogey free -8 under par 65 third round to lead the John Deere Classic with -13 under par score after 36 holes;

“I’ve struggled tee-to-green this year. The way I swung it my best in my career, I got pretty far off from that.”

“Most of my work the last two, three months is trying to get back to how I know I swing it my best, especially off the tee.”

“Credit to my coach for putting in the time with me, because we’ve got it back to a place where I can contend and hopefully win a golf tournament.”

“I’ve worked harder than I ever have and I’m more motivated.”

Bryson DeChambeau shot -6 under par 65 to take second place at -11 under par.

Zach Johnson, -4 under 67, and Charles Howell 111, -2 under 69, are tied in third place at -10 under par.

 

 

Scottish Open. Three Tied at the Top.

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There are three players tied at the top of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open leaderboard, at Dundonald Links. Padraig Harrington, Alexander Knappe and Callum Shinkwin share the top honor going into the week-end.

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Padraig, Ireland, bogey free -4 under par 68 today, Alexander, Germany, -7 under 65 and Callum, England, -4 under 68  to set the clubhouse lead at the Scottish Open with -9 under par totals.

Padraig spoke about bogey free boring golf;

“Today was positively boring compared to yesterday, when there was a lot of drama.”

“I hit two nice seven irons on the first and second, my 10th and 11th holes, and birdied two of the par fives.”

“Yesterday I started off a bit iffy and got a few breaks. I was two under after three and I could have been two over.”

“Then when the rain came in I really struggled but I holed a massive putt for par on 16 and chipped in from 30 yards for a birdie on 17.”

“So it was nice to go out and play solid. It’s nice when there is no stress.”

They are closely followed by Ian Poulter, England, -3 under 69 in his second round, and Andrew Dodt, of Australia, also -3 under 69, both with -8 under par totals.

Nicolas Colsaerts, -5 under 67 Rickie Fowler, -2 under 70, and Grégory Havret, -6 under 66, are all at -7 under par, in fourth place.

Rory McIlroy is still in reverse as he misses another cut, but said his putting had improved;

“I’m frustrated but I thought I saw some good signs this week.”

“My putting was definitely improved although my wedges were not quite there.”

“I’m just waiting for something, some sort of spark, something to go right, and the last couple weeks haven’t been like that. Just got to keep plugging away and hopefully it turns around next week.”