PGA Championship. Jimmy Walker Leads

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Jimmy Walker leads the PGA Championship after the first round at Baltusrol Golf Club.

Jimmy Walker currently stands 29th in the Ryder Cup standings and needs a big week to move into a spot. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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Jimmy shot a PGA Championship -5 under par 65 to top the leaderboard at Baltusrol Golf Club, and spoke about his strange year, and poor putting;

“It’s just ebbs and flows of golf. Just haven’t been scoring.”

 “Just a lot of even par to a couple under golf, and it’s equated to a bunch of 20th-place finishes this year.”

“They just haven’t been going in, for whatever reason, they just haven’t.”

“I hit a lot of good putts and they all look like they have got a good shot. For whatever reason, they lip out or quit breaking. I just haven’t been making a whole lot.”

“I felt like personally, I did a lot of things right, and that’s what I’ve been kind of looking to do that I haven’t been doing.”

“So I felt like I was ready to go, I honestly did this week.”

Three players are tied in second place at -4 under par following their opening rounds of 66; Emiliano Grillo, Ross Fisher and Martin Kaymer are keeping the pressure on the leader.

Not applying any pressure was Rory McIlroy, carding +4 over 74 in a major meltdown, with poor putting the main reason;

“I feel like if I had held one of those first two, it might have been a different story of the day.”

 “You get a little bit of momentum and you get it going.”

“But then I missed a couple of greens and did not get up and down and I was always chasing it.”

“I need to figure it out, I’m driving the ball as well as I have, ever and the iron play feels good.”

“The problems begin when I get to the green. I really struggled with the pace. They look much quicker than they are and two or three times I had putts within 12 feet that were downhill and left them short.”

“I need to be more aggressive with my stroke and shoot something in the mid-60s and get into the weekend.”

“Hopefully I’m not shut-out tomorrow. I can’t remember the last time I had a round without a birdie.”

 

RBC Canadian Open. Jhonattan Vegas Victorious.

 

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Jhonattan Vegas was victorious in the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Canada 

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Jhonattan won the RBC Canadian Open with an amazing final round -8 under par 64, carding birdies on his last three holes, posting a tournament total of -12 under par.

“It’s never easy, I won on my second start as a rookie, I really thought it was going to be a little bit easier right after that.”

“But it’s been five tough years with injuries to kind of get your momentum back to win golf tournaments.”

“It’s incredible. There are a lot of emotions running through my head right now. I’m super excited. It’s incredible from where I started this year, not having full status on tour.”

“Knowing that it was going to be a really tough year, I think was a great thing for me, because it made me realize how much I loved being here and how much harder I had to work to get back here.”

Three players tied in second place at -11 under for the competition, Jon Rahm -5 under 67 today, Martin Laird, -5 under 67 and Dustin Johnson continuing his recent good form, -3 under par 69 in the final round.

Top Canadian player was the amateur Jared du Toit, who could only manage a last round -1 under par 71 to finish T9 with a -9 under total.

The Senior Open Championship. Paul Broardhurst Carnoustie Champion.

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England’s Paul Broardhurst was crowned king of Carnoustie as he claimed victory in The Senior Open Championship.

 

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ENG Paul carded a final round -4 under par 68 at Carnoustie to post a winning total in The Senior Open Championship of -11 under par, to collect  veterans’ version of the Claret Jug.

Paul said the win was the biggest achievement of his life, and also puts him as No.1 on the European Senior Tour Order of Merit;

““It’s difficult to compare this with the Ryder Cup but, personally, this is the biggest achievement of my career.”

“Yes, the Ryder Cup was massive but that was the result of a load of performances.”

“It was an accumulation of points that got me there. I think this has got to rank higher than the Ryder Cup.”

“This is bigger than all of those wins, I think,.

 “A lot, lot bigger. It’s absolutely massive. I played some of my best golf this week. I hit the ball really nicely and my iron play was really good. The hard work I’ve put in paid off.”

“It’s beyond my wildest dreams. This sort of thing doesn’t happen to players like me normally. I feel very privileged to have won this event.”

“Now I plan to defend my Scottish Senior Open title back here in Scotland and whatever happens I won’t desert Europe.”

“I want to play a schedule which will take in America and Europe. It’s my home and I want to support the events here.”

USA American Scott McCarron finished in second place, at -9 under par, a last round -3 under par 69 giving him that place on his own.

Leader at the start of play today, ESP Miguel Angel Jiménez, from Spain, shared third place with Swede SWE Magnus Persson Atlevi, both  a further shot back at -8 under.

Miguel tried to respond to the challenge on the final hole, but made an uncharacteristic mess of it;

“At the last hole I knew I had to try to get the ball close to the hole but thinned it and made a double bogey.”

RBC Canadian Open. Canadian Jared du Toit Looking Good.

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Canadian amateur Jared du Toit is giving the home country some hope, looking good in second place at the RBC Canadian Open, to tournament leader Brandt Snedeker.

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Brandt leads the RBC Canadian Open, after three rounds  at Glen Abbey Golf Club, with a -9 under par total. Brandt posted a third round of -6 under par 66, to give himself a one shot going into the final round tomorrow, to try and repeat his win in this tournament from 2013;

“Birdieing five of your first six, you can’t really draw it up any better.”

 “I kind of had a lull there in the middle of the round, then finishing the way I did and taking advantage of the two par fives gave me a chance to go out there tomorrow and try to win this tournament again.”

“This gives me a lot of confidence going into the PGA Championship, FedExCup Playoffs, and helps me secure a Ryder Cup spot.”

 “There’s a lot on the line tomorrow, and I know what it entails and I need to go out and play well to secure that.”  

“I think I’m going to be the most hated man in Canada tomorrow.”

Jared, -2 under 70 today, shares second place with Dustin Johnson, -1 under 71, both at -8 under par for the three rounds played.

Jared  will try to become the first Canadian in more than 60 years to win his national open;

“I’m honestly just out here to have some fun and enjoy the atmosphere.”

 “Obviously I want to play well tomorrow, but it’s kind of my first go at it.”

“Win or lose, I’m happy with the way this week’s gone.”

Dustin took 27 putts today, not good compared to 23 and 26 in the previous rounds;

“The conditions were pretty difficult. It was windy. I had a hard time adjusting to the greens.”

 “I would either hit it too far or too short. I feel like I’m hitting good shots, but today, I just didn’t make any putts.

“I feel like I’m playing pretty well, got a lot of confidence in my golf swing right now.”

 “I just need to go out and make some birdies early and put some numbers on the board.” 

Low round of the day went to Steve Wheatcroft, -8 under par 64, to be T4 at -7 under;

“I know I’ve been playing very well lately.”

 “By swinging the club great, I went out there and tried to do my best.”

 

The Open. Henrik Stenson is the Champion Golfer of the Year,

 

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Henrik Stenson has been crowned Champion Golfer of the Year at the 145th The Open, at Royal Troon.

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Henrik carded a stunning last round -8 under par 63 to win The Open at Royal Troon, with record low score of -20 under par for the championship, his Major win;

“I felt like it was my time. You can’t guarantee it by any means and I had to play some great golf to get there but I believed in myself and did a great job out there.”
“I”m delighted, but it hasn’t sunk in yet.”
“When you’re fighting as hard as I have done out there today and against Phil for a number of days now, it’s just relief when you’re coming off the 18th and you know it’s done.”
“I know I need to play at my very best and I’m just so happy I managed to do that and get over the finish line”.

“You feel the pressure. As a Swede we’ve had a couple of close calls over the years. There’s been many before that tried and I’m just delighted that I made it for Sweden and all the other guys that tried in past years.”

“It’s a sweet moment.”

Phil finished second again, but a final round  -6 under par 65, would have won the tournament on any other day with a -17 under par total;

” It”s probably the best I’ve played and not won,.

“That’s probably why it’s disappointing in that I don’t have a point where I can look back and say, ‘I should have done that’ or ‘Had I only done this.””I played a bogey-free round of 65 on the final round of a major. Usually that’s good enough to do it. And I got beat. I got beat by 10 birdies.”

“It’s disappointing to come in second, but I’m happy for Henrik.”

“I’ve always thought that he is one of the best ball strikers in the game and that major championships are perfectly suited for him.

” I knew that he would ultimately come through and win. I’m happy that he did. I’m disappointed that it was at my expense.”

Third place went to a distant J.B. Holmes, at -6 under par.

The best of the  top four players in the world was # 4 Rory McIlroy, T5 at -4 under par.

The Open. The Ice Man Cometh.

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The OpenThe Iceman cometh, Henrik Stenson leads The Open after 54 holes at Royal Troon.

Henrik Stenson - celebrates a birdie on the the 17th green during the third round of the 145th Open Championship   (Getty Images)

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Henrik shot a third round -3 under par 68 to top The Open leaderboard at Royal Troon with a -12 under par total.

Henrik let everyone know what he thinks;

“This is the one thing I’m looking for:

“I know what I would like to see tomorrow. There’s no question about it.”

” But in a way I’ve got a second and two thirds at The Open, so it’s not like I’m looking to pick up any more of those finishes.”
“There’s only one thing that matters tomorrow. I know he’s not going to back down and I’m certainly going to try to not back down either.”
 

“So it should be an exciting afternoon.”

“He’s one of the best to play the game in the last 15, 20 years for sure, and it’s going to be a tough match. But I’m looking forward to the opportunity.”

“I’ve worked hard these first three days to put myself in this situation and, once again, I’m going to try my hardest tomorrow to finish the job.”

“I was happy enough to throw two good punches in there on the par three’s to pick up shots on either one of them to come back out on top at the end of the third round.”

I’ve always been of the tought that it is better to be one ahead, than one behind, because that means that Phil has to play better than I do.” 

Phil Mickelson slipped back with a -1 under par 70 today, giving him second place at -11 under par;
Some days’ its easy and looks pretty, like the first couple,”
“Some days it’s hard and looks terrible, like it did today.”
“But either way I shot three rounds under par.”
Bill Haas has third place at -6 under par, he carded -2 under 69 today, but this contest is between Ice Cube Henrik and Phil The Thrill.

The Open. Phil Wants That Claret Jug.

 

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Phil Mickelson wants that Claret Jug at The Open, taking a one shot lead into the week-end at Royal Troon, and looking for a wire to wire win.

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Phil posted a second round -2 under par 69 to stay at the top of The Open leaderboard with a -10 under total;

“I really enjoy the challenge that this weather and these elements provide, I thought it was a good round to back up the low round yesterday.”
” I played kind of stress-free golf again. I made one or two bad swings that led to bogeys.”
” But for the most part kept the ball in play and played kind of stress-free golf.
“This was the first course that I really played effectively links golf in 2004. That’s where it really kind of turned for me.”
” This is where it kind of happened. This is where I stopped trying to overpower the golf course, where I kind of accepted playing it as it’s designed and not trying to find a new, better way to beat the course other than just straightforward golf. “
“That’s probably why I love it so much.”
“We’ve got a lot of work to do. We’re only halfway done with the tournament. But certainly there is nothing more that I would love than to add another Claret Jug.”
Close behind the leader, making up a lot of ground today is Henrik Stenson, his second round -6 under 65 leaves just oe shot back at -9 under for the championship.
Sharing third place at -7 under par are Soren Kjeldsen, -3 under 68 today, and Keegan Bradley, also -3 under 68.
Rory McIlroy stood still at -2 under, even par 71 today, World number one Jason Day at +1 after his -1 under 70, while Jordan Spieth made the cut at +4 over with a 75 today.