AT&T Byron Nelson. Sergio Steps Up To Win.

 

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Sergio Garcia wins the AT&T Byron Nelson at TPC Four Season Resort in Dallas Texas.

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Sergio, now 40 years old, claimed the AT&T Byron Nelson with a play-off win against Brooks Koepka.

They had both completed four rounds of AT&T Byron Nelson with -15 under par totals. Sergio with a final round of -2 under par 68, and Brooks sadly recording +1 over par 71. Sergio won the play-off, at the par four 18th with a par, Brooks recorded +2 over six.

Naturally 40 year-old Sergio was delighted with the win, putting well was an important part of the victory;

“You have to get lucky to win tournaments, playing well usually is not enough.”

“It’s nice to be on the other side of the coin.”

“Sometimes the win doesn’t come and you feel a little frustrated when you finish.”

“But putting yourself in a winning situation over and over is very important. We all know how much effort it is to win out here and in the past 15, 20 years, the level has become so much greater.”

“It’s not easy at all.”

“You can kind of say I went a little bit à la Seve today.”

Brooks fell apart in the final round saying he had no idea where his wedges were going;

“I had no idea where the wedges were going.”

“We’re pulling and pushing wedges 40 yards. I was backing out of it. I never felt like I really had a chance to go at a flag.”

“I had no idea where the ball was going, to be honest.”

“You can’t win a golf tournament when you’re swinging it and have no idea where it’s going,”

“It is disappointing but I’ve just got to figure out what’s going on with the swing.”

Matt Kuchar finished in third position at -14 under par, a last round -1 under par 69 not good enough on the day;

“Last year was certainly an off-year, frustrating year.”

“I feel like now I’m playing the golf that I remember playing , quality shot after quality shot and not many mistakes. Chances to win golf tournaments.”

“Golf is a lot more fun when you’re playing well, that’s for sure.”

Colt Knost finished in a huge group at -13 under par, -5 under 65 a good score on the day;

“THE PLAYERS was such a big event, being able to hold up like I did on Sunday.”

 “My game, it’s great right now. If I can cut out a few little mistakes here and there, I know I’ll have a chance to win.”

 

Irish Open. Rory Wins At Home.

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NIR Rory wins at home for the first time, collecting the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation.

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NIR Rory produced two stunning approach shots in the last three holes, that gave him a birdie-par-eagle finish and a -3 under 69, to win the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, in Ireland, hosted by the Rory Foundation. with a -12 under total;

“I don’t know if I can put it into words. I don’t really get emotional when I win but I was trying to hold back the tears there on the 18th green.”

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“I was trying to stay as relaxed as possible.”

“Even when Russell birdied 14 and 15, which are two of the toughest holes on the course, I knew that my length would be an advantage over the last  three holes.”

“I told myself, ‘I’m still in this, I still have chances’. I didn’t quite think I’d end up with my three on the 18th, but I thought I still had a chance so I stayed as patient as I possibly could.”

“But when there’s 30,000 people roaring you on, that’s quite hard. It was absolutely incredible.”

“Just looking up there and seeing all my friends and family and the support that I’ve had this week.”

“To win in front of them, I don’t get a chance to play in front my home fans very often so to play like that and to finish like that today, I’ll never forget it.”

“I’m excited. I kept saying I’m close and I felt that I needed a week like this to kick-start something and no better place than back here in Ireland to do it.”

“Hopefully this is the catapult into another great summer.”

SCO Russel Knox looked for a while like he would steal the show by overtaking Rory with three holes to play. He finished tied in second place at -9 under par, after his last round -4 under 68;

“I played brilliant to be honest.

“I had loads of chances. Made some, missed some. I was very happy the way I played.”

“Obviously 16 was a huge turning point. But I mean, the shots that Rory hit in the end, he deserves to win.”

WAL Bradley Dredge posted his best finish since winning the 2006 European Masters, with this second place tie, at -9 under par, he carded a last round -6 under par 66.

 

AT&T Byron Nelson. Brooks Koepka In Control

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Brooks Koepka is in control of the AT&T Byron Nelson after the third round at TPC Four Seasons Resort in Dallas, Texas.

 

Brooks Koepka leads heading into the final round of the AT&T Byron Nelson. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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Brooks had a third round  -5 under par to head the AT&T Byron Nelson leaderboard at -16 under par, and will take a two shot lead into the final round tomorrow.

Brooks was asked if the partisan crowd cheering Jordan as he walked to the first tee worried him at all, he also spoke about his poor golf today !!;

“I really don’t care,  I’m just going to do me.”

“Probably the loudest roar I think I’ve ever heard on a golf course.”

“Today, I hit the ball terrible, it wasn’t anything to brag about at all. It wasn’t good today. It was kind of embarrassing.”

Local boy Jordan Spieth occupies second place at -14 under par, a third round -3 under par 67 keeping him in touch of the leader.

Jordan certainly enjoyed the raucous welcome, but also complained about his poor performance;

“A moment that I’ll never forget.”

 “Even though it’s Saturday, and may or may not have any impact on this tournament, that was the coolest roar I’ve ever heard.”

“A very stressful round of golf because I just don’t have confidence over the ball right now. It’s very frustrating.”

“It’s very difficult for me to stand up here and not be positive given I’m at fourteen under and contending in this tournament.”

“But if you guys knew the kind of stress I felt over the golf ball right now trying to put my swing in the right position, it is a challenge.” 

“I’ve got to find at least a ball flight that I can play to where I don’t have to try and hit iron off 18th tee, because I don’t know where the woods are going to go.”

“I’ve never been one to lay up and for me to take iron on eighteen means that there’s an uncomfortable level there. I don’t know what to say.” 

Sergio Garcia -2 under par 68 today, Matt Kuchar -5 under 65, and Bud Cauley -2 under 68 are all sharing third place at -13 under par.

Irish Open. Rory McIlroy Moves Ahead In Suspended 3rd Round.

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Rory McIlroy moves ahead in the  Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in a suspended 3rd round at The K Club in Ireland.

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Yes it rained in Ireland, with the threat of thunder and lightning, but it did not bother Rory as he moved to the top of the Irish Open leaderboard, carding a third round -2 under par 70, completing just 15 holes in a stop start day, for a -9 under par total, before play was suspended;

“Today was a day to just hang in there and try not to make too many mistakes and that’s what I said I wanted to do today.” 

“No bogeys in 15 holes, that was good. I feel like I left a few out there, but at the same time, I can’t complain with a three-shot lead going into tomorrow.”

“I feel like my game is good enough that I’ll keep giving myself chances, hit fairways, hit greens.”

“If I can knock a few in, hopefully that will be good enough to get the job done tomorrow.”

The competition is hosted by the McIlroy Foundation, and at the moment Rory will take a three shot lead into the final round tomorrow, if things stay the same once the third  round is completed. He has long coveted a Home win, and this looks like his best chance to achieve that goal.

Danny Willett currently holds second place, at -6 under par, he has completed 15 holes at +2 over, to fall back, unless he can recover early tomorrow morning and make up some lost ground;

“It was a long day. It was tricky out there, stopping and starting. Hopefully we can get some good weather tomorrow and everyone can get done.”

“It’s tough to kind of get your mindset, sitting around in between, you get a bit tired and it’s obviously not the warmest place in the world.”

“There’s a good leaderboard shaping up, and if we can get it all finished then it’s all set up for a good Sunday.”

 Russell Knox a completed -2 under par 70 third round, and Richard Sterne, -1 under through 15 holes, are tied in third position, at -5 under par.

AT&T Byron Nelson. Ben Crane Leads.

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Ben Crane leads the AT&T Byron Nelson after 36 holes at TPC Four Seasons Resort in Texas.

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Ben carded a second round -7 under par 63 in the AT&T Byron Nelson tournament to sit at the top of the leaderboard at -12 under par for 36 holes.

Two years ago Ben moved from Dallas to Nashville, but really enjoys returning, to link up with old friends;

“Your wedding day and maybe your funeral are like the only two days you get most of your friends together.”

“We come to Dallas, we get a lot of them together.”

“Obviously a special day and this is a special place for us, we lived here for 12 years.”

“So many friends and family walking around with us. I just want to walk outside the ropes and hang out with my friends. It’s been a cool week.”

“I normally don’t really look at my results, but I did when I got to number seven. I was filling in the scores of my playing partner and I looked up at my card and I did happen to notice that my card was all three’s, then I realized.”

“Well, I made a 2 on 17 and a 3 on 8. Man, I’m playing better than I thought.”

Sharing second place at -11 under par are Brooks Koepka -6 under 64 today, Bud Cawley -5 under 65, Sergio Garcia -4 under 66 and a rejuvenated Jordan Spieth, -5 under 65, all of them posting -11 under par at half-way.

“It was a month ago that Jordan was  a tournament leader;

“Two tournaments ago, but it does feel like a while ago.”

“Not quite feeling like I have my best iron play right now, but at least missing on the putting surface  I’m able to escape with 4 and go on to the next hole.”

Bud is just happy to be playing, after 14 months of rehab for a dislocated shoulder;

“I haven’t been able to play that many events this year, I’m playing well.”

” If I have a chance to play some tournaments this summer, that’s all I’m worried about, just playing when I’m playing.”

“It was just nice to be out here in a tournament and just hitting nice shots, be able to look and see the shot I wanted to hit and execute it.”

Brooks is making the most of a new putter, which helps him roll the ball,

“The one we’ve got now just rolls a lot better, it keeps rolling and rolling. It feels good off the face, a little softer too, which helps on faster greens.”

“I’ve been really close as of late. I feel like I’m cracking the door for a win.”

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Irish Open. Marc and Danny Share Top Spot.

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Marc Warren and Danny Willett share top spot on the leaderboard at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in the second round at The K Club.

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Marc shot a second round -6 under par 66 in the Irish Open tournament hosted by the Rory Foundation, to share top spot on the leaderboard with Danny at -8 under par for the tournament.

Marc said he was starting to come good, and his all round game is good;

“I feel as if I’m starting to get into a little bit more of a run now, so hopefully that’s the reason for the good form and hopefully it continues.”

“I felt, especially the last three events, I felt as if I was close to some decent form.”

“The first few months of the season were a little bit of stop-start scheduling-wise.”

“I think everything was pretty solid overall, I kept the ball in play off the tee, which is obviously important in these conditions, and the short game is good.”

Danny carded -1 under par 71 today to post his tournament total of -8 under, in the trickier conditions out on the course;

“A little bit scrappy but grinding out quite nicely, Marc’s score today is a fantastic round of golf.”

“A little bit trickier but as Marc showed, if you hit some good golf shots, there’s a score out there.”

Tournament host Rory McIlroy holds third place, a -2 under par 70 giving him a -7 under par total, and he knows his form is good, sinking enough putts, enough to win;

“I know that I’m making enough birdies to definitely win this tournament.”

“I’m making enough birdies, I think I made six birdies yesterday. I made six birdies today. So the birdies are there. I just need to limit the mistakes.”

“Four bogeys today, a couple of really soft bogeys as well.”

“I know that I’m hitting enough good shots and I’m holing enough putts. If I can live with the mistakes, I feel like I’ll be right there.”

“Obviously I haven’t made the cut here for a while, and to be in for the weekend and play a solid two rounds of golf, I’m right there in the mix. I’m excited for the weekend.”

“To hole that birdie putt on the last, it was nice. It gives me a little bit of momentum going into the weekend, and I’ll need it.”

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AT&T Byron Nelson. Sergio, Danny and Johnson Lead Suspended 1st Round

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Sergio Garcia, Danny Lee and Johnson Wagner lead the suspended 1st round of the AT&T Byron Nelson

Déjà vu for Garcia at AT&T Byron Nelson

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Sergio carded a first round -7 under par 63, along with Danny and Johnson  at the AT&T Byron Nelson, as darkness brought the opening round to a close, an early long rain delay the culprit.

Sergio said he likes the Lone Star State of Texas, and he has been playing decent golf lately;

“Texas has always been good to me.”

“I’ve done fairly well pretty much every time I played here.  It just kind of brings me to my comfort level, I guess.”

“I have been playing decent and obviously I still feel like I can play better.”

 “Hopefully I can keep this momentum going and have a good solid week before the U.S. Open.”

Sharing fourth place at -6 under par are, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Freddie Jacobson, and Tom Hodge, all scoring rounds of 64.

Jordan got frustrated out on the course, but said he is learning to deal with it;

“It’s just kind of something that everyone goes through, you’ve got to learn to deal with it your own way.”

“Everyone gets frustrated when you play golf. You can’t be perfect in this game.”

“Everyone who is out here is on some level of being a perfectionist. Kind of counters each other. That’s where you get frustrated.”

There is then a  huge bunch of guys all  at -5 under par for this tightly contested title, they are headed by Ben Crane and James Hahn, who won at the Wells Fargo Championship, in a playoff.

Ben has been having trouble recently with par fives, today was different, he also reminded us of his best effort here at the AT&T in 2002;

“The par fives have been beating me up, today, I beat the heck out of them.”

“We put some extra effort into scrambling this week, and today I got 100 percent. It’s kind of fun.”

“Fourteen years ago I finished second here to Shigeki Maruyama.”

“And Tiger Woods, I don’t know if you’ve heard of him, finished third. Kicked his tail.”