3M Open. Scott Piercy Leads By Two On Independence Day.

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Scott Piercy, USA, leads the inaugural 3M Open by two shots after round one at TPC Twin Cities in a wet and windy Minnesota on Independence Day.

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Scott fired an opening round -9 under par 62 to lead the 3M Open by two shots to start the 4th July celebrations in style;

“I was thinking 4-, 5-under a day would be nice.”

“You always get one or two guys that kind of go really low, and I just happened to be that guy.”

Tied in second place at -7 under are Adam Hadwin, Canada, and Hideki Matsuyama from Japan following their first rounds of 64.

Adam had a good day with the putter,  making all 15 putts from inside 10 feet and holed two out of three from between 20 and 25 feet;

“I had those looks, my speed control was awesome all day and putts went in.”

“You prepare for a round like today, and you’ve just got to be ready when it comes.”

“Hideki and I are kind of taking out the Fourth of July celebration for Americans so far.”

“I’ve got a green card, so it’s home for me.”

Hideki has been trying a few new things;

“I’ve been trying lots of different things and the stance, the narrow stance, seemed to work today.” 

Not a great Independence Day for Phil Mickelson, he picked up seven penalty strokes, to finish the day at +3 over par.

It was a good day for Minnesota native Tim Herron, getting an Ace at the 208 yard par three 8th hole.

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PGA Championship. Koepka Cruzin.

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Brooks Koepka, USA, is cruzin to his next Major title, the 101st PGA Championship at Bethpage Black in New York.

Koepka continues major dominance

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Brooks carded a second round -5 under par 65 to top the PGA Championship leaderboard by a massive 7 shots at -12 under par, setting a new 36 hole record of 128;

“Today is a new day, it doesn’t matter what you did yesterday, you just need to go out there and post a good score and I did that today. I’m very pleased.”

“It’s a tough golf course, you’ve really got to battle and I’m proud of the way I hung in there today.”

“You’ve just got to let things roll off your back. You look at the bogey on ten and three putt on 17, you just need to let things go, laugh about it and move on.”

“If you start dwelling on it, this is a major test of your patience.”

“I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing, put the pedal down, try to create a bigger lead and go from there.”

Way back sharing second place with a -5 under totals, are Jordan Spieth, -4 under 66 today and Aussie Adam Scott with the low round of the day, -6 under par 64.

Rory McIlroy made the +3 over par cut line on the number, with +1 over today, while Tiger Woods, Jon Rahm, Sergio Garcia, Bubba Watson, and Bryson DeChambeau were among those who will not be playing the week-end.

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LPGA. Kia Classic. Sung Hyun Park & Thidapa Suwannapura Share Lead.

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Thidapa Suwannapura, Thailand and Sung Hyun Park from South Korea share the 36 hole lead at the Kia Classic at Aviara Golf Club in California.

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Sung Hyun and Thidapa are at the top of the Kia Classic leaderboard after 36 holes with -10 under par totals.

Sung Hyun said via a translator, this is not an easy course;

“Overall, I’m pretty happy with my play today, especially the bogey-free two days in a row.”

 “The course is not easy actually. The fairways are pretty narrow and the greens are very soft and line is pretty hard to see for me.”

Thidapa agreed with the not easy statement;

“Those greens are not that easy.”

 “Just play solid and hopefully keep making birdies.”

Two ladies from South Korea are tied in third place at -9 under par, Inbee Park and Chella Choi.

Inbee had a good day with her putter;

“It was a really good day out there, my putter really worked well.”

“Hit the ball pretty solid last couple days. It has been like that actually this year.”

“I’ve been pretty happy with the ball-striking. Just my putter wasn’t working for the last couple events.”

Chella just stayed patient;

“I tried to be patient and focus on shot by shot.”

“Really good comeback.”

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Honda LPGA Thailand. Eun-Hee Ji Leads.

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Eun-Hee Ji from South Korea leads the Honda LPGA Thailand tournament after the first round at  Siam Country Club Pattaya, in Thailand.

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Eun-Hee fired a first round -9 under par 63, which included a bogey, to lead the Honda LPGA Thailand by two shots.

Three ladies are tied in second position at -7 under after rounds of 65, Minjee Lee, Australia, Danielle Kang, USA, and Jenny Shin, South Korea.

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Ladies European Tour. Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open, Charley Hull Leads.

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Charley Hull of England leads the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open after the first round at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club in Abu Dhabi.

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Charley shot -5 under par 67 to lead the first round of the  Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open by two shots, with good putting being the key;

“I played pretty steady and holed a few putts and then on my back nine, I plodded along.”

“I was hitting good putts, which lipped out, so the highlights were on my front nine.”

“The newer irons are not quite where I want them to be. They are spinning loads and I don’t really like it.”

“I’ve changed my set of irons this week and I’m trying them out but they are going a club shorter so I’ll change back to my old ones when I get home.”

“I’ll practice my punch shots and figure out how to keep them low.”

 Nicole Broch Larsen, Denmark, and Luna Sobron from Spain share second place at -3 under par after opening rounds of 69.

Luna was happy to sink a putt with the flagstick still in;

“On the 17th, I made a birdie, with the flag stick in on the green, a strange new rule, but it was a 15 meter putt.”

“I enjoy playing in the wind and I like to play on Scottish courses, so I feel very comfortable in these conditions.”

“The weather is really good. It’s too cold in Spain now so I prefer to start the season here with a great tournament.”

Nicole needed to give herself a good talking to;

 “I got off to a bad start to say the least. I hit some bad shots and couldn’t find the rhythm.”

“On the back nine, I said, Nicole, try what you’ve been working on the last couple of days, and I started to hit some better shots and gained some confidence, so it was a lot more fun.”

“It’s playing tough and you’ve got to hit good shots. I was good at judging the wind on the back nine.”

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Happy New Year, and Hello Hawaii.

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Happy New Year, and hello Hawaii as the 2019 PGA Tour season kicks off with the Tournament of Champions at the Plantation Course in Kapalua, incorporating  the new rules. Kevin Tway heads the field after round one.Tway taps in to Kapalua memories, leads at 7 underKevin / Getty

Kevin carded a bogey free first round -7 under par 66 to lead the Tournament of Champions by just one shot;

“When you’re making a lot of birdies it makes everything better.”

“I was just trying to drink a lot of water. But I didn’t think I was going to play that good, to be honest, still a little dizzy.”

“I hit the ball well, kept the ball in play, made a few putts, controlled my ball in the wind.”

“It’s windy where I’m from in Oklahoma so it’s kind of like I was at home.”

“Each shot’s difficult so you’re just focused on the trajectory and where I need to land it and where I need to miss it.”

Tied in second place at -6 under after rounds of 67 were Gary Woodland, Justin Thomas, and Dustin Johnson.

Rory McIlroy, -4 under 69 today mentioned the new ball dropping from knee height rule;

“We’re saying that Brian Harman has got a big advantage, he can basically place it.”

“Where you got someone like Tony Finau who is dropping it probably from like waist high for me.”

“But I think that they’re trying to simplify the rules which I think is a great thing for the game.”

“I’ve always said that the rules of golf are way too complicated, especially after the debacles and farces we have had at U.S. Opens and all sorts of stuff over the last few years.”

“So I’m happy that they made the decision to try and simplify them and just try to make everything a little bit easier to understand.”

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South African Open. Charl Schwartzel Has 36 Hole Lead.

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Charl Schwartzel, South Africa, has the 36 hole lead in the South African Open, being played at the two courses at Randpark Golf Club in Johannesburg.

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Charl carded a second round -8 under par 63 on the easier Bushwillow Course, to top the South African Open leaderboard at -12 under par, a one shot lead heading into the weekend;

“The drive on 17 was probably one of my worst tee-shots for the week, I figured if I could walk off with four or five, it would be good.”

“I managed to hit a really good little third shot there. They don’t happen very often.”

“I still can’t figure out why I’m not getting the performances I need, even after that round.”

“I’ve had a few tournaments where I’ve played well like this, so I’m not going to talk too much yet.”

Madalitso Muthiya, of Zambia, has second place to himself at -11 under par, a second round -3 under par 68 on the longer Firethorn Course, keeping him in touch of the leader;

“I was pleased that I managed to bounce back after the blemish.”

“I am very happy that I was able to hang in there and not let that distract me in terms of finishing off the round.”

“I am pleased with where I am. I think I have taken the right steps to play good golf and the next thing for me is to play good golf again. I think everything else will just take care of itself.”

Three players are then tied in third place at -10 under par. Zander Lombard, South Africa, -3 under 68 on Firethorn, Kurt Kitayama, USA, -2 under 69, Bushwillow, and Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa, with -1 under 70 on Bushwillow.

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