Portland Classic. Brooke Henderson Leads.

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Defending Champion Brooke Henderson, from Canada, is leading the Portland Classic.

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Brooke leads by two shots after her opening round at the Portland Classic of -7 under par 65;

“It was a good day.”

“You know, I started off with a birdie on the 1st hole and then nothing was really happening through the first five, I guess.”

“Just getting things rolling again and just being out here on this golf course in the Northwest, you know, in the beautiful temperature.”

“I like wearing long sleeves and pants. I was able to make four birdies coming in right in a row to get to minus seven and put myself in a good position.”

“I love tree-lined courses, and that’s very much what this course is.”

 “With the bent grass, which is kind of what I grew up on, I really like it. It suits my eye.”

“Then winning here, that gives me those extra vibes and adrenaline, which I think will help as the week goes on.”

“This golf course, being out here in the Northwest, in the beautiful temperature, I like wearing long sleeves and pants.”

Three ladies are tied in second place, those two sots behind at -5 under par, shooting first rounds of 67,  Mariajo Uribe, Angela Stanford and Demi Runas.

Mariajo is getting her putting mojo working again;

“Last week I play with Morgan the first two rounds and she was leading.”

“She putted so firm and they were going in, so that’s something I used to do when I was an amateur.”

“You just get onto tour and you just fall into bad habits.”

“Working on it again. This week, I mean, it worked today, so hopefully for tomorrow I have a good round and looking good for the weekend.”

Angela too enjoyed watching her ball disappear into the cup;

“It’s nice to watch the ball go in the hole here.”

“I haven’t always played well here, so tried to just put all that on the back burner and see if I could carry it over from last week, and it did.”

Demi admitted to being nervous;

“I get really nervous, anxious, but I’ve always had that. I’ve just been a nervous player.”

“The way that my sports psychologist and I have talked about it, it’s a good thing if you’re nervous. It means you care.”

WGC Bridgestone Invitational.

 

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William McGirt leads the WGC Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Ohio.

McGirt starts fast at Firestone

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William shot a first round -6 under par 64 to lead the WGC Bridgestone Invitational by three strokes at the end of the day. He likes the fact that it does not suit the longer players off the tee;

“I fell in love with the place because length is not everything out here.”

 “You have to drive it in the fairway. You have to drive it in the correct spots in the fairways to be able to attack pins.”

“I love it because you can’t stand up there and just hit it as hard as you want, go find it and hack it on the green.”

“It’s an old, traditional-style golf course, which I absolutely love. I don’t know, maybe it’s something with Ohio I like.”

“Now that I’ve won once, I want to win twice, and I want to win three times.”

“Big thing is to go ahead and get four wins so I can play PGA TOUR Champions when I turn 50.”

Three players share second place at -3 under par after their opening rounds of 67, World number one Jason Day is there along with Jimmy Walker and Emiliano Grillo.

Jason summed up his day;

“It was just kind of a weird feeling of a day where I kind of made some good pars, kept the momentum going and all of a sudden I shot 67.”

 “I’ve just got to keep grinding until Sunday is over.”

Jordan Spieth, Anirban Lahiri, Rickie Fowler and Charley Hoffman are at -2 under par, all with rounds of 68.

Jordan thanked his putter for the  Birdies on the final four holes, and for sinking par puts from 20 and 25 feet;

“This is one of the best rounds; one of the happiest I’ve;  one of the happiest two unders I’ve ever shot for sure.”

 “I wasn’t supposed to shoot two under today. I kind of wish we kept on playing, even though I felt so kind of poor most of the round.”

“I’m really just searching for something that isn’t far off, that’s real simple, that feels like I’m more compact in my swing that allows me to time it better at the bottom.”

“Again, it really is only taking place on my scoring clubs, but that’s where you need them.”

“It’s close. It’s almost there, and when it clicks, we’re definitely in business right now the way the short game is on.”

 

 

 

 

French Open. Lucas Bjerregaard Leads.

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Lucas Bjerregaard leads the 100th edition of the French Open after the first round in Paris at Le Golf National course.

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Lucas, from Denmark, had to play with brand new clubs after his set were lost in transit (probably stolen). It did not affect his game, a hole in one at the 210 yard par three, second hole, setting him on his way to an opening -5 under par 66, and to top the French Open leaderboard by one shot;

“I got a little momentum off that hole-in-one there and it was nice to back it up on the holes after and nice to shoot a good number today.”

“It’s a great start and I think that’s what I’ve been needing these last few past weeks,.

 “I’ve been playing decent and seeing a lot of improvements. I just haven’t really put any  good rounds together.”

Four players are tied in second place at -4 under par following their first rounds of 67,   Bernd WiesbergerThongchai Jaidee,Thomas Pieters and Adrian Otaegui.

Bernd felt he was in control of the ball all day;

“I stepped over the ball and I felt like I knew what it’s going to do on any club and therefore I’m pretty pleased with my first round.”

“All aspects of the game were quite good today and therefore I’m pretty pleased with the round.”

“It wasn’t easy, we had a bit of rain and the wind was up. But I felt comfortable.”

“You never know how it’s going to turn out the following year, but every time I come back here, I enjoy playing this place.”

“I was doing the right things today, hitting good tee shots and got myself into position, and that’s the key around here.”

World number four Rory McIlroy could only manage an opening round of level par 71 while  Masters tournament winner Danny Willett slumped to a +4 over par 75.

Kevin Smith, Wins Wellington Sports Person Coach of the Year.

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Kevin Smith

PGA Professional and Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club member, golf coach Kevin Smith,  has the won the Wellington Sports Person Coach of the Year award.

 

 

 

Kevin is a high performance coach who has worked with many of the really top golfers over some years.

He is also passionate about growing and supporting the game of golf at all levels .Kevin has a unique approach to his craft, using his method of  people first approach to coaching.

Kevin is a very good coach and dedicated coach, as many members of Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club, and other local clubs where he also teaches, will gladly tell you, and will recommend  his personal approach to easy learning, of golf drills to improve your game.

Contact Kevin if you need advice on how to improve your game, or indeed if  you are a beginner: kevinsmithgolf@xtra.co.nz.

Would be great if you just wanted to email him Congrats.

Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. World #1 Lydia Ko Wins

 

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World #1 Lydia Ko from New Zealand wins the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, with a new low scoring tournament record.

 

Lydia Ko of New Zealand displays the trophy after winning the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

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Lydia strode to victory with a new tournament low score record at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. A final round -3 under par 68 giving her a -17 under par record low total for the three round tournament, beating the old record by two shots.

Lydia won despite carding a bogey 6 on the last hole;

“Yesterday I had a hot back nine and today I had a hot front nine.”

“But, you know, I think as soon as I; after a few holes, to the back nine, I think the sun kind of got to me a little bit.”

” I could definitely feel the heat. I was kind of grinding out there and I think; I hit the ball really well on the front nine but I didn’t hit it that well on the back, and that kind of happened for my second shot on the last hole.”

” Not the most fanciest way to finish off a championship, but I’m just going to think of it as me bogeying another hole.”

Candie Kung, from Taipei, -2 under 69 today,  shared second place with Morgan Pressel, USA, who had a strange round of even par 71, with 5 birdies, wiped out by five bogey’s, both ladies with -14 under par tournament totals.

Candie admitted the heat finally got to her today;

“I kept myself in there. I was really tired out there. It was really hot. It finally got to me today.”

” I think that’s how I started the day, how I started.  Because it was just a mental mistake on the second hole.”

” I made that for bogey, but luckily I’m making the birdies coming in.”

A tearful Morgan said she just ran out of luck;

“I had high hopes certainly, and I felt like I played pretty well for nine holes, hung in there, but then I just couldn’t keep it going and couldn’t get lucky as I had been getting lucky.”

” It just wasn’t my day.”

 “You know, I know I’m heading in the right direction, I know it’s in there.”

” Just got to pull it out a little more often. I really just loved playing here this week in front of my friends and my husband and his crew.”

” I don’t know what else to say, sorry.  It’s upsetting to not finish the way that I wanted to.”

Quicken Loans National. Billy Hurley 111 Has Maiden Tour Win.

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Billy Hurley 111 has his maiden PGA Tour win at the Quicken Loans National, on the Blue course at Congressional Country Club.

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Billy shot a -2 under par 69 last round for a winning  Quicken Loans National tournament total of -17 under par, and a three shot victory.

“I couldn’t think of a better tournament for my first PGA TOUR win.”

 “I’m just thrilled to have gotten it done today.”

“It’s been a hard year, it’s been a really hard year, so it’s nice to have something go well.”

V.J. Singh claimed second place, his final round -6 under par 65 equaled the low round of the day, and elevated him up the leaderboard with a -14 under total;

“Billy played well, he’s been playing well all week.”

“You can see he’s under control and it’s nice to see him play well and not lose it actually at the end of the tournament.”

Jon Rahm,  -1 under par 70 today, and playing in his first PGA Tour event, shared third place with Bill Haas -3 under 68, both with -13 under par totals.

 

 

BMW International Open. Henrik Has Won His Tenth Title.

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Henrik Stenson, from Sweden, has won his tenth European Tour title, the BMW International Open in Germany.

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Henrik Stenson

Henrik had to play 36 holes on Sunday, and did it in style as he cruised to victory in the BMW International Open at Golf Club Gut Lärchenhof. His final tournament total was -17 under par, after carding -5 under 67 in the third round and -1 under 71 in his last round, which gave him a three shot winning margin;

“I’m delighted, I came close here the last two years so I finally get my hands on it again.”

“It was hairy all the way, it was a tough one. I had to dig deep to come back. I didn’t play well on the front nine, made a couple of mistakes, got caught out by the wind a few times and missed one or two putts I should have made as well.”

“I felt like I was starting to make a bit of a mess of it and then I came back and made the birdies on the par fives. I made some good putts closing out.”

“I really feel like I played well in 2015 and I just couldn’t get a trophy.”

“It was a bit hard at times but you’ve just got to keep on trying and put yourself in position. I did that once again and this time I managed to go all the way.”

 Thorbjørn Olesen from Denmark and Darren Fichardt, South Africa tied in second place at -14 under par.

Raphaël Jacquelin, from France, could only produce two rounds of even par 70, to finish his tournament at -11 under par, in fourth place on his own.