Honda Classic. Play Suspeded Due to Darkness. Rory in a Dark Place of his Own.

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The second round of the Honda Classic has been suspended due to darkness, with Brendan Steele leading. Rory is in a dark place of his own, missing the cut here.

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Brendon sits on top of the Honda Classic leaderboard at -8 under par, despite having only completed four holes of the round at a wet, windy and delayed golf day at PGA National in Florida.

Patrick Reed is in second place, he has completed both rounds at -3 under par 67 for a -6 under par total.

“It just seems like when the wind is blowing here, it allows me to get creative and hit more of my shot‑shaping shots I normally hit.”

“It’s fun golf and especially with the weather with how it’s been, it’s playing how I like this golf course to play.”

“The main thing is I feel like I just keep on improving day‑in and day‑out.”

“I feel like I’ve improved on little things that I’ve needed to be a little more consistent, and luckily we’ve been in the hunt coming down Sunday. We’ve done pretty well.”

Jim Herman is currently in third position, having completed three holes in his second round, for a -5 under par total.

Luke Donald has completed his two rounds and is sharing 4th spot with Ian Poulter,who has played eight of his second round, and Padraig Harrington has finished six, all at -4 under par for the tournament.

Luke will get a sleep in tomorrow, and plenty of time to review the putting mistake that has been the key to his disappointing form, he also said not to worry too much about Rory;

“I’ll obviously get to sleep in, in my own bed, as well, which is nice.”

“It’s something that’s certainly been missing a little bit the last month or two, and it’s nice to get back on Bermuda greens.”

“I feel a lot more comfortable on these greens for some reason.”

“Rory has been by far the best player in the world for the last year or so. I wouldn’t worry and read too much into it.” 

Rory let his feelings be known in no uncertain terms;

“I’m pissed off, I don’t like missing cuts. You want to be playing on the weekend, and I’m not there.”

“I guess after coming off a three‑week break,and then felt a little, just a little, I wouldn’t say rusty, but just not quite on top of my game Thursday.”

 “Then, I mean, I felt like I was trying to get something going and couldn’t. Coming off three weeks off and playing in conditions like these, it sort of shows you where your game’s at.”

 

Honda LPGA Thailand. Stacy Has 36 Hole Lead.

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Stacy Lewis has the 36 hole lead at the Honda LPGA Thailand tournament, at Siam Country Club, on the Pattaya Old Course.

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Stacy shot a second round bogey free -8 under par 64 to take a three shot lead into the weekend at -14 under par in the Honda LPGA Thailand.

Stacy reported that she got off to a slow start;

“Well, it got off to a bit of a slow start, but about midway through the front nine there kind of caught fire with the putter and started hitting some shots close.”

“It really was a pretty easy day. I didn’t cause myself too much stress. Hit a ton of greens, which is what have to do on this golf course. Just happy with the day.”

Amy Yang is three shots back in second place at -11 under par for the tournament, a -6 under par 66 today keeps her in touch with the leader.

Amy has had a change of attitude, and really wants to play golf;

“You know, sometimes you get tired of what you’re doing, I think that’s what happened to me last year.”

“That’s why I decided to finish season earlier, too.”

“But over the winter while I’m resting I wanted to play more golf.  Finally my mind changed and I wanted to go back there and play in contention if I can.”

Caroline Masson, Jenny Shin, Ariya Jutanugarn and Mirim Lee share third place, all at -8 under par for the tournament and are in danger of losing sight of the leader.

Ariya reacted to a compliment that Yani Tseng  made about her when Yani said that Ariya reminded her of herself when she was younger;

“It’s such a great compliment. It makes me feel even more confident with my game.”

“Yesterday I played with Yani and I learned so much from her also. When she missed a shot, she always finds a way to make an up and down.”

“It’s great to see her grinding out there every single shot.” 

Yani could only manage an even par round today and is T10 at -6 under par for the tournament.

 

Jo’Burg Open. Wallie Coetsee with Half-Way Lead.

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Wallie Coetsee has the half-way lead at the Jo’Burg Open on Royal Johannesburg & Kensington’s West Course.

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Wallie added a -6 under par 65 on the West course to his same score on the East yesterday to lead the Jo’Burg Open at -12 under par.

He said he was happy that there were no camera’s following him, I assume that to mean TV camera’s because we do have a picture above;

 “There were no cameras on me the whole day, so it was quite easy out there.”

“I made one stupid bogey out there on the seventh, but I enjoyed the round a lot.”

“There were a few sucker pins out there, so I went for middle green. I didn’t attack too much and just stayed calm, which paid off.”

“This is a marathon, not a race. You have to pull the horse back a bit, you can’t run too fast. We’ll let the horse loose on Sunday on the back nine.”

“For now it’s about making solid pars and keeping the battery at 100 per cent, keep it going and you’ll be ready when you need to be.”

“Leading means a lot, but tomorrow we start from level par again. I’ll just give it my best. I’m looking forward to this weekend and seeing what happens.”

South Africans have won six of the last eight Jo’Burg Open’s and Wallie has compatriots Garth Mulroy and Tjaart van der Walt just one behind at -11 under par, as well as England’s Simon Dyson.

Six-time European Tour winner Simon birdied four of his first nine holes today, before dropping his only shot of the round at the 12th. He finished with a -5 under par 67 on the East course, saying he had not played as well as he could have, but going back to his old irons has made a big difference;

“I didn’t play as well as yesterday, but I scored pretty well.”

 “I made four birdies on the front nine and I birdied the par fives,  if you get your drives away then they’re all pretty good chances.” 

“There was some luck. I got fortunate on ten. I pushed my drive down there and managed to get a shot, hit to about three feet and knocked that in, which was a bonus. “

“It was a good day and I was very happy with the score.”

“It’s been a while since I’ve been up there. I’ve been playing alright, but at the beginning of the season I changed my irons and they were costing me dearly. I didn’t have a clue how far they were going.”

“This is the first week I’ve put my old set back in the bag and all of a sudden I’m hitting it pin high again. That makes a heck of a difference.”

The leaderboard is quite compacted, there are nine players within three shots of the leader, so it will be a very interesting third round. Just to see if anyone can break away from the pack, on moving day, Saturday.

 

 

N.Z. Women’s Open. Anne-Lise Leads.

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Anne-Lise Caudal leads the N.Z. Women’s Open after the first round at Clearwater Golf Club.

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Frenchwoman Anne-Lise Caudal shot a first round -6 under par 66 at the NZ Women’s Open to top the leaderboard at Clearwater Golf Club.

She said had been playing well, and was not under real pressure to keep the birdies coming;

“I played some good rounds last year, and then last week and the week before also. I had two good weeks, I was very confident on the golf course, and I feel quite confident on this golf course.”

“Not really, I am just going to do the same, shot after shot and focus on the present, if the birdies come great, if not, just keep patient, there is another day on Sunday.”

Sharing second place at -5 under par are, Marianne Skarpnord, Nanna Madsen and American Samantha Troyanovich.

There are another four players bunched together at -4 under par, amateur Hannah Green, Beth Allen, Giulia Sergas and Noora Tamminen.

Rolex World No.1 Lydia Ko  teed off in the not so calm afternoon conditions in her National open. Lydia reported that she found it difficult to adjust to the type of shots she needed and also the pace of the greens here;

“Last week you were aiming to pitch 10 metres short of the green and asking it to run up. This week you have to say to yourself, let’s just hit it.”

“Two different courses and two very different conditions. It was tough on me today to hit the ball by the hole and be comfortable.”

“They (the greens) are very much slower here. Last week they were running 11 and a half to 12 and here they are 10 to 10 and a half.”

“You watch your opponent come up short, then you hit it well past. It was difficult to judge. It is totally different, so now I have to get back into the NZ Open mode.”

Lydia finished in a huge group who are all at -2 under par. Four shots off the lead may not seem a lot, but with only three rounds in the competition it is a long haul to get back into contention.

There are 40 players who are currently below par after the first day, and the cut will be made to the top 50 professionals and those tied at the end of round two on Saturday.

 

 

Honda LPGA Thailand. Three-Way Tie at the Top.

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Yani Tseng, Brittany Lang and Stacy Lewis are in a three-way tie at the top of the Honda LPGA Thailand on the Pattaya Old Course, at Siam Country Club.

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Stacy started well but came back down to earth on the back nine, eventually signing for a -6 under par 66;

“There are tough holes that if you get on the wrong side of it, I mean, we misjudged the wind on 13 and got on the wrong side of the hole, and then made a couple bad decisions there on 18.”

“You know, it happens on this golf course. You get short sided, you’re going to make a bogey. Just try to minimize the damage.”

 “I was pleased coming out today with the ball striking. That was something those first two events that wasn’t quite there.”

“Pleased with the way I hit it. Put a new driver in the back this week and was pretty pleased with that, too. I’m excited about the rest of the week.”

 Yani likes this golf course, her -6 under par 66 proves that;

“I always love here, I have so many friends out here and the fans out here always give me great support.”

“I feel like coming back here always start of the season and I feel fresh and give me good energy.  We play on this great golf course. I think it kind of suits my game. It’s good for the long hitter out here.”

Brittany also carded a -6 under par 66 and is trying not to think of the Solheim Cup;

“I want to play on the Solheim, but I am just going to keep doing what I have been doing, seeing my shots, committing, having fun, being positive.”

“Because if I start thinking about Solheim it’s going to get me away from what I’m doing.”

“Solheim is the most fun you ever have on the course.  It’s one of the most important things to me, so it’s hard not to think about it. You got to have some mental strength to just stick to what you’re doing.”

Honda Classic. Qualifier Jim Herman Leads.

 

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Qualifier Jim Herman leads the Honda Classic on a windy day at PGA National. 

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Jim shot an opening -5 under par 65 at the Honda Classic to lead the tournament by one shot at a windy PGA National.

“I don’t mind it blowing, I feel like I can control the golf ball pretty well with my iron game. So yeah, it was OK that the wind was blowing.”

“It was a little unexpected to get to five under, I was trying to keep it around par.”

“It’s nice playing out here, I definitely enjoy it more than the golf shop.”

Brendon Steele is in second place at -4 under par after his first round 66, with three players tied in the third spot at -3 under par; Padraig Harrington, Martin Flores and Patrick Reed all battled the wind.

Patrick mentioned the stiff breeze;

“I don’t think I’ve played in that much wind in a long time.”

“When I hit 6‑iron normally 200 yards, I’m pulling 6‑iron from 170, it’s tough.”

“The main thing was just to stay in my golf swing and just be comfortable and try to be confident that that’s the club to hit from those distances.”

“You could play it to the fat part of greens, but even when you hit it to 7-8 feet you had to see which way the wind was going, even on putts.”

“Just makes it a little more difficult, and to be able to finish strong like I did, especially after struggling on the back nine to birdie two of the last three, gives me good confidence going into Friday.”

Padraig spoke about momentum during his -3 under par 67;

“On a windy day, momentum is bigger than any other day.”

“I came out starting the year with really high expectations, and I fell right back into struggling.”

“I was confident in doing the right things. I just really, really struggled.”

“When I wasn’t playing great, I kept walking off the golf course feeling like I played 70 shots and signed for 73 shots.”

“Today, I feel like I played in 70 but signed for 67, so that’s a nice place to be.”

Starting his 2015 U.S. campaign with difficulty, World number one Rory McIlroy struggled to sign for a +3 over par 73, he also mentioned the windy conditions;

“The conditions were obviously very tricky from the start. You know, from the first hole, it was always going to be a day like that.”

 “At least the wind started to die down for us the last few holes”

“I feel like I salvaged something out of the round the last couple of holes, but it was just a day to keep trying, not to give up.”

“I’m coming off a three-week break, so these were tough conditions to come back in. Guys were all struggling. It was a grind out there.”

“Today wasn’t what I wanted to start with, but if I can get it into red numbers tomorrow I’m right back in the tournament. I looked at the forecast for Friday morning, and it looks nice. Hopefully the conditions will be a little easier.”

 

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Jo’Burg Open. Nic Henning Leads after Record Breaking Round.

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South African Nic Henning leads the Jo’Burg Open following his record breaking first round.

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Nic Henning carded a record breaking first round of -10 under par 62 to lead the Jo’Burg Open on the Royal Johannesburg & Kensington’s West Course.

Nic has won four times on the co-sanctioning Sunshine Tour between 1999 and 2005, and looks set to challenge again, with five birdies and an eagle two in a remarkable outward nine of 29. He was obviously elated;

“It was fantastic,  I haven’t shot 29 for a couple of years, and I was a bit nervous coming down the last hole.”

“On the last hole of the front stretch I told myself that I had to make birdie and eventually I did that.”

“I’ve been playing well for the last few months, but my scores haven’t showed it. Over the last few years my scores have been really terrible and it’s nice to have a good round under the belt to prove to myself that I can still play well.

“It’s been a long time since I shot 62. I’ll try to do the same thing as I did today, just try to stay calm. I was calm today.”

“I’ll try to hit fairways and put myself in a good position. It’s about staying in the moment and taking every shot as it is.”

Tied in second place are Thomas Pieters, Titch Moore and Tjaart van der Walt, one shot back at -9 under par, in a low scoring day in South Africa.

Thomas was happy to make a good start to the competition;

“It was a good day and a good start.”

“You need to make a good score on this course, so I’m happy and hopefully we’ll have more of the same tomorrow.”

“It’s very possible to go low on East. The par fives are very reachable for me, so I’m going to take advantage of those.” 

“This season I gave myself a great chance in Abu Dhabi. I also had a top-ten at Leopard Creek, but I wasn’t really in contention.”

“In the Middle East I played good, but had one bad round in there. If I can play four solid rounds then hopefully a win will come soon.”

The newly appointed European Ryder Cup Captain Darren Clarke birdied his last two holes on the East Course for a level par 72.