FedEx St Jude Classic. Daniel Berger Wins Maiden PGA Tour Title

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Daniel Berger has claimed his first PGA Tour title, the FedEx St Jude Classic, at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee.

Daniel Berger celebrates with the trophy after winning the FedEx St. Jude Classic during the final round at TPC Southwind. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Daniel Berger/Getty Images

Daniel cruised to his maiden PGA Tour win at he FedEx St Jude Classic with a three shot victory after carding a final round -3 under par 67, to post winning total of -13 under par.

The turning point for Daniel was the par three 14th, making a 32 ft birdie putt there;

“If that putt didn’t go, then maybe I wouldn’t have been so free on the next one and who knows what would have happened.”

“I think you’re either born to be a competitor or you’re not, I just want to win in whatever I do.”

“It’s just a dream come true to finally be a champion.”

Three players tied for second place, at -10 under par, Brooks Koepka, -4 under par 66 today, Steve Stricker, -3 under 67, and Phil Mickelson who carded a final round -3 under par 67, in his warm up tournament to the U.S. Open next week;

“I had a couple opportunities on the back that I let slip, but for the most part I hit a lot of good shots.”

 “It almost feels like the U.S. Open came a week early to finish, second place.”

“Last week I struck the ball very well. This week I putted very well.”

“If I put them both together next week, it’s going to be a good week.”

“I just couldn’t catch him, but I’m coming out of this week with a lot of positives and some good momentum.”

Dustin Johnson was in fifth place at -9 under on his own, after his great last round -7 under par 63, the low round of the day;

“The game is actually really good, the first couple of rounds, I don’t know whether it was the heat or what, but I just, wasn’t getting the scores out of my rounds that I thought I should.”

“I just gave away so many shots the first three rounds.”

“I’m real comfortable, real confident going into next week.”

 

 

 

FedEx St Jude Classic. Berger Breaks Away.

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Daniel Berger breaks away from the field in the third round of the FedEx St Jude Classic at TPC Southwind in Memphis.

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Daniel carded a third round -1 under par 69, in hot and sticky conditions, to break away from the FedEx St Jude Classic field with his -10 under par tournament total, giving him a three shot lead going into the final round tomorrow.

Daniel is searching for his maiden PGA Tour win, and will try to do it his way;

“I just have to be myself.”

“I feel like when you’re kind of in this position you can kind of try to do things that normally you wouldn’t do and just got to have fun out there and be myself and see what happens.”

“If it was Tiger Woods behind me, I would have the same mentality.”

“It doesn’t matter. It’s golf. The golf course doesn’t know who is playing it, so I’m just going to go out there and be aggressive and have some fun, and that’s all I can do.”

Three players are tied in second place at -7 under par, Phil Mickelson, -2 under 68 today, Steve Stricker, -4 under 66, and D.A. Points who returned the low round of the day, a bogey free -6 under 64.

Phil wobbled a bit at the end of his round, and he needed to make an 18ft putt from just off the green to save par on the last hole, but is happy to be in the second to last group on Sunday;

“That was good because I had bogeyed 17.”

 “You can make a bogey out here. It’s a tough golf course.”

“There weren’t a ton of under par rounds today. You don’t want to follow bogey with bogey.”

“You always want to come back with a birdie or par. It was a good way to finish the round.”

“That’s always an advantageous spot if you can get off to a good day, it’s much more difficult to follow birdies than it is to lead by them.”

Seung-Yul Noh, -3 under 67, Colt Knost, -3 under 67 and Brooks Koepka -1 under 69, all share fifth place at -6 under par for the competition.

FedEx St Jude Classic. Daniel Berger Leads.

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Daniel shot a bogey free second round -6 under par 64 to lead the FedEx St Jude Classic with a -9 under par 36 hole total, and enjoys a three shot lead over the field.

Daniel mentioned to reporters just how tough TPC Southwind is, although he shot the low round of the tournament so far;

“Hardest course I’ve ever played.”

The greens feel like I’m at home.”

“To just know I’m playing well enough to contend is big.”

Tom Hoge is in second place at -6 under par, a -1 under 69 today keeps him in sight of the leader.

Three players share third spot at -5 under par, Dustin Johnson, -1 under 69 today, Phil Mickelson, -5 under 65 with one bogey on the card, and Brooks Koepka, his -5 under 65 was bogey free.

Brooks felt he played much better today;

“It was a little bit better. I felt like I actually hit the center of the clubface today,”

“Yesterday just felt out of sync, no rhythm, the timing wasn’t there. I didn’t really have anything, even on the greens.”

“Today was nice, to get the speed back on the greens a little bit.”

Making his debut on the PGA Tour is Wesley Bryan, who has two wins on the  on the Web.com Tour this season and is the leading money winner on that tour with  $280,692 in earnings.

Wesley is a in group of nine players at -4 under par, after his scrambling bogey free second round -4 under 66 today;

“It didn’t look like a bogey-free sixty-six.”

“I was kind of all over the place, I was able to get a few of the balls up-and-down today that I didn’t get up-and-down yesterday.”

“I got away with a lot out there, I was honestly in some pretty bad spots.”

 

 

 

 

FedEx St, Jude Classic. Three-Way Tie at the Top

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There is a three-way tie at the top of the FedEx St Jude Classic following the first round at TPC Southwind in Memphis.

                                                 Seung-Yul Noh, Shawn Stefani and Tom Hoge  are all on top.

Shawn Stefani made six birdies and an eagle on his way to a 5-under 65 in Round 1 of the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tennessee. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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Seung-Yul, Shawn and Tom all carded first rounds of -5 under par 65 in the FedEx St Jude Classic, on the par 70 TPC Southwind lay-out.

There was little wind, good fast greens to aid putting, it all added up to everything being good for Tom;

“I don’t know if it’s the food or the water or what it is, but Memphis has been good to me.”

“Hopefully, I can keep it going.”

Shawn has made only 8 out of 20 cuts this season, but said it was nice to see his Eagle chip in at the par 4 ninth;

“It was nice to see one go in for a change.”

 “Most of them have been hitting and spinning back going in the water this year.”

“It is nice to kind of see some balls going my way and shots going my way for the day.”

Dustin Johnson leads the six payers at -4 under par, after their opening efforts of 66. He is joined by Jamie Donaldson, Brian Gay, Steve Stricker, Colt Knost and Miguel Angel Carballo .

Dustin said he had played well, but was disappointed with a bogey at the last hole, he is happy with his putting;

“Obviously, I hit a lot of great shots and, you know, just a little disappointed I made a bogey on the last hole being in the middle of the fairway.”

“I pulled my wedge shot a little bit, but it’s right there. I mean, 15 feet from the hole you got to get that up and down. Have to hit a great chip shot.”

“All in all, it’s a good day. four under out here is not a bad score but I feel like I’m playing a lot better than that.”

“I’m very excited. The game is in good shape all around.”

“Everything is working pretty well. Just a few poor swings today but other than that, I made most of the putts.”

 

FedEx St. Jude Classic. Fabian Gomez Wins.

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Fabian Gomez wins his maiden USPGA Tour title, the FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind, with a four shot victory.

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Fabian enjoyed the BBQ at the hotel the night before, and then went out to win his fist ever PGA Tour trophy, the FedEx St. Jude Classic by four shots, with a final round -4 under par 66, and a tournament total -13 under par. He said through an interpreter;

“I slept well last night, had a nice barbecue at the hotel.”

“Tried to keep playing the same way I played the last three days. And I tried to keep my mind blank and enjoy the round.”

“Winning a tournament is a big difference, you have a two-year exemption.”

Greg Owen finished in second place at -9 under par, and understood why Fabian won here;

“He hit every fairway, he played great. He deserved to win. I played great the first eight holes and then hit some rocky shots.”

“Guys are so good, you can’t play average. I’ve got some work to do.”

“Look at my record this year and last year and the year before and two years before that. Yeah, definitely big success.”

“Disappointed today, but I can relax knowing I’ve still got it.”

“To win you’ve got to be special,  Fabian proved that.”

Phil Mickelson was one of five players who tied in third place at -8 under par, his -5 under 65 lifting him up the leader board. Phil’s 65 on Sunday was his best final-round score since he posted – 8 under par 62 at last year’s World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. He remains winless since 2013.

Phil said how close it could have been, and is looking forward to the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay next week;

“I felt like if I could have hit an eagle putt on 16, I could have gone birdie-birdie and that might have done it.”

Phil only needs a U.S. Open victory to complete his career Grand Slam, at Chambers Bay next week;

“That’s what I’m working on.”

“I really like the golf course, what Mike Davis said is really true.”

“If you’re going to be ready for this tournament it takes a lot more time to learn the golf than just a couple of days.”

“And if you’re having to use Monday through Wednesday to do that you’re not putting that effort into your own game.”

“I’m pleased that I’ve developed kind of a game plan for each hole and how I’m going to get to certain pins.”

“It’s a special course in that there’s a lot of different ways to play shots to a lot of different pins.”

“If you play the highest percentage shot it’s not a hard golf course. But if you don’t know what that shot is and you play the wrong one, there’s a lot of penalty there.”

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Joining Phil tied in third were; Seung -Yul Noh, Michael Thompson, Matt Jones and Brooks Koepka, all at -8 under par for the tournament.

I am looking forward to next week, the U.S. Open, at Chambers Bay appears to be a great challenge, as it should be for such an important Major Championship.

 

FedEx St. Jude Classic. Fabian Gomez & Greg Owen Tied at the Top

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Fabian Gomez & Greg Owen are tied at the top of the FedEx St. Jude Classic leaderboard in Memphis on the TPC Southwind course.

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Fabian from Argentina and Greg from England share the top spot on the FedEx St. Jude Classic leaderboard with -9 under par totals, both also recording third rounds of -3 under par 67.

Squally winds and tough pin positions kept everyone guessing on a torrid day at TPC Southwind, with the lead changing hands six times during the day.

Fabian required only 24 putts, and his driver is also working well, he reported through an interpreter;

”I’ve been working since the beginning of the year, you know when you make some putts, the confidence gets higher and the game is easier.”

”Obviously for me to win on the PGA Tour is like a dream come true, and tomorrow is going to be a really exciting day.”

 ”And you know it’s a day that you don’t have to think too much about the situation and try to play the same way that you played the last few days.”

Greg thinks this could be his last chance to win on the PGA Tour. He also said he had been working hard, especially with the putter;

”Just a huge, huge relief that what you’ve been striving for your whole life you can say you’ve achieved,”

“I’m reading them well, and my pace is good and I feel good with the putter, I’ve been working hard.”

”I’m in a position where this year my career is probably on the down spiral a little bit.”

”It’s very upsetting to say that. There’s a lot of young kids coming through. You got to be game. It’s a different game from when I started.”

Brooks Koepka shares third place with Scott Brown, one stroke back at -8 under par, and in a good position for making a strong challenge tomorrow.

Brooks mentioned the ever-changing wind direction;

”It was swirling, swirling so much we couldn’t even figure out a wind direction.”

”We knew it was coming from the south. Downwind, threw grass up, hit you in the face two seconds later. You never really knew where the wind was.”

Matt Jones and Austin Cook are at -6 under par T5, with a group of eight players all at -5 under par T7 and if the unruly wind conditions continue tomorrow all of these players could have a chance of victory, it will just be a case of who plays best in the wind. Will the winner be courageous or conservative?

FedEx St Jude Classic. Brooks Koepka Leads

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Brooks Koepka leads the FedEx St Jude Classic at the half-way stage at TPC Southwind, in Memphis.

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Brooks shot a second round  -3 under par 67 on the TPC Southwind course, in the FedEx St Jude Classic, to take the lead at the half-way stage at -9 under par.

Brooks reported that he thought getting to -20 under par was possible over the next two days;

“I’m not setting it as a goal, but it’s very attainable.”

“We’re trying a new strategy the past few days, being patient, less aggressive and hitting the center of greens.”

“I played pretty solid today, struggled with speed control and had some putts burn off the edges.”

“Playing solid golf, no mistakes, being very patient, waiting for my opportunities to come, and when they have come, I’ve kind of taken advantage of them, but I still feel like I could be about 5, 6 under par.”

“Really haven’t been firing on all cylinders, but good enough to be at the top.”

“I’m still 25, I’ve been out here for a year now, I’m trying to learn and make sure I’m ready for the majors and I’m ready for five years from now.”

Austin Cook is in second place, one shot back at -8 under par, he leads the field in strokes gained in putting, after registering an equal low round of the day -6 under par 64. Not sure if the large crowds bother him, but he said;

“There’s a lot of people here, and I’m sure lot more buying tickets right now to come tomorrow.”

Kiwi Steve Alker is alone in third place at -7 under following his second round -2 under par 68, he briefly held the lead at -10 under par, with two holes to play, only to finish bogey, double bogey, blaming a wrong club selection on the par-3 eighth, leading to the bogey;

“It’s a good thing it’s not Sunday and finish two behind that would be bad.”

“I let it slip at the end, that’s the type of golf course it is. It’s fun, I haven’t been in this position all year.”

 “You have to look at the positives and say, `I’ve got two days left.’ I’ve been swinging it pretty good and still learning the putter, so there’s a lot of good things going on.”

This tournament is far from over, with heaps of players at -6, -5 and -4. Even Luke Donald and Phil Mickelson who are at -3 under for the tournament can not be ruled out, a good round tomorrow could put them right back in it.

Phil missed a couple of putts, left them sitting right on the edge, but he did not he did not blame the greens;

“They don’t owe me anything, they’re trickier because they’re fast.”

“There aren’t holes that are just ‘gimme’ birdies that can kind of kick-start your round, but if I can shoot 5, 6, 7 under par, I’ll be right in contention on Sunday.”

“The swing is starting to feel a lot better, I feel a lot more confident on where the ball is going to go, and so hopefully I’ll be able to put it together tomorrow and have a good round and get in contention.”