US PGA Championship. Justin Thomas Wins Maiden Major

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Justin Thomas of the USA won the US PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club, his maiden Major title.

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Justin carded a final round -3 under par 68 to win his first Major title, the US PGA Championship, with a two shot winning victory;

“I know that a Major champion will never be taken away from after my name.”

“Hopefully I’m going to win some more, plenty more, a lot more, whatever.”

“I know you can’t get to two unless you get one so I’m excited to have this and it’s incredible. It was an awesome day. It was a great experience. It’s huge for me.”

“As a kid growing up, being a golf fan, you want to win all the Majors. You want to win any Major.”

“For me, the PGA definitely had a special place in my heart and maybe a special drive, I guess you could say. I want to win every tournament I play in.”

“I want to try to win every Major.”

Francesco Molinari, Italy,-4 under 67 today, Patrick Reed, USA, -4 under 67 and Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa, -1 under 70 , all shared second place at -6 under par.

Francesco had a great time;

“It was great.  Great round today. Started very well and  just had it rolling pretty much all day.”

“The rough is really thick. There’s water in play. It’s long. I mean, there’s nothing really easy about it.”

Louis bemoaned a poor putting performance;

“I didn’t really make any putts the whole round, the only putt I made was on the last hole.”

 “I left myself with an impossible first putt on 16 and could have done better than that but three-putted.” 

Patrick too had putting problems, burning the edges;

” I made enough birdies but I had too many bogeys.”

“I had too many good opportunities for birdies and a really good opportunity on ten for eagle and just burned edges rather than making putts.”

 

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US PGA Championship. Hideki & Kevin Share Lead.

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Hideki Matsuyama and Kevin Kisner share the US PGA Championship lead after two rounds at Quail Hollow.

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Hideki, Japan, shot an interrupted second round -7 under par 64 at the US PGA Championship, pausing in the middle for 1 hr 45 mins for a weather delay, to catch Kevin, -4 under 67  at the top of the leaderboard at -8 under par. The second round was unable to be completed due to darkness falling.

Hideki welcomed the delay, saying he was tired, his poor play with his driver was the culprit, but his putter cheered him up,  needing just 23 putts Friday,

“I was grateful for the rain delay because I was getting tired, I was able to lay down in the locker room and get some rest.”

“I think what was making me tired was I wasn’t hitting my driver like I wanted to, I was hitting fairways but I wasn’t getting the crisp contact that I was hoping for with my driver.”

“Twenty-three putts just means I missed a lot of greens.”

“The greens here at Quail Hollow, as you know, are really fast.”

“And there’s a lot of putts that honestly, I’m not trying to make. I’m just trying to get it up near the hole, and a lot of them are going in.”

Kevin, USA, is playing well, and likes his chance to win here;

 “Any time I can get a wedge in my hand or a par five that I can reach, I feel like I have to make birdie.”

“If I can get a six or seven iron in my hand,” I like my chances around here.”

“Those are the holes here that are allowing me to have that opportunity.”  

“I’m just excited about the opportunity, I’m really fired up about the way I’m hitting the golf ball.”

“I haven’t hit it this well this whole summer, a lot of average finishes. When I start hitting it the way I am now, I play well.”

Jason Day, Australia, is in third place,  at -6 under par after his second round -5 under par 66, a bit more like his old self;

 “It felt like the old days, which was only last year. It feels like 10 years ago.”

“I’m improving each and every day now, and actually I’m hungry again and I’m looking forward to trying to beat these guys here in a bit.”

“But I’m very motivated right now. Like I want to win again. So I’m excited about that.”

Tied in fourth position at -4 under are Francesco Molinari, Italy, also carding -7 under 64 today, Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa, -4 under 67, and Chris Stroud, USA, who is at -2 under today through 13 holes.

The next group is back at -3 under, and will need something special on moving day if they want to contend on Sunday.

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BMW PGA Championship. Alex Noren with a 62 Wins.

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Alex Noren, from Sweden, shot an amazing final round of 62 to win the BMW PGA Championship, on the revamped West Course at Wentworth Golf Club, in England.

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Alex had carded eight birdies in his first sixteen holes, to tie the leaders, and then made Eagle on the 18th to seal victory at the BMW PGA Championship, with a -10 under par 62 final round, giving him a tournament total of -11 under par.

Alex said he had no intention of winning this tournament this morning, but gave his best ever putting performance today;

“It feels amazing and crazy because I had no intention of trying to win this morning.”

“I didn’t even think about it when I came off the course quite angry yesterday after playing a good round and chipping it into the water from the back of the green on 18.”

“It’s a great feeling now but it feels unreal.”

“It’s a tough course mentally coming down the stretch. It’s not super narrow but it’s just if you hit it a little bit wayward it can cost you.”

“I putted probably the best I’ve ever putted.

Francesco Molinari, Italy, was in second place, two shots back at -9 under par, with a last round -4 under par 68;

“Bittersweet, obviously. I’m happy with my performance today.”

“Alex did something quite special so it was hard to beat, really.”

Three players tied in third place at -8 under par, Nicolas Colsaerts, Belgium, -7 under 65 today, Henrik Stenson, Sweden, -4 under 68 and Hideto Tanihara, Japan, -4 under 68 in his final round.

Nicolas said he should have had ten under;

“You know what, I had it on a string all day. It could have been ten under except for one bad swing on 15.”

Henrik said he just made too many mistakes;

“Too many unforced errors and this was definitely the best chance for me to win this tournament over all the years I’ve played it.”

 

BMW PGA Championship. Andrew Dodt Has 54 Hole Lead.

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Andrew Dodt, of Australia has the 54 hole lead in the BMW PGA Championship on a windy West Course at Wentworth, in England.

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Andrew carded -4 under par 68  in the third round,to take the lead into the final round of the BMW PGA Championship, with a -8 under par total.

He mentioned in the windy conditions in interview;

“It was a different wind direction to the first two days.”

“It was pretty tricky, the first 12 holes were really tough with the greens firm.”

Branden Grace, South Africa, who earlier in the competition had received a controversial free drop lies in second place at -7 under par, compiling -2 under par 70 today.

Francesco Molinari, Italy, +2 over 74 today, and Lee Westwood, England, with an even par round of 72 today, share third place at -5 under par.

The Olympic Champion Justin Rose, who yesterday made an Eagle at the last to make the cut, carded -2 under 70 in his third round and is now at even par for the tournament. If the wind continues to blow tomorrow he could have a chance if he can produce an early low round and set a reasonable clubhouse target.

BMW PGA Championship. Molinari, Jamieson and Pieters Lead.

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Francesco Molinari, Italy, Scott Jamieson, Scotland and Thomas Pieters, Belgium share the 36 hole lead at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

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Thomas, -3 under 69 today, Francesco, -2 under 70, and Scott, also -2 under 70 today, all share the top spot of the BMW PGA Championship leaderboard with -7 under par totals after 36 holes at Wentworth.

Thomas said his putter did not work so well today, but he was happy with the outcome;

“I hit a lot more greens today. Didn’t make as many putts as yesterday but that’s always going to happen.”

“So I’m quite happy about today.”

Scott summed up what a win here would mean for him;

“I’m delighted, especially with the way it started.”

“I’m not in any of the majors this year so this is as big as it gets. This is the pinnacle of my season.”

“It’s huge, it’s our flagship event. It would start opening up doors that have been closed for a few years. You want to challenge yourself against the world’s best and we don’t get to do that every week, but we do this week.”

Alone in fourth place is Maximilian Kieffer, of Germany, who carded the low round of the day, -4 under 68, he is just one back at -6 under par for the tournament.

 

BMW PGA Championship. Johan Carlson Leads.

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Johan Carlson, from Sweden, leads the BMW PGA Championship after the first round at Wentworth.

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Johan shot a first round -6 under par 66, which included two bogeys, to lead the BMW PGA Championship by one shot, with some good putting;

“I feel like I’ve been working hard on my swing.”

“Obviously this week is a big week and I’ve always had that goal in mind that this is going to be a tournament to get it around no matter what.”

“I didn’t try to hit any super fancy shots. I just played with what I had, and I think that was the key to success.”

“I putted really well today. I made a lot of good putts.”

“You’ve got to hit a few good shots as well. So obviously everything in my game felt solid. It has to be when you shoot 6-under-par on this golf course.”

Sharing  second place at -5 under par 67 are . Scott Jamieson, Scotland, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Thailand, and Francesco Molinari of Italy.

 

Wells Fargo Championship. Reed Rises To The Top.

 

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Patrick Reed rises to the top of the Wells Fargo Championship leaderboard after 54 holes at Eagle Point Golf Club.

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Patrick made birdie on his last two holes to take the lead in the Wells Fargo Championship, shooting -5 under par 67, for a -8 under total for 54 holes.

Patrick said the change in putting fortunes for him came when he reduced the amount information about the putts, ignoring the green reading book the players are given these days;

 “I used to read the putts and also [caddie Kessler Karain], and I used to use a green-reading book.”

“I just felt like there’s too many eyes and too much thought process going into putts on trying to figure out the read.”

“I’ve done that pretty well all week, I have my green-reading book with me just to kind of confirm, not really to go off of it, just to make sure I’m seeing what the book is saying and just kind of going from there.”

Personally I must say I do not agree with giving the players maps of the greens, showing which way the slopes were  going. Players should read the putts for themselves, not have caddies lying down on the green, and then having a discussion on which way to make the putt, it is too time consuming.

Sharing second place, just one shot back are Alex Noren, from Sweden, -3 under par 69 who missed a 5ft birdie putt on his last hole to claim a share the lead, and Jon Rahm, Spain, who also scored -3 under par. Both players have tournament totals of -7 under par.

There are four players tied in fourth spot, at -6 under, Seung Yul Noh, -5 under 67 today, Brian Harman -2 under 70, Vaughn Taylor -2 under 70 and Francesco Molinari even par 72 again today.