TOUR Championship. Three Tied at the Top.

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There are three players tied at the top of the TOUR Championship leaderboard after 36 holes; Justin Thomas, Webb Simpson and Paul Casey are the stars at East Lake.

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Justin, USA,  carded an Eagle at the par five 18th for a second round -4 under 66 at the Tour Championship to tie the lead at -7 under par with Webb Simpson,USA, -3 under 67, and Paul Casey of England, who signed for a second round -4 under 66.

Justin commented that he did not make any putts today, makes you wonder how far in front he would have been if he had putted well;

“I really haven’t made anything.”

Paul has not won on the PGA Tour since 2009, but said it would be cool to win here;

“It would cap off a very good season to make a very good season a great season.”

“It would be a lot of satisfaction in that.”  

“It’s amazing how this golf course just bunches and you can’t seem to get away, guys are right there sort of biting at your heels, so it’s going to be a tough one.”

“The honor of winning around here at East Lake and the history here, I think that would be the coolest thing.”

Four players are one shot back at -6 under par; Justin Rose, England, -4 under 66 today, Gary Woodland, -3 under 67 and Patrick Reed, who had the low round of the day, -5 under 65, both players from the USA, and they are joined by Jon Rahm, Spain, who carded a second round -3 under 67.

Rosie is coming right at the right time;

“I think there’s always a lag effect to the things you work on and when they show up, so it was just kind of fortunate timing for it to begin in the Playoffs.” 

“It feels a little bit similar to the beginning part of the year where I was playing nicely going into Augusta and trying to time that peak.”

“It would be nice if I could figure that out this weekend, time it pretty close.”

Jon is only here for the title;

“I don’t play for the money. I’m not playing because I want to be a millionaire. I’m playing because I want to be the best golfer I can be.” 

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US PGA Championship. Thorbjørn Olesen and Kevin Kisner Tied at the Top

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Thorbjørn Olesen, Denmark, and Kevin Kisner, USA are  tied at the top of the  US PGA Championship leaderboard at Quail Hollow.

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Thorbjørn Olesen and Kevin Kisner / getty

Thorbjørn and Kevin had matching opening rounds of -4 under par 67 to top the US PGA Championship leaderboard by one shot.

Thorbjørn just needs to stay relaxed, and feels he can win;

“I’ve had a couple of top tens in Majors, I’ve had some good rounds in Majors and I feel like I’ve learned a lot over the years playing quite a few Majors now.”

” I just have to stay relaxed the next few days, still trying to keep the ball in the fairway and then I know I can hit it close and make some birdies.”

“I feel like I’m better prepared to be in contention over the weekend and have a chance to win.”

Kevin was concentrating on making par;

“I felt confident, I was hitting the driver nice starting out.”

“There’s about four or five holes that I have to birdie to compete and I birdied them all today so that’s kind of been my game plan.”

“Other than that, I’m playing for par.”

Five USA players are that one shot back at -3 under, after their first rounds of 68; Brooks Koepka, Grayson Murray, Gary Woodland, Chris Stroud and DA Points.

Brooks spoke about the new fast greens at Quail Hollow;

“These greens are the fastest greens I’ve ever played, and the thing is, they’re only going to get faster and firmer.”

 Rory McIlroy +1 over 72 today to be T33 also mentioned the greens;

“The greens are as firm as I’ve ever seen at a PGA Championship.”

“Birdied the par fives, birdied the holes that you should birdie. I’m only five behind, four under is the best score out there.”

“It’s a tough golf course. I shoot something in the sixties tomorrow, I move right up there. So yeah, I’m in it.”

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RBC Canadian Open. Hoffman Has The Lead.

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Charlie Hoffman leads the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club after 54 holes.

Hoffman leads by one at RBC Canadian Open

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Charlie shot a third round -7 under par 65, which gave him the lead in the RBC Canadian Open at -17 under par, and a one shot lead gong into the final round tomorrow.

Charlie has the Presidents Cup on his mind, he wants to be in the team;

“I know I’m going to have to play myself on to the team. I’m going to have to play good and get a win.”

“It’s something I want to do before my career is done.”

 “I’m going to earn it and I’m going to try, and if I don’t, you’ll know I went down swinging.”

Kevin Chappell holds second place, at -16 under par, a -6 under 66 third round keeping him in contention.

Robert Garrigus, with a new course record -10 under 62, shares third place at -15 under par with Gary Woodland, who carded -4 under 68 today.

Robert got disqualified at the John Deere Classic a few weeks ago for signing an incorrect scorecard;

“It’s been in the back of my mind ever since I got my TOUR card last year. You want to keep your job. This game is so hard and we work really hard and we fight, we practice and we work out. It’s one of those things where you’re constantly searching for something good, and I found it today.”

“This is really weird, but last night I’m sitting in my room and I’m thinking, If I can get a lead before they even tee off, that would be awesome.”

 “I’m going to try and build on that tomorrow, so I’m really excited.”

“It was a great day, one to remember.”

 

RBC Canadian Open. Martin Flores Leads, While the Tournament Director Leaves.

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Martin Flores leads the RBC Canadian Open after two rounds at Glen Abbey Golf Club, as the Tournament Director is asked to leave.

Flores leads the way at RBC Canadian Open

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Martin carded a second consecutive -6 under 66 to lead the RBC Canadian Open with a -12 under par total, and a one shot advantage going into the week-end.

Martin is happy to be back on the PGA Tour again;

“Playing on the Web.com Tour last year was a little refreshing in that you have to shoot so low. “

“So no matter if you’re in the lead or if you’re chasing, you’re always attacking. You’re always trying to make birdies.”

 “That’s kind of a similar situation with how the rain has been this week. You just have to keep attacking.”

“I haven’t been able to attack like I’ve wanted to.”

“Now I’m starting to hit the ball very nicely, so I’m giving myself a lot of opportunities.”

Tied in second place at -11 under par are, Matt Every, -4 under 68 today, and Gary Woodland with his magnificent -9 under par 63, he completes a USA 1,2,3.

Gary made six birdies in a row, a good day with his putter;

“Came out today and saw some putts go in early and just kind of rode the momentum all day.”

 “I was just trying to keep going, keep going. Obviously holing the bunker shot on 18 was huge.”

“But you’ve got three par fives in the middle of that stretch, so drove the golf ball in play and gave myself a lot of chances.”

In a strange turn of events Brent McLaughlin, this years tournament director of the RBC Canadian Open has been stood down, mid-tournament.

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Laurence Applebaum, the CEO of Golf Canada, was coy when asked why, and would only state;

“It’s a confidential employee matter, Brent will not be here for the weekend.”

Just wonder if it is a dress code thing, like the LPGA, as Brent is a tattooed, leather-clad, Harley Davidson driving, guitar picking former roadie. Not exactly the type of image the PGA Tour wants to project.

Bill Paul, who served as tournament director at the Canadian Open for 22 years, will replace Brent for the final two rounds.

 

 

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The Honda Classic. Rickie Wins.

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Rickie Fowler wins The Honda Classic at PGA National in Florida.

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Rickie shot +1 over par 71 in his final round, but still won The Honda Classic, by four shots, at -12 under par;

“It’s great. We’ve talked about it for a few years now, and the game is in a great spot, a lot of young players, a lot of great players playing well, a lot of young players winning.”

“It’s fun seeing it. It’s motivating seeing my friends win.”

“I still need to put myself in position, be consistent and win some more golf tournaments.”

 “I just want to play the best that I can and keep pushing myself and ultimately just keep trying to put myself in position to win and start collecting more of these.”

“It’s special to be able to pull it off, it wasn’t the prettiest of ways to do it, but this isn’t an easy golf course and this wasn’t an easy day to go play golf on.”

“I just had to fight through it.”

Morgan Hoffman, -2 under par 68 today, and Gary Woodland, -1 under 69 shared second place at -8 under par.

Sony Open. Seven Shot Lead For Justin.

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Justin Thomas has a seven shot lead at the top of the Sony Open leaderboard, at Waialae Golf Club in Hawaii. I have always liked the Big “W” golf is like the movie “Its a mad mad mad mad world.”

Thomas sets 54-hole PGA TOUR record

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Justin cruised to a seven shot lead with third round -5 under par 65, at the Sony Open, giving him a seven shot lead going into the final round tomorrow. He tied the 54 hole PGA Tour record, and will surely pick up the trophy tomorrow, no one has ever lost from a seven shot lead. It will also be back to back wins for Justin.

Zach Johnson is in second place, at -15 under par for the tournament, a third round -5 under 65 giving him that position on his own.

Third place is shared between, Justin Rose, -4 under 68 today, Gary Woodland, -2 under 68, and Hudson Swafford, -4 under 66, all at -14 under par for the 54 holes played.

Kevin Kisner had a putt for a 59, it just slid by, but -10 under 60 is not too bad, he is T6 at -13 under par;

“I hit a good putt, I looked up, I thought it was going dead middle, but it didn’t break.”

“Can’t be that upset.”

“The first day, I hit it great, and I was minus four strokes in putting, which I can’t do with my game.”

“So the second day I putted better as the round went on but I hit it worse. So it’s kind of one of those deals that I had to make putts.”

“And then today I hit it like the first day and putted great.”

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Sony Open. Justin Has New 36 Hole Record.

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Justin Thomas has the  new 36 hole record for the PGA Tour of -17 under par, set at the Sony Open on the Waialae  Country Club course.

 

Thomas sets 36-hole record

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Justin had a second round -6 under 64 and has a five shot lead at the top of the Sony Open leaderboard after 36 hole, with a -17 under par total courtesy of an Eagle at the last hole;

“It’s cool, just like yesterday, anytime you can get your name in the record book, it’s awesome. I had no idea until I finished.”

Gary Woodland holds second place, five shots back at -12 under par. He shot another round of -6 under 64 today, and only used the Driver a couple of times, preferring to hit three wood and find the fairways;

“I did that my first couple times here and that didn’t work out for me.”

“I’m very comfortable with where my game is.”

“Driver feels great, I just don’t get many opportunities out there. I’m not complaining about being in the fairway, either.”

Sharing third place at -10 under par are Hudson Swafford, -2 under 68 today, Justin Rose, -6 under 64, and Zach Johnson, who carded -9 under 61.

Justin Rose knows it is hard to keep up that kind of momentum that Justin Thomas has at the moment;

“You definitely need the mindset when you’re that far ahead to keep the accelerator down.”

 “But it’s hard to keep that sort of momentum going, for sure.”  

Jordan Spieth is back at T8, his second round -3 under 67 was blamed on a cold putter;

“Just have a really cold putter this week.”

“I think it added to the frustration on the green, because the game is looking so easy to him.”

“I felt like I was hitting the ball in the same location, I’m just being outdone on the green. That’s something a little abnormal to me.”