OHL Classic at Mayakoba. Pat Perez Wins.

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Pat Perez wins the  OHL Classic at Mayakoba in Mexico.

Perez wins OHL Classic, first since '09

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Pat, with his shoulder surgery now a thing of the past, shot -4 under 67 to win the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, with a -21 under par tournament total, a two shot victory.

Pat spoke about his great putting;

“I had an attitude that I can’t really repeat, but I had a lot of thoughts going on.”

“The main one was I wanted to stay aggressive. I knew if I just stayed aggressive I was seeing the line great on the putting green.”

“This type of grass and these greens, if you can get it on line you can make them.”

“I just saw the line, I thought I could make them all and I just had a confidence.”

“You’ve got to make a lot of putts, you need some help from other players.”

“It’s everything. It’s so hard to win. But I just had this different look about it this week and I’ll hopefully carry that through for a while.”

“I had an entirely different attitude than I would have had a few years ago. It was definitely a different win than last time.”

“Last time, I was a little more scared coming down the stretch. I didn’t really believe and this and that. This time, I really had like this calmness, kind of like a madness to get it done.”

Gary Woodland finished in second place at -19 under par, a last round -1 under 70 not what he was looking for.

Russell Knox was third at -18 under par after a -5 under par finishing round of 66;

“I wasn’t all that comfortable out there.”

“This course kind of makes you put the steer on sometimes, but I made seven birdies.”

“A couple mistakes, but overall starting the day I would have taken 66.”

OHL Classic at Mayakoba. Gary Leads Into Final Round

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Gary Woodland leads into the final round of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, in Mexico.

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Newly Married Gary shot a -5 under par third round 66 to stay on top of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba with a -18 under par total. Had one bogey today, on 15, but will take a one shot lead into the final round tomorrow;

“I’ve been there. I’ve been in the position a lot the last couple years.”

“I’m excited about my game, I’m going to rely on my game and trust it and go out and have fun.”

“I’m very comfortable with where my golf swing is and I’m going to rely on it and run it out.”

“I’m happy. I mean, I played great today. Drove the ball exceptionally well, controlled my distances to the green, and I rolled it well.”

“It’s hard to argue with that, hard to be upset with that. I hit a good shot on 15. I just hit it long.”

Pat Perez is in second place at -17 under par, -9 under par 62 elevating up the leaderboard, and he is now feeling comfortable after 9 months out after shoulder surgery;

“I was real comfortable, I woke up and I just felt good.”

“I was comfortable on the range. I’ve just been on this different attitude in the last couple weeks where I just try to stay aggressive and try to think of the right shot and the good shot and not worry about what happens.”

“It’s really worked. I’ve been working on that the last nine months since I got hurt.”

Scott Piercy holds third spot on his own at -16 under par, with a -5 under 66 today.

Sadly for the home crowd Abraham Ancer shot +3 over 74 to drop out of the race for the title, now at -6 under for the tournament, and T 48.

 

OHL Classic at Mayakoba. Gary Woodland Leads at Half-Way.

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Gary Woodland leads the OHL Classic at Mayakoba at the half-way point in Mexico, and is still bogey free on the El Camaleon course at  Playa del Carmen.

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 11: Gary Woodland of the United States plays his shot from the 17th fairway during the second round of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba on November 11, 2016 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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Gary carded -6 under par 65 today at the OHL Mayakoba Classic in Mexico, to top the leaderboard after 36 holes at -13 under par;

“It was nice to have an off-week last week. Went out and spent some time with Butch.”

“After the wedding there, kind of got a little rusty I think.”

“Took some time off, but nice to get back in the swing of things. Very comfortable with where I’m at right now.”

Webb Simpson claimed second place, just one shot back at -12 under par, he also had -6 under 65 today, but needed to make some good par putts;

“Well, today was a lot different from yesterday. Today was a bit of a struggle with some distance control.”

“I had to chip a lot more today, so today was about scoring. I was able to score, made some putts when I needed to for par.”

“Yesterday I don’t remember missing any greens and today I missed quite a few, so very different day but same score.”

Third place belongs to Scott Piercy, -5 under 66 today giving him a -11 under total;

“I felt pretty good about my game. Just kind of plodding along and trying to pick up birdies where I can and kind of keep the scorecard pretty clean.”

“Felt pretty good. Just trying to pick up some marbles on the way and count them at the end of the week and see where we fall, so it’s been good.”

Home favorite Abraham Ancer scored -3 under par 68 to be T 4 at -9 under for the tournament;

“It’s been really fun. I played really well on Monday and I’ve been playing really well this week.”

“Hopefully I can take that on the weekend, but no, I’m enjoying it. Have some family here and a lot of friends so it’s awesome.”

Defending champion Graeme McDowell just made the cut, on the number following a disastrous opening round 75 with a -6 under par 65 today, to get to the -2 under cut line.

Jim Furyk was not so lucky in his first event of the new season, shooting 74-70 to miss the cut with +2 over par for the competition. Ian Poulter was another to miss the cut, with 72-69 for -1 under.

OHL Classic at Mayakoba. Chris Kirk 63 Opening Round.

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Chris Kirk shot 63 in the opening round of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in  Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Chris Kirk polished off a first round 63 following a bogey-free round in Mexico.(Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)

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Chris signed for  a bogey free -8 under par 63 on the El Camaleon course at the  OHL Classic at Mayakoba, to top the leaderboard by one shot;

“I don’t think anybody’s comfort’s really that high.”

“I definitely drove the ball well today. Just trying to stick to my sort of go to shot and hit draws out there for the most part.”

“It’s definitely intimidating off the tee a little bit, but thankfully I hit a lot of good ones today.”

“I just played pretty terrible over the weekend in Vegas, but I think I was just a little bit tired.”

“So thankfully, I came and took Monday and Tuesday completely off and didn’t touch a club and just tried to relax, and now I feel kind of re-energized and ready to play again. “

“No, I definitely wasn’t expecting to shoot 63 today, but happy I did.”

Tied in second place at -7 under after shooting 64 are, Ben Crane, Camilo Villegas and Gary Woodland.

Ben referred to tight fairways, describing the first cut as jungle;

“This is a very tight golf course, maybe 10 to 15 yards of rough on each side, it’s just jungle, right?”

“When you get some crosswinds, you’ve got to hit solid tee shots and you’ve got to really control your ball.”

“You really want to be able to flight your ball because you really don’t want to be curving it down on that crosswind downwind, right, because it’s going to curve so much.”

Best placed home player is Abraham Ancer, in a six-way tie for fifth place at -6 under following his 66, which should have been better, carding a bogey at the last;

“It’s huge. It’s awesome playing in Mexico in front of my people.”

“I don’t want to get ahead of myself and I obviously want to play well, but it would be awesome to finish up there at the end of the tournament.”

Memorial Tournament. Maiden Win for William McGirt.

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William McGirt won the Memorial Tournament, his maiden Tour win, in a playoff against Jon Curran, at Muirfield Village Golf Club.

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William, -1 under par 71 today, and Jon, -2 under 70,  both finished the Memorial Tournament with -15 under par totals, and headed back to the 18th for a sudden death play-off. William won at the second extra hole with a par, after they had both cleared the green with their approach shots. William hit the better return and holed his putt to win his maiden PGA Tour title.

Dustin Johnson was in third place at -14 under par, a -1 under 71 today could have been so much better with a decent putting performance.

Four players tied in fourth place at -13 under par, Rory McIlroy, -4 under 68 today, J.B. Holmes, -3 under 69, Gary Woodland, +1 over 73 and Matt Kuchar, lo +1 over 73.

Rory is in good shape for the U.S. Open, he has been watching video’s of the Oakmont Country Club course, he has never played there before;

“I mean, it looks like an awesome course. It looks unbelievably hard, and it will reward very good ballstriking.”

 “It’s going to be tough.”

Jason Day +2 over 74 today finished at -9 under par, while Jordan Spieth was way back T57 at -3 under for the tournament, Jordan had this to say;

“Didn’t have my best stuff this week, but just kind of didn’t make great decisions when I needed to give respect to the golf course, and that’s something I’m certainly going to have to do at Oakmont.”

“So I recognize that. We’re still running on momentum. Got to get some fresh legs and get ready to go.”

Farmers Insurance Open. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the Farmers Insurance Open leaderboard after 36 holes. Gary Woodland and KJ Choi share the honors.

K.J. Choi has eight TOUR wins in his career. His last victory came at the 2011 PLAYERS Championship. (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

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Gary and KJ lead the Farmers Insurance Open with -9 under par totals, Gary -5 under 67 on the South Course with KJ posting the same number on the North.

Gary is a long driver of the ball;

“When I drive the ball in the fairway out here I’m having some short irons into par fours, I’m having mid-irons into some of these par fives.”

“So when I drive the ball like I did today, good things are happening right now.”

Dustin Johnson holds third place on his own at -8 under par, -6 under par 66 today on the North Course helping him up the leaderboard. He said driving is the key;

“If you look at the winners here, they’re all over the board, as far as length.”

“But you’ve got to drive it straight. And right now I feel like I’m driving my driver very straight, so that’s definitely a key.”

Phil Mickelson did not make the expected charge, instead he shot 76 to miss the cut;

“After that good round yesterday on the South Course, I thought, `I’m going to go to the North Course and really light it up.’ I think I tried to force the issue a little bit.”

“When I wasn’t under par early, I kind of started to press a little bit. But that stuff happens.”

Jason Day the defending Champion, and #2 in the world missed the cut, the long lay-off proving to be the culprit;

“You can’t live and die by one week.”

“It’s not going to be the last cut I’m going to miss. Hopefully, it is the last cut I’m going to miss this year, but once again it’s a process.”

“I got to keep working hard and hopefully that delayed gratification is a lot more sweeter at the end of the year than it is right now.”

Justin Rose and Paul Casey also joined the big names on the early bus home.

 

Farmers Insurance Open. Gary Grabs the Spotlight.

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Gary Woodland grabbed the spotlight at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, using his power to push him to the top of the leaderboard.

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Gary carded a -2 under par third round at Torrey Pines difficult South Course, which gave him a tournament total of -8 under par. He said if he does make the fairways it makes it a lot easier for him, he also remarked on the departure of Tiger Woods from this tournament following Tigers +7 over par 79 third round;

“If I drive the ball in play, I’m playing a little different golf course than most guys are playing. You get going south on this golf course, you can definitely put up some numbers in a hurry, I don’t think he’s too concerned about it.”

Marc Leishman and Jordan Spieth are only one shot adrift on -7 under par for the tournament. Marc completed his third round in par 72;

“If you let bogeys worry you on that golf course, it’s going to be a pretty long day. You don’t have to do a whole lot wrong to have a bogey.”

Jordan was happy to be one shot back, especially as he struggled today but made some good saves;

” Only one shot back and a bunched leaderboard, it’s going to take a good score tomorrow.  I’m excited about tomorrow. I had some great saves down the stretch today, so take that momentum.”

San Diego native Pat Perez is tied in fourth spot with Morgan Hoffman, both on -6 under par, and very much in this contest.

Pat mentioned how far Gary can hit the ball;

“When you play with Gary, who hits it 40 yards farther than I do, it doesn’t look that hard. Where he hits it is unbelievable. But it was a lot harder today.”

Back to Tiger, who recorded  back-to-back double bogeys, the first time since the 2011 PGA Championship. It meant he was on his way home early, because more than 78 players advanced to the weekend, there was a 54-hole cut for top 70 and ties. Only one other player, club pro Michael Block, had a worse score than Tiger.  Sadly it is now official that he went seven straight holes making bogey or worse !!!