Made in Denmark. Thomas Pieters Wins

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Thomas Pieters, from Belgium, won the Made in Denmark tournament  at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort, after a long weather delay added tension to the final day.

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Thomas won the Made in Denmark tournament with a last round -6 under par 65, and a winning total of -17 under par, carding birdie at the last three holes. He is hoping it will be a good enough result to get him into the Ryder Cup for Team Europe;

“I really needed a good finish,I saw I was one back walking to the green on 16 and I hit a great shot there but I knew I needed to make at least one more.”

“To finish with two more birdies was pretty cool.”

“It’s all about winning tournaments. I’m really happy with this one.”

“That was one of my goals, to just have one every year, just so you know you’re improving and you can win. That’s very important. I’m very, very happy.”

“He (Ryder Cup Captain Darren Clarke) has got plenty of good players to pick from, so if he doesn’t pick me, then so be it and I’ll work my butt off to get there in the next one.”

“But I’ve done all I can now and I’m just really pleased with this win to be honest.”

For Bradley Dredge it was another second placed finish at this tournament, a final round -4 under par not enough to give him the win, he had to settle for a -16 under total;

“I really enjoy it here. I get on well with the guys and enjoy the golf course. The crowds are great, so I’ll always be back.”

“I knew I was playing pretty good, I struggled a bit with the driver on the weekend which was a bit annoying.”

“I really got my eye in on the greens today which was nice.”

“There’s loads of positives. I just have to practice the wedge game and hopefully I’ll be up there again.”

“I’m in a good position but I want to win some tournaments. It’s nice to come in second but at the end of the day, I want to be holding the trophy. I’ll come back next year and have another go.”

Adrian Otaegui and David Lipsky, both players had -4 under 67 today, tied in third place, at -15 under for the tournament

Canadian Pacific Women’s Open. Ariya Still In Control.

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Ariya Jutanugarn is still in control of the  Canadian Pacific Women’s Open at Priddis Greens Golf and Country Club.

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Ariya will take a two shot lead into the final round of the  Canadian Pacific Women’s Open following her third round score of -5 under par 67 to post -17 under par at the top of the leaderboard.

Four times this year Ariya, from Thailand, has converted a 54 hole lead into a victory, and I see no reason she will not continue that happy trend;

“I keep the eye on me. I’m not really care like who the leader is, like what I say yesterday.”

“I really want to play my game and be happy on the course.”

“Tomorrow I really want to have fun, and I really want to be happy on the course. That’s all I want for tomorrow.”

Chasing the leader all the way will be In Gee Chun, who carded -6 under 66 today, to move into second place at -15 under par, she played alongside Ariya today and said she was happy with her putting;

“Today I could see the putting lines very well, and I was so good at rolling the ball on those lines, and I made really good up-and-downs today.”

“Those really got my game going.”

“Tomorrow I’m going to just focus on my game against the golf course and see where I am later.”

Sharing fourth place, and too far back to challenge are, Sei Young Kim,  South Korea, -4 under 68 today and Stephanie Meadow, from Ireland, with -3 under 69. Both ladies have -12 under par tournament totals.

World number one, and three time winner of this tournament, and defending Champion, Lydia Ko -2 under third round, struggled today, especially with her putting, and at T10 and -10 under is a long way from retaining her title;

“You know, I hit the ball really solid and I gave myself so many looks at birdies, but really not one of them dropped.”

“You know, when you’re having those kind of days, it’s really hard for you to go low.”

“It was a little bit of a struggle with the putter, but I feel like there’s still a lower round in me tomorrow. All I’ve got to do is just be confident and trust my game.”

 

 

The Barclays. Rickie Has 54 Hole Lead.

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Rickie Fowler has the 54 hole lead at The Barclays, at Bethpage Black, in New York.

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 Rickie posted a bogey free third round of -3 under par 68, to top the The Barclays leaderboard at -9 under par,  right now he has gone 45 straight holes without a bogey at Bethpage Black, and was happy to see the putts drop;

“It’s nice to finally see some putts go in, with a few putts going in, it frees up the rest of your game.”

“I’ve been swinging well for a long time, and I’ve been waiting for the putter to catch up.”

“It’s pretty simple, I’ve got to take care of business tomorrow.”

“It’s been awhile since I’ve been in this position. It’s going to be tough tomorrow.”

“We’re on one of the,if not the,  toughest golf courses we play all year. It’s been a long time coming, and it’s going to be fun.”

“A  win tomorrow would go a long ways. It would take care of a lot of things.”

Wonder if Rickie will be dressed in Orange tomorrow. Not sure about the mustache, is it bushier that the eyebrows?

Patrick Reed is now in second place, stalling his competition with an even par 71 third round, leaving him at -8 under par for the tournament;

“If you were to tell me I was going to be one back doing into Sunday and would I take it.”

“I’d say sure,18-hole shootout, one shot is nothing, especially on a golf course like this.”

 “We go out there tomorrow and do what we did the first two days, we’ll be all right.”

Low round of the day went to Adam Scott, -6 under par 65, which took him all the way up to third place at -7 under for the tournament.

Adam especially likes the front nine, and rolled in some good putts;

“The front nine is the gettable nine, and to turn in four under set up my round.”

“I knew anything under par on the back, I would have a great round, and that was kind of my goal.”

“I rolled a couple long ones in, and that felt good and kept the momentum going. Hopefully, something to build on for tomorrow and beyond.”

 

Made in Denmark. Bradley Holds On To The Lead.

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Bradley Dredge holds on to the lead at the Made in Denmark tournament at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort.

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Bradley eased up today, only recording a Made in Denmark third round score of +1 over par 72, but it still gives him a one shot advantage, at -12 under par, going into the final round tomorrow;

“Not my best day today I really struggled with the driver which has been a big strength of mine in the last two days so it was a tough day and I just had to try and make the most of it to stay in there and hopefully I’ll play better tomorrow.”

“I always believe that if you want to win a tournament you’ve got to go out there and win it, so for me I try and play aggressively off the tee and into the pins.” 

“I was in this situation a couple of years ago and I’ve been up there a couple of times this year, you know I want to win, that’s what I play golf for.”

Sharing second place at -11 under are three players, Adrian  Otaegui with -3 under 68, David Lipsky climbed up the leaderboard shooting -4 under 67 and Thomas Pieters, -2 under 69, they all have a good chance to win tomorrow.

Thomas just wants the putts to drop tomorrow;

I played pretty nicely today but I had a shocker on the fourth.”

“All of you saw it, I don’t know what happened there. I was not focused or there was nothing going on in my head.”

“I made a terrible seven there but I’m quite proud of the way I fought back after that. I needed to get the anger out so I threw the ball away. You just restart and try to get birdie on the next hole.”

“I did a good job because I got two birdies in a row after that. I’m still learning mentally to handle stuff like that but I thought I did a good job.”

“The putts weren’t dropping in the last few holes but maybe tomorrow they will.”

David is comfortable, and holing putts;

“I’m pretty happy with where I’m at.”

“My game is feeling really good, holing putts which is key to put yourself in contention and I’m pretty happy with the state of my game right now.”

Adrian is also happy with the way things are going;

“I’m pretty happy with today’s round, I played good from the beginning and just dropped one shot on number ten which I hit over the green and it was a tough up and down.”

“So four birdies and one bogey, I’m pretty happy with that.

“I’m playing solid tee to green so let’s keep it going tomorrow.”

Joakim Lagergren is a shot further back , his effort also stalled in the third round, carding even par 71.

It is close at the top, so it should be an exciting finish to the competition.

Canadian Pacific Womens Open. Ariya Jutanugarn Leads.

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Ariya Jutanugarn leads the Canadian Pacific Womens Open, at the mid-way point at Priddis Greens Golf & Country Club.

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Ariya carded a second round -8 under par 64, to comfortably lead the Canadian Pacific Womens Open with a -12 under pat total, and a three shot lead going into the week-end. She spoke about her Rio Olympics withdrawal, due to injury and how good she feels now;

“I feel pretty good today because I hit my tee shot pretty good, and I was calm on every shot, so I feel good.”

“I know I hurt my knee, so that’s why I didn’t play very good on the third round, and after the withdraw I just felt okay.”

“I just had to rest and take care of my knee. So after that I feel like just play golf, and it didn’t feel like anything changed. I feel like I’m okay. I wanted to see how I’m feeling.”

“But after that, like on Monday, it didn’t hurt that much and today it’s getting a lot better.”

Two ladies are tied in second place at -9 under for the tournament, In Gee Chun, -5 under 67 today and Stephanie Meadow, with -3 under 69 in her second round.

Stephanie is just enjoying the ride.

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“I didn’t have my best game today and I still shot 69.”

“So I think everyone’s going to have a bad nine holes throughout a four-round stretch, and I’ll just keep going tomorrow and hopefully get the ball striking back and make some birdies and have fun.”

“This is what we work for. This is our environment to be out there on the leaderboard. So it’s going to be fun. I’m going to enjoy it.”

Five ladies are tied in fourth place at -8 under, including World number one Lydia Ko, -3 under 69 today, and starting in first place today Chella Choi, who did not do so well today, -1 under 71.

Lydia is playing well, feeling confident, just needs a few more putts to drop;

“I played pretty solid the last few days, hoped for a few more putts to drop, but it’s just really tough out there with some pins being tucked and on little slopes.”

“Three-footers, four or five, they’re not easy tap-ins or easy birdies or pars.”

“So when it’s that kind of scenario you really need to take your time and be patient out there.”

“But there’s still a lot of golf to be played. I feel like I’m playing solid, and it’s a good position going into the weekend.”

Joining Lydia and Chella on that -8 under total are Sei Young Kim and Hyo Joo Kim, both with -5 under 67 today, and Mi Jung Hur, -3 under 69.

CAN Alena Sharp and Maude-Aimee LeBlanc are tied for low Canadian honors at -6 under par for the two rounds, six shots back of the lead.

The Barclays. Reed Leads.

 

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Patrick Reed leads The Barclays after 36 holes at a very tough Bethpage State Park, Black Course, in New York.

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Patrick fired a second round -3 under par 68 to lead The Barclays 50th anniversary event at  Bethpage Black with a -8 under par tournament total;

“It’s just like a major, you go into these Playoff events, they are so important because there are 2,000 points for a FedExCup.”

“You win a major, you get, I think it’s 600. So you know at this point, you have four events, you have to play some really good golf.”

“I feel like I’ve been trending in the right direction. I feel like the game’s been solid. I just need to get it all clicking.”

“It’s golf. You have guys that are going to win in years and you’re going to have guys that aren’t going to win in years.”

“I think this year has been a lot better than last year and the previous years on consistency.”

“That’s a big part that I’ve been working on is to make sure I keep myself into golf tournaments. Not go out and win an event here, and then miss two or three cuts and finish 50th, 40th.

“It’s about consistency; consistently getting in contention, consistently having chances to win.”

“If I keep doing that, I will at some point break through and win hopefully a couple in a row, not just one.”

Rickie Fowler and Emiliano Grillo, both carding -2 under 69 today are tied in second place, two shots back at -6 under par.

For Rickie, it’s all about the mustache;

“I have confidence in myself and my mustache.”

“Let’s have some fun. Something different. Trying to get some MoJo going in the Playoffs.

Ryan Moore, who triumphed at the John Deere, scored a second round -3 under par 68, to hold 4th spot on his own at -5 under par;

“I just feel better this time of year than I have in the past.”

 “A little bit more rested and kind of enjoying playing golf a little bit more.”

“Sometimes I’ve hit this point and I’ve been really worn out and kind of over it a little bit.”

“I can’t hit 7-irons out of this rough, for me it’s all about fairways and give myself opportunities from there.”

“That’s all I’m thinking about right now is getting to the TOUR Championship, because that’s the only way you can win the FedExCup,”

Jordan Spieth started his round with a double-bogey, but came back to card -4 under 67 on the day and is now handily placed just four shots back of the leader at -4 under for the competition, sharing that place with a host of other players, including World number one Jason Day.

Jordan spoke about his indifferent start, in the words of his caddie;

“Let’s find the fairway here, get into rhythm and pretend that didn’t happen.”

 “He said, let’s get two birdies before the turn. Re-setting a goal there, is really key for me to get my mind away from what happened and look forward.”

 

 

 

Made in Denmark. Bradley Dredge Dominates in Denmark.

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Bradley Dredge dominates in the Made in Denmark tournament, leading by three shots at half-way  at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort.

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Bradley followed his opening round 63 with a -5 under 66 today to lead the Made in Denmark tournament after 36 holes with a -13 under par total, and a three shot advantage over the field going into the weekend. He knows it has been a while (ten years) since his last win;

“I know I’m going to have to play well on the weekend to fend off the other guys and hopefully I can do that.”

“You come to courses sometimes and it just seems to suit your eye and I’m comfortable on the greens so you can never explain it.”

 “Golf is always funny and I’m just glad that I’m here and performing.”

“I’m delighted with my score. I’m in a good position for the weekend, you know we are halfway through. I’ve been in a good position a few years ago and got beaten by Marc Warren.”

“I feel as though my game is in good shape and weather dependent we will see how it goes.”

In second place at -10 under par is Joakim Lagergren, who posted a second round score of -1 under par 70, and needed a good putt to keep under par for the round;

“I am happy with the position and hopefully I can do as good on the weekend, that putt on the 18th was nice to stay under par for today.”

“It was a different game today. There were not many regular shots out there today, a few punchy ones and then hit it up in the air when it’s down wind.”

Richard Sterne, -4 under 67 and Thomas Pieters, a poor round of even par 71 share third place at -9 under par.

Thomas feels he is still in a good spot;

“I’m in a good position.”

“My scrambling skills were really good today but my ball-striking skills were really awful, a mixed bag “

Tom Lewis, after yesterdays heroics could only produce a second round of +1 over par 72, and is tied with Adrian Otaegui, -5 under 66 today, both at -8 under for the tournament in fourth spot.