PGA Championship. Jimmy Walker Leads

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Jimmy Walker leads the PGA Championship after the first round at Baltusrol Golf Club.

Jimmy Walker currently stands 29th in the Ryder Cup standings and needs a big week to move into a spot. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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Jimmy shot a PGA Championship -5 under par 65 to top the leaderboard at Baltusrol Golf Club, and spoke about his strange year, and poor putting;

“It’s just ebbs and flows of golf. Just haven’t been scoring.”

 “Just a lot of even par to a couple under golf, and it’s equated to a bunch of 20th-place finishes this year.”

“They just haven’t been going in, for whatever reason, they just haven’t.”

“I hit a lot of good putts and they all look like they have got a good shot. For whatever reason, they lip out or quit breaking. I just haven’t been making a whole lot.”

“I felt like personally, I did a lot of things right, and that’s what I’ve been kind of looking to do that I haven’t been doing.”

“So I felt like I was ready to go, I honestly did this week.”

Three players are tied in second place at -4 under par following their opening rounds of 66; Emiliano Grillo, Ross Fisher and Martin Kaymer are keeping the pressure on the leader.

Not applying any pressure was Rory McIlroy, carding +4 over 74 in a major meltdown, with poor putting the main reason;

“I feel like if I had held one of those first two, it might have been a different story of the day.”

 “You get a little bit of momentum and you get it going.”

“But then I missed a couple of greens and did not get up and down and I was always chasing it.”

“I need to figure it out, I’m driving the ball as well as I have, ever and the iron play feels good.”

“The problems begin when I get to the green. I really struggled with the pace. They look much quicker than they are and two or three times I had putts within 12 feet that were downhill and left them short.”

“I need to be more aggressive with my stroke and shoot something in the mid-60s and get into the weekend.”

“Hopefully I’m not shut-out tomorrow. I can’t remember the last time I had a round without a birdie.”

 

Ricoh Women’s British Open. Mirim Lee Leads 1st Round.

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Mirim Lee, from South Korea, leads  the Ricoh Women’s British Open, after the 1st round at Woburn Golf Club, in England.

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Mirim carded a stunning first round -10 under par 62 in the Ricoh Women’s British Open, and will take a comfortable three shot lead into the second round tomorrow;

“It was probably one of my best ever rounds, although I still had some errant shots.”

“I played every hole in a similar fashion, hitting fairways and greens. My best ever score was an 11 under par in LPGA Qualifying.”

Ariya Jutanugarn, from Thailand, holds second place with her respectable opening effort of -7 under par 65.

Shanshan Feng is third, the returning injured player from China had a first round -6 under par 66.

Leading home based player is Charlie Hull, -3 under 69, and T11.

Charlie is also a member of Woburn, since she was eleven years old, and knows the Marquess Course well, but that knowledge is over the long course, today the tee’s were moved up, a strange occurrence for a Major Championship. The layout for the first round  was 6,448 yards, though officials had the option to push the tees back to 6,744 or longer;

“I get a bit confused, like where to pitch it, because I’m used to coming in with long clubs, and I know what I’m doing,”

 “It’s a completely different golf course.”

“I usually play off the blues, with my friends, so sometimes I come in with five and four irons and stuff.”

“I like it when it plays long, to be honest.”

“The first tee shot today was probably the most nervous I’ve ever been on a golf course, and I never usually get nervous, it was quite weird.”

“It’s quite an easy tee shot, but I didn’t want to mess it up and make myself look even more silly.”

“It was nice to start with a birdie, as well, and I’m pretty happy with myself because I was pretty nervous on that first tee.”

 “I said to my caddie, I need to make a couple of birdies coming in, and I did.”

Making a mess of the short course was World number one Lydia Ko, recording a first round +2 over par 74, and is now twelve shots off the lead, and really no chance of catching up. The cut is currently projected at even par, so Lydia will have to play well tomorrow, and get some putts to drop, to avoid the embarrassment of a missed cut;

“Nothing was really that great. My short game wasn’t that great to cover up for the missed shots and when I did hit it close, the putts didn’t go in.”

“When that’s the case, you’re not going to shoot a low score. But hopefully a few more putts drop tomorrow.”

“I’ve just got to stay positive. There’s still a lot of golf to be played, and just hit one shot at a time.”

“It’s not an easy course but by the looks of it, it’s playing easy for a couple of the girls. But it’s because they are playing great.”

 

 

 

 

Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open. Isabelle Boineau Claims Maiden Tour Win.

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Isabelle Boineau, from France, claims her maiden Ladies European  Tour win in the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open, at Dundonald Links in Scotland.

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Isabelle posted a final round -4 under par 68 to capture her maiden Tour win, the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open, with a -11 under par total, a one shot victory over the three round contest;

“What a tournament to win: the Scottish Open! I’m so happy and I want to thank my parents and my sponsors for encouraging me to play even when I didn’t want to.”

“Today is just one of the best days of my life.”

“I was very nervous on the last. I was shaking but I didn’t want people to see.”

 “Hitting my rescue, I was so nervous, because I had memories from when I played in 2007 when I think I was in the lead as well.”

“I pushed it because I got scared of the water and finished second, so I thought, don’t do the same.”

“I had my friend, Alexis, on the bag, which helped, because when you’re nervous time can go so fast.”

“The putt was still difficult but when Linda missed hers I felt some relief. I thought, at worst I’ll be in a playoff.”

Linda Wessberg missed her birdie putt, for a tie, carding a last round -3 under 69 and a -10 under total, for second place;

“I played well all day, started off really well, but then didn’t really make any birdies and had a hard time hitting the fairway.”

“The first cut is quite difficult when you’re trying to attack the pins. I misjudged my putt on 17 going up the hill and thought it was going to be slower with the rain.”

Beth Allen -5 under 67 today and Becky Morgan tied for third at -9 under par. Becky was unable to reproduce the good form from the first two rounds, sadly finishing with a +1 over 73.

 

UL International Crown. Team USA Capture the Crown.

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Team USA capture the UL International Crown, despite losing both of their opening round four-ball matches on Thursday.

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Left to right the winning TEAM USA, Lexi Thompson, Cristie Kerr, Stacy Lewis and Gerina Piller with the trophy at Merit Club in Chicago.

Stacy spoke for her happy team;

“We stuck to our game plan, we knew not to change our pairings.”

“We knew that we were playing good golf, and when those pairings came out this morning, I liked the way we were positioned, and Gerina and I went out there getting points early was huge, and we got Kerr through, so we got a crown.”

“It’s awesome, I haven’t done what I wanted in Solheims on Sundays, and this is not quite as much pressure, but my team pulled me out here for a reason, to go get a point, or two points, I guess, and I’m just happy we could get two points on the board.”

Cristie put the winning points on the leaderboard

“I had a feeling last night if we all played really well and things fell into place that my match could be huge.”

 “But I just kind of got oblivious to all of that today because it’s just so hard to figure out who’s making points, who’s winning, who’s losing, and I just tried to take care of my match.”

“I didn’t know that it had come down to me winning that match that we had won until Stacy told me.”

The American ladies posted 12 points overall, beating Team Korea by just one shot, leaving them in second place at with an 11 point total.

The LPGA have announced  that Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Korea will be the host course for the 2018 UL International Crown.

Team Korea captain So Yeon Ryu thought they could win here, but is looking forward to being on home soil next time around;

“I was expecting we’re going to win the tournament, and I just wanted to bring more excitement to 2018 UL International Crown in Korea, but we couldn’t.”

 “But I think it’s going to feel really awesome to represent my country in my motherland.”

England and Taipei tied for third place with 11 points in total.

RBC Canadian Open. Jhonattan Vegas Victorious.

 

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Jhonattan Vegas was victorious in the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Canada 

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Jhonattan won the RBC Canadian Open with an amazing final round -8 under par 64, carding birdies on his last three holes, posting a tournament total of -12 under par.

“It’s never easy, I won on my second start as a rookie, I really thought it was going to be a little bit easier right after that.”

“But it’s been five tough years with injuries to kind of get your momentum back to win golf tournaments.”

“It’s incredible. There are a lot of emotions running through my head right now. I’m super excited. It’s incredible from where I started this year, not having full status on tour.”

“Knowing that it was going to be a really tough year, I think was a great thing for me, because it made me realize how much I loved being here and how much harder I had to work to get back here.”

Three players tied in second place at -11 under for the competition, Jon Rahm -5 under 67 today, Martin Laird, -5 under 67 and Dustin Johnson continuing his recent good form, -3 under par 69 in the final round.

Top Canadian player was the amateur Jared du Toit, who could only manage a last round -1 under par 71 to finish T9 with a -9 under total.

The Senior Open Championship. Paul Broardhurst Carnoustie Champion.

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England’s Paul Broardhurst was crowned king of Carnoustie as he claimed victory in The Senior Open Championship.

 

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ENG Paul carded a final round -4 under par 68 at Carnoustie to post a winning total in The Senior Open Championship of -11 under par, to collect  veterans’ version of the Claret Jug.

Paul said the win was the biggest achievement of his life, and also puts him as No.1 on the European Senior Tour Order of Merit;

““It’s difficult to compare this with the Ryder Cup but, personally, this is the biggest achievement of my career.”

“Yes, the Ryder Cup was massive but that was the result of a load of performances.”

“It was an accumulation of points that got me there. I think this has got to rank higher than the Ryder Cup.”

“This is bigger than all of those wins, I think,.

 “A lot, lot bigger. It’s absolutely massive. I played some of my best golf this week. I hit the ball really nicely and my iron play was really good. The hard work I’ve put in paid off.”

“It’s beyond my wildest dreams. This sort of thing doesn’t happen to players like me normally. I feel very privileged to have won this event.”

“Now I plan to defend my Scottish Senior Open title back here in Scotland and whatever happens I won’t desert Europe.”

“I want to play a schedule which will take in America and Europe. It’s my home and I want to support the events here.”

USA American Scott McCarron finished in second place, at -9 under par, a last round -3 under par 69 giving him that place on his own.

Leader at the start of play today, ESP Miguel Angel Jiménez, from Spain, shared third place with Swede SWE Magnus Persson Atlevi, both  a further shot back at -8 under.

Miguel tried to respond to the challenge on the final hole, but made an uncharacteristic mess of it;

“At the last hole I knew I had to try to get the ball close to the hole but thinned it and made a double bogey.”

RBC Canadian Open. Canadian Jared du Toit Looking Good.

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Canadian amateur Jared du Toit is giving the home country some hope, looking good in second place at the RBC Canadian Open, to tournament leader Brandt Snedeker.

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Brandt leads the RBC Canadian Open, after three rounds  at Glen Abbey Golf Club, with a -9 under par total. Brandt posted a third round of -6 under par 66, to give himself a one shot going into the final round tomorrow, to try and repeat his win in this tournament from 2013;

“Birdieing five of your first six, you can’t really draw it up any better.”

 “I kind of had a lull there in the middle of the round, then finishing the way I did and taking advantage of the two par fives gave me a chance to go out there tomorrow and try to win this tournament again.”

“This gives me a lot of confidence going into the PGA Championship, FedExCup Playoffs, and helps me secure a Ryder Cup spot.”

 “There’s a lot on the line tomorrow, and I know what it entails and I need to go out and play well to secure that.”  

“I think I’m going to be the most hated man in Canada tomorrow.”

Jared, -2 under 70 today, shares second place with Dustin Johnson, -1 under 71, both at -8 under par for the three rounds played.

Jared  will try to become the first Canadian in more than 60 years to win his national open;

“I’m honestly just out here to have some fun and enjoy the atmosphere.”

 “Obviously I want to play well tomorrow, but it’s kind of my first go at it.”

“Win or lose, I’m happy with the way this week’s gone.”

Dustin took 27 putts today, not good compared to 23 and 26 in the previous rounds;

“The conditions were pretty difficult. It was windy. I had a hard time adjusting to the greens.”

 “I would either hit it too far or too short. I feel like I’m hitting good shots, but today, I just didn’t make any putts.

“I feel like I’m playing pretty well, got a lot of confidence in my golf swing right now.”

 “I just need to go out and make some birdies early and put some numbers on the board.” 

Low round of the day went to Steve Wheatcroft, -8 under par 64, to be T4 at -7 under;

“I know I’ve been playing very well lately.”

 “By swinging the club great, I went out there and tried to do my best.”