Waste Management Phoenix Open. Danny Lee Leads, By Three Shots.

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Danny Lee, from New Zealand has a three shot lead after 54 holes in the  Waste Management Phoenix Open, at TPC Scottsdale.

Danny Lee carded a 4-under 67 and leads by 3 shots heading into Sunday. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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Danny carded a third round -4 under par 67 to lead the Waste Management Phoenix Open by three shots at -13 under par. He spoke a about a great putting day, and is looking for another good day tomorrow. Danny’s “good friend” Ha Na Jang has just won the Coats Golf Championship in Florida, this could be an omen;

“It was a really good putting day.”

I’ve been putting it really well, I am very confident with my putting.”

“Obviously I have never been in this situation before, but I am not going to think about it that much.”

I’m just going to go out there and have another best day tomorrow.”

Hideki Matsuyama and Rickie Fowler are tied in second place, those three shots back at -10 under par. Hideki -3 under 68 today and Rickie seemed to struggle for his -1 under par 70;

“I just didn’t get much out of the round.”

“Just kind of managed it well and played with what I had to get around.”

Through a translator Hideki said he had struggled with his putting;

“I didn’t putt very well today.”

“I didn’t drive the ball very well, but I did get it around. I’m happy with that.”

Boo Weekly and Bryce Molder are tied in fourth spot, both at -9 under par for the tournament. Boo with a very nice -6 under 65 and Bryce one better, -7 under 64.

Crowd favorite Phil Mickelson is alone in sixth place at -8 under par, -6 under 65 today lifting the super star up the leaderboard. Some Mickelson magic tomorrow could work wonders. Something like the spell he cast on the par five 15th today, where made a very unlikely birdie,  his hybrid approach from 255 yards went so far right that it crossed the lake and ended up in the 11th fairway. He recovered by hitting a wedge to 15 feet and then made the putt;

“It was the worst shot of the year and I ended up making a birdie.”

Coats Golf Championship. Ha Na Wins Maiden Tour Victory.

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Ha Na Jang wins the Coats Golf Championship in Florida, her maiden LPGA Tour victory.

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Ha Na crammed everything into her maiden LPGA Tour victory at the Coats Golf Championship, including an Albatross. A final round of even par 72 for a -11 under par tournament total was good enough to claim her first win on tour, and a wire to wire win at that. The final putt was followed by a big fist pump celebration, which was admired by Lydia Ko;

“Yeah, I’ve never seen that before. I don’t know how anyone can beat that. It was almost kind of like James Hahn’s Gangnam Style a few years ago.”

“But no, that’s a pretty cool ceremony. I don’t know who would think of that. But yeah, obviously she loves doing it to celebrate, and you can see by her fist pumps during the round, too.”

Ha Na spoke about the celebration;

“I tried on No. 12 on the tee, and after the shot, and I tried like this, and some people were like, ‘You’re really funny, your swing!’”

 “Okay, I’ll try it at Ocala in tournament, so it’s no problem, yeah.”

Brooke M Henderson, from Canada, was in second place on her own at -9 under par, she also carded a final round of even par.

Third position was shared between In Gee Chun, Sei Young Kim and world #1 Lydia Ko, all at -7 under par for the competition.

In Gee was -2 under today, Sei Young -1 under, but Lydia carded a last round +3 over par 75, to drop out of contention.

Lydia bemoaned putts not dropping;

“I feel like during the middle of today’s round I didn’t hit the ball very well.”

 “Overall I’ve been striking the ball really good even in the rain today, so that’s a positive, and I feel like I’m stroking the ball well with the putter.”

“Not many dropped, but that’s another thing.”

 

 

Omega Dubai Desert Classic. Danny Willett On Top.

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Danny Willett is on top of the  Omega Dubai Desert Classic leaderboard after 54 holes at Emirates Golf Club.

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Danny moved to the top of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic leaderboard with a brilliant bogey free-7 under par third round 65, to give him a one shot lead with a -16 under par total.

Danny spoke about his great round, being under control, and his mental approach;

“It was good, I played great golf today.”

“I played really well yesterday and kept the foot down and could have been a couple better today. I’m delighted. I kept the ball under fantastic control with some crosswinds and did everything right really.”

“I had couple of hiccups in there today where it could have been a little different but I kept the head on and kept moving forward.”

“I think mentally, I feel like I’m very much in control of myself, which obviously helps. And swing-wise, I’ve got a few things that I’m trying to do.”

“I’m trying to keep it as simple as possible and let the mind be a little bit calmer, and it seems to be working so far.”

“It’s a great golf event. I think the atmosphere around this golf course is fantastic, second to none. There are little gathering areas around tee boxes and greens, and we get a lot of support.”

Rafa Cabrera-Bello is the man in second place, at -15 under par, just one shot adrift. A third consecutive round of -5 under par 67 keeping him firmly in touch of the leader.

Third place belongs to Andy Sullivan, and at -14 under par for the tournament is definitely in contention. He stayed within sight of the top with a bogey free -6 under 66 today, in fact he has not recorded a bogey since his first hole on day one, which was a double at the tenth.

Rory McIlroy had a -4 under par 68 today, which doubled his total to -8 under par, and he now has little hope of winning this tournament.

 

Waste Management Phoenix Open. James Hahn Leads Suspended Round 2

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The second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open may have been suspended, but it wont change the top of the leaderboard, where James Hahn sits alone at TPC Scottsdale.

James Hahn tallied a 6-under 65 during Round 2 of the Waste Management Phoenix Open. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

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James fired a bogey free second round -6 under par 65 to lead the Waste Management Phoenix Open at the close of play on the second day, with a -10 under par total.

James said he was having fun making all those birdie putts on perfect greens;

“I’m having fun out there.”

“Making a lot of putts, hitting a lot of fairways, giving myself many opportunities to make birdie.”

“It’s the one week out of the year where you’re allowed to do anything you want and not get fined.”

“It’s good for golf, good for the game, good for the fans that come out here.”

“They support the golf tournament, so might as well give them a show.”

“Sleeping in my own bed this week, live about 10 minutes away, I have played this course a hundred times.”

“The only thing different about the course today, as any other day, is the greens are better.”

Rickie Fowler, and Kiwi Danny Lee are tied in second place, both at -9 under for the tournament, Rickie with -3 under 68 today and Danny -5 under 66.

Sharing fourth position are Shane Lowery, Harris English and Hideki Matsuyama, all on -7 under par.

Bubba Watson, currently T13 at -4 under, has had to apologize to all and sundry, his pre-tournament comments about the course, and his sponsors must have ruffled some high-flying feathers. I wonder who wrote this script for him;

“I used the wrong words, I have nothing against the fans and the tournament.”

“The fans have been great. I love coming here. I’ve lived here every winter for eight years.”

“This is a beautiful place. And the reason why I’m here is because of the excitement around this golf tournament. The fans have been great.”

“I used words that I shouldn’t have used. I didn’t explain myself well. My wife says that too when I go home. I don’t communicate very well.”

Coats Golf Championship. Round 3 Suspended Due to Darkness. Lydia and Ha Na Lead.

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Lydia Ko and Ha Na Jang lead the Coats Golf Championship, as darkness duly suspended round 3 in Florida.

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Lydia and Ha Na are tied at the top of the Coats Golf Championship as darkness brought round three to an early end. Both ladies have tournament totals of -7 under par, with Lydia completing six third round holes, carding one birdie, and Ha Na at even par though her six holes.

In the late gloom of the day,  Lydia backed off a putt, because she was not sure if the ball had moved, and having been caught before in that situation the rules had to be confirmed;

“Yeah, I wasn’t sure because it’s obviously getting a little dark, and with the steepness of the greens, you never know if it does move or not, and I kind of was hovering over it going back and forth, so I don’t know if that action was making it look like it moved or not.”

 “The rules, we cleared everything, so now I can just go to bed and have a good dinner and come out here early, but this happened to me last year at this tournament, the second round or something, and it happened at KPMG, too, so I just wanted to clarify it so it wouldn’t be a problem tomorrow.”

Five ladies are tied in third position at -6 under par, with none of them having completed their third rounds; Kim Kaufman, Sei Young Kim, Lexi Thompson, Jessica Korda and Haru Nomura.

Kim Kaufman knew it was going to be a long haul today;

“We knew it was going to be long, and we were ready for that. It was kind of the same thing we did last year.”

“We knew early it was going to be kind of a fight, and then with about seven holes left this morning, I thought, okay, let’s make some birdies, and we just continued that in the afternoon.”

“I just played well, started to hit my irons really well.”

Lexi got up early, played a couple of holes, and then sat around waiting to start again;

“It was just an early wake-up call to play two holes and then wait around until 3:00 p.m. to warm back up.”

“But it is what it is, you can’t control the weather, and I just tried to make the best of it on the holes that I did play.”

Jessica said it was hard to try and plan your day;

“It’s just hard to time out your day.”

“I think we came back out and played two and a half holes this morning and then had most of the afternoon, morning off and then back to play six holes.”

“So I think just timing it all and keeping your energy levels up has been a little bit of a challenge.”

It will be a marathon day tomorrow with the leaders having to play 30 holes to complete the tournament, it will be survival of the fittest, depending on the weather of course.

Coats Golf Championship. Second Round Completed, Ha Na Leads.

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Ha Na Jang took the Coats Golf Championship second round lead in the late finish today.

Ha Na  finished her second round at even par 72, giving her a one shot lead at -7 under par, which she achieved yesterday with that -7 under 65.

Haru Nomura and Lydia Ko are just that one shot behind at -6 under par for the tournament. Haru with a second round -6 under 66, and Lydia posting another round of -3 under 69.

There then follows a group of five ladies on -5 under, Jessica Korda, Lizette Salas, Lexi Thompson, Xi Yu Lin and Sei Young Kim.

The third round is now in session, lets hope that the weather is kind to them today.

Omega Dubai Desert Classic. Rafa Has The 36 Hole Lead.

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Rafa Cabrera-Bello has the 36 hole lead at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at the Emirates Golf Club.

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Rafa had another -5 under par 67 today to take the lead in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at -10 under par, and has a one shot lead going into the weekend.

The 2012 Champion tied for second place at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters last week, and said he is in good form, especially in the putting department;

“My game really is very good at the moment, I’m confident I’m doing all parts of the game well.”

“Today it was just a couple sloppy swings that maybe affected my confidence a little bit, but I know the game is really sharp.”

“I’m just enjoying golf at the moment. I worked hard over the break and I’m happy to be here competing again and ready.”

“Having won here before is a bonus. If it gets to the point of the last few holes on Sunday that I have a chance to win, I know I’ve done it before, so I can do it again, especially here.”

“I’ve always loved these greens. I’ve putted really well here before, especially 2012.”

“So I’m putting well, I putted really well today. I putted really well yesterday, even though I hardly holed anything yesterday, but still putted well. And today, they wanted to drop.”

Sharing second place at -9 under par is three-time champion Ernie Els with Danny Willett and Trevor Fisher Jnr.

Danny recorded brilliant bogey free second round -7 under par 65, which really rocketed him up the leaderboard.

At -8 under are Joost LuitenThorbjørn Olesen, Andy Sullivan and Chris Wood who are all proven winners.

Rory McIlroy had a very quiet day, but avoided total disaster posting a second round of even par 72, and had to make three birdies on the last three holes to achieve that score.

At -4 under for the tournament he is now six shots off the pace at the half-way sage, with a lot of work to do if he is going to make a challenge for the title.

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