U.S.Open. Gary Has Half-Way Lead.

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Gary Woodland, USA, has the half-way lead in the U.S.Open at Pebble Beach in California, making a 50ft birdie putt on his last hole, the 9th.

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Gary equaled the tournament low round of -6 under par 65 to grab the 36 hole lead in the U.S. Open with a -9 under par total, with that birdie on the last hole to break clear;

“My short game has come around, I’ve always been a pretty good ball striker, I’ve relied on my ball striking on my whole career, athletic ability, but the short game and putting has kind of held me back.”

“At the PGA last year I made a lot of putts, especially early in the week. Obviously it was nice to finish in the top 10 and get that monkey off the back.”

First round leader Justin Rose, England, could only manage to card a -1 under round of 70 today, to be in second place at -7 under par;

“No expectations for the weekend, really.”

“It’s great being in contention in any U.S. Open but especially here at Pebble. It’s my first here. I missed the one in 2010, in probably some of the best form of my life that year, so it was a tough one to sit at home.”

“It is nice to be in contention.”

“I like my position, I like the golf course, I like the way I’m trending. I still don’t feel like I’m clicking but if I can find that gear hopefully I can hoist some silverware.”

Louis Oosthuizen from South Africa has third place at -6 under par, with a second round -1 under 70.

Aaron Wise, even par 71 today, and Rory McIlroy, -2 under 69 are tied in fourth spot with -5 under totals.

Tiger Woods was +1 over 72 today to be T 32 at even par for the tournament, and seemingly not in touch with his best form.

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PGA Championship. Still Brooks by 7 Shots.

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Brooks Koepka still leads the PGA Championship by seven shots, no one really moved on moving day at Bethpage Black, in New York.

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Brooks had a even par 70 third round, but still stayed seven shots clear of his nearest rivals with his -12 under par tournament total;

“I’m definitely not going to let up.”

“I know guys are going to have to push on this golf course, and if you have to push, you’re going to make mistakes.”

“I feel confident. I feel good. I feel excited, I was excited to get to the golf course and try to build the lead.”

“I know what I’m doing. It’s simpler than what guys think, it’s just focus. It’s grind it out, suck it up and move on.”

Sharing second place, seven shots back at -5 under are four players, world #1 Dustin Johnson, -1 under 69 today, Harold Varner 111, -3 under 67, Jazz Janewattananond, Thailand, -3 under 67, and Luke List -1 under 69.

No one has a chance to catch Brooks, especially on this course, best score today was -3 under, and tomorrow the pins will be in harder positions.

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Ladies European Tour. Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open, Charley Hull Leads.

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Charley Hull of England leads the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open after the first round at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club in Abu Dhabi.

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Charley shot -5 under par 67 to lead the first round of the  Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open by two shots, with good putting being the key;

“I played pretty steady and holed a few putts and then on my back nine, I plodded along.”

“I was hitting good putts, which lipped out, so the highlights were on my front nine.”

“The newer irons are not quite where I want them to be. They are spinning loads and I don’t really like it.”

“I’ve changed my set of irons this week and I’m trying them out but they are going a club shorter so I’ll change back to my old ones when I get home.”

“I’ll practice my punch shots and figure out how to keep them low.”

 Nicole Broch Larsen, Denmark, and Luna Sobron from Spain share second place at -3 under par after opening rounds of 69.

Luna was happy to sink a putt with the flagstick still in;

“On the 17th, I made a birdie, with the flag stick in on the green, a strange new rule, but it was a 15 meter putt.”

“I enjoy playing in the wind and I like to play on Scottish courses, so I feel very comfortable in these conditions.”

“The weather is really good. It’s too cold in Spain now so I prefer to start the season here with a great tournament.”

Nicole needed to give herself a good talking to;

 “I got off to a bad start to say the least. I hit some bad shots and couldn’t find the rhythm.”

“On the back nine, I said, Nicole, try what you’ve been working on the last couple of days, and I started to hit some better shots and gained some confidence, so it was a lot more fun.”

“It’s playing tough and you’ve got to hit good shots. I was good at judging the wind on the back nine.”

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QBE Shootout. Three Teams Tied at the Top.

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 Three teams are tied at the top  of the QBE Shootout after two rounds at Tiburon Golf Club in Florida. Gary Woodland/Charley Hoffman,  Emiliano Grillo/ Graeme McDowell and Brian Harman/ Patton Kizzire have a one shot advantage going onto the final round tomorrow.

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Gary and Charley carded a -8 under 64 today to share the QBE Shootout lead with      G-Mac/ Grillo, -6 under 66 today, and Harman/ Kizzire, also -6 under 66, to post -19 under for the tournament.

One stroke back were Kevin Na/ Bryson DeChambeau, a -5 under 67 today giving them second place on their own at -18 under par.

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South African Open. Charl Schwartzel Has 36 Hole Lead.

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Charl Schwartzel, South Africa, has the 36 hole lead in the South African Open, being played at the two courses at Randpark Golf Club in Johannesburg.

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Charl carded a second round -8 under par 63 on the easier Bushwillow Course, to top the South African Open leaderboard at -12 under par, a one shot lead heading into the weekend;

“The drive on 17 was probably one of my worst tee-shots for the week, I figured if I could walk off with four or five, it would be good.”

“I managed to hit a really good little third shot there. They don’t happen very often.”

“I still can’t figure out why I’m not getting the performances I need, even after that round.”

“I’ve had a few tournaments where I’ve played well like this, so I’m not going to talk too much yet.”

Madalitso Muthiya, of Zambia, has second place to himself at -11 under par, a second round -3 under par 68 on the longer Firethorn Course, keeping him in touch of the leader;

“I was pleased that I managed to bounce back after the blemish.”

“I am very happy that I was able to hang in there and not let that distract me in terms of finishing off the round.”

“I am pleased with where I am. I think I have taken the right steps to play good golf and the next thing for me is to play good golf again. I think everything else will just take care of itself.”

Three players are then tied in third place at -10 under par. Zander Lombard, South Africa, -3 under 68 on Firethorn, Kurt Kitayama, USA, -2 under 69, Bushwillow, and Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa, with -1 under 70 on Bushwillow.

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South African Open. Louis Oosthuizen Leads.

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Louis Oosthuizen leads his home event the South African Open with an opening round of -9 under par 62 on the shorter of the two course being used this week the Bushwillow Course.

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Louis fired a bogey free  -9 under 62 to lead the South African Open by just one shot, on home soil, where he has never won, but he does have a Claret Jug;

“Any time, anywhere, nine under is always going to feel nice.”

“It was one of those rounds where you don’t really look at any scoreboard or your card, you just play.”

“I drove it really well and gave myself good opportunities to hit it close and I’m putting nicely, so it was just birdie after birdie.”

“There’s a long way to go. I’ve got one of the courses out of the way so now I just focus on the main course for the week and it feels like a new tournament starting tomorrow for me.”

Two players share second place at -8 under, last weeks winner Kurt Kitayama, USA, also bogey free, playing the longer Firethorn Course and Madalitso Muthiya from Zambia, another bogey free round on the Bushwillow Course.

Kurt decided to only play nine holes on the Pro-Am on Wednesday;

“Last week in Mauritius was mentally very draining, trying to stay calm and hold that lead for the entire last round.”

“It definitely took a toll coming into this week.”

“I felt tired during the pro-am and decided to play only nine holes on Wednesday because I just wanted to rest up.”

“I played Firethorn in the pro-am so tomorrow when I play Bushwillow we’ll see if resting helped me. But I think that mentally just getting the rest is the most important thing.”

Madalitso missed the cut last week, and hoping for better things here;

“I did get the feeling a good performance was looming.”

“I played exceptionally well in Mauritius and missed the cut by one.”

“I looked at that and learnt from those errors and just built on the positive things I did last week.”

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Hero World Challenge. Jon Rahm Wins.

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Jon Rahm of Spain wins the Hero World Challenge at Albany Golf Club in the Bahamas.

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Jon won the Hero World Challenge by a whopping four shots, with a final round -7 under par 65 giving him a tournament total of -20 under;

“Arguably the best ball-striking day I’m ever going to have, even better than Friday.”

“That Sunday with Tiger is still the most emotionally, most important moment of my golf career, it means so much to play against Tiger.”

“A couple months later, to win his event, it’s really special.”

In second place at -16 under was Tony Finau, USA, his last round -4 under 69 giving him that place on his own.

Justin Rose, England, was third at -15 under, he also carded -7 under 65 for his last round, but that final birdie on 18  by Tony denied Justin from returning to the number slot in the World Rankings;

“It’s not a huge goal for me, but when you have these opportunities you want to take them.”

“Obviously anytime you get to No. 1 you want to stay there, it’s a nice feeling.”

Tiger did not suffer the ignominy of finishing in last place, just one step up from the bottom;

“Overall, it was a long week, but one that I hope the players enjoyed.”

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