Volunteers of America Texas Shootout. Haru Nomura Leads.

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Haru Nomura, Japan, leads the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout after the second round in Texas.

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Haru shot -6 under par 65 to lead the  Volunteers of America Texas Shootout by one shot at -9 under par, with good putting being the key to her round today;

“My mind was very calm today. It was windy, but I like windy and tough conditions.”

“I putted well and shot pretty good today.”

Ariya Jutanugarn holds second place, at -8 under par, she carded -4 under par 67 today;

“Pretty good day today, I hit the ball pretty good on my front nine, made some putts today.”

Third place belongs to Suzann Pettersen, she shot a second round -6 under 65, for a -7 under par total.

Dori Carter fired the round of the day, an 8-under-par 63, to make her first cut of the season, good putting again helped;

“That’s just golf, I struck the ball well yesterday and I didn’t get up and down, today I did.”

“When I missed the green, I got up and down. And then I had some really cool long fringe putts.”

“Putts started to fall and that just became exciting.”

“So that was probably the difference between yesterday and today, I got up and down. I even holed out for an eagle today, things like that. I was always close and today was finally my day.”

Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith at the Top.

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Team Jonas and Cameron  are at the top of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans leaderboard after they shot -10 under 62.

Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith had it rolling on Friday with two eagles and six birdies. (PGA TOUR)

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Jonas from Sweden and Cameron, Australia teamed up well to lead the Zurich Classic of New Orleans by one shot after their second round -10 under 62.

Jonas spoke of their relationship;

“I think Swedes and Australians get along well with each other.”

Patrick Read and Patrick Cantlay are in second place at -14 under par, after they too carded a second round -10 under 62.

Two teams are tied in third place, K.J. Choi / Charlie Wi, -8 under 64 today, and Troy Merritt / Robert Streb, who also carded a -10 under 62, these guy are at -13 under par for the tournament.

Retief Goosen and Tyrone Van Aswegen had the low round of the day, a -12 under 60, after they both missed a putt on the last for a 59;

Retief said;

“Can you believe it; leave it short for 59.”

 

 

Volvo China Open. Pablo Larrazábal Leads.

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Pablo Larrazábal leads the Volvo China Open at the half-way stage in China.

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Pablo carded a second round -6 under par 66 to lead the Volvo China Open going into the week-end with a tournament total of -14 under par, and a three stroke advantage over the field. Unlike last week Pablo has been putting well here;

“It’s good to have some confidence coming into the week.”

” I feel like I’m just trying to keep up the same stuff I was working on last week, and so far so good.”

“I played probably tee to green the best golf of my career over the weekend in Shenzhen and, believe it or not, I didn’t hole any putts.”

“I shot 11 under par over the last weekend but I didn’t hole as many putts as I wanted to but it looks like these past two days have been the other way around.”

“It’s been a great two days of work, I have been playing good and putting awesome so I am looking forward to the weekend.”

“It’s been a long time since I have been leading a golf tournament and I love it, so hopefully another good 36 holes and we will see what happens.”

Dylan Frittelli, with course record equaling -9 under par 63, and first round leader Alex Levy, who carded -9 under yesterday, but -2 under 70 today,  share second place at -11 par.

Soomin Lee has fourth spot at -10 under, a second round -7 under par giving him that place on his own.

Volunteers of America Texas Shootout. Mi Jung Hur Conquers Windy Conditions To Lead.

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Mi Jung Hur conquers the windy conditions in Dallas to lead the  Volunteers of America Texas Shootout.

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Mi Jung played the course backwards to post a bogey free -6 under par 65, and lead the   Volunteers of America Texas Shootout, by two shots.

MI Jung said good putting on her back nine made the difference;

“The winds are swirling every hole, so it gave me a little bit of a headache.”

“I hit the ball pretty good today.”

“I just didn’t make a putt on the front nine, but I started making putts on the back nine.”

In the huge pack of eight ladies sharing second place at -4 under par is Ariya Jutanugarn, who could become the new World Number One this week with a win here;

“I didn’t try to think about that, I just feel like it’s more important for me to have fun and be happy on the course.”

Michelle Wie is also in that chasing pack at -4 under;

“I just had fun out there.”

“It was fun to play low in conditions like this. I was happy with where I positioned myself today, and hopefully I can go out there tomorrow morning and make some more birdies.”

Australian Katherine Kirk is also in that pack, and scored  hole in one at the par 3 fourth hole’

“I hit it so well, so I bent down to pick up the tee, then someone in the group said, ‘get in the hole,’ and I’m like, ‘What?’ and it went in. I didn’t even see it, to be honest.”

Everyone was pleased to see the return to golf of Lexi Thompson, even the officials who so harshly ruled out her great showing  ANA Inspiration have now decided to ignore calls from people who watch slow motion replays time after time before making a phone call;

“It was just good to get out and be playing again. The three weeks off it was a little hard, but I’m just so happy to be here and get back into competition.”

“All I’m focusing on is the tournament that I’m at right now here in Texas, going to Japan next week, and forgetting about it all. It’s time to move on.”

A great politically correct statement, from Lexi who is currently at -2 under for this tournament, wouldn’t be good if she could win here.

Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Teams Spieth/ Palmer and Stanley / Ruffels Lead.

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There is a  tie at the top of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans leaderboard, the team of Jordan Spieth and  Ryan Palmer, accompanied by Kyle Stanley with Ryan Ruffels share top spot in this team event at TPC Louisiana.

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Both teams carded opening rounds of -6 under par 66 in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Jordan spoke about his bonus chip-in;

“We knew we were going to have a couple of birdie holes coming in with a wedge on 16 and obviously a par five.”

“So we figured we could keep moving up the board, It was definitely nice for it to go in. It was a nice little bonus.”

Ryan Ruffels was happy with  his partner Kyle;

“I get along great with Kyle and I think our games sort of are somewhat similar.”

 “He’s very calm and collected, plays very boring golf, just so consistent.”

“It’s nice to know he’s going to hit a fairway, he’s going to hit a green. That takes a lot of stress out of you.”

Four teams are tied in third place at -5 under par after rounds of 67; K.J.Choi / Charlie Wi, Two Ben’s Martin and Crane, Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith, with Charley Hoffman and Nick Watney.

Nick spoke of his admiration for Charlie;

“It’s fun to be here again, and then to partner with Charley.”

 

 

Volvo China Open. Alex Levy Leads

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Alex Levy, from France, leads the Volvo China Open at Topwin Golf and Country Club in China.

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Alex kept his recent good form going, carding a bogey free -9 under par 63 to lead the first round of the Volvo China Open.

Alex said he played great golf with 18 greens in regulation today, combined with some good putting;

“I played great, I hit 18 greens today and had some good putts for birdie, two or three long putts that helped but I played well last week and I am enjoying being back here and at this golf course.”

“I like the golf courses in China, the last one and this one, but the golf is different day after day and I will try my best this week to do like what I did today.”

Pablo Larrazábal, Spain, is just one shot back in second spot at -8 under par, shooting 64 with his opening round, he had a conscious effort to two putt today;

“I am very happy , you know one of those solid rounds.”

“I tried to two-putt and I made one putt so that was a bonus.”

“I was happy with two putts and it’s one of those bonuses that a good day in the office gives you.”
Peter Hanson, Sweden and James Morrison, from England, both share third place at -5 under, after their first rounds of 67.

 

Valero Texas Open. Kevin Chappell Gets Maiden Win

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Kevin Chappell gets Maiden  PGA Tour win at the Valero Texas Open at TPC Antonio in Texas.

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Kevin sinks the winning putt

Kevin shot a final round -4 under par 68 to win the Valero Texas Open with a -12 under par total. He sunk an 8ft putt to claim his first ever PGA Tour win, exceptional putting on Sunday giving him the dream win.

Brooks Koepka claimed second place at -11 under par, with a great last round -7 under par 65.

Kevin Tway, -3 under 69 today, and Tony Finau, also -3 under 69, shared third place at -9 under par.