Quicken Loans National. Two Tied at the Top, but not Tiger.

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Kevin Chappell and Troy Merritt are tied at the top of the Quicken Loans National, but not Tiger who everyone expected to see there.

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Kevin and Troy sit on top of the Quicken Loans National leaderboard with -14 under par totals, on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course.

Kevin had a -4 under par 67 third round, but had to bow to Troy  who posted a tournament record-10 under par 61.

Kevin has a simple game plan;

“You know, I’ve done a really good job of functioning this week.”

‘”That’s the grass. That’s the sky. That’s the hole. That’s my ball.’ Shoot the lowest score tomorrow and I win the golf tournament.”

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Troy had missed five consecutive cuts coming into this week, but now says things are sorted;

“The big thing is we put ourselves into contention for tomorrow and that was the goal.”

“I wanted to have a good week this week and I’ve been taking weekends off for two months now.”

“I finally made putts, it’s really frustrating the first few days hitting the ball really, really well and having good proximity to the hole and not getting much out of it.”

“Today I hit the ball really well and got a lot out of it.”

Sitting in third place is Rickie Fowler, at -13 under par, he had a third round -3 under par 68, which included a crazy 70 ft roller coaster of a putt which dropped in the hole, but overall he was not happy with his performance;

“Little frustrated with a couple mistakes that I made out there today, but excited about where I’m at.”

“I had a good number on seventeen and just made a bad swing. Got those out of the way and there’s tomorrow.”

Jason Bohn, Whee Kim, Charles Howell 111 and David Lingmerth share fourth place at -12 under par.

Charles is looking to keep the pressure on the leaders;

“I made some birdies and they’re out there, got to keep the pedal down tomorrow.”

Charles played alongside Tiger Woods, who slumped back again today, shooting +3 over par 74;

“I was waiting for the one moment, the one shot. I couldn’t find it.”

“Sometimes it’s one of those things you hit it awful on the range and go stripe it on the golf course.”

 “That wasn’t the case here.”

Defending champion Justin Rose has pulled himself up into contention with a third round -6 under par 65, and sits in the group at -11 under par for the tournament.

 

Paul Lawrie Match Play. Marc Makes It To the Semi’s.

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Marc Warren makes it into the semi’s of the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play tournament in Scotland.

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Second seed Marc Warren needed an eagle on the 19th hole to secure his spot in the semi-finals of the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play on Saturday evening, at the Murcar Links Golf Club , defeating Tyrrell Hatton in the play-off.

Marc’s approach shot on the 19th took one bounce before diving into the hole;

“To be fair it was one of the most bizarre matches I have ever been involved in.”

“It started on the first with poor tee shots from both of us into a bunker and he ended up holing out from 100 yards for a birdie.”

“He hit two other chips in after that, one into 18 to go to extra holes and I guess it was just my turn at the 19th to hole out.” 

“It was a good tee shot and I holed it from 59 yards. Yeah, I do not really know what to say. It was just really bizarre from start to finish.”

Tyrrell tweeted;

“Well what an afternoon that was! Disappointing to lose but a great match to be apart of, hopefully I’ve done enough now to get in the USPGA!

Kiradech Aphibarnrat  recovered from a shaky start to beat Michael Hoey 2 and 1 and to progress to the semi finals, where he will meet Marc.

David Howell was the first man to qualify for the final four when he beat fellow Englishman Chris Wood 5 and 4.

David is looking forward to being in the final;

“Obviously we all want to be in the final and we all want to win this championship.”

“It has been a joy to play and everyone has enjoyed the match play. It is the first time in many years we have had it on the Tour.” 

“I have enjoyed it and I know all the guys have. I would like to get to that final and have a chance to win.”

“I am looking forward to tomorrow (Sunday) and hopefully I can get the job done.”

David will meet Robert Karlsson in the semi finals, he beat the home fans favorite, Richie Ramsay, one up.

Robert holed from 50 feet for birdie across the 16th green to take the lead for the first time in the match, and hung on to the end;

“It was nice, I played reasonably well.” 

“I got a little behind in the beginning but he played great, so there was not much I could do. I kept going and made some good putts.” 

“At the end, a couple of bonus ones went in, but that happens.”

 

Women’s British Open. Jin Young Ko and Teresa Lu Lead.

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Jin Young Ko from South Korea and Teresa Lu of Chinese Taipei lead the Women’s British Open at Trump Turnberry Resort in Scotland, where the weather is still giving the players some grief.

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Jin Young Ko and Teresa Lu both carded third rounds of -3 under par 69, to lead the Women’s British Open with -8 under par totals for the 54 holes.

Overnight leader Suzann Pettersen could only manage a third round of even par 72, and is now one shot adrift of the leaders at -7 under par, in third place.

Mika Miyazato of Japan is alone fourth position at -6 under par, following her -2  under par 70 third round effort.

World #1 Inbee Park, South Korea,World #2 Lydia Ko, New Zealand and Minjee Lee from Australia share fifth spot with -5 under par totals

Best placed British player is Melissa Reid, who shares 8th place with So Yeon Ryu, both at -4 under for the tournament.

Melissa  recorded an eagle on the par five 17th, where she hit a perfect 3-wood to 12 feet, sinking the putt, and followed that with a birdie putt of 18 feet on the last hole;

“I’m not too far off. If I can just sort out the first few holes where I’ve been dropping shots then I’ve certainly got a chance.”

“I feel like I’m putting really well and my swing feels good so I’m going to go out there tomorrow and give it my best shot.”

Amy Boulden, pictured above shivered her way round the Ailsa Course, but did card the low round of the day, -4 under par 68. She shares 10th with Nicole Brock Larsen from Denmark.

Amy gave us her thoughts on the day;

“It was tough out there and the wind was strong.”

“Growing up at Conwy, definitely you get used to the wind and links golf. Especially playing as an amateur, we grew up playing links golf.”

“I remember playing in the Helen Holm, I remember playing there at Troon and it was always bad weather, so it’s definitely helping me this week.”

“In the British Open, you want it to blow, you want it to be tough conditions. You don’t want the top players going out and shooting seven under, you want to grind it out and that’s an advantage for me.”

Quicken Loans National. Ryo Reaps Reward, Leads at Half-Way

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Ryo Ishikawa reaps the reward of solid play to lead the Quicken Loans National at the half-way point on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course in Virginia.

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Ryo, from Japan, added a -3 under par 68 to his opening 63 to lead the Quicken Loans National with a -11 under par tournament total.

Ryo has a number in his head that he thinks will win this competition, and he is focusing on that;

“My goal for this weekend is like 15 under, 16 under.”

“So I’m just here focused on that number.”

Tied in second place at -10 under par are Rickie Fowler and Kevin Chappell.

Rickie said the difference between the two days was that today the putts dropped in, he birdied the last three holes today;

“Probably hit it worse today.”

“I wouldn’t say I putted any better, just happened to get some that went in.”

“When the putter gets going the confidence level is about as high as it can be. Really looking forward to the weekend.”

“Wasn’t great by any means out there but it was nice to continue to move forward and get a bit out of the round, and really it all just came down to the last three holes.”

David Lingmerth occupies fourth place on his own, a -6 under par 65 today gives him a -9 under par total.

Tiger Woods continued his upwards progress, a -5 under par 66 today has moved him into a tie for fifth place at -8 under par, along with a whole bunch of other guys.

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One fluffed tee shot today, on the par five 15th;

 “A big, high draw that went about 90 yards.”

“It got me going a little bit, it kind of got me kick-started a little bit, got me a little fired up. I really hit it good from there.”

“Got me a little more focused on what I’m doing out there instead of just hitting a shot.”

“People want the immediate fix, the one tip that’s going to work for the rest of their life.”

“It doesn’t work that way. It takes time to build it. I feel like I can still compete and win.”

“A year-and-a-half ago, I won five times. I think that’s a pretty good number. It’s not that long ago that I was Player of the Year.”

“Eventually I’ll climb back.” 

 

 

 

Women’s British Open. Suzann Has 36 Hole Lead.

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Suzann Pettersen has the 36 hole lead in the Women’s British Open at Trump Turnberry Resort, Ailsa Course, in Scotland.

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Suzann carded a very respectable -3 under par 69 in the  challenging morning conditions, to set the Women’s British Open lead at -7 under par. She will take a two shot advantage into the third round tomorrow.

Suzann spoke to reporters saying how difficult the cold and windy conditions were, and she would have been happy to shoot even par today. Coach Butch Harman has altered her swing, which has helped her here;

“They were very tough conditions; the ball is going nowhere,”

“Par is a very good score today. It’s easy to be picky but overall a very solid round of golf.”

“There is more wind and its coming from the south, so when you make the turn, you hit the wall on 12.”

“I think three under today is a very good score. I feel like I delivered my part today. I teed off early so I’ll enjoy a nice relaxing afternoon and be ready for tomorrow.”

“I felt I was in my hundred per cent control of the ball, the flight, the spin; everything you need to do in conditions like this. So this ranks pretty high as a good round of golf.”

“I’m a lot wider. I’m much shallower, which is why I hit it a lot further. Essentially, handshake, handshake. It’s super simple.”

World #2 Lydia Ko is sharing second place, with So Yeon Ryu, Jin Young Ko, from South Korea, and Teresa Lu from Chinese Taipei, all on -5 under par, they all played in the much tougher golfing conditions in the afternoon rounds.

Lydia spoke about the tough conditions in the afternoon;

“It was really difficult. The wind being strong is one thing; and it was definitely a totally different direction to what it was yesterday.”

“So the course was kind of like playing a new course. But it was so tough.”

“The wind was really strong when we were by the water so, you know, it was hard to keep it in the short stuff.”

“So I made a couple bogeys because of that. Probably the craziest weather I had was on Monday when I was out there in rain and wind, but it was getting pretty close when we were on 11, 12. I tried to hide behind the signs and stay away.”

World #1 Inbee Park struggled in the tougher afternoon conditions, carded a +1 over par 73, to be in ninth position on her own at -2 under par.

Yesterday’s leader Hyo-Joo Kim suffered in the wind, returning a +6 over par 78, and tumbled down the leaderboard to T10, at -1 under par. The British bright light from yesterday, Florentyna Parker also dropped away, carding +5 over par 77, and T21.

Everyone agreed that these were the worst conditions they had ever experienced playing professional golf. Wonder what tomorrow will bring.

 

Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Matchplay. Host Paul Departs.

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Host Paul departs from the second round of the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Matchplay tournament, beaten by fellow Scotsman, Chris Doak.

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Chris Doak is through to the last 16 of the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Matchplay after scraping past the tournament’s host, Paul Lawrie, one up, in a thrilling encounter at Murcar Links, in Scotland.

Chris was thrilled at the result;

“It is fantastic to beat anybody, but Paul being such a good player and being the host, it is a little bit extra special I guess.”

“I have not really played my best and Paul certainly did not play his best today.”

“But I am getting there and building confidence, which is the main thing. It is good to go to the next round.”

Paul was obviously very upset at the outcome, he wanted to go further into the tournament where he is the host;

“I am obviously disappointed. Gutted. But I did not play very well today.” 

“I hit the ball really poorly and struggled all day with ball striking. I did not hole any putts that I had to hole to be fair and Chris did.”

“Both of us played pretty poor. If it had been a match of ball striking today, it would have been a spectacle to be fair.”

“It was pretty poor in places. He has holed three or four putts that you have to hole to keep matches going when you are up or when you are one or two ahead.”

“So fair play. He is the boy that is going to be playing tomorrow and deserves to be playing tomorrow.”

“Obviously I wanted to be a little bit further this week. I felt I was playing good and in control of my game, but today I kind of just did not have it.”

Another Scotsman though to the next round is Marc Warren, he progressed after beating Fabrizio Zanotti 3 and 2 .

Marc was really happy with his performance.

“I played really good.”

“Really solid tee to green again and finished off with two really good putts on 15 and 16.”

Englishman Chris Wood was the first man to confirm his spot in the last 16, thanks to his second 5 and 4 win of the week, he needed just two and a half hours to beat Spain’s Jorge Campillo.

The number one seed in the tournament, England’s James Morrison was beaten 2 and 1 today by Sweden’s Johan Carlsson.

 

 

Quicken Loans National. Two Tied at the Top.

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Retief Goosen and Ryo Ishikawa are the two players tied at the top of the Quicken Loans National on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course in Virginia.

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Retief and Ryo both carded first rounds of -8 under par 63 in the Quicken Loans National to top the leaderboard at the end of day 1.

Retief is feeling fine after some serious back problems over the years, he just wishes he was younger. Don’t we all;

“I’m lucky to be out here. Three, four years ago my career looked like it was at an end,” “I’m just glad I’m still out there and playing. Yeah, I just wish I was 10 years younger again.”

Ryo, who started on the back nine, carded six birdies in a row starting on the 14th hole, he is not sure why there are so many holes in one recently;

“It took about two holes to make myself calm.”

 “Number five was a par five, like a birdie hole, but it was kind of difficult for me to make a par right there.”

 “I don’t know why there’s so many holes-in-one. I think because of the Quicken Loans. I think it’s a good system.”

Ernie Els, Justin Leonard and Kevin Chappell share third place at -7 under par following their opening rounds of 64.

Justin Rose, the defending Champion, shot -6 under par 66, the same score as the new professional Ollie Schneiderjans, in only his second Tour start, they are tied on that score with six other players.

Justin, the birthday boy Tweeted;

“Thanks for all the birthday messages. Pleased with my first round 66 today.”

Rickie Fowler and Ryo Ishikawa both scored hole in ones today, Rickie on the 184 yard ninth, he bought everyone a beer;

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Ryo made his Ace on the 210 yard par three 4th.

Someone else celebrating today was Tiger Woods, he shot -3 under par 68, after a difficult start to the day;

“I’ve been playing well, hitting the golf ball well.”

 “Feel like my putting has been good. Just stay patient, just stay with it and it will turn if I stay patient, which I did and, I mean, I had a run there.”

“That’s what scoring is all about. You got to score and I made a lot of key putts today. I ran them by the hole but I made all the comebacks, and overall I felt like I hit the ball well enough to turn it around.”

“It was nice to actually turn it around.”

“We worked on a little bit of my through swing, fixed a couple things I felt like were off and put it to good use the last few, about the last six days,.

“I really felt comfortable here. I’m hitting shots.”

It has been rumored that Tiger has fired coach Chris Como. Do you think that going it alone is the reason for his improvement?