BMW International Open. Wade Ormsby Leads.

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Wade Ormsby, of Australia, leads the BMW International Open at  Golfclub München Eichenried in Germany.

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Wade fired a first round -8 under par 64 to lead the BMW International Open by one shot;

“I had a fast start out there, turned in 30 on the front nine, and then kind of kept it going on the back.”

 “A bit steadier on the back but very happy.”

“We actually came here this morning to practice early which I’ve never done before, I just knew there was something there and I wasn’t getting what I wanted.”

“I obviously found something today and I just kept on working what we’re trying to work on, which isn’t normally me, I play by feel.”

In second place at -7 under, is Thomas Detry, from Belgium, he carded an opening round 65.

Tied in third place at -6 under are,  Sergio Garcia, SpainThorbjørn Olesen, Denmark and Joost Luiten, Holland.

Sergio, bogey free today, is  playing his first regular European Tour event since winning his first Major Championship at Augusta National, and said he had played and putted well today;

“It was great, I felt like I played quite well, not spectacular, but very consistent throughout the whole day.”

“I was very happy to see some of the shots I hit and some of the putts I made and very happy with my six under.”

“There’s still three more to go, so we’re going to keep playing hard and hopefully we’ll have some more like this and we’ll be up there on Sunday.”

U.S. Open. Brooks Koepka Wins.

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Brooks Koepka wins the U.S. Open at Erin Hills Golf Course, his first Major trophy

Brooks Koepka pulled away from a crowded leaderboard with three straight birdies on the back nine Sunday at Erin Hills. (Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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Brooks made birdie on  14, 15, and 16, in a final round of -5 under par 67, to win the U.S. Open with a -16 under par total, and a four shot winning margin;

Brooks started his late run by one-putting four consecutive holes to take a grip on the U.S. Open trophy. It started with a nine foot par save Putt at the par three 13th;

“The par save on 13, that built some confidence, that was kind of the changing point of the round for me.”

“I played really solid from the moment we got here on Monday and all the way through until today.”

 “The ball-striking was pretty solid, it had to be today, especially with the wind.”

“This golf course, you had to put the ball in the fairway and if you didn’t you really got penalized, just plain and simple.”

“What I’ve done this week is amazing,”

Hideki Matsuyama, Japan, -6 under 66 today, and Brian Harman, USA,  with a last round of even par 72 tied for second place, at -12 under par.

Brian mentioned the three consecutive birdies;

“He birdied 14, 15, 16, and that was kind of lights out.”

“He went and won the golf tournament on the back nine.”

“I just wish I would have been able to put a little more pressure on the course. I didn’t drive it as well as I would’ve liked.”

“I had an opportunity today and I didn’t get it done.”

Hideki said he needs more than two good rounds;

“I learned that I have to put four good rounds together.”

 “I played two good rounds, but it wasn’t enough.”

Tommy Fleetwood, England, finished on his own in fourth place at -11 under par, with a sad last round of even par 72;

“Obviously, Brooks dealt with it amazingly.”

“He’s proven for a long time how good he is. Now he’s done it in a major.”

P.S. Don’t know if anyone else has noticed, but apart from having similar names, Brooks and Brooke Henderson, from Canada, who won the Meijer LPG Classic today, both wore the same color shirt.

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U.S. Open. Brian Harman Has 54 Hole Lead.

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Brian Harman has the 54 hole lead at the U.S. Open at Erin Hills Golf Course.

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Brian shot a third round -5 under par 67 to top the U.S. Open leaderboard at -12 under par, and will take a one shot lead into the final round tomorrow.

Brian would not reveal his innermost motivation;

“I’m not going to delve into the things that I derive my motivations from, but I’m certainly motivated.”

“I think everyone has doubts, everyone has fears, for me, just trying to figure out what they are and kind of rationalize them and deal with them.”

Tied in second place at -11 under par are, Justin Thomas, who signed for a U.S. Open record breaking -9 under par 63, finishing with an Eagle at the par five 18th. He shares second place with Tommy Fleetwood, from England, -4 under 68 today, and Brooks Koepka, also -4 under 68.

Justin was impressed with his Eagle at the last;

“The finish was awesome. I’d love to have another one of those.”

“I was in a great zone out there, I was hitting it well, I was putting it well, I had some great up-and-downs.”

“Everything has been flowing. I’m sure once I sit down and relax tonight it will maybe set in a little bit more.”

“I’m just so excited to give myself a great chance to win this golf tournament.”

On a more sobering thought, of the five other players who shot a 63 in the third round at a Major, none of them went on to win the tournament.

Tommy made a bogey at the last to slip from a share of the lead, but was happy to play well;

“I hit good iron shots early on, I hit good drives and the further I got into the round I just felt really comfortable.”

“I actually felt calmer today than I did yesterday.”

“It is going to be new again now, I’m on a Sunday now. I always say it’s just you and the golf course but tomorrow is going to be a very different experience.”

“I’m on a Sunday now. I always say it’s just you and the course, but tomorrow is going to be a very different experience.”

Rickie Fowler holds fifth place on his own at -10 under par, he kept in touch with a -4 under par 68 today.

Truth is just about anybody could win this tournament, the course set up tomorrow will be the hardest, and mistakes can be very costly, just ask Paul Casey, +3 over 75 today.

Meijer LPGA Classic. Lexi Leaps Ahead.

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Lexi Thompson, USA, leads ahead of the field on moving day at the Meijer LPGA Classic.

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Lexi is on top of the Meijer LPGA Classic leaderboard after 54 holes, shooting a third round -5 under 64, for a -15 under total, and a one shot lead going into the final round tomorrow. The par for the course had to be changed because of severe flooding, the par five 5th hole was played as a par three today, the large amount of rainfall leading to a two-hour delay.

Lexi stayed patient in the wet conditions, and converted a few birdie putts;

“It was just a matter of staying patient, I knew I was hitting it well on the front nine, I just wasn’t making the birdies.”

“But I hit it well all day, so it was all a matter of hitting the shots closer and I guess just taking advantage of like No. 11, reaching that one in two, and making a few putts for birdie.”

Four ladies are tied in second place at -14 under par; Brooke Henderson, Canada, -2 under par 67 today, Lee Ann Pace, South Africa, with the low round of the day of -8 under 61. They were joined on that -14 under score by two ladies from South KoreaSung Hyun Park, -7 under 62 and Jenny Shin, -6 under 63.

Overnight leader Brooke had a tough round today, but hopes to sink more putts tomorrow;

“It was kind of a tough day out there. I think with the two-hour delay, I was kind of slow starting, but once I got going on the back nine, I felt really pretty great about my game.”

“I would have liked to go a little bit further under par today, but just the course wasn’t giving it to me.”

“So hopefully tomorrow I can drop a few more putts and climb the leaderboard a little bit.”

Lee Ann is playing well with a new set of irons;

“The last few weeks I’ve struck my irons really, really well. I just changed the irons and it’s made all the difference.”

“I played really nicely today. My irons were really good. I was looking at birdie on almost every hole, which was nice.”

Lydia Ko is in the group at -11 under par, a solid round of -5 under 64 keeping her in touch of the leaders;

“It was really solid. On a day like today when you don’t know if you’re going to have further rain delays or how the course is playing.”

“I think it was really important to hit the fairways and I think that I was doing pretty well out there.”

“Hopefully I’ll keep doing that.”

U.S. Open. 4 Way Tie at the Top.

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Thee is a 4 way tie at the top of the U.S. Open leaderboard after 36 holes at Erin Hills Golf Course. Paul Casey and Tommy Fleetwood of England, share the honor with Brooks Koepka and Brian Harman, U.S.A. all at -7 under par.

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Paul managed to card an eight at the par five 14th hole on his way to signing for a -1 under par 71 in the second round of the U.S. Open;

“Not every day you enjoy a round of golf with an 8 on the card, but I’m a pretty happy man.”

“Yeah, it was a bit of a roller coaster. I guess it’s rare you get through a U.S. Open or any major without some kind of a hiccup.”

“I was upset with the score I had made, but it had, in no way, any effect on my attitude or how I was going to then approach the rest of the round or the next shot.”

“Part of that is just age, and part I’ll give credit to Johnny McLaren, credit to my wife and my little boy.”

Brooks, -2 under 70 today, said he had stayed calm;

“I’d say I was calm. I mean it doesn’t really get me too worked up, whatever happens, bogey, double, birdie, eagle, I mean I’m pretty chill anyway.”

Tommy has put his resurgence down to good coaching, and his best mate;

“I went back to my old coach and had one of my best mates caddieing, and I think that can’t be underestimated having your friend with you.”

“Tomorrow will be a very cool experience. It’s still Saturday, 36 holes is a very long time in a U.S. Open. Anything can happen.”

“No matter what that’s something when you’re always going to walk up the 18th green with your best mate.”

Brian is happy to be where he’s at;

“I have no expectations. I have no idea how the weekend is going to go, no one does.”

“For me, if I can just stay where I am, just keep doing what I’m doing, I’ll have a chance.”

Three players are tied in fifth place , one shot back at -6 under. First round leader Rickie Fowler  went into reverse today, with  second round +1 over par 73, he shares with J.B. Holmes, -3 under 69 today, and Jamie Lovemark also -3 under today.

Rickie told reporters he was in a good spot;

“We’re in a good spot, looking forward to the next two days.”

Missing the cut, the top three in the world, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day.

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They were joined in the exit lounge by Daniel Berger, Masters champions Bubba Watson, Adam Scott, and 2016 Major winners Jimmy Walker and Henrik Stenson.

Other names on the missing in action list are; Billy Horschel, Jason Dufner, and Jon Rahm, the Spaniard totally exploded with a F word assault on the ears of TV viewers and course spectators;

“I’ve always been criticized for it, I don’t know what to say. I feel bad when I react sometimes, but it’s something I can’t control.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meijer LPGA Classic. Brooke Extends Lead.

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Brooke Henderson, from Canada, extends her lead in the Meijer LGA Classic to two shots going into the week-end.

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Brooke carded a second round -4 under par 67 to lead the Meijer LPGA Classic by two shots going into the week-end with a -12 under par total at Blythefield Country Club.

“Two bogeys to finish, but that just gives me a little more motivation going into tomorrow.”

“It’s great to see my name up there , it’s been a little bit of a rough season so far, not getting the results that I’ve been looking for.”

“But this week seems to be a turnaround week and hopefully I can just finish strong the next two days.”

Sharing second place are Carlota Ciganda, Spain, with the low round of the day -7 under par 64,  Lexi Thompson, USA, -3 under 68  and Mi Jung Hur, South Korea, with her -5 under par 66 today.

Carlota was happy with her putter today;

“I played really solid, I made really good putts.”

“I like the course. I feel comfortable. I played here last year and I’m excited for the weekend.”

Mi Jung was bogey free today;

“I had four bogeys yesterday and I really frustrated myself.”

“Today was bogey-free, so I love it.”

“My Greens in Regulation were a lot better than the last couple of years, which means I have a lot of chances to make a birdie, not par.”

“It’s made me play better the last couple of years.”

Lexi was upset with a three putt;

“I was upset, don’t get me wrong, but I just tried to let it go and birdie the last.”

“Tried to get a good drive, I just pushed it a little bit, but had a great second shot and made the putt.”

Moriya Jutanugarn, Thailand, sister of world number one Ariya, is alone in fifth place at -9 under par, a second round -5 under 66;

“I’ve been playing solid.”

“I rolled the ball good on the green. Everything seems to be good.”

Meijer LPGA Classic, Brooke Breaks Away from the Field.

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Brooke Henderson, from Canada, breaks away from the field in the opening round of the Meijer LPGA Classic.

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Brooke fired a bogey free  opening round -8 under par 63 to top the Meijer LPGA Classic leaderboard by one shot.

Brooke just knew today was going to be good, even the putts were dropping;

“I felt like today was going to be a really good day.”

“Everything was just kind of going my way.”

“I was hitting the ball really well and some putts were dropping, which is kind of a change from the last few weeks.”

“I made a lot of putts, which is great, and I feel like my game is in a really good place.”

“I’m really looking forward to the next three days and hopefully I can continue the strong play.”

Six ladies are tied in second place at -7 under par after their first rounds of 64: Stacey Lewis, Lexi Thompson. Shanshan Feng, Jennifer Ha, Giulia Molinaro, and Holly Clyburn.

Lexi likes this course;

“This is definitely a great layout for my game.”

Jennifer, from Canada, had a great day with her putter;

“I thought my ball-striking was pretty good today, but my putting, I made most of my chances.”

“I missed the last one on the last hole, but still, seven under is great.”

“I would say putting is very important this week because the greens, some of the greens are pretty hilly so you have to get the right read and the right speed at the same time.”

Newly deposed world number one Lydia Ko is in the group at -6 under par, just two back;

“I think the three weeks were really good to just rest both physically and mentally.”

“There were a lot of things going on, so it was nice to just get away from it.”

“But I did miss it and it’s definitely nice to be able to come back.”