WGC Dell Match Play. Day 2.

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Day 2 of Group Play at the  WGC Dell Match Play tournament has been completed at Austin Country Club.

Rory McIlroy will face Kevin Na in a Group 3 showdown of unbeatens on Friday. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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Todays Results

Group 1

Jordan Spieth 5&4  over Victor Dubuisson. Justin Thomas lost 2 up to  Jamie Donaldson

Spieth 2-0, Dubuisson 1-1, Donaldson 1-1 Thomas 0-2, eliminated. Jordan in control,

Group 2

Jason Day 5&3  over Thongchai JaideeGraeme McDowell Halved with Paul Casey.

Day 2-0-0, Jaidee 1-1-0, Casey 0-1-1, McDowell 0-1-1. Jason in control, Thongchai Jaidee can force a playoff with a win. Paul and Graeme eliminated.

Group 3

Rory McIlroy 3&1 up over Smylie Kaufman Thorbjorn Olesen lost 3&2 to Kevin Na.

McIlroy 2-0, Na 2-0, Kaufman 0-2, Olesen 0-2 Its Rory verses Kevin, the winner will advance.

Group 4

Bubba Watson 2 Up over Emiliano GrilloPatton Kizzire Halved  with J.B. Holmes.

Watson 1-0-1, Grillo 1-1-0, Kizzire 0-0-2, Holmes 0-1-1. Bubba needs a win over J.B. If he loses then just about anything could happen !!

Group 5

Rickie Fowler Halved with  Scott Piercy.   Byeong Hun An 2 up over Jason Dufner.

An 1-0-1, Dufner 1-1-0, Piercy 0-0-2, Fowler 0-1-1. Byeong needs a win to advance, other wise its complicated.

Group 6

Adam Scott 3&2 over Chris Wood.   Bill Haas 4&2 over Thomas Pieters.

Haas 2-0-0, Scott 1-0-1, Pieters 0-1-1, Wood 0-0-2.  Bill must get a  win or tie. Adam must defeat Bill to advance Chris and Thomas eliminated.

Group 7

Justin Rose Halved with  Anirban Lahiri.  Fabian Gomez Halved with Matt Kuchar 

Rose 1-0-1, Kuchar 1-0-1, Lahiri 0-1-1, Gomez 0-1-1. Justin and Matt face off for the win. Fabian and Anirban eliminated

Group 8

Dustin Johnson 5&4 over Kiradech Aphibarnrat.  Jimmy Walker 4&3 over Robert Streb.

Johnson 1-1-0, Walker 1-1-0, Aphibarnrat 1-1-0, Streb 1-1-0.  This one is wide open, anyone could win.

Group 9

Patrick Reed 4&3 over Matthew Fitzpatrick.  Phil Mickelson 1 up over Daniel Berger.

Reed 2-0, Mickelson 2-0, Fitzpatrick 0-2, Berger 0-2. Phil and Patrick face off, Daniel and Matthew eliminated.

Group 10

Danny Willett lost 3&2 to  Billy Horschell. Brooks Koepka 5&4 over Jaco Van Zyl.

Koepka 2-0-0 Horschel 1-1-0, Willett 0-1-1, Van Zyl 0-1-1. Lots of permutations but baically Brookes just needs to win.

Group 11

Branden Grace 4&3 over  David Lingmerth.  Russell Knox 2&1 over Chris Kirk. 

Knox 1-0-1,Grace 1-1-0, Kirk 1-1-0, Lingmerth 0-1-1. Chris needs a win to advance, the only certain thing here is David has been eliminated

Group 12

Hideki Matsuyama 4&2 over Soren Kjeldsen.  Rafa Cabrera Bello 4&3 over  Kevin Kisner.

Cabrera Bello 2-0-0, Matsuyama 1-1-0, Kisner 1-1-0, Kjeldsen 0-2-0. Raphael  will advance with a win or tie, otherwise its also complicated.

Group 13

Ryan Moore 1 up over Sergio Garcia . Lee Westwood 1 up over  Marc Leishman.

Moore 1-0-1, Garcia 1-1-0, Westwood 1-1-0, Leishman 0-1-1. Ryan needs to beat Lee, again the certain thing is Marc has been eliminated.

Group 14

Zach Johnson 8&6 over Martin Kaymer.  Marcus Fraser Halved with Shane Lowery 

Johnson 2-0-0, Kaymer 1-1-0, Lowry 0-1-1, Fraser 0-1-1. It’s between Zach and Martin, Marcus and Shane have been eliminated.

Group 15

Brandt Snedeker Halved with Danny Lee.  Charl Schwartzel 3&2 over Charlie Hoffman.

Schwartzel 2-0-0, Snedeker 1-0-1, Lee 0-1-1, Hoffman 0-2-0. It’s between Brandt and Charl, Danny and Charlie eliminated

Group 16

Louis Oosthuizen 2&1 over Bernd Wiesberger.  Andy Sullivan 3&1 over Matt Jones.

Oosthuizen 2-0, Sullivan 2-0, Wiesberger 0-2, Jones 0-2. Andy and Louis could advance, Matt and Bernd eliminated.

Franklin Templeton Shootout. Matt and Harris Shoot 58.

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Matt Kuchar and Harris English shoot 58 in the first round scramble, of the Franklin Templeton Shootout at the Tiburon Golf Club.

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Matt was very happy with his teams -14 under par scramble round, having a partner eases the pressure;

“Having a partner lets you be a little bit more aggressive, lets you be a little more free-swinging.”

 “We’ve just formed a good partnership and get in a pretty good groove out there.”

Harris was happy to have Matt as a back up, in case he missed a putt or something;

“Having Kooch as a backup guy is pretty good.”

“I know if I mess up or I miss a putt, I wouldn’t want anybody else hitting a shot or putting behind me.”

Sharing second place, just one shot back were Team  Billy Horschel/Hunter Mahan and Team Graeme McDowell/Gary Woodland, both at -13 under par carding rounds of 59.

Billy certainly enjoyed his day out on the course;

“I think we’re going to come in here with some pretty big smiles on our face.”

The first Round, is a Scramble – Each player hits a drive on every hole and the best drive is selected. Each player then plays a second shot from the spot where the selected drive lays, and the best second shot is selected. This process is repeated until the hole is completed.

Second Round a Modified Alternate Shot – Each player hits a drive on every hole and one drive is selected. The player whose drive is not selected hits the second shot, and they alternate shots until the ball is holed.

With the Final Round being a Better Ball – Each player plays through every hole using his own ball. The player whose score is the lowest on each hole will be the team score for that hole.


RSM Classic. Kevin K Crushes the Opposition to Win.

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Kevin Kisner crushes the opposition to win the RSM Classic on Sea Island, his maiden PGA Tour victory.

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After a year of runner-up finishes Kevin Kisner finally won, at the RSM Classic on Sunday. He shot a final round -6 under par 64 on the Seaside Course, for a record breaking winning total of -22 under par. A whopping six shot margin over second place, and as he sunk the final putt on 18 his year-old daughter Katie ran over to greet him, smiling from ear to ear Kevin said to her;

“We did it!”

Kevin told reporters he knew it would happen sooner or later;

“I’ve just been playing so well all year.”

“I knew one day it was going to happen when I was going to make all the putts. I did it on the front nine.”

“I hope the floodgates are open.”

“You’ve got to believe you can win on Thursday. I hope that catapults me into believing that every week.”

“What a way to end the year, by far the greatest year of my life golf-wise.”

“To finish it that way, I couldn’t write it up any better.”

Kevin Chappell was second, six shots back at -16 under par, his final round -3 under par 67 never troubled Kevin K. He had this say afterwards;

“When he’s shooting 128 on the weekend, pretty tough to beat.”

Last weeks winner Graeme McDowell was third, at -15 under par, his final round was marred by an approach shot that buried itself deep into the face of the 16th bunker. He made a good five from there, but the momentum was gone.

Graeme said it was the first time he had played alongside Kevin K;

“First time I think I’ve ever played with him, didn’t realize just how steady he was.”

“He played really aggressive today for a guy who has never won a golf tournament.”

“I was thinking if I could get a couple under early on that I might have some sort of a shot. But he closed the door early on. And it was impressive.”

RSM Classic. Kevin K in Command.

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Kevin Kisner is in command of the RSM Classic after 54 holes at Sea Island. All matches were played on the Seaside Course.

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Kevin K carded three birdies in his last three holes today on the Seaside Course in the RSM Classic, to lead the tournament by three shots going into the final round tomorrow. His third round -6 under par 64 giving him a tournament total of -16 under par.

He said this is a whole new experience for him;

“I’m just looking forward to it, I haven’t been in this position all year, with a three-shot lead going into the final round, so it’s something new for me. I’m excited.”

“What I’ve learned is you just can’t hold back on this tour.”

“Any time you think you’re doing great, somebody else is, too. I’m just going to try to keep making birdies.”

“I’ll put a number of 20, 21 under in my head and see if they can catch that one.”

“Standing on 15, I was thinking it was going to be a dog fight all day tomorrow again, which it will.”

“But having a three-shot cushion was huge to finish that way.”

“Sixteen is not my favorite tee shot in the world, that left-to-right wind, so to have a  birdie there was clutch.”

Kevin Chappell is in second place, a third round -2 under par 68 no match for his playing partner. Kevin C now has a competition total of -13 under par, he knows he will need a low round tomorrow if he wants to take this title;

“He’s been in this situation a lot lately, and it will probably take a low one from me tomorrow to have a chance.”

Graeme McDowell holds third place on his own at -12 under par, he carded -5 under 65 today. Last weeks win has certainly rejuvenated him, he is now looking for back to back wins.

G-Mac made a glaring error today, on the first fairway, picking up his ball to clean it, there was no lift clean and place rule in operation on the day;

“They looked at me and I was thinking, oh my goodness, you absolute idiot, what are you doing?'”

 “When you do something as silly as that, it was the automatic pilot. That was one of the more automatic mistakes.”

“It’s a much better story if it has a happy ending. I was standing over that 10-footer saying, ‘This is going to be a better story with the lads in the bar if I make this and if not, I’m going to take a lot of abuse for it.'”

OHL Classic at Mayakoba. G-Mac Wins Play-off.

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G-Mac won the OHL Classic at Mayakoba title in a three-man play-off at  El Camaleon Golf Club in Mexico City.

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Graeme made birdie on the first play-off hole, the par four 18th, to win the OHL Classic at Mayakoba tournament, beating Russell Knox and Jason Bohn. All three had completed their final rounds on Monday morning after play was suspended on Sunday. The play-off was necessary because they all finished with -18 under par totals. Graeme and Russell both carded last rounds of -5 under par 66, while Jason posted -3 under 68.

This is G-Mac’s first victory since he won the French Open, on the European Tour, in July of 2014;

“It gives me something to kind of grab onto.”

“You go through a year like this and you think, ‘am I finished? Am I not good enough?’ You ask yourself all the questions. We’ve all been there. This is the game of golf. It’s very difficult.”

“I’ve been dreaming of this day. I said to myself that I was going to appreciate it when it came. So I’m going to appreciate this one, let me tell you, because this year has been a grind.”

“It’s been a tough year. This is special. Kept grinding.”

“This is a nice step back to where I want to be. I want to win more major championships and I want to win more tournaments.”

Russell hit a poor tee shot in the play-off;

“It was unfortunate to hit a bad drive, since ultimately it cost me the tournament.”

“I’ve just got to hit a good drive, and I’ll definitely have a putt to win the tournament.”

“I just wasn’t able to hit a good one. Hit a great second shot, but I’ve got to get the ball up and down there to win. Because I didn’t, I don’t deserve it.”

“I was thrilled to have played this well. I didn’t expect it, to be honest, but I was right there, I should have got it done.”

The three leaders were two shots clear of Derek Fathauer, a final round of even par 71 crushing any chance he had of winning this tournament, he remained at -16 under.

OHL Classic at Mayakoba, Final Round Suspended Due to Darkness.

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The final round of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba was suspended due to darkness, with Graeme McDowell and Russell Knox tied for the lead, with lots of golf still to be played.

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Graeme and Russell had scores of -19 under par when play was suspended at the  OHL Classic at Mayakoba, both with plenty of holes to play. Heavy rain caused a delay of more than three hours.

Graeme was happy with his putting after the long delay;

“After the delay, really, really happy with some of those putts I made.”

“It’s a bit of a shootout so you’ve just got to keep sort of the pedal down out there and try and shoot and score.”

Russell was concerned with his mental state;

“I’m going to have a mental breakdown next week, probably.”

Jason Bohn is in third place, two shots back at -17 under par, with Scott Brown and Derek Fathauer tied in fourth position at -15 under par.

Jason struggled with his putting in the gloomy conditions;

“It’s hard to get into a good rhythm but it is what it is, I don’t think I did so great when I went back out in the warmup, I just didn’t make many putts.”

“But it was a little dark, to be honest. It’s pretty difficult even when there’s just an overcast sky, you can’t really see the break in the green as well and I didn’t really hit too many good putts coming in.” 

So it will be a Monday finish here in Mexico, rain in Mexico !! it must be some kind of record;

Graeme summed it up perfectly;

“I think a normal golf course with this type of rain would not stand up to being playable.”

“So big hats off to them, I know they’ve been working hard all week, the greens staff.”







OHL Classic at Mayakoba. Derek Fathauer Has 54 Hole Lead

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Derek Fathauer has the 54 hole lead in the  OHL Classic at Mayakoba, in Mexico.

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Derek shot a  third round -5 under par 66 to lead the OHL Classic at Mayakoba with a -16 under par total, and will take a one shot lead into the finale round tomorrow  at El Camaleon Golf Club. He does not think a one shot lead will count for anything;

“The scores that this course puts up, I don’t think it matters being in the lead out here.”

“I mean, if I had a 10-shot lead, that would be one thing, but one shot, that’s an even playing field tomorrow.” 

“I think if I just go out and do what I came here to do, I’d like to see where it puts me at the end of the day because if I just stick to my plan, I’ll be happy no matter what happens.”

Jason Bohn is in second place, a third round of -6 under par 65 giving him a -15 under par total. He will be drawing on his experience of recent good play, and being full of confidence;

“The only thing I can draw on is how I’ve been playing and I’ve got a lot of confidence right now and I’ve just got to play my own game, manage my golf course out here, not watch what everybody else does because I’m playing from a lot different positions than most guys are.”

“And really I’ve got to embrace it. I just want to relax, have some fun, realize where I am. Hopefully knock on the door enough times, I’m going to get a victory.”

Justin Leonard, Russell Knox, Harold Varner 111 and Graeme McDowell share third place, all at -13 under par for the tournament.

Justin will use mental strength to keep him on track;

“I feel like I got here and everything felt good. It’s more mentally getting over the hurdle of realizing that after being out here for 22 years, I’m not going to forget how to swing a club, I’m not going to forget how to play the game.”