The Greenbrier Classic. Sebastian Munoz Leads, with a 61.

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Sebastian Munoz, Colombia, leads The Greenbrier Classic, with a 61 opening round at White Sulphur Springs.
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Sebastian carded -9 under par 61 to lead The Greenbrier Classic by two shots on day one. He said a friend gave him a tip about his putter, and it worked;

“Things kind of clicked, it was a good surprise.”

Davis Love 111 is in second place, those two shots back a -7 under par after his first round of 63, a lot of hard work after his snowboarding accident is paying off;

“I’ve been working real hard the last couple of weeks on trying to fix my swing to kind of swing around a stiff back and a stiff hip.”

 “I’ve given up on hitting it a long way. I’m just saying I’ve got to hit it straight, and this is the perfect golf course for me to get it in the fairway.”

“A lot of hard work is kind of starting to pay off.”

The Defending champion Danny Lee, New Zealand, shot -6 under 64, along with David Lingmerth, Sweden, Ben Martin,USA, rookie Xander Schauffele,USA and Graham DeLaet and Nick Taylor from Canada, all sharing third position.

David was not going to dwell on his missed opportunity from last week;

“I’m not going to dwell on it too much, a nice little start today.”

“I didn’t really have my best stuff. I never really got into trouble.”

“I gave myself a couple of opportunities.”

The course itself has recovered well after last years deluge caused havoc, destroying some areas, causing the cancellation of last years tournament.

RBC Heritage. Double Eagles Ease Jason Dufner to the Top.

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Double Eagles ease Jason Dufner to the top of the RBC Heritage leaderboard after 54 holes at Hilton Head Golf Links.Dufner flies into RBC Heritage lead

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Jason carded -6 under par 65, helped by those two Eagles, to top the RBC Heritage leaderboard at -13 under par, after 54 holes. The difference in his play is down to not coming into the tournament with any expectations;

“That really gets in the way of playing well to be honest with you.”

 “So I think I maybe learned a little bit from the champion last week, where he kind of lowered his expectations, and got out of his way, so to speak, and let his talent and his game plan take it from there.”

“I feel like this golf course has always been a good set up for me.”

“I haven’t had amazing results here, but I’ve been pretty consistent. We’ll see how it goes tomorrow.”

Graham DeLaet, from Canada, holds second place at -12 under par, he shot a third round -2 under 69, he said a PGA Tour win is the only thing missing from his CV;

“Obviously, this is the one thing that’s kind of missing.”

“So there’s going to be some battles, inside,  that I’m going to have to deal with.”

Sharing third place, at -11 under par are Kevin Kisner, -5 under 66 today, and Webb Simpson, who signed for -3 under 68.

Ian Poulter is in fifth  spot at -10 under par, he managed -2 under 69 today to stay in touch with the leaders. Ian is playing here  on a medical extension, and needs to earn $145,000 of 117 FedExCup points over the next two weeks to enable him to keep his playing privileges intact. He’s in good spot right now as fifth place pays $260,000.

RBC Heritage. Luke & Graham Share Lead

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Luke Donald, England, & Graham DeLaet, Canada, share the RBC Heritage lead after 36 holes at Harbour Town Golf Links.

Donald, DeLaet surge to the top

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Luke and Graham share the RBC Heritage lead at -10 under par at the half-way stage on Hilton Head Island.

Luke chipped in for a birdie on the iconic 18th, the Lighthouse hole, to put himself in position to go on and win. that gave him -4 under 67 on the day;

“I’ve been in this position before and I’ve got to go out there and be aggressive and make some birdies.”

 “Certainly playing for pars won’t get it done out there.”

Graham made a chip in Eagle 2 at the par four ninth, he also carded -4 under 67 today;

“We couldn’t see the bottom of the pin, but there was reaction from the crowd so we figured it was in.”

Ian Poulter, -3 under 68 and Webb Simpson,-3 under 68, both share third position on the leaderboard at -8 under par.

Ian is playing on a medical exemption, and needs a good finish here to remain on the PGA Tour;

“I’m playing golf like I really don’t care, to be honest.”

“I’ve had to work on clearing everything out of my mind to go play good golf.”

A group of five players are at -7 under par for the tournament, Bud Cauley, Pat Perez, Jason Dufner, Nick Taylor and Sam Saunders.

Travelers Championship. Brian Harman Ahead of Bubba.

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Brian Harman is ahead of Bubba Watson as they go into the final round of the Travelers Championship, at TPC River Highlands.

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Brian shot a bogey free third round, in the rain, -5 under par 65, to top the leaderboard on the third day of the Travelers Championship with a -14 under par tournament total.

He will take a one shot lead into the final round tomorrow, where he will be paired once again with that other lefty, Bubba, who preceded him as a standout left-hander for the University of Georgia Bulldogs. Brian is looking forward to having some fun once again with his rival, and friend, Bubba;

“Bubba’s a lot of fun to play golf with.”

“He was a little before me at Georgia, so I always looked up to him, was always really proud of the way he was doing and we were always rooting for him at Georgia.”

“I’ve never played particularly well in the rain, but I try to look at today and we got a break.”

“The weather was not as bad as I thought it was going to be.”

Bubba shares second place at -13 under par with Graham DeLaet; Bubba got lucky, to shoot -2 under par today while Graham cruised round the course in -6 under par 64.

Bubba mentioned Brian after their round today, and also the lucky bounce off a tree;

“He’s a solid player, it sounds funny saying this, but he’s like a little bulldog.”

“It hit the tree and everybody roared, I had to ask the camera guy, and he said it was in the bunker.”

Graham had back surgery for a pinched nerve in 2011, a problem that he says still bothers him;

“The last couple months I’ve been moving really well and feeling a lot better.”

“My golf game is coming around too, which is nice.”

Lurking behind the top three is a group of three players on -11 under par, Paul Casey, Zach Johnson and Brandt Snedeker.

Brandt had been having some problems with his putting, which was frustrating, but today he carded a -7 under par 63;

“Funny, people gave me a hard time about my putting last year and it was bad, as bad as it’s ever been on Tour”

“But the thing is, I was hitting it the best I’ve ever hit it on Tour. So it was frustrating to say the least.”

“The putter’s been consistent all year.”

There is a storm moving into to Connecticut, and officials said Sunday’s final round will be played in threesomes, going off the 1st and 10th tees beginning at 11:30 a.m. So Bubba and Brian will be joined in the last grouping by Graham DeLaet.

 

 

 

Deutsche Bank Championship. Henrik’s Highlight; Sergio’s Slump

Henrik Stenson won the Deutsche Bank Championship, a highlight of his successful season so far. Sergio Garcia slumped in the final round at TPC Boston.

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Henrik fired a final round -5 under par 66, to comprehensively win the Deutsche Bank Championship by two shots with his tournament total of -22 under par. In a good season of golf Henrik  was the runner-up in the British Open and a World Golf Championship, and he also tied for third at the PGA Championship. The win puts him at the top of the FedExCup standings. He said he was pleased to finally win a tournament;

“I’m just pleased I won here, this was a big goal of mine to win a golf tournament after all those nice finishes. My family is here. I’m going to see my kids in a little bit. It’s all good.”

Steve Stricker was in second place, at -20 under par, this was his third second place finish this year, and he has played his way into the The Presidents Cup team. Steve shot a final round of -4 under par 67 to secure the runner-up position.

Third place went to Graham DeLaet, his final round -2 under par giving him a total score of -18 under par for the tournament.

Sergio was one of four players tied in fourth place at -17 under par. He enjoyed a two-shot lead at the start of the final round, but sadly gave it away quickly, starting with a three-putt for bogey on the par-5 second hole. He missed several short putts and went out in 39, falling too far back to catch up. He ended up with a final round of  +2 over par 73.

Sharing that fourth spot with Sergio at -17 under par were, Matt Kuchar, Kevin Stadler and Jordan Spieth.

Jordan fired the low round of the tournament in his final round, a -9 under par 62.

The top 70 players on the FedExCup standings now move on to the BMW Championship next week, starting on Thursday the 12th September.

Deutsche Bank Championship. Sergio Surges To The Top.

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Sergio Garcia surges to the top of the leaderboard in the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston in the third round.

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Sergio Garcia shot a third round -6 under par 65 to ease him into a two shot lead going into the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, with a -19 under par total. Sergio said patience was the key;

“You could make a lot of birdies if everything went exactly the right way, kind of like it went on the back nine for me. But you have to be patient and just wait for the right time. We can’t control the weather, and you’ve just got to go out there and try to play the best you can. And I was very happy to see that my best was 6-under. Like a true golfer should talk, you always feel like you leave something out there, but I feel like I played nicely. I feel like obviously two or three putts felt like they maybe deserved a little better than they got. But I hit good putts. And sometimes they go in, sometimes they don’t. But I think that maybe with the lead and shooting 6 under today, I would have taken it this morning. I can’t be disappointed with that.”

Just one shot off the lead is Henrik Stenson, his third round of -5 under par 66 gave him a tournament total of -17 under par. Henrik thinks the low scoring will continue tomorrow;

 ” There’s heaps of low scores out there, you have to keep making birdies if you want to have anything to do with this tournament. Today was no different. It’s going to be the same tomorrow. I’m sure everyone is coming at us from all different angles.”

Tied in third place at -16 under par are Graham DeLaet and Steve Stricker. Graham fired in a -9 under par 62, and looks to be in good form. That score should secure a spot in the Presidents Cup team for him.

Graham spoke about his incredible round, especially as he arrived late;

“It was an incredible day, it’s one of those days that it doesn’t come along as often as you’d like. I’m kind of a routine guy, so I definitely would prefer to be here on my regular time and go through everything how I always do. But at the same time, like I said, I wasn’t in panic mode. Once I got to the golf course I knew I had enough time. Last week definitely helped, Sunday, I mean that was a tough golf course. The wind was up there and I was able to put together a nice round. And just coming in here this week I was really feeling good about the way I was hitting it and the way I was putting it, and when you can make a few putts early, especially you can just get a little bit more confidence going. It was just a fun day. I just hope that I can have half that kind of day tomorrow.” 

Steve also had his eye on the Presidents Cup team;

” My goal this week was to make the Presidents Cup team, on my merit. So it’s provided a lot of incentive to me to play well here.”

Tiger Woods is thirteen shots off the lead, and Phil Mickelson is now eleven shots adrift, nothing doing for these two today. Surprising seeing as the wet conditions let officials give the contestants lift, clean and drop.

Players who missed the cut, and are now out of the FedExCup play-offs are: No. 71 John Rollins, No. 78 Martin Flores, No. 79 Scott Brown, No. 81 Luke Guthrie, No. 82 Robert Garrigus, No. 83 Derek Ernst, No. 88 Brian Harman, No. 93 Greg Chalmers, No. 94 Erik Compton and No. 99 William McGirt.

 

Travelers Championship. Duke Wins In Play-Off Duel

Ken Duke won the Travelers Championship in a play-off duel with Chris Stroud at TPC River Highlands.

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Ken had a last round of  -4 under par 66, for his tournament total of -12 under par. That score was equalled by Chris Stroud, who had a last round of -3 under par for his total of -12 under par.

Ken has played in 187 PGA Tour events without a win, but he never gave up hope, and was rewarded today for his diligence, recording a birdie on the second play-off hole to claim victory. He admitted it has been a long journey;

” Yeah, it’s been a long time,  I’ve been on the Canadian Tour, the mini tours, Asian Tour, South American Tour, all of them, Web.com, and it’s just great to be a part of this big family on the PGA TOUR. You gotta believe in yourself in everything you do. That’s why those guys at the top are winning week in, week out because they believe they can do it. It’s kind of one of those things once you finally do it, it might come easier the next time. That’s kind of the way I feel.”

Chris spoke about the difficulty of working out the club required for the correct yardage;

” I had three shots from 94 yards on 18, the exact same yardage, and I could not figure out a way to stop that ball.  “Regulation, luckily, I chipped it in.”

In Third place was Graham DeLaet, one shot adrift at -11 under par.

Graham pledged to donate $1000 for every birdie he made to the relief fund for the people of Alberta, where widespread flooding is blamed for at least three deaths and forced thousands to evacuate. PGA TOUR Canada, a Bank and a Canadian businessman all agreed to match the donation. Graham finished with three birdies on Sunday and nine in total for the weekend;

” Hopefully it puts a small dent in what they need, but our hearts are still with them.”

Bubba Watson blew his chances away with a triple bogey six on the par three 16th hole. A very costly error, as he was leading at the time, he spoke about the shot afterwards;

“The wind affected the first shot, and the wind didn’t affect the next shot. I flew it 3 feet past the hole, which you can’t do right now because the greens are so firm.”

Bubba finished alone in fourth spot at -10 under par, how he missed those three dropped shots on sixteen.