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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.

Success for Stenson

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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.

No time for rest

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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.

Late bloomer

Victorious Ken Duke / Getty Images

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.

Travelers Championship. Bubba’s Bogeys Blow It

Bubba Watson did not pull away from the field at the Travelers Championship,  as I hopefully reported yesterday. Instead he fell to a round of even par 70,  after starting with three birdies on the front nine, and gave them up with three bogey’s on the inward nine to record an even par round, and stay at -10 under par for the championship.

Opportunity knocks

Graham DeLaet, Bubba Watson and Charlie Hoffman / Getty Images

While Bubba stood still, Graham DeLaet and Charlie Hoffman moved up. Graham with a -5 under par 65, and Charlie with his -4 under par 66, both of them caught Bubba at the top on -10 under par.

Bubba  carded three bogeys in his last six holes, while Graham had the low score of the day at -5 under par. Bubba was pretty philosophical about today’s round;

“I hit some shots today that were really good, quality shots. I got a couple bad breaks here and there, but that’s golf. At the end of the day I still have a chance on Sunday and that’s what we’re always looking for. I think we’ve never seen the golf course like this, as firm as it is and as firm as some of the greens are. It’s hard to get to certain points, so a lot of people probably played it safe.”

Graham has pledged to donate $1,000 for every birdie he makes this weekend and $2,500 for every eagle to help the relief efforts for the heavy rain and flooding in Alberta, Canada;

” It’s a pretty small part, what we’re doing, but anything helps, there’s a lot of help from everyone all across Canada. I did play well pretty much all day. I had a lot of good birdie chances on the front nine, just couldn’t really seem to find the hole. Julien my caddie, just told me to stay patient.”

 Charley, who lost his chance at winning last year’s Travelers Championship on the 71st hole, with a tee shot into the water, said;

” Obviously if I get on 17 tee in the lead, I’d be lying to say I’m not going to think about that tee shot. But I’m a much more mature, better player than I was a year ago and don’t feel uncomfortable on that tee shot. I got off to a pretty quick start and then birdied ten, thought I was going to get going again. And then a little three-putt bogey on twelve sort of slowed things down.”

Tied in fourth spot are Chris Stroud who had a third round -4 under par 66, and Nick O’Hern with his -2 under par 68. Both players are on -9 under par for the tournament.

There are seven players at a log jam in seventh place at -7 under par, they include the U.S. Open Champion, Justin Rose who carded a -2 under par 68 to add to his total.

This could be anybody’s title, how amazing would it be for Justin Rose to triumph again, just one week after his first Major win.

Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. Catch Kuchar, If You Can.

It’s catch Kuchar if you can as Matt takes a one shot lead into the final round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Country Club.

Try to catch Kuchar

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Matt Kuchar had a third round of -1 under under par for a total of -11 under, which kept him at the top of the leaderboard in the Crowne Plaza Invitational, by just one shot.

Matt’s third round  finally ended more than 12 hours after he woke up;

” This morning feels like a day ago. It would’ve been nice to extend my lead, tomorrow will be an exciting day.”

Just one shot back at -10 under par are  Boo Weekley, Graham DeLaet, Matt Every and Chris Stroud. Boo said it will be a shoot-out tomorrow;

“It’s going to be a shootout.”

Zach Johnson, the defending Champion is at -8 under par, three shots off the pace, but still in contention.

Jordan Spieth had a share of the lead early on, but some costly mistakes dropped him down the leaderboard. Afterwards he did not want to focus too much on what happened to him today;

“I can’t focus too much on today, I’m really happy with the way I putted. I just made some mental errors, just rookie mistakes that cost me about four shots. Otherwise, I’d be tied for the lead. Just got fooled big-time by the wind on four or five holes. I just guessed incorrectly twice in a row, it was a decision that obviously looks bad afterward. I’m happy to close with a birdie and carry it into tomorrow only four back.”

Tim Clark and Martin Flores shot the low rounds of the day, both with rounds of -5 under par 65.

Tim was happy with the way he played today;

” Yesterday was really bad, luckily I kind of got it figured out and today the swing felt good. I’ve been in this position a lot, so again, it’s about for me staying aggressive on this golf course, when you try to play it safe, it can come back and get you. So I just need to stay aggressive. For a guy who doesn’t hit it very far, this is a very good golf course to come in and do some shot-making.”

 

Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. 1st Round, Ryan Palmer Shoots 62

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Ryan Palmer shot a 1st round 62 to lead the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Country Club by just one shot from John Rollins. Ryan is at -8 under par with John at -7, both players are members at Colonial Country Club.

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Ryan Palmer was reacting to a challenge from his caddy, James Edmondson;

” See if you can match my low score on this course.”

Ryan laughed as he said;

“What do you do when you get that thrown at you, we had a good laugh on that one. I felt comfortable over every tee shot, the way I hit it, I drew it up perfectly like I wanted to. It helps, obviously, the experience I have had here, I can’t begin to tell you what it would mean if it happens, hopefully I’ll be able to tell you on Sunday. This is what I dream about when I play here every year. This is the one tournament I gear up for the most.”

John Rollins is already thinking of a showdown with Ryan on Sunday;

“I think it’s pretty cool, it would be fun if we could fast forward this to Sunday. I think he is a pretty permanent fixture in the men’s group, I know a lot of people know that Ryan is a member. A lot of people may not know that I’m a member here. Hopefully by the end of the week they will,  I hope I come out on top.

There are three players tied in third place at -6 under par; they are, Morgan Hoffman, Canadians David Hearn,  and  Graham DeLaet and John Peterson.

Morgan comes into this tournament after a tie for fifth at last week’s HP Byron Nelson Championship, he said it was a confidence booster;

” Last week was a big confidence booster.”

Graham said he thought they got lucky with the weather;

” I think we got pretty lucky, the wind really didn’t kick up too hard and you kind of expect low scoring out here if you can just keep the ball in play and make a few putts.”

 

 

The Honda Classic, Luke Guthrie Leads by One.

Guthrie stands alone

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The Honda Classic second round was dominated by Luke Guthrie, shooting -7 under par, 63 to lead by one shot on the              PGA National Champion Course at Palm Beach. His tournament total of -9 under par is just one shot ahead of Michael Thompson, alone in second spot, who had a -5 under par second round of 65.

Luke said he had no idea about Rory’s situation;

” I had no clue, I was just kind of going about my business out there.”

Tied in third place at -7 under par are Boo Weekley and Graham DeLaet, Boo with a second round of -3 under par 67, and Graham with a  -2 under par round of 70.

There are six players tied in fifth place at -6 under par, they are; Lee Westwood, Geoff Ogilvy, Doug LaBelle 111, Justin Rose, Sean O’Hair and Chucky Three-Sticks.

Rory McIlroy was forced to withdraw due to pain in his wisdom tooth, there are some conflicting stories around about why he actually quit, he was -7 over par through eight holes of his second round at the time. The pain in the tooth statement came form Rory’s management company, make what you want with that. With Tiger Woods just making the cut on the number it represents another poor start to a tournament for the stars of Nike. It was Rory’s third missed cut in a row. Tiger felt he just did not hit the ball very well today;

” Well, I didn’t hit it anywhere near as good as I did Thursday, I didn’t have it today. I had it going early and then I would lose it.”

 

Overnight leader Camilo Villegas  shot a second round -7 over par, 77 a mighty difference of 13 strokes from his opening round of 64,  to miss the cut by a shot.

Other notables missing the cut were, Major winners Louis Oosthuizen and David Duval, followed by Mike Weir, Henrik Stenson and Paul Casey.

Honda Classic, Camilo Villegas,Surprise Leader,

Back on track

Camilo Villegas / Chris Condon / Getty Images

Camilo Villegas is the surprising first round leader of the Honda Classic at the PGA National Champion Course,Palm Beach Gardens, with a round of -6 under par 64. It is  four years now since his back-to-back wins in the FedEx Cup Playoffs events, when he  rose to as high as No. 7 in the world. The  31-year-old Colombian then plunged  into a slump that  was so bad that over the last 18 months he lost his card last year. Camilo won The Honda Classic in 2010 at PGA National, so he at least has that to build on. But despite the good start, he wasn’t afraid to risk ruining the day on the last hole. Even his caddie asked what he was thinking of when he was addressing a shot on the last hole;

“My caddie said, where are you going to go with this one,. And I said, I’m looking straight at that flag. And I hit a great shot.”

Tiger Woods saved his round with a shot from out of the water on the par 4, sixth hole, taking his shoes off to enter the hazard, he finished the day at even par;

“I was 1 over at the time, and if that ball is not playable from where it’s at, where I crossed was pretty far back, looking at six, three over and all of a sudden I flip it, make par there and birdie the next.”

Charles Howell 111, Chucky three-sticks,  opened with a -3 under par, 67. He has just until the end of the month to go from No. 64 to the top 50 in the World Ranking to qualify for the Masters in his hometown of Augusta.

Branden Grace,  Rickie Fowler, Graham DeLaet  and Robert Streb, are all tied in second place at -5 under par for the opening round of this tournament.

 

Zurich Classic of New Orleans @ TPC Louisiana

  

Still Dufner's game

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Zurich Classic of New Orleans, 3rd round at TPC  Louisiana, Jason Dufner had a nice -5 under par, 67 to lead the tournament by two shots, with a tournament total of -17. Tomorrow Jason will be trying to break his weekend jinx at TPC Louisiana, and having a two shot lead should make the last round a bit more comfortable for him.

Close behind is Canadian Graham DeLaet who shot a -6 under par 66 for a -15 under par total. He is one of five players who have shot in the 60s each of the first three rounds and he’s improved by one stroke each day.

South African Ernie Els, who is desperate to end a victory drought of more than two years, is tied for third along with John Rollins, both at 14 under par. John was tied for the lead three times on Saturday and ended up shooting 69 while Ernie had a 68.

Ryan Palmer made the biggest move of the day, he tied the course record with an -8 under par for 64. He is the third player to make a 64  this week, and that effort moves him up 25 spots into a tie for fifth, with Steve Stricker and Cameron Tringale. The trio are hovering just behind the leaders at 13 under par.

Luke Donald continues to rise up the board, having a third round 66 for -6 under par and a total of -12 under par for the tournament. He is joined on that score by Ken Duke, and the pair of them will need something really special tomorrow to move into contention for the trophy. Luke also needs to finish in solo 7th spot, or above to regain the World number one from Rory McIlroy.

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