Lotte Championship. Su-Yeon Jang Leads

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Su-Yeon Jang leads the  Lotte Championship leaderboard  after the completion of  two rounds in Hawaii. Rain  again delaying play, with the second round being suspended due to darkness.

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Su-Yeon Jang

Su Yeon posted a bogey free second round -5 under par 67 to lead the Lotte Championship at -10 under par.

Sharing second place at -9 under are Ariya Jutanugarn -6 under 66, and In-Kyung Kim with -8 under 64.

The third round is currently under way.

 

LPGA Lotte Championship. Two Tied at the Top

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Two ladies are tied at the top of  the LPGA Lotte Championship leaderboard after the first round in HawaiiPaula Creamer, U.S.A. and  Mi Hyang Lee, South Korea, lead the tournament.

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Mi Hyang and Paula both shot opening rounds of -6 under par 66 in the LPGA Lotte Championship at the  Ko Olina Golf Club, in Hawaii.

Mi Hyang was not too impressed with her performance, but it was better than the two missed cuts she had previously;

“My shots were the worst. It’s good for the one week off after the ANA Inspiration.”

 “I had good rest, and my body is much better than before. I met with my coach and tried to fix my problem.”

“I have a lot more confidence than before. I played really good today, and I got a lot more confidence from today.”

Paula has changed her putting grip, from the unreliable left hand low, back to conventional;

“I played solid. I putted really well. I switched back to conventional-style putting. I’ve been left-hand-low for the last three years.”

“I hit the ball really well at the ANA Inspiration and Kia Classic, I just couldn’t make any putts.”

“We talked about how many times I won conventional and how many times have I won left-hand-low and the difference was astronomical.”

In second place are a pack of five ladies all on -5 under par, Su-Yeon Jang and Eun- Hee Ji, from South Korea. Alena Sharpe, Canada with  Beth Allen and Lizette Salas from U.S.A. all with opening rounds of 67.

Su Yeon Jang has good memories of this golf course;

“It’s good to come back to a place I know, although I only played 18 holes this year in practice, as I was playing the golf course memories are coming back to me and I have a lot of good memories of the golf course.”

World number one Lydia Ko continues with her miserable form of late, ever since she, or her family, changed Caddy, Coach, and Club brand. Carding +1 over par 73, to be T86.

 

Sony Open. Seven Shot Lead For Justin.

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Justin Thomas has a seven shot lead at the top of the Sony Open leaderboard, at Waialae Golf Club in Hawaii. I have always liked the Big “W” golf is like the movie “Its a mad mad mad mad world.”

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Justin cruised to a seven shot lead with third round -5 under par 65, at the Sony Open, giving him a seven shot lead going into the final round tomorrow. He tied the 54 hole PGA Tour record, and will surely pick up the trophy tomorrow, no one has ever lost from a seven shot lead. It will also be back to back wins for Justin.

Zach Johnson is in second place, at -15 under par for the tournament, a third round -5 under 65 giving him that position on his own.

Third place is shared between, Justin Rose, -4 under 68 today, Gary Woodland, -2 under 68, and Hudson Swafford, -4 under 66, all at -14 under par for the 54 holes played.

Kevin Kisner had a putt for a 59, it just slid by, but -10 under 60 is not too bad, he is T6 at -13 under par;

“I hit a good putt, I looked up, I thought it was going dead middle, but it didn’t break.”

“Can’t be that upset.”

“The first day, I hit it great, and I was minus four strokes in putting, which I can’t do with my game.”

“So the second day I putted better as the round went on but I hit it worse. So it’s kind of one of those deals that I had to make putts.”

“And then today I hit it like the first day and putted great.”

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Sony Open. Justin Thomas Jumps Ahead With a 59.

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Justin Thomas jumps ahead, with a scorching round of 59 at the Sony Open in Hawaii, claiming three a shot lead following the first round in Honolulu, at Waialae Country Club.

Justin Thomas shows off the Titleist ProV1x he used to shoot 59 Thursday at Waialae. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

 

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Justin became the youngest player in PGA TOUR history to break 60, sinking a 15 foot putt for Eagle on the last, to card -11 under par 59, with a bogey on the card;

“It means a lot. Any time you’re in history in any sport or whatever you’re doing, it’s a good thing.”

 “I wasn’t thinking a lot. I was just really more focused on trying to make the putt.”

“Obviously I knew what it meant if I made it, and that was the first time I had a putt at 59.

“I was like, well, who knows when this is going to happen again, I may as well try and knock it in. I hit a great putt.”

“I was calm, I wasn’t too nervous over the putt.”

“So I need to get ready to get my mind ready and my game, try to keep it sharp to try to post another good one tomorrow.”

 In second place is Hudson Swafford, -8 under 62 would normally put you at the top of the leaderboard, but not today.
Rory Sabbatini, from South Africahas third place, he shot -7 under par 63, the first time in a while that he has been that far up a leaderboard.
This is just the first round, it will be interesting to see what happens tomorrow, will Justin move further ahead, or will he be caught at the top? Whats your thoughts?

 

 

 

Tournament of Champions. Justin Thomas Wins.

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Justin Thomas wins the SBS Tournament of Champions, his second win of the 2016/17 season.

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Winner Justin Thomas / getty

Justin carded a final round -4 under par 69 to win the SBS Tournament of Champions on the Plantation Course at Kapalua, Hawaii. His winning total of -22 under par gave him a three shot victory.

Justin worked hard to get his three career wins, watching others get ahead spurned him on;

“I think it drove me a lot. I wasn’t mad, but it was maybe a little frustrating sometimes seeing some friends and peers my age do well.” 

“Not because I wasn’t cheering for them because I feel like I was as good as them.”

“It’s just immature of me. I mean, the fact of the matter is, over the course of a long career, we’re going to beat each other. That’s just how it is.”

“I think now, I feel so much more comfortable. I really do. Maybe the first time in Malaysia when I won, I was maybe kind of like, what am I doing here, but now it’s like, okay, I belong here, I should be here.”

“I still have plenty of other goals that I would like to achieve and stuff that’s over the long-term, the course of the year.”

“I’m going to have to regroup and focus on next week, because next week is a course that I really like and I feel like another good opportunity for me to be in the hunt and have a chance to win.”

“I think that’s where I’m growing a little bit more in that it’s week-to-week. It’s not looking at previous weeks when I’m at a tournament or looking at following events when I’m at a tournament; it’s I am focusing on that week.”

“And once it’s over, take the positives, try to blow over the negatives and go on to the next.”

Claiming second place was Hideki Matsuyama, from Japan, at -19 under par for the tournament, -3 under par 70 today was not what he was looking for, his poor putting taking the blame;

“Justin had a little trouble at fifteen and then I was really in it. But my putter let me down there at 16, 17 and 18.”

“I tipped my hat to Justin. He played well all day long. Had a little hiccup there at 15, but I just say congratulations to him. He deserved it.”

Third place was shared between Jordan Spieth, -8 under 65 today, Pat Perez -6 under 67, and Ryan Moore with -2 under 71, all finished with -16 under par totals.

Tournament of Champions. Justin Thomas Day Three Leader.

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Justin Thomas is the day 3 leader of the SBS Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.

FedExCup showdown set for Sunday

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Justin shot a third consecutive round of -6 under 67 to have the 54 hole lead in the Tournament of Champions at the Kapalua Plantation course, posting -18 under par.

Sunday will be a shoot out between the FedExCup number 1 and 2, with Hideki Matsuyama just two shots back at -16 under par. He carded -7 under par 66 to move into contention, and has been the hottest player on tour lately.

Justin was happy to be paired with Hideki;

“If I’m near Hideki in the tournament, that’s usually, probably a pretty good thing on Sunday.”

“He’s obviously a tremendous player and he’s on an unbelievable run here the last five events.”

The last time the pair met on a Sunday Justin took the honors, Hideki knows he will have to go low to win;

“Justin doesn’t have any weaknesses at all in his game.”

“He hits it long, has a marvelous short game, putts well, hits the ball well.”

“We’ve got to go low tomorrow to be able to catch him.”

Two strokes further back, at -14 under par are Ryan Moore, -2 under 71 today, Jimmy Walker, -3 under 70, and William McGirt who carded -7 under par 66.

William is putting well, needing only 28 putts in the third round;

“I’ve hit it really well this week. Finally made some putts today. I struggled sort of the first couple days with the grain in these greens.”

“I think yesterday, I could have putted better blindfolded. It was ugly up until the very end.”

“It seems like all the greens and grain, once it starts breaking and starts losing speed, that it really goes at that point.”

“You’ve got to really keep the pace up on it.”

“That’s not the way I like to putt. I like to die putts in there, but you kind of have to change your approach this week and kind of bang them in.”

Jimmy Walker has not putted well;

“Just didn’t make the putts I needed to make. Hit it really good. Plenty of looks. Nothing went in. That’s just kind of frustrating, especially the finish.”

“Speed was a little off. Keeps coming up short a little bit. I feel like it may have slowed down a little but that’s just me.”

“I’m hitting the putts the way I feel like I need to hit them. They are just not going in.”

 Also struggling with putting is World number 1 Jason Day, currently T 8 at -11 under par, he carded – 3 under 70 today;

“It’s everything; I’m struggling to really start my ball on the line I’m picking.”

“It’s very difficult to know where I’m aiming and it’s difficult to hole putts.”

 

 

 

 

Tournament of Champions. Two Tied at the Top.

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Two players are tied at the top of the Tournament of Champions leaderboard after the second round at Kapalua Plantation course in Hawaii. Ryan Moore and Justin Thomas share the lead by one shot over the field.

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Ryan Moore / getty

Ryan shot another -6 under par 67 in the second round of the Tournament of Champions to share top honors with Justin at -12 under par;

“If I’m at a golf tournament, I’m here to golf and I’m here to play a golf tournament.”

“Doesn’t mean I can’t go hang out with my son and play on the beach for a few minutes afterward, but I’m not going to do anything to wear myself out and exhaust myself so the next day I’m tired on the golf course.”

“Everything I do, and all the decisions I make, are to play a tournament. But it is easy to let that other side of it happen.” 

Justin also carded a second successive -6 under 67 to share the top spot at -12 under par, and likes the odds on winning;

“I just prepared, actually, this year.”

“I obviously practiced and prepared last year, but I just didn’t as much as I should have.”

“I didn’t take it like a normal event. I mean, this is a great, great opportunity to win a golf tournament.”

“This is your best chance, you would say. Obviously, the winners, they are all great players, but I’ll take my chances over 32 versus 144 every single week.”

“I feel like I’m to the point where I should be contending most of the weeks I play.”

Patrick Reed, and yesterdays leader Jimmy Walker are tied in third place, just one shot back at -11 under par.

Patrick has not been feeling too well, but a -8 under 65, and good putting will soon make you feel better;

“I learned a lot from yesterday. With not feeling well yesterday, I tried to hit some full shots and unfortunately with being under the weather, you just don’t have complete control over your body.”

“So what I made sure I did today is I made sure I didn’t swing harder than 90 percent on anything, and because of that, I had a lot more control and had a feel of where the club was and had a lot more quality looks at putts on the greens.”

“Any time you have shorter putts, you’re going to make some more putts.”

Jimmy carded -3 under 70 today, and had to be patient, not making many putts;

“I stayed patient, nothing really kind of happening, I hit a lot of good shots, just didn’t make many putts. Hit a lot of lips, had a couple of horse shoes, and lip outs.”

“Three under, its great, I’ll take it.”