Sony Open in Hawaii. Two Tied at the Top

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There are two players tied at the top of the Sony Open in Hawaii after the first round at  Waialae Country Club in Hawaii. Zach Johnson and Chris Kirk share the honor.

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Zach, who delayed his arrival in Hawaii because of a bout of flu, and Chris both carded -7 under par 63, both bogey free, to top the Sony Open in Hawaii leaderboard.

Zach told reporters about his fitness problems;

“I was not right getting on the plane to come here. I am one that likes to prepare.”

“I got here Friday, and I touched a golf club Saturday through Wednesday. Saturday was awful.”

“It was about a three-hour session. It was at least two hours too many because I was not right.”

“My legs were shot and my back hurt.”

Chris has sorted out his problems with the putter;

“The real reason I didn’t play well last year is I’ve had my worst putting year I had since I’ve been on TOUR.”

“I actually hit it fine, but I’m not somebody that’s going to overpower a golf course ever.”

“My game is hit fairways, hit irons close, and make some putts.”

“To have a year like that where I really struggled putting made it very difficult mentally and difficult in every possible way that it could.”

Four players are then tied in fourth position at -6 under par after rounds of 64; Vaughn Taylor, Kyle Stanley, Talor Gooch and Brian Harman.

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Tournament of Champions. Marc Leishman Leads 1st Round.

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Marc Leishman leads the Tournament of Champions after the 1st round at the Plantation Course in Hawaii.

Leishman thrives in windy first round at Sentry

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Marc shot an opening round -6 under 67 to lead the Tournament of Champions by one shot, on a very windy day in Hawaii.

Marc is used to the wind, coming from the coastal town of Warrnambool in Australia;

“Every day it was windy down there. It would be a calm day down there and I wouldn’t know what to do and would play terrible,”

“Just basically every round of golf I played until I was 15 was in a really strong wind.”

“I just didn’t know any different and it actually took me some time when I got over here to find my feet when it wasn’t windy.”

Sharing second place at -5 under after rounds of 68 are Brian Harman, USA, and Jhonattan Vegas, from Venezuela.

Brian was bogey free on the day;

“Whenever you get to count on your birdies, you’re doing something good, especially in tough conditions.”

“I’m very happy with it. Did I expect it? Most rounds I don’t go bogey-free, so I did not expect it.”

“But you have to dial it back just a little bit on days like today to make sure that you stay in play and I was able to do that.”

World #1 Dustin Johnson is tied in fourth place with Rickie Fowler, both from the USA and Si Woo Kim, South Korea, all three at -4 under par with rounds of 69.

Dustin had a poor day with the putter;

“Definitely missed some putts, but I felt like I hit good putts, just didn’t have quite enough speed and lipped out a few on the low side.”

 “But other than that, it was really solid.”

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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 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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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.