Sony Open. Fabian Gomez Wins In Play-Off

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Fabian Gomez wins the Sony Open in a play-off at Waialae Country Club in Hawaii.

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Fabian was tied at the top of the Sony Open leaderboard with Brandt Snedeker, both with -20 under par totals for the tournament. They played the par five18th twice in the play-off, with Fabian carding a birdie second time around, to win.

Fabian set the standard shooting seven birdies in a row for a -8 under 62 in the final round, to catch Brandt at the top. Brandt scored a last round -4 under par 66, which was not quite good enough to get the job done.

Brandt’s suspect putting stroke put paid to his dreams of wining;

“It’s frustrating because I couldn’t make putts to win the golf tournament, is going to sting today and tomorrow.”

Zac Blair took third place, at -19 under for the tournament, a final round -3 under par was never going to get him to the top of the leaderboard. Zac also had a problem with the putts not dropping, although he thought the one on eighteen was good, it would have put him in the play-off;

“One of the best putts I’ve probably ever hit right there on 18.”

“Unfortunately, it didn’t go in.”

Love The Big W, on 16, I remember the scene from The Mad Mad Mad Mad World. Would love to play there some day.

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Sony Open. Zac & Brandt Tied at the Top

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Zac Blair and Brandt Snedeker are tied at the top of the Sony Open leaderboard at the end of day three at Waialae Country Club in Hawaii.

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Zac could have had the lead on his own, but missed a two foot putt on the last, settling for a third round -6 under par 64, and -16 under par total at the hotly contested Sony Open;

“Just pulled it. Nothing more to it.”

“Didn’t hit the best putt and it didn’t go in.”

“I obviously don’t hit it as far as most of the guys out here, but at the end of the day, I think it just kind of comes down to getting the ball in the hole, and if you’re able to do that, you obviously seem to be finding yourself at the top of the leaderboard more often than not.”

Brandt carded a third round -4 under par 66 for his -16 under total, he remembers the first time he teed off in the last group on a Sunday;

“I can definitely relate, the one difference was I had Tiger Woods teeing off right in front of me, so that was a little bit disconcerting, to say the least.”

” I don’t think Zac views me as Tiger Woods, so I think he’ll be OK.”

“The nerves are going to be there. He’s got a great caddie in Andy Martinez to kind of help him get through it, and the golf course sets up really well for him. So I don’t see him having too many issues.”

Kevin Kisner is in third place on his own at -15 under par, he too carded -4 under par 66, and he wants to just keep on doing the same things, except missing short putts. He also mentioned the 5 iron approach shot that did not cut, and disappeared behind a tent;

“I thought I killed somebody in the stands.”

“I feel like if I can keep doing what I’m doing, getting the ball in playing, getting in on the green, make a few putts.”

“I’ve missed a couple of shorter ones, but it’s been good.”

Si Woo Kim has fourth place to himself at -14 under par, -5 under 65 today kept him in touch with the leaders.

There were  87 players who made the cut on Friday, so there was a Saturday cut of the top 70s and ties, and that knocked out Davis Love III, Another old-timer Vijay Singh was close to going as well, despite starting the day four shots out of the lead, he was on the cut line until making a long birdie putt on the 17th.

 

 

Sony Open. Snedeker Sneaks In Front.

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Brandt Snedeker sneaks in front at the Sony Open in Hawaii, at the Waialae Country Club.

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Brandt shot a second round -5 under par 65 at Waialae Country Club to post a half-way score of -12 under par for the Sony Open, and a one shot lead going into the week-end.

Brandt is looking forward to the week-end, and having some fun out there;

”I feel like I’m playing great, so it should be fun.”

”Maui being wide open off the tee a little bit helped me get comfortable with it.”

”And then I realized this week, how it feels, what should happen, and when I do hit a bad shot, I kind of know where it comes from.”

“So I feel way more comfortable with it this week and excited about it, because the bad shots haven’t been near as bad as they have been.”

Kevin Kisner is in second place on his own at -11 under par after carding a -4 under 66 today.

Tied in third spot are four players at -10 under par for the tournament, Luke Donald, Zach Johnson, Zac Blair and Chez Reavie.

Zach -4 under 66 today, Luke and Zac -5 under 65, while Chez carded a -7 under par 63 second round.

Luke, was asked about his troubles, dropping him to 78th in the world, and how he got his game back;

“When you come off a break there’s always a little bit of uncertainty of how you’re gonna perform.”

“I think mentally I took a bit of a hit, went through some changes, and they didn’t work out.”

“I was fully confident that they would work out, and when they didn’t that was a knock on my confidence.”

“Had some good results at the end of last season, and at least we are trending in the right direction.”

“It’s nice to get off to a good start, put myself in the mix, and hopefully have a solid week-end.”

“Just trying to get back to basics, and do what I am really good at. A hundred and yards and in, spend a lot of time on that.”

“I am never going to be someone who overpowers the golf course. I have to use the skills that I have.”

“Those have been the short game and putting, and they have been good over the last couple of days.”

“It’s good news, hopefully for a good year.”

Low round of the day, and tournament, went to Canadian Graham DeLaet, his -8 under par 62 took to him to -5 under par, easily making the cut.

Just making the cut here was Adam Scott, another round of -2 under 68 getting him to -4 under for the competition, and golf on the week-end.

Adam is still struggling with his conventional putter;

“Haven’t made anything on the greens yet.”

“So I haven’t got any momentum going, and I”m going to have to because I am pretty far behind starting the week-end.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sony Open. Five Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a five way tie at the top of the Sony Open in Hawaii, after the first round at Waialae Country Club. Vijay Singh shares the lead with Ricky Barnes, Morgan Hoffman, Kevin Kisner and Brandt Snedeker.

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Vijay shot a bogey free-7 under par 63 to share the Sony Open lead with the others at Waialae Country Club in Hawaii. He said he had played well and is looking forward to the next three days play, the secret of his new found form, it’s in an old book, he could not reveal the title of this tomb, or he would have to kill us;

“I’ve been playing really well, I just haven’t produced the scores.”

“I feel I’m playing well, and see what the next three days bring.”

“I haven’t read it for the last 10 years, so I picked it up yesterday and started reading a few things that I’ve been doing, and it’s just a different mindset.”

“Golf swing has been the same, so become a lot more aggressive this year.”

“That’s the plan, to attack the golf course instead of just trying to put it in the fairway and trying to make a good swing.”

“I can’t tell you, ( the title of the book) I’d have to kill you.”

Ricky Barnes is in the group at -7 under, he unfortunately has gone 205 starts on the PGA Tour since he turned pro without winning, he explained his up and down form;

“Some things would click for a round, and then they would kind of go away.”

“But I felt like the stuff we are working on now is here to stay.”

I kind of feel that way about my own game.

Si Woo KimZach Johnson and Charles Howell 111 are tied in sixth place one shot back at -6 under par after their rounds of 66.

Luke Donald makes a welcome return to professional golf carding -5 under par 65, sharing eighth spot with nine other players, he spoke of where his mind has been in golfing terms recently;

“Those are some fleeting thoughts seven or eight months ago.”

 “I was feeling a bit down about my game, and I think I was in Memphis in a hard place. “

“My wife at the time was in Paris with Michael Jordan. I was just thinking I need to be in a higher place in Memphis right now while she’s in Paris. That was just putting it in context.”

Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Super Spieth, Again.

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It’s super Jordan Spieth again in the third round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at Kapalua, the Plantation Course in Maui, Hawaii.

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Jordan carded a third round -8 under par 65 to increase his lead at the top of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions leaderboard to five shots over his nearest rival, with a three round total of -24 under par. It could have been more, his second shot to the par five 18th hit the pin, nearly dropping in for a rare Albatross, he settled for the Eagle.

As good as Jordan’s round was, it was not the best of the day,  Brooks Koepka fired a bogey free -10 under par 63, which moved him into second place at -19 under par, those five shots back.

In interview after his round Jordan reflected on what he needs to do tomorrow, and the round of Brooks;

“Got to keep making birdies tomorrow, keep my game up.”

“Brooks shot ten under today, that’s insane.”

Patrick Reed has third place to himself, a third round -6 under par 67 for a -18 under par total not good enough to keep pace with the leaders. He is still bogey free on the week, but knows he needs birdies as the leaders will not let up, and he will just have to go out there and get them;

“Jordan is definitely not letting up and we’re going to have to go out and get it.”

The Kona wind got up a little today, but you would not have known it by the scores, apart from Jordan and Brooks efforts, Brandt Snedeker had a -8 under par 65, moving up the leaderboard sharing fourth spot with Fabian Gomez.

Jimmy Walker carded -9 under par 64, and just missed a birdie putt on the last, his total of -14 under par puts him at T6, joining  Rickie Fowler, Kevin Kisner and Steven Bowditch, on that score.

Another round in the low 60’s tomorrow will seal the victory for Jordan, 66, 64 and 65 so far, even another ten under round would not catch him.

 

 

Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Super Spieth Surges Ahead.

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Jordan Spieth put on a super show to surge ahead in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at Glendower Golf Club in Hawaii.

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World number one Jordan fired a magical bogey free -9 under par 64 at the par 73 Glendower course in the  Hyundai Tournament of Champions at the half way point of the competition, to lead by four shots at -16 under par for 36 holes;

“Did I see 16 under? Probably not to start the season.”

“I go from leading by one to leading by four, and that’s huge.”

Second place is shared between three players at -12  under par, Patrick Reed, Fabian Gomez and Kevin Kisner, they were all bogey free today.

Kevin also shone brightly today, with -8 under 65, while Fabian carded -7 under 66 and Patrick, feeling the heat from Jordan could only manage -4 under 69.

Kevin asked after the round what was Jordan at?

“What’s Jordan at? I saw he was at 15.”

“He’ll probably shoot another 15 under, so I better get going tomorrow, the way he plays.”

“We’ll just make a bunch of birdies and see what happens.”

“First tournament of the year, kind of rusty, haven’t played in a while.”

“Seeing where my game is, I’m looking forward to having a chance on the weekend.”

Danny Lee, from New Zealand holds fifth place on his own at -11 under par, following his second round score of -5 under par 68, which sadly contained three bogey’s.

Rickie Fowler and Steven Bowditch both scored bogey free rounds of -6 under par 67 and were another shot back at -10 under par for the tournament.

Rickie spoke about the easier conditions today;

“It’s a little less windy, so the golf course was a little bit more gettable.”

“I played better today, got the ball closer to the hole, so I had more opportunities at birdie.”

 

Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Reed Leads.

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Defending Champion Patrick Reed leads after the first round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at the Plantation Course on Maui Island in Hawaii.

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Patrick shot -8 under par 65 in the opening round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions to lead the tournament by one shot from his playing partner, World number One Jordan Spieth. A fabulous Eagle from Patrick at the par five 18th edged Jordan into second place.

Patrick spoke about his 2nd shot into the par five final hole;

“I didn’t think I could get it all the way to the green.”

“I thought if I smoked it, I’d get to the front edge and it just happened to ride the wind a little bit and kind of just kept on going.”

“And once it gets on that green, I know it’s going to just keep feeding.”

Jordan showed his class in a first round -7 under par 66, on the par 73 Plantation Course. He wanted last years form to continue, winning  the Masters and U.S. Open and three other titles that led to the FedExCup and a sweep of all the awards. He mentioned the rivalry between the pair of them;

“It’s another event in the course of my career.”

“The calendar changed.”

“Whether we want to feed off each other or we want to beat the crap out of each other, we somehow play well together.”

There are three players tied in third place at -6 under par following their first rounds of 67, Danny Lee, Brandt Snedeker and J.B. Holmes.

Brandt got here early, to check out the greens;

“I know the golf course pretty well and I think getting over here early, the greens always pose a big problem.”

“You get comfortable on greens and be aggressive on putts that you know are fast or slow.”

“You just have to know putts. They’re hard to read. So that’s kind of the reason I came over to do that.”

Making the news for the wrong reasons was Rickie Fowler, sporting a pair of high topped Basketball style trainers, most comments were in the negative. It did not bother Rickie too much, shooting -4 under par 69 to be in a the group of players with Bubba Watson.

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The two old men in field did not do so well, Padraig Harrington, 44, was almost happy with his -3 under 70, but Davis Love 111, 51, certainly struggled to post +2 over 75.