TOUR Championship. Jordan Takes Over At The Top.

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Jordan Spieth has taken over the lead at the top of the TOUR Championship at a very soggy East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. He now has a great chance of lifting the FedExCup.

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Jordan carded a third round -2 under par 68 and sits on top of the TOUR Championship leaderboard at -8 under par. He made some amazing par saves today;

“I could have easily been 3 over through eight.”

“I’m very pleased with where we stand going into tomorrow, and Henrik’s going to come back very strong.”

 “This was his off day, and so I’m going to have to play even better.”

“Holy, right!”  Jordan shouted on his way to saving par at 16, Henrik called it “A miracle save on 16.”

Henrik was reasonably happy with his +2 over par 72 and -7 under par total;

“Kept it together fairly nicely and we’re still at the races.”

“I would have liked to have gone a few better, but we’re still up there and yeah, it’s all going to be decided tomorrow.”

Rickie Fowler -3 under par 67 today, and Paul Casey +1 over par, share third place, both at -4 under par for the championship.

Rory McIlroy and Zach Johnson are tied in fifth, both at -3 under par Rory struggled in the wet conditions and could only score an even par 70 round, while Zach carded a +1 over 71.

It will be a fascinating day tomorrow to see Jordan and Henrik battle it out, but there is still the possibility of someone going really low tomorrow and setting a challenging clubhouse target, even Rory McIlroy.

TOUR Championship. Henrik Holds Firm.

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Henrik Stenson holds firm at the top of the Tour Championship leaderboard at a very wet East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta at the FedExCup.

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Henrik held firm to stay on top of the Tour Championship with a second round -2 under par 68, a long way from his opening 63, but good enough in the wet conditions to stay put. He likes the way the course is set up;

“It sets up well for solid iron play, and I seem to bring that.”

Caddie Gareth Lord told Henrik;

“Mentally that was the best round you’ve played in a while.”

Jordan Spieth made up some lost ground today, carding a bogey free -4 under par 66, to claim second place, but is still three shots adrift of the leader. Jordan was the only player to go round today bogey free, and he was very happy with that. It also brought back some memories from a couple of years ago;

“Really good, considering the way I struck the ball.”

“My short game was magic today. I was really able to salvage the round around five and six to keep it going, keep some momentum on my side and eventually turn it under par.”

“It was a struggle from tee to green for me, but when we got it around the green, we hit some fantastic up and downs and really some stress-free up and downs.”

“Today was a huge round for me. I stayed very composed throughout the day, especially at that part of the round around the fifth, sixth and seventh.”

“That was the key that maybe kept me in this tournament, not getting too down on myself. I feel so much better putting this week than I have over the last few weeks.”

“I’m very excited and it’s similar to two years ago in chasing Henrik when he’s on his game.”

“Hopefully I can do a better job tomorrow to stay with him, because I don’t think he’s going to back down much.”

In third is Paul Casey, who in the end could only manage an even par round of 70 today, which gave him the position on his own at -5 under par for the tournament.

Zach Johnson recovered from some early mistakes, he actually dropped six shots to par on the day, but posted a second round even par 70, to stay at -4 under for the championship, in fourth place. He mentioned the tough conditions;

“It was harder today than Thursday, he ball was going shorter, a lot more club into holes.”

Rory McIlroy and Steven Bowditch are tied in fifth spot at -3 under par, Rory struggling to post +1 over par on the day, while Steven penciled in -1 under 71.

World #1 Jason Day has had his bubble burst, the player in form coming into this event, and hot favorite to win, is down T9, at even par for the two rounds. He has a mountain to climb if he wants to contend here, and also hang on to the number one spot, lets see what he can do on moving day tomorrow.


Tour Championship. Henrik Holds Top Spot.

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Henrik Stenson holds the top spot in the TOUR Championship after the opening round at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.

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Henrik opened up with a -7 under par 63 at the TOUR Championship and sits on top of the leaderboard with a two shot advantage first round.

He holds all the aces in the FedExCup, even working out that although he has not recorded a win this season he could still win the pot with a solo second place finish;

“I had a look before we came here and I saw there’s a decent chance still if I’m solo second.”

 “Other than that, I’ll leave that to someone else to figure that out, a computer or something, because and again, I’m here to try and give myself a chance to win this golf tournament and I know if I do that, then I will win the #FedExCup as well.”

“And that’s what is great about being in the top five, and makes it very clear what can happen.”

“That’s what I was looking for, and I got it.”

“Unfortunately, dropped one coming in, but that’s not going to spoil the positive vibes and the great round I played.”

“If I were to finish second and win the #FedEx Cup, I’m pretty sure I’ll be smiling on Sunday.”

“I’ll be smiling more if I got two trophies, but I’ll deal with one as well.”

Paul Casey is in second place, a first round -5 under par 65 giving him that place on his own.

Paul is not sure he agree’s with the rules of this competition,

“At The Barclays I felt that it was a little unfair that Jason Day had already leapfrogged Jordan Spieth after the very first week.”

“Now, I actually think it’s slightly unfair that we can all overtake Day the way he’s played the last three weeks.”

Rory McIlroy shares third position with Zach Johnson, both at -4 under par.

Jason Day fell from grace today, carding -1 under par 69, a triple bogey 7 on the fourth hole not helping his cause. Jordan Spieth went one better, -2 under 68, while Bubba Watson could only manage a first round of even par 70.

Jason summed up his disappointment;

“I wish I could say that I was a machine and I can hit it straight down the gut every single time, 315 yards.”

“But, unfortunately, as humans, we’re going to make errors.”

“To make triple was pretty disappointing, but it’s early on in the tournament, so I can’t dwell on that.”

Deutsche Bank Championship. Rickie Reigns Supreme.

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Rickie Fowler reigns supreme at the Deutsche Bank Championship, melting down the Iceman Henrik Stenson to win by one shot at TPC Boston.

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Rickie was three down with eight holes to go, but rallied to close the gap, before Henrik found the water on the par three 16th  and carded a double bogey 5.

Rickie then held on to his one shot advantage, with a final round -3 under par 68, to win the Deutsche Bank Championship trophy with a -15 under total, and move up to third position in the FedExCup rankings;

“Just kind of hung in there today, it’s pretty special.”

“I’ve been playing well the past couple of years. It was just a matter of time before I knocked down the door.”

Henrik finished in second place, a final round -1 under par 70 could, and should have been much better, his tournament total was -14 under.

Charley Hoffman made a last round comeback, a -4 under par 67, to end his tournament in third place, at -11 under par.

No one else got into double figures, but Fabian Gomez did fire -7 under 64 today, which got him into the next round at the BMW Championship.

Rory McIlroy came alive today, shooting a final round -5 under par 66, to finish at -3 under, but still loses his #1 ranking, even though Jordan Spieth missed the cut. Even the TV presenters don’t understand how the officials work that out.

Deutsche Bank Championship. Henrik Holds Top Spot

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Henrik Stenson holds the top spot going into the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston.

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Henrik will have a one shot lead going into the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, after his bogey free third round -6 under par 65 gave him a tournament total of -13 under par. Henrik  won this same tournament in 2013, and went on to win the FedExCup.

An Eagle at the short par four, the 291 yard 4th hole, Henrik joked about it;

“It’s the world’s longest par-3.”

“But I like short par fours, I think every good golf course more or less has a short par 4.”

“It’s a good time to start playing well, and of course it’s a big event and lots to play for.”

“I’m happy with the progress I made and it gave me a little bit of a confidence boost last week, that I had a nice tournament in the bank and, yeah, I hope I can have another one here tomorrow.”

“If I’m in position I can make it happen once more.”

“Exciting weeks ahead and again we’ve got one more day here and I’d like to focus on tomorrow, rather than looking at what’s ahead.”

“But, yeah, I’m in good shape and I’m trying to put myself in position to win golf tournaments and I’m certainly up there now. I will most likely have a chance to make that happen tomorrow.”

Rickie Fowler is in second place, carding -4 under par 67 today, that three 67’s in a row, to make his -12 under par total. Rickie has been inspired to get into top gear by the likes of Jordan, Rory and Jason, and is looking forward to being in the last group tomorrow with Henrik;

“We’re going to enjoy being in the final group together.”

 “He’s a big, powerful player.”

“It’s definitely been motivation to go out and get to the same level or be on the same level as those guys.”

“When they’re out there playing their best, you want to go beat them when they’re playing their best.”

“Those three have kind of distanced themselves a bit.”

“They’re playing some great golf. But those are the guys that I want to go head-to-head against and come out on top, if I end up playing better than they do.”

Sean O’Hair and Matt Jones share third place at -11 under par. Sean with a -4 under par 67, and Matt -3 under 68.

Jason Day labored on Labor Day, and so did Rory McIlroy.

Jason carded a third round +2 over par 73, to drop out of contention, and said there is no excuse for poor play, inconsistent putting seemed to be the major problem;

“There’s no excuse for poor playing, I just wish I had a little bit more energy.”

“Actually I hit a lot of fairways and a lot of greens. I didn’t have the stuff on the greens that I wanted to have.”

Rory could only manage an even par round, and remains at +2 over par for the tournament. In a strange turnaround of events, Rory is about to lose the #1 tag, to Jordan Spieth, although Rory made the cut here and Jordan did not. Last week Rory did not even play, but was promoted to #1, now its the other way around, beats me.

Deutsche Bank Championship. Brendon De Jong Leads 1st Round


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Brendon De Jong, of South Africa, leads the Deutsche Bank Championship after the 1st round at TPC Boston.

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Brendon shot -6 under par 65 in the opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, giving him a two shot lead over the field.

Second place is shared between nine players, with the popular score of -4 under par 67; Luke Donald, Colt Knost, Kevin Chappell, Ian Poulter, Matt Jones, Harris English, Charley Hoffman, Henrik Stenson and Rickie Fowler.

Player on a hot streak, Jason Day is in the group at -3 under par, following his opening effort of 68.

Jason is putting well, carding three straight birdies from the 10th, the hole does not look big to him, just good putts;

“I’m putting some good rolls on it and then reading the putts is obviously key.”

“I’d like to say big, but it isn’t.”

“Over the last seven weeks my speed has been fantastic, that’s why I’m rolling putts in.”

“I can go in and fully believe and trust that the line I’m picking is correct.”

World number one Rory McIlroy carded a -1 under par to be in a group T26, which includes Phil Mickelson.

Rory had some putting problems;

“I felt like I hit a lot of good putts today that didn’t go in, and that probably had to do with the speed.”

“I think my driving the ball, I think my short irons are pretty good.”

“I think my mid-to-long irons, especially my long irons, I had a couple of iffy ones out there today. I can sharpen that up a little bit.”

“And obviously on the greens. These greens are probably the fastest I have putted on in a while.”

Very bad FedExCup play-off starts for Jordan Spieth, +4 over 75, and Bubba Watson +2 over 73, you would not expect that for these players.

A frustrated Jordan declined to speak to the media.

The Barclays. Bubba Bowling Along, Jordan Spieth Slumps.

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Bubba Watson is still bowling along at the top of The Barclays leaderboard, but Jordan Spieth slumps.

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Bubba shot a second round of -2 under par 68, for a -7 under par total, which could have been better except for the intervention of an over zealous rules official, warning him for taking too long over just one shot. Bubba had watched as Jordan’s approach shot to the 16th green  rolled back some 100 feet off the green. He naturally decided to take some extra care, but the official hurried him with a warning, and he rushed the shot, leading to a bogey. How crazy has golf become, warning a golfer over one shot in a complete round.

He spoke to reporters afterwards, and mentioned he would be looking forward to the next crazy ruling;

“I told them, `I’m not mad at anybody about the bad time.’ I went over the time, which is the right ruling.”

“It’s just on a hole like that, one of the toughest holes we’ve ever played besides 2011 when we played the same pin placement, it’s very difficult.”

“But yeah, I’m very happy about my round.”

“I’m excited where I’m at. I made the cut and I’m in the last group. Hopefully, I’m here talking to y’all tomorrow about something else crazy that happened.”

There are four players tied in second place at -6 under par, Tony Finau, Henrik Stenson, Zach Johnson and Jason Dufner.

Jordan Spieth missed the cut, and lost out on a chance to play the weekend here, he was penalised a shot for stepping on his ball while searching for it. The decision did not make a lot of difference, finishing at +7 over par, he missed the cut by five shots. And that means Rory McIlroy, who isn’t playing this week, returns to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking;

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“I’ve reached that peak already and I know it’s going to be close enough to where if I just get the job done next week, I’ll be back in that ranking.”

“But again, that ranking, it’s great once you reach it but it’s not something that I’m going to live or die on each week.”

“I’m definitely searching for answers.”