The Masters. Patrick Reed Leads.

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Patrick Reed, USA, leads The Masters at the half-way stage at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.

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Patrick scored a second round -6 under par 66 to lead The Masters after 36 holes with a -9 under par total;

“Everyone wants to win Majors and if you don’t believe you can win them, then you probably shouldn’t be playing in them.”

“I believe that if I play the golf that I know how to play, that I can win Majors.”

“I have to go in and not get ahead of myself, just take it shot by shot, hole by hole, like I’ve been doing. There’s a lot of holes left and I just need to go out and keep to my game-plan, play some solid golf and just go out and continue shooting in the 60s and see if it gets the job done.”

“I don’t know how many times on putting greens I was like, all right, well, this putt is to win the Green Jacket.”

“It’s one of those things that all kids growing up think about, and to have the reality to be able to sit up here after Friday and having the lead in the tournament, it’s great.”

“But, you know, we’re only halfway. I’ve got a long way to go and just need to continue doing what I’m doing.”

Marc Leishman from Australia is alone in second place at -7 under par, with a second round -5 under 67, while Henrik Stenson, Sweden, holds third place at -5 under after his second round -2 under 70.

Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland, -1 under 71, and Jordan SpiethUSA, +2 over par 74, are tied in fourth spot, both at -4 under par for the competition.

Rory is happy to be in contention;

“Being up there around the lead going into the weekend, it’s a good position to be in.”

“But I think I’m happier with how I’ve felt and how I’ve handled certain things and how my thought process has been. That’s been a pleasing thing.”

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The Masters. Jordan Spieth Stars.

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Jordan Spieth, USA, stars on day one of The Masters at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.

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Jordan carded a 1st round -6 under par 66, with a bogey five on the last hole after scoring five birdies on the trot, but leads The Masters by two shots;

“I’ll always have demons out here, but I’ll always have tremendous confidence out here.”

 “Once you’ve won out here, you have a tremendous advantage over those who haven’t.”

“I ended up having to make a really good bogey to post six under.”

“It’s up there with the top three rounds I’ve ever played here.”

Sharing second place at -4 under are Tony Finau and Matt Kuchar, both from the USA.

There is a large group at -3 under par, Henrik Stenson, Sweden, Adam Hadwin, Canada, Li Haotong, China, Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Spain, with Charley Hoffman and Patrick Reed from the USA.

Rory had to work hard on his last three holes to make par and keep his score intact;

“It’s not always the birdies that stick out in your mind. That downhill left‑to‑right that I had on 17, it was nice to see that go in.”

 “Everything worked.”

“You look at it and not anyone is really getting away.”

“Jordan had a pretty strong finish there but this is my best start in a few years and it’s such a hard golf course to play catch up on.”

“I drove it well, everything was really solid and if I can continue to play like that over the next three days, I’ll be pretty close.”

Li summed up his first appearance at The Masters;

“It’s quite unreal for myself and to be here, play golf here, it’s such a big honor.”

Defending Champion Sergio Garcia fell over, carding 13 at the par five 15th, making a few trips into the water, he finally signed for +9 over 81;

“It’s the first time in my career where I make a 13 without missing a shot.  Simple as that.”

 “I felt like I hit a lot of good shots and unfortunately the ball just didn’t want to stop.”

“It’s just unfortunate, but that’s what it is.”

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Arnold Palmer Invitational. Rory Romps Home.

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Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland romps home to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational by three shots at Bay Hill Club & Lodge, in Orlando Florida.

Arnold Palmer InvitationalAPI Winner Rory

Rory saved his best round till last -8 under par 64 wins the Arnold Palmer Invitational by three shots at -18 under par his first victory since the Tour Championship on September. 25th, 2016, the day Arnold died;

“I wish I walked up that hill and got a handshake from him, but I’m so happy to put my name on that trophy.”

“I’ve seen Tiger make that enough times to know what it does, so I just wanted to try and emulate that.”

“Didn’t quite give it the hat toss, I was thinking about doing it.”

“But just to be able to create my own little bit of history on the 18th green here is pretty special.”

“Hopefully he’s proud of me with the way I played on the back nine and tried to be as aggressive as I could and tried to take on shots when I needed to, just like he would have.”

Bryson DeChambeau, USA, was second at -15 under par, -4 under 68 in the last round was never going to be enough to win;

“I thought fifteen under for sure would win today.”

 “Rory obviously played some incredible golf. I don’t know what he did on the last nine, but it was deep. I know that.”

Justin Rose, England, claimed third spot at -14 under par with a final round -5 under 67 and could only watch and wonder as Rory rolled in putt after putt;

“Rory played incredible golf and it was fun,  great to see world class players do that.”

 “It’s not great to see him make putts because he was making them against me.”

“But when he is making putts, he’s incredibly hard to beat. So it was fun to watch him play.”

Long time leader Henrik Stenson, Sweden, could only manage a -1 under 71 today, finishing in fourth spot at -13 under par.

Tied in fifth were Tiger Woods, -3 under 69 today and Ryan Moore, -1 under 71, both players at -10 under par, and both from the USA.

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Arnold Palmer Invitational. Henrik Heading For Wire to Wire Win.

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Henrik Stenson of Sweden is heading for a wire to wire win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Florida.

Stenson ahead by 1

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Henrik needed a monster 30 ft birdie putt on the par four 9th hole to sign for a third round -1 under par 71, which kept him on top of the Arnold Palmer Invitational leaderboard with a -12 under par tournament total;

“I was looking for a little better, but I’m still in the lead.”

“I’ve been up in the mix and let’s hope for a different outcome tomorrow.”

Bryson DeChambeau, USA is in second place, one shot back at -11 under par, after a third round of even par 72. He explained the poor result was due to a bad back;

“It was because my quadratus lumborum wasn’t working. My iliacus, longissimus thoracis, they were all kind of over-working if you want to get technical on that.”

 “But they weren’t working very well, and I overworked them.”

“Pretty much my lower right back was hurting and I rested it. How about that?”

“Unfortunately, just didn’t go my way today, but tomorrow there’s one more day, one back, got a lot of guys behind me that are lurking.”

Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland, has third spot on his own, carding a third round -5 under par 67 for -10 under par on the leaderboard;

“I started the day just outside the top ten and wanted to at least give myself a chance going into tomorrow, so it was a great day out there.”

“I can’t really ask for much more. I’ll hopefully be within two or three of the lead, and I can make a run at it.”

Justin Rose, England, -5 under 67  is sharing fourth spot with Ryan Moore, USA, -3 under 69, to both be at -9 under for the competition.

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Arnold Palmer Invitational. Two at the Top.

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Two players are tied at the top of the Arnold Palmer Invitational leaderboard after 36 holes at Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Henrik Stenson and Bryson DeChambeau share the honor in Orlando, Florida.

Stenson tied at the top

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Round one leader Henrik, -3 under 69 today, and Bryson, -6 under 66, share the top spot on the Arnold Palmer Invitational leaderboard at -11 under, after 36 holes, as darkness caused a suspension of play for the day.

Henrik said good putting helped to make those all important par scores;

 “Putting, more than anything.”

“I scrambled for par after all those holes after hitting some not so good golf shots.”

Bryson is not short on confidence;

“I think every week I’m good enough to win or play my best.”

“It’s just sometimes a kick here, a break here, and that’s just what happens.”

“You don’t always get a sky ship rocketed up to the top of the leaderboard like I have.”

Talor Gooch is alone in third place at -9 under par, he carded a second round -2 under 70, and Ben An holds fourth spot on his own at -8 under par.

Tomorrow is moving day, and St Patricks Day, should be a fun day all round, and the Guinness will be flowing no doubt.

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Arnold Palmer Invitational. Henrik Stenson Leads.

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Henrik Stenson, Sweden, leads the Arnold Palmer Invitational after the first round at Bay Hill Club & Lodge, in Orlando Florida.

Stenson leads with Tiger, McIlroy close behind

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Henrik shot an opening round -8 under par 64 to lead the Arnold Palmer Invitational by just one shot, requiring just 20 putts on the day, with nine birdies, last week he made just one birdie for a missed cut saying his putter would not work;

“It’s better to save them all for one go, I think. There’s no point wasting a few last week when I was heading home.”

“I mean we know it’s a funny game, my putter was not working at all last week, I actually hit the ball quite all right throughout the two rounds that I played, but I just couldn’t make a birdie, really.”

“I had to go and do a bit of work on my putting and got that going for sure.”

“It felt good with a bit of a work on my setup and posture and I hit some good putts in practice Tuesday, Wednesday, and, yeah, today was beautiful out there on the greens, really.”

Sharing second place at -7 under par following first rounds of 65 were Aaron Wise and Talor Gooch, both from the USA.

At -5 under were Jimmy Walker, tournament host Rickie Fowler and Bryson DeChambeau.

Rickie, as Host, was pleased to play well;

 “I was hoping to back up the host duties with playing well.”

“A little extra pressure, but I feel like that’s where a lot of the guys out here, the best players in the world, I feel like that’s when I kind of rise to the occasion, so it was nice to rise to that, put up a good solid round today, get off to a good start.”

In the big group at -4 under is Tiger Woods, with Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose a shot further back in the group at -3 under.

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WGC-HSBC Champions. Brilliant Justin Rose Wins.

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A brilliant final round from Justin Rose wins him the WGC-HSBC Champions title at  Sheshan International Golf Club in China.

Rose wins WGC-HSBC Champions

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Justin fired a final round -5 under 67 to win the  WGC-HSBC Champions title in China, by two shots at -14 under par;

“This is really, really satisfying, all players pride themselves on winning and I’ve won every year since 2010 .”

“I was very aware that that was slipping away from me this year.”

“To win a WGC is just amazing, they count for so much on both tours. It’s an incredible start to my 2018 PGA Tour campaign and gives me a real shot in the Race to Dubai as well.”

“I needed to regroup going into the back nine, I kind of told myself I was four down playing the golf course. I played match play against the golf course coming in.”

“I didn’t know if thirteen under was going to be good enough, I kind of figured I was playing for second and I thought thirteen was going to be an important number to get to for that.”

“I saw DJ get back to about 14 or 15 and the game was on so it was certainly exciting coming down the stretch.”

What a wonderful game golf is, yesterday I said DJ, the world #1 from the USA  had the trophy in his hands, taking a six shot lead into the final round. Today Dustin Johnson carded a last round +5 over par 77, to share second place with Brooks Koepka, USA, -1 under 71 today, and Henrik Stenson of Sweden, with his last round -2 under 70.

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