RBC Canadian Open. Vegas Defends Title, In Play-Off

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Jhonattan Vegas defends his RBC Canadian Open title, beating Charlie Hoffman in a play-off at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Canada.

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Jhonattan had a -7 under 65 last round to top the RBC Canadian Open leaderboard, but Charlie, the third round leader made a birdie at the last for a -4 under 68, and to join him at -21 under par for the tournament.

Jhonattan, Venezuela then birdied the first play-off hole, the par five 18th, to secure his hold on the Trophy, but he was lucky with his approach to the green;

“When I heard the clip, because obviously I didn’t see it, I knew that it was probably going to go in the water, because I didn’t know exactly how hard it hit it.”

 “But then when I saw the ball in the air, it was still going really hard and forward.”

“It’s been a special day, I knew that I had to shoot a good round today to have a chance to win again.”

“I just came out with an aggressive mentality, just feeling really good about my game. “

“When I started making a few birdies, especially the putt for birdie on seven, I started feeling the same chills that I felt last year when I won, and I just knew that something good could happen if I kept that going.”

Charlie, USA, had a horrible putting day

“I gave myself a chance, except I putted horribly today and left everything short.”

“Jonny played great today. All credit to him.”

“It’s always tough after you don’t close the deal after having the lead.”

 “Seventeen, I hit a great putt. Actually thought I made it.”

“That green was a little burned out. Thought I made that putt on 17.”

“Eighteen, I hit a good putt. Sixteen, is the one I want back, right in the jaw strip, didn’t get there.”

A resurgent Ian Poulter, England, was in third place, a final round -8 under par 64 leaving him just one shot short of a play-off, at -20 under. He had a great day with the putter;

“The best thing I did today was start holing a few putts.”

“I played good golf today. I gave myself a lot of chances.”

“I’m going to rue a couple of chances out there on the golf course, 13, 16, where I felt I had opportunities to add to my under-par tally.”

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The Open. Jordan Spieth Supreme.

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Jordan Spieth supreme in The Open, pulling away from the field at Royal Birkdale during a wet second round afternoon session.

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Jordan, USA,  shot -1 under 69, to extend his lead in The Open to two shots at -6 under par. An Eagle at 15 was lucky;

 “I mis-hit it, and I was very fortunate to scoot that last bunker.”

“It was definitely a good break. It wasn’t a bad play. We knew we’d stolen one.”

Keeping the American stranglehold on this competition is Matt Kuchar, in second place, his second round of +1 over par leaving him at -4 under for the tournament.

Sharing third place, at -3 under are Ian Poulter, England, even par 70 today, and Brooks Koepka, USA, with +2 over par 72 second round.

Poults is pumped up;

“I qualified for The Open. I’m loving it. I really am. “

“This is a massive bonus for me to be in this position. I haven’t played in a major for a little while, and I can’t wait.”

“I’m excited. I’m pumped up, I mean I’m ready to go out there toe-to-toe with anyone this weekend.”

Rory McIlroy played himself back into the competition, -2 under 68 today, with an improved performance with the putter giving him a -1 under total and T 7;

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“That was right up there.”
“It’s really tough out there. I was lucky enough to get off to that great start but the conditions actually got a little bit worse on the back nine and it’s hard.”
“I think this south east wind that we’re playing today is the toughest wind you get on this golf course.”
“To be in after two days and be under par for this championship, after the way I started, I’m ecstatic with that.”
 “I’ve been really, really happy with how I’ve putted the last couple of days and that’s one of the most difficult things today.”

Notables missing the cut, at +5 over par, are Phil Mickelson +10. Padraig Harrington  +6, Justin Thomas +7, Patrick Reed +8, Louis Oosthuizen and Billy Horschel, both with +12 over par.

Phil suffered only his fourth ever cut;

“I missed it with flair.”

“I thought I had a good game plan. I thought my game was sharp. But obviously it wasn’t.”

The Open. Three Way USA Tie at the Top.

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There is a three-way USA tie at the top of The Open leaderboard, Jordan Spieth, Matt Kuchar and Brooks Koepka lead the American assault of Royal Birkdale on day one, shooting 65’s.

 

Koepka, Spieth post early 65s at The Open

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Brooks, Jordan and Matt all fired first rounds at The Open of -5 under par 65, to lead by one shot.

Jordan was bogey free today, and said he could not have done better, but did miss a couple of putts;

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“I couldn’t have done much better today.”

“I still missed tee shots, a couple more than I really wanted to. And I had a couple of putts that were within 10, 12 feet that missed.”

“But it was really, really solid all around.”

Brooks, the U.S. Open champion arrived early in the week to learn the Royal Birkdale course, and feels comfortable out there;

“It feels back in the routine now.” 

Two players are tied in fourth place at -4 under par, carding -4 under 66, Paul Casey, England and Charl Schwartzel from South Africa.

Last weeks winner at the Scottish Open, Rafa Cabrera Bello, from Spain, is in the group of five players at -3 under par, alongside Ian Poulter, who is making a good comeback from injury;

“Last year I was commentating for the first two days, which was difficult.”

“I think that’s one of the most difficult things I’ve done.

“It’s too easy to get down when you’re not playing those big tournaments and it’s easy to get down when golf seems to be pretty difficult.”

“It’s the feeling I used to have to know to play well in a Major or WGC, it really helps. It’s a great feeling, it really is.”

“Today has meant a lot.”

Scottish Open. Three-Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a three-way tie at the top of the  Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open leaderboard at a wild and windy Dundonald Links, Ian Poulter, Callum Shinkwin of England, and Andrew Dodt, Australia, share the lead.

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Ian, -1 under 71 today , Callum, even par 72, and Andrew, -1 under 71 all share the 54 hole Scottish Open lead with -9 under par totals.

Ian spoke of the conditions;

“It was brutal at times.”

“Days like today don’t come around very often and I can think back to Birkdale on that Sunday, which were some of the toughest conditions I’ve ever played in.”

“This would slide along right with it.”

“It’s just nice to be in a good position. I feel energised and excited about the golf I’ve been playing.”

“There’s life in the old dog yet and I’m relishing the opportunity to go out and get stuck in.”

Andy Sullivan, England, is then in fourth place on his own at -7 under par shooting the low round of the day at -5 under par 67;

“I knew 16, 17 was going to play tough, I just didn’t expect to hit it in the bunker for the third day in a row on 17.”

“We had a bit of a wait on the 18th tee which probably did me a world of good, got my head back in the frame because I was absolutely seething standing on the tee.”

“If I had to hit that tee-shot within a couple of minutes, I’m not sure it would have hit the fairway.”

“It was a good way to finish and good after putting in all that hard work with the weather and I got my rewards at the end.”

“When we started it was very drizzly with not much wind, so I was thinking – ‘let’s make hay while it’s like this’. I got off to a really good start and took advantage of that, so I was really happy.”

 

Scottish Open. Mikko Ilonen Leads.

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Mikko Ilonen, from Finland, leads the  Abderdeen Asset Management Scottish Open on day one at  Dundonald Links.

Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

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Mikko broke away from the field on day one of the Scottish Open, shooting -7 under par 65, to lead by two strokes;

“Sixty five is the round of the season, really.”

“I do need to put some rounds together. I’ve got to start from a couple of holes, nine holes and now 18 holes and I’ve just got to continue from there. I haven’t been able to put two rounds together, so it’s a long way to get four rounds together.

“I’ve played links golf when I was a kid, as an amateur we played and I won the Amateur back in the day. There’s some experience in there.”

“I actually changed my irons on Tuesday. So new irons in the bag, 718s. (Titleist)

” It can be just little things that gives you a little extra confidence.”

The chasing pack, all six of them at -5 under, following their rounds 67, are two shots back, they are, Rickie Fowler and Paul Peterson, USA, Padraig Harrington, Ireland, Ian Poulter and Callum Shinkwin of England, and Andrew Dodt of Australia.

Rickie, who was bogey free today, is having fun out on the links;

Fowler loving life on links

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“It felt good but it’s fun to go out on links and for me to hit shots and they don’t necessarily have to be spot on,”

“It’s kind of about managing the game and hitting shots and working your way around the golf course and putting yourself in the right position and avoiding bunkers.”

“I felt like I did a good job of hitting fairways today, staying on the right side of the hole and made a couple of birdies and it’s always nice to have a clean card.”

” I love playing links golf. It’s a great week.”

 

 

 

Lydia Ko Still Number One.

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Officially Lydia Ko, from New Zealand, is still the Womens Number One ranked player in the world, she has now been #1 for 85 consecutive weeks.

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Remember how Ian Poulter was told he had lost his PGA Tour card, and then the authorities came back and apologized, saying a recalculation had been made and Ian had kept his playing privileges for 2017, by 0.01 of a point.

Well the same thing has happened to Lydia, she is still Ladies World Number 1, by just the same margin, 0.01 of a point. Seems that the projections tool mistakenly included the 2015 Manulife LPGA Classic as part of the calculations. Amazing how it has taken so long to correct a mistake that was made in 2015.

Lydia now has  8.37 points and Ariya Jutanugarn, Thailand, is in second place with 8.36.

Makes you wonder how the people in these organisations who calculate these rankings actually keep their jobs.

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The Players. Si Woo Kim Wins.

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Si Woo Kim, South Korea, wins The Players at TPC Sawgrass.

Kim victorious at THE PLAYERS

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Si Woo put together a finale bogey free round of -3 under par 69,  just cruising along to claim The Players trophy at -10 under par, a three shot victory, he mentioned the 17th;

“I feel like I’m still dreaming that I won this championship.”

“I wasn’t nervous at all because I was leading, I just focused on the middle of the green.”

Ian Poulter, England,  -1 under 71 today and Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa, +1 over 73, tied for second place at -7  under for the tournament.

Poults spoke about his shank coming up the 18th, and the performance of Si Woo;

“It was a big shock to the system to hit one of those nasty shanks when I’ve hit it as good as I have all week.”

“But the fourth shot was pretty special, from one of the worst shots I’ve ever hit to one of the very best.”

“As good as he played yesterday, he’s obviously gone out there today and played even better.”

 “He’s gone clean out there today, which is extremely impressive under that pressure.”

“You have to respect some good golf, and that’s exactly what he’s done.”

Louis was also complimentary about Si Woo;

“If you’re on your game and playing well, that the things you do.”

“You just don’t give shots away. If you can do that around this golf course, you can outscore everyone.”

“And he played like someone that was doing it for five or six years, like it was just another round of golf. It just shows you how good a player he is and how cool and calm he is.”

“Never once did he look flustered at all.”