RBC Heritage. Maiden Win For Satoshi Kodaira.

 

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It was a PGA Tour Maiden win for Satoshi Kodaira of Japan in a sudden death play-off against Si Woo Kim, South Korea for the RBC Heritage title at Harbour Town Golf Links.Kodaira breaks through at Hilton Head

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Satoshi, -5 under 66 and Si Woo, even par 71, finished tied for the RBC Heritage lead at -12 under par. They went into a sudden death play-off which Satoshi won with a birdie on the third extra hole, the par three 17th.

Satoshi did not sound too  impressed with the Plaid Jacket, his words translated by an interpreter; 

“I will probably not wear it regularly,  but this is special.”

“I wasn’t really thinking about winning.”

“I wasn’t that nervous on the last putt, compared to the first two putts on 18.”

“This is a stage I’ve been dreaming about, and having this opportunity to play the PGA TOUR full time is a dream come true.”

Si Woo suffered from a bad day with the putter;

“I tried my best, and the putts didn’t drop. It is what it is.”

Tied in third place at -11 under par were Bryson DeChambeau, -5 under 66 today and Luke List, +1 over par 72, both players  from the USA.

54 hole leader Ian Poulter, England, suddenly started making bogey’s, five on the back nine, finishing T 7 at -9 under par, with a last round +4 over 75.

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RBC Heritage. Ian Poulter Has 54 Hole Lead.

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Ian Poulter of England has the RBC Heritage 54 hole lead at Harbour Town Golf Links.

Poulter holds one-shot lead after 54 holes

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Poults had another bogey free round of -4 under par 67 to lead the RBC Heritage by one shot after 54 holes with a -13 under par;

“It feels nice to be in form like this.”

Luke List, USA, -4 under 67 today, and Si Woo Kim, South Korea, -3 under 68, are tied in second pace at -12 under par.

Sharing fourth spot at -11 under par are, C.T. Pan, Taipei, and Billy Horschel, USA, both with -4 under 68 third rounds.

World #1 Dustin Johnson had another bad day with the putter, carding +1 over 73 today to be T 41 at -3 under;

“You’ve got to hole some putts if you want to compete.” 

Yesterdays leader Bryson DeChambeau collapsed today, having problems with the par fives. He shot +4 over 75, to drop out of contention;

“Unbelievable what’s happened on the par fives today.”

Tomorrows final round will start at 0700 local time, due the threat of thunder storms later in the day.

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RBC Heritage. Bryson DeChambeau Leads.

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Bryson DeChambeau, USA, leads the RBC Heritage after 36 holes at Harbour Town Golf Links.

DeChambeau leads RBC Heritage

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Bryson shot -7 under par 64 to lead the RBC Heritage by one stroke at -10 under par at the half-way stage of the competition;

“I’m figuring out a lot of great things that are helping me on the golf course.”

Tied in second place, one shot back at -9 under par are, Ian Poulter, England, also -7 under 64 today, and Si Woo Kim, South Korea with his second round score of -6 under 65.

Ian is in the mood for some more heroics, his last win has freed him up;

“After Houston, I went home, spent a day with the kids, went to Augusta on the Tuesday, made the cut, and then came straight here and had an RBC day to do.”

“It’s all ok, because I’ve got some time off next week, so enough time to reflect and maybe have a glass of champagne or two and get up some energy.”

“I’ve got a busy summer ahead, but I have a job to do here first.”

 “The win helps a lot, I can free myself up in my mind. I can start attacking pins and just play free golf.”

“And when you’re in that position, sometimes the game feels easy when sometimes it isn’t.”

Si Woo was assessed to have touched the sand in a bunker, resulting in a two shot penalty:

“This might be the first time that I’ve played so well with a triple bogey.”

“But I’m having great feel around the greens and I feel really confident.”

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Poults Prevails at the Houston Open, Wins Play-off Against Beau.

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Ian Poulter, England, prevails in a play-off against Beau Hossler, USA, to win the Houston Open at the Golf Club of Houston, Texas and he now heads off to the Masters.

Poulter wins Houston Open on first playoff hole

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Poults and Beau both had final rounds of -5 under 67, to be tied for the lead of the Houston Open at -19 under par. Poults sinking a 19 ft birdie putt on the last hole forcing a play-off for the title.

Poults won on the first extra hole the par four 1st, the easiest hole on the card, Beau unfortunately took a triple bogey 7, handing the win to Poults, who carded a par;

“It’s been a long road the last couple of years with injury, questioning whether I’ve got a PGA TOUR card or not, and then obviously having some form and not quite finishing off in the past.”

“That’s as low as I’ve ever been, that’s as far down the world rankings as I’ve been.”

“Questioning whether you’ve got a card or not isn’t very good for your mental strength.”

“Disappointment kicks in at some stages, but you know what? At times you have to dig deep.”

“When you want something bad enough, then you have to go right down to the bottom and grab hold of what you can and come back up.”

“The journey continues, I’ve had 19 good years on TOUR and I guess I’ve got another couple coming. “

“So there’s life in the old dog yet.”

Beau said it was a bummer, but he played well;

“I said yesterday that I wanted to beat these guys at their best, and I think I saw Ian’s best today.”

“It’s a bummer, but I’m very proud of the way I played.”

 “I can’t look and be negative about the week. I was really hoping I would get it done this week, but my time will come soon.”

Tied in third place at -16 under were Jordan Spieth, USA, -6 under 66 today, and Emiliano Grillo, Argentina, with a final round -4 under 68.

Jordan is looking  forward to next week at the Masters;

“Goal accomplished for the week, I’ve made some big strides from my last couple tournaments.”

“I’m very excited for what next week holds.”

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Houston Open. Beau & Poults Share 54 Hole Lead.

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Beau Hossler USA & Ian Poulter, England, share the 54 hole lead at the Houston Open and will take a two shot advantage into the final round at the Golf Club of Houston in Texas.

Hossler, Poulter share 54-hole lead

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Beau, -3 under par 9 today, was joined at the top of the Houston Open leaderboard by Poults who carded a bogey free -7 under 65, both players at -14 under par for the tournament.

Poults need to win here to get into the Masters next week, he reckons it’s not on his mind, he is just thinking of good putting;

“No, not thinking about it, not talking about it, I’m going to go out and have some fun tomorrow. There’s a lot of its and buts.”

“I’m in a funny position, right? I said to you guys I’ve got no expectations going out on the golf course.”

“I didn’t have any expectations, I just went out to play golf. I’m going to do exactly the same tomorrow regardless.”

“Just opened my shoulders slightly, I’ve been seeing my lines a lot easier and been rolling a few putts in.”

“So good golf has obviously been rewarded with rolling a few putts in.”

Beau will be nervous, but is comfortable with that;

“I’ll be nervous just like I always am.”

“I’ve learned at each stage of golf that I’ve played from junior golf to amateur golf to now playing professional golf that winning tournaments is difficult and it takes a level of comfortability to do that.”

Four guys are those two shots back at -12 under, Greg Chalmers, Australia, also -7 under 65 today, Emiliano Grillo, Argentina, -5 under 67, Kevin Tway, USA, -3 under 69, and Paul Dunne, Ireland with his third round of -3 under 69.

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British Masters. Robert Karlsson Leads.

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Robert Karlsson of Sweden leads the British Masters after 54 holes at  Close House Golf Club.

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Robert carded a third round -3 under par 67 to top the British Masters leaderboard with a -12 under par total, and will start the final round with a one shot advantage;

“Every time you play well, every time you’re up in contention at tournaments, it’s what we all practice for and what we all play for.”

“It’s fantastic to play here. It’s a great crowd and I’m very, very happy to be in the last group. It’s a long time since I was there.”

“I didn’t hit the ball very good so I put myself in a lot of trouble. But I managed to keep it together very nicely and I’m very proud of the way I scored in the end. So it was good.”

Five players are tied in second place at -11 under par, Ian Poulter, England, -2 under 68 today, Paul Dunne, Ireland, -5 under 65, Richie Ramsay, Scotland, a bogey free -5 under 65, and Tyrrell Hatton, +1 over 71 and Graeme Storm, -3 under 67, both players from England.

Ian stated his intentions;

“I’ve come here this week to do a number of things. One is to get back in the top fifty, and two is to win this golf tournament.”

“I’m now in position going into Sunday I realistically have to feel I’m in with a shout.”

Tyrrell was frustrated;

“I would say it was a very frustrating day. I didn’t actually play too badly. I had so many awkward numbers when you’re right in between clubs.”

Graeme suffered from poor putting;

” A little bit disappointing from, I think it was twelve, where I missed quite a short one and went on to miss another short one and another one.”

Rory McIlroy shot -6 under par 64 today to put himself into contention at -10 under par, holing some putts;

“I felt today I did get the most out of it. I scrambled well when I needed to. Some of these sort of three and four-footers that you leave yourself on these greens are pretty tricky.”

 At least I put myself in the position today where if I do hole those putts tomorrow, it might mean something, so that’s nice. sixty four was good.”

 

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British Masters. Hatton Heads the Field.

 

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Tyrrell Hatton, of England heads the field at the British Masters after 36 holes at Close House Golf Club.

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Tyrrell carded  second round -5 under par 65 to sit on top of the British Masters leaderboard after 36 holes with a -12 under par total, and will take a three shot lead into the week-end.

Tyrrell mentioned the rain here at Newcastle, and also the good relationship he has with his caddie;

“Conditions weren’t easy this morning, obviously, with the rain coming down.”

“It made it quite difficult. I’m happy with my morning’s work.”

“I feel like I’ve been sort of laughing a bit more, a bit more relaxed.”

“I certainly think he’s helped me do that. But I think playing better certainly helps as well.”

“So we had a good result in Switzerland and hopefully we can have another good one here.”

There is a posse of players in second place, four Englishmen, starting with the Club Tour Professional here Lee Westwood, -5 under 65 today, Ryder Cup hero Ian Poulter, also -5 under 65, Chris Hanson, -3 under 67 and Ashley Chesters with -4 under 66 today, They are joined by Robert Karlsson, Sweden, with his -5 under 65, all of these players are at -9 under par for the tournament.

In fact seven of the top ten players are from England, so Tyrrell is under great pressure from his countrymen.

Lee had a better day with the putter;

“I obviously made a couple more putts than yesterday, hence five under as opposed to four yesterday. I didn’t really make too many mistakes, just hit exactly where I wanted to most of the day. I’m in a good position.”

Ian had four birdies on the spin;

“The back nine, my front nine, I had four birdies on the spin. Nice to have a little run like that. A couple of missed greens once I made the turn but I made a couple of decent up-and-downs.”

Robert also benefited from good putting;

“Very happy with that. It was not so easy. The rain came and went a bit, there was a couple of really, really heavy showers and happy with that round.”

“Good. Putting, unbelievable. I’ve not done three really long ones in a row so it’s fun.”

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