Valero Texas Open. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the Valero Texas Open leaderboard after 36 holes at TPC San Antonio in the Lone Star State of Texas. Bud Cauley and Tony Finau share the limelight at the half way stage.

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Bud and Tony at -8 under par for the tournament.

Bud scrambled very well, getting up and down nine times in the first two rounds, and needed only 22 putts today, shooting  a bogey free -6 under par 66;

“I scrambled really well.” 

“I didn’t drive it poorly but, you know, just with the wind out there it was tough to get some of the iron shots close. When I did miss the green I was able to leave it in a relatively easy spot and get up and down which kind of kept my round going.”

“Just driving the ball well,”

“”You know, obviously last week there’s no faking it around there. You have to drive it well or you can’t play. I worked on that a lot the week before and I was able to do that last week and carried that over to these two rounds.”

“I got a lot out of my round today. I hit the ball really well yesterday and just kind of left some shots out there. Today was nice to scramble well and look forward to this weekend.”

Tony, -7 under par 65 today, is looking forward to the week-end;

“I feel good. I’ve hit a lot of good shots, have had a good season so far.”

”Look forward to the weekend.”

There are then four players on -7 under, Cameron Smith, -7 under 65 today, 51-year-old Bob Estes -3 under 69, Kevin Chappell, -4 under 68 and Robby Shelton who carded -3 under 69.

Luke Donald, who was second last week, and Ian Poulter both missed the cut, and with it Ian also lost his PGA Tour card;

“The most frustrating thing is that I can’t plan a schedule. So, I have to be ready to go any given Monday for an event.”

“Obviously, I will try to qualify for the U.S. Open and the Open Championship, but it’s just very, very frustrating.”

“It’s not like I’m going to go away and you’re never going to see me again. I’m playing next week with Geoff Ogilvy in New Orleans [at the Zurich Classic].”

Ollie Schniederjans -5 under 65 today, spent an hour in his hotel room last night, looking for a putting groove. Looks like he found it rolling one putt from 34 feet, and three putts between 15-20 feet, followed by two more putts from just outside 10 feet. He also managed to hole out from 10 feet from the fringe;

“I’ve been working really hard on my putting, awesome to see it pay off today.”

 

 

RBC Heritage. Double Eagles Ease Jason Dufner to the Top.

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Double Eagles ease Jason Dufner to the top of the RBC Heritage leaderboard after 54 holes at Hilton Head Golf Links.Dufner flies into RBC Heritage lead

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Jason carded -6 under par 65, helped by those two Eagles, to top the RBC Heritage leaderboard at -13 under par, after 54 holes. The difference in his play is down to not coming into the tournament with any expectations;

“That really gets in the way of playing well to be honest with you.”

 “So I think I maybe learned a little bit from the champion last week, where he kind of lowered his expectations, and got out of his way, so to speak, and let his talent and his game plan take it from there.”

“I feel like this golf course has always been a good set up for me.”

“I haven’t had amazing results here, but I’ve been pretty consistent. We’ll see how it goes tomorrow.”

Graham DeLaet, from Canada, holds second place at -12 under par, he shot a third round -2 under 69, he said a PGA Tour win is the only thing missing from his CV;

“Obviously, this is the one thing that’s kind of missing.”

“So there’s going to be some battles, inside,  that I’m going to have to deal with.”

Sharing third place, at -11 under par are Kevin Kisner, -5 under 66 today, and Webb Simpson, who signed for -3 under 68.

Ian Poulter is in fifth  spot at -10 under par, he managed -2 under 69 today to stay in touch with the leaders. Ian is playing here  on a medical extension, and needs to earn $145,000 of 117 FedExCup points over the next two weeks to enable him to keep his playing privileges intact. He’s in good spot right now as fifth place pays $260,000.

RBC Heritage. Luke & Graham Share Lead

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Luke Donald, England, & Graham DeLaet, Canada, share the RBC Heritage lead after 36 holes at Harbour Town Golf Links.

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Luke and Graham share the RBC Heritage lead at -10 under par at the half-way stage on Hilton Head Island.

Luke chipped in for a birdie on the iconic 18th, the Lighthouse hole, to put himself in position to go on and win. that gave him -4 under 67 on the day;

“I’ve been in this position before and I’ve got to go out there and be aggressive and make some birdies.”

 “Certainly playing for pars won’t get it done out there.”

Graham made a chip in Eagle 2 at the par four ninth, he also carded -4 under 67 today;

“We couldn’t see the bottom of the pin, but there was reaction from the crowd so we figured it was in.”

Ian Poulter, -3 under 68 and Webb Simpson,-3 under 68, both share third position on the leaderboard at -8 under par.

Ian is playing on a medical exemption, and needs a good finish here to remain on the PGA Tour;

“I’m playing golf like I really don’t care, to be honest.”

“I’ve had to work on clearing everything out of my mind to go play good golf.”

A group of five players are at -7 under par for the tournament, Bud Cauley, Pat Perez, Jason Dufner, Nick Taylor and Sam Saunders.

Omega Dubai Desert Classic. Sergio Leads Suspended Third round.

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Sergio Garcia leads  the suspended third round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club. All the top contenders completed their third rounds.

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Sergio, from Spain, completed a third round of -4 under par 68 to comfortably  lead the Omega Dubai Desert Classic by three shots at -18 under, making a lot of good putts;

“At the end it was very, very dark, I’ll tell you that, when we were walking on seventeen, I thought, well, it will probably be a little dark but not too bad.”

“But then it gets dark very, very quickly here. I couldn’t really see much on the last three shots.”

“I pretty much couldn’t see the ball land and the last putt was a little bit of a feel and a little bit of the read that George gave me and I’m very fortunate to be able to make it.”

“It wasn’t easy, a little shaky here and there at the beginning but the back nine was great. A lot of good shots, a lot of good putts.”

“I have a chance of winning the Omega Dubai Desert Classic which is a great event. I’m going to give it my all tomorrow.”

In second place is Henrik Stenson, Sweden, with a -13 under par total, a -5 under 67 today has put him in contention;

“It’s great to be in the last match tomorrow, I’m three behind Sergio so that’s where I want to be to try and apply some pressure on the front nine.”

“Anytime you can be within a couple of shots heading into the back nine, you can make it happen. I’m very pleased with the day’s work.”

Tied in third place are Ian Poulter, England, bogey free -5 under 67 today, and Prom Meesawat, Thailand with a third round of -4 under 68.

Poults, bogey free contained nine one putts in a row;

“I made a couple of great par saves during the round and gave myself a lot of good chances. I needed to shoot a decent round today because obviously Sergio and the guys in front were a few shots clear.”

“I’ve done my job today, so I’m very pleased.”

“My putting’s really good. I had a stretch of single putts from the back end of round two to the first couple of holes today. I was nine one putts in a row so to do that, you have to be comfortable with your line.”

“I’m quietly confident. I wouldn’t say I feel like I’m on my A Game but I’m doing my job and that’s all I can do right now. Slowly but surely try to get in contention and see what happens tomorrow.”

Prom was also happy with his putting;

“I went especially well from the tee, I feel very comfortable on my putting. It’s very good finish the last two holes birdie-birdie so I’m really happy with that.”

I feel comfortable right now so I’ll just try to enjoy tomorrow.”

“It’s always nice to come back here again. I’ll just try my best tomorrow.”

Omega Dubai Desert Classic. Sergio Surges To The Top.

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Sergio Garcia surges to the top of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic leaderboard, as round one got suspended due to bad light at  Emirates Golf Club in Dubai.

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Sergio, from Spain, had completed his opening Omega Dubai Desert Classic first round before play was suspended, carding -7 under par 65, to lead the tournament by one shot;

“It was a nice way to start, a good, solid round.”

“It was getting a little bit tasty there at the end, the last five, six holes. So it was nice to be able to get it in on a good score.”

“Tomorrow is supposed to be a tough day so we’ll see.”

“I think there were a lot of good positives out there. I played quite nicely, hit some really nice shots and made some really nice putts here and there. So overall, I was very happy with it. I felt like I was quite committed for pretty much every shot I hit.”

“The passion, it’s always there and it’s easy to keep up. Doing what we love and being as blessed as we are, being able to do it fairly well, it’s a great thing. So obviously the passion is easy to maintain.”

Felipe Aguilar, Chile, and George Coetzee, South Africa share second place at -6 under after their first rounds of 66.

Felipe was feeling good;

“I feel good. Every time you beat the course, it’s nice.”

Tied in fourth spot at -5 under are, Ian PoulterNino Bertasio, Nacho Elvira and David Lipsky all having rounds of 67.

Poults has not played this event for a while;

“I’m happy with that round. It’s been nine years since I’ve been here.”

Tiger Woods had another bad day at the office, shooting +5 over par 77, no signs yet that he will be contesting any title soon. He did not record a birdie today, citing  putting problems;

Well, I didn’t hit the ball very well, I left probably about 16 putts short.”

“I just couldn’t get the speed of these things, and consequently, it added up to a pretty high number.”

“I just could not hit the putts hard enough. I left every putt short.”

“Hopefully, this wind blows tomorrow, and it’s going to be tough and hopefully it is tough and I can play a really solid round and give myself more looks.”

The Masters. Jordan Jumps In Front.

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Jordan Spieth, the defending Champion jumps in front of the pack after the first round of The Masters at Augusta.

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Jordan carded a bogey free first round at a windy Augusta of -6 under par 66 to lead The Masters by two shots, and was happy to tell everybody why, and of course the putts are dropping;

“I enjoy this tournament more than anywhere else.”

 “It’s easy for us. We don’t have any or many distractions in our preparation, and we enjoy that you’re able to kind of feel like you get enough done and you have enough time to do everything, and I think that’s useful when we start on the first hole.”

“I just didn’t feel confident after the first couple mid‑iron shots I hit, I didn’t feel confident over the ball with irons.”

“It was extremely special to stay bogey‑free on a day like today at the Masters.”

“We’re through one round, there’s going to be a lot of different changes. There are going to be a lot of different birdies, bogeys and everything in between.”

“We know how to win this golf tournament, and we believe in our process. And if the putts are dropping, then hopefully it goes our way.”

Sharing second place are Danny Lee and Shane Lowry, both at -4 under par.

Paul Casey, Justin Rose, Ian Poulter, Soren Kjeldson and Sergio Garcia are tied in fourth position at -3 under par.

Justin was happy with his score today;

“That’s an unexpected good score. When you look at the leaderboards, the guys are obviously figuring it out and able to get round the course today.”

“I’d have taken 69 before teeing off.

“If you look at this tournament last year, I don’t think I did anything wrong particularly, I just got beaten by a record performance.”

“I was right there. I was shooting good scores, good numbers, I was just beaten by some really great performances.”

“I’m not trying to change gears or do anything different, just keep knocking on the door.”

Ian said there is still a long way to go, and anything could happen;

“There’s a long way to go. Six years ago I had a couple 68’s, and it’s never over around this golf course.”

“We’ve seen it from a lot of players through the years. I’m up to the challenge, but obviously it’s round one.”

“Things don’t really happen until the back nine on Sunday. So between now and then there’s a lot of good golf needs to be played before you put yourself in position to have a go at anybody.”

Not a good Day for World number one Jason, as he carded an even par opening round of 72. Rory McIlroy is in the group at -2 under par, and admitted it could have been better, but he is still happy;

“I’m happy with how I played, happy with the score in the end.”

“It could have been a couple better but, at the end of the day, being here on a tough day in the top ten and still within touching distance of Jordan, I’m pretty pleased with that.”

“If someone had have given me a 70 on the first tee, I probably would have taken it. It was a tricky day.”

“Being in the position on the 16th tee where I was four under par. I was probably thinking on the 16th tee I could sneak another one or two out of this round and to start going the other way is disappointing.”

“But I feel like I can get off to a good start tomorrow and pick those shots up again in the first few holes and just get off and running again.”

 

Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. Rickie Fowler Wins

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Rickie Fowler wins the weather interrupted Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club in United Arab Emirates.

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Rickie won the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship with a final round -3 under par 69 for a tournament total of -16 under par.

Rickie was very satisfied to start his season with a win, confirming his winning ways of last season were just the beginning of an upward progression, and moves him up to fourth in the Official World Golf Ranking;

“This was a big one. Last year having a multiple-win season, to come back and work on getting back in the winner’s circle after a successful season and keep moving forward.”

“This is a great start.”

“It’s great field that HSBC has put together here. The course is in perfect shape.”

“It was a lot of fun today. It was a bit stressful at times.”

“Thomas is playing well. It’s fun to kind of go head-to-head with him being in the same group. We had a good time.”

“It’s nice to come out on top this week.”

“I’d like to jump in and be a part of that crew and see if we can continue to win some Majors if I can jump in there.”

“The goal right now with where my game’s at, the best it’s been this early in the season in my career, I’m working on getting ready for Augusta. And I’d like to have my shot at getting the Green Jacket there.”

“The ultimate goal this year is to go win a Major and this is a step in the right direction for sure.”

Second place went to Thomas Pieters, he carded a last round -5 under par 67 to post -15 under for the tournament.

Tied in third position were Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson, both two shots off the pace at -14 under par. Rory had a last round -4 under 68 while Henrik carded -5 under 67.

World number one Jordan Spieth finished in the group five shots back at -11 under par, while Ian Poulter could do nothing in the final round, going round at even par 72 for T14 at -9 under par.