DEAN & DELUCA Invitational. Spieth Soars.

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Jordan Spieth soars to the top of the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational leaderboard at Colonial Country Club, Forth                                                                  Worth, in Texas.


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Jordan carded a third round -5 under par 65 to lead the field after 54 holes of the  DEAN & DELUCA Invitational, with a -12 under par tournament total.

Jordan has  has scrambled his way around the Colonial course this week,  he had a stretch of 13 successful conversions until carding a bogey at his final hole, and that’s the key to his success;

“My scrambling was kind of the key to the day today.”

 “Hopefully hit some more fairways tomorrow and make those aggressive swings.”

He also chipped in from 32 feet, from the fairway in front of the green, because of a poor wedge shot, for a birdie at the par five 11th hole;

“Not a great wedge, but a nice chip to make up for it.”

Sharing second place at -11 under par are Ryan Palmer, -4 under 66 today, and Webb Simpson, -3 under par 67 for his third round.

Ryan was happy to get in the zone today;

“That’s when I felt it, that’s when you get what they call the zone, when you can put the pin anywhere and we’ll find it.”

“And that’s where I felt that, just the way I was swinging, the confidence I had with what I was doing with the golf ball.”

“I know I missed it everywhere on this golf course because I played it so many times.”

“But it helps knowing that, so I can get a lot more lower irons and wedges in.”

“When you’re dialed in, it’s fun, that’s for sure.”

Webb was happy to be paired with Jordan today, and was upset to bogey the last to  miss getting into the last group again with him tomorrow;

“I love playing with Jordan, that’s why I wish I had parred the last.”

“But it is what it is and I’ll go after it tomorrow.”

Harris English, -6 under 64 today, Kyle Reifers, -3 under 67 and Martin Piller -2 under 68, are tied in fourth place at -10 under par.

There are eleven players within five shots of the leader, so just about anyone could still card a low round tomorrow, and come through to win. Local boy Jordan will trying to achieve his first win in Texas, so it will be tough to beat a fired up Texan.

Rory McIlroy won his first Irish Open last week, and he too was wearing Grey, is this the in color ?

Irish Open. Danny Willett Leads.

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Danny Willett leads Rory McIlroy by two shots after the first round of the Irish Open at The K Club.

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Danny carded a first round -7 under par 65 at The K Club, to lead by two shots at  Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, hosted by the Rory Foundation.

Danny missed the cut at last week’s Players Championship, and was happy to be back in Europe, and getting hot with the putter;

“First is never bad after one day. There’s still three days left and a lot can happen.”

“Things have been a bit mental but it’s just great to be back in Europe playing golf, being around the lads that I’ve obviously played golf with for the last eight years.”

 “I’m very happy to be back here.”

“We started off a little scrappy and then we just kept plodding along. Tried not to make too many mistakes.”

“We had seen that there are a few scores in and around two or three under par, which we were looking at being a really good score.”

“I just seemed to get hot with the putter on the back nine and rolled a few in, and not too many mistakes.”

Rory scored -5 under 67 in his opening effort, to be alone in second place. His putting is improving, only one three putt today;

“I gave myself plenty of chances,  we got the better of the conditions, but it was still tricky out there and you still had to go out there and play the shots.”

I did that, I holed a few putts and that was nice to see. I had a little bit of a blip on 14, but aside from that I was happy with how I played.”

“I felt like I controlled my ball nicely today, and I managed myself around the course quite well.”

“I think 5 under is a fair reflection of how I played. It’s my third week in a row but I still feel quite fresh, especially after coming off a three-week break after Augusta.”

Callum Shinkwin and Jaco Van Zyl are tied in third place, at -4 under par after their first rounds of 68.

At -3 under par are the defending champion Søren Kjeldsen, two-time Major winner Martin Kaymer and Ross Fisher.

Irish Open. Søren Kjeldsen is Champion.

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Søren Kjeldsen is the Irish Open Champion, which was hosted by the  Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club in Northern Ireland.

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Søren won the Irish Open with a birdie on the first a play-off hole, against Bernd Wiesberger and Eddie Pepperell. In the tough cold and windy conditions only four players shot under par rounds today , and of the three leaders only Eddie was under par.
Søren carded a +5 over par round which left him with a -2 under par total, to equal the scores of Eddie and Bernd.

In the treacherous conditions Søren dropped four strokes on the opening nine, and his nervous winning putt in the play-off did a 360 round the cup before falling;

“The last breath I took was on about the 14th.”

“I have never been as nervous as this in the other tournaments I have won.”

“I had decided not to look at leaderboards but once I started dropping shots I started looking because it gave me a little pleasure that I wasn’t the only one struggling because it was such a brutal day.”

“I was leaking shots left, right and center but made a great up and down on 15 and the three-wood second shot in the play-off was pretty special.”

Eddie produced a bogey free -2 under par 69 round today, to get himself into the play-off on that score. Second place also gets him into the 144th, The Open Championship, at St Andrews;

“It’s great.  It didn’t cross my mind until I walked off the 18th and my caddie told me.”

“That’s a real bonus, and I know my dad and a few friends had already planned to go up there regardless. So I’ll be looking forward to it already.”

“I had a good weekend, good day today and put myself into a position where I had a chance to win.”

“On the whole I’m very pleased I think.”

Bernd thought he had also reached in the par five 18th in two, in the play-off;

“I thought I hit a really good three iron, it was right online.”

“I don’t know how it came up that short.  It was like 15-20 yards short from what I expected from that lie.”

“Just two bad chips on 18 that kind of cost me in the end to go to another extra hole.”

“But all in all, especially after last week, the way I played there, I have to be very proud and I’m quite happy with second place, and especially going into my favourite event in a couple weeks, I hope I can go one better.”

Joining the top three in The Open will be Tyrell Hatton, who edged out Rafa Cabrera-Bello for a place after they finished in a tie for fourth place on -1 under par.



Irish Open. Søren Kjeldsen In Front By Two.

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Søren Kjeldsen leads the Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club in Northern Ireland.

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Soren shot a third round -4 under par 67 to lead the Irish Open with a -7 under par total giving him a two shot lead going into the final round on Sunday.

Soren was playing bogey free golf, until the last two holes, he bogied both, otherwise he would have been free and clear of the field;

“If you had given me 67 stood on the first tee I would have been very happy.”

“I played terrific all day and didn’t think I did too much wrong on the last two holes, so I will focus on the first 16.” 

“Competition is pretty hard out here. It’s not easy to win and it’s not like I have played poorly for six years, but it’s nice to have a chance and it would mean everything to win this event.”

“But it’s too early to think about that. There are a lot of great players behind me and I need to play well on Sunday to have a chance.”

“It’s still that open.”

Rafa Cabrera-Bello and Maximilian Kieffer share second place at -5 under par for the tournament.

Max has a friend Stephen Sweeney, who was an assistant professional at Royal County Down Golf Club for four years, and he gave him some advice about how to play here;

“He showed us around in the practice round and this is definitely a course where local knowledge helps a lot.”

“I played very well today and holed a lot of putts, but I also had some luck when I hit a bad shot, which you are going to do in these conditions.”

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Rafa drove the green, at the 337 yard par four 16th, and then sunk the Eagle 2 putt, which gave him his -2 under par round;

“I think it’s going to put me in a great position for tomorrow.”

“It’s been really tough out there, lots of wind, pretty cold and playing in control of my game most of the time.”

 “I missed a short three putt but overall really pleased.”

Bernd Wiesberger, Richie Ramsay and Tyrrell Hatton are tied in fourth position, at -4 under par in the competition.

Bernd also struggled with the last few holes into the wind, picking up two bogey’s, and said it will play just as hard tomorrow;

“It will play tough tomorrow.”

“It was not ideal to pick up two bogeys there but it was a tough stretch coming in, and I’m just happy with a round under par today.”

In these tough conditions it is still anybody’s title, Niclas Fasth is at -2 under and  former World Number One Luke Donald is in a group at  -1 under.

Low round of the day went to Lucas Bjerregaard he equalled the old course record of -5 under 66 today to join the group with Luke.




Irish Open. Six Tied at the Top, Rory Misses Cut.

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There are six players tied at the top of the Irish Open leaderboard, but world number one Rory McIlroy misses the cut at Royal County Down Golf Club.

Bernd Wiesberger, Richie Ramsay, Soren Kjeldsen, Chris Wood, Tyrrell Hatton and Rafa Cabrera-Bello all share the Irish Open lead at -3 under par.

If you are wondering how tough the conditions were out there, take a look at Bernd;

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These six leaders are closely followed by two heavy-weights, in the form of three-time Major winner Padraig Harrington and former world number one Luke Donald, both on -2 under par for the competition.

For third year in a row we have to say good-bye to Rory McIlroy, who missed the cut again here, worryingly it follows last weeks cut at the BMW. Rory said he had tried hie best, but the conditions made it very hard.

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Rory shot an even par round today, but it was not enough;

” I felt like I played OK.”

” I didn’t really; it’s hard like this in the wind conditions. It’s hard even if you give yourself birdie chances, it’s hard to take advantage of them.”

“I was trying out there as hard as I could, I just couldn’t quite get a good run of holes going.”

“I didn’t get any momentum going. I was a couple under through fourteen, but needed a good finish, but  unfortunately wasn’t able to do that.”

“So really, just left myself with too much to do from yesterday. I felt like I played a solid round of golf today, but just wasn’t enough.”

The support out here is phenomenal, it’s going to be the third year in a row that they don’t get to see me play at the week-end.”

“So it’s obviously disappointing, to say the least, more disappointing for them.”

“I”m honestly looking forward to a few weeks off, to get ready for the U.S. Open, but right now it would have been nice to play the week-end at least.” 



Irish Open. OMG Rory Shoots 80.

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World number one Rory McIlroy shoots +9 over par 80 in the first round of the Irish Open, But another home town boy Padraig Harrington has delighted the gallery with his first round performance. Just seven days ago the three-time Major champion was forced to retire, at Wentworth Club, for the first time in his career due to a shoulder injury . Today, he fired a -4 under par course record 67 to tie the lead at his home Open with German Maximilian Kieffer.

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Padraig and Maximilian shared the top spot on the first day of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation, both carding course record rounds of -4 under par 67 at Royal County Down Golf Club.

Padraig started slowly but finished with a flourish, making five birdies on the back nine compared to one bogey;

“After nine or ten holes I thought to myself, Come on, we’ve got to hit a good shot, no need to be afraid.”

“I know from experience now that I’m in a position where there’s many ways of competing in this tournament.”

“I’ve two options; play great from now on and try and get away from the field or play average and fight it out on Sunday afternoon.”

Soren Hanson is in third place at -3 under par after his opening round 68.

Rory said nothing went right as he  struggled to his worst score of the season, and is now in danger of missing the cut at his own sponsored event;

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“It was not quite as difficult as I made it look.”

“I was hitting it well on the range, keeping it down and hitting half shots, but the wind was not up that much on the course and I was caught between trying to play two ways. “

“My poor iron play led to missed greens, which led to giving myself a lot of 8- to 12-footers for pars, and that led to missing all of them, worse as I got closer to the green.”

“It’s disappointing because I want to go out there and play well, not just for myself but for a lot of other people.”

“I’ll just have to pick myself up and go out there tomorrow and shoot a good one. I want to give the fans something to cheer about and not just get sympathy claps as I got coming off the ninth green.”

“My goal will be to make some birdies, make my first birdie of the tournament at some point.”

I’ve missed the cut the last two years so I don’t want to make it three in a row. I want to at least go out there tomorrow and fight for it, try to claw my way back towards the cut line and if I can sneak in there, that’ll be great.”

Playing alongside Rory was Rickie Fowler, who carded an opening even par round 71 in his first outing since winning the Players Championship at Sawgrass. Luke Donald went one better with a 70.


Irish Open. Wire to Wire Win for Ilonen

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A wire to wire win for Mikko Ilonen at the Irish Open on Fota Island Resort course.

Mikko Ilonen is presented with the trophy by Enda Kenny TD, An Taoiseach, and George O'Grady  (Getty Images)

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Mikko completed a wire-to-wire victory by winning the Irish Open at Fota Island Resort, a -1 under par 70 last round was enough to keep his one shot advantage, and lift the trophy with his -13 under par total. Mikko’s victory was inspired by the wire to wire win of Martin Kaymer at the U.S. Open;

“It was very much a Martin Kaymer inspired win, I sent a message to him last week that I really enjoyed watching golf. I very rarely enjoy watching golf; I would rather play golf, but Martin’s win inspired me. It was nice to keep that lead all the way.”

“I made sure that I paced myself well and I’m not too quick with things and keep my head up no matter what happens, and I kept on doing the same thing all the time, tried to hit the fairway. I hit a lot of greens today and kept okay pace with my putting.”

“I looked back on the 18th green and I couldn’t believe how many people there were.  It’s nice to see , it was a very humble moment. I had a number in my head all week that I tried to get to and I missed it by a mile.” 

He is definitely excited by the prospect of returning to Royal Liverpool for The Open next month;

“I’ve been thinking about it a lot since I qualified off the Order of Merit last year. I am looking forward to it and hope I can keep this run going. I would like to go in between those big crowds on Sunday, so that means I need to be a little bit better than 16th.”

 Edoardo Molinari was in second place, at -12 under par, a -4 under par 67 final round taking him up the leaderboard.

Three players tied for third place, Kristoffer Broberg, course record holder, Danny Willett and Matthew Baldwin finished at -11 under par. Danny could only return a final round of even par 71, after his record 64 yesterday, he had to be disappointed.

Edoardo, Danny and Matthew have also qualified for  The Open at Hoylake after securing the three available places via the new Open Qualifying Series. Mathew edged out Kristoffer, due to his better world ranking.

Graeme McDowell struggled in the final round returning a score of even par, to dash his hopes of a home victory. He blamed a poor putting performance;

“Perhaps one of the worst putting weekends of my career when in contention. I let a lot slip away yesterday and continued in the same vein today.”

“So I’m kind of focusing on the big picture this week, looking at the summer and looking at the two Major Championships coming up and Ryder Cups and all kinds of fun things to look forward to. My game is in great shape and there are a lot of positives this week.”