The Players. J.B. and Kyle Tied at the Top.

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J.B. Holmes and Kyle Stanley are tied at the top of The Players leaderboard after 54 holes at TPC Sawgrass.

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J.B. went round in-2 under 70 for a -9 under par The Players total, calling it an adventurous day, making some shots from out of the woods;

“An adventurous day, for sure.”

“I usually can make a bunch of birdies, so if I can just narrow it down to one bogey, then I’m usually in good shape.”

Kyle was even par 72 on the day, and had to remind himself that he was still in contention;

“You just kind of have to remind yourself that even though you’re a little bit over par, on the leaderboard I was still in a pretty good spot.”

Louis Oosthuizen shot +1 over 73, but has third place to himself with a -8 under par total, just one shot back;

“No lead can be big enough, that’s what makes this golf course great.”

“We have seen over the years great finishes around this golf course and horrible finishes.”

“It’s a great three finishing holes, and you need to be on your game. You need to hit the ball well and try not to do anything heroic when you have the lead.”

Truth is anyone could still win this title, it will be an exciting last day as the action unfolds, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

Ian Poulter is at -6 under, and Sergio -5 under for the competition, maybe even Rory McIlroy at -1 under could go low early on and exert some pressure on the leaders.

Poults was not supposed to be at The Players, a last-minute phone call inviting him to participate. He was the only bogey free golfer today. What a great story that would make if he now wins it;

“It was a nice phone call to receive, I definitely feel better on the golf course for it.”

 

 

The Players. Two Tied at the Top after 36 holes

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There are two players tied at the top of The Players leaderboard after 36 holes at TPC Sawgrass. Kyle Stanley and Louis Oosthuizen share the honor.

 

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Kyle and Louis both carded -6 under par 66 in the second round of The Players, to top the leaderboard -9 under par.

Louishas never won on the U.S Tour, but has confidence his putting;

 “I’ve come close a few times, and I’ve felt I’ve played really well,”

“It’s nice being tied for the lead any tournament off two rounds.”

“I think it was more just giving myself that little bit more confidence of that I’m stroking it well and saw the line perfect and the speed perfect.”

“You know, you never know, that putt might be the one to do it for you in the championship. But I think it was more just making sure I hit a good putt and gave it a good effort.”

Kyle is going to stick to his game plan;

“You know, but it being the halfway point, you know, it’s a nice place to be.”

“It’s nice to kind of see a lot of the work kind of come together. But that being said, there’s a lot of golf left.”

“Still got to be really patient. Can’t get too far ahead of yourself. Yeah, we’ll just stick to the game plan we’ve had so far.”

J.B. Holmes is in third place, alone at -7  under par, he returned a second round of -3 under par 69 today.

Veteran V.J. Singh is in fourth place at -6 under, he scored -4 under 68 in the second round.

Notable names missing the cut here; Luke Donald, Jim Furyk,Jordan Spieth, Ernie Els, Bubba Watson and Danny Willett.

 

 

 

 

Wells Fargo Championship. Francesco Molinari Has 1st Round Lead.

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Francesco Molinari, from Italy, has the 1st round lead at the Wells Fargo Championship at Eagle Point Golf Club.

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Francesco shot an opening round of -6 under par 66 to lead the Wells Fargo Championship, by one stroke, with a chip in birdie at the last hole,

“I played well and gave myself lots of chances.”

“I missed some makeable ones but then I holed some longer ones which is always nice. I’m really happy.”

“I enjoyed being out there and playing. I enjoyed even the challenging shots they have out there.”

Four players are then tied in second place at -5 under par following their first round scores of 67; Alex Noren, Sweden, J.B. Holmes, Grayson Murray and Brian Campbell, all from U.S.A.

Making his come back here is World number one Dustin Johnson, he fell down some stairs a month ago and has not played since. He carded -2 under par 70 to be T 15, and was happy with his play;

“Since I hadn’t played in so long, I’m happy with the way I played.”

“I didn’t score that great, didn’t really hole that many putts, but other than that, I played really well. I think I hit 16 greens and I hit the ball great.”

Hero World Challenge. For A While There We all Believed, Tiger was on top of the leaderboard.

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The Hero World Challenge had its own hero, in the form of Tiger Woods, sitting on top of the leaderboard, just for a while. We all believed at that point that it could happen, he could win again. J.B. Holmes then came along, -8 under 64 to claim top spot for himself.

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J.B. carded -8 under 64 to lead the 18 man field in the Hero World Challenge, tournament host was Tiger Woods, at Albany Golf Club in the Bahamas.

J.B. said he was putting well;

“It was a great day for me, putted well, hit my irons well and my driver well.”

“Pretty much all around a solid day. Also got a score out of it, so it was a lot of fun.”

“It’s a smaller field, so your odds of winning are automatically better.”

“It’s just a good time of year to have some fun and be competitive, but not beat yourself up too bad.” 

Hideki Matsuyama is in second place at -7 under par, he had an opening round 65.

In third is Dustin Johnson, a first round -6 under 66 giving him that place on his own.

Tiger finished down in 17th place, out of the 18 man field, with a +1 over par 73 for his first competitive game for quite a while, he said he had made some silly mistakes;

Tiger Woods was tied for the lead early on, but finished at 17th after shooting a first round 73. (Stan Badz/PGA TOUR) Tiger / getty

“I just made some mistakes.”

“I tried to hug that left side on 9, tried to get it down that corner and it just stayed up in the bush there, made a mistake.” 

“Tugged it up the left side on 11. Tried to hit one really hard and made a mistake there, put it in another bush on my lay up.”

“I just made some really, if you look at it, some really silly mistakes, mistakes I don’t normally make, but I haven’t played in a while.” 

“Unfortunately, I made those mistakes, I can clean that up. We’ve got three more days. Wind’s supposed to pump on the weekend and I’ll be playing a little bit better.”

 

Memorial Tournament. Maiden Win for William McGirt.

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William McGirt won the Memorial Tournament, his maiden Tour win, in a playoff against Jon Curran, at Muirfield Village Golf Club.

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William, -1 under par 71 today, and Jon, -2 under 70,  both finished the Memorial Tournament with -15 under par totals, and headed back to the 18th for a sudden death play-off. William won at the second extra hole with a par, after they had both cleared the green with their approach shots. William hit the better return and holed his putt to win his maiden PGA Tour title.

Dustin Johnson was in third place at -14 under par, a -1 under 71 today could have been so much better with a decent putting performance.

Four players tied in fourth place at -13 under par, Rory McIlroy, -4 under 68 today, J.B. Holmes, -3 under 69, Gary Woodland, +1 over 73 and Matt Kuchar, lo +1 over 73.

Rory is in good shape for the U.S. Open, he has been watching video’s of the Oakmont Country Club course, he has never played there before;

“I mean, it looks like an awesome course. It looks unbelievably hard, and it will reward very good ballstriking.”

 “It’s going to be tough.”

Jason Day +2 over 74 today finished at -9 under par, while Jordan Spieth was way back T57 at -3 under for the tournament, Jordan had this to say;

“Didn’t have my best stuff this week, but just kind of didn’t make great decisions when I needed to give respect to the golf course, and that’s something I’m certainly going to have to do at Oakmont.”

“So I recognize that. We’re still running on momentum. Got to get some fresh legs and get ready to go.”

Shell Houston Open. JB Shoots 64, and Then Wins Play-Off.

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J.B. Holmes shoots 64 in the final round of the Shell Houston Open to get into a three-way play-off, which he wins.

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The final round -8 under par 64 gave JB a -16 under par Shell Houston Open total, a score that was matched by Jordan Spieth and Johnson Wagner.

To win the play-off he parred the index one hole, the 18th twice, to claim victory, and a place next week in The Masters.

In interview JB admitted he did not expect to win today;

“I didn’t focus on the results at any point in the round.”

“I was just trying to do the best I could do each hole and at the end of the round, then you add it up.”

“I didn’t tee off expecting to win today, but you know, it’s a nice surprise.”

“I’m trying to take a deep breath and stay in the moment, not let my mind race, just sometimes say a little prayer.”

Jordan bogied the first extra hole, saying he heard  camera click on his backswing, apart from that little mistake he is well prepared for The Masters;

“I don’t know if it was me or it actually happened, either way, I still should be able to get down through the sand there. No excuse.”

“I felt more and more comfortable with more and more pressure, and that gives me a lot of confidence going into Augusta, where you probably have the most pressure anywhere.”

“I feel as prepared as I think I could be.”

“To be able to get up-and-down again, just like Valspar, gives me a lot of confidence on the greens, and that’s obviously the most important piece next week.”

“But I’m going to need to strike the ball a little better to have a chance to win.”

Johnson Wagner won the 2008 Shell Houston Open, he nearly did it again, and was disappointed not have done;

“I’m pretty disappointed right now, but I hit so many good shots coming in.”
“It’s nice to get in the hunt again, put myself in a position.”
“I’m a good player. I strike the ball well, but my mind gets in my way, when I don’t focus and when I don’t have fun on the golf course, I get lazy and I don’t practice and it’s just a cycle.”
“I tend to not ride the highs long enough and ride the lows too long. I don’t know what it is, but hopefully this is a good start to turn it around for me.”

 

WGC Cadillac Championship. J.B. Holmes Tames the Blue Monster.

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J.B. Holmes tames the Blue Monster, shooting 62 in the first round of the WGC Cadillac Championship at Doral.

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J.B. leads the WGC Cadillac Championship by four shots after he carded a first round -10 under par 62, on the infamous Blue Monster lay-out. J.B. scored a tap-in eagle to go along with eight birdies and no bogey’s in a perfect opening gambit;

“I hit a lot of good shots today, and pretty much on every hole I put the ball below the hole where I had a chance to make a putt.”

“It’s tough to make some putts, and if you can get below the hole, you have a better chance. Even if it’s 25 feet, you have a better chance of making that than a ten or 15 footer downhill.” 

“I was able to hit the shots where I envisioned and hit good shots, and today the putter was on, put that combination together, you do everything pretty good, and you’re going to shoot a good score.”

“It’s just a tough golf course, so if I go out and shoot even or one under tomorrow, that would be a good round. It’s hard to back these days up, so I’ll just try to go out there with no expectations tomorrow and play.”

Ryan Moore is in second place on his own at -6 under par following his good round of 66 he was keeping the pressure on the leader, with birdies on eight of his first 12 holes, but recorded a painful double bogey at the notoriously testing 18th. after his tee shot found the water down the left hand side.

There are three players tied in third position at -4 under par, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Alexander Levy.

Alexander was  making his tournament debut and started well, he birdied the long par five first hole and went one better with an eagle on the par five eighth;

“It was a very good round.”

“In very tough conditions I played really good golf. I hit some good shots in good positions; that was the key today.”

Rory McIlroy is still suffering his golfing woes, a +1 over par 73, he still hasn’t broken par in his three rounds in America this year, and lamented his bad start today, but his practice is going OK;

“Just another day where I didn’t get off to the greatest of starts.”

“It is very good on the range and it is very good in normal play and I’m not playing a tournament.”

“Then I’ve got a card in my hand the last couple weeks and it just hasn’t quite been there.”

“After the turn, I was sort of like, there’s not much else to lose, go ahead and try and be aggressive.”

“That’s the frustrating thing. I feel like there’s stretches of holes like on that front nine where three birdies and an eagle in the space of five holes; I know that it’s in there.”

“It’s just all the other stuff, and then I was a little wasteful around the greens.”