Memorial Tournament. Play-Off Win For Bryson.

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It was a play-off win for Bryson DeChambeau, USA, in the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village.

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A Jubilant  Bryson DeChambeau

Bryson, -1 under 71 today, Kyle Stanley, USA, -2 under 70 and Ben An from South Korea, with his -3 under 69, all tied at -15 under par for the Memorial Tournament, resulting in a three-way play-off, which was at the par four 18th. Kyle was eliminated at the first extra hole with a bogey, and Bryson won at the second extra hole, making a birdie.

Tournament host Jack Nicklaus was the first to congratulate the champion

Tournament Host Jack Nicklaus first to congratulate Bryson / getty

Bryson had this to say about his victory, especially his great putting;

“I can’t even describe it right now. Just to be able to win his event, it’s such an honor.”

“He’s the greatest to play, and to be able to do that, I’m speechless.”

“It’s an honor, I can’t believe I did it today. I knew I was struggling with my ball-striking all week.”

“I was putting great, wedging it great around the greens and was fortunate enough to somehow get it back into play and get up and down pretty much almost every hole.”

Patrick Cantlay finished in fourth spot at -14 under, a last round -1 under 71 not good enough.  Peter Uihlein, -6 under 66 was alone in fifth place at -13 under.

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Memorial Tournament. Three-Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a three-way tie at the top of the Memorial Tournament at Jack’s place,  Muirfield Village. Hideki Matsuyama, JapanJoaquin Niemann, Chile, and  Abraham Ancer of Mexico share the honor.

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The three leaders are at -7 under par after their opening rounds of 65 at the Memorial Tournament in Ohio.

Hideki was not in the reckoning until recording three birdies and an Eagle late in his round;

“As the round went along, I played better and better.”

“It has been frustrating, in the past, even if I wasn’t playing well, I could still get it around, get it in the hole.”

“So the last couple of months have been trying. I’m just really glad that I was able to play well today and post a good score at the start.”

Abraham has been at Muirfield Village before, received the Jack Nicklaus Award as the top junior college player in 2010;

“I got to come here as a freshman, get that award from Jack. That was incredible.”

 “It was like deja vu walking the fairways, watching from the outside, and now playing. It’s a dream come true. And today I felt great.”

19 year-old Joaquin needs points to get a card on the PGA Tour;

“I just want to be out here and enjoy my round and try to play my best and see how it goes.”

Beau Hossler is in fourth spot at -6 under par, with his first round of 66;

“I know how to win, it’s just a matter of doing it.”

“Just because you know how to win doesn’t mean you’re going to win every time or close out every tournament.”

 “But the reality is I feel comfortable in those moments.”

The big names here have yet to show their presence, and are a long way from the top of the leaderboard.

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The Senior Open Championship. Broomstick Bernhard Leads.

Bernhard Langer, Germany, with his Broomstick putter leads The Senior Open Championship after 54 holes at Royal Porthcawl in Wales.

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Bernhard shot a third round -6 under par 65 to lead The Senior Open Championship with a -5 under par total, and will take a four-stroke advantage into the final round tomorrow.

Bernhard said it was a good round, but not so good with the Broomstick putter;

“Definitely efficient, what happened really good today was my driving was really, really good.”

“Hit a lot of fairways. Hit the ball solid, which then gives you the opportunity to have shorter irons with distance control and I hit some really good irons to pin-high, pretty close.”

“Gave myself opportunities. The putter wasn’t brilliant but it wasn’t bad. So overall, a very, very solid round.”

“There’s a lot of guys waiting for me to fall apart or whatever. So I need to shoot a good round, hopefully under par, depending on the conditions.”

“If I can do that, then I make it difficult for the other guys to catch me.”

Corey Pavin, USA, is in second place at -1 under for the tournament, he also shot -6 under 65 today.

Corey enjoyed the easier conditions today;

“It was certainly an easier day to play golf. No doubt about that.”

“It was almost balmy out there. It was nice not to have to wear a sweater. The wind was down. It was definitely gettable today.”

Peter Lonard, from Australia, is third at even par, bogey free -4 under 67 today helping his cause.

Unless Bernhard wakes up tomorrow with a slipped disc, this tournament is in his pocket, it will be his  fifth Major win since turning 58, he is in good company,  six other players in PGA TOUR Champions history have at least five major wins at any age: Jack Nicklaus (8), Hale Irwin (7), Gary Player (6), Tom Watson (6), Arnold Palmer (5) and Miller Barber (5).

 

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Memorial Tournament. Daniel Summerhays has the Advantage, Jason Dufner in Reverse.

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Daniel Summerhays has the advantage going into the final round of the Memorial Tournament, as Jason Dufner went into reverse in the third round at Muirfield Village.

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Daniel Summerhays

Daniel carded -4 under 68 in the third round of the Memorial Tournament to post a -13 under par total, and a three shot lead.

Daniel is aware of the perils on this course;

“A train wreck can happen at any moment, and that’s why it’s such a great golf course because it does test everything.”

“Legitimately from the first hole to the 18th hole, there’s a double bogey somewhere in there.”

“Whatever happens is going to happen, honestly, that’s Muirfield Village.”

Matt Kuchar holds second place at -10 under par, a -5 under 67 today helping him up the leaderboard.

Matt summed up his excitement about being in contention;

“Sundays when you have a chance to win a golf tournament are very exciting.”

“Any time you have a chance on the PGA Tour it’s a thrill.”

Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial Tournament, it’s certainly a special place. I think anybody within four or five or six shots of the lead is going to be awfully excited going into tomorrow.”

Three players are tied in third spot, Bubba Watson -4 under 68 today, Justin Thomas, -3 under 69 and the reversing Jason Dufner, +5 over par 77.

Jason was up front about his play today;

“Today was pretty pathetic on all accounts, so have to play better tomorrow.”

“The tournament is not over, it will be over tomorrow.”

Arnold Palmer.

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Arnold Palmer 1929 – 2016.

Arnie said

“Success in this game depends less on strength of body, than strength of mind and character.”

 

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Quicken Loans National. Jon Rahm Leads.

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Jon Rahm leads the Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club, in his first start as a professional. The first round stared two hours late because of rain, and was brought to an early end due to darkness.

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Jon Rahm

Jon the latest wonder kid from Spain  fired an opening round -7 under par 64, in his first tournament as a professional player, at the Quicken Loans National.

Jon did not remember any decent shot or putt he made during his inaugural professional tournament;

“I was anticipating this moment.”

“I’m working on it a long time that I kind of blacked out a little bit.”

“I don’t remember a single swing I made all day or any putting stroke or anything. I just remember the ball flying or rolling.”

He was the only amateur to make the cut last week in the U.S. Open, and spoke about the advice given to him there by Jack Nicklaus;

“What he told me is to just never do more than what I can do.”

 “Try not to risk too much. And that’s certainly something I did today.”

In second place at -6 under par is Jhonattan Vegas after his fist round 65, he said good tee shots were a bonus today;

“On this course you had better drive it well in the fairway and it’s a bonus if you can drive it long and straight.”

“Put it in the fairway and greens being a little softer than normal, you can play a good round today.”

Eight players are tied in third place at -5 under par, including Ernie Els who won the 1997 U.S. Open at Congressional.

Ernie told reporters he had no problem remembering every shot;

“Winning a major at a special place like Congressional, playing here again, you just keep thinking back on shots.”

 “Almost every single hole there’s a moment back in ’97 where we can remember still.”

“I felt comfortable with my swing this week.”

 “I’ve had a very tough year. I haven’t played very well, so I need to start playing well.”

Ernie has not fulfilled his great potential, the turning point being the sailing injury to his left knee in 2005, time is now not on his side.

 

U.S. Amateur Championship. Bryson A History Making Winner.

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Bryson DeChambeau became only the fifth player in history to win the NCAA Championship and the U.S. Amateur Championship in the same year. He joins  joins Jack Nicklaus (1961), Phil Mickelson (1990), Tiger Woods (1996) and Ryan Moore (2004) in achieving that tremendous accomplishment.

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Bryson claimed the Havemeyer Trophy with a 7-and-6 decision over Derek Bard at Olympia Fields Country Club, in a 36 hole final. He was stoked to have his name on the same trophy as all those great Champions;

“Having my name etched on this trophy with the great Bob Jones as well as Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, all those guys, it’s incredible.”

“I can’t even imagine what I just did. It won’t sink in, I’m sure, for the next couple days. But I’m honored.”

“I’m in golf history, that’s pretty incredible. I don’t understand it yet. I had a little bit of an understanding of what I just did, but I haven’t felt the impact of it yet.”

“That’s an honor to be in that field.”

“I have a belief in myself that I can get the job done when I need to. Every single shot out there, I was telling myself I was good enough.”

Bryson has a unique and different way of swinging the club, and says he has fun doing it;

“There’s a bunch of different ways to play the game of golf, you don’t need to play it one way.”

“It doesn’t need to be one swing that’s perfect out there. The thing that you can benefit most from me, I believe, is be yourself and play golf like you can, not like anybody else.”

Derek remembers the exact moment when it all started to slip way;

“I think the turning point of the whole day really is he when airmails the green on  8 and flops it in.”

“You have to pull off shots like that if you want to win a championship like this.”

“It’s one of those signature shots. It was pretty cool to watch. He hit a perfect shot up there and tumbled in.”

“Like I say, he deserves it and from that point on, he really took control.”

“I felt that in the morning match, no matter where the match got to, I always felt like I was still in it, because we had 18 more holes to go in the afternoon.”

“It’s such a long day and to get it back to 2 down after the morning was big.”

“It gave me some momentum. I came out in the afternoon and won the first hole and then just kind of fell apart.”