Fry’ Open. Rookie Grillo Wins Play-Off.

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On his Rookie debut Emiliano Grillo wins the Fry’ Open in a play-off, a day after he nearly took out Rory McIlroy when driving the 17th green, at Silverado Country Club. Open

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Emiliano beat Kevin Na at the second extra hole after the pair had tied for the Open lead at -15 under par. Emiliano score a final round -3 under par 69 to Kevin’s -2 under 70.

Earlier this year, Emiliano had missed a short birdie putt to win the Puerto Rico Open, and ended up losing the title  in a playoff. He made sure history did not repeat itself, earning $1.08 million, and he’s going to the Masters next April.;

“The difference was I hit this one good, my caddie said, `Are you OK?’ I said, `Yeah, sure. Third time a charm.’ I stayed positive and hit a great shot in there.”

“You say Masters, I can’t believe it,” Grillo said. “When I got the PGA TOUR card after the Championship.”

“I saw I was 71 or 72 in the world and said, we got a chance of getting top 50 by the end of the year, let’s try to get it done.” ( his World ranking is now 36)

“Maybe we can play the tournaments we always wanted to play.”

Kevin declined to come to the media room for interviews.

Tied in third place were Jason Bohn, -2 under 70 today, Justin Thomas -3 under 69 and Tyrone Van Aswegen of South Africa -4 under par 68 all finished one shot out of the playoff at -14 under par.

Jason had a chance to win the tournament today but chunked a wedge, when he was leading the tournament at -15 under and was only 40 yards from the hole on the par-5 16th;

“I was fairly focused on 16 where I just kind of laid the sod over it and chunked it.”

“There’s times when you think that, trust me, when you’re out there, `Oh, don’t chunk this one.’ But this wasn’t one of those times.”

“Kind of rattled me a little bit. To make a bogey from 40 yards short of the green is pretty unacceptable when you’re trying to win a golf tournament.”

Justin Rose lead the competition at the turn, but faded away with a final round of even par 72, finishing in a tie for sixth position at -12 under par.

Brendan Steele, who was trying to go wire-to-wire, until he hit a poor fairway bunker shot on the 12th, he then made five bogeys over the next six holes and closed with a 76 and T17.

Rory McIlroy finished the tournament at -9 under par, he will not regain the #1 world spot, that will go to Jason Day next week.


TOUR Championship. Henrik Holds Firm.

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Henrik Stenson holds firm at the top of the Tour Championship leaderboard at a very wet East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta at the FedExCup.

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Henrik held firm to stay on top of the Tour Championship with a second round -2 under par 68, a long way from his opening 63, but good enough in the wet conditions to stay put. He likes the way the course is set up;

“It sets up well for solid iron play, and I seem to bring that.”

Caddie Gareth Lord told Henrik;

“Mentally that was the best round you’ve played in a while.”

Jordan Spieth made up some lost ground today, carding a bogey free -4 under par 66, to claim second place, but is still three shots adrift of the leader. Jordan was the only player to go round today bogey free, and he was very happy with that. It also brought back some memories from a couple of years ago;

“Really good, considering the way I struck the ball.”

“My short game was magic today. I was really able to salvage the round around five and six to keep it going, keep some momentum on my side and eventually turn it under par.”

“It was a struggle from tee to green for me, but when we got it around the green, we hit some fantastic up and downs and really some stress-free up and downs.”

“Today was a huge round for me. I stayed very composed throughout the day, especially at that part of the round around the fifth, sixth and seventh.”

“That was the key that maybe kept me in this tournament, not getting too down on myself. I feel so much better putting this week than I have over the last few weeks.”

“I’m very excited and it’s similar to two years ago in chasing Henrik when he’s on his game.”

“Hopefully I can do a better job tomorrow to stay with him, because I don’t think he’s going to back down much.”

In third is Paul Casey, who in the end could only manage an even par round of 70 today, which gave him the position on his own at -5 under par for the tournament.

Zach Johnson recovered from some early mistakes, he actually dropped six shots to par on the day, but posted a second round even par 70, to stay at -4 under for the championship, in fourth place. He mentioned the tough conditions;

“It was harder today than Thursday, he ball was going shorter, a lot more club into holes.”

Rory McIlroy and Steven Bowditch are tied in fifth spot at -3 under par, Rory struggling to post +1 over par on the day, while Steven penciled in -1 under 71.

World #1 Jason Day has had his bubble burst, the player in form coming into this event, and hot favorite to win, is down T9, at even par for the two rounds. He has a mountain to climb if he wants to contend here, and also hang on to the number one spot, lets see what he can do on moving day tomorrow.


BMW Championship. Jason Wire to Wire to #1 in the World

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Winning the BMW Championship, wire to wire at Conway Farms Golf Club has elevated Jason Day to #1 in the world rankings.

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Jason had a final round -2 under par to post a total of -22 under par to win the BMW Championship, and to achieve his boyhood dream of becoming the Worlds #1 player, and the youngest ever Australian to carry that mantle.

It is hard for Jason to explain his recent run of good form;

“It’s tough to explain, I’ve just been working so hard. All I want to do is win.”

“That’s been my mentality. Ever since the Open Championship, something changed in my head.”

“I felt like it was my time to start winning tournaments. Ever since then it’s been a phenomenal run.”

“Yesterday and today were the toughest rounds I ever had to play in my entire life, just knowing that I had the opportunity to get to number one.”

“Stepping up and playing the way I did today was great, just to really understand what I put into my game to get to where I am today.”

Daniel Berger finished in second place, six shots back at -16 under par, he also had a -2 under par 69 last round.

Scott Piercy was alone in third position with -15 under par, a final round -1 under 70.

Rory McIlroy tied in fourth place with J.B. Holmes and Rickie Fowler, all at -14 under par.

Zach Johnson posted the low round of the day, -7 under par 64, he finished T13.

Only the top 30 players go on to contest the Tour Championship and FedExCup, at East Lake, and some top players have missed out. Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter and Sergio Garcia will not be there.

BMW Championship. Jason Has Six Shot Lead.

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Jason Day has put more daylight between himself and the chasing pack, and will take a six shot lead into the final round of the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club in Chicago.

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Jason, from Australia, had a quieter round today, -2 under par 69, but will still take a six shot lead into the final round of the BMW Championship. With the win Jason  will finally take his place as #1 in the Official World Golf Ranking, and it does not matter where the current No. 1, Rory McIlroy, or No. 2 Jordan Spieth finish, either. Life could not be any better right now, I bet even the engraver has started his work.

Jason felt the slow down in his pace;

“It really feels like I was shooting 80 out there compared to the last two days.”

“I think this was one of the more important rounds to get through.”

“I’m glad it’s over, and I extended the lead by one more shot. I’m pretty happy with how things are going.”

 “I really feel like I got everything that I possibly could out of today’s round. That was the best score I could have shot.”

Second place is shared between Scott Piercy and Daniel Berger, at -14 under par they have not got a hope of catching the leader.

Scott would like to know what Jason has for breakfast;

“This kid must be eating trophies for breakfast, I’d love to know what he’s having.”

Rory McIlroy is alone in fourth spot at -13 under, he carded -4 under par 67 in round three and is happy he is getting better with each day, but missed a few putts today;

“Another case of hit it really good and gave myself loads of chances and didn’t really convert many.”

“At least, I’m getting better each and every day.”

“You want to be out there trying to win the golf tournament, not thinking about trying to finish third or second or whatever.”

 “But I’ll go out there and try and play the best I can, and if I can convert a few more chances that 67 today could turn into 63 or 62 tomorrow, and you never know.”

Tied in fifth place are Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson and Kevin Na, all at -12 under par for the tournament.

Rickie admits that the race for the title is over;

“It’s almost like there’s a secondary tournament going on for the guys that are 8, 12 under right now.”

“I’m driving it better, but made more putts in Boston, if it wasn’t for Jason, I’d only be two strokes off the lead.”


BMW Championship. Jason Puts Daylight Between Him and Rivals

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Australian Jason Day has put some daylight between himself and his rivals at the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club in Chicago.

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Jason missed his 59 to complete the first round, finishing with a -10 under par 61. He then carded a tour record 36 hole PGA Tour record of 124, with a second round -8 under par 63, to post -18 under par for the two rounds, and an unassailable five shot lead. Amazingly there were eight three’s on his card today, the World Golf Ranking #1 spot will be his come Sunday.

Jason said he could have been even better;

“I should’ve got to nineteen under, that would have been nice.”

“It’s over now, I’ve got to look ahead to tomorrow’s round now.”

Daniel Berger and Brendon Todd share second place, those five shots back at -13 under par. Brendon equalled the -8 under par 63 today of Jason, while Daniel carded -7 under 64.

Jordan Speith and Kevin Na are tied in fourth position, both at -11 under par. Jordan, playing alongside Jason, scored -5 under par 66, and said he should be paying to watch Jason perform;

“I feel like I should be paying to watch this event.”

Jason is the third man in the intriguing race for the Official World Golf Ranking # 1 spot, and his win here will elevate him to that success. The current incumbent Rory McIlroy, is on -9 under after an improved second round -6 under par 65 in the BMW Championship, but he is still nine strokes back of the leader.

Justin Thomas, George McNiell and Scott Piercy are tied in sixth place, a distant -10 under par.

BMW Championship. Jason Beats the Living Daylights Out Of the Course.

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Jason Day beat the living daylights out of the Conway Farms Golf Club course in the 1st round of the BMW Championship. He was -10 under par after 17 holes before a huge impending storm brought play to a halt in Chicago.

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In his -10 under round so far, Jason has averaged 334.6 yards, thanks to his new driver, a  TaylorMade M1, which he put in his golf bag earlier this week. Jason said it has helped him hit it even further thanks to a lower descending angle and less spin. The chance of recording a 59 is there, but he will need to pitch it in for Eagle tomorrow morning;

“I’m walking through the locker room and people are going, ‘You’re playing off the ladies’ tees, or you’re playing a different golf course, or every time you hit a drive, it’s downwind for you.”

 “I’d like to say all those things are true, but they’re not.”

“Jordan told me that it was par-71 on nine. I probably should have known that because there’s three par-5s, but I wasn’t paying attention.’

“I didn’t think I’d have an opportunity of shooting 59. He was keeping count for me.” 

“As we’re walking up after the horn blew, Jordan said that I was going to hole out, and I said back to him, now I’m not going to do it because you said that.”

 “Obviously I want to hole it. I wasn’t really thinking about shooting 59. I obviously have an opportunity tomorrow to do it, so that’s pretty neat.”

“It’s going to be fun. These next few days are going to be exciting.”


Daniel Berger has completed his first round and sits in second place at -6 under par after his opening round of 65.

There are currently four players tied in third position at -5 under par; Brendon Todd who has finished his first round 66, Jordan Spieth, on 17, Kevin Chappell  on 16 and Justin Thomas, who has five holes left to play.

Jordan spoke about the clinic that Jason has provided;

“I don’t even think he knows I’m here.”

“It’s like I’m a paid amateur just watching him. He’s putting on a clinic.”

Daniel spoke about his decline in form, and trying to be rookie of the year;

 “Putting too much pressure on myself to be rookie of the year, to win, to have all these accomplishments when what I did to get to where I was, was not to care about any of that stuff.”

“I want to be in that top 30 so I can play four majors next year, and it sets my year up for weeks to come.”

“Like I said, I’ve had a great year regardless of what happens, and I’m just going to do what I can control, and if it happens, it happens.”

Jim Furyk has had to withdraw from the competition, after playing only six holes. starting on the back nine. Jim was suffering with a bad left wrist, and this is his first WD since the 1995 version of this event when it was still the Western Open.  In 2013, he shot the PGA Tour’s sixth-ever round of 59, here at Conway Farms Golf Club, and this is only the second time in his career that Jim has been forced to WD.

The Barclays. Great Day.

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Jason Day had a great day at The Barclays, winning the tournament at Plainfield Country Club.

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Jason had a final around -8 under par 62 to secure The Barclays title by a massive six shots, with a  -19 under par total.

Jason felt like he was in the zone, and it was his time, and wants to keep the momentum going. He said he can not control what Jordan or Rory can do next week;

“I felt like it was my time, like mentally I felt like, you paid your dues, now it’s time to go out and win tournaments.”

“I’m not going to say in the future it’s going to be like this all the time, because it’s very difficult to win.”

“It always is a goal of mine, I can only control what I can control. I can’t control them.”

“That means I’ll have to play well, as well, just keep this momentum going.” 

“I think winning the FedExCup and maybe one or two more tournaments, that could put my name in the mix for Player of the Year.”

“I’m not sure. I’m going to leave that to the peers, to the people. That will definitely throw my name in the mix.”

“The last six weeks, they’ve been crazy, the good thing about it is it’s not over. I have this great momentum going into next week to a course I absolutely love. It’s only positive stuff moving forward from here.”

“Currently ranked No. 1 in the FedExCup, which is fantastic. I’m looking forward to playing at East Lake.”

“There’s three more tournaments I would love to win, and I’d love to win the FedExCup.” 

Henrik Stenson claimed second place, a few shots back at -13 under par, he had to admit there was only one player put there today;

“I think there was only one player out there today.”

“I mean, Jason is full of confidence, just heating it up, making birdies. It would have taken something really special to challenge him today the way he’s playing at the moment.”

Bubba Watson was in third position, at -11 under par, although he could have done so much better;

“I said, Teddy, I’m playing good the last few months, and Jason Day is playing a thousand times better.”

“It seems like he’s my thorn right now.”