PGA Championship, Jason Jogs To Victory.

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Jason Day jogs his way to his first Major win in the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.

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Jason burst into tears, not very Aussie like, at winning the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. His last round -5 under par 67 obliterated the field as he posted a tournament score of -20 under par.

Jason defended his tearful outburst;

“I didn’t expect I was going to cry, a lot of emotion has come out because I’ve been so close so many times and fallen short.”

“It’s been a long journey, I didn’t expect to ever grow up beyond the PGA Tour.”

“The work that I’ve put into my game ever since I was a 12-year-old kid and to be able to stand in front of a crowd like this today and win the PGA Championship is pretty special.”

“I’m being all emotional here but it’s an amazing feeling.”

“To be able to play the way I did today, especially with Jordan in my group, I could tell that he was the favorite. Just to be able to finish the way I did was amazing.”

“Not being able to finish, it would have been tough for me mentally to really kind of come back from that.”

“Even though I feel like I’m a positive person, I think that in the back of my mind something would have triggered and I would have gone, `Maybe I can’t really finish it off.'”

“It felt like I was mentally and physically grinding it out as hard as I could. I wasn’t going to stop fighting until it was over.”

“I knew today was going to be tough, but I didn’t realize how tough it was going to be.”

“I learned a lot about myself, being able to finish the way I did. The experiences that I’ve had in the past with previous major finishes has definitely helped me prepare myself for a moment like this.”

“As long as I am healthy, I feel like I’m going to be there a long time.”

“I still want to accomplish that No. 1 goal of mine, which is to be the best player in the world. I’m still motivated and still very hungry for that, even after this win.”

Playing partner, and great rival, Jordan Spieth finished in second place, three shots back at -17 under par. A final round -4 under par 68 no where near good enough in the company he was playing with, but good enough to give him the number one player in the World title;

“He played like he’d won seven or eight majors, he took it back. He wailed it. It was a stripe show.”

“This is as easy a loss as I’ve ever had because I felt that I not only couldn’t do much about it as the round went on, I also accomplished one of my lifelong goals in the sport of golf.”

“That will never be taken away from me now. I’ll always be a No. 1 player in the world.”

Branden Grace collected third place  at -15 under par, a final round -3 under par 69 not his best effort. Justin Rose was in fourth position on his own, he too did not perform well in the last round carding just -2 under par 70, for a -14 under par total.

 

 

 

PGA Championship. Jason Puts Daylight, between him and Jordan.

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Jason Day has put some daylight between himself and second placed Jordan Spieth at the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.

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Jason carded an eagle, eight birdies, two bogeys and a double in his third round at the PGA Championship, which added up to a -6 under par 66 on the day and a total of -15 under par, and importantly a two shot cushion heading into the final round tomorrow.

He will carry on giving it 100%, to finally land his first Major title;

“I played great all three rounds and I’ve just got to keep pushing forward, keep grinding it out the best I can and just give it 100 per cent tomorrow.”

“Overall I feel pretty confident in my abilities to really just keep moving forward and stay patient with myself.”

Second placed Jordan, at -13 under par for the tournament, also scored a -6 under par 66 today. He wants to claim his third Major of the year, and join an illustrious band, Tiger Woods (2000) and Ben Hogan (1953;

“Very pleased to have a chance to win another major.”

Third place is shared between Branden Grace and Justin Rose, both on -12 under par for the title.

Branden carded a bogey free -8 under par 64 to put himself into contention, and says he is finally getting used to playing in America, and likes it;

“I think I’m finally getting the hang of America, this is a dream to play out here. I think I’ve been playing some great golf.”

“The US Open was a good one coming into this and even the Open Championship, just getting the confidence up, knowing that I can do it, can play in this environment and under this pressure.”

“I’m as excited as can be. It’s another chance, this is what we all play for.”

“We all play to give ourselves the opportunity to get close to a major championship and we’re all here for the same reason;  we want to win this thing.”

“It’s just about getting out tomorrow, getting out on the first tee with a smile and hopefully the smile can be there all day.”

Justin was annoyed at his bogey at the last, and is still having problems with 4, carding double bogey there for the last two days;

“The fourth has cost me a couple of doubles there, so if I can figure that one out tomorrow it will help.”

“The only thing that will taste a little sour is that bogey on 18.”

“I hit a good tee shot and was staring down the barrel with a seven iron. I thought it was a good club and misjudged the wind and it came up short, but I was really pleased with the way I hung in there today.”

 “I can freewheel it a bit tomorrow. Obviously I have the luxury to not have to sleep on the lead and stress about anything.”

“I can have the nothing to lose mentality tomorrow.”

“It is going to be tricky tomorrow if it is windy. That’s a harder environment to guard your lead and keep moving forward and it enables the chasing pack to do a better job of catching up.”

Tiger Woods missed the cut here, his third straight Major cut in a row.  Rory McIlroy has decided to cut out The Barclays, to rest his injured ankle;

“I’m going to take a couple of weeks off just to sort of re-assess everything, and I’ll start back in the playoffs at Boston.”

 “Then play through the FedExCup. Then I’ve got to play Frys.com and then I’m playing maybe a couple more after that, Dubai and China.”

 

 

RBC Canadian Open. Jason Day Wins In A Thriller Finish.

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Jason Day wins the RBC Canadian Open in a thriller of a finish at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Canada.

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Jason found the bunker off the tee on eighteen, he had a one shot lead at the time. He found a way to make a birdie from the bunker, giving him a two shot advantage at -17 under par. That meant that Bubba Watson and David Hearn would have to Eagle the last to get into a play-off.

Jason told reporters that after last week there was no way he was going to leave that last putt short;

“This course is really exciting, even Bubba and David had a chance to make it into a playoff. I needed that putt on 18.”

“To be able to put yourself in contention so many times, especially in major events and just fall short, even going back to last week leaving the putt short and not being able to get into the playoff really kind of was disappointing.”

“So when I actually had the same putt, it was a very similar putt on the 72nd hole today.”

“Same things were going through my mind. Make sure you get it to the hole.”

“Fortunately enough for me, it was quick enough to where I just needed to get it on the line. If I got it on the line, it was perfect.”

“I just knew as soon as I hit the putt about six feet out, I knew it was going to come back and go in the hole. “

“It was great to feel like a Canadian for a week. The last two weeks have been a big grind for me, but it’s all worth it. Right now, I’m so proud to be the Canadian Open champion.”

Bubba found the green with his second shot, but it ran just passed the hole and settled into the fringe. He tried to make his Eagle with a 7 wood, but it missed by six inches, his total of -16 under par giving Jason the win.

Bubba said he was just hoping that the guy in front of him was not making putts;

“Fifteen was one I got lucky with. I hit a great shot in there.”

“I had an 8-iron that I flared on 16 but still got a birdie. Then hit a perfect 8-iron that flew five yards too far on 18.”

“I was just hoping the other guy named Jason Day wasn’t making putts.”

David, with the whole of Canada urging him on to be the first Canadian to win since 1954, found the greenside bunker with his second shot to 18, and could only make par from there, and had to settle for third place at -15 under par.

David mentioned the putting, and how good it had been all week;

“I felt confident, like I was putting well all week, I hit really really good putts that didn’t go in.”

“Winning a golf tournament on the PGA TOUR is no easy task.”

“Canadians want to see it, and we want to do it so bad.”

David also picked up the  Rivermead Challenge Cup as low Canadian. This is his third time winning the honor.

 

 

U.S. Open. Four tied at the Top.

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There are four players tied at the top of the U.S. Open leaderboard after 54, mostly disappointing holes. Jason Day teed off and then proceeded to work his way to the top, along with Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Branden Grace, all at -4 under par for the title.

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None of the leaders could make the final break to top the U.S. Open leaderboard on their own, although they all had some serious chances, the Broccoli like greens defeating their best efforts. Of the top four only Jason broke par today, -2 under par 68, Dustin and Branden were even and Jordan was +1 over.

No one else could catch them, only six players managed to break par on the day, with Louis Oosthuizen carding the lowest round, -4 under par 66. That’s back to back 66’s for Louis, shame about the opening round 77, or he could have been right up there with them. He is currently T5 at -1 under par, with Cameron Smith, Shane Lowery and J.B. Holmes.

The next best all at +1 over, and seeing as the pin positions will be at their hardest tomorrow, I don’t expect anyone to topple one of those top four. But anything could happen, because no one can putt on these variable speed, lumpy greens.

Jason only spoke to a USGA official, and then headed to his motor home to lie down;

“I didn’t feel that great coming out early.”

“I felt pretty groggy on the front nine just from the drugs that I had in my system, then kind of flushed that out on the back nine.”

“The vertigo came back a little bit on the 13th tee box, and then felt nauseous all day. I started shaking on 16 tee box and then just tried to get it in, really.”

“Just wanted to get it in. I think the goal was just to go through today and see how it goes.”

Caddie Colin Swatton summed it all up;

“That was the greatest round I’ve ever watched.”

“I said, ‘You’ve got the heart of a lion. You get to show the world today you get to be the greatest you can be and look, let’s do it.’ And he just put his head down and kept walking, one foot in front of the other.”

“It was pretty impressive.”

Jordan wants to try and limit the mistakes tomorrow, and thinks he has a solution to playing 18;

“We’ll just have to check where the wind is, there’s an option to play down No. 1.”

“All in all, I thought it was a dumb hole today, but I think we’re going to play it from there again, so I’ve got to get over that. Just need to limit the mistakes tomorrow.”

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The  Fox Sports’ U.S. Open telecast is one of the poorest attempts I have ever witnessed at presenting golf to the world. The background music was so loud the commentator could not talk over it. The camera at times was unable to follow the ball flight, and had no idea where it was. The commentators mixed up players names, twice I heard Jason Spieth. So all in all this championship has been let down by the poor course condition, and inadequate presentation on the TV.

Do you think watching this tournament would make you want to out and play golf? certainly not at Chambers Bay.

AT&T Byron Nelson. Aussie Steve Wins Easily.

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Tie me Kangaroo down sport, Aussie Steve Bowditch easily won the AT&T Byron Nelson at TPC Four Seasons Resort. Winning this event is almost an Australian tradition, Adam Scott and Jason Day have both won in recent times.

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Steve won the AT&T Byron Nelson with a -18 under par tournament total, a four shot victory, following his final round -5 under par 64.

Having his picture taken here again was a surreal moment for Steve and wife Amanda, they held their wedding reception here almost four years ago, and they have no plans to move away from the “No Tax” State;

“Pretty surreal feeling, taking photos on the green today was definitely the second best time I’ve had on that green.”

“I can’t see us moving anywhere else.”

“When it’s good, it’s good, when it’s not, I’m just trying to hang on.”

“Most of the time, it’s dry and it’s windy, so I think that is a little bit of an advantage for Australians, so to speak.”

“It’s just the way we grow up. But this week, I’m not sure. I guess everything clicked and it was my time to win.”

Amanda added her remarks about the wedding;

“It was fun to have them celebrate the wedding and it’s equally as special to have them celebrate this win.”

“It was a special day in our lives and this one is right there with it.”

There was a three-way tie for second place, all at -14 under par, Charley Hoffman, Jimmy Walker and Scott Pinckney.

Zach Johnson shot a -6 under par 63 to finish alone in fifth place at -13 under;

The hometown favorite with the gallery, and Masters champion Jordan Spieth stayed at -7 under par after his last round of even-par 69, T30;

“I really tried to soak it in today, I was getting frustrated this week just trying so hard, which is what I’ve done in past years as well. I don’t know if that’s going to stop in the future.”

 

 

Farmers Open, Jason Day Wins Four Way Play-Off

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Jason Day wins the Farmers Open in a four-way play-off at Torrey Pines Golf Club in San Diego.

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Jason, along with Harris EnglishJ.B. Holmes and Scott Stallings all finished the Farmers Open on the South Course with totals of  -9 under par. A four-way play-off ensued, with Jason grabbing Victory with a par at the second extra hole, the par three 16th;

“It’s an amazing feeling, I’ve been working so hard for this.”

“I was visualizing myself holding the trophy, just like I did at the Match Play. I’m really proud of myself to hang in there and grind it out.”

“My ultimate goal is to get to number one at some point but there are a lot of great golfers in front of me.”

“It’s a good start to the year, just like last year; hopefully I can stay healthy and give it a good run.”

Jason has moved up to No. 4 in the world, just ahead of Adam Scott, and became the highest-ranked Australian for the first time.

Charles Howell 111 finished at -8 under par, tied in fifth place with Alex Prugh.

Charles loves this course, and being in contention again;

“I love the golf course, it’s different than a lot we play in that par’s a good score. The rough is really, really thick. I can’t really think off the top of my head of a regular event, non-major, with thicker rough than this. Par’s a heck of a score.”

“It’s nice to be back in the mix, if you asked me earlier in the week how my game was, I would have said ‘average.’ My scoring hasn’t been very good over the past, let’s call it month.”

“So, I was spending a lot of time this week on my short irons, wedge, putting and etc. But I’ll be honest with you: I was really happy to be back in the mix and feel that again. The last time I won a golf tournament feels like two lifetimes ago. So, I can’t even, I know the date, and then I’m really aging myself.”

The Farmers Open tournament honored Billy Casper, who died on Saturday night, there was a picture of him on the first tee and also flowers. Billy grew up in San Diego. Tributes poured in, including one from Arnold Palmer, who lost a big lead and the 1966 U.S. Open at Olympic Club.

Billy staged one of the greatest comebacks in golf history by erasing a seven-stroke deficit on the final nine holes to tie Arnold Palmer, then prevailed in an 18-hole playoff to win.

Arnie had this to say;

“He was a better player than most people gave him credit for being and is going to be sorely missed in the golf world.”

Accenture Match-Play Championship. Day Lights Up Dove Mountain.

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 Jason Day lights up the Accenture Match-Play Championship at the Ritz – Carlton Golf Course, on Dove Mountain, in Arizona.

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 Jason eventually overcame Victor Dubuisson at the 23rd hole to edge a win in an epic WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship final. Victor managed a couple of wonderful up and downs to deny Jason, he was still three holes down with just six  remaining. Victor reduced the deficit with a birdie on the 13th, and then kept the match alive with another on the 17th. All square at the end of regulation, Victor then  bounded through the green at the first extra hole, his ball coming to rest in a seemingly unplayable lie underneath a cactus. He somehow conjured a pitch onto the green and to within four feet of the hole, from where he holed for par after Jason had saved his par from a greenside bunker.

Following that escape Victor’s approach shot to the par four ninth careened into more desert bushes. Once agin he casually pitched out and calmly holed from seven feet for par after Jason had missed his birdie attempt.

Tom Watson Tweeted;

“Two of the greatest up-and/downs I have ever seen Victor!!!” 

 Gary Player agreed

“This is simply fantastic stuff!! @Vdubush is Houdini.”

Jason  finally sealed victory with a birdie on the fifth extra hole after an excellent pitch to three feet, he too was amazed at Victor’s escapes;

“The guy saves par straight out of the cactus twice and for a 23-year-old kid he has a lot of game and you are going to see a lot of him for years to come. I think the biggest thing was how much do I want to win. I kept saying that to myself last night and visualizing myself with the trophy and I am just glad I could finish it off.”

“The best thing about this is that every day felt like Sunday, it’s a good way to handle your nerves and understand what you are feeling under the pump. We played six rounds and just to know you can dig down and keep fighting and not quit until it’s over, that’s what it’s all about. I never wanted something so bad in my life and I am definitely very pleased with it.”

Victor ignored the two magical up and downs, and simply said;

”I’m disappointed because I made some terrible shots.”

In the third/fourth place play-off match, Ernie Els birdied the 18th to force extra holes, only for Rickie Fowler to make his own birdie on the first extra hole to take possession of third place.