AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Ted Potter Jnr, Triumphs

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Ted Potter Jnr triumphs at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and made it look easy, with a three shot winning margin at Pebble Beach Golf Links in California.

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Shooting a final round -3 under 69 to post an AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am winning total of -17 under par, Ted out-classed the rest of the field by three shots.

Ted was amazed at his success, but said he worked well with his putter;

“It’s definitely pleasing. I mean, it was a struggle there.”

“When you break your ankle and you don’t know what’s going to happen with your golf swing or career, to come back from that, I mean it’s just unbelievable right now.”

” I knew on the back nine, I saw I had a two-shot lead, if I played smart golf and I knew I was putting well, so hitting a lot of the center of the greens and trying to give myself a chance at birdies, those guys would have to catch me coming in.”

“It’s just so good right now. To get my second career win after five years away from it.”

“Going back to the Masters is going to be definitely another dream come true. Try to get back there and win the Par-3 Contest again. That was a lot of fun. “

“This has just been a blast this week and it’s unbelievable right now.”

Trailing those three shots behind at -14 under par were, World #1 Dustin Johnson, even par 72 today, multiple winner here Phil Mickelson, -5 under 67, Chez Reavie, -4 under 68, and Jason Day from Australia, carding a final round -2 under 70, which included a miraculous par at the final hole after hitting his second shot onto the beach, greenside bunker with his third, four on and one putt.

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Jason on the Beach

 

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AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. DJ & Ted Potter Jr Tied.

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World #1 DJ is tied at the top of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am leaderboard with Ted Potter Jnr. in California.

DJ tied for lead at Pebble Beach

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Three bogey’s on the back nine stalled DJ’s momentum at Pebble, signing for a -2 under 70, while Ted was on target for a 59, but made bogey on his last two holes for -9 under 62 at Monterey, both players have -14 under par totals, and will take a two shot lead into the final round tomorrow;

“I got off to a really good start, played pretty well on the back nine. I had a lot of good looks at some nice birdies.”

“I hit good putts, they just didn’t go in.”

“The wind was a little bit tricky, and I just got on the wrong side of holes on my bogeys. All in all, I feel good about the game. I have a lot of confidence going into tomorrow.”

Ted Potter Jr. interview after Round 3 of AT&T Pebble Beach

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Ted said he knew it would be a tough finish;

“I didn’t feel like I hit bad shots coming in there on the last couple, making bogeys there, but I just knew it was going to be tough coming in.”

Sharing second place those two shots back at -10 under are Jason Day, Australia, -3 under par 69 today at Pebble, and Troy Merritt, -2 under 69 at Monterey.

Rory McIlroy did not make the cut in his first appearance here at AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, having another bad day where very little went right, but he did show the gallery what he is capable of. After hitting his tee shot into the drink on the par five 18th, taking his obligatory drop he proceeded to hit the pin with his third shot, and then sunk the birdie putt. If only he had shown that kind of form for the rest of the week.

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AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. DJ & Beau at the Top.

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World #1, DJ, Dustin Johnson shares the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am lead with Beau Hossler, in California

DJ, Hossler tied at Pebble Beach

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DJ put together a second round -7 under par 64 at Monterey Penninsular to share top spot on the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am leaderboard with PGA Tour rookie Beau, who settled for a second round -5 under 67 at Spyglass Hill, both with -12 under par totals.

DJ likes the MP course, but has not played well here in the past;

“I like the golf course, I feel like I should play really well, it’s just for some reason I just never have.”

“Probably my lowest by about seven shots at Monterey Peninsula, so I was happy with that.”

“It’s probably the first time, too, I think we have ever played over there with nice weather. So it was definitely a good day.”

 “I still had a couple chances to win even without playing too well at Monterey Peninsula”

“But obviously I’m in a really good position here starting the weekend, but still got two rounds at Pebble, which is probably my favorite out of the three courses and I really like playing there, it sets up well for me, but I’m still going to have to go out and shoot a good score tomorrow at Pebble if I want to be in contention on Sunday.”

Troy Merritt, -5 under par 67 at Spyglass Hill, and Julian Suri, -4 under 67 at Monterey are tied in third place at -10 under par.

Six players are then tied in fifth place at -9 under par, fan favorite Phil Mickelson, Jon Rahm, Aaron Wise, Kevin Streelman, Jason Day and Steve Stricker are all well placed for the week-end.

Biggest shock of the day came from Rory McIlroy, who drove to the front edge of the 14th green, and then had a putting collapse that saw him four putt from inside 10 ft, carding a six, eventually signing for  +3 over par 74, with a -1 under tournament total.

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Farmers Insurance Open. Jason Day Wins Play-Off.

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Jason Day, Australia, wins the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course in California, beating Alex Noren, Sweden, at the sixth extra hole.

Day outlasts Noren to claim win at Torrey Pines

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There no spectators allowed in to watch, because the Health an Safety controlled management refused to pay for the security people, so Jason’s family were the only gallery for the longest playoff in the tournament’s 67-year history. Who really needs a crew of security people to watch two guys play a hole of golf.

It had been a while since Jason had lifted a trophy, a par winning it, while Alex made bogey on the par five 18th;

“It’s been a long time coming.”

 “Last year wasn’t the greatest season for me. I worked very hard to try to get back to this position.”

SAN DIEGO, CA - JANUARY 29: Jason Day of Australia poses with his wife, Ellie Day, his children, Dash and Lucy, and his caddie, Rika Batibasaga, after winning the Farmers Insurance Open on the sixth playoff hole at Torrey Pines South on January 29, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

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Farmers Insurance Open. The Play-Off Carried Over Until Tomorrow

 

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The Farmers Insurance Open ended in a three-way tie at the top, Jason Day, Australia, Alex Noren, Sweden, and Ryan Palmer, USA , all with -10 under par totals at Torrey Pines Golf Course, in California.

Day and Noren go head-to-head

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Jason carded a final round -2 under par 70, Alex +1 over 73, and Ryan even par 72, to tie for the Farmers Insurance Open top spot at -10 under par.

A three-way sudden death play-off started on the par five 18th, Ryan was eliminated with a par there, against the birdies of Jason and Alex.

Jason and Alex birdied again second time around. The next  two play-off holes, 16 and 17 and  were all halved with pars, and the 18th, the fifth play-off hole was halved with birdies.

By this time the darkness had descended, and the players will have to return tomorrow morning to settle the issue.

Alex said;

“It’s too dark. I could barely see the last putt, but it’s very enjoyable.”

“This is what I play for. I’m excited.”

Jason too mention the lack of light, not being able to see his ball on the green from the fairway, turning to his caddie;

“I can’t see it.”

“I’ll play all day tomorrow if I need to, to get the win.”

They will start again tomorrow at the par five 18th, and if recent play-off history is any indicator, it could go on for some time.

Defending champion Jon Rahm, Spain, fell away, carding a disastrous last round +5 over par 77, for a -2 under total. Tiger Woods finished in a tie for 23rd place, at -3 under par.

 

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Australian Open. Cameron Davis Champion.

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Cameron Davis has been crowned Champion of the Australian Open at The Australian Golf Club in Sydney

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Cameron & Cup

Cameron carded a final round -7 under par 64 to win the Australian Open with a -11 under par total, a one shot winning margin;

“This is a dream come true.”

“It doesn’t get much better than this. I’m going to remember this forever.”

“I couldn’t play any better today.”

Tied in second place at -10 under par were Jonas Blixt, Sweden, -3 under 68 today and Matt Jones, also -3 under 68 in his last round.

Leader at the start of play today, Jason Day, slumped to a final round of +2 over par 73, finishing the tournament at -8 under in fifth position.

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Australian Open. Jason Day Leads.

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Jason Day leads the Australian Open at The Australian Golf Club in Sydney.

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Jason took the lead in Australian Open with a third round -2 under par 71, giving him a one shot advantage going into the final round tomorrow at -10 under;

“It was tough to not force things. I know the crowds want to see a lot of birdies.”

“On a day like today, as a Professional golfer who has been around for a while, it is easy for me to see that I need to stay patient and not be aggressive.”

“Coming back and making birdie at the last made things much better after 17, I am looking forward to tomorrow’s round, hopefully I can pull through for a win.”

“The way Lucas played today; he showed a lot of maturity within himself so that was good to see.”

“He has a lot of potential, he has a great short game so when you can hit it long and have a good short game, there is always potential for a lot of success, he just needs to get a the reps under his belt, experience-wise with Tour golf.”

“I’m not focusing on too many guys tomorrow but I need to keep an eye on Lucas.”

Lucas Herbert is in second place at -9 under par, a sleepless night worrying about his one shot lead, and Jason Day led to a nervous round of even par 71;

“I don’t know how I slept last night.  It was like trying to drink three cans of Red Bull and then go to bed; that’s what it felt like.”

“But after I made a couple of good pars there to start, I think that sort of kicked the nerves and I was good to go.”

“I just wanted to give myself a chance going into tomorrow.”

“In that last group is obviously going to be a really big asset.  I’m going to be able to see what everyone’s doing and play from there and obviously try and get that shot back and maybe more than that to try and get in front.”

“I was pretty happy to save a lot of shots where I did.”

Jonas Blixt, Sweden, -5 under 66 today, shares third place with Matt Jones, -3 under 68, both of them are at -7 under for the competition.

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