AT&T Byron Nelson. Billy Horschel Wins Play-Off.

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Billy Horschel wins the AT&T Byron Nelson, in a play-off against Jason Day.

 

Horschel wins AT&T Byron Nelson in playoff

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Billy, -1 under 69 and Jason -2 under 68 today were tied at the top of the AT&T Byron Nelson leaderboard at -12 under par for the tournament.

Billy won on the first extra hole, to win with a par at the par four 18th, he did not expect Jason to miss his 4ft par putt;

“When I hit it I knew it was on a perfect line and I thought I got it to the hole.”

“I just wanted to finish it off there.”

“I didn’t expect him to miss it. I was expecting to go back to the tee and play the hole again.”

The venue for this event next year will change to  Trinity Forest Golf Club, in Dallas, and Billy was sad that it is now moving;

“It’s sad that it’s leaving because I was never a fan of this course, but came here and now I am,”

“I won, and I don’t want to leave.”

Jason feels good about his game right now;

“I only had one top 10 up to this point. To be able to play the way I did today, I played some good solid golf.”

“It’s a little disappointing, but it’s not the first tournament I’m going to lose.”

“I feel good about my game.”

James Hahn finished in third place at -11 under par, a last round +1 over par 71 not what he was looking to achieve.

AT&T Byron Nelson. Hahn Has Lead.

 

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James Hahn has the lead after 54 holes in the AT&T Byron Nelson at TPC Four Seasons, in Dallas,Texas.

Hahn holds lead at AT&T Byron Nelson

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James shot a bogey free -6 under par 64 on Saturday at the AT&T Byron Nelson tournament, giving him a -12 under par total, and a one shot lead going into the final round tomorrow.

James is not fazed at leading into the final round, and will take tomorrow as just another day at the office;

“Tell me what my tee time is tomorrow and I’ll just show up.”

“You know, prepping for tomorrow I feel like is so hard. Sleeping on the lead, you can over think it and I just like to go home with my wife, our two-year-old daughter, watch some cartoons.”

“Just kind of keep everything low-key, casual.”

“For us, it’s just another day in the office.”

Billy Horschel has second place on his own at -11 under par, with a third round -4 under par 66.

Jason Day, with a brilliant -7 under par 63 today, and Jason Kokrak, who started the day with a five shot lead, and sadly finished with a +2 over par 72, share third place at -10 under par.

Jason sank five birdies in a row, and then rolled in a 60ft putt at the 17th, to complete a beautiful round of 63, which included a bogey.

AT&T Byron Nelson. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the AT&T Byron Nelson leaderboard after round one at TPC Four Seasons in Texas. James Hahn and Ricky Barnes have the honor.

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James and Ricky shot first rounds of -6 under par 64 at the AT&T Byron Nelson to top the leaderboard on day 1. James was bogey free while Ricky carded two bogeys on the round.

Ricky said of his round;

“I’m having signs of brilliancy, I just need to put it all together.”

James mentioned the difficulty in putting in the wind;

“Probably effected putts a couple of inches.”

“You really have to pick your timing, you really need to pick your timing when you want to hit the ball.”

“And trust your line.”

 

Tied in fourth place, two shots back at -4 under par are: Matt Kuchar, Jhonattan Vegas, Jason Kokrak and Cameron Tringale.

There is a huge bunch of players at -3 under par, including Jason Day, and World number one Dustin Johnson.

Jason spoke about the wind he encountered on the course today, and his not taking a drop when he could have;

“In this wind, I think everyone’s kind of scrambling.”

“I was not going to drop it all the way back onto the other side of the road.”

“It was just in long grass and I wouldn’t be able to flop it over. It was quite a simple shot. You just had to contact it correctly.”

 

 

WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. The Final 16. Sergio Blitzed By Jon.

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WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play has a last 16 for the weekend  at Austin Country Club in Texas. Spain’s new wonder kid Jon Rahm blitzed the old one Sergio Garcia, 6-4.

Jon Rahm (left) knocked off fellow Spaniard Sergio Garcia to win Group 7. (Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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Jon eased past Sergio 6-4 to win group 7, he told reporters

“I’d rather not play a fellow Spaniard. Obviously, representing Spain, we want as many Spaniards to make it as far as possible. But worse came to worse, and luckily whoever won today was going to make it through. Out of that, at least we are happy that was going to happen.”

Sergio said he did not perform well;

“Obviously Jon is playing well. It is nice to see at least a Spanish player going through. . “At the end of the day, you have to perform and if you don’t do it then you get beat.”

World number 1 Dustin Johnson won group one, saying;

“I like match play, it’s fun and it’s exciting to watch. Yeah, I feel like I’ve got a little bit of an advantage just because I’m playing really well.”

The last sixteen knockout matches begin tomorrow, lining up like this;

Kevin Na USA v Bill Hass USA

Marc Leishman Australia v Phil Mickelson USA

Jon Rahm Spain v Charles Howell 111 USA

Soren Kjeldson Denmark v William McGirt USA

Hideto Tanihara Japan  v Paul Casey England

Ross Fisher England v Bubba Watson USA

Alex Noren Sweden v Brooks Koepka USA

Dustin Johnson USA v Zack Johnson USA.

It is sad that this years  Championship has been blighted by mid-term with withdrawals, which left Rory McIlroy with no chance to progress. after Jason Day retired. Other groups also had the same misfortune, with Gary Woodland withdrawing for personal reasons, and Francesco Molinari with an injury.

 

 

 

WGC – Dell Technologies Match Play. Day 1 Disasters.

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Day 1 of the Dell Technologies Match Play competition brought a few disasters at Austin Country Club, in Texas. Rory McIlroy being one of them, losing 2-1 to Soren Kjeldsen.

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Rory told reporters;

“Overall, I can’t be too disappointed. But at the same time, when standing on the 14th tee just having won three holes in a row, I thought I had him going into a tough stretch of the golf course.”

“But he put up three birdies in a row, and you can’t do anything about that.”

Jordan Spieth was another first day casualty, losing 4-2 to Hideto Tanihara, while Jimmy Walker went down to Martin Kaymer, 4-2.

All o f these guys need to step up to the plate tomorrow, if they want to progress in this tournament.

World number one Dustin Johnson won 5-3 over Webb Simpson, and Phil Mickelson dispatched Si Woo Kim by the same score.

Sergio Garcia had a ding-dong of a battle against Shane Lowry, it finished all square.

Sergio put his woes on the day down to poor putting;

“It’s never easy. Obviously I needed the putt to win. I had the chance of tying it up. I hit a good putt. It was really, really slow.”

“We didn’t play great. We definitely didn’t make anything, neither of us. I think we made probably two or three putts between the two of us.”

“At least I think we both fought hard.”

Saddest story of the day surrounded Jason Day, his mother is very ill, and will go into surgery on Friday. Naturally Jason could not concentrate on his golf, and was three down in six holes when he withdrew. He later made a tearful statement, but I think no one would have thought ill of him had he just left the course and took the first flight home, to support Mum;

“It’s been a very, very hard time for me to even be thinking about playing golf, and I know my mom says not to let it get to me, but it really has.”

 

Arnold Palmer Invitational. Charley Hoffman Has 36 Hole Lead.

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Charley Hoffman has 36 hole lead in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Florida.

ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 17:  Charley Hoffman of the United States plays his shot from the 17th tee during the second round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented By MasterCard at Bay Hill Club and Lodge on March 17, 2017 in Orlando, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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Charley shot a second round -6 under par 66 to lead the Arnold Palmer Invitational by one stroke at -10 under par;

“I wasn’t in Match Play, and then obviously honoring Arnie is not a hard thing to come here and do.”

“He was what we all wanted to be. Great with the fans.”

“He was the guy who sort of paved the way for us. I didn’t spend a lot of time with him, but just meeting him here and there was always an honor.”

Emiliano Grillo has second place, that one shot back at -9 under par, a second round -4 under 68 giving him that place on his own;

“It was a very up-and-down round out there. I somehow managed to post a good round. I didn’t hit it good off the tee.”

In third position is Matt Fitzpatrick, -3 under 69 today keeping him in touch of the leaders with his -8 under total;

“The bad short game shots were 7 to 8 feet and the good ones were stiff. That’s really important.”

 “I managed to hole a few of those seven to  eight footers for par and a couple for birdie, as well.”

Defending Champion Jason Day, -1 under 71 today is T13 at -3 under par, while Rory McIlroy continues with his struggles, +1 over for  the tournament;

“It wasn’t the ideal start, but I battled back and I just fought. I fought a little bit of everything over the past couple of days.”

 “It’s been a little bit of a struggle, which I didn’t really anticipate coming in here.”

“I know what I’m doing, it’s just a matter of trying to iron that out.”

 

AT&T Pebble Beach. Jordan Speith In Control.

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Jordan Spieth is in control as he tops the AT&T Pebble Beach leaderboard after 36 holes in the suspended second round.

Spieth heats up on Friday

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Jordan jumped to share the top of the AT&T Pebble Beach leaderboard with a second round -7 under par 65 at Spyglass Hill for a  tournament total of  -17 under par, and likes his chances playing Pebble Beach;

“I’ve played Spyglass better to the field than I’ve played the other courses.”

“I don’t know why. I do love this track a lot. Maybe it’s the fact that I feel like the greens roll more true than anywhere else,  and I should convince myself Pebble’s that way too.”

“I’ve played this course well in the past, always have. Obviously not this well, but yeah, I feel like I got a little extra today.”

“When it’s forecast for this much rain, they’re going to put the pins on the high points of the green, which is normally the back of the greens.”

 “The greens are ridiculously soft, so we’re spinning the ball a lot, but you can’t throw it behind it. So it’s very difficult.”

“That’s the biggest challenge for me over the last few years is courses where the greens are really soft and the pins are in the back.”

“Just taking two clubs extra and swing a half-swing, that’s been a very difficult thing for me to do,  which is a bit surprising that I’m this far up, because you’ve had to do that on every hole out here.”

“Pebble’s a gettable golf course when the wind’s not blowing.”

“I’m at 10 under now. If I can try and just make two a side at Pebble each time, and make up for the bogeys with maybe another birdie or something like that,  it may be good enough.”

Derek Fathauer shares the lead at -10 under par, shooting -8 under through 17 holes at Pebble Beach.

World number one Jason Day is in third position at -9 under par, he is currently -7 under through 12 hole of his round on Spyglass Hill to be at -10 under for the tournament.

It’s impossible to say what is happening when only 33 out of 154 players were done with the second round.