BMW Championship. Marc Makes It This Time.

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Marc Leishman makes it this time around winning the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club.

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Marc, from Australia, cruised to victory at the BMW Championship with a last round -4 under par 67, to post a winning total of -23 under par;

“I feel awesome about this, it’s a long week when you lead every day.”

“Backing up that back nine last week at the Dell, when the pressure got put on by Rosie, I reacted with birdies.”

“Just tried to keep doing my own thing and give myself chances, and managed to roll a couple in there at the end which was nice walking up the last there with a bit of a buffer.”

“It’s just nice to put four good rounds on the board and in a really big event.”

 “Backing up what happened last week was probably the most satisfying thing for me.”

Tied in second place at -18 under par were Justin Rose, England, -6 under 65 today, and Rickie Fowler, USA, -4 under par 67.

Jason Day claimed fourth place on his own with a final round -2 under 69 giving him a -16 under par total, and he is full of admiration for Marc;

“I think he’s a great player, especially I grew up playing amateur golf against him,”

 “I don’t think he may have projected himself standing where he is today when we were sitting on a tee back when I was 16 and he was 18 or so.”

“He’s done a tremendous job, obviously, getting to where he is. I think there’s still a ton left in the tank for him.

The East Lake contenders are

1. Jordan Spieth 2. Justin Thomas 3. Dustin Johnson 4. Marc Leishman 5. Jon Rahm

6. Rickie Fowler  7. Hideki Matsuyama  8. Justin Rose 9. Brooks Koepka 10. Paul Casey

11. Pat Perez 12. Matt Kuchar 13. Charley Hoffman 14. Daniel Berger 15. Jason Day

16. Webb Simpson 17. Jhonattan Vegas 18. Kevin Kisner 19. Kevin Chappell 

20. Brian Harman 21. Adam Hadwin 22. Kyle Stanley 23. Patrick Reed 24. Tony Finau

25. Sergio Garcia 26. Xander Schauffele 27. Russell Henley 28. Gary Woodland

29. Patrick Cantlay  30. Jason Dufner

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BMW Championship. Marc In Cruise Control.

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Marc Leishman seems to be operating in cruise control at the BMW Championship, and will take a five shot lead into the final round tomorrow at Conway Farms Golf Club.

Leishman holds commanding lead at BMW

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Marc, from Australia, carded a third round -3 under par 68 to extend his BMW Championship lead to five shots with a -19 under par total, and this time wants to finish well. His game is in good shape and the putting is great;

After what happened at the Dell I got extra determination to finish this one off and my game is in a better spot.”

“Game is still in a good spot.”

“The course changed quite a lot today compared to the first two days, firmed up a lot and greens sped up so that was good to see and nice to keep making birdies like I have been all week.”

“Obviously not as many today but the conditions were quite a bit different. Really happy with the round.”

“The sixty two was obviously pretty nice but, you know, today was almost as satisfying going into a Saturday with a lead to play the way I did, gave myself a lot of chances.”

“Probably didn’t putt quite as well as earlier in the week but still made a lot of putts.”

Rickie Fowler, USA, -1 under 70 today, and Jason Day, Australia, also -1 under 70, share second place at -14 under par.

Jason had a grind of a day; (no pun intended)

“Bit of a grind out there today.”

“I thought with the pin locations, looking at them this morning, I felt there was an opportunity to shoot a low score, which there was.”

“To be honest, to only have one bogey, obviously I missed opportunities out there like a couple on the last two days. I missed those today and, unfortunately, shot one under.”

“With the way I was hitting it, I’m actually quite happy.”

“Leish is playing spectacular,  he’s going to be very difficult to beat tomorrow. I got to come out and play really good golf because he’s not making any mistakes.”

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BMW Championship. Marc Leishman In Control.

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Marc Leishman, from Australia. is in control of the BMW Championship, and will take a three shot lead into the week-end at Conway Farms Golf Club.

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Marc had a -7 under par 64 second round to get to -16 under par for the BMW Championship tournament, just rolling in the putts;

“The game is feeling really good.”

“Obviously rolling the putts really well, but you have to give yourself the opportunities.”

Tied in second place at -13 under par are Jason Day, Australia, -6 under 65  today and Rickie Fowler, USA, carding -7 under 64.

Jason said he was relaxed with his new caddie, so relaxed he Aced the par three 17th today;

“The more you can be mentally relaxed or rested, it takes a lot of stress and kind of pressure off of your game.”

“I think my mindset is a lot different, I feel like I’m a lot more excited having my buddy on the bag.”

“Luke is doing a great job.”

Rory McIlroy hit the stops in his defence of his title, and will not progress any further in the FedExCup play-offs. Signing for a -2 under 69 today, which left him in 59th position on the listings, eight places worse than when he started this tournament;

“I’m here so I might as well give it my best.”

 “It’s a very long shot that I’m going to make it to next week.”

“I’ll try my best over these next couple of days and see what I can do.”

“Realistically there’s not much chance of getting into the Tour Championship.”

“But I still want to go out and play well. I don’t want to go out there and completely throw it in.”

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BMW Championship. Leishman Leads, with a 62.

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Marc Leishman, from Australia, leads the BMW Championship shooting 62 in the opening round at Conway Farms.

Leishman leads after 62

Marc carded a first round -9 under par 62 to top the BMW Championship leaderboard by two shots.

A fault with the putter was picked up by his coach;

“I have a tendency to push the putter into the ground.”

“My coach picked it up and I started making putts again, so thanks, Denis.”

“When you play golf and all you’re thinking about his making birdies, it’s a lot easier than trying to not make bogeys.” 

Jason Day, Charley Hoffman, and Jamie Lovemark all recorded first rounds of 64 to share second place at -7 under par.

Jason mentioned his friend and new caddie;

“A good step in the right direction, especially with having Luke on the bag.”

“Obviously, not having Colin on the bag is something different and I just didn’t know how I was going to play.”

“I think Luke did a fantastic job out there. We worked well together and hope we can keep that going.”

Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth are in the group at -5 under par after their opening efforts of -6 under 65.

Jordan stole some shots off the course today, and needed only 24 putts;

“I feel like I really stole a few shots out of this golf course.”

 “Which is rare, to feel like you scored better than you played.”

Being at #6 in standings has taken pressure off of Rickie;

“For the most part it’s the least amount of pressure I’ve had the third week of the Playoffs because we’re obviously locked for the top-30 TOUR Championship next week.”

“But it would be nice to make sure we’re in that top five.” 

Rory McIlroy falters in the  defence of his FedExCup title, with a first round +1 over 72, he needs to finish in the top four here to progress any further.

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Dell Technologies Championship. DJ On A Roll.

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DJ. is on a roll at the moment, now leading the Dell Technologies Championship after round one at TPC Boston.

Johnson out front at Dell Technologies Championship

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DJ. fired an opening round of -5 under par 66, to lead the Dell Technologies Championship by one shot, and is definitely on a winning roll;

“When you win, you’re playing well, so it gives you a lot of confidence.”

 “For me, that was one thing that was probably lacking a little bit the last few months, just the confidence, just because I wasn’t seeing the shots that I wanted to see.”

“I wasn’t hitting them consistently. So the confidence was just down a little bit.”

“But you know, after last week, obviously I’ve got a lot of confidence now. I feel like the things I’ve been working on, they are back to working.”

”Put together a pretty good score.”

Sharing second place at -4 under are; Kyle Stanley, USA, Marc Leishman, Australia, with Sergio Garcia and Jon Rahm, from Spain, all with first round scores of 67.

Kevin Tway, even par today, holed an Ace at the 231 yard par three 11th hole, he leveled out his card with two birdies and three bogey’s.

At the other end of the scale Kelly Kraft suffered a septuple bogey 12 at the par five second hole. That unfortunately is  the largest score recorded on a single hole this season on TOUR. Kelly eventually withdrew after sustaining an injury his right foot.

Other casualties included Rory McIlroy, +1 over 72, Jason Day, +4 over 75, and Justin Rose, +1 over 72. These guys will need to up the ante tomorrow if they want to stay in this competition.

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US PGA Championship. Kevin Clings On.

 

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Kevin Kisner clings on to the lead at the US PGA Championship, even with dropping five shots over the last five holes at Quail Hallow, making it a very long Green Mile.

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Kevin, USA, shot a third round +1 over par 72, giving him a -7 under tournament total at the US PGA Championship, and a one shot lead. It was really a total disaster, at one point he was at -10 under, before making bogey at 14 and 15, compounding the errors when finding the water at the 16th for a double, and a bogey at the last;

“I had a chance to run away from guys and take people out of the tournament that were four or five, six back, and I didn’t do it.”

 “Now I’m in a dogfight tomorrow and I have to be prepared for that. “

“There’s no real reason for me getting mad or upset or showing y’all that I’m ticked off.”

“I’m pretty good at keeping it all in, and the golf course here is so hard. If you get pissed, you’re just going to throw away more shots.”

“There’s no real reason to show that emotion  I’ll show plenty of emotion if I win tomorrow, don’t worry.”

Sharing second place at -6 under par are Hideki Matsuyama, Japan, +2 over 73 today, and Chris Stroud, USA, even par 71.

Chris is not going to change anything;

“I have the same everything I have last week. I have the same swing thoughts as last week, I have the same routine warming up.”

“I’m not going to change anything.”

Next in line is Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa, even par 71 today and Justin Thomas, USA,  -2 under 69, both with -5 under totals.

If you think Kevin had a wild finish, take a look at Jason Day, who suffered brain fade, or even total brain disconnection. Jason was in contention until a poor drive up 18 left him the wrong side of the trees, best option was to chip out onto the fairway, and take a chance with a good approach shot to make par, five at worst. Earlier Louis Oosthuizen had the same problem, he chipped back onto the fairway, and made par form there. Jason opted to try and draw the ball around the trees, a poor shot into bushes meant he had to take a penalty drop, from there it got even worse with him carding 8 on the final hole to take himself out of contention.

Best shot of the day went to Graham DeLaet, Canada, almost an Albatross at the driveable par four 14th, his tee shot hitting the pin, but staying out. Graham. made the Eagle putt.

WGC Bridgestone Invitational. Jimmy Walker Leads.

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Jimmy Walker leads the Bridgestone Invitational at the half-way point at Firestone Country Club, Akron Ohio.

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Jimmy carded a second round -5 under par 65 to lead the Bridgestone Invitational with a -7 under par total, giving him a two shot lead over the field at the mid-way point of the competition.

Jimmy has been suffering with ill health lately, and welcomes this return to playing good golf, and enjoyed making some important putts;

“It hadn’t been a lot of fun this year, I had a few okay finishes, a lot of 30th, high 20s, just stuff that’s not moving me around.”

“It’s nice to see some putts go in and make some solid swings and keep rounds going, make some par putts, just the stuff I haven’t been doing.”

Thomas Pieters, Belgium, yesterdays leader dropped into second place, with an even par second round 70 for -5 under total;

“I played decent, again, I think I hit plenty of greens, I think a bit less than yesterday.

“The driver was still a little bit off. Ball-striking’s been good, the same today.”

“I missed a couple of short ones on 17 and 18 but I’m rolling the putter nicely so I’m looking forward to this weekend.”

Tied in third place at -4 under par are Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland, -1 under 69 today, Zach Johnson, USA, -3 under 67, and Hideki Matsuyama, Japan, with a second round -3 under 67.

In the large group at -3 under are Jason Day, Australia, -4 under 66 today, and The Open champion Jordan Spieth, USA, who managed to rescue an even par second round of 70, with two late birdies on 17 and 18.