98th PGA Championship. Jimmy Walker Wins Wire To Wire.

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Jimmy Walker wins his first Major title, wire to wire, the 98th PGA Championship at  Baltusrol Golf Club.

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In a PGA Championship that had everything, a Maiden Major winner, a wire to wire victory, rain delays, 36 holes for the leaders on the last day, the greens were not cut or rolled for the last round, preferred lies, for first time in the tournament’s history, the defending Champion, and World number one Jason Day making Eagle at the last hole to put the pressure on Jimmy, this tournament had it all.

Jimmy made par on the last hole, after going for the par five green in two, and missing, leaving him an awkward chip to the green and a two putt, to win the Wanamaker Trophy by just one shot at -14 under par, following his final bogey free round of -3 under par 67.

Jimmy  joins Danny Willett (Masters), Dustin Johnson (U.S. Open) and Henrik Stenson (British Open) as first-time Major Champions this season, and he aid it is amazing;

“Just to be in it and be there and have a chance and then to finish it off is just so gratifying, it really is.”

“Everything I’ve done up to this point, helped this happen. It feels sweet. It’s amazing.”

“I would have said it would have happened the last couple of years, the way I was playing.”

 “I just had not quite played as well as I would have liked to this year but I knew it was close. I felt some things were clicking last week.”

“I really like Jason. He’s a quality guy and it’s been fun to watch what he’s been doing with golf over the last year and a half. I wouldn’t expect anything less.”

After his magnificent Eagle on the last Jason was disappointed he had settle for second place, he too posted a last round -3 under par 67, for a tournament total of -13 under par;

“It was nice to get the eagle, just to try and make Jimmy think about it, but obviously Jimmy just played too good all day.”

“The birdie on 17 was key for him.”

“I’m a little disappointed but  at the end of the day, I came in here with not the greatest preparation. I’m very, very happy with how I played all week.”

“I know exactly how Jimmy feels because I did exactly that last year.”

“So it was actually quite nice to be able to see him celebrate with his family and friends there. I know exactly that feeling, and he’s a very deserving winner.”

Daniel Summerhays claimed third place, at -10 under par, he shot a final round -4 under 66, and -10 under par, which was a big thrill for him;

“What a thrill, I’m still shaking a little bit.”

“Just to have a chance to maybe win a major championship was a thrill of a lifetime.”

98th PGA Championship. Third Round Play Abandoned.

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Play has been abandoned for the day in the third round of the 98th PGA Championship, due to inclement weather conditions at Baltusrol Golf Club.

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The top six pairings did not even start their third rounds, and 31 players were out on the course when play was stopped at 2:15 p.m.

Play will resume tomorrow at 7 am, with Jimmy Walker and Robert Streb currently the co-leaders after the second round at -9 under par.

World number one Jason Day shares third place with Emiliano Grillo, two shots back at -7 under par.

PGA Championship. Two Tied at the Top

White Dragon GolfThere are two players tied at the top of the PGA Championship after 36 holes at  Baltusrol Golf Club,

Jimmy Walker and Robert Streb.

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Jimmy stayed on top of the PGA Championship leaderboard, carding -4 under par 66 today, but he has been joined by Robert Streb, who scored a magnificent -7 under par 63. Both players have -9 under par tournament scores for the 36 holes.

Robert was pleased with his round, and to be part of the 63 club in Majors;

“It was a great round. I’m happy to be a part of that 63 club.”

“I’m sure it will be busy, Saturday at a PGA, but I’ll just try to stick to what I’m doing.”

“Try to do the same things we’ve been doing the last couple of days and hopefully it’s good enough.”

“I’ll just try not to get too hung up in what’s going on and try to stick to the golf and see if I can have a little fun while I’m at it.”

Jimmy was also pleased with his round today, and was fresh enough to go out again;

“I was excited to go play today, I really was. I was nervous but excited. I’m real happy with today.”

“I felt like I could go out and shoot another good score.”

 “I saw what the weather was going to do and knew that it was going to be out there to play good.”

“If you hit the shots, you knew it was going to be there for you to make some birdies.”

World number one Jason Day, -5 under par 65 today, shares third place with Emiliano Grillo, -3 under 67, both of them with -7 under par totals, just two shots off the pace.

Jason carded a double bogey 6 at the par four 7th hole, and needed to get himself fired up again;

“I gave myself a little kick in the bum.  A few swear words inside my head.”

“Just really I played that hole so bad that it was really frustrating for me.”

“Why are you doing that? Why are you giving shots to the field when you don’t need to do that?”

 “Don’t do little silly errors like that and potentially give them two shots on that hole.”

Two big names that are headed home early after missing the cut, Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy, not much to say except that they were just not good enough.

 

 

The Open. Phil Wants That Claret Jug.

 

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Phil Mickelson wants that Claret Jug at The Open, taking a one shot lead into the week-end at Royal Troon, and looking for a wire to wire win.

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Phil posted a second round -2 under par 69 to stay at the top of The Open leaderboard with a -10 under total;

“I really enjoy the challenge that this weather and these elements provide, I thought it was a good round to back up the low round yesterday.”
” I played kind of stress-free golf again. I made one or two bad swings that led to bogeys.”
” But for the most part kept the ball in play and played kind of stress-free golf.
“This was the first course that I really played effectively links golf in 2004. That’s where it really kind of turned for me.”
” This is where it kind of happened. This is where I stopped trying to overpower the golf course, where I kind of accepted playing it as it’s designed and not trying to find a new, better way to beat the course other than just straightforward golf. “
“That’s probably why I love it so much.”
“We’ve got a lot of work to do. We’re only halfway done with the tournament. But certainly there is nothing more that I would love than to add another Claret Jug.”
Close behind the leader, making up a lot of ground today is Henrik Stenson, his second round -6 under 65 leaves just oe shot back at -9 under for the championship.
Sharing third place at -7 under par are Soren Kjeldsen, -3 under 68 today, and Keegan Bradley, also -3 under 68.
Rory McIlroy stood still at -2 under, even par 71 today, World number one Jason Day at +1 after his -1 under 70, while Jordan Spieth made the cut at +4 over with a 75 today.

The Open. Its Phil The Thrill By Three.

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Its Phil, The Thrill, Mickleson leading by three shots after the first round of 145th The Open, at Royal Troon.

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Phil equaled the course record of -8 under par 63 to grab the lead in the 145th The Open at Royal Troon in Scotland and was a cats whisker away from a record braking 62, but the putt lipped out;

“That putt on 18 was an opportunity to do something historical.”
“I knew it and with a foot to go I thought I had done it. I saw that ball rolling right in the centre.”
“It was one of the best rounds I’ve ever played and I was able to take advantage of these conditions and yet I want to shed a tear right now.”
“I went to go get it, I had that surge of adrenaline that I had just shot 62 and then I had the heartbreak that I didn’t and watched that ball lip out. It was, wow, that stings.”

“It really stings to have a chance. It’s such a rare opportunity to do something historic like that. If I had just hit a weak flail-off and never had a chance and left it short, so be it. “

“But this ball was hunting right in the centre and didn’t go. It was just heartbreaking.”
Patrick Reed and Martin Kaymer share second place, those three shots back at -5 under par, after their opening rounds of 66.
Søren Kjeldsen,  Andy Sullivan were then in the group at -4 under par, alongside defending champion Zach Johnson.
Justin Rose, Soomin Lee, Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Richard Sterne and Thomas Pieters are a shot further back.

World Number Four Rory McIlroy was -2 under, Jordan Spieth is at even par, with World number one Jason Day at +2 over for his first round,

The weather tomorrow is suspect, so anything could happen, lady luck will play her part no doubt.

WGC Bridgestone Invitational. DJ Does It Again.

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DJ does it again, Dustin Johnson wins the WGC Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club.

Dustin Johnson followed up his win at the U.S. Open by winning the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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Dustin shot a final round -4 under par 66 to claim the WGC Bridgestone Invitational title with a winning total of -6 under par, and a two shot wining margin, good putting made the difference.

At the beginning of the tournament it was said that this course suited the shorter hitters off the tee, the long guys would have problems with the tree-lined course. I guess no one told Dustin that;

“This golf course is playing so tough, it’s not like I need to go out and shoot 63.”

“You just try to hit it in the fairway and get to get it on the green and try to make some putts. I knew if I shot 4 or 5 under I’d have a chance.”

“I feel great, I feel like my game is where it has been all year. I just haven’t been putting quite as well as I’d like.”

“The last couple of weeks, I just putted a little better.”

Scott Piercy was in second place at -5 under par, he carded a last round of even par 70.

World number one Jason Day has suffered the same type of last round malaise as Rory over in Europe earlier, Rory could only card an even par last round when in contention.

Jason was worse, with final round +2 over par 72, to finish tied in third place at -3 under par, with Jordan Spieth, -3 under 67 today, Matt Kuchar -4 under 66 and  Kevin Chappell with his last round -3 under 67.

Jason did not get a green in regulation over the last six holes, and he was disappointed with the outcome;

“Disappointed, but I’ve got to try and focus on what I did great this week, move on, and try and get better for the next one.”

WGC Bridgestone Invitational. Jason & Scott Share Top Spot.

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Jason Day & Scott Piercy share the top spot on the WGC Bridgestone Invitational leaderboard after 54 holes at Firestone Country Club.

Jason Day only hit three fairways in his third round, but still managed to shoot a 1-under 69. (Ryan Young/PGA TOUR)

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Jason carded a third round -1 under par 69 at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational to share top spot with Scott Piercy, -3 under par 67 today. Both have tournament totals of -5 under par.

A mental driving error cost Jason, it went right and kept going right, he likened it to a scene from Caddyshack, eventually his putting saved him;

“That came out of nowhere, it wasn’t just down the right. It was way right.”

“I think it’s more of a mental thing when it comes to those ones because when you’re sharp and you’re on your game and you’re hitting it great, you don’t miss them that far.”

“I felt like Mr. Haverkamp out of ‘Caddyshack’ trying to find his golf ball and not knowing where the golf hole goes.”

“The short game saved me, but mentally I was just trying to grind and grind and grind.”

“Because I thought if I can just somehow get something in and give myself an opportunity for tomorrow.”

“It’s very easy, hitting the positions I hit it today, to sit there and go, `Well, it’s just not my day or not my week’ and kind of switch off a little bit. But didn’t want to allow myself to switch off mentally.”

 “Days like this, they just happen sometimes.”

 “You just have to somehow get it done, and fortunately for me I holed a lot of good, quality putts out there.” 

Scott knows he can compete at this level, he just needs to do it consistently;

“I know I can do it, it’s just doing it on a consistent basis like a Jordan or a Jason and those guys.”

David Lingmerth holds third place at -4 under par, a third round -1 under 69 keeping him in the hunt for the title. He said he felt comfortable playing alongside the World number one;

“Saturday of a big golf tournament, playing with the World No. 1, and I felt comfortable all day.”

 “I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”