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.

Farmers Insurance Open. Justin Rose Tops The Leaderboard, As Tiger Misses Cut.

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Justin Rose tops the 36 hole Farmers Insurance Open leaderboard at Torrey Pines in California, while Tiger Woods misses the cut, on his return to Tournament golf.

Justin Rose made one last birdie to end the day at 8-under through 36 holes to secure the lead at Torrey Pines. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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Justin shot a second round -1 under par 71 on the South Course to stay on top of the Farmers Insurance Open by one shot at -8 under par, putting was a problem;

“I was going along really nicely today. I think I hit my first ten greens in regulation, I was playing lovely.”

“Things were going really well. Felt like I was in control.”

“But this golf course gets tough as you turn back into the breeze there on 14, 15, 16, it felt like, and this is probably just more just my perspective than anything, but it felt like as we turned into the wind the greens got bumpy, too.”

“So it felt like coming in it was even hard to see pars coming in.”

“Everyone’s played both courses now and now we get to play the bruiser for the next two days. So you just want to basically put yourself within a shot.”

“I actually think the cut mark is incredibly low for two days around here. Pretty much everyone who’s made the cut is still in the golf tournament.”

“It’s a golf course you’ve got to stay patient on. You’ve just got to hit good golf shots. You can’t really fake it around here so it’s just about continuing to play well.”

Adam Hadwin is still hanging on to Justin’s coattails, -1 under 71 on the North Course today giving him -7 under for the tournament. He shares second place with Brandt Snedeker -3 under 69 on the South today.

Brandt spoke about his strategy for the course;

 “There’s definitely a lot of strategy involved. Guys don’t think that there is. They think they should have to hit every fairway and that’s not the case.”

“So I did a great job today of missing it in the right spots to give myself a lot of good opportunities to save pars when I had to.”

“There’s birdie holes out there, you’ve just got to wait for them to come and not force it around here.”

A sad Tiger Woods was not the only big name casualty to make an early exit at the Farmers. He was joined by World #1 Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, the PGA TOUR player of the year, Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker.

Tiger spoke to the media after his miserable exit;

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“It’s frustrating not being able to have a chance to win the tournament.”

“I didn’t make the cut. Overall, today was better than yesterday. I hit it better. I putted well again. I hit a lot of beautiful putts that didn’t go in, but I hit it much better today, which was nice.”

“We fixed a few things while playing today, which was nice.”

Tour Championship. Three Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a three-way tie at the top of the Tour Championship leaderboard at the end of round one at East Lake Golf ClubDustin Johnson, Kevin Chappell and Hideki Matsuyama all shot opening rounds of 66.

Despite this being his first trip to East Lake, Kevin Chappell fired an opening round 66 and sits in a three-way tie for the lead. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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Kevin, Dustin and Hideki have a one shot lead at the top of the Tour Championship leaderboard on day one at -4 under par.

Kevin could only play nine practice holes on Tuesday, because it was too hot;

“Why don’t we just treat it like it’s a normal week, I’ll play my pro-am tomorrow, and so I did that.”

“Today I had really good ball control, I think you can play anywhere with that.”

“I need to play 72 holes like I played the front nine here,  probably not take my foot off the gas like it appeared on the back.”

“I felt like I gave myself a lot of good opportunities. The ball didn’t go in the hole.

“But I felt like I stuck to my process and did everything right.” 

Dustin said he had played well at the last two tournaments

“I just hit the ball really well at both of those.”

 “They were tough golf courses. This one, they’re kind of similar as far as toughness-wise.”

“You’ve got to hit it really well around here.”

“I felt like I was really relaxed out there today, I’ve got a lot of confidence in the game right now.”

“So I’m looking forward to this week and seeing how good I can play.”

Tied in fourth place at -3 under par, after rounds of 67 are Kevin Kisner, Si Woo Kim and World number one Jason Day, who has a niggling back injury.

In the next group at -2 under are Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Paul Casey and Jordan Spieth.

Rory was happy to be where he is;

 “I like being in the position after Saturday of last year, being in the last group.”

“That’s obviously the position we want to be in.”

“It’s easy to sort of remind yourself there’s such a long way to go; 72-hole tournaments are long.”

“A lot of things can happen. A lot of holes to play.”

“I was four over through three when I won in Boston a couple of weeks ago.”

Jordan mentioned that win by Rory;

“I look at what Rory did at Deutsche Bank.”

 “He was three over through four holes and ends up winning by a couple of shots at 18 under.”

“I feel if I play really solid golf here,  and it doesn’t have to be perfect golf, I can shoot 8 under on this golf course. I have no doubt.”

“It fits me really well. I feel like I have an advantage here. I knew if we could get it back to even par and in the red for the day after the first two holes, that would be really special and we’d still have a chance to win.”

BMW Championship. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the BMW Championship leaderboard after 36 holes at Crooked Stick Golf Club. Dustin Johnson broke the course record to join Roberto Castro, both with a commanding lead over the field.

Johnson races into the weekend

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Dustin carded a bogey free, record breaking -9 under par 63 to join Roberto, -7 under 65 today, at the top of the BMW Championship leaderboard at -14 under par. They will take a three shot advantage into the weekend.

Dustin used a new putter to great effect;

“I was just struggling to get the ball to come out on the line I was seeing.”

“No matter what I did, how much I practiced, training aids, whatever. It just wasn’t working. So just decided to switch it up.”

“I feel like I’m rolling it well. The irons could still need a little bit of work, I’m not hitting those quite as good as I would like to, but it’s getting there,”

Roberto is not too worried about the extra length of his nearest opponent;

“I think if you look at the TOUR, it sure helps to be long, but the guy who is striping it usually wins.”

 “A couple of my best weeks have come on really long golf courses.”

“It always helps to be long, but really the best player that particular week will win.”

“You play great, get a chance to win, you have to finish it off.”

“If you’re shooting for third or fourth, you’re probably not going to win.”

Paul Casey shot -6 under 66, to be those three shots back at -11 under par.

Rory McIlroy, even par today, Jordan Spieth also even par 72 and World number one Jason Day, -5 under 67, are all in the big tie for 19th place at -4 under par for the tournament.

 

 

BMW Championship. Roberto Castro Leads.

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Roberto Castro leads the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club as play was suspended for the day due to darkness.

Castro leads at Crooked Stick

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Roberto, with his -7 under 65 opening round sits  on top of the BMW Championship leaderboard, as play was suspended due to darkness, an earlier rain storm had caused a delay;

It’s huge, it really is, I would love to be back. “

” It’s an awesome way to end the year.”

“I do better on tougher courses sometimes, it kind of snaps me into focus. And Pete Dye courses, there’s just a lot of shots where it’s do or die.”

“What a difference it makes if you’re pushing downhill instead of uphill.”

“I struggled getting it in play. For a year, it seemed like I was always two over through four holes. You can’t play from there.”

 “More fairways mean more birdie looks and less stress.”

Brian Harman holds second place, a first round -6 under 66 a good way to respond from the nightmare 77 of his last round Monday at the Deutsche Bank Championship, when he was very much in contention;

“Monday was really hard for me to swallow.”

There are three players tied in third place at -5 under par, Dustin Johnston, Jason Dufner and Chris Kirk all shot 67.

Last weeks winner Rory McIlroy is doing well again, -3 under par thru 10 ten holes. There was an amusing moment on the first tee for World number one Jason Day, as he was introduced as Jordan Day, he broke into a smile and accepted the cheers from the gallery anyway.

Round one will resume tomorrow at 0800 local time.

The Barclays. Reed Leads.

 

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The Barclays

 

Patrick Reed leads The Barclays after 36 holes at a very tough Bethpage State Park, Black Course, in New York.

Reed leads at The Barclays

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Patrick fired a second round -3 under par 68 to lead The Barclays 50th anniversary event at  Bethpage Black with a -8 under par tournament total;

“It’s just like a major, you go into these Playoff events, they are so important because there are 2,000 points for a FedExCup.”

“You win a major, you get, I think it’s 600. So you know at this point, you have four events, you have to play some really good golf.”

“I feel like I’ve been trending in the right direction. I feel like the game’s been solid. I just need to get it all clicking.”

“It’s golf. You have guys that are going to win in years and you’re going to have guys that aren’t going to win in years.”

“I think this year has been a lot better than last year and the previous years on consistency.”

“That’s a big part that I’ve been working on is to make sure I keep myself into golf tournaments. Not go out and win an event here, and then miss two or three cuts and finish 50th, 40th.

“It’s about consistency; consistently getting in contention, consistently having chances to win.”

“If I keep doing that, I will at some point break through and win hopefully a couple in a row, not just one.”

Rickie Fowler and Emiliano Grillo, both carding -2 under 69 today are tied in second place, two shots back at -6 under par.

For Rickie, it’s all about the mustache;

“I have confidence in myself and my mustache.”

“Let’s have some fun. Something different. Trying to get some MoJo going in the Playoffs.

Ryan Moore, who triumphed at the John Deere, scored a second round -3 under par 68, to hold 4th spot on his own at -5 under par;

“I just feel better this time of year than I have in the past.”

 “A little bit more rested and kind of enjoying playing golf a little bit more.”

“Sometimes I’ve hit this point and I’ve been really worn out and kind of over it a little bit.”

“I can’t hit 7-irons out of this rough, for me it’s all about fairways and give myself opportunities from there.”

“That’s all I’m thinking about right now is getting to the TOUR Championship, because that’s the only way you can win the FedExCup,”

Jordan Spieth started his round with a double-bogey, but came back to card -4 under 67 on the day and is now handily placed just four shots back of the leader at -4 under for the competition, sharing that place with a host of other players, including World number one Jason Day.

Jordan spoke about his indifferent start, in the words of his caddie;

“Let’s find the fairway here, get into rhythm and pretend that didn’t happen.”

 “He said, let’s get two birdies before the turn. Re-setting a goal there, is really key for me to get my mind away from what happened and look forward.”

 

 

 

The Barclays. Two at the Top

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The Barclays

There are two players tied at the top of The Barclays tournament after the first round at Bethpage Black, in New York. Patrick Reed and Martin Laird share top spot at -5 under par following rounds of 66.

Patrick Reed's 5-under 66 in Round 1 of The Barclays was good enough for a share of the opening-round lead. (Chris Condon/Getty Images)

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Patrick, bogey free today and Martin also bogey free are tied at the top of The Barclays after carding -5 under par 66 in round one at Bethpage Black.

Patrick is winless this year, but sits at #8 position in the Ryder Cup standings;

“Of course it’s on my mind, but really at the end of the day, it’s just trying to get better and play this tournament, because if I play well, that means those other guys are going to have to play even better to try to catch me.”

These guys are followed by four players on -4 under par, all with opening rounds of 67, Rickie Fowler, Kevin Chappell, Emiliano Grillo and J.B. Holmes.

Rickie wants to make the Ryder Cup team for the U.S.A.;

“That’s the No. 1 priority coming into the year.”

“I’d say that’s always one of the main goals coming into a Ryder Cup year.”

“Even in the off year, you’re thinking about it. That was the whole reason playing last week, trying to get more points.”

“It would be nice to have a chance to make that team without having to get picked.”

J.B. has been searching for a putting inspiration, and thinks he may have found it;

“It was really good, had to stay calm today and tried to let go of the results.”

World number one Jason Day is in touch with the early leaders, a first round -3 under 68 has him T7.

In the huge group who finished the day at even par 71 were, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Bubba Watson.

Jordan said Bathpage Black was one of the toughest courses had played;

“It’s up there in the top few toughest courses I’ve ever played.”

“If they made the greens firm today, it would have been unplayable on a few holes.”

“It was very tough, challenging, but fair today. We just had it really, really tough in the afternoon with those winds so high.”