Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Brian Stuard Gets Maiden PGA Tour Win.

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Brian Stuard gets his maiden PGA Tour win at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans  beating Jamie Lovemark on the second hole of a playoff on Monday.

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At the conclusion of 54 holes, shortened tournament due to the terrible weather conditions, three players were tied at the top of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans leaderboard.

Brian Stuard, -3 under 69 today Jamie Lovemark, -4 under 68 and Byeong-Hun An, -7 under 65, they all had 54 hole totals of -15 under par.

Play-off hole was the par five eighteenth, where Byeong-Hun An was eliminated at the first round with a bogey six.

Brian won at the second time around with a birdie 4, to Jaimie’s par 5.

Brian said he was not playing so well;

“I wasn’t playing great. I was just kind of, I don’t know; hanging around.”

“I kind of hung in there all week. I just didn’t get too ahead of myself and just stayed real patient, and it paid off.”

Jaime was a bit miffed at missing out;

“I feel good, not too disappointed.”

“Just a little bummed, but moving on to next week.”

There was some great play going on further down the field with Bobby Wyatt finishing in fourth position after carding -8 under par 64, which included two bogey’s. He was  just one shot off the play-off places and could have won, but three-putts for bogeys on the par-3 14th and par-4 15th cost him dearly;

“I certainly haven’t been in this position a lot, so I think probably some of it is nerves.” 

“I found out I can play with these guys.”

World number one Jason Day, -6 under 66 today,  finished up tied for fifth place with Chris Kirk, -7 under 65, both at -13 under par, and Jason just wanted another round;

“I just wish it was 72 holes, at least I gave myself an opportunity to be around the leaders.”

 

 

RBC Heritage. Luke Leads at Harbour Town.

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Luke Donald leads the RBC Heritage tournament at Harbour Town Golf Links.

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Luke shot a third round -2 under par 69 to top the RBC Heritage leaderboard with a -7 under par total, and will take a one shot lead into tomorrow’s final round.

Luke is looking  to end his hard-luck history at Harbour Town, having five top-three finishes without a win;

“I think it’s a bit dangerous to say a place owes you.”

“I can’t sit back on my heels.”

“Certainly, I’ve knocked on the door many times. I’d love to put that tartan jacket on tomorrow.”

Jason Kokrak, -3 under par 68 today, and Charley Hoffman, even par 71, share second place, that one shot back at -6 under par.

Charley let it all slip late in the day, carding two bogey’s on final two holes. He said he needs to dig down and come up with something special;

“Hopefully, I can reach down deep, I know I’ve done it before.”

Patton Kizzire holds fourth spot at -5 under par, he carded an even par round of 71.

World number one Jason Day signed for a +8 over par 79, making five bogeys in a six-hole span, even though he felt there was a good score to be had on the day;

 “I felt like there was a good score out there today if you hit it in the right spots.”
 “And unfortunately, I just kept missing it in the wrong spots.”
Boeing, showed off another of its 787 Dreamliners to the RBC Heritage crowd.
 
The sleek aircraft glided along the 18th hole over Calibogue Sound before leaving.
It’s the fourth time the company, the presenting sponsor of the tournament, has showcased its aircraft with a flyover.
This display was pretty tame compared to the barrel roll the Boeing company did with 707 when it first appeared on the scene.

RBC Heritage. Three Tied at the Top.

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There are three players, Jason Day, Kevin Chappell and Charley Hoffman all tied at the top of the RBC Heritage leaderboard after two rounds at Harbour Town Golf Links.

Jason Day hits a tee shot on the 11th hole during the second round of the 2016 RBC Heritage. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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Jason, Kevin and Charley share the RBC Heritage lead at -6 under par, giving them a one shot advantage going into the weekend.

Kevin and Charley had -3 under par 68’s today, while Jason carded -2 under 69.

Kevin has yet to win, and has contested 151 PGA Tour tournaments, but said his game is on the up;

“I’m still on form and really excited to be here and really excited about where things are at.”

“I think I’ve been a little aggressive in the past at Harbour Town.”

“But I feel I have a better formula this year, a little more simple.”

“It’s no secret that I play my best golf when I’m really enjoying and smiling, and I think having family here and getting away from the game helps kind of forget that you’re here on a work trip.”

Luke Donald, even par 71 today,  was tied for the first-round lead after a -5 under 66, opening effort, he is now a stroke back of the leaders at -5 under, tied in fourth place with Russell Knox, -5 under 65 today and Patton Kizzire -3 under 68.

New professional on Tour,  Bryson DeChambeau is having fun out on the course, but would like to putt better. He shot -4 under par 67 in the second round and has a tournament total of -3 under;

“It was a fun day out there, again, missed a couple of putts and a couple momentum shifts on 17 and 18.”

“I made that 6-footer on 17, par on 18. The round may have ended with a deep number.”

“Trying to get my speed a little bit better.”

“I three-putted somewhere out there, I can’t remember what hole, it’s a blur to me right now.”

“But I’ll definitely be working on that again going into the weekend. If I get a couple of putts to drop I’ll be right there.”

WGC Dell Match Play. Jason Day Delivers.

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Jason Day  delivers as he wraps up another titlethe  WGC Dell Match Play at Austin County Club, in Texas.

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  Jason took care of business, beating Louis Oosthuizen 5&4 in the final of the WGC Dell Match Play competition.

Jason won despite suffering from a sore back;

“I just kept on rolling from last week, and even with a sore back this week, obviously it gradually got better and better, but I’m just really, really pleased with how I played.” 

“I really enjoy this golf course, it was such a pleasure to play here. I’ve never been here before. And I’ve thoroughly enjoyed Austin.”

“But just set up so beautifully, it didn’t matter where the wind was coming, because we had southerly and northerly winds.”

“And when you have the short game on, especially around here, you can definitely go low. I’ve been working very hard on that short game and on the greens I just felt like I could hole anything.”

Louis admitted Jason is in front of everyone at  the moment;

“He’s definitely at the moment a few steps ahead of everyone.”

To end a not so good week for Rory McIlroy, Rafa Cabrera Bello beat him for the Consolation Cup,  3 and 2.

Rory was still upbeat about his progress;

“I said coming into this tournament, if I play three rounds or six rounds or even seven rounds match play, feeling like you’re in contention every time you step onto the match tee is a great feeling and is something you cannot replicate in practice.”

“So the week has been very positive overall.”

“I wish I could have been able to get one more win under my belt but I’m really happy with my game going into Augusta.”                       

WGC Dell Match Play. It’s Jason and Louis in the Final.

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Jason Day and Louis Oosthuizen will contest the final of the WGC Dell Match Play at Austin County Club, in Texas.

Day, Oosthuizen advance to finals  Oosthuizen, Cabrera Bello advance

                                                     Jason and Louis / Getty Images

 

Jason pipped Rory 1 up to get to the final, where he will now face Louis Oosthuizen. Jason is  for his second Match Play title, having won in 2014 under the previous single-elimination format.

Louis defeated Rafa Cabrera Bello 4&3 and will contest the final against the new World #1 Jason Day.

Louis played steadily in the wind today

“It was windy again today so the course played a bit different. I don’t do anything spectacular.”

“I lost a bit of focus on 8 and 9. I was pretty solid on the day. I’ve been watching the match carefully and I know I need to play really well this afternoon.”

“I felt it was a day where Rafa wasn’t at his best today, so I needed to make sure I made pars and not give anything away like 8 and 9.”

 

 

WGC Dell Match Play. Semi-Final Match Ups.

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Rory and Jason advance through to the semi-finals tomorrow, where the are           matched up, competing for a final spot at Austin County Club.

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 ” It’s been a long week, I played 55 holes in three days coming into today, and then to go all the way with Zach, it was nice to get a couple of holes off.”

“I played very well this afternoon. I think it’s the best I’ve played all week, and obviously the score reflects that.”

“I feel like each and every day I’ve improved a little bit.”

“I think I made six or seven birdies out there this afternoon. I made a couple of mistakes and gave a couple of holes away, but for the most part I was very pleased with how I played.”

” Even if tomorrow doesn’t quite go the way I want it to, I feel like I’ve still made a lot of great strides forward this week.” 

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“It’s been a bit of an up and down week, especially emotionally. It’s been quite amazing to be able to start the week and not really thinking I’m going to be able to play with what happened Wednesday.”

“And turn around I’m No. 1 in the world on Saturday. It’s a strange feeling. I’m glad I stuck it out.”

Rory and Jason face each other in the semi-finals tomorrow.

Louis Oosthuizen 2&1 over Dustin Johnson.

Louis said he had had a good day playing some good golf;

“It was a good day for me. I had two tough matches today.”

“I was focused quite a bit this morning and waited to give myself a good opportunity to have a shot against Jordan.”

“And then this afternoon, you know, a little bit probably more relaxed and played some good golf.”

Rafa Cabrera Bello 2&1 over Ryan Moore.

Rafa put his victory down to masking some clutch putts;

“Obviously it was a hard day. He’s a great competitor. We both played good, I think. It was tough out there with the wind, also.”

“On my behalf, I think that the difference was I just holed a few clutch putts and hit really good wedges into the greens, gave myself birdie chances and I made a few of them.”

Rafa will now face Louis in the semi-finals.

 

WGC Dell Match Play. Last 16 Results.

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Rory and Jason advance Jordan falls.

Rory McIlroy knocked off Zach Johnson in 18 holes on Saturday. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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 Chris Kirk 3&2 over Bill Haas.  Rory McIlroy  up over Zach Johnson  

Brooks Koepka 1 up over Matt Kuchar.  Jason Day 3&2 over Brandt Snedeker

 Rafa Cabrera Bello. concession by Byeong-Hun An.   Ryan Moore 4&3 over Patton Kizzire  

Dustin Johnson 3&2 over. Patrick Reed.   Louis Oosthuizen 4&3 over Jordan Spieth