Memorial Tournament. Jason Had A Duff 3rd Round, But He Recovered To Win.

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Jason Dufner may have had a duff 3rd round, but he recovered to win the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village.

Jason Dufner seals win in dramatic fashion at the Memorial

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Jason carded a final round, after weather delays, of -4 under par 68 to pick up the Memorial Tournament trophy from Jack Nicklaus.

After that 3rd round 77 Jason had dinner with Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas, just to unwind;

“I didn’t want to leave the course angry.”

“I think it was good for me, here’s been times where I’ve kind of gone; fallen in and out of love with golf, to be honest with you, as a professional.”

“It was good to be around those guys, they’re excited. They’re passionate. They’re working hard at it. They want to play good. They’re hungry.”

“They want to win tournaments.”

“I’ve always been a fighter, especially since I’ve turned professional.”

 “Doing this hasn’t come easy for me. There’s been a lot of struggles and a lot of setbacks.”

“I didn’t come straight out of college and play the PGA Tour.”

“It took me almost ten years to get out here. Took me another two after that to win and actually get to where I felt comfortable.”

Anirban Lahiri, India,  -7 under 65 today, and Rickie Fowler, -2 under 70, were tied in second place at -10 under par. Unfortunately for Anirban the second place finish did not qualify him for the U.S. Open.

Rickie said it was matchplay between him and Jason at the end, and the putting counted;

“It comes down to somewhat match play at that point.”

“You expect your opponent to make the putt. But from 30 feet there on the last hole, that was a pretty solid putt.”

“To see it go in, he earned it, making a birdie on 17. And he got the job done.”

Anirban decided to relax this week and enjoy his golf;

“I’ve been pretty harsh on myself. I’ve beat myself up pretty bad, and coming into this week I just decided to be nice to myself and go out there and enjoy my golf, which I found wasn’t happening as often as it should.”

“I think I putted really well. And that’s been probably the scratchy part of my game. “

“Once I got that confidence, I wasn’t putting that much pressure on myself to hit it every time.”

Memorial Tournament. Daniel Summerhays has the Advantage, Jason Dufner in Reverse.

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Daniel Summerhays has the advantage going into the final round of the Memorial Tournament, as Jason Dufner went into reverse in the third round at Muirfield Village.

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Daniel Summerhays

Daniel carded -4 under 68 in the third round of the Memorial Tournament to post a -13 under par total, and a three shot lead.

Daniel is aware of the perils on this course;

“A train wreck can happen at any moment, and that’s why it’s such a great golf course because it does test everything.”

“Legitimately from the first hole to the 18th hole, there’s a double bogey somewhere in there.”

“Whatever happens is going to happen, honestly, that’s Muirfield Village.”

Matt Kuchar holds second place at -10 under par, a -5 under 67 today helping him up the leaderboard.

Matt summed up his excitement about being in contention;

“Sundays when you have a chance to win a golf tournament are very exciting.”

“Any time you have a chance on the PGA Tour it’s a thrill.”

Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial Tournament, it’s certainly a special place. I think anybody within four or five or six shots of the lead is going to be awfully excited going into tomorrow.”

Three players are tied in third spot, Bubba Watson -4 under 68 today, Justin Thomas, -3 under 69 and the reversing Jason Dufner, +5 over par 77.

Jason was up front about his play today;

“Today was pretty pathetic on all accounts, so have to play better tomorrow.”

“The tournament is not over, it will be over tomorrow.”

Memorial Tournament. Jason Dufner Flying High.

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Jason Dufner is flying high at the top of the Memorial Tournament leaderboard at Muirfield Village, and will take a five hot lead into the week-end.

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Jason shot another -7 under 65 in the second round of the Memorial Tournament at Jack’s Place, to sit comfortably on top of the leaderboard at -14 under par, with better putting;

“When you’re not holing putts, it puts more pressure on every part of your game.”

“You feel like you have to get your irons closer, take more chances from time to time.”

“You feel like your chipping and your pitching has to be perfect so you can make pars when you need to.”

“You feel like your lag putting has to be good if you’re not holing putts. It can manifest itself into something you don’t want out there.”

“To be honest, tomorrow is another day, I’m working on my breathing.”

“We’ve got two more rounds to go. We’ll see how the course changes if the wind picks up, gets running fast, it plays different. We’ll just see.”

“If we get some showers like they’re talking about it will be soft and be a little bit more scoreable.”

Daniel Summerhays is in second place, those five shots back at -9 under par, a second round -3 under par 69 giving him that place on his own.

Rickie Fowler carded -6 under par 66 to claim third spot at -8 under par for the competition.

Memorial Tournament. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the Memorial Tournament leaderboard after round 1 at Muirfield Village, Jason Dufner and David Lingmerth.

Jason Dufner had a solid day at the office Thursday, hitting 17 greens in regulation and making 8 birdies. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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Jason and David both opened at the Memorial Tournament with rounds of -7 under par 65, to lead the competition by one shot.

Jason is looking to put four good rounds together here, it is all about his breathing;

“I can put a couple of rounds together here.”

 “But I’m looking for more than that this week. Hopefully, we can keep it going for four.”

“It’s been working, it’s been working all year.”

“Some days I do it better than others. Today, I was really focused on it.”

David won here two years ago

“Obviously, having won here it brings back good memories.”

“And the other years I’ve played here, I’ve always loved it.”

“I haven’t really contended all the way until Sunday those other years, but I’ve always felt good about this place.”

“I feel confident out here. I roll the ball really well on the greens.”

Third place is occupied by Jordan Spieth and Daniel Summerhays, both at -6 under par 66 today.

Jordan was feeling good all day;

“I felt like I scored the way I played today.”

“I got an awesome break on my third hole today, No. 12. I didn’t have much of a chance to stop the bunker shot unless it hit the pin and it dunked.”

“That saved me a couple of shots. I figured it could be a good day when your off shots you’re making birdie on.”

RBC Heritage. Double Eagles Ease Jason Dufner to the Top.

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Double Eagles ease Jason Dufner to the top of the RBC Heritage leaderboard after 54 holes at Hilton Head Golf Links.Dufner flies into RBC Heritage lead

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Jason carded -6 under par 65, helped by those two Eagles, to top the RBC Heritage leaderboard at -13 under par, after 54 holes. The difference in his play is down to not coming into the tournament with any expectations;

“That really gets in the way of playing well to be honest with you.”

 “So I think I maybe learned a little bit from the champion last week, where he kind of lowered his expectations, and got out of his way, so to speak, and let his talent and his game plan take it from there.”

“I feel like this golf course has always been a good set up for me.”

“I haven’t had amazing results here, but I’ve been pretty consistent. We’ll see how it goes tomorrow.”

Graham DeLaet, from Canada, holds second place at -12 under par, he shot a third round -2 under 69, he said a PGA Tour win is the only thing missing from his CV;

“Obviously, this is the one thing that’s kind of missing.”

“So there’s going to be some battles, inside,  that I’m going to have to deal with.”

Sharing third place, at -11 under par are Kevin Kisner, -5 under 66 today, and Webb Simpson, who signed for -3 under 68.

Ian Poulter is in fifth  spot at -10 under par, he managed -2 under 69 today to stay in touch with the leaders. Ian is playing here  on a medical extension, and needs to earn $145,000 of 117 FedExCup points over the next two weeks to enable him to keep his playing privileges intact. He’s in good spot right now as fifth place pays $260,000.

RBC Heritage. Luke & Graham Share Lead

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Luke Donald, England, & Graham DeLaet, Canada, share the RBC Heritage lead after 36 holes at Harbour Town Golf Links.

Donald, DeLaet surge to the top

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Luke and Graham share the RBC Heritage lead at -10 under par at the half-way stage on Hilton Head Island.

Luke chipped in for a birdie on the iconic 18th, the Lighthouse hole, to put himself in position to go on and win. that gave him -4 under 67 on the day;

“I’ve been in this position before and I’ve got to go out there and be aggressive and make some birdies.”

 “Certainly playing for pars won’t get it done out there.”

Graham made a chip in Eagle 2 at the par four ninth, he also carded -4 under 67 today;

“We couldn’t see the bottom of the pin, but there was reaction from the crowd so we figured it was in.”

Ian Poulter, -3 under 68 and Webb Simpson,-3 under 68, both share third position on the leaderboard at -8 under par.

Ian is playing on a medical exemption, and needs a good finish here to remain on the PGA Tour;

“I’m playing golf like I really don’t care, to be honest.”

“I’ve had to work on clearing everything out of my mind to go play good golf.”

A group of five players are at -7 under par for the tournament, Bud Cauley, Pat Perez, Jason Dufner, Nick Taylor and Sam Saunders.

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.