WGC Dell Match Play. Day 2.

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Day 2 of Group Play at the  WGC Dell Match Play tournament has been completed at Austin Country Club.

Rory McIlroy will face Kevin Na in a Group 3 showdown of unbeatens on Friday. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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Todays Results

Group 1

Jordan Spieth 5&4  over Victor Dubuisson. Justin Thomas lost 2 up to  Jamie Donaldson

Spieth 2-0, Dubuisson 1-1, Donaldson 1-1 Thomas 0-2, eliminated. Jordan in control,

Group 2

Jason Day 5&3  over Thongchai JaideeGraeme McDowell Halved with Paul Casey.

Day 2-0-0, Jaidee 1-1-0, Casey 0-1-1, McDowell 0-1-1. Jason in control, Thongchai Jaidee can force a playoff with a win. Paul and Graeme eliminated.

Group 3

Rory McIlroy 3&1 up over Smylie Kaufman Thorbjorn Olesen lost 3&2 to Kevin Na.

McIlroy 2-0, Na 2-0, Kaufman 0-2, Olesen 0-2 Its Rory verses Kevin, the winner will advance.

Group 4

Bubba Watson 2 Up over Emiliano GrilloPatton Kizzire Halved  with J.B. Holmes.

Watson 1-0-1, Grillo 1-1-0, Kizzire 0-0-2, Holmes 0-1-1. Bubba needs a win over J.B. If he loses then just about anything could happen !!

Group 5

Rickie Fowler Halved with  Scott Piercy.   Byeong Hun An 2 up over Jason Dufner.

An 1-0-1, Dufner 1-1-0, Piercy 0-0-2, Fowler 0-1-1. Byeong needs a win to advance, other wise its complicated.

Group 6

Adam Scott 3&2 over Chris Wood.   Bill Haas 4&2 over Thomas Pieters.

Haas 2-0-0, Scott 1-0-1, Pieters 0-1-1, Wood 0-0-2.  Bill must get a  win or tie. Adam must defeat Bill to advance Chris and Thomas eliminated.

Group 7

Justin Rose Halved with  Anirban Lahiri.  Fabian Gomez Halved with Matt Kuchar 

Rose 1-0-1, Kuchar 1-0-1, Lahiri 0-1-1, Gomez 0-1-1. Justin and Matt face off for the win. Fabian and Anirban eliminated

Group 8

Dustin Johnson 5&4 over Kiradech Aphibarnrat.  Jimmy Walker 4&3 over Robert Streb.

Johnson 1-1-0, Walker 1-1-0, Aphibarnrat 1-1-0, Streb 1-1-0.  This one is wide open, anyone could win.

Group 9

Patrick Reed 4&3 over Matthew Fitzpatrick.  Phil Mickelson 1 up over Daniel Berger.

Reed 2-0, Mickelson 2-0, Fitzpatrick 0-2, Berger 0-2. Phil and Patrick face off, Daniel and Matthew eliminated.

Group 10

Danny Willett lost 3&2 to  Billy Horschell. Brooks Koepka 5&4 over Jaco Van Zyl.

Koepka 2-0-0 Horschel 1-1-0, Willett 0-1-1, Van Zyl 0-1-1. Lots of permutations but baically Brookes just needs to win.

Group 11

Branden Grace 4&3 over  David Lingmerth.  Russell Knox 2&1 over Chris Kirk. 

Knox 1-0-1,Grace 1-1-0, Kirk 1-1-0, Lingmerth 0-1-1. Chris needs a win to advance, the only certain thing here is David has been eliminated

Group 12

Hideki Matsuyama 4&2 over Soren Kjeldsen.  Rafa Cabrera Bello 4&3 over  Kevin Kisner.

Cabrera Bello 2-0-0, Matsuyama 1-1-0, Kisner 1-1-0, Kjeldsen 0-2-0. Raphael  will advance with a win or tie, otherwise its also complicated.

Group 13

Ryan Moore 1 up over Sergio Garcia . Lee Westwood 1 up over  Marc Leishman.

Moore 1-0-1, Garcia 1-1-0, Westwood 1-1-0, Leishman 0-1-1. Ryan needs to beat Lee, again the certain thing is Marc has been eliminated.

Group 14

Zach Johnson 8&6 over Martin Kaymer.  Marcus Fraser Halved with Shane Lowery 

Johnson 2-0-0, Kaymer 1-1-0, Lowry 0-1-1, Fraser 0-1-1. It’s between Zach and Martin, Marcus and Shane have been eliminated.

Group 15

Brandt Snedeker Halved with Danny Lee.  Charl Schwartzel 3&2 over Charlie Hoffman.

Schwartzel 2-0-0, Snedeker 1-0-1, Lee 0-1-1, Hoffman 0-2-0. It’s between Brandt and Charl, Danny and Charlie eliminated

Group 16

Louis Oosthuizen 2&1 over Bernd Wiesberger.  Andy Sullivan 3&1 over Matt Jones.

Oosthuizen 2-0, Sullivan 2-0, Wiesberger 0-2, Jones 0-2. Andy and Louis could advance, Matt and Bernd eliminated.

WGC Cadillac Championship. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the WGC Cadillac Championship at Doral after the first round. Scott Piercy and Marcus Fraser share top billing.

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Scott and Marcus carded first rounds of -6 under par 66 at Doral in the WGC Cadillac Championship, to lead by one shot.

Scott spent eight hours on the range practicing yesterday, and explained it well;

“There was a lot, I just wasn’t getting behind the ball very well.”

“I wasn’t getting into my backswing at all. I was kind of faking it. I couldn’t go through the way I wanted to.”

“We all know we’re trying to beat those guys week-in, week-out.”

 “They have proved it. I haven’t proven it week-in, week-out, but when my game’s there I’m pretty decent. We all know they are there.”

“They are looking at my name today. So maybe they will do it tomorrow.”

Marcus was happy to get off to a good start here at Doral;

“It’s obviously a great way to start, especially in a golf tournament like this and at a golf course as strong as this.”

“I’ve obviously got a lot of confidence from today.”

“My previous results at Doral haven’t been that great, but it is nice to get a good one early and hopefully build on that over the next few days.”

Phil Mickelson is in third place , that one shot behind at -5 under par after his opening round 67.

Phil is still learning the new layout, but is happy with the results;

“There is a bit of a learning curve on some of the contours and where you have to go and where you want to go and the best place to be.”

“It’s not like I came in here weeks before and mapped it out like a major. You’re here only the week of.”

“But this is our third year here now and it continues to get better each year.”

“It was a good day, I hit a lot of good shots, made some good putts and just drove it well, enjoyed the day. It was a good day.”

Tied in fourth spot at -4 under par are Adam Scott, Jason Dufner, Charley Hoffman and Danny Willett, shooting rounds of 68.

Danny played and putted well;

“It’s only my fifth tournament of the year so it is still early days, but it is nice to get a few good numbers on the board.”

“It was a good, solid day, I hit 16 greens and had 30 putts. You can’t really ask for much more around this golf course.”

Rory McIlroy could only manage an opening round -1 under par 71, I have tried to tell him that crossed handed putting is not the way to go.

CareerBuilder Challenge. Dufners Delight At Play-Off Win

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Delight lit up the face of Jason Dufner as he won the CareerBuilder Challenge, via a play-off, in California.

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Jason, pictured above, carded a final round -2 under par 70, to tie David Lingmerth at the top of the CareerBuilder Challenge at -25 under par. David had scored a marvelous -7 under 65 to get into the play-offs. Jason tasted victory with a par on the second extra hole, the par four 18th, on the Stadium Course.

Jason spoke about feeling one of the best players in the world, especially escaping from the rocks on the 17th to make par;

“This is the best Tour in the world.”

“So for me to win here this week, I felt one of the best players in the world.”

“I’m fortunate to be in this position, and playing good golf again.”

“I’m out here to win tournaments. It doesn’t matter when I won them or when the last time was, I’m showing up to win tournaments this year and play good golf every week.”

“It was tough today.”

David found the rough from the tee on the second play-off hole, and from there into the rocks and water;

“In the rough, didn’t choke up enough on the club, the grass just grabbed it a little bit, which makes the ball turn over.”

“It wasn’t a bad swing, just a mistake on my part.”

Three players tied for third place at -21 under, Andrew Loupe, Kevin Na and Phil Mickelson, all returning last round scores of -4 under par 68.

Phil was really happy with his progress;

“I’m excited, this is a really good week for me, for validation that I am on the right track.”

“It’s continuing to get better and better as the weeks, days, years go on, because I’m back on plane and the touch should start to come back.”

CareerBuilder Challenge. Jason Has Daylight at the Top.

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Jason Dufner has daylight between him and second place at the top of the CareerBuilder Challenge leaderboard in California.

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Jason carded a third round -8 under par 64 at La Quinta for a CareerBuilder Challenge total of -23 under par. He said he knew he was going to have a good back nine;

“I told the guys [his playing partners] that I was going to have a good back nine, that I was about to do something good and it happened.”

“When you start thinking like that, good things happen so that’s just kind of where my mindset is right now.”

“It helps when you are shooting 30’s and 29’s obviously, which I’ve done a couple of times this week.”

“I’m playing good. I’m not in any trouble, I feel relaxed out there. I never feel like this has to happen or that has to happen.”

“I’m just playing golf like you should.”

Jamie Lovemark is in second place, two shots back at -21 under after his -7 under par 65 at the Stadium Course.

Jamie was miffed to shoot seven under and still be behind;

“Obviously shooting seven under and remaining in second place is tough.”

“I figured Jason would go low, and some of the other guys too, so you know, put the pedal to the metal, keep going.”

Canadian Adam Hadwin holds third place on his own at -20 under, following his -8 under par 64 on the Tournament Course.

Adam said he had played well, with good golf shots and also putting well;

“Made a lot of good putts today, and hit a lot of good shots.”

“I’m swinging at it great, and have put myself where I can win a golf tournament.”

“I’ve been in this position before, back in 2011 I got in the final group at the Canadian Open.”

“Handled it very well, and had some success”

“It’s just going to be a question of handling the nerves and making sure those putts kind of keep hitting the lines.”

David Lingmerth is alone in fourth position, a -10 under par 62 on the Tournament Course elevating him up the leaderboard, he has a competition total of -18 under par;

“I was hoping to catch up and get a little bit closer than I am right now.”

Phil Mickelson, had a typical Phil round, holing a flop shot for birdie on the 10th, on the way to recording a bogey-free -6 under par 66 at the Stadium Course and finished in a tie for fifth spot at -17 under, in his first start since The Presidents Cup in October.

 

CareerBuilder Challenge. Jason Dufner Delight At Lead.

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Jason Dufner was delighted at having the 36 hole lead at the  CareerBuilder Challenge in California.

 

Jason Dufner has made 16 birdies and only one bogey through 36 holes at the CareerBuilder Challenge. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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Jason carded a second round -7 under par 65 on the Stadium Course in the CaeerBuilder Challenge, to post -15 under par for the tournament and sit nicely on top of the leaderboard going into the weekend.

Jason spoke of the challenges out on the Pete Dye course;

“It’s a difficult golf course.”

“There’s a little bit of room to play off the tee, but if you get off the path a little bit, you can get into some trouble.”

“He’s got some water out there. He’s got some tricky bunkers. You get some uneven lies here and there.”

“It’s definitely the most difficult of the courses we have played here.”

“The greens are of kind of difficult, they run on some angles and there’s some slope.”

“Any time I’m inside of 130 yards I feel pretty good, I had some really good numbers with my wedges, which helps.”

“I wasn’t in-between on too many of them. I could go ahead and hit a full sand wedge or a full gap wedge a couple times.”

Jamie Lovemark holds second place on his own at -14 under par after shooting -7 under par 65 on the Jack Nicklaus course, the very first time he had played it, but did admit to being tired when he came off;

“Got a little tired coming down the stretch, there’s some long rounds out here.”

There are five players tied in third place at -12 under par; the winner here in 2014 and 2015 Bill Hass, -6 under 66 (TC) Jason Gore, a wonderful -8 under 64 (TC) Canadian Adam Hadwin -6 under 66 (SC) Andrew Loupe -6 under 66 (SC) and from India Anirban Lahiri -4 under 68 (TC)

Phil Mickelson  posted -7 under par 65 on the Tournament Course and at T8 at -11 under par for the competition feels he is not out of it despite not being quite on form;

“I’m probably a week away, if I’m being honest.”

“But I’ve also won with a lot less game than I have right now.”

“I still expect to get in contention and have a good weekend, but a lot of iron shots are 12, 15 feet off.”

I suffer the same fate myself Phil, with the irons, I need a new set, but which ones? Sadly your old ones are no good, being the wrong way round.

Career Builder Challenge. Four-Way Tie at the Top

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There is a four-way tie in the first round of the Career Builder Challenge, Jason Dufner, Jerry Kelly, Jeff Overton and Anirban Lahiri share top honors in this two course challenge.

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Jason and Jeff  both shot -8 under par 64 on the The Nicklaus Tournament Course.  course, while Jerry and Anirban carded the same score on the La Quinta Country Club Course.

Jason came here before he went to the Sony Open and played both courses;

“I came out before I went to Sony and played these golf courses, both of them, twice.”

Jeff does not have good memories of the Tournament Course;

“I had very kind of sour vibes coming into this place, because I really like the ones we played last couple years.”

“I think I wound up playing 11 tournaments in a row my first year on tour and had to come back to Q-school.”

“I played here and I was so tired and hit it so bad. I just remember playing really awful.”

Jerry thinks the La Quinta course is the tough one;

“In the past, this has been the tough golf course.”

“So, it was strange just how the mindset changes when this becomes the so-called easier one and you have to get it.”

Anirban is still trying to get over the jet lag from travelling from Asia;

“Obviously, still feeling all the travel from coming from Asia, but really happy with the way I hit the ball.”

“I don’t think I missed a green all day.”

Sharing fifth place at -7 under par are Jamie Lovemark, -7 under at La Quinta and Colt Knost with the same score on the Tournament Course.

Defending champion Bill Haas and also the 2010 winner, shot -6 under at La Quinta, in this event which used to be the Bob Hope Classic.

Phil Mickelson returned to golf after a long lay off, carding -4 under at La Quinta, but he is still struggling with the putter;

“I’ve had a lot of time off.”

“It was fun to get back into the swing of it. We had a beautiful day here. Weather’s spectacular.”

“Golf course was great. I had a good solid round.”

“I felt good with my game, I didn’t feel like I was fighting it. I was able to kind of let it go.”

“I didn’t hit a lot of shots really close, I just hit it kind of OK. Didn’t putt great. But I had a couple of shots that I holed out.”

 

 

Franklin Templeton Shootout. Jason And Brandt Victorious

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Jason Dufner and Brandt Snedeker were victorious in the Franklin Templeton Shootout  at Tiburon Golf Club.

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Jason and Brandt carded a last, better ball round, of -11 under par 61, between them, to win the  Franklin Templeton Shootout with a -30 under par total.

Brandt spoke about their great team work;

“I just think we’re a great partnership.”

“When one of us was out of a hole, the other seemed to make a birdie or a putt or a chip and got us right back in it.”

“It worked out great, kind of one of those perfect weeks.”

Harris English and Matt Kuchar, who have finished first, second and second the past three years, shot a final round -9 under 63, for a -28 under total and placed second again.

In third position was Daniel Berger and Charlie Hoffman, with a -27 under total. A final round of -7 under 65 no way near good enough to challenge the leaders.