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.

The Barclays. Bubba Bowling Along, Jordan Spieth Slumps.

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Bubba Watson is still bowling along at the top of The Barclays leaderboard, but Jordan Spieth slumps.

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Bubba shot a second round of -2 under par 68, for a -7 under par total, which could have been better except for the intervention of an over zealous rules official, warning him for taking too long over just one shot. Bubba had watched as Jordan’s approach shot to the 16th green  rolled back some 100 feet off the green. He naturally decided to take some extra care, but the official hurried him with a warning, and he rushed the shot, leading to a bogey. How crazy has golf become, warning a golfer over one shot in a complete round.

He spoke to reporters afterwards, and mentioned he would be looking forward to the next crazy ruling;

“I told them, `I’m not mad at anybody about the bad time.’ I went over the time, which is the right ruling.”

“It’s just on a hole like that, one of the toughest holes we’ve ever played besides 2011 when we played the same pin placement, it’s very difficult.”

“But yeah, I’m very happy about my round.”

“I’m excited where I’m at. I made the cut and I’m in the last group. Hopefully, I’m here talking to y’all tomorrow about something else crazy that happened.”

There are four players tied in second place at -6 under par, Tony Finau, Henrik Stenson, Zach Johnson and Jason Dufner.

Jordan Spieth missed the cut, and lost out on a chance to play the weekend here, he was penalised a shot for stepping on his ball while searching for it. The decision did not make a lot of difference, finishing at +7 over par, he missed the cut by five shots. And that means Rory McIlroy, who isn’t playing this week, returns to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking;

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“I’ve reached that peak already and I know it’s going to be close enough to where if I just get the job done next week, I’ll be back in that ranking.”

“But again, that ranking, it’s great once you reach it but it’s not something that I’m going to live or die on each week.”

“I’m definitely searching for answers.”

 

The Memorial Tournament. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are the two players tied at the top of the Memorial Tournament at Jack’s place, Muirfield Village.

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The defending champion Hideki Matsuyama and Bo Van Pelt opened the Memorial Tournament with -8 under par 64, to share the first round lead.

Hideki said he just found some magic overnight;

“To be honest with you, up until yesterday I was not hitting the ball very well, I was not chipping very well, I was not putting very well.”

“I don’t know what happened overnight, but I just caught magic.”

“To be honest with you, when I made the turn at four under, I was just trying to hold onto four under”

“And then to make a couple more birdies, it was a real bonus.”

“It’s a really good second-shot golf course. That plays into my strength.”

Bo Van Pelt hails from Richmond, Indiana, which is only two hours away from Dublin, Ohio. He has been coming to Jack’s place since he was a child;

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“Richmond is literally the first town when you cross the border on I-70.”

“I think anytime you come to a golf course where you’re excited to be there, I think that that has a lot to do with it.”

“I don’t get to see my family from Indiana, my sisters and my mom and dad very often. And they always come over. So it’s just a fun week for us.”

“Other than the Masters, this tournament means more to me than any one I’ve ever played.”

 “So it’s always good to play well around a place that means a lot to you.”

Jason Dufner and Russel Knox are tied in third place at -6 under par, two shots off the lead.

Tiger Woods in his long-awaited return to golf shot a +1 over par 73, he spoke about the barren winless streaks, which always ended with long successful streak, he is confident it will happen again;

“I’ve gone through phases like this, rounds like this, where yeah, it’s easy to revert back and go ahead and hit some old pattern.”

“But it doesn’t do you any good going forward. And I’ve done it. Sometimes it’s taken me about a year and then it kicked in and I did pretty good after that.”

“If you believe in it, do it. And eventually it will start turning.”

“And when it turns, I’ve had periods where I’ve played good for four or five years, where I’ve won close to 20 tournaments in that stretch.”

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