Career Builder Challenge. Landry Leads.

 

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Andrew Landry leads the Career Builder Challenge at the half-way stage in California.

Landry leads CareerBuilder

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Andrew carded -7 under par 65, another bogey free round, this time on the Nicklaus Tournament Course to top the Career Builder Challenge leaderboard with a -16 under par total, for the 36 holes played.

Tomorrow he faces the tough Stadium Course, with unfriendly weather forecast;

“I know it’s supposed to be blowing tomorrow, but I think I have really good control of my golf ball right now, so it shouldn’t be too big of an issue.” 

Special features of Pete Dye’s Stadium Course include more square footage of water than fairway, and more sand than putting surface.

Jon Rahm, Spain, holds second place, -5 under par 67 on the Nicklaus course today gives him a -15 under par total, just one shot behind the leader,  but Jon was not happy with the way he played today;

“I expected myself to go to the range and keep flushing everything like I did yesterday.”

 “Everything was just a little bit off. It was just one of those days.”

Jason Kokrak also played the Nicklaus course, carding -5 under 67 for a total of -14 under par, and third place on his own;

“I’ve given myself a lot of close opportunities.”

Two of the low rounds of the day went to Zach Johnson and Michael Kim, both went round the Nicklaus course in -8 under par 64, and share fourth place at -13 under with Martin Piller who carded -5 under par 67 on the infamous Stadium Course.

Zach keeps an eye on his stats;

“I’ve seen the numbers. I’m kind of a stat guy, because they don’t lie.”

“I’m seeing some things that I’ve never really seen before in my game, that’s encouraging.”

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Career Builder Challenge. Jon Rahm Shoots 62.


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Jon Rahm, Spain, shoots 62 on the La Quinta Country Club course to lead the Career Builder Challenge.

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Jon shot a bogey free -10 under par 62 to lead after the first round of the Career Builder Challenge, playing on the La Quinta course;

“La Quinta is really, really similar to Phoenix Country Club, which I played many times,”

“I’ve also shot ten under there, funny enough, and it’s just really familiar to what I’m used to playing.”

“Four years of college on these golf courses, it’s something you’re not going to forget, so just happy to start the tournament the way I did.”

“I was nine under last year in four days and I’m ten under today, so things have changed a little bit.”

Three players are tied in second place at -9 under par, Austin Cook, 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course, with Jason Kokrak and Andrew Landry with 63 at La Quinta.

Austin never knew how low he was during the round

“Honestly, I had no clue at how low I was.”

“I knew I was playing good golf and just wanted to continue.”

“Fifty nine never really crept into my mind all day, luckily, I think I would have probably put a little more pressure on myself, but I was just glad to put a good round in.”

“It’s a first round and hopefully it continues.”

The host course is the Stadium Course, best rounds there today came from Nick Watney, and Grayson Murray, -7 under par 65, both of them will play La Quinta tomorrow.

Grayson, who only needed 20 strokes from his putter today, spoke about Jon’s achievement today;

“I don’t expect to shoot sixty two around there like Rahm did today; he’s number three in the world for a reason.”

” It’s definitely gettable and some of the best greens we play on all year, so I’m looking forward to getting over there and hopefully continuing the momentum.”

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RSM Classic. Chris Kirk Leads.

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Chris Kirk leads the RSM Classic at Sea Island in Georgia.

Kirk out front at The RSM Classic

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Chris shot a first round -9 under par 63 on the Plantation Course at Sea Island to lead the RSM Classic by one shot.

Chris, who made Eagle at the last hole, used his putter well needing only 23 putts on his round today;

“It was fun seeing all of those putts going in.”

“That’s kind of what I’ve struggled with over the past year, and why I haven’t had the results I’ve come to expect.”

“So to have a day like today; hopefully I can make a bunch more of them.”

Joel Dahmen is in second place, with -8 under par 64, he also played the Plantation Course;

“Being out here last year helped a lot, I was kind of a deer in the headlights, honestly, for the first half of the year.”

“Seeing the courses, just being familiar out here is a huge thing.”

“I only played nine holes of practice rounds this week; I just felt like my game’s in pretty good shape.” 

Three other Plantation players are tied in third spot at -7 under par, following their opening rounds of 65; Jason Kokrak, Hudson Swafford and Brian Gay.

Nick Watney and Brice Garnett  are the top players who navigated the Seaside  Course carding -5 under par 65’s, to be in the group at T8.

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AT&T Byron Nelson. Hahn Has Lead.

 

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James Hahn has the lead after 54 holes in the AT&T Byron Nelson at TPC Four Seasons, in Dallas,Texas.

Hahn holds lead at AT&T Byron Nelson

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James shot a bogey free -6 under par 64 on Saturday at the AT&T Byron Nelson tournament, giving him a -12 under par total, and a one shot lead going into the final round tomorrow.

James is not fazed at leading into the final round, and will take tomorrow as just another day at the office;

“Tell me what my tee time is tomorrow and I’ll just show up.”

“You know, prepping for tomorrow I feel like is so hard. Sleeping on the lead, you can over think it and I just like to go home with my wife, our two-year-old daughter, watch some cartoons.”

“Just kind of keep everything low-key, casual.”

“For us, it’s just another day in the office.”

Billy Horschel has second place on his own at -11 under par, with a third round -4 under par 66.

Jason Day, with a brilliant -7 under par 63 today, and Jason Kokrak, who started the day with a five shot lead, and sadly finished with a +2 over par 72, share third place at -10 under par.

Jason sank five birdies in a row, and then rolled in a 60ft putt at the 17th, to complete a beautiful round of 63, which included a bogey.

AT&T Byron Nelson. Kokrak Leads, Spieth Leaves.

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Jason Kokrak leads the AT&T Byron Nelson tournament, while Jordan Spieth leaves, as he missed the cut at TPC Four Seasons Resort in Texas.

Kokrak surges at Byron Nelson

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Jason fired a second round -8 under par 62 to lead the AT&T Byron Nelson at -12 under par, and amazingly has a five shot advantage over the field going into the week-end.

Jason said good putting was the key today;

“With my game I don’t always hit it so good, which is frustrating.”

“Any time you can have no bogey’s on the card, is good for me.”

“I was happy today, made some really good putts, one great one to start the day, to start the tone.”

Billy Horschel is in second place, at -7 under par, after carding a – 5 under par 65 today.

World number one Dustin Johnson is T-3 at -6 under par shooting a second consecutive -3 under 67, sharing that position with Byeong Hun An, -4 under 66 today, Cameron Tringale, -2 under 68, Bud Cauley, -3 under 67, James Hahn, with even par 70, and Jhonattan Vegas, -2 under 68.

Jordan Spieth made a quadruple-bogey 9 at the par five 16th hole to miss the cut by one shot at +3 over par;

“Just kind of a fluke couple shots and fought hard. Had two really good looks in the last two holes and missed one to the right and one to the left.”

“Pretty disappointed at this point in time” 

AT&T Byron Nelson. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the AT&T Byron Nelson leaderboard after round one at TPC Four Seasons in Texas. James Hahn and Ricky Barnes have the honor.

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James and Ricky shot first rounds of -6 under par 64 at the AT&T Byron Nelson to top the leaderboard on day 1. James was bogey free while Ricky carded two bogeys on the round.

Ricky said of his round;

“I’m having signs of brilliancy, I just need to put it all together.”

James mentioned the difficulty in putting in the wind;

“Probably effected putts a couple of inches.”

“You really have to pick your timing, you really need to pick your timing when you want to hit the ball.”

“And trust your line.”

 

Tied in fourth place, two shots back at -4 under par are: Matt Kuchar, Jhonattan Vegas, Jason Kokrak and Cameron Tringale.

There is a huge bunch of players at -3 under par, including Jason Day, and World number one Dustin Johnson.

Jason spoke about the wind he encountered on the course today, and his not taking a drop when he could have;

“In this wind, I think everyone’s kind of scrambling.”

“I was not going to drop it all the way back onto the other side of the road.”

“It was just in long grass and I wouldn’t be able to flop it over. It was quite a simple shot. You just had to contact it correctly.”

 

 

RBC Heritage. Luke Leads at Harbour Town.

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

Donald seeks elusive victory

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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.