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 Hahn

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.”

 

 

Genesis Open. Weather in Control, Round 2 Suspended.

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The inclement weather is in control of the Genesis Open, as round 2 was suspended on Friday, at Riviera Country Club. They could have named it River Country Club.

A flash flood watch along with high winds forced the suspension of play Friday at the Genesis Open. (Bill Cooney/PGA TOUR)

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Sam Saunders, who has yet to tee it up in round 2 and Jhonattan Vegas, who is -3 under through 14 holes were sharing the lead at -7 under par, when the heavy rain and wind caused play to be suspended during round 2 of the Genesis Open,  with only 24 players having completing Round 2.

Los Angeles is not known for excessive rain but the city and Riviera Country Club were expecting one of its biggest and nastiest  storms in years.

Mark Russell the PGA TOUR VP of Rules and Competition had this to say to waiting reporters;

“It’s going to get nothing but worse as you can see. So my thought and the staff’s thought was let’s get the spectators and the players out of here and somewhere safe and we’ll see what we do tomorrow.”

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Jordan Spieth made a move before the suspension, carding -3 under through 16 holes, to be at -5 under for the tournament and T4. Getting the putting speed right in the wind was crucial;

“Last week actually was great prep for it because we played through conditions like this that first round so it was just about trying to stay patient.”

“Things aren’t going to always go your way on a day like today.”

“Actually rarely are they going to go your way. So try and pick your spots on the easy holes and then from there hit putts with the right speed and make it as stress free as possible.”

“It’s obviously easier said than done. But very pleased with 3-under on this round. I didn’t think I could get much more out of it.”

RBC Canadian Open. Jhonattan Vegas Victorious.

 

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Jhonattan Vegas was victorious in the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Canada 

Vegas wins RBC Canadian Open

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Jhonattan won the RBC Canadian Open with an amazing final round -8 under par 64, carding birdies on his last three holes, posting a tournament total of -12 under par.

“It’s never easy, I won on my second start as a rookie, I really thought it was going to be a little bit easier right after that.”

“But it’s been five tough years with injuries to kind of get your momentum back to win golf tournaments.”

“It’s incredible. There are a lot of emotions running through my head right now. I’m super excited. It’s incredible from where I started this year, not having full status on tour.”

“Knowing that it was going to be a really tough year, I think was a great thing for me, because it made me realize how much I loved being here and how much harder I had to work to get back here.”

Three players tied in second place at -11 under for the competition, Jon Rahm -5 under 67 today, Martin Laird, -5 under 67 and Dustin Johnson continuing his recent good form, -3 under par 69 in the final round.

Top Canadian player was the amateur Jared du Toit, who could only manage a last round -1 under par 71 to finish T9 with a -9 under total.

Quicken Loans National. Jon Rahm Leads.

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Jon Rahm leads the Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club, in his first start as a professional. The first round stared two hours late because of rain, and was brought to an early end due to darkness.

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Jon Rahm

Jon the latest wonder kid from Spain  fired an opening round -7 under par 64, in his first tournament as a professional player, at the Quicken Loans National.

Jon did not remember any decent shot or putt he made during his inaugural professional tournament;

“I was anticipating this moment.”

“I’m working on it a long time that I kind of blacked out a little bit.”

“I don’t remember a single swing I made all day or any putting stroke or anything. I just remember the ball flying or rolling.”

He was the only amateur to make the cut last week in the U.S. Open, and spoke about the advice given to him there by Jack Nicklaus;

“What he told me is to just never do more than what I can do.”

 “Try not to risk too much. And that’s certainly something I did today.”

In second place at -6 under par is Jhonattan Vegas after his fist round 65, he said good tee shots were a bonus today;

“On this course you had better drive it well in the fairway and it’s a bonus if you can drive it long and straight.”

“Put it in the fairway and greens being a little softer than normal, you can play a good round today.”

Eight players are tied in third place at -5 under par, including Ernie Els who won the 1997 U.S. Open at Congressional.

Ernie told reporters he had no problem remembering every shot;

“Winning a major at a special place like Congressional, playing here again, you just keep thinking back on shots.”

 “Almost every single hole there’s a moment back in ’97 where we can remember still.”

“I felt comfortable with my swing this week.”

 “I’ve had a very tough year. I haven’t played very well, so I need to start playing well.”

Ernie has not fulfilled his great potential, the turning point being the sailing injury to his left knee in 2005, time is now not on his side.

 

Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Washout, Reduced to 54 Holes and Monday Finish.

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Brian Stuard and Jhonattan Vegas share the partial third-round lead at 13-under par over the saturated TPC Louisiana course. The event has now  officially been reduced to 54 holes and a Monday finish.

Monday finish likely in New Orleans

Brian -1 so far and Johnny-2, for -13 under totals, have completed just five holes of the now final round in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Bobby Wyatt is currently in third place at -12 under par, just one shot back, Bobby is -6 under par through nine holes of the last round.

Jamie Lovemark is fourth, even par in the third after five holes, with a -11 under par total.

Last weeks winner Charley Hoffman is in contention again, he is in the big bunch at -10 under par, Charley has finished fourteen holes of his final round.

FedEx St Jude Classic, McIlroy Leads after 36 holes.

 

MEMPHIS, TN - JUNE 08:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his tee shot on the par 3 8th hole during the second round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind on June 8, 2012 in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Rory McIlroy put his recent troubles behind him as he shot a second round -5 under par 65 to lead by one stroke after 36 holes, at the FedEx St Jude Classic at TPC Southwind, Memphis, Tennessee. Rory’s tournament total is -7 under par, hot on his heels at -6 under par are three players; J.B. Holmes, who had the best round of the day, a -6 under par 64, Jeff Maggert, one of the first round leaders. Joining them at that mark is Kevin Stadler, who matched Rory’s round of 65 for the day. Rory was full of confidence after his days work;

“You know, it was a really, really good round of golf out there today. I saw a lot of positive signs with my ball-striking. Hit a lot of good iron shots and drivers. So that was something that I was really working on the last couple of weeks and feels like it’s coming together for me. So excited to be in this position going into the week. Could have been even better, could have made eagle on 16, but, you know, to finish strong the way I did was great and it gives me momentum going into tomorrow. It’s nice to see my name on that part of the leaderboard. It’s not nice when you’re struggling to make the cut on a Friday afternoon. It was great. It’s nice to be through to the weekend, obviously. It’s obviously even nicer to be leading and have a great chance.”

J.B. Holmes was pleased with the way he had played;

“I just kind of hit everything. I wasn’t knocking pins down, but I hit them in there pretty close. Made a couple 6-footers, but I putted well. I was hitting it 15, 20 feet and making some putts.”

The other first round leader John Merrick, is now two shots off the lead after his second round score of -1 under par, 69, for a two round total of -5 under par.

There are a host of players at -4 under par for two rounds, including Rory’s playing partner Padraig Harrington who scored another -2 under par round of 68.

Notables missing the cut are, last years champion Harrison Frazar with a two round score of +11 over par.Graeme McDowell, who had another horrendous round to finish with a +8 over par total. David Duval and Jhonattan Vegas both finished with +6 to miss the cut.

Zach Johnson also missed the cut with a two round total of +4 over par, a poor effort by his high standards. Colombian Camillo Villegas at +3, and Robert Karlsson at +4.