Tournament of Champions. Two Tied at the Top.

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Two players are tied at the top of the Tournament of Champions leaderboard after 36 holes at the Plantation Course in Hawaii, Marc Leishman, Australia and Brian Harman, USA, share the honor.

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Marc was bogey free today with his -4 under 69, while Brian carded -5 under 68, which included two bogey’s, to join him at the top of the Tournament of Champions leaderboard at -10 under par for the two rounds completed.

Marc likes to win;

“I don’t really need to change anything. Certainly, going to play to win.”

“I mean that’s what we are here for and after last year getting a taste for it, it would be nice to do it again as soon as possible.”

“It would be nice to just keep playing the way I’m playing and hopefully seal up the TOUR Championship earlier so you can go into the FedExCup Playoffs not thinking about getting into the TOUR Championship, you’re thinking about winning tournaments.”

World #1 Dustin Johnson, USA, holds third place at -9 under par following his second round -5 under par 68, and he is happy with the way he is playing;

 “It sets up well. It’s windy, so you really have to strike the ball well.”

 “I think that’s a big factor out here, especially with all this wind. You hit solid shots, you can control it and you can hit some good ones. It’s the miss-hits when the wind’s blowing this hard that can really take it way off-line.”

“So I feel like I strike the ball very well and I control my distance pretty well. And it’s a lot of feel around here. You hardly ever hit full shots, I feel like. So I kind of like it.”

Three players then share fourth spot at -8 under, Pat Perez, and Chris Stroud, both recording 7 under 66 today, and both from the USA, they are joined by Jhonattan  Vegas from Venezuela, he signed for a second round -3 under par 70. 

Pat was upset at a couple of mistakes he made today;

 “Stupid double on eight, that pissed me off.”

“Didn’t make a birdie on nine, which sucks.”

“Didn’t realize I shot six under on the back.” 

“I still can’t believe what’s transpired in the last 17 months, but I’m just trying to enjoy every day of it. I’m having a blast.”

 

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Tournament of Champions. Marc Leishman Leads 1st Round.

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Marc Leishman leads the Tournament of Champions after the 1st round at the Plantation Course in Hawaii.

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Marc shot an opening round -6 under 67 to lead the Tournament of Champions by one shot, on a very windy day in Hawaii.

Marc is used to the wind, coming from the coastal town of Warrnambool in Australia;

“Every day it was windy down there. It would be a calm day down there and I wouldn’t know what to do and would play terrible,”

“Just basically every round of golf I played until I was 15 was in a really strong wind.”

“I just didn’t know any different and it actually took me some time when I got over here to find my feet when it wasn’t windy.”

Sharing second place at -5 under after rounds of 68 are Brian Harman, USA, and Jhonattan Vegas, from Venezuela.

Brian was bogey free on the day;

“Whenever you get to count on your birdies, you’re doing something good, especially in tough conditions.”

“I’m very happy with it. Did I expect it? Most rounds I don’t go bogey-free, so I did not expect it.”

“But you have to dial it back just a little bit on days like today to make sure that you stay in play and I was able to do that.”

World #1 Dustin Johnson is tied in fourth place with Rickie Fowler, both from the USA and Si Woo Kim, South Korea, all three at -4 under par with rounds of 69.

Dustin had a poor day with the putter;

“Definitely missed some putts, but I felt like I hit good putts, just didn’t have quite enough speed and lipped out a few on the low side.”

 “But other than that, it was really solid.”

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The Northern Trust. World #1 DJ. Wins Play-Off.

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World #1 DJ wins The Northern Trust title, in a play-off against Jordan Spieth at Glen Oaks Club in New York.

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Dustin and Jordan finished The Northern Trust tournament tied at the top pf the leaderboard with -13 under par totals. The advantage swung backwards and forwards during the final round, with Dustin carding a bogey free-4 under 66, while Jordan signed for -1 under 69.

Dustin said he has his game back, his tee shot on the first play-off hole the par four 18th carried the lake, to everyone’s amazement, the TV guys thought he had just pulled it and it heading for trouble. It landed in the middle of the fairway just 94 yards to the pin, not bad considering the hole measures 475 yards. A one putt birdie to win, much easier that the last time he played it in regulation, his tee shot ending in the rough, a chip out and an approach that left him a difficult putt, which he needed to make for par to make the play-off, as Jordan was in close for his par putt;

“It was nice in the playoff here, the wind kind of switched and I could cover the water. It was a little bit easier coming in with a sixty degree wedge on 18.”

I feel like the game is finally back in form like it was before the Masters.”

“I feel like I’ve got it back on the right track. I feel like I’m swinging well again.”

“It was a lot of fun, Jordan is a great player. It was a tough day, but I feel like, even on the front nine, I hit the ball really, really well.”

“A lot of great shots and a lot of good looks at birdie. Hit a lot of good putts. Just didn’t go in.”

“But I did make it when they counted there on 18. It was down a little, breaking right-to-left, and felt like it wasn’t going to turn but finally went in.”

Jordan despite starting the day with a three shot lead said he did not lose the tournament;

“I didn’t lose the tournament, he won it.”

“I thought that was a fun show, I was hoping it wasn’t going to be that much fun.”

Jhonattan Vegas and Jon Rahm shared third place at -9 under par.

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The Northern Trust. 4-Way Tie at the Top

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There is a 4-Way tie at the top of The Northern Trust leaderboard at the end of day two at Glen Oaks Club in New York. Jhonattan Vegas, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth share the honor.

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Rickie, -4 under 66 today, Jordan, -5 under 65, Dustin, -1 under 69 and Jhonattan, -5 under 65, all share The Northern Trust lead at -6 under par for the tournament.

Jhonattan has other things on his mind, like  Hurricane Harvey heading towards his home;

“It’s hard. It’s hard not being home, not being able to help with the house and with everything.”

“I think I’m a little bit fortunate that we live up north in The Woodlands, and historically, by the time hurricanes come into Houston, it takes a little longer to get into Houston.” 

“Obviously it’s something that it’s going to be in the back of my mind for the next few days.”

Rickie has been very consistent driving, but not as long as DJ, but good putting makes up the difference;

“I think the biggest thing is it continue to drive it well to give myself a legitimate chance this week and continue to make putts. Stuff that I think I’ve done well all year.”

“I would say there are some holes, certain carries and stuff like that, that open it up for DJ a little bit but by no means does that mean I can’t go out and beat him.”

DJ is feeling fine now after injury;

“I’d have liked to play better in the majors.”

“Getting hurt before Augusta, which is going right into the major season, didn’t really help, especially for the momentum and how good I felt like I was swinging, and everything was going in a really good direction.”

 “But I feel like I’ve got it back on the right track. I feel like I’m swinging well again.”

Close behind these guys, at -5 under are Bubba Watson, -2 under 68 today, and Matt Kuchar, -6 under 64.

The leaderboard is still tightly packed, and anyone could make a significant move on Saturday.

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RBC Canadian Open. Vegas Defends Title, In Play-Off

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Jhonattan Vegas defends his RBC Canadian Open title, beating Charlie Hoffman in a play-off at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Canada.

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Jhonattan had a -7 under 65 last round to top the RBC Canadian Open leaderboard, but Charlie, the third round leader made a birdie at the last for a -4 under 68, and to join him at -21 under par for the tournament.

Jhonattan, Venezuela then birdied the first play-off hole, the par five 18th, to secure his hold on the Trophy, but he was lucky with his approach to the green;

“When I heard the clip, because obviously I didn’t see it, I knew that it was probably going to go in the water, because I didn’t know exactly how hard it hit it.”

 “But then when I saw the ball in the air, it was still going really hard and forward.”

“It’s been a special day, I knew that I had to shoot a good round today to have a chance to win again.”

“I just came out with an aggressive mentality, just feeling really good about my game. “

“When I started making a few birdies, especially the putt for birdie on seven, I started feeling the same chills that I felt last year when I won, and I just knew that something good could happen if I kept that going.”

Charlie, USA, had a horrible putting day

“I gave myself a chance, except I putted horribly today and left everything short.”

“Jonny played great today. All credit to him.”

“It’s always tough after you don’t close the deal after having the lead.”

 “Seventeen, I hit a great putt. Actually thought I made it.”

“That green was a little burned out. Thought I made that putt on 17.”

“Eighteen, I hit a good putt. Sixteen, is the one I want back, right in the jaw strip, didn’t get there.”

A resurgent Ian Poulter, England, was in third place, a final round -8 under par 64 leaving him just one shot short of a play-off, at -20 under. He had a great day with the putter;

“The best thing I did today was start holing a few putts.”

“I played good golf today. I gave myself a lot of chances.”

“I’m going to rue a couple of chances out there on the golf course, 13, 16, where I felt I had opportunities to add to my under-par tally.”

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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.

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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.”