Wyndham Championship. Kim in Control.

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Si Woo Kim has a four shot lead at the top of the Wyndham Championship leaderboard after 54 holes at Sedgefield County Club.

Si Woo Kim fired a 6-under 64 in the third round in Greensboro. (Kevin Cox/Getty Images)

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Si Woo followed his record breaking second round -10 under 60, with a -5 under 65 today at the Wyndham Championship, increasing his lead at the top to four shots with a -18 under par tournament total;

“I think tomorrow is much pressure, but I’m just trying to keep confidence. That’s it.”

“I feel very good now. My shots like much more consistent. Only problem have pressure.”

” I’m experienced before like Alabama in Barbasol, that’s good experience. Good for tomorrow.”

“I feel like really pressure because first time, first time I lead third round, but start very good, first hole and second hole start birdie.”

 “But after little pressure, I felt little better.”

Rafa Cabrera Bello is in second place on his own at -14 under par, he also carded a third round -5 under par 65. He especially likes the greens, they help to roll the putts in;

“The greens are brilliant.”

“You play good and give yourself chances you will roll putts and that’s what I’m going to try to do tomorrow.”

A blast from the recent past, Luke Donald, -6 under 64 today, shares third place at -13 under par, along with Kevin Na -3 under 67 and Jim Furyk, who sunk a 60 foot putt for Eagle on the 15th, and then ruined it with bogey on the last two holes, finishing with a -3 under 67 round.

Jim was disappointed with his finish, but happy with his overall position for tomorrow;

“Had it rolling and then missed the fairway at 17 and I missed the fairway at 18 and the rough here doesn’t allow you to hit a ball.”

“It’s hard to control. I’m disappointed with the two bogeys.”

“Overall, still some good position with the tournament. Need to get over that and play a good round tomorrow.”

Luke also struggled with the rough off the fairway, but did recover for par;

“I hit a poor tee shot left and had to chip out.”

 “I had a good number with a little wedge, stick it to that pin. Would have been disappointing to drop one there after playing so well for the rest of the round.”

 

 

 

Wyndham Championship. Si Woo Kim Leads.

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Si Woo Kim, of South Korea, leads the Wyndham Championship after two rounds at Sedgefield Country Club, as darkness once again brought proceedings to a premature end.

Kim's 60 catapults him to second-round lead

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Si Woo has a -12 under par total after two rounds of the Wyndham Championship, which puts him on top of the leaderboard. A fantastic second round of -10 under par 60 quickly elevated him into the lead, it could have been a 59.

Good iron play and better putting were key, he spoke about aggressive play on the last for a chance of 59;

“My irons and putting game is much better,much more putting practice last week.”

 “That’s better, just putting.”

“Tee shot aggressive, yesterday, hit 3-wood, but today just try to hit driver.”

“Hit driver and then missed left. Just tough, tough lie and tough pin.”

“I’m trying before like 10 yards, 15 yards landing, but almost hit the green landing. Putting, really fast down grain and just trying to make par, but almost close there.”

“Not so much celebrate today. After this week, play good, I celebrate.”

“I’m not thinking too much like for later and win, just trying today my putting, my shot.”

“That’s it.”

Four players are tied in second place, two shots back at -10 under par, Kevin Na, -3 under 67 today, Hideki Matsuyama and Jim Furyk both had -6 under 64, and Lucas Glover, who had a chance of scoring -11 under 59, but three putted the final hole for a -9 under 61.

Kevin is pretty happy with his position on the leaderboard;

“I’m in good position for the weekend.”

“Keep attacking those flags and we’ll see.”

Lucas also missed a last-minute putt, his was for a 60, he settled for -9 under 61, maybe the seven week break he had has something to do with it;

“I kind of lost of concentration a little bit, got eaten up in the moment and kind of just wasn’t focused.”

 “My fault, stupid, but it happens.”

“Five weeks of playing, little golfed out.”

“Wanted some family time and took some family time and just had a situation with my father-in-law couple weeks ago, so withdrew from the Travelers Championship.”

“He’s doing better, so here we are.”

Jim, who shot a 58 last week, was surprised at the low scoring today;

“I’m a little surprised how low the scoring is.”

 “The fairways are pretty firm. They’re extremely quick, have a lot of slope in them.”

“If you get the ball in the fairway, it’s playing short, the ball is rolling. I can see guys hitting lot of wedges. I’m still shocked we had so many guys going that low.”

Importantly the top 125 in the FedExCup standings will qualify for The Barclays next week at Bethpage Black, so a good finish is urgently required by some players.

 

 

 

Travelers Championship. Jim Furyk Shoots Historic 58.

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Jim Furyk shoots an amazing historic 58 at TPC River Lands.

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Jim  set a PGA TOUR low round record carding a 58 in the final round of the Travelers Championship, he said making history was a phenomenal event, dreams do come true;

“There’s a lot of rounds by a lot of great players ahead of me that have never reached 58, so to hold that record alone right now, on the PGA TOUR at least, is phenomenal.”

 “To have a little, small place in history is something you dream of.”

“I’m still a little stunned and a little flabbergasted.”

“In this game you catch a little tip here, a little tip there, and you make a few good swings, and that momentum can switch pretty quickly.”

“It doesn’t ever feel like it, but when it happens, it’s a lot of fun.”

For the statisticians Jim  hit all 18 greens in regulation and had a putt for birdie on every hole, except for the par four third. He didn’t need one there because he holed out for an eagle with a wedge from 135 yards.

U.S. Open. D.J Does It.

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 D.J. Dustin Johnson finally does it as he wins his first Major, the U.S. Open.

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U.S. Open Champion, Dustin Johnson 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dustin shot a final round -1 under par 69, and posted a -4 under par total to win the U.S. Open, his maiden Major title;

“It feels good, feels really good, feels well deserved.”

“I’ve had a lot of opportunities that I didn’t quite get it done. So this one’s definitely really sweet.”

“I knew I was swinging well, and I just kept thinking, it’s just me and the course, I’m playing against the course. I can’t control what anyone else does.”

“So I just tried to hit golf shots, tried to hit it on the correct side of the hole, and two-putt.”

Shane Lowry started the final round with a four shot lead, but spectacularly slumped with a last round of +6 over par 76. He finished the tournament tied in second place with Jim Furyk, -4 under par 66 today, and Scott Piercy -1 under today, all at -1 under for the tournament.

Only four players finished under par, with Sergio Garcia, even par 70 today and Branden Grace, +1 over 71, sharing fifth spot at even par.

Lee Westwood played alongside Dustin in the penultimate group, the part time golfer proving that you cannot just turn-up and compete for four rounds at Major tournaments. Maybe after today’s dismal last round effort of +10 over par 80 he will consider paying the tour regularly.

WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Shane Lowry Lifts The Trophy.

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Shane Lowry lifts the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational trophy at Firestone Country Club,

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A delighted Shane Lowry won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational with a bogey free final round -4 under par 66, to post a -11 under par total, which no one could catch.

Shane thought about lifting the trophy while sipping his morning coffee at Starbucks, he did not tee off until 2 pm;

“You just think about lifting that trophy on the 18th green.”

Then when I’m in a good frame of mind, I let myself do it, and I give myself a little slap in the face and say, right, you need to get back to work, back to doing what you do best.”

“It’s fairly special to go out and do that and such a good feel to shoot a bogey-free 66 on the golf course like that.”

“I know it will stay with me now for the rest of my career, and hopefully I’ve got a long career ahead of me.”

He spoke about the pieces of luck that came his way today, definitely outrageous, in an Irish kind of way, first on the 10th and the second on the final hole.

For the 10th he said;

“I was quite lucky because I got a drop, and the drop actually took me back onto a little bit of an up-slope, which meant I could get the ball in the air quicker, and I could end up clearing the tree pretty comfortable.” 

And the 18th;

“I was just going in there praying that I could get it down there on the green.”

” It actually had a pretty horrific lie. It was sitting down in a hole. It was almost like someone had stood on it, but it was where the crowd was walking.” 

““I was trying to get it on the front right of the green but pulled it a little bit, it went through the tree and the rest is history.”

Both of these miraculous escapes ended in birdies !!!

In second place at -9 under par was Bubba Watson, he also carded a -4 under par 67 for his last round.

Jim Furyk and Justin Rose tied for third position, at -7 under par for the tournament.

Jim lamented his poor play for the last two day’s;

“I’ll go out and say, not only didn’t I hit it well, I hit the ball very poorly the last 27 holes.”

“I was covering up with putts early in the week. And under the gun, it got me a little worse on the weekend. We’ve got some work to do.”

Justin blamed the putter for his bad day on the greens;

“I played half decent today, it’s no problem.” 

“The early three putt made me tentative with the putter. Even around the turn, I had a great chance at number ten for birdie and three putted. 

“I had a great chance at 11 and a great chance at 12.”

“I did enough tee to green, but even the putter was under pressure on the tee to green play. So it just stems from that.”

 

 

WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Jim & Justin Joint Leaders.

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Jim Furyk and Justin Rose are joint leaders of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational after 54 holes at Firestone County Club.

 

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Justin shot a bogey free third round -7 under par 63 to join Jim at the top of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational leaderboard at -9 under par. Before Justin suddenly came alive he had gone 30 holes without a birdie, that all changed today;

“I guess that shows it just evens out, really, if you can stay the course and stay patient, kind of believe that you’re going to get your run eventually.”

“Yesterday, when I shot 71, I actually played really well, not much different to today.”

“I drove it just as well yesterday as I did today, which is obviously the key to setting up a good round of golf around here.” 

“It just didn’t happen really yesterday.” 

“But I came into today with a belief that I was still playing well and probably made the adjustment mentally that possibly I was giving the course a bit too much respect yesterday.” 

“I haven’t seen a putt go in all week from outside eight feet, it feels like.” 

“So to knock that ball in on the last, it was a nice bonus for sure.”

Jim could not respond to the challenge, he carded a third round -1 under par on a day when nothing really went his way. Even when finding a rare fairway on the 18th, the ball ended up in an old divot, He did manage to save par at the last, and he is still there in position to finally win at Firestone;

“I felt pretty good about the round all in all, I felt like I struck the ball pretty well on the front nine. I drove the ball beautifully and hit a lot of fairways.”

“I had opportunities but didn’t knock in some putts that I probably could have or should have, and felt like the front nine could have been better. 

“But then on the back nine, I missed a bunch of fairways. I think, when I finally did hit one on 18, I was in a divot and an awful lie.”

“I finally hit a fairway and still couldn’t make a good swing at it. I really just kind of gutted it out and ground it out and made the best I could of the back nine.” 

“I really think I scored well to shoot level par and kind of held myself in the golf tournament.” 

“Where it felt like maybe I could have got a little more out of the front, I got a lot out of the back, and it probably all evened out in the long run.”

Shane Lowry has third position all to himself, a -3 under par 67 keeping him in sight of the leaders, with his -7 under par total.

There are four players tied in fourth position, at -4 under par, five shots in arrears, Steven Bowditch, Henrik Stenson, Bubba Watson and Ian Poulter.

Ian was another player who certainly made a move on moving day, shooting a third round -5 under par 65, to get himself into contention on the last day.

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Poults was happy with his fast start, carding birdie on three of the first six holes;

“I got off to a nice start today, which is just what I needed.”

Steve also got a good start to the day and carried it on to match Justin with a -7 under par 63 today;

 “The front nine was very much a struggle again with my golf swing. I felt uncomfortable, and I was stuck in some places.”

“Then I made a really good swing on 14. I hit a really good drive down there and created a feeling that I had the last sort of six or seven weeks.” 

“From there, I didn’t miss a golf shot. I hit it dead where I wanted to hit it basically. Hopefully, I can carry it into tomorrow.”

 

WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Furyk Fires Up Firestone.

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Jim Furyk fires up the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, taking the half-way lead in Akron, Ohio.

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Jim took control of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational posting another -4 under par 66 in the second round, to give him a four shot lead at the top of the leaderboard on -8 under par for the tournament.

Jim really wants to win here

“I would say that I’m disappointed I’ve never won here.  It’s one of my favorite courses we play.”

“Before I’d won at Hilton Head at 2010, that was a course. Colonial is a place I’d like to win. Riviera, here, all really good classic golf courses.”

“So I’m disappointed, but to have like a chip on my shoulder or — no.”

“It’s another year and opportunity, and we’re only halfway. Just go out, and I’m going to try to do the same things this weekend and not really look at the leaderboard that much and go try to shoot under par every day.”

“I felt like I was moving in the right direction today.”

Sharing second place, those four shots back are Bubba Watson, Shane Lowry and Dustin Johnson, all at -4 under par.

Bubba and Shane carded -4 under today while Dustin added one shot his total with a -3 under round today.

Bubba and Dustin were all over the course, and Shane played more conventionally.

Yesterday’s leader Danny Lee slumped to a +2 over par 72 and dropped into a tie for fifth place with Graeme McDowell and Henrik Stenson, at -3 under par for the competition.

There is no cut in the World Golf Championships tournaments so even the guys right at the bottom of the table get to play the weekend, just get some practice in, for there is no way to catch the leaders.

Today the golf world said goodbye to Louise Suggs, the founder of the LPGA, and a Hall of Fame member. Louise reached the grand old age of 91.

In other news, Rory McIlroy has his name of the start sheet for the U.S. PGA Championship at  Whistling Straits. He is due to tee off with Masters and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth and British Open winner Zach Johnson.

Rory has posted a video of him hitting a driver, with the caption;

 “Feels good to hit the driver again.”

Seems like a big gamble, apart from swinging and hitting, it is a long walk round a Major golf course.