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.

Memorial Tournament. Justin Rose Has the Advantage.

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Ex Champion Justin Rose has the advantage at the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club, and will take a three shot lead into the final round.

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Justin separated himself from the field, shooting a third round -6 under par 66 to post a Memorial Tournament total of -15 under par.

Justin’s caddie, Mark Fulcher told him he liked their position going into this round;

“It kind of made me feel that there’s no panic, there’s no rush, you don’t have to force anything, just let it come to me.”

“And that’s the kind of round I played today. I didn’t force any hole. I didn’t force any shot.  But I hit the right shot at the right time which helped me build the score.”

“I was definitely feeling the pressure for a number of years to notch my first PGA TOUR victory, and it had become pretty elusive.”

” As time ticks on, it becomes harder and harder, so to finally do it and do it at a place like this and a tournament of this stature was fantastic.”  

“It definitely began to set me in a very good course, this tournament five years ago.”

“I felt excited about the Memorial and the U.S. Open, I felt excited about these weeks.”

“Now I’m in a situation where I want to win every year.”

“I’ve got that nice run going six years in a row with victories. Now there’s pressure to win every year, so you certainly don’t get complacent.”

In an International top three, Francesco Molinari and David Lingmerth share second place at -12 under par.

David kind of cooled off, carding an even par 72 third round, while Francesco kept up the pressure with -3 under par 69, in his first ever appearance here at Muirfield Village.

David said he lost concentration for a little while;

“I started missing a couple of shots and just kind of lost focus.”

“I got down on myself a little bit and I got a little frustrated.”

“Fortunately, though, I was able to turn it around here a little bit in the end.”

Jim Furyk is the highest placed American, alone in fourth place at -11 under par, a -2 under round keeping him in touch with the leaders. He hopes to pick the right places to be and play well tomorrow;

“There’s places to attack on this golf course and there’s places to play conservative, and I’m going to try to pick and choose those places tomorrow and hopefully do well.”

Tiger Woods totally imploded with his worst ever professional round, +13 over par 85 and  declined to speak to the media after his round.

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Phil Mickelson also stumbled along today, +6 over par 78, leaving him at +2 over par for the tournament.

It was not too long ago, when Tiger was number one, and every one assumed that when he slipped down Phil would naturally just step up take on the mantle of being the worlds best golfer. For one reason or another it just did not happen.

 

RBC Heritage. Fabulous Furyk Wins.

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Jim Furyk won the RBC Heritage with a fabulous final round at Harbour Town Golf Links.

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Jim shot a final round -8 under par 63, to get himself into a play-off for the RBC Heritage title at Harbour Town Gold Links, at -18 under par for the tournament.

Joining him on that final total of -18 under par was Kevin Kisner, who carded a final round -7  under par 64, which sent them into a sudden death play-off. Jim birdied the second extra hole, the par four 17th, to claim the win.

Jim said it was the perfect place to break his win drought, after nine unconverted win 54 hole leads;

“It’s been a little over four and a half years, to be exact, and I think that dropping that putt and getting excited on 17, there was a lot of pent-up frustration.”

“I can’t think of a more fitting place to kind of break that streak and get another win under my belt.”

“This is my favorite event. I love being here. And outside of winning another major championship, this is the perfect place to do it.”

“In 2010 when I won in Tampa, I said I was happy but I was more relieved, this week, for one reason or another it’s not really relief at all. It’s zero percent relief and 100 percent joy. It felt really good.”

“I’ve let so many slide by, I really kind of dug deep today, and I got it done.”

Kevin Kisner who had the shot of the day came as close on Sunday as any South Carolina native ever has in 47 years to winning the RBC Heritage, his home state’s annual PGA TOUR event, he tied with Jim after shooting a final round -7  under par 64;

“I knew the scores were going to be low, and I managed to shoot low.”

“But every time I looked up on the back nine, Jim was making another birdie.”

“You don’t expect a guy of Jim’s caliber to miss an eight footer straight up the hill.”

“I never felt like I was in the lead. I was always chasing, it was never like I was going to win at any moment. I had a chance, but man, I’m just proud of the way I handled it down the stretch.”

Troy Merritt finished in third place, at -16 under par, after a mediocre -2 under par last round of 69, a sad end to his great attempt to winning this title.

 

The Ryder Cup. Europe In Control.

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Europe are in control of The Ryder Cup, taking a commanding lead into the final day of 10 points to 6. They dominated the Saturday foursomes after the USA had won two matches in the morning session. Europe won one and the final match of the session between Jimmy Walker and Rickie Fowler against Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter was halved. That reduced the lead of Europe to 6.5 points to 5.5  points going into the afternoon Foursomes matches.

In the afternoon matches  Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson, set the tone by  making 12 birdies in a record-setting duel against Hunter Mahan and Matt Kuchar. This was no push over as Hunter and Matt recorded 9 birdies between them, but it was not enough to overcome the most birdies by a single side in any Ryder Cup match by the Europeans.

The Americans missed some opportunities on Saturday afternoon, and American TV commentator Johnny Miller summed it all up , after Jim Furyk had made a mess of a short pitch shot that went long, he referred to the pressure of the Ryder Cup;

“It’s all nerves at this point. All these people around and the importance of getting, maybe, somehow another half a point for the U.S., just melted. He’s had trouble finishing all year even though he’s played great.”

Lee Westwood edged closer to becoming Europe’s record points scorer when he and Jamie Donaldson beat Zach Johnson and Matt Kuchar in the foursomes.

Europe now needs only  four more points to retain the Ryder Cup. It sounds easy, but two years ago, Europe rallied from the same deficit to shock the U.S. at Medinah. The U.S. did the same in 1999 at The Country Club at Brookline, the two biggest rallies in Ryder Cup history, so it can be done.

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The Barclays. Two at the Top, Rory Recovers.

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There are two players tied at the top of  The Barclays leaderboard, Adam Scott and Cameron Tringale riding high, while Rory McIlroy recovers to comfortably make the make cut.

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Adam followed his first-round 69 with a second round -6  under par 65 for a -8 under par total, which he said could, and should have been better;

“I played the par fives in one over today, so I could find four there for you, and missed so many 10‑footers it felt like. It felt like it could have been a whole lot better. I hit it so close to the hole all day and it felt like I missed most of my putts. I’ve got to take the positives but hopefully a few more go in over the weekend.”

 Cameron made a slow start and was 3 over par on his first three holes Friday, but made six birdies and no bogeys to complete the round to post a total -8 under par;

” I kind of got behind the 8‑ball early and just kind of kept my head up and kept playing. I knew I was swinging well and if I gave myself some chances, I could make birdies. That’s pretty much what I did. “

Three players are sharing third spot, all on -7  under par for the competition, Kevin Chappell, Brendon Todd and the evergreen Jim Furyk.

Jim explained that he thinks it is just experience which helps him to keep contesting tournaments;

“There’s an argument, probably experience and pacing yourself probably comes into play.”

 ” I just keep seeing the light at the end of the tunnel that, hey, I’ve got all this time off coming up and I’ve been playing well, let’s try to keep it going, and I’ll be cooking breakfast and taking the kids to school here for a couple months.”

“I look forward to that and it makes it easy for me to play these last four events, because I want to play well, it’s an exciting time of the year and I know that you’re going to have a bunch of time off come the fall.”

Rory shot a -6 under par 65 today, to move to -3 under par for the tournament, and is now only five shots off the leaders. He reported that it was just practice that got him comfortable with his swing again;

“I went to the range yesterday afternoon, worked on a couple of things and just got comfortable with my swing again.”

“After not really touching a club before this week I felt a little bit rusty out there yesterday. It didn’t take long, maybe an hour on the range to sort of get things back on track, and I’m glad I did it because i played really well today.

“I’m going to have to get off to a fast start tomorrow to try and catch those guys before they go out on the golf course.” 

Phil Mickelson was one of twelve players who made the cut at +1 over par, on a strange day where he missed a very short putt, and played a shot from the hospitality area, which unfortunately led to a bogey;

“My drop was going to be in hay, I had a clear lie on nice ground there and played it. It wasn’t hard to make contact, it was hard to hit it on that skinny little green and get it to stop. That was it.”

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