Farmers Insurance Open. Justin Rose Tops The Leaderboard, As Tiger Misses Cut.

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Justin Rose tops the 36 hole Farmers Insurance Open leaderboard at Torrey Pines in California, while Tiger Woods misses the cut, on his return to Tournament golf.

Justin Rose made one last birdie to end the day at 8-under through 36 holes to secure the lead at Torrey Pines. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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Justin shot a second round -1 under par 71 on the South Course to stay on top of the Farmers Insurance Open by one shot at -8 under par, putting was a problem;

“I was going along really nicely today. I think I hit my first ten greens in regulation, I was playing lovely.”

“Things were going really well. Felt like I was in control.”

“But this golf course gets tough as you turn back into the breeze there on 14, 15, 16, it felt like, and this is probably just more just my perspective than anything, but it felt like as we turned into the wind the greens got bumpy, too.”

“So it felt like coming in it was even hard to see pars coming in.”

“Everyone’s played both courses now and now we get to play the bruiser for the next two days. So you just want to basically put yourself within a shot.”

“I actually think the cut mark is incredibly low for two days around here. Pretty much everyone who’s made the cut is still in the golf tournament.”

“It’s a golf course you’ve got to stay patient on. You’ve just got to hit good golf shots. You can’t really fake it around here so it’s just about continuing to play well.”

Adam Hadwin is still hanging on to Justin’s coattails, -1 under 71 on the North Course today giving him -7 under for the tournament. He shares second place with Brandt Snedeker -3 under 69 on the South today.

Brandt spoke about his strategy for the course;

 “There’s definitely a lot of strategy involved. Guys don’t think that there is. They think they should have to hit every fairway and that’s not the case.”

“So I did a great job today of missing it in the right spots to give myself a lot of good opportunities to save pars when I had to.”

“There’s birdie holes out there, you’ve just got to wait for them to come and not force it around here.”

A sad Tiger Woods was not the only big name casualty to make an early exit at the Farmers. He was joined by World #1 Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, the PGA TOUR player of the year, Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker.

Tiger spoke to the media after his miserable exit;

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“It’s frustrating not being able to have a chance to win the tournament.”

“I didn’t make the cut. Overall, today was better than yesterday. I hit it better. I putted well again. I hit a lot of beautiful putts that didn’t go in, but I hit it much better today, which was nice.”

“We fixed a few things while playing today, which was nice.”

Tournament of Champions. Justin Thomas Day Three Leader.

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Justin Thomas is the day 3 leader of the SBS Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.

FedExCup showdown set for Sunday

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Justin shot a third consecutive round of -6 under 67 to have the 54 hole lead in the Tournament of Champions at the Kapalua Plantation course, posting -18 under par.

Sunday will be a shoot out between the FedExCup number 1 and 2, with Hideki Matsuyama just two shots back at -16 under par. He carded -7 under par 66 to move into contention, and has been the hottest player on tour lately.

Justin was happy to be paired with Hideki;

“If I’m near Hideki in the tournament, that’s usually, probably a pretty good thing on Sunday.”

“He’s obviously a tremendous player and he’s on an unbelievable run here the last five events.”

The last time the pair met on a Sunday Justin took the honors, Hideki knows he will have to go low to win;

“Justin doesn’t have any weaknesses at all in his game.”

“He hits it long, has a marvelous short game, putts well, hits the ball well.”

“We’ve got to go low tomorrow to be able to catch him.”

Two strokes further back, at -14 under par are Ryan Moore, -2 under 71 today, Jimmy Walker, -3 under 70, and William McGirt who carded -7 under par 66.

William is putting well, needing only 28 putts in the third round;

“I’ve hit it really well this week. Finally made some putts today. I struggled sort of the first couple days with the grain in these greens.”

“I think yesterday, I could have putted better blindfolded. It was ugly up until the very end.”

“It seems like all the greens and grain, once it starts breaking and starts losing speed, that it really goes at that point.”

“You’ve got to really keep the pace up on it.”

“That’s not the way I like to putt. I like to die putts in there, but you kind of have to change your approach this week and kind of bang them in.”

Jimmy Walker has not putted well;

“Just didn’t make the putts I needed to make. Hit it really good. Plenty of looks. Nothing went in. That’s just kind of frustrating, especially the finish.”

“Speed was a little off. Keeps coming up short a little bit. I feel like it may have slowed down a little but that’s just me.”

“I’m hitting the putts the way I feel like I need to hit them. They are just not going in.”

 Also struggling with putting is World number 1 Jason Day, currently T 8 at -11 under par, he carded – 3 under 70 today;

“It’s everything; I’m struggling to really start my ball on the line I’m picking.”

“It’s very difficult to know where I’m aiming and it’s difficult to hole putts.”

 

 

 

 

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 the second round at Kapalua Plantation course in Hawaii. Ryan Moore and Justin Thomas share the lead by one shot over the field.

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Ryan shot another -6 under par 67 in the second round of the Tournament of Champions to share top honors with Justin at -12 under par;

“If I’m at a golf tournament, I’m here to golf and I’m here to play a golf tournament.”

“Doesn’t mean I can’t go hang out with my son and play on the beach for a few minutes afterward, but I’m not going to do anything to wear myself out and exhaust myself so the next day I’m tired on the golf course.”

“Everything I do, and all the decisions I make, are to play a tournament. But it is easy to let that other side of it happen.” 

Justin also carded a second successive -6 under 67 to share the top spot at -12 under par, and likes the odds on winning;

“I just prepared, actually, this year.”

“I obviously practiced and prepared last year, but I just didn’t as much as I should have.”

“I didn’t take it like a normal event. I mean, this is a great, great opportunity to win a golf tournament.”

“This is your best chance, you would say. Obviously, the winners, they are all great players, but I’ll take my chances over 32 versus 144 every single week.”

“I feel like I’m to the point where I should be contending most of the weeks I play.”

Patrick Reed, and yesterdays leader Jimmy Walker are tied in third place, just one shot back at -11 under par.

Patrick has not been feeling too well, but a -8 under 65, and good putting will soon make you feel better;

“I learned a lot from yesterday. With not feeling well yesterday, I tried to hit some full shots and unfortunately with being under the weather, you just don’t have complete control over your body.”

“So what I made sure I did today is I made sure I didn’t swing harder than 90 percent on anything, and because of that, I had a lot more control and had a feel of where the club was and had a lot more quality looks at putts on the greens.”

“Any time you have shorter putts, you’re going to make some more putts.”

Jimmy carded -3 under 70 today, and had to be patient, not making many putts;

“I stayed patient, nothing really kind of happening, I hit a lot of good shots, just didn’t make many putts. Hit a lot of lips, had a couple of horse shoes, and lip outs.”

“Three under, its great, I’ll take it.”

 

Tournament of Champions. Jimmy Walker Leads the Way

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Jimmy Walker leads the way after the first round of the SBS Tournament of Champions at the Kapalua Plantation course in Hawaii.

Shorter driver, better results for Walker

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Jimmy shortened his driver shaft to 42 inches, to get control, and it certainly  helped as he carded -8 under par 65 to lead the Tournament of Champions by two shots in Hawaii;

“I just feel like I’ve got more control. I feel like the golf swing is better at that length for me, and that’s where I’ve always struggled, the longer the club got.”

“So that’s the thinking. More fairways is what I’m looking for.”

“Last year I didn’t drive it as well as I would have liked to have.” 

“So I just kind of got to thinking. It was just kind of an experiment. I decided to cut one down and threw some tape on it and liked it.”

“It looks weird and sometimes it feels a little weird on the golf course, but I’ve been playing with it for about three weeks at home.”

“I’ve since had Titleist make me a new one at that length, and I’ve been enjoying hitting it.”

Jim Herman, Justin Thomas and Ryan Moore all share second place, those two shots back at -6 under par, following their opening efforts of 67.

Ryan was  -4 under par through just five holes, without making  birdie. A hole out Eagle on the par four 3rd, was followed by another Eagle on the par five 5th, making a great putt;

“I don’t think I’ve ever been four under through five holes or whatever and not make a birdie.”

“It was nice to hole out on three, and then hit a great shot there into the par five, and was able to knock that putt in. Yeah, nice way to start the year.”

It took Jim a long time to make it onto the PGA Tour, a helping hand from Donald Trump made all the difference;

“He’s the same guy to me, but now I get to call him Mr. President.”

“I’d like to say that I always believed it but it’s a pretty long way from being assistant pro to a tournament winner on the PGA TOUR.”

“Obviously, it’s attainable and I hope everyone that’s out there grinding and trying knows that they can do it; if I did it, anybody can.”

“Did I ever think I would be here at that time, 2005? This is a long way from there, 12 years.”

 

 

ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf. Denmark Deserve Their 4 Shot Lead.

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Denmark, in the form of Søren Kjeldsen and Thorbjørn Olesen, definitely deserve their 4 shot lead going into the final round of the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf, at Kingston Heath Golf Club.

 

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Round three was basically a breeze for Søren and Thorbjørn, -2 under 70 today saw them extend their  ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf lead to four shots at -14 under par, and should be good enough to see them canter home tomorrow.

Thorbjørn is happy with the lead, but will not be taking it easy tomorrow;

“We showed yesterday that a really low score is possible out there in the fourballs.”

“I had a seven-shot lead in Turkey and it got down to one shot very quickly, so I know how quick this game can go sometimes. It’s definitely not going to be easy tomorrow.

“There’s a lot of great players here and a lot of birdies out there. It’s a four-shot lead, which is really nice, but it’s not going to be easy.”

Søren said the birdie hunt will continue;

“You need to stay aggressive on this course but you also need to be very careful.”

“We won’t be protecting a lead, we still need to go out with the same mentality and make as many birdies as we can.”

“We know what’s possible on this course, another 60 or even lower is out there tomorrow so we’ll have to go low again, because someone else probably will.”

United States Team of Jimmy Walker and Rickie Fowler are the nearest challengers, -3 under 69 today still left them with a mountain to climb. They will need a fast start tomorrow to close the gap they have at -10 under.

China hold third place, at -9 under par, a shot further back, an even par round of 72 from Ashun Wu and Li Haotong today all but wrecked their chances of picking up their first ever World Cup of Golf trophy.

Deutsche Bank Championship. Rory Returns To The Winners Circle.

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Rory McIlroy returns to the winners circle at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

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Rory carded a final round -6 under par 65, in very windy conditions, to claim the Deutsche Bank Championship trophy, with a -15 under par total, a two shot victory, with good putting being the key;

Rory now moves into third position on the World Rankings;

“Things can turn around very quickly in this game, I think those last 15 holes on Friday were definitely a turning point.”

“Not just in this tournament, but maybe in my season.”

“It’s just incredible, this game, how quickly things can change, It’s been a great lesson for me this week not to get down on myself, to stay patient.”

After three holes Friday, there was so much going through my head, and none of those things involved sitting beside a trophy.”

“I wasn’t getting impatient. I wasn’t searching, I know that I hadn’t won on the PGA Tour in a while,.

“But over the past 12 months, I’ve still had three wins worldwide.”

“I knew my game was in good shape, I just needed to do something with the putting.”

“I found something. I still need to keep going with it. It’s definitely not the finished article, but it’s a big step in the right direction.”

Paul Casey started the day with a three shot lead, but that soon evaporated as he struggled round the front nine. He finished in second place at -13 under par, after his last round +2 over par 73.

Paul was frustrated with his last round performance;

“Wow, very impressive. Yeah, that’s a might round of golf.”

“I struggled a little bit from the get-go and it’s hard to regain rhythm and make your birdies if you started out that way, so I found it incredibly difficult.”

“I battled well, did a lot of things brilliantly all week, but obviously frustrated.”

Jimmy Walker was third, a final round -1 under par 70 giving him a -12 under par total, and third spot on his own.

 

Deutsche Bank Championship.Kevin Chappell Leads.

 

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Kevin Chappell leads the Deutsche Bank Championship after 36 holes at TPC Boston.

Chappell pulls in front

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Kevin shot a second round -7 under par 64 to take the lead in the Deutsche Bank Championship at the half-way stage, with a -11 under par total.

Kevin has not yet found a way to win on Tour;

“This year’s been great. I think it’s shown that my growth personally has paralleled my growth in golf. but the first part is more important to me.”

“It’s been six years and $10 million (in prize money) and I haven’t been able to do it.”

 “But there are a lot of guys who have had great careers and haven’t been able to win.”

“If I’m going to define my career on that I’m probably setting myself up for failure.”

Paul Casey, -5 under 66 today, and Jimmy Walker, who matched the leaders low round of the day -7 under 64, share second place at -10 under.

Brian Harman is fourth, -6 under 65 giving that place on his own at -9 under par.

Rory McIlroy improved his putting and made the cut, shooting -4 under 67, which put him T 30;

“The recovery has been good, it wasn’t the best way to start yesterday, but I stayed patient.”

“My game’s good and numbers are going to happen like that [triple-bogey at the 12th on Friday] once in a while.”

“I just need to pick off my birdies and that’s what I did yesterday to get back to even par.”

“It was a bit of a mixed bag on the front nine, but I was really happy to shoot 67 to put myself back in to the tournament.”

World number one Jason Day made the cut on the number, and is currently T 62 at -1 under par.

Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson both missed the cut, which fell at -1 under par.