PGA Championship. Two Tied at the Top

White Dragon GolfThere are two players tied at the top of the PGA Championship after 36 holes at  Baltusrol Golf Club,

Jimmy Walker and Robert Streb.

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Jimmy stayed on top of the PGA Championship leaderboard, carding -4 under par 66 today, but he has been joined by Robert Streb, who scored a magnificent -7 under par 63. Both players have -9 under par tournament scores for the 36 holes.

Robert was pleased with his round, and to be part of the 63 club in Majors;

“It was a great round. I’m happy to be a part of that 63 club.”

“I’m sure it will be busy, Saturday at a PGA, but I’ll just try to stick to what I’m doing.”

“Try to do the same things we’ve been doing the last couple of days and hopefully it’s good enough.”

“I’ll just try not to get too hung up in what’s going on and try to stick to the golf and see if I can have a little fun while I’m at it.”

Jimmy was also pleased with his round today, and was fresh enough to go out again;

“I was excited to go play today, I really was. I was nervous but excited. I’m real happy with today.”

“I felt like I could go out and shoot another good score.”

 “I saw what the weather was going to do and knew that it was going to be out there to play good.”

“If you hit the shots, you knew it was going to be there for you to make some birdies.”

World number one Jason Day, -5 under par 65 today, shares third place with Emiliano Grillo, -3 under 67, both of them with -7 under par totals, just two shots off the pace.

Jason carded a double bogey 6 at the par four 7th hole, and needed to get himself fired up again;

“I gave myself a little kick in the bum.  A few swear words inside my head.”

“Just really I played that hole so bad that it was really frustrating for me.”

“Why are you doing that? Why are you giving shots to the field when you don’t need to do that?”

 “Don’t do little silly errors like that and potentially give them two shots on that hole.”

Two big names that are headed home early after missing the cut, Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy, not much to say except that they were just not good enough.

 

 

PGA Championship. Jimmy Walker Leads

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Jimmy Walker leads the PGA Championship after the first round at Baltusrol Golf Club.

Jimmy Walker currently stands 29th in the Ryder Cup standings and needs a big week to move into a spot. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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Jimmy shot a PGA Championship -5 under par 65 to top the leaderboard at Baltusrol Golf Club, and spoke about his strange year, and poor putting;

“It’s just ebbs and flows of golf. Just haven’t been scoring.”

 “Just a lot of even par to a couple under golf, and it’s equated to a bunch of 20th-place finishes this year.”

“They just haven’t been going in, for whatever reason, they just haven’t.”

“I hit a lot of good putts and they all look like they have got a good shot. For whatever reason, they lip out or quit breaking. I just haven’t been making a whole lot.”

“I felt like personally, I did a lot of things right, and that’s what I’ve been kind of looking to do that I haven’t been doing.”

“So I felt like I was ready to go, I honestly did this week.”

Three players are tied in second place at -4 under par following their opening rounds of 66; Emiliano Grillo, Ross Fisher and Martin Kaymer are keeping the pressure on the leader.

Not applying any pressure was Rory McIlroy, carding +4 over 74 in a major meltdown, with poor putting the main reason;

“I feel like if I had held one of those first two, it might have been a different story of the day.”

 “You get a little bit of momentum and you get it going.”

“But then I missed a couple of greens and did not get up and down and I was always chasing it.”

“I need to figure it out, I’m driving the ball as well as I have, ever and the iron play feels good.”

“The problems begin when I get to the green. I really struggled with the pace. They look much quicker than they are and two or three times I had putts within 12 feet that were downhill and left them short.”

“I need to be more aggressive with my stroke and shoot something in the mid-60s and get into the weekend.”

“Hopefully I’m not shut-out tomorrow. I can’t remember the last time I had a round without a birdie.”

 

Farmers Insurance Open, Heads for Monday Finish.

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The Farmers Insurance Open heads into a Monday finish due to inclement weather bringing proceedings to a halt in the final round, with Jimmy Walker in pole position, at Torrey Pines Golf Club.

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Jimmy had played only ten holes, at +1 over when play was stopped at the Farmers Insurance Open, but he still topped the leaderboard at -7 under par. He mentioned the strong wind conditions, especially when putting;

“I don’t remember hitting 3-iron into par fours too often that are under 440 yards, but that happened a couple times today.”

“I had to hit a 5-wood in once. It was tough, it was tough to putt on the greens when it’s blowing 30 mph.”

Sharing second place are KJ Choi and Brandt Snedeker, both at -6 under par for the competition. KJ was +3 over through ten holes while Brandt has completed all four rounds for that -6 under total, and waits to see if anyone can catch him. He spoke about an awkward lie he encountered today;

“One of those special days that I don’t think I could go out there and recreate, but I’m glad I did it.”

“I had one of those lies going against you and it was really wet. I thought it was going to come out really soft.

 “I wanted to be aggressive because I knew it was into the wind. It came out a little hotter than I thought.”

“I’m going to be second-guessing myself for the next couple hours over that chip shot and that putt. I hope it doesn’t end up costing me. I have a bad feeling it might.”

“It’s like playing an Open Championship on a U.S. Open setup.”

 “It was one of those days where you throw everything out of your mind and go play golf and grind as best as you possibly could.”

There is still along way to go in this tournament, so anything could happen, we will just have to wait and see.

 

 

Hero World Challenge. Three Tied At The Top.

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There are three players tied at the top of the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. Jordan Spieth, Jimmy Walker and Bill Haas will take a one shot lead into the week-end.

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Jordan and Bill shot -6 under 66, Jimmy carded a -5 under par 67, for them all to top the Hero World Challenge at the 36 hole stage with -11 under par totals.

Jordan is still working hard, and he needs to because no one is going to let him get away;

“The grind is still there.”

“It’s still all about rest, coming off how much golf we’ve been playing, I’m still going to be about making sure I’m resting.”

” But on the golf course, I’m still getting as intense and upset and highs and lows that I experience at a normal PGA TOUR event.”

Bill knows he will have to keep playing well to stay with the leaders;

“The scores are just really good, which makes for an exciting weekend, and I’m just happy to hold my own weight for two days.”

“I think if I shoot 11 under on the weekend, then I’ll have a really good shot.”

“Simple as that sounds, that’s the way you’ve got to keep it. If I play well, I think I’ll have a chance.”

“But if I don’t, there are so many players that are playing well, the best players in the world, I’ll fall back pretty quickly if I don’t.”

Jimmy is really happy with his new swing;

“Driving the golf ball today, I haven’t had that much fun in a long time, to be honest.”

Sharing second place at -10 under par are, Chris Kirk, -7 under 65 today,  Bubba Watson -5 under 67 and Patrick Reed, -7 under 65.

Patrick really wants to win, top ten is not good enough;

“I know to get to all my goals I need to get Wins.”

“Top 10s, top 5s aren’t going to cut it where I need to get to.”

“Those are good fill-in weeks, but we need to get in contention a little more. We need to close some tournaments off.”

Two guys struggled on the greens today, with putting problems, they were Justin Rose, and Anirban Lahiri.

Justin was dumbfounded by his even par round today, nothing we can do for him as he has a 14 club contract;

“You’d think I had never seen these greens before.”

Not sure about Anirban’s club contract, but he thinks his Mum could putt better than him, he carded a -2 under 70;

“If my mom had putted, she would have shot 65.”

 

 

 

Valero Texas Open. Jimmy Walks It.

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Jimmy walks it all the way to the winners circle at the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio.

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Hometown boy Jimmy Walker lives just 35 minutes drive away from TPC San Antonio, and had his whole family our supporting him. He is the first 54 hole leader this season to go on and win a title on the PGA Tour.

A final round -2 under par 70 gave him a winning total of -11 under par, and a comfortable four shot victory;

“It doesn’t happen very often, winning in your home town.”

“The course wasn’t giving as much and it was hard to make pars.”

“I felt I was leaking a little bit of oil here, wasn’t putting very good and then finally smoothed out the putting stroke a little bit and got it back to where it was the past couple of days.” 

“All this keeps adding momentum and confidence, that’s what we’re out here to do.”

“I like Augusta, I’m going to take a look at it. I’m excited to go.”

 

 Longhorn Jordan Spieth finished in second place at -9 under par, he also had a last round -2 under par, and try as he might he could not catch the unflappable Jimmy.

PGA FedEx Cup Champion Billy Horschel was third on his own at -4 under after a final round -1 under par 71.

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Valero Texas Open. Aaron Plays Badly, Jimmy Jogs Along at the Top.

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Poor Aaron Baddeley played badly, while Jimmy Walker jogs along at the top of the Valero Texas Open, at TPC San Antonio.

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Jimmy shot a third round -3 under par 69 to top the Valero Texas Open leaderboard with a -9 under par total, and a four shot lead going into the final round on Sunday. The only thing going against Jimmy is the fact  that no 54 hole leader has gone on to win this year.

The par-4 12th hole at TPC San Antonio turned out to be the turning point of the round, Jimmy hit driver off the tee and watched as the ball disappeared into the left bunker. They could not see it in the bunker, but started digging, and eventually found it deep in the sand and managed to just get it out;

“I’m in there digging, I’m moving earth and I can’t find the ball, really? is it here? it’s here. I don’t know. It was kind of hectic.”

“I didn’t really know what to do, I didn’t know if the play that I made was going to be right. It was way under there.”

“So that was a bummer, but I got it out somehow and then hit a good shot up there and thought if I made the putt that would have been gigantic. Making five was good there.”

“I view tomorrow that I have to go out and play a good round because, you know, seeing, it’s just hard.”

“You can get on the wrong side out here pretty quick, it’s that kind of golf course, it’s hard.”

“So you have to really concentrate and hit the golf shots you need to hit. So that’s what I have to do tomorrow.”

Jordan Spieth is in second place at -5 under par for the competition, he also had problems with the tee shot on twelve, finding a bunker and ended up with a five;

“I think driver was the right decision, but where I went wrong with it is instead of ripping the drive, I tried to just bleed a fade off the bunkers and take some off.”

“And that’s just what I do on the weekends when I get in trouble. I’m trying to do a little too much.”

Jordan then went on to double bogie the 16th and finished the round with a -1 under par 71;

“I just made a bad swing, if it had gone against the grandstands I would have been left with that same up and down I had the second time.”

“It was kind of a stroke penalty bad break on it. All-in-all, I didn’t deserve a good one with that swing.”

“For me, I’m not necessarily looking at it as a shootout, if we were both 9-under or six shots clear of anybody else, I’d agree with you.”

“But tomorrow is about me just going out there and off the bat trying to play a good, solid round of golf and gain some momentum.”

“If it happens to be where we get into a shootout it’s going to be fun. Fun for the people watching us, and even more for Jimmy and I to be out there dueling it out.”

Billy Horschel has claimed third place on his own, he also had a third round -1 under par 71, for a tournament total of -3 under par, he finished the day with some momentum, three straight birdies;

“I needed it because I actually played really well for most of the round.”

“Fortunately I hit some good shots on the front side and got rewarded for it with the wind dying down and the ball landing real soft on the greens compared to the last couple of days.” 

“I hung in there, I made some good par saves at 14 and 15. I told my caddie we need to make at least two birdies coming in. It was nice to make three. I’m right where I need to be going into tomorrow.”

Aaron finished the day at -1 under par for the tournament, after his disastrous +4 over par 76.

Valero Texas Open. Jimmy Walker Leads

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Jimmy Walker leads the Valero Texas Open at the half-way stage at TPC San Antonio.

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Jimmy used a hot putter to put together a second round -5 under par 67 in the Valero Texas Open, and would dearly love to win at Home;

“I was just kind of around the hole, didn’t make anything, and then finally got one to go on six.”

“I hit a good iron shot, just got it on top of the ridge there on 7 and made that putt.”

“And that 12-footer I made for birdie on the par-5, 8th hole, that was a nice little finish.”

“I’ve been rolling it pretty good, I’ve been working hard on my putting at home and it was ready to go this week. It feels like the hard work is paying off.”

“A win anywhere means a lot, but being at home, you get to have parents, in-laws, friends, best friends, distant family.”

“It would be cool. It doesn’t put anymore pressure on you, I think. If anything you’ve got a nice support crew out there and you’ve got good vibes and good mojo, and I believe in all that stuff.”

“So I think positive energy is good. I think we’ll have a lot of that.”

Aaron Baddeley and Charlie Hoffman are still in touch, just one shot behind at -5 under par for the competition, sharing second place.

Kevin Na and Jordan Spieth are tied in fourth position with -4 under par totals.

Jordan said he would like to see the return of the wind

“I would like to see a little bit more wind than today on the weekend to have a chance to shoot a few under and make up some ground.”

 “Overall, I’m very pleased with today. I got a really good draw today, on top of yesterday, and took advantage.”

“It played about as easy as I think it can play today.”

“A couple of the holes were still in tough locations, but there should be some more gettable locations this weekend. But all in all, this was the day to take advantage.” 

“I’m in contention which is right where I want to be. I’m chasing Aaron and Jimmy, two really, really good players that aren’t going to give up the lead easily, so I’m going to have to bring my A-game.”