RBC Heritage. Rory Sabbatini Signs for 64.

White Dragon GolfRBC Heritage

Rory Sabbatini, South Africa, is the surprise leader after the first round of the RBC Heritage at  Harbour Town Golf Links.

Sabbatini jumps out to early lead at RBC

Rory shot a bogey free -7 under par 64 to lead the RBC Heritage by two shots after the first round;

“I think anytime you can birdie 18 on this golf course, it’s key because 18 is not a very forgiving hole.”

“All things considered, the course is probably as easy as I’ve ever seen it play.”

“I think anytime you can birdie 18 on this golf course, it’s key because 18 is not a very forgiving hole.” 

Four players are tied in second place at -5 under following opening rounds of 66, Matt Kuchar, Billy Horschel, Chesson Hadley and John Huh, all from the USA.

Matt mentioned the good greens and better putting here at Harbour Town;

 “Once you get on these greens, you feel like you have a chance to make putts.”

“To come from last week where getting on the green doesn’t mean much, you still have a lot of work to go.”

World #1 Dustin Johnson carded -2 under par 69 to be T 20;

“I haven’t played here in a while, so it’s definitely a little bit different being here.” 

white dragon golf Get In The HOLE, E-Book Putting Manual on Amazon White Dragon Golf


Career Builder Challenge. Jon Beats Andrew for Play-Off Win.

White Dragon GolfCareerBuilder

Jon Rahm, Spain, beats Andrew Landry, USA, at the fourth play-off hole to win the Career Builder Challenge.

Career Builder Challenge

Jon Rahm 

Jon carded a final round -5 under par 67 to tie with Andrew, -4 under 68, at the top of the Career Builder Challenge, with -22 under par totals, to force a play-off at the Stadium Course in California. Which was an exciting four hole event where both players had chances to win, missing good birdie putts, with Jon ultimately prevailing, denying Andrew his first PGA Tour victory in the process.

With this win, his second career PGA Tour victory, Jon will move to #2 in the World Rankings;

“It’s an incredible feeling.”

Three players then tied for third place at -20 under par, John Huh, USA, -6 under 66 today, Martin Piller, USA, -2 under 70 and Adam Hadwin of Canada with a -4 under par 68 final round.


white dragon golf Get In The HOLE, E-Book Putting Manual on Amazon White Dragon Golf


Valero Texas Open. Kevin Chappell Has The Lead.

White Dragon GolfValero Texas Open

Kevin Chappell has the 54 hole lead at the Valero Texas Open in Texas.

Chappell grabs the lead at Valero

Kevin / getty

Kevin carded a third round -1 under par 71 to claim the lead in the Valero Texas Open with a -8 under par tournament total, in strong winds that kept scores on the high side;

“It was about finding a rhythm,I knew when I found it, I could extend it. You can get it going on the finishing stretch.”

“I knew my game was in a good place, I had played some really good rounds of golf.”

Brandon Grace-2 under 70 today and John Huh, -1 under 71 share second place at -7 under par.

Brandon found the strong wings irritating;

“It was pretty irritating out there.”

“Pars out there are good. Just have to be patient.”

Bud Cauley and Tony Finau both signed for +2 over par 74 today, dropping them back into the huge tie for 6th place at -6 under par.

Tomorrow will be an exciting day, with lots of players in with a chance of victory,

Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Bad Light Stops Play.

White Dragon GolfShriners Hospitals for Child

The Shriners Hospitals for Children Open was halted in round one due to darkness at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas, where Rod Pampling had a chance of  59.

The 11-under 60 in his opening round was Pampling's best round ever on the PGA TOUR. (Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Rod Pampling, from Australia / getty

Rod had a par on the last before singing for a -11 under par 60 on the TPC Summerlin course in the  Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

He spoke about the missed opportunities, and the tap in Eagle on the par five 16th;

“Just one of those as soon as I hit it, I knew it was good, didn’t know it was that good where I could just tap it in, but I knew it was good.”

“The putt on 17 just fell short in the jaws and on 18 I gave myself a bad read.”

“I thought it was straight, but it just had that little left to right.”

“I studied the hole a lot, and I looked at the book, all these new books have the slopes and everything in it.”

“I was looking at it and making sure I was spot on.”

“My eyes were telling me it was pretty straight. I hit it straight. It was on line when it started.”

“It just had a little tail on it. I’m glad I gave it a chance. It didn’t come up short. I just picked a bad line.”

John Huh and Brooks Koepka share second place, at -9 under, two shots back of the leader, after their opening rounds of 62.

Brooks was happy with his putting today;

“I obviously made a lot of putts today.”

“I feel like I was striking the ball well. Speed was a lot better than it was last week.”

“So grinded hard early on in the week making sure the putting was right, and it showed today.”

John said he was able to put himself into good positions today;

“If you put yourself in position, I think you can score low.”

 “If you don’t, then you’re going to struggle. I was able to put myself in a good spots.”

Billy Horschel is fourth, at -7 under after his -7 under 64, he was also happy to get his putter working;

“Been working really hard, it was nice to see the putter working.”



RBC Heritage. Magic Matt Kuchar Wins

dragon logo darkRBC Heritage

A magic final round from Matt Kuchar saw him win the RBC Heritage title at Harbour Town Gold Links.

Having a blast: Kuchar's hole-out leads to victory

Matt Kuchar / Getty Images


Matt managed to compile a final round of -7 under par 64, for his winning total of -11 under par.

Before the hole out from the bunker on the last for a winning birdie, Matt spoke to his caddie;

“I said to Lance, ‘I‘m about due to make one of these.  It was so cool to see that thing disappear at the end. I wasn’t too disappointed to end up in that front greenside bunker on eighteen.I knew it was a pretty easy up and down.” 



Luke Donald, who started the day with a two shot lead, finished in second place at -10 under par, Matt had quite a wait watching to see if Luke could catch him and force a play-off. It did not happen, and thankfully broke Matt’s Sunday slumps. Luke shot himself in the foot when he drove his ball way left out of bounds on the sixth hole, and carded a double bogey 6. He then found water again on 10, resulting in a bogey. He was happy with the way he is progressing;

“I hit a lot of solid shots, a lot to build off and I’m excited about some of the changes I’ve been making.”

John Huh and Ben Martin tied for third place at -9 under par for the tournament.

RBC Heritage. Luke Leaps to the Top.

dragon logo darkRBC Heritage

Luke Donald leaps to the top of the RBC Heritage leaderboard at Harbour Town Golf Links.

Donald surges to top with 66

Luke Donald / Getty Images

Luke posted another round of -6 under par 66, low round of the day, to sit comfortably on top of the leaderboard at the RBC Heritage at -8 under par, and a two shot lead. He spoke about the weather conditions;

“I’ve always liked this golf course, and the conditions were pretty manageable, for the front nine at least. I think we’re in for a very windy day tomorrow, so I’ll need to control the ball even better.”

John Huh is in second place, a third round of -3 under par 68, and a -6 under par total, would have been better if he had not three putted the last hole. John said his tee shot was OK, it would be difficult to miss the eighteenth fairway, it is the widest on the course, but the second put him in a bad spot;

“I hit a good drive, had about 200 yards and hit my rescue over, put myself in the wrong spot. Believe it or not, I’ve been playing really good, but I just wasn’t able to put everything together. I think this is the week that I’ve put pretty much everything together.”

Nicolas Thompson is in a four-way tie for third place, at -5 under par. Joining him on that score are Jim Furyk, Charl Schwartzel and Ben Martin.

Nicolas was upset at his putting performance today;

“The only thing that was really off was my speed control, I might have had a missed read or two here or there, but that happens. I don’t think I hit one putt too short today. This golf course is the ultimate patience test. You have to be so patient out here, because how many golf shots are you going to hit in the perfect spot off the tee, so you think, and not have an exact shot on the pin?”

Charl thinks he will have a chance if he just continues with the good ball striking;

“I think if I can continue the ball striking and giving myself chances I can make a few birdies tomorrow and give it a shot.”

First-round co-leader Matt Kuchar bounced back from Friday afternoon’s rough start, to finish in a tie for seventh place at -4 under par. He was happy with that result after a long day, he had played 29 holes;

“It helps to be in contention, it helps to really have an incentive to go out and play some good golf.”

A Wet Wyndham Championship. Two Tied at the Top.

There are two players tied at the top of the leaderboard in a wet Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club. Early morning showers rendered the Donald Ross-designed course unplayable. Rain fell intermittently throughout the day, and though players were allowed to lift, clean and place their golf balls, the conditions played havoc with virtually everyone on the course.

Anyone's Sunday

Patrick Reed and John Huh / Getty Images

Patrick Reed and John Huh top the leaderboard at the 54 hole stage of the Wyndham Championship, both on -10 under par. Patrick went backwards in the third round, a +1 over par card, while John managed an even par round of 70 to keep his nose in front.

Patrick was not happy with his effort today;

” I am not happy with the round but I can’t be disappointed with the position I am in. I was having issues with the driver, hitting everything left of left, but the tee shot on 14, that was a key point. I’m very excited to have the lead, but at the same time I’ve got work to do.”

John started with a triple bogey on the second hole;

” It was pretty rough start for me, you know, because the second hole you don’t want to start like a triple. But, you know, I pulled my second shot a little bit and put myself in the wrong spot and instead of taking medicine I get too greedy and it turns out I make a triple there. It was a pretty rough start but I was able to hang in there and get everything together and here I am tied for the lead.”

The stalled rounds of the two leaders gave everyone else a chance to catch up, and Zach Johnson did exactly that as he shot the days best round of -4 under par 66, for a -9 under par total. Zach shared that total with Jordan Spieth and Bob Estes.

Zach said he just had to be patient;

” There was a lot of precipitation and just a day to be patient, the course held up well and the greens were still fast. I hit it great and didn’t think I was going to sniff a bogey, but then I three-putted 18, hit two great shots and then a terrible lag putt,”

 Charles Howell III was disqualified from the Wyndham Championship,  one day after the weight port cover on his driver came off before his second round. The PGA Tour announced his disqualification for using a non-conforming driver before the start of his third round. Charles had shot a second round of 68, for a tournament total of -6 under par, five strokes off the lead.

Charles was a little dismayed;

“The idea that the club would no longer be conforming, because of the missing toe-cap, never entered my mind.”

There are some very strange rules in the book.