Safeway Open. Brendan Steele Captures Title.

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Brendan Steele captures the Safeway Open title at Silverado Resort & Spa in California.

After falling short in 2015, Brendan Steele returned to Napa for the start of the 2016-17 season and walked away victorious. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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Brendan finished strong to card a final round -7 under par 65 and win the Safeway Open title with a -18 under par total, his second PGA Tour win.

Last year Brendan had led  wire-to-wire for 54 holes, only to collapse  in the last round, this year good putting was the difference;

“You don’t often get that chance in life to redeem yourself in the same way at the same place.”

“I think my putting coming down the stretch was really the most important thing and definitely some wedge play.”

“I’ve been working on some stuff with Dave Pelz that really helped me with the soft conditions taking spin off the ball and really controlling my numbers.”

“I’d be lying if I said that maybe I was only going to win once on Tour.”

“I felt like my game was really good and I put myself in position a lot but didn’t really execute coming down the stretch.”

“I thought maybe I’m destined to just have that one win and play a long career out here but not necessarily keep winning, so this one definitely feels really good.”

“You’ve got to really make something happen, especially when the conditions are soft.”

“I wanted to be aggressive and I didn’t want to just kind of coast in and just make sure that I had a decent week.”

Patton Kizzire was second, at -17 under par, his last round -2 under par 70 falling just short;

“It was intense, I didn’t finish it off. I’m really disappointed, but I played well. It’s a building block, for sure.”

Paul Casey, -3 under 69, Michael Kim, -5 under 67, Scott Piercy -2 under 70 and Johnson Wagner, -2 under 70, all finished tied in third place at -16 under par.

Paul was so close again;

“So close, isn’t it? I mean, I played great. I had another wonderful week.”





Safeway Open. Round Three Rained Off.

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Round three of the Safeway Open was rained off, with leader Johnson Wagner having completed 15 holes at Silverado Resort & Spa in California.

Johnson Wagner is 3 under thru 15 holes of his third round. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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Johnson completed his second round but only had time for 15 third round holes before the persistent rain finally caused the suspension of play for the day. Johnson currently stands at the top of the Safeway Open leaderboard with a total of -15 under par, being -3 under so far in the third round.

Johnson had a chip in at the eighth hole;

“It was huge, I was kind of going along steady, going along making pars, a couple nice up-and-downs yesterday but the day before I spun it off 62 yards off the front of the green and luckily today coming out of the rough it didn’t have any spin and it was really a pretty good shot there short and right of the hole.”

“I needed to make a birdie and I’m not usually known for my chipping skills so it was nice to chip one in.”

“It was so brutal out there the last few holes.”

“I was hanging on little quack hooks to the green but just somehow getting it up and down and making par putter and really just trying to survive.”

Patton Kizzire, -5 under through 16 third round holes and Scott Piercy +1 over today  after 15 holes, share second place at -14 under par.

Patton mentioned the tough conditions;

“After holding an umbrella for a while your hand gets a little tired and then you’ve got to step up there and hit a three-footer.”

Paul Casey is fourth, -1 under today though 15 holes, for a -13 under par total.





Safeway Open. Round 2 Wrecked by Weather, Suspended.

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Round 2 of the Safeway Open was wrecked by awful overnight weather, delaying the start, which meant the round had to be suspended due to darkness, with, many players still to finish their second rounds at Silverado Resort in California, with Scott Piercy still leading.

Scott Piercy only got through 12 holes of his second round before play was suspended at the Safeway Open. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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Scott was still on top of the leaderboard at -14 under par for the Safeway Open, after 12 holes of his second round, before play was suspended for the day.

Scott has a two shot lead at the moment, and said he knew what he wanted to achieve today;

“In my mind, I wanted to shoot 3 under on the front, and luckily, I was able to do that.”

“I don’t have as much fun on the course as I normally should, being in the lead right now or close to, I’m trying to enjoy it.”

“I would have liked to have gone one or two more birdies.”

“I felt like it was there to get. I hit some good shots. Hopefully just continue, get a few more tomorrow and keep pushing forward.”

Johnson Wagner holds second place, at -12 under par, after completing 14 second round holes.

Paul Casey at -11 under through 12 holes is alone in third place.

Surprise package Bill Haas, was Tiger Woods  replacement for the final spot in the threesome that included Phil Mickelson and defending champion Emiliano Grillo.

Bill is currently T4 at -8 under par with a completed second round of -2 under par 70 and joked about his position;

“I think they just wanted to put an equal player in the place of Tiger.”

“I don’t know how that worked out and how I got substituted in there, but I’m happy they would choose me to be in the group.”

Phil carded another -3 under 69 today to be at -6 under, and said he is playing some of his best stuff right now;

“This is some of the best iron play I’ve ever had.”

“Given the challenge that we’ve had judging distance because the ball’s going about 10 to 15 yards less than normal distance, then you’ve got a little bit of wind, a little bit of rain and soft spongy greens, some of my best iron play.”

Defending champion Emiliano Grillo was -2 under 70 today, to be T 19 at -5 under par for the tournament.


Shell Houston Open. JB Shoots 64, and Then Wins Play-Off.

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J.B. Holmes shoots 64 in the final round of the Shell Houston Open to get into a three-way play-off, which he wins.

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The final round -8 under par 64 gave JB a -16 under par Shell Houston Open total, a score that was matched by Jordan Spieth and Johnson Wagner.

To win the play-off he parred the index one hole, the 18th twice, to claim victory, and a place next week in The Masters.

In interview JB admitted he did not expect to win today;

“I didn’t focus on the results at any point in the round.”

“I was just trying to do the best I could do each hole and at the end of the round, then you add it up.”

“I didn’t tee off expecting to win today, but you know, it’s a nice surprise.”

“I’m trying to take a deep breath and stay in the moment, not let my mind race, just sometimes say a little prayer.”

Jordan bogied the first extra hole, saying he heard  camera click on his backswing, apart from that little mistake he is well prepared for The Masters;

“I don’t know if it was me or it actually happened, either way, I still should be able to get down through the sand there. No excuse.”

“I felt more and more comfortable with more and more pressure, and that gives me a lot of confidence going into Augusta, where you probably have the most pressure anywhere.”

“I feel as prepared as I think I could be.”

“To be able to get up-and-down again, just like Valspar, gives me a lot of confidence on the greens, and that’s obviously the most important piece next week.”

“But I’m going to need to strike the ball a little better to have a chance to win.”

Johnson Wagner won the 2008 Shell Houston Open, he nearly did it again, and was disappointed not have done;

“I’m pretty disappointed right now, but I hit so many good shots coming in.”
“It’s nice to get in the hunt again, put myself in a position.”
“I’m a good player. I strike the ball well, but my mind gets in my way, when I don’t focus and when I don’t have fun on the golf course, I get lazy and I don’t practice and it’s just a cycle.”
“I tend to not ride the highs long enough and ride the lows too long. I don’t know what it is, but hopefully this is a good start to turn it around for me.”


The Greenbrier Classic. Jonas Jubilant.

A jubilant Jonas Blixt won the Greenbrier Classic at The Old White TPC by two shots in a rain delayed final round.

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Jonas shot a -3 under par 67 to win the Greenbrier Classic by two shots, in a final round which was  halted for three hours due to thunderstorms in the area. Jonas overcame a four-shot deficit at the start of the final round and finished at 13-under par for the tournament. It was a dream come true after he picked up his second PGA Tour trophy;

“Just so many dreams come true, just one week and the whole year kind of turns around.”

Four players tied for second place, including Johnson Wagner who fell to a +3 over par 73 and finished at -11 under par for the tournament. Joining him on that score were, Steven Bowditch, Matt Jones and Jimmy Walker.

I guess the three-hour rain delay really unhinged Johnson Wagner, he had a commanding lead at the start of play but saw it all fall away.

Tom Watson, the 63-year-old, carded a creditable final-round of -3 under par 67 and tied for 38th at The Greenbrier Classic.


The Greenbrier Classic. Johnson Jumps Into Lead

Johnson Wagner jumps into the lead at The Greenbrier Classic at The Old White TPC , with a third round of -6 under par 64 and a total of -14 under par tournament score.

Wagner pulls ahead

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Johnson who played here several times a year as a student at Virginia Tech, already has his game plan laid out. He ranks 21st in fairways hit, sixth in greens in regulation and 10th in putting through 36 holes.

“This is the kind of golf course that if you play tentative at all you’re going to miss fairways, and when you miss fairways out here you get some awkward angles on some of these tough TOUR pins especially on Sunday. So I think my main key for tomorrow is going to be aggressive off the tee and hit as many fairways as I can, which will set up a lot of birdie opportunities.”

Jimmy Walker is alone in second place, two shots off the pace at -12 under par tournament total. He also had a third round of -6 under par 64, and likes this course;

“I like the golf course, I’ve always liked it. The first time we came here we really enjoyed it, just the whole atmosphere. Everybody’s so nice and everybody’s so accommodating. The hotel is amazing and just really enjoyed being here and the golf course really seems to fit my eye. I like the tee shots, like the second shots, and I feel comfortable.”

Jonas Blixt is in third place at -10 under par for the tournament total, the only other player on the course to finish in double figures.

Bill Haas is in a group of players who are on -8 under par, and is bidding to win again after last week, but admits the leaders will have to help by coming back a bit;

“This week I’ve tried to do a good job of staying in the moment and telling myself that last week you did it, you never know what will happen. I’m going to need the leaders to not go crazy low but a good round tomorrow will put me in a great position. Today was kind of a mixed bag, I hit a lot of nice shots that didn’t result in birdies.Then those last four holes I played in three under and it could easily have not been that way. So I’m counting my blessings to shoot 3 under par and with that said, I’m going to go hit a few on the range and hopefully figure something out and have a decent Sunday.” 

To be honest the winner will come from the current top three, the others are realistically too far away.

The Greenbrier Classic. Matt Makes A Move.

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Matt Every makes a move on the leaderboard at The Greenbrier Classic, his second round of -8 under par 62 propelled him to the summit, at -9 under par. The Old White TPC course has surrendered another 62, this could be a record breaking winning score here this weekend.

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Matt’s bogey-free round gave him sole possession of the top of the leaderboard at -9 under par, he said making some putts really helped him;

” I played really well tee-to-green, finally made some putts. I haven’t made anything all year and it  just finally happened today. Been waiting for it.”

On an extremely tightly packed leaderboard there are five players tied in second place, all at -8 under par for the tournament. it reads like this; Daniel Summerhays, Bill Lunde, Steven Bowditch, Russell Henley and one of the first round leaders Johnson Wagner.

Johnson fell back with his disappointing second round effort of even par 70, a long way from yesterday’s 62. The other first round leader Tommy Gainey fared even worse, with a second round +1 over par 71, leaving him in the next group of players at -7 under par for the tournament.

In a strange statement Tommy said the course played really tough today. The stats prove something different, it played easier on Friday than it did in the first round with a scoring average of 69.668 to 70.096. I guess Tommy never saw Matt at the top of the board with his 62;

“You have to give credit to the golf course. The golf course, it gave up some low scores yesterday, but what’s the lowest score it gave up today?  I mean really, in any other tournament besides the majors, everybody’s shooting 7, 8, 9 under on the first or second rounds. The golf course hung up pretty good today, it played tough.”

In amongst those who will not play at the weekend is Phil Mickelson, who got his first sub-par round at The Old White TPC but missed the cut at The Greenbrier Classic for the third straight year, a first in the World Golf Hall of Famer’s career. Joining Phil on the early bus ride home are  2010 Greenbrier Classic champion Stuart Appleby; Roberto Castro, who finished second at last week’s AT&T National; Charles Howell III, Brian Gay and former major champions Lucas Glover, Mike Weir, Trevor Immelman and Vijay Singh.