Spanish Open. Frenchman Mike Lorenzo-Vera Leads.

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Frenchman  Mike Lorenzo-Vera leads the Spanish Open after 54 tough holes at Valderrama.

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Mike went round the Valderrama course with a third round score of even par, to top the Spanish Open leaderboard at +1 over par. This tournament could produce the first over par winner of an event since Justin Rose won the US Open Championship in 2013.

Only Joost Luiten, -1 under 70  and Alex Noren, -3 under 68 managed to record under par rounds out of the entire field.

Mike was pretty excited to be in a position to win his maiden European Tour title;

“I’m very excited, I’m going to have a big nap tonight because it takes so much energy to stay patient here.”

“The wedge was very hot today. I holed two chips and a shot which is pretty cool.”

“I’m just going to try to relax and enjoy it as much as I can tomorrow.”

“I’m just trying to look at the pace of the leaderboard and accept that you’re going to have a lot of bogeys here.”

“A bogey on the hole is never really a bad score so you just try to accept it.”

“Take the bogey and get out of there.”

Tied in second place at +2 over par are, Joost Luiten, two-time Major championship winner Martin Kaymer, even par 71 today and Andrew Johnston, +3 over par 74.

Defending Champion James Morrison signed for a +3 over 74 to share 5th place with Ross Fisher, +1 over 72 today.

Best placed home players are Pablo Larrazábal, +7 over 78 today  and Pep Angles, +3 over 74, both with +4 over par totals.

I guess the way things are going here in Spain, just about anybody could win this title, with one good low round tomorrow, even the tournament Host Sergio Garcia, who carded +4 over 75 today, to be T17 at +7 over, just six shots off the lead.

The Masters. Jordan Jumps In Front.

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Jordan Spieth, the defending Champion jumps in front of the pack after the first round of The Masters at Augusta.

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Jordan carded a bogey free first round at a windy Augusta of -6 under par 66 to lead The Masters by two shots, and was happy to tell everybody why, and of course the putts are dropping;

“I enjoy this tournament more than anywhere else.”

 “It’s easy for us. We don’t have any or many distractions in our preparation, and we enjoy that you’re able to kind of feel like you get enough done and you have enough time to do everything, and I think that’s useful when we start on the first hole.”

“I just didn’t feel confident after the first couple mid‑iron shots I hit, I didn’t feel confident over the ball with irons.”

“It was extremely special to stay bogey‑free on a day like today at the Masters.”

“We’re through one round, there’s going to be a lot of different changes. There are going to be a lot of different birdies, bogeys and everything in between.”

“We know how to win this golf tournament, and we believe in our process. And if the putts are dropping, then hopefully it goes our way.”

Sharing second place are Danny Lee and Shane Lowry, both at -4 under par.

Paul Casey, Justin Rose, Ian Poulter, Soren Kjeldson and Sergio Garcia are tied in fourth position at -3 under par.

Justin was happy with his score today;

“That’s an unexpected good score. When you look at the leaderboards, the guys are obviously figuring it out and able to get round the course today.”

“I’d have taken 69 before teeing off.

“If you look at this tournament last year, I don’t think I did anything wrong particularly, I just got beaten by a record performance.”

“I was right there. I was shooting good scores, good numbers, I was just beaten by some really great performances.”

“I’m not trying to change gears or do anything different, just keep knocking on the door.”

Ian said there is still a long way to go, and anything could happen;

“There’s a long way to go. Six years ago I had a couple 68’s, and it’s never over around this golf course.”

“We’ve seen it from a lot of players through the years. I’m up to the challenge, but obviously it’s round one.”

“Things don’t really happen until the back nine on Sunday. So between now and then there’s a lot of good golf needs to be played before you put yourself in position to have a go at anybody.”

Not a good Day for World number one Jason, as he carded an even par opening round of 72. Rory McIlroy is in the group at -2 under par, and admitted it could have been better, but he is still happy;

“I’m happy with how I played, happy with the score in the end.”

“It could have been a couple better but, at the end of the day, being here on a tough day in the top ten and still within touching distance of Jordan, I’m pretty pleased with that.”

“If someone had have given me a 70 on the first tee, I probably would have taken it. It was a tricky day.”

“Being in the position on the 16th tee where I was four under par. I was probably thinking on the 16th tee I could sneak another one or two out of this round and to start going the other way is disappointing.”

“But I feel like I can get off to a good start tomorrow and pick those shots up again in the first few holes and just get off and running again.”

 

WGC Dell Match Play. Rory, Jordan and Jason Through to Last 16.

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Day 3 of Group Play at the  WGC Dell Match Play tournament has been completed at Austin Country Club, with Jason Day, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy through to the last 16.

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Rory commented after his round

“I feel like my game has gotten a little bit better as the day’s gone on. I know I will have to play very well again tomorrow to try and beat Zach.”

Todays Results

Group 1 Jordan Advances

Jordan Spieth 3 & 2 over Justin ThomasJamie Donaldson 1 up over Victor Dubuisson.

Group 2 Jason Advances

Jason won his match against Paul Casey, due to Paul becoming ill on course and he had to concede. Thongchai Jaydee halved his maych with Graeme McDowell.

Group 3 Rory Advances.

Rory won in a playoff with Kevin Na after they finished all square in their match, forcing them into sudden death, where Kevin sent his second tee shot into water on his way to a bogey, while Rory made par, to win.

Group 4 Patton Advances

Patton Kizzire 2 up over Emiliano Grillo. J.B. Holmes 1 up over Bubba Watson.

Group 5  Byeong Hun An Advances

Byeong Hun An won in a play-off against Scott Piercy after his match with Rickie Fowler ended all square. Scott defeated Jason Dufner 1up.

Group 6 Bill Haas Advances

Bill 1up over Adam Scott. Thomas Pieters 3&2 over Chris Wood.

Group 7 Matt Kuchar Advances

Matt 3&2 over Justin Rose. Anirban Lahiri 4&2 over Fabian Gomez.

Group 8 Dustin Johnson Advances

Dustin 2&1 over Jimmy Walker. Kiradech Aphibarnrat 1up over Robert Streb.

Group 9 Patrick Reed Advances

Patrick, in the surprise result of the day defeated Phil Mickelson 5&4, while  Daniel Berger conceded to Matthew Fiztpatrick.

Group 10 Brookes Koepka Advances

Brooks lost his match 4&3 to Danny Willett, but the other result went in his favor, with Billy Horschell losing 2&1 to Jaco Van Zyl.

Group 11 Chris Kirk Advances

Chris 3&2 over David Lingmerth and Branden Grace 5&4 over Russell Knox. This result lead to a play-off between Chris and Branden, which Chris won when Branden sent his first play-off tee shot in a bunker.

Group 12 Rafa Cabrera Bello Advances

Rafa halved his match against Soren  Kjeldsen, the half point gained was good enough to advance him. Hideki Matsuyama 3&2 over Kevin Kisner.

Group 13 Ryan Moore Advances

Ryan 3&1 over Lee Westwood. Sergio Garcia 5&4 over Marc Leishman.

Group 14 Zach Johnson Advances

Zach 4&3 over Shane Lowery. Martin Kaymer 4&3 over Marcus Fraser.

Group 15 Brandt Snedeker Advances

Brandt 5&3 over Charl Schwartzel. Charley Hoffman 4&2 over Danny Lee.

Group 16 Louis Oosthuizen Advances

Louis 4&2 over Andy SullivanMatt Jones and Bernd Wieberger halved their match.

 

ROUND OF 16 MATCHES
32. Bill Haas USA vs. 56. Chris Kirk USA
3. Rory McIlroy  vs. 15. Zach Johnson USA
30. Matt Kuchar USA vs. 20. Brooks Koepka USA
2. Jason Day  vs. 17. Brandt Snedeker USA
29. Byeong-Hun An KOR vs. 54. Rafa Cabrera Bello ESP
65. Patton Kizzire USA vs. 47. Ryan Moore USA
9. Dustin Johnson USA vs. 10. Patrick Reed USA
1. Jordan Spieth USA vs. 18. Louis Oosthuizen 

WGC Dell Match Play. Day 2.

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Day 2 of Group Play at the  WGC Dell Match Play tournament has been completed at Austin Country Club.

Rory McIlroy will face Kevin Na in a Group 3 showdown of unbeatens on Friday. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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Todays Results

Group 1

Jordan Spieth 5&4  over Victor Dubuisson. Justin Thomas lost 2 up to  Jamie Donaldson

Spieth 2-0, Dubuisson 1-1, Donaldson 1-1 Thomas 0-2, eliminated. Jordan in control,

Group 2

Jason Day 5&3  over Thongchai JaideeGraeme McDowell Halved with Paul Casey.

Day 2-0-0, Jaidee 1-1-0, Casey 0-1-1, McDowell 0-1-1. Jason in control, Thongchai Jaidee can force a playoff with a win. Paul and Graeme eliminated.

Group 3

Rory McIlroy 3&1 up over Smylie Kaufman Thorbjorn Olesen lost 3&2 to Kevin Na.

McIlroy 2-0, Na 2-0, Kaufman 0-2, Olesen 0-2 Its Rory verses Kevin, the winner will advance.

Group 4

Bubba Watson 2 Up over Emiliano GrilloPatton Kizzire Halved  with J.B. Holmes.

Watson 1-0-1, Grillo 1-1-0, Kizzire 0-0-2, Holmes 0-1-1. Bubba needs a win over J.B. If he loses then just about anything could happen !!

Group 5

Rickie Fowler Halved with  Scott Piercy.   Byeong Hun An 2 up over Jason Dufner.

An 1-0-1, Dufner 1-1-0, Piercy 0-0-2, Fowler 0-1-1. Byeong needs a win to advance, other wise its complicated.

Group 6

Adam Scott 3&2 over Chris Wood.   Bill Haas 4&2 over Thomas Pieters.

Haas 2-0-0, Scott 1-0-1, Pieters 0-1-1, Wood 0-0-2.  Bill must get a  win or tie. Adam must defeat Bill to advance Chris and Thomas eliminated.

Group 7

Justin Rose Halved with  Anirban Lahiri.  Fabian Gomez Halved with Matt Kuchar 

Rose 1-0-1, Kuchar 1-0-1, Lahiri 0-1-1, Gomez 0-1-1. Justin and Matt face off for the win. Fabian and Anirban eliminated

Group 8

Dustin Johnson 5&4 over Kiradech Aphibarnrat.  Jimmy Walker 4&3 over Robert Streb.

Johnson 1-1-0, Walker 1-1-0, Aphibarnrat 1-1-0, Streb 1-1-0.  This one is wide open, anyone could win.

Group 9

Patrick Reed 4&3 over Matthew Fitzpatrick.  Phil Mickelson 1 up over Daniel Berger.

Reed 2-0, Mickelson 2-0, Fitzpatrick 0-2, Berger 0-2. Phil and Patrick face off, Daniel and Matthew eliminated.

Group 10

Danny Willett lost 3&2 to  Billy Horschell. Brooks Koepka 5&4 over Jaco Van Zyl.

Koepka 2-0-0 Horschel 1-1-0, Willett 0-1-1, Van Zyl 0-1-1. Lots of permutations but baically Brookes just needs to win.

Group 11

Branden Grace 4&3 over  David Lingmerth.  Russell Knox 2&1 over Chris Kirk. 

Knox 1-0-1,Grace 1-1-0, Kirk 1-1-0, Lingmerth 0-1-1. Chris needs a win to advance, the only certain thing here is David has been eliminated

Group 12

Hideki Matsuyama 4&2 over Soren Kjeldsen.  Rafa Cabrera Bello 4&3 over  Kevin Kisner.

Cabrera Bello 2-0-0, Matsuyama 1-1-0, Kisner 1-1-0, Kjeldsen 0-2-0. Raphael  will advance with a win or tie, otherwise its also complicated.

Group 13

Ryan Moore 1 up over Sergio Garcia . Lee Westwood 1 up over  Marc Leishman.

Moore 1-0-1, Garcia 1-1-0, Westwood 1-1-0, Leishman 0-1-1. Ryan needs to beat Lee, again the certain thing is Marc has been eliminated.

Group 14

Zach Johnson 8&6 over Martin Kaymer.  Marcus Fraser Halved with Shane Lowery 

Johnson 2-0-0, Kaymer 1-1-0, Lowry 0-1-1, Fraser 0-1-1. It’s between Zach and Martin, Marcus and Shane have been eliminated.

Group 15

Brandt Snedeker Halved with Danny Lee.  Charl Schwartzel 3&2 over Charlie Hoffman.

Schwartzel 2-0-0, Snedeker 1-0-1, Lee 0-1-1, Hoffman 0-2-0. It’s between Brandt and Charl, Danny and Charlie eliminated

Group 16

Louis Oosthuizen 2&1 over Bernd Wiesberger.  Andy Sullivan 3&1 over Matt Jones.

Oosthuizen 2-0, Sullivan 2-0, Wiesberger 0-2, Jones 0-2. Andy and Louis could advance, Matt and Bernd eliminated.

Arnold Palmer Invitational. Rainy Day.

 

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It was a rainy day for Jason Day, and every one at Bay Hill in the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, but Jason                                                                       managed to keep his two shot lead.

Jason Day lines up a putt on the 11th hole during the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. (Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

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Jason got wet carding a third round -2 under par 70, to keep his two shot advantage at the top of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill with a -15 under par total.

Jason said of the awful conditions;

“Pretty much, if it’s not going your way, suck it up and just get it done somehow.”

“To grind out a 2-under par, it wasn’t the prettiest, but certainly some shots where my short game definitely saved my score out there, I’ll take it.”

“I felt like I couldn’t get any momentum, especially with the umbrella up and down, the rain gear on and off.

 “All that said, I feel like I stayed patient to grind out a two under par.”

Troy Merritt -5 under 67 today, Kevin Chappell -5 under 67 and Henrik Stenson -2 under 70 are the three players tied in second place at -13 under par.

Henrik was asked if he thought his great experience would be an advantage in the last round;

“That’s a dangerous road to go down because if you start, then you’re clearly not thinking about your own game and what you need to do if you start thinking you’ve got an advantage because someone else hasn’t won before.”

“You got to stay focused on your things, really, and what’s been in the past is not really something that’s potentially going to help you in that situation.”

“When Tiger was at his best he was like one up or two up when he teed it up because everyone was scared of him and it can definitely play a part, but I think Sunday for me it’s just going out and try to play the best round of golf I can do and hopefully that will be good enough.”

Troy has missed some cuts lately, but said he was playing well;

“I had a couple odd holes on Friday at Valspar, played in five over for a five-hole stretch and missed the cut by two.”

“I just had some weird stretches where I just can’t get off the bogey train and obviously that’s not very good out here.”

“I really haven’t been playing that poorly.”

Justin Rose -1 under 71 and Derek Fathauer -3 under 69, are tied in fifth at -11 under par.

 

Arnold Palmer Invitational. Daylight Between Jason and the Others.

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There is daylight between Jason Day and the others in the Arnold Palmer Invitational field, two shots in fact.

Jason Day hit 11 of 14 fairways in regulation in Round 2. He also ranked second in strokes gained: tee-to-green (4.387). (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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Jason carded a bogey free second round -7 under par 65 at Bay Hill in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, to post a -13 under par total, giving him a two shot advantage over the field going into the week-end.

He said it was good to be holing out the big putts, two from outside of 35 feet;

“It felt great, it felt like it was the second half of last year, especially today, hitting long drives, hitting smart shots into the greens and holing big putts.”

“My swing feels put together, it feels in sync and I can get after it.”

Henrik Stenson is in second place at -11 under par, -6 under 66 today keeping him within sight of the leader, it was motivation that kept him going. Over the last four years no one has been more under par at Bay Hill than Henrik, a cumulative -47 under, you need to be a good putter;

“It’s motivating, you can’t let it be frustrating that you’re eight shots back when starting you’re second round.”

“It suits my game, position off the tee.”

“Got to hit it in the fairway and play some good iron shots and when I’m playing well I seem to do that.”

“So, that kind sets up a lot of birdie chances and my putter has been working really nicely these couple of days and some of the previous years as well apparently.”

Third position belongs to Justin Rose at -10 under par, he also carded -6 under 66 today despite  suffering with a variety of ailments over the past few weeks, flu, sore back, sore foot, resilience was the key;

“It’s a lesson to know you can win many ways or play well many ways.”

 “You have to be resilient.

“It’s not a long-term strategy. You can’t say I’m never playing a practice round again.”

Rory McIlroy bounced back a bit today, -5 under 67, gets him to -2 under overall, but he still sounded confused;

“The shots I was hitting I hadn’t seen in a long time.”

“I wanted to know whether it was my swing or whether it was,  what it was.”

“I needed to work on it but thankfully I was able to figure it out and hit the ball much better today.”

“Just sort of figured out that my angle was left at impact. I’ve been trying to move the ball up in my stance with the driver.”

Adam Scott slipped back carding +1 over par 73, to total -4 under par for the competition.

AT&T Pebble Beach. Chez Reavie Has 1st Round Lead.

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The AT&t Pebble Beach is in full swing at Spyglass HillMonterey Peninsula and Pebble Beach, with Chez Reavie leading after the 1st round.

Chez Reavie shot 8-under 63 to take the first round lead at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am (Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)

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Chez fired a first round -8 under par 63 at Monterey Peninsula to lead the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro/Am tournament.

Chez said it was all down to great putting;

“My ball striking seems to be pretty consistent, so if I can get that putter hot, I can make a lot more birdies.”

“Even on days I putt well, I still don’t make as many putts as I made today.”

Sharing second place at -7 under par are Freddie Jacobson 65 at Pebble Beach, Cameron Smith and Bronson Burgoon, both with rounds of 64 at Monterey Peninsula.

Bronson spoke about good putting, and the guys who usually back him;

“I hit it good and I putted it well, it was really good.”

“I have a few buddies that have me on their fantasy golf team. They have been getting on me every week because I haven’t been doing anything.”

“So hopefully they picked me again. Golf’s a finicky game, so you never know.”

There is a whole bunch of players at -6 under par, including Justin Rose, who was playing the tougher Spyglass Hill in this tournament the first time, he liked it, and also the impromptu singing performance of his amateur partner Justin Timberlake, and the horde of female followers he had;

“There’s some strong holes on it, and I heard some strange reports about Spyglass, like the first few holes are great, then it disappears into the hills and it’s not that good.”

“That’s not what I saw. That’s a pretty stellar golf course to me and really enjoyed playing it.”

“Didn’t really know what to expect,but I’m very happy to have that score under my belt. Hope I can build on that the rest of the week.”

“That was a cool moment, not many people saw it, because there was only like 20 people back there. That’s obviously when you really appreciate how someone can grab a guitar, go a cappella and sound so awesome.”

“You have a better appreciation. You see him hit not maybe so many great golf shots, but then you realize, `Ah, that’s pretty damn special right there.’ So we all have our own skill set.”

“Never seen a demographic like that on a golf course, everyone was under 21 and 80 percent female.”

Phil Mickelson, -4 under 69 at Spyglass, made an error in changing his driver, and had some efforts off the tee that were not good;

“Some shots I didn’t care for.”

“Like an idiot, I switched drivers.”

Everyone has to play all three courses, so it will be a couple of days before we can see who is really in contention.