The Masters. Sergio Beats Justin in a Play-Off.

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Sergio Garcia claimed his first Major win, The Masters, in  a play-off against Justin Rose, at Augusta National Gold Club.

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Sergio and Justin had both finished The Masters on -9 under par, after last rounds of -3 under 69. Sergio won the first play-off hole, the 18th, with a birdie, to claim his maiden Major title.

Sergio spoke about his new found attitude, and Seve’s 60th Birthday;

“I accepted what Augusta gives and takes, and I think because of that, I’m able to stand here today.”

“Demonstration of my character and my mentality, how positive I stayed even when things weren’t going that well on 10 and 11.”

“I have a beautiful life, Major or no major, I’ve said it many, many times. I have an amazing life.”

“To do it on Seve’s 60th birthday and to join him and Olazábal, my two idols in golf my whole life, it’s something amazing.”

“José sent me a text on Wednesday night telling me how much he believed in me.  And what I needed to do.  And just pretty much believe in myself.” 

Sergio gets it done, a playoff for the ages & Kuch's ace

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Justin enjoyed the tussle, and was happy for Sergio to get his maiden Major win;

“A wonderful battle, if I had anybody to lose to, it would be Sergio. He’s had his fair share of heartbreaks.”

“It was encouraging to see the crowd get behind him. I think they realized he paid his dues.”

An Ex Champion, Charl Schwartzel was in third place, at -6 under par, a last round -4 under par 68 giving him that place on his own.

 

 

 

The Masters. Two Tied at the Top after 54 Holes.

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There are two players tied at the top of The Masters leaderboard after 54 holes at Augusta National Golf Club. Justin Rose, from England, and Sergio Garcia, Spain, have a one shot lead going into the final round tomorrow.

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Justin fired the low round of the day, -5 under par 67, to share The Masters lead with Sergio, -2 under 70 today, both at -6 under par for the Major tournament.

Justin explained his low round to reporters, and his desire to win here;

“It all happened for me the last eight holes, I think the patience I showed on the front nine was probably the key to moving well on the back nine.”

“I had my head down. I knew I was creeping up on the leaders and then I had that quick birdie-birdie finish to put me pretty much right up there tied for the lead.”

“It all seemed to happen really fast, setting up a really fun day tomorrow.”

“I’m a Major champion but I’m looking for more and I’m certainly looking for my first Masters and my first Green Jacket.”

“This is a place I dearly love and would dearly love to be part of the history here.”

Sergio said he had a good day today;

“It was a good day.”

“I was able to fight hard with what I had, stayed very patient all day and it was nice to shoot a two under that was a good solid score.”

“I need to be extra patient, I need to not lose my head, I need to stay calm and make sure no matter what happens, I need to keep going in the same direction because it feels good to me and I’m sure it looks good too.”

“So no matter what happens I need to stay within myself.”

“We still have one day to go, it’s not going to be easy, we’re going to have to play hard again and hopefully we will have a good solid chance coming into the last four or five holes.”

Rickie Fowler, USA, holds third place at -5 under par, a -1 under 71 today, not quite what he was looking for.

Jordan Spieth, -4 under 68 today, Ryan Moore -3 under 69  and Charley Hoffman with an even par 72 third round are tied in fourth place at -4 under par.

Shell Houston Open. Rickie Rampant in 1st Round

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Rickie Fowler was rampant in the 1st round of the  Shell Houston Open with a bogey free 64, in wet and muddy conditions.

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Rickie fired a bogey free -8 under par 64 in the opening round of the Shell Houston Open at the Golf Club of Houston.

Rickie was happy with the breaks he got in the wet muddy conditions;

“I felt like I got some good breaks with having mud on the same side as where the trouble was and that I could kind of keep it fairly conservative.”

 “If the mud was kind of kicking in, it ended up being a good shot.”

“It’s probably more nervous when you get out there on the mound than we really ever get or maybe close to Ryder Cup nerves.”

 “You’re just hoping not to screw up.”

Sung Kang, from South Korea, is in second place, just one shot back at -6 under par following his first round -7 under par 65, which included a bogey;

“I don’t know anything about the future, and whatever happens, happens.”

 “I’ll just keep doing what I can do the next few days, and I’ll accept the results.”

Sharing third place are Jhonattan Vegas, Stewart Cink and Kyle Stanley, all at -6 under after their opening rounds of 66.

Seven players are tied in fourth position with scores of -5 under par; Justin Rose, Hudson Swafford, Troy Merritt, Russell Henley and Tom Hodge. Hopefully tomorrow the course will have dried out from the recent heavy rains.

 

 

 

Genesis Open. Dustin Wins & Becomes World#1.

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Dustin Johnson wins the Genesis Open, & becomes World #1 at the same time, at Riviera Country Club in California.

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Dustin cruised to his win and World #1 tag shooting an even par last round of 71 at the Genesis Open. A -17 under par total giving him a five shot winning margin;

“Feels good. I finished second here a couple of times, lost in a playoff. Came close some other times.”

“It finally feels nice to win on a golf course I really enjoy playing.”

“It sounds good, today was a long day. I played really great all day.”

“I drove it really well with my new M1 driver. I couldn’t have drove it any better.”

“That was a big key for me today.”

“I didn’t finish the last 10 holes the way I’d like to, but I had a pretty good lead. I was on cruise control.”

“It gives me a lot of confidence. It’s going to push me to work even harder and try to get even better.”

 “Sometimes, 36-hole days are good, I had 14 minutes from when I signed my card until I teed off. I didn’t have time to do anything.”

“I got up at 4:30 this morning. Right now, the only thing I’m looking forward to is getting in bed.”

Thomas Pieters, -8 under 63 today, and Scott Brown, -4 under 67, finished tied for second place, both at -12 under par.

Tied in fourth place at -11 under par were Justin Rose, Wesley Brian, Kevin Na and Charley Hoffman.

Wesley said of Dustin; 

“Honestly, I’m surprised it took so long for him to get to No. 1 in the world.”

“He’s got all the talent that you could ever want in a golfer.”

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.”

Farmers Insurance Open. Justin Rose Leads.

 

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Justin Rose leads the Farmers Insurance Open after the first round at Torrey Pines in California.Justin Rose shot 65 on the North Course during Round 1 of the Farmers Insurance Open. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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Justin carded a first round -7 under par 65, on the North Course, to lead the Farmers Insurance Open, making some putts along the way, with two Eagles in his last three holes;

“It can be a tricky week here.”

“The South Course is really tough and if you don’t go low on the North Course you are going to feel like you’re behind.”

“But I’ve been making some putts and I drove the ball really well, especially on the par fives.”

Adam Hadwin, last weeks 59 man claimed second place with an opening round -6 under 66, on the South Course, and was happy with the result;

“I don’t want to say it was as good as a 59, but it was pretty darn good.”

Five players share third place at -5 under par, Gary Woodland, Charles Howell 111, Beau Hossler and Trey Mullinex all shot -5 under 67 on the North Course, while Brad Fritsch carded -5 under 67 on the South Course.

The much acclaimed return of Tiger Woods to the Tour, sadly unraveled as he carded +4 over par 76 on the South Course, and is now in danger of missing the cut here, which would be the first time in his career, not a milestone he was thinking of when he started out today. He blamed the slow play and cooler conditions than he was used to;

“We were playing so much slower today than I’m used to. ‘

 ‘It was weird waiting that much. I’m not used to doing that at home where I guess we’re kind of flying a little quicker than this. It was just a different rhythm.”

” It’s much cooler than what we have at home,  I’m just trying to get used to a little bit of this.”

“I fought my tail off out there, I fought hard. It was nice to put together a round when I wasn’t hitting it that great early.”

“I was in a good spot to really shoot a good round today.”

“I didn’t really have my best stuff early, but I got through there. And that’s one of the positives I’m going to take out of it.”

 

Sony Open. Justin Duly Wins at the Big “W”

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Justin Thomas duly wins in Hawaii at the Sony Open at the Big “W” the Waialae Golf Club.

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Justin shot a final round -5 under par 65 to win the Sony Open by seven shots, at -27 under par. This week he lead wire to wire, carded a 59, set a new low scoring PGA Tour record. This stat will amaze you, in 2017 Justin is -49 under par for eight rounds !!!

Justin said he was nervous at the start of play today and a good par saving putt early on settled him down;

“It’s been an unbelievable week.”

“It was really hard. I was really nervous this morning. I just had a hard time getting in a comfortable mind frame.”

“I felt like I was doing what I needed to do early. I was making some pars, besides that bad bogey on four, but that par putt on six was huge.”

“I think if I miss that I start maybe worrying a little bit. I just tried to stay patient.”

Justin Rose claimed second place at -20 under, following his last round -6 under par 64.

Jordan Spieth grabbed third place, a final round -7 under par 63 elevating up the leaderboard, to finish with a -19 under par total.

Jordan was full of praise for Justin Thomas;

“I was telling caddie Michael Greller out there, honestly it felt like we were playing a different tournament.”

“I honestly felt like I was trying to win the tournament for second place. J.T. just pretty unbelievable what he’s doing right now.”

“He’s got full control of his game, full confidence, and he’s executing under pressure. It’s a lot of fun to see.

“I wouldn’t say a good player that’s hot, and I wouldn’t say it’s birth of a guy either. I would say it’s just a tremendous player who’s already been at that level, just takes winning a couple of times, I think.”