PGA Championship, Jason Jogs To Victory.

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Jason Day jogs his way to his first Major win in the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.

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Jason burst into tears, not very Aussie like, at winning the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. His last round -5 under par 67 obliterated the field as he posted a tournament score of -20 under par.

Jason defended his tearful outburst;

“I didn’t expect I was going to cry, a lot of emotion has come out because I’ve been so close so many times and fallen short.”

“It’s been a long journey, I didn’t expect to ever grow up beyond the PGA Tour.”

“The work that I’ve put into my game ever since I was a 12-year-old kid and to be able to stand in front of a crowd like this today and win the PGA Championship is pretty special.”

“I’m being all emotional here but it’s an amazing feeling.”

“To be able to play the way I did today, especially with Jordan in my group, I could tell that he was the favorite. Just to be able to finish the way I did was amazing.”

“Not being able to finish, it would have been tough for me mentally to really kind of come back from that.”

“Even though I feel like I’m a positive person, I think that in the back of my mind something would have triggered and I would have gone, `Maybe I can’t really finish it off.'”

“It felt like I was mentally and physically grinding it out as hard as I could. I wasn’t going to stop fighting until it was over.”

“I knew today was going to be tough, but I didn’t realize how tough it was going to be.”

“I learned a lot about myself, being able to finish the way I did. The experiences that I’ve had in the past with previous major finishes has definitely helped me prepare myself for a moment like this.”

“As long as I am healthy, I feel like I’m going to be there a long time.”

“I still want to accomplish that No. 1 goal of mine, which is to be the best player in the world. I’m still motivated and still very hungry for that, even after this win.”

Playing partner, and great rival, Jordan Spieth finished in second place, three shots back at -17 under par. A final round -4 under par 68 no where near good enough in the company he was playing with, but good enough to give him the number one player in the World title;

“He played like he’d won seven or eight majors, he took it back. He wailed it. It was a stripe show.”

“This is as easy a loss as I’ve ever had because I felt that I not only couldn’t do much about it as the round went on, I also accomplished one of my lifelong goals in the sport of golf.”

“That will never be taken away from me now. I’ll always be a No. 1 player in the world.”

Branden Grace collected third place  at -15 under par, a final round -3 under par 69 not his best effort. Justin Rose was in fourth position on his own, he too did not perform well in the last round carding just -2 under par 70, for a -14 under par total.

 

 

 

PGA Championship. Jason Puts Daylight, between him and Jordan.

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Jason Day has put some daylight between himself and second placed Jordan Spieth at the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.

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Jason carded an eagle, eight birdies, two bogeys and a double in his third round at the PGA Championship, which added up to a -6 under par 66 on the day and a total of -15 under par, and importantly a two shot cushion heading into the final round tomorrow.

He will carry on giving it 100%, to finally land his first Major title;

“I played great all three rounds and I’ve just got to keep pushing forward, keep grinding it out the best I can and just give it 100 per cent tomorrow.”

“Overall I feel pretty confident in my abilities to really just keep moving forward and stay patient with myself.”

Second placed Jordan, at -13 under par for the tournament, also scored a -6 under par 66 today. He wants to claim his third Major of the year, and join an illustrious band, Tiger Woods (2000) and Ben Hogan (1953;

“Very pleased to have a chance to win another major.”

Third place is shared between Branden Grace and Justin Rose, both on -12 under par for the title.

Branden carded a bogey free -8 under par 64 to put himself into contention, and says he is finally getting used to playing in America, and likes it;

“I think I’m finally getting the hang of America, this is a dream to play out here. I think I’ve been playing some great golf.”

“The US Open was a good one coming into this and even the Open Championship, just getting the confidence up, knowing that I can do it, can play in this environment and under this pressure.”

“I’m as excited as can be. It’s another chance, this is what we all play for.”

“We all play to give ourselves the opportunity to get close to a major championship and we’re all here for the same reason;  we want to win this thing.”

“It’s just about getting out tomorrow, getting out on the first tee with a smile and hopefully the smile can be there all day.”

Justin was annoyed at his bogey at the last, and is still having problems with 4, carding double bogey there for the last two days;

“The fourth has cost me a couple of doubles there, so if I can figure that one out tomorrow it will help.”

“The only thing that will taste a little sour is that bogey on 18.”

“I hit a good tee shot and was staring down the barrel with a seven iron. I thought it was a good club and misjudged the wind and it came up short, but I was really pleased with the way I hung in there today.”

 “I can freewheel it a bit tomorrow. Obviously I have the luxury to not have to sleep on the lead and stress about anything.”

“I can have the nothing to lose mentality tomorrow.”

“It is going to be tricky tomorrow if it is windy. That’s a harder environment to guard your lead and keep moving forward and it enables the chasing pack to do a better job of catching up.”

Tiger Woods missed the cut here, his third straight Major cut in a row.  Rory McIlroy has decided to cut out The Barclays, to rest his injured ankle;

“I’m going to take a couple of weeks off just to sort of re-assess everything, and I’ll start back in the playoffs at Boston.”

 “Then play through the FedExCup. Then I’ve got to play Frys.com and then I’m playing maybe a couple more after that, Dubai and China.”

 

 

PGA Championship. Wind & Rain @ Whistling, Stop Play.

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Wind and rain storms stop play in the second round of the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. A really vicious thunderstorm packing 40 mph winds caused the second round to be suspended until Saturday morning.

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The Australian pair of Matt Jones and Jason Day sit on top of the PGA Championship, as play has suspended due to the storms. Both have second round totals of -9 under par, but have yet to complete those rounds on the Whistling Straits course.

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Jason was more than happy to get off the course, and come back tomorrow;

“I’m glad that we are in.”

“It can get a little dangerous out there. It’s a good idea to come back in the morning.”

“We’ll see how it goes tomorrow, we’ve got some scoring holes, and some tough ones to finish on. But I’m real happy to be done.”

Justin Rose is in third place alone a -8 under par, he has just one hole left to play in the second round. Predicting the stoppage of play has left him unpopular with his playing partners, but he is still certain of his own abilities;

“I opened my big mouth to the boys playing with us, I said, the end is in sight, and 30 seconds later, they blew the horn. So my name is mud all over here.”

“I’m playing better than anyone in the world right now tee-to-green.”

There is a three-way tie for 4th spot, at -7 under par, David Lingmerth has completed his second round, and shares that place with Tony Finau and Harris English, both of these players have yet to finish the second round.

Overnight leader Dustin Johnson has suffered a few nerves today, he is currently +1 on the round with four holes to play, with a tournament total of -5 under par.

Jordan Spieth made a move today, carding a completed round of -5 under par 67, to move up to T7 at -6 under par.

Rory McIlroy had another -1 under par round to total -2 under par for the competition, and now has a long way to go to defend his title.

Tiger Woods is battling to make the cut, at +2 over par. An uncompleted second round see’s him at +4 over, with five holes to play, a tall order.

Among the notables missing the cut were, Shane Lowry, last weeks winner, Zach Johnson, Padraig Harrington, Jimmy Walker, Graeme McDowell, Ian Poulter and Adam Scott.

WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Shane Lowry Lifts The Trophy.

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Shane Lowry lifts the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational trophy at Firestone Country Club,

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A delighted Shane Lowry won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational with a bogey free final round -4 under par 66, to post a -11 under par total, which no one could catch.

Shane thought about lifting the trophy while sipping his morning coffee at Starbucks, he did not tee off until 2 pm;

“You just think about lifting that trophy on the 18th green.”

Then when I’m in a good frame of mind, I let myself do it, and I give myself a little slap in the face and say, right, you need to get back to work, back to doing what you do best.”

“It’s fairly special to go out and do that and such a good feel to shoot a bogey-free 66 on the golf course like that.”

“I know it will stay with me now for the rest of my career, and hopefully I’ve got a long career ahead of me.”

He spoke about the pieces of luck that came his way today, definitely outrageous, in an Irish kind of way, first on the 10th and the second on the final hole.

For the 10th he said;

“I was quite lucky because I got a drop, and the drop actually took me back onto a little bit of an up-slope, which meant I could get the ball in the air quicker, and I could end up clearing the tree pretty comfortable.” 

And the 18th;

“I was just going in there praying that I could get it down there on the green.”

” It actually had a pretty horrific lie. It was sitting down in a hole. It was almost like someone had stood on it, but it was where the crowd was walking.” 

““I was trying to get it on the front right of the green but pulled it a little bit, it went through the tree and the rest is history.”

Both of these miraculous escapes ended in birdies !!!

In second place at -9 under par was Bubba Watson, he also carded a -4 under par 67 for his last round.

Jim Furyk and Justin Rose tied for third position, at -7 under par for the tournament.

Jim lamented his poor play for the last two day’s;

“I’ll go out and say, not only didn’t I hit it well, I hit the ball very poorly the last 27 holes.”

“I was covering up with putts early in the week. And under the gun, it got me a little worse on the weekend. We’ve got some work to do.”

Justin blamed the putter for his bad day on the greens;

“I played half decent today, it’s no problem.” 

“The early three putt made me tentative with the putter. Even around the turn, I had a great chance at number ten for birdie and three putted. 

“I had a great chance at 11 and a great chance at 12.”

“I did enough tee to green, but even the putter was under pressure on the tee to green play. So it just stems from that.”

 

 

WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Jim & Justin Joint Leaders.

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Jim Furyk and Justin Rose are joint leaders of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational after 54 holes at Firestone County Club.

 

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Justin shot a bogey free third round -7 under par 63 to join Jim at the top of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational leaderboard at -9 under par. Before Justin suddenly came alive he had gone 30 holes without a birdie, that all changed today;

“I guess that shows it just evens out, really, if you can stay the course and stay patient, kind of believe that you’re going to get your run eventually.”

“Yesterday, when I shot 71, I actually played really well, not much different to today.”

“I drove it just as well yesterday as I did today, which is obviously the key to setting up a good round of golf around here.” 

“It just didn’t happen really yesterday.” 

“But I came into today with a belief that I was still playing well and probably made the adjustment mentally that possibly I was giving the course a bit too much respect yesterday.” 

“I haven’t seen a putt go in all week from outside eight feet, it feels like.” 

“So to knock that ball in on the last, it was a nice bonus for sure.”

Jim could not respond to the challenge, he carded a third round -1 under par on a day when nothing really went his way. Even when finding a rare fairway on the 18th, the ball ended up in an old divot, He did manage to save par at the last, and he is still there in position to finally win at Firestone;

“I felt pretty good about the round all in all, I felt like I struck the ball pretty well on the front nine. I drove the ball beautifully and hit a lot of fairways.”

“I had opportunities but didn’t knock in some putts that I probably could have or should have, and felt like the front nine could have been better. 

“But then on the back nine, I missed a bunch of fairways. I think, when I finally did hit one on 18, I was in a divot and an awful lie.”

“I finally hit a fairway and still couldn’t make a good swing at it. I really just kind of gutted it out and ground it out and made the best I could of the back nine.” 

“I really think I scored well to shoot level par and kind of held myself in the golf tournament.” 

“Where it felt like maybe I could have got a little more out of the front, I got a lot out of the back, and it probably all evened out in the long run.”

Shane Lowry has third position all to himself, a -3 under par 67 keeping him in sight of the leaders, with his -7 under par total.

There are four players tied in fourth position, at -4 under par, five shots in arrears, Steven Bowditch, Henrik Stenson, Bubba Watson and Ian Poulter.

Ian was another player who certainly made a move on moving day, shooting a third round -5 under par 65, to get himself into contention on the last day.

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Poults was happy with his fast start, carding birdie on three of the first six holes;

“I got off to a nice start today, which is just what I needed.”

Steve also got a good start to the day and carried it on to match Justin with a -7 under par 63 today;

 “The front nine was very much a struggle again with my golf swing. I felt uncomfortable, and I was stuck in some places.”

“Then I made a really good swing on 14. I hit a really good drive down there and created a feeling that I had the last sort of six or seven weeks.” 

“From there, I didn’t miss a golf shot. I hit it dead where I wanted to hit it basically. Hopefully, I can carry it into tomorrow.”

 

Quicken Loans National. Two Tied at the Top, but not Tiger.

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Kevin Chappell and Troy Merritt are tied at the top of the Quicken Loans National, but not Tiger who everyone expected to see there.

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Kevin and Troy sit on top of the Quicken Loans National leaderboard with -14 under par totals, on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course.

Kevin had a -4 under par 67 third round, but had to bow to Troy  who posted a tournament record-10 under par 61.

Kevin has a simple game plan;

“You know, I’ve done a really good job of functioning this week.”

‘”That’s the grass. That’s the sky. That’s the hole. That’s my ball.’ Shoot the lowest score tomorrow and I win the golf tournament.”

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Troy had missed five consecutive cuts coming into this week, but now says things are sorted;

“The big thing is we put ourselves into contention for tomorrow and that was the goal.”

“I wanted to have a good week this week and I’ve been taking weekends off for two months now.”

“I finally made putts, it’s really frustrating the first few days hitting the ball really, really well and having good proximity to the hole and not getting much out of it.”

“Today I hit the ball really well and got a lot out of it.”

Sitting in third place is Rickie Fowler, at -13 under par, he had a third round -3 under par 68, which included a crazy 70 ft roller coaster of a putt which dropped in the hole, but overall he was not happy with his performance;

“Little frustrated with a couple mistakes that I made out there today, but excited about where I’m at.”

“I had a good number on seventeen and just made a bad swing. Got those out of the way and there’s tomorrow.”

Jason Bohn, Whee Kim, Charles Howell 111 and David Lingmerth share fourth place at -12 under par.

Charles is looking to keep the pressure on the leaders;

“I made some birdies and they’re out there, got to keep the pedal down tomorrow.”

Charles played alongside Tiger Woods, who slumped back again today, shooting +3 over par 74;

“I was waiting for the one moment, the one shot. I couldn’t find it.”

“Sometimes it’s one of those things you hit it awful on the range and go stripe it on the golf course.”

 “That wasn’t the case here.”

Defending champion Justin Rose has pulled himself up into contention with a third round -6 under par 65, and sits in the group at -11 under par for the tournament.

 

The Open. An Irish Amateur Shares the Lead.

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An Irish amateur Paul Dunne shares the lead at The Open Championship with Louis Oosthuizen and Jason Day at the end of round three on Sunday, at a calm St. Andrews.

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Paul Dunne shot a bogey free third round -6 under par 66, to share the clubhouse lead at -12 under par for the tournament. Louis and Jason both had -5 under par 65’s to join Paul at the top of a congested The Open Championship leaderboard.

Paul is the first amateur since the legendary Bobby Jones to lead The Open after 54 holes, Bobby went on to lift the Claret Jug at St Andrews in 1927.

Louis played alongside Paul, and this to say of the young mans talent;

“He’s played unbelievable golf, that second shot on 17 was one of the best I’ve seen.”

“I think he made me so nervous on my second shot because I was going a completely different route, low, running up there, and I tugged it a little bit to the left. But it was an amazing shot. He deserved to birdie that.”

Paul was asked if he could win The Open, he replied;

 “I don’t see why not. I’m well capable of shooting the scores that I need to win if everyone else doesn’t play their best.”

“Whether it happens or not, I can’t really control. I can just go out and try to play my game and see where it leaves me at the end of the day. Hopefully I play great again and post a good number.”

“It’s surreal I’m leading The Open, but I can easily believe that I shot the three scores that I shot.”

“If we were playing an amateur event here, I wouldn’t be too surprised by the scores I shot. It’s just lucky that it happens to be in the biggest event in the world.”

“Hopefully I can do it again tomorrow, but whether I do or not, you know, I’ll survive either way.”

In fourth place on his own is Masters Tournament and US Open Champion Jordan Spieth, who brought his grand slam dream back to life with a third round -6 under par 66, which has given him a tournament total of -11 under par, and just one shot back going into the final round tomorrow. History beckons.

Jordan insists he is not really thinking about it;

“It hasn’t come up in my head while I’ve been playing yet.”

“I can’t speak for tomorrow given it’s the last round and if I have a chance coming down the stretch, if it creeps in, I’ll embrace it. I’ll embrace the opportunity that presents itself.”

“I don’t look at it as a negative thing, I look at it almost as an advantage.”

“Why should it add more pressure in a negative way? If it adds more pressure, it just makes me feel like this is something that’s a little more special, let’s go ahead and get the job done.”

“I know it’s easier said than done, but when you say added pressure, most people associate that with negativity or something that can hinder what’s comfortable.”

“For me, I think it could be advantageous. You hit the ball a little bit further, you can really get your mind around a more specific target and block out other things.”

Fifth position belongs to another Irishman, the three-time Major winner Padraig Harrington, he posted a bogey free third round -7 under par 65, to reach -10 under par in the competition, and definitely has given himself a chance of grabbing another Major title. He joked with the media about this not being the final round;

“I always wanted to shoot 65 on Sunday at an Open. Unfortunately there’s another round to go.”

There are no less than nine players tied at -9 under par, in sixth place for the tournament; Australians Marc Leishman and Adam Scottanother amateur, American Jordan Niebrugge, Sergio Garcia from Spain, Justin Rose and Danny Willett from England, South African Retief Goosen, and two more Americans, Robert Streb and Zach Johnson.

Marc shot the low round of the day, a -8 under par 64, to put him in position to win his first Major.

Retief, the two-time US Open champion, was happy with his position;

“Three, four shots off the lead going into tomorrow is a good place to be.”

 “I’m feeling great. I have no back pain. I’d rather play bad golf and have no back pain than good golf and back pain and not being able to sleep or anything else.”

“I’ve had a good run in my career, but it’s nice to be up there and hopefully have a good day tomorrow, see where we end up.”

Longtime leader Dustin Johnson, who battled through the bad weather, collapsed in the calm conditions of the third round, carding +3 over par, and dropping to -7 under par for the tournament, and tied in 18th place, with his chances of picking up The Open Championship title in tatters.