Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. Jon Rahm Wins

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Jon Rahm, from Spain, wins the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club in Northern Ireland.

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Jon cruised to  Dubai Duty Free Irish Open victory with a blistering last round -7 under par 65, to post a winning total of -24 under par, and a six stroke margin over his nearest rival.

Jon now joins Seve Ballesteros, José María Olazábal and Sergio Garcia on an illustrious list of Spanish winners of the Irish Open;

“It’s such a great honor now just to be part of the history of this event.”

“Such a great country, such a great history in the tournament and such a great golf course.”

“To me it’s such a great week, it really is special for me to share it with three of my heroes.”

“I’ve been saying, I haven’t played my best golf and today, for 15 holes, I played the best golf I can ever play on the golf course with the weather that we had. Obviously the bonus of holing out on four was great.

“Man, this is a nice feeling.”

Richie Ramsay, Scotland, -7 under par 65 today, and Matthew Southgate, England, -6 under 66, shared second place at -18 under for the tournament.

Tied in fourth spot at -17 under were, Justin Rose, England, Daniel Im, USA, David Drysdale, Scotland and Ryan Fox of New Zealand.

Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. Jon Rahm Joins Daniel Im at the Top

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Jon Rahm, Spain, joins Daniel Im, USA, at the top of the  Dubai Duty Free Irish Open leaderboard after 54 holes at  Portstewart Golf Club, in Northern Ireland.

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Jon, -5 under par 67 shares the lead with Daniel, -4 under 68 at the top of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open leaderboard with -17 under par totals for 54 holes.

Jon’s putter was red hot on the back nine, as he tries to add to Spanish history at this event;

“It could be a very special day tomorrow, this tournament has a great Spanish history and it would be great to join that.”

“To achieve a goal that wasn’t in my mind or in my plans at the beginning of the year would be absolutely special.”

“The putts weren’t dropping on the front nine but I just stayed patient.”

“I just told myself just hit in on the fairway, put it on the green and at some point they’re going to go in.”

Benjamin Herbert, France, is in third place, one shot back at -16 under par, following his third round -3 under 69.

Hideto Tanihara, Japan, holds fourth position on his own at -15 under par, he scored -6 under 66 today to move up the leaderboard.

Julien Quesne, France, has -14 under par, while Scott Hend, Australia, Ryan Fox, New Zealand, and Justin Rose and Oliver Fisher from England, are all at -13 under par for the tournament, and are still very much in it.

BMW PGA Championship. Andrew Dodt Has 54 Hole Lead.

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Andrew Dodt, of Australia has the 54 hole lead in the BMW PGA Championship on a windy West Course at Wentworth, in England.

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Andrew Dodt, approach to the last

Andrew carded -4 under par 68  in the third round,to take the lead into the final round of the BMW PGA Championship, with a -8 under par total.

He mentioned in the windy conditions in interview;

“It was a different wind direction to the first two days.”

“It was pretty tricky, the first 12 holes were really tough with the greens firm.”

Branden Grace, South Africa, who earlier in the competition had received a controversial free drop lies in second place at -7 under par, compiling -2 under par 70 today.

Francesco Molinari, Italy, +2 over 74 today, and Lee Westwood, England, with an even par round of 72 today, share third place at -5 under par.

The Olympic Champion Justin Rose, who yesterday made an Eagle at the last to make the cut, carded -2 under 70 in his third round and is now at even par for the tournament. If the wind continues to blow tomorrow he could have a chance if he can produce an early low round and set a reasonable clubhouse target.

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.

Rickie Fowler Round 1 highlights from Shell

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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.”