Memorial Tournament. David Lingmerth Wins in Play-Off

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David Lingmerth wins the Memorial Tournament in play-off against Justin Rose at Muirfield Village Golf Club.

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David shot a last round – 3 under par 69 to equal the Memorial Tournament total of Justin Rose at -15 under par, setting up a play-off for the title.

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The three-hole playoff was the longest in Memorial Tournament history and with David having lost his previous two play-offs. Sweden has won on the European Tour and PGA this week a first time event I think. David gave credit to his Uncle for getting him to play golf in the first place. He spoke about the 20ft putt that Justin dropped in at the first play-off hole, thinking before that he could win the tournament right there, and then he had to sink his 10 footer just to stay in it;

“It’s an honor being here, and winning is surreal.”

“If I didn’t have him, I might not even have played golf, he’s pushed me and tried to get me to the mindset that I can do whatever I set my mind to.”

“Playoffs are exciting and my heart was beating, but I think I handled it pretty well.”

”I was thinking to myself that I’d probably have a putt to win the tournament right there,’ and then he drops it in, and this big, huge roar.”

“Crazy feeling. So I took a few moments just to let the crowd and myself calm down because I knew how big that next putt was going to be.”

“I’ve been in a few playoffs. You win some, you lose some. But I didn’t feel that it was my turn to lose this time. I was telling myself that I was going to make that putt.”

Justin lost a three shot lead at the start of play, he talked about David making that putt and the poor drive on the 3rd play-off hole that lead to defeat;

”He needs to look back at that putt that kept it going on the first extra hole, he did everything he needed to.”

“I hit pretty much as good a shot as I could hit from the lie, I just tried to dig out a 3-wood.”

“I was trying to get it in the left bunker, and I couldn’t quite get enough cut on it to get it to the left bunker. But I was pretty much aiming 80 yards left of the green.”

”When I made that putt on the first extra hole, I thought, wow, I’m going to steal this one, but it wasn’t to be.”

 Jordan Spieth tied in third place , he closed with a -7 under par 65 and finished up only two shots behind the leaders in a tie with Francesco Molinari  at -13 under par.

Jordan said the Golfing Gods were not with him today;

“The golf gods were not on my side today.” 

“They were certainly a little nicer today than they have been. But I would call it kind of evening out over the day.”

“On a course like this, you’re going to get some unlucky breaks more than you will catch good ones just given how tough it is.”

Best not to ask about Tiger Woods who obviously finished in last place, by a long shot.

 

Memorial Tournament. Justin Rose Has the Advantage.

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Ex Champion Justin Rose has the advantage at the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club, and will take a three shot lead into the final round.

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Justin separated himself from the field, shooting a third round -6 under par 66 to post a Memorial Tournament total of -15 under par.

Justin’s caddie, Mark Fulcher told him he liked their position going into this round;

“It kind of made me feel that there’s no panic, there’s no rush, you don’t have to force anything, just let it come to me.”

“And that’s the kind of round I played today. I didn’t force any hole. I didn’t force any shot.  But I hit the right shot at the right time which helped me build the score.”

“I was definitely feeling the pressure for a number of years to notch my first PGA TOUR victory, and it had become pretty elusive.”

” As time ticks on, it becomes harder and harder, so to finally do it and do it at a place like this and a tournament of this stature was fantastic.”  

“It definitely began to set me in a very good course, this tournament five years ago.”

“I felt excited about the Memorial and the U.S. Open, I felt excited about these weeks.”

“Now I’m in a situation where I want to win every year.”

“I’ve got that nice run going six years in a row with victories. Now there’s pressure to win every year, so you certainly don’t get complacent.”

In an International top three, Francesco Molinari and David Lingmerth share second place at -12 under par.

David kind of cooled off, carding an even par 72 third round, while Francesco kept up the pressure with -3 under par 69, in his first ever appearance here at Muirfield Village.

David said he lost concentration for a little while;

“I started missing a couple of shots and just kind of lost focus.”

“I got down on myself a little bit and I got a little frustrated.”

“Fortunately, though, I was able to turn it around here a little bit in the end.”

Jim Furyk is the highest placed American, alone in fourth place at -11 under par, a -2 under round keeping him in touch with the leaders. He hopes to pick the right places to be and play well tomorrow;

“There’s places to attack on this golf course and there’s places to play conservative, and I’m going to try to pick and choose those places tomorrow and hopefully do well.”

Tiger Woods totally imploded with his worst ever professional round, +13 over par 85 and  declined to speak to the media after his round.

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Phil Mickelson also stumbled along today, +6 over par 78, leaving him at +2 over par for the tournament.

It was not too long ago, when Tiger was number one, and every one assumed that when he slipped down Phil would naturally just step up take on the mantle of being the worlds best golfer. For one reason or another it just did not happen.

 

Memorial Tournament. Lingmerth Leads.

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David Lingmerth, from Sweden, leads the Memorial Tournament at the half-way stage at Muirfield Village Golf Club, in Ohio.

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David had a second round -7 under par 65 to lead the Memorial Tournament after 36 holes with a -12 under par total.

David, who usually makes slow starts to rounds, yesterday he was  +2 over par after four holes, but has made 14 birdies and no bogeys since;

“All of a sudden I just started playing the way I know I can, and it was pretty stress-free after those four holes yesterday.”

David got his first set of clubs, and some coaching from his uncle Goran, who played in the NFL, with the Cleveland Browns;

“I got my first set of clubs from him when I was 12. If I didn’t have him, I might not even have played golf.”

“He’s pushed me and tried to get me to the mindset that I can do whatever I set my mind to.”

“So he’s been a good inspiration in so many ways. When I moved over here for college, he was like my second dad.”

Jason Dufner is in second place at -11 under par, carding a second round -5 under par 67, and in the first two days has scored four eagles,  a hole-in-one with a six iron at the 201-yard, par-3 16th hole. Jason is only the third player, since 1983, to card an ace and three other eagles in his first 36 holes of a PGA TOUR stroke-play event.

Jason actually spoke to the media today, about the hole in one;

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“It looked pretty good from my vantage point.”

“I’m hitting it really good, I’m having enough good holes, good shots, to offset some of the mistakes I’ve had.”

“Probably the best I’ve ever done.” 

Tied in third place are Ryan Moore and Andy Sullivan, at -10 under par. Andy shot the low round of the day, -8 under par 64, while Ryan carded a second round -5 under par 67.

 Andy has won twice on the European Tour in 2015, but is making his first stroke-play start in the United States. His only other start in the U.S. came at this year’s World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play;

“I’m just grateful for Mr. Nicklaus and Don Sullivan to give me the invite to come out and have the opportunity to play. So I’ll try and take full advantage of it.”

The defending champion Hideki Matsuyama is in a group of six players all at -9 under par.

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Hideki did not play as well today as the first round;

“Today was back to the same old grind. So it’s right to the practice range right now and see if I can get it figured out. I’ll be there a while.”

Joining Hideki on -9 under are, Justin Rose, Jim Furyk, Francesco Molinari, Brendon Todd and Patrick Rodgers.

Tiger Woods made the cut on the number, -1 under par, but insists he is making progress;

 “That’s the whole idea of going forward. You have to be able to do it on the golf course, even if it’s bad.”

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The Players. Day 2. Two Tied at the Top

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There are two players tied at the top of The Players, Jerry Kelly and Kevin Na both had good rounds today, while some big names failed to make the cut.

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Kevin and Jerry hold a two shot lead at -8 under par for 36 holes at The Players at TPC Sawgrass in Florida.

Jerry with a magnificent -7 under par 65 against Kevin’s more modest -3 under par 69 to both get to -8 under par for the tournament.

Kevin has overcome a terrible bout of “The Yips” which at times prevented him from taking the club back;

“I had the yips, that’s what it was.”

“A lot of the guys when you have that, they fall off the planet.”

“They play poorly and nobody really sees and hears about it. But the weird case was, I was playing some of my best golf and I couldn’t take the club back.”

“How does a guy not take the club back every time he hits it, and it goes down the middle?”

“I don’t know. Do you want to open up my brain and check it out? I don’t know. I try to not think about it. I got over it.”

“Having the yips, I think because I went through that, I’m a better player now.”

“I hope people get over that and see me as just a guy that’s playing well on TOUR versus a guy that couldn’t take the club back.”

Bernhard Langer is a player who could not control the putting yips, which is why he uses the Long Putter. Not sure if Bernhard will retire from golf at the end of this year, when long putters will be banned. On the other side of the coin, Bernhard holds the record for the most birdies made at the treacherous 17th in The Players, some 25 of them in his career. Ironically he also holds the record for the longest putt holed at the 17th, 59 feet 9 inches. Sadly He missed the cut here this year.

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Jerry carded a -7 under par 65 second round, and reported that he lives on adrenaline;

“I enjoy adrenaline, I am 48. I know it almost ravages the body as much as it helps it as you start getting older, but I would like to hang out for another couple of days and have some fun with it.”

“I figured I would have another chance at this golf course, I didn’t think it would be that long, but it’s just strange. This whole career has gone by in the blink of an eye.”

There are four players tied in third place, two shots back at -6 under par for the tournament, Branden Grace, David Hearn, Chris Kirk and the ever-present Rickie Fowler.

Rickie could have had second place on his own, but a loose shot on the par 5 16th found water, leading to a bogey.

Rickie and Ian Poulter were tied in a magazine survey with 24 percent of the vote, for the most overrated player on tour. Rickie was not worried about the comments of his peers;

“If there’s a time where I need something to kind of give me a kick in the butt, then I can think of that and it will put me in the right frame of mind to go out there and take care of business.”

 World number one Rory McIlroy stumbled a bit today, he too could have been better except for a trip to the water. He finished with a -1 under par 71 and a -4 under par total;

“A lot can happen, and I feel like I’m in a decent position.”

Tiger made the cut on the number, but Phil Mickleson, Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose, Jason Day, Lee Westwood and Luke Donald all had to go home early.

Phil was left wondering how he ever won here;

“I was thinking to myself as I was walking around, `I can’t believe I’ve actually won here,’ you know?”

 

 

Zurich Classic. Rosie Wins

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Rosie, Justin Rose wins the Zurich Classic, in fine fashion at TPC Louisiana, firing 65 and 66 in the final rounds today. Birdies on the last two hole set up the win.

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Justin has now won in six consecutive PGA TOUR seasons, and he is excited about the rest of this season, after he finished here with 65 & 66 for a -22 under par winning total;

“I’m really excited about the rest of the year now.”

“Six years in a row is not easy to do, and I’m actually incredibly grateful and proud of that stat.”

“It’s a good momentum starter for me. I tried to tell myself that this year for me is going to be about April to September, when the big tournaments come around, that’s when I want to play well.”

“You look at Rory’s year last year, it was all about how he played in the summer. I’m very happy it turned around this week in a major championship.”

“It’s an event I’ve played many times. I feel like year in and year out I’ve been closer and closer, and I always joke with the Zurich guys that this is my fifth major.”

“They’ve become such good friends of mine. Any win is sweet but when you get to share it with people you’re close to, it’s fantastic.”

“Earlier this year, it looked impossible to win, I was struggling with my game, and when you are struggling with your game, sometimes winning seems very far off.”

“As a player to make the putt exactly when you need to is huge, I don’t think I’ve made a putt to win a PGA TOUR event outright like that before. That was the first time I’ve had a significant length putt to win.”

Alone in second place was Cameron Tringale, a final round -7 under par 65 nearly getting him into a playoff. He needed to chip in at the par 5 last hole for an Eagle to equal Rosie’s score, the attempt came up inches short.

Boo Weekley came in third at -20 under par, he also shot a final round -7 under par 65.

The scoring was particularly low for the third and fourth rounds, because of the wet conditions the players were allowed to lift clean and place the ball, on the fairway.

 

The Quest for the Green Jacket. Day 4. Wire to Wire Winner Jordan

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Jordan Spieth duly became the fifth wire to wire winner of The Masters at Augusta following his record breaking four days of competition.

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Jordan carded a final round -2 under par 70 to win his Green Jacket, with a record equaling -18 under par total. He was never really challenged during the day, where he started and finished with a four shot lead. He still said it was a test of nerves;

“It was very nerve-wracking.”

“I thought it might be easier today than yesterday but it wasn’t. I did not sleep well last night. With two major champions right behind me I could not let up.”

“It’s the most incredible week of my life. This is as great as it gets in our sport. It’s a dream come true for me.”

“I did not break 70 last year even having a chance to win so to shoot some low scores and hear those roars is very special.”

“I saw my friends and family behind the green and knew it was a done deal. It did not kick in there and it still has not kicked in. I am still in shock a little bit.”

“It was cool to share that experience with them because they have not been there the couple of times I have won.”

Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson shared second place at -14 under par, Phil had a last round -3 under par 69, which included an Eagle from the bunker at the par five 15th hole, while Justin had -2 under par 70 last round.

Justin reported that he and Jordan got off to a great start, and also remembered his mistakes;

“It was a great start for Jordan and myself with two birdies in the first three holes, but the key moment for me was not getting up and down from right of the eighth and three-putting the ninth.”

Fourth spot went to Rory McIlroy, at -12 under par, recovering somewhat to shoot one of the low rounds of the day -6 under par 66, and stays at number one in the world.

Rory was pleased for Jordan;

“It’s awfully impressive, it’s nice to get your major tally up and running at an early stage in your career.”

“It’s great to see, great for the game, and I’m sure there will be many more.”

“If someone had told me I would finish 12 under at the start of the week I would have taken it and sat back and seen where I finished.”

“Jordan started fantastically well and has kept his foot down and been really impressive.”

 

The Quest for the Green Jacket. Day 3. Jordan Gets the Jitters.

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In the quest for the Green Jacket, Jordan Spieth got the jitters in the third round of The Masters at Augusta.

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Jordan got the jitters, shooting a third round -2 under par 70 at The Masters, and he still set a new 54-hole scoring record at -16 under par. To comfort him a little, he still has a formidable four shot lead going into the final on Sunday at Augusta. Jordan thought -2 under today was a good score;

“I thought two under would be a good score today but obviously being four under and closing at two under is disappointing, but it could have been worse and I was very pleased with that up and down on eighteen.”

“It took some guts to hit that flop shot and the par putt was huge, one of the biggest putts I have ever hit.”

“Obviously I would have liked to finish the round a little better, but it could have been worse.”

“I was very frustrated. I didn’t do any scoreboard watching until the 15th and then knew I was six clear and pars were good scores on the last two holes.”

“Driver should never have come out of my bag at that point. I was getting a little erratic with the driver and could have hit three wood, eight iron.”

The chasers made up some ground today, most notably Justin Rose, who was one of those who fired third rounds of -5 under par 67. Justin now stands in second place at -12 under par for the competition, and will probably have to equal, or better that score in the final round if he wants to win the title.

Justin will be with Jordan tomorrow, and said it will be nice to keep watch on him;

“He’s playing incredible golf but it’ll be great to keep an eye on him.”

“You have to put it on the line and you’ve got to make committed, aggressive swings under pressure. That’s what I’m going to do tomorrow.”

Another -5 under par 67 came from Phil Mickelson, giving him third place on his own at -11 under par. Charley Hoffman slipped back today, a -1 under par 71 leaving him with -10 under for the competition, which is still four shots clear of the main bunch.

The chasing posse are all at -6 under par, ten shots off the pace, Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Kevin Na, Kevin Streelman and Dustin Johnson.

Rory and Tiger both had rounds of -4 under par 67, and still have a long way to go to even challenge for second place. Which probably is why Tiger dropped the F-word rant on live TV, “Oh my F-ing God,” for which the TV presenters had to quickly apologize. Not so easy to apologize to God.

Forgetting his low point verbal rant on the course today Tiger said his round should have been lower;

“It could have been something seriously low today, I had it really going.”

“All in all, if you probably look at it, it should have been about two shots better.”

“It’s in Jordan’s hands right now, I’m going to have to put together a really special round of golf tomorrow. And you just never know.”

“To come back here and play a major championship and to be in the mix, granted I’ve got to shoot a low one tomorrow, but at least I’ve given myself a chance.”

Rory knows it would take something extraordinary for him to win;

“I’ll try and get off to a good start like I did today.”

“If I do that it really depends, if I was to go out and shoot 30, I’m going to need something around 61 or 62 to have a chance. Not sure that’s going to happen.”