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.”

 

Sony Open. Seven Shot Lead For Justin.

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Justin Thomas has a seven shot lead at the top of the Sony Open leaderboard, at Waialae Golf Club in Hawaii. I have always liked the Big “W” golf is like the movie “Its a mad mad mad mad world.”

Thomas sets 54-hole PGA TOUR record

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Justin cruised to a seven shot lead with third round -5 under par 65, at the Sony Open, giving him a seven shot lead going into the final round tomorrow. He tied the 54 hole PGA Tour record, and will surely pick up the trophy tomorrow, no one has ever lost from a seven shot lead. It will also be back to back wins for Justin.

Zach Johnson is in second place, at -15 under par for the tournament, a third round -5 under 65 giving him that position on his own.

Third place is shared between, Justin Rose, -4 under 68 today, Gary Woodland, -2 under 68, and Hudson Swafford, -4 under 66, all at -14 under par for the 54 holes played.

Kevin Kisner had a putt for a 59, it just slid by, but -10 under 60 is not too bad, he is T6 at -13 under par;

“I hit a good putt, I looked up, I thought it was going dead middle, but it didn’t break.”

“Can’t be that upset.”

“The first day, I hit it great, and I was minus four strokes in putting, which I can’t do with my game.”

“So the second day I putted better as the round went on but I hit it worse. So it’s kind of one of those deals that I had to make putts.”

“And then today I hit it like the first day and putted great.”

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Sony Open. Justin Has New 36 Hole Record.

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Justin Thomas has the  new 36 hole record for the PGA Tour of -17 under par, set at the Sony Open on the Waialae  Country Club course.

 

Thomas sets 36-hole record

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Justin had a second round -6 under 64 and has a five shot lead at the top of the Sony Open leaderboard after 36 hole, with a -17 under par total courtesy of an Eagle at the last hole;

“It’s cool, just like yesterday, anytime you can get your name in the record book, it’s awesome. I had no idea until I finished.”

Gary Woodland holds second place, five shots back at -12 under par. He shot another round of -6 under 64 today, and only used the Driver a couple of times, preferring to hit three wood and find the fairways;

“I did that my first couple times here and that didn’t work out for me.”

“I’m very comfortable with where my game is.”

“Driver feels great, I just don’t get many opportunities out there. I’m not complaining about being in the fairway, either.”

Sharing third place at -10 under par are Hudson Swafford, -2 under 68 today, Justin Rose, -6 under 64, and Zach Johnson, who carded -9 under 61.

Justin Rose knows it is hard to keep up that kind of momentum that Justin Thomas has at the moment;

“You definitely need the mindset when you’re that far ahead to keep the accelerator down.”

 “But it’s hard to keep that sort of momentum going, for sure.”  

Jordan Spieth is back at T8, his second round -3 under 67 was blamed on a cold putter;

“Just have a really cold putter this week.”

“I think it added to the frustration on the green, because the game is looking so easy to him.”

“I felt like I was hitting the ball in the same location, I’m just being outdone on the green. That’s something a little abnormal to me.”

 

UBS Hong Kong Open. Rafa Cabrera-Bello Leads.

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Rafa Cabrera Bello leads the UBS Hong Kong Open after the first round at the  Hong Kong Golf Club.

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Rafa shot -6 under par 64 to lead the UBS Hong Kong Open after the first round, a good turn of play that has not seen him miss a cut in 2016.

An Eagle on his last hole was the icing on the cake for Rafa, along with some good putting;

“That was nice, I had perfect distance, hit a really good shot and was surprised to see it go in. But I had never really finished a round like that and it felt nice.”

“I played really smart today, made very little mistakes. I hit every green, didn’t get myself in trouble off the tee.”

“I was in control of the round all day and putted nicely too, so it was nice work out there.”

“It’s all about position, position, position and rolling one or two putts and I did that very well today.”

Sebatian Gross holds second place at -5 under par after his opening 65.

There are then ten players tied in third place at -4 under after first rounds of 66. Defending Champion Justin Rose, is still struggling with his golf, even par 70 today, and he has now switched to the feeble claw grip for putting. Watching his putting performance today any sane man would tell him that to get a positive putt, he needs a positive grip.

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Ryder Cup. Americans Dominate Afternoon Four-Balls.

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The American Team dominated the afternoon Four-Ball matches in the Ryder Cup, earning 3 points to Team Europe’s one. Team USA now leads 9 1/2 points to 6 1/2, a very substantial lead to take into the singles matches tomorrow at Hazeltine National.

It all started so well for Europe this afternoon, Rory McIlroy and Thomas Pieters beat Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson 3-1 to put the first point on the board.

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Rory & Thomas and the winning fist-pumps.

From then on it all went south as Danny Willett and Lee Westwood lost 1 up to J.B. Holmes and Ryan Moore. This match could, and should have been in Europe’s favor but two short putts missed, one on 17, which would have leveled the scores, and then another on 18, to lose the match. If they had both dropped it would have been a different story, the culprit was Lee Westwood.

Danny said they had played well, but could not get the important putts to drop;

“We had a good tussle out there most of the day.”

“Westie played nice and solid, but we just couldn’t get the putts at the right time.”

“We had chances at 17 and 18. We hit pretty good putts but that green at 18 is tricky. It’s just a shame because we hit two pretty good shots in there.”

Martin Kaymer and Sergio Garcia went down 2-1 to Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar. Sergio’s frail putting was exposed under pressure, that Claw style grip is not positive enough to sink those pressure putts.

Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth defeated Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson 2-1 in a match where Patrick played some great golf.

The Americans will start the singles tomorrow with a three-point lead, and Team Europe will have to start strong and try to level the scores early on in the day.

 

Ryder Cup. Saturday Foursomes, Just One Point Difference.

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Team Europe, lead by Rory McIlroy and Thomas Pieters continue the comeback in the Ryder Cup, against Team America, winning  two matches, losing one and all square in the last at Hazeltine National.

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Rory and Thomas took down Rickie Fowler and Phil Mickelson 4-2.

Justin Rose and Chris Wood won 1 up against Jimmy Walker and Zach Johnson.

Brandt Snedeker and Brooks Koepka beat Henrik Stenson and Matt Fitzpatrick 3-2.

Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth were all square with Sergio Garcia and Rafa Cabrera Bello.

The overall score is now America 6 1/2 points, Europe 5 1/2 after the Saturday Morning Foursomes.

The afternoon Fourballs have just started, would be good to have the scores all even gong into the single matches, great entertainment.

Ryder Cup. It’s Game On As Europe Fight Back.

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It’s game on as the European Team fight back came  in the afternoon Fourballs, winning 3-1 at Hazeltine National in the Ryder Cup where the Americans now only lead 5-3 overall at the end of day one.

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Rory sealed a good afternoon with his win with Thomas Pieters, 3-2 over Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar.

Rory was very gung-ho about the wins;

“It’s incredible, I’ve played one Ryder Cup in the US and this is definitely a little more hostile than the one at Medinah.”

“I just want to let people know how much it means to us.”

“This guy beside me all day was absolutely incredible. It’s his first Ryder Cup and he played so well. A lot of credit has to go to Thomas, as well.”

Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson defeated Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed 5&4.

Justin said they trusted their game, while Henrik said his win was very sweet;

“Henrik and I did what we do best, we just stuck with it, trusted our games, trusted ourselves and we got on a little run.”

“We dovetailed beautifully and made a bunch of birdies. I relied on my partner again and he delivered.”

Henrik;

“We were playing very nicely in the afternoon, made a couple of putts that we didn’t do in the morning and it seemed like they got possibly a little bit tired.”

“It makes it sweeter though, when you beat the guys you lost to in the morning, that’s for sure.”

Sergio Garcia and Rafa Cabrera Bello were victorious, 3-2 over J.B. Holmes and Ryan Moore.

Sergio loves the Ryder Cup;

“I love it. I love golf. Obviously this is very special for us. And to play with this guy, he was a rock out there. He gave me so much confidence to be able to go for shots and go for putts.”

While Rafa was excited to pay alongside his compatriot in his first Ryder Cup experience;

“It’s been a real honour to play today, if I would have picked a partner, I couldn’t have picked anyone better than him to join me in my first Ryder Cup match.”

“I’m proud that we played great that we felt very comfortable, we rooted for one another and that we got the point for Europe.”

The only American win was from Brandt Snedeker and Brooks Koepka, 5-4 over Martin Kaymer and Danny Willett.

It is definitely game on tomorrow, and it will be interesting watching how the European Team approach the next round of Foursomes.