The Open. Its Phil The Thrill By Three.

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Its Phil, The Thrill, Mickleson leading by three shots after the first round of 145th The Open, at Royal Troon.

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Phil equaled the course record of -8 under par 63 to grab the lead in the 145th The Open at Royal Troon in Scotland and was a cats whisker away from a record braking 62, but the putt lipped out;

“That putt on 18 was an opportunity to do something historical.”
“I knew it and with a foot to go I thought I had done it. I saw that ball rolling right in the centre.”
“It was one of the best rounds I’ve ever played and I was able to take advantage of these conditions and yet I want to shed a tear right now.”
“I went to go get it, I had that surge of adrenaline that I had just shot 62 and then I had the heartbreak that I didn’t and watched that ball lip out. It was, wow, that stings.”

“It really stings to have a chance. It’s such a rare opportunity to do something historic like that. If I had just hit a weak flail-off and never had a chance and left it short, so be it. “

“But this ball was hunting right in the centre and didn’t go. It was just heartbreaking.”
Patrick Reed and Martin Kaymer share second place, those three shots back at -5 under par, after their opening rounds of 66.
Søren Kjeldsen,  Andy Sullivan were then in the group at -4 under par, alongside defending champion Zach Johnson.
Justin Rose, Soomin Lee, Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Richard Sterne and Thomas Pieters are a shot further back.

World Number Four Rory McIlroy was -2 under, Jordan Spieth is at even par, with World number one Jason Day at +2 over for his first round,

The weather tomorrow is suspect, so anything could happen, lady luck will play her part no doubt.

U.S. Open. Players Perspective.

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Rory McIlroy would be happy to survive this test here at the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club.

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“To win on a course like Oakmont, with the conditions the way they are, it would maybe be my biggest accomplishment in the game.”

“It would make me feel like a more complete player, I guess. I’d be very proud if I won on a course like this.”

“Trepidation is what the players are feeling. It’s not excitement, it’s just trepidation. I mean, you could go a whole round without hitting at a single pin here.” 

Defending Champion Jordan Spieth would be happy to sign for a round of 75 or 76, and not be playing on the moon;

“When the wind is up I would probably sign for somewhere around 75 or 76, shake everyone’s hand and say, I’m going to go back and have a beer after that round.” 

“I’m looking forward to being back at a nice, traditional U.S. Open venue. It won’t feel like we’re playing on the moon this year.”

“If you win a US Open at Oakmont you can go ahead and say that you’ve conquered the hardest test in all of golf, because this is arguably the hardest course in America day-to-day.” 

Last Major winner Danny Willett thinks it’s fun;

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“It’s a great golf course, great fun.”

“There’s a lot of different shots you can play. I’d say five over par on this golf course for four rounds is a pretty good score.” 

 

 

Phil Mickelson said this is the toughest course he has ever seen;

“I really think Oakmont is the hardest golf course we’ve ever played. The rough is very long and challenging, but even though it’s very hard, it’s still a fair test.”

Justin Rose, having won the U.S. Open, is happy to have that victory in his pocket already;

“Having won a US Open, it’s nice to have that monkey off the back. I’ve always enjoyed playing the tough golf courses, so I’m excited.”

World number one Jason Day is receiving some inside information;

“My agent (Bud Martin) is a member at Oakmont. He’s from Pittsburgh as well, so I’ll be speaking to him about this place a fair bit.”

The Players. Jason Day Delights.

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Jason Day delights The Players carding a record equaling -9 under par 63 opening round at TPC Sawgrass.

Jason Day tied the course record at the Stadium Course with a 63 in his first round of THE PLAYERS Championship. (Getty Images/Mike Ehrmann)

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Jason played in the earlier morning conditions at TPC Sawgrass, to top The Players leaderboard on day one of the tournament. Quite a turnaround from  the last time he played the Stadium Course, when he made four bogeys, two double bogeys, one triple bogey and just two birdies;

“There was a lot of frustration last year,” Day acknowledged, and the funny thing was, I shot 69 in the first round, too, so I shot 69-81-63.

“But I’ve got a really bad memory, which is kind of a good thing in golf, I guess, where you don’t really remember the bad stuff as much.”

“I would have loved to shoot 10-under and be the only guy to hold that record, but I’m in pretty good company with the guys that have shot that, especially with Greg Norman and the way he played shooting 63 and three straight 67s.”

“If I can keep that up, that would be great, but right now I’ve just got to try and focus on trying to win this tournament and trying to play a good round two.”

“I just feel really good about how things went today.”

There are four players tied in second place, at -7 under par following their first round scores of 65, Justin Rose, Shane Lowery, Bill Haas and Brendon Steele.

They are followed by a huge group at -6 under par, so this is a tight contest, except for the guys who struggled today.

Guys with a lot to do to catch up, or even maybe make the cut in include defending champion Rickie Fowler and  Rory McIlroy at even par, with and Adam Scott +1 over.

Spanish Open. Frenchman Mike Lorenzo-Vera Leads.

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Frenchman  Mike Lorenzo-Vera leads the Spanish Open after 54 tough holes at Valderrama.

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Mike went round the Valderrama course with a third round score of even par, to top the Spanish Open leaderboard at +1 over par. This tournament could produce the first over par winner of an event since Justin Rose won the US Open Championship in 2013.

Only Joost Luiten, -1 under 70  and Alex Noren, -3 under 68 managed to record under par rounds out of the entire field.

Mike was pretty excited to be in a position to win his maiden European Tour title;

“I’m very excited, I’m going to have a big nap tonight because it takes so much energy to stay patient here.”

“The wedge was very hot today. I holed two chips and a shot which is pretty cool.”

“I’m just going to try to relax and enjoy it as much as I can tomorrow.”

“I’m just trying to look at the pace of the leaderboard and accept that you’re going to have a lot of bogeys here.”

“A bogey on the hole is never really a bad score so you just try to accept it.”

“Take the bogey and get out of there.”

Tied in second place at +2 over par are, Joost Luiten, two-time Major championship winner Martin Kaymer, even par 71 today and Andrew Johnston, +3 over par 74.

Defending Champion James Morrison signed for a +3 over 74 to share 5th place with Ross Fisher, +1 over 72 today.

Best placed home players are Pablo Larrazábal, +7 over 78 today  and Pep Angles, +3 over 74, both with +4 over par totals.

I guess the way things are going here in Spain, just about anybody could win this title, with one good low round tomorrow, even the tournament Host Sergio Garcia, who carded +4 over 75 today, to be T17 at +7 over, just six shots off the lead.

The Masters. Jordan Jumps In Front.

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Jordan Spieth, the defending Champion jumps in front of the pack after the first round of The Masters at Augusta.

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Jordan carded a bogey free first round at a windy Augusta of -6 under par 66 to lead The Masters by two shots, and was happy to tell everybody why, and of course the putts are dropping;

“I enjoy this tournament more than anywhere else.”

 “It’s easy for us. We don’t have any or many distractions in our preparation, and we enjoy that you’re able to kind of feel like you get enough done and you have enough time to do everything, and I think that’s useful when we start on the first hole.”

“I just didn’t feel confident after the first couple mid‑iron shots I hit, I didn’t feel confident over the ball with irons.”

“It was extremely special to stay bogey‑free on a day like today at the Masters.”

“We’re through one round, there’s going to be a lot of different changes. There are going to be a lot of different birdies, bogeys and everything in between.”

“We know how to win this golf tournament, and we believe in our process. And if the putts are dropping, then hopefully it goes our way.”

Sharing second place are Danny Lee and Shane Lowry, both at -4 under par.

Paul Casey, Justin Rose, Ian Poulter, Soren Kjeldson and Sergio Garcia are tied in fourth position at -3 under par.

Justin was happy with his score today;

“That’s an unexpected good score. When you look at the leaderboards, the guys are obviously figuring it out and able to get round the course today.”

“I’d have taken 69 before teeing off.

“If you look at this tournament last year, I don’t think I did anything wrong particularly, I just got beaten by a record performance.”

“I was right there. I was shooting good scores, good numbers, I was just beaten by some really great performances.”

“I’m not trying to change gears or do anything different, just keep knocking on the door.”

Ian said there is still a long way to go, and anything could happen;

“There’s a long way to go. Six years ago I had a couple 68’s, and it’s never over around this golf course.”

“We’ve seen it from a lot of players through the years. I’m up to the challenge, but obviously it’s round one.”

“Things don’t really happen until the back nine on Sunday. So between now and then there’s a lot of good golf needs to be played before you put yourself in position to have a go at anybody.”

Not a good Day for World number one Jason, as he carded an even par opening round of 72. Rory McIlroy is in the group at -2 under par, and admitted it could have been better, but he is still happy;

“I’m happy with how I played, happy with the score in the end.”

“It could have been a couple better but, at the end of the day, being here on a tough day in the top ten and still within touching distance of Jordan, I’m pretty pleased with that.”

“If someone had have given me a 70 on the first tee, I probably would have taken it. It was a tricky day.”

“Being in the position on the 16th tee where I was four under par. I was probably thinking on the 16th tee I could sneak another one or two out of this round and to start going the other way is disappointing.”

“But I feel like I can get off to a good start tomorrow and pick those shots up again in the first few holes and just get off and running again.”

 

WGC Dell Match Play. Rory, Jordan and Jason Through to Last 16.

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Day 3 of Group Play at the  WGC Dell Match Play tournament has been completed at Austin Country Club, with Jason Day, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy through to the last 16.

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Rory commented after his round

“I feel like my game has gotten a little bit better as the day’s gone on. I know I will have to play very well again tomorrow to try and beat Zach.”

Todays Results

Group 1 Jordan Advances

Jordan Spieth 3 & 2 over Justin ThomasJamie Donaldson 1 up over Victor Dubuisson.

Group 2 Jason Advances

Jason won his match against Paul Casey, due to Paul becoming ill on course and he had to concede. Thongchai Jaydee halved his maych with Graeme McDowell.

Group 3 Rory Advances.

Rory won in a playoff with Kevin Na after they finished all square in their match, forcing them into sudden death, where Kevin sent his second tee shot into water on his way to a bogey, while Rory made par, to win.

Group 4 Patton Advances

Patton Kizzire 2 up over Emiliano Grillo. J.B. Holmes 1 up over Bubba Watson.

Group 5  Byeong Hun An Advances

Byeong Hun An won in a play-off against Scott Piercy after his match with Rickie Fowler ended all square. Scott defeated Jason Dufner 1up.

Group 6 Bill Haas Advances

Bill 1up over Adam Scott. Thomas Pieters 3&2 over Chris Wood.

Group 7 Matt Kuchar Advances

Matt 3&2 over Justin Rose. Anirban Lahiri 4&2 over Fabian Gomez.

Group 8 Dustin Johnson Advances

Dustin 2&1 over Jimmy Walker. Kiradech Aphibarnrat 1up over Robert Streb.

Group 9 Patrick Reed Advances

Patrick, in the surprise result of the day defeated Phil Mickelson 5&4, while  Daniel Berger conceded to Matthew Fiztpatrick.

Group 10 Brookes Koepka Advances

Brooks lost his match 4&3 to Danny Willett, but the other result went in his favor, with Billy Horschell losing 2&1 to Jaco Van Zyl.

Group 11 Chris Kirk Advances

Chris 3&2 over David Lingmerth and Branden Grace 5&4 over Russell Knox. This result lead to a play-off between Chris and Branden, which Chris won when Branden sent his first play-off tee shot in a bunker.

Group 12 Rafa Cabrera Bello Advances

Rafa halved his match against Soren  Kjeldsen, the half point gained was good enough to advance him. Hideki Matsuyama 3&2 over Kevin Kisner.

Group 13 Ryan Moore Advances

Ryan 3&1 over Lee Westwood. Sergio Garcia 5&4 over Marc Leishman.

Group 14 Zach Johnson Advances

Zach 4&3 over Shane Lowery. Martin Kaymer 4&3 over Marcus Fraser.

Group 15 Brandt Snedeker Advances

Brandt 5&3 over Charl Schwartzel. Charley Hoffman 4&2 over Danny Lee.

Group 16 Louis Oosthuizen Advances

Louis 4&2 over Andy SullivanMatt Jones and Bernd Wieberger halved their match.

 

ROUND OF 16 MATCHES
32. Bill Haas USA vs. 56. Chris Kirk USA
3. Rory McIlroy  vs. 15. Zach Johnson USA
30. Matt Kuchar USA vs. 20. Brooks Koepka USA
2. Jason Day  vs. 17. Brandt Snedeker USA
29. Byeong-Hun An KOR vs. 54. Rafa Cabrera Bello ESP
65. Patton Kizzire USA vs. 47. Ryan Moore USA
9. Dustin Johnson USA vs. 10. Patrick Reed USA
1. Jordan Spieth USA vs. 18. Louis Oosthuizen 

WGC Dell Match Play. Day 2.

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Day 2 of Group Play at the  WGC Dell Match Play tournament has been completed at Austin Country Club.

Rory McIlroy will face Kevin Na in a Group 3 showdown of unbeatens on Friday. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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Todays Results

Group 1

Jordan Spieth 5&4  over Victor Dubuisson. Justin Thomas lost 2 up to  Jamie Donaldson

Spieth 2-0, Dubuisson 1-1, Donaldson 1-1 Thomas 0-2, eliminated. Jordan in control,

Group 2

Jason Day 5&3  over Thongchai JaideeGraeme McDowell Halved with Paul Casey.

Day 2-0-0, Jaidee 1-1-0, Casey 0-1-1, McDowell 0-1-1. Jason in control, Thongchai Jaidee can force a playoff with a win. Paul and Graeme eliminated.

Group 3

Rory McIlroy 3&1 up over Smylie Kaufman Thorbjorn Olesen lost 3&2 to Kevin Na.

McIlroy 2-0, Na 2-0, Kaufman 0-2, Olesen 0-2 Its Rory verses Kevin, the winner will advance.

Group 4

Bubba Watson 2 Up over Emiliano GrilloPatton Kizzire Halved  with J.B. Holmes.

Watson 1-0-1, Grillo 1-1-0, Kizzire 0-0-2, Holmes 0-1-1. Bubba needs a win over J.B. If he loses then just about anything could happen !!

Group 5

Rickie Fowler Halved with  Scott Piercy.   Byeong Hun An 2 up over Jason Dufner.

An 1-0-1, Dufner 1-1-0, Piercy 0-0-2, Fowler 0-1-1. Byeong needs a win to advance, other wise its complicated.

Group 6

Adam Scott 3&2 over Chris Wood.   Bill Haas 4&2 over Thomas Pieters.

Haas 2-0-0, Scott 1-0-1, Pieters 0-1-1, Wood 0-0-2.  Bill must get a  win or tie. Adam must defeat Bill to advance Chris and Thomas eliminated.

Group 7

Justin Rose Halved with  Anirban Lahiri.  Fabian Gomez Halved with Matt Kuchar 

Rose 1-0-1, Kuchar 1-0-1, Lahiri 0-1-1, Gomez 0-1-1. Justin and Matt face off for the win. Fabian and Anirban eliminated

Group 8

Dustin Johnson 5&4 over Kiradech Aphibarnrat.  Jimmy Walker 4&3 over Robert Streb.

Johnson 1-1-0, Walker 1-1-0, Aphibarnrat 1-1-0, Streb 1-1-0.  This one is wide open, anyone could win.

Group 9

Patrick Reed 4&3 over Matthew Fitzpatrick.  Phil Mickelson 1 up over Daniel Berger.

Reed 2-0, Mickelson 2-0, Fitzpatrick 0-2, Berger 0-2. Phil and Patrick face off, Daniel and Matthew eliminated.

Group 10

Danny Willett lost 3&2 to  Billy Horschell. Brooks Koepka 5&4 over Jaco Van Zyl.

Koepka 2-0-0 Horschel 1-1-0, Willett 0-1-1, Van Zyl 0-1-1. Lots of permutations but baically Brookes just needs to win.

Group 11

Branden Grace 4&3 over  David Lingmerth.  Russell Knox 2&1 over Chris Kirk. 

Knox 1-0-1,Grace 1-1-0, Kirk 1-1-0, Lingmerth 0-1-1. Chris needs a win to advance, the only certain thing here is David has been eliminated

Group 12

Hideki Matsuyama 4&2 over Soren Kjeldsen.  Rafa Cabrera Bello 4&3 over  Kevin Kisner.

Cabrera Bello 2-0-0, Matsuyama 1-1-0, Kisner 1-1-0, Kjeldsen 0-2-0. Raphael  will advance with a win or tie, otherwise its also complicated.

Group 13

Ryan Moore 1 up over Sergio Garcia . Lee Westwood 1 up over  Marc Leishman.

Moore 1-0-1, Garcia 1-1-0, Westwood 1-1-0, Leishman 0-1-1. Ryan needs to beat Lee, again the certain thing is Marc has been eliminated.

Group 14

Zach Johnson 8&6 over Martin Kaymer.  Marcus Fraser Halved with Shane Lowery 

Johnson 2-0-0, Kaymer 1-1-0, Lowry 0-1-1, Fraser 0-1-1. It’s between Zach and Martin, Marcus and Shane have been eliminated.

Group 15

Brandt Snedeker Halved with Danny Lee.  Charl Schwartzel 3&2 over Charlie Hoffman.

Schwartzel 2-0-0, Snedeker 1-0-1, Lee 0-1-1, Hoffman 0-2-0. It’s between Brandt and Charl, Danny and Charlie eliminated

Group 16

Louis Oosthuizen 2&1 over Bernd Wiesberger.  Andy Sullivan 3&1 over Matt Jones.

Oosthuizen 2-0, Sullivan 2-0, Wiesberger 0-2, Jones 0-2. Andy and Louis could advance, Matt and Bernd eliminated.