Rio Olympics. Justin Rose Wins Gold.

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Justin Rose wins the Gold Medal for Great Britain at the Rio Olympics.

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Justin won the Gold with a final round -4 under par 67 for a Rio Olympics total of -16 under par, and a two shot victory. All square standing on the last tee, it came down the par five 18th, and putting, Justin sunk his birdie putt and Henrik three putted for bogey;

“I’ve been just so determined to represent Team GB as best as I could and it was just the most magical week, it really was.”

“I just said today that I had to out Stenson Stenson, I knew I wasn’t going to get much from him at all.”

“Obviously the bogey at the last only came because he had to force the putt in.”

“But he is unbelievable. He’s relentless and a great player, and I can’t wait to be on the same team as him in the Ryder Cup.”

“He’s a great player and he’s a great friend and I just gave him a hug on the 18th green, he’s as gracious as ever.”

“It feels absolutely incredible. “

Henrik Stenson claimed Silver for Sweden, a last round -3 under par 68 giving him a -14 under par total.

Picking up the Bronze Medal was Matt Kuchar of America, carding a superb final round of -8 under par 63.

Rio Olympics. Justin Rose Rises to the Top.

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Justin Rose rises to the top of the Rio Olympic leaderboard in Brasil.

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Justin fired a third round -6 under par 65 to take the overall lead in the race for the Rio Olympics Gold Medal, with a -12 under total, and will take a one shot lead into the final round tomorrow;

“That little bit of separation makes the final three ball a lot of fun to be a part of and that’s just the position I wanted to be in going into tomorrow.”

“I felt like today was an important day,”

“There were a lot of players in contention after yesterday and I felt like today could be a day to separate or at least keep some momentum and not give yourself too much work to do tomorrow.”

“This tournament has been very, very special and very, very different for all of us and you’re always very aware if you’re in the gold position and the silver and bronze position and after that, it doesn’t mean a whole lot.”

“I think the way it’s all worked out going into tomorrow with me at 12, Henrik at 11 and Marcus at nine and the next is at six.”

One shot back is the imposing form of Henrik Stenson, this years Open Champion, he is at -11 under par after his third round of -3 under 68;

“I’ve put myself in position three-quarters of the way.”

“In my mind we’re still going for one thing. Even though the consolation prizes here might be better than at some other events, it’s still the No. 1 spot I’m looking for.”

Marcus Fraser, the leader for the first two days slipped up today carding +1 over par 72, he now has a -9 under total.

Next nearest players to these three are at -6 under par, David Lingmerth and Emiliano Grillo, they will have to go low tomorrow or hope the top boys slip up.

Rickie Fowler shot -7 under par 64 today, and thinks at -3 under for the tournament he still ha a chance of a medal;

“If I go out and play well tomorrow, I could sneak in there.”

“Right now, I’m excited.”

Major winner Padraig Harrington is in the group at -5 under par, -4 under today has put him in place for a possible medal finish.

 

Rio Olympics. Marcus Moves Ahead.

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Marcus Fraser moves ahead at the Rio Olympics, leading at the half way stage in Brasil.

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Marcus shot a second round-2 under par 69 to maintain his position at the top of the Rio Olympics leaderboard at -10 under, and will take a one stroke lead into the third round, and said he is doing something right;

“Any time you get to play with Stenson on the weekend, you know you’re doing something right.”

“Those guys have completely different games and bigger games to what I have but, at the end of the day, we play 72 holes and we hit a certain amount of shots on each hole.”

“There’s more than one way to skin a cat.”

“We play a game, I think the best game in the world, and it will be good fun out there with those guys.”

Thomas Pieters holds second place, one shot back at -9 under par, he carded a second round -5 under par 66 to move up the leaderboard and towards his dream;

“If you don’t dream about it, you’re never going to achieve it.”

“I am thinking about it but you kind of put that beside you when you’re playing and try to shoot the lowest you can.”

“What’s not to be happy about,  played well. I started out really well, I think that was the key to my round in the worst of the conditions.”

“I knew coming to the finish there’s some birdie opportunities and to take all three was a good finish.”

Henrik Stenson is a further shot back at -8 under par, -3 under 68 today keeping him in touch with the leaders, with two rounds to go.

Henrik was playing smooth easy golf, he sunk a par putt from 108 feet, the longest successful putt of his career;

“You’re just standing there, praying for a two-putt bogey, before I know it, it found the bottom of the cup.”

 “That’s the longest putt I’ve made in my career. First of all, it’s hard to get a putt that long on any green in the world.”

Justin Rose and  Grégory Bourdy both had -2 under rounds of 69 today and share fourth spot on -6 under par for the tournament.

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.