CIMB Classic. Pat Perez Persistent Precision Play Wins The Prize.

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Persistent precision play from Pat Perez, USA, wins him the prize of the CIMB Classic trophy at TPC Kuala Lumpur, in Malaysia.

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Pat carded a final round -3 under 69 to totally eclipse all contestants and win the CIMB Classic with a -24 under par winning score;

“I knew I had to stay on the gas here, because guys are playing so good you can go low any day.”

“I was expecting someone to shoot sixty three or something like that.”

“I’m a different person than I was seventeen years ago. Even, like five years ago.”

“So I’m learning how to play the game. I’m learning how to play my own game and stay within myself and that kind of stuff and, like you said, I’m a late bloomer.”

“I”m not gonna change anything, I’m still not gonna work out. I’m still gonna have a bad diet. I’m going to enjoy myself.”

Four shots back was a resurgent Keegan Bradley, USA, a bogey free final round -5 under par 67 confirming his return to the top flight, with a second place finish at -20 under par.

Xander Schauffele, USA, even par 72 today, and Sung KangSouth Korea, with a last round -1 under par 71, tied in third position with -17 under par totals.

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CIMB Classic. Pat Perez Performs Perfectly for 54 Hole Lead.


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Pat Perez, USA, performs perfectly for 54 hole lead at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia.

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Pat carded a third round -8 under par 64 to lead the CIMB Classic by four shots at -21 under par, with putting the main key point;

“I didn’t really hit it that great but I putted good again.  You know, I’m just kind of getting the most out of my game right now.” 

 “I’ve hit some good shots, I’ve hit some good putts, but things are just clicking right now.”

” I’ve got to hit some good shots and I’ve got to continue to putt the way I am and play smart.”

” I just made a bunch of putts and hopefully I can do it again tomorrow.”

Xander Schauffele, USA,  is in second place at -17 under, after his third round of -5 under 67;

 “I went up against a 64 and a 65 today, so I was the hack of the group today.”

“Watching both those guys make putts is always a good thing visually for me.”

“I’m playing with Pat again, which was a lot of fun today.  We’ll have to figure a number out tomorrow on the course probably.”

Sung Kang, South Korea, has third place with his third round of -7 under par 65 giving him a tournament total of -16 under par;

“I played pretty good today, and Pat really made a lot of putts today.”

“I’ll try my best tomorrow. Both days were pretty hot anyway so it doesn’t really matter to me.”

Tied in fourth spot at -15 under are Keegan Bradley, USA, -7 under 65 today, and Hideki Matsuyama, Japan, with his magnificent bogey free third round score of -9 under par 63.

Hideki was happy with the way he played today;

“There were a couple of shorter putts that I wasn’t able to convert, but all in all, I’m very happy with the round I played today.”

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CIMB Classic. Cameron Smith Leads.

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Cameron Smith of Australia leads the CIMB Classic in Malaysia.

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Cameron carded a -8 under par 64 at TPC Kuala Lumpur to top the CIMB Classic leaderboard by one shot on day 1, saying the putting was easy;

“The putting was easy actually.”

Keegan Bradley, Xander Schauffele, both from the USA and Poom Saksansin of Thailand were tied for second place at -7 under par following their opening rounds of 65.

Xander was playing well after taking advice from the defending champion here Justin Thomas;

“The rough has been up apparently compared to last year, that’s what Justin told me.”

“I pretty much tried to copy everything that he did because I figured he’s a good guy to imitate out here.”

Justin made  five birdies coupled three bogeys, to sign for a -2 under 70, and has some work to do if he wants to retain his title.

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CIMB Classic. Three-Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a three-way tie at the top of the CIMB Classic after the first round in Kuala Lumpur. Defending Champion Justin Thomas is joined at the top by Keegan Bradley and Derek Fathauer.

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Defending Champion Justin, one bogey, Derek, bogey free, and Keegan, two bogey’s, all share the CIMB Classic lead at -8 under par following their opening rounds of 64.

Justin has never had the opportunity of defending a title before, but just wants to re-create the fun memories;

“It is great to be back. I’ve never had the opportunity to come to a tournament as a defending champion before, so just being out there today with my caddie, Jimmy was good.”

“I kind of talked about some things that happened last year and just the good vibes we have and the good memories.”

“It’s fun. Hopefully we can recreate some of those good memories and good things.”

Paul Casey is alone in fourth place at -7 under par, he carded one bogey in his first round of 65.

Adam Scott was the runner-up last year, but has started slowly this year, -2 under par 70 in the first round, to be T 26;

“This was a good event for me last year.”

“I was trying to reel the guys in but came up one short.”

“So to come back this year, knowing the course a little bit better and feeling a little bit more comfortable is vital.”

“I love playing in Asia. Hopefully I’ll be able to play well enough to give myself another shot at it this year because it would be great to win the CIMB Classic.”

Valspar Championship. Three Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a three-way tie at the top of the Valspar Championship after the first round at Copperhead. Charles Howell 111, Keegan Bradley and Ken Duke share top billing.

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All three players carded first rounds of -4 under par 67 in the first round of the Valspar Championship, Charles and Ken bogey free.

Charles was happy with his bogey free effort, and is thinking of The Masters;

“I was impressed I got away with no bogeys.”

“It was nice to get off to a good start here on a place like this.”

“I’m not sure what the rest of the week will hold, but to actually play a nice round on a tough golf course is good for my confidence.”

“Always this time of the year, the Masters’ carrot looms, when April comes around it has a different feel, at least for me, than the other majors.”

“So when the Masters comes around and I’m not in it, then it’s a bit of a wake-up call or a kick in the rear to somehow make one last push to try to get in it.”

“It’s not like it’s more special to me than anyone else. Everyone feels that way about it.”

“It’s such a great event. It would be nice to somehow find a way to get there.”

“This golf course is so difficult and there’s trouble everywhere, and I don’t expect tomorrow to be a bogey-free day. Pars are good scores.”

Keegan said  he has been working hard to improve his game;

“It’s been tough, it’s no fun playing poorly out here.”

“I see all my buddies up there doing well and it feels not fun to feel like you’re on the outside looking in.”

“So I’ve been working the hardest in my career.”

Chesson Hadley holds third spot on his own with  -3 under par 68, while defending champion, and World #1 Jordan Spieth continues to struggle, +5 over par 76, and will have to work hard just to make the cut;

“I got off to a poor start, and I was behind the eight-ball with gusty winds on a very tough course.”

“Unfortunately now, on my off-days, typically my history, I’m able to hold that around even par.”

“I’m just shooting too high a number, and didn’t squeak out even today, even though it was an even par kind of round.”

“Hopefully less wind tomorrow and can work hard to play on the weekend.”

Northern Trust Open. James Hahn Wins in Play-Off

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James Hahn wins his maiden PGA Tour victory at the Northern Trust Open, in a play-off at Riviera Country Club.

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James, along with Dustin Johnson and Paul Casey all tied at the top of the Northern Trust Open leaderboard at the conclusion of the final round with tournament totals of -6 under par.

They went into a sudden death play-off, which lasted for three holes, James carding a birdie at the par three third hole, the 14th to win. All three pared the 1st extra hole the 18th, Justin and James birdied the 2nd extra hole, the 10th, with Paul being eliminated there.

Jame’s never thought he had a chance to win this tournament;

“This is amazing, I never would have thought I would win this tournament.”

D.J. congratulated James, and mentioned his putting;

“Hats off to James, making a long putt like that.”

“I played with him all day, so I knew he was rolling the putter really well.”

Paul was amazed at how well everyone played;

“I didn’t think I would have the longest birdie putt after seeing where those guys were.”

“But those guys played phenomenal recoveries, absolutely brilliant.”

Sergio admitted he was not good enough eventually finishing T4 at -5 under par;

“I’ve always been truthful to myself and I didn’t deserve to win this week. It’s as simple as that.”

 “It caught up with me on the last six, seven holes. It was already a good effort for me to have a chance.’

“Unfortunately, it’s never nice to finish bogey-bogey. But I can’t really be disappointed because I didn’t play well enough.”

He was joined on that -5 under par total by Keegan Bradley, Jordan Spieth and Hideki Matsuyama.

Retief Goosen held on as long as he could, a double bogey on the unlucky 13th was the beginning of his undoing. He followed that mishap with three consecutive bogeys, finishing T8 at -4 under par;

 “I’m kicking myself, that’s for sure.”

“That was an opportunity missed, and we’ll move on. It won’t be a nice pill to swallow, but that’s just the way this game is.”

Waste Management Phoenix Open. Darkness Descends on the Desert.

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Darkness descends over the Arizona desert, suspending the first round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, at TPC Scottsdale, with Ryan Palmer leading. Play was suspended at 5:45 p.m. MT because of the gloom, leaving nine players, out of the 132 starters, to complete their opening rounds on Friday.

At the 16th hole Ryan gave away a dozen golf balls to excited fans, they were wrapped with a $10 dollar bill, with the message “Have a beer on me”

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Ryan shot an opening round of -7 under par 64 to lead the Waste Management Phoenix Open by just one shot at TPC Scottsdale.

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Keegan Bradley, Bubba Watson and Daniel Berger are tied second place at -6 under par after their opening efforts of 66.

Bubba said he had a great day;

“A couple breaks went my way right there in the middle stretch of the back nine which kept me going.”

“All in all it was a great day.”

The much heralded return of a resurgent Tiger Woods did not amount to much, he carded a first round +2 over par 73, even though he drove the green on the par 4, 17th hole, a distance of 341 yards. He seems to be struggling with his chipping around the greens, do you think it could be the dreaded Chipping Yips ?

Tiger explained;

“I’m just having a hard time finding the bottom. Because of my old pattern, I was so steep on it, that I have a new grind on my wedge and sometimes it’s hard to trust.”

“I’m ahead of schedule on my speed, look how far I’m hitting it now. I’ve just got to get committed to hitting the club less sometimes. That’s the hard part. I bailed out on a couple of shots because I just don’t believe I have that much speed on my body yet. But I do.”

“This is my second tournament in six months, so I just need tournament rounds like this where I can fight through it, turn it around, grind through it and make adjustments on the fly.”

The second-round tee times are still expected to begin on time at TPC Scottsdale, with the groups starting off the first and 10th tees at 7:30 a.m. The remaining nine players will resume their opening rounds before continuing on with their second rounds. There could also be more delays during the second round, weather forecasts predict a 90 percent chance of rain on Friday with up to a quarter-inch of precipitation expected.