Zurich Classic. Kevin & Scott In Front.

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Kevin Kisner & Scott Brown are in front of the chasing pack after 54 holes of the Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana.

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Kevin and Scott shot a -8 under par 64 in the four-ball format to lead the Zurich Classic by one shot at the end of round three with a -19 under par total.

Kevin and Scott were beaten here last year in a play-off, but  Kevin thinks their experience will hold them in good stead;

“We’ve been doing this for 20 years, we know each other pretty well. I think that’s why we gel so well together.”

“He knows I’m not going to be upset if he’s playing bad, or if I hit a bad shot he’s not going to be upset at me. “

“What did they tell us, your bad shots are the other person’s problem, so have fun.”

Sharing second place at -18 under are Tony Finau & Daniel Summerhays, -9 under 63 today, and Michel Kim & Andrew Putnam with their -6 under 66 third round score.

Daniel explained the golfing relationship with Tony;

“Last year we were kind of all up in each other’s space. Hey, come read this putt. Let’s read together. What do you think here.”

“This year we’ve just completely backed off everything. I called Tony in to read one putt yesterday and that’s basically it.”

“It’s the underlying trust, right? He’s trying his darnedest to get me in a good spot.”

“I think that’s the great thing about having a close friend. We’ve played so much golf together. There isn’t any of that judgment.”

“I’m really looking forward to tomorrow. I think it’s going to be difficult, but that’s what we do.”

Tomorrow is another round of foursomes, alternate shot, so expect more low scores, it will be fun to watch.

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WGC – Dell Technologies Match Play. Bubba Watson Wins.

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Bubba Watson, USA, beat Kevin Kisner to claim the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play title at Austin Country Club in Texas.

Bubba’s dreams becoming reality

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The first hurdle for Bubba was beating Justin Thomas 3 & 2 in the semi’s before conquering Kevin 7 & 6 in the final round to become the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play champion;

“It’s absolutely amazing.”

“You don’t think about lists or anything, you just think about trophies and trying to win.”

“And having two majors, and now having two World Golf Championships, the closest things to majors,  what an honor and a privilege, overwhelming sensation to know that I have another trophy at the house.”

“I really don’t think it was pressure.”

“I think it was just energy. I don’t think I scared him on the first tee.”

“I think it was just his energy was gone after a couple of holes.”

“And he was fighting, but just didn’t have the fight that he really wanted and needed.”

Kevin thought he was tired after dispatching Alex Noren 5 & 3 in the semi’s;

“I don’t know what was going on. It was just pitiful.”

“I couldn’t hit anywhere close to where I was trying.” 

“Long week. A little tired, probably. Lose some legs, and just didn’t have it.”

“And finally made a few good swings coming in, but those were too little, too late.”

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WGC Dell Technologies Match Play. The Final Four.

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The final four have made it to the semi’s for the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play competition at Austin Country Club in Texas.  Justin Thomas will play Bubba Watson while  Alex Noren will take on Kevin Kisner tomorrow

Final Four is set

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Justin defeated Kyle Stanley 2 & 1 to get into the semi’s, sinking a  great putt on fifteen to keep momentum going;

 “That putt on 15 was huge after just a terrible wedge, another terrible wedge shot and a pretty bad putt as well.”

“To have about a 6, 7-footer on the read that I’d already missed two of, about half a ball to a ball out to the right. And twice I hit it too hard when I was reading it with softer speed.”

“So it’s funny how that always happens. You have a putt late in the round when you need it and it’s a putt that you haven’t had success with earlier in the day.”

“If I miss that, he’s got all the momentum in the world and I’m only 1-up with 3 to go, and he could win the match outright, let alone an extra hole.”

“To make that putt to stay 2-up with three to go was huge.”

Bubba beat Kiradech Aphibarnrat 5 & 3, also with good putting;

 “It was a great match,  I gave him one on nine, he gave me one on ten.”

“We had difficult putts, him being the first putter on eleven, putted it seven feet from the hole, so he missed that and I two-putted.”

 “It could have went either way, and today I made putts and I got the breaks going my way. I didn’t three-putt when I needed a two-putt.”

Alex Noren had a win over Cameron Smith 4 & 2, and spoke about match-play;

” You can go through holes that maybe mentally you’re a little bit out of it and then you get into it when it’s 72 holes.”

“In match play, you’ve just got to be really focused all the time and anything can happen. And then you have to play good each round. You can’t just give up a round and then think you’ve got three more.”

Kevin obliterated Ian Poulter 8 & 6, saying he was prepared for a difficult match today;

“Probably didn’t see that one coming. I thought it was going to be a difficult match. Obviously Ian’s match play record speaks for itself.”

Poults summed up his day;

 “I think the word is disappointed. I gave him no fight at all. It was rubbish. It’s a shame is all it is.”

“It’s bizarre. Bizarre. A couple of poor shots early on. Just didn’t have it this afternoon. It’s a real shame.”

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TOUR Championship. Paul Casey In Front.

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Paul Casey of England, is in front after 54 holes at East Lake in the Tour Championship, and now has a good chance of picking up the FedExCup.

Casey in front at East Lake

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On moving day at the TOUR Championship Paul put together a -5 under par 65 third round to top the leaderboard at -12 under par, and will take a two shot advantage into the final round tomorrow his quest for the FedExCup and the TOUR Championship.FedExCup-winning scenarios

Paul was thinking of winning;

“It would be amazing.”
“For me, the most important thing is to try to win the Tour Championship.”
“I was told some of the scenarios, and I said, ‘It’s all irrelevant if I don’t get the job done.”

“Keep doing what I’ve been doing. Hopefully tear up that front nine and if you have to react because somebody has gone bananas or I haven’t made enough birdies on the front, then you do that on the back.”

In second place at -10 under are Kevin Kisner,USA, -6 under 64 today, and Xander Schauffele, USA, -5 under 65.

Xander has nothing to loose;

“I had nothing to lose last week, and I have absolutely nothing to lose this week.”

Jordan Spieth has not played well this week, -1 under 69 today, and -4 under for the Championship, but remains firmly in contention for the FedExCup;

“I’m not far off. I’ve just made some bad mistakes trying to do too much.”

“Unfortunately, I’m not really in control of my own destiny at this point, but I’ll go out tomorrow, try and shoot a really solid round of golf and then do some cheer leading.”

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US PGA Championship. Kevin Clings On.

 

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Kevin Kisner clings on to the lead at the US PGA Championship, even with dropping five shots over the last five holes at Quail Hallow, making it a very long Green Mile.

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Kevin, USA, shot a third round +1 over par 72, giving him a -7 under tournament total at the US PGA Championship, and a one shot lead. It was really a total disaster, at one point he was at -10 under, before making bogey at 14 and 15, compounding the errors when finding the water at the 16th for a double, and a bogey at the last;

“I had a chance to run away from guys and take people out of the tournament that were four or five, six back, and I didn’t do it.”

 “Now I’m in a dogfight tomorrow and I have to be prepared for that. “

“There’s no real reason for me getting mad or upset or showing y’all that I’m ticked off.”

“I’m pretty good at keeping it all in, and the golf course here is so hard. If you get pissed, you’re just going to throw away more shots.”

“There’s no real reason to show that emotion  I’ll show plenty of emotion if I win tomorrow, don’t worry.”

Sharing second place at -6 under par are Hideki Matsuyama, Japan, +2 over 73 today, and Chris Stroud, USA, even par 71.

Chris is not going to change anything;

“I have the same everything I have last week. I have the same swing thoughts as last week, I have the same routine warming up.”

“I’m not going to change anything.”

Next in line is Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa, even par 71 today and Justin Thomas, USA,  -2 under 69, both with -5 under totals.

If you think Kevin had a wild finish, take a look at Jason Day, who suffered brain fade, or even total brain disconnection. Jason was in contention until a poor drive up 18 left him the wrong side of the trees, best option was to chip out onto the fairway, and take a chance with a good approach shot to make par, five at worst. Earlier Louis Oosthuizen had the same problem, he chipped back onto the fairway, and made par form there. Jason opted to try and draw the ball around the trees, a poor shot into bushes meant he had to take a penalty drop, from there it got even worse with him carding 8 on the final hole to take himself out of contention.

Best shot of the day went to Graham DeLaet, Canada, almost an Albatross at the driveable par four 14th, his tee shot hitting the pin, but staying out. Graham. made the Eagle putt.

US PGA Championship. Hideki & Kevin Share Lead.

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Hideki Matsuyama and Kevin Kisner share the US PGA Championship lead after two rounds at Quail Hollow.

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Hideki, Japan, shot an interrupted second round -7 under par 64 at the US PGA Championship, pausing in the middle for 1 hr 45 mins for a weather delay, to catch Kevin, -4 under 67  at the top of the leaderboard at -8 under par. The second round was unable to be completed due to darkness falling.

Hideki welcomed the delay, saying he was tired, his poor play with his driver was the culprit, but his putter cheered him up,  needing just 23 putts Friday,

“I was grateful for the rain delay because I was getting tired, I was able to lay down in the locker room and get some rest.”

“I think what was making me tired was I wasn’t hitting my driver like I wanted to, I was hitting fairways but I wasn’t getting the crisp contact that I was hoping for with my driver.”

“Twenty-three putts just means I missed a lot of greens.”

“The greens here at Quail Hollow, as you know, are really fast.”

“And there’s a lot of putts that honestly, I’m not trying to make. I’m just trying to get it up near the hole, and a lot of them are going in.”

Kevin, USA, is playing well, and likes his chance to win here;

 “Any time I can get a wedge in my hand or a par five that I can reach, I feel like I have to make birdie.”

“If I can get a six or seven iron in my hand,” I like my chances around here.”

“Those are the holes here that are allowing me to have that opportunity.”  

“I’m just excited about the opportunity, I’m really fired up about the way I’m hitting the golf ball.”

“I haven’t hit it this well this whole summer, a lot of average finishes. When I start hitting it the way I am now, I play well.”

Jason Day, Australia, is in third place,  at -6 under par after his second round -5 under par 66, a bit more like his old self;

 “It felt like the old days, which was only last year. It feels like 10 years ago.”

“I’m improving each and every day now, and actually I’m hungry again and I’m looking forward to trying to beat these guys here in a bit.”

“But I’m very motivated right now. Like I want to win again. So I’m excited about that.”

Tied in fourth position at -4 under are Francesco Molinari, Italy, also carding -7 under 64 today, Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa, -4 under 67, and Chris Stroud, USA, who is at -2 under today through 13 holes.

The next group is back at -3 under, and will need something special on moving day if they want to contend on Sunday.

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US PGA Championship. Thorbjørn Olesen and Kevin Kisner Tied at the Top

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Thorbjørn Olesen, Denmark, and Kevin Kisner, USA are  tied at the top of the  US PGA Championship leaderboard at Quail Hollow.

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Thorbjørn and Kevin had matching opening rounds of -4 under par 67 to top the US PGA Championship leaderboard by one shot.

Thorbjørn just needs to stay relaxed, and feels he can win;

“I’ve had a couple of top tens in Majors, I’ve had some good rounds in Majors and I feel like I’ve learned a lot over the years playing quite a few Majors now.”

” I just have to stay relaxed the next few days, still trying to keep the ball in the fairway and then I know I can hit it close and make some birdies.”

“I feel like I’m better prepared to be in contention over the weekend and have a chance to win.”

Kevin was concentrating on making par;

“I felt confident, I was hitting the driver nice starting out.”

“There’s about four or five holes that I have to birdie to compete and I birdied them all today so that’s kind of been my game plan.”

“Other than that, I’m playing for par.”

Five USA players are that one shot back at -3 under, after their first rounds of 68; Brooks Koepka, Grayson Murray, Gary Woodland, Chris Stroud and DA Points.

Brooks spoke about the new fast greens at Quail Hollow;

“These greens are the fastest greens I’ve ever played, and the thing is, they’re only going to get faster and firmer.”

 Rory McIlroy +1 over 72 today to be T33 also mentioned the greens;

“The greens are as firm as I’ve ever seen at a PGA Championship.”

“Birdied the par fives, birdied the holes that you should birdie. I’m only five behind, four under is the best score out there.”

“It’s a tough golf course. I shoot something in the sixties tomorrow, I move right up there. So yeah, I’m in it.”

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