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 Olesen and Kevin Kisner / getty

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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WGC Bridgestone Invitational. Thomas Pieters Leads.

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Thomas Pieters, from Belgium, leads the Bridgestone Invitational after the first round at Firestone Country Club.

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Thomas Pieters / getty

Thomas fired a first round -5 under 65 to lead the Bridgestone Invitational by one shot at Firestone.

Thomas has problems with his driver, good putting was the key;

“I can’t hit the damn thing.”

“Off the tee I was very bad but managed to find a lot of greens and I didn’t leave myself too many downhill putts.”

“I only had two putts from above the hole, the rest of them were just pretty straightforward putts. I think that was the key.”

“I hit plenty of three woods.”

“When I hit driver, I shouldn’t have, I was just not confident with it.”

“So I’ll have to do plenty of work on the range this afternoon, I’m sure I’ll get it back.”

In second place at -4 under is Russell Knox. Scotland, with his opening round 66, he said he was happy using his old putter;

“I figured it did work at one point.”

“I rolled the ball beautifully. I switched iron shafts, which I haven’t done in five years. That seemed to make it a little easier for me.”

Six players are all tied in third position at -3 under par, World Number Four Rory McIlroyNorthern Ireland, Ross Fisher, England. Jon Rahm, Spain, with Open Champion Jordan Spieth, Kevin Kisner and Bubba Watson, all from the USA.

Rory, for some unknown reason has just sacked his longtime caddie, the new one Harry Diamond was good;

“Awesome, we both did the numbers and I sort of consulted him a couple of times. It was good.”

“There was a couple of shots that I hit or a couple of clubs that I pulled that I maybe should have just thought a little bit more about, but, no, really good.”

Jordan had a moment with his caddie when he decided to try a difficult pitch shot, which he pulled off;

“I said, Michael, just put the bag over there, stand over there and watch this.”

”I split a hole that was 60 yards in front of me and cut it to get onto the green.”

”It was really a cool shot. I was shocked I pulled it off.”

Dean & Deluca Invitational. Kevin Kisner Claims Victory.

 

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Kevin Kisner claims victory at the Dean & Deluca Invitational at Colonial Country Club in Texas.

Kisner wins DEAN & DELUCA Invitational

Kevin, in his Plaid Jacket and Trophy / getty

Kevin shot a last round -4 under par 66 to win the Dean & Deluca Invitational posting a -10 under par total, and a one stroke winning margin.

Kevin mentioned the 40 ft putt, that just fell in, starting his charge to be champion;

“It was a difficult putt just to two-putt. It fell in on the last roll.”

 “That kind of gets those juices flowing.”

“I’m just honored to be the champion here and to come back every year and see my name on that wall is going to be something special.”

“I’m just happy to win any tournament but especially here, I love this place.”

“We’ve been working on the pitching and chipping, and it’s really paid off. I feel way more comfortable.”

Defending Champion Jordan Spieth, -5 under 65 today, Jon Rahm, Spain, -4 under 66, and Sean O’Hair, also -4 under 66, were all tied in second place, one stroke short of a play-off at -9 under for the tournament.

Jordan was happy to find some decent form at last;

“I didn’t do any scoreboard watching and really thought I needed to get to eleven under.”

“I hit so many great putts today. I hit a bad putt on 17. It was pretty frustrating.”

“I could look back at the end of the year and this could have been the most important round of the year.”

“I hope that’s the case.”

 

Zurich Classic of New Orleans, It’s A Monday Finish.

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It’s a Monday finish for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans after Team Jonas Blixt / Cameron Smith tied with Kevin Kisner / Scott Brown.  An amazing Eagle chip in from Kevin on the 18th setting up the play-off. There was only enough light left to play one extra hole, the par five 18th, and both teams made par.

Kevin Kisner's dynamic eagle chip-in on 18 sent the Zurich Classic into a Monday finish. (Chris Graythan/Getty Images)

Kevin after his amazing chip in / getty

Both of these teams at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans finished with -27 under par, Jonas / Cameron -8 under 64 on the day, while Kevin / Scott shot -12 under 60  in Sunday’s Four-Ball format.

Kevin knew he had a chance watching the ball roll across the green;

“We knew we had to have it, all I was trying to do was make sure I didn’t leave it short.”

“I couldn’t see much. I knew it was breaking a little right, and when it hit the flag I said, don’t you come out of there.”

Jonas knew what was needed to stop them winning in regular time;

“You have to expect the unexpected.”

“We have another shot at it tomorrow, and we just have to leave this behind and try to go out there and make birdie or eagle on 18 tomorrow and try and win this tournament.”

Cameron had to make a short putt, just to get into the play-off; after having victory snatched from them;

“It was tough, but we fought well on the back nine.”

Kelly Kraft / Kevin Tway finished in third place with a -23 under par total, they carded -11 under 61 for their last round together.

Kevin really enjoyed his week;

“That’s probably the most fun I’ve ever had in a golf tournament for sure, playing with one of my best friends.”

“I hope they keep this tournament around. It was really fun.”

Kelly also had fun out there;

“Honestly this week was more fun than Pebble, having Kevin with me, and kind of having someone to celebrate with you.”

“It’s not just you and your caddie out there, it’s you and another partner.”