Genesis Open. Basket Case Bubba Has 54 Hole Lead.

 

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TV pundits called Bubba Watson a basket case, for playing in a celebrity basketball game Friday night, but Bubba came out and played great golf today to lead the Genesis Open after 54 holes at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California.

Bubba pulls in front at Genesis

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Two time winner here Bubba carded a third round -6 under par 65 to lead the Genesis Open at the 54 hole stage at -10 under par, and will have a one shot advantage at the start of play tomorrow;

“You’ve got to hit shots from every different angle, you’ve got to move it right to left and left to right, so it’s just fun.”

“Then the greens are the equalizer so it makes me look like I putt as good as the other guys.”

“The tougher the golf course, the more focus I have. The tougher the shot, I’ve been able to focus better.”

“When I get my mind on something, I can focus and do pretty well at the game of golf.”

“Like last night when Tracy McGrady was coming at me, I was focused on not getting hurt and I didn’t, so it worked out.”

In second place on  his own, courtesy of a 54 ft 7 inch putt on the last green is Patrick Cantlay, signing for a third round -2 under 69, and a -9 under par total;

“I feel like if I can just engage and not worry about where I am on a particular hole or what’s going on and I just engage and stay present in whatever I’m doing at that particular time, it all turns out better than what you would expect.”

“Making sure you stay present and having that confidence in yourself that if you just click in and focus, it all will be good and that’s kind of the head space I’m in.”

Four players are then tied in third place at -8 under par, Cameron Smith, Australia, with back to back bogey free rounds, today -6 under 65. He is joined by Kevin Na, -4 under 67 and Graeme McDowell, Northern Ireland, -1 under 70 today.

Low round of the day came from World #1, and Defending Champion Dustin Johnson, -7 under 64, and at -6 under is only four shots off the lead, he will be a threat tomorrow.

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Wyndham Championship. Henrik Takes Hold.

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Henrik Stenson, Sweden, takes hold of the Wyndham Championship, at Sedgefield Country Club.

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Henrik Stenson . (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Henrik took hold of the Wyndham Championship shooting a third round -4 under par 66, to give him a tournament total of -16 under par, and will take a one shot advantage into the final round tomorrow. He said good putting was the key;

“I feel like I’ve been putting nicely this week.”

“I’ve been reading greens good. I’m seeing the lines nicely. When I get it there, I seem to be making a lot of putts.”

“There’s been a couple of swings that haven’t been up to satisfaction. When you finish strong and you’re in contention, you feel good.”

“I’m just going to try to keep on playing the same way or even better.”

“I hit a lot of 2-irons, 4-woods and I’m going to try to be aggressive with those clubs.”

“A lot of players are going to have a chance tomorrow. I’m just happy to be one of them.”

Webb Simpson, -2 under 68 today,  Kevin Na, -5 under 65, and Ollie Schniederjans, -4 under 66, are all tied in second place at -15 under par, and Henrik will know these USA boys are right behind him, and they will not be giving up. As Webb said;

“All in all, still happy, I’m right there.”

Jason Kokrak shot the low round of the day -7 under 63, so the low rounds are still achievable out there, tomorrow should be exciting.

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Wyndham Championship. Kim in Control.

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Si Woo Kim has a four shot lead at the top of the Wyndham Championship leaderboard after 54 holes at Sedgefield County Club.

Si Woo Kim fired a 6-under 64 in the third round in Greensboro. (Kevin Cox/Getty Images)

Si Woo Kim

Si Woo followed his record breaking second round -10 under 60, with a -5 under 65 today at the Wyndham Championship, increasing his lead at the top to four shots with a -18 under par tournament total;

“I think tomorrow is much pressure, but I’m just trying to keep confidence. That’s it.”

“I feel very good now. My shots like much more consistent. Only problem have pressure.”

” I’m experienced before like Alabama in Barbasol, that’s good experience. Good for tomorrow.”

“I feel like really pressure because first time, first time I lead third round, but start very good, first hole and second hole start birdie.”

 “But after little pressure, I felt little better.”

Rafa Cabrera Bello is in second place on his own at -14 under par, he also carded a third round -5 under par 65. He especially likes the greens, they help to roll the putts in;

“The greens are brilliant.”

“You play good and give yourself chances you will roll putts and that’s what I’m going to try to do tomorrow.”

A blast from the recent past, Luke Donald, -6 under 64 today, shares third place at -13 under par, along with Kevin Na -3 under 67 and Jim Furyk, who sunk a 60 foot putt for Eagle on the 15th, and then ruined it with bogey on the last two holes, finishing with a -3 under 67 round.

Jim was disappointed with his finish, but happy with his overall position for tomorrow;

“Had it rolling and then missed the fairway at 17 and I missed the fairway at 18 and the rough here doesn’t allow you to hit a ball.”

“It’s hard to control. I’m disappointed with the two bogeys.”

“Overall, still some good position with the tournament. Need to get over that and play a good round tomorrow.”

Luke also struggled with the rough off the fairway, but did recover for par;

“I hit a poor tee shot left and had to chip out.”

 “I had a good number with a little wedge, stick it to that pin. Would have been disappointing to drop one there after playing so well for the rest of the round.”

 

 

 

Wyndham Championship. Si Woo Kim Leads.

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Si Woo Kim, of South Korea, leads the Wyndham Championship after two rounds at Sedgefield Country Club, as darkness once again brought proceedings to a premature end.

Kim's 60 catapults him to second-round lead

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Si Woo has a -12 under par total after two rounds of the Wyndham Championship, which puts him on top of the leaderboard. A fantastic second round of -10 under par 60 quickly elevated him into the lead, it could have been a 59.

Good iron play and better putting were key, he spoke about aggressive play on the last for a chance of 59;

“My irons and putting game is much better,much more putting practice last week.”

 “That’s better, just putting.”

“Tee shot aggressive, yesterday, hit 3-wood, but today just try to hit driver.”

“Hit driver and then missed left. Just tough, tough lie and tough pin.”

“I’m trying before like 10 yards, 15 yards landing, but almost hit the green landing. Putting, really fast down grain and just trying to make par, but almost close there.”

“Not so much celebrate today. After this week, play good, I celebrate.”

“I’m not thinking too much like for later and win, just trying today my putting, my shot.”

“That’s it.”

Four players are tied in second place, two shots back at -10 under par, Kevin Na, -3 under 67 today, Hideki Matsuyama and Jim Furyk both had -6 under 64, and Lucas Glover, who had a chance of scoring -11 under 59, but three putted the final hole for a -9 under 61.

Kevin is pretty happy with his position on the leaderboard;

“I’m in good position for the weekend.”

“Keep attacking those flags and we’ll see.”

Lucas also missed a last-minute putt, his was for a 60, he settled for -9 under 61, maybe the seven week break he had has something to do with it;

“I kind of lost of concentration a little bit, got eaten up in the moment and kind of just wasn’t focused.”

 “My fault, stupid, but it happens.”

“Five weeks of playing, little golfed out.”

“Wanted some family time and took some family time and just had a situation with my father-in-law couple weeks ago, so withdrew from the Travelers Championship.”

“He’s doing better, so here we are.”

Jim, who shot a 58 last week, was surprised at the low scoring today;

“I’m a little surprised how low the scoring is.”

 “The fairways are pretty firm. They’re extremely quick, have a lot of slope in them.”

“If you get the ball in the fairway, it’s playing short, the ball is rolling. I can see guys hitting lot of wedges. I’m still shocked we had so many guys going that low.”

Importantly the top 125 in the FedExCup standings will qualify for The Barclays next week at Bethpage Black, so a good finish is urgently required by some players.

 

 

 

Wyndham Championship. Two Tied at the Top.

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Kevin Na and  Rafa Cabrera Bello are the two players tied at the top of the Wyndham Championship leaderboard, as play was suspended due to darkness.

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Both Kevin and Rafa shot -7 under par 63 in the first round of the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, to sit on top of the leaderboard.

Rafa was returning from the Olympics, and said he needed a rest;

“Last week was a big adrenaline week.”

 “It was the first time I was really not playing for myself, just playing for my country and obviously it’s a huge honor, but also big responsibility.”

“I wanted to do good and I was pleased with my result.”

” Coming into this week, I felt the game was good, just needed a bit of rest.”

“There was a chance of me not making it through the money list and making it through the world ranking points list, that’s what I wanted to focus on.”

“I’m pretty sure this week has a stronger world ranking than the one in Europe and I also felt that it was going to be easier to travel south to north than from Rio to Czech Republic, jet lag-wise.”

Kevin was happy to see the putts get in the hole;

“Hit it well, made a lot of putts.”

“That putter has not been all that hot this year and it was nice to see a lot of putts go in.”

“It’s usually over the years been my strong part of game but I felt like I really found something.”

Five players share third place with opening rounds of -5 under par 65, Danny Lee, Derek Fathauer, Peter Malnati, Brandt Snedeker and a name from the past Luke Donald.

Luke carded a hole in one on the par three 16th, and loves the holiday for life he got for the effort;

“Had a perfect number, downhill a little bit, 159 yards,  and it was playing straight downwind and good nine iron for me and looked good all the way.”

“Hit a foot short and went in the hole.”

“Bonus when it goes in, obviously, and nice to win a holiday for life. Apparently that’s what I got for it.”

 

 

 

 

RBC Heritage. Branden Wins, Luke Second Again.

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Branden Grace wins the RBC Heritage, his first PGA Tour win, Luke Donald comes second again at Harbour Town Golf Links.

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Branden carded a last round -5 under par 66, to win his first PGA Tour victory, the RBC Heritage, with a -9 under par total, a two shot winning margin;

“This really puts the cherry on top of the cake, and I’m excited for things to start.”

“I’m stoked. It’s come very quick and I’m just grateful to be in this position.”

“I can tick this one off the box and head into the next couple of majors trying to win it.”

 “I have one notch, I’ve done it before and I can do it again.”

“I had to stay patient and grind it and that’s what I managed to do.”

Luke was second again, and seems destined to never win this title, a last round of even par 71, and a -7 under par total nowhere near good enough;

“I think I’ve got to put myself three or four behind on Sunday, leading doesn’t seem to be working out for me.”

Russell Knox, -4 under 67 today moving him up the leaderboard to -7 under par overall, he was tied with Luke in second place.

New professional out on the PGA Tour Bryson DeChambeau, -3 under par 68 today, tied in fourth place with Kevin Na -2 under 69, both finished with -5 under par totals.

Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Rookie Brett Hangs on to Lead as Darkness Halts Play.

Rookie Brett Stegmaier hangs on to the lead, after 54 holes at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, in Las Vegas, as darkness once again halts play.

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Brett had a completed third round -3 under par 68 to stay top of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at -13 under par. He said he will need some help to sleep tonight;

“I’ll probably take some NyQuil to fall asleep, I’ll need some help falling asleep.” 

”It played a little tougher, so played a little more conservatively.”

”Certainly happy to make four birdies and one bogey and be in the lead.”

‘Just do the same things, not really look at leaderboards until maybe the last three holes.”

”I’ve played really well the last two months. Been doing the same things, just try and read the greens well.”

“I feel like if I read the greens well, I’ll play well. That’s the main goal tomorrow.”

Morgan Hoffman is in second place, he too has finished his -2 under par 69 third round for a -12 under par total. He hooked his drive on the 18th into the desert rocks and ended up saving bogey with a 10-foot putt;

“I was just saying if I could see the ball in there and it wasn’t in the bush, I’d give it a shot.”

“Yeah, lucky to get out of there with bogey.”

Jimmy Walker,  Chad Campbell and 2011 winner Kevin Na are  tied for third at -11 under par. Jimmy  had a -2 under 69, Kevin-3 under shot 68, and Chad with a -1 under 70.

Jimmy thought the TPC Summerlin course was set up to be tough today;

”I think that the pins are a lot more difficult than they normally are, a lot of tough pins.”

”It’s like they don’t want us to make birdies. A lot of holes, par is pretty good here.”

Chad was of the same opinion;

 “There wasn’t a whole lot of low scores,  it was pretty hard to get to those pins.”

“But I feel like I played OK, and looking forward to tomorrow.”

Kevin is in contention, once again, the home town boy won here in 2011;

“There’s a lot of added pressure, being in my hometown and having won here.”

“You know, first round I got off to a slow start and stayed patient, shot 3 under. Same thing again. Just seemed like I’ve been patient and it’s paid off so far.”

“I think this is the toughest conditions I’ve ever seen out here.”

“The greens are drying out. They’re getting firm. You see a little bit of purple in it.”

“I’m thinking it’s going to be firm again tomorrow.”

 “Who knows. There is six or seven birdies out there, so somebody that’s kind of in the top five shoots six or seven under could win the tournament.”