Memorial Tournament. Play-Off Win For Bryson.

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It was a play-off win for Bryson DeChambeau, USA, in the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village.

Memorial Tournament

A Jubilant  Bryson DeChambeau

Bryson, -1 under 71 today, Kyle Stanley, USA, -2 under 70 and Ben An from South Korea, with his -3 under 69, all tied at -15 under par for the Memorial Tournament, resulting in a three-way play-off, which was at the par four 18th. Kyle was eliminated at the first extra hole with a bogey, and Bryson won at the second extra hole, making a birdie.

Tournament host Jack Nicklaus was the first to congratulate the champion

Tournament Host Jack Nicklaus first to congratulate Bryson / getty

Bryson had this to say about his victory, especially his great putting;

“I can’t even describe it right now. Just to be able to win his event, it’s such an honor.”

“He’s the greatest to play, and to be able to do that, I’m speechless.”

“It’s an honor, I can’t believe I did it today. I knew I was struggling with my ball-striking all week.”

“I was putting great, wedging it great around the greens and was fortunate enough to somehow get it back into play and get up and down pretty much almost every hole.”

Patrick Cantlay finished in fourth spot at -14 under, a last round -1 under 71 not good enough.  Peter Uihlein, -6 under 66 was alone in fifth place at -13 under.

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Memorial Tournament. Bryson Has 54 Hole Lead.

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Bryson DeChambeau has the 54 hole lead in the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village.

DeChambeau claims 54-hole lead

Bryson / getty

Bryson carded a third round -6 under par 66 to lead the Memorial Tournament by one shot at -14 under par, with good putting the key;

“I would say I’m putting the best I have in my life.”

There is a three-way tie for second place at -13 under,  19-year-old Joaquin Niemann of Chile, -2 under 70 today, Patrick Cantlay, USA, -6 under 66, and Kyle Stanley, USA, also -2 under 70. Ben An, South Korea has 5th place to himself at -12 under par following his third round -3 under 69.

Justin Rose, England, -3 under 69 today is at -10 under, and knows Sunday will be a long day with bad weather predicted;

“I haven’t been practicing that much and feel like the game’s got a little sloppy so I’m going to hit the range.”

“It could be a long day on Sunday if the storms come in.”

Tiger, still suffering from an errant putter is still hanging around at -9 under;

“Shooting in the low sixties could have been pretty easy if I had just had putted normally.” 

Rory McIlroy came alive today shooting the low round of the day -8 under 64, and is now just six shots off the pace of the leader.

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Memorial Tournament. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the  Memorial Tournament after 36 holesKyle Stanley, USA, and Joaquin Niemann, Chile, lead at Muirfield Village.

Stanley leads by one shot in Round 2

Kyle Stanley / getty

Kyle shot a second round -6 under 66, and Joaquin -4 under 68, to top the rain delayed second round of the Memorial Tournament at -11 under par.

Joaquin the top amateur player in the world likes being at the top of the leaderboard;

“It feels really nice to be on top of the leaderboard, it does feel really nice for tomorrow.”

Kyle really likes Muirfield Village;

“I really enjoy playing this golf course.”

“It’s one of my favorites that we play on tour, it just really sets up good to my eye.”

“Driving the ball, I would say it’s a strength of my game and I feel like a course like this kind of caters to a guy that’s hitting a lot of fairways.”

“The rough’s really thick and pretty high and every time I’ve been in it this week, three or four times we pretty much just had to pitch out.”

“So I think the key is just hit a lot of fairways and try to hit your second shots out of the fairway.”

Alone in third place is Ben An from South Korea, he carded -5 under par 67 today, to climb up the leaderboard.

Tiger Woods posted a second round -5 under 67, to be on that number for the tournament, and that was even though he had big trouble in the putting department, missing makeable chances;

“I did not putt well today, it could have been easily a nice little 62 or 63. I turned it into a 67.”

“I missed one on number one, and after that I missed everything.”

“I didn’t feel the putter head flowing, I didn’t feel it releasing.”

“These are all normal things I normally feel, but I just didn’t quite have the feel for it.”

“I’ve got to clean that up come this weekend, and hopefully I can get it going and I can play well like this on the weekend and I’ve got a great chance of winning this tournament.”

Rory McIlroy made the cut on the number, even par, and will have to play extremely well tomorrow, on moving day, if he wants to contend this title.

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Wells Fargo Championship. John Peterson Leads.

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John Peterson, USA leads the Wells Fargo Championship at The Quail Hollow Club.

John Peterson / getty

John shot an opening round -6 under 65 to lead the Wells Fargo Championship by two strokes.

John has stated that he will give up his playing card if he does earn enough money in the next three rounds, to stay on tour;

“I’m kind of free-wheeling it at this point.”

“I know a little bit has been said about me retiring if I don’t make the necessary money for my medical starts, and all that’s true.”

“If I don’t make it, I’m not playing golf anymore.”

“Either way is fine with me, I’ve got everything in place for both sides of it, so I’m not going to be bothered if I make it.”

“Obviously, I would never be bothered to win a golf tournament out here.”

Does not sound to me like a man who will give his all just to be here.

Five players share second place at -4 under after their first rounds of 67, Peter Malnati, Johnson Wagner, Keith Mitchell, and Kyle Stanley, all from the USA, they are joined by a foreigner Tyrrell Hatton of England

Rory McIlroy is sharing seventh place with ten other golfers, but Rory loves Quail Hollow;

“I’ve just won here a couple times. That’s about the difference.”

“I love this place, I feel like I don’t have to play that well and I can still get it around.”

Tiger Woods finished at even par 71, tied in 34th place,  needing to get his putter working;

“I hit the ball fine today, if I just make a few putts, I should be two or three under par, which is fine. I just didn’t make anything today.”

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Sony Open in Hawaii. Two Tied at the Top

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There are two players tied at the top of the Sony Open in Hawaii after the first round at  Waialae Country Club in Hawaii. Zach Johnson and Chris Kirk share the honor.

Zach beats the flu at Sony Open

Zach Johnson / getty

Zach, who delayed his arrival in Hawaii because of a bout of flu, and Chris both carded -7 under par 63, both bogey free, to top the Sony Open in Hawaii leaderboard.

Zach told reporters about his fitness problems;

“I was not right getting on the plane to come here. I am one that likes to prepare.”

“I got here Friday, and I touched a golf club Saturday through Wednesday. Saturday was awful.”

“It was about a three-hour session. It was at least two hours too many because I was not right.”

“My legs were shot and my back hurt.”

Chris has sorted out his problems with the putter;

“The real reason I didn’t play well last year is I’ve had my worst putting year I had since I’ve been on TOUR.”

“I actually hit it fine, but I’m not somebody that’s going to overpower a golf course ever.”

“My game is hit fairways, hit irons close, and make some putts.”

“To have a year like that where I really struggled putting made it very difficult mentally and difficult in every possible way that it could.”

Four players are then tied in fourth position at -6 under par after rounds of 64; Vaughn Taylor, Kyle Stanley, Talor Gooch and Brian Harman.

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TOUR Championship. Kyle Stanley has the 1st round Lead.

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Kyle Stanley has the 1st round lead at the TOUR Championship at East Lake.

Stanley leads at East Lake

Kyle Stanley / getty

Kyle carded an opening round -6  under par 64 to take a two shot lead at the top of the TOUR Championship leaderboard;

“When we played our practice rounds I thought it was,  a pretty difficult test.”

“It was nice to get off to a pretty fast start, making four birdies in a row.”

Four players are tied in second place at -4 under, after their opening rounds of 66, they are; Paul Casey, England, Brookes Koepka, Daniel Berger and Webb Simpson.

Webb explained how hard it is to get this far in the championship, due in part to better putting;

“It’s hard to get here, I feel like the competition on the PGA Tour’s better every year.”

“Purses are bigger, there’s FedEx Cup points, guys are hungrier than ever.”

“And next season starts my 10th season, so I’m not that young anymore.

“So yeah, it felt a lot more special this year after missing two in a row, and knowing that I had a tough mountain to climb.”

 “I’ve been putting better, and I’ve been thinking better.”

“Add those two things up, I haven’t hit it great this year but I’ve hit it good enough, I guess, and the ball striking is coming.”

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Dell Technologies Championship. Jon Rahm Leads, Rory Goes Home.

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Jon Rahm from Spain leads the Dell Technologies Championship after two rounds at TPC Boston.

 Dell Technologies Championship.

Jon Rahm / getty

Jon carded -5 under par 66 in the second round of the Dell Technologies Championship, to top the leaderboard at -9 under, and has a two shot advantage over the field going into the week-end.

Jon got his putter working really well;

“You know, I don’t know what to say. I played a nearly perfect back nine.”

“Felt like I didn’t miss a shot.”

“I felt I putted for birdie pretty much from every hole from a really close distance.”

“This course does fit my eye, I mean, I think it’s a great golf course.”

“After what we played last week with the rough we had last week, anything seems simple. I really think it’s a really good golf course.”

“You can tell it’s a ball-striker’s course because on every green, there’s little sections for the pin to be at.”

“It can be a big green, but there’s little sections for the pin to be at.”

“It can be a big green, but there’s little sections you can hit it at. So being precise off the fairway, it’s going to give you some close birdie putts, which luckily for me has been happening.”

Tied in second place at -7 under par are; Adam Hadwin, Canada, -6 under 65 today, Paul Casey, England, -6 under 65, and from the USA, Kyle Stanley, -3 under 68, with Kevin Streelman, -6 under 65.

Phil Mickleson is in the large group at  -6 under par

“I haven’t done that in a while, because I’ve been so tired after the round.”

“It’s fun to get in contention, it’s been a good first two days.”

Rory McIlroy, the defending Champion missed the cut and is going home, he desperately needs the experience of  J.P. Fitzgerald on the bag, until then he is going only one way, down.

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