Quicken Loans National. Play-Off Win for Kyle Stanley.

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Kyle Stanley held his nerve to win the Quicken Loans National, after play-off against Charles Howell 111, at TPC Potomac.

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Kyle and Charles both carded final rounds of -4 under 66, to top the Quicken Loans National leaderboard at the end of play with -7 under par totals.

Kyle won with a par at the first extra hole, the par four 18th, to win his second PGA Tour title, and a tearful Kyle had this say;

“There was some doubt there for a little bit. Yeah, I mean, it’s no fun.”

“You certainly question if you’ll get back,  and have a moment like this. It makes this pretty special, for sure.”

“I wish I didn’t cry so much, to be honest, it just feels good to put the work in and see the rewards.”

“I think that’s where most of the emotion’s coming from.”

Because of a rib injury, Charles had not played golf for more than two months;

“Going into this week I was extremely rusty, I really can’t believe how well I played.”

Rickie Fowler, -5 under 65 today, and Martin Laird -3 under 67, finished tied in third place at -5 under par for the tournament.

Rickie managed to card a double bogey six in his last round, at the par four 14th.

The Players. J.B. and Kyle Tied at the Top.

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J.B. Holmes and Kyle Stanley are tied at the top of The Players leaderboard after 54 holes at TPC Sawgrass.

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J.B. went round in-2 under 70 for a -9 under par The Players total, calling it an adventurous day, making some shots from out of the woods;

“An adventurous day, for sure.”

“I usually can make a bunch of birdies, so if I can just narrow it down to one bogey, then I’m usually in good shape.”

Kyle was even par 72 on the day, and had to remind himself that he was still in contention;

“You just kind of have to remind yourself that even though you’re a little bit over par, on the leaderboard I was still in a pretty good spot.”

Louis Oosthuizen shot +1 over 73, but has third place to himself with a -8 under par total, just one shot back;

“No lead can be big enough, that’s what makes this golf course great.”

“We have seen over the years great finishes around this golf course and horrible finishes.”

“It’s a great three finishing holes, and you need to be on your game. You need to hit the ball well and try not to do anything heroic when you have the lead.”

Truth is anyone could still win this title, it will be an exciting last day as the action unfolds, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

Ian Poulter is at -6 under, and Sergio -5 under for the competition, maybe even Rory McIlroy at -1 under could go low early on and exert some pressure on the leaders.

Poults was not supposed to be at The Players, a last-minute phone call inviting him to participate. He was the only bogey free golfer today. What a great story that would make if he now wins it;

“It was a nice phone call to receive, I definitely feel better on the golf course for it.”

 

 

The Players. Two Tied at the Top after 36 holes

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There are two players tied at the top of The Players leaderboard after 36 holes at TPC Sawgrass. Kyle Stanley and Louis Oosthuizen share the honor.

 

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Kyle and Louis both carded -6 under par 66 in the second round of The Players, to top the leaderboard -9 under par.

Louishas never won on the U.S Tour, but has confidence his putting;

 “I’ve come close a few times, and I’ve felt I’ve played really well,”

“It’s nice being tied for the lead any tournament off two rounds.”

“I think it was more just giving myself that little bit more confidence of that I’m stroking it well and saw the line perfect and the speed perfect.”

“You know, you never know, that putt might be the one to do it for you in the championship. But I think it was more just making sure I hit a good putt and gave it a good effort.”

Kyle is going to stick to his game plan;

“You know, but it being the halfway point, you know, it’s a nice place to be.”

“It’s nice to kind of see a lot of the work kind of come together. But that being said, there’s a lot of golf left.”

“Still got to be really patient. Can’t get too far ahead of yourself. Yeah, we’ll just stick to the game plan we’ve had so far.”

J.B. Holmes is in third place, alone at -7  under par, he returned a second round of -3 under par 69 today.

Veteran V.J. Singh is in fourth place at -6 under, he scored -4 under 68 in the second round.

Notable names missing the cut here; Luke Donald, Jim Furyk,Jordan Spieth, Ernie Els, Bubba Watson and Danny Willett.

 

 

 

 

Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Teams Spieth/ Palmer and Stanley / Ruffels Lead.

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There is a  tie at the top of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans leaderboard, the team of Jordan Spieth and  Ryan Palmer, accompanied by Kyle Stanley with Ryan Ruffels share top spot in this team event at TPC Louisiana.

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Both teams carded opening rounds of -6 under par 66 in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Jordan spoke about his bonus chip-in;

“We knew we were going to have a couple of birdie holes coming in with a wedge on 16 and obviously a par five.”

“So we figured we could keep moving up the board, It was definitely nice for it to go in. It was a nice little bonus.”

Ryan Ruffels was happy with  his partner Kyle;

“I get along great with Kyle and I think our games sort of are somewhat similar.”

 “He’s very calm and collected, plays very boring golf, just so consistent.”

“It’s nice to know he’s going to hit a fairway, he’s going to hit a green. That takes a lot of stress out of you.”

Four teams are tied in third place at -5 under par after rounds of 67; K.J.Choi / Charlie Wi, Two Ben’s Martin and Crane, Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith, with Charley Hoffman and Nick Watney.

Nick spoke of his admiration for Charlie;

“It’s fun to be here again, and then to partner with Charley.”

 

 

Valspar Championship. Garrigus Gets Ahead.

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Robert Garrigus gets ahead in the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook on day 2 taking a three shot lead into the week-end.

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Robert can not remember a better performance going into the week-end than the one he put together on day 2 at the Valspar Championship on the Copperhead course. He shot a second round -5 under par 66, to finish the day three shots ahead on -7 under par for the tournament;

“It’s the fishing, I think that puts me in a good frame of mind because I’m clear and not thinking about anything, just going out and having some fun. I probably hit one of the top-five shots of my life there on sixteen, out of the trees. Hit a low, cut 5-iron, then rose it up over the pine tree and cut it 40 yards and hit to ten feet. That’s just one of those shots that when you’re playing good and everything is rolling, you kind of expect it. It was a lot of fun to try it, and to pull it off was even better. I’ve spent half my life in the trees. I’ve had a lot of practice.”

Kevin Na is in second place, a second round -3 under par 68 gave him a total of -4 under par for the tournament. That was good enough for second spot alone.

Highest-ranked player in the field, Justin Rose shot a second round -3 under par, and joins Matt Every, Pat Perez and Matteo Manassero, all tied in third place at -3 under par.

Justin finally got some momentum going;

“I got some momentum going today, I worked my way into the tournament early. To finish strong with my round yesterday I think helped give me some momentum into day. It’s exactly how I needed to flow into the tournament.”

During the round today Pat Perez  was the first player to reach -5 under par for the tournament, until he missed two drives well to the left. The first was in the trees at No. 6, and then another wayward drive went out of bounds on No. 7. Both of them led to double bogeys, though Pat shrugged off the disappointment;

“Just move on and keep going.”

Danny Lee went from first to worst. He was tied for the lead Thursday, and then shot +8 over par for 79, and miss the cut. The cut was at +3  over par,  and because 84 players advanced, there will be a 54-hole cut to top 70 and ties on Saturday.

The list of players missing the cut was pretty impressive, they include;

Ernie Els, Mike Weir,  Camilo Villegas, Webb Simpson, Geoff Ogilvey, D.A. Points, VJ Singh, Angel Cabrera, Kyle Stanley and the wild man himself, John Daly, who propped up the whole field.

 

 

The Memorial Tournament. Kooch Claims it.

A smiling Matt Kuchar, Kooch, claimed the Memorial Tournament title at Muirfield Village Golf Course on Sunday.

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Matt fired a 68 on Sunday that included a 21-foot birdie on the 72nd hole and allowed him to claim the win at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance. His last round of -4 under par gave him a tournament total of -12 under par, to win by two shots over the field.

Kevin Chapple was in second place at -10 under par, he matched Matt’s final round score of -4 under par 68, but it was not enough to snatch the victory.

Kyle Stanley was alone in third place at -7 under par, after his final round of -1 under par 71.

Both of the World’s best players, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, ranked No. 1 and 2,  finished well back in the pack. Tiger, who was the defending and five-time Memorial champ, shot 8 over and was tied for 65th. While Rory was two strokes better as strangely each player only broke par once in the four rounds at Muirfield Village Golf Course.

Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Billy’s Birdie Blitz Wins It.

Billy Horschel’s six consecutive birdie blitz set up his first US PGA Tour victory at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, played on the TPC Louisiana golf course.

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Billy Horschel won the Zurich Classic with a final round of -8 under par 64, and tournament total of -20 under par. Billy needed to make a birdie on the 18th to win, but was a long way from the cup. D.A. Points had a five foot putt left for his birdie and that would have tied the scores. Pulling  on his powers of positive thinking, Billy told himself if he wanted to win here and now this 27 ft putt had to go in;

“I hadn’t made a long one all week and I said, I’m due. I was like, If it’s my time, this putt needs to go in.”

It did, and the celebrations began;

“I know it was pretty intense, there was a lot going on. It’s celebration time now.”

There were two weather delays during the final round, the second delay, for lightning, happened just before Billy could take his second shot on the 18th hole. That gave him the all important 52 minutes to reflect on what was at stake. As history now tells us, it did not alter Billy’s commitment one little bit;

‘ For some reason it puts me at ease a little bit. You don’t know how long your delay is going to be so you’ve just got to go with it and just wait it out. It wasn’t easy, but it wasn’t as hard as it could have been.”

D.A. Points had to settle for second place with his -19 under par total, his last round of -7 under par 65 just not quite enough to get him back into the winners circle. Darren won the Shell Houston Open last month, beating Billy and Henrik Stenson. He was full of praise for Billy and the way he played;

” When a player goes out and shoots eight under and birdies the last hole to win, hats off to Billy. He’s played great all year. He was one shot shy of me at Houston and I’m a shot shy of him here. It’s just the way it goes.”

Kyle Stanley shot a solid -5 under par, 67 to finish in third position, with his total score of -17 under par.

The  14-year-old Chinese amateur Guan Tianlang finished in 71st spot, after making his second cut in two PGA TOUR events, the first coming at the Masters Tournament.

Lucas Glover, the overnight leader, seemed to suffer from the two weather delays, coming back from the first delay of 2 hours and 54 minutes, Lucas two putted for par and then never recovered his composure. He finished tied in fourth place at -15 under par, with Bobby Gates, five shots off the lead of Billy Horschel.

You can assume that Lucas had his mind on other important things going on, like the impending birth of his child, and the well-being of his wife.