Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Aussie Rod Wins.

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Aussie Rod Pampling wins the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas.

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Victorious Rod Pampling

Rod carded a final round -6 under par 65 to win the  Shriners Hospitals for Children Open with a -20 under par total, a two shot winning margin.

This is Rod’s first win in ten years on the PGA Tour, and it was very satisfying;

“It’s extremely rewarding.”

“Winning Arnold Palmer’s event is still on top. But coming back from what we’ve had the last few years, to get a win under the belt, it’s phenomenal. Amazing.”

“It’s self-belief, and grinding on the Web Tour gives you confidence you can compete against the younger guys.”

Second Place went to Brooks Koepka, -4 under 67 today for a -18 under par tournament total.

Lucas Glover finished in third, at -17 under par, a final round -2 under not too impressive.

Best round of the day went to Francesco Molinari, from Italy, -10 under 61, it elevated him to finish tied in fourth position at -16 under par.

Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Lucas Glover Takes Over at the Top.

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Lucas Glover takes over at the top o the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas.

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Lucas had a third round -6 under par 65 to take the lead in the  Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, with a -15 under par total, and will have a one shot advantage going into the final round tomorrow.

A 45 ft putt on the 8th hole set Lucas on his way;

“That eighth hole was kind of the catapult, I made that long one, and two great shots into 9 and turned in three under and kept it going.”

“I’ve really been working hard, and it’s starting to pay off, eighteen holes tomorrow, and see how many we can make because I’m going to have to make some.”

“We’ve got a shootout ahead of us tomorrow.”

“I like where I stand, but you’re going to have to play good tomorrow.”

Sharing second place is Rod Pampling, who led for the first two days, Rod carded an even par round 71 today, with nothing seeming to go his way, the ball grazing the edge of the hole on numerous occasions.

Along with Rod on -14 under par is Brooks Koepka, with a third round -1 under 70, a double bogey five at the par three 17th was a very expensive trip to the water.

Brooks admitted he played poorly, and putted poorly

“For as bad as we played today, I was kind of happy to be one off the lead.”

“Just kind of struggled with everything. I feel like speed was a bit off, putting never really got comfortable.”

“Not my best performance, but I guess one off the lead isn’t too bad for how bad we played.”

Tied in fourth place are Russell Henley, who had the low round of the day -8 under par 63 and Geoff Ogilvy, -5 under -5 under 66, both players have -13 under par totals.

 

Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Rod Pampling Hangs On To Lead.

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Rod Pampling hangs on the lead at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open as round two was suspended due to darkness at at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas.

Rod Pampling followed up his 11-under 60 with a 3-under 68 and holds a one-shot lead entering the weekend. (Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

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Rod, from Australia, carded a completed -3 under par 68 today in the second round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open to maintain his position at the top of the leaderboard at -14 under par, as darkness once again prevented the second round to be completed by everyone.

Rod was happy that no one had put in a low round today;

“You know, no one really in the groups this afternoon have gone super low.”

 “We’re right there, as the leader. I don’t know if we’ll finish there, but just the confidence I’ve got in myself.”

“I can’t worry about what anyone else is doing. I’m just going to do what I’ve been doing, which has been good enough so far to be tied for the lead, so hopefully in two more days it’ll still be there.”

Brooks Koepka is in second place with his finished second round of -4 under 67, giving him a -13 under par total.

Currently in third place is Aaron Wise, a -7 under round with only 14 holes completed gives him third on his own at -12 under par. Aaron is the only player with an unfinished round who can change the top of the leaderboard, when he resumes his second round tomorrow.

 

Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Bad Light Stops Play.

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The Shriners Hospitals for Children Open was halted in round one due to darkness at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas, where Rod Pampling had a chance of  59.

The 11-under 60 in his opening round was Pampling's best round ever on the PGA TOUR. (Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

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Rod had a par on the last before singing for a -11 under par 60 on the TPC Summerlin course in the  Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

He spoke about the missed opportunities, and the tap in Eagle on the par five 16th;

“Just one of those as soon as I hit it, I knew it was good, didn’t know it was that good where I could just tap it in, but I knew it was good.”

“The putt on 17 just fell short in the jaws and on 18 I gave myself a bad read.”

“I thought it was straight, but it just had that little left to right.”

“I studied the hole a lot, and I looked at the book, all these new books have the slopes and everything in it.”

“I was looking at it and making sure I was spot on.”

“My eyes were telling me it was pretty straight. I hit it straight. It was on line when it started.”

“It just had a little tail on it. I’m glad I gave it a chance. It didn’t come up short. I just picked a bad line.”

John Huh and Brooks Koepka share second place, at -9 under, two shots back of the leader, after their opening rounds of 62.

Brooks was happy with his putting today;

“I obviously made a lot of putts today.”

“I feel like I was striking the ball well. Speed was a lot better than it was last week.”

“So grinded hard early on in the week making sure the putting was right, and it showed today.”

John said he was able to put himself into good positions today;

“If you put yourself in position, I think you can score low.”

 “If you don’t, then you’re going to struggle. I was able to put myself in a good spots.”

Billy Horschel is fourth, at -7 under after his -7 under 64, he was also happy to get his putter working;

“Been working really hard, it was nice to see the putter working.”

 

 

Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Smiley Wins It.

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Rookie Smiley Kaufman wins at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas.

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Smiley carded a final round -10 under par 61 to win the  Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas.

A back nine run sealed the deal for Smiley;

“It’s funny, on 9, my caddie; I asked him, I was like, who do you think is going to win this week?”

“He’s like, well, I think there’s more to be said. I think you can post a number and you can see what happens. He knew better than I did, and I did it.”

“It was an extremely long wait, I couldn’t do anything about what they were doing. I just did my best to prepare for a playoff.”

“It’s unbelievable, if you would’ve told me that I had a round at the Masters; if somebody was going to take me out and not completely with the Masters, just to play Augusta National, I would have freaked out”

“. But now I’m playing the Masters. It’s a joke. It’s unbelievable.”

Sharing second at -15 under par were  Patton Kizzire, Kevin Na, Cameron Tringale,Jason Bohn ,Alex Cejka, Kevin Na and Brett Stagmeir.

Kevin came up wit the quote of the day:

“Ignorance is bliss. I guess it’s one of those things, they play with nothing to lose.”

 

 

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.”

 

Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Second Round Delay Due To Darkness

 

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Brett Stegmaier leads the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open second round as play was halted due to darkness at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas.

 

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Brett sits on top of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open leaderboard at -11 under par. He still has three holes to play, and will restart on Saturday morning at 08:00 a.m. local time.  He holds his first lead on the PGA TOUR after making four birdies and an eagle in the 15 holes played so far in this second round. He said good putting was the key;

“I haven’t really putted that well in the last month of so, so I’m just trying to trust my reads and I’ve done a good job of that the last two days.”

“But I still have 38.5 holes left so there’s a long way to go.”

Three players are tied in second place at -10 under par. Tyler Aldridge, Chad Campbell and Morgan Hoffman, who have all completed their seconds. Tyler -3 under 68 today, Chad -4 under 67 and Morgan signing for a -5 under par 66.

Six players share the -9 under par total, including Nick Watney, his -5 under par 66 today pulling him up the leaderboard, he too relies on his putting performance ;

“My putter can make or break me, so that’s why I’d like to get more consistent.”

 “Today was a pretty good day, so I’ve got two more to kind of;  like I said, to try and get better.”

“And I really want to make a putt, that’s when sometimes it’s the hardest to make them. But hopefully they’ll go in.”

Shot of the day came from Tony Finau, who carded an Albatross on the 536 yard par  five 13th, using a 5-iron from 236 yards from the rough with his second shot;

“I didn’t have a great lie in the rough, so I couldn’t really dictate how it was going to come out.”

“I caught a little bit of a flyer and knew it was going to be a little long, if anything, but the hole got in the way.”

“It took one hop and disappeared, from what I heard. It was pretty cool.”

Tony needs to birdie the 18th tomorrow to get on the cut line, which is projected to come at -2 under par. Good Luck Tony.

You have to wonder about the organizers of this tournament, how can you run out of daylight? Start earlier.

The second round will resume at 0800 tomorrow, will be interesting to see if they can complete the third round on time.