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.


Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Three Tied at the Top

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There are three players tied at the top of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas. Canadian David Hearn is joined by  Michael Thompson and Mark Hubbard.

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Last year was Mark’s rookie year on the PGA Tour, and it did not go so well, he finished 164th in the FedEx Cup standings, then had to go to the Tour Finals to keep his card. He did that with tie fifth finish at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, which put him in the 36th spot on the tour’s priority ranking list for the 2015-16 PGA Tour season. He actually got to -8 under here, but made bogey on the par three 17th, but said his driving and putting were good;

“You know, it was my rookie season.”

“It was a lot of growing pains, a lot of stuff to learn, but I felt like I did a good job of kind of persevering.”

“There were times where I got too frustrated. I almost cared too much, so I’ve kind of just taken a little bit of a chill pill recently and I’m playing a lot better golf.”

“I drove it awesome, I’ve been hitting it really straight off the tee, but today I was also hitting it farther than normal, so that was helpful, and I probably had my best putting round of 2015.”

The top three all carded opening rounds of -7 under par 64 at TPC Summerlin in The Shriners, none of them bogey free.

They are followed by a bunch of ten players all on -6 under par, and then another group of eleven on -5 under, so to say it is tight at the top of the leaderboard would be an understatement. The people on -4 under, just two shots off the lead are all T 25.

Patrick Rogers, -6 under, was happy to be in Las Vegas, where the Bentgrass greens surfaces at TPC Summerlin are good for putting;

“Last week was tough, you had poa annua greens which are always tricky around the hole, and I definitely missed my fair share of short putts.”

“It was just nice to get on some really, really nice bentgrass greens. They’re perfect.”

“I feel really comfortable on the greens, some of the greens are pretty big with a lot of breaking putts.”

“I feel like I putt well on those style of greens.”

Lets hope that the field spreads out a little bit in the second round tomorrow.

WGC Cadillac Match Play. Darkness Defeats Rory & Paul.

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Darkness finally defeated Rory McIlroy and Paul Casey in their quarter-final game at the WGC Cadillac Match Play in San Francisco.

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After 21 holes could not separate Rory and Paul, the impending darkness did, forcing the pair from the TPC Harding Park course. All square after 18 holes they moved into a sudden death play-off, for a spot in the semi-finals, against Jim Furyk.

The late start and the extra holes preventing Rory from taking his seat at the MayPac fight in Las Vegas. He had  a chance to snatch victory at the third play-off attempt at the 16th hole, he blamed the deepening gloom for missing the putt;

“Probably, this obviously could have been avoided if we went off a little earlier.”

“But it’s just the position that I’m in.”

“That’s fine. I have to do it. It’s the position I’m in and I’ll be here at 6:45 in the morning.”

“I’ll try and come out fast and win that hole and try to advance to the last four.”

Paul was ducking and diving, but could have won it in regular time, but missed an 8ft putt on the 17th;

“I dodged a couple of bullets, but I also felt like I gave him one, too. I’m glad we’re teeing off tomorrow, simple as that.”

The quarterfinal playoff will resume early at No. 1 hole on Sunday morning, with the winner advancing to play Jim Furyk in the semifinals.

Jim defeated Louis Oosthuizen 4 & 2, while Gary Woodland dispatched John Senden 5 & 3. Tommy Fleetwood was on the wrong side of a 4 & 3 defeat to countryman Danny Willett.

Danny will face Gary in the semi’s, and Jim will have to wait to see who he has for an opponent on Sunday morning.

Jim said he likes the new format;

“I think there can be tweaks, but I like the format better than in the past.”

“That’s a little bit of a homer thing, too, because I’ve never made it this far.”

As Rory could not make it to Vegas for the big fight, he had to watch it in the media center.

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Rory watching MayPac fight


Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Wonderful Webb Wins.

A wonderful performance from Webb Simpson saw him easily win the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas.

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Webb carded a final round of -5 under par 66, to take his tournament total to an unassailable -24 under par, a six shot victory over his nearest rival.

Winning a tournament for the first time since the 2012 U.S. Open, Webb knew it would take something really special to catch him;

“One over through three yesterday and 2 under today felt like a huge difference, and it was because it really let me slow down and pace myself, and you know, try to let the guys come after me. As we were going kind of middle of the round, pins were tough, greens were drying out and I knew it would take a really special round for somebody to shoot 7, 8 under. So, I felt like I was in control, and I asked my caddie, once I hit it on the green on 17 where we stood. And I was just thankful that I was able to kind of manage my golf ball the last couple rounds.”

Second place was shared between Ryo Ishikawa with a last round -6 under par 65 and Jason Bohn with a -5 under 66, to finish six shots off the pace at -18 under par.

Ryo was very pleased with his performance;

“I’m very confident with my long game and getting better with my short game, so my game is good now. I’m pretty happy with the result. I’ve played well these two months, I had a great start. Definitely a great start.”

Charley Hoffman had a -7 under par 64 which elevated him into fourth position on his own at -17 under par. He said he was happy to finish so well up the leaderboard;

“When you get that far up the leaderboard every putt you make is worth big dollars and big FedExCup points. So, to get the year started off on the right foot, you always want to make those putts. I haven’t played well here in probably five years, so it’s nice to finally put a decent round together. It was one of those rounds you look back on and it could have gone really low, but all in all, 7 under on the final day is not bad.”



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Webb Simpson has a four shot lead going into the final round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas.

Webb Simpson during the third round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

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Webb shot a -4 under par third round of 67 to take control of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin with tournament score of -19 under par.

He actually said he was not comfortable with his lead;

“This is a golf course where guys can shoot, as we’ve seen this week, 8, 9, 10, 11 under, so, I have to go out with a mindset of attacking and trying to make birdies. I think the key tomorrow is to, No. 1, stay patient again in case I do get off to another slow start. The conditions were perfect, I knew guys were shooting low numbers. I felt like I was playing good enough. I just was shooting pretty bad, parred 9, dropped the shot at 11. So, it was frustrating. But my caddie just told me to stay patient and let the birdies come. And that’s what happened. I made some putts coming in.”

Chesson Hadley is on his own in second place at -15 under par, Hadley was stoked with his birdie on 15 and then a hole-out for an Eagle on the par-5,  16th hole;

” They waved us up on 15 and I just roasted a driver up there, I think it hit perfectly into the hill and dribbled up there to about 10 feet. I hit a good putt. It was just a little to the left, so it was a nice tap-in birdie. So that was good. Then I drove it right on 16, and I laid up to the perfect number. And my first thought when I hit it was, `Please go a little.’ Then I saw it take the first bounce and it looked like it just one hopped right in the bottom of the stick. That was huge.”

Chesson and Webb  are both from Raleigh, N.C. so Chesson is looking forward to playing with Webb tomorrow in the final round;

“Webb and I grew up playing together, he’s always been more successful earlier than I have been. And you know, he’s been such a good role model and just influence for the game as far as his faith is concerned. I’m just looking forward to playing with him tomorrow.”

Third place belongs to Jeff Overton, his -3 under par 68 giving him a tournament total of -14 under par, Jason Bohn is in contention at -13 under par, and tied in fifth at -12 under par is Sean O’Hair.

Sean admitted to going through a humbling period in his golf career;

“It was a tough time this year, especially late, because I was realizing I was going to lose my card. I had to get my mind right going into those Tour events. I knew I had a good opportunity to get my card back, but I had to be in the right spot mentally. I almost felt like I had an identity crisis this year. I was going out on the golf course and trying this and trying that. I didn’t know who I was as a player.”

 “I was disappointed going into those events {} and I think if I kept that attitude, I wouldn’t have gotten my card back. I’m seeing some light at the end of the tunnel, I really feel like I might be playing some of the best golf life right now. I really feel good.”

Keep up the good work Sean.