Career Builder Challenge. Hudson Swafford Wins Maiden PGA Title.

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Hudson Swafford wins the Career Builder Challenge, his maiden PGA Tour victory on the Stadium Course at La Quinta, California.

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Hudson and Maiden Trophy

Hudson shot a final round -5 under par 67 to win the Career Builder Challenge, with a -20 under total. He took the lead with a two putt birdie on the par five 15th;

“They don’t give them away out here. It’s not easy.”

“I’ve been close. I’ve been in the heat lately. Just keep putting myself in position, and this just feels unbelievable.”

“Just trying to maybe chase it up on the front edge, and it was probably my best swing of the day.”

“It was just right out of the middle, flew on the green. I thought it was actually even going to get closer than it did.”

“But after what happened yesterday, I was really satisfied with that.”

“Stepped up there and hit some really good shots on those two holes, knowing what happened yesterday.”

“I was just really confident on those two holes today. I knew the bad stuff on those holes were gone. I had already seen it, it had already happened, and just visualizing really good shots.

Yesterday’s 59 man Adam Hadwin, from Canada, had to settle for second place at -19 under par, a last round -2 under 70 not good enough to win;

“I can’t help but be slightly disappointed.”

“I really wanted to come out here and kind of prove that yesterday was just kind of a continuation of some good play and kind of get it done today, but I got beat.”

“I felt like I did all the right things. Just a couple shots here and there and who knows what could have happened. But an incredible week, my best finish ever.”

“I would have loved to have put a little bit more pressure on Hud coming up the 18th, but just to be able to get up-and-down from the lie that I had from over there was pretty impressive.”

Brian Harman and Bud Cauley each shot -3 under 69 to tie for third place  at -18 under par.

Phil Mickelson, coming back from surgery, and was happy with his performance, -11 under par tournament total, to be T21. Next week it will be Torrey Pines;

“I think this was a good start for me for the year.”

“The only way to find out where your game is at is to play in competition.”

“I’m much further along than I thought I would be.”

 

 

 

 

Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. Tommy Fleetwood Wins

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Tommy Fleetwood wins the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on a day of tough scoring and horrible gusting winds at Abu Dhabi Golf Club in the Emirates.

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Tommy carded a last round -5 under par 67 to win the  Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, with a -17 under par total and a one shot victory. It has been three years since his last win;

“I thought maybe the second win would come sooner to be honest.”

“It’s been a massive comeback.”

“I made it up to Finn, who has been caddying for me, one of my best mates. We made the switch and not a lot of people thought it would work and we proved them all wrong. It feels great.”

“I had a really hard time from July 2015 to July last year where I really struggled with my game. It’s been an awkward curve.”

“The only thing left was ‘let’s get a win’ but, you know, you keep knocking on the door and it will come. I didn’t really think it would be this week. It just shows a lot can happen in golf.”

“I just thought, keep going, you never know. It’s a tough day really.”

“The pins are tucked away and it’s very windy, especially at the start. The chip-in on ten, birdie on 11, changed everything all of a sudden from nowhere and I was leading.”

Sharing second place were Pablo Larrazábal, -4 under par 68 today and Dustin Johnson, also -4 under 68, both finishing with -16 under par totals.

The hard work continues for Larrazábal Pablo had an up and down day with the putter;

“Holing some putts, holing the chip-in on 14, I tried to stay with the pace but three bogeys on Sunday afternoon is too many.”

“The three-putt on six killed me a little bit but I’m very proud of the way I played. It was very fun, I had a lot of fun.”

“The only thing I have to do is keep working hard, keep working the same way we’ve been working during the winter and this week and try to make sure I do my best next week.”

“We’ve been working very hard and we’re going to keep working the same way to keep pushing in tournaments like this.”

“I gave it my best, I never gave up and obviously I didn’t play my best but I tried my best.”

Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship day four - What they said Dustin said he just did not roll in any putts, missing one on the 17th made winning impossible;

“It was a pretty good week. Obviously I got off to a rough start the first day, didn’t play very well, wasn’t feeling that great the first day.”

“But then I came back and played well Friday, Saturday and Sunday. All in all, it was a solid day.”

“It was windy out there, it’s playing a little bit tougher today. I felt like I struck the ball well and gave myself plenty of opportunities,”

“I just didn’t roll any putts in. I knew I had a chance. I needed to make that putt on 17. I knew I needed to go three-three-three to have a chance but Tommy ended up birdieing the last hole. Obviously that took it out of reach.”

Career Builder Challenge. Adam Hadwin Has History Making 59.

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Adam Hadwin, from Canada has history making 59 in the third round of the Career Builder Challenge, to lead the competition, and become the first player without a PGA Tour win to shoot 59, along with being the first non American to achieve that feat.

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Adam carded a third round -13 under par 59, to lead the Career Builder Challenge with a -17 under par total.

Adam said every time he hit a putt it went in;

“I got away with some shots on the back nine, and for whatever reason, any time I hit a putt, it went in.”

“I walked off 17 and I said to my caddie Joe Cruz,  there seems to be a lot more people here than when we teed off today.”

“I was shaking, I really was, I knew what was at stake, and last thing I wanted to do was miss a three footer for 59.”

Dominic Bozzelli holds second place at -16 under par after his third round -3 under 69.

Four players are tied in third place at -15 under par, Hudson Swafford, -1 under 71 on Stadium Course today, Brian Harman, -3 under 69 at La Quinta, Bud Cauley -7 under 65 at LQ and Chad Campbell who recorded -6 under 66, also at LQ.

 

 

Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. Tyrrell Hatton Has 54 Hole Lead

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Tyrrell Hatton has the 54 hole lead in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in the Emirates.

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Tyrrell shot third round -4 under par 68 to claim the 54 hole lead in the  Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, with a -13 under par total, which gives him a one shot advantage going into the final round tomorrow.

Tyrrell reported that he focused well on his game and putted well;

“The big names are up there so I’ve just got to focus on my game and try and play as well as I can.”

“I love this place. It’s one of my favourite events of the year so hopefully I can go out there tomorrow and have a good day.”

“I had a little bit of a slow start. Struggled a little bit on the greens today, just not quite starting the ball on the lines I wanted to.”

“But I holed a couple of good putts in the end on the back nine and hopefully that will give me some momentum going into tomorrow.”

“It’s a little bit of a surprise to see where I’m at this week but very happy with one round to go.”

There are some big names tied in second place at -12 under par, US Open Champion Dustin Johnson, -8 under 64 today, three-time winner here Martin Kaymer, with a disappointing par round of 72, Tommy Fleetwood and Kiradech Aphibarnrat, both carding -2 under 70, and 2014 winner Pablo Larrazábal, -3 under 69.

Dustin was happy to finally get a good nights sleep;

“Finally I got a good night’s sleep”

“I even got up and went to the gym this morning before I teed off. Definitely by far the best day I’ve been feeling out on the golf course.”

“You know, I just felt the swing, my body was moving a lot better. I swung it a lot better, especially with the driver. I drove it a lot better today.”

“I hit a lot more fairways today than I have been. Holed a few putts. I still have yet to birdie a par five but I did make an eagle on eight today, I chipped one in. But yeah, it was a really solid round.”

“I started eight shots behind, so I know I’ve got to post a really good score today and I’m going to have to shoot another really good score tomorrow if I want any chance to win this tournament.”

Career Builder Challenge.Hudson Swafford Leads.

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Hudson Swafford has the 36 hole lead  at the Career Builder Challenge in California, in pouring rain.

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Hudson carded a bogey free second round -7 under par 65, on the Tournament Course, to lead the Career Builder Challenge with a -14 under par total.

Hudson said he was just seeking birdie chances;

 “What we’ve been harping on the last two tournaments is giving ourselves as many chances as possible.”

“You just get yourself in position and give yourself the best chance on every hole.”

“Easier said than done. I’m not trying to get caught up on the perfect number, just trying to give myself the best opportunity for birdie on that hole.” 

“Getting myself up on the top of the leaderboard a lot more and getting more and more comfortable with that.”

“You’ve gotta put yourself in that position to feel what’s going on up there. I’ve done it a lot lately and starting to just get more confident in that position.”

Tied in second place at -13 under par are, yesterdays leader Dominic Bozzelli, -5 under today at La Quinta, and Danny Lee, from New Zealand, who fired -8  under par 64 at La Quinta.

Danny is happy with the rain, they get plenty of it in New Zealand;

“I actually wanted to play in the rain, so I could experiment with myself.”

“Hopefully, it rains tomorrow.”

 “Trying to not shoot something overly ridiculous, since I’m playing with the amateurs.”

“Just trying to break 80, seriously.”

Dominic made a lot of putts for par saves;

“It wasn’t my best today, but I was able to save par, made some pretty big par saves throughout the round and kept it going.”

 “Actually, pretty lucky that weather held off a little bit longer than I thought it would.”

Phil Mickelson played in full rain gear the last few holes, playing some great shots, but still throwing in some bad ones; carding -6 under 66 on the Tournament Course, to be T6 at -10 under par for the competition;

“I hit a lot more good shots today than I did yesterday, but I’m still hitting some really bad ones.”

“And that’s fine. It’s to be expected. I knew that was going to happen, but I’ve been able to kind of manage those and get away with some pars.”

 

Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. Martin Kaymer Has 36 Hole Lead

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Martin Kaymer has the 36 hole lead at the Abu Dhabi Championship in the Emirates.

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Martin shot a consecutive -6 under par 66 in the second round of the Abu Dhabi Championship, to lead the tournament by one stroke at -12 under, on his favorite golf course, making putts;

“I don’t try to push, I just try to enjoy playing my favourite golf course.”

“So pushing, I have that experience with pushing.”

“I felt like I played a little bit better than yesterday. It was a bit more difficult today with the wind, especially the first nine. I struck the ball a little bit better and I made a few long putts today, same as yesterday.”

 “Once in a while when a putt drops in you catch momentum and you can make another three or four birdies coming in, like it happened today.”

“I think I made only two pars on the back nine.”

Rafa Cabrera Bello is in second place at -11 under par, he also carded -6 under par 66 today.

Tied in third place are Paul Dunn, -6 under 66 today, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, -4 under 68 and Tommy Fleetwood, -5 under 67. they are all on -10 under par for the tournament.

Tommy was glad to have rediscovered his best golf;

“Got my game back and now it’s sort of, get results. I’ve played two good rounds of golf but we’ll stick at this. It’s nice to start off with two good rounds for the year.”

Paul feels his game is in good shape;

“It’s good, my game feels in good shape. I’m hitting a lot of good iron shots and giving myself a lot of chances.”

Kiradech has also had a good start to the season, and is making putts;

“It’s been great, it’s a very good start to the 2017 season.”

“I had a couple of good up-and-downs and a lot of good putts today.”

 

Career Builder Challenge. TOUR rookie Dominic Bozzelli Leads.

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PGA TOUR rookie Dominic Bozzelli leads the Career Builder Challenge at La Quinta Country Club, California, on the Stadium Course at PGA WEST.

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Dominic carded a first round -8 under par 64 on the more difficult Stadium Course to lead the Career Builder Challenge, in cold and wet conditions;

“Been working hard back home, doing all right things on and off the course, and it’s nice to come out and have that hard work pay off.”

In second place on the leaderboard are four players at -7 under par, Patton Kizzire and Jhonattan Vegas -7 under par 65 on the Tournament Course, Hudson Swafford, and Harold Varner 111, 65 at La Quinta.

Making it’s debut on the PGA Tour, was Phil Mickelson’s new “Jumping Logo” reminding us of  his leaping celebration in the 2004 Masters.

Phil Mickelson plays his shot from the third tee during the first round of the CareerBuilder Challenge in Partnership with The Clinton Foundation at La Quinta Country Club on January 19, 2017 in La Quinta, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Phil hit a poor first tee shot, not in any real trouble, but he decided to hit a provisional, just to warm up his swing for the next tee. Phil is coming back to golf after surgery, and said he is feeling fine, shooting a first round -4 under 68 at La Quinta, to be T25;

“I feel fine,” I’ve been able to work out the last two weeks. And again, you start out real slow, but you get back to it, you get it back pretty quick.”

“I struck it horrible, but I scored out of my mind.”

“So, I’m very happy with it. My first round of golf was Saturday and I’ve been able to work out just the last two weeks.”

“That next hole, the second hole’s an extremely difficult drive and I wanted to just get another swing.”

“It was really a great day for me because I scored so much better than I played.”

 “And when I finally did hit some really good shots I ended up close and made a few birdies.”

“And when I hit some really bad shots, and I hit some really bad shots,  I was still able to salvage some up-and-downs for pars.”