WGC Cadillac Championship. J.B. Holmes Tames the Blue Monster.

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J.B. Holmes tames the Blue Monster, shooting 62 in the first round of the WGC Cadillac Championship at Doral.

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J.B. leads the WGC Cadillac Championship by four shots after he carded a first round -10 under par 62, on the infamous Blue Monster lay-out. J.B. scored a tap-in eagle to go along with eight birdies and no bogey’s in a perfect opening gambit;

“I hit a lot of good shots today, and pretty much on every hole I put the ball below the hole where I had a chance to make a putt.”

“It’s tough to make some putts, and if you can get below the hole, you have a better chance. Even if it’s 25 feet, you have a better chance of making that than a ten or 15 footer downhill.” 

“I was able to hit the shots where I envisioned and hit good shots, and today the putter was on, put that combination together, you do everything pretty good, and you’re going to shoot a good score.”

“It’s just a tough golf course, so if I go out and shoot even or one under tomorrow, that would be a good round. It’s hard to back these days up, so I’ll just try to go out there with no expectations tomorrow and play.”

Ryan Moore is in second place on his own at -6 under par following his good round of 66 he was keeping the pressure on the leader, with birdies on eight of his first 12 holes, but recorded a painful double bogey at the notoriously testing 18th. after his tee shot found the water down the left hand side.

There are three players tied in third position at -4 under par, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Alexander Levy.

Alexander was  making his tournament debut and started well, he birdied the long par five first hole and went one better with an eagle on the par five eighth;

“It was a very good round.”

“In very tough conditions I played really good golf. I hit some good shots in good positions; that was the key today.”

Rory McIlroy is still suffering his golfing woes, a +1 over par 73, he still hasn’t broken par in his three rounds in America this year, and lamented his bad start today, but his practice is going OK;

“Just another day where I didn’t get off to the greatest of starts.”

“It is very good on the range and it is very good in normal play and I’m not playing a tournament.”

“Then I’ve got a card in my hand the last couple weeks and it just hasn’t quite been there.”

“After the turn, I was sort of like, there’s not much else to lose, go ahead and try and be aggressive.”

“That’s the frustrating thing. I feel like there’s stretches of holes like on that front nine where three birdies and an eagle in the space of five holes; I know that it’s in there.”

“It’s just all the other stuff, and then I was a little wasteful around the greens.”

HSBC Women’s Champions. Inbee and Yani at the Top.

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There are to ladies tied at the top of the HSBC Women’s Champions is Singapore, Inbee Park and Yani Tseng.

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Inbee and Yani both shot opening rounds of -6 under par 66 at the HSBC Woman’s Championship playing the Serapong Course at Sentosa Golf Club. Inbee was bogey free while Yani carded one bogey on her round.

 Inbee played cautiously on the harder front nine, and was happy to go round bogey free,

“The front nine is a tougher nine on the Serapong Golf Course,I didn’t play too aggressively on the front nine, but the back nine I had a lot of shots.”

“I hit a lot of shots close and I was able to hole a lot of putts on the back nine, which we have to take advantage of. Yeah, it was a good round, bogey free round, a very solid round, and I putted very good today, so I’m very happy with that.”

Yani is happy to be back in contention and is putting her reemergence down to her new coach;

“This year, I guess I change new trainer, new coach and I start working on mental more and more, and I feel like awareness myself, how I’m positioned right now, it actually helps me a lot, too.”

 “And self talk is one of the biggest things out there, because like I say, I tried to be patient and if I don’t tell myself to be patient, it’s hard to be patient.”

“I’m very, very happy. I’m happy that I’m playing the golf again. It’s not thinking or I’m working out there. “

“It’s fun, it’s so much fun. Like I tell my friends, my parents on the website, they don’t have to scroll down to see my name. They can just see right on top the first page.”    

Angela Stanford is in third place at -5 under par, and she too spoke about her fun day, and how long haul travelling affects her;

“It was a fun day.  It was a fun group, playing with Webby and Stacy, it was a good group.”

“I’m being more careful about how many times I go overseas.”

“I think just traveling across big bodies of water starts to wear on your body a little bit.  I’ve cut back in that respect, and it’s helped a little about it, so I feel more refreshed.” 

” I didn’t play Australia.  Just keeping it to two this time instead of three.  So I feel a lot more refreshed this week than I have in the past.”

World number one Lydia Ko was tied for fourth with Karrie Webb, Jenny Shin, Mo Martin and Mariajo Uribe. Lydia carded two bogeys with six birdies for her opening round of 68.

 Lydia started with a birdie, and also mentioned the long flight to get here, the heat is also a problem;

“Started off well with a birdie.  Whenever I have a birdie on the first hole, I kind of wonder what kind of day it will be.”

” But ended up being pretty good, and I think it’s my best score around this course.”

“A little bit jet‑lagged because of the long flight.”

” But I’ve been trying to pace myself, go nine holes and do the least amount of practice.  I think just this week, the heat is definitely going to get to me, so I’m just going to try and cool down.”

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Honda Classic. Play-Off Win for Paddy Harrington.

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Paddy Harrington wins the weather-beaten Honda Classic in a play-off against the  21-year-old rookie Daniel Berger at PGA National in Florida.

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Paddy and Daniel finished the Honda Classic tied at the top of the leaderboard on -6 under par. Paddy with a final round of even par while Daniel carded -6 under par 64.

In the end Paddy parred the second play-off hole, the 190 yard par three 17th hole , a bit of an anti-climax really, I think you can tell that by his reaction to winning in the picture above, seeing that this is his first victory in more than six years;

“Believe it or not, when I get in contention I can still hit the shots.”

Russell Knox, Paul Casey and Ian Poulter tied in second place at -5 under par. Ian probably should have won this tournament, apart from a major stuff up on the 14th hole, where he carded a 7 after hitting two balls into the water. He actually put five balls into the water during his final round of +5 over par 75;

Poults sadly reported;

“The good is good enough to win. I know that,”

“It’s just bitterly disappointing to put myself in the position I have, to play as well as I’ve played, and a couple of loose shots has cost me this tournament. It’s a shame to hand tournaments away. I’ve handed one away this week.”

 

Honda Classic. Two Brits Tied at the Top

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The third round finally got completed and two Brits sit at the top on the Honda Classic leaderboard, Paul Casey and Ian Poulter as the final round gets suspended due to darkness.

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Poults has played seven last round holes and Paul nine, both sit on top of the Honda Classic leaderboard at -7 under par for the title as the tournament heads into a Monday finish.

Poults had his problems in the final round today, he shanked his tee shot on the par 3 fifth and watched helplessly as it bounced off a cart path and plunged into the water, it ended in a double bogey. He followed that by pulling his next tee shot into the water before eventually settling for bogey, and would not report his words to the press. He followed that experience with a birdie on seven;

“It’s not for newspaper or Internet worthy, I was pissed. I was seriously pissed.”

“It was a lack of concentration, I tried to take too much off an 8‑iron and hit a beautiful shank.”

“I was internally very angry, shall we say. And when I do that, obviously my heart rate goes up slightly and obviously that sometimes is what it needs to kick in the adrenaline.”

“So the shot on 7 was fueled with adrenaline, because I was so pissed off.”

“It was a good swing, I guess it’s been a long day, a long few days and I was just saying to my son, Luke, right there, look what happens when you forget to concentrate. Silly things happen.”

“Tiring, and made a couple of really bad swings on 5 and 6. But that kind of angered me inside enough to spark a little bit of energy there to hit a good shot on 7.”

Paul wanted to keep going, he hates a break in momentum;

“I thought the wind was favorable, so I thought I would get on with it, the lie is not great. I might be against the collar in the rough.”

“It just breaks up momentum, some guys will carry it through to Monday. Others won’t and that’s very difficult to predict.”

“You just hope you wake up tomorrow and you feel like you’ve got the same kind of golf swing and the putts are going in the hole.”

“I never like to look back, but I feel like when I was playing some great golf in 2009, 2010, it feels like that kind of stuff.”

“Probably even more so than that time in my golf career because off the golf course, I’m so relaxed and happy with where I’m at with (wife) Pollyanna and (son) Lex.”

“It feels great. I think the combination of being extremely happy off the course and confidence on the course, I think I’m maybe playing as good golf, if not better than I’ve played in the past.”

Patrick Reed is in third position at -6 under par, so far in his final round he is at even par through seven holes, but it will be  long day tomorrow, with a lot at stake and the pressure will be on everybody.

There is a posse of five players at -4 under par, including Phil Mickelson, so anything could happen.

 

 

 

Jo’Burg Open. Andy Sullivan Wins Again in S.A.

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Andy Sullivan won the Jo’Burg Open and claimed a second European Tour title on South African soil in as many months.

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Andy carded a brilliant last round -6 under par 66 at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club, on the East course, to post a winning total of -17 under par, a two shot victory.

Andy could not believe he would be in victory lane again so soon;

“It’s unbelievable, I never imagined it would happen again so quickly.”

“Coming down the stretch me and my caddie were loving life again and enjoying it. It seems to be a theme, enjoying my golf and getting the right results at the moment.”

“I want to say a big thank you to my coach Jamie Gough, who has really turned it around, and my psychologist Lee Crombleholme who has been exceptional this week, working hard on being patient out there.”

“I am just grateful it has all paid off and I get to hold another magnificent trophy in South Africa again.”

There was a five-way tie for second place at -15 under par, Kevin Phelan, Jaco Van Zyl, Tony Wall, David Howell and local favorite Wallie Coetsee.

David was happy to be back in form, if not too happy with his performance today, and this result will get him to St Andrews;

“I am absolutely delighted about that, that was one of the main reasons I came down here.”

“I have not played an Open at St Andrews and I’m not getting any younger so I knew my chances were running out. I am going to really enjoy it.”

“I played beautifully, probably made three really bad swings all week and they cost me shots each time, just hit one left on 14 that cost me a shot and then couldn’t find the putts coming in.”

“It’s not been the best start to the year and this is the first really good performance, which has been great. Frustrating not to finish it off because I gave myself a great chance, but it wasn’t to be.”

Tony was also happy to be in the St Andrews field, if not so good here;

“It’s very disappointing because I was really feeling good about today. A win is a win, but to play in The Open, especially at St Andrews, will be lovely.”

Kevin was not happy about missing out on St Andrews;

“I was just kind of plodding along the first three days, played some nice golf but didn’t really hole that many putts, but got the putts to drop on the front nine today and gave myself a chance.”

“It doesn’t look like I have done enough but I am delighted with the way I played.”

Honda LPGA Thailand. Amy Yang Wins.

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Amy Yang wins the Honda LPGA Thailand at Siam Country Club, Pattaya Old Course.

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Amy  shot a final round -3 under par 69 to win the Honda LPGA Classic with total of -15 under par. She reported that she could not believe it;

“I don’t know what just happened, I still can’t believe I did it today.”

Tied at the top of the leaderboard with Stacy going into 15, there was a three shot swing when Amy birdied and Stacy recorded a double bogey there;

“I still didn’t want to decide that because we had three more holes to go and they’re not easy, so I just kept focusing.”

“Oh, I was so nervous. But I saw the ball fall in and I thought feels like it’s dream. It’s a great feeling.”

There was three-way tie for second place, Stacy Lewis, who carded a sad final round of +1 over par 73, Mirim Lee, -3 under par 69 and Yani Tseng with a -5 under par 67.

Yani admitted to some putting nerves out there today;

“I played good, but I missed bunch of putts out there. I was just actually a little nervous out there when I putting.”

“I don’t know, just maybe thinking a little more on my putting than others.”

“But I got some lucky bounce and make birdie on the last hole so I was very happy. Just fricking nervous out there. I think just at least I back into the circle.  Hopefully take into next week.”

Low round of the day went to Beatriz Recari, a magnificent -9 under par 63, she finished T5 on -12 under par.

NZ Women’s Open. Lydia Lifts Trophy.

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World number one Lydia Ko lifts the NZ Women’s Open trophy at Clearwater Golf Club.

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Lydia carded a last round -1 under par 71, to lift the NZ Women’s Open with a -14 under par total, and a four shot victory over the field. She said she really wanted to win her home National tile, and was happy so many fans turned out to watch her;

“I really wanted to win in front of such great crowds, this is probably the biggest crowd I’ve seen.” 

“I hit a really good shot in, if I was chipping I would’ve been more nervous, but when you hit a good shot on the green it’s a nice feeling.”

“It’s always cool winning on home ground. We were walking up 16 and (playing partner Giulia Sergas) said ‘they like you’. I said ‘well, it’s home’.”

“It’s just great, the spectators have been amazing. It’s one of the best tournaments I play each year, the atmosphere and everything.”

“The more Ws the better, but it was just great, and I think I had a really good off-season break which got me fresh going into this year.”

“All I can do is hit good shots and concentrate on my game. That’s all I can do. If someone else plays well there isn’t anything you can do about it.”

Australian amateur Hannah Green claimed second place at -10 under par, a solid final round of -4 under par 68 saw this talented young lady earn her second place.

Third place went to Nanna Koerstz Madsen, she also had a final round -1 under par 71 and finished with a -9 under par total.