Fort Worth Invitational. Justin Rose Cruising.

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Justin Rose, England, is cruising at the top of the Fort Worth Invitational leaderboard and will take a four shot advantage into the final round tomorrow at Colonial Country Club

Rose extends lead on Moving Day

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Rosey carded -4 under 66 in the third round of the Fort Worth Invitational, to post -14 under par at the top of the leaderboard;

“It is a big lead, but it isn’t big enough, it’s not big enough to be counting the holes away.”

“You have to go out and play good. You have to go out positive. You have to continue to make birdies and keep going forward.”

 “I feel like everything this week has been working at some point.”

Sharing second place, those four shots back at -10 under are Brooks Koepka, USA, -3 under 67 in his third round, and Emiliano Grillo, Argentina, -1 under 69.

Brooks wants to put some pressure on Justin early on tomorrow;

“You have to get off to a good start here.”

“If you can birdie the first two, at least, put some pressure on Rosey, you’ll be just fine.”

Emiliano said Justin can not relax, he has to shoot under par tomorrow;

“He has to go out and shoot under par, he’s got fifty guys behind him trying to reach him.”

Five players are then tied in fourth place at -8 under par, Jon Rahm, Spain, -6 under 64 today, Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa, also -6 under 64, J.T. Poston, USA, bogey free -5 under 65, Ryan Armour, USA, -4 under 66, and Corey Conners from Canada with a beautiful -7 under par 63 third round. 

Jon had a good day with the putter;

 “I was able to make some putts, so hopefully Justin stops making putts, stops making birdies and gives the rest of us a chance tomorrow.” 

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Zurich Classic. Billy Horschel & Scott Piercy Win.

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Billy Horschel & Scott Piercy win the Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana.

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Billy and Scott carded a last round -5 under 67 to win the Zurich Classic by one shot at -22 under par.

Scott said they were both excited;

“We’re excited, my partner was awesome this week.”

“He sacked up big all week, hit some really big shots. Hats off to him.”

“I was kind of zoned out, to be honest. I knew my partner was hitting good shots. I just had to go try to put him in the right spot for the next one.”

Billy spoke about validation for all the hard work involved;

“It means a lot, it’s nice to see the validation. Validate all the hard work, that you’re doing the right things.”

“Sometimes the results just don’t show.”

Jason Dufner and Pat Perez finished in second place at -21 under, after their final round -4 under par 68.

In third spot were Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen, from South Africa, a final round -4 under 68 giving them a -20 under par tournament total.

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WGC Mexico Championship. Shubhankar Sharma Stuns Everyone To Lead.

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Shubhankar Sharma, of India, stuns everyone as he leads the WGC Mexico Championship after 36 holes at  Chapultepec Golf Club, in Mexico City, playing in his first ever PGA Tour event.

WGC Mexico Championship

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Shubhankar shot -5 under par 66 in the second round to lead the WGC Mexico Championship by two strokes at the half-way stage with a -11 under par total. And it could have been better, except for a couple of three putts;

“I’m really happy and I couldn’t have been in a better position.”

“I just kept the ball in play all day and it was great to finish with three birdies in a row.”

“I played so well, and the bogeys that I made today were just three-putts.”

“I thought about nothing, I just wanted to have fun. It’s my first WGC and I was happy that I’ll play four days because I missed the cut in the last two events that I played.”

“I worked all my life to come and play at a high stage like this. You have to expect great things from yourself if you want to play at a high stage.”

Sharing second place are Xander Schauffele, USA, -3 under 68 today, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Spain, -4 under 67 and also from Spain Sergio Garcia with a second round -6 under 65, all two shots back at -9 under for the tournament.

Rafa is putting well;

“I’ve been playing very good golf and making some putts as well, I’m not leading but I’m right up there, so in a great position for the weekend.”

There is a large group at -7 under, including World number 1 Dustin Johnson, yesterdays leader Louis Oosthuizen, and last weeks winner Bubba Watson.

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WGC Mexico Championship. Louis Leads.

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Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa, leads the WGC Mexico Championship after the 1st round at  Chapultepec Golf Club, Mexico City.

Oosthuizen leads WGC-Mexico

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Louis carded a first round -7 under par 64 to lead the WGC Mexico Championship by just one shot;

“I’m very confident with my driver at the moment.”

“I’ve been swinging it pretty good the last 3-4 weeks. I’m hitting it well.”

“I just need to do the same tomorrow. I hit a few really close.”

Three players are then tied in second place at -6 under par, Chris Paisley, England, Xander Schauffele, USA, and Shubhankar Sharma, India, all with rounds of 65.

Shubhankar was pleased with the way he played today;

“I was very nervous in the morning, but very happy with the way I put it all together.” 

 “You’re always very happy when you start with such a low round, especially for me.”

“This is such a big event. I would say this is taking some pressure off me, playing well on this course.”

Chris, who recently won the South African Open, is seeking more success;

“After the win in SA, I didn’t want to just be happy with winning. I wanted to kind of press on and that’s what I did.”

“I’m taking that attitude into the rounds, as well.”

“If you get defensive or you back off at all against players like you’ve got this week, then you’ve got no chance of winning.”

 “To play as well as I did and shoot a great score against the world’s best players and to be right up there, I’m just delighted.”

 Rafael Cabrera Bello, Spain and Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Thailand share fifth place after rounds of -5 under par 66.

Of the big guns nearest is Jon Rahm in seventh place on his own with a -4 under 67 opening round, maybe tomorrow the top players will shine.

A warning for the other players, Jon Rahm loves this course;

“It’s an old golf course, much like Colonial and other golf courses that are close to 100 years old.”

“They’re very similar to the style of golf we play in Spain. I love that.”

“I love being able to take it over corners, take some risks, because you feel like on those courses you can get a huge advantage.”

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Honda Classic. Two Players at the Top

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Two Players are tied at the top of The Honda Classic leaderboard after round 1 at PGA National Golf Club in Florida. Alex Noren, Sweden and Webb Simpson, USA, have a one shot advantage over the field.

The Honda Classic

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Webb reckons this is one of the toughest golf courses;

”When you stand on certain tee boxes or certain approach shots, you remember that, man, this is one of the hardest courses we play all year, including majors.”

Alex came to the USA to gain some experience, and it’s working;

“I came over here to try to play some more American-style courses, get firmer greens, more rough, and to improve my driving and improve my long game.”

”So it’s been great.”

Five players are tied in third place at -3 under par, Morgan Hoffman, Justin Thomas and Daniel Berger, USA, with Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa and Mackenzie Hughes from Canada, all had opening rounds of 67.

Justin summed up his day;

“Some of those holes, you’re just kind of holding on for dear life” 

A lot of players, including Tiger Woods, even par 70 today and Rory McIlroy, +2 over 72 have been critical at the state of the greens on the Champion Course;

Rory spoke about the crusty greens;

“They looked more like Sunday greens than Thursday.”

“They are pretty crusty. They are going to have a job keeping a couple of them alive.”

Tiger commented;

“It’s going to get more difficult because these greens are not the best.”

“Some of these putts are a bit bouncy, there’s no root structure.”

“You hit shots and you see this big puff of sand on the greens, so that shows you there’s not a lot of root structure.”

But apparently Brad Nelson, PGA National’s director of agronomy is happy with the greens, where on the first day of play only 20 golfers broke par;

“Our goal is to be really, really firm, and we feel like we are in a good place for where we want them to be going into the weekend.”

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US PGA Championship. Justin Thomas Wins Maiden Major

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Justin Thomas of the USA won the US PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club, his maiden Major title.

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Justin carded a final round -3 under par 68 to win his first Major title, the US PGA Championship, with a two shot winning victory;

“I know that a Major champion will never be taken away from after my name.”

“Hopefully I’m going to win some more, plenty more, a lot more, whatever.”

“I know you can’t get to two unless you get one so I’m excited to have this and it’s incredible. It was an awesome day. It was a great experience. It’s huge for me.”

“As a kid growing up, being a golf fan, you want to win all the Majors. You want to win any Major.”

“For me, the PGA definitely had a special place in my heart and maybe a special drive, I guess you could say. I want to win every tournament I play in.”

“I want to try to win every Major.”

Francesco Molinari, Italy,-4 under 67 today, Patrick Reed, USA, -4 under 67 and Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa, -1 under 70 , all shared second place at -6 under par.

Francesco had a great time;

“It was great.  Great round today. Started very well and  just had it rolling pretty much all day.”

“The rough is really thick. There’s water in play. It’s long. I mean, there’s nothing really easy about it.”

Louis bemoaned a poor putting performance;

“I didn’t really make any putts the whole round, the only putt I made was on the last hole.”

 “I left myself with an impossible first putt on 16 and could have done better than that but three-putted.” 

Patrick too had putting problems, burning the edges;

” I made enough birdies but I had too many bogeys.”

“I had too many good opportunities for birdies and a really good opportunity on ten for eagle and just burned edges rather than making putts.”

 

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US PGA Championship. Kevin Clings On.

 

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Kevin Kisner clings on to the lead at the US PGA Championship, even with dropping five shots over the last five holes at Quail Hallow, making it a very long Green Mile.

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Kevin, USA, shot a third round +1 over par 72, giving him a -7 under tournament total at the US PGA Championship, and a one shot lead. It was really a total disaster, at one point he was at -10 under, before making bogey at 14 and 15, compounding the errors when finding the water at the 16th for a double, and a bogey at the last;

“I had a chance to run away from guys and take people out of the tournament that were four or five, six back, and I didn’t do it.”

 “Now I’m in a dogfight tomorrow and I have to be prepared for that. “

“There’s no real reason for me getting mad or upset or showing y’all that I’m ticked off.”

“I’m pretty good at keeping it all in, and the golf course here is so hard. If you get pissed, you’re just going to throw away more shots.”

“There’s no real reason to show that emotion  I’ll show plenty of emotion if I win tomorrow, don’t worry.”

Sharing second place at -6 under par are Hideki Matsuyama, Japan, +2 over 73 today, and Chris Stroud, USA, even par 71.

Chris is not going to change anything;

“I have the same everything I have last week. I have the same swing thoughts as last week, I have the same routine warming up.”

“I’m not going to change anything.”

Next in line is Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa, even par 71 today and Justin Thomas, USA,  -2 under 69, both with -5 under totals.

If you think Kevin had a wild finish, take a look at Jason Day, who suffered brain fade, or even total brain disconnection. Jason was in contention until a poor drive up 18 left him the wrong side of the trees, best option was to chip out onto the fairway, and take a chance with a good approach shot to make par, five at worst. Earlier Louis Oosthuizen had the same problem, he chipped back onto the fairway, and made par form there. Jason opted to try and draw the ball around the trees, a poor shot into bushes meant he had to take a penalty drop, from there it got even worse with him carding 8 on the final hole to take himself out of contention.

Best shot of the day went to Graham DeLaet, Canada, almost an Albatross at the driveable par four 14th, his tee shot hitting the pin, but staying out. Graham. made the Eagle putt.