The Players. Si Woo Kim Wins.

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Si Woo Kim, South Korea, wins The Players at TPC Sawgrass.

Kim victorious at THE PLAYERS

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Si Woo put together a finale bogey free round of -3 under par 69,  just cruising along to claim The Players trophy at -10 under par, a three shot victory, he mentioned the 17th;

“I feel like I’m still dreaming that I won this championship.”

“I wasn’t nervous at all because I was leading, I just focused on the middle of the green.”

Ian Poulter, England,  -1 under 71 today and Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa, +1 over 73, tied for second place at -7  under for the tournament.

Poults spoke about his shank coming up the 18th, and the performance of Si Woo;

“It was a big shock to the system to hit one of those nasty shanks when I’ve hit it as good as I have all week.”

“But the fourth shot was pretty special, from one of the worst shots I’ve ever hit to one of the very best.”

“As good as he played yesterday, he’s obviously gone out there today and played even better.”

 “He’s gone clean out there today, which is extremely impressive under that pressure.”

“You have to respect some good golf, and that’s exactly what he’s done.”

Louis was also complimentary about Si Woo;

“If you’re on your game and playing well, that the things you do.”

“You just don’t give shots away. If you can do that around this golf course, you can outscore everyone.”

“And he played like someone that was doing it for five or six years, like it was just another round of golf. It just shows you how good a player he is and how cool and calm he is.”

“Never once did he look flustered at all.”

 

The Players. J.B. and Kyle Tied at the Top.

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J.B. Holmes and Kyle Stanley are tied at the top of The Players leaderboard after 54 holes at TPC Sawgrass.

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J.B. and Kyle 

J.B. went round in-2 under 70 for a -9 under par The Players total, calling it an adventurous day, making some shots from out of the woods;

“An adventurous day, for sure.”

“I usually can make a bunch of birdies, so if I can just narrow it down to one bogey, then I’m usually in good shape.”

Kyle was even par 72 on the day, and had to remind himself that he was still in contention;

“You just kind of have to remind yourself that even though you’re a little bit over par, on the leaderboard I was still in a pretty good spot.”

Louis Oosthuizen shot +1 over 73, but has third place to himself with a -8 under par total, just one shot back;

“No lead can be big enough, that’s what makes this golf course great.”

“We have seen over the years great finishes around this golf course and horrible finishes.”

“It’s a great three finishing holes, and you need to be on your game. You need to hit the ball well and try not to do anything heroic when you have the lead.”

Truth is anyone could still win this title, it will be an exciting last day as the action unfolds, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

Ian Poulter is at -6 under, and Sergio -5 under for the competition, maybe even Rory McIlroy at -1 under could go low early on and exert some pressure on the leaders.

Poults was not supposed to be at The Players, a last-minute phone call inviting him to participate. He was the only bogey free golfer today. What a great story that would make if he now wins it;

“It was a nice phone call to receive, I definitely feel better on the golf course for it.”

 

 

The Players. Two Tied at the Top after 36 holes

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There are two players tied at the top of The Players leaderboard after 36 holes at TPC Sawgrass. Kyle Stanley and Louis Oosthuizen share the honor.

 

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Kyle and Louis both carded -6 under par 66 in the second round of The Players, to top the leaderboard -9 under par.

Louishas never won on the U.S Tour, but has confidence his putting;

 “I’ve come close a few times, and I’ve felt I’ve played really well,”

“It’s nice being tied for the lead any tournament off two rounds.”

“I think it was more just giving myself that little bit more confidence of that I’m stroking it well and saw the line perfect and the speed perfect.”

“You know, you never know, that putt might be the one to do it for you in the championship. But I think it was more just making sure I hit a good putt and gave it a good effort.”

Kyle is going to stick to his game plan;

“You know, but it being the halfway point, you know, it’s a nice place to be.”

“It’s nice to kind of see a lot of the work kind of come together. But that being said, there’s a lot of golf left.”

“Still got to be really patient. Can’t get too far ahead of yourself. Yeah, we’ll just stick to the game plan we’ve had so far.”

J.B. Holmes is in third place, alone at -7  under par, he returned a second round of -3 under par 69 today.

Veteran V.J. Singh is in fourth place at -6 under, he scored -4 under 68 in the second round.

Notable names missing the cut here; Luke Donald, Jim Furyk,Jordan Spieth, Ernie Els, Bubba Watson and Danny Willett.

 

 

 

 

Waste Management Phoenix Open. Hideki Retains Title.

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Hideki Matsuyama retains his Waste Management Phoenix Open title, in the same manner as last year, a four hole play-off, at TPC Scottsdale. This year it was against Webb Simpson.

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Repeat Champion Hideki 

Hideki and Webb were tied at the top of the Waste Management Phoenix Open after four rounds with -17 under par totals.

Hideki shot a last round -5 under 66, but Webb caught him at the top with a -7 under par 64.

Hideki was thrilled to become the first player to defend his title at TPC Scottsdale, with a birdie at the fourth play-off hole the 17th, with good putting;

“I don’t know if I played that well, but I won.”

“It’s been a good run. I’m going to ride it as long as I can.”

“I really didn’t think I could do it, and it was a struggle all the way around.”

 “But I’m just thrilled to win.”

“That putt at 18 [in regulation], I don’t know how it stayed out.”

 “But during the playoff, I did hit some good putts. Just the line wasn’t there, and so, you know, up and down.”

“But I didn’t lose confidence. I just kept grinding and had patience.”

Webb was gracious in defeat, and said his putter is the key for him, the anchoring rule hurt bad ;

“My hat’s off to him, he’s a great player.”

“I knew he’d be a tough competitor in the playoff,  he’s a great champion.”

“Putting has always been my thing, if I putt well I seem to play well. I’m thankful that I’ve found a method that has been working.”

 “I feel like if any change, just mentally with my putting, is just tried to simplify it. Don’t take too much time and just be thankful. I’m thankful that I made some putts and I had a chance to win the golf tournament.”

Louis Oosthuizen was third, at -16 under par, a final round -6 under par 65 giving that position on his own.

Leader at the start of play Ben An, fell away carding five bogey’s in his last round, and his chance was gone, finishing with a last round +2 over par 73, for sixth place alone.

Nedbank Golf Challenge. Jeunghun Wang With 64 Takes Control

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Jeunghun Wang from South Korea, takes control of the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa, shooting 64 in the third round.

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Jeunghun shot a bogey free -8 under par 64 in the Nedbank Golf Challenge and sits firmly on top of the leaderboard at -11 under par, and will take a three shot advantage into the final round on Sunday in Sun City;

“I’m so happy that I shot 64 and I’m more happy that I didn’t have any bogeys today.” 

“I shot eight under on this course in this wind, I still cannot believe it.”

“I don’t want to think about any win. I just want to focus on the last 18 holes. I’ll just try to do the same as today.”

Louis Oosthuizen, from South Africa is closest to the leader, carding a third round -2 under 70 to be three shots back at -8 under par for the tournament. He spoke to the media about the tough conditions today, and finishing bogey, bogey;

“It was a tough day again. The wind was even worse than yesterday.”

“I played well. I would have been a lot calmer right now if I was one behind. But I played nicely.”

“It’s not nice finishing like that, but I’m hitting it well. So I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

Andy Sullivan, England, is in third place, a steady -4 under par 68 today giving him that place on his own at -7 under par.

Andy finally had some success with the putter;

“The putter has been very cold recently, so to see some putts going in was absolutely fantastic.”

“It’s been great out there. I’ve got quite a few fans out there to cheer me on. It’s great.”

“It’s always nice to come to South Africa. I feel very relaxed here and always enjoy the vibe down here. So long may it continue.”

“I didn’t have the best of warm-ups this morning, so to come off and finish four under for the day is massively pleasing.”

“Hopefully I can go find something on the range and get after it tomorrow.”

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WGC Dell Match Play. Jason Day Delivers.

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Jason Day  delivers as he wraps up another titlethe  WGC Dell Match Play at Austin County Club, in Texas.

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  Jason took care of business, beating Louis Oosthuizen 5&4 in the final of the WGC Dell Match Play competition.

Jason won despite suffering from a sore back;

“I just kept on rolling from last week, and even with a sore back this week, obviously it gradually got better and better, but I’m just really, really pleased with how I played.” 

“I really enjoy this golf course, it was such a pleasure to play here. I’ve never been here before. And I’ve thoroughly enjoyed Austin.”

“But just set up so beautifully, it didn’t matter where the wind was coming, because we had southerly and northerly winds.”

“And when you have the short game on, especially around here, you can definitely go low. I’ve been working very hard on that short game and on the greens I just felt like I could hole anything.”

Louis admitted Jason is in front of everyone at  the moment;

“He’s definitely at the moment a few steps ahead of everyone.”

To end a not so good week for Rory McIlroy, Rafa Cabrera Bello beat him for the Consolation Cup,  3 and 2.

Rory was still upbeat about his progress;

“I said coming into this tournament, if I play three rounds or six rounds or even seven rounds match play, feeling like you’re in contention every time you step onto the match tee is a great feeling and is something you cannot replicate in practice.”

“So the week has been very positive overall.”

“I wish I could have been able to get one more win under my belt but I’m really happy with my game going into Augusta.”                       

WGC Dell Match Play. It’s Jason and Louis in the Final.

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Jason Day and Louis Oosthuizen will contest the final of the WGC Dell Match Play at Austin County Club, in Texas.

Day, Oosthuizen advance to finals  Oosthuizen, Cabrera Bello advance

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Jason pipped Rory 1 up to get to the final, where he will now face Louis Oosthuizen. Jason is  for his second Match Play title, having won in 2014 under the previous single-elimination format.

Louis defeated Rafa Cabrera Bello 4&3 and will contest the final against the new World #1 Jason Day.

Louis played steadily in the wind today

“It was windy again today so the course played a bit different. I don’t do anything spectacular.”

“I lost a bit of focus on 8 and 9. I was pretty solid on the day. I’ve been watching the match carefully and I know I need to play really well this afternoon.”

“I felt it was a day where Rafa wasn’t at his best today, so I needed to make sure I made pars and not give anything away like 8 and 9.”