Valero Texas Open. Ricky Barnes Leads

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Ricky Barnes leads the Valero Texas Open going into the final round tomorrow at TPC San Antonio.

Ricky Barnes carded 7 birdies and 2 bogeys in his round Saturday afternoon at the Valero Texas Open. (Marianna Massey/Getty Images)

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Ricky carded a third round -5 under par 67 to top the Valero Texas Open leaderboard with a -11 under par total, and will take a one shot advantage going into the final round tomorrow.

Ricky is still searching for his first PGA Tour win, and has taken over the lead here from another  Wilson Staff Valero Texas Open player Brendan Steele, who is now in second place;

“I’d be lying if I would say it was a successful career being out here without a win.”

“A bad swing at the end, if you told me five under today, I would have taken it before the round.”

“It’s not a fluke being out here, I’ve been showing a lot lately. Just need to keep what I’m doing the last three days.”

“This is why you play the game, right? Come in on Sundays and have a chance to win.”

Brendan was really complimentary about Ricky’s game, but started today with a bogey himself;

“I played with Ricky last week, and his game is looking really good right now.”

“I didn’t hit many fairways today, kind of bad right out of the gate.”

“I was really struggling. I was able to make enough recovery shots to not make many mistakes and I was able to be patient enough and make a couple of birdies at the end.”

Charley Hoffman, -2 under 70 today, and Luke Donald, -4 under 68,  share third place at -9 under par

Luke, a former World number one is happy to be back in contention once again. a change of putter has made the difference;

“Sure feels good to be back in contention again and having chances to win.”

“I switched putters last week and obviously making more putts.”

Patrick Reed,  who was born in San Antonio, is in fifth spot at -8 under after a -2 under 70 third round.

Billy Horschel, -5 under 67 today,  and another Wilson Staff player, three-time Major winner Padraig Harrington -4 under 68,  Chad Collins – 5 under 67, Jon Curran -1 under 71, Martin Piller -1 under 71 and Nick Taylor, -6 under 66, are tied in sixth position at -7 under par.

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RBC Heritage. Luke Leads at Harbour Town.

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Luke Donald leads the RBC Heritage tournament at Harbour Town Golf Links.

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Luke shot a third round -2 under par 69 to top the RBC Heritage leaderboard with a -7 under par total, and will take a one shot lead into tomorrow’s final round.

Luke is looking  to end his hard-luck history at Harbour Town, having five top-three finishes without a win;

“I think it’s a bit dangerous to say a place owes you.”

“I can’t sit back on my heels.”

“Certainly, I’ve knocked on the door many times. I’d love to put that tartan jacket on tomorrow.”

Jason Kokrak, -3 under par 68 today, and Charley Hoffman, even par 71, share second place, that one shot back at -6 under par.

Charley let it all slip late in the day, carding two bogey’s on final two holes. He said he needs to dig down and come up with something special;

“Hopefully, I can reach down deep, I know I’ve done it before.”

Patton Kizzire holds fourth spot at -5 under par, he carded an even par round of 71.

World number one Jason Day signed for a +8 over par 79, making five bogeys in a six-hole span, even though he felt there was a good score to be had on the day;

 “I felt like there was a good score out there today if you hit it in the right spots.”
 “And unfortunately, I just kept missing it in the wrong spots.”
Boeing, showed off another of its 787 Dreamliners to the RBC Heritage crowd.
 
The sleek aircraft glided along the 18th hole over Calibogue Sound before leaving.
It’s the fourth time the company, the presenting sponsor of the tournament, has showcased its aircraft with a flyover.
This display was pretty tame compared to the barrel roll the Boeing company did with 707 when it first appeared on the scene.

RBC Heritage. Three Tied at the Top.

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There are three players, Jason Day, Kevin Chappell and Charley Hoffman all tied at the top of the RBC Heritage leaderboard after two rounds at Harbour Town Golf Links.

Jason Day hits a tee shot on the 11th hole during the second round of the 2016 RBC Heritage. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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Jason, Kevin and Charley share the RBC Heritage lead at -6 under par, giving them a one shot advantage going into the weekend.

Kevin and Charley had -3 under par 68’s today, while Jason carded -2 under 69.

Kevin has yet to win, and has contested 151 PGA Tour tournaments, but said his game is on the up;

“I’m still on form and really excited to be here and really excited about where things are at.”

“I think I’ve been a little aggressive in the past at Harbour Town.”

“But I feel I have a better formula this year, a little more simple.”

“It’s no secret that I play my best golf when I’m really enjoying and smiling, and I think having family here and getting away from the game helps kind of forget that you’re here on a work trip.”

Luke Donald, even par 71 today,  was tied for the first-round lead after a -5 under 66, opening effort, he is now a stroke back of the leaders at -5 under, tied in fourth place with Russell Knox, -5 under 65 today and Patton Kizzire -3 under 68.

New professional on Tour,  Bryson DeChambeau is having fun out on the course, but would like to putt better. He shot -4 under par 67 in the second round and has a tournament total of -3 under;

“It was a fun day out there, again, missed a couple of putts and a couple momentum shifts on 17 and 18.”

“I made that 6-footer on 17, par on 18. The round may have ended with a deep number.”

“Trying to get my speed a little bit better.”

“I three-putted somewhere out there, I can’t remember what hole, it’s a blur to me right now.”

“But I’ll definitely be working on that again going into the weekend. If I get a couple of putts to drop I’ll be right there.”

RBC Heritage. Luke Donald and Branden Grace at the Top

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Luke Donald and Branden Grace top the RBC Heritage leaderboard after the first round at Harbour Town Golf Links.

 

Luke Donald, former No. 1 in the world, is ranked 95th in the Official World Golf Ranking. (Jared Tilton/Getty Images)

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Luke and Branden both carded opening rounds of -5 under par 66 at Hilton Head to lead the RBC Heritage by just one shot.

Luke said he was annoyed at not being at The Masters, but his putting stats are not good;

“I don’t want to be sitting at home watching the majors on TV; yet.”

“I haven’t looked statistically at my putting, but it’s probably outside the top 100 right now.”

 “For five straight years I was number one, that’s a big difference.”

“I feel like I’ve got a few good years ahead of me.”

“I have some good memories and good mojo here, it’s nice to continue that with a solid round today.”

Second place is shared by four players all on -4 under par, Matt Kuchar, David Lingmerth, Tony Finau, and World number one Jason Day.

Jason seemed to be cruising through 17 holes, before taking an unplayable lie in the bunker at 18, and making bogey to finish. He is really concentrating on enlarging the gap between himself and the other contenders for his #1 spot, plus of course dealing with the weather conditions;

“It was a tough break, it was a little bit unlucky, but I shouldn’t have been in that bunker.”

 “It’s unfortunate, but things happen.”

“At this point I’ve got to try to extend the gap in the world rankings. That’s my main focus right now.”

“They say it’s going to gust at times 40 miles an hour, 20 to 30 mile an hour winds with rain, it should be very difficult.” 

It should be mentioned that neither Jordan Spieth or Rory McIlroy are in the field this week.

Bryson DeChambeau, last year’s NCAA and U.S. Amateur Champion, played his first event as a pro at Harbour Town and opened with a -1 under par 70.

Sony Open. Snedeker Sneaks In Front.

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Brandt Snedeker sneaks in front at the Sony Open in Hawaii, at the Waialae Country Club.

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Brandt shot a second round -5 under par 65 at Waialae Country Club to post a half-way score of -12 under par for the Sony Open, and a one shot lead going into the week-end.

Brandt is looking forward to the week-end, and having some fun out there;

”I feel like I’m playing great, so it should be fun.”

”Maui being wide open off the tee a little bit helped me get comfortable with it.”

”And then I realized this week, how it feels, what should happen, and when I do hit a bad shot, I kind of know where it comes from.”

“So I feel way more comfortable with it this week and excited about it, because the bad shots haven’t been near as bad as they have been.”

Kevin Kisner is in second place on his own at -11 under par after carding a -4 under 66 today.

Tied in third spot are four players at -10 under par for the tournament, Luke Donald, Zach Johnson, Zac Blair and Chez Reavie.

Zach -4 under 66 today, Luke and Zac -5 under 65, while Chez carded a -7 under par 63 second round.

Luke, was asked about his troubles, dropping him to 78th in the world, and how he got his game back;

“When you come off a break there’s always a little bit of uncertainty of how you’re gonna perform.”

“I think mentally I took a bit of a hit, went through some changes, and they didn’t work out.”

“I was fully confident that they would work out, and when they didn’t that was a knock on my confidence.”

“Had some good results at the end of last season, and at least we are trending in the right direction.”

“It’s nice to get off to a good start, put myself in the mix, and hopefully have a solid week-end.”

“Just trying to get back to basics, and do what I am really good at. A hundred and yards and in, spend a lot of time on that.”

“I am never going to be someone who overpowers the golf course. I have to use the skills that I have.”

“Those have been the short game and putting, and they have been good over the last couple of days.”

“It’s good news, hopefully for a good year.”

Low round of the day, and tournament, went to Canadian Graham DeLaet, his -8 under par 62 took to him to -5 under par, easily making the cut.

Just making the cut here was Adam Scott, another round of -2 under 68 getting him to -4 under for the competition, and golf on the week-end.

Adam is still struggling with his conventional putter;

“Haven’t made anything on the greens yet.”

“So I haven’t got any momentum going, and I”m going to have to because I am pretty far behind starting the week-end.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sony Open. Five Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a five way tie at the top of the Sony Open in Hawaii, after the first round at Waialae Country Club. Vijay Singh shares the lead with Ricky Barnes, Morgan Hoffman, Kevin Kisner and Brandt Snedeker.

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Vijay shot a bogey free-7 under par 63 to share the Sony Open lead with the others at Waialae Country Club in Hawaii. He said he had played well and is looking forward to the next three days play, the secret of his new found form, it’s in an old book, he could not reveal the title of this tomb, or he would have to kill us;

“I’ve been playing really well, I just haven’t produced the scores.”

“I feel I’m playing well, and see what the next three days bring.”

“I haven’t read it for the last 10 years, so I picked it up yesterday and started reading a few things that I’ve been doing, and it’s just a different mindset.”

“Golf swing has been the same, so become a lot more aggressive this year.”

“That’s the plan, to attack the golf course instead of just trying to put it in the fairway and trying to make a good swing.”

“I can’t tell you, ( the title of the book) I’d have to kill you.”

Ricky Barnes is in the group at -7 under, he unfortunately has gone 205 starts on the PGA Tour since he turned pro without winning, he explained his up and down form;

“Some things would click for a round, and then they would kind of go away.”

“But I felt like the stuff we are working on now is here to stay.”

I kind of feel that way about my own game.

Si Woo KimZach Johnson and Charles Howell 111 are tied in sixth place one shot back at -6 under par after their rounds of 66.

Luke Donald makes a welcome return to professional golf carding -5 under par 65, sharing eighth spot with nine other players, he spoke of where his mind has been in golfing terms recently;

“Those are some fleeting thoughts seven or eight months ago.”

 “I was feeling a bit down about my game, and I think I was in Memphis in a hard place. “

“My wife at the time was in Paris with Michael Jordan. I was just thinking I need to be in a higher place in Memphis right now while she’s in Paris. That was just putting it in context.”

British Masters. Kiradech Joins Matt at the top.

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Kiradech Aphibarnrat joins Matt Fitzpatrick at the top of the British Masters leaderboard after 54 holes at Woburn Golf Club in England.

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Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Matt Fitzpatrick at Woburn Golf Club.

Kiradech put together a -4 under par 67 to join Matt at the top of the British Open leaderboard, both on -12 under par for the competition, Matt was -3 under 68 today.

Kiradech is looking forward to tomorrow, and is happy with his putting;

“Today didn’t have any particularly good shots, driving and hitting is good. 

“I made a lot of putts on the front nine but the iron play wasn’t as sharp as the first two rounds.”

“At the 17th and 16th they were very difficult putts and I couldn’t make them but I just look forward to playing tomorrow.”

“I’ll just continue to play my own game and concentrate on the gameplan and give myself the opportunity to putt and keep it in the fairways.”

“If you keep the ball in play you have a chance to finish low.”

Søren Kjeldsen, -2 under 69 and  Fabrizio Zanotti with a -5 under 66 share second place at -11 under par.

Making a welcome return to the upper reaches of the leaderboard is Luke Donald, he is tied in fifth position with Shane Lowry, Romain Wattel and Richard Bland, all just three shots off the pace at -9 under par.

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Luke carded the low round of the day, -6 under par 65, to put himself in a great position to have a go at wining the title;

“I have got myself in a great position and I would love to go out there tomorrow and shoot another round like that, which might be good enough.”

“It’s always nice to play in front of great crowds like this week. I would just like to win any tournament to be honest, but it would be a little more special in the UK.”

“It’s been a bit of a dry spell for me and I would love to get back in that winners’ circle.”