Scottish Open. 1st Round,Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the Scottish Open leaderboard, Scott Hend and Felipe Aguilar battled the wild and windy day at  Castle Stuart Golf Links.

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Scott, from Australia,  just loves links golf, and the tough conditions, carding an opening round in the Scottish Open of -3 under par 69;

“It’s awesome fun. It’s awesome. Doesn’t matter how hard it is. When you play links golf, it’s just awesome. It’s great.”

I love it. I love it. It beats your head in, kicks you around, and sometimes you get it back. It’s just great. Great fun. It’s exciting.”

“Obviously conditions were quite tough and it was a little bit scrappy with some putts not quite getting to the hole but overall I’m very happy.”

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Felipe is from Chile, and he spoke about the difficult conditions, and not making too many mistakes in his -3 under 69;

“It was very difficult golf today, really windy after the second hole.”

“You have to be really patient out here, but this is just the first day. The course is playing really difficult.”

“You have some holes that you can actually reach the green in one but if you miss it on the wrong side, it’s not very easy to make an up and down from there.

“We didn’t make too many mistakes except for two bogeys on nine and 18 but you’re going to make some bogeys out here.”

“You have to make sure you make some birdies, also.”

Very close behind them are a group of eight players on -2 under par 70, they include, two-time Open Championship winner Padraig Harrington, former US Open champion Graeme McDowell, and former US PGA Championship winner YE Yang.

These guys are  followed by a bunch of ten players on -1 under par, Luke Donald, Danny Lee, Matteo ManasseroRafa Cabrera Bello and Branden Grace are in this group.

Phil Mickelson struggled round in +4 over par 76, Shane Lowry +5 over 77, which was not too bad considering the worst score of the day was +16 over 88.

U.S. Open. D.J. Tied with Andrew at the Top.

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Dustin Johnson is tied with Andrew Landry at the top of the U.S. Open leaderboard. D.J. has completed his second round, Andrew has yet      to  start, as darkness halted play.

Dustin Johnson tees off on the ninth hole, his 36th hole of the day, as the sun sets in the distance. (Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR)

                                 D.J. teeing off the last hole today / Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR

D.J. carded a second round -1 under par 69 to tied Andrew at -4 under at the top of the U.S. Open leaderboard, in this topsy turvy weather interrupted Major.

D.J. played 36 holes today, but said it was no bother, apart from the putts not dropping;

“I’m in pretty good shape, so the physical part’s no problem.”

“But mentally you’ve got to make sure you stay sharp all day, because you can’t go to sleep on any shot out here.”

“I hit so many good putts today that I thought were going in, and burned the edge or lipped out.”

“That’s just how it goes, these greens are tough.”

“I’m happy with the way everything went today.”

The hardest thing Andrew did today was to get up and shave.

Lee Westwood is in third place at -3 under par, he also never got to play today.

Scott Piercy, and Sergio Garcia, with even par 70 second completed rounds, and Shane Lowry, who has yet to start his second, currently share fourth spot at -2 under par.

Scott mentioned the 36 holes;

“My feet feel like they’re on fire, my calves feel like they’re on fire.”

“The ball striking was really pretty amazing today, I was never really in a lot of trouble.”

“Tomorrow the guys will probably have a little faster greens than we had this afternoon.”

“I think the USGA is going to keep pushing them a little bit. It will be a little firmer, a little faster as long as the weather holds, which it’s supposed to.”

“Any time you’re under par, I think you’re going to be in it.”

Tired old man Sergio finishes up with a 51 ft putt;

“My legs, I’m tired, I’m too old for this.”

Projected cut line is +5 over par, at the moment that number will exclude Justin Rose, +6 with two holes to play, Luke Donald and Rickie Fowler both at +6, but have yet to start the second round.

Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy, both at +7, they have yet to swing a club in the second round.

I don’t know how the logistics work, but how is it that some players get through 36 holes and others only eighteen.

Good news is there is no more rain in the forecast.

The Players. Jason Jogging Along in Suspended Second Round

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Jason Day is jogging along in his suspended second round, of The Players, the weather once again causing havoc.

Day makes the most of Friday

World number one Jason is -5 under par through 14 holes of his second round, still topping The Players leaderboard, at 14 under par, a three shot lead over his nearest rival.

Play was suspended due to darkness, after a lengthy delay because of a lightning storm that passed over the course.

Although a three shot lead is fairly healthy at this point in time Jason wants to keep pushing;

“I need to keep pushing forward.”

“The moment that I lose a little bit of focus and make a few mental errors and mistakes, that’s when I let the field back in.”

“I just can’t afford to do that.”

“I feel good about how I’m going about my game, but I just have to understand that this is like a major, and especially with 16, 17 and 18, anything can happen there.”

 “I have to make sure that I’m switched on when I come through that stretch.”

Shane Lowry is in second place at -11 under par, with a completed round of -4 under par 68 today, he came here with no expectations, relaxed and is playing good golf;

“Sometimes low expectations brings good results and high expectations brings no results.”

 “It’s a funny game.”

“I would say the 17th  kind of got the round going. It felt a little flat and a little tense, and to roll that in for bogey and then eagle 18, it kind of kick-started my round.”

“It was always close in the air, so it was nice to see it going in.”

“I was on the eighth there and had a long putt for par, and I knew I’d like to be in the last group with him tomorrow.”

“You can really learn from him in those situations. It will be nice to go out in the last group with him tomorrow and see what I can do.”

Jonas Blixt, -5 under 67 completed second round, Alex Cejka -5 under 67 completed and Cameron Tringale a completed second of -3 under 69 are four shots off the pace, at the moment, with -10 under totals.

The projected cut is -2 under par, and if it stays that way, defending Champion Rickie Fowler will be on the way home, along with Phil Mickelson, Danny Willett, Luke Donald and Jordan Spieth, who are all in the large group at -1 under par.

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.