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.”

Deutsche Bank Championship. Brendon De Jong Leads 1st Round

 

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Brendon De Jong, of South Africa, leads the Deutsche Bank Championship after the 1st round at TPC Boston.

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Brendon shot -6 under par 65 in the opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, giving him a two shot lead over the field.

Second place is shared between nine players, with the popular score of -4 under par 67; Luke Donald, Colt Knost, Kevin Chappell, Ian Poulter, Matt Jones, Harris English, Charley Hoffman, Henrik Stenson and Rickie Fowler.

Player on a hot streak, Jason Day is in the group at -3 under par, following his opening effort of 68.

Jason is putting well, carding three straight birdies from the 10th, the hole does not look big to him, just good putts;

“I’m putting some good rolls on it and then reading the putts is obviously key.”

“I’d like to say big, but it isn’t.”

“Over the last seven weeks my speed has been fantastic, that’s why I’m rolling putts in.”

“I can go in and fully believe and trust that the line I’m picking is correct.”

World number one Rory McIlroy carded a -1 under par to be in a group T26, which includes Phil Mickelson.

Rory had some putting problems;

“I felt like I hit a lot of good putts today that didn’t go in, and that probably had to do with the speed.”

“I think my driving the ball, I think my short irons are pretty good.”

“I think my mid-to-long irons, especially my long irons, I had a couple of iffy ones out there today. I can sharpen that up a little bit.”

“And obviously on the greens. These greens are probably the fastest I have putted on in a while.”

Very bad FedExCup play-off starts for Jordan Spieth, +4 over 75, and Bubba Watson +2 over 73, you would not expect that for these players.

A frustrated Jordan declined to speak to the media.

Players Championship. Bubba Wins in Play-Off.

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Bubba wins the Players Championship in a play-off at TPC River Highlands, beating Paul Casey on the second extra hole.

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Bubba beat Paul in the play-off at the second extra hole at the Players Championship after they had both carded -16 under par for the tournament. Bubba with a final round -3 under par 67, and Paul -5 under 65.

Bubba recalled winning here in a play-off in 2010;

“I proved to myself in ’10 that I could win under pressure in the playoff; I proved to myself that I could mess up 17 and still have a chance to win, and so I knew that if I just kept my head down and kept doing what I needed to do, I could still have a chance to win, and that’s what I did.”

Paul spoke about being in the bunker off the tee in the second extra hole, and trying too hard;

“Right in between clubs, 7-iron would have never made it, and I’m trying to take maybe 10 yards off the 6-iron, which is a lot to take off a 6-iron, and I just made a poor swing.”

“I could have maybe busted a 7-iron to get back there, but it was just awkward. Maybe I should have hit it longer off the tee.”

“I’ve won enough around the world to know what winning feels like, I also know what coming in second feels like. I’ve done that a lot.”

“My little boy is right behind you, 20 yards away sucking his finger, so I look at him, and it kind of makes everything pale in comparison.”

Brian Harman was in third place at -15 under par, one shot off the play-off, a last round -1 under par 69 not helping his cause. Graham DeLaet was fourth at -14 under par, he too had problems with the fairway bunker on 18, in regulation play;

“Yeah, I was just exactly in between clubs.”

“It would have had to be a perfect 6-iron, but it felt like 5 was a little too much, and 5 kind of brought in the lip, and I just barely clipped the lip. I actually hit a decent shot.”

“It was close to being really good, but it was also close to being really bad. So where it ended up, I guess I’d take it.”

Grabbing places at St Andrews in The Open were; Luke DonaldBrian Harman, Graham DeLaet and Carl Pettersson.

Luke, who has qualified for every The Open championship since 2002, except one that he missed, in 2008 with an injury, is delighted to have qualified again this year;.

“Obviously I thought about it the last couple of holes.”

“I knew I was in a good position. I was trying to make one more birdie really to be honest. Thirteen under, I thought that would definitely secure one of those top four spots.”

He also tweeted;

Really enjoyed my week at the @TravelersChamp, fun course and great support. Grabbing a spot at @TheOpen a nice bonus 🏼

Irish Open. Six Tied at the Top, Rory Misses Cut.

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There are six players tied at the top of the Irish Open leaderboard, but world number one Rory McIlroy misses the cut at Royal County Down Golf Club.

Bernd Wiesberger, Richie Ramsay, Soren Kjeldsen, Chris Wood, Tyrrell Hatton and Rafa Cabrera-Bello all share the Irish Open lead at -3 under par.

If you are wondering how tough the conditions were out there, take a look at Bernd;

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These six leaders are closely followed by two heavy-weights, in the form of three-time Major winner Padraig Harrington and former world number one Luke Donald, both on -2 under par for the competition.

For third year in a row we have to say good-bye to Rory McIlroy, who missed the cut again here, worryingly it follows last weeks cut at the BMW. Rory said he had tried hie best, but the conditions made it very hard.

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Rory shot an even par round today, but it was not enough;

” I felt like I played OK.”

” I didn’t really; it’s hard like this in the wind conditions. It’s hard even if you give yourself birdie chances, it’s hard to take advantage of them.”

“I was trying out there as hard as I could, I just couldn’t quite get a good run of holes going.”

“I didn’t get any momentum going. I was a couple under through fourteen, but needed a good finish, but  unfortunately wasn’t able to do that.”

“So really, just left myself with too much to do from yesterday. I felt like I played a solid round of golf today, but just wasn’t enough.”

The support out here is phenomenal, it’s going to be the third year in a row that they don’t get to see me play at the week-end.”

“So it’s obviously disappointing, to say the least, more disappointing for them.”

“I”m honestly looking forward to a few weeks off, to get ready for the U.S. Open, but right now it would have been nice to play the week-end at least.” 

 

 

Nedbank Golf Challenge. Willett Wins.

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Danny Willett wins the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City, South Africa.

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Danny claimed his second European Tour victory here in the Nedbank Golf Challenge, shooting a final round -6 under par 66, to post a -18 under par total and a four shot win at the Gary Player Golf & Country Club. He told reporters how much he liked South Africa;

“South Africa is a place that’s suited me in the past. I’ve played good golf down here, love the place, love the people, everything about it is great. It’s been a truly fun test of golf.”

Danny follows other Englishmen, Nick Faldo and Lee Westwood in winning this event;

“It’s always nice walking up the ninth, obviously with the name engraved on the pathway up the left, you kind of realise how many great players have been here and walked over the same bridge as you have and had a great week.

“Hopefully we can come back here year after year and do it again.”

Ross Fisher secured second place with his -14 under par total, with a steady last round of -4 under par 68, he said Danny was just too good;

“I’m delighted. I felt like I played great all week. I finally started to hole a few putts today which was nice, but unfortunately for me and Luke, Danny was too good. I played some great golf.”

Luke Donald failed to make it to the winners circle once again, he struggled all day, finishing with a final round +1 over par 73. This dropped him into third spot at -12 under par, but said there were a lot of positives to take from this performance;

“There were a lot of positives. It’s nice to put myself back in position.”

“I could have played a bit better but I still would have had to shoot five under just to tie with Danny. He played really focused golf today and hats off, he’s a deserved winner.”

Sad story of the day, Alexander Levy found the ninth hole very problematic, requiring 10 shots to complete the 596 yard par five, and carding a last round +6 over par 78.