AT&T Byron Nelson. Aaron Wise Wins with Maiden PGA Tour Victory.

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Aaron Wise, USA, claimed his maiden PGA Tour victory with a win at the AT&T Byron Nelson, at Trinity Forrest Golf Club in Dallas, Texas.

Wise claims first TOUR victory

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Aaron shot a marvelous -6 under 65 final round to win the AT&T Byron Nelson by three shots at -23 under par, a new tournament record;

“It’s everything I’ve dreamed of.”

“I felt like when it rained today I was really going to tear the course up just because it allowed me to hit driver, which is my strength.”

“I got a lot of short irons in my hand and was able to make a lot birdies.”

“Just a ton of self-belief, it was always there, but to do it on this stage, to know I’ve done it, really helped me today.”

“I felt oddly calm all day long and to play as good as I did, bogey free, was awesome.”

Marc Leishman, Australia, who had led for three rounds carded a final round -3 under 68, and second place at -20 under par.

In a three-way tie for third place at -19 under par were, birthday boy Branden Grace from South Africa who carded a magical -9 under 62 last round, with J.J. Spaun, USA, -8 under 63 today, and Keith Mitchell, USA, also -8 under 63 for his final round.

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AT&T Byron Nelson. Marc and Aaron at the Top.

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Marc Leishman, Australia, and Aaron Wise, USA, are tied at the top of the AT&T Byron Nelson leaderboard after 54 holes at Trinity Forest  Gold Club Dallas, Texas.

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Marc, -2 under 69 today has led the AT&T Byron Nelson for three rounds, he now has company at the top in the form of rookie Aaron, -3 under 68, for the final round tomorrow, both players at -17 under par for the tournament.

Rookie Aaron has a real chance to win here;

“Going out today, I felt like I had expectations which is crazy because I’ve only been there once before.”

“I felt like I expected a little bit more of myself. I put a little too much pressure on myself early. Taking that aside, I did great at the back nine and finished at three under which is great today.”

“Knowing that I’ve been there and that I’ve played well, that was a really cool setting around Quail Hollow with so many people.”

“For me to perform some of the shots I did and play as well as I did down the stretch, just a lot of confidence it gives me going into tomorrow and playing this course.”

“The courses are totally different, but the pressure will be kind of the same. Now that I’ve been there, I think I’ll have a better chance at it.”

Marc mentioned the different conditions today;

“Very different conditions today than what it was Thursday afternoon.”

“And the course is turning out a lot windier.”

“Different situations, a few more people out there today.”

“Really. really happy with the way I fought back after a slow start.”

The two leaders have a four shot advantage over their nearest rivals, Matt Jones, Australia, -3 under 68 in his third round, and Kevin Na, USA, who carded -2 under 69 today.

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AT&T Byron Nelson. Marc Still at the Top.

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Marc Leishman, Australia, is still at the top of the AT&T Byron Nelson leaderboard after 36 holes at Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas Texas.

Leishman holds slim 36-hole lead

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Marc added a second round -5 under par 66 to his first round 61 to top the AT&T Byron Nelson leaderboard by one shot at -15 under par for the two rounds completed;

“It’s always tough to follow up a really low round with another good one.”

“I’ve just got to keep doing more of the same and keep giving myself chances.”

“So, happy to shoot five under today and just keep the momentum going.” 

Aaron Wise, USA,holds second place alone at -14 under par, shooting a second round -8 under par 63 in the windier afternoon conditions;

“You weren’t going to be able to ball strike this course to death today with how windy it was.” 

“There’s some holes that were just playing really, really short because the ball is bouncing and you’re downwind.”

“All of a sudden this bunker at 370 you can reach and it’s a bad spot to be in.” 

“It played tricky. Like the driveable hole, Keith, who I was playing with, hit 2-iron off the tee. It’s 300 to the front edge.”

“It’s tricky. But it’s tons of fun and I like that.” 

In third place on his own is Brian Gay, USAhe carded -9 under 62, in the calmer morning conditions, needing only 26 putts to post -13 under par for the competition;

 “I’ve been hitting the ball nice and my putting is my strong suit.”

“My putting has been down the last several tournaments. I’ve been kind of waiting on one of these days.” 

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AT&T Byron Nelson. Marc Leishman Leads.

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Marc Leishman, Australia, leads the AT&T Byron Nelson at the new venue of Trinity Forest Golf Club, Dallas Texas.

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Marc carded a first round -10 under par 61 to lead the AT&T Byron Nelson by three shots and obviously likes the new course, especially with a hot putter;

” When I got here and saw instantly, you know, was happy that we’re here and it’s just a cool spot.”

“It was certainly one of the best driving days I’ve had, I hit everything, every fairway, and that’s important around here.”

“The fairways are generous, but you still have to hit them.”

“My iron play was great and then didn’t feel like I was having to hit too many chip shots.”

The putter was hot, so that combination is a nice way to start the tournament and shoot a low round.”

Sharing second place at -7 under par are J.J. Spaun and Jimmy Walker.

Jimmy is happy to be feeling fine once again;

“It’s a huge factor. I feel good.”

“It’s a hard enough game as it is. You don’t want to feel bad when you’re out playing golf, or feel sick or injured or weak. And that’s just kind of how I was.”

“Last week was great. A big week for me, especially with what’s been going on.”

“I feel a lot better now. Golf game seems like it’s coming back. Last week was huge, a big week. Lots of smiles.”

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The Masters. Patrick Reed Leads.

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Patrick Reed, USA, leads The Masters at the half-way stage at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.

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Patrick scored a second round -6 under par 66 to lead The Masters after 36 holes with a -9 under par total;

“Everyone wants to win Majors and if you don’t believe you can win them, then you probably shouldn’t be playing in them.”

“I believe that if I play the golf that I know how to play, that I can win Majors.”

“I have to go in and not get ahead of myself, just take it shot by shot, hole by hole, like I’ve been doing. There’s a lot of holes left and I just need to go out and keep to my game-plan, play some solid golf and just go out and continue shooting in the 60s and see if it gets the job done.”

“I don’t know how many times on putting greens I was like, all right, well, this putt is to win the Green Jacket.”

“It’s one of those things that all kids growing up think about, and to have the reality to be able to sit up here after Friday and having the lead in the tournament, it’s great.”

“But, you know, we’re only halfway. I’ve got a long way to go and just need to continue doing what I’m doing.”

Marc Leishman from Australia is alone in second place at -7 under par, with a second round -5 under 67, while Henrik Stenson, Sweden, holds third place at -5 under after his second round -2 under 70.

Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland, -1 under 71, and Jordan SpiethUSA, +2 over par 74, are tied in fourth spot, both at -4 under par for the competition.

Rory is happy to be in contention;

“Being up there around the lead going into the weekend, it’s a good position to be in.”

“But I think I’m happier with how I’ve felt and how I’ve handled certain things and how my thought process has been. That’s been a pleasing thing.”

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Tournament of Champions. Two Tied at the Top.

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Two players are tied at the top of the Tournament of Champions leaderboard after 36 holes at the Plantation Course in Hawaii, Marc Leishman, Australia and Brian Harman, USA, share the honor.

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Marc was bogey free today with his -4 under 69, while Brian carded -5 under 68, which included two bogey’s, to join him at the top of the Tournament of Champions leaderboard at -10 under par for the two rounds completed.

Marc likes to win;

“I don’t really need to change anything. Certainly, going to play to win.”

“I mean that’s what we are here for and after last year getting a taste for it, it would be nice to do it again as soon as possible.”

“It would be nice to just keep playing the way I’m playing and hopefully seal up the TOUR Championship earlier so you can go into the FedExCup Playoffs not thinking about getting into the TOUR Championship, you’re thinking about winning tournaments.”

World #1 Dustin Johnson, USA, holds third place at -9 under par following his second round -5 under par 68, and he is happy with the way he is playing;

 “It sets up well. It’s windy, so you really have to strike the ball well.”

 “I think that’s a big factor out here, especially with all this wind. You hit solid shots, you can control it and you can hit some good ones. It’s the miss-hits when the wind’s blowing this hard that can really take it way off-line.”

“So I feel like I strike the ball very well and I control my distance pretty well. And it’s a lot of feel around here. You hardly ever hit full shots, I feel like. So I kind of like it.”

Three players then share fourth spot at -8 under, Pat Perez, and Chris Stroud, both recording 7 under 66 today, and both from the USA, they are joined by Jhonattan  Vegas from Venezuela, he signed for a second round -3 under par 70. 

Pat was upset at a couple of mistakes he made today;

 “Stupid double on eight, that pissed me off.”

“Didn’t make a birdie on nine, which sucks.”

“Didn’t realize I shot six under on the back.” 

“I still can’t believe what’s transpired in the last 17 months, but I’m just trying to enjoy every day of it. I’m having a blast.”

 

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Tournament of Champions. Marc Leishman Leads 1st Round.

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Marc Leishman leads the Tournament of Champions after the 1st round at the Plantation Course in Hawaii.

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Marc shot an opening round -6 under 67 to lead the Tournament of Champions by one shot, on a very windy day in Hawaii.

Marc is used to the wind, coming from the coastal town of Warrnambool in Australia;

“Every day it was windy down there. It would be a calm day down there and I wouldn’t know what to do and would play terrible,”

“Just basically every round of golf I played until I was 15 was in a really strong wind.”

“I just didn’t know any different and it actually took me some time when I got over here to find my feet when it wasn’t windy.”

Sharing second place at -5 under after rounds of 68 are Brian Harman, USA, and Jhonattan Vegas, from Venezuela.

Brian was bogey free on the day;

“Whenever you get to count on your birdies, you’re doing something good, especially in tough conditions.”

“I’m very happy with it. Did I expect it? Most rounds I don’t go bogey-free, so I did not expect it.”

“But you have to dial it back just a little bit on days like today to make sure that you stay in play and I was able to do that.”

World #1 Dustin Johnson is tied in fourth place with Rickie Fowler, both from the USA and Si Woo Kim, South Korea, all three at -4 under par with rounds of 69.

Dustin had a poor day with the putter;

“Definitely missed some putts, but I felt like I hit good putts, just didn’t have quite enough speed and lipped out a few on the low side.”

 “But other than that, it was really solid.”

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