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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Australian PGA Championship. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the Australian PGA Championship at the half-way stage, Marc Leishman and Adam Bland share the honor.

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Marc made some early birdies, and was feeling comfortable, returning a second round score of -7 under par 65, to share top spot at -12 under;

“I felt really good on the range and felt good yesterday as well. I was striking the ball well and thought I would be pretty aggressive all day, especially after making birdies on the first couple holes.”.

“When you’re on a run like that and playing well, you sort of can afford to be aggressive. If you make a few mistakes, you feel like you can make some birdies.”

Adam was happy to consolidate his good start to the tournament, a -6 under 66 second round, seeing him at the top of the Australian PGA Championship leaderboard ;

“It’s always great to get off to a flying start, but if you can’t back it up in the second round or at least be thereabouts, you’re kind of just chasing your tail for the rest of the week.”

“So it was really important to get off to a good start this morning and I seemed to do that, so it was great.”

“I feel like my game, like when I’ve been playing well, it’s been good.  I just haven’t caught the momentum so I can’t get really riding it and it’s been on and off.”

“This week I’ve hit a lot of shots close, which I haven’t in previous weeks.  So I’ve had a lot of real free birdies which has been nice and birdied a few par fives today so it was great.”

Another Aussie, Greg Chalmers has third place, two shots back at -10 under par, he carded a second round -6 under 66.

Best out-of-town player was defending champion Harold Varner 111, USA, known on the circuit as HV3,  a second round of -6 under 66 got him into a tie for seventh spot at -7 under for the competition.

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Australian PGA Championship, Two Tied at the Top.

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Two players are tied at the top of the Australian PGA Championship leaderboard at the end of day 1 at the Royal Pines Resort. Aussies Jordan Zunic and Adam Bland share the honor at -6 under par with first rounds of 66.

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Sergio Garcia, Spain, leads a posse of five players sharing third place at -5 under par after a bogey free 67;

“I wouldn’t say that it was amazing but it was good.”

 “The most positive thing for me would be to go a bogey-free round, which I didn’t realise until we got done.”

“I feel like mentally I’m not quite as sharp as I was probably a month ago or so. I guess the year is kind of draining a little bit.

“Hopefully I’m able to do more of the same but every day’s different. Every day’s a different story and it also depends on the weather. If it gets windy it can be quite tricky, this course.”

Other players on that -5 under par 67 score are, Marc Leishman, Peter Senior, Daniel Nisbet and Michael Wright, all from Australia.

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The CJ Cup. Justin Wins in a Play-Off

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Justin Thomas, USA,  wins The CJ Cup in a play-off against Marc Leishman of Australia on Jeju Island, South Korea.

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What a strange week it was, Justin started with a -9 under par 63, and finished the tournament on the same number, to get into the play-off. Marc carded a final round-2 under 70 for his -9 under tournament total. The win continues Justin’s phenomenal winning form.

Justin won The CJ Cup at the second play-off hole, the par five 18th, after Marc had sent his second shot into the water hazard.

Cameron Smith, Australia, finished in third position at -8 under, just missing his birdie putt on the last hole to get into the play-off, finishing with a final round -2 under 70.

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The CJ Cup. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of The CJ Cup leaderboard on Jeju Island in South Korea. Justin Thomas and Scott Brown, both from the USA share the honor, on a difficult windy day.

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Justin had the -9 under par score for the first round, and still has the same number after 54 holes, posting -2 under par 70 today, to share the lead at The CJ Cup with Scott, who was -1 under par 71 in the third round.

Anirban Lahiri, India, -3 under 69 today, and Marc Leishman, Australia, -1 under 71 are tied in third place at -7 under par for the tournament.

In fifth position are Whee Kim, South Korea, even par 72 today, Cameron Smith, Australia, +1 over par 73, and Lucas Glover, USA, +2 over 74.

To say it was a difficult day would be a huge understatement, only ten players were under par for their rounds today.

The same conditions are predicted for the final round tomorrow, so I guess just about anything could happen. It should be fun to watch.

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