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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THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES. Justin Jumps Ahead.

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Justin Thomas, from USA, jumps ahead in the first round of the THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES at Jeju Island in South Korea.

Thomas starts hot at THE CJ CUP

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Justin shot -9 under par 63 to jump ahead of the field in the THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES tournament in South Korea, and will take a three shot advantage into the second round. Before his round Justin predicted;

“It’s not very difficult in terms of how wide the fairways are, and with the course being pretty soft we’ll be able to have a lot of control over what we are doing.”

Five players are tied in second place at -6 under par, with rounds of 66, from the USA, Patrick Reed, Chez Reavie, who was bogey free, and Scott Brown, they are joined by Gavin Green, Malaysia and Marc Leishman from Australia.

They are followed by a posse of players at -5 under par, this is going to be a low scoring tournament, so expect another exciting day tomorrow.

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BMW Championship. Marc Makes It This Time.

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Marc Leishman makes it this time around winning the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club.

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Marc, from Australia, cruised to victory at the BMW Championship with a last round -4 under par 67, to post a winning total of -23 under par;

“I feel awesome about this, it’s a long week when you lead every day.”

“Backing up that back nine last week at the Dell, when the pressure got put on by Rosie, I reacted with birdies.”

“Just tried to keep doing my own thing and give myself chances, and managed to roll a couple in there at the end which was nice walking up the last there with a bit of a buffer.”

“It’s just nice to put four good rounds on the board and in a really big event.”

 “Backing up what happened last week was probably the most satisfying thing for me.”

Tied in second place at -18 under par were Justin Rose, England, -6 under 65 today, and Rickie Fowler, USA, -4 under par 67.

Jason Day claimed fourth place on his own with a final round -2 under 69 giving him a -16 under par total, and he is full of admiration for Marc;

“I think he’s a great player, especially I grew up playing amateur golf against him,”

 “I don’t think he may have projected himself standing where he is today when we were sitting on a tee back when I was 16 and he was 18 or so.”

“He’s done a tremendous job, obviously, getting to where he is. I think there’s still a ton left in the tank for him.

The East Lake contenders are

1. Jordan Spieth 2. Justin Thomas 3. Dustin Johnson 4. Marc Leishman 5. Jon Rahm

6. Rickie Fowler  7. Hideki Matsuyama  8. Justin Rose 9. Brooks Koepka 10. Paul Casey

11. Pat Perez 12. Matt Kuchar 13. Charley Hoffman 14. Daniel Berger 15. Jason Day

16. Webb Simpson 17. Jhonattan Vegas 18. Kevin Kisner 19. Kevin Chappell 

20. Brian Harman 21. Adam Hadwin 22. Kyle Stanley 23. Patrick Reed 24. Tony Finau

25. Sergio Garcia 26. Xander Schauffele 27. Russell Henley 28. Gary Woodland

29. Patrick Cantlay  30. Jason Dufner

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BMW Championship. Marc In Cruise Control.

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Marc Leishman seems to be operating in cruise control at the BMW Championship, and will take a five shot lead into the final round tomorrow at Conway Farms Golf Club.

Leishman holds commanding lead at BMW

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Marc, from Australia, carded a third round -3 under par 68 to extend his BMW Championship lead to five shots with a -19 under par total, and this time wants to finish well. His game is in good shape and the putting is great;

After what happened at the Dell I got extra determination to finish this one off and my game is in a better spot.”

“Game is still in a good spot.”

“The course changed quite a lot today compared to the first two days, firmed up a lot and greens sped up so that was good to see and nice to keep making birdies like I have been all week.”

“Obviously not as many today but the conditions were quite a bit different. Really happy with the round.”

“The sixty two was obviously pretty nice but, you know, today was almost as satisfying going into a Saturday with a lead to play the way I did, gave myself a lot of chances.”

“Probably didn’t putt quite as well as earlier in the week but still made a lot of putts.”

Rickie Fowler, USA, -1 under 70 today, and Jason Day, Australia, also -1 under 70, share second place at -14 under par.

Jason had a grind of a day; (no pun intended)

“Bit of a grind out there today.”

“I thought with the pin locations, looking at them this morning, I felt there was an opportunity to shoot a low score, which there was.”

“To be honest, to only have one bogey, obviously I missed opportunities out there like a couple on the last two days. I missed those today and, unfortunately, shot one under.”

“With the way I was hitting it, I’m actually quite happy.”

“Leish is playing spectacular,  he’s going to be very difficult to beat tomorrow. I got to come out and play really good golf because he’s not making any mistakes.”

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BMW Championship. Marc Leishman In Control.

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Marc Leishman, from Australia. is in control of the BMW Championship, and will take a three shot lead into the week-end at Conway Farms Golf Club.

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Marc had a -7 under par 64 second round to get to -16 under par for the BMW Championship tournament, just rolling in the putts;

“The game is feeling really good.”

“Obviously rolling the putts really well, but you have to give yourself the opportunities.”

Tied in second place at -13 under par are Jason Day, Australia, -6 under 65  today and Rickie Fowler, USA, carding -7 under 64.

Jason said he was relaxed with his new caddie, so relaxed he Aced the par three 17th today;

“The more you can be mentally relaxed or rested, it takes a lot of stress and kind of pressure off of your game.”

“I think my mindset is a lot different, I feel like I’m a lot more excited having my buddy on the bag.”

“Luke is doing a great job.”

Rory McIlroy hit the stops in his defence of his title, and will not progress any further in the FedExCup play-offs. Signing for a -2 under 69 today, which left him in 59th position on the listings, eight places worse than when he started this tournament;

“I’m here so I might as well give it my best.”

 “It’s a very long shot that I’m going to make it to next week.”

“I’ll try my best over these next couple of days and see what I can do.”

“Realistically there’s not much chance of getting into the Tour Championship.”

“But I still want to go out and play well. I don’t want to go out there and completely throw it in.”

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BMW Championship. Leishman Leads, with a 62.

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Marc Leishman, from Australia, leads the BMW Championship shooting 62 in the opening round at Conway Farms.

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Marc carded a first round -9 under par 62 to top the BMW Championship leaderboard by two shots.

A fault with the putter was picked up by his coach;

“I have a tendency to push the putter into the ground.”

“My coach picked it up and I started making putts again, so thanks, Denis.”

“When you play golf and all you’re thinking about his making birdies, it’s a lot easier than trying to not make bogeys.” 

Jason Day, Charley Hoffman, and Jamie Lovemark all recorded first rounds of 64 to share second place at -7 under par.

Jason mentioned his friend and new caddie;

“A good step in the right direction, especially with having Luke on the bag.”

“Obviously, not having Colin on the bag is something different and I just didn’t know how I was going to play.”

“I think Luke did a fantastic job out there. We worked well together and hope we can keep that going.”

Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth are in the group at -5 under par after their opening efforts of -6 under 65.

Jordan stole some shots off the course today, and needed only 24 putts;

“I feel like I really stole a few shots out of this golf course.”

 “Which is rare, to feel like you scored better than you played.”

Being at #6 in standings has taken pressure off of Rickie;

“For the most part it’s the least amount of pressure I’ve had the third week of the Playoffs because we’re obviously locked for the top-30 TOUR Championship next week.”

“But it would be nice to make sure we’re in that top five.” 

Rory McIlroy falters in the  defence of his FedExCup title, with a first round +1 over 72, he needs to finish in the top four here to progress any further.

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