Wyndham Championship. Matt Every Leads.

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Matt Every leads the Wyndham Championship after the first round at Sedgefield Country Club.

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Matt equaled the tournament record low round of -9 under par bogey free 61 to lead the Wyndham Championship by just one point, in a low scoring first round at Sedgefield Country Club;

“I played good, and have been playing good for a while, so it’s just nice to see it come together.”

“I have a high regard for my talent. Like, I know I’m as talented as anyone out here,  maybe like five guys are more talented than me, so I couldn’t let myself quit,”

“There were a lot of low points, though. That’s life. Just everything that I’ve been through, I’ve brought on myself.”

“So I don’t need any sympathy or anything. It’s just the way my path has gone so far in the last couple years.”

Henrik Stenson, from Sweden, was also bogey free, he holds second place with his opening round of -8 under 62;

“I hit a lot of good shots out there.”

“There were plenty of birdies, so it was a good day.”

Webb SimpsonCameron Smith, Vaughn Taylor, Tim Wilkinson, Harold Varner III, Brian Campbell and Sam Saunders all share third place at -7 under par.

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RBC Canadian Open. Martin Flores Leads, While the Tournament Director Leaves.

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Martin Flores leads the RBC Canadian Open after two rounds at Glen Abbey Golf Club, as the Tournament Director is asked to leave.

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Martin carded a second consecutive -6 under 66 to lead the RBC Canadian Open with a -12 under par total, and a one shot advantage going into the week-end.

Martin is happy to be back on the PGA Tour again;

“Playing on the Web.com Tour last year was a little refreshing in that you have to shoot so low. “

“So no matter if you’re in the lead or if you’re chasing, you’re always attacking. You’re always trying to make birdies.”

 “That’s kind of a similar situation with how the rain has been this week. You just have to keep attacking.”

“I haven’t been able to attack like I’ve wanted to.”

“Now I’m starting to hit the ball very nicely, so I’m giving myself a lot of opportunities.”

Tied in second place at -11 under par are, Matt Every, -4 under 68 today, and Gary Woodland with his magnificent -9 under par 63, he completes a USA 1,2,3.

Gary made six birdies in a row, a good day with his putter;

“Came out today and saw some putts go in early and just kind of rode the momentum all day.”

 “I was just trying to keep going, keep going. Obviously holing the bunker shot on 18 was huge.”

“But you’ve got three par fives in the middle of that stretch, so drove the golf ball in play and gave myself a lot of chances.”

In a strange turn of events Brent McLaughlin, this years tournament director of the RBC Canadian Open has been stood down, mid-tournament.

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Laurence Applebaum, the CEO of Golf Canada, was coy when asked why, and would only state;

“It’s a confidential employee matter, Brent will not be here for the weekend.”

Just wonder if it is a dress code thing, like the LPGA, as Brent is a tattooed, leather-clad, Harley Davidson driving, guitar picking former roadie. Not exactly the type of image the PGA Tour wants to project.

Bill Paul, who served as tournament director at the Canadian Open for 22 years, will replace Brent for the final two rounds.

 

 

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RBC Canadian Open. Five Way Tie at the Top

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There is a five-way tie at the top of the Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf ClubOllie Schniederjans, Hudson Swafford. Kevin Chappell, Matt Every and Brandon Hagy share the lead.

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All five players fired in matching -7 under par opening rounds of 65, in the RBC Canadian Open, as play was suspended for the day due to bad light. after a rain delay had halted play earlier.

Ollie carded two Eagles today;

“I took advantage of the par fives and just played real consistently well off the tee.”

“I was in good positions all day. Just a solid round.”

In the huge group at -6 under par, are Smiley Kaufman and Bubba Watson, who was bogey free today, and has said he is practically nearly Canadian;

“We’re back to playing American golf this week. I know we’re in Canada, but I’m part-Canadian since I married a Canadian.” 

“I had a couple, I would say, maybe two wayward shots, two mistakes that I can think of.”

“Other than that, though, it was a good day.”

Smiley has had good starts before;

“I’ve had starts like that in my career, so it’s kind of tough to keep it going as low as it felt like I was going. Definitely was on point with everything to start the round.”

“It was one of those days kind of got some good breaks and I also got some bad breaks, too.”

“I was able to kind of stay as levelheaded as possible and just try to bounce back and do as well as I can the next hole.”

Top placed player from Canada is McKenzie Hughes, he is in the next large group at -5 under par, and said he was happy with his start, and his putter;

“If you hit it in the fairway, you can be aggressive.”

“The few fairways I missed, I was just trying to make par and you have to be a little bit defensive. All in all it was a great day.”

“Probably could be a bit better, but I made a couple nice par putts, too. Overall, happy with my start.”

 

FedEx St Jude Classic. Four Tied at the Top.

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There are four player tied at the top of the FedEx St Jude Classic after the first round, Matt Every, Scott Brown, Stewart Cink and Sebastian Munoz all carded -6 under par 64 at TPC Southwind in Memphis.

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Matt came good with his driver, and then needed only 24 putts today in his opening round at the FedEx St Jude Classic tournament, this is after he missed seven cuts in a row;

“I drove it really well today, so I’ll just kind of ride that into my next couple days.”

“I haven’t played well in a couple years, and I’ve been out here for like seven or eight, so I kind of know the drill.”

“Like, one round is not that big a deal. It’s nice to play well, but yeah, they don’t hand out trophies after the first round.”

Stewart also had a good day with the putter;

“The thing that was missing though was the exceptional rounds weren’t there before, and now I’m getting a few rounds every now and then like today where it was really rolling.”

Charl Schwartzel and Matt Jones are one shot back at -5 under par following their first rounds of 65.

 

RBC Heritage. Every & G-Mac Lead.

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Matt Every and Graeme McDowell lead the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head, at the end of day 1.

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Matt chipped in for birdie, twice in a row, at six and seven on his way to his best round ever to share the lead in the RBC Heritage at -5 under par, following his opening round 66.

He did admit that his short game was awesome today;

“Man, my short game was, the best it’s been in a long time.”

“I saved a ton of shots, I probably shouldn’t have shot 5-under, more like even, but I’ll take it.”

“The Harbour Town course wasn’t playing that easy either, but I got a lot out of my game, for sure. It’s nice. I felt like I stole one; I probably stole five or six shots today.”

G-Mac, who has won here at Harbour Town said you have to be patient, and he was good at putting. he also had a -5  under par first round;

“I just felt really good on the greens, you just have to stay real patient.”

“You have to position your ball well at times; you have to be really aware of the wind on this golf course.”

Sangmoon Bae is in third place at -4 under par, and was happy to be back in contention after suffering a bout of poor ball striking recently, but a new coach has changed things around for him;

“I couldn’t play well the last couple of weeks because my ball-striking wasn’t great.”

“Ball-striking was really, really bad the last couple of weeks, but things are a little improved right now.”

“That’s why I played good today and played well last week at the Masters.”

“I couldn’t play well the last four or five weeks. I hit the ball, like, to the left, or very thin or fat.”

“I’m trying to focus on my short game and putting which is really important on this golf course. I’m still working on it, but a little came back.”

“Tee shot is really hard on this course, so I’m just trying to get a little wide space, left or right, not necessarily the center of the fairway, where it may be impossible to hit the green.”

“I didn’t try to shape shots a lot, no, these greens are really small, so I hit the ball to the center of the green, then make more birdies chances.”

It doesn’t matter where the pin is, I’m trying to hit it center of the green. Course management.”

Hometown boy Kevin Kisner is in a five-way tie for fifth place at -3 under par.

Kevin does not like poa annua greens, it makes it difficult for him to putt well;

“I’m glad to be back in the Lowcountry, my home state tournament, so excited to perform in front of family and friends.”

“I always struggle on the West Coast, a good ol’ Southern boy doesn’t putt on poa annua too well. I’m getting back to some grass that I like.”

“I started a trend Thursday in the right direction. This is probably about where I start playing my best in the previous years. Last year I did okay here, and then got on a run at Charlotte,Wells Fargo Championship, and the Byron Nelson. Hopefully, it’s going that way again.”

“Days like this, with blustery breezes in the morning round, you want to make all those birdie chances you get, because you know you’re not going to have that many opportunities.”

 

 

Arnold Palmer Invitational. Matt Every Makes It His.

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Matt Every won the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando.

Matt Every, 30, received the traditional winner's handshake from Arnold Palmer on Sunday. (Greenwood/Getty Images)

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As a kid growing up in nearby Daytona Beach Matt Every watched Arnold Palmer Invitational, now he was won the event. He could not believe that he had won, a last round of -2 under par 70 gave him a total -13 under par.

“It’s hard, I can’t believe I won, it’s tough man. You just never know if it’s going to happen. You get there so many times. It’s nice to get it done. Being close to winning out here, I mean it can be kind of discouraging because if you don’t win you just wonder if it’s ever going to happen. I don’t see how it could get much better than this, being so close to where I grew up and all the fans out there that were cheering me on. It was awesome.”

Second place went to Keegan Bradley, his final round of even par 72 was good enough to secure the spot with a total of -12 under par. Keegan had a putt on the final hole to force a play-off, he remembered Tiger putting from around the same spot in 2008 to win the tournament;

“I remember watching his breaking in there really hard, it looked about the same. I hit an absolutely perfect putt, perfect speed. Just didn’t break in.”

Adam Scott, who started the day with a three shot lead, completely went to pieces in the final round, finishing the tournament at -11 under par, after a disastrous +4 over par 76. It left him in third place alone, he said he was annoyed at the way he played, I bet Stevie Williams was pulling his hair out too. Bad putting was the major culprit;

“Sometimes you’ve got to be hard on yourself; sometimes you don’t. And I think I was getting into a really good spot and had an opportunity here to run away with an event and really take a lot of confidence. I’m annoyed that I didn’t do better today.”

“Today was a bit shaky, it was just a little out of sorts for whatever reason. And my short game just wasn’t there. So that needs to be tightened up and probably shows that I need to do a bit more work on it to hold up under the pressure.  If nothing else, it’s a good reminder on how much putting practice I need to do for going to the Masters and just how important it is. And if I think back to last year, I made every putt that you expect to in that last round and ultimately that’s, I guess, maybe what gave me the chance to win.”

I just wonder if having the chance of being World Number One was in his mind, increasing the pressure.

Arnold Palmer Invitational. Subdued Scott Still Leads.

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Adam Scott had four bogeys Saturday but remains three ahead at Bay Hill. (Cohen/Getty Images)

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Adam Scott carded a very subdued -1 under par 71 in the third round at Bay Hill, and saw his seven shot lead shrink to three strokes going into the final round. He now has a total of -15 under par, and seeing the guys catch up a little knows he is in a tournament and will have to buckle down and find a good round to win;

” I think I’ve got to go out and try to win the golf tournament, I’m not trying to win the No. 1 ranking. I’ve got a bunch of guys breathing down my neck who all have had nice rounds today and are feeling pretty good about the way they’re playing going into tomorrow. So I’m going to have to play a pretty sharp round of golf and not open the door at all. When you’ve got the lead, you have to work for it, I’m still in good shape.”

“When you don’t start birdie-birdie today, then you know the other guys have got nothing to lose and they’re going for it. They’ve got to close the gap. It doesn’t surprise me at all. You think seven is a lot, but it’s not really, especially over 36 holes. If I was seven back at any other tournament, I would think I could still win.”

Keegan Bradley birdied his last three holes for a third round -6 under par 66 to claim second place alone at -12 under par for the tournament. he likes being the under-dog and thinks tomorrow will be a fun day;

” I just kind of like that under-dog role, I like knowing that I’ve got to go out there and play well. It really gets me excited. And playing in the final group with one of the best players in the world at Arnold Palmer’s tournament is what we all dream to do. Tomorrow is going to be a really fun day. I’m really striking the ball well and finally seeing putts go in.”

Two players are tied in third position at -11 under par, they are, Matt Every, who also signed for -6  under par 66 and Jason Kokrak who carded a -5 under par 67 today.

Matt is adjusting to not having a full-time coach,

“Last year I had a full-time coach, he was awesome, and I learned a ton. But I kind of got lazy and started relying a little too much on other people to help me. If I was hitting it bad, I would go, ‘I’ll wait until next week when he comes back and I’ll straighten it out.’ That’s terrible.”

“This year, I’m trying to do everything by myself, just be committed to everything, and trust, just trust in myself, and my caddie, too.”

“I think I’ve been too aggressive on Sundays. You can hit good shots out here on Sundays, and it might not turn out great. It’s not nerves, it’s really not. It just, you know, it just hasn’t happened. But eventually, I’m pretty sure it will.”

Well yesterday I said the engraver could do his work and go home, and although Adam’s lead has been severely trimmed I still believe he will win.