The Open. Stunning Spieth Digs Deep To Win.

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Jordan Spieth, USA, digs deep to win The Open, with a stunning finish to secure the victory on the links of  Royal Birkdale Golf Club, in England.

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Jordan struggled today carding three bogey’s in his first four holes, a birdie followed on the next hole, but two more bogeys saw him sinking down. He recovered with some good putting to win the 146th The Open with three birdies and an Eagle in his last five holes, giving him a last round total of -1 under par 69, and a three shot winning margin at -12 under ;

“It’s incredible, this is one of the most sought after trophies in the world and the most sought after in our sport and to be able to have my name on it and already see that is a dream come true.”

“My last goal now is to try and complete a career grand slam.”

“Somehow it came from an errant drive, a crazy drop and a bogey to get me going.”

“After that one went in I stuffed a six iron at the next hole and that putt went in. I was uncomfortable on the greens and all of a sudden I couldn’t miss.”

“Tremendous mental strength to be able to come back and finish that way with a couple of good breaks and Matt got a couple of bad breaks as well.”

“I don’t know how I shot one under today.”

Matt Kuchar secured an American 1-2, also with a final round -1 under par 69, he was three shots clear of the third place at -9 under for the tournament.

Grabbing third place was Haotong Li, from China, returning the low round of the day, -7 under par 63, for a -6 under total.

Rafa Cabrera Bello, Spain,-2 under 68 today, and Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland, with -3 under 67 shared fourth place at -5 under par.

The Open. Jordan Stands Firm at the Top. Amazing Grace Shoots 62.

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Jordan Spieth stands firm at the top of The Open leaderboard at Royal Birkdale, and will take a three shot lead into the final round tomorrow, despite amazing Branden Grace making history with a 62.

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Jordan shot a third round -5 under 65 to post -11 under par at the top of The Open leaderboard, giving him a three shot advantage going into the final round tomorrow;

“It was pretty stress-free.”

“On a Saturday, with the lead in a major, that’s about as good as I can ask for right there.”

Matt Kuchar keeps his second place, his -4 under 66 today, leaves three shots adrift of the leader with his -8 under total. But it means America has kept control of the 146th The Open.

Brooks Koepka, USA, -2 under 68 today, and Austin Connelly, Canada, -4 under 66, are both in third place at -5 under par.

Amazing Branden Grace, South Africa, -8 under 62, and Hideki Matsuyama, Japan, -4 under 66, share fifth place.

On the last green Branden  was 45 feet and two putts away from shooting the lowest round in major championship history, but did not know it;

“I didn’t know what was going on on eighteen, I promise you.”

“I had no idea that 62 was obviously the lowest ever.”

“Just trying to shoot a number to try to get myself back in there and have a decent finish for the week. Obviously now the mindset changed a bit.”

Grace unknowingly makes major history

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The Open. Jordan Spieth Supreme.

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Jordan Spieth supreme in The Open, pulling away from the field at Royal Birkdale during a wet second round afternoon session.

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Jordan, USA,  shot -1 under 69, to extend his lead in The Open to two shots at -6 under par. An Eagle at 15 was lucky;

 “I mis-hit it, and I was very fortunate to scoot that last bunker.”

“It was definitely a good break. It wasn’t a bad play. We knew we’d stolen one.”

Keeping the American stranglehold on this competition is Matt Kuchar, in second place, his second round of +1 over par leaving him at -4 under for the tournament.

Sharing third place, at -3 under are Ian Poulter, England, even par 70 today, and Brooks Koepka, USA, with +2 over par 72 second round.

Poults is pumped up;

“I qualified for The Open. I’m loving it. I really am. “

“This is a massive bonus for me to be in this position. I haven’t played in a major for a little while, and I can’t wait.”

“I’m excited. I’m pumped up, I mean I’m ready to go out there toe-to-toe with anyone this weekend.”

Rory McIlroy played himself back into the competition, -2 under 68 today, with an improved performance with the putter giving him a -1 under total and T 7;

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“That was right up there.”
“It’s really tough out there. I was lucky enough to get off to that great start but the conditions actually got a little bit worse on the back nine and it’s hard.”
“I think this south east wind that we’re playing today is the toughest wind you get on this golf course.”
“To be in after two days and be under par for this championship, after the way I started, I’m ecstatic with that.”
 “I’ve been really, really happy with how I’ve putted the last couple of days and that’s one of the most difficult things today.”

Notables missing the cut, at +5 over par, are Phil Mickelson +10. Padraig Harrington  +6, Justin Thomas +7, Patrick Reed +8, Louis Oosthuizen and Billy Horschel, both with +12 over par.

Phil suffered only his fourth ever cut;

“I missed it with flair.”

“I thought I had a good game plan. I thought my game was sharp. But obviously it wasn’t.”

The Open. Three Way USA Tie at the Top.

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There is a three-way USA tie at the top of The Open leaderboard, Jordan Spieth, Matt Kuchar and Brooks Koepka lead the American assault of Royal Birkdale on day one, shooting 65’s.

 

Koepka, Spieth post early 65s at The Open

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Brooks, Jordan and Matt all fired first rounds at The Open of -5 under par 65, to lead by one shot.

Jordan was bogey free today, and said he could not have done better, but did miss a couple of putts;

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“I couldn’t have done much better today.”

“I still missed tee shots, a couple more than I really wanted to. And I had a couple of putts that were within 10, 12 feet that missed.”

“But it was really, really solid all around.”

Brooks, the U.S. Open champion arrived early in the week to learn the Royal Birkdale course, and feels comfortable out there;

“It feels back in the routine now.” 

Two players are tied in fourth place at -4 under par, carding -4 under 66, Paul Casey, England and Charl Schwartzel from South Africa.

Last weeks winner at the Scottish Open, Rafa Cabrera Bello, from Spain, is in the group of five players at -3 under par, alongside Ian Poulter, who is making a good comeback from injury;

“Last year I was commentating for the first two days, which was difficult.”

“I think that’s one of the most difficult things I’ve done.

“It’s too easy to get down when you’re not playing those big tournaments and it’s easy to get down when golf seems to be pretty difficult.”

“It’s the feeling I used to have to know to play well in a Major or WGC, it really helps. It’s a great feeling, it really is.”

“Today has meant a lot.”

Memorial Tournament. Daniel Summerhays has the Advantage, Jason Dufner in Reverse.

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Daniel Summerhays has the advantage going into the final round of the Memorial Tournament, as Jason Dufner went into reverse in the third round at Muirfield Village.

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Daniel Summerhays

Daniel carded -4 under 68 in the third round of the Memorial Tournament to post a -13 under par total, and a three shot lead.

Daniel is aware of the perils on this course;

“A train wreck can happen at any moment, and that’s why it’s such a great golf course because it does test everything.”

“Legitimately from the first hole to the 18th hole, there’s a double bogey somewhere in there.”

“Whatever happens is going to happen, honestly, that’s Muirfield Village.”

Matt Kuchar holds second place at -10 under par, a -5 under 67 today helping him up the leaderboard.

Matt summed up his excitement about being in contention;

“Sundays when you have a chance to win a golf tournament are very exciting.”

“Any time you have a chance on the PGA Tour it’s a thrill.”

Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial Tournament, it’s certainly a special place. I think anybody within four or five or six shots of the lead is going to be awfully excited going into tomorrow.”

Three players are tied in third spot, Bubba Watson -4 under 68 today, Justin Thomas, -3 under 69 and the reversing Jason Dufner, +5 over par 77.

Jason was up front about his play today;

“Today was pretty pathetic on all accounts, so have to play better tomorrow.”

“The tournament is not over, it will be over tomorrow.”

AT&T Byron Nelson. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the AT&T Byron Nelson leaderboard after round one at TPC Four Seasons in Texas. James Hahn and Ricky Barnes have the honor.

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James and Ricky shot first rounds of -6 under par 64 at the AT&T Byron Nelson to top the leaderboard on day 1. James was bogey free while Ricky carded two bogeys on the round.

Ricky said of his round;

“I’m having signs of brilliancy, I just need to put it all together.”

James mentioned the difficulty in putting in the wind;

“Probably effected putts a couple of inches.”

“You really have to pick your timing, you really need to pick your timing when you want to hit the ball.”

“And trust your line.”

 

Tied in fourth place, two shots back at -4 under par are: Matt Kuchar, Jhonattan Vegas, Jason Kokrak and Cameron Tringale.

There is a huge bunch of players at -3 under par, including Jason Day, and World number one Dustin Johnson.

Jason spoke about the wind he encountered on the course today, and his not taking a drop when he could have;

“In this wind, I think everyone’s kind of scrambling.”

“I was not going to drop it all the way back onto the other side of the road.”

“It was just in long grass and I wouldn’t be able to flop it over. It was quite a simple shot. You just had to contact it correctly.”

 

 

Waste Management Phoenix Open. Matt Kuchar Leads.

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Matt Kuchar leads the first round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, before play was suspended due to darkness at TPC Scottsdale.

Kuchar heats up, leads by 1

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Matt shot  an opening bogey free round of -7 under 64 to lead the Waste Management Phoenix Open by one stroke;

“I drove the ball well, which you have to do around here,  from there, I just played good, steady golf.”

Defending Champion Hideki Matsuyama is tied in second place with Brendan Steele, both with rounds of -6 under 65.

Hideki does not know why he plays so well at  this venue;

“I have had such good success here and played well here, I wish I knew why I play well here.”

Sharing fourth place, at -5 under par are, John Peterson, Robert Garrigus, Scott Brown, Chris Kirk and Byeong  Hun An.

In the large group at -4 under par is last years play-off loser Rickie Fowler;

“Little bit of everything. I’ve played well in the desert since I was a junior golfer.”

“Being here, I like the golf course. It’s fun to play. If you get it going and drive it well you can make a lot of birdies.”

“The energy here, the crowds, the amount of people that come out, especially tomorrow and Saturday, it’s fun.”

Jon Rahm, last weeks winner had a conservative start to this competition, -1 under par 70;

 “It’s a lot different than having people that are not with me. It’s always helpful.”

“It’s great when you hit a shot, and even if you’re not happy with it, when people clap for you, they appreciate it, it always brings you up.”