RBC Heritage. Rory Sabbatini Signs for 64.

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Rory Sabbatini, South Africa, is the surprise leader after the first round of the RBC Heritage at  Harbour Town Golf Links.

Sabbatini jumps out to early lead at RBC

Rory shot a bogey free -7 under par 64 to lead the RBC Heritage by two shots after the first round;

“I think anytime you can birdie 18 on this golf course, it’s key because 18 is not a very forgiving hole.”

“All things considered, the course is probably as easy as I’ve ever seen it play.”

“I think anytime you can birdie 18 on this golf course, it’s key because 18 is not a very forgiving hole.” 

Four players are tied in second place at -5 under following opening rounds of 66, Matt Kuchar, Billy Horschel, Chesson Hadley and John Huh, all from the USA.

Matt mentioned the good greens and better putting here at Harbour Town;

 “Once you get on these greens, you feel like you have a chance to make putts.”

“To come from last week where getting on the green doesn’t mean much, you still have a lot of work to go.”

World #1 Dustin Johnson carded -2 under par 69 to be T 20;

“I haven’t played here in a while, so it’s definitely a little bit different being here.” 

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The Masters. Jordan Spieth Stars.

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Jordan Spieth, USA, stars on day one of The Masters at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.

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Jordan carded a 1st round -6 under par 66, with a bogey five on the last hole after scoring five birdies on the trot, but leads The Masters by two shots;

“I’ll always have demons out here, but I’ll always have tremendous confidence out here.”

 “Once you’ve won out here, you have a tremendous advantage over those who haven’t.”

“I ended up having to make a really good bogey to post six under.”

“It’s up there with the top three rounds I’ve ever played here.”

Sharing second place at -4 under are Tony Finau and Matt Kuchar, both from the USA.

There is a large group at -3 under par, Henrik Stenson, Sweden, Adam Hadwin, Canada, Li Haotong, China, Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Spain, with Charley Hoffman and Patrick Reed from the USA.

Rory had to work hard on his last three holes to make par and keep his score intact;

“It’s not always the birdies that stick out in your mind. That downhill left‑to‑right that I had on 17, it was nice to see that go in.”

 “Everything worked.”

“You look at it and not anyone is really getting away.”

“Jordan had a pretty strong finish there but this is my best start in a few years and it’s such a hard golf course to play catch up on.”

“I drove it well, everything was really solid and if I can continue to play like that over the next three days, I’ll be pretty close.”

Li summed up his first appearance at The Masters;

“It’s quite unreal for myself and to be here, play golf here, it’s such a big honor.”

Defending Champion Sergio Garcia fell over, carding 13 at the par five 15th, making a few trips into the water, he finally signed for +9 over 81;

“It’s the first time in my career where I make a 13 without missing a shot.  Simple as that.”

 “I felt like I hit a lot of good shots and unfortunately the ball just didn’t want to stop.”

“It’s just unfortunate, but that’s what it is.”

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AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Two Tied at the Top.

 

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There are two players tied at the top of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am leaderboard, Kevin Streelman and Beau Hossler have a one shot advantage in California.

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Kevin shot -7 under 65 at Spyglass Hill, while Beau carded the same score at Pebble Beach, both players sit atop the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am leaderboard.

PGA Tour rookie Beau likes the Pebble Beach course;

“It’s special, I’ve had some pretty nice days out here, but this is as good as it gets.”

“It’s probably 75 degrees and a nice little breeze off the water. It’s one of those courses that you love playing.”

“Game’s coming around, I’ve definitely been trending in the right direction. I’ve kind of been one round away the last few weeks, from having a pretty high finish.”

Sharing third place at -6 under par are Matt Kuchar, and Julian Suri, 66 at Spyglass Hill, and Aaron Wise with a 65 at Monterey Peninsula.

Making his first start in the USA this year, Rory McIlroy was happy with his messy -4 under 68 round at Spyglass Hill to be T 16 ;

“A couple of messy holes coming in, made a good bogey on 16, made a great par on 17.”

“It was nice to finish with a birdie at the last. So all in all pretty pleased.”

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Hero World Challenge. Tommy Fleetwood Leads On Day 1

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Tommy Fleetwood, England, leads the Hero World Challenge on day 1 at Albany Golf Club in The Bahamas.

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Tommy is suffering from jet lag, and his baby son Frankie awake at 4am;

“Frankie woke up so then I feed him and then got him back down, so I just puttered about.”

Sharing second place at -5 under par after their opening rounds of 67 are Rickie Fowler and Matt Kuchar, both from the USA.

Four players are then tied in fourth place at -4 under, World #1 Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, and  Kevin Chappell, all from the USA, and Justin Rose, England.

Of course all anybody really wants  to talk about is the third comeback appearance of Tiger Woods, who carded a first round -3 under par 69, to be T8;

“For me, I thought I did great.”

“To come out here and score like I did, it was nice.”

“All I’m trying to do is just keep plodding along. Today if I take away the two sixes and play the round correctly, then I’m probably tied for the lead.”

 “So it’s just little things like that I need to clean up and hopefully I can do that tomorrow.”

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The Northern Trust. Jordan Takes Control.

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Jordan Spieth takes control of The Northern Trust at Glen Oaks Club in New York.

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Jordan fired a moving day -6 under par 64, to put three shots between himself and The Northern Trust field at -12 under par, with a hot putter;

“I’ve been striking the ball really well this week.”

 “The first day I probably hit it the best of any of them but just didn’t make anything, then the putter started to heat up during the second half of Friday’s round and I kind of just created my own confidence off of a couple putts.”

“That has led into the last 27 holes or so being some of the best golf that I played.” 

“If I can shoot a couple under on the front nine, I think it will be a difficult nine for somebody to go four or five under on, no matter how hot they are.”

 “Then you get to a bunch of wedge holes, and you can start really controlling your score from there.”

World #1 Dustin Johnson is in second place at -9 under par, a third round -3 under 69 just about keeping him in touch with the leader;

“Let’s be honest here; I’d rather have a three-shot lead.”

“But it’s not that bad coming from three shots back, either, because that can change in one hole, really.”

“But obviously, Jordan is playing really well, so he’s going to be tough to beat tomorrow.”

“If I can drive it well again tomorrow and maybe hole a couple putts, maybe some of his putting will rub off on me and I’ll start holing them.”

Paul Casey, England, –4 under 66 today, Patrick Reed, -4 under 66 and Matt Kuchar, -2 under 68, both from the USA, and Jon Rahm, Spain with a third round -3 under 67, all share third place at -7 under par.

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The Northern Trust. 4-Way Tie at the Top

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There is a 4-Way tie at the top of The Northern Trust leaderboard at the end of day two at Glen Oaks Club in New York. Jhonattan Vegas, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth share the honor.

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Rickie, -4 under 66 today, Jordan, -5 under 65, Dustin, -1 under 69 and Jhonattan, -5 under 65, all share The Northern Trust lead at -6 under par for the tournament.

Jhonattan has other things on his mind, like  Hurricane Harvey heading towards his home;

“It’s hard. It’s hard not being home, not being able to help with the house and with everything.”

“I think I’m a little bit fortunate that we live up north in The Woodlands, and historically, by the time hurricanes come into Houston, it takes a little longer to get into Houston.” 

“Obviously it’s something that it’s going to be in the back of my mind for the next few days.”

Rickie has been very consistent driving, but not as long as DJ, but good putting makes up the difference;

“I think the biggest thing is it continue to drive it well to give myself a legitimate chance this week and continue to make putts. Stuff that I think I’ve done well all year.”

“I would say there are some holes, certain carries and stuff like that, that open it up for DJ a little bit but by no means does that mean I can’t go out and beat him.”

DJ is feeling fine now after injury;

“I’d have liked to play better in the majors.”

“Getting hurt before Augusta, which is going right into the major season, didn’t really help, especially for the momentum and how good I felt like I was swinging, and everything was going in a really good direction.”

 “But I feel like I’ve got it back on the right track. I feel like I’m swinging well again.”

Close behind these guys, at -5 under are Bubba Watson, -2 under 68 today, and Matt Kuchar, -6 under 64.

The leaderboard is still tightly packed, and anyone could make a significant move on Saturday.

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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.