Ryder Cup. Americans Dominate Afternoon Four-Balls.

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The American Team dominated the afternoon Four-Ball matches in the Ryder Cup, earning 3 points to Team Europe’s one. Team USA now leads 9 1/2 points to 6 1/2, a very substantial lead to take into the singles matches tomorrow at Hazeltine National.

It all started so well for Europe this afternoon, Rory McIlroy and Thomas Pieters beat Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson 3-1 to put the first point on the board.

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Rory & Thomas and the winning fist-pumps.

From then on it all went south as Danny Willett and Lee Westwood lost 1 up to J.B. Holmes and Ryan Moore. This match could, and should have been in Europe’s favor but two short putts missed, one on 17, which would have leveled the scores, and then another on 18, to lose the match. If they had both dropped it would have been a different story, the culprit was Lee Westwood.

Danny said they had played well, but could not get the important putts to drop;

“We had a good tussle out there most of the day.”

“Westie played nice and solid, but we just couldn’t get the putts at the right time.”

“We had chances at 17 and 18. We hit pretty good putts but that green at 18 is tricky. It’s just a shame because we hit two pretty good shots in there.”

Martin Kaymer and Sergio Garcia went down 2-1 to Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar. Sergio’s frail putting was exposed under pressure, that Claw style grip is not positive enough to sink those pressure putts.

Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth defeated Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson 2-1 in a match where Patrick played some great golf.

The Americans will start the singles tomorrow with a three-point lead, and Team Europe will have to start strong and try to level the scores early on in the day.


Ryder Cup. It’s Game On As Europe Fight Back.

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It’s game on as the European Team fight back came  in the afternoon Fourballs, winning 3-1 at Hazeltine National in the Ryder Cup where the Americans now only lead 5-3 overall at the end of day one.

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Rory sealed a good afternoon with his win with Thomas Pieters, 3-2 over Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar.

Rory was very gung-ho about the wins;

“It’s incredible, I’ve played one Ryder Cup in the US and this is definitely a little more hostile than the one at Medinah.”

“I just want to let people know how much it means to us.”

“This guy beside me all day was absolutely incredible. It’s his first Ryder Cup and he played so well. A lot of credit has to go to Thomas, as well.”

Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson defeated Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed 5&4.

Justin said they trusted their game, while Henrik said his win was very sweet;

“Henrik and I did what we do best, we just stuck with it, trusted our games, trusted ourselves and we got on a little run.”

“We dovetailed beautifully and made a bunch of birdies. I relied on my partner again and he delivered.”


“We were playing very nicely in the afternoon, made a couple of putts that we didn’t do in the morning and it seemed like they got possibly a little bit tired.”

“It makes it sweeter though, when you beat the guys you lost to in the morning, that’s for sure.”

Sergio Garcia and Rafa Cabrera Bello were victorious, 3-2 over J.B. Holmes and Ryan Moore.

Sergio loves the Ryder Cup;

“I love it. I love golf. Obviously this is very special for us. And to play with this guy, he was a rock out there. He gave me so much confidence to be able to go for shots and go for putts.”

While Rafa was excited to pay alongside his compatriot in his first Ryder Cup experience;

“It’s been a real honour to play today, if I would have picked a partner, I couldn’t have picked anyone better than him to join me in my first Ryder Cup match.”

“I’m proud that we played great that we felt very comfortable, we rooted for one another and that we got the point for Europe.”

The only American win was from Brandt Snedeker and Brooks Koepka, 5-4 over Martin Kaymer and Danny Willett.

It is definitely game on tomorrow, and it will be interesting watching how the European Team approach the next round of Foursomes.

Ryder Cup. USA 4-0 Up.

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The USA are 4-0 up in the morning Foursomes of the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National.

Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose lost 3-2 against Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth.

Thomas Pieters and  Lee Westwood fell to a 5 and 4 defeat to Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar.

Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer went down 4-2 to Zach Johnson and Jimmy Walker

Rory McIlroy and Andy Sullivan lost 1 up to Ricky Fowler and Phil Mickelson.

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Darren Clarke the Euro Captain had this to say;

“They weren’t firing on all cylinders, they’ve been playing really nicely in practice and it was one of those things.”

 “Foursomes is a difficult game. We took a look at the line up and we were looking forward to it and I thought we were looking strong but in foursomes sometimes that happens.”

“The American guys played better than we did. Looking at it, 4-0 is probably a fair result for the way that they were playing.”

“There are so many points to play for yet. Obviously it’s not an ideal start by any stretch of the imagination but we’ve come back from deficits like this in the past.”

“It’s a big ask, a tough ask, but the guys are all ready and keen and can’t wait to get back out there.”


WGC Bridgestone Invitational. DJ Does It Again.

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DJ does it again, Dustin Johnson wins the WGC Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club.

Dustin Johnson followed up his win at the U.S. Open by winning the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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Dustin shot a final round -4 under par 66 to claim the WGC Bridgestone Invitational title with a winning total of -6 under par, and a two shot wining margin, good putting made the difference.

At the beginning of the tournament it was said that this course suited the shorter hitters off the tee, the long guys would have problems with the tree-lined course. I guess no one told Dustin that;

“This golf course is playing so tough, it’s not like I need to go out and shoot 63.”

“You just try to hit it in the fairway and get to get it on the green and try to make some putts. I knew if I shot 4 or 5 under I’d have a chance.”

“I feel great, I feel like my game is where it has been all year. I just haven’t been putting quite as well as I’d like.”

“The last couple of weeks, I just putted a little better.”

Scott Piercy was in second place at -5 under par, he carded a last round of even par 70.

World number one Jason Day has suffered the same type of last round malaise as Rory over in Europe earlier, Rory could only card an even par last round when in contention.

Jason was worse, with final round +2 over par 72, to finish tied in third place at -3 under par, with Jordan Spieth, -3 under 67 today, Matt Kuchar -4 under 66 and  Kevin Chappell with his last round -3 under 67.

Jason did not get a green in regulation over the last six holes, and he was disappointed with the outcome;

“Disappointed, but I’ve got to try and focus on what I did great this week, move on, and try and get better for the next one.”

Memorial Tournament. Maiden Win for William McGirt.

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William McGirt won the Memorial Tournament, his maiden Tour win, in a playoff against Jon Curran, at Muirfield Village Golf Club.

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William, -1 under par 71 today, and Jon, -2 under 70,  both finished the Memorial Tournament with -15 under par totals, and headed back to the 18th for a sudden death play-off. William won at the second extra hole with a par, after they had both cleared the green with their approach shots. William hit the better return and holed his putt to win his maiden PGA Tour title.

Dustin Johnson was in third place at -14 under par, a -1 under 71 today could have been so much better with a decent putting performance.

Four players tied in fourth place at -13 under par, Rory McIlroy, -4 under 68 today, J.B. Holmes, -3 under 69, Gary Woodland, +1 over 73 and Matt Kuchar, lo +1 over 73.

Rory is in good shape for the U.S. Open, he has been watching video’s of the Oakmont Country Club course, he has never played there before;

“I mean, it looks like an awesome course. It looks unbelievably hard, and it will reward very good ballstriking.”

 “It’s going to be tough.”

Jason Day +2 over 74 today finished at -9 under par, while Jordan Spieth was way back T57 at -3 under for the tournament, Jordan had this to say;

“Didn’t have my best stuff this week, but just kind of didn’t make great decisions when I needed to give respect to the golf course, and that’s something I’m certainly going to have to do at Oakmont.”

“So I recognize that. We’re still running on momentum. Got to get some fresh legs and get ready to go.”

Memorial Tournament. Rain Stops Play, Matt and Emiliano Share Lead.


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Rain stops third round play at the Memorial Tournament, with Matt Kuchar and Emiliano Grillo leading at Muirfield Village Golf Club.

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Matt has completed 15 holes of his third round, but still tops the leaderboard at -15 under par. Emiliano finished 16 holes before play was halted, he too has a -15 under par total.

William McGirt, -8 under par 64 completed third round today, shares second place with Gary Woodland, 16 holes completed, both at -14 under par.

Adam Hadwin, finished -5 under par 67, Dustin Johnson, a completed -4 under 68, and Jon Curran 17 finished holes, all share fifth spot at -13 under par.

Rory McIlroy finished at -9 under, Phil Mickelson -10 under and Jason Day -11 under, the gap to the top could be higher tomorrow once the top players have finished their third rounds.


The Memorial Tournament at Muirfield. Matt and Brendan Lead.

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Matt Kuchar and Brendan Steele have the half-way lead at the Memorial Tournament, Muirfield Village Golf Club.

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Matt Kuchar

Matt has carded consecutive rounds of -6 under par 66, for his -12 under par total, while Brendan signed for a second round -5 under 67 to get into a share of the Memorial Tournament lead after 36 holes.

Matt thinks the course is playing a easy as he ever known it;

“As easy as I remember ever seeing it.”

“You can get in the wrong spot, but you don’t have to worry too much about the wind.”

“The ball’s going, great temperatures. It’s fun to be out there playing and making some birdies around this place.”

“I feel like I’ve put it all together.”

“The tough thing and the great thing about golf is there’s so many facets of the game, so many pieces that need to come together to play well. It feels like everything’s coming along on good form now.”

Tied in third place at -11 under par are Emiliano Grillo, -6 under par 66 today and Gary Woodland, who scored the low round of the day, a -7 under par 65.

Gary also thinks the course is perfect;

“This golf course is perfect, so the weather definitely will change things.”

“If it stays like this, you’re going to have to make birdies, and hopefully the weather does miss us, and we can go out and have some fun.”

Emiliano needs to stay patient;

“My expectations were really high going into 2016, and I paid the price.”

 “Even though I told myself to enjoy it, I wanted to play even better.”

“I tell myself just to be patient, and if you’re patient enough, then that win is going to come.”

First round leader Dustin Johnson fell back today recording a -1 under par 71 second round, to join the group at -9 under par in fifth position, with Harlod Varner 111, -5 under 67 today, Jon Curran, -5 under 67, and Kevin Streelman, -4 under 68.

At -8 under are Scott Brown, Adam Hadwin and Zac Blair. The are followed by a group of ten players who are at -7 under par, which includes some big names. Rory McIlroy with -6 under 66 today, Jason Day, -1 under 71, Phil Mickelson, -3 under 69.

This tournament is shaping up to be a great contest, on what is probably one of the finest golf courses in the USA, Muirfield Village Golf Club.

Sadly Rickie Fowler, Ernie Els, Paul Casey, Davis Love 111, Angel Cabrera  and Hideki Matsuyama, with his squeaky cleats in his shoes, were among the players who missed the cut, made at -2 under par.