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 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.

Memorial Tournament. D.J. Leads At Jack’s Place.

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Dustin Johnson leads the Memorial Tournament after the first round at Muirfield Village, Jack’s Place.

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Dustin carded 10 birdies against two bogey’s to card a first round -8 under par 64 at the Memorial Tournament.

Dustin started well from the get go, and suddenly likes his putter;

“I felt like I just played well right out of the gates.”

“I hit great shots in the right spot on the greens and rolled in some putts.”

“I hit it close on the first three holes and made all three of them, so that’s always a good way to start your day.”

“The putter is something that this year I feel like I’ve struggled with a little, but every other part of my game I feel like is in good shape.”

Brendan Steele holds second place on his own at -7 under par, following his opening round 65, which included everything, a double bogey 6 at the fourteenth, and an Eagle two at the par four 18th, Brendan spoke about his hole out;

“I told Christian, my caddie, these are shots I normally aim too far away from the hole, that I get a little too cautious.”

“We picked a really aggressive line, made a great swing, and it paid off.”

“I tried to take a little different attitude into today than I’ve had.”

 “It becomes a little bit more like a job out here sometimes, which I didn’t want it to be. I want to have a little bit more fun.”

“Even when I made double on 14, I was trying to be like, all right, this is what it’s all about. You just made double. You can still get in there and make a good swing and have a good finish.”

There are five players tied in third position, all at -6 under par after their opening efforts of 66. Hudson Swafford, Danny Lee, from New Zealand, Matt Kuchar, David Hearn, from Canada, and World number one, Jason Day, from Australia.

Jason is talking about being more conservative;

“I think this year is more about taking more conservative lines off tee or conservative shots, maybe throttling back a little bit here or there.”

“I can’t focus on the end result, I’ve got to focus on trying to get through tomorrow’s round and then Saturday and Sunday.”

“I’m very pleased with that because usually I’ve struggled here early, but I’m happy.”

Phil Mickelson, in the group at -4 under par, had an up and down day, including hitting a marshal with his tee shot off of 15;

“He looked like Ali taking hits, because he didn’t go down. He didn’t go down at all. He was just laughing about it.”

Rory McIlroy had a quiet day, -1 under par 71, while last weeks winner Jordan Spieth went one better at -2 under par.

 

 

Memorial Tournament. David Lingmerth Wins in Play-Off

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David Lingmerth wins the Memorial Tournament in play-off against Justin Rose at Muirfield Village Golf Club.

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David shot a last round – 3 under par 69 to equal the Memorial Tournament total of Justin Rose at -15 under par, setting up a play-off for the title.

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The three-hole playoff was the longest in Memorial Tournament history and with David having lost his previous two play-offs. Sweden has won on the European Tour and PGA this week a first time event I think. David gave credit to his Uncle for getting him to play golf in the first place. He spoke about the 20ft putt that Justin dropped in at the first play-off hole, thinking before that he could win the tournament right there, and then he had to sink his 10 footer just to stay in it;

“It’s an honor being here, and winning is surreal.”

“If I didn’t have him, I might not even have played golf, he’s pushed me and tried to get me to the mindset that I can do whatever I set my mind to.”

“Playoffs are exciting and my heart was beating, but I think I handled it pretty well.”

”I was thinking to myself that I’d probably have a putt to win the tournament right there,’ and then he drops it in, and this big, huge roar.”

“Crazy feeling. So I took a few moments just to let the crowd and myself calm down because I knew how big that next putt was going to be.”

“I’ve been in a few playoffs. You win some, you lose some. But I didn’t feel that it was my turn to lose this time. I was telling myself that I was going to make that putt.”

Justin lost a three shot lead at the start of play, he talked about David making that putt and the poor drive on the 3rd play-off hole that lead to defeat;

”He needs to look back at that putt that kept it going on the first extra hole, he did everything he needed to.”

“I hit pretty much as good a shot as I could hit from the lie, I just tried to dig out a 3-wood.”

“I was trying to get it in the left bunker, and I couldn’t quite get enough cut on it to get it to the left bunker. But I was pretty much aiming 80 yards left of the green.”

”When I made that putt on the first extra hole, I thought, wow, I’m going to steal this one, but it wasn’t to be.”

 Jordan Spieth tied in third place , he closed with a -7 under par 65 and finished up only two shots behind the leaders in a tie with Francesco Molinari  at -13 under par.

Jordan said the Golfing Gods were not with him today;

“The golf gods were not on my side today.” 

“They were certainly a little nicer today than they have been. But I would call it kind of evening out over the day.”

“On a course like this, you’re going to get some unlucky breaks more than you will catch good ones just given how tough it is.”

Best not to ask about Tiger Woods who obviously finished in last place, by a long shot.

 

Memorial Tournament. Justin Rose Has the Advantage.

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Ex Champion Justin Rose has the advantage at the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club, and will take a three shot lead into the final round.

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Justin separated himself from the field, shooting a third round -6 under par 66 to post a Memorial Tournament total of -15 under par.

Justin’s caddie, Mark Fulcher told him he liked their position going into this round;

“It kind of made me feel that there’s no panic, there’s no rush, you don’t have to force anything, just let it come to me.”

“And that’s the kind of round I played today. I didn’t force any hole. I didn’t force any shot.  But I hit the right shot at the right time which helped me build the score.”

“I was definitely feeling the pressure for a number of years to notch my first PGA TOUR victory, and it had become pretty elusive.”

” As time ticks on, it becomes harder and harder, so to finally do it and do it at a place like this and a tournament of this stature was fantastic.”  

“It definitely began to set me in a very good course, this tournament five years ago.”

“I felt excited about the Memorial and the U.S. Open, I felt excited about these weeks.”

“Now I’m in a situation where I want to win every year.”

“I’ve got that nice run going six years in a row with victories. Now there’s pressure to win every year, so you certainly don’t get complacent.”

In an International top three, Francesco Molinari and David Lingmerth share second place at -12 under par.

David kind of cooled off, carding an even par 72 third round, while Francesco kept up the pressure with -3 under par 69, in his first ever appearance here at Muirfield Village.

David said he lost concentration for a little while;

“I started missing a couple of shots and just kind of lost focus.”

“I got down on myself a little bit and I got a little frustrated.”

“Fortunately, though, I was able to turn it around here a little bit in the end.”

Jim Furyk is the highest placed American, alone in fourth place at -11 under par, a -2 under round keeping him in touch with the leaders. He hopes to pick the right places to be and play well tomorrow;

“There’s places to attack on this golf course and there’s places to play conservative, and I’m going to try to pick and choose those places tomorrow and hopefully do well.”

Tiger Woods totally imploded with his worst ever professional round, +13 over par 85 and  declined to speak to the media after his round.

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Phil Mickelson also stumbled along today, +6 over par 78, leaving him at +2 over par for the tournament.

It was not too long ago, when Tiger was number one, and every one assumed that when he slipped down Phil would naturally just step up take on the mantle of being the worlds best golfer. For one reason or another it just did not happen.

 

Memorial Tournament. Lingmerth Leads.

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David Lingmerth, from Sweden, leads the Memorial Tournament at the half-way stage at Muirfield Village Golf Club, in Ohio.

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David had a second round -7 under par 65 to lead the Memorial Tournament after 36 holes with a -12 under par total.

David, who usually makes slow starts to rounds, yesterday he was  +2 over par after four holes, but has made 14 birdies and no bogeys since;

“All of a sudden I just started playing the way I know I can, and it was pretty stress-free after those four holes yesterday.”

David got his first set of clubs, and some coaching from his uncle Goran, who played in the NFL, with the Cleveland Browns;

“I got my first set of clubs from him when I was 12. If I didn’t have him, I might not even have played golf.”

“He’s pushed me and tried to get me to the mindset that I can do whatever I set my mind to.”

“So he’s been a good inspiration in so many ways. When I moved over here for college, he was like my second dad.”

Jason Dufner is in second place at -11 under par, carding a second round -5 under par 67, and in the first two days has scored four eagles,  a hole-in-one with a six iron at the 201-yard, par-3 16th hole. Jason is only the third player, since 1983, to card an ace and three other eagles in his first 36 holes of a PGA TOUR stroke-play event.

Jason actually spoke to the media today, about the hole in one;

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“It looked pretty good from my vantage point.”

“I’m hitting it really good, I’m having enough good holes, good shots, to offset some of the mistakes I’ve had.”

“Probably the best I’ve ever done.” 

Tied in third place are Ryan Moore and Andy Sullivan, at -10 under par. Andy shot the low round of the day, -8 under par 64, while Ryan carded a second round -5 under par 67.

 Andy has won twice on the European Tour in 2015, but is making his first stroke-play start in the United States. His only other start in the U.S. came at this year’s World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play;

“I’m just grateful for Mr. Nicklaus and Don Sullivan to give me the invite to come out and have the opportunity to play. So I’ll try and take full advantage of it.”

The defending champion Hideki Matsuyama is in a group of six players all at -9 under par.

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Hideki did not play as well today as the first round;

“Today was back to the same old grind. So it’s right to the practice range right now and see if I can get it figured out. I’ll be there a while.”

Joining Hideki on -9 under are, Justin Rose, Jim Furyk, Francesco Molinari, Brendon Todd and Patrick Rodgers.

Tiger Woods made the cut on the number, -1 under par, but insists he is making progress;

 “That’s the whole idea of going forward. You have to be able to do it on the golf course, even if it’s bad.”

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