OHL Classic at Mayakoba. Derek Fathauer Has 54 Hole Lead

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Derek Fathauer has the 54 hole lead in the  OHL Classic at Mayakoba, in Mexico.

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Derek shot a  third round -5 under par 66 to lead the OHL Classic at Mayakoba with a -16 under par total, and will take a one shot lead into the finale round tomorrow  at El Camaleon Golf Club. He does not think a one shot lead will count for anything;

“The scores that this course puts up, I don’t think it matters being in the lead out here.”

“I mean, if I had a 10-shot lead, that would be one thing, but one shot, that’s an even playing field tomorrow.” 

“I think if I just go out and do what I came here to do, I’d like to see where it puts me at the end of the day because if I just stick to my plan, I’ll be happy no matter what happens.”

Jason Bohn is in second place, a third round of -6 under par 65 giving him a -15 under par total. He will be drawing on his experience of recent good play, and being full of confidence;

“The only thing I can draw on is how I’ve been playing and I’ve got a lot of confidence right now and I’ve just got to play my own game, manage my golf course out here, not watch what everybody else does because I’m playing from a lot different positions than most guys are.”

“And really I’ve got to embrace it. I just want to relax, have some fun, realize where I am. Hopefully knock on the door enough times, I’m going to get a victory.”

Justin Leonard, Russell Knox, Harold Varner 111 and Graeme McDowell share third place, all at -13 under par for the tournament.

Justin will use mental strength to keep him on track;

“I feel like I got here and everything felt good. It’s more mentally getting over the hurdle of realizing that after being out here for 22 years, I’m not going to forget how to swing a club, I’m not going to forget how to play the game.”


OHL Classic at Mayakoba. G-Mac Leads.

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G-Mac, Graeme McDowell, has the 36 hole lead at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, in Mexico.

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Graeme shot a second round -8 under par 63, to grab the lead at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba at  El Camaleon Golf Club.

Keeping it simple is his motto;

“I’m seeing the greens well, keeping this real simple.”

“I came into these two weeks with a pretty relaxed attitude.”

“The last couple days, so far, the attitude’s been good. I’ve just been out there trying to play golf and enjoy myself.”

“I went through a spell in my career where winning started to become a little easier.”

“I’ve had a spell here the last 18 months where making cuts has been hard and getting in contention has been difficult.”

“I feel like I’ve got enough resources to pull on going into a weekend like this one. The keys are not getting too far ahead of myself and staying in the present.”

“This is not the last-chance saloon this weekend.”

“I’m trying to play better. It’s been a frustrating year. That’s the game of golf we know and love. You’ve got to take the rough with the smooth.”

Derek Fathauer is in second place, -5 under par 66 today keeping him in contention.

Si Woo Kim and Harold Varner 111 share 3rd place, both at -10 under for the two rounds. Harold had the low round of the day, a -9 under par 62.

Justin Thomas tweeted a prediction that Harold would celebrate the release of Justin Bieber’s new album with  a low score, Harold thought that was pretty funny;

“That was pretty funny, I didn’t think about that until I got off the green.”

“I’m a big Justin Bieber fan, it’s just Thomas is such an idiot. I just can’t imagine what he was thinking after he sent that but it was pretty funny.”

I’m going to play better, that’s pretty simple, I’m going to play really good.”

Russell Knox stayed in the moment, carding a second round -6 under par 65, to be tied in 14th;

“Obviously my confidence is high, but I’m as relaxed as I’ll ever be.”

“Yesterday was like I was just playing with my buddies. I actually had to try and pump myself up a little bit just because I felt like I was going through the motions. I’m just trying to enjoy every minute of this.”

“I’m not sure how I shot 65 to be honest because I didn’t feel like I played very good at all.”

“I like those rounds, though, because too many times I feel like you play good enough to shoot 65 and you shoot 72.”

OHL Classic at Mayakoba. Four-Way Tie as 1st Round Play Suspended.

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There was a four-way tie at the top of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba leaderboard when play was suspended due to inclement weather and darkness in Mexico.

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Justin Leonard, Aaron Baddeley, Shawn Stefani and Derek Fathauer are tied for the lead at -6 under par following their completed first rounds of 65.

Justin spoke about moving his family from Texas to Colorado in August, and golf did not come into the equation, he and the family love skiing;

“It just feels right to me, so many decisions I’ve made over the last 25 years have been about golf and it’s decisions within our family and those kinds of things.”

“So when we started talking about moving, I said let’s just take golf out of it, where are we going to be the happiest and the most excited when we get on an airplane to go home, where are we going to be the most excited to go to, and we’re there.”

“Whether I’m meant to play another four or five or 10 years or whether this is my last, I’m perfectly okay with that.”

Shawn managed to bogey the last hole, but overall was happy with his round;

“It’s not always nice to finish with a bogey, kind of lost concentration there on the tee shot and the chip shot, but it’s a great start for me.”

“I haven’t been playing well, like I said, and to get off to a good start like this gives me some momentum, gives me some confidence for the rest of the week.”

“I love it here, loved it here last year and we’ll probably come back here every year.”

The top four are followed by another four players all at -5 under par after their opening rounds of 66, Michael Thompson, DJ Trahan, Charles Howell 111 and Patton Kizzire.

Last weeks winner at the HSBC Classic Russell Knox opened here with a -1 under par70. Best Mexican player was Carlos Ortiz who opened with a -3 under par 68.

There are still 21 players waiting to complete their first rounds, with play starting again tomorrow morning at 0715 local time.

OHL Classic at Mayakoba. Michael Leads In Mexico.

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Michael Putnam leads the OHL Classic at Mayakoba at the half-way stage in Mexico.

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Michael had a second round of -7 under par 64, to give him a OHL Classic at Mayakoba mid-way total of -12 under par, and a one shot lead going into the week-end. He said his course management was working well;

” I’ve kept the ball in play really well, it’s a tight golf course and got to keep it between the trees.”

“After that, I’ve hit a lot of greens and made a lot of two putts. I did make about a 10-footer for par on 16, probably the hardest hole on the course. Other than that, it was a pretty easy bogey-free round.”

Shawn Stefani and Jason Bohn are a stroke back at -11 under par for the tournament, both players shooting -6 under par 65.

Shawn gave credit to his putting performance;

“I’ve been hitting the ball really well for quite some time now, the last few days really has been credit to my putter. I kind of figured something out on Wednesday and just kind of focused on that.”

Jason said it was about course management, all he needed to do was get his putter working;

“It’s about positioning yourself in the middle of the fairway or right side of the fairway and trying to attack some of these flags.”

“One of my strengths is just getting the ball in play. If I can get my putter hot, we’ll see what happens.”

Ken Duke is in fourth place on his own, at -10 under par. Ken shot the low round of the day, an amazing -8 under par 63.

The defending champion here is Harris English, he is at – 4 under par after a second round of even par 71, and has a long haul to retain his title.

This tournament at Playa del Carmen, in Mexico is the final regular-season event of the year.


Lexi Thompson triumphs at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational at the Guadalajara Country Club, in Mexico.


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Lexi proved she had nerves of steel in the final round of the Lorena Ochoa Invitational, sinking a five foot putt on the final hole to win the title. Lexi completed her final round in -3 under par 69, to finish with a -16 under par total. Stacy Lewis was resigned to second place despite a valiant -4 under par 68 last round, which gave her a -15 under par total score.

Lexi said Stacy is an amazing player, and also spoke about the fifty foot putt to set the winning putt;

“Stacy is an amazing player, I knew she could make a run at me anytime during that round. When she made the two shot swing on me, I think on number 12, it brought it back to all squared. I knew I had to make birdies on top of her because she gets on a roll and she doesn’t stop. She’s an amazing player and played great today. First off, I had like a 50 to 60 footer for the first one, which was interesting getting up there within a few feet. You know on the second putt, that’s what it all came down to thinking I can make it and went up to it confidently. Just knock it in.”

Stacy said she was upset at the result, she let it slip away;

 “Well obviously right now, I’m really disappointed. I gave that one to her. I had that one in my hands, and just didn’t get it done.  I knew I had to make it. I had a good line on it, just with these greens, those downhill putts are the hardest ones to make. I hit a good putt, I hit it where I wanted to. It just didn’t go in.”

Third place went to So Yeon Ryu, a final round of -3 under par 69 was good enough to finish alone at -13 under par.

Inbee Park, final round -3 under par 69, won the Rolex Player of the Year Award, the first South Korean to claim the honor, she finished this tournament tied in seventh place with Suzann Pettersen.

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Inbee was overjoyed to win her title;

“It feels great to be the first one to win. Today was a tough day especially playing with Suzann in the final round. It’s actually kind of good to be playing with her because she’s always a very tough one to beat. She’s very competitive and today was hard but I finally did it. This week’s goal was to go next week stress free, and that’s what I just did. Next week’s just going to be a fun week for me. No more thinking about the Rolex Player of the Year race so it’s going to be fun.”

Inbee also made history in women’s golf in the first half of the season, becoming the first player since Babe Zaharias to win the first three major championships of the year. She joined Zaharias (1950), Mickey Wright (1961) and Pat Bradley (1986) as the only women to have won three majors in a single season.

OHL Classic at Mayakoba. Harris English Has 2nd PGA Win.

Harris English has his 2nd PGA Tour win as he prevailed in the rain-sodden OHL Mayakoba Classic at El Camaleon golf course,  Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

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Harris shot a -6 under par 65 final round to win the OHL Mayakoba Classic by four strokes, his tournament total was -21 under par,  in a 29-hole Sunday finish. He said he had found his swing again, maybe something to do with the beach time he enjoyed;

“I guess I found something in my swing, a little swing key that helping me out. I hit the ball really well all week. It got a little windy the first two days and I struggled a bit with my driver, but I found it down the stretch. My first time at Mayakoba, it’s such a great tournament. Had a great time this week. Stayed down in Playa, had some great beach time. Had some good golf course time.”

Brian Stuard shot a -4 under par 67 to finish  alone in second place at -17 under par.

Jason Bohn (68), Chris Stroud (68) and Rory Sabbatini (70) all tied for third, finishing at -16 under par..

Third-round leader Robert Karlsson had a +1 over par 72 final round to drop into a tie for sixth at -15 under par. He admitted he had been struggling with his golf;

I’ve been struggling with the long shots, in general, usually, you get found out sooner or later. I’m still very, very pleased.”


Lexi Thompson leads the Lorena Ochoa Invitational, at the Guadalajara Country Club, in Mexico at the end of day 3.

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Lexi had a -5 under par 67 in the third round of the Lorena Ochoa Invitational, to lead the competition at -13 under par. In a scene similar to the boys comp in Mexico there was a rain delay here, but it did not deter Lexi in her mission;

 “Well the rain definitely affected us somewhat but I teed off a little bit later with the delay. I think just controlling my yardages out here is pretty big and playing consistently. My irons were a lot closer today, and I dropped a few longer putts. It gives me confidence going into tomorrow but I know there’s a lot of great players right behind me, and I know I have to play well. I know I have to shoot another four or five under tomorrow. I’m just going to go out with the same attitude and just commit to every shot.”

In second place, and trailing Lexi by just one stroke at -12 under par is I.K. Kim, who is looking to become the first player to record multiple wins at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational. I.k required only 22 putts today in her round of -5 under par 67, and said it would nice to achieve such a result;

” That would be nice, winning is amazing, but, like I said, for me, just being able to play golf and just have fun, that’s the first thing. If I can win twice, I mean, why not, I think it would be really great. At the start of the day it was pouring down, so we didn’t expect the rain, but everybody was in the rain. I had a good start, I made birdie on one and two, and I think that kind of helped going forwards. Basically I really like this golf course. I have a good feeling for the course, and I’ve been practicing. It’s just nice to see the result. We have a great leader board. Everybody’s playing solid, and I think, like last time, I was playing with Suzann, and she was playing so well that I thought might as well. I think this golf tournament always kind of, everybody tries to push each other a little bit, and I think that helps sometimes. So tomorrow, just sleep well and eat well. You know, that’s the game plan.”

In third place alone  is Stacy Lewis, she also recorded a -5 under par 67 today, leaving her at  -11 under par for the tournament, and is well in contention here in Mexico. It will be an exciting days golf tomorrow.