Memorial Tournament. Jason Had A Duff 3rd Round, But He Recovered To Win.

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Jason Dufner may have had a duff 3rd round, but he recovered to win the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village.

Jason Dufner seals win in dramatic fashion at the Memorial

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Jason carded a final round, after weather delays, of -4 under par 68 to pick up the Memorial Tournament trophy from Jack Nicklaus.

After that 3rd round 77 Jason had dinner with Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas, just to unwind;

“I didn’t want to leave the course angry.”

“I think it was good for me, here’s been times where I’ve kind of gone; fallen in and out of love with golf, to be honest with you, as a professional.”

“It was good to be around those guys, they’re excited. They’re passionate. They’re working hard at it. They want to play good. They’re hungry.”

“They want to win tournaments.”

“I’ve always been a fighter, especially since I’ve turned professional.”

 “Doing this hasn’t come easy for me. There’s been a lot of struggles and a lot of setbacks.”

“I didn’t come straight out of college and play the PGA Tour.”

“It took me almost ten years to get out here. Took me another two after that to win and actually get to where I felt comfortable.”

Anirban Lahiri, India,  -7 under 65 today, and Rickie Fowler, -2 under 70, were tied in second place at -10 under par. Unfortunately for Anirban the second place finish did not qualify him for the U.S. Open.

Rickie said it was matchplay between him and Jason at the end, and the putting counted;

“It comes down to somewhat match play at that point.”

“You expect your opponent to make the putt. But from 30 feet there on the last hole, that was a pretty solid putt.”

“To see it go in, he earned it, making a birdie on 17. And he got the job done.”

Anirban decided to relax this week and enjoy his golf;

“I’ve been pretty harsh on myself. I’ve beat myself up pretty bad, and coming into this week I just decided to be nice to myself and go out there and enjoy my golf, which I found wasn’t happening as often as it should.”

“I think I putted really well. And that’s been probably the scratchy part of my game. “

“Once I got that confidence, I wasn’t putting that much pressure on myself to hit it every time.”

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.”

Memorial Tournament. Jason Dufner Flying High.

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Jason Dufner is flying high at the top of the Memorial Tournament leaderboard at Muirfield Village, and will take a five hot lead into the week-end.

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Jason shot another -7 under 65 in the second round of the Memorial Tournament at Jack’s Place, to sit comfortably on top of the leaderboard at -14 under par, with better putting;

“When you’re not holing putts, it puts more pressure on every part of your game.”

“You feel like you have to get your irons closer, take more chances from time to time.”

“You feel like your chipping and your pitching has to be perfect so you can make pars when you need to.”

“You feel like your lag putting has to be good if you’re not holing putts. It can manifest itself into something you don’t want out there.”

“To be honest, tomorrow is another day, I’m working on my breathing.”

“We’ve got two more rounds to go. We’ll see how the course changes if the wind picks up, gets running fast, it plays different. We’ll just see.”

“If we get some showers like they’re talking about it will be soft and be a little bit more scoreable.”

Daniel Summerhays is in second place, those five shots back at -9 under par, a second round -3 under par 69 giving him that place on his own.

Rickie Fowler carded -6 under par 66 to claim third spot at -8 under par for the competition.

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.

DJ leads after 10-birdie opener

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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.

 

 

The Memorial Tournament. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are the two players tied at the top of the Memorial Tournament at Jack’s place, Muirfield Village.

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The defending Champion / Hideki Matsuyama/ Getty Images

The defending champion Hideki Matsuyama and Bo Van Pelt opened the Memorial Tournament with -8 under par 64, to share the first round lead.

Hideki said he just found some magic overnight;

“To be honest with you, up until yesterday I was not hitting the ball very well, I was not chipping very well, I was not putting very well.”

“I don’t know what happened overnight, but I just caught magic.”

“To be honest with you, when I made the turn at four under, I was just trying to hold onto four under”

“And then to make a couple more birdies, it was a real bonus.”

“It’s a really good second-shot golf course. That plays into my strength.”

Bo Van Pelt hails from Richmond, Indiana, which is only two hours away from Dublin, Ohio. He has been coming to Jack’s place since he was a child;

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“Richmond is literally the first town when you cross the border on I-70.”

“I think anytime you come to a golf course where you’re excited to be there, I think that that has a lot to do with it.”

“I don’t get to see my family from Indiana, my sisters and my mom and dad very often. And they always come over. So it’s just a fun week for us.”

“Other than the Masters, this tournament means more to me than any one I’ve ever played.”

 “So it’s always good to play well around a place that means a lot to you.”

Jason Dufner and Russel Knox are tied in third place at -6 under par, two shots off the lead.

Tiger Woods in his long-awaited return to golf shot a +1 over par 73, he spoke about the barren winless streaks, which always ended with long successful streak, he is confident it will happen again;

“I’ve gone through phases like this, rounds like this, where yeah, it’s easy to revert back and go ahead and hit some old pattern.”

“But it doesn’t do you any good going forward. And I’ve done it. Sometimes it’s taken me about a year and then it kicked in and I did pretty good after that.”

“If you believe in it, do it. And eventually it will start turning.”

“And when it turns, I’ve had periods where I’ve played good for four or five years, where I’ve won close to 20 tournaments in that stretch.”

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The Memorial Tournament. Schartzel Leads.

Charl Schwartzel leads The Memorial Tournament after the first round at the Jack Nicklaus Muirfield Village Golf Course, in Dublin Ohio.

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Charl shot a first round of -7 under par 65, to lead The Memorial Tournament by two shots from Scott Piercy. Charl will be returning to Muirfield Village in October, with the Presidents International Cup Team, and after the advice Captain, Nick Price gave him today before tee-off, Charl will be all ears again. Nick had advised him to change his grip on the putter:

” I thought I’m going to do what they say and go back to a normal grip, and it just didn’t feel very comfortable. It felt really shaky. I switched back to my finger down the shaft and sort of changed the ball position like Mark said and that felt comfortable. As you know, putting is all about comfort at the end of the day. The birdie on the last definitely will make my evening a lot better.”

Second placed Scott Piercy owes his -6 under par 66 to not hitting too many drivers;

” I’ve hit a lot of drivers and kind of pounded down golf courses, and I haven’t had much success here doing it. I thought I’d hit a lot of 3-woods today and open up the fairways and allow me to get some pins and knock them on the greens and make some putts. Maybe I’m getting older. I’ll take 66 all the time, though, it’s just learning how to play golf courses. I can hit it over almost all the corners here. But I have to hit a perfect golf shot and if I don’t I’m not in a very good spot. With the wind blowing as hard as it has been, I think it dried the golf course out. I was hitting the 3-wood 290 to 310, depending on how hard it was going. So I was still hitting a short enough iron where I felt like I could still attack rather than hitting 3-wood, 5-iron or 3-wood, 6-iron. I still had 3-wood, 9-iron, 3-wood, 8-iron. It seems like golf courses, when I succumb to it, I play well at those golf courses.”

Third place is being shared by four players, all at -5 under par, they are; Josh Teater, Russell Henley, Kyle Stanley and Charlie Wi.

 

Presidents Cup, Freddie asks Big Jack for Help

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Presidential Cup Captain for the U.S. team Fred Couples had  asked the mighty Jack Nicklaus  the 18-time Major championship winner, to be an assistant captain on the American side for the Presidents Cup on Oct. 4-6, 2013.

Big Jack had to decline the offer, due entirely to his responsibilities as Host of the tournament at Muirfield. Jack just wants to be a cordial, not involved and unhurried host for the event at the course he designed.

“Freddie paid me a nice complement by his suggestion, it was very thoughtful of him. I would love to, but I simply can’t. I have duties as host, so that would not be the right thing to do.”

Jack Nicklaus is a four-time U.S. captain in the Presidents Cup, and  didn’t take Freddie  seriously when he first proposed the idea. But Freddie  was very serious.

“I wasn’t joking about it, when we were here at Muirfield Village last night, I said; Could I pick him? A couple of guys from the Tour said, ‘Yeah, he would love that.’ And then a couple other guys; maybe one pretty high up there said, He’s hosting the thing, he can’t do that. Then Jack winked at me and said, But I can be in your team room all you want.”

International captain Nick Price and Freddie Couples are friends, Nick joked about Freddie’s laid-back appearance;

“One thing you’ve got to be careful with Fred with his laid-backness, he wants to win as much as anybody. Even though he looks like he’s about to fall asleep on the golf course. I’m trying to figure out how we as the International Presidents Cup team can get that same buzz that the Europeans got on Sunday at The Ryder Cup.”

The Presidents Cup has taken on an enormity of it’s own, now that the Americans have lost the Ryder Cup, could they lose both tournaments in the same year ? Given the American dominance in this tournament it is unlikely, but; on Sunday the Americans were 200-1 on, to win the Ryder Cup, could lightning strike twice?