The Northern Trust. Russell Henley Leads.

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Russell Henley,  leads after the first round of The Northern Trust at Glen Oaks Club in New York.

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Russell carded a first round -6 under par 64 to lead The Northern Trust, by just one shot.

Russell is not sure what went right, apart from some good putting;

“I don’t know what the key is, or the secret.”

“I just tried to hit the fairway, make sure I hit the green when I was in the fairway, and the greens are great and I rolled in a couple of putts.”

World #1 Dustin Johnson is in second place at -5 under par following his opening round of 65. Dustin reported an upswing in his form;

“Today was much easier than it has been in the past.”

“I’ve been saying it’s close and I’ve seen signs of it. But today was the first day where I felt like all day I was really in control of the swing.”

“Hit a lot of really good shots. Drove it well. Did everything really well. It’s the first time in a long time I’ve done that.”

Scott Brown and Chris Kirk, USA, were tied in third place along with Camillo Villegas from Colombia, all at -4 under par for the tournament.

Phil Mickelson wants to play his way onto the  The Presidents Cup  team next month at Liberty National, but a +2 over 72 is not good enough. Rory McIlroy who is going to defend his FedExCup title is also still on the back foot, carding +3 over 73 today.


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The Barclays. Patrick Reed Wins.

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Patrick Reed wins The Barclays at Bethpage State Park, Black Course. in New York.

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Patrick put together a final round -1 under par 70, which was good enough for him to win The Barclays, with a -9 under par total;

“I feel great, any time you can come from behind on Sunday to win a golf tournament, means you must be doing something right.”

“To build yourself a lead to come down the last couple was huge.”

“Especially around a place like this because those last holes are just so difficult.”

“It wasn’t like I had to go out and shoot 62 like I have had to do in other events.”

“So with having my poor round be closer to the lead, it eased my nerves a lot, especially coming on to the first nine, because I knew I was playing really well, and I already had my bad round out of the way, so I can go ahead and free it up and play some good golf.”

Sean O’Hair,  a -5 under par 66 elevating him up the leaderboard, shared second place with Emiliano Grillo, -2 under 69 today,  both players at -8 under par.

Saddest sight of the day was Rickie Fowler, watching him destroy any chance of winning this tournament, or playing his way onto the U.S. Ryder Cup Team. For most of the day he was fighting neck and neck with Patrick, and then proceeded to card +5 over against one Birdie over the last eight holes, to card a last round +3 over par 74, and end up T7.

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“I mean, it will hurt, but it’s only going to make it better for next week.”

“I’ll be in a good spot.”

“I didn’t drive it the way I needed to, it was just a little off here and there.”

“So yeah, very disappointing. Not the way I’ve been playing the back nine all week.”

“Coming to the last eight holes, I made one bogey through the week. I don’t know, like I said, just made a couple bad swings at the wrong time.”


The Barclays. Rickie Has 54 Hole Lead.

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Rickie Fowler has the 54 hole lead at The Barclays, at Bethpage Black, in New York.

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 Rickie posted a bogey free third round of -3 under par 68, to top the The Barclays leaderboard at -9 under par,  right now he has gone 45 straight holes without a bogey at Bethpage Black, and was happy to see the putts drop;

“It’s nice to finally see some putts go in, with a few putts going in, it frees up the rest of your game.”

“I’ve been swinging well for a long time, and I’ve been waiting for the putter to catch up.”

“It’s pretty simple, I’ve got to take care of business tomorrow.”

“It’s been awhile since I’ve been in this position. It’s going to be tough tomorrow.”

“We’re on one of the,if not the,  toughest golf courses we play all year. It’s been a long time coming, and it’s going to be fun.”

“A  win tomorrow would go a long ways. It would take care of a lot of things.”

Wonder if Rickie will be dressed in Orange tomorrow. Not sure about the mustache, is it bushier that the eyebrows?

Patrick Reed is now in second place, stalling his competition with an even par 71 third round, leaving him at -8 under par for the tournament;

“If you were to tell me I was going to be one back doing into Sunday and would I take it.”

“I’d say sure,18-hole shootout, one shot is nothing, especially on a golf course like this.”

 “We go out there tomorrow and do what we did the first two days, we’ll be all right.”

Low round of the day went to Adam Scott, -6 under par 65, which took him all the way up to third place at -7 under for the tournament.

Adam especially likes the front nine, and rolled in some good putts;

“The front nine is the gettable nine, and to turn in four under set up my round.”

“I knew anything under par on the back, I would have a great round, and that was kind of my goal.”

“I rolled a couple long ones in, and that felt good and kept the momentum going. Hopefully, something to build on for tomorrow and beyond.”


The Barclays. Reed Leads.


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Patrick Reed leads The Barclays after 36 holes at a very tough Bethpage State Park, Black Course, in New York.

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Patrick fired a second round -3 under par 68 to lead The Barclays 50th anniversary event at  Bethpage Black with a -8 under par tournament total;

“It’s just like a major, you go into these Playoff events, they are so important because there are 2,000 points for a FedExCup.”

“You win a major, you get, I think it’s 600. So you know at this point, you have four events, you have to play some really good golf.”

“I feel like I’ve been trending in the right direction. I feel like the game’s been solid. I just need to get it all clicking.”

“It’s golf. You have guys that are going to win in years and you’re going to have guys that aren’t going to win in years.”

“I think this year has been a lot better than last year and the previous years on consistency.”

“That’s a big part that I’ve been working on is to make sure I keep myself into golf tournaments. Not go out and win an event here, and then miss two or three cuts and finish 50th, 40th.

“It’s about consistency; consistently getting in contention, consistently having chances to win.”

“If I keep doing that, I will at some point break through and win hopefully a couple in a row, not just one.”

Rickie Fowler and Emiliano Grillo, both carding -2 under 69 today are tied in second place, two shots back at -6 under par.

For Rickie, it’s all about the mustache;

“I have confidence in myself and my mustache.”

“Let’s have some fun. Something different. Trying to get some MoJo going in the Playoffs.

Ryan Moore, who triumphed at the John Deere, scored a second round -3 under par 68, to hold 4th spot on his own at -5 under par;

“I just feel better this time of year than I have in the past.”

 “A little bit more rested and kind of enjoying playing golf a little bit more.”

“Sometimes I’ve hit this point and I’ve been really worn out and kind of over it a little bit.”

“I can’t hit 7-irons out of this rough, for me it’s all about fairways and give myself opportunities from there.”

“That’s all I’m thinking about right now is getting to the TOUR Championship, because that’s the only way you can win the FedExCup,”

Jordan Spieth started his round with a double-bogey, but came back to card -4 under 67 on the day and is now handily placed just four shots back of the leader at -4 under for the competition, sharing that place with a host of other players, including World number one Jason Day.

Jordan spoke about his indifferent start, in the words of his caddie;

“Let’s find the fairway here, get into rhythm and pretend that didn’t happen.”

 “He said, let’s get two birdies before the turn. Re-setting a goal there, is really key for me to get my mind away from what happened and look forward.”




KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Inbee In Control.

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In her quest to return to the top of the Rolex Rankings Inbee fired a bogey free, lowest score of the day, KPMG Women’s PGA Championship third round -7 under par 66, to post -14 under par for 54 holes, and will have a two shot lead beginning the day on Sunday. The defending Champion is looking to notch up her third win in a row at Westchester Country Club in New York;

Inbee said she is really happy with her ball striking and also her putting;

“Obviously I’ve done something three times before; I won three majors in a row before. I’m just trying to give myself the confidence that I can do it, do another three-time tomorrow.”

“When you’re trying to win the second, third time in a row, it just feels like you’ve done your homework already.”

“So you feel a little bit more relaxed and you kind of know how it feels like and how it’s going to play like.” 

“The way I’ve been playing, I’ve really been happy with ball-striking, and today was the best putting day yet.”

Sei Young Kim, who started the day at the top had to settle for second place, those two shots back at -12 under par, following her third round -4 under par 69, on the par 73 lay-out.

Sei Young is comfortable with her position right now;

“I don’t mind my position right now because I feel comfortable.”

“Sounds like I have done this before. So tomorrow I will be aggressive and I will do my best to try to win.”

Inbee will be aware of the threat from her South Korean compatriot, back in mid-April in Oahu, Hawaii, Sei Young “stole” the LOTTE Championship from her by chipping in on the 18th hole to force a playoff, then proceeded to hole out for eagle on the 73rd hole to claim the Victory.

Canadian amateur Brooke Henderson is sharing third place with Suzann Pettersen and Karrie Webb, all at -8 under par, four shots off the pace, and it will be a tough job to try and catch Inbee tomorrow.

Brittany Lincicome moved up the leaderboard to T7 at -6 under par, with her -4 under par 69 third round, she is eight shots off the pace, but finds it fun;

 “I was trying not to look at my scorecard, and trying not to look at the standard bearer because you’re trying not to think about, I birdied two in a row, I birdied three in a row; you want to keep it going. But yeah, it’s really fun,”

KPMG Women’s LPGA Championship. Sei Young Kim in Front. Lydia Misses Cut.

White Dragon GolfKPMGSei Young Kim, from South Korea leads the KPMG Women’s LPGA Championship on the West Course of Westchester Country Club, in New York.

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Sei Young sits on top of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship leaderboard at -8 under par following her second round -5 under par 68, on the par 73 lay-out at Westchester Country Club, in New York.

She expressed her feelings through an interpreter;

“It’s very great, today I played very well, bogey-free. Again, played very well.”

“My goal for this year is to become top five, and if I win a major, I could be one step closer.”

Inbee Park shares second place with Karrie Webb, at -7 under par. Inbee also recording a second round of -5 under par 68.

Following the missed cut of Lydia Ko, Inbee and Stacy Lewis will contest for the number one spot in the world, but Inbee has the edge.

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Inbee did not speak about the number spot rivalry, just her round;

“I think everybody tries to concentrate a little bit extra, I think that’s why everyone brings their ‘A’ Game to the major championships.”

“It’s good to see my game come around in major championships like this, on good golf courses like this.”

“I feel quite confident playing on a tough course.”

Karrie thought it was a bit tougher today, with the greens drying out;

“Nice to finish with a birdie on the last, it was a little bit more difficult today.”

“I think the greens really dried out a little bit. It was still quite challenging to get the ball close to the hole.”

Suzann Pettersen and Canadian amateur Brooke Henderson are tied in fourth spot at -5 under par. Stacy Lewis is one shot further back at -4 under par.

Stacy has not produced her best golf yet, but is happy to be where she is right now;

“I have not played my best golf yet, I’m just a couple back of the lead, and I feel like I have some even better golf in me. I really like where I am right now.”

Lydia Ko, has missed the first cut of her 53 event LPGA career, saying she could not get it going;

“I just made a double and just couldn’t get anything turned around.”

“I missed a lot of 9-footers. I made two good putts the last two holes; it was already kind of too late.”

KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Jenny Shin Leads

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Jenny Shin has the first round lead at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship on the West Course at Westchester Country Club in New York.


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Jenny shot an opening round -7 under par 66, on the par 73 West Course at the Westchester Country Club in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the second ladies Major of the year.

Jenny carded five birdies and an eagle, looking at the leaderboard all day long. She is serious about this title and said she had brought her A game to this Major;

“I was chasing the leaderboard all day and I was surprised that Webby was at six at one point and thought, how is she shooting  six under par.”

“I got there and I was like, maybe I can get one more on the 18th hole and I did.”

“I’ve been playing okay, and I feel like I have my first win coming up and I thought, you know, it’s a major, I want to play well.”

Canadian amateur, 17 year-old Brooke Henderson is in second place on her own at -6 under par, she sadly made bogey on her last hole of the day to drop out of the tie for the top.

Brooke really believes she is ready for LPGA Tour membership, saying she feels like she’s practically a member now. This is her sixth consecutive LPGA event;

“I love it, and I’m really excited when it’s my career and I have full status on the LPGA tour and I get to travel week to week with these girls.”

 “They have been very encouraging and very supportive of the way I’ve played over the last few weeks, and I’ve made a lot of friends, which is always nice.”

“I think hopefully I’ll have a long career out here, and it just depends on when I’m able to start that career.”

Karrie Webb is one of three Ladies tied at -5 under par, she is joined on that score by Moriya Jutanugarn and Charley Hull.

Further down the field is the two-time defending Champion, world number two, Inbee Park at -2 under par. The battle for the world number one slot is on this week, and world number one Lydia Ko is at -1 under par after the first round.

Inbee spoke of the pressure;

“I think everybody feels a little pressure because it’s a major tournament and everybody wants to do well.”

“Because it is a major tournament and this is a great event, that’s why we feel the pressure. So I’m happy.”