Wells Fargo Championship. Jason Day Cruises To Win.

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Jason Day, Australia, cruised to a two shot win at the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow.

Day wins Wells Fargo Championship

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With a final round -2 under par 69 Jason cruised to a win at the Wells Fargo Championship with a -12 under par total, his 12th PGA Tour title.

Jason  came to the day’s most difficult hole and hit a superb shot, that defined this tournament. A seven iron tee shot on the 223-yard, par three 17th, which took a big hop when it landed in the middle of the green,  rolling speedily until it struck the center of the flagstick and stopped  just a couple of feet away, he made birdie.

“It was on a cracking line, it was beautiful, things like that are what you need to win golf tournaments.”

“I felt like I went ten rounds out there, just fighting against myself.”

“Aaron played tremendous golf coming in.”

“I didn’t have the best day off the tee and even into the greens, but I had a really good day on the greens and around the greens.”

Aaron Wise, -3 under 68 today and Nick Watney,  -2 under 69, both from the USA shared second place at -10 under par.

 

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Wells Fargo Championship. Jason Day In Front.

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Jason Day, Australia, is in the front position after 54 holes of the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow.

Day grabs lead at Wells Fargo

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Jason shot a third round -4 under par 67 to lead the Wells Fargo Championship after 54 holes with a -10 under par total, giving him a two-stroke advantage going into the final round tomorrow;

“Today it was a bit of a struggle through eight holes.”

“I hit a nice shot into the ninth hole, and a good drive down 10 started getting things in the right direction.”

“I knew things were going to turn around.”

“I just stayed in my lane.”

“I’ve kind of recommitted myself to try to get back to number one.”

Nick Watney, USA, holds second place at -8 under, after his third round -5 under par 66, overcoming  a double bogey on the par five 10th hole.

Four players are tied in third position at -7 under par, Peter Uihlein,  with a marvelous -9 under 62 today, just one short of Rory McIlroy’s course record, Bryson DeChambeau, -5 under 66 and Aaron Wise, -1 under 70, these three from the USA, they are joined by Paul Casey who recorded -2 under 69 today.

Tiger, is not out of the woods yet, -3 under 68 today leaving at -1 under for the tournament, while Rory went ten shots better than yesterday’s 76 to signed for a -5 under 66 today, to be at -3 under in total, both these boys too far back to make it to the top tomorrow, or maybe not according to Tiger;

“I’m hitting the ball well enough to contend, to win this golf tournament, but I just haven’t made putts.”

“Maybe I can play a low one and see what happens. I feel like I’m hitting the ball well enough and just trending in the right direction for next week.”

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Valspar Championship. Rookie Corey Conners Leads.

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 PGA TOUR rookie Corey Conners, Canada, leads the Valspar Championship at the Copperhead Course in Florida.

Rookie Conners leads at Valspar

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Corey shot a first round -4 under par 67 to lead the Valspar Championship by one shot on day one;

“I don’t overpower it, but everything is really solid.”

 “I definitely like the challenge and like golf courses that put a premium on the fairway and hitting the green.”

“It was a lot of tap-in pars and made some birdies.”

Tied in second place at -3 under par are, Whee Kim, South Korea, with Kelly Craft and Nick Watney from the USA.

Nick is trying to recover from a back injury, and feels he is playing better than his results;

“I feel like my results haven’t quite caught up to the way I’m playing. I feel like I’m playing pretty well.”

 “I got some breaks today, drove it in the trees on the sixth, I had a shot, holed a bunker shot.”

“Maybe I need to steal a few shots here and there and get some good things going.”

Sharing third spot at -2 under are, Russell Knox, Scotland, with Jimmy Walker and Keegan Bradley, both from the USA.

Tiger continued his comeback, with a -1 under 70, and is in the large group at T 8, which included, Justin Rose, England, Sergio Garcia, Spain, and Adam Scott, Australia.

Tiger said he is getting better;

“I’m getting a little better piece by piece.”

“This was a very good test of all the things I tried to hit.”

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Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Jonas and Cameron Cruising at the Top.

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Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith are cruising along at the top of the  Zurich Classic of New Orleans leaderboard.

Blixt, Smith extend lead at Zurich Classic

Team Blue Jonas and Cameron.

Jonas, Sweden and Cameron, Australia, are cruising on top of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans leaderboard at -19 under par, after shooting -4 under 68  in Saturday’s Foursomes format, giving them a four shot advantage going into the final round tomorrow.

Jonas is still receiving stick about how well they get along;

“I do think that Australians and Swedes kind of get along pretty well together.”

“We have the same mindset. There’s a lot of sarcasm out there, and a lot of fun stuff going on.”

“I’m really looking forward to tomorrow, just being out there with Cameron, it’s just fun.”

“It’s like going back to playing as a kid. You just go out there and have fun and try to make birdies. I don’t feel like there’s any stress at all out there and there’s no pressure.”

Cameron is full of praise for his partner;

“I feel very comfortable going into tomorrow.”

“Jonas is playing well, so it’s just like having a backup.”

“If you have a bit of a bad hole, then Jonas is going to get away with a birdie or a par. It just frees you up.”

Tied in second place, one shot back with tournament totals of -15 under par are the teams of Charley Hoffman / Nick Watney, -3 under 69 today, and Kevin Kisner / Scott Brown, who were -5 under 67 today.

At -14 under, in fourth place, with -2 under 70, are Jordan Spieth / Ryan Palmer, they suffered with poor putting today, Jordan missing one from 3 feet, he commented;

“It’s very difficult out here with these grainy greens when you get the wind going one way and the grain the other.”

“So, even on a 6-footer, you’re trying to figure out exactly where you want to hit it and get comfortable.”

 

Wells Fargo Championship. Phil Fumbles, Nick Nips In.

Phil Mickelson fumbled at the end of his round today, allowing Nick Watney to nip in and tie him for the lead, at the Wells Fargo Championship, Hollow Quail Club. The pair of them are at -8 under par for the tournament.

Moving Day madness

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Phil’s third round was a mixture of the good, the bad, and the ugly, he finished at +1 over par. This was not the direction Phil wanted to be heading in on moving day. The good was the birdies at 5,8.10 and 14, the bad was the bogeys at 3,12 and 16, with the ugly being a double bogey at the par five 15th, a seven, no less. It was some pretty average golf and Phil admitted it was;

“It was some poor play coming down the stretch.After I made that putt on 14, I felt really good. I thought I could get one on 15. I got lucky on the tee shot that didn’t go out-of-bounds, I missed it so bad, but the second shot should not have been a problem.”

Nick had his own troubles, just when it looked like he would grab the lead on his own, and after a long, long wait on the 17th tee, Nick managed a double bogey on the par three, Thanks to a hackers shank off the tee, with a six iron;

” I can’t remember the last time I did that in a tournament, so it was a bit unsettling. The big picture,  I’m tied for the lead, and I would have taken that on Thursday morning. It’s a tough hole, and I’m sure guys hit shots they thought were good and it just hooked a little and went in the water and made double. It just so happened that I’m playing really well and it was on TV, so that’s where the embarrassment comes from. But the other thing is you like to put as much distance as you can between you and the other guys, so a bit of anger and definitely some embarrassment. If I have any chance of playing well tomorrow, I’m going to need to get past it and come out ready to go or else I’m going to get run over, I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

In third place alone is George Mcneill, at -7 under par, after his third round of 72, just par. He missed a birdie chance on the 18th to join the two leaders. George, like many of us, thought Phil was going to run away with it, he didn’t;

” Phil looked like he was kind of moving ahead of everyone, and then I don’t know what he did on 16, but it looked like either 15 or 16 he had kind of a mess-up. Then Nick, with the shot that he hit on 17, that actually shook me up probably more than it shook him up. Honestly, I didn’t even know until I was standing on 18 green, and then I looked and I’m like, Oh, wow, I’m tied for the lead.”

There are a whole bunch of players on -6 under par, including Lee Westwood, Lee could only manage a par round today. This tournament is wide open now, almost anybody could still win it, someone will come out tomorrow and shoot a low round.

Farmers Insurance Open, Tiger Wins

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Sign of things to come

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Tiger Woods won the Farmers Insurance Open, to nobody’s surprise as he started the last few raining holes with a six shot lead. He finished the tournament at – 14 under par.

Tiger said he had played good all week;

I’m excited the way I played all week. I hit the ball well,  pretty much did everything well and built myself a nice little cushion. I had some mistakes at the end, but all my good play before that allowed me to afford those mistakes. It got a little ugly toward the end, I started losing patience a little bit with the slow play. I lost my concentration a little bit. I think a win always makes it special, especially the way I played, to have not won would have been something else because I really played well. Playing the way I did for most of this tournament, until the very end, the last five holes, I felt like I should have won this tournament. I put myself in a position where I had a big enough lead, and that’s basically how I felt like I played this week.I know I can do that, and it was nice to be able to do it. I’m excited about this year. I’m excited about what I’m doing with Sean Foley and some of the things that I’ve built. This is a nice way to start the year.”

Tied in second place at -10 under par were Brandt Snedeker and Josh Teater, and another shot further back were Jimmy Walker and Nick Watney.

Nick summed it up like this;

“I don’t know if anybody would have beaten him this week. He’s definitely on his game.”

Only time will tell if Tiger is really on his game or that he just had enough class to out last this field.

Farmers Insurance Open, Tiger Set to Close the Deal

Cruising into Monday finale

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Tiger Woods is seven holes into his final round at the Farmers Insurance Open, and has opened up a six shot lead, only divine intervention can stop him from winning his eight title at Torrey Pines. Tiger is at -17 under par for the tournament. Brandt Snedeker and Nick Watney are six shots adrift of Tiger and honestly have no hope.  Tiger could win from here using nothing but a five iron, he could even use it for putting.

The rest of the field are so far behind they are not even worth mentioning. This scenario is probably not good for the sponsors, the only paying observers on the course will be Tiger fans, this will include the daft ones who shout, “Get in the hole” even when Tiger tee’s off on the par fives. To my knowledge no one on the PGA Tour has ever had a hole in one on a par five, please correct me if I am wrong.

Tiger said about playing 25 holes;

“It was a long day, and I played well today. Overall, I’m very pleased that I was able to build on my lead. I’ve driven the ball well, I’ve hit my irons well, and I’ve chipped and putted well,  I’ve hit good putts, they all haven’t gone in.”

Nick Watney remarked;

” All we can do tomorrow is go out and try to make him think about it a little bit and see what happens.”

Brandt Snedeker spoke about making up six shots on Tiger;

“I’ve got a guy at the top of the leaderboard that doesn’t like giving up leads. So I have to go catch him. “I’ve got to make some more birdies, I’ve got a long way to go. I did a great job today of staying patient and playing good golf.”

Probably not too much more to say, apart from give the trophy to Tiger.