RBC Heritage. Luke & Graham Share Lead

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Luke Donald, England, & Graham DeLaet, Canada, share the RBC Heritage lead after 36 holes at Harbour Town Golf Links.

Donald, DeLaet surge to the top

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Luke and Graham share the RBC Heritage lead at -10 under par at the half-way stage on Hilton Head Island.

Luke chipped in for a birdie on the iconic 18th, the Lighthouse hole, to put himself in position to go on and win. that gave him -4 under 67 on the day;

“I’ve been in this position before and I’ve got to go out there and be aggressive and make some birdies.”

 “Certainly playing for pars won’t get it done out there.”

Graham made a chip in Eagle 2 at the par four ninth, he also carded -4 under 67 today;

“We couldn’t see the bottom of the pin, but there was reaction from the crowd so we figured it was in.”

Ian Poulter, -3 under 68 and Webb Simpson,-3 under 68, both share third position on the leaderboard at -8 under par.

Ian is playing on a medical exemption, and needs a good finish here to remain on the PGA Tour;

“I’m playing golf like I really don’t care, to be honest.”

“I’ve had to work on clearing everything out of my mind to go play good golf.”

A group of five players are at -7 under par for the tournament, Bud Cauley, Pat Perez, Jason Dufner, Nick Taylor and Sam Saunders.

Genesis Open. Dustin Still Leads As Third Round Suspended.

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Dustin Johnson still leads the Genesis Open as darkness suspended third round play at the Riviera Country Club in California.

Johnson leads Genesis Open

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Dustin has yet to start his third round, but still leads the Genesis Open at -10 under par.

With none of the second round leaders starting the third round, the stats are the same as the earlier post with Pat Perez -5 under 66 today, and Cameron Tringale, -7 under 64, sharing second place at -9 under par.

Jhonattan Vegas -3 under 68, Patrick Rogers -4 under 67, and J.T. Poston -2 under par 69, are tied in 4th place at -7 under par.

The tournament officials are confident they can get the competition finished on Sunday, which means of course that the leaders will have to play two full rounds in one day.

That’s tough going, so someone coming in early and posting a good number will have a decent chance.

Genesis Open. Dustin Johnson Soggy Second Round Leader.

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Dustin Johnson is the leader of the soggy second round at the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club, as the players head out to start the third round.

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Soggy Dustin

Dustin carded -5 under 66 to top the delayed Genesis Open second round with a -10 under par total.

Pat Perez -5 under 66 today, and Cameron Tringale, -7 under 64, share second place at -9 under par.

Jhonattan Vegas -3 under 68, Patrick Rogers -4 under 67, and J.T. Poston -2 under par 69, are tied in 4th place at -7 under par.

Right now the players who made the cut are heading out to start their third rounds, will be interesting to see how far they get.

Two notables not making the even par cut were Hideki Matsuyama, and Ernie Els.

Tournament of Champions. Justin Thomas Wins.

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Justin Thomas wins the SBS Tournament of Champions, his second win of the 2016/17 season.

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Justin carded a final round -4 under par 69 to win the SBS Tournament of Champions on the Plantation Course at Kapalua, Hawaii. His winning total of -22 under par gave him a three shot victory.

Justin worked hard to get his three career wins, watching others get ahead spurned him on;

“I think it drove me a lot. I wasn’t mad, but it was maybe a little frustrating sometimes seeing some friends and peers my age do well.” 

“Not because I wasn’t cheering for them because I feel like I was as good as them.”

“It’s just immature of me. I mean, the fact of the matter is, over the course of a long career, we’re going to beat each other. That’s just how it is.”

“I think now, I feel so much more comfortable. I really do. Maybe the first time in Malaysia when I won, I was maybe kind of like, what am I doing here, but now it’s like, okay, I belong here, I should be here.”

“I still have plenty of other goals that I would like to achieve and stuff that’s over the long-term, the course of the year.”

“I’m going to have to regroup and focus on next week, because next week is a course that I really like and I feel like another good opportunity for me to be in the hunt and have a chance to win.”

“I think that’s where I’m growing a little bit more in that it’s week-to-week. It’s not looking at previous weeks when I’m at a tournament or looking at following events when I’m at a tournament; it’s I am focusing on that week.”

“And once it’s over, take the positives, try to blow over the negatives and go on to the next.”

Claiming second place was Hideki Matsuyama, from Japan, at -19 under par for the tournament, -3 under par 70 today was not what he was looking for, his poor putting taking the blame;

“Justin had a little trouble at fifteen and then I was really in it. But my putter let me down there at 16, 17 and 18.”

“I tipped my hat to Justin. He played well all day long. Had a little hiccup there at 15, but I just say congratulations to him. He deserved it.”

Third place was shared between Jordan Spieth, -8 under 65 today, Pat Perez -6 under 67, and Ryan Moore with -2 under 71, all finished with -16 under par totals.

OHL Classic at Mayakoba. Pat Perez Wins.

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Pat Perez wins the  OHL Classic at Mayakoba in Mexico.

Perez wins OHL Classic, first since '09

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Pat, with his shoulder surgery now a thing of the past, shot -4 under 67 to win the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, with a -21 under par tournament total, a two shot victory.

Pat spoke about his great putting;

“I had an attitude that I can’t really repeat, but I had a lot of thoughts going on.”

“The main one was I wanted to stay aggressive. I knew if I just stayed aggressive I was seeing the line great on the putting green.”

“This type of grass and these greens, if you can get it on line you can make them.”

“I just saw the line, I thought I could make them all and I just had a confidence.”

“You’ve got to make a lot of putts, you need some help from other players.”

“It’s everything. It’s so hard to win. But I just had this different look about it this week and I’ll hopefully carry that through for a while.”

“I had an entirely different attitude than I would have had a few years ago. It was definitely a different win than last time.”

“Last time, I was a little more scared coming down the stretch. I didn’t really believe and this and that. This time, I really had like this calmness, kind of like a madness to get it done.”

Gary Woodland finished in second place at -19 under par, a last round -1 under 70 not what he was looking for.

Russell Knox was third at -18 under par after a -5 under par finishing round of 66;

“I wasn’t all that comfortable out there.”

“This course kind of makes you put the steer on sometimes, but I made seven birdies.”

“A couple mistakes, but overall starting the day I would have taken 66.”

OHL Classic at Mayakoba. Gary Leads Into Final Round

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Gary Woodland leads into the final round of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, in Mexico.

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Gary Woodland

Newly Married Gary shot a -5 under par third round 66 to stay on top of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba with a -18 under par total. Had one bogey today, on 15, but will take a one shot lead into the final round tomorrow;

“I’ve been there. I’ve been in the position a lot the last couple years.”

“I’m excited about my game, I’m going to rely on my game and trust it and go out and have fun.”

“I’m very comfortable with where my golf swing is and I’m going to rely on it and run it out.”

“I’m happy. I mean, I played great today. Drove the ball exceptionally well, controlled my distances to the green, and I rolled it well.”

“It’s hard to argue with that, hard to be upset with that. I hit a good shot on 15. I just hit it long.”

Pat Perez is in second place at -17 under par, -9 under par 62 elevating up the leaderboard, and he is now feeling comfortable after 9 months out after shoulder surgery;

“I was real comfortable, I woke up and I just felt good.”

“I was comfortable on the range. I’ve just been on this different attitude in the last couple weeks where I just try to stay aggressive and try to think of the right shot and the good shot and not worry about what happens.”

“It’s really worked. I’ve been working on that the last nine months since I got hurt.”

Scott Piercy holds third spot on his own at -16 under par, with a -5 under 66 today.

Sadly for the home crowd Abraham Ancer shot +3 over 74 to drop out of the race for the title, now at -6 under for the tournament, and T 48.

 

Valero Texas Open. Bowditch Bowls Along, While Phil Withdraws.

dragon logo darkValero Texas Open LogoSteve Bowditch bowls happily along in the Valero Texas Open, opening up a three shot lead at TPC San Antonio. Poor Phil pulled a muscle and has had to with-draw.

Steven Bowditch made a late birdie to extend his margin in Texas. (Darren Carroll/Getty Images)

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Steve, seeking his first PGA TOUR title, shot a – 4 under par 68 third round to reach -12 under par tournament total at the Valero Texas Open. His score was helped by his good short game, he chipped in on his first two holes, for birdie and then Eagle, which got him off to a great start. He has never slept on a lead before;

‘I’ve won four or five times in between Australia and Web.com. I’ve got a little experience, but not a great deal, especially at this level. I’ve never slept on a lead, so we’ll see how we go.”

” The chip on the first hole calmed my nerves a little bit, it was as easy a chip as you’re going to have out here.”

Matt Kuchar and Andrew Loupe are tied in second place at -9 under par, while Pat Perez is next in line at -8 under par. These guys must be wondering if Steve is going to continue with his excellent play.

Matt was surprised with his score today, the best round of the week so far at -7 under par 65;

Still surprised to be at 7 under today. It’s not a score I would have thought was out there with these sort of windy conditions.”

Someone said that watching Andrew prepare to hit the ball is like getting teeth pulled.

Phil Mickleson tweaked a muscle in his back and was forced to withdraw from the tournament, he explained what happened;

” My back’s feeling great, my body’s feeling great. I felt as good as I have all year. My speed is back, I was hitting the ball hard, driving it great.I pulled a muscle on my downswing trying to hit it hard, It just killed me and it wouldn’t subside for ten or twelve seconds. I’m going back to San Diego for a couple of days and have a doctor look at it, but there’s really not much you can do for a pulled muscle. I hope I’ll be OK to play the Shell in Houston, but I just don’t know.”

Phil’s caddie Jim Bones Mackay thinks it will not stop Phil from playing in the Shell Houston Open next week;

”It’s definitely not his back, it’s his right side. The thing he had been talking about is how good his back had been feeling here. He’ll definitely play Houston, if he can.”

” As you might imagine, he’s trying to get ready for Augusta, he’s hitting a lot of drivers, hitting them harder. He hit one off the first tee, his 10th hole today and just felt a little pain in his side. It continued on for a few minutes and he just decided that he didn’t want to take anything to chance relative to what’s going on the next couple weeks.”

“In a perfect world, he’d love to play Houston. He loves the tournament, loves the city and it’s great preparation for Augusta. Obviously, he’s going to make the right decision relative to what his body’s telling him.”