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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Wells Fargo Championship. Peter Malnati Leads.

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Peter Malnati, USA, leads the Wells Fargo Championship after 36 holes at The Quail Hollow Club.

Peter Malnati leads the Wells Fargo Championship at seven under par. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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Peter shot a second round -3 under 68 to lead the Wells Fargo Championship at the half-way stage with a -7 under par total.

A relaxed Peter told reporters;

“Honestly, the biggest thing that’s different this week from kind of the last couple years for me is just I’m more relaxed.”

 “I’m feeling good, I’m confident with what I’ve been doing, and I’m kind of letting it show on the course rather than letting it stress me out.”

“I’ve been trying to kind of embrace just being a little more calm and relaxed on the golf course this week.”

“It will be a good test tomorrow to see how I feel walking to that first tee.”

“I’m sure there will be some nerves, but I’ll definitely be excited and I’ll be able to hang on to some of this calm that I felt these first two days.”

Aaron Wise, USA,  -3 under 68 today shares second place with Jason Day from Australia, who carded -4 under 67 in his second round, both players at -6 under for the tournament.

Tied in fourth place at -5 under par are Paul Casey, England, -3 under 68, and Charl Schwartzel, South Africa, with -4 under 67 today.

Paul has not had much success around here;

“It’s a golf course I didn’t have a lot of success on through the years and it used to be very sort of damp around here.”

“At the  PGA, I had a good result. For some reason it just seems to be clicking now around this golf course.”

“Maybe the firm and fast, I like that.”

Struggling to make the cut, which was at +4 over were Rory McIlroy,  Northern Ireland,  with Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, all at +2 over, and Adam Scott, Australia, +3 over.

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Valspar Championship. Paul Casey Wins.

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Paul Casey, England, wins the Valspar Championship at the Copperhead Course in Florida.

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Paul carded a final round -6 under par 65 to win the Valspar Championship with a -10 under par total;

“Probably not the most significant win of my career, but it’s certainly one of the most satisfying ones.”

“The quality of golf that I played. I know I made some errors on the round yesterday, I hit it in the water twice but as a whole I would say it’s one of the cleanest weeks I’ve ever had from kind of a golf course management point of view.”

“Your last win is always your best one because it’s the freshest.”

Tied in second place at -9 under were Patrick Reed, -3 under 68 today, and Tiger Woods, -1 under 71.

Tiger was happy with his progress, but a couple more putts would have changed things;

“I keep getting a little bit better and sharper.” 

“Sunday wasn’t quite as sharp as I would like to have had it, but I had a good shot at winning this golf tournament.”

“Couple putts here and there, would have been a different story.”

“I’m really looking forward to next week, I hadn’t played there in a couple years because of my back, and I wanted to play there a couple years ago.”

“I wanted to play one last time before Arnold Palmer moved on and unfortunately I just couldn’t play.”

Cory Conners, Canadadid not play well after leading for so long, nerves played a part in his +6 over par 77 final round;

“A great experience. Nice to get myself in the mix.”

“Came up short on a number of putts, couldn’t get the speed down.”

“Few of those would have fallen, might have relaxed me a little bit more.”

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Valspar Championship. Corey Conners Leads Half-Way.

 

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Corey Conners from Canada leads the Valspar Championship at the half-way point at the Innisbrook Copperhead Course in Florida.Conners leads after 36 holes

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Corey carded a second round -2 under par 69 to lead the Valspar Championship after 36 holes, and will take  two shot advantage into the week-end, a very new experience for him;

“Really happy to be in the position I am and to be here, first of all.”

“Really excited. Kind of a new position for me, but what I work for and looking forward to a fun weekend. It will be a challenge but I feel like I’m up to it and feel good about my game.”

“Pretty cool. Hopefully I can be in a position where I get some followers Sunday as well. That would be cool.”

“It will be a fun experience, the nice thing is there’s a ton of Canadian fans. I think this is a popular winter destination for Canadians.”

“I’ve been feeling a lot of Canadian love out there and yeah, looking forward to more of that and I think it will be a lot of fun.”

Five players are then tied in second place at -4 under par, Paul Casey, England, -3 under 68 today, is joined by USA players, Ryan Palmer, -5 under 66, Kelly Kraft, -1 under 70,  Brandt Snedeker and Tiger Woods, who both signed for second rounds of -3 under 68.

Tiger spoke about his recovery progress, and how cold it was during his warm-up today;

“I was freezing out there, I was just trying to stay warm. I was hitting it all over the place.”

“My surgeon hadn’t told me I was fused. If I’m not fused, this is a totally different game.”

“Am I going to feel what I did for the last four, five years? Or am I going to be like this?”

“Could I have envisioned myself being here? No,”

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TOUR Championship. Paul Casey In Front.

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Paul Casey of England, is in front after 54 holes at East Lake in the Tour Championship, and now has a good chance of picking up the FedExCup.

Casey in front at East Lake

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On moving day at the TOUR Championship Paul put together a -5 under par 65 third round to top the leaderboard at -12 under par, and will take a two shot advantage into the final round tomorrow his quest for the FedExCup and the TOUR Championship.FedExCup-winning scenarios

Paul was thinking of winning;

“It would be amazing.”
“For me, the most important thing is to try to win the Tour Championship.”
“I was told some of the scenarios, and I said, ‘It’s all irrelevant if I don’t get the job done.”

“Keep doing what I’ve been doing. Hopefully tear up that front nine and if you have to react because somebody has gone bananas or I haven’t made enough birdies on the front, then you do that on the back.”

In second place at -10 under are Kevin Kisner,USA, -6 under 64 today, and Xander Schauffele, USA, -5 under 65.

Xander has nothing to loose;

“I had nothing to lose last week, and I have absolutely nothing to lose this week.”

Jordan Spieth has not played well this week, -1 under 69 today, and -4 under for the Championship, but remains firmly in contention for the FedExCup;

“I’m not far off. I’ve just made some bad mistakes trying to do too much.”

“Unfortunately, I’m not really in control of my own destiny at this point, but I’ll go out tomorrow, try and shoot a really solid round of golf and then do some cheer leading.”

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TOUR Championship. Three Tied at the Top.

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There are three players tied at the top of the TOUR Championship leaderboard after 36 holes; Justin Thomas, Webb Simpson and Paul Casey are the stars at East Lake.

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Justin, USA,  carded an Eagle at the par five 18th for a second round -4 under 66 at the Tour Championship to tie the lead at -7 under par with Webb Simpson,USA, -3 under 67, and Paul Casey of England, who signed for a second round -4 under 66.

Justin commented that he did not make any putts today, makes you wonder how far in front he would have been if he had putted well;

“I really haven’t made anything.”

Paul has not won on the PGA Tour since 2009, but said it would be cool to win here;

“It would cap off a very good season to make a very good season a great season.”

“It would be a lot of satisfaction in that.”  

“It’s amazing how this golf course just bunches and you can’t seem to get away, guys are right there sort of biting at your heels, so it’s going to be a tough one.”

“The honor of winning around here at East Lake and the history here, I think that would be the coolest thing.”

Four players are one shot back at -6 under par; Justin Rose, England, -4 under 66 today, Gary Woodland, -3 under 67 and Patrick Reed, who had the low round of the day, -5 under 65, both players from the USA, and they are joined by Jon Rahm, Spain, who carded a second round -3 under 67.

Rosie is coming right at the right time;

“I think there’s always a lag effect to the things you work on and when they show up, so it was just kind of fortunate timing for it to begin in the Playoffs.” 

“It feels a little bit similar to the beginning part of the year where I was playing nicely going into Augusta and trying to time that peak.”

“It would be nice if I could figure that out this weekend, time it pretty close.”

Jon is only here for the title;

“I don’t play for the money. I’m not playing because I want to be a millionaire. I’m playing because I want to be the best golfer I can be.” 

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TOUR Championship. Kyle Stanley has the 1st round Lead.

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Kyle Stanley has the 1st round lead at the TOUR Championship at East Lake.

Stanley leads at East Lake

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Kyle carded an opening round -6  under par 64 to take a two shot lead at the top of the TOUR Championship leaderboard;

“When we played our practice rounds I thought it was,  a pretty difficult test.”

“It was nice to get off to a pretty fast start, making four birdies in a row.”

Four players are tied in second place at -4 under, after their opening rounds of 66, they are; Paul Casey, England, Brookes Koepka, Daniel Berger and Webb Simpson.

Webb explained how hard it is to get this far in the championship, due in part to better putting;

“It’s hard to get here, I feel like the competition on the PGA Tour’s better every year.”

“Purses are bigger, there’s FedEx Cup points, guys are hungrier than ever.”

“And next season starts my 10th season, so I’m not that young anymore.

“So yeah, it felt a lot more special this year after missing two in a row, and knowing that I had a tough mountain to climb.”

 “I’ve been putting better, and I’ve been thinking better.”

“Add those two things up, I haven’t hit it great this year but I’ve hit it good enough, I guess, and the ball striking is coming.”

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