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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Dell Technologies Championship. Terrific Thomas Triumphs.

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Terrific golf from Justin Thomas sees him triumph at the Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston, his fifth PGA Tour win of the season, and it puts him in second position in the FedExCup standings.

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Justin and Cup.

Justin won the Dell Technologies Championship with a great final round -5 under 66, for a winning tournament total of -17 under par, a three shot victory

“I have two events left. I have two more opportunities to win.”

 “And I’d love to make it six or seven wins.”

Jordan Spieth had to settle for second place again, a -4 under 67 last round giving him a -14 under par total.

Jordan started like a rocket,  birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie;

“Came out firing, like I said we had to do, 8 through 14 is the meat of the golf course. “

“You want to get through even. I got through over par and didn’t get any coming in when I hit some good putts.”

Marc Leishman from Australia finished third, a final round that fell over on the back nine, after carding 30 on the front, and 40 on the back, left him with a -1 under 70 for his fourth round, and a -13 under par total.

Jon Rahm, Spain, -3 under 68 today, and Paul Casey, England, -1 under 70 were tied in fourth place at -12 under par.

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Dell Technologies Championship. Justin Jumps Into Share Of Lead

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Justin Thomas, USA, jumps into a share of the Dell Technologies Championship lead at TPC Boston, shooting 63 in the third round, with 12 three’s on his card. He was joined at the top of the leaderboard by Australian Marc Leishman.

Justin shot -8 under par 63 to jump into a share of the Dell Technologies Championship after 54 holes with a -12 under par total;

“You can’t really compare but in terms of ball-striking that was right up there.”

“I drove it better than I have all year.” 

 Marc carded -6 under 65 to join the leader.

Paul Casey, England, has third place to himself at -11 under par after his third round -4 under 67.

Jordan Spieth, -5 under 66 today, and Grayson Murray, -4 under 67, share fourth place at -10 under par.

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Dell Technologies Championship. Jon Rahm Leads, Rory Goes Home.

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Jon Rahm from Spain leads the Dell Technologies Championship after two rounds at TPC Boston.

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Jon carded -5 under par 66 in the second round of the Dell Technologies Championship, to top the leaderboard at -9 under, and has a two shot advantage over the field going into the week-end.

Jon got his putter working really well;

“You know, I don’t know what to say. I played a nearly perfect back nine.”

“Felt like I didn’t miss a shot.”

“I felt I putted for birdie pretty much from every hole from a really close distance.”

“This course does fit my eye, I mean, I think it’s a great golf course.”

“After what we played last week with the rough we had last week, anything seems simple. I really think it’s a really good golf course.”

“You can tell it’s a ball-striker’s course because on every green, there’s little sections for the pin to be at.”

“It can be a big green, but there’s little sections for the pin to be at.”

“It can be a big green, but there’s little sections you can hit it at. So being precise off the fairway, it’s going to give you some close birdie putts, which luckily for me has been happening.”

Tied in second place at -7 under par are; Adam Hadwin, Canada, -6 under 65 today, Paul Casey, England, -6 under 65, and from the USA, Kyle Stanley, -3 under 68, with Kevin Streelman, -6 under 65.

Phil Mickleson is in the large group at  -6 under par

“I haven’t done that in a while, because I’ve been so tired after the round.”

“It’s fun to get in contention, it’s been a good first two days.”

Rory McIlroy, the defending Champion missed the cut and is going home, he desperately needs the experience of  J.P. Fitzgerald on the bag, until then he is going only one way, down.

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The Northern Trust. Jordan Takes Control.

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Jordan Spieth takes control of The Northern Trust at Glen Oaks Club in New York.

Spieth takes control

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Jordan fired a moving day -6 under par 64, to put three shots between himself and The Northern Trust field at -12 under par, with a hot putter;

“I’ve been striking the ball really well this week.”

 “The first day I probably hit it the best of any of them but just didn’t make anything, then the putter started to heat up during the second half of Friday’s round and I kind of just created my own confidence off of a couple putts.”

“That has led into the last 27 holes or so being some of the best golf that I played.” 

“If I can shoot a couple under on the front nine, I think it will be a difficult nine for somebody to go four or five under on, no matter how hot they are.”

 “Then you get to a bunch of wedge holes, and you can start really controlling your score from there.”

World #1 Dustin Johnson is in second place at -9 under par, a third round -3 under 69 just about keeping him in touch with the leader;

“Let’s be honest here; I’d rather have a three-shot lead.”

“But it’s not that bad coming from three shots back, either, because that can change in one hole, really.”

“But obviously, Jordan is playing really well, so he’s going to be tough to beat tomorrow.”

“If I can drive it well again tomorrow and maybe hole a couple putts, maybe some of his putting will rub off on me and I’ll start holing them.”

Paul Casey, England, –4 under 66 today, Patrick Reed, -4 under 66 and Matt Kuchar, -2 under 68, both from the USA, and Jon Rahm, Spain with a third round -3 under 67, all share third place at -7 under par.

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The Open. Three Way USA Tie at the Top.

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There is a three-way USA tie at the top of The Open leaderboard, Jordan Spieth, Matt Kuchar and Brooks Koepka lead the American assault of Royal Birkdale on day one, shooting 65’s.

 

Koepka, Spieth post early 65s at The Open

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Brooks, Jordan and Matt all fired first rounds at The Open of -5 under par 65, to lead by one shot.

Jordan was bogey free today, and said he could not have done better, but did miss a couple of putts;

The Open

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“I couldn’t have done much better today.”

“I still missed tee shots, a couple more than I really wanted to. And I had a couple of putts that were within 10, 12 feet that missed.”

“But it was really, really solid all around.”

Brooks, the U.S. Open champion arrived early in the week to learn the Royal Birkdale course, and feels comfortable out there;

“It feels back in the routine now.” 

Two players are tied in fourth place at -4 under par, carding -4 under 66, Paul Casey, England and Charl Schwartzel from South Africa.

Last weeks winner at the Scottish Open, Rafa Cabrera Bello, from Spain, is in the group of five players at -3 under par, alongside Ian Poulter, who is making a good comeback from injury;

“Last year I was commentating for the first two days, which was difficult.”

“I think that’s one of the most difficult things I’ve done.

“It’s too easy to get down when you’re not playing those big tournaments and it’s easy to get down when golf seems to be pretty difficult.”

“It’s the feeling I used to have to know to play well in a Major or WGC, it really helps. It’s a great feeling, it really is.”

“Today has meant a lot.”