98th PGA Championship. Jimmy Walker Wins Wire To Wire.

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Jimmy Walker wins his first Major title, wire to wire, the 98th PGA Championship at  Baltusrol Golf Club.

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In a PGA Championship that had everything, a Maiden Major winner, a wire to wire victory, rain delays, 36 holes for the leaders on the last day, the greens were not cut or rolled for the last round, preferred lies, for first time in the tournament’s history, the defending Champion, and World number one Jason Day making Eagle at the last hole to put the pressure on Jimmy, this tournament had it all.

Jimmy made par on the last hole, after going for the par five green in two, and missing, leaving him an awkward chip to the green and a two putt, to win the Wanamaker Trophy by just one shot at -14 under par, following his final bogey free round of -3 under par 67.

Jimmy  joins Danny Willett (Masters), Dustin Johnson (U.S. Open) and Henrik Stenson (British Open) as first-time Major Champions this season, and he aid it is amazing;

“Just to be in it and be there and have a chance and then to finish it off is just so gratifying, it really is.”

“Everything I’ve done up to this point, helped this happen. It feels sweet. It’s amazing.”

“I would have said it would have happened the last couple of years, the way I was playing.”

 “I just had not quite played as well as I would have liked to this year but I knew it was close. I felt some things were clicking last week.”

“I really like Jason. He’s a quality guy and it’s been fun to watch what he’s been doing with golf over the last year and a half. I wouldn’t expect anything less.”

After his magnificent Eagle on the last Jason was disappointed he had settle for second place, he too posted a last round -3 under par 67, for a tournament total of -13 under par;

“It was nice to get the eagle, just to try and make Jimmy think about it, but obviously Jimmy just played too good all day.”

“The birdie on 17 was key for him.”

“I’m a little disappointed but  at the end of the day, I came in here with not the greatest preparation. I’m very, very happy with how I played all week.”

“I know exactly how Jimmy feels because I did exactly that last year.”

“So it was actually quite nice to be able to see him celebrate with his family and friends there. I know exactly that feeling, and he’s a very deserving winner.”

Daniel Summerhays claimed third place, at -10 under par, he shot a final round -4 under 66, and -10 under par, which was a big thrill for him;

“What a thrill, I’m still shaking a little bit.”

“Just to have a chance to maybe win a major championship was a thrill of a lifetime.”

98th PGA Championship. Third Round Play Abandoned.

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Play has been abandoned for the day in the third round of the 98th PGA Championship, due to inclement weather conditions at Baltusrol Golf Club.

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The top six pairings did not even start their third rounds, and 31 players were out on the course when play was stopped at 2:15 p.m.

Play will resume tomorrow at 7 am, with Jimmy Walker and Robert Streb currently the co-leaders after the second round at -9 under par.

World number one Jason Day shares third place with Emiliano Grillo, two shots back at -7 under par.

PGA Championship. Two Tied at the Top

White Dragon GolfThere are two players tied at the top of the PGA Championship after 36 holes at  Baltusrol Golf Club,

Jimmy Walker and Robert Streb.

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Jimmy stayed on top of the PGA Championship leaderboard, carding -4 under par 66 today, but he has been joined by Robert Streb, who scored a magnificent -7 under par 63. Both players have -9 under par tournament scores for the 36 holes.

Robert was pleased with his round, and to be part of the 63 club in Majors;

“It was a great round. I’m happy to be a part of that 63 club.”

“I’m sure it will be busy, Saturday at a PGA, but I’ll just try to stick to what I’m doing.”

“Try to do the same things we’ve been doing the last couple of days and hopefully it’s good enough.”

“I’ll just try not to get too hung up in what’s going on and try to stick to the golf and see if I can have a little fun while I’m at it.”

Jimmy was also pleased with his round today, and was fresh enough to go out again;

“I was excited to go play today, I really was. I was nervous but excited. I’m real happy with today.”

“I felt like I could go out and shoot another good score.”

 “I saw what the weather was going to do and knew that it was going to be out there to play good.”

“If you hit the shots, you knew it was going to be there for you to make some birdies.”

World number one Jason Day, -5 under par 65 today, shares third place with Emiliano Grillo, -3 under 67, both of them with -7 under par totals, just two shots off the pace.

Jason carded a double bogey 6 at the par four 7th hole, and needed to get himself fired up again;

“I gave myself a little kick in the bum.  A few swear words inside my head.”

“Just really I played that hole so bad that it was really frustrating for me.”

“Why are you doing that? Why are you giving shots to the field when you don’t need to do that?”

 “Don’t do little silly errors like that and potentially give them two shots on that hole.”

Two big names that are headed home early after missing the cut, Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy, not much to say except that they were just not good enough.

 

 

PGA Championship. Jimmy Walker Leads

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Jimmy Walker leads the PGA Championship after the first round at Baltusrol Golf Club.

Jimmy Walker currently stands 29th in the Ryder Cup standings and needs a big week to move into a spot. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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Jimmy shot a PGA Championship -5 under par 65 to top the leaderboard at Baltusrol Golf Club, and spoke about his strange year, and poor putting;

“It’s just ebbs and flows of golf. Just haven’t been scoring.”

 “Just a lot of even par to a couple under golf, and it’s equated to a bunch of 20th-place finishes this year.”

“They just haven’t been going in, for whatever reason, they just haven’t.”

“I hit a lot of good putts and they all look like they have got a good shot. For whatever reason, they lip out or quit breaking. I just haven’t been making a whole lot.”

“I felt like personally, I did a lot of things right, and that’s what I’ve been kind of looking to do that I haven’t been doing.”

“So I felt like I was ready to go, I honestly did this week.”

Three players are tied in second place at -4 under par following their opening rounds of 66; Emiliano Grillo, Ross Fisher and Martin Kaymer are keeping the pressure on the leader.

Not applying any pressure was Rory McIlroy, carding +4 over 74 in a major meltdown, with poor putting the main reason;

“I feel like if I had held one of those first two, it might have been a different story of the day.”

 “You get a little bit of momentum and you get it going.”

“But then I missed a couple of greens and did not get up and down and I was always chasing it.”

“I need to figure it out, I’m driving the ball as well as I have, ever and the iron play feels good.”

“The problems begin when I get to the green. I really struggled with the pace. They look much quicker than they are and two or three times I had putts within 12 feet that were downhill and left them short.”

“I need to be more aggressive with my stroke and shoot something in the mid-60s and get into the weekend.”

“Hopefully I’m not shut-out tomorrow. I can’t remember the last time I had a round without a birdie.”

 

PGA Championship, Jason Jogs To Victory.

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Jason Day jogs his way to his first Major win in the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.

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Jason burst into tears, not very Aussie like, at winning the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. His last round -5 under par 67 obliterated the field as he posted a tournament score of -20 under par.

Jason defended his tearful outburst;

“I didn’t expect I was going to cry, a lot of emotion has come out because I’ve been so close so many times and fallen short.”

“It’s been a long journey, I didn’t expect to ever grow up beyond the PGA Tour.”

“The work that I’ve put into my game ever since I was a 12-year-old kid and to be able to stand in front of a crowd like this today and win the PGA Championship is pretty special.”

“I’m being all emotional here but it’s an amazing feeling.”

“To be able to play the way I did today, especially with Jordan in my group, I could tell that he was the favorite. Just to be able to finish the way I did was amazing.”

“Not being able to finish, it would have been tough for me mentally to really kind of come back from that.”

“Even though I feel like I’m a positive person, I think that in the back of my mind something would have triggered and I would have gone, `Maybe I can’t really finish it off.'”

“It felt like I was mentally and physically grinding it out as hard as I could. I wasn’t going to stop fighting until it was over.”

“I knew today was going to be tough, but I didn’t realize how tough it was going to be.”

“I learned a lot about myself, being able to finish the way I did. The experiences that I’ve had in the past with previous major finishes has definitely helped me prepare myself for a moment like this.”

“As long as I am healthy, I feel like I’m going to be there a long time.”

“I still want to accomplish that No. 1 goal of mine, which is to be the best player in the world. I’m still motivated and still very hungry for that, even after this win.”

Playing partner, and great rival, Jordan Spieth finished in second place, three shots back at -17 under par. A final round -4 under par 68 no where near good enough in the company he was playing with, but good enough to give him the number one player in the World title;

“He played like he’d won seven or eight majors, he took it back. He wailed it. It was a stripe show.”

“This is as easy a loss as I’ve ever had because I felt that I not only couldn’t do much about it as the round went on, I also accomplished one of my lifelong goals in the sport of golf.”

“That will never be taken away from me now. I’ll always be a No. 1 player in the world.”

Branden Grace collected third place  at -15 under par, a final round -3 under par 69 not his best effort. Justin Rose was in fourth position on his own, he too did not perform well in the last round carding just -2 under par 70, for a -14 under par total.

 

 

 

PGA Championship. Jason Puts Daylight, between him and Jordan.

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Jason Day has put some daylight between himself and second placed Jordan Spieth at the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.

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Jason carded an eagle, eight birdies, two bogeys and a double in his third round at the PGA Championship, which added up to a -6 under par 66 on the day and a total of -15 under par, and importantly a two shot cushion heading into the final round tomorrow.

He will carry on giving it 100%, to finally land his first Major title;

“I played great all three rounds and I’ve just got to keep pushing forward, keep grinding it out the best I can and just give it 100 per cent tomorrow.”

“Overall I feel pretty confident in my abilities to really just keep moving forward and stay patient with myself.”

Second placed Jordan, at -13 under par for the tournament, also scored a -6 under par 66 today. He wants to claim his third Major of the year, and join an illustrious band, Tiger Woods (2000) and Ben Hogan (1953;

“Very pleased to have a chance to win another major.”

Third place is shared between Branden Grace and Justin Rose, both on -12 under par for the title.

Branden carded a bogey free -8 under par 64 to put himself into contention, and says he is finally getting used to playing in America, and likes it;

“I think I’m finally getting the hang of America, this is a dream to play out here. I think I’ve been playing some great golf.”

“The US Open was a good one coming into this and even the Open Championship, just getting the confidence up, knowing that I can do it, can play in this environment and under this pressure.”

“I’m as excited as can be. It’s another chance, this is what we all play for.”

“We all play to give ourselves the opportunity to get close to a major championship and we’re all here for the same reason;  we want to win this thing.”

“It’s just about getting out tomorrow, getting out on the first tee with a smile and hopefully the smile can be there all day.”

Justin was annoyed at his bogey at the last, and is still having problems with 4, carding double bogey there for the last two days;

“The fourth has cost me a couple of doubles there, so if I can figure that one out tomorrow it will help.”

“The only thing that will taste a little sour is that bogey on 18.”

“I hit a good tee shot and was staring down the barrel with a seven iron. I thought it was a good club and misjudged the wind and it came up short, but I was really pleased with the way I hung in there today.”

 “I can freewheel it a bit tomorrow. Obviously I have the luxury to not have to sleep on the lead and stress about anything.”

“I can have the nothing to lose mentality tomorrow.”

“It is going to be tricky tomorrow if it is windy. That’s a harder environment to guard your lead and keep moving forward and it enables the chasing pack to do a better job of catching up.”

Tiger Woods missed the cut here, his third straight Major cut in a row.  Rory McIlroy has decided to cut out The Barclays, to rest his injured ankle;

“I’m going to take a couple of weeks off just to sort of re-assess everything, and I’ll start back in the playoffs at Boston.”

 “Then play through the FedExCup. Then I’ve got to play Frys.com and then I’m playing maybe a couple more after that, Dubai and China.”

 

 

PGA Championship. Wind & Rain @ Whistling, Stop Play.

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Wind and rain storms stop play in the second round of the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. A really vicious thunderstorm packing 40 mph winds caused the second round to be suspended until Saturday morning.

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The Australian pair of Matt Jones and Jason Day sit on top of the PGA Championship, as play has suspended due to the storms. Both have second round totals of -9 under par, but have yet to complete those rounds on the Whistling Straits course.

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Jason was more than happy to get off the course, and come back tomorrow;

“I’m glad that we are in.”

“It can get a little dangerous out there. It’s a good idea to come back in the morning.”

“We’ll see how it goes tomorrow, we’ve got some scoring holes, and some tough ones to finish on. But I’m real happy to be done.”

Justin Rose is in third place alone a -8 under par, he has just one hole left to play in the second round. Predicting the stoppage of play has left him unpopular with his playing partners, but he is still certain of his own abilities;

“I opened my big mouth to the boys playing with us, I said, the end is in sight, and 30 seconds later, they blew the horn. So my name is mud all over here.”

“I’m playing better than anyone in the world right now tee-to-green.”

There is a three-way tie for 4th spot, at -7 under par, David Lingmerth has completed his second round, and shares that place with Tony Finau and Harris English, both of these players have yet to finish the second round.

Overnight leader Dustin Johnson has suffered a few nerves today, he is currently +1 on the round with four holes to play, with a tournament total of -5 under par.

Jordan Spieth made a move today, carding a completed round of -5 under par 67, to move up to T7 at -6 under par.

Rory McIlroy had another -1 under par round to total -2 under par for the competition, and now has a long way to go to defend his title.

Tiger Woods is battling to make the cut, at +2 over par. An uncompleted second round see’s him at +4 over, with five holes to play, a tall order.

Among the notables missing the cut were, Shane Lowry, last weeks winner, Zach Johnson, Padraig Harrington, Jimmy Walker, Graeme McDowell, Ian Poulter and Adam Scott.