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 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.

PGA Championship. D.J. Has Quick Start,

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D.J. Dustin Johnson has made another fast start to a Major, leading the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in the 1st round.

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Dustin shot a 1st round -6 under par 66 in the 97th PGA Championship, at Whistling Straits, to top the leaderboard by one stroke.

He reported that he was just being patient, in the tough windy conditions;

“Today I thought I did a great job of just staying patient, hitting the shots that the course allowed me to hit. So I was very pleased.”

“Today was pretty easy, I would have to say, I was swinging well and I was hitting the shots where I was looking and I really felt like I was just super patient, stayed focused all day.”

“I played pretty well at the US Open on the weekend. At the British Open I didn’t play well on the weekend, but even the first two days I didn’t feel like I was playing that good golf.”

“I wasn’t too comfortable with my swing. I wasn’t hitting the shots that I wanted to hit. I didn’t feel like I was too much in control.”

“Today, I really felt like I had my ball under control a lot like I did at the US Open. We’ll just have to see what happens. It’s only the first round, we’ve still got a lot of golf to play.”

David Lingmerth is just one shot behind in second place at -5 under par, with his opening 67. It reminded him of his great opening round at St Andrews;

“It did cross my mind when I had a good look there at 17 to go to 6 under after eight holes.”

“Super tough course here this week and really windy conditions in the afternoon.”

 “I didn’t really know what to expect but I got off to a flying start, was able to make some putts and give myself a lot of looks.

Third place is being shared by eight players, all at -4 under par in first round, Russell Henley, Matt Kuchar, Harris English, J.B. Holmes, Jason Day, Danny Lee, Matt Jones and Scott Piercy.

Defending Champion, and World number one, Rory McIlroy finish on -1 under par after a 71 today, the same score as his great rival Jordan Spieth.

Tiger is still lamenting his poor performance on the greens, carding a first round +3 over par, 75.

He said the putter is not working;

“I hit it great today but I made absolutely nothing.”

“One of the worst putting rounds I’ve had in a very long time. I just had no feel at all for the speed. It was awful.”

“I kept with the game plan, I struck it the way I wanted to pretty much all day. But I think I made one putt all day.”

“Hopefully I hit the ball as well as I did today, tomorrow, and make some putts.”

U.S. Open winner Michael Campbell to Retire from Golf.

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Kiwi and Maori Michael Campbell, who most famously held Tiger Woods at bay to win the 2005 U.S. Open, at Pinehurst, has decided to retire from professional golf at the age of 46 citing that he has lost the motivational spirit to play golf.

Michael followed his Major victory with a tie for fifth at The Open and also a tie for sixth at the PGA Championship in that same year.

He won 15 tournaments over his professional career, spending most of his time on the European Tour, but his last victory came at the World Match Play Championship, at Wentworth, just a few months after his Pinehurst triumph.

Listening to him speak he still seems a bit unsure if he should walk away;

“All of my friends who are the same age as me are still out there competing and doing well.”

“It makes you wonder maybe I should go back and play but right now I have got no motivation to play.”

“I have played golf for almost 40 years and that is a long time. I have played professionally for 20 years and that is a long time.”

“I have no complaints to walk away from the game that has given me such a wonderful life but it’s been a very hard decision.”

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PGA Championship. Magnificent Rory McIlroy Makes It His.

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In one of the best finishes to a Major tournament, in gathering gloom at Valhalla in the PGA Championship, Rory McIlroy came through to make it his and picked up the Wanamaker Trophy.

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Rory carded a final round of -3 under par 68, to win by one shot at -16 under par, holding off a great challenge from a resurgent Phil Mickelson.

In a strange twist the final two groups played together down the final hole, because of the darkness closing in. There was some discussion about this turn of events, the TV pundits saying it would have to be the players decision to do this, but it appears that it was the officials who forced them to go ahead. Not all of the players agreed with this ruling.

Rory just wanted to get it done before nightfall;

” I wanted to win this thing and get out of here, I never dreamed I’d have a summer like this.”

Phil had a fine last round -5 under par 66, and so nearly made it, posting -15 under par, a remarkable effort from the other generation.

Henrik Stenson and Rickie Fowler tied for third position at -14 under par.

Apart from the muddled final hole everyone was in agreement about the quality of this competition.

Unforgettable” and “riveting ” said TV anchorman  Jim Nantz. His commentating partner for the day, Nick Faldo enthused, “There’s plenty of color, plenty of characters. It’s fantastic, electrifying.”

Another TV pundit Peter Oosterhuis replied to that comment “And plenty of talent” 

From Brandel Chamblee on Twitter, “One of the best majors I’ve ever seen.”

There will be plenty more comments about this tournament, quotes from players, but for now I just want to get this story out there.



PGA Championship. Rory Hangs On.

White Dragon GolfRory hangs on to the lead at the PGA Championship at Valhalla.

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Rory McIlroy hangs on to the lead at the PGA Championship after a late charge at Valhalla Golf Club saw him post a third round -4 under par 67  for a one shot advantage at -13 under for the tournament. Three late birdies at 15, 16 and 18 has given him that one shot lead to take into the final round tomorrow. Rory admitted that the chasing pack closed up on him today, and was thankful for those late birdies;

“The guys got pretty close to me at The Open and today and I was able to respond on the back nine. It’s not the biggest lead I’ve ever had but I am still in control of this tournament and it’s still a good position to be in.”

“I just knew I needed to make a couple of birdies coming down the back nine to keep the lead or at least be tied. The two birdies on 15 and 16 were huge.”

“It’s where I want to be, it’s the best place to be in a tournament. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”

The surprise package in second place is Bernd Wiesberger, who shot one of the low rounds of the day, a -6 under par 65 and hold second on his own at -12 under par. Playing alongside one of his hero’s, Phil Mickelson, inspired him today;

“It was a dream come true really, going out there with Phil, one of my heroes. I played beautifully today, I didn’t miss a lot of shots, set up a few nice opportunities on the last few holes especially. I’m very proud of myself the way I played.”

“It’s a completely new situation for me, only my second cut in a Major in six attempts, so I am quite a rookie in this particular situation. I have driven it really nicely this week and if I can do it again it will settle down the nerves and I am going to have fun tomorrow.”

Third spot belongs to Rickie Fowler, at -11 under par, Rickie carded a -4 under par  third round.

Tied in fourth is Phil Mickelson and Jason Day, both at -10 under par, and by no  means out of contention.

Jason made an incredible par from a swamp area on the 500 yard par 4 2nd hole, hitting with his shoes off;

“I was too lazy to actually get my shoes thrown over the creek. I either hit it in my bare feet or put my shoes on and have to take my shoes off. I was like, ‘We’re going to be behind, way behind. So I may as well hit it with no shoes on.’ It was a great four there, a lucky four.”

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Phil is suddenly enjoying his golf;

It’s so fun for me to be back in the thick of it, have a chance, being in contention heading into Sunday and not having to get up at 6 o’clock in the morning to tee off, if I get to tee off. So it’s been a nice change.”

” I need to play aggressive and make some confident swings early on and make some birdies. I’m going to be trying to make up ground on some guys that are playing really good golf and will be making birdies tomorrow. So I’ll have to make a lot of them.”