Valero Texas Open. Kevin Chappell Gets Maiden Win

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Kevin Chappell gets Maiden  PGA Tour win at the Valero Texas Open at TPC Antonio in Texas.

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Kevin sinks the winning putt

Kevin shot a final round -4 under par 68 to win the Valero Texas Open with a -12 under par total. He sunk an 8ft putt to claim his first ever PGA Tour win, exceptional putting on Sunday giving him the dream win.

Brooks Koepka claimed second place at -11 under par, with a great last round -7 under par 65.

Kevin Tway, -3 under 69 today, and Tony Finau, also -3 under 69, shared third place at -9 under par.

RBC Heritage. Wesley Bryan Wins Maiden Tour Title.

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Wesley Bryan wins Maiden PGA Tour title the RBC Heritage, at Hilton Head Golf Links.

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Wesley shot a final round -4 under par 67 to win the RBC Heritage by one shot with a -13 under par total;

“This is as good as it gets.”

“It’s one that I grew up dreaming on the practice green late at night when I was a kid, like this putt’s to win the Heritage.”

“And to get it done here is one of the coolest experiences ever.”

“I hit a lot of really, really bad shots out there.”

“Even today, I hit some of the worst I’ve hit in a long time. But was able to stay composed and had a couple good up-and-downs for bogeys this week.”

“They’re going to be bogeys on the scorecard, but they were kind of the momentum keepers, so to speak.”

Ex World number one Luke Donald is on the comeback trail, finishing second here at -12 under par, with a last round -3 under 68. Luke has been close to winning here before;

“I just keep trying.”

“Obviously the worst possible start. A double on two, which is kind of a birdie hole.”

“Just never felt very comfortable on that tee shot all week. But really happy with the grinding and the grit that I showed today to come back and give myself a chance.”

“It’s a place I feel comfortable and I like, and I’ve had a lot of success. I’ve just got to keep pounding away, and hopefully I’ll get there.”

Sharing third place at -11 under par were; Patrick Cantlay, -4 under 67 today, Ollie Schniederjans, -3 under 68, and William McGirt, -2 under 69.

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RBC Heritage. Bud Cauley Shoots 63 To Lead.

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Bud Cauley shoots 63 to lead the RBC Heritage after the first round at Harbour Town Golf Links.

Bud Cauley interview after Round 1 of RBC Heritage

 

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Bud dislocated his shoulder during a swing at the 2014 John Deere Classic, it has been a long road back;

“It’s tough. It’s just something that’s out of your control.”

“You can prepare and play and do all the things you’re supposed to and then you get hurt and there’s kind of nothing you can do.”

“I guess it’s better that it happened when I was younger, as opposed to later, it’s easier to recover from something like that.”

“It’s also something I’ll have to deal with the rest of the career but as long as I stay up with the physical therapy and do the right things I think I’ll be able to stay healthy and hopefully it will be something 20 years from now I barely remember.”

“You never go out thinking you’re going to shoot that.”

 “I just got into the round and was swinging well and tried to give myself as many looks as I could.”

Sharing second place at -6 under par are Luke Donald, Graham DeLaet and Sam Saunders, all with opening rounds of 65.

Ex world number one Luke was upset at missing out on The Masters last week, and says this course suits the shorter hitters;

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“It’s never fun to be sitting at home, but in a way, it motivates you.”

“It gets the fire under you and you get a little bit more inspired.”

“The long hitters, it’s taking driver out of their hands a lot.”

“So I feel like the playing field’s leveled out.”

“This place has been kind to me. It’s nice to get off to a great start.”

“It’s always nice to come back to places you feel comfortable and you’ve had success. “

“Obviously, I’ve had a lot of success here in the last eight years. I’ve done everything but win. And it would be nice to give myself another chance to try and finally get over that hurdle.”

 

Joburg Open. Round 1 Play Suspended. Paul Peterson Leads.

 

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Round 1 play at the Joburg Open was suspended, due to a waterlogged  Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club, in South Africa. Paul Peterson leads the tournament, which will restart at 0645 on Friday.

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Paul, from the USA, completed his opening round at the Joburg Open, and sits at the top of the leaderboard, after carding -9 under par 63, with a new putter in his bag;

“It was fun out there today, birdieing half of the holes is never bad and bogey-free to match, so I felt really good out there.”

“I got into a nice rhythm and I put a new putter in play this week. It proved to be a good first round with it so I’m really happy.”

“Thankfully we were in the fairway a lot, ball in hand always nice but I feel like I’ve been playing really well the last few weeks and I feel like a round like this has been building, so to have it happen sooner than I thought is great.”

“I’m feeling like I’m in a good place right now.”

Aaron Rai and Paul Waring, both from England, share second place two shots back at -7 under par after rounds of 65.

There seems to be some confusion about the scoring from this tournament, as it has been reported that Paul Peterson shot -9 under 62, which would make it a par 71 course. But Aaron and Paul Waring have scores of -7 under 65, a par 72. The East Course, which they played is usually a 6940 yard par 72. So did Paul Peterson really card a -9 under 63?

Update.

I have received information that the West Course is being played as a par 71 this week. So -9 under 62 is correct for Paul Peterson.

Aaron Rai and Paul Waring both carded -7 under 65 on the East Course, which is paying at it’s usual par 72.

Things should level out after the second round.

 

Career Builder Challenge. TOUR rookie Dominic Bozzelli Leads.

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PGA TOUR rookie Dominic Bozzelli leads the Career Builder Challenge at La Quinta Country Club, California, on the Stadium Course at PGA WEST.

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Dominic carded a first round -8 under par 64 on the more difficult Stadium Course to lead the Career Builder Challenge, in cold and wet conditions;

“Been working hard back home, doing all right things on and off the course, and it’s nice to come out and have that hard work pay off.”

In second place on the leaderboard are four players at -7 under par, Patton Kizzire and Jhonattan Vegas -7 under par 65 on the Tournament Course, Hudson Swafford, and Harold Varner 111, 65 at La Quinta.

Making it’s debut on the PGA Tour, was Phil Mickelson’s new “Jumping Logo” reminding us of  his leaping celebration in the 2004 Masters.

Phil Mickelson plays his shot from the third tee during the first round of the CareerBuilder Challenge in Partnership with The Clinton Foundation at La Quinta Country Club on January 19, 2017 in La Quinta, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Phil hit a poor first tee shot, not in any real trouble, but he decided to hit a provisional, just to warm up his swing for the next tee. Phil is coming back to golf after surgery, and said he is feeling fine, shooting a first round -4 under 68 at La Quinta, to be T25;

“I feel fine,” I’ve been able to work out the last two weeks. And again, you start out real slow, but you get back to it, you get it back pretty quick.”

“I struck it horrible, but I scored out of my mind.”

“So, I’m very happy with it. My first round of golf was Saturday and I’ve been able to work out just the last two weeks.”

“That next hole, the second hole’s an extremely difficult drive and I wanted to just get another swing.”

“It was really a great day for me because I scored so much better than I played.”

 “And when I finally did hit some really good shots I ended up close and made a few birdies.”

“And when I hit some really bad shots, and I hit some really bad shots,  I was still able to salvage some up-and-downs for pars.”

The RSM Classic. Mackenzie Hughes Wins Play-Off

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Rookie Mackenzie Hughes, from Canada, wins his first PGA Tour event The RSM Classic at Sea Island, in a wire to wire victory.

Canadian rookie Mackenzie Hughes won The RSM Classic in only his ninth start on the PGA TOUR. (Justin Heiman/Getty Images)

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Mackenzie won the third play-off hole the par three 17th sinking an 18 ft  par putt, to lift the The RSM Classic trophy, the others were closer but could not convert;

“I made the putt of my life right there.”

“As each guy went down, it was that much more real.”

Camillo said he pushed his putt;

“I just pushed it a tiny bit, but once again, I’m proud of myself.”

“We want to win a golf tournament, so you go with a little bittersweet, but you’ve got to look at the positive and keep moving forward.”

 

The Quest for the Green Jacket. Day 1 Super Spieth Shows The Way at The Masters

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The quest for the Green Jacket has begun, and at the end of Day 1 super Jordan Spieth sits on top of The Masters leaderboard at Augusta.

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Jordan opened his account at The Masters with a superb first round of -8 under par 64, to sit on top of the leaderboard with a three shot lead at Augusta. He also becomes the youngest player ever to lead this tournament after the first round.

The fast start has worried his opponents, but has excited Jordan;

“I was excited about the way I struck the ball, I’m excited about the start.”

“It capped off a really fun round.”

“I played well last year, but I never broke 70.”

At the other end of the age scale Ernie Els is among the players all tied in second position after scoring -5 under par 67 for their opening efforts. Charlie Hoffman, Justin Rose and Jason Day complete the quartet sharing second spot.

Nobody would appreciate winning The Masters more that Ernie, he wants to leave Augusta wearing the famous Green Jacket;

“That’s the plan, we’ll see what happens.”

“I just felt comfortable, I felt at ease for some reason.”

“There’s definitely a different kind of mind‑set in the whole family coming up here, it’s more of an enjoyment.”

“We kind of are running out of time a little bit here, so we are really trying to enjoy what we’ve got left out here.”

“It’s been 21 years coming to Augusta. It’s been unbelievable, but nothing lasts forever. Samantha had a great time at the Par 3, and I just have a different appreciation, I think, for the place.”

This group is followed by Russell Henley and Sergio Garcia, both on -4 under par for the day.

Rory McIlroy’s opening tee shot, was the longest shot hit at Augusta all day, he finished at -1 under par, which would have been OK, except he is now seven shots off the lead, but he said he will just have to play better in round two;

“Today was a pretty good day. I feel like I can do better. But happy after Day 1 and go out and just try and do a little bit better tomorrow.”

“I haven’t put too much pressure on myself. Look, I obviously know what I can achieve this week, but I’m not letting myself think about it too much.”

Tiger was two shots further back after a first round +1 over par 73.

Tom Watson today became the oldest player to break par at The Masters,  shooting a marvelous opening round -1 under par 71.

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The opening tee shots came from Arnold, Jack and Gary.

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