WGC. Dell Technologies Match-Play. Pool Play.

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After two days of Pool play in the WGC Dell Technologies Match-Play the only certain facts are about those who are not going to qualify for the week-end in Texas. They include World number one Dustin Johnson, USA, and Jon Rahm, from Spain.

WGC Dell Technologies Match-Play

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Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland, and Phil Mickelson, USA, both have to win tomorrow to have any chance of advancing.

Rory explained the difference between yesterday and today’s rounds;

“I didn’t make the mistakes early and let my opponent get up early. That was main difference.”

“I just know that if I win tomorrow, I’m staying here a little bit longer.”

“I’m more relaxed because I know my game is there. I have got a lot of great shots to fall back on, the good swings that I have made, putts that I have holed.”

Phil made a great comeback;

“Today I came out on the front nine and I made one birdie and one bogey and I was four down through seven.”

“You’ve got to make birdies. On the back nine I made five of them.”

“I’ve got to play more aggressive.”

“That’s shocking that I would say that, because I usually play pretty aggressive. But I’ve been playing way too conservative and not going after it.”

Sailing supremely along are 15 players who have played two, won two, and there will be a few matches out there tomorrow, which will have no meaning at all, because win or lose they can not advance.

Rory put the feelings of those players into words;

“You try to go out with the mindset that I’m going to maybe try things or if you are working on your golf swing, it’s a good round to take advantage of trying different things.”

 “But there’s going to be guys going out there tomorrow that would really just want to be on a plane tonight going home.”

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Valspar Championship. Corey Conners Continues.

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Corey Conners of Canada continues to lead the Valspar Championship at the Copperhead Course in Florida.

Valspar Championship

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Corey carded a moving day -3 under par 68 to keep his momentum going at the top of the Valspar Championship leaderboard with a -9 under par total;

“It was really cool. Came out and tried to have as much fun as possible.”

“I kind of knew what to expect out there with a lot of people and lot of people watching, but I felt comfortable.”

“I tried to get relaxed as early as possible and fortunately got off to a good start and kind of settled me down nicely.”

“Kept things pretty solid throughout the round.”

“Fun position to be in. Kind of what I work for and everybody works for out here.”

He has some serious company close behind in the form of Tiger Woods, -4 under 67 today, Justin Rose, England,-5 under 66, and Brandt Snedeker, -4 under 67, all of them just one back at -8 under par.

Tiger is all obviously all fired up after his great rival Phil Mickelson won last week. The best news for Corey is that he will not be paired up with Tiger for the final round, Justin Rose will be his partner, meaning the gallery will be a lot quieter. Tiger described the gallery today as;

“Loud. very, very loud.”

”I played myself right there in contention. It will be a fun Sunday.”

Brandt will play alongside Tiger, and knows it will be crazier tomorrow;

 “I was able to feed off a lot of energy today. That’s probably why I played so good.”

“Got me to focus real hard on every shot and did a good job of that today.”

“Do it again tomorrow, probably be crazier tomorrow.”

Justin holed a shot from 120 yards for Eagle, that really got him in the mood, and he putted really well;

“This ignited it for me. I was kind of getting a little frustrated, seeing the scores were decent.”

“I needed something to happen. I made that one.”

“I putted really, really well on the back nine. Every putt I had I thought would go in. Fun day.”

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WGC Mexico Championship. Phil Full of Pride at Play-Off Win

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Phil Mickelson, USA, was full of pride as he won the WGC Mexico Championship in a play-off against Justin Thomas, also from the USA.

Mickelson wins WGC-Mexico

Phil breaks his winless streak. / getty

Phil, -5 under 66 today, and Justin, -7 under 64, finished tied for the WGC Mexico Championship at -16 under par, sending them into a play-off. Phil won at the first extra hole, the par three 17th, carding a par, and is now firmly on track to get to 50 wins, and also be involved with the Ryder Cup;

“I can’t put into words how much this means to me.”

“I knew it was going to be soon, I’ve been playing too well for it not to be.”

“But you just never know until it happens.”

“I don’t know when I’ll get to 50, seven more wins and I’ll be there, but I don’t have the month or the time, but I will get there.”

“I’ve made it known that one of my big goals is for me to be a part of a winning team in Europe.”

“It hasn’t happened in my career. It would mean a tremendous amount to me to have us succeed over on European soil.”

Sharing third place at -15 under par were Rafa Cabrera Bello, Spain, and Tyrrell Hatton, England, both players had final rounds of -4 under 67.

Tyrrell pondered over his approach shot to the final green, the mistake cost him a place in the play-off;

“We were trying to think, 148 meters, wrong club.”

“So it’s just disappointing.”

“Need a shot in there to take the spin off and we hit a club that’s pitching around the pin if I hit a really good one and it’s just going to spin.”

“So I’m absolutely raging with that.”

“I’m pretty hacked off. We’ll see, you never know when you’re going to get the chance to win a WGC event again.”

“This is the first chance I’ve had of winning.”

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WGC Mexico Championship. Shubhankar Hangs On.

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Shubhankar Sharma of India managed to hang on to the lead at the WGC Mexico Championship at Chapultepec Golf Club, in Mexico City.

Shubhankar Sharma / getty

Shubhankar carded -2 under par 69, despite a couple of late bogey’s, to maintain his two shot lead at the WGC Mexico Championship with a tournament total of -13 under par;

“Obviously a dream come true for me to be playing in this tournament and obviously leading, that’s just fantastic.”

“Really happy with the way I played today, stuck in there.”

“Obviously made a few mistakes on the greens but the greens are tough this week so I think everyone’s making a few mistakes. So I wasn’t too hard on myself.” 

Four players are hard on his heels, two shots back at -11 under par, Tyrrell Hatton, England, -7 under 64 today, from Spain is Sergio Garcia, -2 under 69 and Rafa Cabrera Bello,  -2 under 69 and the evergreen Phil Mickelson, USA, -6 under par 65.

Phil said he now has a very good chance of winning;

“It’s been a long time since my game’s been back to this point.”

“I’m back playing some of my best golf again. It will start to click and get better and better as the year goes on.”

“I think whether it happens tomorrow or not, very good chance it will, but if it doesn’t, it’s going to happen soon because I’m playing too well for it not to.”

Sergio could not get the putter working well today;

“I felt like I played quite well, obviously not as well as I played yesterday, which is not easy to do, but overall under the conditions, it was tricky today.” 

“Hit some good putts that unfortunately didn’t go in, but I managed to shoot a couple under on the last five or six holes, which is a nice way to finish.” 

Tyrrell wants to shoot another low round tomorrow;

“I’m just going to go out there and try to play as well as I can, try to shoot another low one and see what happens.”

Low round of the day went to Justin Thomas, -9 under 62, leaving him on that score for the championship;

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PGA Genesis Open. Three-Way Tie, But Round 2 Suspended.

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There is a three-way  tie at the top of the Genesis Open leaderboard at Riviera Country Club as darkness once again caused play to be suspended for the day. At the close of play Patrick Cantlay, Graeme McDowell and Sam Saunders share the honor.

Genesis Open

G-Mac 

Patrick, USA, -2 under 69 today, G-Mac, Northern Ireland, -5 under 66, and Sam Saunders, USA, -3 under through 15 holes, were tied at the top of the Genesis Open leaderboard with -7 under par totals, when darkness stopped play for the day at Pacific Palisades in California.

G-Mac has found some confidence in his game;

“I’m really excited to be going into the weekend of a tournament at the business end of things.”

“I’ve enjoyed the way I’ve hit it the last couple of days and I look forward to getting back at it tomorrow.”

“It’s not even about this weekend for me, it’s just about continuing to fill up the confidence tank really. That’s pretty much the only thing that’s missing with my game.”

Patrick lives in the area, but L.A’s infamous gridlock means he is staying close by in a hotel;

 “I’m staying in a hotel this week. Our place is too far away with traffic.”

 “I’m hitting it really well right now. Ball’s coming out of the middle of the clubface and it’s going where I’m looking,”

“I know the golf course really well and being here in front of the home fans and being on a golf course that I really know and like is huge. I feel really comfortable.”

Ryan Moore had fourth place to himself at -6 under, with his second consecutive round of -3 under 68.

Making  the cut will be  Phil Mickelson, even par 71 today, Jordan Spieth -1 under 70, World No. 1 and defending champion Dustin Johnson, -2 under 69.

Rory made the cut, shooting -2 under 69, Tiger will not, slumping to +5 over 76 today, the first time ever he has missed the cut at this event. He managed to find only 4 out of 14 fairways, and threw in some three putts along the way, he summed up his day;

“I didn’t really play that well today,  I knew I had to make a run on that back nine and I went the other way.”

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AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Ted Potter Jnr, Triumphs

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Ted Potter Jnr triumphs at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and made it look easy, with a three shot winning margin at Pebble Beach Golf Links in California.

 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Ted Potter Jnr

Shooting a final round -3 under 69 to post an AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am winning total of -17 under par, Ted out-classed the rest of the field by three shots.

Ted was amazed at his success, but said he worked well with his putter;

“It’s definitely pleasing. I mean, it was a struggle there.”

“When you break your ankle and you don’t know what’s going to happen with your golf swing or career, to come back from that, I mean it’s just unbelievable right now.”

” I knew on the back nine, I saw I had a two-shot lead, if I played smart golf and I knew I was putting well, so hitting a lot of the center of the greens and trying to give myself a chance at birdies, those guys would have to catch me coming in.”

“It’s just so good right now. To get my second career win after five years away from it.”

“Going back to the Masters is going to be definitely another dream come true. Try to get back there and win the Par-3 Contest again. That was a lot of fun. “

“This has just been a blast this week and it’s unbelievable right now.”

Trailing those three shots behind at -14 under par were, World #1 Dustin Johnson, even par 72 today, multiple winner here Phil Mickelson, -5 under 67, Chez Reavie, -4 under 68, and Jason Day from Australia, carding a final round -2 under 70, which included a miraculous par at the final hole after hitting his second shot onto the beach, greenside bunker with his third, four on and one putt.

AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Jason on the Beach

 

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AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. DJ & Beau at the Top.

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World #1, DJ, Dustin Johnson shares the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am lead with Beau Hossler, in California

DJ, Hossler tied at Pebble Beach

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DJ put together a second round -7 under par 64 at Monterey Penninsular to share top spot on the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am leaderboard with PGA Tour rookie Beau, who settled for a second round -5 under 67 at Spyglass Hill, both with -12 under par totals.

DJ likes the MP course, but has not played well here in the past;

“I like the golf course, I feel like I should play really well, it’s just for some reason I just never have.”

“Probably my lowest by about seven shots at Monterey Peninsula, so I was happy with that.”

“It’s probably the first time, too, I think we have ever played over there with nice weather. So it was definitely a good day.”

 “I still had a couple chances to win even without playing too well at Monterey Peninsula”

“But obviously I’m in a really good position here starting the weekend, but still got two rounds at Pebble, which is probably my favorite out of the three courses and I really like playing there, it sets up well for me, but I’m still going to have to go out and shoot a good score tomorrow at Pebble if I want to be in contention on Sunday.”

Troy Merritt, -5 under par 67 at Spyglass Hill, and Julian Suri, -4 under 67 at Monterey are tied in third place at -10 under par.

Six players are then tied in fifth place at -9 under par, fan favorite Phil Mickelson, Jon Rahm, Aaron Wise, Kevin Streelman, Jason Day and Steve Stricker are all well placed for the week-end.

Biggest shock of the day came from Rory McIlroy, who drove to the front edge of the 14th green, and then had a putting collapse that saw him four putt from inside 10 ft, carding a six, eventually signing for  +3 over par 74, with a -1 under tournament total.

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