Waste Management Open. Brendan Steele and Byeong Hun An Lead

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Brendan Steele and Byeong Hun An sit on top of the Waste Management Open leaderboard after round two at TPC Scottsdale.

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Brendan shot -4 under par 67 and Byeong -5 under 66 to share the  Waste Management Open lead at -10 under par.

Byeong had a good finish to his round;

“I look forward to playing those holes, 16, 17, 18, great finishing holes.”

“I love people making noise. I really don’t mind, as long as they don’t make sudden noise.”

Brendan has had good results here before, and feels good;

“I played well the last few weeks.”

“Obviously, the win a couple months ago, and then I’ve got good results on this course before. Everything feels pretty good.”

Matt Kuchar -2 under 69 today, defending champion Hideki Matsuyama, -3 under 68, Martin Laird, -5 under 66 and Sung Kang, -6 under 65, all share third place at -9 under par.

Local boy Matt feels the pressure of playing at home;

“It’s one thing to play at home and feel pretty good about your game.”

“It’s another thing to come out on the PGA TOUR and compete in a tournament. I come with little expectations.”

Hideki made bogey on the last;

“I thought I could go for the pin and came up a little short”

 “Little disappointing, but I played well all day.

Martin was bogey free, good putting a major factor;

“It was a clean card in terms of bogeys, but my golf game wasn’t very clean.”

“I struggled a little bit with my irons all day, but my putting was probably the best I’ve putted in a long time.”

Crowd favorite Phil Mickelson tried to pull off some impossible shots, they did not work, -1 under today proof of that, he is back at -4 under for the tournament;

“I didn’t really have much, I was trying to get something that would cut it. It was sitting in the rough.”

“The only play was to pitch out, but that’s not really, you know, what I like to do.”

“It sucks, finishing with two bogeys.”.

Career Builder Challenge. Adam Hadwin Has History Making 59.

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Adam Hadwin, from Canada has history making 59 in the third round of the Career Builder Challenge, to lead the competition, and become the first player without a PGA Tour win to shoot 59, along with being the first non American to achieve that feat.

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Adam carded a third round -13 under par 59, to lead the Career Builder Challenge with a -17 under par total.

Adam said every time he hit a putt it went in;

“I got away with some shots on the back nine, and for whatever reason, any time I hit a putt, it went in.”

“I walked off 17 and I said to my caddie Joe Cruz,  there seems to be a lot more people here than when we teed off today.”

“I was shaking, I really was, I knew what was at stake, and last thing I wanted to do was miss a three footer for 59.”

Dominic Bozzelli holds second place at -16 under par after his third round -3 under 69.

Four players are tied in third place at -15 under par, Hudson Swafford, -1 under 71 on Stadium Course today, Brian Harman, -3 under 69 at La Quinta, Bud Cauley -7 under 65 at LQ and Chad Campbell who recorded -6 under 66, also at LQ.

 

 

Career Builder Challenge.Hudson Swafford Leads.

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Hudson Swafford has the 36 hole lead  at the Career Builder Challenge in California, in pouring rain.

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Hudson carded a bogey free second round -7 under par 65, on the Tournament Course, to lead the Career Builder Challenge with a -14 under par total.

Hudson said he was just seeking birdie chances;

 “What we’ve been harping on the last two tournaments is giving ourselves as many chances as possible.”

“You just get yourself in position and give yourself the best chance on every hole.”

“Easier said than done. I’m not trying to get caught up on the perfect number, just trying to give myself the best opportunity for birdie on that hole.” 

“Getting myself up on the top of the leaderboard a lot more and getting more and more comfortable with that.”

“You’ve gotta put yourself in that position to feel what’s going on up there. I’ve done it a lot lately and starting to just get more confident in that position.”

Tied in second place at -13 under par are, yesterdays leader Dominic Bozzelli, -5 under today at La Quinta, and Danny Lee, from New Zealand, who fired -8  under par 64 at La Quinta.

Danny is happy with the rain, they get plenty of it in New Zealand;

“I actually wanted to play in the rain, so I could experiment with myself.”

“Hopefully, it rains tomorrow.”

 “Trying to not shoot something overly ridiculous, since I’m playing with the amateurs.”

“Just trying to break 80, seriously.”

Dominic made a lot of putts for par saves;

“It wasn’t my best today, but I was able to save par, made some pretty big par saves throughout the round and kept it going.”

 “Actually, pretty lucky that weather held off a little bit longer than I thought it would.”

Phil Mickelson played in full rain gear the last few holes, playing some great shots, but still throwing in some bad ones; carding -6 under 66 on the Tournament Course, to be T6 at -10 under par for the competition;

“I hit a lot more good shots today than I did yesterday, but I’m still hitting some really bad ones.”

“And that’s fine. It’s to be expected. I knew that was going to happen, but I’ve been able to kind of manage those and get away with some pars.”

 

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.”

Australian Open. Geoff Ogivly Takes Charge.

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Geoff Ogilvy takes charge of the Australian Open, taking a two shot lead into the final round tomorrow at Royal Sydney Golf Club.

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Geoff shot -8 under par 64 today shooting him to the top of the Australian Open leaderboard at -11 under par, and spoke about Jordan and Australian whiz-kid Curtis Luck;

“I’ve played with Tiger and Phil a few years back and that was like I wasn’t even there.”

“I was frustrated because I wasn’t a couple of shots better than I was, but it’s quite kind of nice to be invisible in a group if you like.”

“You just play golf and watch one of Australia’s best kids and one of the world’s best golfers play. It’s a good spot to be.”

Aaron Baddeley, -5 under 67 today, Ryan Fox, -1 under 71, and Jordan Spieth, -4 under 68 are all tied in second place at -9 under par.

Jordan is feeling confident;

“I felt very confident starting that round, felt like it was my tournament.”

“I feel that way here; I feel my best golf is yet to come out. At this present moment I feel very confident about where things are. I can draw on 2014 for sure.”

“I’m going to play pretty aggressive on Sunday. I may dial back on a couple holes, I’m in the position to do so. I’m going to stay true to myself.”

“That 2014 was a round that felt like an easy 63 if that makes any sense. It did wonders for me going forward so I’m very excited about Sunday.”

Safeway Open. Round 2 Wrecked by Weather, Suspended.

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Round 2 of the Safeway Open was wrecked by awful overnight weather, delaying the start, which meant the round had to be suspended due to darkness, with, many players still to finish their second rounds at Silverado Resort in California, with Scott Piercy still leading.

Scott Piercy only got through 12 holes of his second round before play was suspended at the Safeway Open. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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Scott was still on top of the leaderboard at -14 under par for the Safeway Open, after 12 holes of his second round, before play was suspended for the day.

Scott has a two shot lead at the moment, and said he knew what he wanted to achieve today;

“In my mind, I wanted to shoot 3 under on the front, and luckily, I was able to do that.”

“I don’t have as much fun on the course as I normally should, being in the lead right now or close to, I’m trying to enjoy it.”

“I would have liked to have gone one or two more birdies.”

“I felt like it was there to get. I hit some good shots. Hopefully just continue, get a few more tomorrow and keep pushing forward.”

Johnson Wagner holds second place, at -12 under par, after completing 14 second round holes.

Paul Casey at -11 under through 12 holes is alone in third place.

Surprise package Bill Haas, was Tiger Woods  replacement for the final spot in the threesome that included Phil Mickelson and defending champion Emiliano Grillo.

Bill is currently T4 at -8 under par with a completed second round of -2 under par 70 and joked about his position;

“I think they just wanted to put an equal player in the place of Tiger.”

“I don’t know how that worked out and how I got substituted in there, but I’m happy they would choose me to be in the group.”

Phil carded another -3 under 69 today to be at -6 under, and said he is playing some of his best stuff right now;

“This is some of the best iron play I’ve ever had.”

“Given the challenge that we’ve had judging distance because the ball’s going about 10 to 15 yards less than normal distance, then you’ve got a little bit of wind, a little bit of rain and soft spongy greens, some of my best iron play.”

Defending champion Emiliano Grillo was -2 under 70 today, to be T 19 at -5 under par for the tournament.

 

Ryder Cup. Americans Dominate Afternoon Four-Balls.

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The American Team dominated the afternoon Four-Ball matches in the Ryder Cup, earning 3 points to Team Europe’s one. Team USA now leads 9 1/2 points to 6 1/2, a very substantial lead to take into the singles matches tomorrow at Hazeltine National.

It all started so well for Europe this afternoon, Rory McIlroy and Thomas Pieters beat Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson 3-1 to put the first point on the board.

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Rory & Thomas and the winning fist-pumps.

From then on it all went south as Danny Willett and Lee Westwood lost 1 up to J.B. Holmes and Ryan Moore. This match could, and should have been in Europe’s favor but two short putts missed, one on 17, which would have leveled the scores, and then another on 18, to lose the match. If they had both dropped it would have been a different story, the culprit was Lee Westwood.

Danny said they had played well, but could not get the important putts to drop;

“We had a good tussle out there most of the day.”

“Westie played nice and solid, but we just couldn’t get the putts at the right time.”

“We had chances at 17 and 18. We hit pretty good putts but that green at 18 is tricky. It’s just a shame because we hit two pretty good shots in there.”

Martin Kaymer and Sergio Garcia went down 2-1 to Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar. Sergio’s frail putting was exposed under pressure, that Claw style grip is not positive enough to sink those pressure putts.

Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth defeated Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson 2-1 in a match where Patrick played some great golf.

The Americans will start the singles tomorrow with a three-point lead, and Team Europe will have to start strong and try to level the scores early on in the day.