The Open. Henrik Stenson is the Champion Golfer of the Year,

 

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Henrik Stenson has been crowned Champion Golfer of the Year at the 145th The Open, at Royal Troon.

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Henrik carded a stunning last round -8 under par 63 to win The Open at Royal Troon, with record low score of -20 under par for the championship, his Major win;

“I felt like it was my time. You can’t guarantee it by any means and I had to play some great golf to get there but I believed in myself and did a great job out there.”
“I”m delighted, but it hasn’t sunk in yet.”
“When you’re fighting as hard as I have done out there today and against Phil for a number of days now, it’s just relief when you’re coming off the 18th and you know it’s done.”
“I know I need to play at my very best and I’m just so happy I managed to do that and get over the finish line”.

“You feel the pressure. As a Swede we’ve had a couple of close calls over the years. There’s been many before that tried and I’m just delighted that I made it for Sweden and all the other guys that tried in past years.”

“It’s a sweet moment.”

Phil finished second again, but a final round  -6 under par 65, would have won the tournament on any other day with a -17 under par total;

” It”s probably the best I’ve played and not won,.

“That’s probably why it’s disappointing in that I don’t have a point where I can look back and say, ‘I should have done that’ or ‘Had I only done this.””I played a bogey-free round of 65 on the final round of a major. Usually that’s good enough to do it. And I got beat. I got beat by 10 birdies.”

“It’s disappointing to come in second, but I’m happy for Henrik.”

“I’ve always thought that he is one of the best ball strikers in the game and that major championships are perfectly suited for him.

” I knew that he would ultimately come through and win. I’m happy that he did. I’m disappointed that it was at my expense.”

Third place went to a distant J.B. Holmes, at -6 under par.

The best of the  top four players in the world was # 4 Rory McIlroy, T5 at -4 under par.

The Open. The Ice Man Cometh.

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The OpenThe Iceman cometh, Henrik Stenson leads The Open after 54 holes at Royal Troon.

Henrik Stenson - celebrates a birdie on the the 17th green during the third round of the 145th Open Championship   (Getty Images)

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Henrik shot a third round -3 under par 68 to top The Open leaderboard at Royal Troon with a -12 under par total.

Henrik let everyone know what he thinks;

“This is the one thing I’m looking for:

“I know what I would like to see tomorrow. There’s no question about it.”

” But in a way I’ve got a second and two thirds at The Open, so it’s not like I’m looking to pick up any more of those finishes.”
“There’s only one thing that matters tomorrow. I know he’s not going to back down and I’m certainly going to try to not back down either.”
 

“So it should be an exciting afternoon.”

“He’s one of the best to play the game in the last 15, 20 years for sure, and it’s going to be a tough match. But I’m looking forward to the opportunity.”

“I’ve worked hard these first three days to put myself in this situation and, once again, I’m going to try my hardest tomorrow to finish the job.”

“I was happy enough to throw two good punches in there on the par three’s to pick up shots on either one of them to come back out on top at the end of the third round.”

I’ve always been of the tought that it is better to be one ahead, than one behind, because that means that Phil has to play better than I do.” 

Phil Mickelson slipped back with a -1 under par 70 today, giving him second place at -11 under par;
Some days’ its easy and looks pretty, like the first couple,”
“Some days it’s hard and looks terrible, like it did today.”
“But either way I shot three rounds under par.”
Bill Haas has third place at -6 under par, he carded -2 under 69 today, but this contest is between Ice Cube Henrik and Phil The Thrill.

The Open. Phil Wants That Claret Jug.

 

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Phil Mickelson wants that Claret Jug at The Open, taking a one shot lead into the week-end at Royal Troon, and looking for a wire to wire win.

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Phil posted a second round -2 under par 69 to stay at the top of The Open leaderboard with a -10 under total;

“I really enjoy the challenge that this weather and these elements provide, I thought it was a good round to back up the low round yesterday.”
” I played kind of stress-free golf again. I made one or two bad swings that led to bogeys.”
” But for the most part kept the ball in play and played kind of stress-free golf.
“This was the first course that I really played effectively links golf in 2004. That’s where it really kind of turned for me.”
” This is where it kind of happened. This is where I stopped trying to overpower the golf course, where I kind of accepted playing it as it’s designed and not trying to find a new, better way to beat the course other than just straightforward golf. “
“That’s probably why I love it so much.”
“We’ve got a lot of work to do. We’re only halfway done with the tournament. But certainly there is nothing more that I would love than to add another Claret Jug.”
Close behind the leader, making up a lot of ground today is Henrik Stenson, his second round -6 under 65 leaves just oe shot back at -9 under for the championship.
Sharing third place at -7 under par are Soren Kjeldsen, -3 under 68 today, and Keegan Bradley, also -3 under 68.
Rory McIlroy stood still at -2 under, even par 71 today, World number one Jason Day at +1 after his -1 under 70, while Jordan Spieth made the cut at +4 over with a 75 today.

Scottish Open. 1st Round,Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the Scottish Open leaderboard, Scott Hend and Felipe Aguilar battled the wild and windy day at  Castle Stuart Golf Links.

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Scott, from Australia,  just loves links golf, and the tough conditions, carding an opening round in the Scottish Open of -3 under par 69;

“It’s awesome fun. It’s awesome. Doesn’t matter how hard it is. When you play links golf, it’s just awesome. It’s great.”

I love it. I love it. It beats your head in, kicks you around, and sometimes you get it back. It’s just great. Great fun. It’s exciting.”

“Obviously conditions were quite tough and it was a little bit scrappy with some putts not quite getting to the hole but overall I’m very happy.”

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Felipe is from Chile, and he spoke about the difficult conditions, and not making too many mistakes in his -3 under 69;

“It was very difficult golf today, really windy after the second hole.”

“You have to be really patient out here, but this is just the first day. The course is playing really difficult.”

“You have some holes that you can actually reach the green in one but if you miss it on the wrong side, it’s not very easy to make an up and down from there.

“We didn’t make too many mistakes except for two bogeys on nine and 18 but you’re going to make some bogeys out here.”

“You have to make sure you make some birdies, also.”

Very close behind them are a group of eight players on -2 under par 70, they include, two-time Open Championship winner Padraig Harrington, former US Open champion Graeme McDowell, and former US PGA Championship winner YE Yang.

These guys are  followed by a bunch of ten players on -1 under par, Luke Donald, Danny Lee, Matteo ManasseroRafa Cabrera Bello and Branden Grace are in this group.

Phil Mickelson struggled round in +4 over par 76, Shane Lowry +5 over 77, which was not too bad considering the worst score of the day was +16 over 88.

U.S. Open. D.J. Tied with Andrew at the Top.

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Dustin Johnson is tied with Andrew Landry at the top of the U.S. Open leaderboard. D.J. has completed his second round, Andrew has yet      to  start, as darkness halted play.

Dustin Johnson tees off on the ninth hole, his 36th hole of the day, as the sun sets in the distance. (Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR)

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D.J. carded a second round -1 under par 69 to tied Andrew at -4 under at the top of the U.S. Open leaderboard, in this topsy turvy weather interrupted Major.

D.J. played 36 holes today, but said it was no bother, apart from the putts not dropping;

“I’m in pretty good shape, so the physical part’s no problem.”

“But mentally you’ve got to make sure you stay sharp all day, because you can’t go to sleep on any shot out here.”

“I hit so many good putts today that I thought were going in, and burned the edge or lipped out.”

“That’s just how it goes, these greens are tough.”

“I’m happy with the way everything went today.”

The hardest thing Andrew did today was to get up and shave.

Lee Westwood is in third place at -3 under par, he also never got to play today.

Scott Piercy, and Sergio Garcia, with even par 70 second completed rounds, and Shane Lowry, who has yet to start his second, currently share fourth spot at -2 under par.

Scott mentioned the 36 holes;

“My feet feel like they’re on fire, my calves feel like they’re on fire.”

“The ball striking was really pretty amazing today, I was never really in a lot of trouble.”

“Tomorrow the guys will probably have a little faster greens than we had this afternoon.”

“I think the USGA is going to keep pushing them a little bit. It will be a little firmer, a little faster as long as the weather holds, which it’s supposed to.”

“Any time you’re under par, I think you’re going to be in it.”

Tired old man Sergio finishes up with a 51 ft putt;

“My legs, I’m tired, I’m too old for this.”

Projected cut line is +5 over par, at the moment that number will exclude Justin Rose, +6 with two holes to play, Luke Donald and Rickie Fowler both at +6, but have yet to start the second round.

Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy, both at +7, they have yet to swing a club in the second round.

I don’t know how the logistics work, but how is it that some players get through 36 holes and others only eighteen.

Good news is there is no more rain in the forecast.

U.S. Open. Players Perspective.

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Rory McIlroy would be happy to survive this test here at the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club.

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“To win on a course like Oakmont, with the conditions the way they are, it would maybe be my biggest accomplishment in the game.”

“It would make me feel like a more complete player, I guess. I’d be very proud if I won on a course like this.”

“Trepidation is what the players are feeling. It’s not excitement, it’s just trepidation. I mean, you could go a whole round without hitting at a single pin here.” 

Defending Champion Jordan Spieth would be happy to sign for a round of 75 or 76, and not be playing on the moon;

“When the wind is up I would probably sign for somewhere around 75 or 76, shake everyone’s hand and say, I’m going to go back and have a beer after that round.” 

“I’m looking forward to being back at a nice, traditional U.S. Open venue. It won’t feel like we’re playing on the moon this year.”

“If you win a US Open at Oakmont you can go ahead and say that you’ve conquered the hardest test in all of golf, because this is arguably the hardest course in America day-to-day.” 

Last Major winner Danny Willett thinks it’s fun;

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“It’s a great golf course, great fun.”

“There’s a lot of different shots you can play. I’d say five over par on this golf course for four rounds is a pretty good score.” 

 

 

Phil Mickelson said this is the toughest course he has ever seen;

“I really think Oakmont is the hardest golf course we’ve ever played. The rough is very long and challenging, but even though it’s very hard, it’s still a fair test.”

Justin Rose, having won the U.S. Open, is happy to have that victory in his pocket already;

“Having won a US Open, it’s nice to have that monkey off the back. I’ve always enjoyed playing the tough golf courses, so I’m excited.”

World number one Jason Day is receiving some inside information;

“My agent (Bud Martin) is a member at Oakmont. He’s from Pittsburgh as well, so I’ll be speaking to him about this place a fair bit.”

FedEx St Jude Classic. Daniel Berger Wins Maiden PGA Tour Title

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Daniel Berger has claimed his first PGA Tour title, the FedEx St Jude Classic, at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Daniel cruised to his maiden PGA Tour win at he FedEx St Jude Classic with a three shot victory after carding a final round -3 under par 67, to post winning total of -13 under par.

The turning point for Daniel was the par three 14th, making a 32 ft birdie putt there;

“If that putt didn’t go, then maybe I wouldn’t have been so free on the next one and who knows what would have happened.”

“I think you’re either born to be a competitor or you’re not, I just want to win in whatever I do.”

“It’s just a dream come true to finally be a champion.”

Three players tied for second place, at -10 under par, Brooks Koepka, -4 under par 66 today, Steve Stricker, -3 under 67, and Phil Mickelson who carded a final round -3 under par 67, in his warm up tournament to the U.S. Open next week;

“I had a couple opportunities on the back that I let slip, but for the most part I hit a lot of good shots.”

 “It almost feels like the U.S. Open came a week early to finish, second place.”

“Last week I struck the ball very well. This week I putted very well.”

“If I put them both together next week, it’s going to be a good week.”

“I just couldn’t catch him, but I’m coming out of this week with a lot of positives and some good momentum.”

Dustin Johnson was in fifth place at -9 under on his own, after his great last round -7 under par 63, the low round of the day;

“The game is actually really good, the first couple of rounds, I don’t know whether it was the heat or what, but I just, wasn’t getting the scores out of my rounds that I thought I should.”

“I just gave away so many shots the first three rounds.”

“I’m real comfortable, real confident going into next week.”