Dell Technologies Championship. Jon Rahm Leads, Rory Goes Home.

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Jon Rahm from Spain leads the Dell Technologies Championship after two rounds at TPC Boston.

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Jon carded -5 under par 66 in the second round of the Dell Technologies Championship, to top the leaderboard at -9 under, and has a two shot advantage over the field going into the week-end.

Jon got his putter working really well;

“You know, I don’t know what to say. I played a nearly perfect back nine.”

“Felt like I didn’t miss a shot.”

“I felt I putted for birdie pretty much from every hole from a really close distance.”

“This course does fit my eye, I mean, I think it’s a great golf course.”

“After what we played last week with the rough we had last week, anything seems simple. I really think it’s a really good golf course.”

“You can tell it’s a ball-striker’s course because on every green, there’s little sections for the pin to be at.”

“It can be a big green, but there’s little sections for the pin to be at.”

“It can be a big green, but there’s little sections you can hit it at. So being precise off the fairway, it’s going to give you some close birdie putts, which luckily for me has been happening.”

Tied in second place at -7 under par are; Adam Hadwin, Canada, -6 under 65 today, Paul Casey, England, -6 under 65, and from the USA, Kyle Stanley, -3 under 68, with Kevin Streelman, -6 under 65.

Phil Mickleson is in the large group at  -6 under par

“I haven’t done that in a while, because I’ve been so tired after the round.”

“It’s fun to get in contention, it’s been a good first two days.”

Rory McIlroy, the defending Champion missed the cut and is going home, he desperately needs the experience of  J.P. Fitzgerald on the bag, until then he is going only one way, down.

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The Northern Trust. Russell Henley Leads.

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Russell Henley,  leads after the first round of The Northern Trust at Glen Oaks Club in New York.

Henley leads after Round 1

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Russell carded a first round -6 under par 64 to lead The Northern Trust, by just one shot.

Russell is not sure what went right, apart from some good putting;

“I don’t know what the key is, or the secret.”

“I just tried to hit the fairway, make sure I hit the green when I was in the fairway, and the greens are great and I rolled in a couple of putts.”

World #1 Dustin Johnson is in second place at -5 under par following his opening round of 65. Dustin reported an upswing in his form;

“Today was much easier than it has been in the past.”

“I’ve been saying it’s close and I’ve seen signs of it. But today was the first day where I felt like all day I was really in control of the swing.”

“Hit a lot of really good shots. Drove it well. Did everything really well. It’s the first time in a long time I’ve done that.”

Scott Brown and Chris Kirk, USA, were tied in third place along with Camillo Villegas from Colombia, all at -4 under par for the tournament.

Phil Mickelson wants to play his way onto the  The Presidents Cup  team next month at Liberty National, but a +2 over 72 is not good enough. Rory McIlroy who is going to defend his FedExCup title is also still on the back foot, carding +3 over 73 today.

 

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The Open. Jordan Spieth Supreme.

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Jordan Spieth supreme in The Open, pulling away from the field at Royal Birkdale during a wet second round afternoon session.

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Jordan, USA,  shot -1 under 69, to extend his lead in The Open to two shots at -6 under par. An Eagle at 15 was lucky;

 “I mis-hit it, and I was very fortunate to scoot that last bunker.”

“It was definitely a good break. It wasn’t a bad play. We knew we’d stolen one.”

Keeping the American stranglehold on this competition is Matt Kuchar, in second place, his second round of +1 over par leaving him at -4 under for the tournament.

Sharing third place, at -3 under are Ian Poulter, England, even par 70 today, and Brooks Koepka, USA, with +2 over par 72 second round.

Poults is pumped up;

“I qualified for The Open. I’m loving it. I really am. “

“This is a massive bonus for me to be in this position. I haven’t played in a major for a little while, and I can’t wait.”

“I’m excited. I’m pumped up, I mean I’m ready to go out there toe-to-toe with anyone this weekend.”

Rory McIlroy played himself back into the competition, -2 under 68 today, with an improved performance with the putter giving him a -1 under total and T 7;

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“That was right up there.”
“It’s really tough out there. I was lucky enough to get off to that great start but the conditions actually got a little bit worse on the back nine and it’s hard.”
“I think this south east wind that we’re playing today is the toughest wind you get on this golf course.”
“To be in after two days and be under par for this championship, after the way I started, I’m ecstatic with that.”
 “I’ve been really, really happy with how I’ve putted the last couple of days and that’s one of the most difficult things today.”

Notables missing the cut, at +5 over par, are Phil Mickelson +10. Padraig Harrington  +6, Justin Thomas +7, Patrick Reed +8, Louis Oosthuizen and Billy Horschel, both with +12 over par.

Phil suffered only his fourth ever cut;

“I missed it with flair.”

“I thought I had a good game plan. I thought my game was sharp. But obviously it wasn’t.”

The Greenbrier Classic. Sebastian Munoz Leads

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Sebastian Munoz, of Colombia, leads The Greenbrier Classic after 36 holes at The  Old White TPC.

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Sebastian shot a second round -3 under 67 to stay on top of The Greenbrier Classic leaderboard, and at -12 under par for the tournament will take a three shot advantage into the week-end;

“I just finished late last night. Had dinner, watch a movie, and go to bed. Kind of like felt like it was the same round. Kind of like connected them.”

“Didn’t give me a lot of time to think. I just got to do a very good job to distract me today.”

“I watched Ferris Bueller for American fans. Great movie. Yeah, today I’m going to try some falconry. Sounds pretty interesting.”

Ben Martin, -3 under 67 today and Hudson Swafford, -4 under 66,  share second place, three shots back at -9 under par.

Hudson would like to sharpen up his work with the putter, would be good to make a few more;

“Didn’t see quite as many putts go in as I had the last few weeks, but I’m being patient.”

“I’m giving myself a lot of chances. You’re not going to make every one of them, but I know I’m going to make a lot come the weekend.”

“So now just go try to have some fun again. Realize you won early in the year and just see what happens. Give yourself just a chance.”

At -8 under for the tournament, and tied in fourth spot on the leaderboard are, Davis Love 111, -1 under 69 today, the defending champion Danny Lee, New Zealand, -2 under 68, and Russell Henley, -6 under 64.

Danny tried a driver off the deck from the tee on the easy par five 12th hole, but it came out badly, resulting in a double bogey seven;

“I was just as shocked as you are when I made that double. Went for driver off the deck and kind of overdid it. Just made a mess.”

Phil Mickelson made the cut on the number, his first outing with brother Tim on the bag. He blamed poor putting for his precarious position;

“This has been probably the two worst putting days I’ve had this year,.

“The greens are perfect. I just haven’t putted well.”

FedEx St Jude Classic. Three-Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a three-way tie at the top of the FedEx St Jude Classic at TPC Southwind in Memphis. Chez Reavie, Sebastian Munoz and Charl Schwartzel share the half-way lead.

Following a second-round 67, Sebastian Munoz reflects on his play in the 2017 FedEx St. Jude Classic with Mark Carnevale from PGA TOUR Radio. 

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Chez, U.S.A, scored a second round -5 under par 65, Sebastian, Colombia, -3 under 67 and Charl, South Africa, -4 under 66 top the FedEx St Jude Classic leaderboard with -9 under par totals at the half-way point in the tournament.

Sebastian is loving the experience, hitting the fairways and making putts;

“I’m super happy, I’m really proud of the way I played today.”

“I had one mistake, but I think a pretty good bogey on 18, so I was just happy to be able to step it up.”

“I’ve been putting the ball in the fairway, and capitalizing on some putts.”

Charl thinks that good putting is the key;

“On this golf course you really have to do everything well.”

“It shows your weakness pretty quickly, so if I drive it well, good iron shots and I think the putter is always the key to low scoring.”

Phil Mickelson, who is not playing next week at the U.S. Open, because he will rightly be attending his daughters graduation, is hoping to put in a good performance here, and is currently at -4 under for the competition;

“I would just say that this is a great golf tournament and I want to be ready to play, compete this week.”

“I think that I’ll have a few weeks off so this is my last event. I want to put everything I have into this tournament.”

“I want to fight hard and give myself a good chance on the weekend. I’ve been in contention the last three or four years, have not won it. I would love to win this tournament. It would be a special win for me.”

The Masters, Four-Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a four-way tie at the top of The Masters leaderboard after 36 holes at Augusta National Golf Club. Charlie Hoffman, Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia and Thomas Pieters.

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Rickie shot the low round of the day, -5 under par 67 to join the leaders at the top of The Masters leaderboard at -4 under par for the tournament.

Yesterday’s first round leader Charlie, choked today signing for a +3 over 75, but still shares top spot.

Sergio put in a good performance shooting a second round -3 under 69, for his -4 under total;

“I think that I’m a little bit calmer now. I think that I’m working on trying to accept things.”

 “It’s much easier to say than to do it. That’s the challenge we always have, making sure that you accept the  bad breaks with the good ones and move on.”

“There were a couple of moments out there where I could have lost it a little bit, you just have to realize that those things are going to happen.”

“I still have to get so much better at it, but what that shows me is that I have a lot of room for improvement, so that is something very positive.”

“Things are happening at the moment, so I want to make sure that I keep riding that wave and go out there tomorrow and be positive like I’ve been the first two days.”

Thomas carded -4 under 68 to join the crew at the top.

Tomorrow is moving day, and with so many names close to the leaders it will be interesting to see if anyone makes a significant surge, on the traditional moving day, Saturday. Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose, Jordan Spieth, are all within striking distance.

 

 

WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. Saturday Matches, Jon Rahm Looking Strong.

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WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. Saturday matches from the last 16 down to the Quarter Finals. Jon Rahm is looking strong after two wins on Saturday at Austin Country Club, in Texas.

Jon Rahm is in the semifinals after two wins on Saturday. (Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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Jon Rahm first beat Charles Howell 111 6-4, and then dispatched Soren Kjeldsen 7-5 to progress to the semi finals, where he will face Bill Haas. In the morning round Soren had accounted for William McGirt 5-4.

Jon was impressed with his putting today;

“The golf I’ve played the last three matches really has been very impressive even to myself, and it seemed to get better as I played, which is something that doesn’t happen often.”

“I felt my confidence was growing. The first few matches my putter let me down, but I was hitting the ball great.”

“Today my putter was rolling. I think that’s one of the main why I was able to do it the way I did it today.”

Bill was 1 up against Kevin Na, and then produced a great display in beating Phil Mickelson 2-1, to get to the semi finals. Phil had beaten Marc Leishman 4-3 in the morning.

Phil is still struggling with the putts, he should ditch that claw grip, he wont win a Major with it;

“He played really well. He made seven birdies today and that’s going to be enough to do it.”

“I had a number of chances to keep pace and match him on the front nine. I struggled making the putts that I have been making all week. That seemed to me to be the difference.”

Dustin Johnson beat namesake Zac 5-4, and then eliminated Alex Noren 3-2. Alex had beaten Brooks Koepka 3-1 in the morning before falling to Dustin who will now play Hideto Tanihara in the semi’s.

Dustin spoke about his encounter with Soren, the longest match he has played so far in the tournament;

“Obviously I won the first three holes, but then from there we were kind of back and forth.”

“Like I said, I gave 10 and 11 away. Then he won 12, too. Got back to all square.”

“So obviously it was a lot tighter than I would like to have been standing on 13 tee. But came back and birdied three of my next four holes and got the match.”

In the morning round Hideto eased passed Paul Casey 2-1. and then dispatched the other Englishman Ross Fisher 4-2, who had firmly beaten Bubba Watson in the morning round 4-3.

Hideto is also happy with his putting;

“My shot has been good this whole week. I knew it would come down to the putting. So I was just; the putting was pretty good, so I’m happy.”