Deutsche Bank Championship. Charley Shoots 63, To Lead.

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Charley Hoffman shoots 63 in the second round to lead the Deutsche Bank Championship half way through the tournament at TPC Boston.

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Charley carded a -8 under par 63 to lead the Deutsche Bank Championship at -12 under par, a three shot advantage over the field.

Charley, the 2010 Deutsche Bank Championship winner, when he equaled the lowest score for the tournament, shooting 62 in the final round at TPC Boston. He said he likes to putt on these greens;;

“It was a little different five years ago, I came from a decent ways back, so I didn’t have to deal with the lead.”

“Anytime you are in the lead you put a lot of pressure on yourself. And obviously I’ve got to deal with that tonight.”

“Just try to keep doing what I’m doing, making a lot of putts and hitting a decent amount of fairways for me, which is a nice combo.”

“This is one of those courses that when you get up on the tees it sets up well visually for me.”

“I also tend to make a few more putts on these greens. I’m in a nice position after two days, but obviously we have a lot of golf left.”

1st round leader Brendon De Jong carded a -3 under par 68 to keep second place on his own at -9 under par.

Brendon has given up any hope of making the International Team in the Presidents Cup;

“That ship has sailed.”

I’ve put myself so far behind the 8-ball with regard to that.”

“As I said yesterday, I feel even if I won this week it wouldn’t even come close to warranting that. So that’s far from my mind.”

Kevin Chappell, Rickie Fowler, Matt Jones and Zach Johnson are tied in third place, at -8 under par

Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson both made the cut, which was set at +3 over par, these two got in at +1 over for the tournament.

Rory admitted his rustiness is showing through;

“I think it shows that I haven’t really played much competitive golf.”

“When I’ve given myself opportunities to get it close, then I’m not making putts.”

“And I think I’ve had three or four three-putts in two days and just haven’t really made anything.”

“So it’s been a bit of a struggle, more mentally, because I’ve just been trying to get something going. And there’s nothing happening.”

Justin Rose and Jordan Spieth both missed the cut here, and will have the weekend off to try and sharpen up.

Jordan has some concentration issues, his ability to mentally keep his game together;

“Whatever is going on; normally my mental game is a strength of mine.”

“And it’s something I feel like I have an advantage over other players on.”

“These past two weeks it was a weakness for me.”

“I need to walk with some cockiness in my step these next two tournaments. I don’t think I have to fix much in my game other than really work hard on my putting into Conway and then mentally I can control that.”

“I can control walking with the cockiness, whether things are going good or bad, and that’s what you have to have inside the ropes.”

“And I’ll bring it when we get to Chicago.”

Deutsche Bank Championship. Brendon De Jong Leads 1st Round


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Brendon De Jong, of South Africa, leads the Deutsche Bank Championship after the 1st round at TPC Boston.

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Brendon shot -6 under par 65 in the opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, giving him a two shot lead over the field.

Second place is shared between nine players, with the popular score of -4 under par 67; Luke Donald, Colt Knost, Kevin Chappell, Ian Poulter, Matt Jones, Harris English, Charley Hoffman, Henrik Stenson and Rickie Fowler.

Player on a hot streak, Jason Day is in the group at -3 under par, following his opening effort of 68.

Jason is putting well, carding three straight birdies from the 10th, the hole does not look big to him, just good putts;

“I’m putting some good rolls on it and then reading the putts is obviously key.”

“I’d like to say big, but it isn’t.”

“Over the last seven weeks my speed has been fantastic, that’s why I’m rolling putts in.”

“I can go in and fully believe and trust that the line I’m picking is correct.”

World number one Rory McIlroy carded a -1 under par to be in a group T26, which includes Phil Mickelson.

Rory had some putting problems;

“I felt like I hit a lot of good putts today that didn’t go in, and that probably had to do with the speed.”

“I think my driving the ball, I think my short irons are pretty good.”

“I think my mid-to-long irons, especially my long irons, I had a couple of iffy ones out there today. I can sharpen that up a little bit.”

“And obviously on the greens. These greens are probably the fastest I have putted on in a while.”

Very bad FedExCup play-off starts for Jordan Spieth, +4 over 75, and Bubba Watson +2 over 73, you would not expect that for these players.

A frustrated Jordan declined to speak to the media.

U.S. Amateur Championship. Bryson A History Making Winner.

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Bryson DeChambeau became only the fifth player in history to win the NCAA Championship and the U.S. Amateur Championship in the same year. He joins  joins Jack Nicklaus (1961), Phil Mickelson (1990), Tiger Woods (1996) and Ryan Moore (2004) in achieving that tremendous accomplishment.

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Bryson claimed the Havemeyer Trophy with a 7-and-6 decision over Derek Bard at Olympia Fields Country Club, in a 36 hole final. He was stoked to have his name on the same trophy as all those great Champions;

“Having my name etched on this trophy with the great Bob Jones as well as Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, all those guys, it’s incredible.”

“I can’t even imagine what I just did. It won’t sink in, I’m sure, for the next couple days. But I’m honored.”

“I’m in golf history, that’s pretty incredible. I don’t understand it yet. I had a little bit of an understanding of what I just did, but I haven’t felt the impact of it yet.”

“That’s an honor to be in that field.”

“I have a belief in myself that I can get the job done when I need to. Every single shot out there, I was telling myself I was good enough.”

Bryson has a unique and different way of swinging the club, and says he has fun doing it;

“There’s a bunch of different ways to play the game of golf, you don’t need to play it one way.”

“It doesn’t need to be one swing that’s perfect out there. The thing that you can benefit most from me, I believe, is be yourself and play golf like you can, not like anybody else.”

Derek remembers the exact moment when it all started to slip way;

“I think the turning point of the whole day really is he when airmails the green on  8 and flops it in.”

“You have to pull off shots like that if you want to win a championship like this.”

“It’s one of those signature shots. It was pretty cool to watch. He hit a perfect shot up there and tumbled in.”

“Like I say, he deserves it and from that point on, he really took control.”

“I felt that in the morning match, no matter where the match got to, I always felt like I was still in it, because we had 18 more holes to go in the afternoon.”

“It’s such a long day and to get it back to 2 down after the morning was big.”

“It gave me some momentum. I came out in the afternoon and won the first hole and then just kind of fell apart.”

Scottish Open. Daniel Brooks Holds On.

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Daniel Brooks holds onto the lead in the Scottish Open at Gullane Golf Club in Scotland.

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Daniel started the third round badly, with a double-bogey at the first hole, but battled back to card a -1 under par 69 third round and stay at the top of the Scottish Open leaderboard.

Daniel was more than happy to have recovered from that double-bogey start, in the cold and wind;

“It’s good to get off to a bad start and hold it together.”

“It was playing tough and cold in the wind so it was nice to carry on the way I have been playing. I hit a lot of poor shots today but scrambled and putted well.”

“It would be amazing to win, that’s what we play for.”

“It’s the biggest day of my career but I am trying not to think about it.”

“The main priority is to keep my card because I have been struggling all year.”

Raphaël Jacquelin, in second place at -11 under par, has been around for a long time, and the 40 year-old has suffered a lean spell of success, but a -6 under par 64 has put him back where he wants to be;

“It’s been hard, the last three months is really difficult, especially for me. Normally I make quite a lot of cuts and play pretty solid off the tee and I hit a lot of greens.”

“So it’s been tough but it’s my 20th season on Tour, so I’ve been lucky, never lost my card. So I can’t really complain, even if the last three months were difficult. It’s part of the game.”

“The game of golf, it’s getting really difficult. The level of the players is getting high.”

“So as soon as you’re not 100 per cent, you’re not going to play the weekend. That’s part of it.”

“That’s why we keep working hard and practicing like I did, to be in that position I will be in tomorrow.”

Third position is being shared by; Rickie Fowler, Joost Luiten and Tommy Fleetwood, all at -10 under par, and in a good position to attack the course tomorrow.

Graeme McDowell and defending champion Justin Rose both carded +2 over par 72 today and effectively took themselves out of contention, now T18 in huge group of players at -6 under par for the competition. Phil Mickelson could only manage an even par 70 round and remains way down the pack.

Scottish Open. Daniel Brooks Has Half-way Lead.

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Daniel Brooks has the half-way lead in the Scottish Open at Gullane Golf Club in Scotland.

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Daniel put together a second round -5 under par 65 to take the 36 hole lead in the Scottish Open, posting a -11 under par total, and giving him a commanding three shot  advantage over the field.

He was pleased with his play, after missing some cuts recently;

“I played really solid and I’ve not missed many shots at all.”

“The last three weeks now; Germany, I started playing nicely, just missed the cut there but played some nice golf.”

“France, I had a load of silly mistakes, bogeys. Cutting them out this week and it’s worked out nicely so far.”

“It’s hard to miss that many cuts. It does get you down. It only takes one good week out here and hopefully that’s what I’ll have.”

“I’ve been there, done it, hopefully can have a good weekend and see what happens.”

Daniel may have a three shot lead, but chasing him down, are six players tied second place at -8 under par; Mathew Nixon, Ryan Palmer, Shane Lowery, Johan Carlsson and the formidable pair of Graeme McDowell and defending champion Justin Rose.

Justin was involved in an incident on his second nine, his ball striking an old gentleman in the gallery, which probably had something to do with Justin carding all pars on that nine;

“You can’t quite see where the spectator line is on that hole and when I saw the ball bounce up I was hoping it had maybe hit one of the white stakes.”

“I was pretty concerned walking up there and seeing there was someone on the ground, but he took it like a trooper and was talking to me so that was slightly reassuring.”

“He told me had been coming to tournaments for years and years and had never got hit before.”

“But I feel like I have managed my game well, played the hard holes well and kept it clean.”

“There are still a couple of loose shots that I am getting away with on this course that I wouldn’t on other courses.

Shane, who was in contention at the U.S. Open, has put his recent good form down to a happy home life;

“I’ve settled down a lot and matured a lot.”

“Everything in my life is a lot more stable and my golf is reaping the benefits.”

Johan was happy with his putting;

“For me it was just pretty solid, I continued to putt good, made some saves.”

“I did have a few chances, though, but I made a few good par putts as well.”

Phil Mickelson made the cut and is currently T48 on -3 under par.

Scottish Open. Thorbjørn Olesen Shoots 63.

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Thorbjørn Olesen shoots 63 in the first round of the Scottish Open at Gullane Golf Club in Scotland.

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Thorbjorn opened the Scottish Open with a -7 under par 63, in benign conditions, to sit on top of the leaderboard with a two shot advantage at Gullane Golf Club.

Thorbjorn has recently returned from three months of injury, but in his first event back, the Mauritius Open in May, lost a play-off. He spoke of his rough times, and how good he is playing now;

“It’s been a tough time but I keep working on the right things and hopefully it will come.”

“I hit almost every green, only missing the 18th, and hit a lot of fairways, which was the key.”

There are no less than eight players tied in second place at -5 under par, after their first rounds of 65; American Ryder Cup player Jimmy Walker, Swede Johan Carlsson, Spaniards Alejandro Cañizares and Adrian Otaegui, and four Englishmen, Seve Benson, Matthew Nixon, Richard Finch and Daniel Brooks.

The next group, at -4 under par has nine players, which includes Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar, Graeme McDowell, and Shane Lowery.

Graeme has been looking at old videos of his swing, when he was winning;

“I’m trying to get back to basics and we have narrowed my stance and used my body to swing the club how I used to.”

“I feel as if in an attempt to improve some things in my technique, I’ve actually got worse.”

“It was also nice to get back on a course that gives you a few opportunities in benign conditions. I just need a few low numbers to get my belief and confidence back and today will go a long way towards that.”

Defending Champion Justin is relying on caddie Mark Fulcher to plot a route around the Gullane Golf Club course;

“He’s doing the hard work and making my schedule a lot easier.”

“It was a pretty stress-free round and I did not burn up too much energy out there.”

Rickie has not played very well since winning The Players;

“There’s nothing you can really do about it. Things just start going the wrong way, and you can’t fix it, and you just kind of forget it. Unfortunate timing.”

“Those days just come, and there’s other days where it goes the other way and you can’t miss the hole.”

“So kind of give and take. That’s the way life is. That’s the way golf is.”

Phil Mickelson carded a -1 under par 69, he won The Open just one mile down the road at Muirfield in 2013, he struggled on the greens here at Gullane.

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115th U.S. Open. Gruesome Greens Grab Attention.

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The gruesome greens at Chambers Bay Golf Club grabbed everyone’s attention in the first round of the U.S. Open. At the end of the day Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson shared the lead, while at the other end of the table, Tiger Woods +10 over and Rickie Fowler +11 crashed spectacularly. The fescue grass experiment is not off to a great start, especially as the older greens have never really taken hold properly, and they have been infiltrated by poa annua clumps. The early morning starters had the best of the day.

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Dustin and Henrik shot open rounds of -5 under par 65 at the 115th U.S. Open at the much maligned Chambers Bay Golf Club in Washington.

Dustin reported that he is playing with confidence, hitting good irons shots;

“Hit a lot of quality iron shots, the confidence is definitely there.”

Henrik said he had a good day on the greens;

“It was a good day on the greens in all, but especially the last five holes.”

 “I hit some beautiful putts and managed to slip a few in there.”

Patrick Reed, with a -4 under par 66, for third place alone reported that he definitely missed a few putts;

” All I had to do was get the ball to the hole and it had a chance of going in. I made some long putts, but I also feel like I missed a lot of good opportunities.”

Matt KucharBen Martin and the amateur Brian Campbell are tied in fourth place at -3 under par. They are followed by a group of payers at -2 under par.

Phil Mickelson was happy with his start, -1 under par 69 and T14, as he chases the career Grand Slam this week, but did criticize the greens;

“The first round was the round I was going to be most nervous at, getting started.”

“You don’t want to have to fight to come back all the time. You want to get off to a solid start around par.”

“I think the biggest challenge is that the green speeds are different from green to green, that’s going to wreak havoc on our touch.” 

“What I found is that they’re not the most true surfaces downhill, because you can’t hit it hard enough to hold the line. But uphill they seem to hold the line just fine.”

“I might have to factor that in, in how I play some shots now, because I think the percentage of made putts uphill from three to nine feet is going to be quite a bit higher than downhill.” 

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Rory McIlroy, at +2 over par was not quite so outspoken;

“I just didn’t quite have it with the putter today, and that’s something that I need to get right over the next three days if I want to have a chance.”

“I still feel like if you make a good enough stroke and you have the right speed, there’s a good enough chance the ball will go in.”

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Sergio Garcia, who started with an even par first round and T26, took to twitter to post;

“Happy with my Even par round today although it could’ve been a bit better by the way I played but this greens are as bad as the look on TV.”