Safeway Open. Steele Successfully Defends Title.

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Brendon Steele successfully defended his Safeway Open title at Silverado Country Club , Nappa Valley, in California.

Steele wins back-to-back at Safeway

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Brendon retained his Safeway Open title with a final round -3 under par 69, for a winning total of -15 under par;

“I think I learned a lot from last year and I’ll try to keep moving forward.” 

Tony Finau was second, he also scored a final round -3 under 69, and claimed second with a -13 under par total.

Phil Mickelson, -2 under 70 today, and Chesson Hadley +1 over par 73, shared third place at -12 under par for the tournament.

Phil is feeling fine;

“It’s just easy to see the ball starting on the right line.”

“Iron play is back. Distance control. Putting.”

“The game has just come back. My focus is better. I am staying present, focused and hitting the shots.”

“I had a good time today. It was fun to be in the mix. It was fun to have a chance.”

“It was a very difficult course, this course played totally different with the firm greens, and the wind. Some of the pin placements were difficult to get to.”

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Safeway Open. Tyler Duncan Delivers.

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Tyler Duncan delivers as he holds on to claim the 54 hole lead at the Safeway Open at Silverado Country Club in California.

Duncan maintains 54-hole lead

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Tyler scrambled his way to a third round -1 under 71 to maintain his top position on the Safeway Open leaderboard with a -14 under par total, and will have a one shot advantage going into the final round tomorrow;

“I feel OK now, but I’m not sure it’s sunk in yet.”

 “But it probably will after dinner when I’m laying in bed. I’m sure I’ll be nervous tomorrow, but I am looking forward to it.”

“The shot on fifteen was probably the worst shot I’ve hit in a long time.”

 “But I made a nice bogey and then made a nice par save on eighteen.”

Chesson Hadley is in second place, that one shot back at -13 under par, he carded -2 under 70 today, and was happy with his position;

“I was very pleased with my round, I thought the course was playing very difficult and I didn’t get off to a very good start.”

“I was two over through four or five holes. But I hung in there and didn’t panic.”

Another shot back at -12 under par are Bud Cauley, -6 under 66 today, and defending champion Brendan Steele, who flatlined today at even par 72.

Phil Mickelson is waiting in the wings, sharing seventh place with a large group at -10 under par, Phil carded -4 under 68 today, and said it is only a matter of time before he wins again;

“Well, I am going to win, It’s a matter of time.”

“I don’t know if it’s tomorrow. I don’t know if it’s in China, but it’s going to happen.”

“It’s going to happen soon because I’m starting to play well enough to do it.”

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Presidents Cup. USA 3 ½ Internationals 1 ½ On Day 1.

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Day 1 of the Presidents Cup went to the USA, leading the tournament by 3 ½ to the Internationals 1 ½ points after the Foursomes on Thursday.

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The USA stormed out of the gates winning the first three Presidents Cup matches, before conceding a loss to the Internationals in the fourth match, with Phil and Kevin gaining a half in the final match of the day.

Justin Thomas / Rickie Fowler

WIN

6 & 4

Charl Schwartzel / Hideki Matsuyama
Matt Kuchar / Dustin Johnson

WIN

1 UP

Jhonattan Vegas / Adam Scott
Patrick Reed / Jordan Spieth

WIN

5 & 4

Emiliano Grillo / Si Woo Kim
Daniel Berger / Brooks Koepka
3 & 1

WIN

Branden Grace / Louis Oosthuizen
Phil Mickelson / Kevin Kisner
HALVED

Marc Leishman / Jason Day

Charl Schwartzel of the Internationals was amazed to see all the ex Presidents in attendance;

“I was looking forward to this Presidents Cup for a very long time, and I didn’t expect all the presidents to be there.”

“Just to get to meet them was a dream come true for me. Then to hit that first tee shot with the wind pumping off the right was quite intimidating.”

Jason Day was not surprised to be behind on the first day;

“We always get ourselves behind a little bit in alternate shot.”

“It would have been nice to be 3-2, but once again, we’re not that far behind.”

“The American side is very, very talented and stacked. But I think our team and our boys are ready to rally behind everyone, and hopefully we can finish strong later on in the week.”

Matt Kuchar spoke of the great battle they had;

“In alternate shot, in these conditions, not to make a bogey and for us to just win 1 up, that’s a heck of a battle that we had with those guys.”

The Presidents Cup on Friday features five matches of fourballs, followed by a full day of foursomes and fourballs on Saturday and then the decisive Sunday singles.

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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.

The Open

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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.

The Greenbrier Classic

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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.”