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.”

 

Memorial Tournament. Justin Rose Has the Advantage.

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Ex Champion Justin Rose has the advantage at the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club, and will take a three shot lead into the final round.

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Justin separated himself from the field, shooting a third round -6 under par 66 to post a Memorial Tournament total of -15 under par.

Justin’s caddie, Mark Fulcher told him he liked their position going into this round;

“It kind of made me feel that there’s no panic, there’s no rush, you don’t have to force anything, just let it come to me.”

“And that’s the kind of round I played today. I didn’t force any hole. I didn’t force any shot.  But I hit the right shot at the right time which helped me build the score.”

“I was definitely feeling the pressure for a number of years to notch my first PGA TOUR victory, and it had become pretty elusive.”

” As time ticks on, it becomes harder and harder, so to finally do it and do it at a place like this and a tournament of this stature was fantastic.”  

“It definitely began to set me in a very good course, this tournament five years ago.”

“I felt excited about the Memorial and the U.S. Open, I felt excited about these weeks.”

“Now I’m in a situation where I want to win every year.”

“I’ve got that nice run going six years in a row with victories. Now there’s pressure to win every year, so you certainly don’t get complacent.”

In an International top three, Francesco Molinari and David Lingmerth share second place at -12 under par.

David kind of cooled off, carding an even par 72 third round, while Francesco kept up the pressure with -3 under par 69, in his first ever appearance here at Muirfield Village.

David said he lost concentration for a little while;

“I started missing a couple of shots and just kind of lost focus.”

“I got down on myself a little bit and I got a little frustrated.”

“Fortunately, though, I was able to turn it around here a little bit in the end.”

Jim Furyk is the highest placed American, alone in fourth place at -11 under par, a -2 under round keeping him in touch with the leaders. He hopes to pick the right places to be and play well tomorrow;

“There’s places to attack on this golf course and there’s places to play conservative, and I’m going to try to pick and choose those places tomorrow and hopefully do well.”

Tiger Woods totally imploded with his worst ever professional round, +13 over par 85 and  declined to speak to the media after his round.

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Phil Mickelson also stumbled along today, +6 over par 78, leaving him at +2 over par for the tournament.

It was not too long ago, when Tiger was number one, and every one assumed that when he slipped down Phil would naturally just step up take on the mantle of being the worlds best golfer. For one reason or another it just did not happen.

 

Wells Fargo Championship. Rory Records Record Breaking Win.

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Rory McIlroy records a record breaking win at the Wells Fargo Championship with a -21 under par total at Quail Hollow.

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Rory had a quiet final round of  -3 under par 69, to win the Wells Fargo Championship by a blistering, and record breaking seven shots, with his -21 under par total.

He told reporters that he needed to play more, and that was why he was at this tournament;

“I said, I need to play a little bit more. I feel like I’m playing well.”

“I feel like as the best player in the world, I want to go at it every week and, not so much prove it, but just show that.”

“The way I played yesterday really set me up to go out there today.”

“I was in control of the golf tournament and I just needed to shoot a solid round and that was going to get me over the line.”

“I’ve learned how to handle these positions and I’m finishing the job off the way I should, which is very pleasing.”

“In terms of there wasn’t as much excitement on the back nine. I finished with six 3s the last time I won here. Would have been nice to finish with six 3s again.”

“It does push me. I think you see guys that you knew well, guys that are your peers and they’re winning golf tournaments, big golf tournaments, that you want to win.”

Tied in a distant second place were Quail Hollow member Webb Simpson and playing on a sponsor exempion Patrick Rodgers, who both carded tournament totals of -14 under par

Webb knew Rory was going to be tough to beat especially as he started with a four shot lead, and he made too many mistakes. Carding a last round of even par;

“It was a memorable week, nonetheless.”

 “Through number six I made so many mistakes, probably more mistakes than I had all week.”

“That was kind of a killer to be couple over through six with Rory playing pretty solid.

“He was a tough guy to beat today.”

Patrick doesn’t have PGA TOUR status, but in this form he soon will have;

“Walking down the first fairway, with all those people out there, I get chills talking about it.”

“I tried to talk to him when he was playing well to keep him loose, but he handled it really well.”

“It was awesome. It was a lot of fun being out there, pushing Rory a little bit.”

“I tried to come into this week with a lot of confidence, I feel like my game can compete out here, and I’m going to really carry that with me for the next few events.”

Phil Mickelson finished tied in fourth spot at -12 under par, along with Gary Woodland and Robert Streb.

Phil had worked hard on his putting, and it paid off for him, he needed only 22 putts in his final round;

“I really worked hard on my short putts and putted those phenomenal.”

“I started to drive it better, but, more than that, get my iron shots close to the hole, work it into those pins. I made a lot of birdies this week. That’s important.”

 

 

Wells Fargo Championship. Rory Reigns with Record Round.

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Rory McIlroy reigns at the Wells Fargo Championship, shooting a record round of 61 at Quail Hollow.

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Rory produced a -11 under par 61 third round to sit on top of the Wells Fargo Championship leaderboard at -18 under par, and writing a new chapter in the records books. He now has a four shot lead over second placed man, Quail Hollow member Webb Simpson.

Rory definitely likes this course, he won here in 2010, and was thinking of the magic 59, but still managed to break his own record on this course. In all, he carded nine birdies during a 10-hole stretch, and said he is rolling the ball and putting nicely;

“I feel like it’s one of these courses I can get on a roll with. I was thinking about 59 from the 14th tee box,”

“I got off to a great start, I’m obviously delighted with the score, it’s always great to break your own course record.”

“I feel like the best player in the world right now and I wanted to go out and prove that.”

“I’ve always loved this place, I have great memories here and it feels a little bit like a second home.”

“It’s a mental thing, you’re picturing good shots, you’re visualizing the lines on putts and you’re not getting in your own way. You’re just letting it happen.”

“I rolled the ball really well, which I haven’t been doing for the past couple of weeks, so to see a lot of putts drop like that was really nice.”

“More of the same on Sunday would be nice obviously, but I just want to keep it going. Even though I’ve got a lead there’s no reason why I shouldn’t go out there and be aggressive and try make as many birdies as I can.”

Webb Simpson is in second place , four strokes back at -14 under par after his third round -4 under par 68, and is under no illusions about how hard it will be tomorrow to try and chase down Rory;

“What an incredible round McIlroy played, I’ve got a tough opponent tomorrow.”

Robert Streb has third spot on his own at -11 under par, a -1 under par third round stifling any progress, and is now seven shots off the lead.

Phil Mickelson was in contention at -11 under par, that was before a triple bogey 7 at the 18th hole, this hole  has now become his nemesis, he double bogeyed the 18th hole on Thursday. That triple dropped Phil to -1 under par 71 on the day and has left him 10 shots behind the high-flying Roryon -8 under par.