Ryder Cup. USA 4-0 Up.

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The USA are 4-0 up in the morning Foursomes of the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National.

Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose lost 3-2 against Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth.

Thomas Pieters and  Lee Westwood fell to a 5 and 4 defeat to Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar.

Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer went down 4-2 to Zach Johnson and Jimmy Walker

Rory McIlroy and Andy Sullivan lost 1 up to Ricky Fowler and Phil Mickelson.

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Darren Clarke the Euro Captain had this to say;

“They weren’t firing on all cylinders, they’ve been playing really nicely in practice and it was one of those things.”

 “Foursomes is a difficult game. We took a look at the line up and we were looking forward to it and I thought we were looking strong but in foursomes sometimes that happens.”

“The American guys played better than we did. Looking at it, 4-0 is probably a fair result for the way that they were playing.”

“There are so many points to play for yet. Obviously it’s not an ideal start by any stretch of the imagination but we’ve come back from deficits like this in the past.”

“It’s a big ask, a tough ask, but the guys are all ready and keen and can’t wait to get back out there.”

 

Deutsche Bank Championship.Kevin Chappell Leads.

 

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Kevin Chappell leads the Deutsche Bank Championship after 36 holes at TPC Boston.

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Kevin shot a second round -7 under par 64 to take the lead in the Deutsche Bank Championship at the half-way stage, with a -11 under par total.

Kevin has not yet found a way to win on Tour;

“This year’s been great. I think it’s shown that my growth personally has paralleled my growth in golf. but the first part is more important to me.”

“It’s been six years and $10 million (in prize money) and I haven’t been able to do it.”

 “But there are a lot of guys who have had great careers and haven’t been able to win.”

“If I’m going to define my career on that I’m probably setting myself up for failure.”

Paul Casey, -5 under 66 today, and Jimmy Walker, who matched the leaders low round of the day -7 under 64, share second place at -10 under.

Brian Harman is fourth, -6 under 65 giving that place on his own at -9 under par.

Rory McIlroy improved his putting and made the cut, shooting -4 under 67, which put him T 30;

“The recovery has been good, it wasn’t the best way to start yesterday, but I stayed patient.”

“My game’s good and numbers are going to happen like that [triple-bogey at the 12th on Friday] once in a while.”

“I just need to pick off my birdies and that’s what I did yesterday to get back to even par.”

“It was a bit of a mixed bag on the front nine, but I was really happy to shoot 67 to put myself back in to the tournament.”

World number one Jason Day made the cut on the number, and is currently T 62 at -1 under par.

Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson both missed the cut, which fell at -1 under par.

 

Deutsche Bank Championship. James Hahn Driving Perfection, Shares Lead With Ryan Moore.

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James Hahn hit all 14 fairways, driving perfection to share the lead at the Deutsche Bank Championship, with Ryan Moore, at TPC Boston.

James Hahn hit 14 of 14 fairways leading to a 6-under 65 in Round 1 of the Deutsche Bank Championship. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

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James and Ryan carded bogey free first rounds of -6 under par 65 to lead the  Deutsche Bank Championship by just one shot.

James said it was the first time ever he had hit 14 out of 14 fairways, and it was thanks to a swing change he adopted;

“First time I’ve ever done that, feels good.”

“For me, I play better, I swing the club better, I’m more consistent when I keep my pressure on my left foot and continue towards the target.” 

Ryan is playing a lot of golf right now, getting tuned up for the FedExCup

“I like how I’ve been feeling with my game, this is actually the sixth tournament in a row, which I don’t think I’ve ever done in my entire career on the PGA TOUR.”

“I’m getting some positive momentum going into these events.”

“How I’ve been doing it these last few years kind of wasn’t working so I decided to change it up and play a lot more and make a final push and then I know I get a little break.”

“It seems to be working, whatever that decision was.”

Paul Casey, Fabian Gomez, Brian Stuard and Jhonattan Vegas are tied in third place at -5 under par following their opening rounds of 66.

Paul has ex  Luke Donald caddie John McLaren on his bag now, and says early results are encouraging;

“Feeling good about the game, I must admit the way I struck the ball today was reminiscent of how I used to strike it a few years ago.”

“He’s seen and done it all, without question, he brings a lot more to me as a golfer on and off the course in the way we approach it, the way we work, the way he crunches the numbers.”

“We formulate strategies, he talks with (swing coach) Peter Kostis, he talks to my trainer.”

“It’s the complete package. It’s the first time I really feel like I’ve ever had that.”

At the other end of the table is Phil Mickelson, a strange round full of horrendous mistakes, and out right genius recovery flop shots, he eventually signed for a +4 over 75, and gave the crowd full value for their entrance money, and they loved it.

 

 

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.

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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.