CareerBuilder Challenge. Dufners Delight At Play-Off Win

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Delight lit up the face of Jason Dufner as he won the CareerBuilder Challenge, via a play-off, in California.

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Jason, pictured above, carded a final round -2 under par 70, to tie David Lingmerth at the top of the CareerBuilder Challenge at -25 under par. David had scored a marvelous -7 under 65 to get into the play-offs. Jason tasted victory with a par on the second extra hole, the par four 18th, on the Stadium Course.

Jason spoke about feeling one of the best players in the world, especially escaping from the rocks on the 17th to make par;

“This is the best Tour in the world.”

“So for me to win here this week, I felt one of the best players in the world.”

“I’m fortunate to be in this position, and playing good golf again.”

“I’m out here to win tournaments. It doesn’t matter when I won them or when the last time was, I’m showing up to win tournaments this year and play good golf every week.”

“It was tough today.”

David found the rough from the tee on the second play-off hole, and from there into the rocks and water;

“In the rough, didn’t choke up enough on the club, the grass just grabbed it a little bit, which makes the ball turn over.”

“It wasn’t a bad swing, just a mistake on my part.”

Three players tied for third place at -21 under, Andrew Loupe, Kevin Na and Phil Mickelson, all returning last round scores of -4 under par 68.

Phil was really happy with his progress;

“I’m excited, this is a really good week for me, for validation that I am on the right track.”

“It’s continuing to get better and better as the weeks, days, years go on, because I’m back on plane and the touch should start to come back.”

CareerBuilder Challenge. Jason Has Daylight at the Top.

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Jason Dufner has daylight between him and second place at the top of the CareerBuilder Challenge leaderboard in California.

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Jason carded a third round -8 under par 64 at La Quinta for a CareerBuilder Challenge total of -23 under par. He said he knew he was going to have a good back nine;

“I told the guys [his playing partners] that I was going to have a good back nine, that I was about to do something good and it happened.”

“When you start thinking like that, good things happen so that’s just kind of where my mindset is right now.”

“It helps when you are shooting 30’s and 29’s obviously, which I’ve done a couple of times this week.”

“I’m playing good. I’m not in any trouble, I feel relaxed out there. I never feel like this has to happen or that has to happen.”

“I’m just playing golf like you should.”

Jamie Lovemark is in second place, two shots back at -21 under after his -7 under par 65 at the Stadium Course.

Jamie was miffed to shoot seven under and still be behind;

“Obviously shooting seven under and remaining in second place is tough.”

“I figured Jason would go low, and some of the other guys too, so you know, put the pedal to the metal, keep going.”

Canadian Adam Hadwin holds third place on his own at -20 under, following his -8 under par 64 on the Tournament Course.

Adam said he had played well, with good golf shots and also putting well;

“Made a lot of good putts today, and hit a lot of good shots.”

“I’m swinging at it great, and have put myself where I can win a golf tournament.”

“I’ve been in this position before, back in 2011 I got in the final group at the Canadian Open.”

“Handled it very well, and had some success”

“It’s just going to be a question of handling the nerves and making sure those putts kind of keep hitting the lines.”

David Lingmerth is alone in fourth position, a -10 under par 62 on the Tournament Course elevating him up the leaderboard, he has a competition total of -18 under par;

“I was hoping to catch up and get a little bit closer than I am right now.”

Phil Mickelson, had a typical Phil round, holing a flop shot for birdie on the 10th, on the way to recording a bogey-free -6 under par 66 at the Stadium Course and finished in a tie for fifth spot at -17 under, in his first start since The Presidents Cup in October.

 

CareerBuilder Challenge. Jason Dufner Delight At Lead.

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Jason Dufner was delighted at having the 36 hole lead at the  CareerBuilder Challenge in California.

 

Jason Dufner has made 16 birdies and only one bogey through 36 holes at the CareerBuilder Challenge. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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Jason carded a second round -7 under par 65 on the Stadium Course in the CaeerBuilder Challenge, to post -15 under par for the tournament and sit nicely on top of the leaderboard going into the weekend.

Jason spoke of the challenges out on the Pete Dye course;

“It’s a difficult golf course.”

“There’s a little bit of room to play off the tee, but if you get off the path a little bit, you can get into some trouble.”

“He’s got some water out there. He’s got some tricky bunkers. You get some uneven lies here and there.”

“It’s definitely the most difficult of the courses we have played here.”

“The greens are of kind of difficult, they run on some angles and there’s some slope.”

“Any time I’m inside of 130 yards I feel pretty good, I had some really good numbers with my wedges, which helps.”

“I wasn’t in-between on too many of them. I could go ahead and hit a full sand wedge or a full gap wedge a couple times.”

Jamie Lovemark holds second place on his own at -14 under par after shooting -7 under par 65 on the Jack Nicklaus course, the very first time he had played it, but did admit to being tired when he came off;

“Got a little tired coming down the stretch, there’s some long rounds out here.”

There are five players tied in third place at -12 under par; the winner here in 2014 and 2015 Bill Hass, -6 under 66 (TC) Jason Gore, a wonderful -8 under 64 (TC) Canadian Adam Hadwin -6 under 66 (SC) Andrew Loupe -6 under 66 (SC) and from India Anirban Lahiri -4 under 68 (TC)

Phil Mickelson  posted -7 under par 65 on the Tournament Course and at T8 at -11 under par for the competition feels he is not out of it despite not being quite on form;

“I’m probably a week away, if I’m being honest.”

“But I’ve also won with a lot less game than I have right now.”

“I still expect to get in contention and have a good weekend, but a lot of iron shots are 12, 15 feet off.”

I suffer the same fate myself Phil, with the irons, I need a new set, but which ones? Sadly your old ones are no good, being the wrong way round.

Career Builder Challenge. Four-Way Tie at the Top

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There is a four-way tie in the first round of the Career Builder Challenge, Jason Dufner, Jerry Kelly, Jeff Overton and Anirban Lahiri share top honors in this two course challenge.

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Jason and Jeff  both shot -8 under par 64 on the The Nicklaus Tournament Course.  course, while Jerry and Anirban carded the same score on the La Quinta Country Club Course.

Jason came here before he went to the Sony Open and played both courses;

“I came out before I went to Sony and played these golf courses, both of them, twice.”

Jeff does not have good memories of the Tournament Course;

“I had very kind of sour vibes coming into this place, because I really like the ones we played last couple years.”

“I think I wound up playing 11 tournaments in a row my first year on tour and had to come back to Q-school.”

“I played here and I was so tired and hit it so bad. I just remember playing really awful.”

Jerry thinks the La Quinta course is the tough one;

“In the past, this has been the tough golf course.”

“So, it was strange just how the mindset changes when this becomes the so-called easier one and you have to get it.”

Anirban is still trying to get over the jet lag from travelling from Asia;

“Obviously, still feeling all the travel from coming from Asia, but really happy with the way I hit the ball.”

“I don’t think I missed a green all day.”

Sharing fifth place at -7 under par are Jamie Lovemark, -7 under at La Quinta and Colt Knost with the same score on the Tournament Course.

Defending champion Bill Haas and also the 2010 winner, shot -6 under at La Quinta, in this event which used to be the Bob Hope Classic.

Phil Mickelson returned to golf after a long lay off, carding -4 under at La Quinta, but he is still struggling with the putter;

“I’ve had a lot of time off.”

“It was fun to get back into the swing of it. We had a beautiful day here. Weather’s spectacular.”

“Golf course was great. I had a good solid round.”

“I felt good with my game, I didn’t feel like I was fighting it. I was able to kind of let it go.”

“I didn’t hit a lot of shots really close, I just hit it kind of OK. Didn’t putt great. But I had a couple of shots that I holed out.”

 

 

The Presidents Cup. USA Keeps 1 Point Lead On Day 3.

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The USA Team keeps 1 point lead at the end of day 3 in The Presidents Cup at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in South Korea, 9.5 to 8.5.

On a day packed with drama, a big win for Sangmoon Bae and Hideki Matsuyama in the afternoon Four-Ball, 6-5 over Chris Kirk and Jimmy Walker.

For the Americans Jordan Spieth won in both the morning and afternoon sessions.

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Now it is all down to the singles, what a great day of golf is waiting for us tomorrow. All those doubters who say The Presidents Cup competition will not last have obviously not witnessed the passion of the crowd here.

SATURDAY FOURSOMES

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Patrick Reed
Rickie Fowler
3 & 2

WIN

Louis Oosthuizen
Branden Grace
Bubba Watson
J.B. Holmes
HALVED

Adam Scott
Marc Leishman
Bill Haas
Matt Kuchar
HALVED

Sangmoon Bae
Hideki Matsuyama
WIN

Dustin Johnson
Jordan Spieth
1 UP

Jason Day
Charl Schwartzel

 

SATURDAY FOUR-BALL

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J.B. Holmes
Bubba Watson
1 UP

WIN

Louis Oosthuizen
Branden Grace
WIN

Phil Mickelson
Zach Johnson
3 & 2

Adam Scott
Anirban Lahiri
Jimmy Walker
Chris Kirk
6 & 5

WIN

Sangmoon Bae
Hideki Matsuyama
WIN

Patrick Reed
Jordan Spieth
3 & 2

Jason Day
Charl Schwartzel

 

The Presidents Cup. Internationals Bounce Back on Day2

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The Internationals bounced back into contention on day 2 of the Presidents Cup on the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club course in South Korea. The overall score is now 5 1/2 to USA and 4 1/2 to the Internationals, after the Friday Four-balls.

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Things started to come together for the International Team when Louis Oosthuizen sunk a cross-country 72 ft putt to win the 8th hole. He and Branden Grace then went on to win the crucial first four-ball match of the day 4 & 3 over Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson.

Louis said is was an important moment in the match;

“It was a massive moment-changer.”

“We never let the foot off the accelerator.”

“If you play against guys like Dustin and Jordan, you need to think they are going to make everything all the time, and that was our mind-set.”

Branden said Nick Price had left them in no doubt as to what he wanted from them;

“It was pretty clear for us what (Price) wanted from us.”

“Get a blue number up there, we needed to start strong and get a point and get the team to see that.”

For all the great golf that was played today, one moment of madness stands out, Phil Mickelson was penalized for changing his ball for his second shot into the 7th green. He needed one that would carry further, but it is against the rules of this competition to change balls, but only in the four-balls !!!

Phil’s breach of the “one-ball” rule came along with a “match adjustment” loss of hole, which meant the United States had automatically lost a hole because of the mistake, and Adam Scott / Jason Day carded 4 to Zach Johnson’s 5 which would add on another loss at the seventh.

Phil redeemed himself holing out for a two, from a bunker, 138 yards from the green

Phil admitted he had got it wrong saying;

“I made a mistake.”

FRIDAY FOUR-BALL

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Dustin Johnson
Jordan Spieth
4 & 3

WIN

Louis Oosthuizen
Branden Grace
Rickie Fowler
Jimmy Walker
1 UP

WIN

Danny Lee
Sangmoon Bae
Zach Johnson
Phil Mickelson
HALVED

Adam Scott
Jason Day
WIN

J.B. Holmes
Bubba Watson
2 UP

Marc Leishman
Steven Bowditch
Bill Haas
Chris Kirk
2 & 1

WIN

Thongchai Jaidee
Charl Schwartzel

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.”