The Players. Jason Jogging Along in Suspended Second Round

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Jason Day is jogging along in his suspended second round, of The Players, the weather once again causing havoc.

Day makes the most of Friday

World number one Jason is -5 under par through 14 holes of his second round, still topping The Players leaderboard, at 14 under par, a three shot lead over his nearest rival.

Play was suspended due to darkness, after a lengthy delay because of a lightning storm that passed over the course.

Although a three shot lead is fairly healthy at this point in time Jason wants to keep pushing;

“I need to keep pushing forward.”

“The moment that I lose a little bit of focus and make a few mental errors and mistakes, that’s when I let the field back in.”

“I just can’t afford to do that.”

“I feel good about how I’m going about my game, but I just have to understand that this is like a major, and especially with 16, 17 and 18, anything can happen there.”

 “I have to make sure that I’m switched on when I come through that stretch.”

Shane Lowry is in second place at -11 under par, with a completed round of -4 under par 68 today, he came here with no expectations, relaxed and is playing good golf;

“Sometimes low expectations brings good results and high expectations brings no results.”

 “It’s a funny game.”

“I would say the 17th  kind of got the round going. It felt a little flat and a little tense, and to roll that in for bogey and then eagle 18, it kind of kick-started my round.”

“It was always close in the air, so it was nice to see it going in.”

“I was on the eighth there and had a long putt for par, and I knew I’d like to be in the last group with him tomorrow.”

“You can really learn from him in those situations. It will be nice to go out in the last group with him tomorrow and see what I can do.”

Jonas Blixt, -5 under 67 completed second round, Alex Cejka -5 under 67 completed and Cameron Tringale a completed second of -3 under 69 are four shots off the pace, at the moment, with -10 under totals.

The projected cut is -2 under par, and if it stays that way, defending Champion Rickie Fowler will be on the way home, along with Phil Mickelson, Danny Willett, Luke Donald and Jordan Spieth, who are all in the large group at -1 under par.

The Masters. Jordan Hangs Onto Lead.

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Jordan Spieth  hangs onto his lead, by one shot over Rory McIlroy, at The Masters on a very difficult day at Augusta.

Jordan Spieth is playing for his second consecutive Green Jacket. Rory McIlroy is seeking the career Grand Slam. (Getty Images)

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For a while t looked liked Jordan would run away with the second round, leading at one point by five shots. After carding a second+2 over par 74 he finished the day with just a one shot advantage at -4 under par.

Talking about tomorrows final pairing with Rory, Jordan said;

“There’s the potential tomorrow for someone to shoot a few under and move up into the lead from outside the top 25.”

 “I mean, there’s a potential for that with what I saw on the last six holes today, the way the course was playing.”

“So I don’t think either one of us is focused on each other. I think we’re focused on the golf course.”

“Sure, it’s exciting to play with Rory. I enjoy it. He’s a great player and a lot of fun to be around. So I think we’ll just leave it at that and not think much more of it.”

“I’d rather be playing with someone less threatening to be honest. He’s certainly proven himself in majors.”

Rory, who was the only player in the top three under par today, =1 under 71, was very upbeat about the results today;

“I’ve been concentrating on myself out there, because if you start to think about anyone else;  I’ve only got the mental capacity to focus on me right now and especially how tough it is out there.”

 “Yeah, it would be great for the tournament and create a lot of buzz, but at the same time, I just need to focus on myself and make sure that I play another solid round of golf.”

Danny Lee, +2 over 74, from New Zealand, and Scott Piercy, even par 72 today,  share third place at -2 under par.

Søren Kjeldsen, +2 over 74, Hideki Matsuyama, even par 72 and Brandt Snedeker, even par 72 today,  are the only other players under par for the tournament, they are a further shot back at -1 under par.

World number one Jason Day shot +1 over par 73 in the second round,  to be on that total for the tournament, at T15.

If anyone goes under par tomorrow, they must be considered the favorite to win the Title.

Among those missing the cut the were Phil Mickelson, +7 over 79 today, Zach Johnson +8 over 80, and Rickie Fowler +1 over 73, and poor old Ernie Els, who never recovered from carding 9 on his opening hole of the tournament,

 

WGC Dell Match Play. Rory, Jordan and Jason Through to Last 16.

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Day 3 of Group Play at the  WGC Dell Match Play tournament has been completed at Austin Country Club, with Jason Day, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy through to the last 16.

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Rory commented after his round

“I feel like my game has gotten a little bit better as the day’s gone on. I know I will have to play very well again tomorrow to try and beat Zach.”

Todays Results

Group 1 Jordan Advances

Jordan Spieth 3 & 2 over Justin ThomasJamie Donaldson 1 up over Victor Dubuisson.

Group 2 Jason Advances

Jason won his match against Paul Casey, due to Paul becoming ill on course and he had to concede. Thongchai Jaydee halved his maych with Graeme McDowell.

Group 3 Rory Advances.

Rory won in a playoff with Kevin Na after they finished all square in their match, forcing them into sudden death, where Kevin sent his second tee shot into water on his way to a bogey, while Rory made par, to win.

Group 4 Patton Advances

Patton Kizzire 2 up over Emiliano Grillo. J.B. Holmes 1 up over Bubba Watson.

Group 5  Byeong Hun An Advances

Byeong Hun An won in a play-off against Scott Piercy after his match with Rickie Fowler ended all square. Scott defeated Jason Dufner 1up.

Group 6 Bill Haas Advances

Bill 1up over Adam Scott. Thomas Pieters 3&2 over Chris Wood.

Group 7 Matt Kuchar Advances

Matt 3&2 over Justin Rose. Anirban Lahiri 4&2 over Fabian Gomez.

Group 8 Dustin Johnson Advances

Dustin 2&1 over Jimmy Walker. Kiradech Aphibarnrat 1up over Robert Streb.

Group 9 Patrick Reed Advances

Patrick, in the surprise result of the day defeated Phil Mickelson 5&4, while  Daniel Berger conceded to Matthew Fiztpatrick.

Group 10 Brookes Koepka Advances

Brooks lost his match 4&3 to Danny Willett, but the other result went in his favor, with Billy Horschell losing 2&1 to Jaco Van Zyl.

Group 11 Chris Kirk Advances

Chris 3&2 over David Lingmerth and Branden Grace 5&4 over Russell Knox. This result lead to a play-off between Chris and Branden, which Chris won when Branden sent his first play-off tee shot in a bunker.

Group 12 Rafa Cabrera Bello Advances

Rafa halved his match against Soren  Kjeldsen, the half point gained was good enough to advance him. Hideki Matsuyama 3&2 over Kevin Kisner.

Group 13 Ryan Moore Advances

Ryan 3&1 over Lee Westwood. Sergio Garcia 5&4 over Marc Leishman.

Group 14 Zach Johnson Advances

Zach 4&3 over Shane Lowery. Martin Kaymer 4&3 over Marcus Fraser.

Group 15 Brandt Snedeker Advances

Brandt 5&3 over Charl Schwartzel. Charley Hoffman 4&2 over Danny Lee.

Group 16 Louis Oosthuizen Advances

Louis 4&2 over Andy SullivanMatt Jones and Bernd Wieberger halved their match.

 

ROUND OF 16 MATCHES
32. Bill Haas USA vs. 56. Chris Kirk USA
3. Rory McIlroy  vs. 15. Zach Johnson USA
30. Matt Kuchar USA vs. 20. Brooks Koepka USA
2. Jason Day  vs. 17. Brandt Snedeker USA
29. Byeong-Hun An KOR vs. 54. Rafa Cabrera Bello ESP
65. Patton Kizzire USA vs. 47. Ryan Moore USA
9. Dustin Johnson USA vs. 10. Patrick Reed USA
1. Jordan Spieth USA vs. 18. Louis Oosthuizen 

WGC Dell Match Play. Day 2.

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Day 2 of Group Play at the  WGC Dell Match Play tournament has been completed at Austin Country Club.

Rory McIlroy will face Kevin Na in a Group 3 showdown of unbeatens on Friday. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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Todays Results

Group 1

Jordan Spieth 5&4  over Victor Dubuisson. Justin Thomas lost 2 up to  Jamie Donaldson

Spieth 2-0, Dubuisson 1-1, Donaldson 1-1 Thomas 0-2, eliminated. Jordan in control,

Group 2

Jason Day 5&3  over Thongchai JaideeGraeme McDowell Halved with Paul Casey.

Day 2-0-0, Jaidee 1-1-0, Casey 0-1-1, McDowell 0-1-1. Jason in control, Thongchai Jaidee can force a playoff with a win. Paul and Graeme eliminated.

Group 3

Rory McIlroy 3&1 up over Smylie Kaufman Thorbjorn Olesen lost 3&2 to Kevin Na.

McIlroy 2-0, Na 2-0, Kaufman 0-2, Olesen 0-2 Its Rory verses Kevin, the winner will advance.

Group 4

Bubba Watson 2 Up over Emiliano GrilloPatton Kizzire Halved  with J.B. Holmes.

Watson 1-0-1, Grillo 1-1-0, Kizzire 0-0-2, Holmes 0-1-1. Bubba needs a win over J.B. If he loses then just about anything could happen !!

Group 5

Rickie Fowler Halved with  Scott Piercy.   Byeong Hun An 2 up over Jason Dufner.

An 1-0-1, Dufner 1-1-0, Piercy 0-0-2, Fowler 0-1-1. Byeong needs a win to advance, other wise its complicated.

Group 6

Adam Scott 3&2 over Chris Wood.   Bill Haas 4&2 over Thomas Pieters.

Haas 2-0-0, Scott 1-0-1, Pieters 0-1-1, Wood 0-0-2.  Bill must get a  win or tie. Adam must defeat Bill to advance Chris and Thomas eliminated.

Group 7

Justin Rose Halved with  Anirban Lahiri.  Fabian Gomez Halved with Matt Kuchar 

Rose 1-0-1, Kuchar 1-0-1, Lahiri 0-1-1, Gomez 0-1-1. Justin and Matt face off for the win. Fabian and Anirban eliminated

Group 8

Dustin Johnson 5&4 over Kiradech Aphibarnrat.  Jimmy Walker 4&3 over Robert Streb.

Johnson 1-1-0, Walker 1-1-0, Aphibarnrat 1-1-0, Streb 1-1-0.  This one is wide open, anyone could win.

Group 9

Patrick Reed 4&3 over Matthew Fitzpatrick.  Phil Mickelson 1 up over Daniel Berger.

Reed 2-0, Mickelson 2-0, Fitzpatrick 0-2, Berger 0-2. Phil and Patrick face off, Daniel and Matthew eliminated.

Group 10

Danny Willett lost 3&2 to  Billy Horschell. Brooks Koepka 5&4 over Jaco Van Zyl.

Koepka 2-0-0 Horschel 1-1-0, Willett 0-1-1, Van Zyl 0-1-1. Lots of permutations but baically Brookes just needs to win.

Group 11

Branden Grace 4&3 over  David Lingmerth.  Russell Knox 2&1 over Chris Kirk. 

Knox 1-0-1,Grace 1-1-0, Kirk 1-1-0, Lingmerth 0-1-1. Chris needs a win to advance, the only certain thing here is David has been eliminated

Group 12

Hideki Matsuyama 4&2 over Soren Kjeldsen.  Rafa Cabrera Bello 4&3 over  Kevin Kisner.

Cabrera Bello 2-0-0, Matsuyama 1-1-0, Kisner 1-1-0, Kjeldsen 0-2-0. Raphael  will advance with a win or tie, otherwise its also complicated.

Group 13

Ryan Moore 1 up over Sergio Garcia . Lee Westwood 1 up over  Marc Leishman.

Moore 1-0-1, Garcia 1-1-0, Westwood 1-1-0, Leishman 0-1-1. Ryan needs to beat Lee, again the certain thing is Marc has been eliminated.

Group 14

Zach Johnson 8&6 over Martin Kaymer.  Marcus Fraser Halved with Shane Lowery 

Johnson 2-0-0, Kaymer 1-1-0, Lowry 0-1-1, Fraser 0-1-1. It’s between Zach and Martin, Marcus and Shane have been eliminated.

Group 15

Brandt Snedeker Halved with Danny Lee.  Charl Schwartzel 3&2 over Charlie Hoffman.

Schwartzel 2-0-0, Snedeker 1-0-1, Lee 0-1-1, Hoffman 0-2-0. It’s between Brandt and Charl, Danny and Charlie eliminated

Group 16

Louis Oosthuizen 2&1 over Bernd Wiesberger.  Andy Sullivan 3&1 over Matt Jones.

Oosthuizen 2-0, Sullivan 2-0, Wiesberger 0-2, Jones 0-2. Andy and Louis could advance, Matt and Bernd eliminated.

WGC Cadillac Championship. McIlroy Makes A Move.

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Rory McIlroy makes a move in the third round of the WGC Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral.

McIlroy pulls ahead at Cadillac

Rory shot a bogey free third round -4 under par 68 to take a three shot lead into the final round of the WGC Cadillac Championship with a -12 under par total in Miami.

Dustin Johnson and Adam Scott share second place, three shots back at -9 under par, Dustin could only card a -1 under 71 and Adam was worse recording +1 over par 73.

Bunker heroics lead to birdie Crafty up-and-down on No. 16

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Danny Willett, even par 72,  Bubba Watson -1 under 71 and Phil Mickelson -2 under 70 are tied in fourth position, now five shots off the lead at -7 under par for the tournament.

World No. 1 Jordan Spieth struggled again today, his round of +1 over par 73 leaving him at -2 under for the week and T17.

WGC Cadillac Championship. Adam Scott Ascends Once Again

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Adam Scott ascends the leaderboard again as last weeks winner tops the WGC Cadillac Championship at the half way stage on The Blue Monster, Doral.

Adam Scott's 6-under 66 on Friday gave him a two-shot lead heading into the weekend. (David Cannon/Getty Images)

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Adam has a two shot lead going into the week-end at the WGC Cadillac Championship after carding a  second round -6 under par 66, to post a 36 hole -10 under par total.

He said he felt relaxed after his win last week at the Honda Classic, and his putting is getting better;

“I’m probably a little more relaxed this week leading going into the weekend than if I hadn’t won last week.”

“A 36-hole lead doesn’t mean that much, unless it’s by about 10. I could tee off tomorrow and not be leading.”

“I’m going to have to play a good couple of days and try to keep moving in the right direction while the conditions are allowing us to.”

“Overall, it was a lot of good stuff, enough quality shots and enough quality putts to negate a couple of mistakes out there, but they can easily happen on this golf course.”

“So I’m glad there was enough of the good stuff to keep me up on top and kind of setting the pace after halfway.”

Sharing second place  at -8 under par is defending Champion Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy.

Dustin posted a bogey free -8 under par 64, while Rory was only one shot behind with -7 under 65 today.

Dustin likes this golf course, with their perfect greens;

“I think the golf course is fantastic, it’s not an easy golf course.”

“It’s in great shape. The greens are perfect.”

Rory made his crossed handed grip on the putter to make some great putts today;

“There was a lot of big momentum putts in there that I have not been holing.”

“So to see those drop today and to be as comfortable as I was, it feels really good and obviously I’m very happy with where I’m at going into the weekend.”

Phil Mickelson, even par today and is now five back, even though he carded four birdies on the trot on the front nine, enjoying some early momentum, but made an enormous blunder, dropping his tee shot into the water at the 139-yard 15th. He said he lost concentration;

“I just kind of lost my train of thought.”

“I’ll be fresh and ready for the weekend. I feel like I’m driving the ball extremely well and my iron game is sharp.”

“And even though that back nine wasn’t what I wanted, it was kind of an anomaly. It’s going to be a good weekend.”

I love it, bring on the weekend.

WGC Cadillac Championship. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the WGC Cadillac Championship at Doral after the first round. Scott Piercy and Marcus Fraser share top billing.

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Scott and Marcus carded first rounds of -6 under par 66 at Doral in the WGC Cadillac Championship, to lead by one shot.

Scott spent eight hours on the range practicing yesterday, and explained it well;

“There was a lot, I just wasn’t getting behind the ball very well.”

“I wasn’t getting into my backswing at all. I was kind of faking it. I couldn’t go through the way I wanted to.”

“We all know we’re trying to beat those guys week-in, week-out.”

 “They have proved it. I haven’t proven it week-in, week-out, but when my game’s there I’m pretty decent. We all know they are there.”

“They are looking at my name today. So maybe they will do it tomorrow.”

Marcus was happy to get off to a good start here at Doral;

“It’s obviously a great way to start, especially in a golf tournament like this and at a golf course as strong as this.”

“I’ve obviously got a lot of confidence from today.”

“My previous results at Doral haven’t been that great, but it is nice to get a good one early and hopefully build on that over the next few days.”

Phil Mickelson is in third place , that one shot behind at -5 under par after his opening round 67.

Phil is still learning the new layout, but is happy with the results;

“There is a bit of a learning curve on some of the contours and where you have to go and where you want to go and the best place to be.”

“It’s not like I came in here weeks before and mapped it out like a major. You’re here only the week of.”

“But this is our third year here now and it continues to get better each year.”

“It was a good day, I hit a lot of good shots, made some good putts and just drove it well, enjoyed the day. It was a good day.”

Tied in fourth spot at -4 under par are Adam Scott, Jason Dufner, Charley Hoffman and Danny Willett, shooting rounds of 68.

Danny played and putted well;

“It’s only my fifth tournament of the year so it is still early days, but it is nice to get a few good numbers on the board.”

“It was a good, solid day, I hit 16 greens and had 30 putts. You can’t really ask for much more around this golf course.”

Rory McIlroy could only manage an opening round -1 under par 71, I have tried to tell him that crossed handed putting is not the way to go.