The Honda Classic. Luke & Jamie Lead.

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Luke List and Jamie Lovemark share The Honda Classic lead at the half-way stage at a windy PGA National in Florida.

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Luke mastered the winds to shoot -4 under 66, to top The Honda Classic leaderboard at -3 under par, along with Jamie Lovemark, who carded a second round -1 under 69.

Luke is gunning for his first PGA Tour victory;

“I’ve had 36-hole leads before and I’ve been a couple back.”

 “It’s kind of irrelevant because there’s going to be 30 guys within a couple of shots.”

“It’s going to be that type of week where everyone is going to be bunched up and it’s going to be a jumble there on Sunday, and there will be a bunch of guys in contention on Sunday.”

Four players are tied in third place at -2 under par, Tommy Fleetwood, England, -2 under 68 today, Webb Simpson, USA, +2 over 72, Russell Henley, USA, even par 70, and Rory Sabbatini, South Africa, -1 under 69.

Tiger was +1 over for the day and tournament, and thinks he is in the hunt, but is still four shots off the lead, and still mentions the poor putting conditions;

“I’m right there in the ballgame.”

 “We’re back at a golf course I know and I play well here. I felt like I hit a lot of good golf shots, especially in this wind.”

 “I’m hitting the ball flush, and on top of that, I’m really controlling the trajectory.”

“It really is hard to make birdies. At least I found it hard.”

“It was hard to get the ball close, even if the ball is in the fairway, it’s still very difficult to get the ball close with the wind blowing as hard as it is.”

“Once you put the ball in birdie range, it’s hard to make putts out here.”

Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland, looked for a while like he would not make the cut, set at +6 over par, shooting another round of +2 over par 72. He rallied well to make it, but is not happy with the conditions, and thought this tournament would be a good warm up for Augusta;

“Sort of The Open conditions, U.S. Open scoring.”

“Pretty much the preparation for everything but what we want it to be.”

“It’s probably the furthest thing from Augusta right now around here.”

Sadly defending champion Rickie Fowler did miss the cut.

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Hero World Challenge. Rickie Romps To Victory.

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Rickie Fowler romps to victory in the Hero World Challenge at Albany Golf Club in The Bahamas.

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Rickie, USA put together a final round of -11 under par 61 to win the Hero World Challenge by four shots at -18 under par.

Rickie started with seven straight birdies, and never looked back;

“You kind of just try, you ride until the horse kicks you off.”

“You start getting amped up or excited at times so you have to kind of pull yourself back and make sure you stay in the moment.” 

“It’s fun when you get on birdie runs just to see how far you can go. You know it’s not going to last forever.”

“If you look at winning as your only sense of success, you’re going to deal with failure a lot.” 

“There’s a lot of times where you could pick it apart and last year I could have gotten down on myself a handful of times for not getting the job done or not winning more, but it was a fun year.” 

“Being in contention with your buddies and some of the best players in the world, if you keep doing that trophies will fall into place.”

Long time leader Charley Hoffman had to settle for second place, at -14 under par, a last round of even par 72 not good enough, especially as he started the day with a five shot advantage.

Tommy Fleetwood, England5 under 67 today, and Jordan Spieth, USA,  -3 under 69, tied for third place at -12 under par.

Tournament host Tiger Woods had a better day today, a final round -4 under 68 taking him to -8 under for the tournament and T 9 on the leaderboard.

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Australian PGA Championship. Cameron Smith Wins in a Play-off.


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Cameron Smith, Australia, wins the Australian PGA Championship in a play-off  at Royal Pines Resort.

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Cameron and Jordan Zunic finished the Australian PGA Championship tied at the top of the leaderboard at -18 under par, Cam with a final round -4 under 68, and Jordan, who slowed down from yesterdays masterpiece with a last round -1 under 71.

Cam won at the second extra hole, with his parents in the gallery;

“Neither my mum or dad were there for the (PGA Tour) win in New Orleans.”

“To be able to win in front of them and in front of other family and friends, and then winning in Queensland, makes it so much more special to me.”

“I haven’t even had time to process that but it’s been a really good year. My goals this year were to win one down here and it’s nice to tick that one off.”

“A bit of a grind out there today, waking up early to get away from this rain that mysteriously hasn’t come.”

“Yeah, tough day out there and congrats to Jordan as well, he played well.”

Jordan accepted defeat graciously;

“I’m pretty happy with everything this week.”

“I’ve come a long way from where I was last week and missing a few cuts, so I’m happy about that.”

“It’s always great. This is why we practice and this is why we dream to play these sort of events and play in front of huge crowds, I loved every minute of it.”

“I had my family in the crowd there and Olivia by my side there, my girlfriend caddying. “

“She was great, she helped me out through the whole way. You know, we did everything we could so that’s all I could do. Cam was just too good on the back.”

Adam Bland held third place, just one shot back at -17 under par after his final round -4 under 68.

Top foreign player was defending Champion Harold Varner 111, USA, with a last round -6 under par 66 which gave him 6th position on his own at -12 under par.

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CME Group Tour Championship. Four-Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a four-way tie at the top of the CME Group Tour Championship leaderboard after 54 holes at Tiburón Golf Club in Florida.  Kim Kaufman, Michelle Wie, Ariya Jutanugarn and Suzann Pettersen share the honor as Sung Hyun Park falters.

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Kim Kaufman, Michelle Wie, Ariya Jutanugarn and Suzann Pettersen / getty

Kim, USA, with a bogey free -8 under pr 64, Michelle, USA, -6 under 66, Ariya,Thailand, -5 under 67 and Suzann, Norway, -3 under 69, all share the top of the CME Group Tour Championship leaderboard at -10 under par @CMEGroupLPGA

Michelle ran out of gas playing in six tournaments in a row;

“Basically, I mean, I’ll never play six weeks in a row again.”

“And I told my caddie if I ever want to play six weeks again, just punch me in the face.”

The top four are followed closely by a group of seven ladies at -9 under par, which includes yesterday’s leader Sung Hyun Park, who slipped back today scoring +3 over par 75.

Sung said she just needs to focus

“Keeping my focus will be key.”

Stacy Lewis is in the -9 under group and is now enjoying golf after her first win for some time;

“It was just so much more relaxed going to a tournament, not necessarily dreading it.”

“You’re excited to be there, excited to have a chance to win.”

“Just renewed the love for golf a little bit and the enjoyment of competing.”

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DP World Tour Championship. Justin Rose In Pole Position.

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Justin Rose, England, is in pole position to win the Race to Dubai sitting on top of the DP World Tour Championship after 54 holes  at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai.

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Rosey will take a one shot lead into the final round of the DP World Tour Championship following his third round -7 under par 65 to post a tournament total of -15 under par. It will be an exciting finish to the Race to Dubai on Sunday, with Tommy Fleetwood in the tie for third, just two shots back.

Justin summed it all up;

“I know what I need to do to stay at the top of the leaderboard.”

“But if I slip up tomorrow, he’s right there. He’s done everything he needs to do on his end, so it’s a lot of fun.”

“An opportunity, that’s the way I’m going to look at it. Don’t see much pressure on myself tomorrow. This is going to be a day just to go for it really and play well.”

“There’s going to be a lot of good players and it’s going to be a day where you have to play good golf.”

Tied in second place are Jon Rahm, Spain, also -7 under 65 today and Dylan Frittelli, South Africa, -9 under 63 in his third round, both players just one shot back at -14 under par, so the contest for the  DP World Tour Championship is also very tight.

In the tie for third place with -13 under totals are Tommy Fleetwood, England, -7 under 65 today, Dean Burmester, South Africa, -7 under 65, and Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Thailand, -5 under 67.

Tommy spoke about the year-long tournament;

“It’s the biggest thing I’ve ever tried to achieve. I was in contention in the US Open and Mexico but they were one or two rounds.”

“This has been all year and you come down to the final event.”

“A year-and-a-half ago I was absolutely nowhere in the game and I was a bit lost.”

“Fast forward to here for me, it’s been amazing to play and to enjoy my golf this year. Then to get to this stage, it’s been an absolute pleasure and privilege trying to compete for a Race to Dubai.”

The year-long Race to Dubai has come down to the last round of the last tournament, and only a handful of points between the top two contestants, it is exciting, it could come down to the last putt.

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CME Group Tour Championship. Sung Hyun Park In Control.

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 Sung Hyun Park, South Koreais in control of the CME Group Tour Championship at the half-way stage in Florida at  Tiburón Golf Club.

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Sung shot a second round -7 under par 65 to lead the CME Group Tour Championship after 36 holes with a -12 under par total, and will take a three shot into moving day on Saturday. It would have been more except for a three putt bogey on the last hole today, but did reel off five birdies to close out the front nine;

“I didn’t know I had made five in a row, I got behind in writing down my score and when I did and realized what I had done it felt good.” 

“In terms of golf, I always get nervous.”

“I just try to focus on each shot and once I’m in the game I don’t think about that other stuff.”

“I don’t feel quite as nervous as I thought I would. I can go into the weekend feeling a little more comfortable.”

“I don’t think it’s that big of a lead, it can change at any moment. If I can keep the momentum going I will be good.” 

Two ladies are tied in second place at -9 under par, Caroline Mason, Germany, -6 under 66 today, and Sarah Jane Smith, Australia, with a second round -3 under 69.

 

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RSM Classic. Rookie Austin Cook Has 36 Hole Lead

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Rookie Austin Cook has the 36 hole lead at the RSM Classic, shooting 62 in the second round on the Seaside Course.

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Austin shot -8  under par 62 in the second round of the RSM Classic to take the lead heading into the weekend with a -14 under par total;

“I never remember doing what I just did on that golf course.”

“I really think that a couple years ago, the experience that I have had, I think I’ve played maybe 10 events, nine events before this season.”

“Being in contention a few times and making cuts, having my card has really prepared me for this.”

Holding second place is Brian Gay, at -13 under par, a second round -6 under 64 keeping him in touch of the leader.

Three players are then tied in third place at -9 under par, C.T. Pan, Taipei, -7 under 65 on the Plantation Course, Chris Kirk, even par 70 at Seaside, and Vaughn Taylor, -4 under 66 also on the Seaside Course.

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