Hero World Challenge. Hideki Easily Wins.

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Hideki Matsuyama easily wins the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.

Matsuyama wins Hero World Challenge

Hideki Matsuyama

Hideki carded +1 over par 73 in th final round of the Hero World Challenge, but his -18 under par total was still good enough for the trophy;

Hideki recently won  the Japan Open, and named some of the great Japanese players;

“There’s been some great golfers in Japan.”

“Just to name a few, Jumbo Ozaki, Isao Aoki, Shigeki Maruyama, Tsuneyuki Nakajima.”

“And to be able to follow in their footsteps is a great honor. And then to come to the PGA TOUR and learn from really the best golfers in the world, it’s really helped my game.”  

“I’m grateful for all of their help. But to answer your question, I’m not the greatest golfer from Japan.”

“Jumbo won a hundred times, so unless I win a hundred times, I wouldn’t be greater than Jumbo.”

“Starting next week all my focus and preparation will be for the Masters.”  

“Hopefully, along the way I can play well on the PGA TOUR, but the Masters is my next goal.”

Henrik Stenson was second with a -16 under par total, his final round -4 under 68 was decent, but it did not create any pressure on the man in front of him.

Henrik mentioned the eight shot gap at the start of his round;

“I was miles away and it reminded me of the final round at Pinehurst in 2014 when Kaymer was miles ahead and you were just kind of walking in a bit of a vacuum.”

“I started picking up a few shots, made a nice eagle on 9. Then Hideki ended up in a bit of trouble.”  

“Unfortunately, I three putted from long range on 10, but I still picked up a shot there and then it was the double swing on 14 when he made a bit of a clumsy bogey and I made a good up and down for birdie.” 

“Now all of a sudden it felt like, okay, three back with four to go, there’s an outside chance if I keep on pressing on.”

Matt Kuchar, -2 under 70 today, Rickie Fowler, -3 under 69, and Dustin Johnson, -1 under 71, all shared third place at -13 under par.

Tournament host Tiger Woods could only manage a last round +4 over par 76, for a -4 under total, he was full of praise for Hideki;

“It’s going to give him a boatload of confidence going into next year and he’s going to be one of the top guys to beat for a very long time.”  

“Look at his swing, look at his game and look at the body that he has, it’s built for a workload and it’s built to handle the test of time.”  

“He’s going to be one of the players that we’re going to have to beat for a long time.”

 

 

ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf. Denmark Deserve Their 4 Shot Lead.

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Denmark, in the form of Søren Kjeldsen and Thorbjørn Olesen, definitely deserve their 4 shot lead going into the final round of the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf, at Kingston Heath Golf Club.

 

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Round three was basically a breeze for Søren and Thorbjørn, -2 under 70 today saw them extend their  ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf lead to four shots at -14 under par, and should be good enough to see them canter home tomorrow.

Thorbjørn is happy with the lead, but will not be taking it easy tomorrow;

“We showed yesterday that a really low score is possible out there in the fourballs.”

“I had a seven-shot lead in Turkey and it got down to one shot very quickly, so I know how quick this game can go sometimes. It’s definitely not going to be easy tomorrow.

“There’s a lot of great players here and a lot of birdies out there. It’s a four-shot lead, which is really nice, but it’s not going to be easy.”

Søren said the birdie hunt will continue;

“You need to stay aggressive on this course but you also need to be very careful.”

“We won’t be protecting a lead, we still need to go out with the same mentality and make as many birdies as we can.”

“We know what’s possible on this course, another 60 or even lower is out there tomorrow so we’ll have to go low again, because someone else probably will.”

United States Team of Jimmy Walker and Rickie Fowler are the nearest challengers, -3 under 69 today still left them with a mountain to climb. They will need a fast start tomorrow to close the gap they have at -10 under.

China hold third place, at -9 under par, a shot further back, an even par round of 72 from Ashun Wu and Li Haotong today all but wrecked their chances of picking up their first ever World Cup of Golf trophy.

WGC HSBC Champions.Rikard Karlberg Leads.

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Rikard Karlberg leads the WGC HSBC Champions after the first round  at Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, China.

Karlberg takes lead in China

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Rikard, competing in his first WGC HSBC Champions event shot an opening round -8 under 64, to top the leaderboard;

“It was great, I know the kind of weather this has been, it’s going to be wet and you just need to be aggressive, bomb to the tee and bomb to the pin, and that’s what I did today.”

“I had great distance control. I hit great shots all day except the last hole and it was a great day.”

“It felt amazing on every part of the game. Everything was so easy.”

“It was just one of those days, it was a walk in the park. I committed to a lot of shots, hit them perfect, just as I wanted and I stayed aggressive on my putting all the way around, which I feel was good.”

Sitting in second place, just one shot behind is Rickie Fowler, with a bogey free -7 under 65.

Defending Champion Russell Knox, Daniel Berger and Hideki Matsuyama all share third place at -6 under par following their opening rounds of 66.

World number three Rory McIlroy had a -1  under par 71, not such a good start.

Ryder Cup. Saturday Foursomes, Just One Point Difference.

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Team Europe, lead by Rory McIlroy and Thomas Pieters continue the comeback in the Ryder Cup, against Team America, winning  two matches, losing one and all square in the last at Hazeltine National.

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Rory and Thomas took down Rickie Fowler and Phil Mickelson 4-2.

Justin Rose and Chris Wood won 1 up against Jimmy Walker and Zach Johnson.

Brandt Snedeker and Brooks Koepka beat Henrik Stenson and Matt Fitzpatrick 3-2.

Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth were all square with Sergio Garcia and Rafa Cabrera Bello.

The overall score is now America 6 1/2 points, Europe 5 1/2 after the Saturday Morning Foursomes.

The afternoon Fourballs have just started, would be good to have the scores all even gong into the single matches, great entertainment.

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.”

 

The Barclays. Patrick Reed Wins.

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Patrick Reed wins The Barclays at Bethpage State Park, Black Course. in New York.

Teamwork puts Reed on top

Brother-in-law Caddie, Kessler Karain and Patrick Reed / getty

Patrick put together a final round -1 under par 70, which was good enough for him to win The Barclays, with a -9 under par total;

“I feel great, any time you can come from behind on Sunday to win a golf tournament, means you must be doing something right.”

“To build yourself a lead to come down the last couple was huge.”

“Especially around a place like this because those last holes are just so difficult.”

“It wasn’t like I had to go out and shoot 62 like I have had to do in other events.”

“So with having my poor round be closer to the lead, it eased my nerves a lot, especially coming on to the first nine, because I knew I was playing really well, and I already had my bad round out of the way, so I can go ahead and free it up and play some good golf.”

Sean O’Hair,  a -5 under par 66 elevating him up the leaderboard, shared second place with Emiliano Grillo, -2 under 69 today,  both players at -8 under par.

Saddest sight of the day was Rickie Fowler, watching him destroy any chance of winning this tournament, or playing his way onto the U.S. Ryder Cup Team. For most of the day he was fighting neck and neck with Patrick, and then proceeded to card +5 over against one Birdie over the last eight holes, to card a last round +3 over par 74, and end up T7.

The Upshot: Fowler's downfall

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“I mean, it will hurt, but it’s only going to make it better for next week.”

“I’ll be in a good spot.”

“I didn’t drive it the way I needed to, it was just a little off here and there.”

“So yeah, very disappointing. Not the way I’ve been playing the back nine all week.”

“Coming to the last eight holes, I made one bogey through the week. I don’t know, like I said, just made a couple bad swings at the wrong time.”

 

The Barclays. Rickie Has 54 Hole Lead.

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Rickie Fowler has the 54 hole lead at The Barclays, at Bethpage Black, in New York.

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Rickie Fowler

 Rickie posted a bogey free third round of -3 under par 68, to top the The Barclays leaderboard at -9 under par,  right now he has gone 45 straight holes without a bogey at Bethpage Black, and was happy to see the putts drop;

“It’s nice to finally see some putts go in, with a few putts going in, it frees up the rest of your game.”

“I’ve been swinging well for a long time, and I’ve been waiting for the putter to catch up.”

“It’s pretty simple, I’ve got to take care of business tomorrow.”

“It’s been awhile since I’ve been in this position. It’s going to be tough tomorrow.”

“We’re on one of the,if not the,  toughest golf courses we play all year. It’s been a long time coming, and it’s going to be fun.”

“A  win tomorrow would go a long ways. It would take care of a lot of things.”

Wonder if Rickie will be dressed in Orange tomorrow. Not sure about the mustache, is it bushier that the eyebrows?

Patrick Reed is now in second place, stalling his competition with an even par 71 third round, leaving him at -8 under par for the tournament;

“If you were to tell me I was going to be one back doing into Sunday and would I take it.”

“I’d say sure,18-hole shootout, one shot is nothing, especially on a golf course like this.”

 “We go out there tomorrow and do what we did the first two days, we’ll be all right.”

Low round of the day went to Adam Scott, -6 under par 65, which took him all the way up to third place at -7 under for the tournament.

Adam especially likes the front nine, and rolled in some good putts;

“The front nine is the gettable nine, and to turn in four under set up my round.”

“I knew anything under par on the back, I would have a great round, and that was kind of my goal.”

“I rolled a couple long ones in, and that felt good and kept the momentum going. Hopefully, something to build on for tomorrow and beyond.”