The Players. Webb Simpson Shoots 63 to Lead.

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Webb Simpson, USA, shoots 63 in the second round of The Players, to lead the tournament by five shots going into the weekend at TPC Sawgrass in Florida.

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Webb was heading for a 59 until reaching the 17th green, a tee shot in the water ended with him carding a double bogey five there. He settled for a -9 under 63, where putts were just rolling in from everywhere, giving him a  -15 under par total;

“It’s rare as a golfer where everything is working well: driving, iron play, chipping and putting, today everything came together.”

“Those putts were going in, they were just laughing, Tyrrell wanted me to touch his putter for him on fifteen, which I think is within the rules.”

“I didn’t know the record. I figured I was probably close, but to be honest, I cared more about having a good routine and hitting a good shot in this golf tournament than the record. The records are just bonuses to good play.”

“I’m 15 under through two days here, which is a lot lower than I ever expected it to be.”

“It’s a lot of fun to play good golf, and hopefully I can keep that up.”

Tied in second place, those five shots back at -10 under par are Charl Schwartzel, South Africa, -6 under 66 today, Patrick Cantlay, USA, -4 under 68 and Danny Lee, New Zealand, with his second round -6 under par 66.

Making the cut on the number, -1 under was Tiger Woods, he was-1 under today, joining him on that number was Jordan Spieth who had -4 under 68 today.

Missing the cut, for the second straight week was Rory McIlroy, +2 over 74 today for his second round, he was joined this week by Phil Mickelson, over par again at 73 today, and Rickie Fowler, who has a ball stuck up a tree on 6, but still carded a -1 under 71, but it was not enough to save him. Although everyone saw his ball go in the tree, and it could be seen from the ground, the ruling is he has to be able positively identify it.

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The Players. Six at the Top at -6.

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There are six players tied at the top of The Players leaderboard scoring -6 under par at TPC Sawgrass in Florida, with World number one Dustin Johnson showing why his is #1 with a bogey free opening round.

World #1 Dustin Johnson / getty

Dustin was joined on that 66 under score by Webb Simpson, Patrick Cantlay, Chesson Hadley and Matt Kuchar, all from the USA, with the only foreigner in the group Alex Noren of Sweden.

Dustin said it was a big deal to get to #1, and he wants to stay there, a change of putter, and method helped;

“It was definitely a big deal to get there.

“And it’s a big deal to stay there, I think. Yeah, I mean, I like being No. 1, so I want to stay there.”

“I felt like at Augusta and Hilton Head I was hitting a lot of good putts that were not going in the hole.”

 “I needed to figure out something. I still feel like I read the greens really well. It’s helped with getting a definite spot to putt at, where I want the ball to start.”

“I felt like today we read ’em all really well. There were no surprises.”

There are also six players tied at -5 under par, on a very congested leaderboard, it will be interesting to see who actually makes the week-end.

Players who are struggling, Tiger Woods was at even par, but playing partner today Phil Mickelson was at +7. with third member of the group Rickie Fowler at +2.

Jordan Speith, +3;

“This is not a place to go out and try and force birdies, and I think that’s kind of where I’ve gone the last few years that’s got me in trouble.”

“The first year I played here, I almost won it, and so I just kind of assumed that it would come easy to me.”

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The Masters. Patrick Picks Up His 1st Major Title

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Patrick Reed, USA, picks up his 1st Major title, The Masters, at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.

The Msters

Patrick with the Trophy and Green Jacket

Patrick carded a final round -1 under 71, but it was enough to win him the Green Jacket, and The Masters title with a tournament total of -15 under par;

“It’s almost impossible to put into words, just to make the par on the last and watch the ball go in the hole and know that I’ve won my first Major.”

“One of my huge goals this year was to not only contend in Majors but also get back in that winning circle.”

“To do it in the first Major and finish off that drought, it just meant so much to me.”

“I knew the golf course a little better this year, I had a little more experience around the course this year coming in.”

Rickie Fowler claimed second place at -14 under par, a last round -5 under par 67 elevating him up the leaderboard;

“It’s going to hurt, but I try and look at things more as glass-half-full.”

 “Obviously, I want to be the one standing on top after the four rounds, but this is, if anything, it’s a step forward and makes me feel better about going forward into our next major, the U.S. Open.”

“It’s going to be fun. I feel like this is a year to knock off our first.”

Jordan Spieth shot an amazing last round -8 under 64, which gave him third place at -13 under par;

“The first time I saw the leaderboard was after I tapped in on 18.”

“Honest to God. Didn’t look once today. That was my plan going in. Don’t worry about the golf tournament itself, worry about playing Augusta National.”

“I heard roars. I knew somebody was playing well. With eight people ahead of me starting the day, to get that much help and shoot a fantastic round was nearly impossible.”  

“I almost pulled off the impossible. I had no idea.”

“When I finished and I looked at the board I could have been in the lead by two and I could have been down four. And neither one would have surprised me.”

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The Masters. Patrick Reed Still Leads.

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Patrick Reed, USA, still leads The Masters, but he has some close company in the form of Rory McIlroy from Northern Ireland, at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.

The Masters

Patrick Reed / getty

Patrick completed a third round -5 under par 67 to stay at the top of The Masters leaderboard with a -14 under tournament total;

“It’s going to be electrifying”

“The fans are going to be ready to go, they are going to be ready to cheer for whoever is making putts, whoever is making birdies or pulling off shots.”

“It’s just going to be one of those days you just need to go out and be able to put your nose to the grind and just play some golf.”

Rory McIlroy is three shots back in second place at -11 under, he carded a wonderful bogey free third round -7 under 65 to put himself firmly in contention for the Green Jacket;

“There’s a lot more players in this tournament than just Patrick and I.”

“It won’t be quite as intense, but we’ll still be feeling it. Patrick is going for his first major, and I’m going for … something else.” (something else is completing the Grand Slam of Majors)

“I’m really excited to show Patrick Reed what I’ve got tomorrow.”

 “All the pressure’s on him. He went to Augusta State.”

“He has a lot of support around here. I’m hoping to come in and spoil the party.”

In third place is Rickie Fowler at -9 under par, he also carded a great bogey free -7 under par 65 today, it took discipline, especially the par save at the 11th;

“Definitely a special round of golf,”

“To just kind of stay disciplined and make a good par save there and move on,”

“I think that was kind of the big hole for the round today.”

Equaling the low round of the day score at -7 under par was Jon Rahm, Spain, who is in fourth place at -8 under for the competition.

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Houston Open. Beau Hossler Has 36 Hole Lead.

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Beau Hossler has the 36 hole lead at the Houston Open at the Golf Club of Houston in Texas.

Beau Hossler / getty

Beau posted a second round -4 under par 68 to lead the Houston Open at -11 under, and by one shot going into the week-end.

Beau had a poor practice on the range this morning;

“I’ve had two of my worst range sessions of the year but I played some of my best golf when that’s happened.”

“It’s kind of ironic because I’ve played some of my best golf like that.”

“I think it kind of gets you focused, because you know you’ve got to go and be really dialed in on every shot because you don’t feel totally comfortable.”

“I’ve gone on the golf course and made really committed swings.”

 “I’m looking forward to the weekend. I think all those experiences are going to help.”

Four players are tied in second place at -10 under, Rickie Fowler, -4 under 68 today, Sam Ryder, -4 under 68, Nicholas Lindheim, -6 under 66, and Abraham Ancer, Mexico, -6 under 66.

Jordan Spieth is in the group at -9 under;

“My goal for the week has been accomplished through two rounds.”

“It’s nice to work my way in to contention and if I can improve my position going in to Sunday then I’ll have a chance.”

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Arnold Palmer Invitational. Henrik Stenson Leads.

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Henrik Stenson, Sweden, leads the Arnold Palmer Invitational after the first round at Bay Hill Club & Lodge, in Orlando Florida.

Stenson leads with Tiger, McIlroy close behind

Henrik / getty

Henrik shot an opening round -8 under par 64 to lead the Arnold Palmer Invitational by just one shot, requiring just 20 putts on the day, with nine birdies, last week he made just one birdie for a missed cut saying his putter would not work;

“It’s better to save them all for one go, I think. There’s no point wasting a few last week when I was heading home.”

“I mean we know it’s a funny game, my putter was not working at all last week, I actually hit the ball quite all right throughout the two rounds that I played, but I just couldn’t make a birdie, really.”

“I had to go and do a bit of work on my putting and got that going for sure.”

“It felt good with a bit of a work on my setup and posture and I hit some good putts in practice Tuesday, Wednesday, and, yeah, today was beautiful out there on the greens, really.”

Sharing second place at -7 under par following first rounds of 65 were Aaron Wise and Talor Gooch, both from the USA.

At -5 under were Jimmy Walker, tournament host Rickie Fowler and Bryson DeChambeau.

Rickie, as Host, was pleased to play well;

 “I was hoping to back up the host duties with playing well.”

“A little extra pressure, but I feel like that’s where a lot of the guys out here, the best players in the world, I feel like that’s when I kind of rise to the occasion, so it was nice to rise to that, put up a good solid round today, get off to a good start.”

In the big group at -4 under is Tiger Woods, with Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose a shot further back in the group at -3 under.

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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.

The Honda Classic

Luke List / getty

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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