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William McGirt leads the WGC Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Ohio.

McGirt starts fast at Firestone

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William shot a first round -6 under par 64 to lead the WGC Bridgestone Invitational by three strokes at the end of the day. He likes the fact that it does not suit the longer players off the tee;

“I fell in love with the place because length is not everything out here.”

 “You have to drive it in the fairway. You have to drive it in the correct spots in the fairways to be able to attack pins.”

“I love it because you can’t stand up there and just hit it as hard as you want, go find it and hack it on the green.”

“It’s an old, traditional-style golf course, which I absolutely love. I don’t know, maybe it’s something with Ohio I like.”

“Now that I’ve won once, I want to win twice, and I want to win three times.”

“Big thing is to go ahead and get four wins so I can play PGA TOUR Champions when I turn 50.”

Three players share second place at -3 under par after their opening rounds of 67, World number one Jason Day is there along with Jimmy Walker and Emiliano Grillo.

Jason summed up his day;

“It was just kind of a weird feeling of a day where I kind of made some good pars, kept the momentum going and all of a sudden I shot 67.”

 “I’ve just got to keep grinding until Sunday is over.”

Jordan Spieth, Anirban Lahiri, Rickie Fowler and Charley Hoffman are at -2 under par, all with rounds of 68.

Jordan thanked his putter for the  Birdies on the final four holes, and for sinking par puts from 20 and 25 feet;

“This is one of the best rounds; one of the happiest I’ve;  one of the happiest two unders I’ve ever shot for sure.”

 “I wasn’t supposed to shoot two under today. I kind of wish we kept on playing, even though I felt so kind of poor most of the round.”

“I’m really just searching for something that isn’t far off, that’s real simple, that feels like I’m more compact in my swing that allows me to time it better at the bottom.”

“Again, it really is only taking place on my scoring clubs, but that’s where you need them.”

“It’s close. It’s almost there, and when it clicks, we’re definitely in business right now the way the short game is on.”

 

 

 

 

U.S. Open. Shane Lowery Leads Suspended 3rd Round.

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Shane Lowry leads the 116th  U.S. Open as the third round was suspended due to darkness at                                                                       Oakmont Country Club.

Shane Lowry is seeking his second PGA TOUR victory after becoming the first player from Ireland to win a World Golf Championship last year. (Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR)

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Shane leads the U.S. Open in third round with a -5 under par total, and he has four holes left to play to increase that lead, but was happy to get off the course after 32 holes on the day;

“I was getting tired toward the end, if I had to play another four holes, it would have been quite difficult.”

“I beat a field of this quality already, so there’s no reason I can’t go out and do it again tomorrow.”

“We all know that this course can jump up and bite you in a split-second.”

“I’m two ahead with 22 holes left, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. These are the best golfers in the world behind me.”

“I’ve been beating myself up over the last six months trying to get in this position. I’m here now. I might as well enjoy it.”

Andrew Landry is in second place, two shots off the pace at -3 under par for the tournament, he has completed 13 third round holes;

“I think I did a really good job out there, no nerves, very comfortable.”

“I feel like I play good golf on hard golf courses where par is a good score.”

 “That’s just kind of my game. It’s always been my game.”

Third place is shared between,  Lee Westwood, at -2 under for the competition, after 15 holes today, Sergio Garcia with 14 completed holes and Dustin Johnson with 13 finished round three holes.

Of the big three, Rory went home, Jason Day is still there at +1 over having completed his third round at -4 under 66, and Jordan Spieth +4 for the competition, an even par 70 today.

Jordan started well, and then it all faded away;

“A dream start for moving day.”

“I played three holes at four over today with a wedge in my hand from the middle of the fairway and it’s just kind of a bummer.”

“You’re not going to be able do anything at a U.S. Open if you get the wedge opportunities and you play them over par.”

Branden Grace occupies sixth place, he carded a -4 under 66 to-day to get to -1 under par for the tournament.

Branden thought he had been lucky, apart from dropping a shot at the last;

“I’ve been lucky.”

“I think last year I handled myself a little better than I thought I would.”

“It’s tough out there with all the pressure. You’re there with three of the best guys, best golfers of this day right behind us, and sharing the lead with them.”

“It was great that I could play the top as I did. It’s just a pity one bad shot cost me at the end.”

These guys are the only players under par at the current time, tomorrow will be an interesting day.

 

 

 

U.S. Open. D.J. Tied with Andrew at the Top.

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Dustin Johnson is tied with Andrew Landry at the top of the U.S. Open leaderboard. D.J. has completed his second round, Andrew has yet      to  start, as darkness halted play.

Dustin Johnson tees off on the ninth hole, his 36th hole of the day, as the sun sets in the distance. (Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR)

                                 D.J. teeing off the last hole today / Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR

D.J. carded a second round -1 under par 69 to tied Andrew at -4 under at the top of the U.S. Open leaderboard, in this topsy turvy weather interrupted Major.

D.J. played 36 holes today, but said it was no bother, apart from the putts not dropping;

“I’m in pretty good shape, so the physical part’s no problem.”

“But mentally you’ve got to make sure you stay sharp all day, because you can’t go to sleep on any shot out here.”

“I hit so many good putts today that I thought were going in, and burned the edge or lipped out.”

“That’s just how it goes, these greens are tough.”

“I’m happy with the way everything went today.”

The hardest thing Andrew did today was to get up and shave.

Lee Westwood is in third place at -3 under par, he also never got to play today.

Scott Piercy, and Sergio Garcia, with even par 70 second completed rounds, and Shane Lowry, who has yet to start his second, currently share fourth spot at -2 under par.

Scott mentioned the 36 holes;

“My feet feel like they’re on fire, my calves feel like they’re on fire.”

“The ball striking was really pretty amazing today, I was never really in a lot of trouble.”

“Tomorrow the guys will probably have a little faster greens than we had this afternoon.”

“I think the USGA is going to keep pushing them a little bit. It will be a little firmer, a little faster as long as the weather holds, which it’s supposed to.”

“Any time you’re under par, I think you’re going to be in it.”

Tired old man Sergio finishes up with a 51 ft putt;

“My legs, I’m tired, I’m too old for this.”

Projected cut line is +5 over par, at the moment that number will exclude Justin Rose, +6 with two holes to play, Luke Donald and Rickie Fowler both at +6, but have yet to start the second round.

Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy, both at +7, they have yet to swing a club in the second round.

I don’t know how the logistics work, but how is it that some players get through 36 holes and others only eighteen.

Good news is there is no more rain in the forecast.

The Memorial Tournament at Muirfield. Matt and Brendan Lead.

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Matt Kuchar and Brendan Steele have the half-way lead at the Memorial Tournament, Muirfield Village Golf Club.

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Matt has carded consecutive rounds of -6 under par 66, for his -12 under par total, while Brendan signed for a second round -5 under 67 to get into a share of the Memorial Tournament lead after 36 holes.

Matt thinks the course is playing a easy as he ever known it;

“As easy as I remember ever seeing it.”

“You can get in the wrong spot, but you don’t have to worry too much about the wind.”

“The ball’s going, great temperatures. It’s fun to be out there playing and making some birdies around this place.”

“I feel like I’ve put it all together.”

“The tough thing and the great thing about golf is there’s so many facets of the game, so many pieces that need to come together to play well. It feels like everything’s coming along on good form now.”

Tied in third place at -11 under par are Emiliano Grillo, -6 under par 66 today and Gary Woodland, who scored the low round of the day, a -7 under par 65.

Gary also thinks the course is perfect;

“This golf course is perfect, so the weather definitely will change things.”

“If it stays like this, you’re going to have to make birdies, and hopefully the weather does miss us, and we can go out and have some fun.”

Emiliano needs to stay patient;

“My expectations were really high going into 2016, and I paid the price.”

 “Even though I told myself to enjoy it, I wanted to play even better.”

“I tell myself just to be patient, and if you’re patient enough, then that win is going to come.”

First round leader Dustin Johnson fell back today recording a -1 under par 71 second round, to join the group at -9 under par in fifth position, with Harlod Varner 111, -5 under 67 today, Jon Curran, -5 under 67, and Kevin Streelman, -4 under 68.

At -8 under are Scott Brown, Adam Hadwin and Zac Blair. The are followed by a group of ten players who are at -7 under par, which includes some big names. Rory McIlroy with -6 under 66 today, Jason Day, -1 under 71, Phil Mickelson, -3 under 69.

This tournament is shaping up to be a great contest, on what is probably one of the finest golf courses in the USA, Muirfield Village Golf Club.

Sadly Rickie Fowler, Ernie Els, Paul Casey, Davis Love 111, Angel Cabrera  and Hideki Matsuyama, with his squeaky cleats in his shoes, were among the players who missed the cut, made at -2 under par.

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 Players. Jason Day Delights.

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Jason Day delights The Players carding a record equaling -9 under par 63 opening round at TPC Sawgrass.

Jason Day tied the course record at the Stadium Course with a 63 in his first round of THE PLAYERS Championship. (Getty Images/Mike Ehrmann)

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Jason played in the earlier morning conditions at TPC Sawgrass, to top The Players leaderboard on day one of the tournament. Quite a turnaround from  the last time he played the Stadium Course, when he made four bogeys, two double bogeys, one triple bogey and just two birdies;

“There was a lot of frustration last year,” Day acknowledged, and the funny thing was, I shot 69 in the first round, too, so I shot 69-81-63.

“But I’ve got a really bad memory, which is kind of a good thing in golf, I guess, where you don’t really remember the bad stuff as much.”

“I would have loved to shoot 10-under and be the only guy to hold that record, but I’m in pretty good company with the guys that have shot that, especially with Greg Norman and the way he played shooting 63 and three straight 67s.”

“If I can keep that up, that would be great, but right now I’ve just got to try and focus on trying to win this tournament and trying to play a good round two.”

“I just feel really good about how things went today.”

There are four players tied in second place, at -7 under par following their first round scores of 65, Justin Rose, Shane Lowery, Bill Haas and Brendon Steele.

They are followed by a huge group at -6 under par, so this is a tight contest, except for the guys who struggled today.

Guys with a lot to do to catch up, or even maybe make the cut in include defending champion Rickie Fowler and  Rory McIlroy at even par, with and Adam Scott +1 over.

Wells Fargo Championship. Ricky Fowler Leads.

White Dragon GolfWells Fargo Championship  Ricky Fowler leads the Wells Fargo Championship after 54 holes at Quail Hollow Club.

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Ricky,  who got his first career PGA TOUR victory at the Wells Fargo Championship in 2012, took the top spot on the Wells Fargo Championship leaderboard with a third round -4 under par 68, giving him a -9 under par total and a one shot lead heading into the final round tomorrow.

Ricky says he now knows how to win a title;

“I would say before it was maybe not the complete belief or knowledge of knowing what to do and how to win to get the job done.”

“But now it’s fun to go out there and go take care of business.”

Roberto Castro is in second place at -8 under par, a third round -1 under par 71 keeping him in touch with the leader.

Roberto bogeyed the 18th hole, but still thinks he can win his first ever PGA Tour event

“If you want to win a tournament out here and really win a marquee event like this one, you’re going to have to grab your hat and play with one of the top five players in the world probably the final round.”

 “So that’s what I’ve got tomorrow so I’m excited about it.”

Sharing third position are Justin Rose -3 under 69 today and James Hahn, -4 under 68, these two have -7 under par totals.

Justin thinks this is good preparation for a PGA Championship;

“This type of scoring would definitely hold up in a PGA Championship.”

“They’re not looking for us to shoot even par like a U.S. Open. Single digits under par is really good golf and it’s a sign of a great golf course.”

Rory McIlroy may not have found the right touch yet, but there is nothing wrong with his putting,

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