The Masters. Two Tied at the Top after 54 Holes.

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There are two players tied at the top of The Masters leaderboard after 54 holes at Augusta National Golf Club. Justin Rose, from England, and Sergio Garcia, Spain, have a one shot lead going into the final round tomorrow.

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Justin fired the low round of the day, -5 under par 67, to share The Masters lead with Sergio, -2 under 70 today, both at -6 under par for the Major tournament.

Justin explained his low round to reporters, and his desire to win here;

“It all happened for me the last eight holes, I think the patience I showed on the front nine was probably the key to moving well on the back nine.”

“I had my head down. I knew I was creeping up on the leaders and then I had that quick birdie-birdie finish to put me pretty much right up there tied for the lead.”

“It all seemed to happen really fast, setting up a really fun day tomorrow.”

“I’m a Major champion but I’m looking for more and I’m certainly looking for my first Masters and my first Green Jacket.”

“This is a place I dearly love and would dearly love to be part of the history here.”

Sergio said he had a good day today;

“It was a good day.”

“I was able to fight hard with what I had, stayed very patient all day and it was nice to shoot a two under that was a good solid score.”

“I need to be extra patient, I need to not lose my head, I need to stay calm and make sure no matter what happens, I need to keep going in the same direction because it feels good to me and I’m sure it looks good too.”

“So no matter what happens I need to stay within myself.”

“We still have one day to go, it’s not going to be easy, we’re going to have to play hard again and hopefully we will have a good solid chance coming into the last four or five holes.”

Rickie Fowler, USA, holds third place at -5 under par, a -1 under 71 today, not quite what he was looking for.

Jordan Spieth, -4 under 68 today, Ryan Moore -3 under 69  and Charley Hoffman with an even par 72 third round are tied in fourth place at -4 under par.

The Masters, Four-Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a four-way tie at the top of The Masters leaderboard after 36 holes at Augusta National Golf Club. Charlie Hoffman, Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia and Thomas Pieters.

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Rickie shot the low round of the day, -5 under par 67 to join the leaders at the top of The Masters leaderboard at -4 under par for the tournament.

Yesterday’s first round leader Charlie, choked today signing for a +3 over 75, but still shares top spot.

Sergio put in a good performance shooting a second round -3 under 69, for his -4 under total;

“I think that I’m a little bit calmer now. I think that I’m working on trying to accept things.”

 “It’s much easier to say than to do it. That’s the challenge we always have, making sure that you accept the  bad breaks with the good ones and move on.”

“There were a couple of moments out there where I could have lost it a little bit, you just have to realize that those things are going to happen.”

“I still have to get so much better at it, but what that shows me is that I have a lot of room for improvement, so that is something very positive.”

“Things are happening at the moment, so I want to make sure that I keep riding that wave and go out there tomorrow and be positive like I’ve been the first two days.”

Thomas carded -4 under 68 to join the crew at the top.

Tomorrow is moving day, and with so many names close to the leaders it will be interesting to see if anyone makes a significant surge, on the traditional moving day, Saturday. Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose, Jordan Spieth, are all within striking distance.

 

 

Shell Houston Open. Russell Henley Wins.

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Russell Henley, from Scotland, wins the last ever Shell Houston Open at Golf Club of Houston in the Lobe Star State of Texas.

Henley earns third TOUR title

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Russell fired a last round -7 under par 65 to win the Shell Houston Open with a -20 under par total, a three shot winning margin.

Russell  overcame a four-shot deficit, for his third PGA Tour victory;

“I made 10 birdies today?”

“Oh, wow. Wow. Yeah, then I guess it’s definitely the best.”

“I wasn’t expecting to go back to Augusta.”

“I was planning on not going, but I was going to try my best to win. So, the fact I get to go back is pretty cool and I’m excited. It hasn’t really sunk in yet.”

“You don’t know what’s going to happen. You never know what’s going to happen in this game.”

Second place went to long time tournament leader Sung Kang, from South Korea, who carded a sad final round of even par 72, for a -17 under par total. His first PGA Tour victory evading him;

“This week is going to be very memorable for me.”

“I played really solid the first few rounds and then it shifted for two rounds.”

“I’ll keep grinding out and working out and hopefully, I can get a chance next time.”

Rickie Fowler, -2 under 70 today, tied for third place  with Luke List, -4 under 68, both having -16 under par totals.

Rickie blamed his performance on an alignment problem;

 “Just an alignment problem that just caused me to make a couple bad swings, cost me a few shots.”

 “Nice that I got it turned around and started to make some good swings and made some birdies and fought back, got a good finish out of it.”

“Obviously, yeah, I would have liked to have gotten off to a better start.”

 

 

 

 

Shell Houston Open. Sung Sails Smoothly On.

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Sung Kang, from South Korea, sails smoothly on at the top of the Shell Houston Open at the Golf Club of Houston in Texas.

Kang hangs on in Houston

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Sung carded a third round -1 under par 71, to stay on top of the Shell Houston Open leaderboard at -17 under par;

“It was playing very hard today, the wind was blowing much harder and the greens got a lot firmer because we played in the afternoon.”

“The greens got a lot faster.”

“I am so tired right now, I have no power to think about anything.”

The world No 9 is looking for a second victory of 2017

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Rickie Fowler looked like he would at least catch the leader today, until a four putt on the 18th, for a six, derailed his momentum, and pushed him back again. He signed for a third round of -5 under par 67, but it could, and should have been so much better. Rickie is in second place at -14 under par, but will now start the final round tomorrow three shots back;

“Drove it well, hit a lot of fairways and greens, made some good putts.”

 “Really not looking at the last two holes. It was a great day of golf.”

“I’m trying to look at the bright side and be as positive as possible.”

 “I’m happy with the run that we made, but it wasn’t the way I wanted to finish.”

Russell Henley holds third position, just one shot behind Rickie, at -13 under par. Shooting a third round -3 under par 69, making a birdie on the last.

Russell like this course, and can putt well here;

“I do love the greens, and I feel comfortable with a lot of these shots off the tee.”

“There’s a lot of room. I feel when I miss it, I know it. I don’t make a lot of bogeys and roll a couple extra putts in.”

“I love how I finished, making the two birdies was good for me, and hopefully I can continue that tomorrow.”

“Got to stay patient. Probably going to be tough conditions again tomorrow and got to do one shot at a time.”

 

Shell Houston Open. Missing The Cut List Amazing.

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The list of players missing the cut at the Shell Houston Open is amazing, while leader Sung Kang, from South Korea, opens up a huge lead at the top of the leaderboard.

Getting cut, a week before The Masters were, Jordan Spieth, Henrik Stenson, Patrick Reed, Lee Westwood, Adam Scott, Boo Weekly and defending Champion here Jim Herman.

Kang opens huge lead in Houston

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Sung Kang fired a bogey free -9 under par 63 to top the Shell Houston Open leaderboard at -16 under par, and a six shot advantage over the field going into the weekend.

Tied in second place at -10 under par are Hudson Swafford, USA, -5 under 67 today, and Russell Henley, Scotland, also -5 under 67.

Rickie Fowler suddenly went into reverse on the back nine today, dropping four shots on his last seven holes, to card a second round -1 under 71, to drop into fourth place at -9 under par;

“I’m a little mad. It was a nice front nine, made a couple swings that cost me.”

“One swing with a driver on 12, and then a wedge that kind of just took off high left out of the first cut and rode the wind, ended up making double there.”

“Other than that, give those back and I’m in with 68 and in a lot different position.”

“Hopefully enjoy some good weather tomorrow and pray for a miracle on Sunday.”

 “Like I said, I love where my game is at. I know I can go out and play well and shoot low on this course. Hopefully the weather treats us well.”

Jordan Spieth summed his disastrous day and the improvement in his putting;

“Just an off day, ball-striking wise.”

“I made strides in my putting this week, which is something I can take a lot of confidence into next week.”

“I was a bit rough around the edges in my putting last week in Austin, and really felt like I put better strokes on it here.”

“And putting well next week obviously as we know is important considering I didn’t strike it very well last year and was certainly in position to win.”

Shell Houston Open. Rickie Rampant in 1st Round

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Rickie Fowler was rampant in the 1st round of the  Shell Houston Open with a bogey free 64, in wet and muddy conditions.

Rickie Fowler Round 1 highlights from Shell

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Rickie fired a bogey free -8 under par 64 in the opening round of the Shell Houston Open at the Golf Club of Houston.

Rickie was happy with the breaks he got in the wet muddy conditions;

“I felt like I got some good breaks with having mud on the same side as where the trouble was and that I could kind of keep it fairly conservative.”

 “If the mud was kind of kicking in, it ended up being a good shot.”

“It’s probably more nervous when you get out there on the mound than we really ever get or maybe close to Ryder Cup nerves.”

 “You’re just hoping not to screw up.”

Sung Kang, from South Korea, is in second place, just one shot back at -6 under par following his first round -7 under par 65, which included a bogey;

“I don’t know anything about the future, and whatever happens, happens.”

 “I’ll just keep doing what I can do the next few days, and I’ll accept the results.”

Sharing third place are Jhonattan Vegas, Stewart Cink and Kyle Stanley, all at -6 under after their opening rounds of 66.

Seven players are tied in fourth position with scores of -5 under par; Justin Rose, Hudson Swafford, Troy Merritt, Russell Henley and Tom Hodge. Hopefully tomorrow the course will have dried out from the recent heavy rains.

 

 

 

The Honda Classic. Rickie Wins.

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Rickie Fowler wins The Honda Classic at PGA National in Florida.

Friends motivate Fowler

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Rickie shot +1 over par 71 in his final round, but still won The Honda Classic, by four shots, at -12 under par;

“It’s great. We’ve talked about it for a few years now, and the game is in a great spot, a lot of young players, a lot of great players playing well, a lot of young players winning.”

“It’s fun seeing it. It’s motivating seeing my friends win.”

“I still need to put myself in position, be consistent and win some more golf tournaments.”

 “I just want to play the best that I can and keep pushing myself and ultimately just keep trying to put myself in position to win and start collecting more of these.”

“It’s special to be able to pull it off, it wasn’t the prettiest of ways to do it, but this isn’t an easy golf course and this wasn’t an easy day to go play golf on.”

“I just had to fight through it.”

Morgan Hoffman, -2 under par 68 today, and Gary Woodland, -1 under 69 shared second place at -8 under par.