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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Waste Management Phoenix Open. Woodland Wins Play-Off.

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Gary Woodland wins the Waste Management Phoenix Open in a play-off against Chez Reavie at TPC Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Gary Woodland

Gary shot a final round -7 under par 64 to share top spot on the Waste Management Phoenix Open leaderboard with Chez carding -5 under 66, to both post -18 under par totals. Gary won with a par at the first play-off hole, the 18th.

Gary had a terrible year with his family situation, his little girl passing away, this win was a tribute to her;

 “That was just kind of a tribute to last year, obviously, we lost a little girl, and being there, seeing my wife give birth to her, that’s real.”

“I was in the zone, I mean, I really had it going. My caddie asked me when I got done, did I know I made nine birdies. I didn’t even know I did that.”

Chez grew up on this course, and mentioned the 21 ft putt he made on his last hole for birdie to get into the play-off;

 “That was the dream, man,  I grew up here in Mesa.”

“I carried the sign board here growing up when I was in high school and junior high, and to have a chance to win the tournament this week was a lot of fun.”

“It’s right up there with the putt I made to win in Canada.”

Tied in third place, three shots back at -15 under par were Ollie Schniederjans, -6 under par 65 today, and Brendan Steele, -4 under 67.

Most of the big names, like Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm, fell away during the final round, getting close was Phil Mickelson, -2 under 69 today to be in the group at -14 under par.

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Waste Management Phoenix Open. Rickie Fowler Flying High.

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Rickie Fowler is flying high at the top of the Waste Management Phoenix Open after 54 holes at TPC Scottsdale, Arizona.

Fowler grabs the 54-hole lead

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Rickie shot a third round -4 under par 67 to lead the Waste Management Phoenix Open at -14 under par, a one shot lead, saying it was a grind today;

“It was a grind, little off in certain areas.”

“I tried to piece things together. We took advantage of the last few holes.”

“That is the biggest scoring opportunity on the golf course.”

“It’s anyone’s tournament tomorrow.”

” I have a one-shot lead, but this tournament is not going to be given to anyone.”

Three players are then tied in second position at -13 under par, Jon Rahm,  -6 under 65 today, Chez Reavie, -4 under 67, and Bryson DeChambeau, -3 under 68.

Bryson knows it is still anyone’s tournament;

“You’ve got to go for flags, I mean, that’s the bottom line. You’ve got to do it. “

“Everybody’s looking to win out here.”

Another three players are at -12 for the tournament, fan favorite Phil Mickelson, -5 under 66 today, Daniel Berger, -3 under 68, and Xander Schauffele, -5 under 66.

Phil is looking to break his win drought;

“This would be the place to do it, because I really do feel the energy of the crowd and the support coming down the stretch.”

“Those last five, six holes, I seem to play some of my best golf, hit some of my best shots in that environment with the people here, the way they have been so supportive.”

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Waste Management Phoenix Open. Rickie and Bryson Share 36 Hole Lead.

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Rickie Fowler and Bryson DeChambeau share the Waste Management Phoenix Open lead after 36 holes at TPC Scottsdale in Arizona

Fowler, DeChambeau share lead at WMPO

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Rickie and Bryson both posted another set of  -5 under par 66 rounds, to share the Waste Management Phoenix Open with -10 under totals.

Rickie is playing well;

“Made some really good swings on the front nine.”

 “Felt like we were in a good spot on the back nine as well. A couple bad swings, but more just didn’t capitalize on a couple opportunities.”

“Just keep the gas pedal down.”

“Once we started making birdies at Tiger’s event in the Bahamas, that was kind of the whole game plan was just keep going.”

“Like I said, we’ll piece two nines together at some point and we’ll have some fun tomorrow and hopefully put ourselves in a good spot for Sunday.”

Bryson changed his irons, with spectacular results;

“Every once in a while I was catching some fliers off of the face with some inconsistent smash factors, and it was just piercing through the wind these last couple weeks, and unfortunately that led to some unfortunate mistakes.”

“But we switched clubs and I got some fresh grooves in the bag and was able to be a lot more consistent this week.”

“What’s really funny is when I don’t play the golf course very much, I go out there with no mindset of trouble or even where to be really, and it frees me up, actually.”

“So whatever reason, not playing golf courses has just aided to my benefit.”

Tied in third place at -9 under par are Daniel Berger, -6 under 65 today, and Chez Reavie, also with -6 under 65.

The rest of the field are very close behind, in a tightly congested leaderboard, so moving day tomorrow will be very interesting.

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Waste Management Phoenix Open. Bill Haas Leads.

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Bill Hass leads the Waste Management Phoenix Open after the first round at TPC Scottsdale in Arizona.

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Bill shot a  Waste Management Phoenix Open first round -7 under 64 to top the leaderboard at TPC Scottsdale.

Bill had been struggling with the putter recently, but needed on 29 on his round today;

“I’ve been struggling, so just kind of practicing, working hard and trying to figure something out.”

“One of those days where they went in for me, so hopefully it will be one of those weeks.”

“It is only one round. I’m not saying I’m cured by any means, I’m still grinding and practicing, so hopefully you figure it out.”

“The best players seem to play well every week, and that’s kind of the goal is just to get a little bit more consistent and not have those weeks where you putt so bad or hit it so bad.”

“To compete with these guys week in and week out, you’ve got to be sharp.”

Five players are then tied in second place at -5 under par after rounds of 66; Billy Horschel, Bryson DeChambeau, Chesson Hadley, Chris Kirk and Rickie Fowler.

Rickie  knows he will win here, one day;

 “I just figured it was a matter of time before I was the last one standing on Sunday.”

 “We have given ourselves some pretty good chances. Losing to Hideki two years ago in the playoff.”

“It’s just a matter of time; I know I can win here, and sometimes you just got to be in the right place at the right time, or not get a bad kick on 17, but we’re going to get one.”

The tournament entertainment from the gallery stepped up a notch this year, with a naked male streaker running around the 16th. H e was arrested, and charged with indecency, along with being intoxicated. Not really what you would wish to see on the golf course.

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Tournament of Champions. Marc Leishman Leads 1st Round.

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Marc Leishman leads the Tournament of Champions after the 1st round at the Plantation Course in Hawaii.

Leishman thrives in windy first round at Sentry

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Marc shot an opening round -6 under 67 to lead the Tournament of Champions by one shot, on a very windy day in Hawaii.

Marc is used to the wind, coming from the coastal town of Warrnambool in Australia;

“Every day it was windy down there. It would be a calm day down there and I wouldn’t know what to do and would play terrible,”

“Just basically every round of golf I played until I was 15 was in a really strong wind.”

“I just didn’t know any different and it actually took me some time when I got over here to find my feet when it wasn’t windy.”

Sharing second place at -5 under after rounds of 68 are Brian Harman, USA, and Jhonattan Vegas, from Venezuela.

Brian was bogey free on the day;

“Whenever you get to count on your birdies, you’re doing something good, especially in tough conditions.”

“I’m very happy with it. Did I expect it? Most rounds I don’t go bogey-free, so I did not expect it.”

“But you have to dial it back just a little bit on days like today to make sure that you stay in play and I was able to do that.”

World #1 Dustin Johnson is tied in fourth place with Rickie Fowler, both from the USA and Si Woo Kim, South Korea, all three at -4 under par with rounds of 69.

Dustin had a poor day with the putter;

“Definitely missed some putts, but I felt like I hit good putts, just didn’t have quite enough speed and lipped out a few on the low side.”

 “But other than that, it was really solid.”

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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.

Fowler surges to victory at Hero

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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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