BMW Championship. Marc Makes It This Time.

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Marc Leishman makes it this time around winning the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club.

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Marc, from Australia, cruised to victory at the BMW Championship with a last round -4 under par 67, to post a winning total of -23 under par;

“I feel awesome about this, it’s a long week when you lead every day.”

“Backing up that back nine last week at the Dell, when the pressure got put on by Rosie, I reacted with birdies.”

“Just tried to keep doing my own thing and give myself chances, and managed to roll a couple in there at the end which was nice walking up the last there with a bit of a buffer.”

“It’s just nice to put four good rounds on the board and in a really big event.”

 “Backing up what happened last week was probably the most satisfying thing for me.”

Tied in second place at -18 under par were Justin Rose, England, -6 under 65 today, and Rickie Fowler, USA, -4 under par 67.

Jason Day claimed fourth place on his own with a final round -2 under 69 giving him a -16 under par total, and he is full of admiration for Marc;

“I think he’s a great player, especially I grew up playing amateur golf against him,”

 “I don’t think he may have projected himself standing where he is today when we were sitting on a tee back when I was 16 and he was 18 or so.”

“He’s done a tremendous job, obviously, getting to where he is. I think there’s still a ton left in the tank for him.

The East Lake contenders are

1. Jordan Spieth 2. Justin Thomas 3. Dustin Johnson 4. Marc Leishman 5. Jon Rahm

6. Rickie Fowler  7. Hideki Matsuyama  8. Justin Rose 9. Brooks Koepka 10. Paul Casey

11. Pat Perez 12. Matt Kuchar 13. Charley Hoffman 14. Daniel Berger 15. Jason Day

16. Webb Simpson 17. Jhonattan Vegas 18. Kevin Kisner 19. Kevin Chappell 

20. Brian Harman 21. Adam Hadwin 22. Kyle Stanley 23. Patrick Reed 24. Tony Finau

25. Sergio Garcia 26. Xander Schauffele 27. Russell Henley 28. Gary Woodland

29. Patrick Cantlay  30. Jason Dufner

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BMW Championship. Marc In Cruise Control.

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Marc Leishman seems to be operating in cruise control at the BMW Championship, and will take a five shot lead into the final round tomorrow at Conway Farms Golf Club.

Leishman holds commanding lead at BMW

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Marc, from Australia, carded a third round -3 under par 68 to extend his BMW Championship lead to five shots with a -19 under par total, and this time wants to finish well. His game is in good shape and the putting is great;

After what happened at the Dell I got extra determination to finish this one off and my game is in a better spot.”

“Game is still in a good spot.”

“The course changed quite a lot today compared to the first two days, firmed up a lot and greens sped up so that was good to see and nice to keep making birdies like I have been all week.”

“Obviously not as many today but the conditions were quite a bit different. Really happy with the round.”

“The sixty two was obviously pretty nice but, you know, today was almost as satisfying going into a Saturday with a lead to play the way I did, gave myself a lot of chances.”

“Probably didn’t putt quite as well as earlier in the week but still made a lot of putts.”

Rickie Fowler, USA, -1 under 70 today, and Jason Day, Australia, also -1 under 70, share second place at -14 under par.

Jason had a grind of a day; (no pun intended)

“Bit of a grind out there today.”

“I thought with the pin locations, looking at them this morning, I felt there was an opportunity to shoot a low score, which there was.”

“To be honest, to only have one bogey, obviously I missed opportunities out there like a couple on the last two days. I missed those today and, unfortunately, shot one under.”

“With the way I was hitting it, I’m actually quite happy.”

“Leish is playing spectacular,  he’s going to be very difficult to beat tomorrow. I got to come out and play really good golf because he’s not making any mistakes.”

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BMW Championship. Marc Leishman In Control.

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Marc Leishman, from Australia. is in control of the BMW Championship, and will take a three shot lead into the week-end at Conway Farms Golf Club.

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Marc had a -7 under par 64 second round to get to -16 under par for the BMW Championship tournament, just rolling in the putts;

“The game is feeling really good.”

“Obviously rolling the putts really well, but you have to give yourself the opportunities.”

Tied in second place at -13 under par are Jason Day, Australia, -6 under 65  today and Rickie Fowler, USA, carding -7 under 64.

Jason said he was relaxed with his new caddie, so relaxed he Aced the par three 17th today;

“The more you can be mentally relaxed or rested, it takes a lot of stress and kind of pressure off of your game.”

“I think my mindset is a lot different, I feel like I’m a lot more excited having my buddy on the bag.”

“Luke is doing a great job.”

Rory McIlroy hit the stops in his defence of his title, and will not progress any further in the FedExCup play-offs. Signing for a -2 under 69 today, which left him in 59th position on the listings, eight places worse than when he started this tournament;

“I’m here so I might as well give it my best.”

 “It’s a very long shot that I’m going to make it to next week.”

“I’ll try my best over these next couple of days and see what I can do.”

“Realistically there’s not much chance of getting into the Tour Championship.”

“But I still want to go out and play well. I don’t want to go out there and completely throw it in.”

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BMW Championship. Leishman Leads, with a 62.

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Marc Leishman, from Australia, leads the BMW Championship shooting 62 in the opening round at Conway Farms.

Leishman leads after 62

Marc carded a first round -9 under par 62 to top the BMW Championship leaderboard by two shots.

A fault with the putter was picked up by his coach;

“I have a tendency to push the putter into the ground.”

“My coach picked it up and I started making putts again, so thanks, Denis.”

“When you play golf and all you’re thinking about his making birdies, it’s a lot easier than trying to not make bogeys.” 

Jason Day, Charley Hoffman, and Jamie Lovemark all recorded first rounds of 64 to share second place at -7 under par.

Jason mentioned his friend and new caddie;

“A good step in the right direction, especially with having Luke on the bag.”

“Obviously, not having Colin on the bag is something different and I just didn’t know how I was going to play.”

“I think Luke did a fantastic job out there. We worked well together and hope we can keep that going.”

Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth are in the group at -5 under par after their opening efforts of -6 under 65.

Jordan stole some shots off the course today, and needed only 24 putts;

“I feel like I really stole a few shots out of this golf course.”

 “Which is rare, to feel like you scored better than you played.”

Being at #6 in standings has taken pressure off of Rickie;

“For the most part it’s the least amount of pressure I’ve had the third week of the Playoffs because we’re obviously locked for the top-30 TOUR Championship next week.”

“But it would be nice to make sure we’re in that top five.” 

Rory McIlroy falters in the  defence of his FedExCup title, with a first round +1 over 72, he needs to finish in the top four here to progress any further.

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The Northern Trust. 4-Way Tie at the Top

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There is a 4-Way tie at the top of The Northern Trust leaderboard at the end of day two at Glen Oaks Club in New York. Jhonattan Vegas, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth share the honor.

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Rickie, -4 under 66 today, Jordan, -5 under 65, Dustin, -1 under 69 and Jhonattan, -5 under 65, all share The Northern Trust lead at -6 under par for the tournament.

Jhonattan has other things on his mind, like  Hurricane Harvey heading towards his home;

“It’s hard. It’s hard not being home, not being able to help with the house and with everything.”

“I think I’m a little bit fortunate that we live up north in The Woodlands, and historically, by the time hurricanes come into Houston, it takes a little longer to get into Houston.” 

“Obviously it’s something that it’s going to be in the back of my mind for the next few days.”

Rickie has been very consistent driving, but not as long as DJ, but good putting makes up the difference;

“I think the biggest thing is it continue to drive it well to give myself a legitimate chance this week and continue to make putts. Stuff that I think I’ve done well all year.”

“I would say there are some holes, certain carries and stuff like that, that open it up for DJ a little bit but by no means does that mean I can’t go out and beat him.”

DJ is feeling fine now after injury;

“I’d have liked to play better in the majors.”

“Getting hurt before Augusta, which is going right into the major season, didn’t really help, especially for the momentum and how good I felt like I was swinging, and everything was going in a really good direction.”

 “But I feel like I’ve got it back on the right track. I feel like I’m swinging well again.”

Close behind these guys, at -5 under are Bubba Watson, -2 under 68 today, and Matt Kuchar, -6 under 64.

The leaderboard is still tightly packed, and anyone could make a significant move on Saturday.

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Scottish Open. Three Tied at the Top.

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There are three players tied at the top of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open leaderboard, at Dundonald Links. Padraig Harrington, Alexander Knappe and Callum Shinkwin share the top honor going into the week-end.

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Padraig, Ireland, bogey free -4 under par 68 today, Alexander, Germany, -7 under 65 and Callum, England, -4 under 68  to set the clubhouse lead at the Scottish Open with -9 under par totals.

Padraig spoke about bogey free boring golf;

“Today was positively boring compared to yesterday, when there was a lot of drama.”

“I hit two nice seven irons on the first and second, my 10th and 11th holes, and birdied two of the par fives.”

“Yesterday I started off a bit iffy and got a few breaks. I was two under after three and I could have been two over.”

“Then when the rain came in I really struggled but I holed a massive putt for par on 16 and chipped in from 30 yards for a birdie on 17.”

“So it was nice to go out and play solid. It’s nice when there is no stress.”

They are closely followed by Ian Poulter, England, -3 under 69 in his second round, and Andrew Dodt, of Australia, also -3 under 69, both with -8 under par totals.

Nicolas Colsaerts, -5 under 67 Rickie Fowler, -2 under 70, and Grégory Havret, -6 under 66, are all at -7 under par, in fourth place.

Rory McIlroy is still in reverse as he misses another cut, but said his putting had improved;

“I’m frustrated but I thought I saw some good signs this week.”

“My putting was definitely improved although my wedges were not quite there.”

“I’m just waiting for something, some sort of spark, something to go right, and the last couple weeks haven’t been like that. Just got to keep plugging away and hopefully it turns around next week.”

Scottish Open. Mikko Ilonen Leads.

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Mikko Ilonen, from Finland, leads the  Abderdeen Asset Management Scottish Open on day one at  Dundonald Links.

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Mikko broke away from the field on day one of the Scottish Open, shooting -7 under par 65, to lead by two strokes;

“Sixty five is the round of the season, really.”

“I do need to put some rounds together. I’ve got to start from a couple of holes, nine holes and now 18 holes and I’ve just got to continue from there. I haven’t been able to put two rounds together, so it’s a long way to get four rounds together.

“I’ve played links golf when I was a kid, as an amateur we played and I won the Amateur back in the day. There’s some experience in there.”

“I actually changed my irons on Tuesday. So new irons in the bag, 718s. (Titleist)

” It can be just little things that gives you a little extra confidence.”

The chasing pack, all six of them at -5 under, following their rounds 67, are two shots back, they are, Rickie Fowler and Paul Peterson, USA, Padraig Harrington, Ireland, Ian Poulter and Callum Shinkwin of England, and Andrew Dodt of Australia.

Rickie, who was bogey free today, is having fun out on the links;

Fowler loving life on links

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“It felt good but it’s fun to go out on links and for me to hit shots and they don’t necessarily have to be spot on,”

“It’s kind of about managing the game and hitting shots and working your way around the golf course and putting yourself in the right position and avoiding bunkers.”

“I felt like I did a good job of hitting fairways today, staying on the right side of the hole and made a couple of birdies and it’s always nice to have a clean card.”

” I love playing links golf. It’s a great week.”