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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Hero World Challenge. Tommy Fleetwood Leads On Day 1

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Tommy Fleetwood, England, leads the Hero World Challenge on day 1 at Albany Golf Club in The Bahamas.

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Tommy is suffering from jet lag, and his baby son Frankie awake at 4am;

“Frankie woke up so then I feed him and then got him back down, so I just puttered about.”

Sharing second place at -5 under par after their opening rounds of 67 are Rickie Fowler and Matt Kuchar, both from the USA.

Four players are then tied in fourth place at -4 under, World #1 Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, and  Kevin Chappell, all from the USA, and Justin Rose, England.

Of course all anybody really wants  to talk about is the third comeback appearance of Tiger Woods, who carded a first round -3 under par 69, to be T8;

“For me, I thought I did great.”

“To come out here and score like I did, it was nice.”

“All I’m trying to do is just keep plodding along. Today if I take away the two sixes and play the round correctly, then I’m probably tied for the lead.”

 “So it’s just little things like that I need to clean up and hopefully I can do that tomorrow.”

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OHL Classic at Mayakoba. General Patton Conquers Mexico.

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General Patton Kizzire, USA, conquers Mexico, taking command of the   El Camaleon Golf Club, to win the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, his maiden PGA Tour victory.

Kizzire wins OHL Classic at Mayakoba

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Patton took a one shot lead into the final round of OHL Classic at Mayakoba, after he had completed the delayed third round. A final round -4 under par 67 saw him win his maiden PGA Tour trophy at -19 under par, a one shot winning margin;

“I was glad to get it done, Rickie made me work hard.”

“It was pretty nerve-wracking down the stretch, but I felt good.”

“I’ve been in tough spots before and I drew from all my experiences.”

“It means a lot. I’m pretty excited right now, pretty emotional and I was glad to get it done.”

“I want to win golf tournaments, it feels good to get it done today. That gives me a lot of confidence.”

“I understand there’s a lot of good players out here. I just want to keep working hard and win bigger and bigger tournaments.”

Rickie Fowler finished in second place, still that one shot back where he started the last round, shooting the same -4 under 67;

“We gave it a run, kept Patton honest, but he earned it out there today.”

Si Woo Kim, from South Korea got up to take third position with last round -6 under par 65, for a -15 under total.

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OHL Classic at Mayakoba. Three Tied at the Top. Rickie, Patton & Patrick.

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There are three players tied at the top of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba as round two finally got completed, in the rain, with more delays. Rickie Fowler, Patton Kizzire and Patrick Rogers share the honor at  El Camaleon Golf Club in Mexico, sadly the third round was then suspended due to darkness.Round 2 highlights from OHL

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Rickie, the highest ranked player in the field at 10 in the world, scored -4 under par 67 today, Patton, -1 under 70, and Patrick, -6 under 65 all share the 36 hole lead of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba at -10 under par.

Patton spoke of the tough conditions out on the course 

“Today was tough, I had a few hiccups out there, but with the wind and the rain and with the wind and rain together, it was tough.”

“And the stop and start was tough.”

“But I hung in there, made a few birdies there towards the end of my round, and then survived that really tough rain that we had there at the end.”

There are another three players at -9 under for the two rounds, Brian Gay, -6 under 65, today, rookie Brandon Harkins, –3 under 68 and John Oda, –6 under 65.

Everyone is hoping for drier weather tomorrow, so that they can then complete the third and fourth rounds, and find a winner.

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OHL Classic at Mayakoba. Patton Kizzire Leads.

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Patton Kizzire leads the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in  Playa del Carmen, Mexico.Kizzire leads, Fowler lurks at OHL

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Patton shot a first round -9 under 62, which included a bogey, to lead the  OHL Classic at Mayakoba by two strokes at the El Camaleon Golf Club.

Patton is a good friend of Jason Dufner, even taking advice form him;

 “He’s been a good mentor, a good friend, he’s taken me under his wing and shown me a few things.”

“We’ll play practice rounds together occasionally and just hang out.”

“We’ll go to football games together and he’s a good one to pick his brain and to play with because he’s awfully confident.”

Vaughn Taylor carded a bogey free -7 under par 64 to claim second place.

Rickie Fowler, who has not played much lately, sits in third place at -6 under par after his bogey free opening effort of 64;

“We got here on Saturday, but didn’t touch a club until Tuesday.”

“Touch and feel is a big thing coming off of; I think we’ve had roughly a month off, five weeks or so.”

“So when the feel is somewhat there, it frees you up to know that you can get away with some missed shots and it allows you to swing a bit freer.”

” Definitely want to play well down here being my first showing at Mayakoba. Yeah, I couldn’t really ask for much more today.”

 

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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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