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.

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Fowler leads at Wells Fargo

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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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Wells Fargo Championship. Andrew Loupe Leads.

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Andrew Loupe maintains his status at the top of the Wells Fargo Championship, and leads the tournament at Quail Hollow Club.

Loupe remains on top

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Andrew carded a -1 under par 71 to stay at the top of the Wells Fargo Championship at -8 under par. he used his long drives and good putting to full advantage, on a tough course;

“That’s a grown-man’s golf course.”

“They’re rolling off the putter face well.”

Robert Castro holds second place at -7 under par, following his second round -6 under par 66, he Eagled the par four last hole;

“I thought it might jump over the back of the green, but everybody’s arms went up, and that’s always a good sign.”

Third place belongs to Chesson Hadley, -5 under par 67 and Mark Hubbard,-4 under 68, both at -6 under par.

First round leader Steve Wheatcroft, Phil Mickelson and Ricky Fowler are in the large group at -5 under par.

In a strange occurrence Zac Blair got himself disqualified, for using a bent putter, he bent it by banging it against his head when missing a putt;

Zac Blair hit his putter on his head after a missed putt Friday, leading to a bent putter and a DQ. (Harry How/Getty Images)

“Going forward I’m going to do my best not to let my emotions get in the way on the golf course, and I’m going to learn from this mishap and move on.”

Rory McIlroy bogeyed the last two holes of the day to spoil a what was a good recovery from yesterday, he signed for a second round -3 under 69 for a total of -2 under par.

“Obviously not nice to finish the way I did with two bogeys, but the rest of the card looks pretty good.”

“I got it going around the middle of the round there, and a lot of shots of much better quality than I did yesterday. I feel like I improved from yesterday.”

“It’s a step in the right direction.”

His playing partner Rickie Fowler fared a little better, a -4 under par 68 today for a -5 under total;

“I’m in a good spot, I made a good par putt at the last to kind of keep me within reach.”

“Definitely going into tomorrow and see if we can get a bit closer and, I don’t know, maybe out front.”

“It just shows you how tough it was playing out there, no one really ran away.”

WGC Dell Match Play. Rory, Jordan and Jason Through to Last 16.

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Day 3 of Group Play at the  WGC Dell Match Play tournament has been completed at Austin Country Club, with Jason Day, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy through to the last 16.

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Rory commented after his round

“I feel like my game has gotten a little bit better as the day’s gone on. I know I will have to play very well again tomorrow to try and beat Zach.”

Todays Results

Group 1 Jordan Advances

Jordan Spieth 3 & 2 over Justin ThomasJamie Donaldson 1 up over Victor Dubuisson.

Group 2 Jason Advances

Jason won his match against Paul Casey, due to Paul becoming ill on course and he had to concede. Thongchai Jaydee halved his maych with Graeme McDowell.

Group 3 Rory Advances.

Rory won in a playoff with Kevin Na after they finished all square in their match, forcing them into sudden death, where Kevin sent his second tee shot into water on his way to a bogey, while Rory made par, to win.

Group 4 Patton Advances

Patton Kizzire 2 up over Emiliano Grillo. J.B. Holmes 1 up over Bubba Watson.

Group 5  Byeong Hun An Advances

Byeong Hun An won in a play-off against Scott Piercy after his match with Rickie Fowler ended all square. Scott defeated Jason Dufner 1up.

Group 6 Bill Haas Advances

Bill 1up over Adam Scott. Thomas Pieters 3&2 over Chris Wood.

Group 7 Matt Kuchar Advances

Matt 3&2 over Justin Rose. Anirban Lahiri 4&2 over Fabian Gomez.

Group 8 Dustin Johnson Advances

Dustin 2&1 over Jimmy Walker. Kiradech Aphibarnrat 1up over Robert Streb.

Group 9 Patrick Reed Advances

Patrick, in the surprise result of the day defeated Phil Mickelson 5&4, while  Daniel Berger conceded to Matthew Fiztpatrick.

Group 10 Brookes Koepka Advances

Brooks lost his match 4&3 to Danny Willett, but the other result went in his favor, with Billy Horschell losing 2&1 to Jaco Van Zyl.

Group 11 Chris Kirk Advances

Chris 3&2 over David Lingmerth and Branden Grace 5&4 over Russell Knox. This result lead to a play-off between Chris and Branden, which Chris won when Branden sent his first play-off tee shot in a bunker.

Group 12 Rafa Cabrera Bello Advances

Rafa halved his match against Soren  Kjeldsen, the half point gained was good enough to advance him. Hideki Matsuyama 3&2 over Kevin Kisner.

Group 13 Ryan Moore Advances

Ryan 3&1 over Lee Westwood. Sergio Garcia 5&4 over Marc Leishman.

Group 14 Zach Johnson Advances

Zach 4&3 over Shane Lowery. Martin Kaymer 4&3 over Marcus Fraser.

Group 15 Brandt Snedeker Advances

Brandt 5&3 over Charl Schwartzel. Charley Hoffman 4&2 over Danny Lee.

Group 16 Louis Oosthuizen Advances

Louis 4&2 over Andy SullivanMatt Jones and Bernd Wieberger halved their match.

 

ROUND OF 16 MATCHES
32. Bill Haas USA vs. 56. Chris Kirk USA
3. Rory McIlroy  vs. 15. Zach Johnson USA
30. Matt Kuchar USA vs. 20. Brooks Koepka USA
2. Jason Day  vs. 17. Brandt Snedeker USA
29. Byeong-Hun An KOR vs. 54. Rafa Cabrera Bello ESP
65. Patton Kizzire USA vs. 47. Ryan Moore USA
9. Dustin Johnson USA vs. 10. Patrick Reed USA
1. Jordan Spieth USA vs. 18. Louis Oosthuizen 

Honda Classic. Scott Sinks, Garcia Grinds and Rickie Retreats.

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Adam Scott sinks to recording a seven at a par three, Sergio Garcia grinds through his day and Rickie Fowler retreats with an over par third round at the Honda Classic.

 

Adam Scott shakes hand with his playing partner Sergio Garcia on the 18th green during the third round. (David Cannon/Getty Images)

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Amazingly Sergio -3 under 69 today, and Adam -4 under 66, share the lead, at -9 under par after this dramatic day going through the Bear Trap in the third round of the Honda Classic.

It has been a while since either of them has won on Tour, and Adam spoke about the seven and his desperation after not winning for two years;

“I think we’re both pretty desperate to have a win Sunday, after putting ourselves in this position.”

 “So hopefully we both play well and it’s a good show.”

“I think I’ve experienced things along those lines plenty of times in this game.”

“And you know, really didn’t hit too many bad shots to make a 7. That’s how challenging holes like 15, 16 and 17 are.”

“I grinded out a 4 on 16 after a sloppy tee shot, and then back to hitting really good shots on 17.”

“It’s what you have to do to stay in golf tournaments.”

“It could easily fall apart, and go from a commanding position to struggling to be in the tournament tomorrow.”

“That’s what you have to do, just keep grinding until the round’s over.”

Sergio has not won on Tour for four years, and he gets uptight when it’s mentioned, he did have a win in Vietnam last year;

 “There’s something that I don’t like, and when I hear guys say, oh, yeah, you won, yeah, you won in Vietnam or you won in Qatar, but you haven’t won on the PGA TOUR.”

“It feels like, you know, those wins don’t mean anything, and you know, it’s such a wrong comment.”

“Every win, every victory is difficult. It doesn’t matter, even if it’s against your father on your home course. Every single victory is tough.”

“There’s a lot of great players out in the world today, and you know, the victory in Vietnam wasn’t easy. I had to play well to get that. And the victory in Qatar, same thing.”

“A win is a win. It doesn’t matter where it is. To me at least, they all mean a lot, and a PGA TOUR win doesn’t mean more than others. They all mean a lot.”

“I think we both will be wanting it badly if it gets to that, and hopefully it will get to that.”

“We’ll see what happens. At the end of the day, what I have to do is go out there and keep playing well, give myself a shot at it, and you know, then destiny will tell us.”

Of course there is a good reason that neither of them has won in recent times, they are both suspect in the putting department. Sergio with the frail claw grip that always lets him down under pressure, and Adam, who is trying to get back to using a proper putter, also uses that same style of grip.

Given that they have a four shot lead over the field one of them should win tomorrow, I will be watching with fascination.

Third place belongs to Blayne Barber, at -5 under par, and looking at today’s results he must feel he has a good chance to win.

Rickie will be kicking himself after today’s round +4 over par 74, when a good round would have him somewhere near the top, instead of five back at T4.

Honda Classic. Rickie Rises to the Top.

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Rickie Fowler rises to the top of the Honda Classic leaderboard at PGA National.

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Rickie achieved top spot at the Honda Classic with a second consecutive -4 under par 66, for a -8 under par total, needing  only 26 putts in the second round;

“I’ve been swinging well.”

“It’s nice to hit fairways, hit greens, especially in places like this where it’s very demanding tee-to-green.”

Jimmy Walker finished birdie-eagle to cap his second round off, carding -4 under par 66 and secure second place on his own at -7 under par. He made an unlikely birdie on the difficult par four 9th hole, after an indifferent tee shot into the right rough, making a great putt;

“It was big, I didn’t hit a very good drive there and caught a good break in the rough and hit a great shot.”

“Finally made a good putt. Got a good read, made a putt.”

In third place on his own at -6 under is Sergio Garcia, with a more modest second round total of -1 under par 69.

Sergio missed the cut at Riviera, but this week his putter is working OK;

“Yeah, it feels good, just one bad putt on the first hole, I hit too hard and my second putt was good.” 

Adam Scott is in contention again, at -5 under par, and playing well, and is getting more confident;

“Last week kind of confirmed that things were on the right track.”

“I definitely saw things I wanted, a couple things I wanted to work on after last week that I felt under the heat of contention Sunday weren’t as good as I would like.”

“Tried to work on them a little bit Monday and Tuesday. They feel good so far, so we’ll test it again this weekend.” 

“It’s starting to get really solid, and I’ve got to just keep doing that and let the confidence build.”

“That’s how you get to a major and guarantee you can put yourself in that position Sunday with a chance, and that’s what I did for a few years, and I’d like this to be the start of that run.”

“That’s what I’m trying to do.”

Rory McIlroy has missed the cut, it seems that the top players in the World have lost their Mojo. Phil Mickelson got in on the number +3 over par.