TOUR Championship. Jordan Takes Over At The Top.

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Jordan Spieth has taken over the lead at the top of the TOUR Championship at a very soggy East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. He now has a great chance of lifting the FedExCup.

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Jordan carded a third round -2 under par 68 and sits on top of the TOUR Championship leaderboard at -8 under par. He made some amazing par saves today;

“I could have easily been 3 over through eight.”

“I’m very pleased with where we stand going into tomorrow, and Henrik’s going to come back very strong.”

 “This was his off day, and so I’m going to have to play even better.”

“Holy, right!”  Jordan shouted on his way to saving par at 16, Henrik called it “A miracle save on 16.”

Henrik was reasonably happy with his +2 over par 72 and -7 under par total;

“Kept it together fairly nicely and we’re still at the races.”

“I would have liked to have gone a few better, but we’re still up there and yeah, it’s all going to be decided tomorrow.”

Rickie Fowler -3 under par 67 today, and Paul Casey +1 over par, share third place, both at -4 under par for the championship.

Rory McIlroy and Zach Johnson are tied in fifth, both at -3 under par Rory struggled in the wet conditions and could only score an even par 70 round, while Zach carded a +1 over 71.

It will be a fascinating day tomorrow to see Jordan and Henrik battle it out, but there is still the possibility of someone going really low tomorrow and setting a challenging clubhouse target, even Rory McIlroy.

Deutsche Bank Championship. Rickie Reigns Supreme.

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Rickie Fowler reigns supreme at the Deutsche Bank Championship, melting down the Iceman Henrik Stenson to win by one shot at TPC Boston.

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Rickie was three down with eight holes to go, but rallied to close the gap, before Henrik found the water on the par three 16th  and carded a double bogey 5.

Rickie then held on to his one shot advantage, with a final round -3 under par 68, to win the Deutsche Bank Championship trophy with a -15 under total, and move up to third position in the FedExCup rankings;

“Just kind of hung in there today, it’s pretty special.”

“I’ve been playing well the past couple of years. It was just a matter of time before I knocked down the door.”

Henrik finished in second place, a final round -1 under par 70 could, and should have been much better, his tournament total was -14 under.

Charley Hoffman made a last round comeback, a -4 under par 67, to end his tournament in third place, at -11 under par.

No one else got into double figures, but Fabian Gomez did fire -7 under 64 today, which got him into the next round at the BMW Championship.

Rory McIlroy came alive today, shooting a final round -5 under par 66, to finish at -3 under, but still loses his #1 ranking, even though Jordan Spieth missed the cut. Even the TV presenters don’t understand how the officials work that out.

Deutsche Bank Championship. Henrik Holds Top Spot

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Henrik Stenson holds the top spot going into the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston.

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Henrik will have a one shot lead going into the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, after his bogey free third round -6 under par 65 gave him a tournament total of -13 under par. Henrik  won this same tournament in 2013, and went on to win the FedExCup.

An Eagle at the short par four, the 291 yard 4th hole, Henrik joked about it;

“It’s the world’s longest par-3.”

“But I like short par fours, I think every good golf course more or less has a short par 4.”

“It’s a good time to start playing well, and of course it’s a big event and lots to play for.”

“I’m happy with the progress I made and it gave me a little bit of a confidence boost last week, that I had a nice tournament in the bank and, yeah, I hope I can have another one here tomorrow.”

“If I’m in position I can make it happen once more.”

“Exciting weeks ahead and again we’ve got one more day here and I’d like to focus on tomorrow, rather than looking at what’s ahead.”

“But, yeah, I’m in good shape and I’m trying to put myself in position to win golf tournaments and I’m certainly up there now. I will most likely have a chance to make that happen tomorrow.”

Rickie Fowler is in second place, carding -4 under par 67 today, that three 67’s in a row, to make his -12 under par total. Rickie has been inspired to get into top gear by the likes of Jordan, Rory and Jason, and is looking forward to being in the last group tomorrow with Henrik;

“We’re going to enjoy being in the final group together.”

 “He’s a big, powerful player.”

“It’s definitely been motivation to go out and get to the same level or be on the same level as those guys.”

“When they’re out there playing their best, you want to go beat them when they’re playing their best.”

“Those three have kind of distanced themselves a bit.”

“They’re playing some great golf. But those are the guys that I want to go head-to-head against and come out on top, if I end up playing better than they do.”

Sean O’Hair and Matt Jones share third place at -11 under par. Sean with a -4 under par 67, and Matt -3 under 68.

Jason Day labored on Labor Day, and so did Rory McIlroy.

Jason carded a third round +2 over par 73, to drop out of contention, and said there is no excuse for poor play, inconsistent putting seemed to be the major problem;

“There’s no excuse for poor playing, I just wish I had a little bit more energy.”

“Actually I hit a lot of fairways and a lot of greens. I didn’t have the stuff on the greens that I wanted to have.”

Rory could only manage an even par round, and remains at +2 over par for the tournament. In a strange turnaround of events, Rory is about to lose the #1 tag, to Jordan Spieth, although Rory made the cut here and Jordan did not. Last week Rory did not even play, but was promoted to #1, now its the other way around, beats me.

Quicken Loans National. Two Tied at the Top, but not Tiger.

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Kevin Chappell and Troy Merritt are tied at the top of the Quicken Loans National, but not Tiger who everyone expected to see there.

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Kevin and Troy sit on top of the Quicken Loans National leaderboard with -14 under par totals, on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course.

Kevin had a -4 under par 67 third round, but had to bow to Troy  who posted a tournament record-10 under par 61.

Kevin has a simple game plan;

“You know, I’ve done a really good job of functioning this week.”

‘”That’s the grass. That’s the sky. That’s the hole. That’s my ball.’ Shoot the lowest score tomorrow and I win the golf tournament.”

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Troy had missed five consecutive cuts coming into this week, but now says things are sorted;

“The big thing is we put ourselves into contention for tomorrow and that was the goal.”

“I wanted to have a good week this week and I’ve been taking weekends off for two months now.”

“I finally made putts, it’s really frustrating the first few days hitting the ball really, really well and having good proximity to the hole and not getting much out of it.”

“Today I hit the ball really well and got a lot out of it.”

Sitting in third place is Rickie Fowler, at -13 under par, he had a third round -3 under par 68, which included a crazy 70 ft roller coaster of a putt which dropped in the hole, but overall he was not happy with his performance;

“Little frustrated with a couple mistakes that I made out there today, but excited about where I’m at.”

“I had a good number on seventeen and just made a bad swing. Got those out of the way and there’s tomorrow.”

Jason Bohn, Whee Kim, Charles Howell 111 and David Lingmerth share fourth place at -12 under par.

Charles is looking to keep the pressure on the leaders;

“I made some birdies and they’re out there, got to keep the pedal down tomorrow.”

Charles played alongside Tiger Woods, who slumped back again today, shooting +3 over par 74;

“I was waiting for the one moment, the one shot. I couldn’t find it.”

“Sometimes it’s one of those things you hit it awful on the range and go stripe it on the golf course.”

 “That wasn’t the case here.”

Defending champion Justin Rose has pulled himself up into contention with a third round -6 under par 65, and sits in the group at -11 under par for the tournament.


Scottish Open. Rickie Romps Home.

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Rickie Fowler romps home in the Scottish Open, wining the title at Gullane Golf Club in Scotland.


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Rickie carded a -2 under pa 68 to win the Scottish Open with a -12 under par total, and has improved the betting odds for his appearance next week at The Open. He birdied the final hole in a dramatic finish to seize the trophy and hopes to double up next week;

“Phil Mickelson mentioned to me win this and there’s a good chance you win next week so I had to take care of business.”

“I don’t know what’s so special about links golf but it’s my favourite. The golf course can play so different day after day and it presents a new challenge. It was a good test this week at Gullane.”

“It’s pretty special, I played great coming in and it’s been a great week. I will have a bit of time tonight to let it sink in and get right back at it next week.”

“This is a big win. I had a couple of missed cuts after winning the Players, which was disappointing, so it feels good to get back on form.”

“I had to dig deep. I was a little bummed to drop a shot on 14 but knew I had some birdie holes coming in. I had played the last four holes well this week and luckily 14 didn’t cost me.”

“There are a few things we can tighten up for next week but I am looking forward to getting back to St Andrews, the Home of Golf, and getting into contention.”

Another American Matt Kuchar was tied in second place, with Frenchman Raphaël Jacquelinboth finished one shot behind at -11 under par for the tournament. Matt also scored a final round -2 under par, while Raphaël could not improve his total, carding a final round of even par 70.

The best placed English player was Eddie Pepperell, -1 under 69, who tied third with Scotsman Marc Warren, who had the best round of the day, -6 under 64 and Joost Luiten, who hails from The Netherlands, he had to settled for a final round of even par 70. They were all at -10 under par for the competition.

Luke Donald showed some better form here than of late, coming in tied fourth at -9 under par, and must have improved his chances for next week at St. Andrews.

Tournament leader at the start of the day, Daniel Brooks, could not hold on to the top spot any longer, finishing poorly with a +3 over par 73 and T7 at -9 under par, with Luke, and Ross Fisher.

Daniel had some compensation for his good effort this week, he qualified for The Open at St. Andrews, along with Raphaël Jacquelin, and Sweden’s Rikard Karlberg.


115th U.S. Open. Gruesome Greens Grab Attention.

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The gruesome greens at Chambers Bay Golf Club grabbed everyone’s attention in the first round of the U.S. Open. At the end of the day Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson shared the lead, while at the other end of the table, Tiger Woods +10 over and Rickie Fowler +11 crashed spectacularly. The fescue grass experiment is not off to a great start, especially as the older greens have never really taken hold properly, and they have been infiltrated by poa annua clumps. The early morning starters had the best of the day.

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Dustin and Henrik shot open rounds of -5 under par 65 at the 115th U.S. Open at the much maligned Chambers Bay Golf Club in Washington.

Dustin reported that he is playing with confidence, hitting good irons shots;

“Hit a lot of quality iron shots, the confidence is definitely there.”

Henrik said he had a good day on the greens;

“It was a good day on the greens in all, but especially the last five holes.”

 “I hit some beautiful putts and managed to slip a few in there.”

Patrick Reed, with a -4 under par 66, for third place alone reported that he definitely missed a few putts;

” All I had to do was get the ball to the hole and it had a chance of going in. I made some long putts, but I also feel like I missed a lot of good opportunities.”

Matt KucharBen Martin and the amateur Brian Campbell are tied in fourth place at -3 under par. They are followed by a group of payers at -2 under par.

Phil Mickelson was happy with his start, -1 under par 69 and T14, as he chases the career Grand Slam this week, but did criticize the greens;

“The first round was the round I was going to be most nervous at, getting started.”

“You don’t want to have to fight to come back all the time. You want to get off to a solid start around par.”

“I think the biggest challenge is that the green speeds are different from green to green, that’s going to wreak havoc on our touch.” 

“What I found is that they’re not the most true surfaces downhill, because you can’t hit it hard enough to hold the line. But uphill they seem to hold the line just fine.”

“I might have to factor that in, in how I play some shots now, because I think the percentage of made putts uphill from three to nine feet is going to be quite a bit higher than downhill.” 

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Rory McIlroy, at +2 over par was not quite so outspoken;

“I just didn’t quite have it with the putter today, and that’s something that I need to get right over the next three days if I want to have a chance.”

“I still feel like if you make a good enough stroke and you have the right speed, there’s a good enough chance the ball will go in.”

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Sergio Garcia, who started with an even par first round and T26, took to twitter to post;

“Happy with my Even par round today although it could’ve been a bit better by the way I played but this greens are as bad as the look on TV.”


The Players. Fabulous Fowler Wins

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Rickie Fowler picked up The Players trophy, winning a three hole aggregate score play-off, after a fabulous -6 under par for his last six holes in regulation, and going birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie over the last four holes.

THE PLAYERS Championship LogoA real put down to the people who earlier in the week voted him to be the worst under achiever in golf. Go Rickie.

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Rickie beat Sergio Garcia and Kevin Kisner in the play-off after they had all finished The Players tournament at -12 under par.

A final round -5 under par 67, which equaled the low round of the day saw Rickie surge to the top of the leaderboard. The guys following knew what score had been posted in the clubhouse, and responded well, at one time towards the end there were five players tied at -11 under par.

Rickie was delighted with his very popular win;

“It’s amazing, we obviously look at this tournament as one of the biggest that we play up against the Majors.”

 “I was out of the tournament after 12 holes. The last four holes, I said, ‘Let’s try and birdie the last four,’ so I one-upped myself.”

“I’ve been waiting a long time for this.”

“This is a special week, everyone looks forward to it and I was just happy that I had a chance after my finish this afternoon to get into the play-off and to be here on 17 and get it done.”

“I played well last week (in the WGC-Cadillac Match Play) and ended up losing on Saturday in the last 16. I felt like my game was where I wanted it.”

“Unfortunately I did not play as well as I wanted to on Saturday here but we finished it off strong and proved to myself we’re back where I should be.”

Sergio commented on the loud heckling he came in for during the day, some of it obnoxious;

“It was great for the most part, obviously, some guys there that don’t deserve to be here watching golf, but that’s what it is.”

“It was probably about three or four times on every hole since the 10th hole, they shouted at the wrong time on top of the ball, so I was able to back away.”

“I putted quite good, but for the rest of the week, I gave away a lot of shots and still almost won this tournament.”

“Overall, it was another good week here at The Players so I can’t be disappointed.”

Kevin had a chance to win the tournament in regular play, but missed a ten foot birdie putt at the 18th. Ben Martin and Bill Haas were the two players who had a chance to make the play-off, they finished T4 at -11 under par.

Rory McIlroy finished T8, at -8 under par, and said he simply could not putt;

“I was obviously looking to go out there today and shoot something in the mid-60s, and that would have given me a chance.”

“I feel like I again gave myself enough opportunities out there to make some putts, and I just couldn’t.”

“The putter really let me down this week. Right from the first day I couldn’t come to terms with the greens and that was the story of the week.”