Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. J.J. Spaun Leads Suspended 2nd Roound


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J.J. Spaun, USA, leads the  Shriners Hospitals for Children Open as 2nd round play was suspended due to darkness at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas.

Spaun in control on Friday at Shriners Open

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J.J. had a completed second round of -6 under par 65 to lead the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, with a -11 under par total, putting well to give him a three shot lead at the moment;

“I think we were just real deliberate on our numbers out there, it’s super swirly, windy.”

“Out here you’ve got so many undulations around the greens and you’ve got tight hazards next to the pins and the greens, so it’s crucial to get the right number, and we did that well today. “

“That kind of set us up for having a bunch of looks out there.”

“I’m putting well, I’m hitting it well, I’m just trying to play simple golf.”

In second place is Kelly Kraft, USA, who has completed 15 holes of his second round at -4 under for the day, and a -8 under par total, which included a hole-in-one on par three 5th, using a 6-iron on the 174-yard hole.

Robert Garrigus is third, he finished early in the day with a total of -7 under par, carding -6 under 65 for the day, his putter working well, even though his tee shots were not;

“I really didn’t swing it as good as I wanted to off the tee.”

“I was hitting some squirrelly shots, but the putter worked really well today, which can cure a lot of things.”

Many players will come back early tomorrow to complete their second rounds, and then  moving day will begin in earnest.

The current projected cut is +1 over par, and some of them are below the cut line presently, but could make it tomorrow. It will be interesting to see if any of them can recover, it is not impossible.

Bubba Watson, USA, and defending champion Rod Pampling, Australia, are two of those hoping that the cut line stays where it is. 

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RBC Canadian Open. Hoffman Has The Lead.

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Charlie Hoffman leads the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club after 54 holes.

Hoffman leads by one at RBC Canadian Open

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Charlie shot a third round -7 under par 65, which gave him the lead in the RBC Canadian Open at -17 under par, and a one shot lead gong into the final round tomorrow.

Charlie has the Presidents Cup on his mind, he wants to be in the team;

“I know I’m going to have to play myself on to the team. I’m going to have to play good and get a win.”

“It’s something I want to do before my career is done.”

 “I’m going to earn it and I’m going to try, and if I don’t, you’ll know I went down swinging.”

Kevin Chappell holds second place, at -16 under par, a -6 under 66 third round keeping him in contention.

Robert Garrigus, with a new course record -10 under 62, shares third place at -15 under par with Gary Woodland, who carded -4 under 68 today.

Robert got disqualified at the John Deere Classic a few weeks ago for signing an incorrect scorecard;

“It’s been in the back of my mind ever since I got my TOUR card last year. You want to keep your job. This game is so hard and we work really hard and we fight, we practice and we work out. It’s one of those things where you’re constantly searching for something good, and I found it today.”

“This is really weird, but last night I’m sitting in my room and I’m thinking, If I can get a lead before they even tee off, that would be awesome.”

 “I’m going to try and build on that tomorrow, so I’m really excited.”

“It was a great day, one to remember.”

 

Valspar Championship. Senden Squeezes In for a Win.

dragon logo darkValspar Championship Logo Ozzie John Senden squeezes in to win the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook.

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John squeezed in with two birdies at the death, on the 17th and 18th holes to complete his final round at -1 under par and a winning total of -7 under par. On a wild and windy day at Innisbrook the tournament was always in the balance until John broke through with those two decisive birdies.

 This one-shot victory was John’s first on the PGA TOUR in more than seven years and sends the 42-year-old Australian to the Masters next month. He spoke about the wild conditions;

“I just love the way the course blows, the scoring always stays under double figures here, and I felt if I could just stay in the moment that I was swinging well enough to go out there and give it a shake. I got a little bit busy in the mind going up the last hole. But I managed to hit a nice second shot and the putt was really the icing on the cake when it went down to around two inches.”

Kevin Na, who started the day one shot off the lead, finished in the same place, at -6 under par, and in second place following a disappointing final round of +1 over par 72.

Scott Langley was in third place finishing at -5 under par, a final round -1 under par 70 kept him above the group who were at -4 under par.

That group included Luke Donald, Will MacKenzie and Robert Garrigus, who had led going into Sunday but suffered a nightmare front nine, going out in 41 shots. He eventually ended up with a score of  + 4 over par 75.

Justin Rose carded a +3 over par 74 including a hat-trick of bogeys from the 11th onwards as he completed his tournament on -2 under par, in a tie for 8th place.

Valspar Championship. Garrigus Gallop Cut Short.

dragon logo darkValspar Championship Logo The gallop of Robert Garrigus at the Valspar Championship was cut short on Saturday at Innisbrook. 

A pair of short misses brought Garrigus back to the field a bit on Saturday. (Greenwood/Getty Images)

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Robert expensively missed two short putts on his back nine and had to settle for a -1 under par third round of 70 on the Copperhead Course. That reduced his advantage at the top of the leaderboard to a one-shot lead in the Valspar Championship, as he posted -8 under par in the competition.

Robert still managed to enjoy himself out there;

” I had fun, I’m in a good position. If I play a good round tomorrow, if I shoot under par, they’re going to have to come get me.”

Kevin Na had a third round -3 under par 68, for his total of -7 under par for the tournament and holds second place alone. He still suffers from the slow play tag that follows him around;

“I know how to play, I don’t know what people have said, but I don’t think I should be criticized. It’s not fair to me, I already have that stamp on me.”

One of the low rounds today came from third placed John Senden, his third round of -7 under par 64 catapulted him into third spot on his own at -6 under par. John took his putting stroke from the practice green onto the course

“I just was trying to be free, trying to putt like I do on the practice putting green, I took it straight to the golf course today. Very happy to do that. There’s a lot of grain on these greens and ball seems to turn a lot when you’re putting. You’ve really got to take note of way the grain reads.”

” I’ll get out there tomorrow and try to do it again. I can’t control what any other player does, but I can go out there and do the best I can do. Hopefully I can be at the top of the leaderboard round about the end of the day.”

Justin Rose, -2 under par on the day occupies fourth place on his own at -5 under par. Retief Goosen equalled John Senden’s low round of -7 under par and is in the group at -4 under par.

 Luke Donald is at -3 under par, and definitely in position to capitalize on any mistakes the leaders make and perhaps steal a victory. Luke played like his game of old;

“ Kind of a Luke Donald round, that’s kind of what you need around this place. I never thought I was very far off, but around a course like this you need to hit fairways and greens and kind of make it easier on yourself because it’s tricky.”

“I’ve played here enough times, and seeing the scores over the last couple days, I knew a good round would shoot me up the board. So just try to play my own game and post something low-ish to get me back into contention.”

Valspar Championship. Garrigus Gets Ahead.

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Robert Garrigus gets ahead in the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook on day 2 taking a three shot lead into the week-end.

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Robert can not remember a better performance going into the week-end than the one he put together on day 2 at the Valspar Championship on the Copperhead course. He shot a second round -5 under par 66, to finish the day three shots ahead on -7 under par for the tournament;

“It’s the fishing, I think that puts me in a good frame of mind because I’m clear and not thinking about anything, just going out and having some fun. I probably hit one of the top-five shots of my life there on sixteen, out of the trees. Hit a low, cut 5-iron, then rose it up over the pine tree and cut it 40 yards and hit to ten feet. That’s just one of those shots that when you’re playing good and everything is rolling, you kind of expect it. It was a lot of fun to try it, and to pull it off was even better. I’ve spent half my life in the trees. I’ve had a lot of practice.”

Kevin Na is in second place, a second round -3 under par 68 gave him a total of -4 under par for the tournament. That was good enough for second spot alone.

Highest-ranked player in the field, Justin Rose shot a second round -3 under par, and joins Matt Every, Pat Perez and Matteo Manassero, all tied in third place at -3 under par.

Justin finally got some momentum going;

“I got some momentum going today, I worked my way into the tournament early. To finish strong with my round yesterday I think helped give me some momentum into day. It’s exactly how I needed to flow into the tournament.”

During the round today Pat Perez  was the first player to reach -5 under par for the tournament, until he missed two drives well to the left. The first was in the trees at No. 6, and then another wayward drive went out of bounds on No. 7. Both of them led to double bogeys, though Pat shrugged off the disappointment;

“Just move on and keep going.”

Danny Lee went from first to worst. He was tied for the lead Thursday, and then shot +8 over par for 79, and miss the cut. The cut was at +3  over par,  and because 84 players advanced, there will be a 54-hole cut to top 70 and ties on Saturday.

The list of players missing the cut was pretty impressive, they include;

Ernie Els, Mike Weir,  Camilo Villegas, Webb Simpson, Geoff Ogilvey, D.A. Points, VJ Singh, Angel Cabrera, Kyle Stanley and the wild man himself, John Daly, who propped up the whole field.

 

 

Northern Trust Open. Sang-Moon Bae Steps up.

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Sang-Moon Bae steps up to take the lead on the 2nd day of the Northern Trust Open at Pacific Palisades in California.

Rock solid at Riviera

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Sang-Moon  completed a second round of 5-under par  66, giving him a one-stroke lead at -9 under par, before the round was suspended due to darkness, at Riviera Country Club. He said he really enjoyed the experience;

” It was really, really good experience, and I learned a lot, I improved a lot from last year.”

 Aaron Baddeley and Robert Garrigus are currently tied in second place at -8 under par, they have also finished their second rounds, Aaron with a -6 under par 65, and Robert with another round of -4 under 67.

Aaron thinks it is a strong test on the dry and firm course;

‘ It’s a strong course, especially when it’s dry and firm like it is. If you miss it out of position, it’s really hard to get the ball up-and-down. Today was good, because I made a couple good saves, but coming in I had some good looks and made them.”

Robert likes this course;

“I have pretty good willpower, so as soon as I stepped on the first hole this week, I’m like, `I absolutely love this place, and I’m really starting to like it,”

First round leader Dustin Johnson  dropped shots and also missed several good looks inside twelve feet. He was at – 6 under par following his second round of -1 under par 70, leaving him tied in fifth spot. Dustin put his poor effort down to some errant drives;

“I played pretty solid today, just hit a couple of bad drivers on the back, but that’s going to happen. But I still had a lot of really good looks at birdie and just couldn’t capitalize on any of them.”

WGC Accenture Match-Play, Semi’s Finalised

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WGC Accenture Match-Play semi’s have been decided, Jason Day will play Hunter Mahan and Matt Kuchar will face Ian Poulter at The Golf Course on Dove Mountain, for a place in the final.

Jason Day beat off the challenge of Graeme McDowell, while Hunter Mahan had a tough task in ousting Webb Simpson.

Matt Kuchar took care of Robert Garrigus and Ian Poulter had a real old tussle with Steve Stricker.

Ian took control of the momentum of the match when he sunk a 40ft putt on the third hole, Steve Stricker laughed when the putt rolled in, but was not laughing when his own four foot birdie attempt missed and he lost the hole. Ian joked about the putt, which was reminiscent of his Ryder Cup putt against Phil Mickleson;

“It was 40 feet, left-to-right, right-to-left, right-to-left again, hopefully slowing down on the ridge, taking a left-hand turn, down the slope and then chucking a little left to right at the end to drop it, it was really nice.”

Ian was three up with three holes remaining when he missed the green to the right. Steve came up short and chipped to about three feet. While Ian was studying his chip to the green, a fan standing near Ian said;

“Pick it up.”  so Steve did just that.

Ian, the highest remaining seed left in the tournament, said of the incident;

“I think it was close enough, anyway, but for a split second, it was a little off-putting, and I guess I had to hole a 12-footer to finish the match.”

The semi’s tomorrow look like being enthralling contests, and I look forward to them.