The Barclays. Two at the Top

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The Barclays

There are two players tied at the top of The Barclays tournament after the first round at Bethpage Black, in New York. Patrick Reed and Martin Laird share top spot at -5 under par following rounds of 66.

Patrick Reed's 5-under 66 in Round 1 of The Barclays was good enough for a share of the opening-round lead. (Chris Condon/Getty Images)

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Patrick, bogey free today and Martin also bogey free are tied at the top of The Barclays after carding -5 under par 66 in round one at Bethpage Black.

Patrick is winless this year, but sits at #8 position in the Ryder Cup standings;

“Of course it’s on my mind, but really at the end of the day, it’s just trying to get better and play this tournament, because if I play well, that means those other guys are going to have to play even better to try to catch me.”

These guys are followed by four players on -4 under par, all with opening rounds of 67, Rickie Fowler, Kevin Chappell, Emiliano Grillo and J.B. Holmes.

Rickie wants to make the Ryder Cup team for the U.S.A.;

“That’s the No. 1 priority coming into the year.”

“I’d say that’s always one of the main goals coming into a Ryder Cup year.”

“Even in the off year, you’re thinking about it. That was the whole reason playing last week, trying to get more points.”

“It would be nice to have a chance to make that team without having to get picked.”

J.B. has been searching for a putting inspiration, and thinks he may have found it;

“It was really good, had to stay calm today and tried to let go of the results.”

World number one Jason Day is in touch with the early leaders, a first round -3 under 68 has him T7.

In the huge group who finished the day at even par 71 were, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Bubba Watson.

Jordan said Bathpage Black was one of the toughest courses had played;

“It’s up there in the top few toughest courses I’ve ever played.”

“If they made the greens firm today, it would have been unplayable on a few holes.”

“It was very tough, challenging, but fair today. We just had it really, really tough in the afternoon with those winds so high.”

 

 

 

PGA Championship. Two Tied at the Top

White Dragon GolfThere are two players tied at the top of the PGA Championship after 36 holes at  Baltusrol Golf Club,

Jimmy Walker and Robert Streb.

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Jimmy stayed on top of the PGA Championship leaderboard, carding -4 under par 66 today, but he has been joined by Robert Streb, who scored a magnificent -7 under par 63. Both players have -9 under par tournament scores for the 36 holes.

Robert was pleased with his round, and to be part of the 63 club in Majors;

“It was a great round. I’m happy to be a part of that 63 club.”

“I’m sure it will be busy, Saturday at a PGA, but I’ll just try to stick to what I’m doing.”

“Try to do the same things we’ve been doing the last couple of days and hopefully it’s good enough.”

“I’ll just try not to get too hung up in what’s going on and try to stick to the golf and see if I can have a little fun while I’m at it.”

Jimmy was also pleased with his round today, and was fresh enough to go out again;

“I was excited to go play today, I really was. I was nervous but excited. I’m real happy with today.”

“I felt like I could go out and shoot another good score.”

 “I saw what the weather was going to do and knew that it was going to be out there to play good.”

“If you hit the shots, you knew it was going to be there for you to make some birdies.”

World number one Jason Day, -5 under par 65 today, shares third place with Emiliano Grillo, -3 under 67, both of them with -7 under par totals, just two shots off the pace.

Jason carded a double bogey 6 at the par four 7th hole, and needed to get himself fired up again;

“I gave myself a little kick in the bum.  A few swear words inside my head.”

“Just really I played that hole so bad that it was really frustrating for me.”

“Why are you doing that? Why are you giving shots to the field when you don’t need to do that?”

 “Don’t do little silly errors like that and potentially give them two shots on that hole.”

Two big names that are headed home early after missing the cut, Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy, not much to say except that they were just not good enough.

 

 

PGA Championship. Jimmy Walker Leads

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Jimmy Walker leads the PGA Championship after the first round at Baltusrol Golf Club.

Jimmy Walker currently stands 29th in the Ryder Cup standings and needs a big week to move into a spot. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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Jimmy shot a PGA Championship -5 under par 65 to top the leaderboard at Baltusrol Golf Club, and spoke about his strange year, and poor putting;

“It’s just ebbs and flows of golf. Just haven’t been scoring.”

 “Just a lot of even par to a couple under golf, and it’s equated to a bunch of 20th-place finishes this year.”

“They just haven’t been going in, for whatever reason, they just haven’t.”

“I hit a lot of good putts and they all look like they have got a good shot. For whatever reason, they lip out or quit breaking. I just haven’t been making a whole lot.”

“I felt like personally, I did a lot of things right, and that’s what I’ve been kind of looking to do that I haven’t been doing.”

“So I felt like I was ready to go, I honestly did this week.”

Three players are tied in second place at -4 under par following their opening rounds of 66; Emiliano Grillo, Ross Fisher and Martin Kaymer are keeping the pressure on the leader.

Not applying any pressure was Rory McIlroy, carding +4 over 74 in a major meltdown, with poor putting the main reason;

“I feel like if I had held one of those first two, it might have been a different story of the day.”

 “You get a little bit of momentum and you get it going.”

“But then I missed a couple of greens and did not get up and down and I was always chasing it.”

“I need to figure it out, I’m driving the ball as well as I have, ever and the iron play feels good.”

“The problems begin when I get to the green. I really struggled with the pace. They look much quicker than they are and two or three times I had putts within 12 feet that were downhill and left them short.”

“I need to be more aggressive with my stroke and shoot something in the mid-60s and get into the weekend.”

“Hopefully I’m not shut-out tomorrow. I can’t remember the last time I had a round without a birdie.”

 

The Open. Henrik Stenson is the Champion Golfer of the Year,

 

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Henrik Stenson has been crowned Champion Golfer of the Year at the 145th The Open, at Royal Troon.

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Henrik carded a stunning last round -8 under par 63 to win The Open at Royal Troon, with record low score of -20 under par for the championship, his Major win;

“I felt like it was my time. You can’t guarantee it by any means and I had to play some great golf to get there but I believed in myself and did a great job out there.”
“I”m delighted, but it hasn’t sunk in yet.”
“When you’re fighting as hard as I have done out there today and against Phil for a number of days now, it’s just relief when you’re coming off the 18th and you know it’s done.”
“I know I need to play at my very best and I’m just so happy I managed to do that and get over the finish line”.

“You feel the pressure. As a Swede we’ve had a couple of close calls over the years. There’s been many before that tried and I’m just delighted that I made it for Sweden and all the other guys that tried in past years.”

“It’s a sweet moment.”

Phil finished second again, but a final round  -6 under par 65, would have won the tournament on any other day with a -17 under par total;

” It”s probably the best I’ve played and not won,.

“That’s probably why it’s disappointing in that I don’t have a point where I can look back and say, ‘I should have done that’ or ‘Had I only done this.””I played a bogey-free round of 65 on the final round of a major. Usually that’s good enough to do it. And I got beat. I got beat by 10 birdies.”

“It’s disappointing to come in second, but I’m happy for Henrik.”

“I’ve always thought that he is one of the best ball strikers in the game and that major championships are perfectly suited for him.

” I knew that he would ultimately come through and win. I’m happy that he did. I’m disappointed that it was at my expense.”

Third place went to a distant J.B. Holmes, at -6 under par.

The best of the  top four players in the world was # 4 Rory McIlroy, T5 at -4 under par.

The Open. Phil Wants That Claret Jug.

 

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Phil Mickelson wants that Claret Jug at The Open, taking a one shot lead into the week-end at Royal Troon, and looking for a wire to wire win.

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Phil posted a second round -2 under par 69 to stay at the top of The Open leaderboard with a -10 under total;

“I really enjoy the challenge that this weather and these elements provide, I thought it was a good round to back up the low round yesterday.”
” I played kind of stress-free golf again. I made one or two bad swings that led to bogeys.”
” But for the most part kept the ball in play and played kind of stress-free golf.
“This was the first course that I really played effectively links golf in 2004. That’s where it really kind of turned for me.”
” This is where it kind of happened. This is where I stopped trying to overpower the golf course, where I kind of accepted playing it as it’s designed and not trying to find a new, better way to beat the course other than just straightforward golf. “
“That’s probably why I love it so much.”
“We’ve got a lot of work to do. We’re only halfway done with the tournament. But certainly there is nothing more that I would love than to add another Claret Jug.”
Close behind the leader, making up a lot of ground today is Henrik Stenson, his second round -6 under 65 leaves just oe shot back at -9 under for the championship.
Sharing third place at -7 under par are Soren Kjeldsen, -3 under 68 today, and Keegan Bradley, also -3 under 68.
Rory McIlroy stood still at -2 under, even par 71 today, World number one Jason Day at +1 after his -1 under 70, while Jordan Spieth made the cut at +4 over with a 75 today.

The Open. Its Phil The Thrill By Three.

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Its Phil, The Thrill, Mickleson leading by three shots after the first round of 145th The Open, at Royal Troon.

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Phil equaled the course record of -8 under par 63 to grab the lead in the 145th The Open at Royal Troon in Scotland and was a cats whisker away from a record braking 62, but the putt lipped out;

“That putt on 18 was an opportunity to do something historical.”
“I knew it and with a foot to go I thought I had done it. I saw that ball rolling right in the centre.”
“It was one of the best rounds I’ve ever played and I was able to take advantage of these conditions and yet I want to shed a tear right now.”
“I went to go get it, I had that surge of adrenaline that I had just shot 62 and then I had the heartbreak that I didn’t and watched that ball lip out. It was, wow, that stings.”

“It really stings to have a chance. It’s such a rare opportunity to do something historic like that. If I had just hit a weak flail-off and never had a chance and left it short, so be it. “

“But this ball was hunting right in the centre and didn’t go. It was just heartbreaking.”
Patrick Reed and Martin Kaymer share second place, those three shots back at -5 under par, after their opening rounds of 66.
Søren Kjeldsen,  Andy Sullivan were then in the group at -4 under par, alongside defending champion Zach Johnson.
Justin Rose, Soomin Lee, Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Richard Sterne and Thomas Pieters are a shot further back.

World Number Four Rory McIlroy was -2 under, Jordan Spieth is at even par, with World number one Jason Day at +2 over for his first round,

The weather tomorrow is suspect, so anything could happen, lady luck will play her part no doubt.

WGC Bridgestone Invitational. DJ Does It Again.

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DJ does it again, Dustin Johnson wins the WGC Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club.

Dustin Johnson followed up his win at the U.S. Open by winning the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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Dustin shot a final round -4 under par 66 to claim the WGC Bridgestone Invitational title with a winning total of -6 under par, and a two shot wining margin, good putting made the difference.

At the beginning of the tournament it was said that this course suited the shorter hitters off the tee, the long guys would have problems with the tree-lined course. I guess no one told Dustin that;

“This golf course is playing so tough, it’s not like I need to go out and shoot 63.”

“You just try to hit it in the fairway and get to get it on the green and try to make some putts. I knew if I shot 4 or 5 under I’d have a chance.”

“I feel great, I feel like my game is where it has been all year. I just haven’t been putting quite as well as I’d like.”

“The last couple of weeks, I just putted a little better.”

Scott Piercy was in second place at -5 under par, he carded a last round of even par 70.

World number one Jason Day has suffered the same type of last round malaise as Rory over in Europe earlier, Rory could only card an even par last round when in contention.

Jason was worse, with final round +2 over par 72, to finish tied in third place at -3 under par, with Jordan Spieth, -3 under 67 today, Matt Kuchar -4 under 66 and  Kevin Chappell with his last round -3 under 67.

Jason did not get a green in regulation over the last six holes, and he was disappointed with the outcome;

“Disappointed, but I’ve got to try and focus on what I did great this week, move on, and try and get better for the next one.”