BMW Championship. Marc Leishman In Control.

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Marc Leishman, from Australia. is in control of the BMW Championship, and will take a three shot lead into the week-end at Conway Farms Golf Club.

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Marc had a -7 under par 64 second round to get to -16 under par for the BMW Championship tournament, just rolling in the putts;

“The game is feeling really good.”

“Obviously rolling the putts really well, but you have to give yourself the opportunities.”

Tied in second place at -13 under par are Jason Day, Australia, -6 under 65  today and Rickie Fowler, USA, carding -7 under 64.

Jason said he was relaxed with his new caddie, so relaxed he Aced the par three 17th today;

“The more you can be mentally relaxed or rested, it takes a lot of stress and kind of pressure off of your game.”

“I think my mindset is a lot different, I feel like I’m a lot more excited having my buddy on the bag.”

“Luke is doing a great job.”

Rory McIlroy hit the stops in his defence of his title, and will not progress any further in the FedExCup play-offs. Signing for a -2 under 69 today, which left him in 59th position on the listings, eight places worse than when he started this tournament;

“I’m here so I might as well give it my best.”

 “It’s a very long shot that I’m going to make it to next week.”

“I’ll try my best over these next couple of days and see what I can do.”

“Realistically there’s not much chance of getting into the Tour Championship.”

“But I still want to go out and play well. I don’t want to go out there and completely throw it in.”

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BMW Championship. Leishman Leads, with a 62.

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Marc Leishman, from Australia, leads the BMW Championship shooting 62 in the opening round at Conway Farms.

Leishman leads after 62

Marc carded a first round -9 under par 62 to top the BMW Championship leaderboard by two shots.

A fault with the putter was picked up by his coach;

“I have a tendency to push the putter into the ground.”

“My coach picked it up and I started making putts again, so thanks, Denis.”

“When you play golf and all you’re thinking about his making birdies, it’s a lot easier than trying to not make bogeys.” 

Jason Day, Charley Hoffman, and Jamie Lovemark all recorded first rounds of 64 to share second place at -7 under par.

Jason mentioned his friend and new caddie;

“A good step in the right direction, especially with having Luke on the bag.”

“Obviously, not having Colin on the bag is something different and I just didn’t know how I was going to play.”

“I think Luke did a fantastic job out there. We worked well together and hope we can keep that going.”

Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth are in the group at -5 under par after their opening efforts of -6 under 65.

Jordan stole some shots off the course today, and needed only 24 putts;

“I feel like I really stole a few shots out of this golf course.”

 “Which is rare, to feel like you scored better than you played.”

Being at #6 in standings has taken pressure off of Rickie;

“For the most part it’s the least amount of pressure I’ve had the third week of the Playoffs because we’re obviously locked for the top-30 TOUR Championship next week.”

“But it would be nice to make sure we’re in that top five.” 

Rory McIlroy falters in the  defence of his FedExCup title, with a first round +1 over 72, he needs to finish in the top four here to progress any further.

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Dell Technologies Championship. Jon Rahm Leads, Rory Goes Home.

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Jon Rahm from Spain leads the Dell Technologies Championship after two rounds at TPC Boston.

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Jon carded -5 under par 66 in the second round of the Dell Technologies Championship, to top the leaderboard at -9 under, and has a two shot advantage over the field going into the week-end.

Jon got his putter working really well;

“You know, I don’t know what to say. I played a nearly perfect back nine.”

“Felt like I didn’t miss a shot.”

“I felt I putted for birdie pretty much from every hole from a really close distance.”

“This course does fit my eye, I mean, I think it’s a great golf course.”

“After what we played last week with the rough we had last week, anything seems simple. I really think it’s a really good golf course.”

“You can tell it’s a ball-striker’s course because on every green, there’s little sections for the pin to be at.”

“It can be a big green, but there’s little sections for the pin to be at.”

“It can be a big green, but there’s little sections you can hit it at. So being precise off the fairway, it’s going to give you some close birdie putts, which luckily for me has been happening.”

Tied in second place at -7 under par are; Adam Hadwin, Canada, -6 under 65 today, Paul Casey, England, -6 under 65, and from the USA, Kyle Stanley, -3 under 68, with Kevin Streelman, -6 under 65.

Phil Mickleson is in the large group at  -6 under par

“I haven’t done that in a while, because I’ve been so tired after the round.”

“It’s fun to get in contention, it’s been a good first two days.”

Rory McIlroy, the defending Champion missed the cut and is going home, he desperately needs the experience of  J.P. Fitzgerald on the bag, until then he is going only one way, down.

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Dell Technologies Championship. DJ On A Roll.

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DJ. is on a roll at the moment, now leading the Dell Technologies Championship after round one at TPC Boston.

Johnson out front at Dell Technologies Championship

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DJ. fired an opening round of -5 under par 66, to lead the Dell Technologies Championship by one shot, and is definitely on a winning roll;

“When you win, you’re playing well, so it gives you a lot of confidence.”

 “For me, that was one thing that was probably lacking a little bit the last few months, just the confidence, just because I wasn’t seeing the shots that I wanted to see.”

“I wasn’t hitting them consistently. So the confidence was just down a little bit.”

“But you know, after last week, obviously I’ve got a lot of confidence now. I feel like the things I’ve been working on, they are back to working.”

”Put together a pretty good score.”

Sharing second place at -4 under are; Kyle Stanley, USA, Marc Leishman, Australia, with Sergio Garcia and Jon Rahm, from Spain, all with first round scores of 67.

Kevin Tway, even par today, holed an Ace at the 231 yard par three 11th hole, he leveled out his card with two birdies and three bogey’s.

At the other end of the scale Kelly Kraft suffered a septuple bogey 12 at the par five second hole. That unfortunately is  the largest score recorded on a single hole this season on TOUR. Kelly eventually withdrew after sustaining an injury his right foot.

Other casualties included Rory McIlroy, +1 over 72, Jason Day, +4 over 75, and Justin Rose, +1 over 72. These guys will need to up the ante tomorrow if they want to stay in this competition.

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The Northern Trust. Russell Henley Leads.

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Russell Henley,  leads after the first round of The Northern Trust at Glen Oaks Club in New York.

Henley leads after Round 1

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Russell carded a first round -6 under par 64 to lead The Northern Trust, by just one shot.

Russell is not sure what went right, apart from some good putting;

“I don’t know what the key is, or the secret.”

“I just tried to hit the fairway, make sure I hit the green when I was in the fairway, and the greens are great and I rolled in a couple of putts.”

World #1 Dustin Johnson is in second place at -5 under par following his opening round of 65. Dustin reported an upswing in his form;

“Today was much easier than it has been in the past.”

“I’ve been saying it’s close and I’ve seen signs of it. But today was the first day where I felt like all day I was really in control of the swing.”

“Hit a lot of really good shots. Drove it well. Did everything really well. It’s the first time in a long time I’ve done that.”

Scott Brown and Chris Kirk, USA, were tied in third place along with Camillo Villegas from Colombia, all at -4 under par for the tournament.

Phil Mickelson wants to play his way onto the  The Presidents Cup  team next month at Liberty National, but a +2 over 72 is not good enough. Rory McIlroy who is going to defend his FedExCup title is also still on the back foot, carding +3 over 73 today.

 

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US PGA Championship. Thorbjørn Olesen and Kevin Kisner Tied at the Top

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Thorbjørn Olesen, Denmark, and Kevin Kisner, USA are  tied at the top of the  US PGA Championship leaderboard at Quail Hollow.

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Thorbjørn Olesen and Kevin Kisner / getty

Thorbjørn and Kevin had matching opening rounds of -4 under par 67 to top the US PGA Championship leaderboard by one shot.

Thorbjørn just needs to stay relaxed, and feels he can win;

“I’ve had a couple of top tens in Majors, I’ve had some good rounds in Majors and I feel like I’ve learned a lot over the years playing quite a few Majors now.”

” I just have to stay relaxed the next few days, still trying to keep the ball in the fairway and then I know I can hit it close and make some birdies.”

“I feel like I’m better prepared to be in contention over the weekend and have a chance to win.”

Kevin was concentrating on making par;

“I felt confident, I was hitting the driver nice starting out.”

“There’s about four or five holes that I have to birdie to compete and I birdied them all today so that’s kind of been my game plan.”

“Other than that, I’m playing for par.”

Five USA players are that one shot back at -3 under, after their first rounds of 68; Brooks Koepka, Grayson Murray, Gary Woodland, Chris Stroud and DA Points.

Brooks spoke about the new fast greens at Quail Hollow;

“These greens are the fastest greens I’ve ever played, and the thing is, they’re only going to get faster and firmer.”

 Rory McIlroy +1 over 72 today to be T33 also mentioned the greens;

“The greens are as firm as I’ve ever seen at a PGA Championship.”

“Birdied the par fives, birdied the holes that you should birdie. I’m only five behind, four under is the best score out there.”

“It’s a tough golf course. I shoot something in the sixties tomorrow, I move right up there. So yeah, I’m in it.”

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W.G.C. Bridgestone Invitational. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the Bridgestone Invitational leaderboard, Zach Johnson and Thomas Pieters, at Firestone Country Club.

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Rory & Zach were partners today

 

Zach, USA, -5 under 65 and Thomas, Belgium, are tied at the top of the Bridgestone Invitational leaderboard at -9 under par.

Thomas started well, finding fairways and making putts;

“The first eight holes I was in the fairway, hit good shots, made putts and the last 11 was a struggle.”

“I just was out of position every hole. Tomorrow I’ve just got to figure out a way to hit fairways, that’s it.”

“My bad golf is getting better. That’s always good, that’s why you practice.”

“I struck the ball really well with the irons, ball striking’s been really good.”

“Off the tee not so good but I think I’m missing it in the spots I can miss it in. All in all, not too bad.

“You just want to be in contention on Sunday afternoon, that’s it.”

Scott Hend, Australia, had the round of the day, -7 under 63, to get to -8 under for the tournament, and third place on his own.

Scott suddenly started holing putts;

“I holed some putts today. I’ve been scrambling well all week anyway, managed to hit a few more fairways and actually holed some putts, so that was the big difference.”

Hideki Matsuyama, Japan, is in fourth position on his own at -7 under par, with his -3 under 67 today.

Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland, a disappointing -2 under 68 today, Adam Hadwin, Canada, -3 under 67, and Charley Hoffman, USA, -3 under 67, share fifth spot at -6 under par.

Rory felt like he left a few shots out there, wonderful driving, followed by poor approach shots, from 100 to 70 yards out;

” Left a few out there but only three behind going into tomorrow .”

“I felt like I could have got a lot more out of it.”

“I think if I would have walked off today with a 65 or a 66, I would have felt that was a fair reflection of how I played.”

” I can get off to a fast start and try and put a bit of pressure on the guys up ahead of me.”