Arnold Palmer 1929 – 2016.
“Success in this game depends less on strength of body, than strength of mind and character.”
Rory McIlroy wins the Tour Championship trophy and with it the FedExCup at East Lake Golf Club.
Rory carded a final round -6 under par 64 to get into a Tour Championship play-off against Ryan Moore, -6 under 64 today and Kevin Chappell who scored -4 under 66 in the last round. They all finished with -12 under par totals, and the play-off commenced.
1st play-off hole was the par five 18th, which Rory and Ryan both birdied, and Kevin dropped out with a par. They both carded par 5 the second time around. The duel then moved to the par three 16th, which they both scored par. The fourth play-off hole was the par four 16th, which Rory birdied to win the tournament, and the FedExCup.
Rory’s road to the play-off began when he made Eagle two at the par four 16th, pitching in from 137 yards;
“I knew I was right back in the golf tournament.”
“Just to see that ball drop, and everything that’s come together for me this year, to pull it off was really special.”
“I’ve made it no secret that it’s one of the last things I feel like I had left on my golf CV, and I made it a big goal of mine to win it.”
“To be here and to win the FedExCup, to play the way I have in the last few weeks to get it done, is very special.”
Ryan made sure Rory had to work hard for his victory;
“I just wanted to make him earn it for that much money at least.”
“I wanted him to make the putt. It was nice to get up and make it, but you give a great player like him that many opportunities, and he’s going to make one eventually.”
Kevin was the in form player coming into this tournament, and was left wondering what he has to do to win. This tournament was the fourth time this season he had been runner-up. Losing twice to Jason Day, the No. 1 player in the world, and once to Rory McIlroy. In those final rounds, Kevin’s scores had been 67, 69, 69 and 66.
“I’m proud of the way I fought, it just wasn’t enough.”
There are two players tied at the top of he Tour Championship leaderboard, Dustin Johnson and Kevin Chappell.
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Kevin and DJ are tied at the top of the Tour Championship leaderboard at -8 under par for the tournament, giving them a two shot lead over the field.
Kevin carded -2 under 68 today in his third round, and will give it everything he has to win tomorrow;
“I got nothing to lose, I’m going to go out there and give it all I’ve got, and Dustin is going to play great golf.”
“He’s been in this situation a lot this year, and it will come down to one or two shots.”
Dustin could have been in a much stronger position, but his putting is not as good as the rest of his game;
“I like my position, I feel like I’m playing really well.”
“I need to go out tomorrow and do the same thing I did today, and hopefully try to finish off a little better.”
Rory McIlroy, and Ryan Moore, both returning scores of -4 under 66 today, are close to the leaders at -6 under par, and share second place.
Rory needs a great result here to have a chance of winning the FedExCup;
“I just need to try and win this golf tournament, and whatever happens after that, happens.”
“It would just be great to try to win the TOUR Championship, and if the chips fall my way, then so be it.”
Ryan is focused on this tournament, the Ryder Cup pick for the American team is out of his control;
“Completely out of my control.”
“I came here this week to win a golf tournament, and I’m 100 percent focused on that.”
There is a three-way tie at the top of the Tour Championship leaderboard at the end of round one at East Lake Golf Club. Dustin Johnson, Kevin Chappell and Hideki Matsuyama all shot opening rounds of 66.
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Kevin, Dustin and Hideki have a one shot lead at the top of the Tour Championship leaderboard on day one at -4 under par.
Kevin could only play nine practice holes on Tuesday, because it was too hot;
“Why don’t we just treat it like it’s a normal week, I’ll play my pro-am tomorrow, and so I did that.”
“Today I had really good ball control, I think you can play anywhere with that.”
“I need to play 72 holes like I played the front nine here, probably not take my foot off the gas like it appeared on the back.”
“I felt like I gave myself a lot of good opportunities. The ball didn’t go in the hole.
“But I felt like I stuck to my process and did everything right.”
Dustin said he had played well at the last two tournaments
“I just hit the ball really well at both of those.”
“They were tough golf courses. This one, they’re kind of similar as far as toughness-wise.”
“You’ve got to hit it really well around here.”
“I felt like I was really relaxed out there today, I’ve got a lot of confidence in the game right now.”
“So I’m looking forward to this week and seeing how good I can play.”
Tied in fourth place at -3 under par, after rounds of 67 are Kevin Kisner, Si Woo Kim and World number one Jason Day, who has a niggling back injury.
In the next group at -2 under are Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Paul Casey and Jordan Spieth.
Rory was happy to be where he is;
“I like being in the position after Saturday of last year, being in the last group.”
“That’s obviously the position we want to be in.”
“It’s easy to sort of remind yourself there’s such a long way to go; 72-hole tournaments are long.”
“A lot of things can happen. A lot of holes to play.”
“I was four over through three when I won in Boston a couple of weeks ago.”
Jordan mentioned that win by Rory;
“I look at what Rory did at Deutsche Bank.”
“He was three over through four holes and ends up winning by a couple of shots at 18 under.”
“I feel if I play really solid golf here, and it doesn’t have to be perfect golf, I can shoot 8 under on this golf course. I have no doubt.”
“It fits me really well. I feel like I have an advantage here. I knew if we could get it back to even par and in the red for the day after the first two holes, that would be really special and we’d still have a chance to win.”
There are two players tied at the top of the BMW Championship leaderboard after 36 holes at Crooked Stick Golf Club. Dustin Johnson broke the course record to join Roberto Castro, both with a commanding lead over the field.
Record Breaking Dustin Johnson / getty
Dustin carded a bogey free, record breaking -9 under par 63 to join Roberto, -7 under 65 today, at the top of the BMW Championship leaderboard at -14 under par. They will take a three shot advantage into the weekend.
Dustin used a new putter to great effect;
“I was just struggling to get the ball to come out on the line I was seeing.”
“No matter what I did, how much I practiced, training aids, whatever. It just wasn’t working. So just decided to switch it up.”
“I feel like I’m rolling it well. The irons could still need a little bit of work, I’m not hitting those quite as good as I would like to, but it’s getting there,”
Roberto is not too worried about the extra length of his nearest opponent;
“I think if you look at the TOUR, it sure helps to be long, but the guy who is striping it usually wins.”
“A couple of my best weeks have come on really long golf courses.”
“It always helps to be long, but really the best player that particular week will win.”
“You play great, get a chance to win, you have to finish it off.”
“If you’re shooting for third or fourth, you’re probably not going to win.”
Paul Casey shot -6 under 66, to be those three shots back at -11 under par.
Rory McIlroy, even par today, Jordan Spieth also even par 72 and World number one Jason Day, -5 under 67, are all in the big tie for 19th place at -4 under par for the tournament.
Roberto Castro leads the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club as play was suspended for the day due to darkness.
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Roberto, with his -7 under 65 opening round sits on top of the BMW Championship leaderboard, as play was suspended due to darkness, an earlier rain storm had caused a delay;
“It’s huge, it really is, I would love to be back. “
” It’s an awesome way to end the year.”
“I do better on tougher courses sometimes, it kind of snaps me into focus. And Pete Dye courses, there’s just a lot of shots where it’s do or die.”
“What a difference it makes if you’re pushing downhill instead of uphill.”
“I struggled getting it in play. For a year, it seemed like I was always two over through four holes. You can’t play from there.”
“More fairways mean more birdie looks and less stress.”
Brian Harman holds second place, a first round -6 under 66 a good way to respond from the nightmare 77 of his last round Monday at the Deutsche Bank Championship, when he was very much in contention;
“Monday was really hard for me to swallow.”
There are three players tied in third place at -5 under par, Dustin Johnston, Jason Dufner and Chris Kirk all shot 67.
Last weeks winner Rory McIlroy is doing well again, -3 under par thru 10 ten holes. There was an amusing moment on the first tee for World number one Jason Day, as he was introduced as Jordan Day, he broke into a smile and accepted the cheers from the gallery anyway.
Round one will resume tomorrow at 0800 local time.
Rory McIlroy returns to the winners circle at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Rory / getty
Rory carded a final round -6 under par 65, in very windy conditions, to claim the Deutsche Bank Championship trophy, with a -15 under par total, a two shot victory, with good putting being the key;
Rory now moves into third position on the World Rankings;
“Things can turn around very quickly in this game, I think those last 15 holes on Friday were definitely a turning point.”
“Not just in this tournament, but maybe in my season.”
“It’s just incredible, this game, how quickly things can change, It’s been a great lesson for me this week not to get down on myself, to stay patient.”
After three holes Friday, there was so much going through my head, and none of those things involved sitting beside a trophy.”
“I wasn’t getting impatient. I wasn’t searching, I know that I hadn’t won on the PGA Tour in a while,.
“But over the past 12 months, I’ve still had three wins worldwide.”
“I knew my game was in good shape, I just needed to do something with the putting.”
“I found something. I still need to keep going with it. It’s definitely not the finished article, but it’s a big step in the right direction.”
Paul Casey started the day with a three shot lead, but that soon evaporated as he struggled round the front nine. He finished in second place at -13 under par, after his last round +2 over par 73.
Paul was frustrated with his last round performance;
“Wow, very impressive. Yeah, that’s a might round of golf.”
“I struggled a little bit from the get-go and it’s hard to regain rhythm and make your birdies if you started out that way, so I found it incredibly difficult.”
“I battled well, did a lot of things brilliantly all week, but obviously frustrated.”
Jimmy Walker was third, a final round -1 under par 70 giving him a -12 under par total, and third spot on his own.