The Open. Stunning Spieth Digs Deep To Win.

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Jordan Spieth, USA, digs deep to win The Open, with a stunning finish to secure the victory on the links of  Royal Birkdale Golf Club, in England.

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Jordan struggled today carding three bogey’s in his first four holes, a birdie followed on the next hole, but two more bogeys saw him sinking down. He recovered with some good putting to win the 146th The Open with three birdies and an Eagle in his last five holes, giving him a last round total of -1 under par 69, and a three shot winning margin at -12 under ;

“It’s incredible, this is one of the most sought after trophies in the world and the most sought after in our sport and to be able to have my name on it and already see that is a dream come true.”

“My last goal now is to try and complete a career grand slam.”

“Somehow it came from an errant drive, a crazy drop and a bogey to get me going.”

“After that one went in I stuffed a six iron at the next hole and that putt went in. I was uncomfortable on the greens and all of a sudden I couldn’t miss.”

“Tremendous mental strength to be able to come back and finish that way with a couple of good breaks and Matt got a couple of bad breaks as well.”

“I don’t know how I shot one under today.”

Matt Kuchar secured an American 1-2, also with a final round -1 under par 69, he was three shots clear of the third place at -9 under for the tournament.

Grabbing third place was Haotong Li, from China, returning the low round of the day, -7 under par 63, for a -6 under total.

Rafa Cabrera Bello, Spain,-2 under 68 today, and Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland, with -3 under 67 shared fourth place at -5 under par.

The Open. Jordan Spieth Supreme.

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Jordan Spieth supreme in The Open, pulling away from the field at Royal Birkdale during a wet second round afternoon session.

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Jordan, USA,  shot -1 under 69, to extend his lead in The Open to two shots at -6 under par. An Eagle at 15 was lucky;

 “I mis-hit it, and I was very fortunate to scoot that last bunker.”

“It was definitely a good break. It wasn’t a bad play. We knew we’d stolen one.”

Keeping the American stranglehold on this competition is Matt Kuchar, in second place, his second round of +1 over par leaving him at -4 under for the tournament.

Sharing third place, at -3 under are Ian Poulter, England, even par 70 today, and Brooks Koepka, USA, with +2 over par 72 second round.

Poults is pumped up;

“I qualified for The Open. I’m loving it. I really am. “

“This is a massive bonus for me to be in this position. I haven’t played in a major for a little while, and I can’t wait.”

“I’m excited. I’m pumped up, I mean I’m ready to go out there toe-to-toe with anyone this weekend.”

Rory McIlroy played himself back into the competition, -2 under 68 today, with an improved performance with the putter giving him a -1 under total and T 7;

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“That was right up there.”
“It’s really tough out there. I was lucky enough to get off to that great start but the conditions actually got a little bit worse on the back nine and it’s hard.”
“I think this south east wind that we’re playing today is the toughest wind you get on this golf course.”
“To be in after two days and be under par for this championship, after the way I started, I’m ecstatic with that.”
 “I’ve been really, really happy with how I’ve putted the last couple of days and that’s one of the most difficult things today.”

Notables missing the cut, at +5 over par, are Phil Mickelson +10. Padraig Harrington  +6, Justin Thomas +7, Patrick Reed +8, Louis Oosthuizen and Billy Horschel, both with +12 over par.

Phil suffered only his fourth ever cut;

“I missed it with flair.”

“I thought I had a good game plan. I thought my game was sharp. But obviously it wasn’t.”

Scottish Open. Three Tied at the Top.

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There are three players tied at the top of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open leaderboard, at Dundonald Links. Padraig Harrington, Alexander Knappe and Callum Shinkwin share the top honor going into the week-end.

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Padraig, Ireland, bogey free -4 under par 68 today, Alexander, Germany, -7 under 65 and Callum, England, -4 under 68  to set the clubhouse lead at the Scottish Open with -9 under par totals.

Padraig spoke about bogey free boring golf;

“Today was positively boring compared to yesterday, when there was a lot of drama.”

“I hit two nice seven irons on the first and second, my 10th and 11th holes, and birdied two of the par fives.”

“Yesterday I started off a bit iffy and got a few breaks. I was two under after three and I could have been two over.”

“Then when the rain came in I really struggled but I holed a massive putt for par on 16 and chipped in from 30 yards for a birdie on 17.”

“So it was nice to go out and play solid. It’s nice when there is no stress.”

They are closely followed by Ian Poulter, England, -3 under 69 in his second round, and Andrew Dodt, of Australia, also -3 under 69, both with -8 under par totals.

Nicolas Colsaerts, -5 under 67 Rickie Fowler, -2 under 70, and Grégory Havret, -6 under 66, are all at -7 under par, in fourth place.

Rory McIlroy is still in reverse as he misses another cut, but said his putting had improved;

“I’m frustrated but I thought I saw some good signs this week.”

“My putting was definitely improved although my wedges were not quite there.”

“I’m just waiting for something, some sort of spark, something to go right, and the last couple weeks haven’t been like that. Just got to keep plugging away and hopefully it turns around next week.”

Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. Benjamin and Daniel Still on Top

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Benjamin Hebert, France, and Daniel Im of the USA still sit on top of the  Dubai Duty Free Irish Open after two rounds at Portstewart Golf Club, in Northern Ireland.

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Daniel and Benjamin both carded -5 under par 67 second rounds to continue their occupation of the top spot on the  Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, leaderboard, and will take a one shot advantage into the weekend at -13 under par.

Daniel needed only 22 putts today;

“I just kind of plugged along and just kind of kept putting and playing and hitting balls and putting and ended up with 22 putts.”

“I’ve actually been struggling with my putting the last few weeks. And then I just kind of kept working on it, and tried to read the greens a little bit better. Tried to get the pace right.”

“You get to learn to play a different type of golf, with all different weather and different conditions.”

“I’ve learned to play different types of shots, getting to up and down from different places, different types of grass. I feel as if day by day I’m getting better.”

Jon Rahm, Spain, stays in third place, one shot back at -12 under par, he also carded -5 under 67 in the second round, and stays well in touch with the leaders, but  he three putted the 4th hole, which cost him a share of the lead;

“It was a little windier and a little colder today for the first few holes which always makes it a little harder.”

“But I was able to adjust, and starting the way I started with two perfect shots to two feet for birdie, it kind of gives me a lot of confidence.”

“And then hang on till that putt on 14 and making that bomb for eagle really got me going.”

Three players are tied in fourth place at -11 under par, Oliver Fisher and Matthew Southgate, both from England, and both scoring -4 under 68 today, are joined by Ryan Fox, of New Zealand, who returned a second round of -6 under par 66. Matthew is the only player to be bogey free through 36 holes. Ryan could become only the second Kiwi winner of the Irish Open after Michael Campbell 14 years ago.

The defending Champion, and tournament host Rory McIlroy continued his golfing decline by missing the cut at his own tournament.

Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, Daniel Im, USA, and Benjamin Herbert, France, share after the 1st round at Portstewart Golf Club in Northern Ireland.

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Daniel and Benjamin shot -8 under par 64, to lead the  Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, by just one shot.

Daniel had a good day with the putter, even sinking an 18 footer in the last hole to share the lead;

“I think it was a bit of luck, I think the big man was definitely watching out for me today.”

“And then I striped the ball quite well at the end. I putted really well through the round.”

“I made some good par saves and I made some good birdie putts to keep it going.”

Benjamin enjoyed the atmosphere;

“It was just a great day, the atmosphere was so good.”

“My attitude was probably the best it’s been all year. I was positive all day.”

“Kept my routine going. Stayed calm and the result showed how good it was.”

Tied in third place, at -7 under par after their opening rounds of 65 are; Oliver Fisher and Mathew Southgate, both from England, they are joined on that score by Jon Rahm, from Spain.

The Defending champion and also the tournament host Rory McIlroy carded a rather disappointing even par 72 first round.

 Joost Luiten recorded the 21st hole-in-one of the European Tour season at the par three sixth hole today.

Travelers Championship. Jordan Eyes Wire 2 Wire Win

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Jordan Spieth eyes a wire 2 wire win at the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands.

Spieth leading Travelers, chasing TOUR title No. 10

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Jordan topped the Travelers Championship leaderboard for the third straight day, returning a third round score of -4 under par 66, to post -12 under par for the tournament.

Jordan capped off a decent round with a lengthy birdie putt, from out of the shadows on the 18th, to claim top spot on his own;

“It’s in the shadow, I’m looking to hit the putt at the right speed.”

“If it goes in, great, if it doesn’t, so be it, tap it in.”

“With a few feet to go it was going to have a chance and it curled right in the middle.”

“That was a loud roar, and those are really fun to experience.”

Boo Weekley holds second place at -11 under par, shooting -5 under 65 today. he found some magic of his own, he  birdied five of the last eight holes. Boo will be paired with Jordan tomorrow in the final round, and said the only thing they have in common is fishing;

“He loves to fish, so we’ve got a little in common there, so we can talk about that.”

In third position on his own at -9 under par is Daniel Berger, he carded -4 under 66 today.

Rory McIlroy is way back, at even par for the tournament, with his putting woes continuing, even though he used a different putter today.

Travelers Championship. Jordan Still In Control at Half-Way.

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Jordan Spieth is still in control of the Travelers Championship at the half-way point at  TPC River Highlands.Spieth holds lead at Travelers

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Jordan carded a second round -1 under par 69, but it kept him on top of the Travelers Championship leaderboard with a -8 under par total.

It was not a great day for Jordan, but some great par saving putts helped him out, one  from 35 ft at the third hole and another from 8 ft on 12;

“By comparing it to the way I’ve struck the ball the past four or five months, it was an off day, but it was still solid.”

 “I wouldn’t say I played my B-game. I’ve been playing pretty solid golf.”

“It’s just, hitting more greens. The ones I missed, I didn’t really need to miss. I was trying to do too much.”

“That’s kind of what gets me in trouble on a course like this.”

“Being very patient on the weekend is key. I always mention that, that’s always the word. I try to tell myself that, and sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.”

Troy Merritt, -2 under 68 today and Patrick Reed, -4 under 66, share second place, one shot back at -7 under par.

Rory McIlroy went into reverse today, signing for +3 over par 73, only making the cut on the number. Seems his driving is OK, longest in the field, one at 393 yards, which was a good 40 yards clear of everyone else. He went on to make par from there, which shows the weakness, solid driving but no scoring to back it up.