BMW Championship. Justin Leads.

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Justin Rose of England leads the BMW Championship after 54 holes at Aronimink Golf Club. There is a threat of bad weather, and the last round being cancelled, which would give Justin the win.Rose takes lead at BMW Championship

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Justin will take a one shot lead into the final round of the BMW Championship tomorrow, carding -6 under par 64 in the third round to post -17 under for the tournament.

On the par three 17th Justin had to stand in the bunker and play a shot out of the long grass above it. It came to rest three feet from the pin, ensuring saving par;

“It was a fun shot but not really where I wanted to be, it was something that maybe you don’t practice. Lots of improvising.”

“I do like this style of golf. I like traditional golf courses.”

“It reminds me of how I grew up playing golf.”

“I’ve got to be ready to play and come out in the morning, full game-face mode tomorrow.”

Xander Schauffele, USA, -3 under 67 today, and Rory McIlroy from Northern Ireland, -7 under 63, share second place at -16 under par.

Xander is wondering if it rains, will it be too much for the course to take;

“I’m not sure how much more water the course can take, to be quite frank.”

“So we’ll see. Hopefully, Mother Nature doesn’t screw us.”

Rory is keen to play;

“You know, maybe that chance won’t happen until Monday if it goes to that and the good thing is we don’t have a tournament next week.”

“If it is pushed into Monday or even into Tuesday, we have the time.”

“Hopefully the guys that make the decisions make the right one and we can play a full tournament.”

Tommy Fleetwood completed another round of -8 under 62, to be sharing fourth place with Rickie Fowler who signed for his third round on the trot of -5 under 65, both players at -15 under.

This is still just about anybody’s tournament, will be interesting to watch.

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BMW Championship. Xander Schauffele Leads.

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Xander Schauffele leads the BMW Championship at the half-way point at Aronimink Golf Club.

Schauffele has plenty to prove at BMW

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Xander shot -6 under par 64 to lead the BMW Championship at the mid-point with a -13 under par total;

“A lot to prove not just to everyone else but to myself this weekend.”

“I’ve been failing a lot, so it would be nice to turn the switch and kind of clutch up.”

“I have lots to prove to myself, I just want to win and kind of handle my business.”

“I feel like I haven’t been doing that as well just on the weekends and maybe too relaxed or what not.”

“I always thought I was rather a clutch player coming down the stretch and this year has said otherwise.”

Justin Rose of England is in second place, two shots back at -11 under par after his second round -7 under 63, after not feeling too well at the start;

“Sometimes you don’t have to feel perfect to play good golf.”

 “I think that’s the most important thing I realized today.”

Four players then share third place at -10 under, Keegan Bradley, -6 under 64 today and Rickie Fowler, -5 under 65, both from the USA, they share with Alex Noren, Sweden, -4 under 66, and Hideki Matsuyama, Japan, -6 under 64.

The huge group at -9 under contains Rory McIlroy, only -1 under today, but Tiger Woods could only muster an even par round of 70 to be at -8 under.

Rory had a patience problem;

 “It’s hard to stay patient whenever you know what you’ve done yesterday.”

 “I didn’t want to lose too much ground. I should have been a few better.”

Tiger suffered from a the usual putting problems;

“I hit it just as good and putted it just as good. Nothing went in.”

 “That’s the way it goes.”

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BMW Championship. Tiger & Rory First Round Leaders.

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Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are the first round leads of the BMW Championship shooting 62 at Aronimink Golf Club.

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Tiger and Rory shared top spot at the BMW Championship with opening rounds of -8 under par 62.

Tiger was happy with his best start for a long time;

“Got off to a better start than I have most of the season.”

“Just the way it goes.”

Rory could have done better, but a couple of bogey’s on the back halted his progress;

“It was one of those days where it was out there.” 

“You don’t get many opportunities to break 60 and today was one of them.”

“And I didn’t capitalize.”

“I’m not going to say it stings too bad because I’d much rather shoot 62 today and win the golf tournament Sunday than shoot 59 today and maybe not win.”

One stroke back in third place with -7 under is Xander Schauffele the reigning Rookie of the Year is aiming for a win here for a place in Atlanta, and at the same time book himself a last minute pick for the Ryder Cup;

“It’s hard, you know, I think the stats are out whoever won the Tour Championship never made it back the next year.”

“There’s a reason for that. It’s hard. It’s just tricky.”

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Dell Technologies Championship. Justin Rose Leads.

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Justin Rose of England leads the second FedExCup play-off event the Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston.Rose takes two-shot lead at Dell Technologies Championship

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Justin leads the Dell Technologies Championship by one shot on day one, carding a bogey free first round -6 under par 65 at TPC Boston, the only player bogey free on the day;

“I looked at the pins last night, and I thought there was an opportunity to make some birdies.”

 “The pins were in accessible places. I felt clearly it was trickier than I thought last night. It was windier today, a cool breeze, just enough to swirl around and make it tricky.”

“I guess just keeping the card clean made the birdies really count for something.”

Russell Knox, Scotland, and Abraham Ancer, Mexico, ares in second place at -5 under with their opening rounds of 66.

Russell holed out with a 109-yard approach shot for Eagle on the par four 15th hole.

Rory McIlroy could only manage an opening effort of even par 71, to be T42, while Tiger Woods carded +1 over par 72 for to be T57.

Rory explained his difficulties;

“It was hard today because there were a lot of cross winds and it was a little variable.”

“Sometimes it was downwind; into the wind; when it gets like that it’s hard to trust it.”

“I backed off a few shots.”

Tiger also blamed the wind, but putted well, and made a strange comment about no one going low, six under seemed pretty low to me;

“When I did miss it, I missed in bad spots, but overall, no one is going low out there today.”

“It’s tricky with the wind blowing the way it is right now. Hopefully tomorrow I can miss in correct spots and make a few more birdies than I did today.”

“I putted beautifully today, I really did. I hit a lot of good putts.”

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Justin Thomas Wins The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

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Justin Thomas, USA, wins the  WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in a comfortable canter by four shots.

Thomas takes home WGC-Bridgestone Invitational title

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Justin carded a final round  -1 under 69, but it was enough to see him win the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational by four shots at -15 under par, the turning point was the birdie on the 13th, he had been struggling with the putter all day;

“That birdie there was huge to kind of separate it, and then Jason made a couple bogeys and we were able to coast coming in.”

“I take a lot of pride in how I played today.” 

“I was very nervous going into today. I think that you kind of get that two, three, four shot lead, it’s just different than one.”

“With a three‑shot lead you kind of have a little bit of wiggle room and you feel like you maybe play a little too conservative, but I was able to kind of dwell on past learning experiences and you always try to get it higher.”

“I was trying to get it to 18 under because I knew if I got to that, I didn’t really think anybody could catch me.”

“I played well enough to do that, I just didn’t really make any putts today, but I just kept hitting green after green.”

“And if I hit missed the fairway, I was putting it on the correct side of the rough so I was able to have an angle into the green. We just kind of plotted our day around.”

Kyle Stanley, USA, was second, with a final round -2 under 70, to post a total of -11 under par.

Sharing third place with decent last rounds of -6 under 64 were Thorbjørn Olesen, Denmark, and World Number One Dustin Johnson, both at -10 under for the tournament.

Rory McIlroy, Ian Poulter and Tommy Fleetwood all went into reverse, shooting over par scores for their final rounds to drop out of contention.

Next year the tournament has been moved to Memphis, Justin Thomas said;

“I’m glad I finally played well around here, just in time for it to leave.”

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WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Justin Thomas Hits The Front.

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Justin Thomas, USA, hits the front on moving day at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational being played on the South Course at Firestone Country Club.

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Justin shot -3 under par 67 to take control of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational with a 54 hole total of -14 under par, and will take a three stroke advantage over the field into the final round tomorrow;

“I played well again today. I didn’t get off to the sort of start that I have been over the last couple of days but I made a good birdie on the second after a not very good drive – but I got away with one.” 

“I made a couple of bogeys there on the par threes with a pretty easy bunker shot, so that was a little upsetting.”

“But overall I really, really played well in the middle of the round and made a lot of key birdies.”

“I’m in a position where I can play smart, I don’t need to play really conservative.” 

“I mean, if I hit good drives I’m going to have wedges in my hands where I can attack and make birdies.” 

“But for the most part, I just need to go out tomorrow and have a blemish-free round and feel like the field’s going to need to kind of chase after me a little bit, which can be done on this golf course, but it’s definitely getting a little firmer and faster.” 

Sharing second place at -11 under par are Ian Poulter, England, Poults carded a disappointing third round of even par 70, and Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland, with his bogey free  third round -3 under 67.

Jason Day, Australia, is in fourth spot at -10 under par following his third round -1 under 69.

Tommy Fleetwood took a tumble down the leaderboard, signing for a +4 over par 74, leaving him at -7 under for the tournament, T 9. He is looking to buy the spare set of Nike irons that belong to Paul Casey, as Nike have withdrawn from the equipment market;

“It stops me from breaking any, that’s for sure.”

“Eventually, I’m going to have to find a new set, but I’ve been using these for a long time and they’re still going.”

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WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Three-Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a three-way tie at the top of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational after 36 holes at Firestone Country Club. Tommy Fleetwood and Ian Poulter, both from England are joined by Justin Thomas of the USA in sharing the top honor at half-way.WGC Bridgestone Invitational

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Tommy, bogey free -7 under 63 today, Ian, -3 under 67 and Justin -6 under 64 all share the 36 hole lead at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational with -11 under par totals.

Tommy was happy to go bogey free;

“No fives on the card is always something nice to look at.”

“I played well. I got out of position a couple of times but when I did, I kind of got away with the tee-shot on the 14th and made a really good four.”

“Overall I drove it well. My irons, I just tended to hit exactly where we were picking the spots and I holed a few putts.” 

“You’ve got days like that where it’s going well and you’ve just got to make the most of them.”

Poults vowed to continue playing aggressively after making a brilliant start to the tournament.

“It’s never going to be easy just to go out there and feel like, ‘Hey, we’re going to go and do another 62.”

“But I’m playing well, I feel aggressive. I feel like the greens, with the way they are, you can be super aggressive, and that’s what I need to do.”

Justin had a great day with the putter;

“I putted a lot better today, or I made more putts. I gave myself quite a few opportunities but not as many as I did yesterday.

“But I was just able to capitalise on more of them today.”

“It was definitely one of the better putting days I’ve had in a while.”

“I just hit a lot of quality putts, that’s what’s most important.”

Kyle Stanley, USA, -2 under 68 today and Jason Day, Australia, -4 under 66 are tied in fourth spot at -9 under for the tournament.

Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland,-3 under 67 in his second round, and Si Woo Kim, South Korea, -2 under 68 share sixth place with -8 under totals.

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