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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Francesco Molinari is The Open Champion.

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Francesco Molinari is The Open Champion, the first Italian to win the Claret Jug.

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Francesco won the 147th Open Championship with a bogey free final round -2 under par 69, lifting the Claret Jug with a -8 under par total at Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland, a two shot winning margin, a Gold Medal performance;

“What a Week.”

“Obviously it’s incredible to stand here between all these people.”

“I think it will take a long time for this to sink in. To go bogey-free at the weekend around a track like this, it’s very good.”

“I was as calm as you can be in the final round in the Open. I felt like I was ready for it.”

Sharing second place at -6 under were Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland, -1 under 70 today, Justin Rose, England, -2 under 69, Kevin Kisner, USA, +3 over par 74, and Xander Schauffele, USA, also +3 over 74.

Tied in 6th place at -5 under were Tiger Woods, even par 71 today, Kevin Chappell, +2 over 73, and Eddie Pepperell with the low round of the day -4 under par 67.

Tiger had been upset with an idiot shouting on the backswing of his tee on 17;

Unfortunately, that’s part of what we have to deal with in today’s game.”

“People are trying to yell out things to try to be on TV or be in social media or whatever it may be.”

“That was too close to the game of play.”

The Silver Medal for best amateur player went to Sam Locke of Scotland.

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The Open. Three-Way USA Tie at the Top.

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There is a three-way USA tie at the top of the 147th Open Championship leaderboard after 54 holes at Carnoustie in Scotland. Defending Champion Jordan Spieth is joined by Xander Schauffele and for the third day running at the top Kevin Kisner.

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Jordan fired a third round -6 under par 65 to be at -9 under for the 147th Open Championship and sharing the 54 hole lead with Xander Schauffele, -4 under 67 today, and the man who has been at the top of the leaderboard all three days Kevin Kisner, shooting -3 under 68 for his round.

Jordan would like to battle against Tiger;

“I’ve always wanted to battle it out with Tiger in a major – who hasn’t?”

“I’ve played it out at Augusta in my head.”

“I can certainly draw on the all major championship experiences, good and bad that I’ve had. I’ve had a career’s worth in a few years.”

“I know as well as anyone that anything can happen in the Open. I’m not getting ahead of myself, I’m just in a good position.”

Another American has fourth place to himself, two shots back at -7 under is Kevin Chappell, carding -4 under 67.

Fifth place is occupied by in the in form European player Francesco Molinari from Italy, he signed for a third round -6 under 65 to be alone at 5th with a tournament total of -6 under par;

“It was the day to be aggressive today.”

“I’m aware there’s a lot of good players up there, and all of them are probably feeling quite confident.”

“I just have to do my thing and hopefully do it well enough to finish on top.”

Four shots back at -5 under are Tiger Woods, -5 under 66 today, Webb Simpson, -4 under 67, Zach Johnson, +1 over 72, all from the USA,  Alex Noren, Sweden, -4 under 67, Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland, -1 under 70, and Tommy Fleetwood, England, who could only manage a round of even par 71 on moving day.

Tiger is in position to contend a Major;

“It seemed like everybody was shooting six, seven under and I figured I could probably do the same and I needed to with the leaders starting at six. I need to go get it.”

“It’s one of my better rounds I’ve played. I felt I really had control of the ball.”

Low round of the day went to Justin Rose, -7 under 64, but at -4 under for the Championship he will need another 64 tomorrow to have any chance.

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The Open. Two Tied at the Top.

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Two golfers are tied at the top of the 147th Open Championship leaderboard at Carnoustie in Scotland. Kevin Kisner and Zach Johnson from the USA are leading the charge to the title.

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Zach, -4 under 67 today, and first round leader Kevin with a second round -1 under 70 lead the 147th Open Championship by just one shot at -6 under par after 36 holes.

Zach is flying under the radar, but is unsure who is controlling it;

“I don’t know who is managing the radar. It is irrelevant to me.”

“Maybe I’m just overly conservative and boring and that’s perfectly fine.”

“I just like to compete. It doesn’t matter where it is, what it is. Just give me an opportunity.”

Kevin, despite a few bogey’s today is still happy with his putter;

“I got off to the start I wanted to, a couple under through seven, got a little greedy on the eighth, made bogey.”

“Got it to where I wanted to be and obviously made double on the last hole.”

“Didn’t think I would hit that in the burn with an eight-iron but just didn’t come out the way I saw it.”

“Hit a lot of great putts coming down the stretch. Probably could have made two or three more, but they all lipped out.”

“I love where my putter is and love my position going into the weekend.”

Enigmatic Englishman Tommy Fleetwood shot the low round of the day -6 under par 65, to be tied in third place at -5 under, with two players from the USA, Pat Perez, -3 under 68 today, and Xander Schauffele with his second round -5 under 66.

Tommy was happy to put himself into contention; playing in the early morning rain;

“Today’s been a round where I’ve put myself back in the tournament and I’ve just got to move on from there really.” 

“I’ll just try and keep doing the same things.”

“If I can hit it like I did today then, obviously, I’m going to have a lot of chances coming in over the weekend, and we’ll see where that takes me.”

“Everybody seems to want to know about the umbrella.”

“We got one given for free. We don’t always carry an umbrella.”

“So it just so happens this week that we’ve got a nice Open Championship brolly. It looked quite nice.”

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Rory McIlroy is tied in a large group for 6th position, carding a second round -2 under 69 for a tournament total of -4 under par.

Today was cut day, made at +3 over par, and the big name casualties included, World number one Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia, Jon Rahm, Bubba Watson, and Justin Thomas.

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The Open. Kevin Kisner Leads On Day 1.

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Kevin Kisner, USA, leads the 147th Open Championship on day 1 at Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland.

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Kevin carded a first round -5 under par 66 to lead the 147th Open Championship by one shot at Carnoustie;

Kevin needed just 22 putts on the greens today, and thinks if his putter keeps working like that he can win the title;

“The golf course is great for me. The conditions have been fine. Going forward, you never know what you’re going to have in Scotland.” 

“I know the rain is coming in tomorrow. I don’t think the rain is going to affect how the golf course is playing in one day, but I have to just keep doing what I’m doing.” 

“If I have 22 putts the next three days, I bet I’ll have a pretty good shot.”

“I think I only hit four drivers all day, maybe five. I just want the ball on the fairway because it’s not an overly long golf course.” 

“Maybe five iron was the longest. I hit a hybrid into 12. You’re not going to have that many long clubs into the hole.” 

“If I can keep it on the fairway, I feel like I can control my golf ball around the green. The greens are calm, and around the greens are flat.” 

“I feel like any time I’m around the green I’m going to make four or par at the worst. So that’s been my game plan.”

Three golfers are then tied in second place at -4 under par, Eric Van Rooyen, South Africa, Tony Finau, USA, who threw in four bogey’s and eight birdies in his eventful round, and Zander Lombard from South Africa.

Rory McIlroy is in the large group at -2 under par, Tiger Woods carded even par 71, Jordan Spieth +1 over 72, while Phil Mickelson with +2 over 73 took 34 putts, but said he played well;

“I just doubled sixteen, I hit a bad shot and doubled.”

“Otherwise, I played pretty well.”

Jordan explained his mistakes like this;

“What I would consider a significant advantage for me is recognizing where the misses are, and I just had a brain fart.”

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